The Rum Diary is also a band from Cotati, California; which plays an atmospheric/soundtrack/emo style of music using a range of instruments including a moog, two basses, and two drums, in recordings. First appearing on Don Lee Records' Translation.Music CD compilation, which was packaged in a square manilla envelop and included a puzzle piece within, and a 1 cent stamp on the outside as part of the design.

The band's sound is airy and sort of blends in the background in a similar fashion as a Galaxie 500 or Jupiter Sun song; but with the indie tones of bands like Modest Mouse, Mogwai, and Radiohead's music, using echoing drum beats and lonely vocals. At live shows, they usually project old film pieces on the backstage as the show progresses.