Mind Cure Records just hit a pair of milestones, celebrating four years of operation and the successful conclusion of its yearlong Single of the Month project.
The Polish Hill store and label, owned by Michael Seamans, showcased a Pittsburgh band each month offering an original with a b-side cover.
The series, which concludes with Night Vapor, featured, as Jackson from Grand Buffet said in the must-see wrap-up video, "the hot smokin' punk rock/rock 'n' roll sounds," including Mower, Old Head, EEL, Carousel, The Gotobeds and all-female death band Derketa.
"I'm really happy with how it went, and even though it's now ending, the momentum seems to be going strong," Mr. Seamans says.
During the 12-month run, he notes, two bands signed to national labels -- The Gotobeds to 12XU and Carousel to TeePee -- and other bands toured the country, including Killer of Sheep.
Some stepped up to overcome the shyness of making the accompanying three-minute interview videos that were released with the singles.
"The bands were great," he says. "We had a really positive experience with them. Besides the time crunch of hitting all these deadlines, it was really easy to work with the bands."
The icing on the cake is the clever 15-minute video that climaxes the project, shot like a "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" episode in Polish Hill. On his way to work, Mr. Seamans runs into the likes of the Beagle Brothers (doing "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"), his father, Joe (a longtime producer and photographer for the classic show), his mother, Elizabeth (aka Mrs. McFeely), reunited with Mr. McFeely, and Rick Sebak.
"I wanted to have my parents in there because they are incredibly supportive and wanted my mom to be Mrs. McFeely again, which she hasn't done in years," Mr. Seamans says.
"We shot the whole [opening] with nobody except me and figured out where all the edits had to go. It's funny because it's me pretending to interact with people who aren't there."
Shot by Christopher Smalley, it includes an educational trip to the Gotta Groove record plant in Cleveland and an interview with Pittsburgh hip-hop duo Grand Buffet that's "Spinal Tap" level. The two GB cut-ups -- Jackson and Lord Grunge -- were most definitely "there," peppering the Mind Cure owner with questions about whether there was pizza, beer and limos connected to the project and why the bands had to "bastardize" other people's songs rather than writing a second one of their own.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers will screen the videos at the Melwood Screening Room, Oakland, at 7 p.m. Saturday (free with complimentary food and beer), followed by an after-party at Gooski's, Polish Hill, with The Gotobeds at 10 p.m.
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