January 08, 2023

music as time machine

i've been thinking a lot lately about how music can act as a time machine of sorts - taking us back to specific moments, pulling us into focus in the present, and carrying us forward in ways we may not fully understand. 

some thoughts from Jason P. Woodbury on this very thing. and don't sleep on the JPW Aquarium Drunkard's Transmissions podcast or his beautiful album Something Happening / Always Happening


"songs are pieces of architecture in time that you can instantiate by turning them on, & then you can come back to them again & again..."

from David Berman's 2019 conversation with Vish Khanna on Kreative Kontrol


"Songs build little rooms in time
And housed within the song's design
Is the ghost the host has left behind
To greet and sweep the guest inside
Stoke the fire and sing his lines"

from Purple Mountains "Snow is Falling in Manhattan"


December 30, 2022

leading up to... the unboxing

Leading Up To vinyl unboxing, ok! Also, an update from Comedy Minus One HQ:

"All The Rutabega "Leading Up To" LP / CD / CS pre-orders have SHIPPED! Thank you once more for your continued patience."


December 25, 2022

cancel christmas

sending love to you, friends. here is our 2022 song for Jon Solomon's 25-Hour Holiday Radio Show. 🖤

December 14, 2022

sense of hope

thanks to Tom Conway and the South Bend Tribune for the support and for making my Mom's day. read the interview here


December 02, 2022

vinyl update/ shirts/ Ferndog

Friends! Today is the final BANDCAMP⚡FRIDAY of 2022 (you're shocked, I know). Thank you so much for your support and interest in our music, it means the world to us!

Fern found a box of "Leading Up To" t-shirts (XS, S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X) and "Carp on the Cob" long-sleeve t-shirts (S, M, L, XL, 2X) in Garth's basement - good dog, Fern! We have added these to the ole Bandcamp and you can find them (along w/ vinyl/CDs/tapes) here:

A quick note from Comedy Minus One:

"Took longer than we expected but The Rutabega "Leading Up To" vinyl test pressings are officially APPROVED!
Better to wait and get it right than to rush it through.
Hope to have an estimate on when you'll receive your orders soon.
Thanks to the good folks at Smashed Plastic as always!"

It's not too late to get your vinyl pre-order in!

Love and sweaty hugs,

j&g (and Fern)

November 04, 2022

BC⚡️FD // Leading Up To... shirts

Happy Bandcamp Friday to all who celebrate. I know it's late in the day, but if you have not yet purchased a copy of "Leading Up To" today is a great day to do that. The full digital album is available for immediate download/streaming, and CD/tape/vinyl (orange or black variants) copies are available for pre-order. All physical orders on Bandcamp come with an immediate download. 
>>> https://theseknottylines.bandcamp.com/album/leading-up-to

We have also added limited numbers of this beautiful Jay Ryan "Leading Up To" t-shirt design. Shirts are super comfy 100% ringspun cotton Alternative Apparel in "stay gold" and they were printed by Repeater Press' own @Nick Erickson. Two color print (dark orange + dark grey ink). 
>>> https://theseknottylines.bandcamp.com/merch/leading-up-to-t-shirt

*Kalamazoo friends - Garth MIGHT have a limited amount of this design in crewneck sweatshirt form (same Stay Gold color). You could hassle him if you are interested in buying one out of the back of his vehicle in some shady Kzoo parking lot. Or at a nice place, like the Bookbug. As I understand it, there are XS, L, 2X, and 3x sweatshirts remaining. 

Ok! Thank you so much for your support, it means the world to us.🧡