Different Folk Records proudly announces Bird Ritual Interrupted, the first vinyl release from Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s JAS Quintet. Recorded January 2019 at Ware House Productions in Omaha, the album will be released June 7th on all digital platforms, CD, and vinyl. Pre-order now and pay no shipping through 6/7 (use the discount code BIRD at checkout!)
Brandston‘s reissue campaign continues with debut album, Letterbox coming toSteadfast Records on April 12, 2019. Cleveland’s Brandtson – favorites of the 90’s emo-punk era – stood out with a pop-leaning punk sound highlighted by their intricate and infectious dual vocal harmonies and dueling guitar lines. Led by the anthemic charge of “Blindspot” and the starkly evocative “January”; their debut album, Letterbox, is a love letter to the beginning phases of their marriage of pop-leaning hooks and their hardcore punk past.
Originally released on Steadfast Records in 1997 and reissued the following year on Deep Elm Records, Steadfast Records is reissuing the album on limited edition vinyl and cassette for the very first time. The vinyl is limited to 500 total copies, housed in a gorgeous gatefold jacket, featuring restored and expanded artwork from the original Steadfast Records release.
Dirk Mustang is the alter ego of singer/songwriter Marcus Antoni is his epic music project attributed to hard rock and hairbands of the 1980’s. The album aims to deliver a concise articulation of the various forms of rock that evolved starting with arena rock, to the pivotal decline and eventual demise of the styles with the advent of hairband and glam that quickly disappeared in the early 90’s. Each song is like a trip back to the 80’s genre, and highlights what Marcus believed to be the best of the artistic styles that dominated the MTV generation and radio formats of the time.
The name of the album is a clear
defense of the music Marcus (Dirk Mustang) and so many others grew up loving
and listening to and still do to this very day.
The music has become somewhat of a novelty and although many discarded it as a very decadent and narrow style, many guitarists secretly revel in the amazing six string gods who flourished during this time of no holds barred technique which spawned many of the amazing legends who are still touring today. After spending two years on “Leave My 80’s Alone” in his home studio (Green Room Studio) giving much care to detail and performance, if you listen closely, you can hear the crowds screaming and see the lighters held up high!
The Center Pivot Library is a five-book, five-record collection that contains the following: Cool Pastoral Splendor, An Equine Anthology, This Road Leads to Nowhere, Future Rural Archive and Star Route 1. (All Last Chance Press and Jap Sam Books, 2018). Includes collaborative materials from M12 with Daniel Bachman, Anna Bierbrauer and Sarah Schultz, Temple Grandin, Wes Janz, Mary Rothlisberger, Kurt Wagner and many others. Edited by Josh Garrett-Davis, Margo Handwerker, Chris Sauter and Richard Saxton, Design by Peter de Kan. Order Now.
Who is the hardest working man in show business? It could well be Cleveland’s own Chris Allen. The leader of the much-loved now defunct Rosavelt, besides his active solo career, he currently plays in The Lonesome Stars, The Scar Lovers, The Boys From The County Hell and the holiday season collective, The Ohio City Singers.
Produced by the legendary Don Dixon, Acetate is Chris’ third solo release, and the first committed to vinyl. Take it from Dixon himself; “Chris Allen is the most underrated songwriter in the country. People like Jeff Tweedy and Ryan Adams ought to be hiding outside his house going through his trash looking for castoff material. Chris has a laser eye. ‘Acetate’ is my favorite, but I love every record I’ve done with him.”
Hear for yourself by picking up a copy of Acetate at
We love indie record stores here at GGR…so, when our friends at Hear/Say Magazine mentioned that they had a Pitchfork Music Fest ticket giveaway contest going on with a bunch of indie retailers in the midwest, well, we just had to spread the word….
Check out this lovely slice of latin soul & hip hop from Pittsburgh guitarist Carlos Pena with a little help from other Steel City musicians: drummer & singer Gene Stovall, MC Billy Pilgrim, and MC/DJ Omar-Abdul. Available here on 7″ only!
Hometown boys Prisoners enlisted GGR to press their new album, Back In The USSA this month — Jason Look and Ron Urch from the band dropped by to check things out and pick up their records when they were finished last week. Check them out when you are in Cleveland, or via their myspace page