Finally, we can afford to lay down that bluegrass death metal album we've long been contemplating: Strangelove Recordings, a new studio facility located off East 53rd in Cleveland, has opened its doors. Specializing in rock, metal, hardcore, emo, and indie, Strangelove is offering rates that start at just $15 an hour. For more details, call 216-651-6424.
SynthCleveland is readying the follow-up to its well-received Foundation: Cleveland Electronic 2002 disc. A nice cross section of goth, industrial, electronica, and other similar-minded acts, Foundation 2002 was one of the better local comps in the last year, and the second edition promises to offer plenty more of the same. SynthCleveland is now looking for 15 bands to round out the record. Interested acts must submit a CD-R of a song no longer than five minutes, a photo and/or logo, and $75 to cover costs. Deadline for entries is January 31. Log onto www.synthcleveland.com for the specifics.
Local rapper Not will soon be filming a video for "Mama," the first single off his forthcoming Twisted Answers, at Eve (the former Groovee Little Nightclub). A shoot was originally scheduled for mid-December, but had to be postponed due to continuing renovations at the club. Not is seeking dancers and other revelers for the video. Visit www.lyricalcontraband.com for more information.
In order to boost interest in their slow-selling Thug World Order, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony have turned to, uh, Phil Collins to aid the cause. Yeah, we know, recruiting Collins to help out a hip-hop act isn't far removed from having John Tesh sing backup on the next Dismembered Fetus platter; nevertheless, Bone recently flew to Geneva, Switzerland, where it filmed Collins for a cameo in the upcoming video for "Home," which features a sample of Collins's "Take Me Home." According to MTVnews.com, the clip, which is due in January, features a homesick Bone touring Europe when the crew is met by a spiritual guide, played by Collins, who reminds the rappers of things they should be thankful for. Namely, that they still have a career.
Cleveland hardcore stalwarts Ringworm will be featured on Fighting Music II, an upcoming compilation from Deathwish Inc. The disc will also feature Converge, American Nightmare, the North Side Kings, and more than 30 others. In related news, Deathwish will also reissue Ringworm's classic 1993 LP The Promise. One of the finest, most remorseless discs ever to come out of the Cleveland hardcore scene, the revamped package will be dropped in early 2003 with rare and unreleased tracks. We promise you'll be flattened.
In other brain-battering-album news, Havoc Records has reissued Nine Shocks Terror's murderous Zen . . . and the Art of Beating Your Ass on CD with a bevy of bonus material. Everything the band has done up to last year's Paying Ohmage is here, including all the Nine Shocks seven-inches and a lot of out-of-print material. Get this disc and send the neighbors fleeing.