I’ve been saying it for years: vinyl is the way to go and Millennials are finally catching on! Best Buy announced this week that its stores will stop selling CDs (compact discs) altogether this July 1. Meanwhile vinyl sales have been steadily rising over the last few years, becoming, once again, a high-demand item for music retailers who have been struggling to compete with digital streaming services and music downloaded from the Internet. According to The Guardian, vinyl sales saw a 53% increase between 2015 and 2016, the highest sales numbers for vinyl since 1991. Although vinyls have always been kept around by independent retailers like Half Price Books and local stores like Cheapo Records and Electric Fetus here in Minneapolis, retailers like Best Buy and Target have caught up with the trend. As some begin to drop CD sales, none seem to have any plans to stop selling vinyl. Continue reading →
The Coen Brothers are finally back on the big screen with a new comedy titled Hail Caesar!. Starring Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers, Iron Man 2), Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street, Foxcatcher), Ralph Fiennes (The Constant Gardener, Spectre), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street, Moneyball) and Coen regulars Tilda Swinton (Burn After Reading, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men, Men In Black 3), and George Clooney (Oh Brother Where Art Thou?, Ocean’s Eleven), the film follows a Hollywood ‘fixer’ who works for Capital Records in the 1950s and must deal with the disappearance of the studio’s biggest star before an upcoming release is ruined by the schemers behind the kidnapping. The film was co-written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (in their usual fashion), and will be their first project together since 2013’s Oscar-nominated drama Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Carey Mulligan (Drive, The Great Gatsby), although they have written several films since then, including director Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. The trailer for Hail Caesar! is available here on MADE. Look for it in theaters this February 5th.
A new music documentary titled All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records is opening in theaters across the country tomorrow. The project was written by documentarian writer/producer Steven Leckart (In Deep Water, The Anti-Mascot), and was directed by Colin Hanks (Orange County, King Kong) in his first full-length feature directorial feature. Featuring interviews from music and film industry stars like Chris Cornell (Man of Steel, The Avengers), Chuck D. (American Gangster, Pineapple Express), David Geffen (Little Shop of Horrors, Beetlejuice), Dave Grohl (21 Jump Street, The Wolf of Wall Street), Elton John (The Lion King, American Hustle), Bruce Springsteen (Jerry Maguire, The Wrestler), and many more, the film chronicles the rise and fall of Tower Records. Continue reading →
Writer/director Chris Rock (right) with Rosario Dawson (left) in Top Five (2014).
Last year’s hit-comedy, Top Five, proved to be a major accomplishment for writer/director/actor Chris Rock, so much so that he is now being pressured by producer Scott Rudin to get a follow up in the theaters as soon as possible. Rock revealed to The Guardian in a recent interview that he and Rudin are having meetings on the subject on a weekly basis, and that he is planning on using a majority of the Top Five cast for the new project. Some names that have already been mentioned include Leslie Jones (The League, Workaholics), Tracy Morgan (30 Rock, Cop-Out), and Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee), but nothing as far as casting goes is set in stone, and Top Five had a huge repertoire of stars to write a sequel for, such as Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys 2, Cadillac Records), Rosario Dawson (Clerks 2, Sin City), Kevin Hart (Think Like A Man, Get Hard), Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost, Sister-Act), and Adam Sandler (Grown-Ups, Pixels). We’ll keep an eye out for further updates.
The new comedy from comedic writer/director Chris Rock will be opening in theaters on December 12th and critics are hailing the film as “Chris Rock’s ‘Annie Hall’,” (Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair Magazine). With an all-star cast that includes Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore, Grown-Ups), Rosario Dawson (Men In Black 3, Sin City), Kevin Hart (This Is The End, Think Like A Man), Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys 2, Cadillac Records), Whoopi Goldberg (Sister Act, Ghost), Tracy Morgan (30 Rock, Cop Out), and Cedric The Entertainer (The Steve Harvey Show, Barbershop), the film follows a comedian trying to break into a serious acting career by taking advantage of his reality-TV-star fiancee’s idea to broadcast their wedding on live television. Watch the trailer here on MADE, then go check it out on December 12th.
What is life without Funk or Jazz? Seriously, I am still looking for a real answer to that. Anyways, Bluenote’s Tokuya Kuroda recently released this fresh video to his track “Rising Son”. The video was released early in 2014, but Tokuya continues to tour around the world and make new tunes that will leave you feeling far from empty. Take a listen to one of the world’s best trumpeters.
Fifth Element will be holding their annual parking lot sale today at their headquarters. At the sale you’ll enjoy 50% select CDs and you can even snag shirts for $5-$10, not too shabby. While you’re browsing, there will be performances from Muja Messiah, Manny Phesto, Sean Anonymous & DJ Name, and Christopher Michael Jensen. If that wasn’t good enough, there will be DJs spinning all day and plenty of other sales. If you’re looking for something to fill out your Saturday, look no further.
Eddy Grant has been one of the hardest working musicians since the late 60s. The guitarist/singer-songwriter, has released over 15 studio albums spanning 20+ years of music making. We want to recognize the hard work and dedication by Eddy Grant and make him this week’s Weekend Classic.
Eddy Grant was born in Guyana and emigrated to London as a child. Grant already had seen success by 1968 while he was the lead guitarist and songwriter with The Equals, with their release of “Baby Come Back”. By 1982, Grant released his 7th studio album Killer on the Rampage, and had two major hits with “I Don’t Wanna Dance” and “Electric Avenue”. The album went on to be a Top Ten album selling over a million copies. A few years later he saw success with political protest songs such as “War Party” and “Living on the Front Line”. If want to hear more music from Eddy Grant, make sure to dig deep, as he has slew of hit records.
As many already know, this Saturday is Record Store Day. For those who are unfamiliar with this, we can catch you up to speed. Record Store Day began in 2008 and will forever be held on the third Saturday of April every year. Essentially, the day is to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding the 1000+ independently owned Record Stores. On this day, there will be special Vinyl and CD releases sold exclusively. Many festivities usually occur on this day, including: meet & greets and live performances. In order to participate, a record store must be a stand alone retailer whose primary focus is 50% music retail. So, if you are looking for where to buy your records/cds at participating Record Stores, look no further.
The American-Funk band that came out of Cleveland, is this weekend’s, Weekend Classic. The Dazz Band, was founded by lead guitarist Bobby Harris, Kenny Pettus and Michael Wiley. In the late 70s the group left Cleveland to record in Los Angeles. It was here that the group recorded and released their very first album, Kinsman Dazz (produced by Earth, Wind and Fire’s Philip Bailey).
By the early 80s, the group saw much success and signed with Motown Records. After signing, the group expanded by doubling the size of their band. This was a direct result of their first hit record, “Shake It Up” in 1980. For those who arn’t familiar with this track, it’s reaaaaaaaaaaal funky.
The group went on to release multiple hits throughout the 80s, all while being signed with Motown. It was perhaps the release of Keep It Live in 1982, that sent them to stardom. The album featured such hits as, “Let It Whip”, which is featured above. The Dazz Band went on to release multiple records after leaving Motown, but never saw the same success as they had in the 80s.