Monday, June 14, 2021

MRR Reviews Listen Up!

 Maximum Rocknroll reviewed The Stowaways Presents: Listen Up! A Benefit For Democracy Now!

Check out the review below, and consider purchasing a copy over on the bandcamp or in store in Fullerton at Programme Skate and Sound or in Long Beach at Fingerprints.

V/AThe Stowaways Presents: Listen Up! A Benefit For Democracy Now! LP

Fifteen-band collection of catchy punk/indie/alt to benefit, as the title suggests, a public radio news program. The only artist I was familiar with was the FYP dude (yo, Todd—I’m still down to look after Boris if anything nasty happens), but I got turned on to loads of new shits. JASON ANDERSON wrote a straight commercial pop hit in “Buzzin,” PASTEURIZED MILK and RX are both minimal and addictive, LAYMAN and POST LIFE are favorites as well—the record cruises along between lo-fi indie and shoegaze and would-be mainstream songwriters with ease. All put together by a schoolteacher and zinester who uses independent reporting and media in the classroom to (hopefully) help a new generation of non-shitty humans find their collective voice/s, with art from Sophia Zarders, liner notes from Donna Ramone, and an issue of The Stowaways masquerading as a lyrics booklet. Thumbs up.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Razorcake Issue #122 Reviews Listen Up!


Razorcake Issue #122 reviewed The Stowaways Presents: Listen Up! A Benefit For Democracy Now!

VARIOUS ARTISTS: Listen Up!: A Benefit for Democracy Now!: LP

This is the kind of bridging I like to see! A convergence of some of my favorite writers, artists, and musicians in independent/punk/DIY/anti-commercial/whatever     showing their appreciation for my favorite independent news outlet! Chris of The Stowaways and Roman Candles has spearheaded this project and the final product exceeds all expectations. With art by Sophia Zarders, an intro by Donna Ramone, and musical contributions by Todd C., Pretty Flowers, Albert Square, Layman, Tom Grrrl, and a dozen more, how could you not love it!? Even if this benefit comp generates zero income for DN!, as merely a listener who had nothing to do with this release, I like to look at this comp as a thank you and a happy 25th birthday from DIY to all the bad asses at Democracy Now! who every twenty-four hours churn out another epic hour of the best reporting you'll find. Can we call volume two The Gwar and Peace Report? - Daryl (The Stowaways)


Click HERE to purchase a copy of the record

Saturday, May 8, 2021

The Stowaways Presents: Listen Up! A Benefit For Democracy Now!


I have been working on this comp for about nine/ten months. I'm happy to be able to share it with everyone. It's a benefit for Democracy Now! with all the proceeds going to them. It's got a nice mix of bands that I've interviewed, written show review, and / or record reviews for over the last ten years.

You can listen to the comp HERE.  

The pressing info for the vinyl is:

87 Yellow

97 Red

113 Green

5 Test Presses

1 Reference Lacquer. 

Artwork is by Sophia Zarders

The record has a full color gatefold jackets with an essay written by Donna Ramone on the inside of the gatefold, and each record comes with a zine. The zine has a page designed by each band and artist that contributed to the comp. I really love the way this whole thing came out, and I'm so happy for you to hear it. 

You can also pick it up locally at Programme Skate and Sound in Fullerton and Fingerprints in Long Beach. 

Sunday, May 10, 2020


I put up all the Roman Candles records on bandcamp that I have including test presses. Everything is name your own price starting at $1.00. Barbara and I were supposed to move to Budapest this summer before the shelter in place / stay at home orders were put into effect. It seems less and less likely that that will happen. While I was originally hoping to get rid of some of this stock before we left, it would still be nice to get people these records if they wanted them regardless of whether we end up going. So if you're interested you can check everything out HERE or at

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Roman Candles @ The Art In - Madison, WI 06.18.17

This set was recorded at The Art In in Madison, WI on the way to Justin and Stephanie's wedding a few summer's ago. The setlist is mostly songs from Can I Kiss You? You can pick up a copy HERE if you're interested. 


1. House Show
2. I Want to Hang Out in Your Bed Again
3. Broke Not Poor
4. Ryan 5. Blacklist the White Kid in Blackface 6. In the Kitchen
7. Too Fucked To Cum 8. Hair Up 9. Letter in the Mail 10. Samantha

Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Stowaway Issue #18 Out Now

Issue Number 18 of the Stowaways is Out Now. This is by far the best issue I've ever done. Nathaniel Russel did the amazing cover art. Please click the link, and check out his other work. This issue's got interviews with Wez Lundry, Randy Randall, Todd Congelliere, and Josh Landau. Also included are some show reviews and a couple of record reviews. Check out the Honedew tape and the Garrett Walters tape

If you'd like to order by mail please send $3 of well concealed cash to 
The Stowaways / 960 E. Bonita Ave. Unit #120 / Pomona, CA / 91767-2014

You can still buy Roman Candles "Can I Kiss You?" lp HERE
or send $15 to the address above. 

That's all for now. Thanks for checking in. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

MRR #422, Razorcake #105 review Stowaways #17

MRR #422 and Razorcake #105 have reviewed issue # 17 of The Stowaways. I've still got a couple left. Send $2 to the address listed below. Please support both MRR and Razorcake and consider picking up the issues at the links above. 

The Stowaways #17
$2-3 / 20 pages
Pretty tight little read after the author took a few years off to join the Peace Corps in Colombia. Interviews with the band Post Life, trippy psych-core guitar wizard Calvin Jalandoni, and a few pages of live show reviews. I think I expected a bit more after a four year absence; tell me some wild as hell story of your weird ass time in fucking Peace Corps. It was a good read, though (DZ). 
960 E. Bonita Ave. Unit #120 / Pomona, CA, 91767

STOWAWAYS, THE #17, $2-$3, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", copied, 18 pgs. 
The Stowaways is back after a four-year hiatus while Christopher finished college and did two years of service in the Peace Corps. This issue consists of show reviews and interviews, some of which he wrote before this stuff happened. Unfortunately, this comeback left something to be desired. The interviews were solid and in-depth, but the show reviews were a little bland in a "they were amazing" kind of way (and I'm not a big fan of show reviews as it is). I've enjoyed Christopher's writing in Razorcake and earlier issues of The Stowaways, but this one was a bit disappointing. -Craven Rock (The Stowaways, 960 E. Bonita Ave. Unit #120, Pomona, CA 91767)