I don’t know how I missed the news about Robby Krieger playing Ardmore Music Hall on April 23rd but when I heard that he was doing a show for the Doors’ 50th anniversary, I knew that I had to try and get tickets. I went online, and naturally, it was sold out. Disappointed, I thought I’d try my luck at the door the night of the show. Arriving before doors opened, I bypassed the line to ask security if they released any last minute tickets. They hadn’t but the guard kindly pointed us in the direction of someone who was selling two tickets. Jackpot! Gregg and I were able to take the tickets off his hands.
The tickets were general admission so we proceeded to the floor area, parking ourselves about 10 feet from the stage. Robby and his band, which included his son Waylon on vocals, opened the show with “Break On Through” and proceeded to play a great number of songs off of The Doors’ first album plus not often heard titles like “Spanish Caravan.” They concluded, not surprisingly, with “The End.”
Robby seemed to be in good spirits; he told stories about some of the songs that he wrote including “Light My Fire” and “Twentieth Century Fox”, which he wrote for his wife (they’re married for 45 years now), he talked about Jim and Ray’s favorite songs, and even joked with the crowd after being booed for wearing a Joe Namath jersey, saying, “At least it’s the right color.” The over two hour show was the last one of the tour so I was thrilled that I was able to see him play live. Absorbing the essence of The Doors, I felt wonderfully connected to the songs and the original band members.
My amazing night got even better after the show when Robby autographed my newly acquired Doors’ Record Store Day album. I now have a beautiful new treasure in my rock and roll collection!
Record Store Day promo items are here!! The first 10 people in line on April 22nd will win an official RSD tote filled with tons of Vinyl Revival and exclusive Record Store Day swag! Be sure to get here early for your chance to win! #RSD17
Vinyl Revival Celebrates Record Store Day with
Live Music, Exclusive Releases, Swag and Snacks
Vinyl Revival, 35-37 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA, is proud to be participating in Record Store Day, an international day to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store, on April 22, 2017. Vinyl Revival will stock a selection of titles that are Record Store Day exclusive, limited edition and first releases. As part of the Record Store Day celebration, there will be free in-store performances by Big Terrible, the Funky Rebels, MLC (Mid-Life Crisis), and The Wiretappers, free Record Store Day promotional materials with purchases, plus complimentary light refreshments and drinks during store hours from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
In celebration of Record Store Day’s 10th anniversary, Vinyl Revival has programmed a slate of live entertainment during store hours for customers’ shopping enjoyment. A wide variety of genres including singer-songwriter, hard rock, alternative and classic rock covers will be performed by several groups throughout the day. Musicians include The Wiretappers, a mandolin and guitar trio playing both originals and covers, the acoustic duo MLC playing cover songs from the Lumineers to Rod Stewart, the Funky Rebels, a newly formed band comprised of musicians who met at World Cafe Live’s weekly Philly Rising open mic night who will blend the rap, pop punk and singer-songwriter genres, and closing out the day’s events will be blues-soaked heavy rock by Philadelphia power trio, Big Terrible. Since their formation in 2006, Big Terrible has been a stand out in the local hard rock/indie scene due to their expert technical skills and good ole-fashioned songwriting. Their most recent album, Monument was released in March 2015 and is an addition to their impressive collection of releases such as Rotten City in 2013 and Face the Stone in 2009.
Music and merchandise by the performing bands will be available for sale at Vinyl Revival. For more information and the performance schedule, visit http://vinylrevivalrecords.com/.
For a complete list of titles being released for Record Store Day 2017, visit http://recordstoreday.com/.
I FINALLY got to New York City last weekend to see the Rolling Stones’ Exhibitionism show at Industria. I’m glad I went because it really had a nice mix of memorabilia, instruments, artwork, and personal items from members of the band. The exhibit is broken down into different sections that take you on a musical journey from the band’s earliest beginnings until now, over 50 years later. Here’s a quick re-cap from what I remember.
The exhibit opens with a recreation of Mick, Keith and Brian’s apartment in London with piles of dirty dishes, blues records by the turntable and clothes strewn about. There’s a room filled with all types of instruments including some of Mick’s harmonicas, a number of Keith’s guitars and a drum set. There’s an interactive listening station where you can isolate vocals, drums, etc. on songs and mix them in whatever way you want which was fun to do. There was a cool section that had drawings of their stage sets then pictures of the actual stage and clips of live performances, a GREAT section on album artwork and tour poster art, hand-written song lyrics, and of course, an area dedicated to their iconic lips logo. One of my favorite sections was the couple of rooms filled with the colorful, sequined, feathered, leather, outrageous stage costumes that the guys have worn through the years. There was more than one fabulous jacket that I would’ve loved to get my hands on! The exhibit ended with a walk through a backstage area followed by a 3-D concert clip of the band.
I LOVED Exhibitionism and if you think you’d like to go see it, you better go soon because it only runs through March 12th. It took me about an hour and half to go through the entire thing so plan on spending up to two hours there. It’s a must see for Stones’ fans and music fans alike!
This year, Record Store Day, is celebrating 10 years on April 22nd! We are planning some extra special in-store events for the occasion. Check back for more details as we’ll be posting about our activities as we get things finalized. As usual, we’ll give out promotional materials free with RSD purchases, and serve complimentary snacks, beer, and wine. Record Store Day is a big ass party at Vinyl Revival so don’t miss it!
The Record Store Day Ambassador for 2017 was announced yesterday and it’s St. Vincent. She’s made a clever video about it which you can see here. Very funny!
We had a great 2016 thanks to you, our customers!
Here’s a look back at some of last year’s events. We had a great time at our live shows, indie film screenings, book signings, Record Store Day events, and more. We look forward to offering a wider variety of new and vintage vinyl and programming more unique events that you can enjoy in Lansdowne!
We’re just 10 days away from Christmas and if you’re still shopping, here are a few ideas for the music lovers on your list.
Record Player – Know someone that doesn’t have a record player but wants to start listening to vinyl? A portable record player makes a great first turntable. With built in speakers, 3 speeds and RCA output, you can just plug it in and play.
New Stones Album – Have a Rolling Stones fan on your list? The Stones’ new album, Blue and Lonesome, is their first studio album in over 10 years and the band’s first album of all covers. Loaded with old blues songs, this is the type of blue Christmas you want to have!
Art by a Local Artist – Buying for someone who has everything? A piece of art always makes a great gift! Vinyl Revival has a nice selection of artwork made locally including pottery by Bob Deane, drawings by Drew Arata, and creepy doll art by Kimmymetal’s Creepy Creations and Art.
Books by Local Authors – Vinyl Revival has several books by local authors including autographed copies of Rock & Roll’s Hidden Giant: The Story of Rock Pioneer Charlie Gracie, Pop’s Cookie Duster by Don Doyle, Lee Doyle, and Annette Debevec, Another Day on Planet Earth by Frank Rosci, and Love You Live, Rolling Stones Fanzine from the Common Fan by Marilou Regan.
Rock and Roll Home Decor – Rock & roll home accessories like clocks, bowls, coasters, and magnets made from recycled records add rocker chic to any room.
Vinyl Revival Gift Certificate – Give the gift of music with a Vinyl Revival gift certificate.
The Smart Studios Story,” a documentary about Midwest indie rock that is the official film of Record Store Day, is coming to Vinyl Revival, 35-37 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, on Wednesday, November 16th at 7:30 p.m. Director Wendy Schneider will attend the screening. Tickets are $10 and are available online at vinylrevivalrecords.com or at the door. This is a limited seating event so advance ticket purchase is recommended.
Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, L7, Death Cab For Cutie (among many others), have created music at Smart Studios, the legendary recording facility founded by Butch Vig and Steve Marker. Drawing on in-depth-interviews with musicians and producers, never-before-seen archival footage and a powerful soundtrack, “The Smart Studios Story” tells the story of the pivotal Midwest link to the global rise of Alternative Rock in the 1990’s and the unassuming Madison, Wisconsin recording studio at its center. The post-70’s explosion of independent music in America has many traceable roots, each with a compelling story. This is one of the most significant stories that has never been told until now. Visit www.thesmartstudiosstory.com for more information.
In a world where digital has become the norm, nothing beats the rich sound quality of vinyl. Whether you have been hanging onto your 45s since the 1950s, or you are new to record collecting, there are practices that you can implement to keep those melodious sounds spinning for years to come. Amoeba Music created a helpful video on how to care for records. Read on for the most important things you can do to keep your vinyl in top condition.
Store them upright
If you’ve ever helped a record collector move, then you know that vinyl is heavy. All of that weight can negatively impact the grooves in your records. Rather than stack them on top of one other, store them vertically. This prevents warping and damage from the weight of other records, and it protects the packaging from wear.
Heat can damage your records. Keep them in a cool and moisture-free environment to prevent warping.
Records often have an internal and external sleeve. The original sleeves will protect your vinyl to an extent, but dust and dirt are drawn to the grooves. Sound Matters recommends using polyethylene sleeves to provide an additional barrier against dirt.
Keep them clean
Cleanliness is essential for keeping your records in good shape. Even if you store them properly in their sleeves, the very act of taking them out of the package can be a chance for dust to get into the grooves. All that spinning creates a static charge that attracts dirt. You should clean your LPs before each use, regardless of how clean they seem to be.
Clean your records with a soft brush to remove dust. There are carbon fiber brushes made especially for this. Apply little to no pressure with the dry brush, and move the brush in the same direction as the grooves.
If dry-brushing fails to remove dirt, then you will need to use a different approach. There are a number of methods for cleaning your records. One of the safest involves using vinyl cleaning fluid with a microfiber cloth. Dab a small amount of cleaning fluid onto the microfiber cloth, and gently wipe the record in the same direction as the grooves. Using too much pressure can scratch the record or press dirt more deeply into the grooves.
Don’t forget to clean your needle with a soft brush. Give your turntable a thorough dusting too.
Handle with care
Picking up a record is like picking up a photograph. You don’t want your fingers to touch anything holding content. Gently slide LPs from their packaging, and hold them by their edges. Touching the center label will not impair sound quality either. Just keep in mind that the oil from your skin can damage whatever it touches.
Vinyl records have unprecedented staying power and a sound quality that is all their own. Show them some love, and they be around for generations to come.
Jessica Kane is a music connoisseur and an avid record collector. She currently writes for SoundStage Direct, her go-to place for all turntables and vinyl equipment, including VPI Turntables.