Neil was born 1976...
...now fast forward to April 14th, 2010. Phil Gallo (famed music journalist) and Gary Calamar (KCRW and elite music supervisor) had just released their brand new book Record Store Days, which chronicles the history of record stores and their rise to prominence in the 60's and 70's, to big box retailers in the 80's 90's and 00's and the subsequent demise of the indie store. Origami Vinyl amongst others were highlighted as the next breed of the indie store. The book prompted the Grammy's to host a panel to discuss the future of digital retail and the resurgence of vinyl, titled: Record Stores - From Vinyl Past to Digital Future. The panel features Phil Gallo as the moderator along with Gary Calamar, Grant Lee-Phillips (musician), Peter Jesperson (head of New West Records, former manager of The Replacements and former record store owner) plus Neil! Whoa! How did that happen? Needless to say, he's kinda star struck by the whole situation, really excited and just a little bit nervous. If you don't have anything going on tonight, you should come. It will be an interesting conversation for sure!
Here are the deets:
The Grammy Museum Presents:
Town Hall Meeting: Record Stores - From Vinyl Past to Digital Future
800 West Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, 90015
Starting @ 7:30 pm :: Free Admission
Afterwards a bunch of us will head back to Echo Park for Record Club at El Prado where we can discuss it over some craft-y beers! We have some newbies spinning their favorite LPs tonight as well!
Now here's what came out today!
Band of Horses "Infinite Arms"
The Fall "Your Future Our Clutter"
Emily Jane White "Victorian America"
The Mynabirds "What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood"
Wax Fang "La La Land"
Sage Francis "Li(f)e"
Le Switch / Les Blanks "Split 7"
The Beechwoods "Beechwood Beat" 7"
Sweater Girls "Do The Sweater" 7"