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Canajoharie Church Retreat: Volume 1

In 2010, Eric Stroud, shark enthusiast, bought a church in the small town of Canajoharie, NY in order to take advantage of the immaculate organ that it houses. In the summer of 2011, he opened its doors for a weekend to let 13 bands stay, play and record. This is documentary of that weekend. Despite this being a “church” retreat, there was nothing really religious about it except for the fact that Eric’s a saint for letting us do this! Download full sets FOR FREE here:


On July 4th weekend 2011, 13 bands traveled from North Jersey, Brooklyn and other parts of NJ to the small (ghost) town of Canajoharie, NY.  The weekend was filled with live music, jams, food and fun to say the least.  Today, we started uploading the audio from the weekend.  Video also exists, but be patient.  You can check out sets from: The Painters, Keith Kenny, and Les Trois Chaud below!  We’ll be uploading the rest little by little in the next week or so!  Keep checking back and ENJOY!  Our biggest thanks and gratitude goes to Eric Stroud of Shark Defense for opening up the church to us for the weekend.  Also, since everyone there was super respectful and it went smoothly, Eric said we can go up again!


Why are you looking at a google map street view of a church?  Well, at about 7pm tonight, a bunch of us are headed to Canajoharie, New York to spend the weekend in that very church pictured to the left.

Here’s why:  My neighbor plays organ and shopped around for a church with an organ suitable for his needs. He found that at the Cliff Street Church in Canajohairie, NY (About 3-4 hours North), so he bought it. I recently talked to him about having a bunch of bands up there to stay for a couple of days as we document everything via audio and film.  The goal is to leave with enough material to compile some sort of video comp/documentary with live performances, interviews, and anything else we may capture.  Eric (the owner) liked the idea and agreed to open his church to us for the weekend of July 1-July 3 so we can film our little documentary.   It should be noted that this is not a party and not a show.  The whole thing will be very focused and everyone up there will have some sort of role.  Wish us luck!  Click READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY for a list of confirmed bands, labels, and zines.

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Velvet Suit Interviews- Lectric Pulp

You wanted it.  You asked for it.  You got it! Here’s the DL on the Lectric Pulp/Stanhope House breakup from the perspective of Joe Dimeck of Lectric Pulp.  Even though this is a written interview, I assure you at least 1 velvet suit was worn during interrogation.

Some say you helped re-build a sense of a North Jersey/Sussex Scene. What’s your take on that? What is the difference between the scene now than six months ago, as you see it?

Well, I certainly appreciate the folks who feel that way. It’s one of those heart warming/soul caressing kind of feelings if people actually think that. However, I’m just one person. Yea I may have booked a bunch of shows, but if people didn’t come out and support those shows there wouldn’t be any community at all. When it comes to building a music scene it really takes a collective effort. I just handled a lot of organizational things, but I think a lot of credit is spread out across the bands and the fans.

As for where the scene is 6 months ago. I don’t know, it seems like there’s more going on, which is cool. Whether I played a role in that I don’t know. It’s not like The Stanhope House was the only place hosting shows. Honestly, I’m kind of looking forward to being able to explore all the other places that I couldn’t go to because I was working a show. I keep hearing Pearly Baker’s Ale House in Easton is really cool. I mean, I like beer and music, and I hear they got a lot of both. Nevertheless, in the meantime, I got to get a job haha. It’s not like I was making much at The Stanhope House, but I was making something. Back to living on credit I guess :/

Click readmore to find out why Lectric Pulp will cease booking at the venue and what shows were Joe’s favorite…

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Come Celebrate the Release Melissa & Paul’s Double 7″

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Melissa & Paul Double 7 Inches Are In!

and they look great!  Seriously, we could not be happier with how they look and sound.  Since we ordered randomly colored vinyl, there are various colors and combinations.  Pictured are two pink and blue splatter/swirl combos… I think that’s what they call it. We also have some purple/purple and green/grey.  They all seem to vary and have unique qualities.  Records sound nasty too!  There will be a special “friends and family” version of the record for all the kickstarter contributors and well, friends and family of the band who pick up the records.  Inserts and download cards (2 non-vinyl tracks included) are in the process of being made.  Listen to “Money or Your Day,” a non-vinyl track below:

You can pick up a copy of this double 7″ by emailing us here or at a show.  The record release weekend kicks off at the Stanhope House on May 19th with the Screaming Females and Les Trois Traud!  Click readmore for the flyer.

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Upcoming Stanhope House Shows


Be sure to check out Snowbirds (Acoustic folky jams with a pleasant voice.  They cite naked band practice as an interest…just sayin’.), Mike Ambrose (His band goes by Les Trois Chaud and it rules…Sorta Belle and Sebastianish.  You will recognize him if you’ve been to the Stanhope House before.), and Melissa/Paul (High energy bluesy punk duo.  Done recording for their first release! ) by clicking their names!  And of course, thank Joe Dimeck of Lectric Pulp for getting this little shindig together.  Wednesday is the new Saturday!  Maintain…See you there!