What have you been up to? In times like this, it’s easy to become consumed with anxiety and dread. Some of us tend to do that anyway, regardless of the situation. I am at times, one of those people. However, sometimes it takes a change of scenery, or a global pandemic, to give us perspective.
Org Music has long been my personal favorite reissue label, and so this week I wanted to place the spotlight solely on them, what they do, and what they have to offer in order to give those of you that are in the dark a closer look at what I feel is the premier reissue label in the game today.
The live album has long been a polarizing beast. For some artists, it is a way to reach a fan base during a creative valley in between albums or tours. Others treat the live album as a grubby cash grab, aimed to rinse fans of their last dime. Sometimes, the live album can serve as a last resort to jump-start a career gasping for breath.
I’ve been in a punk sort of mode lately. You know how it is. Sometimes we as music fans just fall into certain grooves. Right now, for me – it’s punk. It’s only fitting, as we’ve just passed the one-year anniversary of punk rock legend, and bassist for the Germs, Lorna Doom’s death.
I’m twenty years old. I’ve just read the opening lines of Nick Hornsby’s novel High Fidelity. I’m hooked. I knew then and there that this was something that would require repeat readings for the rest of my life.
With so many companies pumping out product, it can be hard for a vinyl collector to know where to turn for the quality reissues they seek. So, I wanted to take the time to highlight five of the reissue labels that I feel warrant our time and attention.
“My roots are anchored solid. I ain’t machinery…I’m a man.” These are the words of one of my absolute favorite song writers, Chris Knight. You probably haven’t heard of him, but I aim to change that.
So why do we as vinyl addicts love record stores so much? It takes a person of a certain disposition to feel “at home” in a record store. It’s not an entirely alien idea all together, but record stores are dusty places.
Neil Peart passed this week on January 7, 2020. I’ve been a fan of Rush for the vast majority of my life, specifically since I was around 8 or 9 years old, I’m nearly 32 now. Like all of us, I found out about his passing on Friday the 10th, but I didn’t find out through any traditional media outlets, or via some notification on my phone. No, I found out through my life-long friend Joe, via text, which was only fitting considering the role Rush played during our formative years.
Before the 1950’s there really wasn’t any such thing as “Rock ‘n’ Roll” as we know it today. Mostly a new form of music, dreamed up by the likes of Les Paul, and other like minded men of the day. These were men no longer interested by the politics of folk. These were men who lacked the time, and energy for the complexity of jazz.