For The Record
All Things Must Pass is a recent documentary on Tower Records, I'm anxious to be able to rent a copy of it on DVD. They started out in California, and grew into just about every metro area of the U.S.A. and even Japan. The closest one to me at the time was in Austin or Dallas. I'd been to both stores, and they were huge warehouses catering to any taste. One of the things about that era of brick and mortar stores was that they had listening stations, where you could hear several albums before purchasing them. This may not seem like a big deal during our computer age, but back then it was a innovative way to sell music. If nothing else they were a good place to just go kill some time, sample some tunes, and people watch, but if you were a music fan it was like Nirvana.
Below that is Armadillo World Headquarters, it was a venue in Austin, Tx which showcased live bands.
I saw Frank Zappa and Captain Beefhearts play there when they were on their Bongo Fury tour, and they taped all of that album there over several nights. Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen also taped their live album there. That album cover by the way was created by Jim Franklin, a local Austin artist. I have one of his posters at my wall at home, which I got free from one of the local record stores there called Inner Sanctum Records.
I wish I had taken in more shows there while I live in Austin back in the mid-70s. One of the bands that I wish I had seen while I was still there, but missed, was the British band, Gentle Giant. It has since closed, which is too bad. There are still many venues there where bands can play, but there was something intimate about Armadillo World. If you've ever seen the PBS show, Austin City Limits, that is taped at the Moody Theater there as well.
I've always been a big music fan. I started out listening to things as a small child and it just naturally bloomed from there. The first 33 1/2 records I got were The Beatles '65 album, and the odd selection of Roger Miller's second album, The Return of Roger Miller. That may seem like an odd juxtaposition of musical taste, but Roger Miller was popular at the time.
Emerald Web, the album titled, Aqua Regia. By the way they've also done soundtracks for Carl Sagan, some soundtracks for TV, NASA, and Planetarium shows. They do a nice job of fusing synthesizer to flute and other instruments.
Youtube. But I believe it's just one cut from the album. The song though is representative of the ECM label at the time, rather evocative, experimental, and introspective.
Also lately here on Youtube, I've watch several videos from the vinyl community or VLOGs, which are just vinyl collectors talking about what they have picked up in record stores, or used outlets, or what they've been listening to lately. They come from all different places in the world and have all sorts of taste, but they can be interesting to hear if you are a music fan. Here are a few of those:
There are several more, and I since I have a pretty broad musical taste myself I really like hearing these guys talk about music. Oh by the way I ran across a new music festival I'd never heard of called Big Ears Festival. The currently lineup for 2016 looks like it's broad in scope and is up in Knoxville, TN. Take a look at their lineup of music. It would be great fun to attend, but it's already getting close to being sold out.