• Breaking News : Universe People Disband!

    Taken from the band:

    NEWS ALERT: Universe People is saying FAREWELL!!

    It was about 5 years ago that I had a couple of cocktails with Kellie Payne at a bar in our neighborhood of Georgetown and I asked her to be in what would be a band called Universe People and she said "yep..." I was stoked, and that was the beginning.

    Universe People put out 2 great records with 2 great line-ups: "Go to the Sun" (Little Black Cloud Records) with Kellie Payne on bass/vocals and Dave Ramm on drums. And Universe People "are Coming to the Dance" (Dragnet Records) with Kimberly Morrison on bass/vocals and Min Yee on drums.

    I love this band and I love the people that have been a part of it! But it's time for a change and we didn't want to gradually disappear without saying goodbye properly. SO....

    Come see us play our LAST 2 SHOWS EVER!!!!

    @ Chop Suey, Saturday 10/2 w/ CHILDBIRTH for their record release! (We will have a special surprise guest playing with us that night.)

    AND....our very last show....
    @ the Funhouse, Saturday 10/17 w/ The URINALS!!!!

    We also have THREE NEW SONGS recorded!! These will be available on bandcamp to download in October. More on that soon....

    You can see my amazing and talented bandmates playing in their other bands: Kimberly in (hot riffage) SSDD! and Min in the fabulous Dreamsalon (rare appearances these days, so don't miss them if they play!)

    After schlepping amplifiers up and down various venue stairs for 25 years I am ready to put my feet up and just record some projects in the comfort of my own home. I'll make sure anything worthwhile that transpires is posted somewhere.

    Lots of love and thanks,
    Your gracefully retired Universe person,
    Jo Claxton XOXO


    I am so honored I was able to be release the band's debut release and feel fortunate that post band break up, I have some damn fine friends out of the members of the band. I raise my glass to them and ask for once last shake from the cabana boy. RIP to a band well done. 


  • Positive No - Glossa - Pre-Order Now!


    We are so excited to share the details of the new Positive No debut long player entitled Glossa.

    But first, did you see that NPR Music premiered the first Positive No single and video? The video is a spoof on Heavy Metal Parking Lot. We reimagined the theme as Indie Rock Parking Lot set in the '90s. 

    Now more about Glossa - OUT SEPTEMBER 18th! 

    Positive No’s debut full length release is entitled Glossa. These 12 songs are a custom dictionary that illustrate and capture snapshots in time. Some are deeply personal modern tales dotted with local color while other expressions reflect ancient history from as far away as Iceland. Here guitars, bass, and drums burst like synchronized fireworks (think dynamic energy of the Chapel Hill guitar bands in the ‘90s - Archers of Loaf, Superchunk, and Polvo) while complex vocal melodies dart between the rawness of PJ Harvey and the twee charge of Amelia Fletcher from Heavenly.

    Lyrics are the fuel behind these moody pyrotechnics and for this reason the band has also created a 7” x 7” 26 page full color book. Band member and graphic designer Kenneth Close has produced a total of 12 unique art pieces partnered with the lyrics. In turn every song on Glossa has been treated like a short story worthy of its own book cover. For those who appreciate Factory Records or 4AD for their the album art as well as the music, this small book (that also comes with a digital download that doubles as a bookmark) will speak volumes. The meticulous attention to detail in the music, the words, and the packaging is staggering. 

    *** The CD and cassette version is being produced by our friends at Negative Fun Records ***

    *** You can pre-order the book, CD, or tape through us (see the "STORE" link above) or via Negative Fun Records. ***


         Positive No Summer / Fall Tour Dates

    • 8/15 Gallery 5 - Richmond, VA Commonwealth of Notions (Festival)
    • 9/2 Roanoke, VA w/ Eternal Summers
    • 9/12 Legends - Raleigh, NC Negative Fun Hopscotch day party
    • 9/18 Gallery 5 - Richmond, VA Record Release Party w/ very special guests
    • 9/19 The Bathtub Republic - Washington, DC
    • 10/1 Boot & Saddle - Philladelphia, PA w /Maritime
    • 10/2 TBD 
    • 10/3 Hifi Bar - New York, NY
    • 10/4 WPRB (studio performance) - Princeton , NJ

  • Happy Holidays!

    Happy Holidays!

    A big update on Positive No coming soon! We still have a few more Teargas Rock records so grab one (or a few) while you still can! Thank you all for your support of LBC over the last six years. 

  • Teargas Rock Quick Update


         We had an issue at the pressing plant that caused the need for a total repress but the good news is that they are done and are scheduled to arrive next week. Assuming there are no issues with the pressing, the pre-orders (and thank you for that!) will ship on 8/22.

        My apologies for the delay. Record Store Day continues to bog down pressing plants and then sometimes funky stuff happens when records go to press. Earning the name Little Black Cloud one release at a time.

    Thank you for your support and patience,


  • Teargas Rock : OUT NOW (Sort of)

    The Teargas Rock release came out today in digital land. It should be available via all your usual favorite digital webstores right now.

    We would also like to extend a huge thank you to all who have pre-ordered the vinyl. The pressing plant promises it will ship to me this week (they blame Record Store Day back ups for the delay) and in turn I will get it out to everyone shortly after that.

    Stay tuned for an update on when we expect to ship them. To show my appreciation for your orders and patience, we will be shipping a little bonus treat as a thank you. 

  • July Web Store Super Sale Starts Today

    Welcome to our very first label sale. We have been around for a little over 5 years and it is time to clean house a bit as well as raise some money for future releases. We have marked down just about everything in the web store, some as much as 40% off. The sale will run for the entire month of July or until items sell out.

    As far as what else is going on at the Little Black Cloud world headquarters, see below. Lot's of opportunity to see our bands play live this month. 

    The Teargas Rock LP is still scheduled for August 5th. Pressing plants are forever backed up these days because of Record Store Day madness but as soon as I get a firm ship date, I will put up a pre-order page. Reminder: it will be limited to a mere 300 copies. In other amazing news, THE BAND IS PLAYING A FEW SHOWS ! ! !  This is a huge deal as the band only played one show back in the early 2000s before breaking up. 

    Teargas Rock Tour Dates: 

    * Friday, July 25th / Wolf Cycles / Philly, PA / 7:30: Teargas Rock, ADVLTS, Hound, Bad Energy

    * Saturday, July 26th / The Silent Barn / Brooklyn, NY / 8PM : Teargas Rock, ADVLTS, Hound, Nabrok

    * Sunday, July 27th / Otto Bar Upstairs / Baltimore, MD : Teargas Rock, ADVLTS

    * Friday, August 29th / Black Iris Studio / Richmond, VA / 8PM :  Teargas Rock, Alarms & Control (Dischord Records), Positive No


    Stephen Brodsky is hitting the road this month with Emma Ruth Rundle and there might just be a special surprise or two coming soon along the lines of another free download by the man himself. A man of many musical projects, Mutoid Man is still going strong and recently signed to Sargent House.

     Brodsky Solo Dates:

     * 7/13 Brooklyn, St. Vitus with Stephen Brodsky, Jason Bartell

     * 7/15 Philadelphia, Bourbon and branch with Stephen Brodsky, Jason Bartell

     * 7/16 Washington DC, DC-9 with Stephen Brodsky


    This summer Positive No is laying low, writing songs for our first full length. and plotting how to raise the funds to record (fear not, no Kickstarter nonsense from us). All of the funds from the Positive No sales this month will go towards the cause.

    Two Shows:

    * Friday, August 8th / Gallery 5 / Richmond, VA : Hoax Hunters Record Release Party, Dave Watkins / Positive No

    * Friday, August 29th / Black Iris Studio / Richmond, VA / 8PM : Chain & The Gang, Teargas Rock, Positive No



     The Universe People have a brand new release out RIGHT NOW  ! ! ! The self released digital album is available here. They also have a new video, check it out! They also have vinyl coming soon - stay tuned for more information on that.



    Universe People Tour Dates :

    * 7/10 - Sunset Tavern / Seattle, WA

    * 7/19 - Foggy Notion / Portland, OR

    * 7/22 - Chop Suey / Seattle, WA



    Malhombre is playing an early show this week here in Richmond, VA. The show is part of Anti-Mag's Happy Hour series and runs from 5PM to 7PM. Malhombre will go on no later than 6.


    Check out footage from a recent live performance here.

  • Teargas Rock, FINALLY ! ! !

    Big news! The Teargas Rock LP is happening and scheduled for Summer of 2014 ! ! !

    For those who don’t know the Teargas Rock story, it is close to my heart because it links two places I have called home, New Jersey & Richmond as well as some people I have had the pleasure of calling friends for nearly 20 years.

    Adam was a member of Born Against, who like me came from the underground music scene in the NYC area during the early ‘90s (we lived down the street from each other in Jersey City). He eventually moved to Richmond, VA and started a new band called the (Young) Pioneers that included a bass player named Marty (most recently playing with Teddy Leo). The (Young) Pioneers broke up in 1999 but then Adam and Marty started a new band called Teargas Rock with drummer Randy (The Great Unraveling). They recorded a handful of songs, planned to release it via Troubleman Records but when the band broke up in 2000, the release was shelved.

    Amazingly, even though I was in a band with a few releases on Troubleman and call two of the members of Teargas Rock good friends, I truthfully had absolutely no idea that this band or these songs ever existed. A mutual friend asked me about their record last year and I had to confess that I had no idea what he was talking about. I quickly discovered Teargas Rock did in fact exist but because they were only around for a year, their record never saw the light of day, and they only played live once, very few people know of this band at all.

    Once I had the opportunity to finally hear these songs, I knew I had to release it. They capture a classic, raw, energetic garage rock style that I LOVE - think Rocket From the Crypt below the Mason-Dixon line. This self titled record isn’t just a must own for the ‘90s hardcore band family tree completest, it is worth owning because the song writing quality is tremendous and timeless.

    All 7 songs have been remastered and will be available in the digital format and as a 12” record. The vinyl will be limited to just 300 copies and also carries the original artwork and insert. Pressing plants have been backed up thanks to Record Store Day so we have yet to have offer a definitive street date but I should have one to offer soon. I suspect it will be July-ish. Don't quote me but there may even be a live show by the band to celebrate this release.

  • Thank you!


    THANK YOU for making my 5th year as a record label my best yet. I am so grateful for your support and if I am lucky, maybe I will see you on tour in 2014 to thank you in person. 

    Happy Holidays,


    Universe People 

    There has been some cha cha changes in 2013 for the Universe People. Min has replaced Dave on drums (you may know Min from such bands as Dreamsalon /  A Frames) and Kimberly replaced Kellie on bass. Jo however is still going strong on guitar and vocals.

    This Seattle, WA trio will be recording a new full-length in January at MRX recording studio with Matt Stegner. Min's other band Dreamsalon has their full-length debut LP coming out on Captcha Records any day now. 

    At this very moment Universe People has been furiously learning Devo covers for the big Devo tribute night at Chop Suey soon. This is a do not miss kind of show at Chop Suey in Seattle on Friday, Dec 6th.!

    I have just a few copies left of their spectacular debut EP and don’t forget, it comes with a killer poster too!


    Stephen Brodsky:

    There is no rest for the wicked!

    Stephen has been regularly playing live shows since the release of Hit or Mystery. He has also joined forces with drummer Ben of Converge to form the thunderous duo Mutoid Man. Their debut release is on Magic Bullet Records (CD/LP/Digital) is out NOW. Read a stellar local review of this album here. Last but not least, they also have a record release party in NYC on 12/13.

    Brodsky's colored vinyl is almost sold out so if you want one, act now as they will probably be gone after the holidays. 

    Positive No: 

    We are very excited about our upcoming shows as we are finally starting to venture outside of the Richmond area. The bad news is that as our travel plans increase, our bass player Josh will not be with in 2014. The good news is that we have luckily found a replacement bass player and will make a big announcement about it in the new year. This was our first full year as an active band and we are so thankful for all the incredible support. We are really excited to play more shows out of town and record a full length by late Spring.

     Tour Dates: 


    12/13/13 : Richmond VA @ Gallery 5 W/ Davenport Cabinet + Unbutton 

    12/14/13:  Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel W/ Davenport Cabinet / Laura Tsagarris


    2/13/14 : Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter W/ Bleeding Rainbow / Hunters

    2/14/14 : Philadelphia, PA @ EMAIL US FOR DETAILS W/ No Other (

    2/15/14 : Brooklyn, NY @ Grand Victory W/ Ancient Sky

    2/16/14 : Arlington, VA @ Galaxy Hut W/ TBD

    Positive No records, CDs, and shirts are available here. 



    In a million years I never thought this would happen but amazingly Jon and Keith – the primary members of Dunebuggy (of Spinart Records fame) - have been playing together again under the name Unbutton. Even more incredibly they have agreed to play one show, right here in Richmond with Positive No and Davenport Cabinet. For fans of perfect Pop songs (think Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, with a touch of Pavement) that don’t waste anytime getting to the hook, they are a must see band – not to mention who knows when this opportunity to catch them will ever arise again. If you live on the East Coast, do not miss their December 13th show! 

    There are literally just a few Dunebuggy LPs left!


    Brilliant news! Tannon is on the mend post major car accident and is playing again with his other band Loincloth as they are working on a new album. And speaking of Loincloth (who all three members of Gauchiste also play in) check out this awesome future shirt that VoiVod's Michel "Away" Langevin's Loincloth recently created. Anyhow, I know Loincloth is working on a new album so I can only hope there will be time for some new Gauchiste music too. 

  • Positive No - Via Florum - OUT TODAY ! ! !

    Our band self produced this video for "Georgia Purchase Agreement" to celebrate our debut release. Not only can you purchase our 5 song 12" or CD here but the digital is streaming or buyable through all the usual suspects like Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, and Spotify.

    We have sold through about half our records and CDs as of today (11/12/13) so if you would like to own a physical copy, I wouldn't wait! 

    Thanks so much for all the suport so far. An extra high-five to our Richmond, VA community of friends, fans, bands, WRIR, venues, and Style Weekly who have truly been tremendous to us this year. We can't wait to start playing more shows out of town in the new year! 

    Like Positive No on Facebook here.


  • WRIR Radio 200 chart for September 2-8

    Well dang! We have two releases in the to ten this week! Thanks WRIR

    Rank | Artist | Album | Label | Year

    1 | Nine Inch Nails | Hesitation Marks | Columbia | 2013
    2 | Califone | Stitches | Dead Oceans | 2013
    3 | Franz Ferdinand | Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions | Domino | 2013
    4 | Pity Sex | Feast of Love | Run for Cover | 2013
    5 | Positive No | Via Florum | Little Black Cloud | 2013
    6 | Stephen Brodsky | Hit or Mystery | Little Black Cloud  | 2013
    7 | Various Artists | Nature Child | C.R. Digital Contents | 2013
    8 | Various Artists | Strange Fish Three | Fruits de Mer Records | 2013
    9 | Destruction Unit | Deep Trip | Sacred Bones | 2013
    10 | Fat Freddy's Drop | Blackbird | The Drop | 2013
  • Positive No : Via Florum

    Positive No : Via Florum

    It isn't everyday that one of our bands get premiered on Stereogum no less on a page that also features Paul McCartney, Eminem, and Nine Inch less a band I am in too! The honor is all ours and we are truly grateful for the kind words about Positive No's debut release. Read the review here. 

  • Fall Line Festival 2013

    Fall Line Festival 2013


        I am very excited to round out this busy year and our five year anniversary as one of the sponsors to the Fall Line Festival here in RIchmond, VA. We also have two artists performing: Stephen Brodsky and Positive No.

       I will also be participating in a local record label expo on Saturday, September 7th. It has been put together by the fine folks at WRIR and here are the details taken from their event page.

    See ya there!



    WRIR hosts a label expo Saturday, 9/7 at The Well (900 W Franklin) from 11am-3pm in conjunction with Fall Line Fest. 

    Local and regional labels will be in attendance including but not limited to: Funny/Not Funny Records, Vinyl Conflict Records, Forcefield Records, Grave Mistake Records, Aunt Mary Says Records, Subterranea Collective, Little Black Cloud Records, Bad Grrrl Records, Blood & Ink Records, Dialog Records, Spacebomb Records, Mind Rot Records and more! 

    There will also be a panel discussion with the label heads at 1pm.

  • Stephen Brodsky Tour Dates

    Stephen Brodsky is hitting the road late summer, check it out! 

    • August 29th @ St. Vitus, Brooklyn NY
    • September 7th @ Fall Line Fest, Richmond VA
    • September 14th @ O'Briens, Allston MA 
    • September 20th @ Union Hall, Brooklyn NY