Vintage Vinyl

There is some great news and some sad news regarding Vintage Vinyl. The great news is that after 42 years of being an undeniably vital part of the Jersey music and culture scene as well as one of the greatest record stores in the world, Rob and Donna are retiring to enjoy the rewards of their hard work. They’ll travel abroad, they’ll spend time with their family and just live enjoy life to the fullest. My happiness for them has no bounds, they are special people who have been a part of my life since the store was first located in Irvington and my father would take me there as a kid.
The sad news is that the store will not be open after July 31st. It’s closing forever as it should, as it wouldn’t be the same without them. The closing is not a casualty of the times or the remnants of Covid, or a lease renewal, or a downturn in business. It’s none of that, the store is doing as great as ever, and last weekend’s RSD drop was huge.

I have so many memories of the literal thousands of times I’ve been there, whether those early days in Irvington with my dad, picking up Springsteen UK and Japanese imports, and then of course to all of the size incarnations in Fords and even a few visits to the second location in Ocean during its brief lifespan.

And of course the in stores which all were epic, ranging from Ozzy to Jack Antonoff to Gaslight Anthem to Queens of the Stone Age and so on and so on.

And of course the great conversations with Rob about records and artists and the always well prepared and ready staff he and Donna always had there to help.

Years back I had written an article for the Aquarian about record stores for record store day and it included this paragraph:

“The beauty of record stores is that they are all different; different selection, different staff, different music playing in the store, with each experience being unique and diverse. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard something at a record store and bought it because of that, or been able to find a gem in a used bin that had been just placed.”

When record store day was in its infancy as was my show Anything Anything, I had this crazy idea of pressing a record of some local artists for Record Store Day and then renting a school bus and loading it up with the bands on the album and visit a many stores as we could and popping in and doing live performances. It was a crazy day, we visited around a dozen stores in NYC, Brooklyn and of course Jersey.

There will be a void, a store of Vintage Vinyl’s magnitude will not be replaced, but we as an arts community, a record buying community, supporters of independents, can’t go into a funk, we can’t get lazy and just turn to amazon or discogs or ebay to satisfy our needs. We need to support those stores that will still be here to serve us in Jersey.

So as we wind down the last few weeks of Vintage Vinyl and absorb the memories and aura while in there to pick up some final records etc and say hello and goodbye to Rob and Donna ,their wonderful staff and store we need to look ahead as well, so if you haven’t been or hadn’t been in awhile or always wanted to check out, please add Jack’s in Red Bank, Scotti’s in Summit, Revilla in Milltown, Groovy Graveyard in Asbury, Rock Shop in Mays Landing, Randy Now in Bordentown, Iris in Jersey City, Tunes in Hoboken, Music Merchant in Westwood, Princeton Record Exchange, Sound Exchange in Wayne, Spin Me Round across the Jersey state line in Easton PA as well as any I may have left out to your record buying pilgrimages. It’s good for the soul (and the rock, and the punk and the jazz, and the country, and the hip hop and the pop and the classical and whatever else you drop the needle on)

Thanks for everything Rob and Donna!

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the Shadows

BIG MAMA and SVZ

JOHN BRITTON and SVZ Part 1

JOHN BRITTON and SVZ part 2:

BRUCE GUMBERT and SVZ

Follow Your Dreams Karse Simon and the Shadows:

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Smithereens on Anything Anything 2011

Just gutted about the passing of Pat Dinizio of the Smithereens, such a great talent and wonderful guy. Pat, Jim and Dennis appeared on my show in 2011, did 3 live songs and an interview, here’s all of it for you to watch, it’s really great stuff..

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WMGM-FM Atlantic City Launch and Mixcloud Player

Anything, Anything Dramarama
Atlantic City Original Broadway Cast Ragtime
On the Boardwalk in Atlantic City Dick Haymes
Steel Pier Bobby Rydell
Atlantic City (Live 8/5/84) Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band
Rex Bob Lowenstein Mark Germino and the Sluggers
The Last DJ Tom Petty
Roll the Dice L.A. Guns (with Paul Black)

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Regarding the 45% Service fees for the upcoming Dramarama, Battery Electric, Soraia show in Asbury Park on July 15th

 I received an email from a long time listener of my radio show who lives about an hour outside of Asbury Park and when she went to purchase tickets online for Dramarama on July 15th, she was caught off guard that her tix which had a face value of $20 each, cost $29 each after a $9 fee on each.

She didn’t buy the tickets. I don’t blame her.

A 45% service charge is ridiculous and just not right.

I checked other shows at the venue via Ticketmaster and most of them had a fee of 25%, which is still ridiculous to a degree but not as insane as 45%. I then found 2 other shows at the venue that had similar 45% fees, the common thread is that they are all $20 ticket shows, so it seems that if the show is $20 the fee is 45%, if it’s $15, the fee is 25%. Whatever, it makes zero sense to me.

I also want to make clear that NONE of that 45% fee on tix to the Dramarama show goes to the bands or the promoter or your host for the evening (who by the way is doing this show for free, so the bands can make more).

I’d much rather you take that $9 fee and use it to buy the new Battery Electric CD at show, or a Soraia CD or T-Shirt, or even a Dramarama T-shirt (yes folks, finally Dramarama merch at a show), or buy a drink for someone with it, or some food, or give to a worthy charity.

But you may ask, how do I still get to see the show and avoid that ridiculous 45% fee, while not getting shut out at the door the night of the show as it’s sold out every year for the last 7 years?

There are two ways to do that:  you can buy the tickets in person at the Stone Pony Box office which only has $3 fee for the tickets which is much more reasonable.

But I realize that some of you aren’t near the Pony, and that getting there to save $6 may not make much sense with gas and tolls and time, if you aren’t already down there for something else.

So I’ll offer you this solution, I personally will go to Asbury and secure the tix for you, all you need to do is send me an email (rich@richrusso.net) or message me via Facebook, and I’ll give you the info on how to pay me via paypal and I’ll go get your tix for $23 each, and they will given to you the night of the show.

I apologize again for the ridiculous 45% fee via online ordering, and hopefully you’ll take me up on my offer above.

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PLAYLISTS for 10/4/15

Anything, Anything Dramarama
C’mon Everybody Eddie Cochran (happy bday Eddie)
Everybody’s Rockin’ Bobby Lord
Everybody Loves Me, Baby Don McLean (happy bday Don)
Everybody Loves Me Alejandro Escovedo
Let Me Love You Too Tommy Conwell And The Young Rumblers
Let Me Put My Love Into You AC/DC (Happy bday Brian Johnson)
Glamour Stretcher Time Jack LaLanne (happy bday Jack)
Pump your Blood Potsie from Happy Days (happy bday Anson Williams)
Stain Yer Blood Paul Westerberg
Bleeders The Wallflowers
Positive Bleeding Urge Overkill
Sting Me The Black Crowes
Russians Sting (happy bday Sting and Vladimir Putin)
Eyes of the World Fleetwood Mac (happy bday Linsday Buckingham)
Eyes of the Muse King Tuff
Eyes To The Wind The War On Drugs
Into The Wind John Wesley Harding
Moi Je Joue (Me, I Play) Brigitte Bardot (happy bday Brigitte)
Secondary Modern Elvis Costello & the Attractions
She’s So Modern The Boomtown Rats (happy bday Bob Geldof)
Modern Man Arcade Fire
He’s a Dancer Kristy and Jimmy McNichol (happy bday Kristy)
Dancin’ Party Chubby Checker (happy bday Chubby)
Paper Crown The Checkers
Paper Lanterns Green Day
Stray Paper The Gaslight Anthem
Fall in Love Nina Diaz
Can’t You Hear Them Howl Lucero
Nothing But the Radio Maia Sharp
Night Closing In Darlene Love

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The Jersey Guy Does Jersey Playlist 9-11-15

When The Planes Fall From The Sky Monster Magnet
The ’59 Sound The Gaslight Anthem
Words Of Love Patti Smith
I’m Gonna Love You Too Blondie
Maria Elena The Smithereens
Raining in My Heart Pat Dinizio
I Can’t Keep From Crying Bruce Tunkel
When Death Should Find Us Edtang & The Chops
Airport Security The Bouncing Souls
Undivided Bon Jovi
Lonesome Day Bruce Springsteen
I Feel Weird Steel Train
Ground Zero 68 A.D.
Miss Yah Plastiq Passion
You’re Missing Bruce Springsteen

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Jersey Guy Does Jersey 8-28-15 Playlist

Tenth Avenue Freeze Out Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band 
Thunder Road Frank Turner w/ Ben Nichols (Live at Stone Pony 11/5/10) 
Mean Streets Cats on a Smooth Surface 
My Streets Bob Poulding Band 
Racing In The Street Roger Taylor 
Left Hand Turn Dan Kidney & The Pulsations 
Garden State Parkway Boogie Holme 
Turnpike Ghost Tegan and Sara 
Exit Number 9 Glen Burtnik & Slaves Of New Brunswick 
Exit 109  Dale Watson
challenge me  Exit 138 
Last Exit  Pearl Jam (Live Continental Airlines Arena East Rutherford, NJ 6/1/06)
Brothers Under the Bridges (‘83) Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band 
Burning Bridges Bon Jovi 
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Jersey Guy Does Jersey 8-14-15 Playlist

I Played The Fool Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
Fool Number Two The Uniques with Nicky Addeo
Rikki Don’t Lose That Number Steely Dan
My Love Will Not Let You Down Ricki And The Flash (Meryl Streep)
Rickie (Wants A Man Of Her Own) (Alt.-Take) Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band
Here Comes My Man The Gaslight Anthem
Big Man in Town Four Seasons
The Hurdy Gurdy Man The Angels
Robot Man Connie Francis
A Most Peculiar Man Simon & Garfunkel
Mr. E. Mann Titus Andronicus
Travelin’ Man Ricky Nelson
Travelin’ Band Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 1984-08-05 Brendan Byrne Arena E. Rutherford, NJ
Flying Cars Deal Casino
Incredible Dramarama
Spin Me Around The Modulators
Spinning Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

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Jersey Guy Does Jersey 7-31-15 Playlist

Day Tripper Nancy Sinatra
Friday On My Mind Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Friday’s Here Bruce Tunkel 
Black Friday Steely Dan
Suddenly Saturday Outside The Box 
Saturday Night Wyldlife 
Sunday Girl (best of mix) Blondie
I Don’t Like Mondays Bon Jovi with Bob Geldof
Gloomy Monday Morning The Black Hollies
Groovy Tuesday The Smithereens
Sometime Wednesday The Atomic Bitchwax 
Thursday Count Basie with Helen Humes 
Thursday The Ways 
Rockaway the Days Bruce Springsteen
Last Day in New Jersey Part Two Les Trois Chaud 
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