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Pop Filter Hot Pick: 'Drag Me Home' zine and compilation release show

The Drag Me Home zine release party + concert will be held at the Mr. Roboto Project, Fri., June 27.

Rick Moslen has been a mainstay in the Pittsburgh music scene for some time. From stints in local bands like Boca Chica and Horse or Cycle to his current job as booking manager at Penn Avenue D.I.Y. concert space Mr. Roboto Project, the man has seen the many permutations Pittsburgh music has taken over the course of recent history. 

When this past winter came barrelling down on the city, he took the time to invest in a project he’d been toying with for a few years: compiling an old school Pittsburgh-centric fanzine with essays and artwork and an accompanying compilation featuring a ton of local bands who wouldn’t have associated otherwise.

Now, six months later, Moslen is gearing up for the release of of Drag Me Home, a zine plus compilation that was stiched together with the help of friends and acquaintances throughout the Pittsburgh, specifically East End, music scene. The party will be held at Mr. Roboto Project on Fri., June 27. The bands featured on the compilation range from the garage country of the Harlan Twins to the wirey riotgrrrl of Zeitgeist.

“I noticed that, even for a small city, there are so many micro-scenes and wonderful bands that only promote and play to their friends...so nobody outside the larger friend group knows about them,” says Moslen. “Which is a shame! A project like Drag Me Home could maybe help promote collaboration between folks who normally wouldn't collaborate, because they didn't even know the others existed.”

As someone who personally got reintroduced to the Pittsburgh music scene back in 2008 with the Key Party Compilation, which featured bands like The Triggers, Lohio, Shade, Meeting of Important People and Donora, making an effort to wrangle a compendium of bands on one record is important when archiving a place and time. Mike Seamann over at Mind Cure Records does a fantastic job keeping Pittsburgh’s hardcore punk history alive with reissued 7’’ and full length albums from bands who are long defunct. For Molsen, capturing the scene for future audiences to discover is rewarding endeavor.

“I'm really into the idea of documentation,” says Moslen. “Ten years from now, someone who paid five bucks for this thing may find the zine or CD sitting in a box and suddenly, hopefully, remember the bands, artists, friends, etc. who were making up the Pittsburgh music/art scene in 2014.”

The release show tickets are just $3, and will feature music from The Harlan Twins, The Lopez, Allies, Host Skull and more. (
5106 Penn Avenue, Bloomfield, Mr. Roboto Project)
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