Release Day!

10 years ago today I was driving to work at Yahoo! and got a call from Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz saying that I had lung cancer. 
I pulled over. 
Took a breath. 
And headed to work. 
It was devastating news, but I didn't know how to process it. Lung Cancer 5-year survival rates were 15%. I had Jane, and my kids were too young. I was too young.

Most of you know the story by now. I had surgery to remove a lobe of my lung, chemo for several months. I had to let go of my startup 12seconds. I had to survive. Started at eBay. The cancer returned in 2011 as Stage IV. You don't want to Google survival rates for Stage IV Lung Cancer. I started what would become nearly 5 years of chemo - 55 cycles.

And I'm still here. I'm still here because of my incredible doctors and oncology nurses in Santa Cruz, UCSF, UC Davis, Harvard, and Providence Portland. I'm still here because of RockyJenny, and Jocelyn. May and May Day. The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Stupid Cancer. The great insurance coverage that I've been privileged enough to receive. Of course, I'm here because of the love of my amazing, tenacious, and beautiful family. We are survivors for sure. But I'm also here because of you. The support you've given me either here on Facebook or in person or other ways has been unbelievable. Just knowing that I wasn't alone and that people had my back was enough to keep me going. You lifted me up and kept me connected. I appreciate that so much!

I chose today to officially release the first single on Lung Records. Patrick Goddard's Apparition. I've known Pat since the third grade and we've survived a lot over those years. My son Isaac played drums on it and my brother Adam played sax, flute, melodica, and tambo as well. Lung Records is a way for me to celebrate the joy that music brings to me, my family, and my friends.

This week 100% of all sales for the 7-inch vinyl or downloads will go to the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. That also includes the sales from the pre-orders. Please support this great cause via the link below.

Thank you.

Take a breath.

David Beach
Follow Lung Records

Hello, world.

Here are all the places to give Lung Records all the follows:

It’s almost as if I put these links here for specific search engines to find and then index. What a weird idea! It would be even better if you (a real person) clicked on those links up there and then followed Lung Records on each of those sites. If you happen to be a Russian bot (Привет!), I’m not gonna tell you what to do, but you know, maybe tell your overlords to listen to our stuff and if they like it, give it a legit follow. Even Russian hacker type people like music, right? You need to listen to something while you work to dismantle democracies around the world.

Is MySpace still a thing? Let me check. Whoa! It seems like there’s actually something still there! Why? I can’t tell what is going on there. It looks like an entertainment wasteland. Do they really think side scrolling is a good idea? What about Friendster? Ew. Nope! Don’t go there.

Anyone remember iLike? It was a music social network. I actually really enjoyed that site and used it often to find music recommendations and people that liked similar stuff as me. I’m still friends with some of them, though we’ve never met. I wish it were still around.

My point is that there isn’t really a social network for music. There isn’t really a way to express yourself through your affinity for music, genres, bands, artists, etc. Apple tried. Twice. Failed. Spotify sort of has it, but they really don’t push the social part. You can follow an artist or a friend, but you feel isolated doing so. Facebook no longer encourages you to like music or band fan pages. Their advertising model killed that.

Music is a big part of people’s identity. What are you listening to? Who do you like? What have you discovered? There just doesn’t seem to be a healthy and thriving social experience for music anymore. Even blogs and other music publications are becoming less important and influential. Why?

With the playing field now totally leveled for musicians (thanks IUMA), it’s more important than ever for there to be curators and influencers (friends and pros) and even record labels. A music social network could provide an important service for the millions of people who are passionate about music.

Just a thought. Okay search engines and bots, do your thing. Follow this bitch.

David Beach
Lung Cancer Awareness

Part of the mission of Lung Records is to raise awareness for lung cancer and lung cancer research.

I was originally diagnosed with stage 1B lung cancer in February of 2009. I had surgery to remove the upper right lobe of my lung and then went through three months of chemotherapy. The cancer returned in late 2011. It was now Stage IV. Inoperable. I had 55 cycles of chemo over 4 years before I decided to roll the dice and take a “chemo-vacation”. I was exhausted and constantly sick. I wanted to do more with my life than work and recover from chemo.

Let’s talk about lung cancer. I need to be 100% clear about this. If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer. There is a terrible stigma associated with the disease. When you tell people you had lung cancer, people immediately think you smoked. They usually say to me, “Did you smoke?” They think you caused this by your poor decisions or weak constitution or something. You feel terrible if you haven’t smoked, imagine what you might feel like if you have. No one deserves lung cancer. I have never smoked. Not once. I haven’t been around smoke anymore than anyone else growing up in the 70,s 80s, and 90s. I didn’t live near radon and I haven't been exposed to asbestos. Like most people with cancer, I don’t know why I got it. Anyone can get lung cancer.

As you read below, you’ll see that I’m extremely lucky to be alive. And even though I’m in remission, I’ve been told that this will probably kill me one day. My goal is to keep it at bay as long as possible. I’ve been given an opportunity. I wanted to do something with that opportunity that gave me joy; and music gives me so much joy. I want to use this label and music as a platform to raise awareness and help fund the great non-profits that are spreading the word and helping people like me.

Lung Cancer Facts

According to the American Lung Association:

  • Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S. In 1987, it surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

  • An estimated 154,050 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer in 2018, accounting for approximately 25 percent of all cancer deaths.

  • The number of deaths caused by lung cancer peaked at 159,292 in 2005 and has since decreased by 6.5 percent to 148,945 in 2016.

  • The age-adjusted death rate for lung cancer is higher for men (46.7 per 100,000 persons) than for women (31.9 per 100,000 persons). It is similar for blacks (40.0 per 100,000 persons) and whites (39.2 per 100,000 persons) overall. However, black men have a far higher age-adjusted lung cancer death rate than white men, while black and white women have similar rates.

  • The lung cancer five-year survival rate (18.6 percent) is lower than many other leading cancer sites, such as colorectal (64.5 percent), breast (89.6 percent) and prostate (98.2 percent).

  • The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is 56 percent for cases detected when the disease is still localized (within the lungs). However, only 16 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at an early stage. For distant tumors (spread to other organs) the five-year survival rate is only 5 percent.

  • More than half of people with lung cancer die within one year of being diagnosed.

According to the Lung Cancer Foundation:

  1. Nearly 155,000 lives are lost annually.

  2. 154,050 people in the U.S. will die of lung cancer in 2018.

  3. More than the next 3 deadliest cancers combined (colorectal cancer 50,630, pancreatic cancer 44,330, breast cancer 41,400) – it accounts for 25% of all cancer deaths.

  4. Lung cancer kills 422 people every day.

  5. Every 3.4 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies of lung cancer.

  6. Lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as breast cancer and more than three times as many men as prostate cancer.

  7. Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer among women in the United States, surpassing breast cancer in 1987.

  8. It’s estimated that more than 70,000 American women will die of lung cancer in 2018.

  9. Lung cancer kills 193 women every day – 8 per hour, one death every 7 minutes.

  10. During the past 39 years, the lung cancer death rate has fallen 29% among men while increasing 102% among women. Since the peak death rate for men in 1990, the death rate for men has fallen 41%. Since the peak death rate for women in 2002, the death rate for women has fallen 15%.

Survival Facts

  1. Lung cancer has the lowest 5-year survival rate of the other most common cancers: only 18% (compared to prostate at 99%, breast at 90%, and colorectal 65%).

  2. Half of women (50.1%) diagnosed with lung cancer will survive one year. Only one in five women (22%) will survive five years.

  3. Among women, the lifetime risk of dying from lung cancer is 82% greater than the risk of dying from the next most likely cancer, breast.

  4. The risk of developing lung cancer in a woman’s lifetime is approximately 1 in 17 (6.04 %)

  5. Lung cancer diagnosed and treated at an early stage has a much higher survival rate, but most cases are not diagnosed until later stages.

  6. Only 18% of lung cancer cases among women are diagnosed early (localized/stage 1)

  7. If lung cancer is caught before it spreads, the likelihood of surviving 5 years or more improves to 55%.

  8. Early detection, by low-dose CT screening, can decrease lung cancer mortality by 14%-20% among high-risk populations

Because of the stigma, lung cancer research is severely underfunded. Although lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths, it is the least funded of all cancers per death. It’s no coincidence that fewer people are smoking but there are still more lung cancer diagnosis; it is not a smoker’s disease, it is everyone’s.

Great lung cancer organizations that need your support:

Announcing Our First Release: Patrick Goddard - Apparition

Available February 5th, 2019, Patrick Goddard - Apparition is a limited edition 7-inch single pressed on white vinyl at Erika Records in Buena Park, CA. It’s a post-punk-with-horns-and-vintage-keyboards smash hit! Also dub. Weird.

The story of this single is really the story about making this label. I’ve known Patrick since the 3rd grade. We grew up in Aptos and Santa Cruz together. This is California on the Monterey Bay, south of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The eighties. Kids surfed and skated and ate candy and read comic books. That’s about it. Pat and I did these things but we also listened to a lot of music. I think our love of music began with being corrupted by hearing Dr. Demento. We would sleep over at each others houses on Sunday nights during the summer and tune into KFAT on a transistor radio. We discovered the classics like Weird Al and Barnes and Barnes, but also Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, and The Residents.

Over the years Pat and I traded mix tapes and recommendations. Pat bought me The Replacements - Let It Be for my 16th birthday and Sonic Youth - Sister for another. We loved SST and The Minutemen, Meat Puppets and Husker Du. We took music pretty seriously. It certainly became a big part of our identities. I worked in record stores and Pat started bands. It kinda makes sense that we are still doing this.

When I decided to start up a label again, it was obvious to me who I wanted for the first release. Pat flew up from Long Beach to Portland and we got in at B-Side Studios with my friend Raymond Richards producing and engineering (Local Natives, LCD Soundsystem). My son, Isaac played drums on Apparition and my brother, Adam played sax and flute (and melodica). Raymond brought in some great Portland musicians to round things out. Knate Carter, Ji Tanzer, and Leon Cotter. Being in punk and noise pop bands, Pat said he never recorded with anything more than drums, bass, and guitar. It was fun to explore new dimensions to Pat’s post-punk sensibility.

I’m really happy about how all this came out. Pat and I are friends, but really family. We’ve been though some crazy shit in our lives. We’ve done our own thing, but have done more together, I think. It’s a highlight of my life to work with Pat like this.

You can order the single here or on Bandcamp. But really go to Bandcamp. You get the 7-inch and downloads of the A and B sides plus a bonus dub version of the B side!

With all Lung Records sales, a portion of the proceeds go to Lung Cancer Awareness organizations.

Oh one more thing, the cover photos and other photos of Patrick on this site were taken by Pat’s son Dylan! Kids make great free labor.



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