Record Store Day 2012: Rediscovering The Zen Experience

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During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’re celebrating Record Store Day 2012 and exploring the connection between live music and our favorite record shops. Listen in to our chat with Rich Wagner of Rediscover Records as he explains the spirituality and zen of record shops, revisits the last Replacements gig in 1991, and tell us why seeing Bruce Springsteen live in 1984 changed everything for him.

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Show Notes:

Segment one: News and other cool stuff you should know about

Segment two (26:10): Interview with Rich Wagner of Rediscover Records.

Segment three (41:44): The unique connection between live music and being in a record storehistory of in-store performances, RSD 2012 releases and our favorite Chicago-area record stores.

Music played during the show
  • Mastodon – “Oblivion” Live at the Aragon – 2012
  • Levon Helm – “The Weight” Live on PBS – 2011
  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band “Hungry Heart (Live)” – 1984
  • The Replacements – “Within Your Reach (Live)” – 1991

 

RSD 2012 Info:

Our other favorite record shops and RSD live performances

Our Top Live Album Picks:

Buddy Guy
This Is Buddy Guy

Iggy and the Stooges
Live at All Tomorrows Parties

Shabazz Palaces
Live at KEXP

Tegan and Sara
Get Along

The Civil Wars
Live at Amoeba

The Knack
Live In Los Angeles, 1978

Widespread Panic
Live Wood

 

What Records Are You Rocking On RSD?

What are your most memorable record store live concert experiences? How are your favorite live shows and record shops connected?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook , Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Mastodon’s Brent Hinds Visits Oddities Looking For Something Strange

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Remember what we found during our Storage Wars and Pawn Star exploration? Well, it’s happened again.

Yep, I was stoked to discover more fodder for our concert treasures and Little Things experiments while watching my other guilty pleasure TV series Oddities.

As you know we’re big fans of heavy-metal band Mastodon and I was surprised when their guitarist Brent Hinds stopped by the Obscura shop in search of something strange that he could put on his rig during a NYC show.

As most customers who walk into the Oddities shop, Hinds came in asking for something odd.

The Oddities crew began by offering Hinds a big prehistoric-looking giraffe skull that he said would be really cool to put on stage but unfortunately he had to pass on the skull because it wouldn’t fit on the tour bus.

In the end, Hinds ended up buying a small Shriner figure.

I was curious about why Hinds went with the figure. Was there an emotional inspiration or personal significance?

So I did a little digging to see if there was. And it turns out that there is.

According to this interview with Invisible Oranges, Hinds here’s the backstory:

I’ve now seen you in a fez in one band [Fiend Without a Face] and also in the Blood and Thunder music video. What’s the fascination with the Shriner imagery?

My grandfather was a Shriner. He drove the go-karts, he wore the fezzes. When I was a kid, we would go watch parades and see him driving the go-kart in the get-up. It was super awesome. He died when I was about seven. That image just stuck with me. I also love the Egyptian connotation as well. It has a mystique. I love all that Illuminati shit, but at the end of the day, it’s my grandfather. You always pay tribute to those you loved and lost. I’m not a Shriner, but I have a lot of Shriner hats! I’ve even got a Shriner tattoo.

After reading this interview and watching the Oddities show I’ve been taking a closer look at Mastodon’s stages and wondering if Brent will have the Shriner figure with him during the band’s current tour with Opeth. I would expect Hinds to have it with him but I haven’t seen it pop up yet anywhere.

All this said, I’m wondering what you think about the curious and weird things artist have on stage with them. Do these momentos help guide and support them through the show? Do these small things play a bigger role during the concert than we realize?

What about you?

What odd and curious things have you seen on stage during your favorite shows?

Go ahead and post your stories in the comments below and we’ll share your story on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Concert Preview: Win Tickets to See Mastodon, Opeth Live In A City Near You

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Mastodon Opeth contest

Continuing our exploration of Mastodon’s thunderous live show, here’s a chance to win free tickets to their upcoming US co-headlining tour with Opeth and special guests Ghost.

To enter to win a pair of tickets in the city closest to you visit heritagehunter.warnerreprise.com. Full tour info is below.

Good luck and let us know how the show goes. And like we told you before in our previous experiments and heavy metal podcast, Mastodon is an amazing band to experience live and we invite you to share your favorite Mastodon concert stories.

Go ahead and drop a comment below or connect with us on Twitter @livefixmedia, Facebook , Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

Tour dates:
(M) Indicates Mastodon closes the show
(O) Indicates Opeth closes the show

04/04 Portland, ME State Theater (M)
04/05 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater (O)
04/06 Montreal, QC Metropolis (O)
04/07 Toronto, ON Sony Centre (O)
04/09 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory(M)
04/10 Wallingford, CT The Dome (M)
04/11 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom (M)
04/13 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre(M)
04/14 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection (M)
04/15 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE (M)
04/16 Knoxville, TN TN Theater (O)
04/18 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom (M)
04/19 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom (O)
04/20 San Antonio, TX Back Stage Live (O)
04/21 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street (O)
04/23 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium (O)
04/25 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues (M)
04/26 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre (O)
04/27 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre (O)
04/28 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort (M)
04/30 Seattle, WA The Paramount (O)
05/01 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre (O)
05/03 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Events Center (O)
05/04 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall (M)
05/05 Saskatoon, SK The Odeon (O)
05/06 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre (O)
05/09 Washington, DC The Fillmore (O)
05/10 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore (M)
05/11 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues (M)
05/12 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park (M)

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Mastodon and Vans Team Up To Host Live Chat with Fans on Facebook

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We’ve shared stories about gourmet Mastodon burgers and their latest live album.

And now we’d like to share with you news about how heavy metal rockers Mastodon will team up with Vans to host a special live “in studio” chat with fans as they get ready to release their new album The Hunter.

We’re not entirely sure if the band will be playing any live tracks during the Facebook chat, but nonetheless, this is a great opportunity for us ask question and continue our Studio-to-Live Show Energy Experiment.

One of the questions I’d like to ask is how their recent live shows have influenced the making of The Hunter, and how the studio time might inspire the next run of live show on their upcoming fall tour?

And since Mastodon takes great pleasure in showcasing abstract and mythological videos at their shows, I’d like to know how they’re going to incorporate that mysterious and intriguing wood sculpture (see the video above) from the album cover into the live shows too.

That said, we’ll also have the chance to continue our other previous Mastodon explorations like our visually impaired and therapeutic rumble experiments.

So gather up your questions and be sure to keep an eye on the Vans and Mastodon Facebook pages for more details on the September 27th live chat.

What’s Your Mastodon Story?

Have you seen them live before? Will this upcoming tour be your first live Mastodon show? Let us know what you what you’re expecting and what you’ve experienced, and we’ll share your feedback during a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Harry Potter Behavioral Experiments, Surviving Odd Future and Heavy Metal Rites of Passage

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During this episode of Live Fix Radio we have for you:

  • An interview with Gideon, a curious concert fan who tells us why he did a hilarious Harry Potter shout-out experiment (check out the video) at Pitchfork 2011 and how The Flaming Lips rocked his world in Tennessee.
  • An interview with our friend Tyler who explains the details of his intriguing Pitchfork fashion experiment with photographer Jason Stoff, and why he believes eating half-pound heavy metal gourmet Mastodon hamburgers at Kuma’s Corner in Chicago and experiencing epic Nine Inch Nails and Metallica concerts are necessary rites of passage.
And as always, this show was recorded with the awesome Blue Microphone USB Snowflake and the portable Mikey.

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Show Notes:

Music from the podcast (full songs played at end of the show)

  • “Do You Realize” – Flaming Lips  (Live at Austin City Limits 2006)
  • “Hurt” – Nine Inch Nails  (Live: And All That Could Have Been 2002)

Concert News

Whatcha Say About That?

Were you at the Pitchfork Music festival? Have you been to Kuma’s Corner? Did we saying something to rile you up? We invite you to share your concert experiences in the comments below, so they can be included in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Can Live Concerts Help the Visually Impaired?

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Yes, I think so.

Mainly because, in this Rocksound article, metal band Mastodon says they want to “create a more visually stimulating live show” this summer in conjunctions with their new album and tour. When I saw them at Pitchfork in 2007 it was the howling burst of drums, guitars and rumbling bass that sent me into a sensory frenzy of shaking my skin (touch) and ears (sound). If they’re going to add stimulating visuals then I can’t wait to see what that would be like.

But do rock concerts have the power to be a tool to help the visually impaired?

After I dug around a bit, I discovered some recent neurological research to backup and further my thought. And I found that there is a connection.

This 2006 Science Daily article had a few things to say about my thoughts about the possible healing and developmental power of visual stimulation:

“A new study focusing on the molecular roots of plasticity has found that visual stimulus turns up the expression of some genes and turns down the expression of others, somewhat like a conductor cueing the members of an orchestra. The study also found that during different stages of life in rodents, distinct sets of genes spring into action in response to visual input. These gene sets may work in concert to allow synapses and neural circuits to respond to visual activity and shape the brain, reports the May issue of Nature Neuroscience.”

“The researchers found other sets of genes superimposed on this core pathway, but these sets are turned on and off by vision at specific ages before, during and after the critical period and into adulthood.”

“This suggests that sensory experience regulates different genes in your brain depending on your age and past experience,” said Shatz. “Thus, nurture, our experience of the world via our senses, acts through nature, sets of genes, to alter brain circuits.”

“These discoveries may lead to new ways of thinking about genetic therapies to correct early vision disorders. Because the brain is so altered by abnormal vision, restoring vision to a child afflicted with cataracts or strabismus, an eye misalignment which can impair vision, may not be enough to correct the damage. Nor will treatment involving single gene replacement.”

This study helps explain why it is that children learn so quickly and easily, and it lends credence to the idea that, in adults, mental activity leads to mental agility.

Sometime my thoughts and theories are pretty out there and hard to back up with concrete findings, so I was amazed at how close my theory about stimulation at concerts was related to helping visually impaired people (and rats) of all ages.

So it appears this summer’s Mastodon tour might be helping the youth and older rock fans with their mental activity and lifelong agility—and not just contributing to hearing loss.

So does this mean that there is a give and take between our eyes and ears when we go to concerts?

And at what point do the two begin to counteract each other?

Does visual stimulation overload contribute to concert burnout?

Or could certain rock concerts with high amounts of visual stimulation—pyrotechnics, flashing lights, outrageous costumes etc.—actually be a benefit to our brain’s development?

I’ll have to dig deeper for answers to those questions. But at least I have a deeper understanding of why performances by Of Montreal, Saul Williams, Radiohead, David Bowie, KISS and other similar visually stimulating acts have such a huge response from fans. The artists might not be intentional about improving our mental activity or agility, but there’s definitely something going on in our brain that’s worth understanding.

If we look deeper into this, might we find that a concert is not as fun if it’s not visually stimulating?

Maybe it’s not all about our ears hearing a good concert. Maybe it’s what we see and not what we hear that makes a concert great.

Seen any stimulating shows lately?

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