Deals Of The Day
I am excited to announce that as of August 1st Mind Cure Records is changing. John Villegas, who has been putting out, promoting and writing about underground music for years will be taking over the store as his own and run it under the name Cruel Noise Records. I can’t imagine a better person to step behind the counter and take the reins. John is already a cornerstone of both the Underground music and Polish Hill communities and I have no doubt that he will do a lot with what was started under the Mind Cure banner and make it his own.
To be clear I am not retiring from records, I will still be buying and selling used records and record collections independently but I need some time to take a step back from the day-to-day operations of a store and regroup.
Mind Cure Records the label will continue and the Pittsburgh Punk documentary ‘Give us a Chance’ will be finished this year. The Mind Cure Annex location inside the Commonwealth Press store in Mt. Lebanon will continue on under their watch to ensure that Washington Road’s music needs are met.
Thanks to everybody who has come through the store and supported me and Mind Cure over the years – please continue to do so for John and Cruel Noise as he continues to use this space to promote and sell the finest in Underground music.
We will continue with regular hours until July 18th and then close to allow John time to get the store set up to open for business on Tuesday August 2nd. It has been a great 6 years at 3138 Dobson St and I couldn’t have done it without the help of a lot of people and the community on Polish Hill.
If you have any questions or have records to sell you can still reach me at (412) 500-6756 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Seamans/Mind Cure Records
This is a project that I started working on several years ago. It was ultimately sidetracked by a much bigger project that grew out of these interviews that I continue to work on and hope to have finished soon. The initial idea was to make 3 short movies that cover the 3 different eras of Mind Cure Records – represented by the 3 different people who have run the label over the years. This is the first in that three part series focused on Mike LaVella. I hope you enjoy it. Camera by Joe Seamans and Christopher Smalley editing by Christopher Smalley.
Sorry Folks but we are closing early Saturday 9/26 for a wedding – we will be open until 3pm and then back open with regular hours, 12-5, tomorrow (Sunday). Sorry for any inconvenience!
My Apologies For Being Out of Touch Recently
There Has Been A Lot in The Works
It has been awhile since the last update:
Things have been super busy over the last few weeks at Mind Cure and has sometimes happens the digital face of the goings on at 3138 Dobson St falls by the wayside while I try and keep things moving the tangible world – certainly not for a lack of things to report on.
Last week the first two releases of the year on the Mind Cure label came out – don’t get me started they were supposed to be done in February – and I am super psyched to finally be able to talk about them: venturing outside of the Pittsburgh area for the first time Mind Cure has stepped out of the geographic boundaries that have defined the label up to this point with two reissues from Harrisburg’s Billy Synth.
After stumbling on one of Billy’s records late last year I contacted him immediatly – by writing the address on the back of the 30+ year old record – and began working out the details to get these records back out into the world. Rather than describe Billy’s sounds with his band The Turn Ups and solo just follow this link and this link and hear for yourself.
The first reissue is of Billy Synth and The Turn Ups’ first LP “Off the Deep End.” Originally pressed in an edition of 300 copies, this LP regularly fetches over $100 if you can find one and is worth every penny. This remastered version is much more affordable, features a previously unreleased track and liner notes from Mind-Cure-Phase-II-label-head and current record-salesman-royalty Dave Martin.
The second LP is a compilation of tracks spanning Billy’s solo releases, his bands The Janitors and The Turn UPs and gonzo liner notes by Wolf Eyes John Olson.
There are limited edition versions of each release on color vinyl and an even more limited version with a Mike Budai screen print (well, two prints one for each record).
Our next big piece of news is that we are expanding! Come celebrate with us tonight – yup tonight Friday August the 7th- as we kick off our new annex space inside the Commonwealth Press store on Washington Rd in Mt Lebanon – 691 Washington Rd to be exact. Things are going to get started at 7pm and are coinciding with the first Friday goings on in Mt Lebanon so it should be a great night to walk around and see the sights – and eat a slice from A’Pizza Badamo, some of the best pie in town.
Besides all that things at the store – do I now say main store? OG Store? Mind Cure Classic? – are crazy as always with new releases coming in everyday, TONS of used records coming in the door and the day to day hijinks that continue and will continue at 3138 Dobson St. As always we hope to see you soon and make sure to KEEP THRASHIN!
Record Store Day is Tomorrow
We Have a Lot to Tell You About
It’s almost here – Record Store Day: As usual we at Mind Cure are super excited for Record Store day – which will kick off at our regular Saturday time of 11am tomorrow.
We have picked up a small batch of RSD specific releases from our staple labels – Light in the Attic, Third Man, Death Waltz, Superior Viaduct and others, but what we are really excited about is a huge used LP collection that is going out in celebration of RSD. This 1,000+ piece collection is not only notable because of the great records, but also it’s condition – most of these records were played one time, taped and then shelved never to be played again. There are great records – and near discographies – from must own artists like Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Kinks, Hendrix to name a few as well as some harder to find artists like Kraftwerk, Heldon, Misfits, Eno, Mission of Burma and lots more.
The full details of what all is happening here tomorrow is summed up in this video which I encourage you to watch so that you can plan your RSD accordingly.
We hope to see you tomorrow and also that you will make the rounds and support as many stores as possible here in town!
Hi Folks! We are going to be closed for a few days so I can get in some much needed vacation – Thursday 4/9-Tuesday 4/14 we will not be open (it is possible the store will be open Saturday and Sunday, call ahead if you plan on stopping by). We will be back open and pricing up tons of used record for RSD on Wednesday.