Friday, January 27, 2012

This Week In Rock Histroy

1958 Rock-and-Roll pioneer Little Richard announces he is leaving rock-and-roll to enroll in Bible school. He would return to rock 4 years later, only to find musical tastes have changed.

1959Buddy Holly enters the studio for the last time. Included on the playlist were the songs “Peggy Sue Got Married” and “Crying Waiting Hoping.” The recordings would be finished with overdubs posthumously.

1963 A folk trio known as the Rooftop Singers record a version of the song Walk Right In. The song would raise the song’s author Gus Cannon (leader of 1920s jug band Cannon's Jug Stompers) out of poverty and on the road to a comeback.

1968 Jim Morrison of The Doors is arrested and charged with public drunkenness after harassing a security guard at a Las Vegas adult movie theater.

1979 At the fan's request, rocker Ted Nugent “autographs” a man's arm by carving his name into it with a Bowie knife.

1986 The inaugural Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame inductions are held, inducting Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, The Everly Brothers, and Fats Domino

2010Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is nominated for (and will go on to win) an Academy Award for the soundtrack to the film Social Network

Rock News

--Love them or hate them, Nickelback are one of the most publicly maligned bands working today; from a petition to stop them from performing a halftime show for the Detroit/Green Bay thanksgiving day football match up, to their deriding by Black Keys drummer Pat Carney in Rolling Stone magazine, few bands working today have created such backlash. However the band has now chosen to fight back via Twitter. The band, or a representative writing their tweets, has started publicly addressing negative references to the band on the popular social media site. However Nickelback may have bitten off more than they can chew, as their Twitter account is now filled with responses to their public insults, overshadowing their replies to fans, and upcoming concert information.

--Country singer Garth Brooks has been awarded one million dollars in a lawsuit against an Oklahoma hospital. In 2005 Brooks had donated $500,000 to Integris Health – Oklahoma's largest health care system – with the agreement that the hospitals new woman's care building would be named for the singer's mother. According to an Oklahoma jury the hospital took money under false pretenses since they never intended to name the building for Brook's mother, awarding Brooks his original $500,000 donation, with an additional $500,000 for trouble and expenses.

 --The queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, has decided to “postpone” her marriage to “long time friend” William "Willie" Wilkerson, saying that she felt they were moving “too fast.” Only three weeks after announcing her engagement to the former firefighter, and close friend of 27 years, Franklin decided there were “a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly," adding "There will be no wedding at this time."

--The US postal service has announced they will be releasing a line of stamps in 2012 honoring jazz legend Mile Davis. The Kind of Blue trumpeter will be immortalized in collection of “musically themed” stamps set to be released later this year. The post office will also be offering stamps commemorating French cabaret singer Edith Piaf, in partnership with the French postal service, La Poste.

--Iggy Pop has been named the 2012 Record Store Day ambassador. Record Store Day, set to take place on April 21st of this year, is an annual celebration of independent record stores and their place in their community. Past Record Store day ambassadors have included Jesse Hughes (Eagles of Death Metal,) Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age,) and last year’s ambassador Ozzy Osborne. Pop said of the honor “As Record Store Day Ambassador for 2012, I feel like a representative from some exotic jungle full of life and death and sex and anger, called upon to wear a leopard skin and translate joy to the world of the dead."  For more information on Record Store Day, visit

Friday, January 20, 2012

This Week In Rock History


1958—The management of St. Louis radio station KWK had all Rock 'n' Roll music removed from its play list. The disc jockeys gave every Rock 'n' Roll record in the station library a "farewell spin" before smashing it to pieces. The station manager, Robert T. Convey, felt that Rock 'n' Roll had dominated the airwaves long enough and called the action "a simple weeding out of undesirable music."

1963—Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and Ian Stewart perform together for the first time.

1965—Former Cleveland DJ Alan Freed, the man credited with coining the term “rock & roll,” passes away at the age of 43. Once one of the most important men in rock, Freed died broke and unemployed, his career cut short due to his involvement in the Payola pay-for-play scandal.

1966—Former Beatle George Harrison marries long time girlfriend Patty Boyd. Boyd, a fashion model, met Harrison on the set of the film Hard Days Night. The marriage would last until the mid-1970s when Boyd left Harrison for Eric Clapton, who had written the song Layla about his (at the time) unrequited love for Boyd. When Clapton and Boyd married in 1977, George acted as best man.

1971—During court proceedings held to dissolve The Beatles' partnership, Ringo testifies under oath that "Paul behaved like a spoiled child.”

1976—Promoter Bill Sargent offers The Beatles 30-million dollars to reunite for one concert, at any venue of their choosing, even if they only play for 20 minutes. Sargent is reportedly “shocked” at the band's rejection of his offer.

1977—Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green was institutionalized after firing a pistol in the general direction of a delivery boy who was attempting to deliver a $30,000 royalty check. Green had renounced Rock and Roll in 1970 and didn't want the money. He later worked as a hospital porter and a gravedigger before returning to music.

1980Paul McCartney is arrested at the Tokyo International Airport after officials find a half pound of marijuana in his personal belongings. Paul is sentenced to ten days in jail, and his 11 date tour of Japan, with his band Wings, is canceled.

1984—Soul singer Jackie Wilson passes away after having spent the previous nine-years in a coma. Wilson suffered a heart-attack on stage in 1975 in the middle of his biggest hit “Lonely Teardrops” and never regained consciousness.

1989—Stevie Wonder becomes the youngest person inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the age of 38.

1994—Paul McCartney inducts John Lennon into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, saying "The thing you must remember is that I'm the number one John Lennon fan. I love him to this day and I always did love him."

Rock News

--Legendary singer Etta James has died at the age of 73. The songstress, best known for her rendition of Glenn Miller's ballad At Last, as well as the hits Sunday Kind of Love and The Wallflower. James had been battling leukemia and the onset of Alzheimer related dementia for the past few years. She was hospitalized in late December with breathing problems and put on a ventilator, it was at this time that he long time manager and friend Lupe DeLeon announced that the singer's condition was terminal. She was released from the hospital earlier this month to be with her friends and family for her final days. James was taken to the Riverside Community Hospital late Thursday evening, and passed away in the early hours of Friday, five days shy of her 74th birthday.

--Funk saxophone legend Jimmy Castor passed away earlier this week in Las Vegas. Castor's band, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, are best known for the sax-heavy funk hits "It's Just Begun" and 1973's "Troglodyte." The latter's distinctive riff has been sampled, or appropriated, over 3000 times by bands as diverse as N.W.A., 2 Live Crew, Kanye West, Ice Cube, Mos Def, Spice Girls, Christina Aguilera, and Madonna. Castor had been hospitalized since November when he underwent a quadruple bypass, he was 71.

--Snoop Dogg is releasing his own line of cigars. Snoop, who is no stranger to lighting-one-up, will be putting his name to a line of Executive Branch Cigarillos, featuring tobacco from the Dominican Republic. According to a press release "[Snoop]was fortunate to encounter this tobacco company, Executive Branch and was impressed by their commitment to quality" further claiming that "[he] will be working with their team to make sure all products are up to Snoop Dogg standards."

--Eight years after succumbing to prostate cancer, Johnny Ramone's autobiography, Commando, is set to be released. The 176 page book was compiled by the guitarist's wife, Linda, from writings Ramone (real name John Cummings) produced between being diagnosed with cancer, and his death five years later at 55. The book will cover everything from Johnny's childhood, through his years with seminal punk rockers The Ramones, to his battles with cancer, and even his feud with fellow original Ramones member Joey Ramone, who used to date Linda, Johnny's future wife, leading to a rift between the two men. "I guess it was some sort of love triangle - Joey, Johnny and me. It happened, and of course he talks about it and he talks about how he feels about it," Linda said. "The three of us all probably have a different story, but this is Johnny's story." The prologue was written by band-mate Tommy Ramone, the only surviving member of the band's initial line-up, with an epilogue by close friend Lisa-Marie Presley. Commando will be released in April.

-- Sinead O'Connor is claiming her now five week marriage is over, this time for good. The singer, who married a man she met over the Internet just a few months ago, first claimed the marriage was at an end after only two weeks, then issued a statement just a few days later saying they had decided to reconcile. This latest announcement in her very public marriage comes not long after O'Connor posted Tweets about needing mental health help, and being "really unwell" O'Connor has since hospitalized herself for depression, posting "Don't want anyone worrying. They should only worry if a depressed person DOESN’T go to the hospital. All will be well. Just a little time." O'Connor's new album, "How About I Be Me (and You Be You)" is set to be released on February 21st.

--Adele's album 21 has joined the ranks of only five albums to sit at the #1 position on the Billboard charts for 16 weeks, and the first to do so since the Titanic soundtrack in 1998. The only other albums to have this long of a run at the top of the charts include Billy Ray Cyrus' Some Gave All (17 weeks), Garth Brooks' Ropin' The Wind (18 weeks), and the longest-running number one album, the Whitney Huston-dominated Bodyguard soundtrack, which stayed in the number one spot for 20 straight weeks in 1992-1993.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Edit Newsletter

Welcome Back students!

If you're new to Bozeman and have not visited Cactus Records yet, be sure to stop down and say “Hi” - we've got everything you need to decorate your dorms from poster to tapestries. Not to mention records, incense, toys, gifts and so much more.

If you're a returning student, be sure to grab one of those new freshmen and gently lead them on down to Cactus.  You're the elder statesmen now. It's your job to show the newbies where the good stuff is.

We'll be waiting for you.

In this issue...

* Best Sellers
* Cactus Juke Box


--This week’s shows, new tickets, Cactus information, and Cactus News


--For a complete listing of tickets on sale at Cactus Records...check out our Ticket Listing.


-- All the news that's  rock and roll in--  "Rock News"


-- The state of rock in years gone by in "This Week in Rock History


Music recommendations from your local rock-&roll professionals---> here!



1. Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back
2. Jack White -
3. Fiona Apple -
Idler Wheel is Wiser...
4. Little Feat -
Rooster Rag
5. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals -
Lion, The Beast, and the Beat
6. Flaming Lips -
Flaming Lip & Heady Fwends
7. Alabama Shakes -
Boys & Girls
8. Brandi Carlile -
Bear Creek
9. Kills -
No Wow
10. Willie Nelson –


Artists with NEW RELEASES for February

Check out New Releases Now for samples of this week's new releases: A Tragedy in Progress, Amy Cook, Art Pepper, Betty Buckley, Caroline Herring, Dan Deacon,  Destroyer 666, the Dunwells, Easy Star All-Stars, the Flatlanders, Ian Gillian, Jay Jesse Johnson, Katatonia, Kohnsu, the Last Vegas, Luciana Souza, Madchild, Maia Sharp, Minus the Bear, Mothlite, the Orb featuring Lee “Scratch” Perry, Passenger, Queen, Rick Holmstrom, Saga, Scum of the Earth, Stratovarius, World Fire Brigade.

Check out a list of new releases at Cactus --> Here


This Week In Rock History


1959—Borrowing $800 from friends and family a 29-year-old Barry Gordy opens his first record company, Tamla Records. The following year Gordy would change the name of the studio to reflect it's home base of Detroit, the Motor City, rechristening it Motown.

1961—Motown signs The Primettes to a recording contract and gets them to agree to change their name. After debating a series of possible new names, the band finally settles on The Supremes.

1966—In an effort to avoid confusion with The Monkees' Davy Jones, singer David Jones decides to change his name. He renames himself after the "big American bear killin' knife" the Bowie knife, changing his name to David Bowie.

1967The Rolling Stones agree to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show changing the words of the song "Let's Spend The Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together"

1968The Supremes appear on the NBC television series Tarzan playing a group of singing nuns.

1970Diana Ross appears for the last time with The Supremes at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. The Supremes would go on to have seven more top forty hits with Ross' replacement Jean Terrell.

1979—The Young Men's Christian Association file a lawsuit against The Village People over their hit song "Y.M.C.A." The suit would later be dropped.

1982Harry Casey (KC of KC and The Sunshine Band) is partially paralyzed in a car accident in Hialeah, Florida. His full physical recovery would take years.

Friday, January 6, 2012

New Releases

May 1st

George Harrison, Lee Hazlewood, Norah Jones, Pat Boone, Pennywise, Rufus Wainwright, Santigold, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Wild Hunt, more.

Rock History

1958--Johnny Cash performs before a captive audience at San Quentin Prison in California.
Among the inmates that day was 21-year-old Merle Haggard who was serving two years for a burglary conviction.

1962--The Beatles audition for Decca Records, recording 15 tracks for executives who decided to pass in favor of signing Brian Poole & the Tremeloes. An executive tells Beatles manager Brian Epstein that "These boys won't make it. Guitar groups are out. Go back to Liverpool, Mr. Epstein." Decca would later regret their decision, despite the fact that The Tremeloes are still together and playing. The Beatles, on the other hand, are not.

1969--An entire shipment, 30,000 copies, of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's experimental album Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins is seized by New Jersey authorities who deem the cover, which features a picture of Lennon and Ono standing nude against a white background, to be pornographic. From this point on, the album can only be sold in a plain brown wrapper with a cut-out showing the artists faces.

1970--The Who's drummer Keith Moon is involved in an accident when his limo is swarmed by anxious fans. Moon's driver, Neil Boland, gets out of the car to try and protect it from damage, however he fails to put the car into park. When the car begins to roll, Moon, who doesn't have driver's license, jumps into the front seat in an attempt to stop the car. However, instead of hitting the breaks Moon hit the gas pedal, running over and killing Boland. An inquest resolves that Moon is not to blame for the accident, however Moon himself is unable to forgive himself, and lives with guilt for the rest of his short life.

1979--Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious stands his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. The trial would never be finished, Vicious would die of a heroin overdose less than a month later; on her deathbed Vicious' mother is claimed to have admitted to giving her son the fatal dose, fearing that he would not be able to handle being in prison.

1996--OJ Simpson calls an LA radio station to request a dedication of "One Sweet Day" from Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey to his murdered wife Nicole Brown Simpson.

Rock News

--R&B singer Cee Lo Green has sparked outrage among John Lennon fans after changing the lyrics to Lennon's 1971 hit Imagine during a live television performance. Green, who was performing as part of the NBC's New Year's Eve countdown, changed the line "Nothing to kill or die for/and no religion too" to "Nothing to kill or die for/and all religion's true." Lennon fans responded almost immediately, bombarding Green's Twitter page with accusations that "[Cee Lo] sang "Imagine" in a fur coat & expensive jewelry and changed lyric to be pro-religion." and "[he]changed the entire message of the song." Green responded to the controversy by Tweeting "Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys ... I was trying to say a world where u could believe what u wanted, that's all." However only minutes later Green deleted the Tweet, as well as all others relating to the performance, and replaced them with simply "Happy New Year Everyone!"

--Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin has announced her engagement to long time William "Willie" Wilkerson on Monday in a statement. The 69 year-old singer, who has been married twice previously, joked in her press released that "No, I'm not pregnant." Franklin said she and Wilkerson were planning on a spring wedding.

--Indy folk band Bon Iver will be appearing in a fitness DVD to be released in 2012. The band's frontman, Justin Vernon met personal trainer Jeff Rogers while playing a game of basketball at Wisconsin YMCA. Rogers noticed that Vernon was having problems with his back, and offered to help. The whole band eventually began to train with Rogers, and took his workouts with them on the road; now the band will appear as part of Rogers' workout DVD "On The Road," which will also feature at least one of the band's songs. Vernon is featured on Rogers' website saying Rogers helped him "understand his body"

--A former worker for an unnamed London hotel has claimed that pop star Lady Gaga recently left behind a "bathtub full of blood" that she believes the singer used for "bathing in blood as part of a Satanic ritual." The worker claims to have found "large amounts of blood in the suite during a stay this summer," also stating "The incident was reported to the concierge, who told [her] to put it out of her mind." No one from Lady Gaga's camp have responded to the claims.

--Sinead O'Connor has called off her divorce from her husband of three weeks Barry Herridge. Last week O'Connor announced that she was ending her marriage of 18 days due to conflicts with her new husband's family, however the couple have had a change of heart, deciding to seek marriage counseling instead. “We [have] decided to be boyfriend and girlfriend again and stay married, but we did rush [into marriage]." O'Connor also said she and Herridge hope to move in together “in like a year, like regular people.”

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Four Elements of Hip Hop Showcase

Jan. 15th at The Emerson Cultural Center 6pm-9 pm

Graffiti -- 6:30-7pm
We will not be able to do a live painting, unless the weather allows us to put something together outside of Emerson Cultural Center.  We will plan on local artist John Warren, Brian Koenig, Gabriel Schiers, and Nekst to display some of their graffiti pieces. The Pieces will be floating around the Emerson Ballroom. Artist will also have the option to give a brief speech about their influences.

DJ -- 7-7:30pm
We will present 2 to 3 Local DJ's to perform a display of the different forms of Deejaying. This DJ portion will provide a great show of old school Mixing, Scratching.  To show the current and future trends of Hip Hop we will step into the New School with Beat Making Deejay's and HD Projector Video Deejaying.

B -Boy (Break Dancing) --7:30-8:00pm
This Element will be represented by local Bozeman dance crews “Montana Freestylers" and the “Hip Hop Disciples” who will team up to do an old school competition set versus the “Soled Out Crew” out of Missoula, MT. “Montana Freestylers” is led by Debbie Vetter features  exchange and  local students. “Hip Hop Disciples” is headed by Bozeman native Tuzco and consists of local High School and Junior High School students. “Soled Out Crew” Is led by University of Montana students Zach Ford, Will Bradley, Trevor Pressler, and Satoshi Kubo.  All of the dance crews will collaborate on a choreographed B-Boy battle dance showcase.  The showcase will be judged by Abstract Rude winning Crew will be presented with a Trophy.

MC -- 8:00-9:00pm
We will have a 16 Bars Rap Off. 16 Bars is a basic verse in a Rap song. We will invite 4 local M.C.'s to write an original verse/16 Bars. The MC's will get three different topics to write three verses about. We will also have a Wild Card Battle at Cactus Records for non-invited M.C.'s that feel they have what it takes to be in the 16 Bars Rap Off. (The Wildcard event will be on Jan. 13th). The 16 Bar Rap off will be Judged by Ryhmesayer's Artist /Producer “Abstract Rude” and “Shames Worthy” and Cactus Records Owner Mike “Bueno” Good.  After the battle we will have “Shames Worthy” perform a 20-30 min Hip Hop Set.

Also as part of the 16 Bar Rap off we will have a beat contest for local producers.  Winning Beats will be paired up with the Three Topics for MC's to use. Producers will be able to turn in beats by emailing Soundcloud Links or they can drop off hard copies to Cactus Records/Nightlife. For more details about beat contest check out

Abstract Rude- As a product of the legendary Good life open mic sessions, Abstract Rude splashed onto the scene in 1994 as part of the famed Project Blowed crew that included LA's Freestyle Fellowship and Aceyalone. As one half of the A-Team (with Aceyalone), one third of Haiku D'Etat (with Aceyalone & Myka 9) and frontman of his group Abstract Tribe Unique (ATU), Ab Rude has endeared himself to fans worldwide through consistent touring and genre defining albums.  Once signed to the Beastie Boys Grand Royal imprint, Ab has readied himself to re-emerge with Rhymesayers Entertainment and his most consistent and focused work to date, Rejuvenation. Produced entirely by Seattle super producer Vitamin D (G-Unit, Redman, Young Buck, Gift of Gab, Choklate, Shames Worthy- He's been referred to as “the emcee's emcee”. He's a founding member of the Tunnel Rats crew as well as the group Footsoldiers. Raphi, who now goes by Shames Worthy, paid his dues at such legendary spots as The Good Life, Project Blowed, Elements, Unity, and The Breaks & Foundation during “the wonder years” of L.A. Hip-Hop. He's been all across the country as well as the UK, Australia & Israel

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Employee Picks (Best of 2011)

Best of 2011
According to the
Cactus Records Staff

1. The Kills "Blood Pressure"
2. The Beastie BoysHot Sauce Committee Part 2
3. DessaCastor the Twin
4. SimsBad Time Zoo
5. Tom WaitsBad As Me
6. The Black KeysEl Camino
7. Nick LoweOld Magic
8. Foster the People Torches
9. Danger Mouse & Danielle Loupi Rome” 
10. Imelda MayLove Tattoo

Honorable Mentions:
Hanni El Khatib Will the Guns Come Out
Wild FlagWild Flag


1. Gillian Welch "Harrow & the Harvest"
2. Decemberists "King Is Dead"
3. Donnie Evil "Holiday That!"
4. Primus "Green Naugahyde"
5. "Weird Al" Yankovic "Alpocalypse"
6. Black Keys "El Camino"
7. Fountains of Wayne "Sky Full of Holes"
8. They Might Be Giants "Join Us"
9. Tom Waits "Bad As Me"
10.Various "The Green Album: Muppets Tribute Album"


1. Chris Thile and Michael Daves  "Sleep With One Eye Open"
2. Gillian Welch "The Harrow and the Harvest"
3. Ma, Meyer, Thile, and Duncan "The Goat Rodeo Sessions"
4. The Kills "Blood Pressures"
5. The Decemberists "The King is Dead"
6. Primus "Green Naugahyde"
7. Steve Earle "I'll Never Get out of This World Alive"
8. Sarah Jarosz "Follow Me Down"
9. Abigail Washburn "City of Refuge"
10. Dj Numark "Take Me With You"


1. Adele "21"
2. Betty White & the Roots "Betty Wright: The Movie"
3. Chris Thile and Michael Daves  "Sleep With One Eye Open"
4. Gillian Welch  "The Harrow and the Harvest"
5. Imelda May "Mayhem"
6. My Brightest Diamond "All Things Will Unwind"
7. North Mississippi Allstars "Keys to The Kingdom"
8. Tom Waits "Bad As Me"
9. Ma, Meyer, Thile, and Duncan "The Goat Rodeo Sessions"
10. Various  "Treme: Original Television Soundtrack"


1. Tom Waits "Bad As Me"
2. Scott H Biram "Bad Ingredients"
3. Black Joe Lewis "Scandalous"
4. Wanda Jackson "Party Ain't Over"
5. Hanni El Khatib "Will The Guns Come Out"
6. Kills "Blood Pressure"
7. Donnie Evil "Holiday That!"
8. Primus "Green Naugahyde"
9. PJ Harvey "Let England Shake"
10. Gillian Welch "The Harrow & the Harvest"  


1. Danger Mouse & Danielle Luppi "Rome"
2. The Beastie BoysHot Sauce Committee Part 2
3. Tom Waits "Bad As Me"
4. Foo Fighters "Wasting Light"
5. Black Joe Lewis "Scandalous"
6. Chemical Brothers "Hanna Soundtrack"
7. Aloe Blacc "Good Things"
8. Primus "Green Naugahyde"
9. Foster The People "Torches"    
10. OK Go "180/365" 


1. Cedric Kewlow "Sol"
2. Kimya Dawson Thunder Thighs"
3. Donnie Evil "Holiday That!"
4. Primus "Green Naugahyde"
5. Tom Waits "Bad As Me"
6. They Might Be Giants "Join Us"
7. Dead Milkmen King in Yellow"
8. Various "The Green Album: Muppets Tribute Album"
9. B.U.T. "Assorted B.U.T.  Demos"
10. B.U.T. "I Love B.U.T."