Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

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A Slightly Cranky Meditation on Vinyl Records

By Edy Eddins

I love all things old. I love old cars. I like holding a real book in my hand instead of an electronic reader. I would rather listen to big band and roots music than the over-produced popular artists of the day. And I love vinyl records.

As an audiophile, I use tube amps, vintage speakers, and a turntable. But more than that,I love album art. I would spend hours at Stan’s Records in my hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, thumbing through row after row of records. Even if I had never heard of the artist, I was captivated by the album art. The jackets to albums by Bostson, Kansas, Journey, and thousands provided hints of the auditory delights that lay inside. I have often bought albums by artists of whom I had never heard, based purely on the cover.

Record stores were shrines erected to the musicians and their labors. These houses of worship were home to the sages who lived and breathed their wares like Trappist monks. They could quote bands and songs like scripture. When I went into a record store, these brethren shared my joys and secrets

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fantastic piece over at popmatters, well worth the time

Waxing Nostalgic: The Mantras of the Music Geek

By Dave Whitaker

Paul managed a record store in the early ‘90s. For those unfamiliar with the concept, music was once purchased at actual physical locations on actual physical media. Quaint, isn’t it?

Anyway, reminiscing around a table at Joe’s Crab Shack, Paul recounted his memory of the resurgence of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” courtesy of Wayne’s World. When the song first charted in 1975, it was a number one in the UK and went top ten stateside. On its second go-round in 1992, it topped the charts again on British soil and bested its original US peak, this time going all the way to #2.

Read more at popmatters.com


Stars of Original No Nukes Show Coming Back to Support Japan Nuclear Disaster Relief

A group of artists who performed at the original No Nukes concerts in 1979 are coming back together with some new additions in support of Japan disaster relief efforts. The concert will be held on Sunday, August 7 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA with proceeds going to Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) and other organizations throughout the world who promote "safe, alternative, non-nuclear energy."

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this from our friends at vinylcollective.com

Top 10 Albums – June 20, 2011

Here are the Top 10 Albums on Shop Radio Cast for the week of June 14 – June 20, 2011:

1. Swellers – Good For Me
2. Portugal The Man – In The Mountain In The Cloud LP
3. Ruiner / Attica Attica Under the Influence Volume 14 7″
4. Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground – Introducing
5. Blink 182 – Enema Of The State LP (Exclusive)
6. The Menzingers – A Lesson In The Abuse Of Information Technology LP
7. NOFX – “Untitled” 10″ (Hardcore Covers)
8. Alkaline Trio – Damnesia
9. White Wives – Happeners
10. Big D and The Kids Table – For The Damned, The Dumb and The Delirious 2XLP (Exclusive)


take a listen today, you will find an interesting show!!

New Vinyl Record Talk Tuesday June 21th 8pm ET/ 5pm PT

Ringo's birth home is back in the news, and just for Tiffany at CRAGG we bring back The Pussy Cat song. And we ask in our poll, just what kind of pussy do you want scratching at your back door?

It's also a great big whoring show today, where just about everything we play is available in our store. We've got Northern Soul from The Jive Five and The Spellbinders, plus we share our big find last week, a Shelly 11-18-71 Rolling Stones "Hot Wax" with the alternate takes of "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses". If you don't know what we're talking about, Norm will give a history lesson.

Plus, as always the Top 5.

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and in music history for today:

In 1948, Columbia Records started first mass production of 33-1/3 records.

In 1955, Johnny Cash's first single, "Cry Cry Cry," was released.

In 1958, Bobby Darin's "Splish Splash" enters the US record charts, where it would reach #3. Bobby would later say that the song only took him about ten minutes to write. ya think?

Jimmy Page made his live debut with the Yardbirds in London in 1966.

In 1966, working at Abbey Road studios in London, the Beatles recorded from start to finish, a new John Lennon song “She Said She Said.” The song was reportedly based on a bizarre conversation that Lennon had with Peter Fonda while John and George Harrison were tripping on LSD.

In 1973, the soft rock group Bread, lead by David Gates, give their final concert in Salt Lake City. A truck accident earlier in the day had destroyed the band's equipment, so they had to play with borrowed instruments and amps.

Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple to form Rainbow in 1975.

James Taylor's "How Sweet It Is" was released in 1975.

In 1981, Donald Fagan and Walter Becker announced the break-up of Steely Dan.

In 2001, John Lee Hooker, American blues singer and guitarist died in his sleep aged 83. Had hits wilth “Boom Boom,” “Dimples” and “I'm In The Mood.” His songs have been covered by many artists including Cream, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, The Yardbirds, The Doors and The White Stripes. He appeared and sang in the movie The Blues Brothers.

Eminem's album "Recovery" was released in the U.S and the U.K in 2010.

Also in 2010, Billboard magazine estimated that Michael Jackson's album catalog had generated about $383 million in sales and that MJ Inc. had earned at least $1 billion in revenue in the year following his death.

birthdays today (among others) include Ray Davies (Kinks) (67), Greg Munford (Strawberry Alarm Clock) (62), Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) (61), Nils Lofgren (60), Pat Sansone (Wilco) (42) and Brandon Flowers (Killers) (30)