Johnny Minardi

Hello, my name is Johnny Minardi. I'm from Chicago, IL. I run a company called self titled management where i represent very talented producers. Let's make some music together. //////////////////////////////////// //////////////////////////////////// I'm also a Chicago sports enthusiast. Be nice to each other.


Overdue Update

OD 3.0 is now shipping.

On July 6th 2004, Gatsbys American Dream released an EP on LLR Recordings that would re-define their band once again. Produced by Casey Bates, who would go on to produce the band’s next two albums, the EP served as a mission statement for the group. In the Land of Lost Monsters became an essential bridge of experimentation between Ribbons & Sugar to Volcano.  A little more than 10 years later, the EP is coming to vinyl for the first time.

We’re very proud to announce In The Land of Lost Monsters by Gatsbys American Dream is now available on vinyl. No Pre-Order, simply shipping now.

There are 3 variants, here’s the pressing information:

  • 200 Black with a hand-numbered OBI Strip
  • 350 Black
  • 550 Clear / Glow in the Dark Split
The EP has been remastered for vinyl, and cut at 45 RPM. Each record is 180 gram vinyl, hand-numbered with all-new album art  (original artwork unfortunately did not reproduce for the LP format). The liner notes feature an all-new interview with Nic Newsham and Bobby Darling conducted by Sarah Shay. Each record also comes with a free download code.

Like the previous releases, 100% profits (or approximately 52% of the sales price) for this release will be donated to Water.Org. Additionally, the profits for the previous releases have been donated to Water.Org. Together, we’ve raised $3415 from the sales of the two previous releases so far! According to Water.Org, we’ve created permanent sources of clean water for 137 people. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed!

A record I released on my first label over 10 years ago is on vinyl for the first time ever. I have such fond memories of working with Gatsbys American Dream and am glad this is finally on vinyl. Pick one up!

Bring Back The Cheap Punk Compilation



July 16, 2014
by Bryne Yancey

By the time I was twelve years old—old enough to go and experience select things on my own, without parental supervision, but far too young to be out after 9 p.m. without it—I started getting a weekly allowance.

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Great memories here. I used to clean up at Warped Tour. Fat used to sell 4 CDs for $5.

Short Music for Short People was the best!

Be the change you want to see in the world. (Credit: Yondr Studio)

Be the change you want to see in the world. (Credit: Yondr Studio)

Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter.

—Stephen King, Duma Key (via observando)

(via karasmarsh)

Hollywoodland. 1923.

Hollywoodland. 1923.

Incredibly inspiring to hear all the stories of Rick Rubin’s past. He had a huge hand in so many legendary records.

If you have 2 hours this weekend, watch this documentary on David Geffen’s life story. I re-watched it last night and it’s amazing to see how many times he built from scratch to success.

MXPX/Allister/Showoff this weekend. Tix still available for Sunday at!

MXPX/Allister/Showoff this weekend. Tix still available for Sunday at!

Somos | Audiotree


This was such a blast to do. Head on over to the Audiotree website or YouTube channel to check out the session we did while in Chicago.

Get learned about Somos. Great band.

Empires on The Late Show

2 of my dear friends are playing on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight with their band Empires. I was fortunate enough to meet Sean VanVleet when he was a super weird kid with a giant heart. He was instrumental in me starting (and helping) with LLR Recordings. We would spent countless nights discussing music. Seemed like a waste of time to most others but I think it makes a lot of sense if you know either of us now. I also owe a lot of my musical tastes to Tom Conrad as well. Before I met him, I’d always see what band shirts he was wearing and check out the bands. Creepy right? Found out about Small Brown Bike, New Found Glory, Saves The Day and more that way. He also had enough faith in me to be the first band (504 plan) on my first label. I had to write them a heart felt letter to convince them but I’m very glad it worked and they trusted me. Tune in to watch where those guys lives are headed after practicing their entire lives. Proud to say I know them and to be a fan.

One of my favorite bands, Every Time I Die, are streaming their new records via Youtube. Diving into this now and I suggest you do the same!