It’s fitting that Mike Mills has plans to celebrate Record Store Day in Maine at Bull Moose in Scarborough on April 19. The former bassist for R.E.M. and co-writer of some of the band’s most enduring songs makes a point to seek out the best music stores in most every town he visits.
“I still go into Wuxtry Records in Athens,” Mills told me in a phone interview. R.E.M’s Peter Buck was behind the counter at Wuxtry 35 years ago when Michael Stipe was a frequent customer. The store was a catalyst in the formation of one of rock’s most influential bands. “I’ve been to Mississippi Records in Portland, Oregon. I was in Amoeba in Los Angeles not long ago. I hit record stores whenever I can,” Mills said.
The seventh annual Record Store Day, a global celebration of and for music lovers who support indie record stores, is set for Saturday, April 19.
Hundreds of limited-edition vinyl and CD releases will be part of this year’s celebration – many created with full cooperation of the artists.
Nearly four years in the making, “Beneath the Harvest Sky,” the debut narrative drama from award-winning filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, is set to premiere in theaters throughout Maine on April 25- one week before it opens nationally.
For Gaudet and Pullapilly, partners in film and in marriage, bringing “Beneath the Harvest Sky” to the big screen is the realization of a dream they have had for many years. “Hopefully, after people see this, they will look at us as filmmakers who make professional, narrative films,” Gaudet told me in a recent phone interview. “I think we’re still looking to legitimize ourselves after we did a self-released documentary.”
Only a handful of active rock bands make it to their 50th anniversary. Even rarer are the bands still seeking a challenge as they get there. The Scorpions will hit that milestone in 2015 and are still looking for new ways to rock you like a hurricane.
Klaus Meine, lead vocalist for the Scorpions since 1969, says his band received an invitation from MTV to perform a series of acoustic-based “Unplugged” shows in a venue of their choice. Seeing it as an opportunity to rework classic material, pull out some rarities and introduce a few new songs, the Scorpions readily agreed.
David Steinberg’s Showtime series “Inside Comedy” is back for a third season each Monday at 11 p.m.
Steinberg knows funny. He rocked the TV establishment of the late ’60s on “The Smothers Comedy Hour,” made Johnny laugh in more than 130 guest appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” (second only to Bob Hope) and stepped behind the camera to direct episodes of “Friends,” “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
‘This is Spinal Tap’ turns 30
There are two kinds of people in this world - those who will immediately react to the phrase “These go to 11!” and those who will stare at you like you’re from the Isle of Lucy.
‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro gives back on new show
In the land of custom specialty cakes, Buddy Valastro of Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey is not only “The Boss,” he is king.
With two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Tony Award, career mementos on display at the Smithsonian Institution and a plethora of plaques and trophies, you might assume that June Lockhart is unflappable in the honors department. “They sent a card notifying me that I had been selected,” she told me in a phone call last week from her home in Los Angeles. “Nothing means as much to me as this.”
The award for “Exceptional Public Achievement” was bestowed upon June Lockhart by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for her decades-long association with the space agency and for continuously inspiring public interest in space exploration. The prestigious award has been issued to only three other people, and Lockhart is the first woman to receive it.
Rapper Cory Gunz, star of the MTV reality show “Son of a Gun,” is scheduled to appear on Jan. 23 at the Downunder Club at Seasons, 427 Main St. in Bangor.
A frequent collaborator with artists including Jay-Z, Rihanna, Nick Cannon, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Kahlifa, Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, Gunz was signed to Casablanca Records and Def Jam Recordings in 2003 by music executive Tommy Mottola.
Since the 2006 premiere of “Psych,” USA Network’s comedy-drama detective series, viewers have been drawn into a world where they are tested nearly as often as the show’s protagonist, Shawn Spencer (James Roday).
As the son of decorated law enforcement officer Henry Spencer (Corbin Bernsen), Shawn had long been trained and challenged by his dad to analyze and observe like a detective.
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