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Audio Eagle Takes Flight 

Black Keys drummer, Party of Helicopters guitarist launch label.

Tom Petty, rockin' around at Blossom, June 30. - WALTER  NOVAK
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  • Tom Petty, rockin' around at Blossom, June 30.
Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney has formed a new record label, Audio Eagle, partnering with Jamie Stillman, former guitarist of Kent's Party of Helicopters and owner of Donut Friends Records. The label already has a September release date set for the third album by Youngstown new-wave subversives Gil Mantera's Party Dream, which will be distributed through the Keys' label, Fat Possum.

"Jamie and I have been talking for a while about putting out some seven-inches," says Carney. "I sent e-mails out to some bands I like and got some solid responses, but you're guaranteed to lose money on a seven-inch. Gil Mantera said they were looking for majors, and I put them in contact with some people I knew, but they said they'd rather do it with us. And I don't know what to do with a record, so I called Fat Possum."

Party Dream recorded its as-yet-untitled album in New York City.

"We've known Jamie for years, so that eliminates a working-with-total-strangers situation," says Dream frontman Ultimate Donny. "Patrick's in a dope-ass, critically acclaimed band. We're working with good people. You'll get 10 well-produced carcass-destroyers. It'll thump, compel you to shake it and love living."

Carney says that he and Stillman will split the label's duties, handling everything from artwork to phone calls. Carney has also assembled a studio in his Akron home, calling the facilities 90% Studio. He is currently recording with Akron's Strange Division (which features Keys contributor Gabe Fulvimar), is talking to Kent's Six Parts Seven, and has plans to work with Toledo's Stylex, Columbus' Mortimer, and comedian David Cross.

"Hopefully, this won't be one of those adult lemonade stands that goes out of business in three months," says Carney.

· This weekend, hip-hop group State of Mind will perform a tribute to its fallen member, Reggie "Thank God" Brown, who was shot and killed on Sunday, May 22. Brown founded Cleveland's Rulership Entertainment in 2003. The label has released albums by the Others and solo artist Sir. Rulership's new mixtape, Hustle City, hits the streets next week. The disc features State of Mind and labelmates the Others and Sir. All three groups will perform live on Saturday, July 9, at the At the Hoodnik car show/basketball tournament (Emery Park at West 130th Street).

· The remaining members of storied Cleveland punks the Dead Boys have agreed to reform and play punk wellspring CBGB's in New York City on August 26 and 27, as part of a monthlong benefit to pay the club's overdue rent.

· Ohio Deathfest 2005 ended early, but the show went on. Following a modestly attended opening night on Friday, June 24, Saturday evening's show ended abruptly when promoter Sandy "Metal Mom" Newton and Phantasy Nite Club ownership failed to come to terms about financial arrangements for the show. After the Phantasy closed its downstairs space, headliners Origin moved across the street to the Hi-Fi Club, where owner Billy Morris let them play a set to 50 fans. "They had a bunch of people come over and drink a bunch of beer," says Morris. "Everyone was cool." The Michigan-based Newton says that she's already planning to hold Ohio Deathfest 2006 in Cleveland, but at a different venue.

· The Hard Rock Café would like to expand its ongoing live-entertainment schedule. Interested bands can submit material to Hard Rock Café, Live Music Coordinator, 230 West Huron Road, Suite 8575, Cleveland 44113.

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