New Planet Trampoline returns after an 8-year hiatus with Dark Rides and Grim Visions, an expansive double-LP filled with melodic, experimental, and lyrically cryptic songs. The album veers between intricate psych-pop (“Ex-President”), raging garage-punk (“Nervous Intuition”), and multi-part prog epics (“Nearly Finished Face”) over the course of 69 mind-melting minutes.
Dark Rides and Grim Visions is available on digital, CD, and gatefold LP formats. Buy it now at BandCamp
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Now Available: The Action Janssen LP
The Action Janssen LP is a collection of outtakes and unreleased recordings by The It Men, The Hot Rails, and The Vista Cruisers.
Each of these bands shared a larger-than-life front man: Ken Janssen. Ken was diagnosed with ALS and passed away on January 1, 2015. These tracks capture the energy and wit that Ken brought to the stage as a performer, and remind us of the man whose friendship we dearly miss.
The Action Janssen LP was originally planned as a 7”/45 rpm single featuring the last It*Men recordings, with Fred Gunn of Hiram-Maxim taking over vocal duties due to Ken’s illness. That quickly became an E.P., then a full-length album, as more Janssen-era nuggets from The Vista Cruisers and The Hot Rails began to surface. The result is a kick-ass compilation showcasing some of the best no-frills rock’and’roll from Cleveland.
Available on vinyl, CD, and digital download.
Now available: Charles Hill Jr. – Shootin’ Man
Shootin’ Man is a heartfelt tribute to the sound of old-school country heroes like Willie Nelson, George Jones, and Merle Haggard. Limited copies were distributed earlier this year as part of a fundraiser for Cleveland musician and promoter Ken Janssen. The record is available nationally starting November 18 on Stow House Records, with the vinyl edition pressed and distributed by Gotta Groove Records.
“That love of a bygone era permeates Hill’s new album, a terrific collection of tunes that sound like they came out of a different decade.”
– Jeff Niesel, Cleveland Scene
Now available: The Last Waltz of The It*Men DVD!
In October of 2012, Cleveland musician/promoter/party animal Ken Janssen was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. A successful fundraiser and benefit concert took place at the Beachland Ballroom on June 1st, 2013 to help defray the large amount of medical expenses that Ken incurred with his diagnosis.
This DVD documents the final performance of his band, The It*Men, as they tear through their entire musical catalog accompanied by 13 guest singers from Cleveland acts such as Cobra Verde, The New Lou Reeds, and Kill The Hippies.
Extremely limited edition - only 25 DVDs left!
Also available: The It*Men: Greatest It*s deluxe reissue available on double vinyl and CD!
First time on vinyl: A double dose of raw, undiluted Cleveland garage punk! Contains the 2004 debut of this Ohio supergroup, plus six new tracks recorded in 2013. Two black vinyl discs housed in gatefold sleeve with hilariously inaccurate liner notes. Includes download code.
“A shotgun marriage of Stooges/MC5 Motor City fuh and Pere Ubu/Electric Eels Clevo art-skronk.”
– Fred Mills, Blurt Magazine
"An effortless 1970's power and acumen...imaginative and fearless!"
– Malcolm Dome, Classic Rock AOR Magazine
“Rips the roof off with a destructive brew of Dead Boys aggression and Deep Purple “Machine Head”-era hard hitting anthems.”
– Kevin McGovern, Fear & Loathing in Long Beach
"Greatest Its is a giant razzberry blown in the Grim Reaper's face."
– The Stash Dauber
CD and Digital versions also available.