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 ISSUE  8.1 WINTER 1998 

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News & Rumors

Here, you'll find breaking news related to the Columbus, Ohio (OSU/Short North area) music scene. Much of this information may become part of the next issue of CRINGE.

To submit news items, email [email protected] with NEWS in the SUBJECT header.

Columbus Label Makes National Splash
Grandma Katherine's Music

Lots of happenings lately at Grandma Katherine's Music, one of Columbus' newest labels. With their fifth release hitting the streets in early April, GK artists and albums are being heard all over.

First, from Yankee Celtic Consort, the album Wander The Wood is being played on dozens of stations around the US and Canada. Radio programmers really have taken a liking to their blend of traditional Celtic and bluegrass. Strong reviews from Celtic Heritage and The Atlanta Celtic Quarterly have contributed as well.

Next, John Morgan's acoustic guitar album The Journey has gotten a lot of airplay on John Diliberto's program Echoes on Public Radio International. The album has also received solid reviews from Fingerstyle Guitar magazine and one is coming next week from New Age Voice.

Fred Haring has made some significant waves in college and Christian radio with his album Ghosttowns and Kingdoms. The first single release, "Wear White To My Funeral" is still in the Top 30 on two national charts (The Pure Rock Report and Jamsline), and stations have already begun to play the second single, "Hey Joe Carter", which addresses racism and economic inequality. The song is addressed to the father of a boy who Fred tutors in an after-school intervention program based here in town. Also, Fred is up for an Indie award for Best Short Form Video (among the other 4 nominees ... Ani DiFranco)

Chuck Brown's album Unadorned has done quite well on New Age and Smooth Jazz stations around the country, and is receiving heavy airplay on two satellite-delivered digital music services, DMX Music and Music Choice (heard locally on Time Warner systems). Unadorned is ranked #18 on Music Choice's New Age Channel at present.

The label has also cemented national mainstream distribution deals and will be available in stores around the country beginning in April. Their website traffic has doubled in the past 3 months, due in part to their new Online Jukebox, which allows the listener to hear full-length cuts from their artists. The label's next release comes in April with The Big Love! from The Grace Project. The Contemporary Christian project album was recorded at Fifth Avenue Studios in Grandview, and features all local talent, including work from such Columbus musical luminaries as Throat Culture, Donna Mogavero, Kim Rattan, Howlin' Maggie's Andy Harrison, Phil Maneri, Sam Hooff, Molly Pauken, Dave Absalom, Kevin Oliver, Jerry Loos, Dave "D. Skite" Schuiteman, Cynthia Hale and Noelle McClelland. Grandma Katherine's Music is a division of The Horizons Companies of Columbus, a film/video/audio/web-authoring/CD-ROM development entity. The label's website is at:

- Chuck Brown (Mar 31, 1998)

New Original Texas Blues Trio in Columbus
Hear Clips from New Columbus Band
Tape/Waves (Ariadne Records)

Steve Poe and the Chain Breakers unites three of the most talented musicians in the Central Ohio area to hit the stage. They play a unique blend of Texas guitar rock, blues, R&B, carried by the vehicle of progressive arrangements.

See breakers/ for a bio, plans and wav files, as well as contact info on the band.

- Andy Russ (Mar 20, 1998)

Columbus Music Hall
You should add dates for the Columbus Music Hall.

- Jack Warner (Mar 08, 1998)

Shinola's CD Release Party
CD (WeedTone)

The Columbus based rock quartet SHINOLA will be hosting a release party for their debut self titled CD on Saturday, March 21, at Ruby Tuesday 1978 Summit Avenue. The CD, released by WEEDTONE Records, has already sold more than 400 copies and has received air play on several regional radio stations including, WWCD, WCBE, KBUX, WDBM, and WKSR.

Performances include SHINOLA, Cleveland rockers Rosavelt and the Columbus based brit pop outfit Just Orange. Cookies and punch will be served in conjunction with the fully operational bar facilities.

- Josh Lowe (Mar 04, 1998)

Sugar Pill
New Web Site

Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo !!! Sugar Pill is in da house! You go on with your bad self and get your butt onto our new web page at We spent many many hours working on the many many new features within the many many glorious pages of our web page. So step on into the academy of higher Sugar Pill learning and check it out! We got pictures...oh yeah! We got a new news section ... oh yeah oh yeah! We got individual biographies...good God! To find out about the contest for the free sex toys, just check out the new page!!! We also have some new tunes that will be hitting the streets soon shooting your ears to the moon. All in all, things are moving forward for us and we want YOU to come see us and partake in the free love and music. Thanks for the memories ... Later, Sugar Pill

PS - Those of you on our mailing list already should look for March's edition of the prescription soon. Those of you not on the mailing list can rot in hell ... or sign up on the mailing list - it's your choice (we have friends in low places). The next prescription goes out Feb 26.

PSS - Our next show is Friday, March 6th at Little Brothers with the premier of a new local band called Girl Drink Drunk.

On another note, we ask that you please do not support Barley's Brew Pub at 467 North High St - they suck (especially the little f*%king general)!

- Sugar Pill (Feb 23, 1998)

The Creeps
Come Get Some
"7 (Retribution)

The Creeps have put out a 7" record entitled Come Get Some. On a national level, the response was large and hundreds of copies have been sold so far. Maximum Rock and Roll reviewed it as one of the "top ten" records of the month (Feb 97). They have a new "7, entitled Victims coming out next month on Retribution records.

- michael j. thompson (Feb 21, 1998)

Junior Citizen
Little Brothers

Out of the ashes of the Dogrocket crash emerges new life. Ike Midnight and Johnny Rare have decided not to let their instruments collect dust. the result is Junior Citizen, a power trio certain to not disappoint. these clowns have paired up with Aaron on drums. The result is tastefully composed songs that are bound to stay with the listener. Emphasis is on melody. this does not mean the rawk element has to be sacrificed. Dogrocket fans or non-Dogrocket fans, check these clowns out at Little Brothers Wed. March 4th with TBA

- jpr (Feb 16, 1998)

Cringe Submissions Due March 13
Submission for the next issue of Cringe are Due March 13, 1998. Any local music related reviews, interviews, news, notes, recordings, media, photos and information are accepted. Updates to the contact directory listings are also sought. Submit to the snail mail, email or URL below:

Cringe / 133 W. 6th Ave. / Columbus, OH 43201

(614) 421-7589 / / [email protected]

- Cringe (Feb 06, 1998)