B-Y-O-V Record Store Day After Party

Fellow vinyl nuts, the Rock Island Public House in Blue Island is hosting a Record Store Day After party Saturday NIght, April 19th.  DJs will be on hand spinning wax till the early morning.  Festivities start at 8:00 PM

Drink for a discount

When you bring in a receipt from ANY record store dated April 19th you will receive $1.00 off your drink.

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The DJs at the RIPH not only take requests, THEY PLAY YOUR RECORDS!.  Bring Your Own Vinyl and the DJs may play your selections. Of course music from your collection is limited to only good stuff, so there’s that…

We will all be worn out from a hard day of browsing so what better place to relax then a night out with the Record Store Day faithful. See you at 8!

The Rock Island Public House is conveniently located at :

13328 Olde Western Ave
Blue Island, Ill. 60406
708-388-5513

Found! First Color Footage of Da Greens Brothers

You won’t find Steve Stone’s name listed in any of the biographies or documentaries concerned with the life and career of Da Greens Brothers, but in the spring of 1960, the thirteen-year-old South Sider accomplished something unique in regards to Da Greens Brother’s storied career. Stone shot the only known color footage of the Brothers taking in a White Sox Game.

Steve was born on July 14, 1947 in South Euclid, Ohio; a shared latitude with Comiskey Park where everyone in town is also a White Sox fan. Steve’s love of the Sox and the broadcasting booth led him on a whirlwind career that would finally land him his dream job.  White Sox broadcaster alongside childhood role model Hawk Harrelson.

Steve first met Hawk in the spring of 1963.  Steve was part of an early defensive to keep the Sox in Chicago.  Stone befriended beleaguered Kansas City Owner Charlie “O” FInley who had had grand visions of moving the White Sox out of town to Seattle and moving the A’s into the Comiskey. In 1963 Steve put an end to Charlie’s dreams by recruiting then rookie Hawk Harrelson into persuading Finley to taking his circus to Oakland. It worked. Harrelson also gave Steve career advice on how to realize his dream of being announcer.  Hawk said “Stoney go out on that bump and throw that ball. Get your ducks on the pond!”

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Your CD Collection is At Risk

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This is what a 30 Year old CD Looks Like, Click to see the degradation

A DJs nightmare usually wakes us up in a cold sweat.  In fact, I have a recurring night terror of being booked in two places at once. I even get a little edgy on a Saturday night when I am not out spinning. “Did I forget my gig?” “Shit the phone is ringing!”

My worst nightmare however is having a packed dance floor and the record skips. I have been spinning since the early 90’s so I know the value of a good plan B.

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RSD Sleepers | Donny Hathaway

Before there was social media there were social clubs and before fellow South Sider Donny Hathaway recorded his holiday classic “This Christmas,” there was Donny Hathaway Live at The Bitter End.

Just listening to this album will put you right there on a foggy 1972
Bleeker Street night.  As you make your way to the door down a cracked and broken sidewalk you hear the band through the brick facade and smell the “smoke” as you enter this now iconic stage.  You pull up a seat at a cocktail table lit by red crystal candlelight, order a Schlitz and look down by the stage. The dance floor is packed, everyone dressed to the nines and you try your best to remember every minute because you know you are experiencing history.

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RSD Sleepers | Frightened Rabbit

418455874787OK it happens, not everyone can be like Matt and find exactly what you are looking for on Record Store Day.  But let’s give Matt his due, we usually find him camped out by the front door when we close up the Friday Night before RSD.

As you browse and notice all the good stuff long gone you may notice a few artists you have never heard of before.  One of those may be Frightened Rabbit an indie band making it’s way up though old fashioned gigs and late Glasgow nights.  Better than that they know the value of vinyl releases.  We highly recommend Frightened Rabbit Live at Criminal Records LP recorded in a record shop in Atlanta. This hard hitting authentic rock band takes you back to the 80’s British invasion sound without sounding retro.  It’s kinda like listening to U2 back in 1981.

Check out this video and see for yourself.  Frightened Rabbit may be your next favorite record of 2014.

Sidenote: On the topic of great Glasgow bands one to look for while flipping through if you come across anything from Glasvegas, do yourself a favor and buy it!

 

 

Beverly Morgan Park | What’s for lunch?

One of our favorite things about Record Store Day is the sliders.  jack normally shows up with two 100 packs of White Castles to feed all of the RSD faithful.  But not everyone loves sliders the way we do, so what if you made the journey to Beverly and would like to try something else for breakfast lunch or dinner after a long day of shopping.  Below are our recommendations:

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What are you doing RSD?

Record Store Day has been a huge success over the past 7 years.  It is hard to imagine that the little flyer and poster we got in the mail back in 2007 was a pre-cursor to this international celebration we all treasure.

But even RSD has it’s critics. About two years ago we started to see common dollar records being released as 180g restored classics priced at $34.99.  The pinnacle of ridiculous  was the RSD exclusive release of “the Gambler.” “If we haven’t sold a Kenny Rogers album all year for $5.98, why? or better, who? is going to pay $34.99?” We asked ourselves. The critics grabbed hold of these reissued common classics to prove their point that the vinyl revival
had run its course.

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What if Buddy Holly Didn’t Die?

If Buddy Holly never died Gary Busey would have never been famous

After reading this interesting alternate history where there wasn’t a plane crash and Buddy Holly never died we got to thinking of our own scenarios. Remember when Marty McFly started to disappear because history was altered?  Try to imagine a world where Buddy Holly lived past his 22nd birthday.

Would the Beatles have ever become popular?

The artists of the British Invasion grew up on Buddy’s music, it is more likely that the Beatles would have even been more popular if Buddy Holly was around to mentor them.

How would Buddy have adopted to the music revolution of the late 60’s?  

It is most likely Buddy would have joined the country scene of Waylon, Christopherson, Willie, Johnny, Merle, and Glen.  Buddy probably would have been able to lead a country charge against the Beach Boys, Hendrix and the Beatles.


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