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Welcome to Voodoo Doughnut Recordings.
"The Sweetest Cuts from the Original Dough Nuts"
Did you guys seriously start a record label?
The record label officially launched on January 30, 2014. We are as serious about putting out sizzling records as we are about putting out delectable doughnuts.
After 10 years in the doughnut business, why, all of a sudden, a record label?
Voodoo Doughnut has always had a strong association with great tunes. When Voodoo first opened as a hole-in-the-wall doughnuteria catering to Portland's rock 'n' roll community in 2003, the original shop was smooshed between Berbati's Pan and the Paris Theater and across the street from Dante's Inferno. While the names of some of the clubs have changed, Voodoo's passion for music--and circular objects with holes in the middle--is as strong as ever.
Before they became jet-setting doughnut barons bent on world domination, Voodoo Doughnut co-founders Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson and Tres Shannon powered themselves through graveyard frying shifts by blasting Fats Domino, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Roger Miller and Hank Snow. Cat Daddy hails from Memphis, land of Sun and Stax. Tres, a fixture of Portland's underground rock 'n' roll scene since the Eighties, was co-founder of Portland's legendary X-Ray Cafe,which operated from 1990 to 1994 on the very same block as Voodoo's flagship store.
While there would certainly not be a label called Voodoo Doughnut Recordings without its predecessor, Voodoo Doughnut, it's also true that there would not be a Voodoo Doughnut without a friendship cemented by great recorded music. Now it's Cat Daddy and Tres's turn to give back. It's a circular journey, folks, let the good times roll!
What does Voodoo Doughnut Recordings release?
For now, we release big-hole 7" vinyl records (also known as "45s") that look like giant doughnuts. Recordings released on vinyl are also released digitally.
What genre of music does Voodoo Doughnut Recordings release?
All genres! Our lifeblood is rock 'n' roll (the broad definition: from Chuck Berry to Dead Moon) but we aim for our musical offerings to be as eclectic as our wide array of pastries.
Is it true that you only release songs about doughnuts?
At least one side on every record we release is at least peripherally related to doughnuts. We don't put out jingles or songs specifically about Voodoo Doughnut so much as songs that enhance global doughnut awareness.
Sometimes a song's relation to doughnuts is subtle and tongue-in-cheek, such as the Deep Fried Boogie Band's "Doughnut Make My Brown Eyes Blue." Sometimes the doughnut connection is more overt, as with irresistible social commentary/dance hit by the Doughnut Boys, "It Ain't No Cupcake (Workin' at Voodoo Doughnut)." Sometimes the reference to doughnuts is just in the title. Doughnuts are the theme, the dream, a challenge to songwriters and the reason the label exists. Makes sense, doughnut?
How often will records come out?
We plan to release one record approximately every month (and sneak in one extra), so that a full baker's dozen doughnut records are available by the end of 2014.
Are Voodoo Doughnut Recordings releases limited runs?
Yes! We only press 1,000 copies of each release.
Where can they be found?
Records are available at all Voodoo Doughnut locations and online via CD Baby, iTunes, Bandcamp and ReverbNation.
They're also available in Voodoo Doughnut's online store and at a handful of record stores around the country. In Portland, you can find them at Music Millennium. In Denver, you can find them at Wax Trax Records. You can also ensure you never miss a release by signing up for the Doughnut-Record-of-the-Month Club.