Mind Cure store will be become Cruel Noise

Written by Scott Mervis on .

Michael-SeamansMichael SeamansOn Aug. 1, Mind Cure Records in Polish Hill will become Cruel Noise Records, under new ownership.

Michael Seamans, who has minded the store at 3138 Dobson St. for six years, has decided to take a break from the day-to-day retail grind and work on his punk documentary and on his Mind Cure label, which has issued releases by the likes of the Bats, Eviction and the S/cks.

Taking over the space will be John Villegas, who plays multiple roles in the underground music scene.

Seamans released this statement:

I am excited to announce that as of August 1st Mind Cure Records is changing. John Villegas, who has been putting out, promoting and writing about underground music for years will be taking over the store as his own and run it under the name Cruel Noise Records. I can’t imagine a better person to step behind the counter and take the reins. John is already a cornerstone of both the Underground music and Polish Hill communities and I have no doubt that he will do a lot with what was started under the Mind Cure banner and make it his own.

To be clear I am not retiring from records, I will still be buying and selling used records and record collections independently but I need some time to take a step back from the day-to-day operations of a store and regroup.

Mind Cure Records the label will continue and the Pittsburgh Punk documentary ‘Give us a Chance’ will be finished this year. The Mind Cure Annex location inside the Commonwealth Press store in Mt. Lebanon will continue on under their watch to ensure that Washington Road’s music needs are met.

Thanks to everybody who has come through the store and supported me and Mind Cure over the years - please continue to do so for John and Cruel Noise as he continues to use this space to promote and sell the finest in Underground music.

We will continue with regular hours until July 18th and then close to allow John time to get the store set up to open for business on Tuesday August 2nd.  It has been a great 6 years at 3138 Dobson St and I couldn’t have done it without the help of a lot of people and the community on Polish Hill.

If you have any questions or have records to sell you can still reach me at (412) 500-6756 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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