The "Akron Sound" Museum

The "Akron Sound" Museum Our ongoing mission at the "Akron Sound" museum is to foster new artists and continue to keep alive a vital part of Akron's musical legacy.
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Rubber City Jazz & Blues Fest | New Signup
08/04/2020
Rubber City Jazz & Blues Fest | New Signup

Rubber City Jazz & Blues Fest | New Signup

Don't miss out on your chance to order! Ordering is simple - just find the style you like, select your size, then check out (you can use your credit card, Venmo or PayPal)!* Double check that your email address is correct to ensure you receive all updates along the way, including your tracking numbe...

At 5pm, on their New Music Showcase, the Listen Project will be playing Some Librarian WIth Hickeys, Wild Giraffes and T...
08/04/2020
Listen Project Radio - Free Internet Radio - Live365

At 5pm, on their New Music Showcase, the Listen Project will be playing Some Librarian WIth Hickeys, Wild Giraffes and Tracey Thomas. Listen In

Great music deserves to be heard. From power pop, straight ahead rock and folk to punk and post punk, electronic, avant-garde, the NE Ohio music scene (Cleveland, Akron and Kent) from 1975 to the early 21st century thrived and while there were varying levels of “success,” what really developed w...

Big Stir Records
07/28/2020

Big Stir Records

LIBRARIANS WITH HICKEYS invite you to check the first single from their just-announced debut album LONG OVERDUE before the CD is released. It's a pair of unique sides that make up the next Big Stir Digital Single, out Friday July 31 at www.bigstirrecords.com/big-stir-digital-singles and available for pre-order now. The A-side is “That Time Is Now” featuring LISA MYCHOLS, and the B-side is an exclusive, brand-new non-album track whereupon the LWH cover no less than THE BANANA SPLITS on “I Enjoy Being A Boy (In Love With You)” in grand psychedelic style, making this an essential companion piece to the forthcoming album.

This is the third Big Stir single from Akron, Ohio's finest guitar pop combo. They've all led up to the August 14 release of the cleverly-titled LONG OVERDUE, an album that stands among the classic power pop debut records of the late '70s and early '80s (think The Records, The Knack, Paul Collins' Beat, and 20/20) as a stack of nothing but should-be-hit singles. As such, a duet is all but inevitable, and LA's own LISA MYCHOLS – whose solo records and work with The Masticators and most recently The Seven And Six have earned her a place in the Southern California pop pantheon – does the honors on “That Time Is Now”. It's a ringing triumph of a radio-ready single and sure to be the highlight of the summer: a hopeful and jangling anthem of empowerment that is, if anything, more needed this year than ever.

The absolutely delightful B-side, specially recorded for this release, is another animal altogether. It launches from the already surprisingly psychedelic blueprint of the original version of “I Enjoy Being A Boy (In Love With You)” by The Banana Splits, the titular fictional funny-animal-costumed band from the late-60s Hanna-Barbera/Sid & Marty Krofft kids' variety show. We recommend you hit YouTube for a reminder of just how trippy this tune already was before hitting play on the Librarians' version, which takes its hypnotic swirl to an even deeper and more mesmerizing place and sets a new benchmark of sugary heaviness for the band itself!

The best news, aside from the impending release of the album itself, is that even in these pandemic-challenged times, LIBRARIANS WITH HICKEYS are already looking forward and producing new music beyond what's on their sterling debut (we've heard some of it and it's all up to the standard set by LONG OVERDUE). And they've always been a great live band, so it's to be hoped that with these inspiring tracks seeing release and a growing catalog of fine originals, the band will not only be recording new material but back on stage, and even on the road, as soon as safely possible. In the meantime, they're offering up some of the most exciting recordings of the year, and we at Big Stir are thrilled to be bringing them to you!

Nice story about the Waitresses and a Chris Butler Song.Though better known for the joyous perennial “Christmas Wrapping...
07/23/2020
12 Forgotten Classics by Women-Led New Wave Bands

Nice story about the Waitresses and a Chris Butler Song.

Though better known for the joyous perennial “Christmas Wrapping,” the teasing art-pop confection “I Know What Boys Like,” and the theme song to the new-wave sitcom “Square Pegs,” this Akron, Ohio-bred sextet reached their peak with this declaration of post-romantic bliss. A rocksteady beat, jaunty sax blurts and an out-of-nowhere harmonica solo buttress Patty Donahue’s adorably blasé delivery as she takes stock of all that she’s learned (the cost of stamps, the reason for a three-pronged outlet) and accomplished (fixing the toilet, acing her driver’s test) since her ex has been gone. Few pop kiss-offs have been funnier or more acerbic

Listen to lesser-known songs by Nervus Rex, Josie Cotton, the Waitresses and more that arrived in the early 1980s.

HARVEY GOLD HAS  A NEW ALBUM COMING OUT!!Here's the deal: Smog Veil Records tells me it'll be available on all digital p...
07/22/2020
The Stash Dauber: Harvey Gold's "It's Messy, Vol. 1"

HARVEY GOLD HAS A NEW ALBUM COMING OUT!!

Here's the deal: Smog Veil Records tells me it'll be available on all digital platforms THIS COMING FRIDAY... we think.

On or around August 1st, CDs will be pre-orderable, and officially on the ground Sept.25th. You know I'll remind you.

Cool Resource for those looking for Offical Devo Bootlegs
07/21/2020
Booji Boy's Basement

Cool Resource for those looking for Offical Devo Bootlegs

Booji Boy's Basement is a not-for-profit distribution service for non-commercial DEVO and DEVO-related recordings and videos. Below is a list of releases, ordered by BBB catalog number (,except for "Specialties"). Chronological and categorized audio release lists are at the BBB website.

I thought about trying to write a eulogy or tribute tonight, but so many of my friends who were close friends and some w...
07/18/2020
The Cleveland Memory Project

I thought about trying to write a eulogy or tribute tonight, but so many of my friends who were close friends and some who were simply acquaintances like myself have done that today, and done better than I could. So I thought Id simply post the collection of photos and Music we have on our Website. R.I.P. George Cabaniss, you were a hell of a guitar player. And from the handful of times we were in a crowd together a hell of a gentleman as well. And I mean that in the best sense of the word you can call a guy who was in the Dead Boys a Gentleman. http://images.ulib.csuohio.edu/cdm/search/field/subjec/searchterm/Cabaniss,%20George/mode/exact

Reel to Real: Where the Stories Behind the Board Go on Record: Episode 4 with Chris Butler
07/16/2020
Reel to Real: Where the Stories Behind the Board Go on Record: Episode 4 with Chris Butler

Reel to Real: Where the Stories Behind the Board Go on Record: Episode 4 with Chris Butler

Grammy Award-winning engineer Bruce Hensal joins co-host Jim Myers from the Melrose Center in welcoming special guest Chris Butler to the Reel to Real podcast. Chris is a multi-talented songwriter and musician best known for creating and leading the 1980s band The Waitresses. His most notable songs....

A bunch more from Wayne's Hard Drive.
07/03/2020

A bunch more from Wayne's Hard Drive.

Librarians With Hickeys
06/29/2020

Librarians With Hickeys

We haven't done an update in a while, so here's what's up...

Our album -- Long Overdue -- is finished! As a matter of fact, It's being pressed in Los Angeles right now and will be available on Big Stir Records on Friday, August 14th. (The bookmobile pic is from the inside of the package)

The first single, "That Time Is Now" will be released in about a month from now, on Friday, July 31st, with a special non-album B-Side! More about that soon as we get closer to the release date.

We are beyond excited to release these uh, Long Overdue songs to you!

The Wild Giraffes
06/26/2020

The Wild Giraffes

You can order the new Wild Giraffes Live LP and / or the Live and Later CD for $23 each ( 20+3 S&H)by:
Paypal or Venmo to : [email protected]

Be sure to include your mailing address.

Or : Check to Alan McGinty 3539 Rugby Rd. Durham, NC 27707

From Wayne's Deadly Bees File. But a lot more going on here I think.
06/24/2020

From Wayne's Deadly Bees File. But a lot more going on here I think.

06/19/2020
The Fifth Wheel TFW

The Fifth Wheel TFW

The Fifth Wheel TFW FB LIVE
BOOTLEG FOOTAGE
Wolfcreek Studios 6.13.2020
Footage By Jaden Stone
(Re-Up Load)

Getting near the end of Wayne's Removable Hard Drive. This is a fun one called Misc Bands. Who wants to play Name the Ba...
06/19/2020

Getting near the end of Wayne's Removable Hard Drive. This is a fun one called Misc Bands. Who wants to play Name the Band?

More from Wayne's Hard Drive.......
06/16/2020

More from Wayne's Hard Drive.......

06/15/2020
The Wild Giraffes

The Wild Giraffes

The Wild Giraffes LP has hit the presses! It is a Live LP with a bonus studio track and a 20 page booklet with a treasure trove of articles, reviews and photos. The 16 song CD is also ready including the live tracks and 9 studio tracks never before heard. Release date is July 1st!! Stay tuned for ordering info.

06/15/2020
Wolfcreek Studios

The Fifth Wheel TFW FB LIVE at Wolfcreek Studios Part One

The fifth wheel....Live at Wolfcreek!

Before we found a permanent space we did a couple pop up at the Summit Artspace. One lasted a couple weekends and Rachel...
06/09/2020

Before we found a permanent space we did a couple pop up at the Summit Artspace. One lasted a couple weekends and Rachel Roberts did a show in our space. So an official friend of the Museum.

Some Acid Cats, still from Wayne's Folders, Great Current local band if you haven't Seen Them
06/09/2020

Some Acid Cats, still from Wayne's Folders, Great Current local band if you haven't Seen Them

As I Said, Wayne's Devo Folder was huge. I still have his energy dome at my house.
06/06/2020

As I Said, Wayne's Devo Folder was huge. I still have his energy dome at my house.

Devo providing the soundtrack for this moment
06/06/2020
Devo providing the soundtrack for this moment

Devo providing the soundtrack for this moment

With everything going on right now, including the pandemic and the last week of protests and violence in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd, who was killed

AS you may know Ive been going through the Removable HD Of the Museum's Late Founder  Wayne Beck, Probably going to have...
06/05/2020

AS you may know Ive been going through the Removable HD Of the Museum's Late Founder Wayne Beck, Probably going to have to break the Devo Folder into a couple posts.

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923 Bank Street Unit A
Akron, OH
44305

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Monday 11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00
Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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(216) 401-3118

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Found some of my 45s tucked away.
I am researching a band my grandfather played in popular in Akron area in the 1920’s. Szeyller’s band and orchestra. If you have any records of this band I would love any information thanks.
Tomorrow, Monday May 4, 2020 at noon, tune into Listen Project Radio for a tribute to the Kent music scene spanning from the late 1960's through the early 2000's featuring music from the James Gang, Devo, 1-60-75, F-Models, The Party of Helicopters and others.
Found some more!
Found this when cleaning out the attic.😀
I’m looking for info on this record and noticed you posted a video of them
BRAND NEW FROM AKRON'S The HiFis. "HOPE YOU LIKE IT AND ADD IT TO YOUR CHRISTMAS ROTATION!"
Found behind my basement couch.
Found in my basement...
Down stairs JB's 1980 the band is called Eyes in the trees
This a totally bitchin’ space.
Sent a dropbox invite with a bunch of old photos from JB's to your email.