Check out the new animated music video for ‘The Shaking of Leaves’ via NPR Music here:

Over a year in the making, John Komar (the director) and I had been going back and forth perfecting this video for quite some time. The initial storyboard had gone through multiple changes and ideas until we landed on the final theme. The most difficult part was coming up with something for the bridge section of the song — conveying the lyrics (about a very serious and sensitive topic) while still giving the story an optimistic outcome. This song was written for my fallen friend Mitch Dubey. The video was designed and written with him in mind. I think he would have loved it..

swear jar is playing two more shows. one in bethlehem, one in wallingford. all money we raise goes to buying Mitch a memorial plaque for his grave site. it is an honor to play with some of Mitch’s favorite bands, and with friends. we will have 7"s, we will have zines (email if you wanna write a small piece//want more info).   

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Mitchell Dubey Benefit Show

“On Thursday March 24th my best friend and room mate Mitch Dubey was shot in our own home in a completely unprovoked incident, he was rushed to the hospital but died shortly after. 2 Years prior we threw a benefit show for his family after his father had a tragic snowboarding accident and became paralyzed from the neck down. Needless to say the family could use a lot of help in this extremely difficult time. We are throwing a benefit show to raise the funds necessary for a proper funeral as well as honor the amazing life of Mitch Dubey. He was a great friend and an incredible person that touched the lives of everyone that he met. I find it difficult to put into words just how much mitch meant to me, I have known him for over 7 years, the last three of which were spent living with him in new haven. The thought of playing a show without him there still has me in tears but i know that this is the most fitting send off that we could possibly provide. We need to let mitch live on in all of us by honoring his memory and staying positive. We have assembled some of mitch’s favorite bands for a night of music that should be nothing short of amazing, please help spread the word and lets do our best to help out the dubey family as much as possible. We love all you guys and it’s horrible that it takes something like this for us to realize just how incredibly strong the people that make up the CT music scene are. Stay Radical.” - Andy Tabar, screamer in The Flaming Tsunamis

APRIL 3rd @ The Madison Arts Barn (8 Campus Drive, Madison, CT)

THE FLAMING TSUNAMIS :: playing Externalities and some old favorites
 :: Reunion
MY HEART TO JOY :: 2nd to last show ever

6 PM, $10 minimum donation

Please make every effort to attend this show.

Also, reblog this to spread the word.

Connecticut Rules.

Last night, Toad’s Place was sold out and the show raised $23,000.00 for Mitch Dubey’s family. On a week’s notice. This gives me goosebumps.

for some of my best friends today is a very meaningful day; it was two years ago that mitch was killed. there are a lot of things that could be said about this, but i think there are two take-aways that resonate with me more and more over time:

1. do the things that make you happy*.

2. take care of the people who you love. 

and it may just seem like the most basic fucking stuff but those were the only things that allowed me to get to today with all my pieces put back roughly in place.  so today i am going to play my third round of minigolf in 18 hours, get breakfast with andy, visit mitch, listen to soul music, write, and tell the people i love that i love them etc etc.  

we are alive, and this is important to remember.  


*if the things that make you happy are oppressive and bullshit and tread on the humanity of others fuck you and don’t do them. change your life instead. 

Memorial Service for Mitchell Dubey

Tomorrow at 5PM, a memorial service for Mitchell Dubey will be held at Devil’s Gear Bike Shop, 151 Orange St., New Haven, CT.

Redscroll Records will be closing at 4:00 tomorrow.

If you are in the area, please make every effort to attend.

Please reblog this so everyone who is affected can be notified.

I never got to know him, but from what I have heard from his friends is that he was a radical dude and caring person. I’m sure his friends would appreciate this being made into a shirt.

Perhaps the profits could be donated to a cause that he would have liked.


Four years ago today (May 1st) Swear Jar played our first show in a parking garage at SCSU with One Hundred Year Ocean, Bomb the Music Industry and Good Luck. Time is a wild thing.

Photo by Laurelin Matulis


Last night. Man. I dunno! Don’t have words.