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The 411 on 415

Last November I wrote a cover story for SF Weekly; it focused on a series of reissue/compilation CDs on the Liberation Hall label. Those releases contained music originally released on 415 Records, an influential and trend-setting indie label based in San Francisco in the late ‘70s and early-to-mid 1980s. Founded by Howie Klein and Chris

Book Review: Ready Steady Go!: The Weekend Starts Here

Launched a few years ago, BMG Books broke into the market with the excellent Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout, Billy Edd Wheeler’s lively memoir. Soon thereafter, the publisher began its RPM series in earnest; that series shines a light on the histories of important record label. Titles have included Gillian Gaar’s book on Sub Pop

Truly Fine Citizen: Citizen Vinyl Launches in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Part Two)

Continued from Part One … Ragland’s facility is set up to provide full, turnkey service. Some tasks are subcontracted – sleeve printing, and electroplating (the latter to be done at top-rated companies like Nashville’s Welcome to 1979 Industries) – but Citizen Vinyl customers have a single point of contact. “We’ll be the first person that

Truly Fine Citizen: Citizen Vinyl Launches in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Part One)

The heyday of vinyl records – the so-called “album era” – spanned from 1964 to the mid ‘90s. But the advent of CDs and then the internet seemed to spell the end for the cherished format. In 1993 vinyl album sales in the United States had dropped to their lowest-ever point, with only about 300,000

Facing the Music, Part Five (conclusion)

Continued from Part Four … Live Music in WNC Before, During, and After COVID-19 This feature appeared previously in Capital at Play Magazine. Beyond the outdoor shows, Keith and the Grey Eagle staff have pursued a few other forward-looking efforts. “We’re actively promoting the nationwide #SaveOurStages initiative spearheaded by NIVA,” he says. “We’ve also been

Facing the Music, Part Four

Continued from Part Three … Live Music in WNC Before, During, and After COVID-19 This feature appeared previously in Capital at Play Magazine. Among the musicians interviewed for this story, André Cholmondeley has seen perhaps the most significant change since the pandemic began. While he’s active on the local music scene (playing guitar in Wham

Facing the Music, Part Three

Continued from Part Two … Live Music in WNC Before, During, and After COVID-19 This feature appeared previously in Capital at Play Magazine. WNC Music Community Faces the New Challenges in a Variety of Ways There’s no escaping the fact that musicians have been hit hard by the global pandemic. While many musicians turn to

Facing the Music, Part Two

Continued from Part One … Live Music in WNC Before, During, and After COVID-19 This feature appeared previously in Capital at Play Magazine. The Coalition’s study found that in Asheville and Buncombe County, more than 3,300 jobs were created or supported by music industry fields, and that “for every one job related to the music

Facing the Music, Part One

Live Music in WNC Before, During, and After COVID-19 This feature appeared previously in Capital at Play Magazine. Music-making is inextricably entwined with the culture of Western North Carolina. In fact, the path of live performance of music in all its myriad forms provides a handy set of guideposts to chart the history of the

Asheville Music Industry Supports #WeMakeEvents

Note: It’s not my custom to reprint press releases, but this is important enough to make an exception – bk RSVP for the event at this link: http://bit.ly/2YJMFBi d&b audiotechnik Americas lights up in support of #WeMakeEvents. ASHEVILLE, NC (8.27.20)—#WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART and in support of ExtendPUA.org represents a major call to action on Tuesday, September