Music is always a great gift, but even when it's gift-wrapped, a new LP or CD isn't fooling anyone with its distinctive shape. Why not surprise the music lover who has everything with one of these unexpected items? Some of them are kinda fun, while others are more practical, but they are all definitely not your typical music gift.
Hot sauce seems to be a thing that a lot of bands create (i.e. Bastille, Joe Perry, The Offspring's Dexter Holland's line of hot sauce, Gringo Bandito). The punk rockers of Bad Brains created their own hardcore hot sauce that combines sweet and heat, just like they do.
Jack White, via the above video, recently unveiled his cool Third Man Record Booth project which is, as he points out, "the only working vinyl recording booth open to the public in the world." That's a pretty amazing fact considering that at one time in relatively recent history these wonderful machines were commonplace. In terms of restoring and accurately reconstructing this newly operable machine based on the original model (a 1947 Voice-o-Graph machine) Jack White and company did an excellent job. "Wow! As a collector of personal records I have seen pictures of these kinds of recording booths and kiosks which were omnipresent in arcades, amusement parks, department stores and lots of other locations," said my buddy/fellow WFMU DJ Michael Cumella (aka MAC), who lauded Jack White with praise for doing such an accurate job. "It looks pretty authentic. Down to the mailing envelopes available after recording for easy posting. It really is a cool part of our popular history and getting one of these machines into working condition is truly fabulous to see." Fittingly it was exactly one week ago on Saturday, April 20th (aka Record Store Day 2013) that Jack White chose to unveil his new toy for the public to come in and check it out in person at the Third Man Novelties Lounge in Nashville, TN. Jack White and Neil Young are among those established recording stars who have already recorded in the little booth. You can too if you make it to Nashville. For more information visit Third Man Records' website.
As with Record Store Day, the list of exclusive releases this year for Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving, typically the biggest shopping day of the year) is staggering. A list of the available titles is here. I’ve pulled out 10 releases that are particularly interesting — to me, and perhaps to you. Show up at Amoeba Nov. 23 for your chance to own any one of these.
Lee Hazlewood – You Turned My Head Around: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1967-1970 (11 x 7 box set)
Named after an awesome duet ’60s psych-folkie Lee Hazelwood did with singer/actress Ann-Margret, this set collects forgotten records issued on Hazelwood’s label, Lee Hazelwood Industries. The singer-songwriter was also a notable producer, perhaps most famously writing and producing Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Were Made For Walkin.’” The set includes 11 45s from such artists as Suzi Jane Hokom, Honey Ltd., Kitchen Cinq and Hazlewood himself. From psych to country-pop, the set offers a view of Lee as an aesthetic director of sorts, setting forth a cultish sound that would come to be oft mimicked and appreciated far greater in later years than during its initial run.
Rock music has way too many incredibly memorable guitar riffs to limit a best of list to just one hundred, but the 100 riffs that guitarist Alex Chadwick of The Chicago Music Exchange came up with for the above video performance ain't half bad, and it is a nice informal overview of the history of rock n' roll. Sure it's a subjective selection that includes a lot of mega hits of the genre, and no doubt every rock fan could come up with their own unique list of a hundred best guitar riffs. But I like what Alex has done: from his playing to his choices of riffs, and from how he segues from song to song, to how he plays it on his 1958 Fender Stratall in chronological order. Below is that list of songs and artists in order with the artist names that are blue highlighted linking back to the Amoeba Online Store. where you can find their respective music (CDs, LPs, DVDs) including (in near all cases) the song played by Alex.
SONG/ARTIST PLAYLIST & AMOEBA SHOP LINK OF ALEX'S 100 GUITAR RIFFS (IN ORDER):
Davey Havoc pic by Audra, all other pics by Kaitlin.
Every year Record Store Day just gets bigger and bigger, and the craziness grows! Here in SF before we opened the line was INSANE outside our doors and the first person in line had been there since 6am! That's some dedication! Even more astounding, customers were calling Friday night and asking if they could camp out for prime spots on the big day!
At 10:30am on the button, the doors were opened and people swarmed into the treasure-laden vinyl aisles of Amoeba SF. There were hoardes of people packing the rows and surrounding the 7"s.Watch an awesome video below shot by Audra of the line and the vibe before the doors were flung open!