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December 3, 2019

Beer, Books, Musical Hooks


Vinyl junkies and beer collectors have cause to celebrate — Portland Brewing and Portland’s legendary music retailer and owner of Music Millennium, Terry Currier, announced the release of In The Groove Black Vinyl Lager.

This collaborative beer is brewed in honor of Currier’s substantial contribution to keeping Portland weird and beautiful. Proceeds from In The Groove benefit the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, which Currier co-founded. The beer releases in seasonal on draft throughout the Pacific Northwest and in 12 Oz 6-pack cans.

In The Groove is the second beer in Portland Brewing’s “Keep Portland Weird” rotating series, which aims to highlight each collaborator’s unique contributions to keeping Portland weird. Not only is Currier the coiner of the phrase “Keep Portland Weird,” for forty years he has contributed to Portland’s vibrant music culture by promoting countless musicians in every imaginable musical genre.

Currier owns Music Millennium, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and is one of the most cherished record stores in the country. Currier also co-founded Burnside Distribution, which has brought thousands of musicians of all types to the broader public. He co-founded the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and has served on local and regional music council boards.

Looking For The Sun (out now) featuring 21 songs by various artists, all produced (and some written) by revolutionary L.A.-based pop producer Curt Boettcher on High Moon Records.

Boettcher either wrote, produced, arranged or sang on these tracks. He’s also best known for his hit productions for The Association (“Cherish,” “Along Comes Mary”) and for being one of the chief architects of “sunshine pop.” Curt Boettcher was a founder of rock bands The Millennium, The Ballroom, and Sagittarius.

Steve Stanley, founder and producer of Now Sounds Records, lovingly assembled this unique and vibrant collection song-by-song; combing the vaults and file cabinets of Sony Music and the musty archives of obscure L.A. recording studios.

The 36-page booklet that accompanies the release, beautifully designed by Stanley, features fascinating and deeply researched notes on each of the songs, fabulous, rarely-seen archival photos, and a marvelous essay from noted Boettcher scholar Dawn Eden Goldstein.

Artists on the comp include some terrific under the radar artists like Cindy Malone, Sandy Salisbury, Gordon Alexander, Keith Colley, Summer’s Children, Jonathan Moore, Ray Whitley, Eddie Hodges, The Bootiques, Action Unlimited, and Sagittarius featuring contributions by Glen Campbell, David Gates, and Gary Usher.

“Curt was an amazing, superlative yet unheralded producer and arranger. Someone who could take a simple song structure and turn it into an inspired baroque masterpiece, complete with swirling harmonies and tasteful kitchen sink ear candy audio production elements.” -Elliot Kendall, Film & Music Promotion.

Travis Edward Pike’s 53-minute CD, Changeling’s Return, a novel musical concept, is the companion piece to his new book, Changeling’s Return, a novel approach to the music, together, a comprehensive exploration of music, mythology, magic and mysticism all rock and rolled into one. Its songs are spells, going ‘round and ‘round in your head, even long after the music stops. Pike explores the light and dark spaces between the equinoxes and solstices, introducing us to the colorful shadow people spotlighted in his ambitious, out-of-body adventure, not preaching, but teaching and reaching listeners and readers with his expressive musical and literary style. RCN‘s own Harvey Kubernik penned the foreword.

In 2019, The National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. have asked Harvey Kubernik to pen an essay on the landmark The Band album, now celebrating a 50th anniversary edition from Capitol/Universal Music Enterprises in 2019. The National Recording Registry is an annual list from the Library of Congress.Twenty-five recordings are named to the Registry every year. Each of these recordings have been deemed so vital to the history of America that they demand permanent archiving in the nation’s library. In November of 2006, Kubernik was a featured speaker discussing audiotape preservation and archiving at special hearings called by The Library of Congress that were held in Hollywood, California.

Congratulations to Songwriter and poet, Stephen J. Kalinich, who wrote “Little Bird” with Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys on the band’s Friends album. That recording was heard in the third season HBO TV series Divorce. Kalinich’s tunes have been done by Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, The Supremes, Diana Ross and PF Sloan.

And 2019 seasonal kudos for December can be heard again from Kalinich and MsMusic Productions label owner Carol Schofield, who also helms High Desert Records in Yucca Valley, Ca.

Listen to California Christmas Feeling, a collaboration featuring lyrical melodic offerings from Kalinich & Friends, including Alan Boyd, Rachel & The Raindeers, Rob Bonfiglio, and others. Also on vinyl and compact disc California Feeling from Stephen Kalinich & Friends, featuring The Honeys and Carnie & Wendy Wilson.

Avid Spirit fan, Morley Bartnof aka Cosmo Topper, has created a furry tribute the late Spirit co-founder, Randy Wolfe, with his music video “Dog Georgee,” from Morley Bartnof and the Randy Californians.

On December 6th some groovy reissues are coming from Real Gone Music: Country Joe & The Fish and Friends Live! Fillmore West 1969, a lost live album from Tony Joe White recorded in 1971 while TJW opened for Creedence Clearwater Revival, and the complete singles collection from the iconic and influential 60s folk-rock group, the Mamas and Pappas.

Craft Recordings is thrilled to announce the release of a vinyl box set celebrating one of music’s greatest gospel and soul groups, The Staple Singers. Set for a December 6th release date, Come Go With Me: The Stax Collection presents all of the group’s studio albums released on the iconic Memphis label, spanning 1968–1974, and features the Staples’ biggest hits, including “I’ll Take You There,” “Respect Yourself” and “If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me).”


The final, seventh disc offers rarities, non-album singles and several live recordings from the legendary 1972 Wattstax music festival. The seven discs come in heavyweight 180-gram vinyl pressed at Memphis Record Pressing. Housed in a slipcase, the collection also includes a deluxe booklet with archival photos and new liner notes from American music specialist and curator Levon Williams (formerly of the Stax Museum and the National Museum of African American Music), and folklorist, ethnomusicologist and writer Dr. Langston Wilkins.

Craft Latino is also home to one of the largest and most prestigious collections of Latin music master recordings and compositions in the world. Its rich and storied repertoire includes legendary artists such as Antonio Aguilar, Joan Sebastian, Pepe Aguilar, Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colón, Ray Barretto, La Lupe, Ruben Blades and the Fania All Stars, to name just a few.

Fania titles issued from Craft Latino showcase Celia Cruz & Tito Puente’s Alma Con Alma, Willie Colón’s The Hustler, Fania All Stars’ double-LP set Live At Yankee Stadium, and Celia & Johnny — since the Fania catalogue was acquired by Concord in 2018.

Gabba hey! It’s been 40 years since we first saw Riff Randall and The Ramones take the halls of Rock ’N’ Roll High School. To celebrate this punk rock anniversary Shout! Factory has released Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (40th Anniversary Edition Steelbook).

Special features include a new 4K scan from the original camera negative, and a new feature-length documentary titled “Class Of ’79: 40 Years Of Rock ‘N’ Roll High School” — featuring Interviews with director/story writer Allan Arkush, co-director/story writer Joe Dante, actress P.J. Soles, screenwriter Richard Whitley, screenwriter Russ Dvonch, cinematographer Dean Cundey, editor Larry Bock, and more.

Executive produced by Roger Corman and directed by Allan Arkush (Heroes), Rock ’N’ Roll High School boasts performances by the Ramones and stars P.J. Soles (Halloween) in the lead role of Riff Randell, Vince Van Patten (Hell Night), Clint Howard (Grand Theft Auto), Dey Young (Spaceballs), Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000), Dick Miller (Piranha) and Paul Bartel (Hollywood Boulevard).

Based on Arkush’s own high school fantasy, Arkush, a self-described “unabashed rock ’n’ roll fanatic,” chose the Ramones to star as the movie’s musical heroes, as he felt they epitomized pure rock ’n’ roll.

As Arkush remembers, “The Ramones were fans of Corman as well. Johnny Ramone said in an interview at the time, “When we found out Roger Corman was behind the picture, we said, sure, we’ll do it because we knew he had a reputation and we knew he made good movies.”

Shout! Factory also pays homage to a legend with the recent November retail item of Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll (Collector’s Edition) on Blu-ray™, for the first time ever.

The unforgettable life and music of legendary rock pioneer Chuck Berry are celebrated in this landmark feature film, capturing a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of rock ‘n’ roll’s finest! In 1986, Keith Richards invited a roster of brilliant musicians to honor Chuck Berry for an evening of music to commemorate Berry’s 60th birthday, implementing performances by Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, and Julian Lennon, along with archival footage of an unforgettable duet by Chuck and John Lennon. There’s also a slew of bonus items to relish.

Award winning Jackpot Records is proud to announce their latest release Seiche “Demo Press.”

Seiche formed in Chicago as a recording project to showcase the skills and acumen of the musicians and the engineer.

The resulting record: Seiche “Demo Press” LP was issued in 1981. A hard psych prog audio endeavor that sounded like it came straight out of 1973, but was mostly unavailable, due to its extremely limited release (50 printed copies).

Inspired by Psychedelic Rock and fresh out of high school, Seiche melded the often disparate worlds of histrionic hard rock laced with additional skewed elements of full-blown psychedelia.

This Jackpot expedition pulls out all the stops, sourced from the original masters and loaded with archival and bonus materials.


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