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Welcome to Rankoutsider Records, an independent music label devoted to roots music based in Los Angeles. We specialize in Rock 'n Roll, Americana, Blues, Country, Folk, Punk, Garage etc. The label was formed in 2006 by Pat Todd, front man/songwriter of The Lazy Cowgirls. Our roster of over 25 acclaimed artists includes Pat Todd and the Rankoutsiders, Joe Normal, Earle Mankey, Scott "Deluxe" Drake (Humpers frontman), Kevin K, The Condors, Hutch, Stace England and the Salt Kings, Cold Blue Rebels, The Black Jetts, The B-Movie Rats, Brian McCartney (ex-Trash Brats) with more coming every day.
Click here to see the roster of Rankoutsider Records artists.
7/1/2015 - "Who's Watching The Skies" is the latest single from JOE NORMAL. It is the first anthem by any artist we know of to address the controversial issue of Weather Modification or GeoEngineering ("chemtrails" as some say). Joe encourages his audience to get involved here: GMACAG.com
6/26/2015 - Joe Normal kicked off the Pasadena Civic Auditorium's Summer Concert Series to an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 1000 fans, music lovers, and party-goers!
5/7/2015 - Discussing his philosophy on writing and teaching music in today's Beacon Media News interview, Joe Normal states that "the real deal is a person with a guitar, a pencil, and a piece of paper... it's about pure expression, not perfection. This experience (life) is a journey. If I don't document it, then I don't exist."
4/13/2015 - Damnation Dance Party reviews COLD BLUE REBELS! Here: http://damnationdanceparty.blogspot.com/ "...leaps out at listeners with all the clawing immediacy of a hyperventilated 3-D haunting" - DC Larson
4/11/2015 - Regarding Joe Normal's "Crude Folk" CD, Sean Kayden of Mountain View's News says, "He drifts away from the standard way to produce a record and it works wonders. The results... are grand as he seeps into his own artistry."
3/20/2015 - Rankoutsider Records proudly welcomes COLD BLUE REBELS to our roster! L A's acclaimed Psycho-Rockabilly-Horror super-group features ex-members of legendary Sunset Strip GlamPunkers JETBOY and THE ZEROS. In addition to the re-release of CBR's classic debut disc, "Blood, Guts n Rock & Roll" and its follow-up "Love Of The Undead," Rankoutsider Records reports that the band is in studio recording their third album as we prepare to roll out distribution and promo of their entire catalog! Stay Tuned!
3/18/2015 - COMEDY CENTRAL's controversial European show "FAT FOR FUN" is using several Joe Normal songs in recent episodes, including "All The Money In The World", from "JOE NORMAL - The HUTCH Years, Volume II" coming soon on Rankoutsider Records.
3/14/2015 - JOE NORMAL performs the WISTARIA FESTIVAL in Sierra Madre, CA on Sun. March 15th 9:00am-12:00noon (Baldwin Stage).
3/12/2015- A double-vinyl version of PAT TODD & THE RANKOUTSIDERS' "14th & Nowhere..." album is scheduled for May 2015 release. Four sides totaling nineteen songs, (featuring a few extra cuts exclusive to the vinyl version only!) packed with more photographs, commentary, and some special guest appearances.
Pat says fans should expect to see a new release later this year, as well. The new CD will be called "BLOOD & TREASURE" by Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders.
3/11/2015- Rankoutsider and JOE NORMAL are proud to announce the release of his fifth album, "Crude Folk." Deliberately shunning the gloss of production in favor of a lo-fi, vulnerable honesty, "these songs were slapped together with tape, glue, and house paint... the way it oughta be," Joe says, hence the CD's title.
Two tracks being delivered to college and internet radio are "Ain't This A Wonderful Life" which offers a message of hope to special needs families, and "Mockingbirds," a lesson in Humility for this talented artist.
Look for Joe Normal on tour this Summer in support of "Crude Folk."
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Stace England's new record makes the the EuroAmerica Chart.
Stace England has just released the new album America, Illinois
More Releases coming soon!
Out today on Rankoutsiders Records: Jep Lipson Patina.
Buy it on Amazon today!
Listening to Jeb Lipson’s Patina, you'll be struck by a certain quality, familiar yet perhaps forgotten. This is the sound of authenticity; from
Listening to Jeb Lipson’s Patina, you'll be struck by a certain quality, familiar yet perhaps forgotten. This is the sound of authenticity; from the honest-to-god live performances within the production of skilled hands on well-worn instruments, to the personal yet universal melancholy lyrics straining for a spiritual significance just beyond grasp.
A great, insightful interview with Rankoutsider Records founder and Recording Artist Pat Todd.
Freakstar and The Black Tongues Bells are both releasing CDs soon (catalogued as Outsider 43 and 44 respectively).
After all that, new releases from Jeb Lipson as well as Pat Todd and The Rankoutsiders.Rankoutsider Artist The Union Electric is On the CMJ Chart This Week! This blog has the news.
Great news this week for St. Louis' the Union Electric: The band's debut full-length has landed on the CMJ Top 200 chart after gaining steady airplay at community and college radio stations around the country for some time now.The album is available here.
Rankoutsider artist Wil Forbis placed a song on the Showtime television show "Weeds." The song, a piano instrumental not available on any current albums, plays behind the "ball gag" scene in Season 8 episode 2. (You'll know it when you see it.)
New Rankoutsider Release: The Union Electric release "Time Is Gold." The Union Electric has been steadily cranking out songs relevant to their city, the worker and the displaced since their formation in 2009. The Saint Louis-based band consists of Tim Rakehell, Glenn Burleigh, Melinda Cooper, Mic Boshans, and Brad Vaughn.
"Time Is Gold" is the group's first full-length album. It includes a few songs from their vinyl singles as well as new material.
Wil Forbis and the Gentlemen Scoundrels release the jazz album "A Quarter Past Four." It's a left turn from a group better known for alt-country rock. Buy the album from Cd baby. Go here to read info on the album and group: wilforbis.com
Several Rankoutsider artists are playing SXSW! Thursday, March 15th, 2012 (DAY) Tom's Tabooley Spider House and The Paisley Umbrella Present The 4th Annual International Psychout! - 5pm 2928 Guadalupe St. Austin Texas 78705 Lineup: 1. TBA 2. TBA 3. The Go Wows 4. Sonic Avenues 5. The Ugly Beats 6. Spirit Kid 7. Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders (approx 6:30pm) 8. Sons of Hercules
### Four Rankoutsider Records bands will be performing at The Las Vegas Shakedown, a three day music Festival from Oct. 13th -15th in downtown Las Vegas. All Rankoutsider bands are performing on Sat, Oct. 15th. at the following times and venues: Luck Of The Draw @ Azul Tequila 7 PM The Lucky Cheats @ The Beauty Bar 6:30 PM Barrio Tiger @ The Beauty Bar 8:30 PM Pat Todd and The Rankoutsiders @ The Beauty Bar 11:30 PM For more info and a full festival lineup go to lasvegasshakedown.com 3 day tix are $73 in advance *** The Union Electric release a new 45!
Now available: the May Day Orchestra's "Ota Benga."
The May Day Orchestra is a collective group of musicians formed from several Saint Louis bands. Songwriter Tim Rakel of The Union Electric and members of the bands Tenement Ruth collaborated on "OtaBenga", a new recording for release on Rankoutsider Records in November 2010. This particular musical piece revolves around the historical figure for which the record is named. Ota Benga was a pygmy man who was taken from the Belgian Congo and brought to the United States as part of the 1904 World's Fair in Saint Louis. The songs on the record follow his journey from family tragedy and slavery to life as an anthropology exhibit. The songs give some history of the Congo along the way with some sonic landscapes to connect the parts of the story.Though it defies an exact genre classification, comparisons have been made to Nick Cave and The Pogues. Layers of guitars, strings, horns, drums and a lead pedal steel support the set of songs about the strange journey of Ota Benga's life. "Ota Benga" is available on CD and as a double vinyl LP.
THE CONDORS “SET ME ON FIRE” Featured in Indie Film TARGET PRACTICE “Set Me On Fire,” a song by Los Angeles quartet, THE CONDORS, has been chosen to underscore an opening sequence of TARGET PRACTICE, an independent film by Rich Riedel. The initial trumpet blasts of “Set Me On Fire” start off the movie with buoyancy, while the song’s theme of using anger to overcome adversity fits perfectly with the challenges faced by five friends who soon find themselves in an unexpected web of horror. TARGET PRACTICE is currently making the rounds at several prestigious film festivals, receiving accolades at every screening. It is due to be released thru Big Screen Entertainment and Warner Bros/WEA on June 20. Condors leader, Pat DiPuccio: “We feel privileged to have our song used in such a provocative film. After seeing the movie, we definitely knew we wanted to be a part of it. We’re elated with the end result.” “Set Me On Fire” is from The Condors CD WAIT FOR IT (Rankoutsider Records) For more information on The Condors go to: http://www.myspace.com/thecondorsband For more information on the movie go to: http://www.myspace.com/targetpracticethefilm
RR welcomes The Black Tongued Bells to the roster!
Rankoutsider recording artist Wil Forbis has written a book! "Acid Logic: a Decade of Humorous Writing on Pop Culture, Trash Cinema and Rebel Music" is available at Amazon.com.
RANKOUTSIDER RECORDS ON NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO!
*** Keep an eye out for Rankoutsider Records Maestro Pat Todd in a background role in the upcoming Tim Burton movie "Alice in Wonderland."
*** Stace England is gearing up for the release of his newest musical project: an album detailing the life of African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. Click here to download a PDF with details about the album.
*** Upcoming releases: NYC's The Victims --- "Take It As It Come" CD The Lazy Cowgirls --- "Third Time's the Charm... Again" The Victims/Jukebox Zeros split vinyl EP Pat Todd and the Rankoutsiders/Defendants split vinyl EP Tijuana Hercules --- "The Almanack of Bad Luck"
Just Released: Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders digital single "Frustration, Tragedy, & Lies." The single includes the B-Side "I Won't Forgive You." Also: The Jukebox Zeros new CD " Rock & Roll Ronin ."
Pat Todd & the Rankoutsiders
Cold Blue Rebels
Scott "Deluxe" Drake (former Humpers frontman)
The B-Movie Rats
The Lucky Cheats
The Black Tongued Bells
The Jukebox Zeros
Brian McCarty (ex-Trash Brats)
The Holy Smokes
The Kevin K and the Hollywood Stars
Stace England and the Salt Kings
The Black Jetts
HUTCH (now known as JOE NORMAL)
Sam Mellon and The Skylarks
The Born Liars
The Dirty Shames
Bill McCarter/Stalingrad Symphony
Patrick Salt Ryan
May Day Orchestra
Jesus Christ Superfly
The Blind Robins
The Lucky Cheats
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