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Happy Record Store Day to all!

Head out to your nearest crack – I mean, vinyl – distributor and help yourself to today’s special offerings. Find the list (and a store) here

But do not forget…

From Twitter

Record Store Day – Saturday, April 20, 2013

First observed in 2007, Record Store Day has been credited as a factor in the resurgence of public interest in the vinyl record format which saw sales increase for the fifth straight year in 2012. Steadily on the rise for twenty years now, a (relatively) astounding 4.6 million vinyl albums were sold last year, in comparison to 1993’s low-water mark of approximately 300,000. Chart
Tomorrow will see numerous artists offering new releases, remastered albums, and unique collectible discs available only at your neighborhood record store. Visit the Record Store Day site to find a store near you and see a list of the records being released.

Further reading:

NY Daily News: Vinyl Love

Capital Public Radio: “The vinyl is taking over the store.”

2012’s Top 10 Selling Vinyl Albums include Adele, Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver, and oh, those guys again at Number Two…

Shop at the Amazon Vinyl Record Store

By the way, this is the item I have my eyes on for tomorrow: Country Joe - Fixin' To Die

Country Joe and the Fish – “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die”
(Remastered reissue)




Music news and links from around the web:


79 year-old woman awakens from a five-year coma, first words are "I want to go to a Bob Seger concert.” None less than Seger himself sees to it that she has the time of her life.


Super-limited editions. Unreleased tunes. Albums released on minidisc, eight-track, and wax cylinder. And… ice? 10 Music Recordings for the Insanely Determined


The Pompatus of Love, Huarache sandals, the warm smell of colitas… 11 Obscure References in Classic Songs Explained


For your showering enjoyment, Kohler introduces a shower head containing a built-in wireless speaker


Esquire presents a list of the 10 Craziest Drummers Ever


In this gallery, one guy presents pictures of his concert tees from the 1970s, along with little personal remembrances of each


Whatever happened to peace, love and understanding? 10 Rock Concerts Which Resulted In Bloodshed


Articles on the current state of the music industry:

How Auto-Tune conquered pop music

How bands are now forced to play Survival of the Fittest

An inside look at how artists profit – or not – from streaming music services (“it would take 312,000 plays to equal the profit from one LP”)


Finally, at a Vanderbilt University appearance, Billy Joel is asked by a college student if they could play a song together. Joel accepts, and the results – well, see for yourself:

Paul McCartney: Yoko Ono didn’t break up the Beatles

Beatles with Yoko Ono 1969

Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting. In one of Paul McCartney’s longest interviews ever, the former Beatle recently sat down with David Frost and spoke for an hour on a wide range of topics. The program is scheduled to air next month, but has already made news with the publication of Sir Paul’s comments on the genesis of the pop-culture quake that shook the world in 1970 – the breakup of the Beatles.

“She certainly didn’t break the group up.” Vilified by Beatles fans for over four decades now, Yoko Ono could not ask for a more unequivocal statement from a more authoritative source. McCartney went on to note that “the group was breaking up [anyway]”, and that as John Lennon’s tastes and interests were changing, “it was time for John to leave, he was definitely going to leave [one way or another].” In what may be one of the greatest understatements of all time, McCartney pronounced himself at peace with the timing of the breakup due to the fact that the group was able to part ways having accomplished “a neat body of work.”

Full story at The Guardian

photo by Linda McCartney

Abbey Road LP

After a decades-long, often contentious series of negotiations in which Apple Computer has gradually acquired the rights to the Apple name and trademark from the Beatles’ recording company, what might be the final piece of the puzzle has been legally secured: The Canadian IP Office has revealed that Apple now possesses the legal rights to the Beatles’ familiar recording label logo. It’s almost enough to make you wish you were back in the USSR.

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