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22 Jul

Today marks the release of Captain Baby’s debut, Sugar Ox. Sunset Alliance and our affiliates have been busy preparing for this day for months. Today we are buzzin around with such excitement we have honey comin out our orifices! (orifici?)

Buy it now. All over the internet.
Or…if you want a free bonus track get it from our Bandcamp page.

From this time forth, July 22 marks Sugar Ox Day on our calendars. Now we can’t think of anything more bee-a-tific!


17 Jul

Reviewing bands is one of the toughest jobs. It takes a real commitment. Most people could never do so for more than a couple months. A writer can’t be lazy about his/her subject or their blog/zine/media tanks. No one will care. And it’s obvious when an author’s responsibility is shirked. Plus, if you have bad taste or aren’t current, it doesn’t matter how well you write, you’re sunk.

We did a small press campaign for Captain Baby to zines and authors who would probably never be accused of ‘shirkin’ or ‘sinkin.’ Responses are starting to roll in (row in?), and we wanted to share one of the highlights. We’ve struggled with the proper description of Captain Baby’s sound. We think the admired writer and artist, Serene Dominic nailed it!





8 Jul

Stinkweeds storefront

If you’re looking to purchase a Sunset Alliance release, you have many options. We just want it to be clear that we have one option that we favor, even over purchases that come directly to us. This is why Stinkweeds has Captain Baby’s debut available for sale now, 3 weeks before its official release. Buy physical copies. And buy from Stinkweeds.

Stinkweeds is a Phoenix-based record store that has been specializing in satisfaction since 1987.  [virtual tour]

Sunset Alliance has developed a great bond and trust with our favorite mom & pop. We always aspire to the responsible ownership and selfless service that Kimber Lanning (owner) has provided to Arizona’s local music, art and business communities. Kimber has made quite an impact on the great state of Arizona and the people she’s touched through Stinkweeds, Modified, Local First AZ, and all her ventures.

 Kimber Lanning by Chaunte Johnson

Stinkweeds has always had the best staff. Within the brick walls of Stinkweeds, many great people have not only supported my Sunset Alliance efforts, but they have introduced me to many great records and performances. Do to my trust in their advice & tastes, I hold a ‘Best of 2004’ list by the staff of Stinkweeds, still meaning to pick up every record recommended. Ten years later, their picks have proven to be educated ones.

Lindsay and Dario are much more than Stinkweeds ‘staff,’ they are the heart and soul of the experience. Dario’s kindness and creativity are almost more outstanding than the shiny curls of his semi-long, black-stallion hair! His musical palate runs deep, but he still spends time writing songs for kids so they don’t have to be stuck with music that blows, or grow up too fast w/ their dad’s Animal Collective, or their mama’s Grizzly Bear.

Dario Miranda by Nick Oza

Lindsay, is the coolest girl in Phoenix. She plays bass, or whatever you need, in like 10 great bands, sings, smiles and playfully insults (teases) you more enjoyably than a Family Guy barbershop quartet—had its members been filled by 4 Snow White princesses with kittens in their pockets.

Lindsay Cates by Paul Valach

Basically, I love Stinkweeds. Anyone who has ever represented this label, loves stinkweeds. Everyone who has ever gone to Stinkweeds, loves Stinkweeds.

Sure, we love other people too, but not like Stinkweeds. And yes, we want to you have many choices for how you wish to acquire our music, but we hope you’ll make the right now. Stinkweeds.

Stinkweeds blue-sm

Captain Baby’s Sugar Ox will be in their listening station and it will look like this:

Captain Baby - Sugar Ox cover

Or this:

Captain Baby - Sugar Ox (OwlSkull)

dual-cover = punk-rock. So is frequenting record stores.
Go to: 12 W. Camelback, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Olive In the Ocean


Photos by Nic Oza, Chaunte Johnson, Paul Valach

250k Views? YouTubers Love To Hate Before Braille

16 Jun

Our most popular music video has nearly 250,000 views! Admittedly, most are from fans of murder rather than fans of Before Braille, but for those who get the joke, there are plenty of (not so) hidden nuggets of humor for them. We’re not sure an apology is in order for misleading blood-thirsty Youtube viewers, but that’s what we’d like to do…for the benefit of all.

Before Braille and Sunset Alliance would ask the blood-thirsty and non-blood-thirsty alike, to please accept our apology for being tricky. As a gesture of goodwill, we offer a free download of the song used in the infamous video.

Download “The Case Is Out” for a limited time from our Bandcamp store:

Also, we’ve provided you some riveting reading material for you to enjoy while you listen. (click image to enlarge) These enchanting comments are real; posted by an irked Youtube community. Cheers!


For those who like what they hear, “The Case Is Out” is one of 11 songs from Before Braille’s 5th studio album, Tired of Not Being Away From Here. (Sunset Alliance/YAWA Records) Learn more from Wikipedia