How do you honor, cherish, and pay homage to someone that you've never met that has recently decided — on their own accord — to leave the Earth? There are probably several answers, but for now, we came up with one.
For us, the most outstanding film that Robin Williams made was Dead Poet's Society, because for about two hours we got to pretend that he was our English teacher. He taught us to be bold, to listen, and to SEIZE THE DAY. And we know (trust us, we know) that O Captain! My Captain! is a poem by Walt Whitman, but for US, in that movie, that phrase, that one singular desk topping phase — O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN — became about Robin Williams.
When he died and people started posting photos of themselves atop their desks the tears just came flowing, in fact, they're starting again right now. So, it is in honor of Mr. Williams, and that glorious moment that is forever memorialized on film that WE have decided to make this shirt. And in this case, the WE in this situation is Animal Manufacturing Co. + Fadeaway Records.
100% of the proceeds from this shirt will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. We hope that you will wear this shirt in memory of Robin, and know that help is out there. Please, please, PLEASE, if you are having a hard time and need someone to talk to know that help is out there. There is no shame in mental illness and there is no good reason for one more beautiful, amazing creature to take their own life.
These will be printed on Next Level Tri-Blend Gray shirts and the handwriting is actually WALT WHITMAN’S own. Which is cool.
*** This is a pre-order, shirts should start shipping by 9/15 ***
One of our favorite directors is Richard Linklater, and in honor of the third installment of his Jesse and Celine trilogy, we wanted to make one of those "&" shirts that the kids just seem to love so much these days (ha ha). Also, go see his latest film, BOYHOOD, it's a cinematic triumph.
Animal Manufacturing Co. is the brainchild of music industry veteran Amy Fleisher Madden. Amy is best known for her former record label, Fiddler Records, and most recently for her work in advertising. Along with a small yet passionate staff, Amy and Co. bring Animal Manufacturing to life.
AMCo is many things. It’s a record label, a creative house, a shop-for-hire, but in the end, it’s whatever we want. If you have a band, a project, an invention—whatever—drop us a line, we’d love to hear from you.
When a city is heralded for its most popular bands’ musical styling it sends a shockwave through the surrounding band’s hearts, they’re left with the dread that they must fit in or face perishing... sometimes. The current glow-pop movement rife with neon bleeding tweens sporting headbands has led some to find happiness, but for Denver’s darlings, Ashtree, it has done something different. For the band of four, it has propelled a need inside of them to get out of Denver, and get out fast.
Led by the sound of singer Will Johnston’s booming piano keys and willowy voice, melded with Pat Tafoya’s swirling guitars, and backed by the metronomic Zack Low on bass and Joe Tafoya on drums, Ashtree refreshes a beloved genre in a welcome and needed way.
“Don’t give up on me, I’m not the lost cause that I used to be.” — Lost Cause
For those involved and in love with music in our subculture in 2004, whatever you may want to call it, Name Taken surely crossed your path more than once. Orange County, CA’s favorite sons burst onto the scene with a split CD with Bayside, and then a crushing, critically acclaimed album entitled “Hold On.” We couldn’t be happier to be releasing the vinyl version of this album, it really is a piece of history.
For those unfamiliar, this review explains things pretty well...
“Above all what we have here is a release that, in my opinion, stands on it's own by defying all labels that someone may try to affix to it. It will be one of the first albums that comes to my mind at the end of the year when I am thinking about the top albums of 2004, this much I know for sure. I never thought I could get rocked so hard by something so beautiful. You can tell the band put great thought into everything from the artwork, to the track listing, to the final verse - all in an effort to craft their story and theme into a musical masterpiece. The hype is dead. This is the real %#*@ing deal." - Jason Tate / absolutepunk.net
“Hold your breath, you know how long.” — We Give Up Sometimes
What hasn’t been said about Recover? Groundbreaking. Electrifying. Thrashing. Yes, thrashing. The Austin, TX natives have been through the ringer and have come out so much better for it. We’re proud to have released their much-coveted B-sides album, Challenger. Filled with songs from the “This May The Year I Disappear” era, “Challenger” is sure to satiate any die-hard fan’s collection needs.
Recover is an anomaly. Dan Keyes, Robert Man, Ross Tweedy, and Santiago Vela III have all known each other for more than half of their lives. The four of them are the original members, they have never changed their name, and most importantly they have never forgotten where they came from. Let's not call it a miracle, but fortuitous per-se, that this record was released. If not, Challenger quite possibly could have disappeared like itʼs namesake. In addition to the original twelve songs, Challenger features an explosive cover of Nine Inch Nailsʼ “March Of The Pigs,” as well as two new songs, “No Big Deal” and “Clouds Higher Than Any Bird.”
“Always come back to you, whisper and bump all night." — Always Come Back
While predominantly known for their punk rock ‘day jobs,’ playing guitar in the band Say Anything, twin brothers Jeff and Jake Turner made quite a splash of their own when XO came into the world. With the full-bodied and diverse sound on their debut, the Some Day EP, the band set their starting bar pretty high. Following that with a genre bending remix album- replete with early band demos- XO has garnered itself quite a loyal following.
“You helped me through the door, that we’ve stared at since I can remember." — Blizzard (New York)
What if we told you that Pink Floyd wasn't the only band to sync a record to The Wizard of Oz? What if we told you that Radiohead did it too? What if we took the guesswork out of the equation and made a video for you? What if…?
MangledQuotes (formerly FleisherQuotes) is an ongoing literary and design poster project created by Amy Fleisher. The majority of the posters are famous quotes edited, changed, and/or MANGLED by Fleisher. The others are lyrics that strike a chord with Fleisher.
MangledQuotes’ first gallery experience was in November 2012 at The 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.
Price — I Don't Want A Thing This Christmas Single
out of print
XO — Blizzard Single
out of print