Backbeat: Skateboard Marketing's 20th Anniversary Party @ CMJ: Are Ministry Recording A New Album?
Backbeat: Skateboard Marketing's 20th Anniversary Party @ CMJ: Are Ministry Recording A New Album?

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From left: eOne Distribution marketing manager Steve Seabury, ADA label development rep Randy Derebegian and the End production manager Shawn Quinn whoop it up for the camera. (Photo: Christa Titus)

Rock and metal promotion company Skateboard Marketing celebrated its 20th anniversary during the annual CMJ Convention by treating friends to Budweiser and the company of the Jagerettes at the Sports Bar at Webster Hall on Oct. 20. Spotted enjoying the crowded smooze-fest were the End Records owner Andres Katsambas and Freeman Promotions principal Jon Freeman. Shop talk focused on projects that are in the pipeline: Red is gearing up to handle distribution for albums by Jason Aldean, Mumford & Sons, Anthrax, Radiohead and Primus, along with the soundtrack for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," and eOne is excited about the next Overkill album the band's currently recording, along with upcoming live dates by Chickenfoot and Kittie. We also overheard that despite declaring the band quits a few years ago, the infamous Al Jourgensen has also returned to the studio with his band Ministry. General kvetching, however, focused on how the over-30 crowd needs to stop oversharing on Facebook.

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From left: Leo Lavoro, who just launched his own Monolith PR promo company; Skateboard Marketing owner Munsey Ricci; and photographer Therese McKeon. (Photo: Christa Titus)