1. [Sunset Tower Records, Los Angeles] : Forney, Darrell : Free Streaming : Internet Archive →

    Description: The color film captures one of Tower Records flagship stores, located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. 

    From 1971! Dig the fashion, the $2.77 sale price for new releases, the ash tray on the register counter.

  2. digandbedoug:

Four-color silkscreen print for a Replacements poster show.

    digandbedoug:

    Four-color silkscreen print for a Replacements poster show.

  3. digandbedoug:

Four-color silkscreen print for a Replacements poster show.

Another ‘mats poster for Minneapolis!

    digandbedoug:

    Four-color silkscreen print for a Replacements poster show.

    Another ‘mats poster for Minneapolis!

  4. Record Shopping For Old People

    I went into a NYC record store yesterday to pick up two copies of the new Gaslight Anthem record. I’ve had the digital files for a couple of weeks now—it was out there as soon as one fan got their hands on it—but I pay for music and so it’s important to me to have the actual record. 

    Of course this presented the dilemma of where I could go to actually buy it. 

    I didn’t order it online because I didn’t want to wait and I didn’t want to pay shipping and it irks me that I just can’t walk into a goddamned record store and buy a record when it comes out. I get that this is old fashioned and antiquated but this is my process and I would buy exponentially more music if I could do this. 

    The last time I was in a record store was when I was in LA and we went to Amoeba, which almost doesn’t count, and I can’t tell you when the time before THAT was. But I dropped $150 in less than an hour in Amoeba and we timebox ourselves when we go there because it would easily be double that, because I don’t have that kind of music shopping experience available to me.

    I need to see physical product to buy records. I know that this is antediluvian and my niece and nephew will not ever relate to standing in front of a wall of music product to pick out what they want to listen to. I am not good at digital music discovery; this is probably because recommendations are always wrong or dumb (looking at you, Spotify), I forget that I’ve bought something, I don’t want to search to look things up. (Funnily I do not have this problems with apps, I use folders on my iPhone but past the first screen I generally just search for the app name.) 

    (And don’t “oh Other Music” me because I literally walked around the store for 20 minutes to try to buy something ELSE besides two copies of TGA, because as much as IDGAF I am still a 13 year old being mocked for whatever I buy by the stringy-haired record clerk wearing a bootleg Emerson, Lake & Palmer shirt inside. And they didn’t have anything else I needed or wanted, and I get that having a large inventory in NYC is impossible, but if I lived in CA I would have to have a cash-only policy when I went to Amoeba where I left the rest of my wallet in the car and only took a certain amount in when I went there because there is just ALWAYS something for me to buy there. This is not a criticism of Other Music, it’s a criticism of the fact that NYC can’t support a record store like that.

    (And I don’t have a car, so I can’t go to Vintage Vinyl.)

    (I also long for a good used books store, but that’s another thought for another day.)

  5. Gaslight Anthem pre-show take 2

    After announcing a traditional type VIP package which sold the front to whoever could pay for it, the band—to their credit—took down the package and revised it. I still think it’s a lot, but at least it’s just a thing that they’re selling and you want the front, you earn the front.

    ==

    "Dear Friends of The Gaslight Anthem,
    Thank you all for your comments, opinions and wishes last week upon our launch of the first ever Gaslight Pre-Show Package for all of our North American and European Fall tour dates. We learned a lot about what was most important to all of you, for instance, we are thankful and realize a number of our fans wait a long time before each show for first entrance to get that great spot up front. 
    That being said, we would ideally like to provide the best experiences for every sort of our fans. We had done research previously and felt a pre-show experience was something really nice which some fans would really enjoy. So, now that we have reviewed and considered all of the comments which some of you expressed online last week, we are ready to re-launch the Pre-Show Package at a lower price and excluding early entry. 
    Still included as part of this new Gaslight Pre-Show Package, we have designed an intimate soundcheck performance for each evening, and Pre-Show Package fans will then receive a download link of the songs you hear at the soundcheck performance!
    Here is what we’ve come up with—the ‘new & improved’ GASLIGHT PRE-SHOW PACKAGE costing $95 and including the following (show tickets must be bought separately):
    • Attendance to special Pre-Show soundcheck intimate performance by The Gaslight Anthem
    • Exclusive private pre-show merchandise shopping
    • Download code to for Pre-Show Package attendees to download Gaslight Pre-Show soundcheck 
    • Commemorative Souvenir exclusive ‘The Gaslight Anthem’ GET HURT Tour Laminate and Lanyard
    • The Gaslight Anthem’ GET HURT “Disposable Camera” (to take photos during the Gaslight Pre-Show soundcheck performance—please do not film soundcheck)

     

    ONE lucky winner will receive photo pass which entitles you access to the photo pit to take photos during the show
     
    *All physical items will be given out at the pre-show Soundcheck performance.  After the pre-show Soundcheck hang out is over, all Pre-Show Package holders will be escorted out of the venue to join all other fans. 
     
    *ALL current members of the 45 RPM Club will receive a 30% DISCOUNT to the Gaslight Pre-Show Package (a savings of more than their Club subscription price!)
    *ALL fans buying more than one Pre-Show Package will receive a 30% DISCOUNT on any additional Pre-Show Packages, more than 1, bought by the same person/credit card, lowering the average price paid per Pre-Show Package as reflected by the numbers above. In other words, if you are purchasing two Pre-Show Packages, the first Pre-Show Package purchased is $95, the second package is $66.50 (30% discount) totaling $161.50.”

  6. gabydunn:

    GIF IT

    ENJOY THE COMMENT SECTION

    BATHE IN “NOT ALL MEN” CRYING

    CAN WE DO THIS WITH RECORD STORES? 

    "Do you know who that band on your shirt is?"

    "I bet your boyfriend likes this band"

    Literally this shit STILL HAPPENS TO ME. We were at a Greg Dulli show and my SO was telling some guy, “No, she’s the fan, I just go to one show a year” and he insisted on continuing to talk to HIM, despite him saying, “I really don’t know, she’s the big fan, you know, she saw the Whigs back in the day a zillion times.” 

  7. harperperennial:

    elizabethminkel:

    katiecoyle:

    poptimism:

    Mallory Ortberg has a voice like an old movie actress. (“Male Novelist Jokes” at the Last Bookstore in LA)

    Mallory Ortberg is everything.

    Plus three cheers for Roxane Gay snapping a pic behind her.

    OTP.

    (Source: youtube.com)

  8. However, his younger brother and musical foil Dave, with whom he started the group in 1963, may not join the reunion due to their ever-fractious relationship. “Dave’s invited to the party, but if he doesn’t want to do it, [the reunion] will happen anyway,” reveals the singer. “He’s very welcome to turn up if he wants. I’d much rather work with him than without him.”

    — 

    http://www.mojo4music.com/16151/kinks-reunion-2015/  

    Kinks Reunion Confirmed For 2015 – With Or Without Dave Davies

    ==

    Oh COME ON. You are old men. Your fans are old. None of us are getting any younger. Do it or don’t do it but cut this shit out. 

    Look, I can’t know what it’s like to be in a band with your brother, but I also can’t know what it’s like to hold grudges for decades — I personally just do not have that kind of energy — but it seems rude and selfish in the extreme to not just do it one more time. I’m not asking for a worldwide reunion tour. I don’t even care if you limit it to the UK, because Kinks fans will get on planes, but even just LA and NYC would be enough. 

    AND ROBERT PLANT, I’M LOOKING AT YOU. You wouldn’t be able to be an artiste and play your artisanal country twang twang if it wasn’t for millions of aging stoners having bought—and continuing to buy—your catalog, get on a stage with Page and JPJ before you can’t. (I’m not a Zeppelin fan, kind of actively dislike a lot of it, and I would pay money to see it once.)

    (Also: David Byrne, please come to the white courtesy phone.)

  9. thepoliticalfreakshow:

African-American Girls & Women Killed By Police: Speak Their Names. See Their Faces. Know Their Stories.
There is this false myth going around that Black women are not victims of police violence. I believe the myth exists because quite frankly the media, social justice organizations and we the public tend not to focus on it. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. I hope this post will make all of us change our minds. Here are the stories of some of the Black women and girls killed by law enforcement:
Adaisha Miller, Detroit Woman, Hugged Cop From Behind
LAPD cop charged with assault in death of Alesia Thomas
7-year- old Aiyana Stanley-Jones – Detroit Free Press
17 Year Old Darnesha Harris Dead after Run-In with Breaux
Mackala Ross and Delores Epps
Eleanor Bumpurs
Erica Collins family files lawsuit against Cincy Police
Pleasant Grove crash claims life of second person | AL.com (Heather Parker)
Family grieves after loved one killed in crash with APD (Jacqueline Culp)
Family of victim question police use of deadly force – KWCH (Karen Day)
Kendra James remembered at Portland rally | KOIN.com
Pedestrian Killed on I-95 in Florida (Laporsha Watson)
After Cleveland shooting, cities restrict police chases(Malissa Williams)
Miriam Carey, Capitol Suspect, Suffered Post-Partum Depression
Elderly Woman Shot & Killed By Hearne Police Officer (Pearlie Golden)
Rekia Boyd Settlement: Family Of Unarmed Chicago Woman
Former Pa. trooper pleads guilty in fatal accident (Robin T. Williams)
Shantel Davis Killed By NYPD Cop In Car Chase | News One
Friends: Woman killed by police was nonviolent | Las Vegas (Sharmel Edwards)
Suspected Walmart Shoplifter Shot To Death In Front Of Kids (Shelly Frey)
The NYPD’s Poor Judgment With the Mentally Ill | Village Voice (Shereese Francis)
Harrisburg woman identified as victim in police SUV crash (Shulena S. Weldon)
$2.5M settlement in shooting of Lima woman by police officer (Tarika Wilson)
No Charges in Killing of Tyisha Miller – Los Angeles Times
Texas Police Admit Officer Shot & Killed Unarmed Woman (Yvette Smith)

    thepoliticalfreakshow:

    African-American Girls & Women Killed By Police: Speak Their Names. See Their Faces. Know Their Stories.

    There is this false myth going around that Black women are not victims of police violence. I believe the myth exists because quite frankly the media, social justice organizations and we the public tend not to focus on it. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. I hope this post will make all of us change our minds. Here are the stories of some of the Black women and girls killed by law enforcement:

    Adaisha Miller, Detroit Woman, Hugged Cop From Behind

    LAPD cop charged with assault in death of Alesia Thomas

    7-year- old Aiyana Stanley-JonesDetroit Free Press

    17 Year Old Darnesha Harris Dead after Run-In with Breaux

    Mackala Ross and Delores Epps

    Eleanor Bumpurs

    Erica Collins family files lawsuit against Cincy Police

    Pleasant Grove crash claims life of second person | AL.com (Heather Parker)

    Family grieves after loved one killed in crash with APD (Jacqueline Culp)

    Family of victim question police use of deadly force – KWCH (Karen Day)

    Kendra James remembered at Portland rally | KOIN.com

    Pedestrian Killed on I-95 in Florida (Laporsha Watson)

    After Cleveland shooting, cities restrict police chases(Malissa Williams)

    Miriam Carey, Capitol Suspect, Suffered Post-Partum Depression

    Elderly Woman Shot & Killed By Hearne Police Officer (Pearlie Golden)

    Rekia Boyd Settlement: Family Of Unarmed Chicago Woman

    Former Pa. trooper pleads guilty in fatal accident (Robin T. Williams)

    Shantel Davis Killed By NYPD Cop In Car Chase | News One

    Friends: Woman killed by police was nonviolent | Las Vegas (Sharmel Edwards)

    Suspected Walmart Shoplifter Shot To Death In Front Of Kids (Shelly Frey)

    The NYPD’s Poor Judgment With the Mentally Ill | Village Voice (Shereese Francis)

    Harrisburg woman identified as victim in police SUV crash (Shulena S. Weldon)

    $2.5M settlement in shooting of Lima woman by police officer (Tarika Wilson)

    No Charges in Killing of Tyisha MillerLos Angeles Times

    Texas Police Admit Officer Shot & Killed Unarmed Woman (Yvette Smith)

  10. I hate that you can buy front row center for $300

    I went to see Arcade Fire on Friday and Saturday night (and still need to write about that). We had GA for Friday and very good sidestage seats for Saturday, one section adjacent to the VIP section. To my utter shock (and delight) we ended up on the rail Friday night right in front of Regine’s keyboard area—with absolutely zero intention of getting that close—because when we showed up at 4:45 there were 60 people in front of us, many of whom had never been to a concert before (or not that many) and did not know how to move their asses in a manner to provide them with the best advantage in a GA setup. We walked on the floor and the rail was open because people didn’t know how to do GA, period. I was shocked we got that close because everywhere else has had to deal with entering and finding the rail taken with VIP packages.

    I did not go on Sunday, but a friend of mine did, who had never heard of Arcade Fire before. He went because Television was opening, and Television doesn’t play that often. This guy has money to burn, and so he bought a GA VIP package, which cost him $281.

    For $281, this meant that this person who had never seen, heard of, listened to, or cared about Arcade Fire before (and wrote to me asking me to explain the formal/costume bs and complain about them in general) was the first person escorted into the venue and got to stand front row center for the entire night. 

    But it hurts my heart that HE was the one who got to be front row center. Not the kids following the band all over the country, not the girls wearing their homemade Regine gloves with sequins and fringes, not the guys who painted a white stripe and a black stripe under their right eye, just like Win. Not the kids who dressed up, wore their best sequins and sparkles. Not the ones who lined up on Atlantic Avenue in the morning (or whenever they get there these days). 

    This is not my friend’s fault, and I don’t blame him (and he walked away really digging Arcade Fire). This is the band’s fault, and I hate that there is no way for bands to make money besides selling these things, but this makes me sadder than just about anything. It’s bad enough that pretty much every venue in this country makes it ridiculously hard for entry to be plain old first come, first serve, and do shitty things to the line (I’m looking at you, Terminal 5) to screw up the order and don’t even try to make sure the people who waited all day get the front. I don’t think it’s wrong or old fashioned or anachronistic to believe in the principle of working for the front, or earning the privilege of being there. 

    I know what it’s like when the front row is golden circle; those people are so intolerable and privileged. The fact that something costs a lot of money and they paid a lot of money doesn’t mean that they value it more; what it usually ends up meaning is that they value it less. They talk through it, they yell things at the artists just because they can, to distract them or get their attention; they get drunk and shove into you; they blow cigar smoke in your face; they make fun of you all night for acting excited or being a fan; they leave during the best songs and talk during the one that never gets played. I know this, because this has happened to me in the dinosaur rock world with the Stones and the Who, and is a big part of why I do not tarry there any longer.

    (The Stones at least give people a chance with some scheme each tour, like the $85 tickets the last time out, but I am just not putting out $300 or whatever to have a reasonable seat for the Who, and I am not going and sitting in the back not because I’m too good to sit in the back, but because I literally cannot watch a show while people talk through it, which is what happens when you’re further than a few rows out, AND EVEN WHEN YOU ARE, they still fucking talk, because people are fucking awful.)

    This is why I lost my shit when the Gaslight Anthem offered a similar early entry VIP package (although for a helluva lot less than $281, and they’ve since pulled them and will not be including early entry as a result of those of us who lost our shit about it).

    There is nothing less punk rock than selling the front row to those who can afford it and I hope they hold off doing that as long as they can. It breaks my fucking heart that this happens. I slept on sidewalks (okay, I still do that) and put in hours in the heat and the cold and the rain. When I don’t do that, I don’t expect to get the front; I respect the people that do. Taking that away as an element of your audience (and then yelling things like “Give me something to remember” at the crowd) is not going to end up being a very satisfying experience for a band. 

  11. If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a “fighter” or an “inspiration.” But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone “don’t be like him, please seek help.” That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them.

    — 

    anonymous reader on The Dish

    One of the more helpful and insightful things I’ve seen about depression/suicide in the last couple of days.

    (via mysweetetc)

  12. Life After Brooklyn - NYTimes.com →

  13. The Body in the Street - Esquire →

  14. Dance time after show #afbrooklyn1

  15. WAKE UP #afbrooklyn1