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MP3: the Cheater Slicks – “Love Ordeal”

MP3: Cheater-Slicks-Love Ordeal

The Cheater Slicks will release a new studio record Reality is a Grape on October 31st. It will be their first full on studio record since 2007’s Walk Into the Sea. They recorded and mixed it at CDR on 100% analog gear. The record was cut from tape at Musicol and pressed there. Made by hand in Columbus, OH w/ no digital processing whatsoever.

MP3: El Jesus de Magico – “Bone Knife”

MP3: El Jesus de Magico – Bone Knife

It seems like a lifetime ago, but it was 2008 when I saw El Jesus de Magico at the Wexner Center with These New Puritans. It was an odd pairing, an empty show and El Jesus didn’t make a believer out of me. Maybe it was an off night for the band. Maybe it was the room that seemed cavernous with only a handful of people there. Or maybe I was just grumpy. But each time I’ve seen El Jesus since, the band’s psychedelic experiments (and a few pop nuggets) have won me over.

Just Deserts, released Tuesday (1/24) on Columbus Discount Records, is EJDM’s eighth release. According to the band’s Tumblr, these songs have been around for quite a while, “culled from the last sessions we did at the O’Shaughnessy Funeral Home and Columbus Discount from tapes & reels of varying fidelity.” “Bone Knife,” track 3 on Side A, is one of the more structured songs on the LP.

With organist (and LP compiler/mixer) Tony Allman now in New York, Columbus shows are few and far between, but you can catch El Jesus de Magico Friday at Ace of Cups with Psandwich, Guinea Worms and Unholy Two. All proceeds and donations go to the Letha Rodman Melchior Cancer Fund. 9 pm, $7. (RSVP)

And just for kicks, here’s a picture of Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane buying EJDM’s Scalping the Guru while record shopping in Brooklyn (via Terrific Magazine): Continue reading

MP3: Cheater Slicks “Bruno’s Night Out (Live at Carabar)”

MP3: Bruno’s Night Out (live)

I’ma just let Columbus Discount tell it:

There are a few key things that make Columbus Ohio, in a cultural sense, a truly great city to live in. We are close to many ancient Native American earthworks, we’ve got the Wexner Center for the Arts, and we get to see the Cheater Slicks play live about twice a month. The raw power of the Slicks in Columbus on a good night, in a dirty club at 2:15AM, playing to 15 people really is one of the all time great rock and roll experiences.

The Cheater Slicks are nothing to fuck with in the studio, but when they are on a stage playing at crushing volumes and unleashing some of purest negative energy this side of a Celine novel, there is nothing like it. I’m rambling, but the point is, this is not one of those live records that was thrown together as some kind of vanity project for the band or something, this is a document of a very important part of what the Cheater Slicks are.

Cheater Slicks – Live, Vol. 1: 2010 is part of what will ultimately be a three LP collection and features 8 live cuts, highlighting a few of the best songs of the Cheater Slicks 20+ year career. The track list is assembled from three shows The Slicks performed in 2010, and the recordings were done on mobile multi-track recorders in order to accurately document the always powerful, often unhinged experience of Cheater Slicks live.

Edition of 500 LP’s. 100 clear, 400 black.

Where to buy this record after the jump:

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Video: Envelope, Adam Smith, & Jacoti Sommes Detail Making An Analog Hip Hop Record in 2011

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Columbus’s favorite son Envelope‘s upcoming EP, This Could Go Either Way, took a page from early Wu-Tang during the recording and editing process.   The analog Hip Hop record was produced by Jacoti Sommes, and recorded/engineered by Adam Smith at Columbus Discount Recordings so the three of them detail the #rare technology, process, and reasoning used for making an analog rap recording in 2011.

Envelope will perform at the Ohio Film and Music Festival this Saturday in Columbus, October 8th.

This Could Go Either Way will be released October 15th during Envelope & DJ Detox’s tour of Columbus Record Stores.

(video shot by Jared “Path” Young and his friend Logan)

MP3 Premiere: Psandwich – “Remystify”

MP3: We Remystify

Last week, CDR released Northren Psych, the long-awaited debut full-length from the mighty Psandwich. This local supergroup, which originally formed for an installment of the Rock Potluck, has handcrafted a fine album worthy of their oft-incendiary live shows. To celebrate the release, the band is holding an Album Release Party at Ace of Cups tonight, which will open with unannounced secret bands.

To prepare you for the show and album, check out the premiere of a new MP3 from Northren Psych entitled “We Remystify” as well as a video from a benefit show earlier this year.

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Friday at Carabar: CDR VIII featuring the True Believers

Reuniting for the first time in 20 years to celebrate the eighth year of Columbus Discount Records’ existence, the True Believers are:

Mike Rep
Tommy Jay
The General
Nudge Squidfish
Carla Lust

I’ll spare you my own version of the True Believers’ back story and instead point you to a description (complete with Amrep corrections) here and a 2005 interview with Mike Rep. Suffice it to say, it’s a pretty big deal that these guys (and girl) are reuniting in two days. Leave it to CDR. Accompanying the True Believers will be the Guinea Worms, Unholy Two, Altered States of the United Snakes and Jeff Fernengel. The show starts at 10pm, and (like all Carabar shows) it’s free.

In related news, Nudge has his own YouTube channel and has been uploading all sorts of insane videos for your viewing pleasure, from an hour-long 1992 V3 show to Tommy Jay and Nudge (“JayFish”) in black hoodies covering “White Rabbit” for the video camera in 2007. You can subscribe and/or check out a sampling after the jump. According to this site, some of these videos will be part of a program at the upcoming Ohio Film+Music Festival. (ht Wumme)
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Interview: Tony Allman and Mat Bisaro on tour with Dan Melchior und Das Menace

Wednesday night I hit up East London to catch the brilliant Dan Melchior perform songs from his latest record, Assemblage Blues (released by Siltbreeze). Aside from a keen interest in hearing his live show, I was proud to witness it feature two musicians well-known to the Columbus scene. Mat Bisaro (Guinea Worms, Necropolis) and Tony Allman (El Jesus de Magico) were chosen by Melchior for this ten date European tour through five countries.

I caught up with Mat and Tony for a bit after the show to chat about the tour and playing with Melchior.

DW: Did either of you work on Assemblage Blues?

Tony: He sent me stuff a long time ago, probably over a year ago now and some of it he’s gonna record hopefully with us at some point for and LP on Columbus Discount. One of the songs we played on was one of those. But normally he records everything himself.. the guitar, the vocals, the drums, the bass. So eventually we’re gonna try to do live recordings in Columbus.

DW: How did the two of you get hooked up with him to do this tour?

Mat: He put out two records with Adam and BJ on CDR and ended up being in town for their barbeque last year. Continue reading

Interview: Michael Carney Talks About the Grammy Award Winning Packaging of the Black Keys Album Brothers

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The Black Keys’s art director Michael Carney won a Grammy for the packaging of the the Black Keys’s album Brothers. The Black Keys also won Grammy’s for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals.

I interviewed Michael Carney back in December for an article that I wrote in the Other Paper when he was initially nominated.

Here is the full interview where Mike talks about what is unique about Brother’s packaging, CCAD, Columbus, and more.

Where were you when you found out you were nominated officially?

I was in my apartment in Fort Greene with my friend Mike Swen refreshing the Grammy’s website when my brother called and told me.

Are you going to the ceremony?


What was the last official ceremony that you have been to?

I guess graduation from Art School, unless a Trey Songs concert counts.

In this age of downloading…what role do you think art direction plays in what gets purchased, and what gets downloaded?

I have found in the past few years larger labels are actually willing to go over the top when it comes to packaging. It seems like right now it is really easy to get people to listen to your music, but to get people to actually buy it is a whole different story. There are so many bands that seem like they are huge because they get tons of press, but they don’t actually sell any records.

I don’t think good art direction means that a record will sell, but I do think that bad art direction could easily keep your record from selling. Continue reading

Melchior Cancer Fund

Dan Melchior has played here, and puts music out on Columbus Discount Records. Letha Melchior, Dan’s Partner has been diagnosed with Cancer. Please read this open letter that is circulating the internet that is signed by the CDR dudes amongst other rock luminaries asking for help with Letha’s medical bills. For more info and how to donate please click here.

As you probably know, the life of a musician playing independent music is not a lucrative one. So when one hits a snag in life that taps the resources and makes working an outside job impossible, times get really hard. This is where Dan and Letha Melchior find themselves right now. You know Dan as one of the best underground rock & roll songwriters around. He’s released records on labels such as In the Red, Hangman, S.S., Siltbreeze, Daggerman and others, and played with his bands the Broke Review and Das Menace, as well as Billy Childish and Holly Golightly. Letha is a member of Tretetam and Das Menace, a former member of Ruby Falls, and contributes to a lot of Dan’s record jacket art/design, not to mention Dan’s partner.

A few months ago Letha was diagnosed with cancer and since then she’s been in a pretty hard fight, requiring some operations and much treatment. She’s been unable to work. Dan’s role as her caretaker has taken him out of the work force. Letha has basic medical insurance but that really doesn’t mean a whole lot in the USA. Debt is piling up. And the state that they live in, North Carolina, doesn’t offer much in the way of aid. Dan and Letha need our help.

Independent of Dan and Letha, we are asking people to help them out. The Melchior name has given us a whole lot of great music; now it is time to give a little back. We know times are hard for a lot of people, so we are asking that you give what you can afford. Please know that the money donated to Dan and Letha goes directly to them via their paypal account.

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Scott Soriano (S.S. Records)
Tom Lax (Siltbreeze Records)
Rich Kroneiss (Terminal Boredom)
Brian Turner (WFMU)
Mario Solis (Plastic Idol Records)
Ryan Wells (Z Gun Magazine)
Eric Holmgren (Daggerman Records)
Mitch Cardwell (Budget Rock)
Jerry Connolly (SmartGuy Records)
Billy Childish (Hangman’s Daughter)
Steve Lowenthal (Swingset Magazine)
Erin Sullivan (A Frames/AFCGT)
Min Yee (A Frames/AFCGT)
Harry Howes (Almost Ready Records)
Brent Tipton (Dull Knife Records)
Benjamin Holesapple (Columbus Discount Records)
Adam Smith (Columbus Discount Records)
Sean Wright (Columbus Discount Records)
Shawn Reed (Night People)
Jeff Green (Sweet Rot Records)
Otis Hart (Dusted Magazine)
Allan Henry (Topplers Records)
Tim Foster (Trouble Makers/Losin’ Streaks)
Eric Friedl (Goner Records)
Zac Ives (Goner Records)
Larry Hardy (In the Red Records)
Pierluigi (Hate Records)
Tony Bedard (Hemlock Tavern/Hank IV)

Deathly Fighter Interview

Agit Reader posted an interview with Michael Carney of Deathly Fighter. Their album Completely Dusted is easily one of the best Columbus records of the year. With a little perspective it may be the best Columbus instrumental album since RJD2’s Deadringer or Blueprint’s Chamber Music. Time will tell on that idea.

Playing and collecting various synths is almost like a religion for you. So I’m interested, when it comes to making music, do you sway more towards Suicide or the classic Krauts, because I hear both.

MC: Obviously we listen to a lot of that stuff. Overall, it’s the idea that our music is relaxation. Usually it has more to do with the mindframe that the Kraut stuff is done in. But Suicide? You listen to a lot of those songs and as aggravating as it is, it’s also kind of calming. It has to do with all that. We’re not trained musicians by any means, there’s no guitar solos, and as corny as it sounds, it’s all about the vibe.

I guess the better question then is less about your influence and more about what you are trying to accomplish sonically. How much does the production of hip-hop factor in to what you’re doing?

MC: It’s funny that you ask that. Certain people who we’ve played it for hear that. Hip-hop from skate videos definitely play a role, even if we all have different opinions on what we hear. I met Christian through skateboarding with him eight or nine years ago—the original Deathly Fighter. And back then there was just certain hip-hop that fit well on punk and skate videos. When I create drums, it’s like how the Krauts were able to make something funky without it being funky. So I’m trying to find samples, or drum loops and such, that aren’t exactly funky and then try to make them funky.

read more of this interview on Agit Reader.