Deals Of The Day
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.
Hello everybody we have a lot of exciting things on the docket for 2015 – this may only be exciting to me but we are changing our hours after nearly 5 years on the same schedule. Starting this week our new hours will be:
Please mark your calendars accordingly and thanks for all the continued support!
Hello Everyone – here are our hours for this week:
Tuesday 12/23 – 11:00am-8:00pm
Wednesday 12/24 – 10:00am-1:00pm
Thursday 12/25 – Closed
Friday We resume with normal hours
We will also close early on 12/31 and be closed 1/1
In Conjunction With The Three Rivers Film Festival: Tonight at 9pm at the Brillobox - 4104 Penn Ave - we are proud to present a night of local music and video collaborations. This is an official Microcinema event of The Three Rivers Film Festival and we are honored to be involved. This program showcases different ways that bands and musicians based in the Pittsburgh region are using the video medium to raise awareness of their music and themselves – ranging from music videos, short documentaries to narratives. A portion of this program’s content was created by us but the majority of the pieces shown were created independently by local musicians. We will be debuting a new video at the showing tonight and it would be great to see as many friendly faces there as possible – so please come on out!
On Saturday we will be releasing our last record of the year – our latest reissue is of the 2002 Self Titled Modey Lemon record. This is a split release with A-F Records, who originally released the recording as a CD and it has been great to work together on this release. I have been a long time Modey Lemon fan and this is a recording that is long over due for vinyl treatment. This will be for sale starting Saturday at Mind Cure. Also on Saturday Pittsburgh’s newest coolest record label – Omentum Records – will be releasing another Modey Lemon reissue of their demo ‘House on the Hill.’ We will have copies of both records for sale at opening time Saturday. I know that’s all a little confusing, but there are 2 records and 3 labels working together to bring you LPs from a 2 piece band. Can you keep all that straight?
Hope to see you tonight, and if not see you Saturday, keep thrashin!
I realize that it’s been a little quiet around Mind Cure since we wrapped up the Singles Series this summer, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t been hard at work getting some new (and old) records put together, so as we head into fall here are 3 new records that are sure to distract you from the days getting shorter and in the influx of jaywalking freshman collage students around town.
First off, in the continuing series of archival and reissue records that we have been working on the earliest demo from Pittsburgh’s own pioneers of Post-Punk, The Bats. This is not The Bats from New Zealand, this is not The Bats from Hamburg, this is not The Bats from wherever else, this is The Bats from Pittsburgh. This recording catches The Bats in their earliest incarnation that lasted long enough to record this demo and play one show (which comes as a bonus on the download card provided with this record). With the lineup of Lee Skirbol on Bass, Mark ‘Magee’ Miller on Drums, Michael Chabon on Vocals, Ruth Ann Schmidt and Sam Matthews on Guitars this version of The Bats kicks out 4 tracks with a perfect balance of jigsaw guitar, death-dirge bass and snotty vocals. These recordings were carefully transferred, restored and remastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound and have never sounded better!
In the arena of more current sounds are 2 split 7ins that match Pittsburgh bands with national acts:
Pittsburgh’s masters of Punk and destruction, EEL, have teamed up with Nashville’s sadly defunct Pissbath for a summit of chaos. This record, featuring 4 brand new EEL tracks and 2 unreleased Pissbath tracks, is a low-fi assault sure to shred your speakers and make you pogo. Limited to 500 copies worldwide.
Proving that Punk Rock is not a young man’s game, Pittsburgh’s legendary Submachine teams up with Oakland’s soon to be legendary Kicker in an east (sort of) meets west show down. Featuring brand recording from both bands. A split with Inimical Records. Mind Cure copies on Neon Piss colored vinyl. Check with Inimical records for Chelsea blue copies.
Copies of these releases are on sale now at Mind Cure and will be in other stores and distros soon!