Monthly Archives: April 2012
So Record Store Day was this past Saturday which is better than Christmas morning if you are a vinyl fanatic. I was able to get most of the stuff that I wanted, so I will call the day a success. RSD can be a madhouse if you live in highly populace area of the country. I live in a mid-size city and it was just a little crazy, but not over-the-top insanity that would have me cussing and vowing to never put myself through it again…but close to it. The local store I decided to go to opened 10am and I pulled into the parking just about two minutes late. I saw no line to get in and the doors were open…all good signs. As I was walking toward the store I saw a car zip into the parking lot and two guys exit out and sprint for the door. When I walking in I was greeted with about 30 people crowding around a 4×6 table with 8 coroplast boxes filled with all the vinyl goodies of the day. The problem was everyone was crowded two deep going through the releases.
This was one of the few times in my life that I just became one of those guys that push their way into the fry. I was polite but looked for the first opening and went for it. I was a nice ‘pushy’ guy and as I was going through a box I would call out if I saw something that I thought people were really looking for…”Anybody need the White Stripes 45?” It worked out pretty good and other people started doing it.
The day was crazy. I saw some people happily buying one item and I saw others with stacks of records. I found everything I was looking for except for the Captain Beefheart singles set and the Grateful Dead “Dark Star” album. I really wanted those two releases, but it was a good haul. I would have ran over to another indie store, but I had a whole day full of projects that had to be done.
Later in the day…and I mean way later in the day…I found myself in the neighborhood of another record store. The wife and I went in to take a look at what was left. There was not much…but I did find the Captain Beefheart set! Amazing to find it still in the racks so late in the day. And yes, I did end up finding a copy of the Grateful Dead LP…the next day. I started the day by looking on eBay. I saw them going for three times what the list price was and I was not about to fork over that much dough. I put the question out on an on-line forum I visit wondering if anybody had an extra copy they wanted to sell. I was sent a link by a fellow vinyl junkie to an indie record store in Des Moines that was selling it for list price. Ordered and Done!…my record store day was complete.
I have just finished reading a book on the electric period of Miles Davis. The book was informative, but in the end it read like a dull fan-boy love letter. I have been in love with the ‘hard world funk’ of his live band from 1970 to 1975 for a long time. It is just the most complex, dark, dense music this side of The Swans or Killdozer. His music at this time seemed so hectic and confrontational…just the way I like it. Enjoy this live experience from Miles and his band fro 1973…turn your speakers up and annoy everyone.
I have been listening to 70’s period Miles Davis lately. You know…that voodoo funk/world beat/scorched earth/electric wah-wah/wall of noise bands he fronted in the post Hendrix world. There is nothing else like it. Just amazing open ended jams…some of the best live music on tape. I am also reading ‘Running The Voodoo Down, the Electric Music of Miles Davis‘ by Philip Freeman which has fueled my Miles obsession.
Great new track from The Screaming Females from their just released album UGLY. Great to see a band that rocks in this day and age…plus they all seem to love cats…and who doesn’t love cats?
The Rolling Stones camp are really stepping up the pace with the archival releases. Yesterday they released L.A. Friday ’75. Which in reality was the Sunday LA Forum show, but they decided to keep the long circulated bootleg title. Thus far the archives have been releasing shows that have been widely bootlegged in soundboard form in the past. But these ‘official’ releases have been cleaned up and remastered by long time Stones audio tech Bob Clearmountain and the difference in sound is very noticeable.
The show is one from the so called ‘Tour of Americas‘. It was the first tour with Ronnie Wood on guitar having replaced Mick Taylor who had left the band after recording the ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll‘ album, which this tour was supporting. The band also rounded out their sound by including sidemen Ian Stewart, Billy Preston, Ollie E. Brown and Trevor Lawrence. Billy Preston (at the time a huge star in his own right) even gets to front the band on a two song mid-show mini set.
For some reason if you are in the United States you can’t purchase the high quality FLAC files. You will only be able to purchase MP3 from Google Music. If you live outside the States you have the option of MP3 or FLAC. Head over to the Rolling Stones Archive and check it out for yourself.
Here is the tracklist:
- Honky Tonk Women
- All Down The Line
- If You Can’t Rock Me Get Off My Cloud
- Star Star
- Gimme Shelter
- Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
- You Gotta Move
- You Can’t Always Get What You Want
- Tumbling Dice
- Band Intros
- It’s Only Rock N Roll
- Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
- Fingerprint File
- Wild Horses
- That’s Life (Billy Preston & The Rolling Stones)
- Outta Space (Billy Preston & The Rolling Stones)
- Brown Sugar
- Midnight Rambler
- Rip This Joint
- Street Fighting Man
- Jumping Jack Flash
- Sympathy For The Devil