“It’s not even on Park Avenue anymore,” people like to joke about Park Ave CDs, ever since the store relocated from the posh Winter Park strip to nest in Audubon Park in 2005. Not only did that move double the size of the store – the current location is 3,000 square feet of vinyl, CDs, music books and quirky collectibles – it was a perfectly timed opportunity, as the space became available just as the business notably grew and owner Sandy Bitman sought to look out for his growing number of employees. Without a lease for the Park Avenue location, theoretically, the whole enterprise could be evicted with only 30 days notice. It took 10 months of building out the new store, relocating the stock and tying up loose ends to finalize the move to Corrine Drive – time-consuming, yes, but worth it. This year, Park Ave CDs celebrates 30 years in the Orlando area, and they are planning special events, in-store performances and monthly specials throughout 2014. I’ll keep in touch about more details as they come or check the events bulletin by the door when you’re in the store next.
Speaking of aging (like a fine boxed wine …), Total Punk is three years old this year, and they’re partying too. It’s called Total Fuck Off Weekend, and it stretches from March 7-8, with Total Punk bands flying in from Texas, New York, New Orleans, Memphis and other far-flung places. For garage rock fans, this is the only weekend you need to adamantly highlight on your calendar this year, with Pitchfork-lauded (yeah, yeah, who cares?) bands like Liquor Store, Buck Biloxi and the Fucks, and locals Golden Pelicans. Even if the whole lineup is new to you, dig in – the Floridas Dying crew breathes a deceptive amount of life into our scene precisely by bringing in kick-ass bands you’d probably otherwise overlook (and regret it).
Lucky us, Bar-BQ-Bar has sneakily scheduled a new show (like they like to do), and it is this week! On Tuesday, Jan. 28, you can catch PJ Bond, Mark Casso and Words Now Heard at the downtown dive for free. (FYI: Sorry, kids, Bar-BQ is always 21 and up.) If you’re unfamiliar with PJ Bond, he’s been part of underground music since the late ’90s, including a stint with the Color Fred (whose band leader is Fred Mascherino of Taking Back Sunday). His solo stuff overshadows that, though, with darkly relatable lyrics over easy melodies. Show starts at 10 p.m.
Finally, I end with a plea: The rumor mill tells me that Dead Milkmen booked a show at a “new venue” on S.R. 436. Is this possibly true? If anyone has any info on the venue or this show date, help me out, because I am beyond curious. I have an email out to the band and will follow up either way at blogs.orlandoweekly.com/orlandomusicnews. Pretty sure if this pans out, the show will be an instant club hit.
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