October 2, 2013
By Rick Rockrohr / Oak Park Sun Times
Val Camilletti knows it’s a long shot, but her enthusiasm for winning a TV commercial during the 2014 Super Bowl does not wane regardless.
“What the hell?” said Camilletti, owner of the 40-year-old Oak Park institution Val’s Halla Records, 239 Harrison St. “I’m having great fun doing it, bragging and having friends go on social media and say, ‘You’ve got to vote today.’ I mean, how cool is that?”
A tremendous push on Facebook pushed Val’s Halla to the second round of the Intuit Small Business Big Game contest, the winner of which will receive a free 30-second spot during America’s most coveted commercial TV time. [...]
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September 27, 2013
By Jenn Pelly and Amy Phillips / Pitchfork
Following Arcade Fire’s September 28 appearance as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live”, NBC will air a 30-minute concert special from the band. Today, the band’s booking agency, Billions, finally confirmed this special, which had been heavily rumored and teased by the band. [...]
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September 19, 2013
To Debra Million, there’s nothing like turning the pages of a book. But now she’s afraid it will be hard for her to buy them.
So after Barnes & Noble announced plans on Sept. 6 to close its store in University Park Village at year’s end, the Berkeley Place resident sent an email to about 350 neighbors asking them to write Ohio-based Glimcher Realty Trust, which owns the shopping center, to try to save the bookstore.
“It’s depressing to think that our city of over a half-million people will have one bookstore,” said Million, who spent a lot of time at the store with her two daughters, now ages 20 and 16.
She said Glimcher would be “cutting out the heart” of the shopping center if it loses Barnes & Noble.
“I don’t think they want to be bad neighbors,” Million said of Glimcher. But, she said, “The bookstore draws shoppers there. The part of the parking lot closest to the bookstore, it’s hard to find a parking spot. We want to keep our bookstore.” [...]
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September 17, 2013
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s latest solo album, “Anomaly”, will be made available as a 2-LP vinyl set featuring two new limited-edition colors on October 1 via Brookvale Records. Only 750 units of each color are being manufactured. Pressed at the prestigious Gotta Groove Records, “Anomaly” in opaque blue or green/black swirl is available now for pre-order: $27.99 each or $50.00 for both colors. Last year, Brookvale’s limited-edition “Anomaly” 2-LP in silver marble sold out very quickly, and the label expects these new colors to do the same. Frehley told Billboard.com in a 2009 interview that he intended “Anomaly” to “kind of pick up where I left off with my first solo album” — 1978’s “Ace Frehley”. [...]
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By Reggie Ugwu / Billboard
Rough Trade, the iconic London music retailer that spawned Rough Trade Records and served as a cradle for post-punk music in the late 1970s, will open its first flagship store in the U.S. in New York on Monday, November 25.
The store, a 15,000 square foot repurposed film prop warehouse in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, represents a major gamble on the American music market by the retailer, which in recent years has enjoyed a sales boom in the U.K. despite harsh industry realities in that country and around the world. In April, the British trade magazine Music Week named Rough Trade “Retail Brand of the Year.” [...]
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September 9, 2013
AP via Hit Fix
George Strait will finish off his two-year farewell tour in the biggest house in his home state of Texas — the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.
The country superstar held a rare news conference Monday at the stadium to announce the last leg of his The Cowboy Rides Away tour. He announced he was retiring from the road last year but still plans to record, recently agreeing to a deal for five more studio albums. [...]
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August 29, 2013
By Tiffany Bentley / Metal Insider
Bands in the surrounding areas of Fullerton, California may have the chance to play on Rob Zombie’s stage if they prove to live up to the horror metal rocker’s standards.
Zombie, in conjunction with The Slidebar in Fullerton, will hold a showcase of weekly Battle of the Bands competitions in September and October. The final winner will perform one night of Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare Halloween attraction taking place October 10 through November 2 in Pomona, Calif. [...]
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August 22, 2013
By Dustin Pardue / Winston-Salem Music Examiner
Album artwork and liner notes are a lost art in today’s world of music as a digital medium. The modern generation rarely gets the gratification of peeling back the shrink wrap from a vinyl LP (or even a CD), gazing into the artwork, and studying the liner notes from the artists, producers, and record label.
We are now a culture that requires instant gratification and will settle with a lossy computerized mp3 file rather than the soft feel of connecting the needle to the wax for a journey that can take us all away from reality; if even only for a side A and side B. Sometimes the stories behind the album artwork are as interesting as the songs themselves. [...]
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August 16, 2013
By Maria Sherman / BuzzFeed
Surely the best thing about traveling the world is finding all the best record shops, right?
1.) Amoeba Music in Los Angeles, CA
The world-renowned Amoeba Records lives up to its hype. With a frequently changing stock of new and used media, you can basically get whatever you want here. Oh, and did I mention that it’s gigantic? The entire store is 24,000 square feet and houses over 100,000 CDs, vinyl records, cassettes, DVDs, laser discs, and more. [...]
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August 14, 2013
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From The Daily Swarm
Most people who try to get to the bottom of punks origin have one of two ideas: New York or London. However, they would be remiss to overlook Los Saicos, the Peruvian proto-punk band who got their start in the ’60s, making national television appearances and inspiring ground-floor rock’n’rollers before Joey Ramone put on a leather jacket.
Of course, one the good folks at Noisey caught wind of the seminal group, they couldn’t help themselves. They put together this awesome mini-doc to explore the unknown origins of punk rock. [...]
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