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Chicago-based Smog Veil Records, owned by former Clevelander Frank Mauceri, has a slew of Cleveland-related releases scheduled for the second half of 2009.

Three releases are slated for November 17. The delayed Face Value CD-DVD Rode Hard, Put Away Wet covers the hardcore band's career from 1989 to '93. The Tin Huey retrospective, The Bushflow Tapes, is filled with rare material by the Akron experimentalists and features liner notes by longtime Village Voice "dean" of rock critics Robert Christgau. And an as-yet-untitled Easter Monkeys release will include legendary recordings and video footage of the band opening for X. The band featured the late Jim Jones, who also played guitar for Pere Ubu.

In the pipeline with no set release date are a collection of early Spudmonsters material and Yadang from Buzz Clic (Rubber City Rebels.)

Smog Veil recently released Funland from Mike Watt's Unknown Instructors, on which Pere Ubu/Rocket From the Tombs frontman David Thomas contributes guest vocals.

A rare in-depth profile of David Thomas appears in the new book Sound Levels: Profiles in American Music, 2002-2009, a collection of feature stories about seminal musical figures from Tom Waits to Mike Patton. Author (and Scene contributor) Phil Freeman interviewed Thomas in New York City for the piece, which originally ran as the cover story of October 2006's Wire. The book version has a new introduction.

"I think what makes him distinct is his ability to blend avant-garde ideas with raw, basic rock 'n' roll that can appeal to almost anybody," says Freeman. "He sees middle-American culture as a perfectly valid starting point for intellectual exploration, something too many critics don't understand."

Former Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley's long-time-coming solo album is set for August 11 release. Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food features appearances by Korn frontman Jonathan Davis and Marilyn Manson/Rob Zombie guitarist John 5. The transplanted Clevelander worked at producer-engineer Michael Seifert's Ante Up studio.

The Bridge Party (, the electro/EDM/dance duo featuring former Whitechapel (Cleveland) bassist Eric Pollarine and synth player Rob Musser, makes its live debt at the Phantasy (11802 Detroit Ave.) Nite Club on Friday, July 17. Doors 8 p.m., tickets $3.

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