Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Music News, Notes & Did You Know?

alarmpress.com/  has a enjoyable look at a vinyl record store in LA

Behind the Counter: POPshop & Spazz Records (West Monroe, LA)

Posted by Kyle Gilkeson

Each week, Behind the Counter speaks to an independent record store to ask about its recent favorites, best sellers, and noteworthy trends.

POPshop & Spazz Records in West Monroe, Louisiana, is a record store and art boutique run by Brad and Leslie Richman. With a focus on metal and punk, the dual-purpose storefront is, according to its owners, the only store in the area to carry new vinyl releases. For its favorite-record photos, Brad, Leslie, and employee Erica Hijazi went all out, coordinating their clothing (and beverages) with their picks. It's that attention to detail that makes POPshop & Spazz the focus of this week's column.



Funeral Party Release Live at the BBC EP, Promise LP in March

LA based Funeral Party have released an EP titled 'Live at the BBC' today. The EP features several tracks recorded late last summer when the band was invited into the studio for a special live session after BBC Radio’s Zane Lowe added multiple Funeral Party tracks to his “Hottest Record in the World” playlist.

The band is readying their debut album release in Golden Age of Knowhere, produced by Lars Stalfors (Matt & Kim, The Mars Volta) and mixed by Dave Sardy (Band of Horses, LCD Soundsystem, Oasis). Golden Age of Knowhere will be released via CD and digitally on March 29th, while vinyl will be available on February 15th.

Live at the BBC Tracklist:

1. Just Because (Live At The BBC)
2. New York City Moves To The Sound of L.A. (Live At The BBC)
3. Finale (Live At The BBC)
4. New York City Moves To The Sound of L.A. (Dave Sitek Remix)
5. Just Because (Kids Of 88 Remix)
6. New York City Moves To The Sound of L.A. (Mike Relm Remix)


My Chemical Romance Release Limited Edition Vinyl

A limited edition vinyl format of My Chemical Romance's widely-acclaimed new album 'Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys' is now available exclusively through UK Undercurrent at ukundercurrent.com .

This format is issued on black vinyl and will be limited to 2500 copies worldwide. An even more limited run of 500 coloured vinyl records is also available from http://www.mychemicalromance.com/ .


Here's an interesting concept, although artist Daniel Edlen gets my vote:


Did You Know?

Charlie Brown's father was a barber.

Of the six men who made up the Three Stooges, three of them were real brothers (Moe, Curly and Shemp.) Hey Moe!

Pulp Fiction cost $8 million to make - $5 million going to actor's salaries.

A full seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the production of Guinness beer. Hail ale!

In 1964, The Beatles scored their first number one best seller in the US when "I Want To Hold Your Hand" reached the top of the Cash Box Magazine music chart. The Fab Four would eventually rack up 25 number ones in America.

In 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released the "Proud Mary" LP.

In 1975, "Please Mr. Postman" became a US number one for the second time when The Carpenters took it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The Marvelettes version led the hit parade in January, 1961. Although the Beatles also recorded a popular version of the song, it didn't make the American Top 40.

In 1978, Randy Newman had a lot of people upset when his song "Short People" hit the top of the Cash Box best sellers list. The song was meant to poke fun at all prejudice and did just that with the line "short people got no reason to live". Before "Short People", Newman was most noted for writing Three Dog Night's 1970 chart topper, "Mama Told Me Not To Come". These days, he can be heard singing "It's a Jungle Out There", the theme to the US TV show Monk.

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins died of pneumonia in 1990 after being ill for several months. He was 37. Collins had survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed three other band members.

"Good Day Sunshine" - Paul McCartney wrote this on a sunny day at John Lennon's house. It was influenced by the Lovin' Spoonful, who had a happy hit with "Do You Believe In Magic?"

If you see her today, wish Alicia Keys a Happy Birthday!

and in 2010, KISS rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Is there anything they haven't done??

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