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The Cure - Peel Sessions 1978-1985

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In recognition of the Cure's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month, I wanted to share with you the sessions that the Cure recorded for The John Peel Show on England's Radio One. The band recorded a total of six sessions for the program between 1978 and 1985. The first session from 1978 was released as a legitimate commercial EP in 1988. The fourth session from 1981 was issued as an unauthorized 7-inch vinyl EP. I reviewed both of those EP's on my website many years ago, but I only recently was able to listen to the Cure's other four Peel Sessions, thanks to the modern conveniences of YouTube and Twitter. I would have loved to have been able to embed these videos on my Cure page way back in 2001. Now that we have Web 2.0 technology, that dream is now a reality.

The Cure’s first Peel Session from 1978 features the original trio of singer/guitarist Robert Smith, bassist Mick Dempsey, and drummer Laurence Tolhurst performing live in the studio in Decem…

Pearl Jam "Live At Easy Street" (2019 Record Store Day exclusive)

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Pearl Jam have been named the official Ambassadors of Record Store Day 2019. To celebrate this accolade, the Seattle grunge titans are reissuing their rare 2006 EP Live At Easy Street. This recording predates the Record Store Day tradition, but it anticipated the Record Store Day spirit in many ways. The band played a surprise set at the Easy Street Records store in West Seattle in April of 2005, two years before the first Record Store Day. (According to Eddie Vedder, this was the first time the Seattle grunge band played in the western part of the city). The band made this appearance in support of the Coalition Of Independent Music Stores. A limited number of CD copies of the recorded set were distributed to indie record stores in 2006. Now, Live At Easy Street will be issued on vinyl for Record Store Day 2019, and will be limited to 6,000 copies.

The seven songs here were performed with amazing ferocity that recalls the band's early days, with the recorded set clocking in at l…

Record Store Day 2019: 3-inch singles

There are plenty of interesting items scheduled to be released on Record Store Day 2019, which falls on April 13th this year. I am thrilled to see that the vinyl resurgence has not faded away, as some people predicted it would by this time. But I must say I am surprised to see a whole new vinyl record medium being offered this year: the 3-inch single. That's right. These tiny records, which are not quite half the width of the familiar 7-inch single, are able to hold up to four minutes of music. But can they be played on a regular turntable? Apparently not. Special miniature turntables designed to play these records are also going to be offered for sale on Record Store Day this year. Not surprisingly, Jack White's Third Man label is at the forefront of the (re-)birth of this vinyl novelty.

The box set features six tiny singles from the White Stripes' back catalogue https://t.co/SYUJtnVD3V — Exclaim! News (@exclaimnews) February 28, 2019

Here are the details about the 3-in…