PlayRecord.Net Community Mailer Issue Eighteen

The Eighteenth edition of the PlayRecord.Net Community Mailer (ISSN 1743-1476)

To the September edition of the Community Mailer...





Festival. That's the word of the month at PlayRecord Towers. We've been partying hard and enjoying some of the best new music at some great local music festivals.

Just last weekend saw the premier of the PlayRecord.Net festival stall where there were some awesome festival only bargains to be had - as well as the site of PlayRecord staff lounging around in the sun enjoying a nice can of luke warm cider :-)

The Moor Music Festival was right on our doorstep so we thought it would be rude not to be present!! Well I can assure you we didn't regret it one bit as we were blessed with some of the nicest weather so far this year along with some truly superb local musical talent and an eclectic mixture of musical styles that ensured even the sometimes highly musically critical PlayRecord staff were suitably impressed.

There is something really special about the sounds you get when you take a ridiculously large PA rig and set it up in a field. This festival was a real example of how great that sound could be thanks to the superb work of Purple Pro Audio with their trademark purple cabs dominating the sides and front of the stages.

For some people though the festivals are a bit too much... Mud, rain and lots of smelly festival goers only barely outdone by the quintessentially pungent festival toilets. Even Ozzy can only take so much. To the dismay of many he has decided to decline the headline slot at the Ozz Fest - a position he has enjoyed for the past nine years. Apparently recurrent throat problems have forced the issue.

Whatever you are doing though - have a great bank holiday from everyone at PlayRecord.Net

Remember: We are more than happy to answer any questions or queries - no matter how simple, just e-mail for a fast and friendly response.

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"Like a Rolling Stone" Voted Most Important Cultural Moment

British Bands Dominate Charts

Best Prices on Musical Equipment


Yamaha Electric and Acoustic Guitars

Learn New Guitar Songs

Best Prices on Guitars


Zildjian Crashes in at PlayRecord.Net

Drummer Live 2005

Best Price on Drums and Percussion


Coogan's Courtney Love Child

Google's New Instant Messenger

Top of the Pops Walk Out

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Music News

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"Like a Rolling Stone" Voted Most Important Cultural Moment

Bob Dylan track "Like a Rolling Stone" from the album Highway 61 Revisited has been voted the most revolutionary moment in popular culture by a panel of 100 musicians, actors and industry experts, led by Sir Paul McCartney.

The poll was organised by Uncut magazine to commemorate their 100th issue which has just been published.

"This list has been a massive undertaking and considering which films have had a greater cultural impact than Bowie, for example, has fuelled many discussions." Said Uncut editor Allan Jones.

"What we have been left with is Dylan as the most seminal artistic statement of the last five decades - but I'm sure others will disagree."

In second place was Elvis Presley with Heartbreak Hotel. This was Paul McCartney's first choice.

You can see the full list on Rocklist.Net. You can also see all of the other lists of best albums etc produced by music magazines and television programmes on this site. This is a really great resource if you are interested in expanding your musical horizons or ensuring your collection is as comprehensive as you thought - check it out!!

Uncut Magazine
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British Bands Dominate Charts

Ten years on from the Brit Pop era and British music is still riding high in the charts. Statistics released by the BPI show that there is plenty of new British music with acts such as Franz Ferdinand, Keane, Snow Patrol and Katie Melua all amongst the year's best sellers.

Figures issued on the 19th of August by the BPI show that UK acts took the top share of sales last year in all six of Britain's biggest genres: rock, pop, R&B, middle-of-the-road, easy listening, dance and hip-hop.

Robbie Williams' Greatest Hits made the top 5 in 2004, helping him become the year's biggest selling pop artist, while double-BRIT award winner Joss Stone beat Usher and Lemar to become the best-seller in R&B.

The Streets were the biggest selling hip hop act and the first UK act to achieve that honour.

Welsh Mezzo-Soprano Katherine Jenkins was the best-selling classical artist while the Prodigy's first album in 7 years (Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned) gained them the position as the biggest selling dance act in the UK.

Good news for guitarists - the figures show that rock music has reclaimed it's place as the UK's favourite musical genre with 44% of the top 100 albums. Of those, more than half were British acts.

A BPI spokesman summed it up:

"British music has always been incredibly popular but last year's run of fantastic debut artists and new releases from top artists such as Oasis and Coldplay are helping to push British music to the top of the charts."

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Best Prices on Musical Equipment

Check out this selection of the other musical equipment that we have recently checked to ensure we offer the best prices.

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Dunlop Mic-Stand Plectrum Holder

Danelectro FAB Distortion Pedal

Danelectro FAB Metal Pedal

Danelectro FAB Overdrive Pedal

Stagg Dynamic Microphone

Stagg Dynamic Microphone

Stagg MD4000SC Dynamic Microphone

Glow-In-The-Dark Plectrums

Musi-Trac Microchip Tracker DIY Kit

Best Prices on Musical Equipment

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Guitar News

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Yamaha Electric and Acoustic Guitars

PlayRecord.Net is proud to announce that we are in the process of adding Yamaha to the line up of great guitar brands in our guitar range.

Yamaha’s commitment to making the finest instruments, regardless of price, has won numerous accolades and ensured that by the early 21st century, less than 40 years since their introduction, Yamaha guitars are massively popular the world over.

A big part of this success is due to the determination of Yamaha’s staff to adhere to those original principles of quality and innovation. From the master craftsmen at the intimate Tenryu Workshop to the staff of the huge Kaohsiung facility in Taiwan, Yamaha’s guitar builders combine traditional luthier’s skills with industry leading production methods to provide a consistent level of quality and playability.

Yamaha guitars are the result of a careful balance between tried and tested traditional methods and cutting edge techniques, providing the ultimate instrument for any style and at any budget.

PlayRecord.Net will be supplying the entire range of electric and acoustic guitars, however it will take us a little time to get them all up on the site. In the meantime you can find out everything you would like to know about Yamaha electric and acoustic guitars by browsing their comprehensive web site.

If you are after a particular Yamaha electric or acoustic guitar, simply get in touch and we will organise it for you.

Yamaha Electric and Acoustic Guitars
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Learn New Guitar Songs

So you have your guitar and you have learnt a few tunes on it, but you are getting a bit bored of playing all the same old stuff and fancy learning a few new licks and riffs? You can spend time closely listening to your CD collection and figuring out how to play the songs. This is a great way to train your ear and learn your way around your guitar - however it can be difficult sometimes.

Tools like Tascams CD-GT1 can make the task a lot easier thanks to its ability to slow down and repeat sections allowing you to really get your head around complex guitar parts.

Sometimes though - you just want it on a plate in the easiest way possible. You need to learn about guitar tablature. You have probably heard of guitar tablature - if you haven't check out Wikipedia's article explaining all about it. If you want to learn how to read tablature then should help you out.

There are loads of free guitar tablature resources on the web. Some are better than others though. Generally there are only a few you will ever need to use. One of the most well established and comprehensive guitar tab archives is OLGA - the Online Guitar Archive. Sometimes known as the Nevada archive it has been around for years and is chock full of user contributed tabs for all kinds of songs.

You can search OLGA alongside Guitar Tab Universe, Ultimate Guitar and GuitarNotes directly from a special guitar tablature search page that we have put together for you. If you can't find what you are looking for amongst these four then we really will be surprised!!

Free Guitar Tabs
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Best Prices on Guitars

Check out this selection of the guitars that we have recently checked to ensure we offer the best prices.

PlayRecord.Net Best Price
Here at PlayRecord.Net we're confident that we offer the best prices.

Tell us if you find anywhere cheaper...

Les Paul Studio Style Electric Guitar in Blackburst

Left Handed TRS Electric Guitar - Brown sunburst

Stagg Archtop Electric With Carbon Black Finish

Archtop Electric With Tiger Finish

Stagg 'L' Series Electric with Gold Hardware

Stagg 'L' Electric Guitar

Encore Play Now - Electric Guitar Package Left Handed

Vintage Flat Top Electro-Acoustic

Ibanez: Joe Satriani Signature Model Electric Guitar

Ibanez GSR200 Bass Guitar

Best Prices on Guitars

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Drum News

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Zildjian Crashes in at PlayRecord.Net

"Zildjian", an Armenian word meaning "son of cymbal maker". Avedis Zildjian I (the first) was an Alchemist, and it was his attempts to create Gold using base metals that led to him creating a copper, tin and silver alloy with extremely unique sound qualities.

Now Zildjian are the most renowned cymbal makers in the world, with a rich heritage of high quality craftsmanship, and are officially recognized as the oldest continually family-owned business in America.

So it's no surprise that there's a build-up of excitement here at PlayRecord.Net as we prepare to take on board the best cymbals to be made on this planet. The full range which includes; ZBT, K, K Custom, A, A Custom and Z custom cymbals will be available at the best prices to all our customers.

All merchandise is available as well, such as cymbal bags, baseball caps, hooded jumpers and cymbal cleaning aids, and if you don't see what you're after at the PlayRecord.Net "Zildjian Super Centre", give us a call and we will gladly help you find the Zildjian product you desire.

Its going to take a little time to get such a diverse range up on our site, but if in the meantime you want to find out what it is all about - we highly recommend you check out the Zildjian web site. Anything that you want, simply get in touch and we will sort you out.

So if you demand the best sounding cymbals to compliment your diverse playing range, then visit the best music shop around and our drum experts will go out of their way to make sure you get the Zildjian cymbal sound you're after - at the best price.

Drum & Percussion
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Drummer Live 2005

Cancel the wedding or the holiday, sell the football tickets, put the dog in kennels and get your butt down to Wembley - sharpish! Whatever you are doing over the weekend of 24th and 25th September, forget it, Drummer Live 2005 is THE only place to be.

September sees the welcome return of one of the best drumming events to hit these shores each year. Following last years inaugural show, the event returns on the 24th and 25th at Wembley Exhibition centre.

You really must go and have a peek, for only £10 (advance tickets) you can see all the latest gear and gadgets, including hot new products from Drum Workshop, Ludwig, Pearl, Meinl, Craviotto & Mapex, Premier, Arbiter, Big Dog, Gretsch, Sabian & Regal Tip to name but a few. As well as all the latest and best drumming goods you can also see, hear and meet your favourite contemporary drummers in clinics and performances across the two days. Some of the artists tipped to play include:

Main Stage: compered by Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan)
Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall)
Brain (Guns n’Roses)
Jojo Mayer (Nerve)
Pete Lockett (Bjork)
Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr/Dave Lee Roth)
Virgil Donati
Brian Frasier-Moore (Christina Aguilera)
Arthur Hull (Drum Circles) masterclass room:
Billy Ward
Adrian Erlandsson (Cradle of Filth)
0 Ralph Salmins
An Audience with Vic Firth

Pearl Stage:
Dawn Adams
Sebastian DeKrom
Robin Guy
Clive Jenner

Tickets are priced at £10 in advance (under 10s only a meagre £6) and can be booked on the ticket hotline on 01353 665577 or through the Drummer Live website at

Drummer Live
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Best Price on Drums and Percussion

Check out this selection of the drums and percussion equipment that we have recently checked to ensure we offer the best prices.

PlayRecord.Net Best Price
Here at PlayRecord.Net we're confident that we offer the best prices.

Tell us if you find anywhere cheaper...

Stagg 14"x3.5" Diecasted Laquered Snare Drum

Beginner Series 5 Piece Full Size Drum Kit including cymbals

iED01 Ion Electronic Drum Set

Ludwig Accent CS Custom Elite

Ludwig Accent CS Custom

Universal Bongo Stand

Stagg metal shaker

Stagg Half Moon Drumset Tambourine

Chad Smith's Funk Blaster

Vater Stick And Finger Tape

Best Price on Drums and Percussion

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Other News

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Coogan's Courtney Love Child

Steve Coogan - famously known as geeky television presenter Alan Partridge is in the limelight at the moment since it became public knowledge that he apparently got Courtney Love pregnant after a brief but passionate affair.

The couple met as they were both staying at the famous Sunset Marquis hotel in West Hollywood and they spent a wild couple of weeks together.

Courtney Love is most famously the widow of the late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain and subsequently fronted girl rock band Hole.

Courtney was also quite concerned about the impact on her credibility of being associated with Coogan as she confided with a friend

"Tell me honestly...what does it make me look like that I slept with Alan Partridge?"

"Given the grade A stars I've dated it's embarrassing. I mean...Alan Partridge!"

Courtney has previously been involved with the actors Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe and Edward Norton, and Oasis star Liam Gallagher.

News of the World
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Google's New Instant Messenger

Google have broadened their repertoire again with the release of their new instant messaging client.

Instant messaging is a text based online communication method - a bit like email. It is summed up on Wikipedia as the use of a client program that hooks up an instant messaging service and differs from e-mail in that conversations are then able to happen in realtime.

Instant messaging has been around for a long time now and there are some very well established programs out their - most notably from Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL. The Windows Messenger is bundled with every copy of XP which automatically guarantees that a lot of people are using it.

Now Google is getting in on the act and has released the beta version of its new instant messaging program Google Talk

However, unlike the quite revolutionary Gmail which brought gigabyte sized email storage to the online email arena and boasts a powerful and intuitive interface with the added benefit of Google style search of all your emails, Google's instant messaging client seems to be pretty much bog standard with nothing to get particularly excited about.

The big difficulty that Google Talk faces is the closed nature of instant messaging at the moment. Basically if you use Microsoft's messenger program, you can only chat to people who are also using the Microsoft program. There is no way for you to chat to people using the Yahoo messenger, for example, from Microsoft's program. In essence this means that if you want to be able to chat to absolutely everybody, then you need to have every single messaging program installed and running on your computer.

Put another way, you are only going to be able to use Google Talk if your friends are also using Google Talk. If you don't know anyone that is using it then you are going to be a pretty lonely instant messager!!

It will be interesting to see what happens, but PlayRecord.Net thinks this might end up being a bit of a let down. More interesting maybe is this - sharing the same name as Google Talk, it could be an interesting and useful lyrical inspiration tool.

Google Talk
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Top of the Pops Walk Out

"What do you get when you put two brothers and two sisters in a band? A big fat melting pot of talent"

The Magic Numbers. Apparently a bit sensitive really.

Scheduled to play on Top of the Pops they decided to decline the opportunity after they heard presenter Richard Bacon's introduction to their slot.

"We were really excited about appearing on 'Top Of The Pops', it's a kind of a dream for us. And we got up there and there was no way we could have played the song after that and it all sort of hit us as a big shock and we just thought it was out of order.

The sound of The Magic Numbers revolves around the song writing and guitar playing talents of singer Romeo. Born and raised in Trinidad (where his mother had her own opera show on TV) the family moved to New York when he was teenager and later moved again to Ealing in London.

There he met drummer Sean and started making music. To complete the core band line-up they added Romeo's sister Michele on bass and vocals, while Sean's sister Angela takes care of percussion, melodica and third vocals.

"So we apologise to anyone who was looking forward to seeing us. I mean, we told quite a lot of people that we were on and we got loads of calls saying 'Hey I thought you were going to be on'. And we said well, y'know..."

Richard Bacon is yet to apologise for his choice of vocabulary.

The Magic Numbers
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