Record Store Day 2014

Record Store Day 2014

Spin the Black Circle
Record Store Day 2014 is Here

Compact discs? MP3s? Satellite radio? Online streaming? The sound doesn’t even come close to comparing to the sultry warm feel of vinyl. Throughout our busy lives, most of us are guilty of listening to our music through the most convenient ways possible — taking the time to put the needle on the record to kick back and enjoy the aural ride is now far from the norm.
Record Store Day is Saturday, April 19, which means you’ll have the opportunity to purchase exclusive items from a new selection of rare edition releases, including many LPs, EPs, CDs and 7-inch vinyl discs. Even cooler, you’ll be able to visit your local independent music store and begin the adventurous task of searching through record upon record in search of hidden gems and rare releases.
PrintThe original idea for Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding more than 700 independently-owned record stores in the United States, as well as in international shops. Celebrated on the third Saturday of every April, it’s a day when all independently-owned record stores unite with artists to celebrate music. Special vinyl, CD releases and various promotional products are exclusively released and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.
It’s all about supporting the small record stores within the community, that are in turn offering their customers some seriously rare releases. These stores are all independent, have absolute say in what they stock and are not owned by corporations.
According to recordstoreday.com, a participating store is defined as “a stand-alone brick-and-mortar retailer whose main primary business focuses on a physical store location, whose product line consists of at least 50 percent music retail, whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70 percent located in the state of operation.”
The following local stores will celebrate Record Store Day 2014:

  • Joe Nardone’s Gallery of Sound (Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton/Dickson City,) opens at 9 a.m. and will have free giveaways and exclusive limited edition vinyl and CDs. There will be live music at the 186 Mundy St. location featuring various vinyl DJs throughout the day and appearances by Taking Back Sunday and The Used (meet-and-greet), Crobot (unplugged), Leroy Justice, Gentleman East, Abstract People’s and Three Imaginary Boys.
  • Embassy Vinyl (352 Adams Ave., Scranton) will have Record Store Day exclusive titles available,  plus they will be giving away two Stanton turntables and a bunch of other freebies. The day will also feature live performances by Cody Searl, Give Us Your Bones, Eye On Attraction and others.
  • Musical Energi (59 North Main St., Wilkes-Barre) opens at 9 a.m. and will offer sales, free promotional giveaways including bags, posters, pins and live performances by Dub Savage, Buckknife, Mock Sun and Kali Ma & the Garland of Arms, who will have their new record, Holy Drone, available for pre-sale. There’s also a gift-card giveaway and raffles. The store will also offer a large selection of record players for sale.
  • Main Street Jukebox (606 Main St., Stroudsburg) will have limited edition releases and live music by I.D.C., Brandon Flatley, P.O.W.W.O.W, Lenny Kaye, Blae Fleming of Time Up/Mars Volta, Disposable, Lorg and Edelweiss.
  • Wayne’s World Music (Dallas) and Wayne’s World of Used CD’s & More (Pittston) are also celebrating Record Store Day with live performances to be announced.

Please contact the individual stores for specific information regarding special releases for Record Store Day as each store will be offering a different selection of limited edition material. For a complete detailed list of available releases, visit recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases.
— tom graham

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown: Floodwood

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown: Floodwood

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown
A closer look at acts coming to Cabinet’s Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival

 

The local-turned-national bluegrass outfit Cabinet is hosting the Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival on Saturday, May 10 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Other performers include Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Marco Benevento, Floodwood, Terrapin Flyer featuring Melvin Seals and Mark Karan and many more. Here is a closer look at one of the many performing acts playing at #TheBreakdown.

Band Name: Floodwood
Band members and instruments: Al Schnier (acoustic guitar), Vinnie Amico (drums), Jason Barady (mandolin), Nick Piccininni (banjo/fiddle) and Zachary Fleitz (acoustic and electric basses).
Genre: Progressive String Music
Year started: 2012
Releases: This is Life (studio 2013) and This is Live (live 2014)
Hometown: Utica, N.Y.
Website: floodwoodmusic.com
Influences: Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Bela Fleck, Old and In the Way and Grateful Dead
How would you describe your sound? Barn burnin’ bluegrass with a  modern twist.
What can audiences expect to see at a live show?
Audiences can expect a performance that features an even mix of songwriting, vocal harmonies, instrumental arraignments and spotlighted solos. Floodwood’s live show keeps everyone involved, especially the audience, from start to finish.
What are you looking forward to most about The Susquehanna Breakdown?
The venue itself is an attraction for artists and fans. We can’t wait to work with Cabinet again and perform on the stage that we shared with all the great artists at the Peach Festival last summer.
What are your plans for the rest of 2014?
We want to play as many shows as we can and possibly take another trip out to Colorado. We have a few more festivals on the calendar that we can’t wait to play!
For fans of: moe., Phish, Grateful Dead,
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wfX0p_kKhk&feature=youtu.be
Audio: http://www.floodwood.bandcamp.com/album/this-is-live

 

The Susquehanna Breakdown Festival takes place Saturday, May 10, at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Guests can arrive Friday, May 9, at 5 p.m. to camp on Montage Mountain and attend a performance by Cabinet and others that evening. Advance tickets are $20 for general admission, $55 for VIP and $20 for camping. Tickets on the day of the festival increase to $25 for general admission, $60 for and $25 for camping. They are available at the box office and Ticketmaster outlets, over the phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

 

 

The Bash is Back

The Bash is Back

The Bash is Back
Celebrate rock 107’s 34th birthday with Joan Jett and the blackhearts

Put 34 candles on the cake and blow the suckers out! Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are headlining the 34th annual Rock 107 Birthday Bash on Thursday, April 17 at The Woodlands Inn, 1073 Hwy. 315 Wilkes-Barre. The night features performances by local supporting acts Sucker, Flaxy Morgan, Infinity and Omnitial; a giant birthday cake; door prizes and refreshments. Doors for the show open at 7 p.m. To score tickets for the party, visit rock107.com for more information.
EC10ROCK107_8_WEBJett rose to fame as a member of the all-female rock group The Runaways (at age 15) before breaking out as a solo star with hits like “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Bad Reputation,” “Crimson and Clover” and “I Hate Myself For Loving You.” As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles. Jett has acted in movies and television, including 1987’s Light Of Day (co-starring Michael J. Fox) and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Rocky Horror Show. As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus and the Germs. A version of “I Hate Myself for Loving You” has been NBC’s Sunday Night Football theme for several seasons and she recently saw her story told in The Runaways, the feature film starring Kristen Stewart as Jett (Jett also served as an executive producer of the project).
Unvarnished, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts latest release, features several collaborators such as Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!) and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) who co-wrote the single “Any Weather.”
“I’ve had a blessed career,” Jett said in a recent statement. “I consider myself so lucky to have been able to do things my own way.” — tom graham

 

Welcome to 1980

Rock 107 launches Feb. 20, 1980.
The first song played was “Spirit of the Radio” by Rush.
The 1980 United States Census begins. There are 226,545,805 United States residents
Iron Maiden’s debut self-titled album Iron Maiden is released.
The Pennsylvania Lottery is rigged by six men including the host of the live TV drawing, Nick Perry.
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is released.
Pac-Man (the best-selling arcade game of all time) is released in Japan.
The first 24-hour news channel Cable News Network (CNN) is launched.
Comedian Richard Pryor is badly burned trying to freebase cocaine.
Former California governor and actor Ronald Reagan is nominated for U.S. president.
The album Back in Black is released by the Australian band AC/DC.
The Police release their third studio album, Zenyattà Mondatta.
World Series: The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Kansas City Royals 4–2 in game 6.
A record number of viewers tune into the soap opera Dallas to learn who shot lead character J. R. Ewing.
Paul McCartney is arrested in Tokyo for possession of a half-pound of marijuana. The remaining part of Wings’ tour has to be canceled and he is ejected from the country by Japanese authorities.
Pink Floyd’s The Wall tour opens at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
A member of the New Jersey state assembly introduces a resolution to make Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” the official state song.
Black Sabbath release Heaven and Hell, their first album to feature new vocalist Ronnie James Dio.
The Sony Walkman goes on sale in the United States.
KISS plays its first show with new drummer Eric Carr at the New York Palladium.
The Eagles end their tour with a show in Long Beach, Calif. They would not play together again until 1994.
Fans in Toronto stage a riot after Alice Cooper cancels because of illness.
The first Monsters of Rock festival is held at Donington Park in England. Rainbow headlines, and Judas Priest, Scorpions, April Wine, Saxon, Riot and Touch also perform.
John Bonham, drummer of Led Zeppelin, is found dead by bandmate John Paul Jones. Led Zeppelin disbands immediately.
Elton John plays a free concert for 400,000 people in New York’s Central Park. He performs the encore in a Donald Duck costume.
Mark David Chapman shoots and kills John Lennon outside his apartment building in New York City. Later, more then 100,000 mourners attend a public vigil for Lennon in Central Park.

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown: Driftwood

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown: Driftwood

The Countdown to #TheBreakdown
A closer look at acts coming to cabinet’s Susquehanna Breakdown music festival

The local-turned-national bluegrass outfit Cabinet is hosting the Susquehanna Breakdown Music Festival on Saturday, May 10 at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Other performers include Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Marco Benevento, Floodwood, Terrapin Flyer featuring Melvin Seals and Mark Karan and many more. Here is a closer look at one of the many performing acts playing at #TheBreakdown.

Band Name: Driftwood
Band members and instruments: Dan Forsyth (acoustic guitar & vocals), Joe Kollar (banjo, vocals, kickbox), Joey Arcuri (upright bass, vocals), Claire Byrne (fiddle, vocals)
Genre: Americana
Year started: 2006
Releases: Rally Day (2009), A Rock and Roll Heart (2011), Driftwood (2013)
Hometown: Binghamton, N.Y.
Website: driftwoodtheband.com
Influences: Everything from Bach to Madonna, from The Beatles to Del McCoury.
How would you describe your sound? We focus on original songs with bluegrass instruments. Our music is rock n roll, folk and pop — all in one.
What can audiences expect to see at a live show? A high energy show with a lot of harmonies and dancing.
What are you looking forward to most about The Susquehanna Breakdown? Playing for the lovely people that come to get down!
What are your plans for the rest of 2014? 2014 will bring a lot of touring, writing new songs and beginning work on a new album.
If you had the opportunity to work with any artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why? Jack White. We love how versatile he is as a musician and a producer.

For fans of: Alison Kraus, Del McCoury, The Shins, Belle & Sebastian

 

The Susquehanna Breakdown Festival takes place Saturday, May 10, at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Guests can arrive Friday, May 9, at 5 p.m. to camp on Montage Mountain and attend a performance by Cabinet and others that evening. Advance tickets are $20 for general admission, $55 for VIP and $20 for camping. Tickets on the day of the festival increase to $25 for general admission, $60 for and $25 for camping. They are available at the box office and Ticketmaster outlets, over the phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Earfull: The Hold Steady

Earfull: The Hold Steady

STEADY AS SHE GOES
THE HOLD STEADY AND MORNING PARADE OFFER A ONE-TWO FUZZ 92-1 PRIVATE ARTIST SHOWCASE  PUNCH THIS SUNDAY

The Fuzz 92.1 Private Artist Showcase continues to reel in great musical acts to The 570 with a stellar double header this Sunday, April 6. Fuzz 92.1 welcomes Morning Parade at 2 p.m. and The Hold Steady at 6 p.m. to the Fuzz 92.1 Radio Theater, 5th floor of the Times-Tribune Building, 149 Penn Ave., Scranton.
The Hold Steady are currently touring in support of their new record, Teeth Dreams. It is the first release to feature guitarist Steve Selvidge and the first produced and mixed by Nick Raskulinecz (featured in the film Sound City; produced records by Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice in Chains, Deftones).
We spoke with Tad Kubler, guitarist and songwriter of The Hold Steady, about recording the new record, where he thinks the band will be in 10 years and if he thinks that playing music is still fun.

This is The Hold Steady’s first release in four years. Talk about taking time off and how you and the rest of the band knew it was time to record another record.
More than anything, I think we knew it was time for us to take a break after five albums and six years going at the pace that we were going at. I knew we weren’t going to be able to maintain that pace. We had built up so much momentum, it felt like we were just trying to keep up with what was happening and it didn’t feel like we were making any deliberate choices anymore. It was this constant game of trying to catch up to what was happening. We needed to take a step back. I continued to work and I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do. I continued to write songs. At one point, Craig Finn (The Hold Steady’s singer, lyricist) went off and did his solo thing and came back. I think Craig had a trickier time (rejoining the band) after doing his first solo album — which was really quiet and sparse — and coming back to a lot of the songs that we’d been working on as a band because they were really intricate and dense. I think it took him a little bit to shift gears. It came to the point where I thought “If we’re still going to be a band this is what you do. We make records. We play shows and we go on tour. That’s what a rock band does. Alright. Let’s do this.” One of the problems that we had was we hadn’t really taken care of some of the other parts of the band. When we decided to take a break, everyone scattered. When we came back together, we didn’t have the momentum. It was harder to rebuild the momentum we had than anybody would have imagined it would be. Then there were other things like we didn’t have a record deal. We were writing songs and we needed to figure out where they were going to live. The whole thing took a little more work and care to get back up to speed. It was also fun because we were able to truly reset. It felt good. You forget how exciting it is.

I remember seeing a video of the band playing an acoustic version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” in a hotel room. It looked like you were having the time of your lives.
That was with The Plastic Constellations. Wow! That was a long time ago.

EC03EARFULL_HOLD_2_WEBIs the band still as much fun as it was back then or is it a different kind of fun?
I think it’s still as much fun. I don’t get loaded anymore, which is something I don’t like to talk about for a couple of reasons. I don’t like it to be the focus of anything, but the other part is maybe there will be a time when I want to get loaded again. Laughs. I have had a lot of lifestyle changes, to be honest with you, and it took a while to figure out how to have fun without that being a part of it and how to have fun with four other guys that are getting loaded? — That’s cool! I want everybody to do whatever they want to do. I think it was particularly hard for me because I used to be, shall I say, “in charge” of a lot of that. Craig said before that I went from being the most rock n roll to maybe the least rock n roll. Personally, it was a difficult adjustment for me. More than anything, it took me longer how to figure out how to relax. It’s still fun. Just yesterday, Craig and I were guest DJs on Springsteen Radio and we had this list of songs we wanted to play. A tech guy was asking which version of the songs we wanted to play — he had at least two dozen versions of every song we chose, from acoustic to love. It was insane. It dawned on me that this guy has 24 versions of this song in front of us and you know that all 24 versions of the song were just as much fun as we were having in that hotel room. To answer your question, (laughs) yes. It’s still a lot of fun!

Where do you see The Hold Steady in 10 years?
It’s hard to say what the next 10 years would or could bring. One thing we’ve been talking a lot about is how technology is changing and evolving so rapidly that — especially on the “music business” side of things — it’s impossible for the business end of this to keep up. It’s one of the problems that they’ve been having for a decade now. It’s hard to predict what could come in the future. I hope 10 years from now we’re still being creative in a way that we can be proud of and I hope we’re still having fun in a way that we can really be proud of and honor. The first time you pick up a guitar or any instrument — this is the dream. Somehow we managed to get here. Were we fortunate in a lot of ways? Absolutely. But I also think we work really hard and I like to think we put a lot into this. Rarely have I taken this for granted. I’m just thankful that we can do this and I hope we can continue to have fun and grow, whether creatively or in terms of geography. As long as we can continue to have a good time and grow in some way or another, it will be fun.
— tom graham

Check out The Fuzz 92.1 Private Artist Showcase double header on Sunday, April 6. Fuzz 92.1 welcomes Morning Parade at 2 p.m. and The Hold Steady at 6 p.m. Sign up for both at fuzz921.com or text “parade” or “steady” to 88474 for free tickets. Both bands will be doing a live acoustic performance and both shows are all-ages.

LET’S GET WEERD

LET’S GET WEERD

LET’S GET WEERD

WEERD SCIENCE COMES TO THE 570 FOR AN UNDERGROUND SHOW

Josh Eppard is the drummer of experimental rock group Coheed and Cambria, and he’s also the beat-driven mad scientist behind his rap side project, Weerd Science. You can catch Eppard this Friday, March 28 at The Factory: Underground, 105 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with Strange Temptations and These Clever Foxes. Doors for the all-ages show open at 6:30 p.m.
After years of being influenced by hip-hop music, Eppard released the first Weerd Science album, Friends and Nervous Breakdowns, in 2005. The following year, he was forced to abruptly leave Coheed and Cambria as he wrestled with an increasingly debilitating heroin dependency. He documented his struggles on his second Weerd Science record, Sick Kids. After getting clean and touring in the summer of 2011 on the Vans Warped Tour, Eppard rejoined Coheed and Cambria and found himself back to playing in front of massive crowds.
Eppard took the time to speak with electric city and diamond city about learning how to play drums to hip hop tracks and what Weerd Science plans to do next.

EC27EARFULL_2_WEBTalk about your musical influences?
My brother and I had a band called Three when we were young. We got a deal with Universal Music when I was 14 years old. I would put on hip hop records and I learned how to groove along. I thought every song should be one giant drum fill, probably like most 14-year-old drummers. Hip hop music actually taught me how to play drums. I would play along to Wu-Tang records. I learned how to sit in the pocket. I always credit hip hop with teaching me how to play drums. It’s weird. You don’t necessarily equate great drumming with hip hop. I really wanted to make hip hop music while playing it. The band were cutting vocals and I had my headphones on and I was exploring hip hop and dreaming about making hip hop records one day. Those influences always rear their heads.

How did the idea of a rap side-project came about?
Right around the time I joined Coheed and Cambria, I was making beats. I wanted to be a producer. I wanted to make hip hop beats and I couldn’t find any rappers I liked. I wrote the rhymes and I figured I’d just grab a friend to rap. Then I realized rapping is a lot harder than you think it is. I started to craft songs. I wanted to make nerdy rhymes over Mobb Deep beats. I wasn’t going to come out with a song about robbing a bank or pimping hoes. Coheed’s label (Equal Vision Records) heard my demos at a friends house and they said they loved it and wanted to put it out. That’s the moment where I realized this is going to be a real thing. It’s something I enjoy doing and that’s why I keep doing it.

At the same time, you were battling drug addiction.
Coheed was enjoying more success than I could have ever dreamed of. At some point, it all got quite out of hand for me and everything fell apart. Taking pills turned into sniffing heroin, which turned into shooting heroin and all of sudden —you’re a no-good junkie. That’s what happened to me.

What does Weerd Science have planned for the rest of the year?
We put out two EPs and released them digitally.  Weerd Science — which has a smaller, really loyal core group of fans — couldn’t have existed 20 years ago. We don’t sell enough records to keep this machine going. In this day and age, to be putting out these little EPs digitally, it pays for the next one to get made. It’s the perfect time. We’re going to do another one. It’s called The Illigy. I always wanted to release a triple record, an idea I had from 1999. I’m finally doing it. We put out part one, Red Light Juliet, and part two, Steady Straight Lights, Sudden Dark Turns, and we’re working on part three right now. The fun thing about Weerd Science is that we take a show when we think its going to be fun. We don’t have to do this. It’s not a drag. Anyone that makes music has those days where they don’t feel like playing tonight and wish they were home. With Weerd Science, we get all the pros and none of the cons. We play shows when want and make records when we want. We walk around like the luckiest guys in the world.
— tom graham

See Weerd Science (Josh Eppard of Coheed and Cambria) appearing with Strange Temptations and These Clever Foxes March 28 at The Factory: Underground 105 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The show is all-ages. Admission is $7 at the door. There will be a 21 and older post-show party beginning at midnight.