Infinite Number of Sounds has ceased to exist as a band but lives on as a label. The electronic-based group has been a perennial contender for both Free Times and Scene music awards. The band's third and final album, The Island of Misfit Noise, is available now at infinitenumberofsounds.com. Mixing ambient electronica and organic horn tracks, the record features contributions from songwriter/performer/video artist Brent Gummow, songwriter/producer David Mansbach and drummer Jeremy Aker, in addition to former drummer Ron Tucker (ex-Racermason) and Mifuné's Kris "Skinny K" Morron and Jacob Wynne.
Primarily a download label, the company uses the Radiohead model, letting fans pay what they want and choose sound quality. Current and near-future releases from the Infinite Number of Sounds label include Clevelander Nemo Nemon (a.k.a. former INS member Matt Mansbach), Columbus's Electric Grandmother, Cleveland improv group Oblique Orchestra and Santa Fe's Medjool.
"We created the label to provide a platform for a diverse pool of forward-thinking artists, musicians and writers," says co-founder Mansbach. "Even the deluxe downloads cost less that you would pay on Amazon or iTunes. On top of that, 85 percent of the money goes to our artists, and that is not the deal an indie artist gets from iTunes."
Ron Tucker's similarly evocative band City Breathing has a new EP, My Apple IIe Is Singing Sad Songs to Me. It's available at citybreathing.com for free or a donation.
The Agora's big rooms aren't actively booking shows for now, but the Town Fryer in the Agora Café (5000 Euclid Ave.) continues hosting national and locals acts. Austin "Walkin' Cane" Charanghat plays free sets from 7-9 p.m. every Monday, featuring blues standards, originals and covers like the Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers."
Legation Galleries (1300 W. 78th St.) is exhibiting photographs by Daniel Mainzer, who documented the early days of Joe Walsh's band Barnstorm and shot its album cover. The show features never-before-seen photos as well as '60s shots inside Akron's Firestone factory. Viewings are by appointment; call 316.334.7080. Down the hall, Kokoon Galleries is hosting Look Out Cleveland: Bob Dylan & the Band 1969-1976, a collection of photographs, prints and memorabilia by William Scheele.