Happy Record Store Day- Paul Westerberg @ Amoeba Records 2002
Hey, today is Record Store Day! Actually the 5th annual, it celebrates "the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally". According to the Record Store Day website, "This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores
come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl
and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively
for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various
countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.
Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet &
greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April".
Not everyone downloads music exclusively, for me there is nothing like the physical record store where you can browse and meet other like-minded people to discover unexpected gems and hard to find overlooked music. I regularly visit the record stores in my area, though they continue to become more scarce and whenever I'm out of town, I always check out the local shops. Here in Winnipeg, I have fond memories of stores from the past such as: Kellys, Opus 69, Record Baron, Peppers Records, Music City, Sam the Record Man, Records On Wheels, Pyramid, Musicplex and many more I've probably forgotten. Presently, our city has stores such as: Into the Music, Music Traders, Planet Of Sound, Sound Exchange and War On Music (which just burnt down a couple of days ago).
Support the indie record store and buy some records!
Today's post will take a break from the in-studio performances of radio broadcasts to the in-store concert in a record store. A memorable show I received in a trade years ago is a in-store show from former Replacement, Paul Westerberg at the Amoeba Record Store in Hollywood. This show dates back to 2002 when Westerberg did a mini-tour in the spring of 2002 of record stores before a extended tour in concert halls and clubs during the summer of that year. He was promoting his Stereo/Mono album and I had the pleasure of seeing him in at the Guthrie Theatre Minneapolis in June 02. This show is noteworthy for a confrontation between an annoying heckling fan that drove Paul to wade into the crowd and confront the pest. Some witnesses claim Westerberg grabbed him by the throat and lightly slapped him, but that might be unconfirmed. You can hear the heckler in the recording, so you be the judge. Needless to say, there wasn't an encore...a very cool show!
Happy record store day!
01. Best Thing That Never Happened 02. Waiting For Somebody 03. Looking Out Forever 04. Got You Down 05. Eyes Like Sparks/Nothing To No One 06. Mr. Rabbit 07. 2 Days Til Tomorrow 08. Let The Bad Times Roll 09. Unsatisfied/Swinging Party 10. Somebody Take The Wheel 11. Jumping Jack Flash 12. High Time