Monday, October 20, 2014

New Music Releases - October 21, 2014

A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step (reissue) (colored vinyl)
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill Acoustic (reissue) (colored vinyl)
Alice Cooper - Raise the Dead - Live from Wacken
Andrew St. James - The Shakes
Annie Lennox - Nostalgia (vinyl)
Aretha Franklin - Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics
As Tall As Lions - ST (colored vinyl)
At The Gates - At War With Reality (colored vinyl)
Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were
Billy Idol - Kings & Queens of the Underground
Boyz II Men - Collide
Bush - Man on the Run (Deluxe)
Caught On Tape - Full Bleed
Charli XCX - Sucker
Cold War Kids - Hold My Home
Danger Danger - Danger Danger
Dennis DeYoung - ...And The Music Of Styx Live In Los Angeles (2CD/DVD)
Diana Krall - Wallflower
Doomsday Student - A Walk Through Hysteria Park
Earth, Wind & Fire - Holiday
Eliot Bronson - Eliot Bronson
Elliott Brood - Work And Love
Emigrate - Silent So Long
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
Forever Came Calling - What Matters Most (colored vinyl)
Gates - Bloom & Breathe (colored vinyl)
Happy Diving - Big World (colored vinyl)
Harold Melvin - Blue Album
Hollies - 50 at Fifty
Jakob - Sines
Jeff the Brotherhood - Dig The Classics (EP)
Jenn Grant - Compostela
Jerry Garcia - Garcialive 5: December 31st 1975 Keystone Berkeley
Jessie Ware - Tough Love
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced (reissue) (vinyl)
Jukebox The Ghost - ST (vinyl)
Kingdom Of Giants - Ground Culture
Little Big Town - Pain Killer
Malo - Malo
Mannheim Steamroller - 30/40
Marietta - Summer Death (colored vinyl)
Mark Lanegan Band - Phantom Radio
Mike Oldfield - The Studio Albums 1992 - 2003
Mineral - EndSerenading (reissue) (vinyl)
Mineral - The Power Of Failing (reissue) (vinyl)
Mott - Drive On
Mott - Shouting and Pointing
Mysteries - New Age Music is Here (vinyl)
Neil Diamond - Melody Road (vinyl)
Nude Beach - 77 (vinyl)
Of Montreal - Cherry Peel (reissue) (vinyl)
Of Montreal - Gay Parade (reissue) (vinyl)
Oozing Wound - Earth Suck
Pop Group - Cabinet of Curiosities (vinyl)
Primus - Primus & The Chocolate Factory (vinyl)
Rick Astley - Whenever You Need Somebody
Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour Special Edition (Full Cork Show)
Scott Walker and Sunn O))) - Soused (vinyl)
Seals and Crofts - One on One: Songs From the Original Motion Picture
Set It Off - Duality
Sleater-Kinney - All Hands On the Bad One (reissue) (vinyl)
Sleater-Kinney - Call The Doctor (reissue) (vinyl)
Sleater-Kinney - One Beat (reissue) (vinyl)
Sleater-Kinney - ST (reissue) (vinyl)
Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock (reissue) (vinyl)
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods (reissue) (vinyl)
Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
Spandau Ballet - Story: The Very Best of
Susan Boyle - Hope
T.I. - Paperwork
The Body / Sandworm - Split LP
The Budos Band - Burnt Offering
The Frames - Fitzcarraldo (reissue) (vinyl)
Thurston Moore - The Best Day (vinyl)
Transit - Joyride
Various Artists - Footloose
Various Artists - Ghostbusters Theme Song (Stay Puft) (vinyl)
Weyes Blood - The Innocents (vinyl)
Wham - Final
Wrekmeister Harmonies - Then It All Came Down
Xerxes - Collision Blonde (vinyl)
Young Statues - The Flatlands Are Your Friend (vinyl)

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at NewOnVinyl


Third Eye Blind is the eponymous debut for the American alternative rock band Third Eye Blind, originally released in 1997. It spawned several singles, including top 10 charting “Semi-Charmed Life”, “Jumper”, and “How’s It Going to Be”. While Third Eye Blind peaked at #25 on the Billboard 200, it spent 104 weeks on the charts. It is the group’s bestselling album, having been certified 6x Platinum.

Third Eye Blind is catchier than the average post-grunge album, and that fact alone reveals a lot about the band. Instead of relying on standard, plodding grunge influences, Third Eye Blind draw heavily from the simple hook-laden traditions of classic Arena Rock, which makes the album more immediate. Third Eye Blind is easy on the ears, and its straight-ahead professionalism makes it a pleasurable listen for post-grungers.

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Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning "Sin City" graphic novels back to the screen in ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants.

On red colored vinyl

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If I Stay is an American romantic drama film directed by R. J. Cutler, based on the novel of the same name by Gayle Forman. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach, and Aisha Hinds. It was released on August 22, 2014.

The story: life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.

New York based Indie Rock producer Adam Lasus prefers recording on analog tape over digital. He produced six original songs and a cover of the song “Today” by Smashing Pumpkins, that were performed by the fictional band Willamette Stone in the movie led by Jamie Blackley’s character Adam Wilde. Other songs on the If I Stay soundtrack include tracks by Sonic Youth, Beck and Tom Odell.

Clear White Colored Vinyl. Double Lp. Only 1000 copies in this color.

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Cliff Martinez 'The Knick' Gets Double Vinyl Release 

The Knick is the new exciting TV series by writer/director Steven Soderbergh (HBO's Behind the Candelabra, Side Effects...). Cinemax is to premiere The Knick on August 8. Starring Clive Owen and set in New York 1900, the show centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. The soundtrack features a fantastic score by acclaimed composer Cliff Martinez (Drive, Springbreakers, Only God Forgives, Solaris).

Release Date: December 23, 2014

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Audacity 'Counting The Days' Pre-Order

If you've lived anywhere near Fullerton, California over the last decade, or if you've paid any attention to the recent flux of sun-baked, surf-soaked power pop proliferating along the Western coastline of the U.S. in recent years, chances are high you've taken notice of Orange County's rambunctious guitar pop mavens Audacity. And if you've taken in Fullerton's pride-and-joy both in a sweaty, dingy live environment and on your turntable, you're undoubtedly aware that there is a certain unbridled quality to the band that can't quite be replicated on record. While last year's Butter Knife LP came pretty damn close to capturing Audacity in all their wild and ecstatic splendor, they've finally captured the triumphant bedlam of their live show with their latest 7", "Counting the Days" b/w "Mind Your Own Business". The A-side is Audacity in all their ragged glory - righteous guitar leads, buoyant choruses, and unhinged energy. For the flipside, the OC boys pay tribute to British post-punkers Delta 5 with an explosive cover of their debut single from 1979. "Counting the Days" b/w "Mind Your Own Business" is available worldwide on vinyl and digital formats courtesy of Suicide Squeeze Records.

The vinyl version is limited to 750 (250 on fluorescent pink, 500 on black) copies and includes a download coupon.

Pre-order will ship on November 21, 2014. Release date is December 2, 2014.

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of Montreal 'Cherry Peel' & 'The Gay Parade' Back On Vinyl Via Polyvinyl

After years of being out of print, two early of Montreal albums are now back on vinyl 

Hailing from the '90s-resurgent Athens, Georgia scene, unofficial homebase to the Elephant 6 collective, of Montreal is perhaps the least publicized band in the Elephant 6 stable but not because they make the least-worthy music.

To the contrary, Cherry Peel is one of the most unabashedly pretty releases from that group, and, in fact, stands apart from most everything in the pop scene due to its simple, unassuming innocence.

The vocals of songwriter Kevin Barnes are achingly heartfelt and puppyish, and his songs seem to spring directly out of childhood, or at least seem touched by a childlike yearning, so much so that you can't help feeling all fuzzy inside and perhaps desirous of hugging someone, maybe your mom, after hearing them.

And the songs are uniformly expert: "In Dreams I Dance With You" comes across like a cupid-struck Pinocchio's sweet longing; "Montreal" is a wasteland ballad worthy of Neil Young; and "Don't Ask Me To Explain" will make your heart palpatate and bubble up into your throat it is so unpretentiously euponic. The closest cousin to of Montreal is probably The Apples In Stereo, and like that band, the influence of The Beatles, particularly Paul McCartney, and the Beach Boys is pervasive, and other Sixties music such as Brill Building pop and Lovin' Spoonful ("Everything Dissappears When You Come Around") and a bit of psychedelia, as well as a pinch of new wave occasionally reaches the surface of the songs.

But of Montreal touches on so many other sources than those, such as circus music and, on "I Can't Stop Your Memory," even a bit of jazz, and the entire album has the sentiment and conviction of early twentieth-century, old timey and Tin Pan Alley tunes.

The gorgeous lushness of Cherry Peel conceals the bedroom-bred genesis of the entire undertaking. And though it would be easy to dismiss the whole album as so much cuteness, of Montreal never hint at irony. The band is not mocking pop, it loves the form and the chance to express that joy; and that joy is on full display on Cherry Peel like no band since the early Beatles.

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The Gay Parade is indie-pop's very own Sgt. Pepper, a richly detailed, grandly ambitious concept record which forgoes the ponderous pretensions the phrase implies to instead exult in the simple joys of everyday life.

Kevin Barnes' songs radiate a childlike wonder and boundless enthusiasm, discovering beauty in the most unlikely of places; his lyrics suggest psychedelic nursery rhymes, populated by absurdist characters (each and every one depicted on the jacket art) sketched in Crayola across a series of majestic melodies and ornate arrangements which belie the record's surface naïveté.

For all of The Gay Parade's effervescence and whimsy, there's also a melancholy that pervades songs like "Jacques Lamure," "The Autobiographical Grandpa" and "My Friend Will Be Me," recalling the lovelorn hues of the previous of Montreal record, The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy; far from deflating the euphoria, however, these moments simply acknowledge the necessity of sadness and loss to the human experience, and deem them worthy of celebration as well.

These are songs in the key of life, Zen-like expressions of simplicity and innocence resonating with remarkable complexity and wisdom.

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Hierophant's 'Peste' on Clear-With-Smoke Vinyl

Pre-orders from include a 320 kbps MP3 version of the album sent on the release date. If you order after the release date, you may receive a 256 kbps download. Audiophiles: If you would like a wider range of sound quality options, check out this release on our Bandcamp.

All Peste pre-orders also include a free copy of the Inganno 7" and an instant download of both its tracks: "Inganno" and a cover of Nirvana's "Negative Creep".***

It was hard to fathom Italy's Hierophant harnessing the potential to create a record heavier and more malicious than 2012's Great Mother : Holy Monster, an already pummeling whiplash of American D-beat-inflected metallic hardcore. Lo and behold: Peste manages just that as a superior, succinctly crushing assault, its tendencies largely erring on the side of European death metal. Hierophant spell out the desolation and desperation leveled by a war amid the id, ego and super-ego, all torturous, violent imagery and morbid, damning assertions that make it a pleasantly grim nightmare to suffer through.

Limited to 100 copies, and a digital download. 

***NOTE: This is a pre-order. Your item will be mailed and download will be sent on November 25, 2014. 

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Album Review

Bobby Hutcherson – Total Eclipse – Blue Note (vinyl reissue) 

The Blue Note remastering is a definite sonic improvement over the ‘60s original LP.

Bobby Hutcherson – Total Eclipse – Blue Note (1968) BST 8429/ 2014B0020431-01 stereo vinyl, 40:32 ****:

(Bobby Hutcherson – vibes; Harold Land – tenor saxophone, flute; Chick Corea – piano; Reggie Johnson – double bass; Joe Chambers – drums)

It is not surprising that Bobby Hutcherson became a vibraphonist after listening to Milt Jackson. He adopted some of the improvisational fluidity of Jackson but connected with a modern sense of harmonics and band play. As a member of Jackie McLean’s band (his debut was on the critically acclaimed One Step Beyond), he began a long, productive association with Blue Note Records. Gigs with Eric Dolpy, Dexter Gordon and Hank Mobley enhanced his reputation, but his career as a bandleader propelled his success. His Blue Note tenure (1963-1977) was second only to Horace Silver. At the core of this catalogue was Hutcherson’s union with saxophonist Harold Land that resulted in seven albums. With drummer Joe Chambers and pianists like Chick Corea, Stanley Cowell and Joe Sample, Hutcherson’s unique brand of hard bop/post-bop and mainstream jazz flourished.

Like many jazz greats, Hutcherson continued to record for different labels (Landmark, Columbia). A brief excursion into fusion resulted in Little B’s Poem, his most recognized composition He remained in demand as a sideman and worked with Sonny Rollins, Donald Byrd, Woody Shaw, Herbie Hancock, John Lewis Pharoah Sanders, Kenny Barron, Sonny Stitt and Roy Haynes, to name just a few. In 2004 he was an original member of the SF Jazz Collective and established two performing quartets in that decade. Hutcherson returned to Blue Note in 2014, releasing Enjoy The View, featuring Joey DeFrancesco, David Sanborn and Billy Hart.

As part of their 75th anniversary, Blue Note Records had re-mastered their vintage albums in hi-def resolutions of 96k and 192k. Now they have decided to release low-cost, higher-quality pressing of the original vinyl recordings, including the original packaging. One of these re-mastered vinyl albums is Total Eclipse. This was the first Bobby Hutcherson Blue Note album project with Harold Land. With mostly original compositions, this is a definitive representation of Hutcherson’s acumen as an ensemble leader (He also was active in Gerald Wilson’s orchestra, and incorporated complex arrangements into his work). Opening Side 1 is a hard bop swing opus, “Herzog”. This piece explodes and the furious pace never abates. Chick Corea starts off with percolating runs that lead into Hutcherson’s initial solo. And it is breathtaking in its flexibility. He expands the overall tonality and depth of the vibes. Reggie Johnson and Joe Chambers are a solid rhythm section. Chambers is a driving force (not unlike Philly Joe Jones) and provides subtle tempo breaks. Land contributes to the intensity with a hard-driving saxophone translation. At the end, the quintet unites with vibes and saxophone sharing a unison lead. The title cut has an ethereal, moody resonance. Land’s sax is smoky and evocative. Hutcherson is fluid, with a late night ambiance. His ascending and descending vibraphone technique is compelling. Corea adds a delicate, expressive interlude. Hutcherson is comfortable with his band mates and encourages their creativity. “Matrix” (a Corea song) is a variation on twelve-bar blues that cooks with Land burning on saxophone. Hutcherson matches his fury with scintillating eloquence. Chambers’ crashing drums bring a powerful energy to the jam.

“Same Shame” celebrates the fearless exploration of modern jazz. Anchored by a pulsating, Latin-tinged aesthetic, Hutcherson revels in versatility, offering a variety of tonal shadings. There is a graceful transition to a Chick Corea solo that is fresh and graceful. The finale (“Pompeian”) is an intriguing waltz that showcases Land on flute. The inherent chemistry between Land and Hutcherson is palpable. The group engages in a swirling blend of sound that envelops this ballad. Artistry and emotional depth are merged in musical context.

This vinyl re-mastering is a definite improvement over the 1960s analog technology. It is not as dynamic as hi-res digital format, but still manages to capture the warmth and texture of jazz instrumentation. The vibraphone shading is subtle (especially on a track-ending fade). Tenor and flute sound organic, not harsh. Liner notes by Herb Wong provide a back story to the album. A picture of a smiling, cigarette-dangling Hutcherson is a glimpse of 1968 personal style. Total Eclipse is a good jazz album, and reasonably priced (under $20) as well!  —Robbie Gerson

Side 1: Herzog; Total Eclipse; Matrix
Side 2: Same Shame; Pompeian

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Aphex Twin Syro listed for over $1000 by first time sellers on Discogs


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The Best of Jazz Album Art


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Legacy Recordings Announces Limited Edition Vinyl Exclusives For Record Store Day's Annual Black Friday Event 

New David Bowie 10" Single Leads Legacy's RSD Black Friday 2014 Line-Up

New Legacy Vinyl Collectibles include Releases by Aaliyah, Bessie Smith, Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, The Kinks, Miles Davis, OutKast, Wham!, Wu Tang Clan and the "American Hustle" Soundtrack Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces the label's line-up of collectible 12", 10" and 7" vinyl releases created especially for Record Store Day's Black Friday 2014, celebrated this year at the nation's independent record stores on Friday, November 28, 2014.

For RSD Black Friday 2014, Legacy is offering a range of RSD exclusives and numbered limited vinyl editions, catering to connoisseurs of classic sounds delivered old school.

Leading Legacy's RSD Black Friday line-up this year is "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)," a 10" vinyl single premiering two new tracks by the legendary David Bowie.

1994 is represented with the 20th anniversary editions of Aaliyah's Age Ain't Nothing But A Number (in a 12" double LP 180 gram white vinyl pressing); Dave Matthews Band's Recently EP (on vinyl for the first time ever in a 10" numbered edition which includes the rare "Pumpkin Recently" promo); and OutKast's breakout "Player's Ball" single (newly reissued on 10" translucent green vinyl).

Legacy's Black Friday 2014 releases include these Record Store Day exclusives

Aaliyah – Age Ain't Nothing But A Number  2LP – White Vinyl 180 Gram
Twenty years ago, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number introduced the world to the stunning talent of Aaliyah. Her sensuous, soulful vocals, combined with the writing and production skills of R. Kelly, established her as one of R&B's brightest stars. This collectible 2LP edition of her debut is pressed on white 180-gram vinyl and features the Top 10 hits "Back & Forth" and "At Your Best (You Are Love)" plus the rare international bonus track "The Thing I Like."

Bessie Smith - At The Christmas Ball – Red 7" Single
Legacy celebrates the 2014 holiday season with a classic vinyl single by the Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues, featuring her classic "At the Christmas Ball" c/w "Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town" pressed on on a red vinyl 7" 45 RPM single featuring a replica of the original Columbia 78 RPM label.  Bessie Smith is the subject of a new biopic, starring Queen Latifah, coming in 2015.

Dave Matthews Band – Recently EP Double 10" Vinyl
This individually numbered limited edition of the Dave Matthews Band's Recently EP marks the first ever vinyl release of this music.  The deluxe double 10" includes the original EP and the rare "Pumpkin Recently" promo as well as a free download of both versions.

David Bowie - "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" c/w "Tis A Pity She's A Whore 10" vinyl single
Two new tracks from music legend Davie Bowie on a 10" vinyl single.

Joe Satriani – Joe Satriani EP  12" Vinyl 45 RPM 180G - 30th Anniversary Edition
This 30th anniversary edition of Satriani's self-titled 5 song debut showcases the magic that helped Joe secure his deal with Relativity Records.  This "one man band" recording is remarkable in that every sound on the 5 songs was made on an electric guitar, from tapping on the tuneups for drums and percussion to detuning the guitar to replicate the lower bass sounds.  This RSD exclusive is individually numbered and remastered on 180 gram vinyl.

Miles Davis "Blue Xmas"   7" 45 RPM blue vinyl single
In 1962, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and bebop singer Bob Dorough turned the holiday season on its ear with "Blue Xmas," a jazzy original mocking the commercialism of the Christmas season. This recording, along with "Devil May Care," another Dorough original recorded by Davis and Evans, is being released by Legacy for Record Store Day Black Friday 2014 as a 7" 45 RPM blue vinyl single in a brand-new picture sleeve. "Blue Xmas" is featured in Jingle Bell Rocks!, a new documentary about alternative holiday songs to be released this year by Oscilloscope Laboratories.

OutKast – "Player's Ball" 10" Translucent Green Vinyl
OutKast proved "the South got something to say" when they returned to the stage earlier this year after an eight-year absence. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of their unique sound and influential Southern hip-hop movement with their breakthrough debut single "Player's Ball" on 10" translucent green vinyl. This limited, numbered single features a rare extended version of the track alongside two tracks from the duo's acclaimed 1994 debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.

Wham! – Last Christmas 12" Translucent Red/Green Vinyl
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Wham!'s "Last Christmas"--the much-covered yuletide perennial penned and produced by George Michael--with this limited edition 12" translucent red/green vinyl single which includes a previously unreleased instrumental version of the Wham! seasonal classic, perfect for Christmas karaoke under the mistletoe.

Wu-Tang Clan – "C.R.E.A.M."  10" Die Cut Picture Disc on 120G Vinyl
The lyrical mastery and groundbreaking production technique of the Wu-Tang Clan changed the hip-hop scene forever. Legacy Recordings celebrates the 1994 release of their single "C.R.E.A.M."—hailed as one of the greatest rap singles by The Source, Rolling Stone and Time—with a limited collectible vinyl single die-cut in the shape of the group's iconic logo and backed with the single's original B-side "The Mystery Of Chessboxin'."

The following will be released as RSD exclusives before becoming more generally available:

Elvis Presley – Showroom Internationale 2LP - 180G 12" vinyl
The film "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" provided fans with their first real glimpse of Elvis performing at an absolute peak of his vocal prowess in August 1970. This individually numbered, 17 song, 2 LP set features the King's full August 12, 1970 dinner show and includes 13 previously unreleased performances.

Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Music 2LP 200 Gram Audiophile 12" vinyl
This limited edition, individually numbered 2LP set, pressed on 200 gram audiophile vinyl by QRP, features a treasure trove of unreleased Jimi Hendrix studio recordings from 1969.  Hear My Music is an authorized Jimi Hendrix "bootleg" issued by Dagger Records.

The Kinks – Muswell Hillbillies 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl
Released in 1971, The Kinks' Muswell Hillbillies found the quintessentially British band painting a vivid portrait of working class life in North London, with a sonic palette that drew from turn-of-the-century British music hall and American country styles. Rolling Stone would call it Ray Davies' "signature statement" as a songwriter. This deluxe 2LP edition features the original album paired with a bonus vinyl disc of rarities and outtakes from the original album sessions as well as BBC sessions recorded for John Peel.

Various Artists - American Hustle Soundtrack 2LP - 1 Red 1 Blue Colored 150G Vinyl
The soundtrack to the blockbuster film is now a 2 LP Gatefold (on red & blue vinyl) with 6 songs not found on the CD version.  The soundtrack featuring tracks by America, Bee Gees, Electric Light Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Elton John, Tom Jones, Jeff Lynne, Donna Summer, and Wings.


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 'Kicking Against The Pricks' Vinyl Reissue Pre-Order

Fourteen classic NC&TBS albums will be reissued & available on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl for the first time. Each album artwork has been crafted to reflect the original release from the cover to the printed inner sleeves. Please note that due to the varied release dates for these reissues, each vinyl will be dispatching separately and therefore incurs its own shipping cost.

Released on the 18th August 1986, the band’s third album was a collection of cover versions of songs ranging from ‘I’m Gonna Kill That Woman’ (John Lee Hooker) to ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’ (Jimmy Webb) to ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’ (Roger Greenaway, Roger Cook). Said Cave, “"They were all done for different reasons. Some songs were tributes… other songs we didn't think the song was ever done particularly well in the first place. Some songs had just haunted my childhood, like ‘The Carnival Is Over’ (Tom Springfield), which I always loved.”

This title is due for release on the 24th November 2014.

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds DIG, LAZARUS, DIG!!! Vinyl Reissue Pre-Order

Released on the 3rd March 2008, the band’s fourteenth studio album, the last to feature founding member Mick Harvey, is widely regarded as one of the band’s greatest works. NME described it as a “gothic, psycho-sexual apocalypse”. Said Cave, “I've taken Lazarus and stuck him in New York City, in order to give the song, a hip, contemporary feel. I was also thinking about Harry Houdini who spent a lot of his life trying to debunk the spiritualists who were cashing in on the bereaved. He believed there was nothing going on beyond the grave. He was the second greatest escapologist, Harry was, Lazarus, of course, being the greatest.”

This title is due for release on the 17th November 2014.

Pre-Order at Nick Cave's website HERE


upcoming releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


After releasing the Venus & Mars 10" [MOV10013] earlier this year, Jett Rebel stirred up the music scene in The Netherlands by playing numerous gigs on festivals like Lowlands and Pinkpop, and receiving several national awards for his musical artistry. It is safe to say, 23 year old Jelte Tuinstra is simply bound for stardom.

Debuting with 14 psychedelic, pure Pop songs, his first full-length album is called Hits For Kids. As Jett himself explains, "Hits For Kids implies that it's something you don't expect. It fits the theme of the record;  nothing is what it seems." Tuinstra himself calls Hits For Kids "songs for free spirits. Songs for people that want and dare to be themselves." Jett (or Jelte) really tells a linear story with Hits For Kids. The 14 songs are interweaved into one listening experience, telling the story of his coming-of-age since the first moment of his breakthrough last year.

Everything on the album has been written, composed and played by himself: drums, bass, guitar, vocals, organ, accordion, synth, percussion, even flute & sax. Hits For Kids was mixed in London by Tony Platt, known for mixing Bob Marley, AC/DC and Foreigner. The album is mastered by Ray Staff, who also mastered Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Clash and Muse.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • Insert
  • Including a CD copy of the album
  • Brand new album!


About the film: when Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. In cinemas worldwide Sep/Oct 2014.

The soundtrack for The Maze Runner features a score by John Paesano, an American film composer and conductor. Paesano studied classical music with composition at the Conservatoire de Paris.  In 2012 he was honored with an Annie Award for Best Score for the award winning television series Dreamworks Dragons: Riders Of Berk, which is based off of the Academy Awarding winning film How To Train Your Dragon.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold sleeve + insert
  • At The Movies Edition: packed in resealable PVC collector's bag
  • First pressing of 1000 numbered copies on transparent green & black vinyl


Kojak Variety is a 1995 cover album by Elvis Costello. Featured are cover versions of tracks by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Willie Dixon, Holland, Dozier & Holland, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman, amongst others.

"Days" had previously appeared on the album Until The End Of The World, the 1991 soundtrack to Wim Wenders' film of the same name. The album's obscure title refers to the name of a variety store near to where the album was recorded; Costello was amused by the seemingly random name of the enterprise, and in a similar spirit, decided to apply the name to his album.

The line-up of Kojak Variety consists of Costello on harmonica and vocals, James Burton on guitars, Jim Keltner on drums, amongst others.

This is the first ever vinyl release of this great album!  180 gram audiophile vinyl and Insert


Pre-Order AC/DC 'Rock or Bust' On Vinyl

Announced in September, 2013, ROCK OR BUST is the new and highly anticipated studio album from AC/DC will be released in the US on December 2nd, 2014. This is the first album of new AC/DC material since 2008s multi platinum 'Black Ice'.

The first single from ROCK OR BUST is "Play Ball", which will impact radio formats October 7th. "Play Ball" is also currently being featured as part of Turner Sports' 2014 Major League Baseball Postseason campaign.

ROCK OR BUST is available on CD and LP that features very special multi dimensional moving cover art, which gives the illusion of the band s iconic logo exploding as the package is moved in different directions. There will also be a standard package version of the CD available.

This title will be released on December 2, 2014.

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Pre-Order Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl)

The Led Zeppelin IV deluxe editions include unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks, " mixes of "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Going To California" heavy with guitar and mandolin, and the fabled, alternate version "Stairway To Heaven, " mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles which lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before. Led Zeppelin continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. Founding members Jones, Page and Plant – along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham – took the stage at London’s O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records’ founder. The band was honored for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. In January of 2014, the band won their first ever Grammy award as Celebration Day, which captured their live performance at the Ertegun tribute concert, was named Best Rock Album.

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Stars 'No One Is Lost' Vinyl Release

Stars’ seventh studio album No One Is Lost is out now.  The band recorded ‘No One Is Lost’ at Montreal’s Mile End Studios, the former home of Handsome Furs (and the site of Arcade Fire’s first rehearsals). Creeping into the sound of the new record was the music from the now-defunct discotheque Royal Phoenix located downstairs. The result is Stars’ most dance-floor-ready album to date.

Drummer Pat McGee explains, “The sub-bass throb coming from the club below our studio was undeniably and unavoidably influential. It motivated us to out-throb the throb.”
  • Pressed on 2x12" pink translucent vinyl
  • Includes Digital Download of full album No One Is Lost on October 14, 2014
  • Includes Instant Gratification Digital Download of 'From The Night' single
  • All digital downloads are available as high quality MP3 (320 kbps), FLAC, and WAV files
Ships from Montreal, Canada

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Scott Walker + Sunn O))) Soused Available At Bleep

Stephen O’Malley, Greg Anderson & Scott Walker combine forces in a dream (nightmare?) collaborative album 'Soused', across five tracks we are treated to one of the finest most challenging music each artist has ever put there name to, Scott Walker's all empowering vocals fit perfectly against Sunn O))) 's doom metal back drop, from the industrial drumming that opens album center piece 'Bull' to the end of the world greyscale psychedelia of 'Fetish' this is one of the finest drone based metal albums you will ever hear, a fine bit of doom and gloom perfect for the winter months ahead.

First pressing on Deluxe 2xLP heavyweight black vinyl

Tip-on sleeve
Designed by Stephen O'Malley
Includes download code
Scott Sunn O))) sticker while stocks last

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Cursive 'The Ugly Organ' Vinyl Reissue Pre-Order

With The Ugly Organ, Cursive made a landmark album for itself and Saddle Creek.

The darkest days of the Bush Era were settling in like a dense fog over the entire country, and the outlook was bleak. That made The Ugly Organ especially potent, its gloomy inward focus a natural reflection of the era. The press accolades came quickly, from the mainstream (Rolling Stone called it “a brilliant leap forward,” and Entertainment Weekly said it “raised the Saddle Creek bar”) to the niche (The A.V. Club called it “a potent piece of rock art,” Alternative Press gave it a perfect score).

Just prior to The Ugly Organ, Saddle Creek had released the celebratory compilation Saddle Creek 50, which included Cursive’s gleefully self-referential “Nonsense” (“I really don’t want to write another ‘I’m a dick’ song again”), which is included on this reissue. The label’s 49th release had been another Cursive joint, the “Art is Hard” single, which featured the explosive six-minute B-side “Sinner’s Serenade,” also included here. Rounding it out are four songs from Cursive’s split EP with Eastern Youth, 8 Teeth to Eat You—check out the ferocious playing by cellist Gretta Cohn on “Excerpts from Various Notes Strewn Around the Bedroom of April Connolly, Feb 24, 1997”—and two songs from the single for “The Recluse.” - Kyle Ryan, The A.V. Club

The Ugly Organ (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered] is not in stores until NOVEMBER 24! We will ship your order on NOVEMBER 10 - that’s two weeks early! Also on NOVEMBER 10, your account will be updated to allow for a full download of the album.

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Pixies Announce Expanded 'Doolittle' Vinyl Reissue

The week commencing 1st December, Pixies and 4AD will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Doolittle with the release of Pixies: Doolittle 25 - an expanded edition of the classic album that brings together all the album's B-sides, Peel Sessions and demos for the first time, with nearly half of the tracks having not been commercially released before.

The second studio album from Pixies - Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Lovering - Doolittle was to prove a pivotal moment for both band and the wider scene. Produced by Gil Norton and recorded between two studios (Downtown Recorders in Boston MA and Carriage House Studios in Stamford CT) in late-1988, it was an instant hit, containing some of the band’s most memorable singles (‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’, ‘Here Comes Your Man’, ‘Debaser’). Included among the many plaudits thrown Doolittle’s way was Pitchfork ranking it at Number 4 in their Best Albums of the 80s poll, while NME writers in 2004 named it their Second Best Album of All Time. The band toured Doolittle in 2009 to celebrate its 20th birthday and five years on, it’s now time to give it the deluxe release treatment it deserves.

Pre-Order at the Pixies website HERE


Annual UK vinyl sales set to crack the one million mark for the first time since the mid-’90s


more from the uk:

Retro records are back in style: The Plymouth music lovers embracing vinyl


great article from china:

Mission: Save vanishing music of vinyl records


from the great state of michigan

Erickson: Lansing's GTG Records celebrating life as an indie


great insights and well written article (although i hate the terms 'vinyls,' and  'hipster'.....)

Vinyl Revival - Is the Return of the Record Player Just Another Hipster Trend?


Red Red Meat Launch Vinyl Reissue Campaign


BEHEMOTH To Release 'Xiadz' Limited-Edition Vinyl EP


album cover art of the day:

SODOM To Release 'Sacred Warpath' EP

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: After reading your informative column about RCA Victor's introduction in 1949 of the 45 rpm single, I have just one unanswered question. 

What was their introductory retail price? 
—Lance Orringer, Lincoln, Neb. 

DEAR LANCE: I probably should have included the MSRP in that piece.

Unveiled in February 1949, RCA Victor's "little records [seven inch] with the big hole" had one of two possible suggested retail prices, exclusive of any sales taxes.

RCA's Red Seal series, devoted to classical music, were 95 cents, but all other 45s were only 65 cents.

Given that the cost of manufacturing a like number of classical singles should not be any different than an identical quantity of pop or country records, I tend to attribute the cost variance to the size of the print runs.

Albums, not singles, have always been the format of choice for classical music lovers, and the same could also be said for jazz.

Another factor would be the huge singles market for juke boxes, especially in the mid-20th century. Coin machine operators always wanted the current hits spinning at their locations, preferably tunes suitable for dancing.

The 45 rpm was simply not made to showcase Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony in D Minor."

As to the pricing discrepancy, some classical aficionados suspected that, since they usually had more disposable income, why not charge them a bit extra.

Curious as to what those seemingly inexpensive prices are if allowing for 65 years of inflation?

What 65 cents could buy in 1949 would now require approximately $6.75. And 95 cents equates to about $9.90.

Coincidentally, the retail price range today for most new seven-inch singles is $6.00 to $9.00. Relative to the overall economy, the cost of vinyl music is actually unchanged since 1949.

We are often asked to identify the world's first 45, but there is no singular answer to that.

RCA simultaneously released a batch of 45s, including ones representing most of their primary musical styles.

Making the event more colorful, singles in each of seven categories were produced using different vinyl colors.

Those color/genre combinations were: cerise, (cherry red), for Blues & Rhythm; green for Country & Western; sky-blue for International (foreign); midnight blue for Popular Classics; red for Red Seal Classical; yellow for Children's Entertainment; and basic black for Popular.

DEAR JERRY: I collect the music of the 1960s, and, since I file my singles by label, one thing has jumped out at me. In terms of sales, that decade seemed to be dominated by just a few companies. 

You'd expect Capitol (Beatles, etc.) and RCA Victor (Elvis) to be near the top of the heap, but what about Motown, and its offshoot, Tamla? For an independent outfit, they had sensational success. 

Which record companies had the most No.1 hits in the '60s? 
—Alan Gardner, Ogden, Utah 

DEAR ALAN: Good question, especially since we have never researched the companies with the most chart-topping hits of the 1960s.

So as not to miss anything noteworthy, I'll use both Billboard and Cash Box surveys.

We will list the seven companies with 10 or more No. 1 hits in the '60s. Most are conglomerates with more than one label, but for this purpose we'll combine their totals.

Also noted are the artists with multiple No. 1 hits for that company, in that decade:

1. Capitol/Apple/Tower (25): Beatles (17); Beach Boys (3)
2. RCA/Colgems (23): Elvis Presley (8); Monkees (5)
3: Tamla/Motown/Gordy (23): Supremes (13); Temptations (3); Four Tops (2); Stevie Wonder (2)
4. Columbia/Epic (20): Bobby Vinton (4); Simon & Garfunkel (2); Gary Puckett and the Union Gap (2)
5. MGM (14): Connie Francis (3); Herman's Hermits (3); Cowsills (3)
6. Warner Bros./Elektra (13): Doors (3); Petula Clark (2)
7: Atlantic/Atco (11): Young Rascals (3); Aretha Franklin (2)

IZ ZAT SO? Because "The Motown Sound" became a term of endearment, many think that Motown came first, with sister label Tamla born later.

Truth is that Tamla is the older sister.

Tamla's first issue, Marv Johnson's "Come to Me" (Tamla 101) came out in January 1958.

About nine months (a gestational coincidence), and eight more Tamla singles later, Motown's debut single, "Bad Girl" by the Miracles (Motown G-1), was released.

Pre Beatles, Capitol had only one No. 1 hit in the '60s, Kyu Sakamoto's "Sukiyaki." Before that, their most recent one was the Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley."

Without the Beatles, Capitol, then with only eight other entries, would not even be on this list.

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column.  Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368  E-mail:   Visit his Web site:

All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition. 

Copyright 2014 Osborne Enterprises - Reprinted By Exclusive Permission

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

pre-orders from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Harvest of Gold (Pre-Order) by Gossling

Australia’s Gossling is quietly brewing a revolution against the status quo, all powered by delicate and sophisticated vocals. There’s no swagger here, no bravado, instead Gossling’s music proves the irresistible power of minimalism.

“I’m interested in music that stirs emotion,” says Gossling’s mastermind Helen Croome, about her latest album, Harvest of Gold. The debut LP follows the critically-lauded EPs which earned Croome accolades and airtime in Australia and activated a global audience, earning Gossling a stellar 2014 set at South-By-Southwest where she was named by the links of Elle, Esquire and Buzzfeed as an artist to watch in 2014.

Back in Melbourne she teamed up with producer John Castle (Vance Joy, The Bamboos) and set up shop in his studio called The Shed. “It’s really a shed,” Croome laughs, “it’s a three room shack near his house, and John and I would toy around with keyboards and drums. The mics are set up to be live. If you have an idea, we put it down right away.” The quick production session created the succinct sound of Harvest of Gold - nothing overwrought, just simple songs with lush textures and vocal hooks that deftly weaves complex emotional themes throughout.

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The Lords Of The New Church  - Self-Titled (Colored Vinyl) (Pre-Order)

In 1982, punk legends Stiv Bators (The Dead Boys), Brian James (The Damned), Dave Tregunna (Sham 69), and Nick Turner (The Barracudas) formed the supergroup The Lords of the New Church. Their debut, self- titled LP incorporated their punk roots while transitioning into a more polished gothic style with catchy hooks. Along with it came their new image of leather-vested vigilantes with dark lyrics musing from religion to politics. This album helped to usher in a new era of post-punk rock in the early '80s and Drastic Plastic Records is thrilled to present it sounding better than ever!
  • Opaque Gold Vinyl
  • Mastered For Vinyl By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
  • Faithful Updated Rendering Of Original Art Printed At Stoughton Printing, Co
  • Limited Foil-Number Edition Of 500
  • Manufactured For Pristine Sound At Quality Record Pressings
  • Comes In A European-Style Poly Bag For Protection And Durability
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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. U2 - Songs Of Innocence (On Sale) (Pre-Order)
2. Ryan Adams - Vampires (Pre-Order)
3. Pink Floyd - The Endless River (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
4. dave Matthews Band - Under The Table And Dreaming (Pre-Order)
5. Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan
6. Widespread Panic - Ain't Life Grand
7. Widespread Panic - Everyday
8. Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition) (On Sale) (Pre-Order)


Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack Deluxe Vinyl Edition

Collector's Edition 2 disc GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY vinyl includes AWESOME MIX VOL. 1, the collection of songs featured in the film. Music plays a major role in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as the 1970s songs featured in the film are part of the story line in a unique way. Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, 'One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape (Awesome Mix #1) that he got from his mother before she died that she made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that's the only thing he has left of his mother and that's the only thing he has left of his home on Earth. He uses that as a connection to his past and to the sadness that he feels of having left all that and lost all that.' As well as, the complete official original score from the film as composed by Tyler Bates.

Songs like "Hooked on a Feeling", "Spirit in the Sky", and "Cherry Bomb" lit up theaters as part of the trailers and are joined by other great hits like "Come and Get Your Love" and "Escape". It's a great collection of songs from the 70's that proves that Peter Quill's mother had great taste in music.

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Weezer 'Everything Will Be Alright In The End' LP

Los Angeles, CA s Weezer released their highly anticipated ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, on October 7th, 2014 on Republic Records. Produced by Ric Ocasek, who previously helmed production on the band s first and third records ( The Blue Album and The Green Album ), Everything Will Be Alright In The End is the band s first collection of new material in four years.

Since forming in 1992, Weezer has released a myriad of celebrated, chart-topping albums, selling over 13 million records worldwide. Following an intensely prolific couple years at the end of the aughts, the band chose to deliberately dial down the tempo in 2010, a move singer/guitarist Rivers Cuomo says allowed him to write at a slower pace, giving the songs he wanted to use for an album the time to gradually grow into their final forms. He started almost every song on the piano, eventually transferring them to the guitar before taking them to the band. When it came time to record the material, Weezer reunited with the man who helped them make some of their most iconic album-length work, Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. The resulting album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, is a stand-out gem in Weezer s vast and varied catalogue, a reflection of a much-loved band at their very best. Organized thematically around three groups of songs, it is an album that utilizes that sound from the band s earliest days to tell new stories in 2014, creating some of the finest, most heartfelt songs Weezer has ever recorded.

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Wilco - Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994–2014 (4-LP Set)

Nonesuch Records will release two new Wilco collections on November 17 in conjunction with the influential Chicago band’s 20th anniversary: Alpha Mike Foxtrot, a 4-CD/4-LP/digital-box-set of rare studio and live recordings collected from the band’s extensive audio archives, and What’s Your 20?, is a 2-CD/digital compilation of essential tracks culled from the band’s previously released studio recordings.

Both collections are produced by Grammy-nominated producer Cheryl Pawelski, co-founder of Omnivore Recordings, whose credits include Big Star’s Keep an Eye on the Sky, The Band’s A Musical History, and Townes Van Zandt’s Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions and Demos 1971–1972. These are the first compilations of Wilco music of any kind.  Pre-orders of Alpha Mike Foxtrot include a free instant download of “A Magazine Called Sunset,” a rarity that Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy calls “a mysterious omission from an official recorded output and a real attempt at complete pop music.”

“Like a lot of fans, I had collected these straggling tracks over the past two decades of following Wilco’s every move,” Pawelski said. “Alpha Mike Foxtrot includes almost every unique, essential performance that appeared on soundtracks, tribute albums and B-sides—and there are probably a few surprises for even the sharpest collector. This set presents an alternate history of the band, kind of a sideways view, and ultimately, it’s a super-fun listening experience.”

Alpha Mike Foxtrot features 64 pages of liner notes that include track-by-track recollections from Tweedy, notes by band members Nels Cline and John Stirratt, and reflections from members of Wilco’s extended professional family. The booklet also showcases dozens of archival and never-before-seen photos from a wide array of photographers chronicling all phases of the band’s career.

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Wolfcop (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Shooting Guns Vinyl Available

Wolfcop is currently wrecking havoc at multiple festivals baffling audiences all over the world. Equally remarkable is the killer soundtrack provided by Shooting Guns. A unique blend of heavy carpenter electronics mixed with Black Sabbath-esque riffs and even a hint of country. Upon hearing it, we just knew we had to release this.

Limited to #1000 copies worldwide on RED & BLUE MARBLED VINYL. Vinyl packaged in a deluxe gatefold old school tip-on jacket with original artworks by RANDY ORTIZ (Marvel Comics, Mondo,…). Also included is a FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD CARD.

In addition to the vinyl release there will also be a cassette tape version HOUSED IN A VHS CLAMSHELL BOX exclusively for International Cassette Store Day 2014. This cassette tape is limited to 300 copies worldwide & will be exclusively available in participating stores worldwide on September 27.
  • Red & Blue Marble Vinyl limited to 1000 copies
  • Comes in a deluxe gatefold old school tip-on jacket
  • Artwork by renowned artist Randy Ortiz (Marvel Comics, Mondo)
  • Cassette tape version limited to 300 copies worldwide
  • Cassette tape packaged in a VHS Clamshell Box
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Rhyton 'Kykeon' Vinyl Pre-Order

Rhyton is a group of experienced sonic voyagers and their music is defined by divine mixture: electric and acoustic sources meld to form one sound, and when Rhyton plays, they play as one mind. The trio on Kykeon, their third album, is David Shuford (aka D. Charles Speer and of NNCK), Jimy SeiTang (Stygian Stride), and Rob Smith (Pigeons), each member providing essential building blocks for the interplanetary vibrations they conjure as a whole.

Kykeon literally means “to stir, to mix” in Greek, but was also a drink created by the ancients that had psychoactive properties, an apt name for the radical concoctions contained herein. While previous Rhyton albums were recorded generally in improvised first takes, preserving the freshness and exploiting their generous talents of spontaneous composition, Kykeon was carefully arranged while still retaining the unfettered vibe that has made their music so potent. Shuford’s melodic turns on the bouzouki, electro-saz, and guitar burst forth in the mix with a commanding intensity, while SeiTang’s bass and organ and Smith’s drums drive the pieces into unknown territory. There is an undeniable groove to many of the songs, showing the distant relation between Greek traditions, psychedelia, and the progressive boogie of Shuford’s work with The Helix. Rhyton exists on its own plane in the Brooklyn underground, forging its own more worldly path to psychedelic transcendence.

Kykeon was recorded at the legendary Black Dirt Studios (Jack Rose, Steve Gunn, The Black Twig Pickers, etc) in upstate New York with their long-time engineer Jason Meagher.

Scheduled for releases on November 18th.  CD version limited to 300 copies with hand-applied wrap around artwork. LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card.

Pre-Order at ThrillJockey


Untold - That Horn Track / Dettmann Remix (Bleep) 

Earlier this year, Bleep celebrated its 10 year birthday with a compilation album of 14 exclusive tracks from Fuck Buttons, Oneohtrix Point Never, Autechre, Nathan Fake, Lone, Gas, Modeselektor, Dabrye, Nosaj Thing, U-Ziq and Byetone.

A stand-out track from that compilation was Untold's incredible 'That Horn Track'. After being premiered on Pearson Sound's excellent Resident Advisor mix, on release, the track gained further play from Mary-Anne Hobbs, James Blake and Tessela on their respective BBC Radio shows and residencies.

Now finally seeing a single release, Bleep invited Berlin techno royalty Marcel Dettmann to remix the track for the flip side of the 12". Having formerly released on their Green Series techno project, Marcel returns to Bleep in glorious form as he transforms Untold's hectic original composition into a slow-building sublime exercise in dread-techno production.

Get it at Bleep


Revocation Double LP 'Deathless' Pre-Order

Revocation have spent the last eight years converting fans to their cause with four full length albums, an EP with Scion AV, and a charismatic live show led by guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson. The Boston-based band also features the staggeringly talented lineup of: Dan Gargiulo on guitar, Brett Bamberger on bass, and Phil Dubois on drums. Revocation has firmly been established as one of the genre's finest and will continue their campaign as part of the Metal Blade Records roster. Their fifth album, "Deathless," is a fitting debut for the label, and a definitive statement of intent from the band. The artwork for "Deathless" was hand painted by internationally recognized tattoo artist Tom Strom.

"Deathless" was recorded with acclaimed producer Zeuss at Planet Z studios in Massachusetts. The album is ten tracks of ambitious, catchy, and undeniably heavy material. Musically, cuts like "Madness Opus" showcase a more deliberate Revocation - restrained, if even moderately so, to deliver a slow, near-dirge like track. Alternatively, the title track highlights the diversity of Davidson's vocals with a catchy chorus. It's an ear worm the likes of which the band had only previously hinted. The rest of the album offers a refreshing variety of music and truly feels like an "album", rather than a collection of similar tracks.

This is a refinement, achieved only through years of focusing on their craft.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS IS A PRE-ORDER ITEM. Orders will ship as soon as stock is received.

 + Double Gatefold Vinyl
 + Translucent Blue Vinyl with Black and Blue Wisps

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The Night Terrors 'Pavor Nocturnus' DEATH WALTZ EXCLUSIVE RED & GREY SPLATTER Pre-Order


Following their 2012 performance supporting Italian Horror soundtrack legends Goblin, Australia’s Gothic-Synth heavyweights The Night Terrors’s were commissioned to compose an album of music with the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Grand Pipe Organ. Recorded at the Melbourne Town Hall, Friday the 13th June 2014, and to be launched on Halloween 31st October 2014, Pavor Nocturnus - A composition for Grand Organ, Theremin, analogue electronics and percussion is an inferno of haunting Theremin-led post-prog and dark cosmic dance. Quiet drops of sepulchral voltage and cacophonous whirls of intricate acoustic phenomena intermingle to prise open the maddening space between sentience and expiration. The Night Terrors create a euphorically terrifying dream sequence, just perfect for Halloween. Their most frightening and beautiful recording to date.

This item is released on November the 10th.

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Warner Bros. Announces Special Releases for 2014 Record Store Day Black Friday


you can read even more about the 2014 Record Store Day Black Friday Releases

Black Friday 2014


Death Waltz and One Way Static prep soundtrack to “the most controversial film ever made”


Discogs has launched a new database for every record store in the world: VinylHub


interesting history lesson:

Ronald Yeaple: The home-entertainment boom


nice write up about the virtues of vinyl, from the great state of north carolina:

Dionne: Setting the record straight


more from the great state of north carolina:

Just Let The Music Play


Listen to One of the World’s Most Sought After Acid Folk Private Presses That's About to Be Reissued On Vinyl (and it’s from Tasmania)


who wouldn't want a pie with their record!

Rockford Rocked Interviews: Talking pie and records with Kate Sullivan and Stu Patterson of Kate’s Pie Shop and Record Store


from the great state of missouri:

Guided By Voices' Bob Pollard Tells Playboy Euclid Records is Best Record Store in USA


Complete Collection of Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ Cover Shoot Photos Going to Auction


Amazon Best Sellers in CDs & Vinyl

1. Partners ~ Barbra Streisand
2. Songs of Innocence ~ U2
3. rose ave. ~ You+Me
4. Ride Out [Deluxe Edition] ~ Bob Seger
5. Anything Goes ~ Florida Georgia Line
6. Cheek to Cheek (Deluxe) ~ Tony Bennett
7. 1989 ~ Taylor Swift
8. Holiday Wishes ~ Idina Menzel
9. In The Lonely Hour ~ Sam Smith
10. Standing In The Breach ~ Jackson Browne