Tuning In with Cal Glattfelder

Posted on October 9, 2014 by


“I tend to think of playlists in terms of albums,” says Cal Glattfelder, owner of Sidetracks Music. “That is: collections of songs put together by the artists and/or producers in a certain order that flows they way they intended.”

Sons of Bill played a live set at the new Sidetracks location on Sept. 30, 2014.

Sons of Bill played a live set at the new Sidetracks location on Sept. 30, 2014.

Instead of compiling a list of songs, Glattfelder wants you to listen to a single record, The Good, The Bad & The Queen, a 2007 release by Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), Tony Allen (a Nigerian drummer and co-founder of the Afrobeat genre), Paul Simonon (The Clash) and Simon Tong (The Verve). Danger Mouse and Albarn produced the record, a concept album of songs about life in London.

“I liked it from beginning to end, on the first listen, which is quite rare,” says Glattfelder. “It ebbs and flows and reaches a climax on the last tune. I hope they will get together one more time for a sequel.”

Sidetracks recently moved to a new location on 2nd Street SE, across the street from the Glass Building. “It’s a better room, more square, [with] better lighting. The train going by adds an ambiance and a rhythm,” says Glattfelder. The store still offers a great variety and selection of LPs and CDs, and does a lot of special orders and pre-orders of easy and hard-to-find recordings.

Glattfelder points out that, although Charlottesville is a small city, “we have a much higher than normal percentage of music lovers, and most of them like to talk about it with people who also appreciate good music.” Stop by the shop for more suggestions and join the shop’s Facebook group for a lyric of the week and information on in-store performances.

Read more about the album here: http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2011/sep/13/favourite-album-good-bad-queen

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