Record Store Day, April 18, 2009

recordstoredayRemember the days when you’d walk into a store, hear some music you’ve never heard before, flip through a stack of music and nab that last copy of your favorite band’s new release? They were called record stores, and this Saturday is Record Store Day – a day to get offline and into your favorite neighborhood store. In addition to supporting your local music dealer, you’ll get exclusive deals not available online.

For example, buy Wilco’s latest DVD, “Ashes of American Flags,” from your local, participating record store and get a free download of a Wilco concert – ironic, I know, but still pretty cool.

Even better, many participating stores will have live performances in the store. Some participants include:

  • The Black Lips – Zia Records, Phoenix, AZ and Zia Records – Speedway, Tucson, AZ
  • Silversun Pickups – Rasputin Music and DVDs, Berkeley, CA
  • Eagles of Death Metal, Rhino Records, Claremont, CA
  • Ra Ra Riot – Flat Black and Circular, East Lansing, MI
  • Bottle Rockets, Euclid Records, St. Louis, MO
  • Mark Solotroff/Bruce Lamont/Right-Eye Rita, Reckless Records, Chicago, IL
  • Indigo Girls, Newbury Comics, Boston, MA
  • The Bouncing Souls, Generation Records, New York, NY
  • Jay Reatard, Goner Records, Memphis, TN
  • G. Love, Exclusive Company, Madison, WI

There are many other bands playing at record stores across the country – across the world, in fact. For a listing you can go here, or visit where you can search by state. Below is a video from last year’s inaugural Record Store Day, where Metallica showed up at Rasputin’s.

So go ahead – get to your local independent record store and support local business, your community, artists and the culture of rock and roll. And take in some free stuff too.


YouTube Music – Change is Coming

antiyoutubeWatching music videos and listening to music on YouTube is about to change. A flurry of analysis and projection has YouTube losing upwards of $470 million this year. And overwhelmingly, the most watched videos on YouTube are entertainment. That includes music videos, and the record labels are none to happy about it.

Turns out, they are losing (or just not earning) millions because artists’ music videos are getting millions of views and generating zero revenue. So lately Warner has pulled music video from YouTube. Germany and the UK saw all major label video get pulled as well. So, is the same thing going to happen in the US?

At this point, probably not likely. However, the more record labels that pull out of YouTube, the worse off we’re all going to be. Fans, that is. When official videos start disappearing, YouTube will be forced to pull other videos of the same artists. It also could turn out that when labels cut deals with Google and YouTube for “official” music video content, the “unauthorized” ones will start to disappear. And that could include concert footage – bad news for Sound Citizens everywhere.

Of course, this all speculation. But here’s hoping the labels strike deals with someone like Hulu instead.

For good measure, here’s a video from AC/DC. An “official” video from a Warner artist. I guess they haven’t removed everything yet. Let’s hope YouTube and fans keep rocking.


Rock Immortal: Rock Hall of Fame Induction 2009

metallicapicksThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction of 2009 is Saturday, April 4. Unfortunately, not everyone can make it out to Cleveland, but you can get interactive with the ceremonies right now, through Rock Immortal. This online exhibit honors this year’s inductees: Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Metallica, Run D.M.C. and Bobby Womack.

Enter the site and you’re presented with swirling guitar picks, along with another larger pick on the left side. There you find the inductees. Click on one and you’ll get more picks, like the ones shown here for Metallica. And this is where it gets cool.

Each pick contains user-submitted content – comments, photos or videos about the artist. Click on one pick and you might get a video of someone playing their favorite Metallica jam. Click on another and you could see a photo from a show, or just some fans showing their love. One of Run D.M.C.’s has a user’s cover of “Tricky” on the drums – and it’s awesome.

dmcYou could get lost in this site. In fact, you should. I’ve yet to see something so focused on the fans and their appreciation for their favorite music. It’s fun, entertaining and there’s real talent out there. Most of all, it gives you a sense of how far-reaching music can be, regardless of race, color, creed or any other factor.

Well done, Rock Hall. You’ve truly created something special.

Below is “Tricky” from JoeyJordisonGirl. To get right into it, skip ahead to the 1:20 mark.