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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Check out The Imperial Sound!


Monday, June 27, 2016

New releases coming soon!

Expect new releases on Pravda this year by Andre Williams, The Imperial Sound, Melismatics and a few surprises. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Pravda artists score in commercials!

Three of Pravda's artists have had tracks licensed for commercials recently. Check out The Diplomats of Solid Sound "Don't Touch My Popcorn" in a new Chicago Cubs spot. Check out The Goldstars "It's All About You" in a Not-Com national online ad. Check out The Sleepers "Comeback Special" in an ad for Applebees!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Melismatics on the road to promote new single "All in Time"

UPCOMING SHOWS by The Melismatics to promote their new single "All in Time"
The Melismatics @ The Turf Club, St. Paul, MN
Feb 5, 2016
The Melismatics @ The Double Door, Chicago, IL
Feb 25, 2016
The Melismatics @ The Melody Inn, Indianapolis, IN
Feb 26, 2016
The Melismatics @ The Lift, Dubuque, IA
Feb 27, 2016

Friday, October 30, 2015

New Melismatics digital single drops on Nov 20th!

The Melismatics keep churning out catchy moody songs that we love! Pravda will release the new single "All In Time" on Nov 20th via iTunes and all other digital retailers. You will love this song!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Celebrate 31 years of Pravda Sun Aug 30 at Delilah's in Chicago

Pravda Records is older again! Celebrate 31 years of Pravda Records Sunday Aug 30 at our favorite bar in Chicago. Delilah's on Lincoln and Diversey is the place. It's a joint with massive amounts of whiskey and beer and everything else. Pravda Prez Kenn Goodman will be spinning his favorite tunes and saying hello. Show up at 9 and stay all night!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Renaldo Domino dates and new record

Chicago soul sensation Renaldo Domino will perform at the legendary Dawson City Music Festival in the Yukon on Sat July 25 and Sunday July 26. Look for a new single and full album on Pravda later this year. We're excited!

Monday, March 16, 2015

New Duncan Imperials make rare appearance at SXSW 2015

Catch a rare appearance of the New Duncan Imperials at SXSW 2015. The band will appear at The Continental Club on Saturday March 21 at 2PM. This show is part of the annual Mojo Nixon Mayhem party that always packs them in. Get there early and buy the guys a drink!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Melismatics "The Future is History" now available

This digital-only collection of previously unreleased tracks and rarities spans the band's career of over a decade. From Ryan's original teenage demos to songs recorded in between albums that slipped through the cracks, this compilation is a MUST for any Melismatics Fanatic. 12 stellar tracks! Available now on iTunes.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Melismatics digital single "Celebrate Your Heartbeat" released Nov 18!

Watch for the digital release of the new Melismatics single "Celebrate Your Heartbeat" on Nov 18 via iTunes and all other online digital stores. This catchy single is the follow-up to The last Pravda release "Rising Tide" and continues in the Melismatics' traditional high energy and melodic style.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pravda 30th Anniversary DJ party at Delilah's Sun Aug 31 in Chicago

Celebrate 30 years of Pravda Records Sun Aug 31 at Delilah's Bar in Chicago. Pravda Head Honcho Kenn Goodman will be spinning records along with VP Sheila Sachs. There will be SWAG as well! Free Cds, records, and T-shirts. This is a free event. Delilah's is located at 2771 N Lincoln Ave in Chicago. 9PM.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pravda at Pitchfork

Come visit the Pravda Pop Up Record Store booth at Pitchfork July 18-19-20 in Chicago. We'll have new shirts, Lps, Cds and more! Come say Hi!

Friday, May 23, 2014

New Duncan Imperials reunite for 25th anniversary gigs!

The New Duncan Imperials will celebrate 25 years of mayhem with 2 shows in July. On Fri July 25th, the band will perform their debut Pravda cd, "Hanky Panky Parley Voo!" in it's entirety at Fitzgeralds nightclub in Berwyn IL. Tickets are available now through On Sat July 26th, the band will perform an outdoor concert at RIBCO in Rock Island IL. This will be a concert covering the entire catalog of New Duncan Imperials classics. Don't miss these shows!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lab Partners release "Seven Seas" on April 22

In conjunction with Record Store Day, The Lab Partners will release "Seven Seas", their second release on Pravda Records. It will be available on limited edition colored 2 vinyl set, cd, and is available now on iTunes. It is a beautiful record from these space-rock veterans from Dayton, OH.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Melismatics US tour dates!

10/24/13 Indianapolis, IN The Melody Inn
10/25/13 Muncie, IN Be Here Now
10/26/13 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Live (with Rebel Sect and The Handcuffs)
11/12/13 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
11/13/13 Pueblo, CO Downtown Bar
11/14/13 Denver, CO Lion’s Lair
11/15/13 Boulder, CO Bohemian Biergarten
11/16/13 Albuquerque, NM Lauchpad
11/17/13 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room
11/19/13 San Francisco, CA Hotel Utah

11/21/13 San Diego, CA The Tin Can

11/22/13 Los Angeles, CA Silverlake Lounge(with: Goldenboy)
11/23/13 Flagstaff, AZ Hotel Monte Vista

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Andre Williams andthe Goldstars European Tour Dates!

25.10.2013: London (UK), Blues Kitchen
26.10.2013: Kopenhagen (Denmark), Huset
27.10.2013: Göteborg (Sweden), Pustervik
29.10.2013: Hamburg (Germany), Molotow Bar
30.10.2013: Bremen (Germany), Lila Eule
31.10.2013: Münster (Germany), Café Sputnik [Sputnikhalle]
01.11.2013: Berlin (Germany), Bassy
02.11.2013: Alkmaar (Netherlands), Podium Victorie
03.11.2013: Goes (Netherlands), 't Beest
05.11.2013: Arnheim (Netherlands), Willem Een
06.11.2013: Gent (Belgium), Charlatan
07.11.2013: Ulm (Germany), Eden
08.11.2013: Stuttgart (Germany), Zwölfzehn
09.11.2013: Schaffhausen (Switzerland), Tap Tab
10.11.2013: Freiburg (Germany), SlowClub Freiburg
11.11.2013: Köln (Germany), Sonic Ballroom

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Melismatics "Rising Tide" available now!

Rising Tide by The Melismatics is available worldwide.
Find it on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and Cd Baby.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

New Melismatics record hits the street Oct 1

Watch for more details for the new Melismatics record "Rising Tide" on Pravda Records Oct 1, 2013. Meanwhile the band continues to tour relentlessly!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

New Duncan Imperials Reunite Nov 23-24

The New Duncan Imperials will reun ite for 2 shows Nov 23 and 24 to play all the classics! Fri Nov 23 will be at Gabes Oasis in Iowa City and Sat Nov 24 will be at Fitzgeralds in Berwyn IL. End your Thanksgiving weekend with these nights of trashy rock!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pravda at Pitchfork

Stop by our booth at the Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend July 13-14-15 in Chicago. We will be selling CDs, records, t-shirts, and singles. CHEAP!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fetch releases 2nd single June 19!

Chicagoans Fetch release their second single in their series of Pravda releases June 19. The limited edition green vinyl includes the songs "Don't Tell Me" b/w "The Game" and will be available also on iTunes shortly. The band celebrates with a CD release show Wed June 20 at Martyrs in Chicago along with Pravda faves- The Melismatics.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Andre Williams and the Goldstars announce World Tour 2012

To celebrate Andre's 75th birthday and the release of "Nightclub" on Pravda Records and "Hoods and Shades" on Bloodshot Records, Andre and the Goldstars are hitting the road to prove that Andre is still the coolest man on earth. Please watch for them in these fine cities across the world.

Thurs Mar 22 Madison WI- High Noon Saloon
Fri Mar 23 Chicago IL - Hideout
Sat Mar 24 Ann Arbor MI - Blind Pig
Sat April 28 New Orleans LA - DBA
Fri May 4 St Louis MO - Off Broadway
Sat May 5 Kansas City MO - The Ship
Wed May 16 - Norway-Bergen, Garage
Thurs May 17 Norway-Oslo, Crossroads
Fri May 18 Norway-Moss, House of Rock
Sat May 19 Germany -Berlin , Bassy
Sunday May 20 Germany- Dresden, Beatpol
Monday May 21 Germany - Hamburg, Molotow
Wed May 23 Switzerland - Zürich, Helsinki Club
Thurs May 24 Austria - Dornbirn, Spielboden
Fri May 25 Switzerland - Thun, Cafe Mokka
Sat May 26 Germany - Frankfurt , Orange Peel
Sunday May 27 Germany - Cologne, Sonic Ballroom
Fri June 8 Salt Lake City UT - The Garage
Sat June 9 Salt Lake City UT - The Garage
Fri June 15 Toronto Canada - The Legendary Horseshoe
July 20-21 Dawson City Yukon Canada Dawson City Music Festival

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Pravda Artists at SXSW 2012

Pravda Recording artists The Melismatics and The Diplomats of Solid Sound will be performing at SXSW in Austin.
Thurs Mar 15 The Melismatics, Lamberts 401 W. 2nd St. 10pm
Fri Mar 16 The Melismatics, Dirty Dog, midnight
Sat Mar 17 The Diplomats of Solid Sound, Deseo Centro Lounge, 219 Congress Ave. 8pm

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fetch Record Release party Thursday Feb 23rd in Chicago!

Fetch celebrates the release of their shiny new Pravda vinyl single with a live gig at Pancho's, 2200 N California Thurs Feb 23rd at 10 pm. The limited edition colored vinyl of Time Being b/w Sidewalk Tree will be available at the show. Pick it up while they last!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New Melismatics Video -Divided Devotions from Mania!

Monday, February 6, 2012

7" vinyl coming from Fetch!

Pravda returns to 7" vinyl releases with a limited edition release by Chicago's Fetch. The new single "Time Being" b/w "Sidewalk Tree" hits the streets Tues Feb 14. This hot pink/red vinyl makes a lovely Valentines gift. Ordering info coming soon!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Melismatics new release Mania! out Jan 10, 2012 on Pravda

Pravda is thrilled to welcome the Melismatics to our roster in 2012. Hailing from Minneapolis, the Melismatics are a hard touring, infectious, and addictive band that you have to see live. Watch for them to tour worldwide in support of this release. Stay tuned!

Monday, October 10, 2011

New Duncan Imperials to play final shows Oct 14-15

After 21 years the New Duncan Imperials will play their final shows Oct 14 at Beat Kitchen in Chicago and Oct 15 at Rascals in Moline IL.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

NDI - Drinking Songs

Do you like to drink? Is this a stupid question? If you answered 'yes' to both, please check out "Drinking Songs" by The New Duncan Imperials on iTunes for $5.99! We put together 12 classic NDI drinking songs for your overindulgence. This is a special digital only release...


Wednesday, June 8, 2011


The following classic Pravda Records titles are on sale now @ iTunes for $5.99:

V/A - "This Is Our Music: A Pravda Compilation Vol. 2"
Civil Tones - "Vodka and Peroxide"
Susan Voelz - "Summer Crashing"
Cheer-Accident - "Younger Than You Are Now"
The Goldstars - "Purple Girlfriend"
The Slugs - "Fort Fun"
The Farmers - "Flames of Love"
The Service - "Americas Newest Hitmakers"
Gringo - "Combine"
Javelin Boot - "Fundamentally Sound"
Wanna-Bees - "Small Time Heroes"

Thursday, June 2, 2011

COMING 7.12.2011

The Civil Tones new album "City Stoopin'"

Cool soul-soaked R&B instrumental grooves straight outta St. Louis, Missouri...


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Andre Williams w/The Goldstars in EUROPE May 2011

ANDRE WILLIAMS & THE GOLDSTARS -- Dirty Old Man Euro Tour 2011

May 4 2011 Hafenklang - Hamburg, Germany
May 5 2011 Orange Peel - Frankfurt, Germany
May 6 2011 De Kelder - Amersfoort, Netherlands
May 7 2011 Bassy - Berlin, Germany
May 8 2011 Sonic Ballroom - Koln, Germany
May 11 2011 ACAPULCO CLUB - GIJON, Spain
May 12 2011 LA UNIVERSIDAD - LEON, Spain
May 13 2011 EL SOL CLUB - MADRID, Spain


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hanky Panky Parley Voo! ON SALE!!

The album that put The New Duncan Imperials on the map & inadvertently started a silly string revolution - 'Hanky Panky Parley Voo!' is on sale now @ iTunes for $5.99! They'll be making a rare Chicago appearance next Thursday, April 21st @ Redline Tap (7000 N Glenwood Ave)...


Tuesday, March 1, 2011


The Ruiners' bombastic 10 song slab "Happy Birthday Bitch" is on sale now at iTunes for $7.99! Pick it up today!!


Friday, December 31, 2010


Happy New Year from Pravda Records! To show our appreciation for a stellar 2010, we'd like to offer you a FREE download link of our "V/A - Pravda Records: The First 25 Years" sampler.

This sampler contains (25) tracks by (25) different Pravda Records artists spanning our entire history. Here is the FREE download link. Cheers!!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

'What Goes Around Comes Around' -- PRESS

Blurt Magazine

Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - One of 2010's best!

Iowa City Press-Citizen

Time To Play B-Sides

Little Village Magazine

Jersey Beat - scroll down a bit

The Fire Note

Hey, don't forget to pick up the new album here!!


Friday, October 8, 2010

'What Goes Around Comes Around' OUT NOW!

"What Goes Around Comes Around" by Diplomats Of Solid Sound can be ordered here:

Pravda Records

Digital Downloads can be ordered at:



Wednesday, October 6, 2010

More reviews of 'Happy Birthday Bitch' by The Ruiners

Detroit Free Press - FEATURE!

Sound Opinions - Buried Treasures episode w/The Ruiners

Detroit Rock Blog

Mister Suave's Mod Mod World

Podcasters With Attitude interview with Rick Ruiner

Fast Film - review by legendary punk/rock photographer Heather Harris!

Detroit Live Magazine

Hey, don't forget to pick up the new album here!!


Monday, September 20, 2010

New Diplomats Of Solid Sound album coming soon!

Pravda Records (in association w/Record Kicks - Italy) proudly presents the fifth full-length by Iowa City Ambassadors of groove The Diplomats Of Solid Sound titled "What Goes Around Comes Around", entirely mixed and edited by Lack Of Afro (Freestyle) and inspired by the sounds of the best 60s style soul and funk. Having already cut 4 full-length albums, "Instrumental Action Soul" (Prescription Records - 2001), "Let´s Cool One"(Estrus Records - 2003) and "Destination Get Down!" (Estrus Records - 2005) & self-titled “Diplomats Of Solid Sound featuring The Diplomettes” (Pravda Records/Record Kicks 2008) the band is just getting warmed up. “What Goes Around Comes Around” is chocked full of irresistible funk and soul bombs ready to melt your heart or make you shake it on the dance-floor, strongly confirming their standing in the contemporary funk and soul scene.

Release date is 10.12.10 but you can pre-order it now HERE.

Track Listing:

1. B-O-O-G-A-L-O-O
2. Back Off
3. Promise Of A Brand New Day
4. Gimme One More Chance
5. No Man
6. Fascination
7. Bailout!
8. Jealous
9. What Goes Around Comes Around
10. Can’t Wait For Your Love (Pistol Allen)
11. Get Out Of The Way (So I Can Get Back To My Life)


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Ruiners OUT NOW!!!

"Happy Birthday Bitch" by The Ruiners is OUT NOW!!! You can order the CD at:

Pravda Records
Sonic Rendezvous (Europe)

Also ask you local record store!

Digital Downloads can be purchased at:


And many other digital outlets!


Thursday, August 12, 2010

The hype is building!

Check out the advanced reviews of "Happy Birthday Bitch" by The Ruiners (release date is 08.24.10): review by Jim Derogatis

Jersey Beat (click & scroll down a bit)

Music Filter

Global Punk Reviews

Retro Kimmer

Review Magazine


photo by Joe Gall

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Ruiners "Happy Birthday Bitch" COMING 08.24.10!!


Friday, July 2, 2010

More great press reviews of "Moonlight Music"!

Under The Radar

Space Rock Reviews by Ian Abrahams

The Fire Note


Hey, don't forget to pick up the new album here!!


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pravda Records signs The Ruiners!

Pravda Records would like to announce the signing of thee most dangerous band in Detroit, Michigan…maybe the World?? - THE RUINERS! They’re a wild and fantastic beast; pure white lightning & sexy self-destruction. Club bannings, beatings, court enforced restraining orders, jail terms, cat fights, pregnancies, bankruptcies, heart attacks, overdoses, emergency room visits, fire, lost passports, occasional nudity and a Christmas day death threat have all been part of The Ruiners 10 year ride.

August 2010 Pravda Records be unleashing the new album “Happy Birthday Bitch!” which is destine to be thee greatest party record of all time, with a lot of fuzzed out sounds, primitive drums, plenty of sex appeal and greasy bar room grit - that is what The Ruiners do best…

photo by Joe Gall

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Moonlight Music PRESS

Press reviews of "Moonlight Music" by Lab Partners. Check them out:

Denver Post

Dayton Daily News


The Buddah Den

Hey, don't forget to pick up the new album!!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lab Partners - Moonlight Music OUT NOW!

You can purchase Moonlight Music directly from our webiste by visiting: Pravda Records

Also purchase it online at:


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Moonlight Music coming soon!

We are proud to announce the upcoming release of "Moonlight Music" by Dayton, OH's Lab Partners on Tuesday, March 16th 2010. On this, their third full-length album they continue to craft such immaculately perfect dream pop with more power, clarity and confidence than ever before. Now after 10+ years of writing, recording & touring, Lab Partners find themselves at the forefront of their peers, having carved out their own niche of what some music lovers & critics call space rock, dream pop, indie rock & shoegazer.

Here are some upcoming "Moonlight Music" tour dates:

March 13th 2010 @ Southgate House, Newport, KY
March 21st 2010 @ The Red & The Black Bar DC, Washington DC
March 23rd 2010 @ Pianos, New York, NY
March 24th 2010 @ Lager House Detroit, Michigan
March 25th 2010 @ The Grog Shop Cleveland, Ohio
March 26th 2010 @ Quenchers Chicago, Illinois
March 27th 2010 @ Cicero’s St. Louis, Missouri
April 2nd 2010 @ Blind Bobs Dayton, Ohio


Friday, January 15, 2010

Help us celebrate!

Lots happening for our 25th Anniversary celebration. Please help us celebrate! Here is a rundown:

Friday, January 15th 2010 - 88.7 WLUW FM, Razor & Di Show will be interviewing founder Kenn Goodman and will be featuring our music from 4:30 - 5:30 pm (CST). You can stream the broadcast live HERE.

Sunday, January 17th 2010 - Pravda Records Nite @ Delilah's (2771 N. Lincoln Ave) in Chicago. DJs Kenn & Matt (plus a surprise DJ) will be spinning Pravda music all night long. We'll also have lots of free give-a-ways and drink specials. Starts @ 8:30 pm. Requests are welcome!

Tuesday, January 19th 2010 - 93.1 WXRT FM, The Eclectic Company w/Jon Langford will be dedicating the entire 2 hour broadcast to Pravda Records (plus interview w/Kenn Goodman). Show is from 10:00 pm - 12:00 am (CST) and you can stream the broadcast live HERE.

Wednesday, January 20th 2010 - Pravda 25th article in Time Out Chicago. Top live show!

Thursday, January 21st 2010 - Pravda 25th Anniversary feature by Mark Caro in Chicago Tribune. Also, here is Chicago Reader's Peter Margasak blog about the show.

Friday, January 22nd 2010 - Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot calling our 25th Anniversary show 'Top Weekend Show'.

Friday, January 22nd 2010 - Feature article in Chicago Sun-Times music section. Music critic Jim Derogatis sat down with founder Kenn Goodman and talked about all things Pravda Records.

Friday, January 22nd 2010 - Our 25th Anniversary special concert at the Abbey Pub (3420 W. Grace, at Elston). Starring three Pravda Records stalwarts, The Service, The Slugs and Boom Hank. Advance tickets on sale now and can be purchased HERE.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pravda to celebrate 25th Anniversary @ Abbey Pub in Chicago

Chicago, IL – Influential independent Chicago record label Pravda Records is proud to announce a celebration of its 25th Anniversary with a special concert at The Abbey Pub (3420 W. Grace, at Elston). Starring three Pravda Records stalwarts, The Service, The Slugs and Boom Hank, the concert takes place Friday, January 22, with advance tickets on sale now.

In addition to celebrating a quarter of a century of acclaimed releases by such other notable acts as Wake Ooloo, The New Duncan Imperials, The Farmers, Cheer Accident, The Sleepers, The Goldstars, Andre Williams, Glenn Mercer, Tiny Tim, Big Daddy Sun, The Young Fresh Fellows, Civil Tones, Susan Voelz and many more, this show marks the first time in more than a decade that these three bands have appeared together on the same bill.

The Service was Pravda’s flagship band, and Pravda Records grew out of a desire for the band (formed in DeKalb, IL in the early ‘80s) to release their own material. They honed their melodic, punk-infused roots rock over the course of five studio LPs and incessant, nationwide touring. Recently revitalized, they’ve been stepping back into the spotlight and performing with their trademark fury and skill, and now enjoy the enviable position of being able to choose from a wealth of stellar material to build their set lists. Word has it they’re even testing new material.

The Slugs’ return is certainly one of the most curious of the evening, not to mention one of the most hotly anticipated among the band’s still large and loyal following. Throughout its 20-plus-year history, the group was known just as much for its fiery, wildly spontaneous performances and soaring pop as it was for its storied inter-group tensions. The band’s performances have been scarce at best since the 2000 release of their acclaimed third album, “Junior”, a driving collection of urgent, well-crafted Midwestern pop/rock, and with no plans for further shows following this one, Slugs fans are encouraged not to miss this event.

Boom Hank may be the most enigmatic of the three bands, having followed the searing, melodic, defiantly raw roots rock of their Pravda debut “Nuisance” with the skewed, murky post rock of the Brian Deck produced “Ishly Ghost Fly Your I & Y”. That Boom Hank can so gleefully thumb their nose at musical convention while remaining so accessible is a tribute to their dexterity as musicians as well as the quality of their material.

Pravda Records continues to release new material, and is in the process of making its large back catalog of vinyl-only releases available digitally for the first time ever. Recent years have seen the company (formed by The Service’s keyboardist Kenn Goodman, a Skokie native) increasing its song licensing efforts and finding great global success with television, commercial and movie placements for its artists. This show pays a long overdue tribute to Goodman’s vision, Pravda’s high caliber stable of talent, and a sensibility that, while rooted in the do-it-yourself-and-do-it-on-vinyl heyday when the seeds of indie rock were being planted, continues an unchallenged relevance in this day of the digital download. Long Live Pravda!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Just in time for the Holidays, a classic Pravda Records release is now available digitally for the first time! You can now download:

Thirteen Nightmares "Shitride" (1989) - iTunes link.

A loud, fascinating collision of guitars and socially aware lyrics. The only release by this Lincoln, Nebraska band whose members made up the trio Mercy Rule. "Shitride" was way ahead of it's time, sounding even more relevant today than it's original release in 1989.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

More classic Pravda vinyl now available digitally!

In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, for the first time we're making MORE classic Pravda Records releases available for download on iTunes (and many other digital outlets). You can now download:

The Farmers "Flames Of Love" (1989)
The Service "George's Duty-Free Goulash" (1987)
The Service "Zebu" (1985)

Keep an eye out for EVEN MORE classic Pravda Records releases available digitally soon!

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Classic Pravda vinyl now available digitally!

In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, for the first time we're making classic Pravda Records releases available for download on iTunes (and many other digital outlets)! You can now downloads:

The Service "America's Newest Hitmakers" (1986)
The Service "In Nonsense Is Strength" (1988)

Keep an eye out for MORE classic Pravda Records releases available digitally soon!

Also, check out these other new Pravda digital only releases:

V/A - Pravda's Rockin' Christmas Tunes
The Goldstars "Tasty Instrumentals"

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

TV Loves Pravda Music in September

Here are some recent Pravda Records & Pravda Music artist placed on TV & Film in September:

*Diplomats Of Solid Sound featuring The Diplomettes "Come In My Kitchen" & "Budget Fro" on Entourage - HBO

*Supersonix "Wild Beat" on Real World: Cancun - MTV

*Crispy Bess "Skipper Eats a Mammich" and "Gee, Mr Peebles" on Katie Morgan's Sex Quiz - HBO

*The Goldstars "It's All About You" on national radio ad campaign for the Travel Channel's - Man v. Food

*New Duncan Imperials "Date with Cha Cha" on House Of Jazmin - MTV

*The Krinkles "So Many Girls" on House Of Jazmin - MTV

*The Melismatics "Going For The Kill" on Jockeys - Animal Planet

*Diplomats Of Solid Sound featuring The Diplomettes "Hurt Me So (Lack of Afro Rmx)" on upcoming movie "American Virgin" starring Rob Schneider

*Death Ships "Knocks Over Time" & "Summetrical Lines" on The T.O. Show - VH1

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

NDI 20th Anniversary Tour

It's hard to believe, but New Duncan Imperials sprung to life in Chicago 20 years ago as they startled the club scene with its overpowering live show and reckless disregard for boundaries, confronting unsuspecting crowds with a blizzard of gloriously heavy riffage and free-association lyrics that ran the course from the Brady Bunch to Friedrich Nietzsche. And after countless CD/LP/cassette/8-track releases, several grueling tours, hundreds of confetti cannons blasts, miles of silly string spray & mountains of “free shit” handed out to fans, NDI keeps on rolling along with a grin.

All these years Iowa & Illinois have always held a special place in the boy’s hearts, so it’s only fitting they kick off this special 20th Anniversary Tour with shows @ The Mill in Iowa City, IA on Friday, August 21st & Rascals in Moline, IL on Saturday, August 22nd. Also to mark this historic achievement, Pravda Records will be releasing a special 20th anniversary edition of their first album “Hanky Panky Parley Voo!” in August. This CD will contain the classic album re-mastered with rare bonus material.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Service Re-Surface

In the Chicago rock scene of the 1980's there were few bands like The Service. An adventurous, full-speed-ahead, deeply American rock band, The Service never achieved the fame -- or notoriety -- of fellow midwesterners The Replacements or Husker Du. But like those bands, they define a time and a state of mind that reflected the liberating effects of the punk and new wave revolutions. The Service roamed the land in the days when a band could, without warning, break into a half-baked country cover; break up laughing in the middle of a "serious" moment; and then break your heart with a song that somehow summed up everything you were going through in your own life. They played with abandon and good humor, and they left a legacy of recorded material and vivid memories.

Now they are back! This is not some one-off reunion, but something much more. I don't mean to be weird, but this ragged American rock n' roll band STILL has something to prove. Please catch them at Otto's in Dekalb, IL on August 23rd 2009. The Service still have 'it' and are eagar to deliver...

Please visit The Service MySpace site for updates & more information.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Black Smokers - PRESS

What are they saying about "Used" by Black Smokers? Check it out:


Blues Underground Network

SugarBuzz Magazine

Indie Eye

Centerstage Chicago

Santa Fe New Mexican News

Theft Liable To Prosecution

Sludge Swamp

Roots Highway

Anti Snob

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Black Smokers invade US & join Pravda Records!

The Black Smokers are passionate about the blues tradition but hate to follow all the rules. From Alessandria, Italy, this downhome-psycho-rock-blues duo doesn’t hide their deep love for Delta Blues artists such as Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson & Blind Lemon Jefferson. More recent influences include RL Burnside, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash & AC/DC. In March 2009 we’ll be releasing their new album titled “Used” and you’ll hear guitarist Marcello “Blues” Milanese & drummer Ivano “Little Lung” Zanotti’s strong desire to keep things simple, loose and in the moment. After releasing several albums and touring extensively in Europe, they took the US by storm in 2008. Along the way, Black Smokers raised eyebrows and laid their foundation. Now armed with a brand new album, look for a triumphant return in early March (specific tour dates coming soon). Please visit Black Smokers Myspace site for updates & more information.

Monday, November 24, 2008

End Of Phase One - press

What are they saying about "End Of Phase One" by The New Duncan Imperials? Check it out:

Chicago Sun-Times

Winnipeg Free Press


Hablo Ennui

Campus Circle

Jersey Beat


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

End Of Phase One is here!

Well hallelujah it's finally here! The first album by The New Duncan Imperials "End Of Phase One" in eight years and it was well worth the wait. You can pick up the CD online here:

Pravda Records mail order

Also ask for it at your local record shop!

Here's where you can download it:


Thursday, July 31, 2008

It's Coming!

It's hard to believe it now, but before 1989 no band had ever combined the explosive elements of white trash culture, Dada art and Chuck Berry. There was a gaping hole in the fabric of popular entertainment and the New Duncan Imperials sewed it up. Springing to life in Chicago almost 20 years ago, the band startled the club scene with its overpowering live show and reckless disregard for boundaries, confronting unsuspecting crowds with a blizzard of gloriously heavy riffage and free-association lyrics that ran the course from the Brady Bunch to Friedrich Nietzsche.

On Tuesday, October 7th Pravda Records will proudly release the first new album by The New Duncan Imperials in nearly eight years titled "End Of Phase One". Bristling with the kind of straight-ahead-yet-twisted songs that characterize their best work, this album reveals a band that is tough, vital, and still poking rock in the ribs.

To get a sneak preview, check out the NDI myspace site

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Sleepers Desktop Music Channel

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Comeback Special reviews!

Great reviews are rolling in for The Sleepers new CD "Comeback Special". Check them out:

Daily Herald


Hablo Ennui

Rock And Roll Report

Our Man In Chicago



Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Pravda artists on TV

The Sleepers track "Dirty Cop" off the new CD "Comeback Special" was just used on the season finale of the hit CW show "Reaper". "Reaper" season one also featured music by Pravda artists: The Civil Tones, The Goldstars & The Diplomats Of Solid Sound. Click here for more details.

The first season of TV Land's ”High School Reunion” used The Goldstars tracks: "It's All About You", "She's Late", "Purple Girlfriend", "DMV" & “Angry Eyes” off their latest CD “Purple Girlfriend”. You can also hear “Fire” off "Purple Girlfriend" on episode #2 of Oxygen’s “Bad Girls Club season 2”.

The Civil Tones track “Road Rage” off the CD “Soul Bucket” can be heard on MTV’s "The Paper".

The Service song "Mine" is currently being used in a national TV/Radio/Internet ad campaign for KFC. This exclusive The Service song can be heard on our new Pravda compilation "Download, Dig It Or Die".

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Pravda Ringtones!

Looking for ringtones & wallpaper from Pravda artist such as: Andre Williams, New Duncan Imperials and The Goldstars? If so, please text 'pravda' to 32852 or visit:

Pravda ringtones

Lots of cool ringtones available, check it out! More coming soon...

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Welcome DOSS featuring The Diplomettes!

Pravda Records would proudly like to announce the upcoming summer release on July 8th from Iowa City’s ambassadors of funk and soul, The Diplomats Of Solid Sound featuring for the first time The Diplomettes! Having already cut 3 full-length albums, "Instrumental Action Soul" (Prescription Records - 2001), "Let´s Cool One"(Estrus Records - 2003) and "Destination Get Down!" (Estrus Records - 2005), you can hear the band growing stronger in sophistication and depth as they ingested the sounds of 60s soul, R&B and deep funk. Cut to 2006 and The Diplomats became backing band to RnB/Soul legend Andre Williams. They recorded "Aphrodisiac" with ´Mr. Rhythm´ and was released by Pravda & Spanish label Vampisoul. In the same year they asked 3 three gifted soul sirens (Sarah Cram, Katherine Ruestow, and Abigail Sawyer) aka the Diplomettes to join the group & the rest as they say is history. This upcoming self-titled album (produced by Freestyle Records hottest property LACK OF AFRO aka Adam Gibbons) is chocked full of irresistible funk and soul bombs ready to melt your heart or make you shake it on the dance-floor! Stay tuned for more details coming soon…

Diplomats Of Solid Sound website.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Andre Williams to play Spaceland in LA then off to Europe

ANDRE WILLIAMS & THE FLASH EXPRESS will be @ SPACELAND in LOS ANGELES, CA on Wednesday, February 13th 2008. Then the boys are off to Europe for three weeks. Click here for the complete tour schedule...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Sleepers CD release party news

MAJOR CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Sleepers CD release party for the upcoming Pravda Records release of "Comeback Special" (release date - 2/26/08) will be Saturday, March 8th @ Double Door in Chicago. More surprises in store, so stay tuned!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

2008: The Year Of The Dre

Chicago, IL – 2007 was certainly an up & down year for the 72 year old “Black Godfather” Andre Williams. The year started with a successful tour across the US & Europe, fuel by the late 2006 release of “Aphrodisiac” (Pravda) w/The Diplomats Of Solid Sound. But by mid-2007 Andre was evicted from his senior housing building in Joliet, IL for a minor drug possession. This conviction lead to a short jail term, something Andre experienced for the first time in his life. Then because of an ongoing battle with alcohol abuse & not visiting his doctor on a regular basis, Mr. Williams collapsed and was quickly rushed to the hospital. He had a seizure and his body was basically shutting down due to the diagnosis of pneumonia, alcohol poisoning and heart problems. But Andre cleaned up, resumed taking his medication & ended 2007 on a positive note & for the first time in a long time, friends said Andre talked about new album projects & performing live. Dre seemed determined & focused about his career more than ever.

This determination & focus lead to "Agile, Mobile & Hostile: A Year With Andre Williams", a documentary film by Tricia Todd & Eric Matthies (Ayamye, Making ‘The Matrix’) set for release early this year. Mr. Williams has also recently recorded a new album with The New Orleans Hellhounds set for release on Bloodshot Records this spring. He also hooked up with Chicago garage rockers The Goldstars for a successful stop in Spain, a release of a 7” single (It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N’ Roll) b/w Fight For Your Right”) on Spanish Munster Records & live dates across the Midwest. They will once again team up and perform Thursday, February 7th @ The Hideout in Chicago. So look out Chicago & rest of the World, Andre Williams is determined to make 2008 his best year yet.

Mr. Williams is available for interviews. Also photos are available upon request.


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What Goes Around Comes Around

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Black Smokers

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Download, Dig It Or Die

What's Pravda Records up to lately? Glad you asked, because here is a brand new sampler called "Download, Dig It Or Die".

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The Diplomats of Solid Sound (Featuring the Diplomettes)

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The Sleepers
Comeback Special

Have you, a friend or maybe someone you know put huge speakers out a window, cranked up the volume and blasted the music just to piss-off the neighbors? This might sound like an innocent prank, but I guarantee the music selected was intended to make a bold statement. If you could do it today, "Comeback Special" by The Sleepers would be thee soundtrack to invite cops to visit your home.

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Glenn Mercer
Wheels In Motion

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What Sequel?

Although the aptly-named "What Sequel?" once again finds CHEER-ACCIDENT rubbing elbows with the mainstream, fans of their more challenging music will have plenty to feast upon, too, as every single one of these songs is jam-packed with brain-enhancing twists and turns, virtually overflowing with stimulating musical adventurousness.

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Tobin Sprout
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Andre Williams w/ The Diplomats of Solid Sound

The original rapper and R&B performer returns to his soulful roots on “Aphrodisiac,” enlisting the ‘Diplomats of Solid Sound’ as his backing band on this diverse an adventurous offering. Hints of blues, rock, R&B, rap and soul fill the grooves of this release that flows seamlessly from start to finish.

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The Goldstars
Purple Girlfriend

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