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Waitingroom1_2 Now what kind of fun is it to buy your new music from the big box retailers like Best Buy, Circuit City, or worse yet, Wal-Mart?  It's really no secret that most of their CD sales are loss leaders to get you in the door to buy something bigger like a new plasma, laptop, or car stereo. 

Meanwhile, downtown you can grab yourself a latte and slip into a good ole fashioned independent record store to discover the latest and greatest music of today.  My personal favorite here in town is Waiting Room Records, owned and run by Jared Alcorn. 

Here are a few great reasons to stop in to see Jared, or any independent record store for that matter:

  1. Try before you buy.  Waiting Room (and plenty of other indie stores) have promo copies of new music that you can often listen to before you drop your hard-earned $14.99 for a new CD.
  2. Discover new music. These guys listen to music all day long.  They just might have a few ideas for you...   Get to know them, and they'll get to know what you like and what to recommend for you personally.  Waiting Room even distributes a free music CD sampler with their top picks of new releases each month.  Our song "Looks Are For Free" was on last month's sampler.
  3. Overload the senses.  A great record store can be a sensory explosion, with funky vinyl spinning on the turntable, music posters plastered all over the walls, new release displays, and of course bins and bins of old records and new CDs to flip through.  Waiting Room even sells vintage clothing.
  4. Talk music. Meet the owner, meet some other like-minded music lovers, find out who's playing where...
  5. Buy music! Support independent record stores, support independent music, and improve the quality of your life!

And yes, you can of course get Tales Of A Modern Splash at Waiting Room Records, 113 W North Street, uptown Normal, Illinois.  Stop in and give Jared a shout, or visit your own local independent record store. 

Hi kids, more fun to report.  First off, our song "Greener Than The Trees" was recently featured on four awesome music blogs:

Largehearted Boy

We are also excited to share with you another excellent record review, this one from James in Utah, a music blogger and podcaster.

Checkout what James has to say about Tales Of A Modern Splash:

"100 Year Picnic, one of my favorite independent bands has released their newest full length release, Tales of a Modern Splash. The album is full of great songs; multi-layered and perfectly textured, each song has it’s own story to tell."

"One of my favorite songs on the new album is Looks Are for Free. It, like a few other songs on the album has properties that remind me of the Beatles, though to call Jeff Greeneberg and Edwin Pierce another John and George would be to misunderstand their motives. 100 Year Picnic’s music is mostly based around their families that they both love and tolerate, and this can be seen in their songs."

Read the full review by James.

Also, the local magazine TCStyle just hit the newstands, and here's what they had to say:

"This is rock 'n' roll evolved; it's pop music for grown-ups."

"The influences are both obvious and welcome. "Looks Are For Free" sounds like Rubber Soul era Beatles with a touch of David Bowie. That song is followed by "Another Phase," which blends vintage '80s synth (when did the '80s become vintage?) with the alterna-pop-bounce of XTC. Fans of Tears For Fears' post- "Big Chair" material will enjoy both the lush "Greener Than The Trees" and the fantastically layered "Everything's Perfect."

"There are plenty of more contemporary influences to be found as well. "We Were Not The Same" could pass for a lost Ben Folds Five track, and "Slow Down" would not sound at all out of place on a Chris Cornell album.

Read the full review by Kyle Schiebel.