A Lakewood storefront is home to a new studio and Internet radio station. After an amicable split with Lava Room Recording, Billy Morris has set up Revolution Recording in the basement of 11798 Detroit Ave. He and a small crew are running digital equipment in a space that's set up for recording and jamming.
"It's pretty DIY," says Morris, the former Warrant guitarist who now plays with cover band Breakfast Club. "It's an everything studio — recording, rehearsing, mixing."
Upstairs, Internet radio station Uncensored Net Noise has settled in the front window space. Morris and the Net Noise staff plan to add a stage and seats for studio guests — from passersby to live audiences and bands.
Net Noise streams 24/7 at morningshowcentral.com, running original programs of talk, music, videogames and sports. The Tuesday evening Projekt X Show features all local music, with a popular spotlight segment called "Does Your Music Suck?" MSC general manager Chris Vaughn says he'd like to see the spot become a clubhouse for local and national entertainers, from comedians to players.
"We're trying to drum up the Cleveland scene as a whole," says Vaughn. "Get their music heard and bring it here, show it to the masses."
Ripper Watch: Tim "Ripper" Owens' solo band is touring Europe, with local guitarist John Comprix (Beyond Fear, Ringworm) backing metal all-stars including Chris Caffery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and Dave Ellefson (ex-Megadeth). Before he left, Owens, an Akron-area resident, spoke up for embattled mayor Don Plusquellic. "It's a shame people are talking about his spending," says Owens. "But he's bringing business back to Akron. I remember the place before him. You can't deny that he's done a great job."
A new McDonald's McCafé ad campaign features music and video by Cleveland soul singer Conya Doss and Detroit's Dwele. Check it out online at 365black.com/365black/mccafe.jsp.
Former Whitechapel (Cleveland) bassist Eric Pollarine has a new project, the Bridge Party. It's electronic and dancey, but more dark and contemporary. Four tracks are posted at myspace.com/bridgepartymusic.