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Record Store Day and othe notes

Record Store Day and othe notes

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Published by Neil Wedd
Mavis Staples, Aggrolites, Record Store Day, Dave Powell.
Mavis Staples, Aggrolites, Record Store Day, Dave Powell.

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Published by: Neil Wedd on Apr 28, 2011
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Record Store Day was a huge success for all concerned.

Record Paradise had a great lineup of bands. Greville reported a great day, as did Polyester. Now if they can get people to come the rest of the year it would be great. Record stores remind me of times in my life. Seeing a record cover can evoke sharp memories. Music is full of memories. Times and places, people and feelings. And they excite me for the future. Hearing and seeing new artists. Seeing talent evolve and make it. If you get a chance check out Australian Story from this week. It's all about Dave Powell. Dave is a great guy. He got Jet on the road to success. He helped make the Duke of Windsor a big success. He has had some huge traumas of late and its a hard story to watch. I saw a couple of great shows last week. Mavis Staples was awesome. When she sang Freedom Highway you had a sense of the journey and the desire that took negroes on their journey in the 60's. Great band and you could feel the passion and purpose. Check out the original version The Blind Boys of Alabama followed and along with Aaron Neville, they turned the Palais into a gospel revival. The highlight was the last song where the lead singer was lead throuh the audience, exhorting them to a higher plane. The other two singers were being told to sit down lest they get too excited (a la James Brown), but they kept getting up as well. Just the thing for Good Friday. Saturday I went to see The Aggrolites, a great ska band from LA. It was original rude boy music. The keyboards were sensational. Cool music for skanking. Sunday I went to see Hayley Couper at the Old Bar. I'm helping manage her, so forgive me for spruiking. I've always been entranced by her voice and she is now coming into her own. She has been working with a new band and the improvement from second to third show was palpable. The edge is starting to come. The band are working well and her true voice is coming out, as she gains confidence. It's going to be a good voyage. Bob Lefsetz is my favorite writer on the music business. He consistently informs many people. Check out some quotes from a recent email on how to make it. His maxim, keep making music and releasing it all the time. Don't wait two years for an album. Release singles, keep the public entertained. If you are looking for advice for your career I can help. Sound Advice sessions are available. Contact me for details. If you no longer wish to receive this email type Remove in the subject line. You can follow me on Twitter

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