Saturday, June 11, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Interview with The Beat! owner, Robert Fauble

by Isabel Maioriello-Gallus

Sacramento’s independent music store, The Beat!, is a real gem when it comes to buying great music. The large, one-story location, on the corner of J and 17th , is stocked with videos, cassettes, vinyl, and cds and dvds. The Beat! has six sections for jazz music including new and used vinyl, rare jazz vinyl, new and used cd's, and a jazz cassette section.

The shop has been at its current location for the past eighteen years. When it started in 1982, the store was located around the corner from Sacramento State. Next year, The Beat! will be celebrating its thirtieth year on the scene. The owner, Robert Fauble, his brother Brad, and a staff of 12-13 people keep the store up and running. Mr. Fauble sat down to talk about selling music, the decline of record labels, and some beat history.

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Is the record store making a comeback?

Is there a new beginning for record stores after vinyl sales surge?

The UK, as everyone knows, is in the grip of a digital music revolution. Physical media appears to be in its death throes, being rapidly replaced by digital downloads. Indeed, digital files accounted for 99% of the UK singles market in 2010, and it seems that albums are heading the same way. Meanwhile CD sales are plummeting, having fallen by 12.5% in 2009 alone.

To many, this spells the inevitable demise of the record store, once the mainstay of the teenager’s Saturday trip into town – and one of Britain’s best-loved small businesses. This would appear to be illustrated in the struggles of high street giant HMV, which announced the closure of a further 60 stores in January. HMV is increasingly turning to DVD and game sales to try and rescue the brand, with CDs taking up a dwindling amount of real estate on the shelves.

But against this bleak backdrop is the glimmer of a resurgence in the record shop industry, driven by the unlikeliest of formats – the vinyl LP.

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this writer wasn't really thrilled with peter gabriel's show, read on

Review: Peter Gabriel plays cover boy at Berkeley show

By Jim Harrington
Oakland Tribune

Peter Gabriel has finally run out of new ideas.

What other reasonable conclusion is there to be made given all his recent activities? His current album consists of all cover songs. He's doing shows with a symphony orchestra. And he'll soon release a 25th-anniversary special-edition version of one of his most cherished records ("So").

Those are all gimmicks used by over-the-hill artists on the hunt for one more payday. It's not what we expect from Gabriel, a man rightfully championed for his ability to stretch the boundaries of pop music.

I guess even a rock 'n' roll visionary needs to step back and rest on his laurels occasionally. And Gabriel is doing it in way that many of his fans should find quite enjoyable -- with a symphonic tour in support of 2010's all-covers work, "Scratch My Back."

The one thing that we learned on opening night of this North American tour -- Friday at UC Berkeley's Greek Theatre -- was that Gabriel has great taste in music.

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Bernie Worrell's New Album Released 

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bernie Worrell has announced the release of a new digital and limited vinyl album of jazz standards on June 7, 2011 on Scufflin' Records.

The album, titled 'Bernie Worrell: Standards', features Worrell alongside an all star line up of renowned musicians including Smokey Hormel on guitar, Melvin Gibbs on bass, JT Lewis on drums and Darryl Dixon on saxophone in addition to others.

This is the eighth solo album for Worrell, who was a founding member and musical director of original Parliament-Funkadelic (P-Funk) and has collaborated extensively with Talking Heads.

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in nj, a unique way to promote vinyl

Free records at Scotti’s in Morristown

Gary Scotti operates a record store. His gift is an inventive method to attract customers. Great idea, I hope it makes him a ton of money!

Gary Scotti is giving away vintage vinyl LP’s, new and used, on South Street and also at his Summit store. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

“Play it, poster it, or re-use it,” he says.

Here is his official rationale:

Vinyl continues as an integral part of the music business. Founded in 1956 Scotti’s Record Shops are the oldest independent music store in the country. Over fifty years ago Scotti’s Record Shops sold only vinyl records. The current state of recorded music is experiencing a renewed interest in this vintage medium. From classical to rock and jazz up through to pop and modern music. Small independents and major label artists continue to utilize the versatile Long-playing (LP) Record. The Vinyl record is the only format of growth in the recorded music industry. Vinyl continues to surge with double digit increases in unit sales over the last several years. Most newly recorded albums come with a compact disc or digital download included with the vinyl purchase.

Saturday June 11th, 2011 is Free Record Day at Scotti’s Records Shops in both Morristown and Summit locations. Participants will receive one free record of their choice for visiting the store on that day.

The purpose is to distribute this tangible form of music to as many as possible. The customers in turn may use the LP in whatever manner they see fit. Play it, poster it or re-use it.



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The Coppertone – Hymns for the Hollow Limited Vinyl

Dine Alone Records recently signed The Coppertone and they have released a limited edition vinyl for their album, “Hymns For The Hollow“. It is pressed on 550 copies of clear blue and is available now through Dine Alone’s new online store.


and in music history for today:

Hank Williams debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in 1949.

The Spaniels debuted at the Apollo Theater in 1954.

In 1960, drummer Tommy Moore makes the fateful decision to quit The Beatles and return to his job of driving a forklift at Garston bottle works. He would briefly be replaced by Norman Chapman, who was called into National Service after just three gigs. After going drummerless and mostly jobless for a few weeks, the band would hire Pete Best on August 12th, only one day before they were to go to Hamburg to play a string of club dates.

In 1964, the Rolling Stones have a press conference in the middle of Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The police eventually show up to disperse the crowd.

The triple album "Woodstock" soundtrack was released on Cotillion Records in 1970.

Steely Dan's "Rikki, Don't Lose That Number" was released in 1974.

"Play That Funky Music," by Wild Cherry was released in 1976.

In 1977, KC and The Sunshine Band scored their fourth US number one hit with "I'm Your Boogie Man", a song that was written about a DJ at a Miami, Florida radio station named Robert W. Walker, who was the first to give their hit single "Get Down Tonight" airplay.

Some Girls by the Rolling Stones was released in 1978.

In 1988 - The concert celebrating the 70's birthday of Nelson Mandella was held at Wembley Stadium in London. Performing were Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Dire Straits, George Michael, Eric Clapton, Tracy Chapman, UB40, Eurythmics and Simple Minds.

In 1995, Jimmy Vaughn, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray reunited for a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn. All five had played with Vaughan at his last show on August 26, 1990, before he was killed in a helicopter crash.

birthdays wishes to Joey Dee (Joey Dee & the Starliters) (71), Frank Beard (ZZ Top) (62), and Donnie Van Zandt (.38 Special) (59), just to name a few

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