Tone Scholar Recordings


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.
Purchase via | iTunes | Amazon | Listen on YouTube
Mail order the 12″ vinyl EP via MidheavenBandcampGrapefruit Record Club – or directly from Old 3C via Paypal ($20, US orders only).
Reviews | Dagger Zine (Tim Hinely) | Blurt (Fred Mills)

Mug & Brush Sessions videos, April 2017 | It’s Better My Way | Vague Uncertainties


| 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 | Amazon | Listen on YouTube

| 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). These recording also marks the introduction of member Ed Shuttleworth (Van Echo, Red Skylark, etc.) on guitar. Available only as a free Bandcamp release.

| TS 05 | Paul Nini, My Chequered Past | 15 songs
Paul Nini has been writing songs and releasing records since the mid-1980s, both in various bands and as a solo artist. For some reason he decided to put a collection together of favorite tunes — and as the head honcho of the Old 3C Label Group, no one stopped him. Features songs from his stints with Great Plains, Log, Peck of Snide, Closet Mix, and “solo” cuts under his own name, Sanpaulo, Saint Paul, etc. Name your price (including free) on Bandcamp.
Purchase via | iTunes | Amazon | Listen on YouTube
Review | Dagger Zine (Tim Hinely)

| TS 06 | Sanpaulo, Thicker Skin + Serpent Mound | 2 songs
Sanpaulo is the “nom-du-rock” that Paul Nini seems to want to use these days for his new solo output. This two-song, digital single includes an original and a cover of a Great Plains classic cut from 1984, both rendered in a stripped down style. Name your price (including free) on Bandcamp.
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| TS 07 | Sanpaulo, (Say No To) Saturday’s Girl + Bad Reputation | 2 songs
Sanpaulo features two songs from the Hoboken–Manhattan axis of the 80s and 90s (by way of Ohio and Kansas, respectively) – one by Human Switchboard, and on by Freedy Johnston. Available only as a free Bandcamp release.

| TS 08 | Sanpaulo, Smile A Little Smile For Me + Goin’ Back | 2 songs
Sanpaulo covers two classic pop songs from the 1960s – “Smile a Little Smile for Me” (The Flying Machine, 1969, written by Stephens and Macaulay), and “Goin’ Back” (The Byrds, 1966, written by Goffin and King). Available only as a free Bandcamp release.
Review | Reverb Raccoon

| TS 09 | Sanpaulo, If We Wait + Where’s Your Patience, Dear? | 2 songs
Sanpaulo does versions of two favorites from the 1990s/2000s – “If We Wait” (Guided By Voices, 1993, from their split 7″ with Jenny Mae Leffel), and “Where’s Your Patience, Dear?” (Matt Suggs, 2000, from his criminally overlooked “Golden Days Before They End” CD). Available only as a free Bandcamp release.

|TS 10 | Sanpaulo, Hell Is Other People (Let’s Party​!​) + Remix | 2 songs
Sanpaulo’s ’80s-inspired, modern-day interpretation (of sorts) of J.P. Sartre’s “No Exit.” If you have no idea what that means, there’s more info here.
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|TS 11| Sanpaulo, September Gurls + This Is Where I Belong | 2 songs
Covers of classic songs by Big Star and The Kinks that you should already know. The cover image is from the local headquarters of Mussolini’s Italian Fascist Party, 1934, the Palazzo Braschi in Rome. The “SI SI…” lettering was to urge a “Yes” vote for a single list of candidates presented by “Il Duce” himself — more info here. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana, 26 September 1952. Available only as a free Bandcamp release.

|TS 12| Sanpaulo, All I Know + Cronulla Breakdown | 2 songs
Two covers of songs from the Pernice Brothers ‎”Australia Tour EP 2002,” a favorite in the Sanpaulo household. Available only as a free Bandcamp release.

|TS 13| Sanpaulo, Elenore + Roll Away The Stone | 2 songs
Laid-back covers of classic songs by The Turtles (1968) and Mott The Hoople (1973). Available only as a free Bandcamp release.
Review | Reverb Raccoon

|TS 14| Closet Mix, Contact Buzz | 1 song
Closet Mix “returns” with this song from a limited-edition, split 7″ vinyl single – with Ed Shuttleworth’s band Van Echo on the flip side, which features longtime members of the Cincinnati indie scene Randy Cheek, Brian Kitzmiller, and Wesley Pence.
Purchase via | iTunes | Amazon | Listen on YouTube
Mail order the 7″ clear-vinyl split-single, packaged in translucent vellum sleeves, via BandcampGrapefruit Record Club – or directly from Old 3C via Paypal ($10, US orders only) – produced as a limited-edition of 200.
Here’s more info from an article in Columbus Alive.
Review | Dagger Zine (Tim Hinely)

|TS 15| Sanpaulo, Dancing Queen + Over My Head | 2 songs
Sanpaulo covers classic tunes by ABBA (circa 1976) and Fleetwood Mac (circa 1975). Why the hell not? Available only as a free Bandcamp release.

|TS 16| Andy Hampel, Nightshift | 14 songs
Nightshift is the first solo collection from the prolific mind of Columbus, Ohio based singer/songwriter Andy Hampel. As a member of Connections (and formerly 84 Nash), Hampel has spent decades in search of the perfect pop song. Nightshift provides much of the same laser focus on melody and hooks, but with a more personal and introspective bent. For fans of Teenage Fanclub, The Lemonheads, Dwight Twilley, et al.
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