In case you’ve never taken the time to sync up Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz, here it is. On the video’s YouTube page, user shelbyfrigginkatz adds some notes about the most significant sync points.
by Cat Johnson
Bad Religion got its start in the music world, in part, by selling records out of their local record store. In this video, Brett and Jay talk about the band’s beginnings and how record stores played a role in their early success.
The band has a new album, titled True North, coming out on January 22. A return to their early days, the album features 16 songs in 32 minutes. Here’s a teaser:
We have a fresh batch of cool freebies that you get when you buy the new album by the artist(s) represented. Among the goodies are: a Trash Talk, numbered lithograph, a Mumford & Sons flat, a Ty Segall flat, a Flying Lotus poster and a Ry Cooder sticker. If you already bought the album from us but didn’t get the freebie (sometimes they arrive later than we would like), come in and ask nicely.
As ever, this is a “while supplies last” type of thing.
We’re having a flurry of great new releases right now and some of them have sweet freebies that you get with purchase of the album. There’s a Green Day lithograph, a Grizzly Bear poster, a Mumford & Sons silkscreen, a Down beer cozy, a Grateful Dead sticker sheet and lots more. They’re all super-limited and are going fast, so get in while the getting is good. It’s a while-supplies-last type of deal.
by Mari Stauffer
So what’s all the fuss about the year 2012? Well, Mayan prophecies aside, 2012 marks 21 years since British band Blur released its debut album Leisure. I distinctly remember hearing the single “There’s No Other Way” on the radio before the album came out in the U.S. That is one catchy track! The simple guitar hook in the beginning drew me in right away, only to be accompanied by the signature “Madchester” syncopated drumming and Damon Albarn’s lackadaisical vocal musings. This combination ensured my love of not only the song, but this entire album.
Leisure came out on the heels of the “Madchester” music scene, known for mixing rock, usually on the psychedelic side, with dance music (think Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, Charlatans U.K., New Order…). The whole album has many of these musical elements. Some tracks have a more shoegaze feel, with a droney guitar sound. There are also moments of more Smiths/Cure-like jangles and mesmerizing reverb. As prevalent as the syncopated beats are, there are some slower, more exploratory tracks which give the listener a glimpse into future Blur endeavors. I swear I can hear an embryonic sound of the Gorillaz in one of the songs. Many critics claim Leisure to be the least developed of all the Blur albums, but it still remains one of my very favorites. This is a simpler Blur, as they came upon the music scene. Even though it may not sound as technically complex as future albums, it is still, no doubt about it, a Blur album complete with signature Blur elements (observational lyrics of daily English life, anyone?), not the least of which is the Brit-pop sound for which they have become so well known.
To mark the 21st anniversary of Leisure, the band has reissued every studio album they’ve released (7) on CD as well as vinyl. Each CD comes with a bonus disc, with b-sides and previously unreleased gems. Each vinyl record has also been remastered, and are double records, with the exception of Leisure. Come into Streetlight to check out these special releases. Happy 21st to one of my very favorite bands!
IT CAME FROM STREETLIGHT!!
Free Drive-In Movies at the Felix Kulpa Gallery!
This fall we’re starting a new community event series: Join us for free outdoor showings of classic B movies and 1950s and 60s sci-fi, horror, and film noir at the Felix Kulpa Gallery. Screenings will be on the last Friday of every month. Bring your own chair for a night of thrills and chills!
First screening: Teenagers from Outer Space, 1959
A classic alien invasion flick featuring flesh-melting ray-guns and giant killer lobsters. An amazing and terrifying combo!
When: Friday, August 31st 2012, 8PM
Where: in the outdoor gallery at Felix Kulpa, in back of Streetlight Records
FREE! To get in, just bring a Streetlight receipt from within the last month, or be a downtown employee.
Please bring your own chair or pad to sit on.
We have some great contests going on right now over at StreetlightRecords.com. Enter to win:
-A Woody Guthrie prize pack with a t-shirt, a lithograph and a sampler CD from the new box set
-A white vinyl, custom sleeve copy of Jeff the Brotherhood’s latest album, Hypnotic Nights
Who knew that the Batman logo has gone through so many changes; and yet they’re all, unmistakably, Batman. Very cool, indeed.
Summer is essentially upon us here in Santa Cruz, which represents one unique thing here to locals and non-locals alike: free music at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk every Friday night.
Each week, a different band (mostly of the nostalgic, flash-back vein) performs two sets (6:30pm & 8:30pm) for free on the Beach Bandstand. It’s a fun opportunity for people to get together, chill on a beach blanket with some treats, and watch some free live music which you most likely can sing along to! And, if you tire of the music, you can always take a stroll on the beach, through the Boardwalk, or on the wharf.
Sprinkled in the all-summer-long lineup are some regulars like Eddie Money and Papa Doo Run Run, and a few returning acts such as A Flock Of Seagulls (this time with special guest Animotion) and Berlin. This year’s lineup also includes, Modern English, John Waite, and more.
There’s action at the beach all summer!
Check out the lineup here: beachboardwalk.com/concerts/