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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Hangin' out in the Alley

Alley Records is a vintage vinyl lovers’ dream come true

Stephen Carradini June 15th, 2011

An authentic Kurt Cobain signature is a rare thing, but you can see the late Nirvana leader’s pen on a copy of a limited-edition, 1991 7-inch split between Nirvana and The Fluid hanging on the wall at Alley Records.

The artifact isn’t for sale, but pretty much everything else is on the block at 918½ W. Britton. That includes firstedition Elvis Presley 45s, rare pressings of Neil Young albums and much more vintage material.

The recently opened store is run by Ronnie Jay Wheeler, who is also an Americana artist with two records to his name. Thus, the shop features a great deal of folk/ Americana, but it also offers rock, rap and more.

Wheeler has been collecting the music and music-related art around 30 years, and got the idea to open a combination record store and art gallery in the late ’90s with his wife. Rebecca Wheeler’s studio takes up the front half of the space; patrons of the record store must walk through the alley to the back door to peruse the rarities from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays.

Featuring mostly vinyl, hardly a new release anywhere and memorabilia covering the walls, the store is a vinyl lovers’ dream.

“I’ve had a lot of audiophiles come in and say, ‘We’ve needed something like this,’” said Wheeler. —Stephen Carradini

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