kevin’s a legend, please help keep him keeping on

Friends.

Kevin’s a legend. If not already in your world, with absolute, unequivocal certainty in ours. Kevin O’Neill has been foundational to RVNG’s label architecture, and Beats In Space, Freedom To Spend, and Commend’s adjacent engineering, devoting his wonderful and wildly diverse design to (almost) every visual moment that has happened within and surrounding our catalog / cosmos.

Earlier this year, AIGA published a piece reflecting on the symbiosis of Will Work For Good, the design studio that Kevin co-helms with his creative and life partner Karisa Senavitis, and RVNG, which congeals around our formative immersions in punk rock / DIY ethics and our shared interest in communicating consciousness through art but also levity. Without Kevin, we’d surely be lost, not only for the creative collaboration, but also of a dear friend and brilliant mind.

That’s a startling reality that we face. Kevin was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2015. The onset of the M.S. was as mild as M.S. can be, but still a serious life adjustment while Kevin underwent numerous diagnoses and test. The real impact of the disease came last year, when Kevin suffered a relapse and a loss of mobility. While he was able to rebound from an earlier relapse, this more recent regression left Kevin to a long rehabilitation process, dependent on trekking poles to walk, and with a deep scare that another relapse may have even more severe physical impact.

Karisa, ever an enduring, compassionate force (she also helped with our successful Pauline Anna Strom rehabilitation efforts not so long ago), has launched a GoFundMe for Kevin to raise funds for Kevin to receive a Multiple Sclerosis treatment called HSCT (hematopoietic stem cell transplantation). From Karisa, “this treatment has been shown to halt the progression of M.S. for many patients, but it has only been available in U.S. clinical trials (which are extremely hard to be accepted into) or outside the U.S. — making it expensive and not covered by insurance.” Heeding his doctor’s ominous warning, this is a critical juncture for Kevin to receive the stem cell transplant, while he can still physically recover from the process.

M.S. is a chronic disease of the brain and spinal cord that affects about 400,000 people in the US alone. Probably people within your family, or that you know. We know that contributing to fund this treatment for Kevin represents one person’s journey with this terrible disease, but we hope it raises a general awareness around M.S., too. This is a first of a few measures that we have in mind to move this fundraising effort along, and one that is immediately impactful. It’s an ambitious goal for an ambitious treatment, but we are dedicated to meeting it so Kevin can make the trip to Mexico in January 2020.

If you’ve appreciated RVNG’s design, and a core essence of our releases over the years, or are just interested in seeing an excellent human being achieve this potentially life-changing event, we can’t thank you enough for supporting this campaign:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/ms-is-a-mess-but-kevins-the-best

With total love / light ~

Matt
RVNG Intl.


Dylan Moon – “Hope Dog”

The story of Dylan Moon’s Only the Blues unfolds with “Hope Dog,” a showcase for the LA-based musician’s Lydia Davis–esque ability to move listeners incrementally through entire worlds. The clip, directed by Ellie Tremayne, is an animated lament for time wasted and a testimony to the resilience of the world that moves around us.

Learn more here

RVNG Intl. PEACE, PLEASE Tee

Let your peace flag fly, Friends & Fiends ~ Our new PEACE, PLEASE tee available for pre-order now in limited quantities, expected ship date by the second week of July.

100% sustainably produced and printed in Los Angeles by EVERYBODY. 100% US-made by skilled workers with recycled materials (read the full story here). 100% worth your investment to keep environmental costs and fair wages up.

We’ll donate $5 from each purchase to Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the legal needs of low income immigrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, victims of crime, and families seeking reunification. Come! Mend!

These are tees built to last ~ peace at last.

Peep the PEACE, PLEASE tee here

SUMMER SALE ~ 6/1 – 7/31

Friends & Fiends,

Beginning right now and extending through the month of July, nab deep discounts on select titles from our wide catalog direct from the igetrvng.com source. Dig for gems from the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend imprints, including soft goods.

If your order reaches $50 (before tax & shipping), we’ll include a bonus / free / surprise LP from our back catalog. If your orders reaches $100, we’ll include two free / surprise LPs.

If your order contains CDs, or you would rather have free CDs than LPs, email us with your order number and we’ll send the format of your choice.

Thank you for your support this year and all years ~

RVNG Intl.

Explore the store

Craig Leon – Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Cannon – May 10, 2019

Craig Leon revisits the extraterrestrial origins of civilization on Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon. Picking up where the pioneering electronic albums Nommos and Visiting (Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1) left off, The Canon traces the imparted knowledge of alien visitors as it spread from Africa across the ancient world. Co-produced and featuring vocals by Cassell Webb, the pair engage a sonic pallet familiar from Vol. 1, updated with ecstatic contemporary sound and synthesis, creating a propulsive, exploratory album of cosmic lore and speculative anthropology.

Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon is out May 10, 2019 on LP, CD, and Digital formats. Learn more, and pre-order at the shop ~

Helado Negro – “Running”

Helado Negro shares “Running,” the third offering from his upcoming album This Is How You Smile. “Running” follows recent singles “Pais Nublado” and “Please Won’t Please,” leading us further down the road to Roberto Carlos Lange’s sixth record.

“‘Running’ is a poem. In it, I’ve buried sentiments and personal histories. Most of it is just for me and some for you,” says Lange. “The song started as a voice memo recording I made while on a trip to Mexico City in 2016. I was waiting outside of a restaurant to eat dinner, and I was feeling awkward and anxious, so I decided to be still and listen to everything around me and come up with a melody to sing into my phone.”

Director David Merten paces through the gentle spaces of “Running” in his video for the single. “I intentionally shot and edited the video with a frenetic pace to counter the mellow vibe of the song. The video concept was based around trying to outrun the past, while repeating it. Running in circles with no true end to the journey,” says Merten.

Fifteen Years of No E’s

fifteen years of no e’s ~ celebrate with us by taking 15% off your order at shop.igetrvng.com with the discount code (you guessed it) FIFTEEN ~ today through december 12

https://shop.igetrvng.com

every order includes a complimentary fried-eyed RVNG smiley sticker and a 2018 compendium CD with singles from this year (and a few surprises for the next)

thank you for your support