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.

Your Favorite Band’s Favorite Band: Violent Soho



Violent Soho, have you heard of them yet? Cause all your favorite bands have, and we’re loving them too. The band just released a new album called Hungry Ghost through SideOneDummy and this is your chance to get on board.

We have a new feature surrounding the band today with members of The Menzingers, Superheaven, You Blew It!, Man Overboard, Modern Baseball, Restorations, Dresses, and Pup each sharing love for at least one song off of Hungry Ghost. Pick up the record here and check out what all of your favorite bands had to say about the record below!

1. Dope Calypso - TOM MAY / THE MENZINGERS
This song has everything I’ve ever fucking wanted from a song. The intro kicks you in the face, the groove is hypnotic, the guitar tones are perfect, the vocals sit right in your chest and of course culminate in a harmony laced, piss shivering medley to round the whole thing off. Man, what a tune. 

This is one of the first songs I heard from Violent Soho. I think it’s a great representation of the band: Fat, fuzzy guitars with Luke’s crazy, unique vocals over top. The vocal melodies are one of my favorite things about the band.

3. Covered In Chrome - TIMOTHY HELLER / DRESSES
This is genuinely the best song I’ve heard in a long time. It sounds like an old 90s classic to me which is amazing. We quite literally listened to it on repeat our entire last tour. I physically cannot resist head banging to it. 

Violent Soho is just a cool band. Before I tell you why, did you know their “new” record Hungry Ghost, is certified GOLD in Australia?!? That’s wiley and Wikipedia is a crazy place. Anyway, Violent Soho is just a cool band. Hungry Ghost is literally hit after mega hit. Saramona Said is one of my favorites, a classic “everything and everyone is fucked anyway, so why should I care” kind of tune. True dat. I mean the first few lines in the song are so so good and just really set a tone for the whole thing. 

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'In Defense of Ms Hill'


The artist is a human being, not a product. Sure, the artist makes products that are for sale, but the artist is not forever in your debt because you may have purchased a product from them at some point.

When you buy an album from me, I receive money and you get music. It’s a fair and even exchange that begins and ends once I receive my money and you receive your product. If I don’t value myself as an artist — especially working in a market that has decided that recorded music is not worth spending money on — then who will?

A must read.

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take a while. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

Ira Glass’ (from This American Life)

And just like James, I’ll be drinking Irish tonight and the memory of his last work week will be gone forever”


"People Like Me, We Just Don’t Play"

Great tune!

Music video: The Maine ‘Run’. I’ve loved watching these dudes grow up and continue to stretch their sound. They’ve turned into one of the better bands our scene has ever produced. Stoked to continue to see where they go.

15 years later, I still dig this band.


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)

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