“NEW” IS HERE…….AND WORTH THE WAIT

71 YEAR OLD ROCK N ROLL ICON PAUL MCCARTNEY RETURNED ON TUESDAY WITH HIS LATEST OFFERING OF MUSICAL MASTERPIECES. THE NEW RECORD ENTITLED “NEW” FEATURE 14 NEW MCCARTNEY PENNED TRACKS THAT FEATURE A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. WITH TRACKS THAT SEEM TO BE TAKEN ALMOST OUT OF TIME FROM VARIED POINTS IN HIS ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER, THIS IS UNDOUBTED SIR PAUL’S FINEST MOST CONSISTENT OFFERING IN YEARS. THE TRACK LISTING IS AS FOLLOWS 1. SAVE US 2. ALLIGATOR 3. ON MY WAY TO WORK 4. QUEENIE EYE (MY FAVORITE) 5.EARLY DAYS 6. NEW 7. APPRECIATE 8. EVERYBODY OUT THERE 9. HOSANNA 10.I CAN BET 11. LOOK AT HER 12.ROAD 13. TURNED OUT (ANOTHER FAVORITE) 14. GET ME OUT OF HERE (LET IT PLAY OUT AS THERE IS A HIDDEN UNAMED TRACK ABOUT 38 SECONDS FOLLOWING TRACK 14 CONCLUSION)
I HAVE ATTACHED A LINK SO THAT YOU MAY LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE ALBUM…MY REVIEW IS THAT THIS IS A MUST HEAR, ITS A ROCK N ROLL LEGEND IN HIS TWILIGHT BUT STILL AS VIABLE AS EVER…IF THIS IS INDEED HIS GRAND FINALE….THEN IT IS GRAND INDEED!!

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WHY I LOVE NEIL DIAMOND

true….neil diamond is one of the most successful singer/songwriters in history. he hasnt always been the coolest performer to be a fan of, put very few others have withstood the test of time like Neil has. He has had numerous number one hits that he has performed himself or written for others (Im A Believer by the Monkees)one way or another since 1966 this mn has been churning out the gold. however that is not why i love Neil Diamond.
In the seventies he made a film and accompanying soundtrack called the Jazz Singer, which featured the classic America. the one true national anthem, i feel that should be sung at ball games instead of the one with rockets red glare. that song is etched in infamy as well as in my skull forever but thats not why i love Neil Diamond

this is why i love Neil Diamond, this one scene from the film SAVING SILVERMAN is one of my favorite movie moments of all time…sorry for the subtitles unless you speak spanish, then you are welcome….

the whole movie is great but the neil diamond angle makes it a bonafide classic….enjoy people

SIRENS ARE SCREAMING AND THE FIRES ARE HOWLING….RECORD SWAP PT2

Due to the overwhelming response from the Record Swap tribute i posted earlier in the week i decided to follow Hollywood’s lead and milk it dry. When i made my initial post, i was doing as part of a project and i really never thought anyone would read it cause i admit im new to “blogging”, but the entire extended Record Swap family responded in one way or another..Some people reminisced with me, Chris Hall sent a picture of its skelletal remains, I am an old man now and have intermittant alzhiemer’s (if thats possible) and forgot a few folks (sorry Renee’) But as i read all the feedback i started to remember things that i forgot all about…whay you may ask??? well here is a list of fun things that i remember…..
1. inventory-ok admittedly not so fun at the time, we worked from 6pm at night often times till noon the next day, between the three stores it was a cavernous project each July and it took pieces of our soul each time..but there were some hilarious moments too..one i remember being at the shop for 21 hours straight..
2. the characters-Julie reminded me of Johnny Cash, which immediately openned a floodgate of memorable customers and enigmas we ran into over the years…Wesley Willis (who actually wrote a song about TODD),Joe Crack (who used to seel stolen Best Buy cd’s to us), the Mumblers (they always came in and bought lots of stuff but i dont think i ever understood a word) John Iverson (good guy rock critic who would sell us all his promo cd’s)
3. weird products-over the years Record Swap carried just about everything at one point who could forget….herbal ecstacy (for all your synthetic drug needs, its still around but has a new name nowadays..hello 5 hour energy),
hacky sacks (in every hippie color), a varitable rainbow of non toxic hair dye, skull rings and jewelry (know as he Lynda stuff as she was only one who ordered them), The wall of Lava Lamps (always big at xmas time)and we were the incsence capital of the world, sometime i still smell pachouley and it makes me sick, and the toys (i dont have time, patience or sanity to get into that perhaps volume3???)
4. the infamous employee hold stacks, a hotly contested topic at all store meeting, you were never supposed to keep much in there but everyone did..and it was always the best stuff too..i always was jealous of john’s holdstack because he was cooler than me (still is) and he always the rarest and unusual things in there…he still has a hold stack to this day and its called Laurie’s Planet of Sound (cheap pop/advertising)…go check out his hold stack today i know im heading there soon
there are a lot of other things im sure that i will recall as time goes by, and if you recall things i have forgotten why not share them..we all miss those times and its an honor to share these memories with you!!! as before i have attached a few fun items that remind me of the OL’SWAP…what reminds you???


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**for clarification purposes…Matthew Sweet is there because when i started that was one of the biggest records of 1992 at least at our store, Lynda and i loved it and i slowly started to improve my musical taste
**my Jedi Master John Laurie introduced me to Bat out of Hell by Meat Loaf and i never looked back
**the retail adventures of kalli and rex were a cartoon in dirt magazine which was a promotional flyer from WB records at the time
**Nirvana Roma WAS our most popular bootleg in 1994 boy did we exploit Kurt Cobain’s death…couldnt keep the bootlegs in stock..i miss vampire records for quality bootlegs
**i became a better Monkees fan at Record Swap, once again thanks to ObiJohn Kenobi
**who can forget the hair dye
**cartoon Beatles, we had lots of collectibles i still have my dolls and bootleg copy of the cartoons
ok im done now, maybe ill come back with volume three someday..but thinking about the toys, and the tinley park store and the end is bumming me out..have a great day and you stay classy San Diego!!!

MY CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016

i have had it up to here with all the government nonsense that we have been enduring lately. clearly wholesale changes need to be made in the way things get done on behalf of the american people. so i think from a fresh perspective standpoint this is my candidate. i have been listening to Jello Biafra spoken word material since my Record Swap days. i feel he has good ideas and he is always engaging to listen to. he seems to have the best interest of “the common man ” in mind when he rails on the stupidity of a cavalcade of politicians that have done nothing but let us dowm and rob us blind for last 30+ years. Jello was formerly the lead singer for punk pioneers “the Dead Kennedys” and is well know for fighting on behalf of our right to free speech when Tipper Gore and he PMRC tried to censor the music industry back in the 80’s. At this point new voice and fresh perspective would be welcome in washington if we ever get them back to work again…as of now “the shutdown 2013” is still going
have a great day everyone and remember the immortal words of Fox Mulder…..the truth is out there!!!!

SURE FIRE CURE FOR A BAD DAY….

I’d like to say good morning, but im not having one (sad face here) but i have a 10 hr work day and 5 hrs of school tonight so i have many miles to go before i sleep. I do not have the luxury of folding like a dixie cup, taking “mental health days” are not an option….soooo enough whining, let me tell you how im gonna beat this garbage day..im gonna let some comedic song in my heart…im enclosing three fun clips in this blog, if by the time you are done watching the third one, if you are not in a far better mood with lifted spirits…then apparently the zombieapocalypse has started early for you and your soul nd sense of humor have left you…if that is the case then youre only recourse is to watch Sharknado…but thats another blog altogether

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i feel better already, ok back to your regularly scheduled today…good morning and i hope you have a nice day (insert smiley face here)

A TRIBUTE TO THE BEST JOB I EVER HAD….RECORD SWAP!!!!!!!!!!!

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From 1992-1998 i worked at Record Swap, this was the coolest job that i have ever had. The independent record store is a dying breed, but back then it was a glorious time. The record store was a place you could escape for hours as you flipped through bin after bin of used LP’S, rows of cassette tapes, stacks of CD’S, aisles of cool t-shirts and posters, buttons as far as the eye could see, and collectible memorabilla would taunt you from behind glass cases. It was a hang out, a place to meet friends with the coolest ambiance in town. And if that wasnt cool enough, there was the people that worked there, it was like be in the greatest fraternity. I Remember them all, like they were family. I still think of them often, John the manager and the only male ponytail i have ever respected….he owns his own record store now (Laurie’s Planet of Sound) so he carries on with the last bastion of a dying breed. Todd, one of the most interesting and loveable people i have ever known, he jumped on a carhood to thwart shop lifters, and got lost in the desert, i remember coming into the store one day and him being so glad to see me that he jumped into my arms and we had a Shaggy/Scooby Doo moment. Lynda, the coolest record store chick in history (the original record store chick in my eyes) i had the biggest crush on her for decades and when she smiled it lit up the store. Chris the angst ridden kid with cool hair, he hated everyone that walked through the door but in a cool way, i follow him on Facebook to this day and he is still a sarcastic bad ass. The Holmes boys (Chris and Dan)they were kind of leaving when i started working there but you would hear stories of their legendary exploits. the next generation came in Kelly the punk rock drummer with a heart of gold, he was my right hand man, Christine the first person i ever hired, a bad ass punk rock chick, Jenny she was cute and cool and the young boys in Tinley park dreamed of her. Kevin or DJ Pervy as he was called a very sensative boy and a legendary off the alley DJ. Kirsten and Julie were my two favorite employees when i took over managing the Homewood store, i loved thos girls and still follow their exploits to this day. Mike , god rest his soul, a kindered artistic troubled soul, made me laugh like crazy. Aaron and Paul, good hard working boys that i valued as friends, Heather she was a punk rock/ska girl she was such a gentle soul, she was subtle and often quiet and was the hardest worker i had on my staff..Andy was a musician and he and i were gonna start a band even though he was way cooler than me, eric was a musician perhaps he still is but he was very popular with the ladies, there was ryan of winepress fame there was brian of early tossers fame and the list goes on…they were all my family they made Record Swap awesome and i wish i could see them all again…maybe someday i will

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i have littered this blog post with images and music that reminds me of those days…included is a photo of John’s new store (can it be new if its been there for 17 years/BTW Melissa is pretty)
and some songs from bands that i love because of record swap….thank you for indulging my nostalgia and do me a favor go to Laurie’s Planet of Sound and buy some records and tell John that Steve sent you

AND NOW A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT..

This is not a political rant, just some reflection on the past, using insight to predict unfortunate future events..On November 22, 1963 we saw the the assassination of an elected public official. I am beginning to see alarming similarities in what was occuring then and what is going on now…now im not claiming Obama is JFK, but i am seeing some similarities in the surrounding areas of dissidence. Like then we have a government that is not working in our interests they are working in there own interests and when to sides clash….i.e. government shut down, pending unpopular war possibility and a larger than life scapegoat (Obama/JFK)….its a reciepe for the unfortunate…im posting my favorite clip from Oliver Stone’s JFK film, with a word of warning….yeah our government has been proven to be this sinister in the past, why not bring back old tricks from the bag, shift the blame to someone we want to bomb..crazy times ahead people…..BUCKLE UP!!!

Im not very politically savvy, but im observant, and possess common sense…and i see a repeat performance from our “shady” government..have a nice day