Turntable

Jon Norton visits with area record store owners to learn what they have in heavy rotation.

Sgt. Pepper Turns 50

May 24, 2017
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North Street Records owner Jeff Wilson paused to contemplate the 50 year anniversary of The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.

"I can't believe all Beatles records are starting to be 50 years old," said Wilson sitting next to the turntable behind the counter in his store. "I guess it's like the world's classical music, especially Sgt. Pepper because it's so iconic."

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Reverberation Vinyl owner John Anderson has spent the last few weeks dropping the needle on the turntable in his store onto late 1960's and early 1970's Pentangle albums. Though not old enough to have been at the show, the group's May 11, 1970 concert at Illinois Wesleyan's Fred Young Fieldhouse has him obsessed with unearthing a recording from that show.

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With Deafheaaven set to bring its black metal/shoegaze sound to the Castle Theater in Bloomington March 18, their last two albums are getting heavy play on the turntable at Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal.

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The Los Angeles based bluesy roots-rock band "The Record Company" brings its swagger to Bloomington to play The Castle Theater February 26.  The band has seen its arrow pointing upward since the release of its debut album "Give It Back To You" last February.  Former GLT staffer and occasional music critic Taylor Bauer sat down in the GLT Studio's with Jon Norton to talk about the The Record Company and its critically acclaimed debut album.
 

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GLT's Jon Norton likes to stop by local record stores to hear what's on the turntable while customers browse the bins.  He recently dropped in on Jared Alcorn at Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal to hear a sound that flashed him back to the 1980's.

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GLT's Jon Norton occasionally drops by local record stores to hear what's playing on the turntable while customers browse the bins.  This week, Trevor Basham of Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal introduced him to a quirky Australian who both conceptually and physically adopts the persona of a failed lounge singer.

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Reverberation Vinyl on Main street in Bloomington is not unlike other local record stores.  As you're browsing the bins, the music playing on the stores turntable or CD player is fairly representative of the owner's personal taste.  But at Reverberation Vinyl, you're likely to hear sounds that color a bit more outside the lines.

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GLT's student music reviewer Matthew Mullins is spreading the word about a new soul album by an emerging artist.  The Normal Community West High School senior says Allen Stone's Radius has barely left his turntable this month. Mullins said like himself, Stone is a young guy from a small town.

"He grew up in the church singing and playing guitar.  He just signed with Capital Records" said Mullins.  "He's a singer-songwriter with a lot of soul.  His biggest influences were Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway, and Sam Cooke."

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Occasional we ask GLT's Jon Norton to drop by local record stores to hear what's playing while customers browse the bins.  It's a feature we call "What's on Your Turntable?" Norton recently stopped in at Waiting Room Records in Uptown Normal, where store owner Jared Alcorn gave him a CD preview of "Tween," the new release by the Baltimore, MD based pop/rock duo Wye Oak.  

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Occasionally we send WGLT's Jon Norton out to local record stores to hear what's playing on the turntable while customers browse the bins.  This week Norton stopped by Reverberation Vinyl across from Illinois Wesleyan on Main Street in Bloomington.  Owner John Anderson was flashing back to lush recordings from the 1980's and 90's by Mick Head, an artist practically unknown to the general public due to bad timing and a lot of bad luck.

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Rabid fans of Radiohead likely already downloaded the bands new album "A Moon Shaped Pool" when it was released in early May.  June 17 is the official release date for the CD and LP.  On this edition of "What's On Your Turntable," WGLT's Jon Norton dropped by Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal, where owner Jared Alcorn was spinning an advance copy of the album.  He gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up. 

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Occasionally we ask WGLT's Jon Norton to peruse local record stores to hear what's playing on the turntable while customers browse the bins.  Recently he stopped by Waiting Room Records in uptown Normal, where owner Jared Alcorn was spinning the new album by "Anohni." He summed up the album as violent, haunting, and devastating.

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Occasionally we ask GLT listeners to let us know what's playing on their turntable. Alt-Country rockers The Jayhawks recently played the Castle Theater in support of their latest record. WGLT's Taylor Bauer, who helps out during Morning Edition, brought in the band's just released album "Paging Mr. Proust."

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Matthew Mullins is a 17-year-old junior at Normal Community West High School with a passion for music bordering on obsessive.  He said he devours all types of music, but especially classic rock, blues, and jazz. 

"I actually got into jazz in general from my teacher at Normal West, Mrs. (Sarah) Williams, who introduced me to jazz.  And I had a deep appreciation for jazz around sixth grade.  I listened to all the greats ... Bill Evans ... Dave Brubeck.  Then I started expanding from there.

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When Cheap Trick was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month, 17 year old Bloomington High School junior Bridget Lantz was thrilled for her father Doug, a huge fan of the band since he was a teen. For this edition of “What’s On Your Turntable,” Doug pulled out a mitt full of Cheap Trick albums from his collection to play for Bridget. The two spent the better part of an hour swapping stories about the band and interpreting song lyrics.

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Fans of Prince are mourning his death in many ways.   Some are reminiscing and sharing stories on social media.  Musicians are paying homage by opening their shows with "Purple Rain" and other Prince staples.   At Reverberation Vinyl in Bloomington, owner and founder John Anderson had Prince on the turntable when WGLT's Jon Norton stopped by for an edition of "What's On Your Turntable?"

Sinking Into 'Pool'

Mar 30, 2016
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One of Jon Norton's favorite assignments is dropping by local record stores to hear what's playing on the turntable while customers browse the bins.  Norton recently stopped by Waiting Room Records in Uptown Normal, where owner Jared Alcorn explained the virtues of a new synth-pop release that has his fancy.

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Local record stores occasionally get a visit from WGLT's Jon Norton, who likes to stop in to hear what's playing on the turntable as customers browse the bins.   A relatively obscure album from a few decades ago was spinning at North Street Records in Uptown Normal when Norton checked in recently with owner Jeff Wilson.

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Occasionally we send Jon Norton out to local record stores to hear what's playing on the turntable while customers browse the bins.  This week Norton dropped in on Reverberation Vinyl  on Main Street in Bloomington where he heard a new release of a long buried 1970's Memphis gem.

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Shopping is a London based trio that contrasts its extremely danceable post punk rhythms with sharp commentary on consumerism, and the omnipresent electronic devices we use to interact with other humans.  Trevor Basham of Waiting Room Records (pictured) says the catchy "Why Choose" is one of his favorite albums of the last six months.  On this edition of "What's On Your Turntable," Basham gives a sample of what he calls a "must listen" album.

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Even if you weren't aware of Motörhead leader Lemmy, you might have become aware of him on social media after his recent death.  GLT's Jon Norton occasionally visits local record stores to hear what's playing on the turntable while customers browse the bins and recently learned more about Lemmy.

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Every so often we send WGLT's Jon Norton out to local record stores to hear what's playing on the Turntable while customers browse the bins.  This week Norton stopped in at North Street Records in uptown Normal.  With Christmas barely a week away, guess what kind of music was playing on the turntable.

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Occasionally we send Jon Norton out to local record stores to hear what's playing on their turntable while customers browse the bins.  Recently Norton caught a whiff of an album reminiscent of something from two decades prior.

Occasionally GLT's Jon Norton stops by area record stores to hear what's playing on the turntable while customers browse the bins.  On the turntable at Reverberation Vinyl was the soundtrack to a classic German horror film.  Store owner John Anderson took Norton through some of the intricacies of the album, and the man behind the music of Popol Vuh.

Occasionally we send Jon Norton out to local record stores to listen to what customers are hearing as they browse the bins.  Norton's trip to Uptown Normal this week pumped some new heavy metal in his hear holes.