How Deep Is Your Love: The Levels of Music Fandom

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Safe to say you're a huge fan when you wear costumes at the live show, like these Lady Gaga fans recently did. Full slideshow here.

Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. Biweekly, he shares stories of great music and wacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always-zany music biz.

I was hanging out at Revolver Records the other day, and Andy (friend, former hoodlum, and store manager) and I struck up a conversation with this kid.

The kid told us he was a fan of The Cars.

"Cool," we said. "It's always cool to see vintage music carry on to the next group of music lovers."

I asked him which album was his favorite. He said he didn't know any of the albums.

Uh, kid, I love your attitude, but think I need to set you straight. You can't really call yourself a fan of a band if you don't even know any of the albums.

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5 Reasons I Don't Review New Music

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Rolling Stone infamously panned the classic Led Zeppelin I when if first came out.

Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. Biweekly, he shares stories of great music and wacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always-zany music biz.

Generally when I tell people that I write about music, they assume I write reviews for new music. However, those of you that may have read my past ramblings may have noticed that I never write about new music.

Since I don't get to talk to many of you deranged characters, my assumption is that most of you just figure it is because I'm some middle-aged cat whose music-finding drive got stuck in his early 30s.

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World Cup Playlist: The Quarterfinalists of Brazilian Music

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Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. Biweekly, he shares stories of great music and whacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always-zany music biz.

Have you been watching the World Cup? Me too.

I'm a huge sports fan, but I only follow soccer during this one event, kind of like the Olympic sports. I'm not ready to trade in the NFL or MLB, but I'm looking forward to today's match between the U.S. and Belgium, and, whether our boys win or lose, the rest of the tourney. I've really been enjoying the sport, the crowds, and of course, the host country.

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6 Songs That Evoke Movie Scenes

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Hannibal Lecter was more of a classical guy than a rock guy.

Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. Biweekly, he shares stories of great music and whacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always-zany music biz.

When you are a music geek like I am, you are constantly aware of the music that's playing.

At a restaurant. At the bar. At the game. At anything.

I especially hear it during movies. So I often end up linking certain songs and certain movie scenes. It's just the way I do it.

You too? Maybe you can relate to this little ditty.

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Arena Rock's 10 Greatest Bands

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Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. Biweekly, he shares stories of great music and whacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always-zany music biz.

When I was a young music fan, I just liked what I liked. I didn't know about critics, or cool, or cheesy. I didn't have any peer pressure or older siblings to guide me, I just listened to the radio. And I liked most of it.

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The Eleven Greatest Record Store Performances, Part Two (The Top 5)

Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. Biweekly, he shares stories of great music and whacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always-zany music biz.

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Blackalicious and guests entertain a huge crowd at ASU's Hayden Lawn

Welcome back, my friends. When I last left you, I was discussing my favorite record store performances of all time.

I had such a great time telling the stories, that my editor decided to break into two parts (a blogging first for me). So I was able to tell the stories of numbers 7-11, featuring Guttermouth, Pete Yorn, The Refreshments, and more. Hopefully you enjoyed them.

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The Eleven Greatest Record Store Performances, Part One

Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. Biweekly, he shares stories of great music and whacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always-zany music biz.

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Steve Wiley
Guttermouth works up the crowd at Hoodlums ASU

As you might expect, working in a record store is a pretty cool job.

Sure, there are plenty of times when it's just retail, with all the same annoyances and tedious tasks as any other store. Being trapped in one place all day, standing for hours, and of course, customers from hell. But for the most part, it's a music-lovers dream.

This is especially true when you get a chance to get up and close with the artists...and nothing gets you closer than being involved in an in-store performance.

Luckily, over the past 27 years, I've hosted and attended my share. They are never the same, and never predictable. Read on, and I'll share a list of stories from my Top Eleven In-store Performances of All-Time.

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Record Store 101: Play These Albums, Sell Records

Record Store Day has come and gone. By all accounts, it went well and my indie record store geek brethren was elated. Beautiful.

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However, as I suggested in my last column, to really appreciate record stores, you can't just buzz by once a year and pick up a piece of collectible vinyl. You've got to get in there and hang out. You've got to pick the brains of geeks like me. People who have spent a great deal of their time (both professional and personal) filling their brains with great music.

When you get there, you've got to listen. To what those kids are playing. If they're good record store geeks, they are playing to sell. That means hook-you-quick, tasty music.

Until you get to your nearest indie store, I'm here to help. Scroll on for a few play-to-sell secrets and 14 Albums That Always Sell When Played.

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Record Store Day? More Like Record Store Life.

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Record Store Day is tomorrow. So I shouldn't have been surprised when my editor said, "Hey, maybe you can write something about Record Store Day."

Makes sense. I do write under the moniker Record Store Geek.

It's just that my editor has only asked me for one specific column in the entire two years I've been here: My first one (Defending My Guilty TV Pleasure: Ancient Aliens). So I was surprised.

You think I'd be thankful I've had this much freedom (I am) and serve it up, but here's the problem: I don't want to write about Record Store Day.

But I'd love to write about record stores. Hell, I'll teach a class on record stores.


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Record Store Reminiscing: Arguing About Music

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I don't even know you, and I want to argue with you. About music. That's right. It's been almost two years since the record store I used to own, Hoodlums Music, closed -- and that's the main thing I miss about it. Arguing about music.

Seriously, Geek? You owned your own record store for 15 years and that's what draws your nostalgic urges? Arguing? It's true. Let's start with Lennon vs. McCartney.

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