Forest Hills Tennis Stadium – Friday, September 19th, 2014
by John Bastone
Before I start my review of the show, for purposes of full disclosure, I should first say I love The Replacements. Next to those four loveable moptops from Liverpool, they’re my favorite band of all time. So, going into it, whether I was going to enjoy this show was not in question. It was only a matter of degrees.
The Replacements are not necessarily a household name but, for those in the know, are a pretty polarizing group. Most people don’t respond with a ‘They’re OK’, when asked their opinion. Most of the time, people fall into 1 of 2 camps. You either think The Replacements are the greatest band ever, who didn’t hit the big time, or you think they’re the most over achieving bar band that ever lived. … Read More »
I’ve been selling records for over 20 years now and one thing is quite clear to me: most record dealers pretty damn insecure. Most pretend that they invented the record business, that they have “secrets” that the average music fan can’t quite fathom, that they alone can find rare records and everyone else can’t. Smart vinyl collectors know that this is total bullshit, but few record sellers give too much information about their sources, fearing that the collecting audience for their store will dry up. You need to be confident in your “brick and mortar” business strategy and also believe that being stingy and selfish will get you nowhere fast. Don’t forget that I started this business years ago, record-by-record (mostly as a hobby), sometimes (and still) one record at a time. The question is the where, when and how … Read More »