Friday, April 26, 2013

So What: Local News, Notes & Links

Here's the latest wrap-up of assorted links and short local news items of interest:

* In case you were wondering, last Saturday's National Record Store Day once again led to a big increase in sales at independent music stores across the nation, according to this article in USA Today.

Here in St. Louis, several local music retailers celebrated the day with live bands, guest DJs, giveaways of merchandise and beer, and more. Vintage Vinyl, where yr. humble StLJN editor took over the sound system for an hour-long, late-afternoon DJ set, has uploaded to Facebook a photo album documenting the festivities, while Euclid Records has put a compilation of video clips on YouTube.

* Speaking of Euclid Records, as soon as the doors closed on RSD 2013, employees there began packing for the store's move to a new location about a mile west at 19 N. Gore in Webster Groves, where they're scheduled to reopen on May 1. You can see a photo album documenting the move here, and a video of the store's new sign going up here.

* The fourth part of Dennis Owsley's audio documentary about the history of St. Louis jazz is set to air on KWMU's Jazz Unlimited at 9:00 p.m. this Sunday. This installment covers the 1950s, and you can get a preview and see photos and other supplemental content here.

* Singer Bobby McFerrin was in town last night to perform at the Sheldon Concert Hall's annual benefit gala, and the Post-Dispatch's Kevin Johnson has a review of the show here. While he was here, McFerrin also was interviewed on KWMU. You can see a photo album of the Sheldon's preparations for the big fund-raiser here.

* Speaking of radio interviews, Alarm Will Sound's artistic director and conductor Alan Pierson was interviewed Sunday on KMOX radio about the band's performance of 1969 tonight at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Pierson also is scheduled to appear today on KWMU's Cityscape program.

* And in our final radio reference for the day, Radio Arts Foundation general manager Jim Connett talked about the new classical station in an interview with local NBC affiliate KSDK.

* Drummer and former St. Louisan Kim Thompson (pictured) has released a new album entitled Red Glory, now available for listening and downloading via her Bandcamp page. It's essentially a hip-hop and R&B release showcasing Thompson's production and writing, though the lone instrumental "Cairo Brazil" does provide a dash of South American-flavored funk. For more of Thompson, check out this video of her recent visit to LP Percussion, in which she tries out a new hybrid drum set/percussion rig.

* Lastly, if you're curious about what to expect when actress-turned-singer Molly Ringwald takes the stage on May 14 and 15 at Jazz at the Bistro, check out this review of her new album from the Associated Press, this review of her recent performance in Minneapolis, and this feature in Jazz Times magazine.

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