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Record Store Day

Hey it's 4/20! What does that mean? It's international Record Store Day! Well for some its also Cannabis Culture Day but for us music heads this is our day! Bands and independent record stores around the world release rarity and limited edition vinyl for the masses to fight over, in many cases maybe one copy a store! Today I headed up to my favorite record store, for what seems like close to 30 years, West Seattle's Easy Street Records and the wife Stephanie headed to my other little favorite record store Hi-Voltage in Tacoma. Yeah we had a little list each of what we wanted and didn't really succeed at all, especially with the expanded 2-LP Mad Season Record Store Day release. That's okay I scored 2 copies of the Mad Season "River of Deceit" 10" red vinyl LP last year on Record Store Day.

This year Stephanie got David Bowie's "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" 7" for Record Store Day and a used picture disk find of her favorite punk band, D.O.A's Bloodied But Unbowed. She also found me 1 of  the 1000 Testament 7" picture disks featuring them doing covers of the Scorpions "Animal Magnetism" and Iron Maiden's "Powerslave" at Hi-Voltage Records! My big find was by my favorite musician on the planet with Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and his RSD exclusive picture disks. This release features the demo versions of two tracks from Wilson’s latest solo album The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) – the songs "Luminol" and "The Watchmaker". These demo versions have never been available on vinyl before and were pressed on a heavyweight (180g) picture disc! Super cool collectable stuff this day brings for us music heads on Record Store Day!

Mike McCready and Barrett Martin of Mad Season were at Easy Street Records signing copies of the their special LP too! That was awesome to see the turnout around the block and in the store! Vinyl sounds soooooooo much better than CD's or crappy MP3's! Miss the good old days of sitting for hours staring at album artwork, listening to the album and enjoying music while cataloging my library of albums. You can put that iTunes in your pipe and toke it! Nothing will ever beat vinyl in sound or joy of having it in your hands! Support your local record/music stores year around! - Iron Mike

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Rocktographer Exhibit Seattle

20 of us local music photographers picked our favorite photo to exhibit. You vote in-person for the best shot through April at the Triple Door's Musicquarium Lounge. Winners announced first week in May. Check out some great concert prints in 16x20 frames, vote and have a drink or two with some food at this great hangout! Triple Door - 216 Union Street - Seattle, WA 98101. Thanks for any shameless plugging, Facebook sharing, Twitter sending to help in getting bodies down there to vote for my Duff McKagan (#20) crowd surfing shot in the Key Arena or any other  photo that excites ya! Who will be the 2013 Rocktographer of the year? For more on the story behind my photo see my recent KISW blog:

Spearheaded by Rocktographer and Wild Ginger Bellevue General Manager Mat Hayward, the event was developed to shine the spotlight on the incredible concert photography talent found in the Seattle area. Here's an article on the event and the photographers listed from Greg Roth at SMI (Seattle Music Insider):

Thanks KISW Rockaholics!! "Iron" Mike

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Soundgarden in Seattle Today

Well if you were one of the lucky 50+ KISW listeners that won their way into this secret private acoustic event with Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Ben Shepherd you left with one big smile! How often can ya say you went and saw Soundgarden do 5 song acoustic set and met the guys for your lunch break? That's exactly what happened today courtesy of KISW 99.9FM at the new, incredible 1920's, prohibition inspired, Aston Manor Social Club in the Sodo district.

All the lucky patrons had a drink or two awaiting the performance. No one knew exactly where it would be taking place inside the venue. Little did they know we all had to sneak through a huge secret entrance hidden in a book case. Being escorted through the doorway by Ryan, I felt like I was leaving the building and going into the secret Batcave. Ya know I had to yell like Robin "Holy Soundgarden Batman!" as Chris and Ben started soundcheck in this magnificent room!

After soundcheck, all the KISW winners were let into the room and the mighty Jolene laid the hammer down with her announcement - no cell phones, cameras, etc. for the show. Guess that was my job ;) She introduced the guys and Chris & Ben made their way to the stage to perform an awesome 5-song acoustic set that included: "Burden In My Hand", "Halfway There", "Black Hole Sun", "Black Saturday" & "Fell On Black Days". Chris sounded amazing. He didn't have to compete vocally with the usual barage of guitars and drums. Ben's monstrous low end groove complemented Chris' acoustic and vocals.

After the set was over, Chris & Ben met all the KISW winners, signed their badges and then off they went. it was great to see them both.

Remember to stay tuned to both and KISW Facebook pages for exclusive video from this event and various photos being posted. Also check out my Facebook page for todays, full show, photo gallery [Click Here] - Remember to check out Soundgarden online [Official Website] [Facebook]

"Iron" Mike

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