If you live in Richmond,VA or happen to be in town over the next few weeks, pick up the new issue of RVA MAG. Positive No was the featured band this month! Online version of the magazine can be viewed HERE!
We are starting the new year with some big news. Positive No is returning back to Magpie Cage (The recording studio owned by J Robbins) next weekend to begin making their debut album called Glossa.
Here is the official press release.
Language is ever evolving. This is not a process exclusive to the people of a single nation or a region; it is also a niche communication we develop between ourselves and the people we interact with each day. Our individual life experiences and the environments we grow roots in help to further shape our dialect. The words we use, the way we use them, they are our glossa*. Our tongue. Our language.
The Positive No debut full length release will be 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 (Richmond, VA) while other expressions reflect ancient history from as far away as the Mississippi Delta, Hoboken, a coastal city in South Texas, and Iceland.
You Shoot, I Ladder
Marjorie & Royal
This material was written by Kenneth Close & Tracy Wilson then binded by two distinct groups of people who have helped to translate and communicate this unique glossary.
Positive No return to the Magpie Cage in Baltimore, MD (J Robbins studio) in January to record Glossa. The studio band lineup will feature the very same people who played on their EP Via Florum : Kenneth Close (guitar), James Menefee (bass), Willis Thompson (drums), and Tracy Wilson (vocals)
In 2015 PN will also have a brand new rhythm section. The band lineup post recording of Glossa will include Sadie Powers who is also a current member of Richmond, VA's Dead Fame.
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,
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.
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.
* 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.
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.
Thursday - 2/13 - Strange Matter - Richmond, VA w/ Hunters & Bleeding Rainbow EARLY SHOW 6PM !
Friday - 2/14 - Safety Meeting -Philadelphia, PA w/ No Other, Amanda X, & True Gold EARLY SHOW 8PM !
Saturday - 2/15 - Grand Victory - Brooklyn, NY w/ Ancient Sky EARLY SHOW 8PM !
Sunday 2/16 - Galaxy Hut - Arlington, VA w/ Mittenfields EARLY SHOW 9PM !
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.
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!
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.
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.
2/13/14 : Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter W/ Bleeding Rainbow / Hunters
2/14/14 : Philadelphia, PA @ EMAIL US FOR DETAILS W/ No Other (tracy@
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.
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.
Positive No's debut EP is out in the digital world TODAY (iTunes, Amazon, and so on). According to Magnet Magazine's on line poll, PN are the second most look forward to new release this week.
The vinyl wil be ready in just about a month but you can pre-order it here now.
Positive No on Facebook.
Positive No blog.
Positive No on Twitter.
Well dang! We have two releases in the to ten this week! Thanks WRIR!
Rank | Artist | Album | Label | Year1 | Nine Inch Nails | Hesitation Marks | Columbia | 20132 | Califone | Stitches | Dead Oceans | 20133 | Franz Ferdinand | Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions | Domino | 20134 | Pity Sex | Feast of Love | Run for Cover | 20135 | Positive No | Via Florum | Little Black Cloud | 20136 | Stephen Brodsky | Hit or Mystery | Little Black Cloud | 20137 | Various Artists | Nature Child | C.R. Digital Contents | 20138 | Various Artists | Strange Fish Three | Fruits de Mer Records | 20139 | Destruction Unit | Deep Trip | Sacred Bones | 201310 | Fat Freddy's Drop | Blackbird | The Drop | 2013
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 Nails...no 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.
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 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
This photo comes from my personal vaults. Runhild and I vacationed together in Iceland back in the early 2000s. This is one of my all time favorite photos from the trip.
And a happy / safe fourth of July to all.
LBC is so excited to be one of the festival sponsors this year!
While this event is set up around the general area of Richmond's First Fridays Art Walk (about a one mile area near downtown), we are hoping that the entire Richmond City community will take this special weekend to throw their own shindigs, sales, cook special menus, craft special beers. You know know, snazz things up for a few days in the name of great music, art, food, drink, and fashion. Below is our official press release but I should mention we have two of our bands performing at the festival: Stephen Brodsky and Positive No.
******************RICHMOND, VIRGINIA September 6th & 7th, 2013
40+ Bands across Four Venues plus Food and Arts EventsThe first annual FALL LINE FEST will be taking place in Richmond, Virginia on September 6th and 7th, 2013, sponsored by Venture Richmond, Taste The Local, and Need Supply Co. Featuring 40+ bands across four venues on two nights, as well as various events at nationally recognized restaurants and art galleries, FALL LINE FEST plans to bring attention to the increasingly impressive cultural offerings of Richmond.Born out of a shared love of their city, the organizers of FALL LINE FEST first and foremost set out to showcase many of the aspects that make Richmond great. With a focus on music, art, and food, the event will balance national / regional talent alongside the best and brightest hometown favorites, all presented within a walkable portion of the downtown area. A list of confirmed acts performing at FALL LINE FEST is below, with additional musicians / events / to be announced soon.While not being presented by a large production company, FALL LINE FEST is driven by a volunteer team combining years of experience and know-how to create what will surely be an extraordinary first year for the annual festival.Weekend passes for FALL LINE FEST will be $20 in advance and are on sale now via the festival website. A limited number of VIP passes are also available now for $55, granting special privileges and perks.FALL LINE FEST WEBSITE:
http://www.FallLineFest.comMUSICAL LINE-UP:Big FreediaNeon Indian (DJ set)Cold CaveNo BS! Brass BandHelado NegroHop AlongInter ArmaJosh SmallDadsCruiserThe Southern BellesPhotosynthesizersEarthlingWhite LacesSuburban LivingAlison SelfOhblivDJ MikematicDoe the PaperboyThe Snowy OwlsSpringtimeDead FameHold Tight!Better OffBlack LiquidPositive NoMs. ProperHoudan the MysticPARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS / GALLERIES / VENUES:1708 Gallery6 Studio / GalleryADA GalleryCandela Books & GalleryGallery 5IpanemaPastureQuirkRappahannockSaisonStrange MatterThe CamelThe HippodromeThe Well
The final 35 copies of the Stephen Brodsky's Hit or Mystery fist press have been put in the webstore. The second press is on the way but these will be regular black vinyl. Order today or miss out on the first press!
Thanks for finding your way to the Little Black Cloud website and giving this a read. We have been a small, independent record label for 5 years and are based out of Richmond, Va.
So much great news to share!
* Thank you Stereogum who were kind enough to say this today "If you are a fan of Cave In, you may be as surprised as I was to hear front man Stephen Brodsky’s new solo EP. A short collection of gentle folk songs, Hit Or Mystery balances a pastoral beauty with a psychedelic vibe all complemented by Brodsky’s soothing voice. There’s a lot of variety here too — “Days Of Heaven” balances acoustic guitar with subtle electronic touches; the single, “Real Surreal Beauty” is a sweet, delicate love song, and “Your Sweet Love” builds Brodsky’s vocals around a gorgeous drone. The whole record sounds beautiful in a fragile and patchwork way — and it’s an unexpected surprise. Listen to
in its entirety below." Even better than the great review is the fact you can stream all 8 songs from the long playing EP too!
This gorgeous record entitled Hit or Mystery is out next Tuesday (4/16/13) and is available now via our web store. The first 500 records are spectacular two tone vinyl and are going fast. I suspect at this rate they will be gone by the end of the month so if you want the fancy first press, ORDER NOW. You can view a little video on our Facebook page.
Stephen is playing a handful of tour dates with Boris on the East Coast:
- 05/02 Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
- 05/03 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
- 05/07 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Universe People's debut LP Go to the Sun is out now! If you missed their live performance on KEXP, you can listen to it here. Speaking of KEXP, Universe People are also playing a neat all day event called Hood to Hood on April 19th. Get the details here. High Five to FinestKiss for this terrific blog post on the band too!
* Newest signing to the label is local RVA band Positive No. This is my new band and we are going back in the studio at the end of May to finish recording our debut EP at J Robbin's studio Magpie Cage. We just posted a stream of the first single "Georgia Purchase Agreement" here. We also have shirts available for sale via the label web store and they come with a digital download for this song as well as our next single called "Powers of Ten".
* I should also mention that Loincloth, yes that band on Southern Lord, also contains three members (AKA all of) Little Black Cloud band Gauchiste, is playing the famous GWAR-B-Q on August 17th in Richmond. Also on the bill? Municipal Waste, Corrosion of Conformity, Pig Destroyer, and Cannabis Corpse. Epic! We don't have many of their second press less so this is your last chance to pick up their slab of wax or a CD-R.
Thanks if you have made it all the way through my news update and thanks for all the support over the years. Our fifth year is shaping up to be our best yet and it is all because of you.
PS: Radio peoplel - I have a 2013 digital label sampler if you want it! Email me.
PPS: If you are a record store and woud like to stock one of my releases, please contact Cobraside Distribution.