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    Today is the day! The Resolution of Happiness compilation is out! The nineteen song album can now be purchased on CD or as a digital download.

    I'm thrilled to be able to put forth this group effort of resistance and solidarity. If you don't know about the comp, here are the details: I curated it and released it on my label, Trimming The Shield Records. The comp 100% benefits Lambda Legal, an invaluable resource for the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities. The contributing bands are from all over the country - and there's even one artist in Berlin! The musical genres span Punk, Country, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Post-Punk, Experimental, Indie . . . there is truly something for everyone!

    The cover art was done by illustrator Karen Mooney (@moongerm) in Chicago, the graphic layout was done by Veronica Leto (@eveyinorbit) and me. The mastering was done by Alex McCollough at True East Mastering in Nashville. 

    Please go support this labor of love and intention. Happy Pride!

    Yours in friendship and PMA,



    Pre-order Resolution of Happiness // A Radical Resistance Compilation!


    Buick Audra here. I'm beyond thrilled to say that you can now pre-order the Resolution of Happiness comp! It will be out on CD and digital download on 6/23, but you can pre-order it now and get one track ahead of time.

    This project has been a massive labor of love by a community of musicians and artists who believe in uniting for change. The comp features music by nineteen bands and artists, a stunning cover illustration by Karen Mooney (aka "Moongerm"), impeccable mastering by Alex McCollough of True East Mastering, and graphics and layout by Veronica Leto and myself. It's really something. I'm so proud to be realsing it on my own label, Trimming The Shield Records.

    The most important thing that I can say about it the comp is that it 100% benefits Lambda Legal, an organization that fights for the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities. We must support this important work now more than ever.

    We hope to have your support, and we certainly hope you enjoy the music.

    Last, I'm heading out on tour with Friendship Commanders next week for about ten days of shows and other creative collaborations. Hope to see you out there!

    With respect and PMA, 

    BA / TTS


    Out now: JUNEBUG EP and Video for "Berlin" by Friendship Commanders

    Hello, all!

    Happy day: the JUNEBUG EP by Friendship Commanders is out today! We're very proud to be able to share it with you all and hope you enjoy it. It was made in the spirit of collaboration and community, and as such, will partially benefit the ACLU. For this record, we collaborated with Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy, Classics of Love), covered a song by Nashville's own Iodine, called in a German translation, and wrote a song for some friends of ours. It's a diverse and different body of work for us.

    The 7" can now be purchased from our pages, at our live shows, and at these fine retailers: Grimey'sFond ObjectThe Groove, and Atomic Nashville.


    And, we made a video for one of the songs on the EP, "Berlin." It was our first experience with opening up our visual medium to a large group of people in our local community. We very much enjoyed the process and are excited to share the final product with you today. Appreciation to Harvey Milk and Cleve Jones; additional appreciation to Gilbert Baker.

    Our updated tour dates are listed below, and more will be added to the June run, so be sure to check back. Can't wait to see you all!

    We appreciate you and your continued support



    04/21/17 --- Siberia, New Orleans LA

    04/22/17 --- Houston Underground Punk Fest #5, Houston TX

    05/05/17 --- BriendsFEST // Showroom Studios, Indianapolis IN

    05/06/17 --- The Mutiny, Chicago IL

    06/16/17 --- TBA, Brooklyn NY

    06/18/17 --- Koto, Salem MA

    06/21/17 --- Metropolitan, Annapolis MD

    06/22/17 --- Milestone, Charlotte NC


    Pre-order the new Friendship Commanders EP, JUNEBUG! And submit to the Resolution of Happiness compilation on TTS Records!

    Hey, friends!

    My band Friendship Commanders has a new EP on the way and you can pre-order it today! JUNEBUG will be released on April 15th, Record Store Day, and will only be available on 7" vinyl with digital download. You'll be able to get it at Grimey's in Nashville, at our live shows, and online. Pre-ordered records will ship on Monday, April 18th. One song from the EP will be yours as soon as you pre-order your copy. We hope you enjoy it!

    This record is meaningful to us because each song was inspired by or contributed to by people outside of our band. "Fighting Shape" was inspired by our comrades in BELLS≥ and is dedicated to them. "Tragedy Chaser" was co-written by Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy, Classics of Love). "Berlin" features a German translation by N. A. Huebsch Jr., and "Swan Dive" was written by Jay Joyce and originally performed by his band, Iodine. In the spirit of community and collaboration, one dollar of every copy sold will be given to the ACLU.

    Some incomplete tour dates are listed below. Our show in Nashville on March 24th will be the last local one for a while. We look forward to playing with friends in town and then touring throughout the rest of the year.

    Finally, I'm is curating and releasing a compilation called Resolution of Happiness this year on my label, Trimming The Shield. The call for original music submissions is open now and will close on April 23rd. If you'd like to know more about the project, read about it here. All proceeds will go to Lambda Legal.

     Thank you so much for your continued support!



    03/24/17 --- Resolute Fest/The Cobra, Nashville TN

    04/22/17 --- Houston Underground Punk Fest #5, Houston TX

    05/05/17 --- Burlington Bar, Chicago IL

    06/16/17 --- St. Vitus Bar, Brooklyn NY


    Calling all musicians: submit original music to the Resolution of Happiness compilation!

    Hello, friends!

    I'm going to curate a compilation called "Resolition of Happiness, a Radical Resistance Compilation." It will be released on my label, Trimming the Shield Records. The proceeds will benefit Lambda Legal, an incredible legal resource for the LGBTQ and HIV+ communities. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested in contributing! For your ease, there is also a Facebook event for it. Details below. Thanks for stopping by!

    WHAT: A music compilation to be digitally released by Trimming the Shield Records
    HOW: Submit an original (previously unreleased) piece of music
    WHY: Participate in the resistance by pursuing your own happiness
    WHEN: Submissions are open from February 23 to April 23, 2017

    Let's be radically resistant. Let's be happy and purposeful and loud together. Happiness is not pretend, escape, or denial. It is our right - even amidst this time of turmoil, anger, and confusion. We are still allowed to seek happiness in whatever way(s) we each define it. If you are interested, have questions, doubts, excitement, or cheer, send to: More details about how to participate will be announced in coming weeks.


    "Hope will never be silent."
    -Harvey Milk

    "Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
    -Helen Keller

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