We are very pleased to let you now about a new feature on our website, our Shopping Resources page! CLICK HERE to discover all kinds of on-line shopping opportunities at over thirty on-line music related and e-commerce stores.

Rat Wakes Red will appear at The Quiet Storm in Pittsburgh on Saturday, November 25th and has upcoming shows at Sin-é and the Brooklyn Lyceum. CLICK HERE for all the details...

Listen to the Rat Wakes Red interview on Head Case Radio! Just click on your favorite format:
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"Galaxy" from Horizon Drops is being featured on CMJ's Download This! Click here to download it for free.

New reviews for Horizon Drops and Dizzy on Daddy have just been published in the most recent issues of The Big Takeover and Grave Concerns E-zine. Check them out here!

You can now download our albums on iTunes! Also, check out eMusic and Audio Lunchbox for downloads and free trials! Click here...

"Weekend" is now available for free download at our page on for a limited time only so check back periodically for new free downloads. Also, pics only seen on MySpace along with a new page look and lots of new friends/fans. So please come visit RWR there!

Lollipop Magazine will feature "Ground" from Horizon Drops on its upcoming Mp3 CD Compilation Issue #69.

RWR is going visual. Videos for "Weekend" and "Anyway Now" are in the works!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the "Horizon Drops" CD release show at Scenic in NYC on 12/16. Check out our e-card archive for past shows here. Preview audio samples and listen to complete tracks of "Horizon Drops" here.

Join us in two weeks on December 16th for the CD release show of "Horizon Drops" at Scenic in NYC with Kansas State Flower. Click here for all the details. We hope to see you all on the 16th!

"Horizon Drops" and the "Weekend" EP are available now! Click here to listen and here to order. "Horizon Drops" is being promoted to 550 stations in the US and Canada. "Galaxy" is already a favorite at KUMD at the University of Minnesota. Call your local radio and college radio stations to request Rat Wakes Red. Check back at our live page for details of the upcoming CD release show at Scenic in NYC on December 16th.

Rat Wakes Red to appear in A Benefit for Jet Clark at Scenic in NYC on August 30th...with performances by: Jonny, Max & Rachel, Jessica Rabbit, Table Twelve, Jen Eurban & Her Box; Party all night with DJ's Aldo Hernandez and Kari Krome (of The Runaways)...Click here for details.

Rat Wakes Red will be playing the Knitting Factory Tap Bar on April 13th. Click here for details. The evening will open with Maroon, Table Twelve and Poor Dears Dead Everything. Looking forward to seeing you all on April 13th!

Rat Wakes Red kicks off the new year with a show in the Boston area at The Middle East Club Downstairs with Stringtheory, Motherseat and Seduce The Enemy. Hope to see you all there!

Rat Wakes Red wishes all of you a very happy holiday and healthy new year! We are closing out 2004 with shows in NYC and Boston.
First, RWR has a return perfomance at The Mercury Lounge in NYC and then an appearance at T.T. the Bear's up in Cambridge, MA.
Hope to see you all there!

Rat Wakes Red performed in a Benefit for the Mississippi Project of the CUNY School of Law at Arlene's Grocery on November 28th.
Mississippi Project of the CUNY School of Law sends law student volunteers to Mississippi each winter break to work with various civil rights organizations as well as community and public interest groups. The project works on a broad range of civil rights violations.

Also, if you are in the Philadelphia area on December 15th come hear Rat Wakes Red at The Fire.

Rat Wakes Red will appear at the Mercury Lounge on November 14th. Also, RWR will play The Fire in Philadelphia on December 15th.

Check out the new Rat Wakes Red page on the Ectophiles' Guide To Good Music. It's an excellent site and it's great to be liseted on it.

Click here for all the info about the next show on June 12th at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA. RE: "Horizon Drops", master is in hand and artwork is on its way!

Rat Wakes Red will play the Knitting Factory Tap Bar on January 24th. James will be joined by Matt Raftery on drums playing all new material from the soon to be released album "Horizon Drops". James will also take advantage of the club's great Yamaha baby grand and unveil some new piano songs.

Thanks to all those who came out to Maxwell's. You guys and "Isabel" blew so much great energy into the show. It was a terrific evening. Check out the LIVE page for all the details of the upcoming show at the Knitting Factory. Hope to see you there... J.

I am pleased to tell you that the Blackout of 2003 didn't cheat us out of anything after all. The show with Bob Mould has indeed been re-scheduled! Hope to see you all there. It will be a really wonderful evening.

So, Blackout 2003 cheated us out of was shaping up to be a pretty cool evening opening up for Bob Mould. I mean, what's a boy to do? I stood outside and got to know some of my neighbors who I might not have otherwise met and got drunk on Heineken while watching hordes of people looking like refugees walking past my apartment on their way home from midtown Manhattan. Some had to walk all the way to Coney Island still. All in the pitch black. I at least was home. Anyway, that's pretty much what I ended up doing. I hope everyone out there fared alright. We are hoping to re-schedule. As soon as something happens, I'll post it on the site. J.

I am pleased to announce that I will open for Bob Mould next Thursday, August 14 at Maxwell's in Hoboken. This will be a solo-acoustic evening and should sell out fast, so if you want to go, please go to Other Music in Manhattan or for you Jersey Children, head to Maxwell's to get tickets. You can also go to

Our recording studio is moving (and expanding!), so yet another delay has pushed Horizon Drops back a bit. Do not despair. The studio should be up and running in a couple weeks. In the meantime, RWR is making plans to shoot a video for Anyway Now from the new CD.
James will direct. We hope to include it on the album.

Dear Friends, I have not forgotten you. Work on the new album has been a slower process than expected, but the work continues nonetheless. We are smack dab in the middle of mixing and want more than anything to bring this record to you as soon as possible, and rest assured it will arrive this year. Oh, and just to whet your whistle, the working title is Horizon Drops. Can't wait to drop it on you.
Stay well, J.

Greetings from the depths of the studio...the new album is going great. It's got me jumping around all over my house. I can't wait for you to hear it. As somber and acoustic as Dizzy on Daddy was, this one will be quite the opposite. As soon as I can, I'll post a song for you all so you can hear what I'm talking about. In the meantime, we'll be hard at work here at Rat Disk putting the album together and getting the new website up and running. Also expect lots of live shows in 2003 and even a second, more subdued album (yes, it seems I've gone and started two albums). Christy Davis (ex-Mold) has recorded the last of her drum tracks and will be leaving the rat's nest to make room for my brother Matt Raftery (No December) who will taking her place for a while. We'll all miss her around here but wait till you hear her awesome drumming! Don't worry, though. Matt's kickass. Until next time, J.

Rat Wakes Red performed at the first annual Dewey Beach Festival in Delaware on Saturday, September 28th. The show starteed at 9 PM at The Waterfront and consisted of lots of new songs from the new album, still in progress.

Work continues on the new album, with Christy Davis (ex-Mold) finishing up drum tracks this month. We are deep into it, and should have something for you all to hear in the fall.

On July 4th, James gave an on-air interview with XM Satellite Radio on their Unsigned station, which is curated by Pat Dinizio from The Smithereens. James was invited by station 52 to call on July 4th to talk about work on the new album and to introduce the cut Last Gasp from the album Dizzy on Daddy, which has gotten lots of airplay on XM.


Thanks to all who came to see me at Maxwell's in April and May opening for Hayden and Sloan. Your support means a lot.

The new RAT T-shirt is in! Featuring the famous RAT logo designed by James himself, it is available in every size. Child's Large,S,M,L,XL. Red logo on Black shirt. $15. To be the first on your block to wear it, CLICK HERE.

Rat has gone back in the studio with producer Jeral Benjamin to commit to permanency a slew of songs that have been simmering. Not sure when to emerge, he will be making live appearances along the way to satiate the still hungry who have been asking themselves,
"When, oh when, are we to expect the next Rat Wakes Red album?!!" Well, to them I say, the vibrations have already begun. All that is needed now is patience. See you at the next show, J.

Some news picks from the last couple years:

RWR opens for Hayden and once again for Sloan at Maxwell's in Hoboken, 2002.

RWR plays in the esteemed Nova Nights series sponsored by Nova Social on August 9, 2001.

RWR plays Colby College again, May 2001.

"Gold" and "Venus Lover" performed live on now-defunct on August 31, 2000. Pseudo holds footage hostage.

Live radio appearances in 2000/1 included WBRS in Waltham, MA and WMHB in Waterville, ME.

Spring/summer 2000 touring included appearances at Colby College in Maine,
The Kendall Cafe, The Attic and Fire & Water Cafe in Massachusetts, Arlene Grocery, The C-Note and The Living Room in NYC.

RWR hits CMJ Top 30 in 2000 on WMHB, WIUV, WMWM, WCFM, WVOF and was heard on WNEC, WFMU, WGDR, WHUS, WZLY,
and 40 other stations. CLICK HERE for all of the stations that have played Rat Wakes Red - call and request!! 

 "Gold" featured on Magnet Magazine's Year in Music CD Sampler, Jan./Feb. 2000 Issue. 

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