HAPPY RECORD STORE DAY!!!
To all of the vinyl fans and record collectors out there: enjoy the day & best of luck trying to find any of the coveted RSD exclusives that are on you wish list!
For everyone else, make today the day you head out and make a CD or vinyl album purchase at your local independent record store! Let’s keep this beautiful culture alive while supporting local businesses.
We’re looking down on Wayne’s basement. Only that’s not Wayne’s basement. Isn’t that weird?
Garth, that was a Haiku!
It’s that time before that time of year again! Chris Brown of Bull Moose brings us his preview of (almost) everything that will be available somewhere in the world on Record Store Day.
And just in case you’ve been under a rock as of late, RSD is this Saturday! Check out the website to find out which stores near you will be hosting events and carrying some of these nifty special releases.
It will sting you bad
Every time it happens;
You may cry a while
Ask yourself, “Why this again?”
Gather your pieces.
To put on a sturdy shelf
in life’s museum.
White Winter Hymnal
White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes
Seems a little wrong playing this on the first beautiful day that has graced Toronto since sometime in November (it’s been one hell of a long winter). But despite the title, the overall feel of this song says “spring” to me.
Plus, I can’t resist those harmonies.
Nirvana: “School” (Bleach, 1989)
This one’s for Chad Channing. Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, but Channing won’t be inducted with them, in spite of playing drums on all but three songs on Bleach, their debut album (Dale Crover played on the other three).
I don’t know what weird politics are at work at the Rock Hall that govern who’s inducted with a given band and who isn’t, but it seems to me that Channing at least deserves some credit for being an important part of the band’s history, even if he wasn’t around when they took over the charts and, yeah, changed everything.
There are other people who played important roles that aren’t in the Hall—the most egregious omission I can think of is that Bob Welch was left out when Fleetwood Mac was inducted; if it wasn’t for his stewardship of the band, there never would have been a Buckingham/Nicks version of it. Leaving him out ignores the band’s history. Channing’s not that pivotal, but snubbing him still feels cold.
I wonder what Kurt Cobain would think of all this. I didn’t know him, obviously, but he seemed like the kind of guy who would have gone up to the podium and brought all the people the Rock Hall left out—Channing, Crover, Pat Smear, maybe even Jason Everman—with him just to make a point. He also probably would have been conflicted about the honor in the first place, immensely gratified and proud, but also uneasy about being lionized or sewn into a pat narrative.
That’s basically what halls of fame do, though, and it’s also why, as fun as it can be to mull over what warrants inclusion in such as institution, halls of fame will also never really be useful as a record of culture. As much as it sucks for Channing to find out he’s been overlooked (there were rumors he’d be inducted before he got the news, and he sounded excited), I hope he can at least take comfort in the fact that, 25 years after he helped make Bleach, I still listen to it, and so do thousands of other people. And his drumming is just perfect for the music.
"My Sweet Lord" - Billy Preston, vocals
from Concert for George (2003)
I’m not a particularly religious person, but when you combine the spring sunshine and breeze pouring through my apartment window, the countless brilliant musicians who were involved in this performance, and the fantastic Billy Preston (RIP) on vocals, this seemed like the perfect lunchtime tune on this beautiful Sunday. Cranked to 11, as always.
“I don’t broadcast every high & I don’t hide every low. I’m trying to live, I’m not trying to convince the world I have life.”
Life has an interesting way of working.
Sometimes when a door is slammed in your face, it makes you walk the dark, cold hallway alone for days, months, or even years, before you find another open door. It’s a test of how badly you want another door to open. Are you willing to keep walking until you find that open door, never knowing if there will actually be another one open for you, or are you going to break down in the middle of the hall and disintegrate in to a sloppy mess of tears and give up on finding that new life path?
With that said, sometimes life also will offer up an alternate exit elsewhere. You may have shown up in search of that majestic doorway, but when it is shut & sealed off from you and you’re standing alone in that hall, you may turn and find a window that you forgot you propped open many months ago that gives you a different way out. Sure, it may not be what you were looking for right now, but it’s yet another path to a different area that you had searched for before, and now seems to be the right time to go after it.
So if you find a door getting slammed in your face, don’t question much. If you think an opportunity is worth pursuing, keep going after it. If you find yourself in front of a different opportunity that may not be what you were looking for, don’t leave it alone. Take it, run with it, and see where it leads.
“The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.”