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Guns ‘N’ Roses guitarist Buckethead signs multi album deal with Stray Records. Dogday Entertainment announces the launch of 2 new labels.

Oakland, CA – January 5, 2001 – On the heels of a recent announcement heralding his addition to the new Guns ‘N’ Roses line-up, guitarist Buckethead, has just signed a multi-album recording contract with Bay Area based Stray Records. He is expected to begin work on the first of his Stray releases after conclusion of tour support for the latest GNR release.

Buckethead first came to prominence after the release of his wildly successful 1991 LP Giant Robot. The experimental album was heralded as a break through guitar release, while his now famous fried chicken bucket helmet and porcelain facemask became a calling sign. Over the next 10 years, Bucket would record over eight albums, including his critically acclaimed 1998 solo release Colma, which led Guitar Player Magazine to describe him as one of the “Top 10 guitar trailblazers”. Buckethead’s list of credits include participation in the groups El Stew and Praxis, as well as collaborations with the likes of Bootsy Collins, DJ Disk, Bernie Worrel, Iggy Pop, Pharaoh Sanders, and John Zorn among others. When asked about his upcoming project with Stray, Buckethead said he was excited about “the opportunity to work with a cutting edge label which allows me to deviate from formulaic rock guitar”.

In related news, Stray Records parent company Dogday Entertainment, has just announced the launch of two new labels, Sirius Pop and Bomb Ditch Records. The two labels, which will focus on alternative rock and vinyl releases respectively, will bring the number of labels underneath the Dogday umbrella to five. Already present are electronica/hiphop powerhouse Stray Records, hardcore rap division Dogday Records, and punk rock imprint F.O.A.D.

Dogday’s Sirius Pop label will be launched with releases from Denver’s Space Team Elektra and San Francisco’s Deep Field South. The Deep Field South project, will feature Alan Whitman (formerly of the Mermen), along with Westside Chemical’s Jamie Lemoine, and a number of guest vocalists including Storm (of Bay Area faves Storm & Her Dirty Mouth) and emcee Bowla of The Smoov Black Poets. Although the female fronted Space Team Elektra has an EP and LP to their credit, their upcoming release on Sirius Pop will be the first available to a national audience. The highly anticipated album was produced by Keith Cleversley (The Posies, Flaming Lips, and Spiritualized among others).

Bomb Ditch, which has been described as a “vinyl holding house” of sorts, will be introduced to the public with the release of the first in a five LP series entitled Hemplords. The project, which is the handy work of The Bullet Proof Space Travelers’ Eddie Def, will be presented on wax for the first time ever. Offerings from Bomb Ditch are expected to come fast and furiously as they are reported to have a large back catalog of yet unreleased material.

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