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Monday, April 18, 2011

Neil Young Supports Vinyl & Independent Record Stores

Neil Young Vinyl Shopping - April 16, 2011
Plan9 Music, Richmond, Virginia
Photo by Emaleigh Franzak

Neil Young showed his support of Vinyl & Independent Record Stores last Saturday, which was International Record Day.

Young was in town for a concert at the Landmark Theater when his crew decided to do some vinyl shopping. Emaleigh Franzak, Asst. Manager of Plan9 Music, Richmond, Virginia wrote us to say:
I took the photo posted on the Plan 9 Facebook page. It was a really fun day, and that was an excellent surprise.

The best/worst part was that we were actually playing "Le Noise" when he walked in the door. I just about melted for a few seconds.

There was nothing we could do but keep listening, of course! He shopped for a bit...was very reserved, but polite and friendly!

Neil bought Its a Beautiful Day record. (Incidentally, this is a very classic album and if you read the linked review it'll make you want to dig out your copy... or find a used copy.)

Very nice!

There has been a rather huge reaction in the Vinyl & Independent Record Stores community around the world. The Record Store Day Facebook page has 100's of Likes and Comments on the sighting.

We're not entirely clear on this, but there were some reports that Neil had a pressing of A Treasure which was played at the store also.

Neil Young, Tour Manager Eric Johnson, Manager Elliot Roberts
Plan9 Music, Richmond, Virginia
Photo by Emaleigh Franzak

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At 4/18/2011 12:24:00 PM, Blogger ShittyHorse said...

Haha- this is the greatest thing ever! Man! To be at that store! Record Store Day is a beautiful thing- one that I hope continues. If you didn't go out, you should have seen the lines out there! I was first in line at a local store that opened at midnight for one hour, and behind me were at least 100 people, and I got everything I wanted. The next day I went out a little later and and stood in line to get into the store for well over an hour- the line stretched around the block! Was akin to waiting in line for tickets for a show. RSD is such a great thing for independent record stores and I'm glad Neil was out there showing his support! And he made an EXCELLENT choice! I'll be in Providence RI this weekend for the show (will post a report when I return) Seriously CAN NOT WAIT! I hope they have a couple good record shops around. Thanks for posting Thrasher!

Buy a turntable today!

At 4/18/2011 12:26:00 PM, Blogger Greg McGarvey said...

right on, SH!

At 4/18/2011 12:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a very funny video on Neils Garage.

At 4/18/2011 12:41:00 PM, Blogger tuned4life said...

Just a regular guy looking at albums. I wonder what kind of set up He has for listening. My guess would be tube stuff. He must have a 3 speed turntable for those scratchy old 78's.

At 4/18/2011 12:51:00 PM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...


The next one who f***'s up a Neil project has to remaster Everybody's Rockin... OMG that would be the perfect nightmare

At 4/18/2011 12:52:00 PM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...

I was talking about the video on Neil's home page!

At 4/18/2011 01:01:00 PM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...

Neil bought It's A Beautiful Day on Record Store Day!

Just perfect on that beautiful day. I really enjoyed it and hope Neil will make a special release for next year. Something like a 12 inch with Mansion on the Hill on one side and two new old songs on the other side.... something like that....

At 4/18/2011 02:06:00 PM, Blogger Michael said...

LOVE It's a Beautiful Day... Very cool that he picked it up!

At 4/18/2011 03:07:00 PM, Blogger Homesick in Paradise said...

Is Eric Johnson the painter?

At 4/18/2011 03:27:00 PM, Blogger ShittyHorse said...

I believe Amber Jean is The Painter.

Oh my GOD! That video is hilarious! Even better its posted on Neil's site!

At 4/18/2011 03:28:00 PM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...

Well, yes, Eric Johnson is the painter... and tour manager. Check it out on TW:
Great site for all you ever wanted to know about Neil Young.

At 4/18/2011 03:33:00 PM, Blogger Homesick in Paradise said...

Thanks BSM, I know TW well and you guys too, for that matter :-)

At 4/18/2011 03:55:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

"White Bird" is the other song that most people remember from that album...

At 4/18/2011 04:21:00 PM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...

It's a Beautiful Day- White bird

At 4/18/2011 04:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yes...

At 4/18/2011 04:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's one small step for a woman...

At 4/18/2011 04:29:00 PM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said... giant leap for the Jefferson Airplane...

At 4/18/2011 04:32:00 PM, Blogger Rusting In Peace said...


At 4/18/2011 04:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 4/18/2011 04:34:00 PM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...

And this one is even better:

It's all one band!

At 4/18/2011 04:36:00 PM, Blogger Rusting In Peace said...

if the boy bands weren't busy writing about killing their girlfriends, the girl bands were writing about rabbits and birds...

At 4/18/2011 04:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right! Well, .....

At 4/18/2011 04:45:00 PM, Blogger Rusting In Peace said...

It's all one big fricken commercial.

At 4/18/2011 04:45:00 PM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...


At 4/18/2011 04:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YouTube is changing.

At 4/18/2011 04:57:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

There are some songs that were never meant to played on anything except a record player.

At 4/18/2011 05:03:00 PM, Blogger JimDC821 said...

Equally interesting is that in the foreground is a photo of a Rick James album, RJ of Mynah Birds fame... Neil's Mynah Birds song, "It's my Time" could perhaps capture the spirit of the moment when this photo was snapped.

Jim in DC

Gateway of Love

At 4/18/2011 05:07:00 PM, Blogger Rusting In Peace said...

Two words:

Moby Grape

At 4/18/2011 06:45:00 PM, Blogger elfranzak said...

The second photo was by Jim Nelson...just want to make sure he gets credit where credit is due! He's an excellent photographer and really nice guy!

At 4/18/2011 07:16:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

You folks are outrageous!

Some of these clips are pretty wild. I recall the Jefferson Airplane clips from Smothers Brothers.

Never saw the Shocking Blue monkey house vid. Man, crazy daze....

At 4/19/2011 02:59:00 AM, Blogger BecauseSoundMatters said...

Here's one for you Thrasher:

It's a good one that is getting better!
Hitchhiker from Richmond

At 4/19/2011 11:59:00 AM, Blogger Rusting In Peace said...

Thrasher brings out the crazy in us all!

That Shocking Blue song was used in a lady's shaving tool advertisement not too long ago.

Is that a "Heart of Gold" Breakfast sausage jingle I hear in the near future?

At 4/19/2011 12:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hard to find,the one in metro detroit whent broke ,just like the family farmer, when neil wrote walk with me it was like his personal message to us that he's down to earth with his fans and understands what struggles we go through in life. that song is already a classic, and the whole album should have won a Grammy

At 4/19/2011 12:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NEIL shows a sign of LOVE

At 4/19/2011 12:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In his own way he could rescue me & others that are feeling down &out it's just his nature

At 4/19/2011 12:42:00 PM, Blogger Rusting In Peace said...

Oh hey, Anonymous, I hear what you're saying but we've been walking with Neil ever since he hit the streets, man.

We all know Neil's grammy recognition should have started with "After the Goldrush" or "Harvest" but he pissed a lot of the industry bigwigs off major. I think Ahmet double-crossed him, and Neil had already moved on, you know? Over Ahmet's dead body was ATG or Harvet was gonna take any recognition, you know what I mean?

At 4/19/2011 12:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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