Saturday, April 21, 2012

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!

Amoeba Records
Hollywood, CA
April 25, 2002

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

PAUL WESTERBERG- Amoeba Records 4-25-02 FLAC. rar


ate2zee said...

I,too,love going into a record store,although there aren't many around to go to any more. Thanks for your memories of PW at Amoeba Records. I haven't yet listened to it, but look forward to doing that. I'd love to hear PW at a live concert someday. If I ever do, hopefully I'll not annoy him--I've heard that's easy to do.

Anonymous said...

Yes! Grandpaboy can a bit cranky sometimes! Thanks for the neato show!

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