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Record Store Day 2015!
The book was out just in time for RSD 2015! Woohooo! On April 18, Mike and I had two signings that morning prior to the big party in the evening in downtown LA. We first stopped at Jacknife Records & Tapes and stayed for a couple of hours with Trevor. We sold about 9 books, and one woman bought three. She called the book “tremendous” –WOW!
But our very first customer was Phillip — he was sold right away. He just started collecting vinyl and he said he is loving his new hobby. He was a sweetheart.
This is him:
More photos from Jacknife:
After Jacknife we went down to the heart of Hollywood to Record Parlour — that place was happening! WOW! Chad and Chris threw a partay!! There were two bands scheduled to play once we left and there was a constant flow of people. Great store !
Here are some photos of the Record Parlour signing:
Above: This is Michael, from Germany, he was such a gentleman and was super interested in vinyl, and the BOOK! We recommended he go visit Kevin Donan from As the Record Turns, and he went straight there. Next thing we know there’s a photo of Kevin and him on Facebook with our book! Thank you, Michael!!
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Rad ad promoting the Book!
“The Vinyl District launched in 2007 as an homage to the vinyl medium and Washington, DC’s remaining record stores. In its second year, The Vinyl District (or TVD) partnered with Record Store Day (itself in its second year) as the “official blog” of the event, and with this partnership TVD’s audience became both national and international.”
Check out the Vinyl District’s dope web site, here.
Hyponik, an online music resource based in the UK, featured “The Record Store Book!
Hyponik.com featured “The Records Store Book” on their web site today!
Hyponik is an online music resource based in the UK!
“The Record Store Book looks at some of the city of Angels’ finest digging spots.”
Read it here.
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Book featured in Lenscratch blogzine
By Aline Smith:
Photographer Mike Spitz takes us back a few decades when listening to music meant visiting a local record store, flipping through the bins, purchasing a record because of an interesting cover photograph or design, bring home a particular sound and letting the needle hit the vinyl. His new book, The Record Store Book, published by Rare Bird Books, takes us on a vinyl journey visiting the places and people that celebrate records. The book is enriched by interviews and text by Rebecca Villaneda and it will be sold at Urban Outfitters (US & Europe), bookstores, and select record stores with worldwide distribution. On April 18th, Mike and Rebecca will be signing books (on Record Store Day!) at Jackknife Records (11-1pm) and Record Parlour (2-4pm) in Los Angeles, ending the day with a big party and book signing at the Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
Read the entire piece by Smith, here: http://lenscratch.com/2015/04/mike-spitz-the-record-store/
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My heart is so HAPPY
I received an email today from the Norwalk Records store manager, Edie Gonzales, and it warmed my heart. I anticipate that this is the first of many emails to get from people featured in the book:
Just received our book from Amazon and what beautiful work you and Mike did. It certainly is a Beauty and looking forward to meeting you on RSD at Rockaway Records. And also picking up a few more copies. Thank you sooo much for considering us to be in this gem of a book it certainly is an “Honor”. I have been employed here for over 31 yrs and I’ve seen the rise of vinyl and fall and now pretty steady. It made our day today and we can’t stop looking at the book were all taking turns.
Again Thank you for all you did to put together this amazing piece of art.
PS. Is there a special link for our customers to buy the book anyone in particular I am gonna post it up on our IG & FB and would like to provide a link.
Edie Gonzales, Store Manager
This is Richard Sneed, Norwalk store owner:
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Record Collector gives ‘The Record Store Book’ a shout-out
“The Record Store Book” got a mention in the April issue of Record Collector
The writer calls the book an “unbelievably superb coffee table book of Los Angeles Record Stores.”
Check it out here.
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May 15, 2014
Tia Anita’s 82nd cumpleaños.
Opening acts: Birds of Tokyo, Big Data, Young the Giants.
First time seeing Young the Giants and 311. Only heard some of Big Data’s set from afar with a beer in my hand (after vodka and Gatorade, aka faderade, in a Solo cup), and chatting with homies.
It was a poor showing, which I blamed on the hot weather and the fact that the headliner has played SB routinely.
Also, because the three openers only a have a handful of radio hits that were on heavy rotation at KJEE — the sponsors of the festival.
Before I go on critiquing shit, I have to say 311 was bomb and although in their 40s still have fun on stage and play songs that spark memories of good times.
OK, back to some bashing — kind of.
I have to compare this year’s KJEE summer roundup to the last couple of years’ artists and headliners. I went to and them and it went as follows—2012 was Grouplove, The Naked and Famous, GARBAGE, and Silversun Pickups. Obviously, Garbage should have been the top bill on this one.
This effing concert was epic just to see two bitchen female lead singers, Shirley Manson and Alisa Xayalith. Both ladies and their bands were fantastic and happy to have had the pleasure of seeing them live. Good shit.
Unfortunately, we got there late and didn’t see Grouplove, but I got to see them later when they opened up for No Doubts’ random 2-week residency at the Universal Amphiteater in Universal City, Calif. I say random because they had just released “Push and Shove,” but didn’t tour or really pimp the anywhere else aside from those amazing, fantastic, so-lucky-I-fucking-went show on a Monday after Thanksgiving 2012. Damns, I digress.
So Summer Roundup 2013. That was New Politics, Atlas Genius and Blink-motherfuckin-182. I’m pretty sure my drunkass cried at this show because Blink was so badass.
I have seen them before — opened up for No Doubt, too, as a matter of fact — but they were the size of ants. (It was a free concert at the ghetto, far-as-fuck amphitheater that was the size of a city. Think Rose Bowl). So for whatever reason, Blink touched me this night at the Roundup. I definitely had a moment. I clearly remember “I Miss You.”
Hello there, the angel from my nightmare
The shadow in the background of the morgue
The unsuspecting victim of darkness in the valley
We can live like Jack and Sally if we want
Where you can always find me
We’ll have Halloween on Christmas
And in the night we’ll wish this never ends
We’ll wish this never ends
Yah, you listen to that live while you’re drunk and stoned and not shed a tear.
And there it is. Summer Roundup 2014 was great and I’m totes glad I went for 311 alone. It was my first concert to start my SB Bowl 2014 season. There’s more to follow, including Slighth Stoopid, Rebelution and Iration, Jurassic 5 and Dilated People, Arcade Fire and mother fuckin Jack Johnson!!! Hopefully, they’ll be adding more shows. The couple that I would like to see but haven’t got tickets or because I wont be around are Ringo Starr, James Taylor, Maxwell and Foreigner.
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