By Jordan Melnick | April 17th, 2011 | 4 Comments
High times at Sweatstock 2011
Hats off to Sweat Records for another amazing Sweatstock cum Record Store Day celebration. While early rain threatened to drown the festivities (and maybe electrocute a performer or two), the skies eventually cleared and the free all-day jamboree went deep into the night, with 36 acts (bands, DJs, comedians, poets) on four stages rocking out for the love of vinyl and its shiny cousin.
Unlike Sweatstock 2010, which boasted L.A.’s No Age as headliner, this year’s all-local roster proved that the Miami river is running deep and wide. I didn’t see every act but Beings, Little Beard, and Panic Bomber stood out with killer sets, and the DJs spinning inside Sweat kept the energy going all day.
It really was an inspiring display of talent considering that several solid local acts (e.g., Rachel Goodrich, ANR, Jacuzzi Boys) did not perform for one reason or another. It’s a damn good thing when a city has too much worthy music to fit into a 12-hour, multi-stage festival, and I have no doubt some of next year’s performers were bobbing their heads in the crowd on Saturday. With Miami’s music scene in the family way and Sweatstock 2012 already set for April 21, the only question is whether Sweat should make it a two-day event.
SEE TONS OF PHOTOS FROM SWEATSTOCK 2011.
By Jordan Melnick | April 7th, 2011 | No Comments
Ready or not, here it comes . . .
This week’s podcast is a wee bit different than the usual. With Sweatstock around the corner on April 16 — Record Store Day! — we rounded up mp3s from a handful of the performers in the festival lineup, including The State Of, Panic Bomber, and Furious Dudes. We also have Sweat Records owner Lolo Reskin dropping knowledge on the evolution of RSD from humble beginnings, the origin of the FREE goodness fest that is Sweatstock, and the healthy state of music in Miami these days. If you don’t know about Sweatstock, here’s your chance to get wise. If you do, here’s your chance to get excited all over again.
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By Jordan Melnick | March 23rd, 2011 | No Comments
Headlined by No Age, Sweatstock 2010 drew about 1,200 people.
Sweat Records just announced its lineup for Sweatstock 2011, an all-day, all-FREE, all-Miami celebration of independent music on Record Store Day (April 16). Unlike last year’s lineup, which boasted L.A.’s No Age as a headliner, the Sweatstock 2011 shelves are stocked with local produce only. No problem here, especially since there’s finally enough Miami talent (once an oxymoron) to keep a crowd awake and rocking for 14 hours straight.
Here’s the lineup for the outside stage, which will get going at 2 p.m.
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By William Alton | March 1st, 2011 | No Comments
Cover art for upcoming Axe & The Oak RSD2011 45.
Radio-Active Records, our partner in the Bright Eyes Give-Away and Ft. Lauderdale’s music shop for all things obscure and vinyl, has called in the Blank Dogs to rock Record Store Day 2011 on April 16. The post-punk project of NYC-based multi-instrumentalist Mike Sniper will headline a tremendous lineup that features Miami’s Jacuzzi Boys and the Axe & the Oak, and Tampa’s Merchandise.
Sniper is the founder of the Captured Tracks label, which has released albums by Thee Oh Sees, Beach Fossils, and Wild Nothing. An inventive bedroom rocker who took to performing his glut of material less than three years ago, he will also be performing at BAR downtown on April 17.
Per the tradition of Record Store Day exclusives, Radio-Active is releasing a two-track Axe & the Oak limited edition 45 featuring “Vampire” and “Dancing on the Grave”. Only 300 copies were pressed on black virgin vinyl, with artwork by Richard Vergez, the designer responsible for Radio-Active’s badass logo. The release will “most likely” include a download and possibly a bonus CD, says Radio-Active’s chief record buyer Mikey Ramirez.
Ramirez says the Axe & The Oak release may mark Radio-Active’s foray into the record label biz. Read the rest of this entry »