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Slothtrop Music Signs Ohio based Jeff German to 3 album deal

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

For Immediate Release

Madison, WI, January 7, 2014- Slothtrop Music is proud to announce their recent signing of Ohio based Blue-Collar Rocker Jeff German. Mr. German was introduced to Slothtrop through the Sonicbids website.

“We are excited to have a songwriter of Jeff German’s caliber on our label”, said Slothtrop Music president Eric Hester, “he represents everything we love about music- great songwriting, exceptional musicianship, and a solid work ethic.”

Jeff German grew up listening to his older brother’s record collection: Bowie, Mott the Hoople, Stones, Faces eventually morphed into The Clash, The Damned, The Jam and then into Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran. His entire musical pursuit strongly tied to that collection and his southern Michigan roots. “I am the son of a strong union electrician.” says German, “I am a husband, a father and a grandfather. I am a 50- year-old man who, after taxiing teenagers around and coaching High-School Hockey, has a few hours left in a day to cobble together some songs and some tunes.” These influences shine in his amazing musicianship and add depth and sincerity to his songwriting…..all three are qualities much overlooked in todays music scene.

Mr German is the latest artist signed to Slothtrop through their Sonicbids submission system. This system allows Slothtrop to find bands interested in being on their roster with a Sonicbids electronic press kit (EPK). The system is hosted at

“Sonicbids has saved us from storing a ton of paper press kits and CD’s,” says Hester, “it has also allowed us to find some truly great artists we are excited to know and work with.”

Jeff German will re-release his debut album “12 Rounds” for Slothtrop on March 18, 2014 with the first single “Sit and Think” receiving a special Limited Edition vinyl pressing featuring hand numbered original artwork.

For more information on Jeff German, visit:

We’re Crazy for Sexy Ester’s New Release “Monomania”!

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Though they’ve been called “a straight ahead classic rock outfit,” Sexy Ester easily transcends that description on all fronts. Given their berth of influences and styles, there is nothing straight-ahead about this band except their energy and drive. Monomania kicks off with lead single “Holding On,” a devotional to the tenacity of love. “Rock Candy!” glitters with girl-group nostalgia over retro riffs, and “Silver Shoes” is pop-punk perfection. Monomania is full of dynamic organs, powerhouse vocals, and catchy-as-hell choruses that beg car stereos to crank it.

Marty Finkel finds himself on Slothtrop Records

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Today we release Marty Finkel’s newest CD Might Be Found. Marty Finkel is the closest thing to a lifelong singer-songwriter you can find. From ditties composed as a toddler to teenaged guitar songs he composed before he knew any chords, Finkel has never been far from a song. After self-releasing three full-length records, one EP (and one record as side project Spinning Swords), Finkel makes his label debut with Slothrop Records. On Might Be Found, Finkel’s songs glimmer with a unique optimism that shines in his songcraft and delivery, showcasing not only the breadth of Finkel’s talent, but also his growth as a songwriter. We can’t wait for you to hear his record! Check out the video for the song “Nobody Needs Your Love (more then I do)”

Dana Immanuel’s Character Assassination

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

We’re excited to introduce the newest addition to our roster of artists – Dana Immanuel! Her new CD “Character Assassination” is one the best records we’ve heard in a long time. She’s also the first artist on our little Midwest label from the UK. I think her music will fit right in and we’re looking forward to helping her make a big splash in the US! Give a listen to her new single “SideKick”

Paper Arrows Release “Days Of Getting By!”

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012


September 25, 2012 (Madison WI) – Celebrated Chicago band (and 2011 Chicago Tribune Band to Watch) Paper Arrows releases their new EP, Days of Getting By September 25 on Madison, WI-based Slothtrop Records. This EP begins a new trilogy for the band, whose first three albums spanned a cycle of loss (Look Alive), Recovery (Things We Would Rather Lose) and Redemption (In the Morning).

Says lead singer-songwriter Joe Goodkin, “The new EP, Days of Getting By, is actually a reference to a song on Look Alive, SkeletonSkinandSky (the line is “most days I just get by”) the idea being that after you get through the cycle of loss, recovery, redemption, you’re often times left with a lot of the same stuff you were dealing with before, stuff you put on hold to deal with a crisis, stuff you thought was related to the crisis but isn’t: it’s just part of who you are and the daily struggle. I’m hoping to make it the first step in a second trilogy that is largely about Love… love in every form possible.”

Love permeates Days of Getting By. The second track, “Light Out,” opens with the line “Maybe love is just as strong as we let ourselves believe.” “Light Out” is one unedited vocal take and was recorded and mixed almost entirely in one day. Days of Getting By also features a cover of the Magnetic Fields’ “Book of Love” which daringly and successfully captures the song’s essence while becoming a distinctly Paper Arrows song.

Paper Arrows was formed in 2008 by Goodkin after his longtime stint in the band Burn Rome Burn (2003-2007). They have received heavy airplay on college radio and MTV. In December of 2010, they were awarded a prestigious month-long residency at the legendary Chicago rock club Schubas. Their first three records were released through Quell Music and are available through Quell and iTunes.

Days of Getting By picks up the narrative thread of those first three full-lengths while pushing the band forward into their new theme of love in all forms. The new EP features Goodkin’s songwriting at its best, intricate and melodic while still being catchy. It is their second release on Slothtrop, their first being a maxi-single of “Love Goes On.”

More info about Days of Getting By and Paper Arrows is available at the band’s website, or via their record label,


New Releases and some changes!

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Wanted to let you know about a couple of new releases we have available. First up the debut single on Slothtrop Records from Chicago based Paper Arrows, “Love Goes On” a brilliant piece of songwriting which we hope you’ll be hearing in lots of your favorite TV shows soon! (the other two songs on the single aren’t too shabby either).

Next we’ve got the first in a new series of CD’s from Slothtrop Records entitled “5 Dollar Cover” which appropriately enough features songwriters doing 5 songs that inspired them in their formative years. First up is Eric Hester with his first release of new material (even if they are covers) in over 10 years.

Finally the blog section of this website was initially convinced as a way to inform you about all the goings on at Slothtrop Music, not just the releases on Slothtrop Records (we’ve got a management, publishing, and consulting department too!). To get back to our original vision, we will begin posting a series of essays regarding music business topics, things we find helpful, or annoying. We imagine they are going to be pretty unpopular with a lot of folks, as they are designed to help the artist and provide realistic views and expectations about the music industry in general. So be warned………

More MAMA’s

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Well Slothtrop had another great night at the Madison Area Music Awards this week end – with Sexy Ester bringing home 8 awards including Artist of the year! Check out there MAMA awarding wining video “Glitter Baby”!

Slothtrop Music Wins 7 MAMA Awards!!!!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Well ok we didn’t actually win any awards but our artists cleaned up at the 2011 Madison Area Music Awards last Saturday night. We’re pretty excited to see these hard working musicians garner some well deserved praise. We’ve been telling folks how awesome they are for months and it looks like lots of other folks agree!

First up Sexy Ester cleaned house by winning 4 MAMA’s including – Best Alternative Album for Hubba Bubba, Best Alternative Song for Love Bubble from their CD Hubba Bubba, and Alternative Band of The Year!!! As if that wasn’t enough Sexy Ester’s charismatic lead singer Lyndsay Evans also won Female Vocalist of the Year!

Sexy Ester also rocked the house with a live performance that you can check out right here and handout out some advance copies of their latest single Glitter Baby from their upcoming September release Sequins, Sin, and Appetite (which I’m sure will be winning lots of MAMa’s next year!). Look for a reboot of their website coming soon and the the maxi single for Glitter Baby should be available for digital download from your favorite online retailer June 14th.

Next up – Anna Vogelzang who won Most Unique Album for her Slothtrop release Paper Boats and best cover song for her banjo arrangement of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance from here Slothtrop maxi single Marry Me. You can see a live intimate performance of Bad Romance here and a video for “Toy Boats” is located right here. Look for Anna’s new release on her own Tall Girl records coming soon!

Last but by no means least – While he’s no longer on Slothtrop Records proper we still consider him a part of the family Mark Croft won a well deserved MAMA for Best Male Vocalist. Check him out here.

Finally I wasn’t able to attend the MAMA’s this year as I was at the Andy North and Friend’s charity event for the Carbone Cancer Center n the Wisconsin Dells. It’s a wonderful affair that I am happy to be involved with. This year they raised over $900,000 in one weekend and that brings it’s three year total to a little over 2 million dollars raised for cancer research! Thanks for an amazing weekend Andy and Sue.

PS- Anna Vogelzang wasn’t at the MAMA’s cause she was entertaining folks at the Andy North and Friends event!


Friday, November 19th, 2010

Madison, WI November 19, 2010 – Slothtrop Music is pleased to announce
the debut national release from Madison Wisconsin’s very own Sexy Ester
& The Pretty Mama Sisters “Hubba Bubba.” While the CD is already
receiving radio airplay across the country, and their live performances
are sending shock-waves throughout the region.

“It’s easy to sign a band as talented as Sexy Ester,” says Slothtrop
Music owner Eric Hester, “with all the national and regional attention
they have been receiving we feel lucky to have them. The fact that there
new CD is awesome doesn’t hurt either!”

Laden with intense riffs and Holly-Go-Lightly euphemisms, “Hubba Bubba”
is what great music is all about – FUN! Starting off with the melt in
your mouth deliciousness of “Love Bubble” to the poignant promises of
“Tell Me You Do,” this EP is a wonderful trip back in time to when music
sounded fresh and the producer wasn’t in control. This music is in your
face, fabulous, and fully realized.

Fronted by honey voiced Lyndsay Evans, who controls the stage like the
divas of old ( I’m talking Aretha not X-Tina ) and ably backed by Adam
Edar on guitar, Dusty Hay on drums, Brad Schubert on bass, and Roscoe
Evans on keyboards, Sexy Ester is no flash in the pan. They’ve already
payed a lot of dues slugging it out in the smaller clubs and dives all
over the Midwest. With “Hubba Bubba” fast becoming a staple of college
radio the venues are getting bigger and bigger – with a major tour
planned for the summer of 2011 – Sexy Ester & The Pretty Mama Sisters
are certainly going to have folks talking for a while.

Anna Vogelzang has a secret!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Slothtrop Music is proud to announce the national release of “Secret Cedar Room,” the third release from Madison based singer/songwriter Anna Vogelzang. An intimate look at the writing process, “Secret Cedar Room” is Punk Rock, Banjo, and Retro homage rolled into one. Featuring the amazing hit single, “The Sign”.