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The Beatles/Knack Mashup, World's Oldest Record Shop, and more!

Posted on July 24 2016

We click on a lot of links each week, you probably do too. We share the best links on Facebook or Twitter, but some links deserve a little more love than the fleeting world of social media can offer them. 

Here are some of our favorite finds from last week online.

    1. The search for the oldest record store in the world!

  1. The first of a 3-part blog series is up over at the Trackage Scheme blog. Will they have the definitive answer to the question of "Where the world's oldest existing record shop is located?" by the end? At the moment, they think it's D’Amato Records, a shop that has been standing in the same spot since 1885!
  2. While the era of mashups seems largely to be behind us, this one, from 2014, is totally worth a listen. It expertly pairs The Beatles "Paperback Writer" with The Knack's "My Sharona". As one YouTube commenter notes, this mashup goes to show just how much Doug Fieger, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of The Knack, respected (read: emulated) The Beatles! 

    Seriously, this is worth a click!


If the NME is to be believed, Michael Jackson couldn't read or write music. Whether this is true or not, doesn't change the fact that MJ cooked up some of the greatest pop music of all time. What makes this even more incredible is that, as the demos featured here show, Jackson could imagine full songs, all the parts, all the harmonies, and he would sing them all into a tape recorder to share with his producers! 

    1. "He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. He would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills."
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