The seventh member of the Old 3C Label Group is Tone Scholar Recordings of Columbus, Ohio, directed by Paul Nini (Closet Mix, Great Plains, Log, Peck of Snide, etc.), whose band Closet Mix is the first to appear on the label. Nini’s previous bands and solo efforts have been issued by Old 3C Records, and he’s also the guy who runs the Old 3C Label Group.
| TS 01 | AWY 92 | Closet Mix, 01 EP | 5 songs
Closet Mix is Dan Della Flora (drums), Chris Nini (keys), Paul Nini, (vox, bass), and Keith Novicki (guitars, vox), and this is their long-in-the-making, debut digital and vinyl release. The band name comes from Sterling Morrison’s derogatory term for Lou Reed’s mix of the Velvet’s legendary third LP — and that’s appropriate, as they keep things kind of slow-ish, quiet-ish and a little moody. Watch the videos made for all five songs on the Old 3C YouTube page. Vinyl is limited to a pressing of 200, co-released with our good friends at Anyway Records.
Reviews | Dagger Zine (Tim Hinely) | Blurt (Fred Mills)
Purchase via | iTunes | eMusic | Amazon | CDR via Createspace | Vinyl EP via Midheaven | Vinyl EP via Tictail store
| TS 02 | Fruitpie (The Magician), Self-Titled | 19 songs
Fruitpie (The Magician) is a solo project of Randy Cheek, veteran of Cincinnati, Ohio-area bands The Ready Stance, Ass Ponys, The Fairmount Girls, The Libertines US, and some others going too far back for anyone to remember very well. Recorded on a 4-track cassette with a broken SM-57, a Kay Guitar, a battery powered Dr. Sampler and a radio. The hiss is an integral component of the composition (and proof of the Big Bang). No computers were used in the recording process.
Purchase via | iTunes | eMusic | Amazon
| TS 03 | Log, The Artful Riffing of Yes | 13 songs
The title of this collection is taken from an article in an old issue of Guitar Player magazine from February 1997 that was lying around the studio while Log recorded what would become their 1999 album, Auto Fire Life. When a cassette was recently discovered that included working-mix versions of these songs, it appeared that a free Bandcamp release was in order.
| TS 04 | Closet Mix, Live at the UA Library 11 May 2017 | 4 songs
Featuring four songs captured live — one new original and three covers (Big Star, Bob Dylan, and The Velvet Underground). Available only as a free Bandcamp release.
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