I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend, whether it was spiritual, musical, or “miscellaneous”, and we also hope that you didn’t mind waiting an extra day while we recuperated. I believe my stomach is proof that Costco should not be allowed to sell jellybeans.
Record Store Day was this past Saturday, and perhaps you scored some cool vinyl or just enjoyed a good excuse to spend a weekend afternoon scouring the racks at your local record store. I only picked up a 7″ Mudhoney/The Sonics split-single, mainly in part to my reluctance to splurge on vinyl. And now I have some ammunition when a so-called “audiophile” tries to insist that I’m missing out on superior sound, courtesy of Vox. I’ll just be sure not to mention the Nyquist-Shannon theorem, because I have it on good authority that it’s not really handled correctly in the piece. Otherwise, it’s a great scientific explanation of sound recordings in different formats; of course, if you prefer the sound of vinyl, feel free to keep rocking.
There weren’t really that many videos to share this week, but there was this footage from Soundgarden’s SXSW appearance that was just uploaded, with the band ripping through “Rusty Cage”.
Next week marks the return of the Pixies, who will release their first album since 1991’s Trompe le Monde. NPR has Indie Cindy available to stream right now, so be sure to check that out while you read a feature of the band from Crack Magazine.
Finally, it’s the 20th anniversary of Above the Rim, one of my favorite movies to watch whenever it shows up on cable. First, there’s a look at the making of the film with the screenwriter, Barry Michael Cooper, courtesy of Complex. When you’re done with that, have some fun with a more irreverent look with a roundtable discussion about the unique greatness of the film from Grantland. If you’re wondering why we’re discussing a basketball movie on a music site, you should probably check this slideshow, then ask yourself why you bothered to pose the question considering this was one of Tupac’s great roles, and it featured “Regulate”.