• We are an independent record label specializing in limited edition vinyl.

    Artists include New Planet Trampoline, Charles Hill Jr., and The It*Men.

Charles Hill Jr. Embarks on Fall Tour with Michael Sandman

Charles Hill Jr. is hitting the road for an 11-date tour this fall! It will be Charles’ second tour this year, following a 5-date tour last spring with Brandon Lee and the Luckey Ones. Along for the ride this time is fellow local songwriter Michael Sandman.

The tour kicks off at The Earnest Tube in Bristol, VA. Charles was the first artist to record with Earnest Tube engineers Clint Holley and Dave Polster at their Cleveland location, making this a logical first stop. The straight-to-vinyl recording resulted in last year’s Little Buddy single, with the unique recording process documented on video.

Charles is finishing up work on his new album Old Loves and Old Memories, the follow-up to his 2014 album Shootin’ Man. Ben Gmetro of Dreadful Yawns and New Planet Trampoline is at the helm as producer and engineer.

Charles Hill Jr Tour 2018

Charles Hill Jr. Fall Tour 2018

*All dates with Michael Sandman except where noted.

Tour Dates:

10/13 - The Earnest Tube
Bristol, VA

10/14 - Fleetwood’s
Asheville, NC
with Gracie Lane

10/15 - Eddie’s Attic
Decatur, GA
Songwriter Night

10/16 - NOLA County 
New Orleans, LA
Radio interview with Jimi Palacios
WHIV Radio 102.3 FM or whivfm.org

10/17 - Corner Studios
New Orleans, LA
With Ryan Wilkins

10/18 - Goodnight Charlie’s
Houston, TX
*Charles Hill Jr. solo

10/19 - Low Country
San Antonio, TX
With Driftin’ Woods

10/20 - Hard Luck Lounge
Austin, TX
With Rattlesnake Milk

10/22 - Fort Worth Live
Fort Worth, TX
Songwriter Night with Josh Fleming of the Vandoliers

10/24 - The Heavy Anchor
St. Louis, MO
With Ryan Koenig and Jenny Roques

10/25 - The Hideout
Chicago, IL
With Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders and Joe Wortell & the Natural Law

10/27 - Survival Kit
Cleveland, OH
With John Kalman and Bill Fox


split moon

We’re excited to announce that we will be releasing some vinyl from L.A. band Split Moon! Fans of heavy shoegaze, space rock, and psych take note. More details soon, but in the meantime, you can preview some tracks below.

Split Moon (formerly LEAF) are a sonically blissed-out group with a love of heavy riffing and big glorious hooks buried under a fog of fuzz and drone. The group is currently recording the follow up to their debut EP with Scott Holmes from Highlands.

“(They) have unleashed one of the best releases to date this year in the guise of their stunning debut EP. ‘Her Way’ is utterly immense from start to finish. A triumphant sonic masterpiece.”
- Del Chaney, Primal Music Blog

“This slow-paced number is full of fuzzed-out riffs in the vein of Dinosaur Jr, Pavement and 70s garage rockers Dust. There's also a charming quality to the vocals that makes me think of early Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev. It's honest and warm, and I can't wait to hear more.”
- Custom Made Music

"If Thee Hypnotics and Swervedriver had a baby, it would be SPLIT MOON."
- Larry Schemel, guitarist for Death Valley Girls


New Planet Trampoline

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New Planet Trampoline returns after an 8-year hiatus with Dark Rides and Grim Visions, an expansive double-LP filled with melodic, experimental, and lyrically cryptic songs. The album veers between intricate psych-pop (“Ex-President”), raging garage-punk (“Nervous Intuition”), and multi-part prog epics (“Nearly Finished Face”) over the course of 69 mind-melting minutes.

Dark Rides and Grim Visions is available on digital, CD, and gatefold LP formats. Buy it now at BandCamp

For more information, visit newplanettrampoline.com

 

Now Available: The Action Janssen LP

The Action Janssen L.P.

The Action Janssen LP is a collection of outtakes and unreleased recordings by The It Men, The Hot Rails, and The Vista Cruisers.

Each of these bands shared a larger-than-life front man: Ken Janssen. Ken was diagnosed with ALS and passed away on January 1, 2015. These tracks capture the energy and wit that Ken brought to the stage as a performer, and remind us of the man whose friendship we dearly miss.

The Action Janssen LP was originally planned as a 7”/45 rpm single featuring the last It*Men recordings, with Fred Gunn of Hiram-Maxim taking over vocal duties due to Ken’s illness. That quickly became an E.P., then a full-length album, as more Janssen-era nuggets from The Vista Cruisers and The Hot Rails began to surface. The result is a kick-ass compilation showcasing some of the best no-frills rock’and’roll from Cleveland.

Available on vinyl, CD, and digital download.

 

Now available: Charles Hill Jr. – Shootin’ Man

Buy Charles Hill, Jr. Shootin' Man at bandcamp

Shootin’ Man is a heartfelt tribute to the sound of old-school country heroes like Willie Nelson, George Jones, and Merle Haggard. Limited copies were distributed earlier this year as part of a fundraiser for Cleveland musician and promoter Ken Janssen. The record is available nationally starting November 18 on Stow House Records, with the vinyl edition pressed and distributed by Gotta Groove Records.

“That love of a bygone era permeates Hill’s new album, a terrific collection of tunes that sound like they came out of a different decade.”
– Jeff Niesel, Cleveland Scene

 

Now available: The Last Waltz of The It*Men DVD!  

Last Waltz

In October of 2012, Cleveland musician/promoter/party animal Ken Janssen was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. A successful fundraiser and benefit concert took place at the Beachland Ballroom on June 1st, 2013 to help defray the large amount of medical expenses that Ken incurred with his diagnosis.

This DVD documents the final performance of his band, The It*Men, as they tear through their entire musical catalog accompanied by 13 guest singers from Cleveland acts such as Cobra Verde, The New Lou Reeds, and Kill The Hippies.

Extremely limited edition - only 25 DVDs left!

 

Also available: The It*Men: Greatest It*s deluxe reissue available on double vinyl and CD!

Greatest Its

First time on vinyl: A double dose of raw, undiluted Cleveland garage punk! Contains the 2004 debut of this Ohio supergroup, plus six new tracks recorded in 2013. Two black vinyl discs housed in gatefold sleeve with hilariously inaccurate liner notes. Includes download code.

“A shotgun marriage of Stooges/MC5 Motor City fuh and Pere Ubu/Electric Eels Clevo art-skronk.”
– Fred Mills, Blurt Magazine

"An effortless 1970's power and acumen...imaginative and fearless!"
– Malcolm Dome, Classic Rock AOR Magazine

“Rips the roof off with a destructive brew of Dead Boys aggression and Deep Purple “Machine Head”-era hard hitting anthems.”
– Kevin McGovern, Fear & Loathing in Long Beach

"Greatest Its is a giant razzberry blown in the Grim Reaper's face."
– The Stash Dauber

CD and Digital versions also available.

 

Artists


We are sad to announce the loss of Stow House Records co-founder and It*Men vocalist Ken Janssen.

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Photo credit: Angelo Merendino

In true rock ’n’ roll fashion, Ken passed away shortly after midnight on New Year ’s Day 2015.

Ken was a huge influence on many of our lives. He taught us to live every moment as if it were our last, and never give up on our love for music. He wanted this label to be his legacy. We will do our damnedest to make him proud.

We love you Ken!