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1Jun/094

Quick Hits – Pearl Jam, Jay Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Cheap Trick + more

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Hey kids,

I can't believe it, but Bonnaroo departure time is less than a week away for yours truly. I'll be making the trip with Brian, new roommate Adam, and well, that's it. It will be just us, a car full of stuff, and heads that will soon be filled with memories. Cheesy I know, but I had to do it. As a lead-in to the trip, you can look forward to "on the way to 'Roo" and "on the way back from 'Roo" editions of The Monday Morning Mix, which will be contributed by Brian, complete with trip-related commentary for each song. Gonna be good.

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of getting together with the Cleveland Bachelor for man date #3, where we were joined by Jose and Kelly of Sensory Overload for brunch at Touch Supper Club, a classy joint in Ohio City that I'd never been to prior to Sunday afternoon. I'd like to thank CB, and Jose and Kelly for letting me crash their pre-existing brunch plans - thanks for the invite!! I had chorizo and cornbread served biscuits and gravy style, accessorized with a side of tater tots, and it was heavenly, let me tell you. And as a bonus, we got to witness the bartender quitting (apparently) in the middle of his shift, which is something I've never seen before. We were sitting there, conversing and hanging out, and the next thing that we knew, the waitress and other members of the staff were trying to figure out the bartender's unexplained absence. Bummer of a moment for them, but to their credit, we still got great service despite this, and a number of other issues that they were experiencing during our visit.

Since I mentioned CB, I should point you towards his own Jay Bennett tribute, and exploration of Jeff Tweedy's soul-sucking vampire ways, a position that I might not necessarily agree with, but perhaps some of you will enjoy reading it, and debating it with CB, as I did on Sunday afternoon. I think I basically said "you're wrong" in about 4 paragraphs worth of conversation with CB. Your mileage may vary.

Heather at Fuel/Friends is breaking up with Pearl Jam. For those of you that have read her blog for any amount of time, you'll know that is the equivalent of me calling it quits with Blue Rodeo. Seems impossible, right? Afraid not, and I'm bummed to read the reasoning behind her post, but I can completely appreciate her frustration.

Forgotten Disc Fridays, one of my favorite new blog discoveries, takes a look at one of my favorite albums, the 11 album from The Smithereens. With such a loving tribute to the 11 album, it's a shame that FDF didn't catch a live performance from the band back in the day. They were/are pretty awesome. In fact, you might want to check this out for a lil' taste. By the way, FDF previously rocked out posts for two of my favorite albums back to back - Dada's Puzzle, and Play Deep by The Outfield.

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Cheap Trick have a new album, appropriately titled The Latest, coming out soon, and it's coming out on both limited edition vinyl AND frikkin 8-Track! The album includes a cover of Slade's "When The Lights Are Out" and the band also is contributing a version of The Transformers theme song to the upcoming Transformers movie soundtrack. Bizarre. The Latest is available for pre-order via the band's website and will be released on June 23rd, initially as an Amazon.com exclusive for the first month.

Legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck is in Cleveland this weekend for a show, and my good pal John Soeder caught up with him for a great interview about the show, and plenty of discussion about the expanded reissue of Brubeck's classic Time Out, a reissue which I MUST acquire soon! Click here to read the interview.

Popdose head cheese Jeff Giles takes a look at the classic Georgia Satellites release In The Land of Salvation and Sin. I say classic, as in classic to Jeff, and myself/Kevin here at ATV. The rest of the world missed out on this one, and now is their chance to catch up.

Legendary Akron metal club Ron's Crossroads was the stomping ground for many back in the day (including future Judas Priest frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens,) before being sold to new ownership (the first of many) with ill-fated attempts at success under the name of Voodoo Concert Club (appropriate,) and then simply Crossroads, before going MIA. Now, the former Crossroads has been leveled by the wrecking ball. Bummer.

I'll leave you with a couple of stories that I couldn't have possibly made up...

Former Alice in Chains bass player Mike Starr has been selected for the next edition of Celebrity Rehab.

And Stone Temple Pilots are working with Don Was on their forthcoming new album. I'm kind of excited about this one.

How 'bout u?

Cheers!

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9May/093

Quick Hits: The Wrestler, The Yayhoos, Mix Tapes, & Lemonheads

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Hey kids,

I had a "moment" this past week. Occasionally, I'll lend out music to friends, although if I have my ultra-anal thinking cap on, I'll often just burn them a copy instead. In this case, I wasn't thinking straight (not the first time that this has happened.) A couple of weeks later, my co-worker returned my formerly pristine double disc .38 Special anthology in a condition that appeared as if they had applied an electric sander to the discs in an attempt to edit out "Second Chance."

Speaking of "Second Chance."

Anyway, my physical music collection means less and less to me with each passing year and moving van, but seriously, why can't people take care of, and be respectful of possessions that are on loan? The former me would have had a conversation with the perpetrator, but the new me decided to just let it go. And blog about it here.

Now that I've got that off my chest, here are the links that have been rocking my world this week!

The Wrestler is one of my recent favorite movies, and one of the things I enjoyed most was the masterful and very specific use of music in the soundtrack that ties the entire film together. Give those music supervisors a big fat check for a job extremely well done. Cory Frye at Popdose contributed a recent piece regarding The Wrestler that is one of the finest pieces of writing I've read on Popdose to date. If you've seen the movie, you really owe it to yourself to check out Cory's piece. And if you haven't seen The Wrestler yet, rent/buy that sucker, and cross it off your list!

While we're hanging out at Popdose, let's check in with Ken Shane, who shares his thoughts and memories on one of my favorite albums, Days of Future Passed by The Moody Blues. The Moody Blues piece is part of Cratedigger, one of my new favorite features on Popdose. Don't forget to snag yourself a copy of the upcoming DVD of their classic Isle of Wight performance!

Sad news to hear of the passing of Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Donald "Ean" Evans this past week after a short battle with cancer. I met Ean for the first time last year when the band was in town for an evening at the Rock Hall. He was one of the nicest and most humble people I've ever had the pleasure to meet, and very respectful to the legacy of original Skynyrd bass player Leon Wilkeson.

Southern fried all-stars The Yayhoos played their first gig in quite a while, including the debut of their version of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," which drummer Terry Anderson describes as a track that is "tailor made for the Yayhoos." Check out an entire gig recap from Anderson here.

Thanks to Peter @ Blogness on the Edge of Town for sharing the following bit of humor related to the pending Yes/Asia tour happening this summer. I'm planning to head to Michigan to catch this show, and I am planning to also hopefully catch the Michigan stop for the double bill of Bad Company and the Doobie Brothers as well!

Here's some more great reading regarding the recent birthday of legendary former Plain Dealer rock critic Jane Scott.

Michael Gallucci at Scene Magazine spent some time recently lamenting this year's most unwelcome reunion - the return of Creed. A haircut can't hide the fact that Creed is still polluted by the walking vomit that is Scott Stapp. The nauseating story behind Stapp's new look can be found here.

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I really enjoyed this Lemonheads "Drug Buddy" related flashback. Definitely looking forward to the new covers disc, and the Cleveland date at the Grog in June.

Speaking of Cleveland shows that I am really looking forward to, I am quite happy to get a Cleveland stop for the "Gin and Tonic" tour, a summer tour featuring the Gin Blossoms and a reunion of Tonic! You might recall that I'm a bit of a Tonic fan. The band will be at Cain Park in August, which will be my first show at Cain Park since Sarah McLachlan in 1995! Check out the complete tour schedule of upcoming Tonic dates here.

With our recent mix tape discussions, Peter at Blogness pointed me towards his own personal mix tape memories from the summer of '93.

My friend David Lifton has been grabbing some nice press for his new book set about the Obama family, including this nice interview here. Grab your own copy of the set here. While we're throwing this unexplainable spotlight on Dave, if you're a fan of the television show Scrubs, you might enjoy his thoughts on the wrap-up!

Here on the site, make sure to check out Kevin's recent Webb Wilder primer including some great live tracks! Meanwhile, our pal Mel takes a crack at year 32, offering some musical playlist listening in relation to the milestone, and also plenty of dish about her recent Vegas trip. You can also check out her non-musical Vegas wrap post here on the Boyfriend blog.

That's it for now - I am off to help my friend Amy move some boxes, preparing to get her the hell out of my house, clearing the way for my good pal Adam to take her place in June. That previous sentence sounded kinda bad, almost like I'm pushing her out the door, when the reality is that I'll miss my housemate when she departs next week. We've had some good times, and of course will continue to have many, many more!

Thanks for your support of Addicted to Vinyl!

Cheers!

Matt

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24Apr/092

Quick Hits: Material Issue, Bruce Springsteen, Career Advice for Aging Rockers, Neil Diamond

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Oh internet friends of mine, it's been a looooong time since we've done one of these Quick Hits type of posts. I'm getting ready to point my car towards Michigan for night #2 of the J. Geils Band reunion shows in Detroit, happening Saturday night. The band are reuniting for a pair of shows in their adopted home away from home, to celebrate the birthday of longtime classic rocker WCSX.

I'll be meeting up for the first time with fellow blogger Dan Kelley of Classic Rock FM and Okemos Brewing Company, to cross another longtime favorite off of my "never seen" concert list.

Also in the itinerary, a stop at Encore Recordings in Ann Arbor to drool over their majestically massive spread of compact discs and vinyl.

Sunday, I'll be back in the Cleve for baseball fun at the Indians game with Pat, a bunch of my favorite blogger friends, and the entire Music Saves clan!

But yeah, so what have I been digging lately? Check out these links of note:

At the top of the list, it was my turn to share a choice boot on "Bootleg City @ Popdose. I dug out a killer Cleveland broadcast featuring Material Issue, recorded in 1991 at the Empire Concert Club. Click here and check it out. I believe it will only be available for one week, so act fast! Thanks very much, to Jeff and Robert at Popdose for the opportunity!

Blogness on the Edge of Town guest blogger Deb Filcman gave us full coverage of the recent Springsteen shows in Boston which had some great moments, including no Patti (I kid, kind of,) and covers of "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" by ZZ Top, and "I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones. So jealous. Must...see...Bruce...shows...SOON!

Michael Gallucci at Scene Magazine caused a bit of a stink (possible pun intended) with his post titled "Not Grateful For The Dead." I'm sure you can guess the subject, and the potential reaction to the post. But if all of it is over your head, you can read Gallucci's post while wearing a suggested flameproof Devo suit.

The recent Jeff Beck shows in the Los Angeles area were something to remember, with a surprise appearance from onetime band mate Rod Stewart, performing on stage with Beck for the first time since 1983.

The Regeneration Tour returns for another year of 80s flashbacks featuring ABC, Heaven 17, Wang Chung, Cutting Crew, and Berlin. Stuck in the 80s has the deets for ya here.

My comrade Brian has the Lollapalooza lineup for those of you that haven't seen it yet - and yes, we're thinking about going. I know a ton of Clevelanders that are already planning to make the trip - anyone else? Let me know in the comments!

Ol' Swap at The Frontloader shares some thoughts about "Spirit of 76" by The Alarm. Another group that I need to see live.

Kevin Estrada has some cool photographic memories of some of his early shots of Ozzy Osbourne, and the story behind them.

Darren at He's A Whore has a convenient fix for the Jane's Addiction squabbles.

While we're on the subject of musical helping hands, Popdose have some advice for Michael Stipe.

And my pal Jason Hare deals with the horrifying news of a new Timothy B. Schmit solo album in the only way that he can - by dissecting classic 70s Neil Diamond television!

We'll leave it there for now...

I don't want to tease you all, or anything - but stay tuned for a site announcement from Addicted to Vinyl, coming early next week!

And maybe, I'll finally stop slacking, and pick a winner for the Jane's Addiction vinyl. Maybe.

P.S. - I've posted a working link for the second volume of Radio Friendly Unit Shifter. Check it.

P.S.S. - Check out some great live J. Geils Band stuff here, if you missed it when I posted it originally this past September.

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19Mar/094

Some Links To Know About – The Jigsaw, Propaghandi, The Alarm, + Bruce Springsteen

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I've been ill over the past 24 hours after reading D.X. Ferris's rundown of the downward spiral of Phil Lara and the Jigsaw Entertainment Group. In the past couple of years, Lara has purchased or taken a controlling interest in 4 prominent Cleveland-area landmarks - The Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, Peabody's Down Under, The Hi-Fi Concert Club, and the world famous Cleveland Agora.

What sounds like a recipe for trouble has become a lot worse, and Ferris chronicles the downfall, with several big reveals, including this:

Since Lara's team took over, the Agora has bounced checks for big shows, including a December concert by Dragonforce and a sold-out, two-night stand by Akron's Black Keys, with tickets at $28.50 a pop. "I don't think we will ever play there again," says Keys drummer Patrick Carney.

and this:

Lara declines to guess how many checks his clubs have bounced. Laeng, the former Jigsaw GM, estimates the number around 500. He says he's never knowingly written a bad one. One of his last loyal soldiers says that's possible.

I'm not going to comment on this much, except to say that it makes me sick to have a lot of friends that have lost employment as a result of this mess, during the current economic times where finding employment is already challenging. Some of my worst fears regarding the business practices of the Jigsaw Entertainment Group have come true, with the potential loss of The Jigsaw Saloon and Stage, a Parma staple and landmark for over 30 years, and the amount of damage that has been done financially, and credibility-wise, to the Cleveland Agora.

I'm disappointed but not surprised to read the quote from Patrick Carney. I would have expected to read a quote like that from a national band, but not from a "hometown" group like The Black Keys. I can understand why they would be pissed about getting screwed on payment for two completely sold out shows, but in the context of this article, which is about an individual, Carney's statement is a heavy quote that has little to do with Phil Lara, and one that will go far beyond the Scene article and ultimately hurt the Agora's ability to get shows.

Read the complete article here.

And in other news.....

On a much lighter note......let's continue onward with some musical stuff!

In less than a year, my good pal Brian from Broken Headphones has turned out some pretty cool interviews with folks that you don't hear a lot about these days, including Stompbox (one of my personal faves,) Face to Face frontman Trevor Keith, and his most recent interview with Todd Kowalski of Propaghandi.

Propaghandi is one of those bands that make me think of high school, and my friends Casey and Steve, who were both fans of the band. Thanks to them, I knew plenty about them, and they also introduced me to bands like Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, All, Season to Risk, and so many more.

That's probably one good reason why Brian and I are such good friends - he writes about a lot of music that I'm not personally familiar with, but thanks to Brian, I've learned a little bit more after I read his stuff. Broken Headphones also has a review of the new NOFX DVD Backstage Passport. Check that out right here.

Sound The Alarm!

Good ol' Swap over at TheFrontloader.Com takes a look at one of my favorite bands, The Alarm, and their Strength release. Life for me got a little bit better the first time that I heard The Alarm and "Sold Me Down The River" from the Change album. As compilations go, The Alarm Standards package is one that pops up fairly often in my musical listening travels. "Devolution Workin' Man Blues," "The Stand," "The Road," and of course, "Sixty-Eight Guns" - love 'em all! I'd love to see a show from Mike Peters and crew in my neck of the woods someday soon!

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Swap also has some tunage for you from John Mayer, someone that I've become a big fan of in the past few years. Standing in Illinois at Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007, I finally paid attention to John Mayer, and quickly became a convert.

Bruce and Bono = Paradise

Pete at Blogness had a bit of fun churning up the rumor mill with this post, and what I really enjoyed about it all was the tasty video rendition of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" that was at the end of the post. Taken from U2's 2005 Rock Hall induction, how did I miss this one? I must have been sleeping during all of the coverage pre/post, and during the ceremonies!

The Ultimate Drinking Mixtape!

I almost left this one out! Popdose made sure that St. Paddy's Day 2009 went down in style with a mixtape featuring "116 minutes of pure malt goodness" featuring tunes from Social D, The Hold Steady (Hey Jason, Hey Narm!) The Replacements, my man Willie Nelson, and many, many more. Even if you're drinking nothing stronger than Dr. Pepper (the officially endorsed drink of Addicted to Vinyl,) you'll enjoy the heck out of this one.

Drink up and be merry! Welcome to the China Club!

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