11/7/14 The Shark

This will be the last update ever on this site… because we’ve got a brand-new Range Life site launching soon!

Yes, 2015 will start a new chapter for us: new site, the release of a few music projects that have been percolating, and a cool releasing-a-record resource site I’ve been developing. Excited to share it all with you. Stay tuned!

In Range Life family news, Brendan Hangauer from Fourth Of July has released his new solo project, Empty Moon’s “The Shark” on High Dive Records. It’s really an awesome record, full of Brendan’s angular storytelling and emotional depth, recorded expertly by Jason Quever of Papercuts. Stream “The Shark” HERE. “The Shark” is available on iTunes, Vinyl, Cd, or Cassette. There’s even some sweet Empty Moon T-shirts. Check out reviews on I Heart Local Music and Atlas and the Anchor and an interview with wunderhub. More at Empty Moon's website.

Brendan’s also on tour in the Midwest this next week. Don’t Miss!!! Here are the dates:
Fri, Nov 7th Harlings Upstairs, KC MO
Sat, Nov 8th Replay Lounge, Lawrence KS
Tues, Nov 11th The Mill Iowa City, IA
Weds, Nov 12th The Burlington Bar Chicago, IL
Thurs, Nov 13th The Harmony Madison, WI
Fri, Nov 14th 331 Club Minneapolis, MN
Sat, Nov 15th O'Leaver's Omaha, NE

For 1,000,000 Light Years fans, there’s a chance to catch him Saturday, November 8th at the Replay, opening for… Empty Moon ;)

For those wondering, we had the misfortune of having the entirety of our Range Life YouTube account deleted a few months ago. So much of the material had been done on the fly and without back-ups. Realllly sucks. On the bright side, I’ve created a new Range Life account and published our entire catalog to YouTube, so it’s all there for the streaming. Plus, we uploaded a special treat: the, until now, CD-only “Making of White Flight” documentary we did back in 2007 to accompany the release of White Flight’s “S/T” album. Check it out HERE.

Another note on YouTube: I’ve started organizing some cool Playlists of different Range Life artists performing live over the years — if you’ve posted something relevant and don’t see it in the proper Collection, drop a note, let me know and I’ll make sure to get it in there.

Yep, sometimes change is what you strive for and sometimes it’s foisted upon you. Either way, we’ll try to ride the wave. I look forward to sharing the new site very soon.

Happy Holidaze and Lot’s of Love from all of Us!

Range Life

8/4/14 What's Up!


Oh man.

We still plan to put out at least one - perhaps two - releases this year, so bear with us. In the meantime, here’s the update on all things Range Life related:

Fourth Of July’s Brendan Hangauer has a new album recorded, mixed, mastered and set for release this Fall on High Dive Records. It’s a gem. Both the most far-ranging and intimate songs Brendan has ever written, a kind of existential travelogue detailing his move from Kansas to the coast. The band name he’s using for the new record is Empty Moon (yep, same as the title of the last Fourth Of July record). You can follow Empty Moon on Twitter, check out his photo Tumblr and keep an eye on High Dive for upcoming details.

Dri’s Extra Classic dropped their sophomore LP, “Showcase”, this Summer on Nopal Records (cassette via Burger Records). It’s a deep vibe back-and-forth between originals and dubs and it’s hardly come off our record player. Listen to the single “A Little Rain” on SoundCloud and check out the video HERE.

Say My Name's new herbal soundtrack “Malaise Forever” is Out Now (Digital and Limited Cassette) on San Francisco’s Foreign Domestic. Cassettes are available in Lawrence at Love Garden and in San Francisco at Aquarius Records. Check out the Zaguar video for the Say My Name jam “Satanta” HERE.

It had been a few years since we saw him, but got to catch up with White Flight himself this Summer, and he did not disappoint: amazing stories, amazing vibes and, most importantly for all of us waiting, Amazing Jamz from the new ABUELA album! Keep your ear to the ground at their Facebook and Twitter.

More news - eventually - on Kelly Hangauer’s (Fourth Of July, The Hips) EP, the new Hanz Bronze record(!), the lost Suzannah Johannes album and whatever else is still negotiating with the Musical Fates.

Until then...

Range Life

3/23/14 Hawks


Time flies. Ever hear that?

The Kid aka Say My Name is doing a new release on a new label based here in SF called Foreign Domestic. The album is called “Malaise Forever” and it drops this April 22nd Digitally and on Limited Edition cassette. You can hear the outer-spatial title track HERE. Cassettes will be available in Lawrence at Love Garden and from the Foreign Domestic Bandcamp. So excited to have new heat from the Kid!

The new E.vax/White Flight project ABUELA is happening. Their first single True Colors came out Digitally and on Limited 7” last month, and then they dropped this pretty incredible True Colors video, just in case you were curious about how they get down in Peru. I know I keep saying it but once you hear the full ABUELA album, you’ll be floored.

Fourth Of July’s Brendan Hangauer is in the midst of recording his first solo album with Jason Quever from Papercuts. (!)

1,000,000 Light Years did a cool kaleidoscopic video for ABUELA’s “Sapa”, which you can see HERE on his new updated 1,000,000 Light Years website.

Anything else? Oh right - our next Range Life release. We’re gonna have to wait until after tourney time for the details. Trying to get it together but… time flies!

Range Life

11/24/13 Snowballin

Homepage: Ocean Beach by My Moon

I am clearly not the best prognosticator of release dates! These things inevitably take longer than you'd think...

Case in point: we had hoped to get this really wonderful 4-song EP by CorporateWoods (our youngest brother (and former White Flight, Dri and Fourth Of July contributor) Kelly Hangauer) out before the end of the year. But everyone got so busy we have no choice but to push it back into 2014. It'll give us time to get some videos done and get our press releases out properly. We have set a new release date for it: February 4th, 2014. And to make up for the long tease, here's a taste from the EP, an epic abstract-nostalgia track called "Virtual Boy".

I know everyone's anxious to know what's up with White Flight. Well, this happened. Wild world! The status of his new record is that it won't be attributed to "White Flight" but rather a new name honoring the depth of collaboration on these new tracks between White Flight and Ratatat's E*vax. And it will not be a Range Life release but rather an independent and/or new label release. The Kickstarter vision of a robust visual component accompanying the new record is happening full-on! Check some of these pics from Priest Fontaine who was filming with them recently in Peru: here, here and here. That this album will be worth the wait is such an understatement. It's about the boldest, freshest, raddest audio experience you can imagine. It's going to be HUGE! (UPDATE: The White Flight/E*VAX project is called "ABUELA". They have a video up for the track "Sapa" HERE, featuring footage from Peru, and a single for the track "True Colors" coming out February 4th, 2014 on Canvasback!)

Following Fourth Of July's 4th of July finale, FOJ's Brendan Hangauer flew the coop and wound up out here on the best coast, settling in Oakland, CA. Since I see him every day now, I know for a fact he's working on some sweet new songs for a solo album. Details as they develop. If you haven't seen it, our friend Matt Toplikar did a cool video for Empty Moon's blistering closer, "Berlin".

Dri's Extra Classic, Suzannah Johannes, and Say My Name all have new records completed and are in the process of working out release details (none of these are set to be Range Life releases — it’s just the reality of time, money and opportunity right now) — and I trust you’ll get to hear and enjoy them sooner rather than later since they are all really wonderful records. And 1,000,000 Light Years fans should brace themselves for his upcoming White Flight remix!

Attention here now turns towards getting CorporateWoods off the ground and to a Zaguar video for the new Say My Name — I’m practically promising these with the next update ;)

Happy Holidays!

Range Life

6/29/13 Poolside

Homepage: Zaguar

So much percolating right now, both for Range Life and for Range Life associated artists! Cool! Like what?

Well, our next release is planned: the long-awaited debut EP from our youngest brother Kelly who goes by Hunters & Gatherers. It's 4 tracks, 3 of which are songs structured around conversations he recorded with people like White Flight and Jason Barr, plus one instrumental. It's great - totally fresh in it's concept, gorgeously scored and sung in one of the most soothing voices I know. Release date is tentative right now but shooting for September.

The most pressing news is that Fourth Of July, whose latest LP "Empty Moon" came out in April on High Dive Records, is gearing up for their yearly patriotic romp through the Replay known as Fourth Of July on the 4th of July. This year's fireworks will be extra special, both because they'll be joined by Hospital Ships (who just released the excellent "Destruction In Yr Soul" on Graveface) and because they'll be featuring a performance of their debut album "On The Plains" in it's swooning, singalong entirety. The show is at 10PM this Thursday, July 4th at the Replay, #LFK.

In case you missed Fourth Of July singer Brendan Hangauer's screenprint show at Love Garden earlier this year, he's bringing new artwork to Kansas City for a First Friday's show, this Friday, July 5th, at 1819 Central Gallery in the Crossroads. He'll also be performing solo during the opening, as will the man behind our most recent release, 1,000,000 Light Years.

Man, I've been jamming the new 1,000,000 Light Years EP steady for months. Have you heard it? Stream it 24/7 on Soundcloud, DL the single "Sevens" HERE, scope it on iTunes plus check out the sister-EP "Rainbow Keys" on 1MLY's Bandcamp. 1MLY himself did two new videos: one for the wonderful Say My Name remix of "Rainbow Keys" and the other for his "Your Spaceship Awaits You, My Love" jam Waves.

If you've heard the rumor that Suzannah Johannes has recorded new material, I can confirm that it's true. I have no idea what her release plans are but I do know she spent time tracking with some pros in L.A. and that at least two of the songs reprise her songwriting partnership with Hanz Bronze. Can't wait to hear it all and listen in bliss.

More rumors/scoops/FAQ's: Yes, I have heard some new White Flight tracks and Yes, they rule - but as far as I know, work continues on the record and a release date is not set. The amazing Say My Name has put together a new album of tape-delay experimentations and it's on some next-wave shit though I am not certain of his release plans. And our friend Dri has been hard at work this year on a new Extra Classic album which is just about Jah-ready. Can't wait to hear it and jam it! HERE is some video of Extra Classic performing a new song at a music fest in Big Sur last weekend.

See? Perlocating… And the heat is on. Everyone's dropping records this year! You heard it here first ;)

Range Life

3/19/13 1MLY

Homepage: photo of 1,000,000 Light Years by Kelly Hangauer

It has arrived ;) The new 1,000,000 Light Years EP "Your Spaceship Awaits You, My Love" is available now via iTunes and I think it's a classic. "Pythagoras" is the kind of progressive symphony destined for performance at CAP. "Sevens" is my jam - my favorite song this year. "Waves" marks the arrival of "modal" electronica. "Hoya" would slay any dancefloor with a booty on it. And "Breakaway" is like the best elements of each of the first four tracks packed into one transporting hit. This record rules! I hope you'll at least give it a LISTEN. There are also a few videos to check out, starting with an "Introduction to 1,000,000 Light Years", shot by Coke Weed X's Brendan Costello. Zaguar rocked the iMovie special for Michelle Obama's fav "Sevens". And 1,000,000 Light Years himself did some sweet Flash experiment videos for "Breakaway" and "Pythagoras". On top of all that, 1,000,000 Light Years has a second new EP called "Rainbow Keys" that he's self-released on his Bandcamp. It definitely bridges the midi-mechanics of his 2007 debut EP and the weightlessness of "Your Spaceship Awaits You, My Love". Fellow prog-producer Say My Name did a remix of "Rainbow Keys" which you can and should check out HERE.

Want to experience 1,000,000 Light Years live? You're in luck Lawrence and Kansas City. His release shows will be Thursday, March 28th at the Riot Room in Kansas City with Inspired School of Astral Music and Grimoire and Friday, March 29th at SeedCo. in Lawrence as part of Final Fridays. He'll be back in KC at Glimpse Gallery on Friday, April 5th for First Fridays and back again in Lawrence on Friday, April 26th at Love Garden for an in-store with, oh, his other band...

Fourth Of July. Let's talk about it. Yes, Range Life has been family oriented. And yes, the new album rules. So why isn't Range Life putting it out? Because if Range Life was putting it out it would have been digital-only with in-house PR and no other like-minded bands from the label to join forces with… It would have been a small record as opposed to a bigger record and the band understandably didn't want that. I trust you'll follow them over to their new label, Kansas City's High Dive Records, which is certainly in the right place at the right time. Pretty awesome to start a roster with Fourth Of July, Ghosty and the ACB's all coming out swinging. You can pre-order "Empty Moon" on CD or LP as well as pick up some sweet shirts and coozies over at the High Dive online store. Fourth Of July will be playing a handful of release shows, rocking Lawrence Friday, April 12th at the Jackpot (w/ labelmates the ACB's), Kansas City the following Friday, the 19th at the Brick (w/ Ghosty and the Devil) and then back in Lawrence on April 26th for a special Final Fridays in-store at Love Garden (w/ 1,000,000 Light Years), which will be coinciding with Brendan from Fourth Of July's screen-print Art opening. Heard the first single "Drinking Binge"? Check it HERE!

White Flight fans rejoice: the first glimpse of sound from his new record surfaced recently, soundtracking our friend Neil Krug's promo video for NYC designer Mara Hoffman. Seen it? Heard it? Check it HERE. More to come!

And some good news on the Dri/Extra Classic front: they're finished their next album here in San Francisco and are prepping it "showcase style" (A-side originals, B-side dubs) for Jah's - and our -anxious ears.

Alright! Rock Chalk Hawks fans!

Range Life

1/26/13 <<<*>>>

Homepage: Zaguar

Our next release, 1,000,000 Light Years' "Your Spaceship Awaits You, My Love" EP, will be out digitally March 19, 2013! 1,000,000 Light Years is Patrick Hangauer - you might know him as the bassist for Fourth Of July or as your friendly neighborhood Kangen water rep. If you haven't heard his 2007 debut EP, you can, for a limited time, download it for free HERE at the 1,000,000 Light Years Bandcamp. "Your Spaceship Awaits You, My Love" is the next step in what I think is a pretty stellar run of progressive computer-produced instrumental music, from the first 1MLY Ep to Say My Name's first EP and "Say My Name 2" to last year's Coke Weed X. The joy of having Range Life is that we get to release music we love and I really love this 1MLY EP -- it casts a spell between ambience and momentum, layered with a classical musician's sense of orchestration, a world traveler's instrument cache and a dirty dog's love of a grind-able beat. I don't think there's anyone making music quite like this. Can't wait to give you a taste!

I know everyone's anxious for updates on new music from Fourth Of July and White Flight. Here's the good news: both have finished records! Here's the hold up: they both have finishing touches and logistics to get worked out before any release dates or details can be announced. Stayyyyy tuned!

For those lucky to be in Lawrence, two of the town's best, Fourth Of July and Hospital Ships are playing a show together at the Taproom on Friday, February 1st.

It was a treat to hear our friend Suzannah Joahannes' voice again -- she's featured on the new record by Lasorda (also featuring Matt Pryor, Dustin Kinsey, Josh Adams and Nate Harold). You can hear the Suzie-centric opening track HERE and Nate Harold's remix HERE. Check out the I Heart Local Music review of the album. And Suzannah's now-classic 2008 EP is still available HERE on 7" vinyl (free download included).

We've added a slew of tracks to the Range Life Soundcloud -- pretty much every remix anyone's done for any of our releases. All free downloads. Check out the set HERE. I also posted to the "Before Our Hearts Explode!" blog an MP3-linked list of "Favorite Songs" for the last two years. Check out "Favorite Songs 2012" and "Favorite Songs 2011". And there's a new Bandcamp feature, Bandcamp For Fans -- don't be shy about following/supporting/wishlisting the Range Life artists on Bandcamp, including Fourth Of July, Say My Name, Coke Weed X and 1,000,000 Light Years. (I also have a fan site on Bandcamp and have to say I've got a pretty tight list of artists I'm following -- check it HERE.)

Updates on WF and FOJ - plus a proper introduction to the new 1,000,000 Light Years - all next time.

2013 rules already!


11/18/12 #LFK

Homepage: Stills from the Coke Weed X "I'm Not the Pilot" and "Gold Linked Chain" videos

What was up with that site outage earlier this month? Who knew domain name renewal was such a racket? Was kind of surreal, but feels good to be back!

Excited to get back to Lawrence for Thanksgiving and to see all our friends and family and - sweet cherry on top - super excited to see Fourth Of July play their first show in months while we're in town. It will be at the Replay, Saturday night, November 24th, 10 PM. Opening is Y(our) Fri(end) (nice video thanks to I Heart Local Music HERE) and Monster.

Fourth Of July has some big news impending as far as the release of their next record, "Empty Moon" - details soon ;)

1,000,000 Light Years/ Patrick from Fourth Of July is back from a season in Costa Rica, just in time to gear up for his sophomore solo release. Title is "Your Spaceship Awaits You, My Love" and, appropriately, the palette is otherworldly atmospherics, sacred geometric sound waves and "Drop It Like It's Hot" booty bass. It's a special record and we'll have release info for early 2013 with the next update. In the meantime, catch up with 1,000,000 Light Years at his blog and check out the Costa Rica-shot music video he put together for Coke Weed X's "I'm Not The Pilot".

Another cool music video for Coke Weed X's "Gold Linked Chain" was done by Brandon Sieve. Check it HERE at his Vimeo. Word is Coke Weed X has put together a few practices lately in the hopes of playing live soon. If you haven't spent time with their record, you can stream it on Soundcloud or Bandcamp and buy it at iTunes or Amazon. Highly Recommended.

Word from White Flight is that his record's getting close...!

What else? Say My Name posted a 4-track tune on his Soundcloud, called "Theme From 'Rainbow Rainbow'". I mean, it's no Oneohtrix Point Never but…. Our friend Nezbeat put a pretty bent ear-bender of a free album up on his Bandcamp. And Kelly, Bronco and the Hips did a split 7" with Hospital Ships (how great is this Hospital Ships track?) , available from Replay Records. The Hips are also playing this Friday night, November 23rd at the Replay for the Dry Bonnet Tour Kickoff. See you there!

Happy Thanksgiving everybody. Hope the Tofurkey's better than ever this year!


9/23/12 <<<>>>

Homepage: Zaguar, still from the "Sand Pit" video

Feeling the Coke Weed X? Such a great sounding record. You can stream it on Soundcloud or buy it on Bandcamp, iTunes or Amazon. Nice reviews in The Pitch, Atlas and the Anchor and a cool article on I Heart Local Music about the CWX boys. We've also debuted the first video for Coke Weed X, a vintage Mariah Carey romp through the spliced-soul track "Sand Pit", put together by Zaguar. Check it HERE (Vimeo) or HERE (YouTube).

There's also a masterful Say My Name remix of the Coke Weed X track "Ryback" up for stream or download HERE on the Coke Weed X Soundcloud.

Wild to think it's been a year since our last release, the fantastic, criminally underrated "Say My Name 2". There was also a Zaguar video for it. And to celebrate the anniversary, 1,000,000 Light Years just threw up his remix for Say My Name 2's "The Red One", which you can stream/download HERE on the 1,000,000 Light Years Soundcloud. It's never too late to get blissfully lost in the layers of Say My Name 2. Try the Kid's Bandcamp or iTunes or at least grab the free MP3s on his Album page.

Speaking of 1,000,000 Light Years, he has a new website up, which you can check out HERE. Some nice glimpses into his current life, beach-side in Costa Rica. As he mentions in his News, he's been finishing up the next 1MLY album, which we hope to share with you shortly. It's atmospheric and adventurous, a mix of lunar music lab and hatchback-woofer booty shaking. Getting mastered now. Out before the end of the year.

Also at mastering, the latest and greatest Fourth Of July LP, tentatively titled "Empty Moon". It's being mastered by Ghosty's Mike Nolte, taking it to tape. More details when they emerge…

And yes, we've heard a few roughs from the next White Flight album, being finished in Kauai. Ratatat's back with some beats. And Justin's voice has never sounded better. Get your Hammer-pants ready for the second these songs drop.

Some other things in the works too, just trying to keep the torch lit. Thanks for checking in!

Range Life

8/16/12 CWX

Homepage: Z

Excited to announce our first release of 2012: the debut EP from Lawrence, Kansas' Coke Weed X! Brian and Brendan Costello (who you may know as Bronco and Styles from Fourth Of July, the Dactyls, the Hips, the Turnpike, the Chalmersiz) dug deep into their record bins and skill sets to pull out this gleaming treasure chest of post-Rock, old-Soul and MacBook cut-and-paste. Such a cool record. You can stream it on Soundcloud or Bandcamp and download first single "Bearcat" HERE. Release date for iTunes/Amazon/et al is August 28th. Digital only. Remixes and videos "in the works". UPDATE: check out the I Heart Local Music piece on Coke Weed X HERE.

Other things "in the works": Fourth Of July album #3 is getting finished up slowly but surely (Brendan had to take time out to star in "Open Mic Night", a short film directed by our old pal Matt Toplikar). And the next White Flight record is being finshed up, excitingly quickly, at an undisclosed location in Hawaii…

Patrick from Fourth Of July is gone for a season in Costa Rica but he left behind the next 1,000,000 Light Years album, a long-anticipated follow-up to his 2007 EP. So releasing that's in the works. And Kelly from the Hips (who played this nice new track on "The Not So Late Show" a few months ago - that's Bronco on the drums) is working on a suite of songs I hope we'll get to share sometime soon.

And in Dri news, her band Extra Classic rocked a Daytrotter session, which is posted HERE; they're working on new songs, one of which you can hear live HERE; and, oh yeah, she got married to her Extra Classic sweetheart Alex a few weeks ago in San Francisco! Summer of Love.

Before Summer ends: put this Coke Weed X album on in your headphones and go chill by the pool or put a blanket down in the park or walk downtown like a breeze through the action and soak it up. It'll feel fantastic or your money back.

Range Life
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