On January 15, 2009, three-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter-guitarist Peter Case underwent emergency open-heart surgery. The surgery was successful and he is now on a long program of recovery. Peter is not ill and is expected to make a full recovery … but the medical bills associated with this necessary surgery and recovery are and will continue to be very high. And, like all too many talented working artists, Peter does not have medical insurance.
Hidden Love Medical Relief is an effort by Peter’s friends, fans and fellow artists to help alleviate the burden of these mounting medical bills so that Peter can recover, get back and focus on what he does best – writing and performing his songs.
I am a big fan of the Nerves and Plimsouls, and I donated money to this myself. You can contribute via: http://www.hiddenlovemedicalrelief.com
Did you ever notice how a million wedding parties descend upon the Exchange District for photos in our historic neighbourhood every summer? Well, for once, a local couple got it right - instead of posing in a grimy alleyway, they posed for their wedding pics right in our store! In the metal section, to be exact. Jay should be so proud. The bride is Jacqueline DuBois and the groom is Hovard Storvestre - congrats! The photographer depicted in the pictures is Britta Trygstad - http://www.photomilestones.com
L’VIV live in-store at Into the Music on Saturday Aug 1, 2009:
As always, I’m at my computer procrastinating writing another university paper. I’m currently listening to Brainfever Capture the Night and it donned on me that I should write a metal blog for my store’s website.
Most of you know due to MP3s, C.D’s sales have been declining rapidly. I’m not trying to be a sleazy sales man, but I am going to talk about some of the new metal C.D’s in the store and why you should buy them. I do this because I’m obsessed with metal, not because I make commission with every metal C.D Into the Music sells.
As a metal fanatic for 20 years I’ve come to the conclusion that most American thrash metal stinks. If you like American thrash metal may I suggest listening to thrash from any other country? I assure you, it will faster, not as sloppy, less radio friendly and much more enjoyable to listen to.
2 originals of Destruction (2 CD)
Here’s a prime example. If you missed Destruction from Germany at the Albert you missed out big. Actually, they didn’t play any of their old stuff so it kinda sucked. However, it did rule when they did a 45 minute encore where they took requests. So I yelled out the song titles to their entire first EP Sentence of Death and they played them all!
The 2 originals of Destruction box set is a worthy purchase. You get 2 discs. On each disc you get one EP and one full length. So it’s like a 4 album box set for the low, low price of $21.95. How could you go wrong?
On the topic of wicked German thrash metal may I also suggest?
2 originals of Sodom
Same deal. 2 discs. Each disc has one EP and one full length.
Get them both and have a German thrash party. It will be wicked. I promise.
Satan – Court in the Act
I know you are thinking that $24.95 for a C.D. is steep. I would agree. However, its limited re-issue sold out in a week. As a metal vinyl collector I still don’t have a copy of this album because it sells for $50 on ebay! We probably have the last two copies in the city. Buy it! It’s amazing! I kid you not.
If it makes any difference, it’s also on a gold pressed disc and has wicked liner notes.
My good friend Charley from Evil Survives is a huge Iron Maiden fan. Huge. I lent him my C.D. copy and it’s now his favorite album ever. True story.
It’s like Iron Maiden but way better.
Hellhound – Metal Fire From Hell
This is the only new band on the blog. These guys are from Japan and they rule. They sing songs about heavy metal and they rock like no ones business.
$21.95? I’d pay $49.95 for this album.
Luckily, I didn’t have to pay for it. I interviewed them, got thanked on this album and received a free copy. These guys are awesome. Buy their album right now! You won’t be disappointed.
We also have their first album at the store. It’s called Tokyo Flying V Massacre. Buy it now!
Here’s a video:
So there are some of my wicked metal selections for you. I hope you don’t just download them. Downloading is illegal. Don’t download. It’s wrong.
I’ll write again when we get the Tyrant (GER) reissues in store. I’m pretty stoked.
It is a sad day here at Into the Music.
The King of Pop, Sky “Sunlight” Saxon of The Seeds, has died at age 63.
Quintessential garage-psych band The Seeds were formed in 1965, and their first two albums, The Seeds and A Web of Sound (both 1966) are considered the classics (we have LP reissues of the first two Seeds albums in the store right now), although I personally like Future (1967), which featured songs that The Seeds performed in the obligatory AIP Richard Rush film Psych-Out (the Strawberry Alarm Clock also appear). See a clip of the Seeds in the film HERE:
In the 70s, Saxon joined a religious sect and started communicating with extraterrestrials. But he performed consistently, fronting different bands throughout the 70s and 80s. I remember seeing him and his rotating backup band (billed as The Seeds but none of them were original members) in Austin, TX a few years ago. Although he looked craggy and ancient, he had more game than any of the 20-something guys in the bar, and every woman there wanted a piece of him - several of whom joined him on stage for a public makeout session! I remember being drunk and tying my jacket around my neck like a cape to imitate Sky Saxon’s inimitable performance on the TV sitcom “The Mothers in Law” (see them performing their hit “Pushin’ Too Hard” on the show HERE:
They sang Pushin’ Too Hard at the beginning of their set and again at the end (which seems to be common practice for bands of a certain age), and although it was a bit of a shamble, it was great to see Sky Saxon still jumping around like a kid. But no more…he died in an Austin hospital yesterday with some kind of internal infection. He was just too cool to live.
Michael Jackson supposedly died yesterday too, although I haven’t been able to find any information about it in the papers or online.
OLDFOLKS HOME playing at Into the Music on Friday May 8:
I’ll write some notes in more detail on Wednesday, but in the meantime I wanted to get these pictures up, even though they’re all kind of fuzzy and terrible. A big thank you again to all the bands for participating, to Leslie Supnet for making our new “local heroes” sign, and to Manitoba Film and Music for helping with the event!
AL at Record Store Day:
Folks watching the show:
CBC’s “Living Winnipeg” did a segment on businesses in the Exchange District recently, including Into the Music! Greg even gives a demo on how to clean and care for your records and I am goaded into the embarrassing ritual of sleeve-facing. It’s episode # 117 and you can watch the episode HERE.
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