Public Radio Pledge Drive

On October 16, 2010, in Community, by Magnolia Guitar

The weather in the metro Washington DC area has finally turned. It’s downright cold out there now.

So you know what means. It’s time for the WAMU Fall Membership Campaign.

If you enjoy the many offerings that WAMU or your local NPR station, please consider becoming a member to keep those programs going. No donation is too small.

To donate you can call 800-248-8850 or visit online at  In fact, if you called earlier today, you might have spoken to me directly when I volunteered with the many other dedicated and friendly people that all want to keep public radio going.

Across all programs, NPR has some of the most consistently entertaining music selections. And you may have heard me talk about the many wonderful and free concert podcasts provided by our own Bob Boilen.

Check out NPR’s Music section and remember, if you like what you’re hearing, kick ’em a few bucks. Cheers!

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New Music Tuesdays. Even though fewer and fewer people are even buying music on physical media like CDs, we still know what New Music Tuesdays are. Even iTunes has a section for it.

But why are new albums released on Tuesdays?

Personally I always thought it was just simple logistics. Movies are released on Fridays to take advantage of Date Night Friday and Saturday and family-friendly matinee weekend crowds. Some movies are released on Wed to give it even more time to gain traction. So I just thought that between what was left over, Tuesday seemed better than Monday and Thursday.

As NPR, points out, I’m sort of right.

One explanation is Billboard magazine, which publishes its charts on Wednesdays. If you release an album on a Tuesday, then you get the maximum seven days of sales counted toward your total (including a full weekend).

The other is inertia — distributors are all set up to shuttle stock out to stores over the weekend and on Mondays. Most only do runs a couple of times a week. Read more…

What do you think? Do you have another theory as to why new music is released on Tuesdays? Do you even remember the last time you went to a music store on a Tuesday to buy a new album? Do you even know what albums are? 🙂

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Harlem River Blues Streaming on NPR

On August 31, 2010, in News, by Magnolia Guitar

You can listen to Justin Townes Earle’s new album, “Harlem River Blues,” in its entirety before the release on September 14. It’s streaming over at NPR.

Justin Townes Earle

Harlem River Blues by Justin Townes Earle

Visit for more info.

NPR is the flag-bearer for the musician and die-hard music fan alike. Doesn’t matter what show your listening to, be it news, food or whatever… they are playing the best that music has to offer. Support public radio.

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