The Boy and The Piano

This Christmas advertisement from John Lewis & Partners featuring Sir Elton John is certain to touch your heart.

Is there anything more precious than a boy, his piano, and a gift from his Mum?

IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR ME THAT THE ADVERT WAS CLOSE TO MY ACTUAL MEMORIES AND EXPERIENCE SO IT HAD THAT EMOTIONAL IMPACT. AND YES, THE PIANO HAS ALWAYS BEEN A BIG PART OF MY LIFE. MY EARLIEST MEMORIES ALWAYS REVOLVE AROUND MUSIC AND THE PIANO WAS ALWAYS AT THE CENTRE OF FAMILY LIFE WHEN I WAS GROWING UP.”- Sir Elton John CBE

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Into The Light – The Music Photography of Jerome Brunet

I have a fantastic music photographer to share, Jerome Brunet.

He has a new coffee table book available now,  Into the Light – The Music Photography of Jerome Brunet 

The book is a twenty year portfolio that captures live performances of prominent musicians. His lens offers a unique view of the artist from the vantage point of the stage and orchestra pit.

This publication is a welcome addition to any music photography collection.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Pinetop Perkins Foundation.

I can’t wait to get my signed copy in two to three weeks.

30 Days of the Dead, 2018

What is 30 Days of the Dead ? Each day during the month of November the Dead are giving away a high-quality 320Kbps MP3 download. That’s 30 days of unreleased Grateful Dead tracks from the vault, selected by Dead archivist David Lemieux! Today is Day 5, “Doin’ that Rag”.
Guess the venue and date correctly and you’ll be automatically entered to win the prize of the day, a 2019 Grateful Dead Wall Calendar. Each day a winner will be selected at random, so take your time and make your best guess! Additionally if you answer correctly, you will be automatically entered in a drawing for the PACIFIC NORTHWEST ’73-’74 THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS boxed set.

The Oxford American’s 20th Annual Southern Music Issue

It’s almost here. The 20th Annual Southern Music Issue from Oxford American Magazine. I can’t wait to add the North Carolina edition to my collection.

I’d love to rent a custom RV and travel to the Southern states. The additional benefit of this publication are all the great tourist attractions featured inside. I have quite the itinerary planned 😉

Details

The Oxford American presents its 20th annual Southern Music Issue, featuring more than 25 stories exploring the history and legacy of North Carolina music. Among the many notable contributors to this year’s Southern Music Issue are novelists Jonathan Lethem, Jill McCorkle, and Wiley Cash, and the beloved North Carolina musicians Rhiannon Giddens and Tift Merritt.

Tryon-native Nina Simone, one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, graces the cover in a portrait by Jim Blanchard; Simone is the subject of a feature essay about artistic influence and identity, written by poet Tiana Clark.

The issue comes with a 28-song sampler of recordings by North Carolinians sourced across nearly a century. The compilation highlights music from NC legends like Simone, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson, James Taylor, and Elizabeth Cotten, plus a wide-ranging host of others. Accompanying the sampler are detailed liner notes and essays on the songs by Ron Rash, Laura Ballance, Randall Kenan, and others.

The issue, available for pre-order in their online store (link above), will mail to subscribers on November 6, and will be available on newsstands nationwide on November 20.

Bohemian Rhapsody Motion Picture Soundtrack

I’ve been looking forward to seeing the Bohemian Rhapsody movie starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. It will soon be playing in the IMAX near my house on November 1st.

Queen is a phenomenal rock band that I never got to see live but deeply wish I had. This movie affords that opportunity.

Their set at Live Aid which has never been released for streaming and download until now is the centerpiece of the the soundtrack and the film.

Global Cassette Store Day, Fifth Anniversary

I was surprised to learn of another international record store event that is celebrating its 5th anniversary, Cassette Store Day.

The reason for this escaping my grasp is due to the fact that audio cassettes are out of sight and mind for me as a music collector. I don’t have a music playing system in my home or car that features that audio option. But I’m glad to see that people still enjoy, collect, and listen to cassettes.

Cassette Store Day was created in 2013 by a group of record labels based in the UK. BBC Radio 1 DJ Jen Long collaborated with Steven Rose of Sexbeat Records and Matt Flag of Suplex Cassettes to establish a day to dedicated to the undying format.

According to Long, although Cassette Store Day was inspired by Record Store Day, the intention of CSD is focused on celebrating cassettes rather than supporting shops – whereas the latter is the main goal of RSD.

The first Cassette Store Day was observed on 7 September 2013. More than twenty eight shops, including Rough Trade in London, participated by stocking special limited edition cassettes, with some stores hosting live performances.

Cassette Store Day confirmed that they would continue into a second year. California’s Burger Records, who were quick to jump on board, now currently organize all North American releases and will continue to do so this year. Balades Sonores in France and VSI from Japan both return, with Nasty Wizard Recordings in China officially joining as hosts and Blak Hand Records taking control of UK releases.

Over the years bands such as Motörhead, Ramones, Julian Casablancas, Pixies, The Flaming Lips, Courtney Barnett, Green Day and Muse have all released tapes through Cassette Store Day. Most importantly, CSD has been a great way to highlight the unsigned talent and create a place for underground music, whichever the genre, to circulate through events in record stores, radio shows and gigs on the day.

Please click through the link to your participating country to join in on Cassette Store Day 2018!

Got a question? Feel free to email: cassettestoreday@gmail.com

The Velvet Underground Experience

Thinking about heading down to NYC to witness The Velvet Underground Experience an immersive multi-media exhibit that just opened in Greenwich Village. This exhibition was created by La Cite de la musique -Philharmonie de Paris, and produced by Summerlight. It was curated by Christian Fevret, who’s the founder of the French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles and Carole Mirabello.