Monday, December 22, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes


from our friends at NewOnVinyl

HÜSKER DÜ - THE LIVING END

The Living End is a Hüsker Dü live album recorded at various venues in October 1987 but not released until 1994. It spans the band’s entire recorded output, from “Data Control” off Land Speed Record, the band’s debut, to a healthy dose of songs from the band’s last studio album, Warehouse: Songs and Stories. There are also some unreleased tracks and a cover of the Ramones’ “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker.”

Guitarist Bob Mould and drummer Grant Hart handled the overwhelming share of songwriting duties in the band. Of interest is “Everytime,” a rare solo credit for bassist Greg Norton. The track listing is reflective of the band’s set lists. “New Day Rising” was a common choice to open shows. As explained in the liner notes, the band preferred to group like-minded songs into what they called “packs of three.” Examples of these “packs” include “Standing in the Rain” followed by “Back from Somewhere” and “Ice Cold Ice,” as well as “Terms of Psychic Warfare” followed by “Powerline” and “Books About UFOs”.
  • The Vinyl debut of Hüsker Dü's "The Living End"
  • On 180 gram MYSTERY colored vinyl
  • Double Lp
  • Limited edition of only 1000 copies
Order at NewOnVinyl


Soundtrack of The Theory Of Everything

The score for The Theory of Everything is by Icelandic Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson who has composed music for many films including his recent work scoring director Denis Villeneuvue’s film Prisoners and Josh C. Waller’s McCanick. Jóhannsson’s intricate compositions provide a stunning backdrop to the romantic drama about Stephen and Jane Hawking, portrayed in the film by Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) and Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2).

The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary and uplifting story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, and of two people defying the steepest of odds through love. The film, based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking, is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire).
  • Only 1000 copies on Transparent vinyl
  • Packed in PVC bag
  • In A Gatefold Sleeve
Order at NewOnVinyl

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from our friends at Relapse

Rwake - Xenoglossalgia: The Last Stage of Awareness Pre-Order Via Relapse

Xenoglossalgia: The Last Stage of Awareness is the earliest recording of now-legendary Little Rock doom hoard Rwake. Recorded in the late 90s when the band were barely in their 20s, 'Xenoglossalgia' is a document of the band discovering and experimenting with their sound. Glimmers of the deeply psychedelic sludge the band would become famous for are there, coupled with moments of Emperor influenced symphonic metal.  Now, almost 20 years later Rwake's earliest recordings have been fully remastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, High On Fire, Integrity, etc) and made available for the first time ever outside of their hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas.  Limited edition LP and CD come packaged in an insane 3D cover (both the cd and lp come with 3D glasses!).  See where the trip began!

Pressing Info:
First Press
750 x Black Standard Gram
250 x Relapse 25th Anniversary Silver *Mailorder Exclusive*
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

Release date: 2/10/15

Pre-Order at Relapse


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of Montreal - Satanic Panic in the Attic (10-Year Anniversary Edition)

Featuring favorites such as “Disconnect the Dots,” “Lysergic Bliss,” and “Chrissy Kiss the Corpse,” of Montreal’s breakthrough album Satanic Panic in the Attic marked a slight departure from the band’s previous sound due to influences ranging from 1970’s Afro beat to 80’s New Wave.

To celebrate this beloved record’s 10-year anniversary, Satanic Panic in the Attic has been re-mastered for vinyl and is being pressed on 180-gram Yellow/Blue vinyl with a second disc featuring seven additional tracks recorded during the same era. This deluxe double LP re-issue comes packaged in a gatefold jacket that restores the interior artwork to its original full-color design.
  • 180-Gram Yellow/Blue
  • Limited to 2000.
  • Includes second disc featuring seven bonus tracks recorded during the same era as the original album.
  • Gatefold jacket restores interior artwork to original full-color brilliance.
Order at PolyvinylRecords

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My Chemical Romance - Limited Exclusive Colored Vinyl Via Newbury Comics

Pre-order the reissues of My Chemical Romance's platinum albums, 2004's Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge on Opaque Red Vinyl and the double LP of 2006's The Black Parade on Opaque Grey Vinyl with etching on side 4. These exclusive pressings from Newbury Comics and Reprise Records are limited* to only 1000 pieces each.

Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge

Spin magazine named My Chemical Romance one of its "Bands to Watch" in 2004. Alternative Press called the group's major-label debut, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, one of the year's "Most Anticipated". With influences ranging from Iron Maiden and The Misfits to Morrissey, the New Jersey based band grabs listeners by the throat and then explodes with wall-of-sound energy and a cool darkness echoing Nick Cave or a young Trent Reznor.

Order at NewburyComics


The Black Parade

The Black Parade, My Chemical Romance's follow-up to its 2004 platinum major-label debut Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, "is way more dramatic, way more theatrical, completely over the top, borderline psychotic," says Gerard Way. "It's the most pure, intense thing we've ever been involved in." Producer by Rob Cavallo (Green Day), the album is a celebration of love and death and darkness

Order at NewburyComics





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Sledding With Tigers Premiere “Quit YR Job,” Announce Vinyl Release








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from the great state of minnesota - this is something I've done myself, the older folks appreciate the music!!!


Loving the old-time sound






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For some R.I. holiday shoppers, a great present comes from the past







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from the great state of california:


Long Beach’s Toxic Toast Records serves up Japanese vinyl





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The Roots of Indie: Stiff Records











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Bob Marley's 70th Birthday Celebration Kicks Off With 'Easy Skanking' Live Album - Yearlong commemoration of reggae legend's music will feature reissues, new collections and plenty of unreleased material from the Marley family vaults





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making the rounds on the net:

LENNON or McCARTNEY : A Beatles Documentary

550 Artists were interviewed over the last ten years. At some point during those interviews, they were asked a question and told to answer with one word only. Some stuck to one, some said more, some answered quickly, some thought it through, and some didn't answer at all.

 

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for shits and giggles: 


Your Really Bad Christmas Cover Art Gallery  

Friday, December 19, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes


upcoming releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK - EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS

From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

The epic film was scored by Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias. He has written the music for several Spanish films, mostly from Pedro Almodóvar and Julio Medem. He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his work in the films The Constant Gardener (2005), The Kite Runner (2007) and again for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). His other film credits include soundtracks for Steven Soderbergh's Che  and Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January (2014).
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • Insert
  • Packed in sturdy resealable pvc bag 
  • First pressing of 750 numbered copies on blue, white & black mixed coloured vinyl


TOWER OF POWER - BACK TO OAKLAND

Back To Oakland is the fourth album by Bay Area based band Tower of Power, released in spring 1974. Tower of Power followed their self-titled gold album with (as said by many critics) an even better album.

This record had tougher, funkier and better-produced cuts, stronger vocals from Lenny Williams (who was more comfortable as their lead singer), and included an excellent ballad in "Time Will Tell," and a rousing tempo in "Don't Change Horses (In the Middle of a Stream)". The Tower of Power horn section reaffirmed its reputation in both Soul and Pop circles.

Back To Oakland was voted by Modern Drummer Magazine as one of the most important recordings for drummers to listen to.  180 gram audiophile vinyl



TONY JOE WHITE - CONTINUED

Continued is the second album released by swamp rocker Tony Joe White. Recorded at Monument Studios, Nashville and Lyn-Lou Studios, Memphis in 1969 and released the same year, the album contained the single "Roosevelt And Ira Lee". It was produced by Billy Swan and engineered by Tommy Strong and Mort Thomasson.

The album contains the track "Rainy Night In Georgia" popularized by R&B vocalist Brook Benton in 1970. It reached #4 on the Pop Singles and #2 on the Adult Contemporary charts, respectively. The RIAA certified the single Gold for sales of one million copies. In 2004, it was ranked #498 on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. David Ruffin recorded a cover version of the song the same year as Benton, however, Motown for unknown reasons did not release the album.

The song has been covered by a number of musicians, including Ray Charles, Otis Rush, Randy Crawford, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Amos Garrett, Hank Williams, Jr., Shelby Lynne, John Holt, Nicky Thomas, by the duet of Conway Twitty and Sam Moore, Aaron Neville, and reggae band The Gladiators.  180 gram audiophile vinyl

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from our friends at Spacelab9

DOCTOR WHO “Original Television Soundtrack: Best of Series One Through Seven” Picture Disc LP Revealed

Looking for a last-minute gift for that DOCTOR WHO fan in your life? Coming Tuesday, December 23rd, SPACELAB9 are proud to announce the first ever DOCTOR WHO vinyl LP soundtrack created for North American audiences. The DOCTOR WHO “Original Television Soundtrack: Best of Series One Through Seven” Picture Disc LP collects the very best and most iconic musical moments from the show from Season 1 (2005) through Season 7 (2013). This stunning picture disc LP is limited to a pressing of 3,000 so don’t wait too long, lest you need a Tardis of your own to obtain a copy!

It was nearly 52 years ago that DOCTOR WHO made its BBC Television debut, fascinating viewers and captivating British sci-fi fans. Half a century later, the good Doctor continues to beguile as new generations of fans from all corners of the globe immerse themselves in the storied history of the perennial fan-favorite science fiction television series. Since the series was re-booted in 2005, the time traveling adventures of The Doctor and his trusty Tardis have reached unprecedented levels of popularity, particularly in North America, where fans swoon to a sea of licensed goodies and line up as far as the eye can see for entry into their local Doctor-Con. The DOCTOR WHO “Original Television Soundtrack: Best of Series One Through Seven” picture disc LP will be available exclusively at Hot Topic stores and via HotTopic, while supplies last.

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III & IV by Heat Leisure Available Via ThrillJockey 

Heat Leisure is a collective centered around the Carney brothers of Pontiak, Greg Fox and Alexandra Drewchin of Guardian Alien, Steve Strohmeier of Beach House, and Robert J. Otten III. Their music takes a freewheeling approach to psychedelia with obvious nods toAmon Düül II, Can and the Grateful Dead.

For this, their second gathering and recording at the Carney’s farm in Virginia, the group recruited the legendary Merry Prankster and Dead associate Ken Babbs, who emceed the Dead’s mythical Veneta, OR gig in 1972 that became Sunshine Daydream, to contribute a shamanistic monologue to “III,” which occupies the first side of this, their first full-length vinyl release. The Carneys approached Babbs about collaborating with Heat Leisure after staying at his Oregon farm on the last Pontiak tour. Heat Leisure’s core principles are spontaneity, serendipity, and collaboration. The band employs frying amp distortion, a signature of Pontiak, as well as an array of drums, synthesizers, samplers, organs and a heavy dose of explorative improvisation by the musicians to create a highly lyrical album.

III & IV is released on LP-only, pressed on virgin vinyl and presented in a jacket with spot UV gloss printing on cover and free download card.

Order at ThrillJockey

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from billboard:


The True Story of How Vinyl Spun Its Way Back From Near-Extinction







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from the uk:


What goes around comes around: How vinyl is back in vogue







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from the great state of florida:


Tampa record label New Granada celebrates 20 years with three-night concert






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Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Goes Old School with Vinyl Record Collector’s Edition






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interesting read from laweekly:


Pete Lyman of Infrasonic Sound Is the Patron Saint of Your Vinyl Collection











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Someone actually found the vinyl records Jack White hid inside furniture











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Vital Vinyl: Ville Valo Discusses HIM’s Massive Retrospective Box Set











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Johnny Cash's 'American' Series Collected in Vinyl Box Set










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weekend reading from rolling stone:


20 Best Reissues of 2014






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What’s Selling? — Week of Dec. 18







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GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 12/08 - 12/14, 2014




Vinyl Top 25

1. Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas
2. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
3. Taylor Swift - 1989
4. Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments To An Elegy
5. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
6. Alt-J - This Is All Yours
7. Arctic Monkeys - AM
8. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
9. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
10. Brandi Carlile - The Story
11. Led Zeppelin - IV
12. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
13. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
14. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
15. Diarrhea Planet - Aliens In The Outfield 10"
16. The Weeks - Buttons 10"
17. She & Him - Classics
18. The Beatles - 1967-70 (the blue album)
19. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
20. Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy
21. Otis Redding - Dock Of The Bay
22. OST - Elf
23. Jack White - Lazaretto
24. Sturgill Simpson - High Top Mountain
25. She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas

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album cover art of the day:


Details Of New Album "Raise A Little Hell" Revealed By The Answer 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ask Mr.Music by Jerry Osborne

FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 15, 2014


DEAR JERRY: I noticed on one of the bigger YouTube channels, one with nearly 20 million views, a snapshot of their Top 5 most played songs, via videos of course: 

1. "Sleigh Ride" Ronettes (1963) 
2. "I Dreamed a Dream" (from "Les Miserable") Ruthie Henshall (1995) 
3. "Donde Esta Santa Claus" Augie Rios (1958) 
4. "Red Red Wine" Neil Diamond (1968) 
5. "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays" Perry Como (1954) 

What is amazing is seeing three classic Christmas tunes in the Top 5, what with the holidays being only a fraction of the year. People must be playing these all year long. 

Any chance you could find out, say, their Top 20? Wonder how many have a holiday theme? 
—Phil Hartford, Bloomington, Ind. 


DEAR PHIL: If you are merely amazed at finding three of the five to be holiday-related, prepare to be flabbergasted as we unveil their Top 20.

Remember, this list includes diverse genres and several different eras:

6. "Aloha Oé" (Islands Sounds Orchestra) (1989)
7. "Paloma Blanca" George Baker Selection (1975)
8. "Needles and Pins" Jackie De Shannon (1963)
9. "Pretty Paper" Roy Orbison (1963)
10. "Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy" Buck Owens and His Buckaroos (1965)
11. "Sleigh Ride" Johnny Mathis (1958)
12. "Seasons in the Sun" Kingston Trio (1964)
13. "Happy New Year" ABBA (1980)
14. "The Monkey That Became President" Tom T. Hall (1972)
15. "Sleigh Ride" Arthur Fiedler Conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra (1949)
16. "Oklahoma Hills" Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys (1961)
17. "Christmas in My Home Town" Charley Pride (1970)
18. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" Elton John & Brian Wilson (live duet) 2001
19. "A Marshmallow World" Brenda Lee (1964)
20. "It's Christmas Everywhere" Paul Anka (1960)

Even I am truly surprised to find 11 of the Top 20 favorites to be songs of the season, and that "Sleigh Ride," a wintery song with no mention of any holiday, is on the list three times.


DEAR JERRY: I need help with a decades-long earworm, one that goes back to my junior high years, in the mid-to-late 1950s. 

The infectious little line is "mangos and papayas, anything your heart desires." 

It was sung by a woman in sort of a calypso style, if that helps. 

Can you possibly identify this obscure song? 
—Denise McQuater, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.


DEAR DENISE: It may seem obscure because nearly 58 years have passed since this tune was a current hit, but I can't describe as obscure any song that makes the Top 30 on both Billboard and Cash Box, as did this one.

Identifying it is easy, in fact the title has been right there in your earworm all along. It is the first of the two tropical fruits mentioned: "Mangos."

The vocalist offering her man assorted fruits and nuts, along with unspecified extras, is the legendary Rosemary Clooney.

The "Mangos" single (Columbia 40835) came out six years after Rosie's "Come On-a My House," and its many non-tropical fruit references (apples; plums; apricots; figs; dates; grapes; pomegranate; peaches; and pears), making something with mangos and papayas seem like the perfect follow-up.

The overall similarity between the two fruity tunes was not overlooked in the new release reviews, prepared specifically for radio station programmers, in Billboard's March 9, 1957 issue:

"The rich show-wise vocal talents of Miss Clooney are showcased here on a colorful theme with an exotic rhythm pattern and engaging lyrics, somewhat reminiscent of the thrush's biggest hit "Come On-a My House." Should spice up programming in practically any time slot."

Dee jays seeking spice agreed and in the weeks ahead, "Mangos" ranked among the Top 10 on Billboard's Most Played Songs by Disk Jockeys.

Though not frequently heard in the 21st century, I still can't put "Mangos" in the obscure category.


IZ ZAT SO? Of all solo pop artists, whether male or female, whose first hit came in 1950 or later, Rosemary Clooney's singles sales top all other singers for the pre-rock, first half of that decade.


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

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

Copyright 2014 Osborne Enterprises - Reprinted By Exclusive Permission

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes


from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Captain Beyond Captain Beyond (Deluxe Limited Edition)

A super deluxe limited edition pressing of this landmark space rock album by super group Captain Beyond!

Formed in 1971 by members of Deep Purple, Iron Butterfly & Johnny Winter’s band, Captain Beyond is heavy, spacey and most definitely FAR OUT!

Numbered, Limited Edition on Random Colored Vinyl. Sequentially numbered and presented in a gorgeous black velvet gate fold jacket with silver foil stamping and a 180 gram colored vinyl with audio that’s been remastered specifically for this edition!

Buy at SoundStageDirect


Ministry Last Tangle In Paris - Live 2012 DeFiBrilLaTouR

Ministry’s Last Tangle in Paris documents a time capsule in music history which will never be repeated. In addition to Live Ministry performances, it also embodies rare backstage footage and one-on-one interviews. Ministry founder and front man, Al Jourgensen has no intention to tour Ministry ever again, and thus this documentary is most certainly Jourgensen's last tangle in Paris.

The US leg of the DeFiBRilLaTouR was a four-city run in Denver, Los Angeles, New York, with two shows in Chicago. The band then flew to Finland to embark on the seven week European leg of the DeFiBRiLlaTouR that included festivals and club shows in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Russia. Legendary songs performed on the DVD include Psalm 69 and New World Order. As a special bonus – the digipack version will include a Ministry tour retrospective double audio album with live performances dating back to 2006.

In early 2014 Jourgensen underwent a closely-monitored detox, and as of this writing is sober and ready to embark on a new chapter in his life.

Buy at SoundStageDirect


This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
2. Beatles - Abbey Road
3. The Beatles 1967-1970 (On Sale)
4. Various Artists - The Big Lebowski (On Sale)
5. Taylor Swift - 1989
6. Various Artists - Guardians Of The Galaxy Soundtrack (On Sale) (Awaiting Repress)
7. Led Zeppelin IV (On Sale)
8. Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band


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from our friends at BrutalPandaRecords

CHERUBS: Reveal New Album Details 

2 Ynfynyty coming March 3rd via Brutal Panda Records 
   
Austin, TX cult noise rock kings, Cherubs, return with 2 Ynfynyty, their first new recording in over 20 years.  Produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, ....And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Slayer) in the summer of 2014, 2 Ynfynyty finds the trio rejuvenated with a more dangerous sound then ever. Picking up where they left off while trekking down a few unexpected turns, Cherubs effortlessly mix distorted heaviness with sublime songcraft.  If Queens of the Stone Age made a pummeling noise rock record, this would be it.  The band's previous records (1992's Icing and 1994's Heroin Man) have reached legendary status in the noise rock world and this record will be no exception.  2 Ynfynyty proves that Cherbus' long hiatus was worth the two decade wait.

The album will be released digitally and on cassette on March 3rd followed by a limited edition vinyl release on March 17th via Brutal Panda Records.

Pressing is limited to 500 copies. LP comes housed in a full color, thick printed inner sleeve.  Digital download of the full album included

 •10 Test Presses
 •100 Gold/White Haze
 •150 Clear w/ Gold Splatter
 •250 Black

Pre-Order at BrutalPandaRecords

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Joyful Noise 2015 Flexi Disc Series Announced!

Feat. King Buzzo, Could Nothings, Wye Oak, Lee Ranaldo, Kevin Barnes, Protomartyr, Deerhoof and more...

We are extremely excited to announce our 4th annual Flexi-Disc Series! We have lined up 12 of our favorite artists, who will each be contributing an unreleased track, exclusively available on the 2015 Flexi Disc Series.

Some background:
The Flexi Disc Series is a platform for some of our favorite artists to release never-before-heard recordings on a fleeting analog format. Artists are encouraged to be as adventurous as possible for the duration of one single-sided flexi disc (which is essentially a square, flexible 7" record). These are unique and ephemeral tracks from some of the best bands in the world.

Each release is strictly limited to a one-time pressing of 1000 copies on clear, single-sided, square Flexi Disc (w/ full cover art chosen by the band). These songs will not be released digitally or on any other format. That is to say, the total existence of each recording is limited to just 1000 copies, on an increasingly-degrading analog format.

Artists contributing to the 2015 series include: Arousal (Kevin Barnes as Georgie Fruit), Cloud Nothings, Deerhoof & Celestial Shore, Goblin Cock, King Buzzo (Melvins), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Oneida, Pattern Is Movement, Protomartyr, Sonny and the Sunsets, Tera Melos and Wye Oak.

Standard subscriptions only cost $5 / month (+ postage), or you can opt for the Deluxe VIP Subscription which gets you a custom wooden box set, and all the perks of Deluxe VIP Membership.

Get more information at JoyfulNoiseRecordings

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Lynyrd Skynyrd to Reissue First Six Albums on Vinyl








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from the other side of the globe:


Bandra cafe is a haven for Mumbai's vinyl record lovers











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interesting read from the uk:


Handmade vinyl albums: Yours for £2,500











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from the land down under:


We’re Buying So Much Vinyl It Could Kill The Industry





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Lou Reed, Green Day, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame





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Five Bands That Deserve to Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame







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Amazon Best Sellers in CDs & Vinyl

1. 1989 ~ Taylor Swift
2. That's Christmas To Me ~ Pentatonix
3. Disney's Karaoke Series: Frozen ~ Disney Karaoke Series
4. Partners ~ Barbra Streisand
5. Cheek to Cheek (Deluxe) ~ Tony Bennett
6. Greatest Hits: Decade #1 ~ Carrie Underwood
7. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix ~ Soundtrack
8. Man Against Machine ~ Garth Brooks
9. Ptxmas ~ Pentatonix
10. Rock or Bust ~ AC/DC

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album cover art of the day:


New Album "One Man Army" Announced By Ensiferum, Artwork Revealed

Monday, December 15, 2014

New Music Releases - December 16, 2014









AFI - All Hallow’s EP (vinyl)
Alcoa - Thank You (vinyl)
Aretha Franklin - Aretha (deluxe edition)
Aretha Franklin - Through the Storm
Asking Alexandria - Live from Brixton and Beyond
Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)
Beach Boys - All Summer Long (reissue)
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (reissue)
Beach Boys - Shut Down, Vol. 2 (reissue)
Beach Boys - Smiley Smile (reissue)
Beach Boys - Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) (reissue)
Beach Boys - Today! (reissue)
Brandi Carlile - The Eye
Brian Chippendale and Greg Saunier - Brian Chippendale and Greg Saunier
Bring Me the Horizon - Drown
Bryan Ferry - Avonmore (vinyl)
Cat Stevens - Tea for the Tillerman (reissue) (vinyl)
Charli XCX - Sucker
Chief Keef - Nobody
Cream - Cream: 1966 - 1972 (LP box set)
Dave Matthews Band - Under The Table And Dreaming (reissue) (vinyl)
Death Cab For Cutie - Photo Album (reissue) (vinyl)
Death Cab For Cutie - Something About Airplanes (reissue) (vinyl)
Death Cab For Cutie - We Have The Facts and We’re Voting Yes (reissue) (vinyl)
Fall Out Boy - Immortals (7") (picture disc)
Geotic - Sunset Mountain
Gov't Mule - Dark Side of the Mule (vinyl)
James Taylor - Never Die Young (reissue)
Jan Akkerman - Tabernakel (reissue)
John Lennon - Imagine (reissue)
John Lennon - Mind Games (reissue)
John Lennon - Rock 'n' Roll (reissue)
John Lennon - Walls and Bridges (reissue)
John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (reissue)
John Lennon / Yoko Ono - Double Fantasy (reissue)
John Lennon / Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band - Some Time in New York City (reissue)
Kaleidoscope - Side Trips (reissue) (vinyl)
Kinks - The Anthology 1964 - 1971 (5CD Box Set)
Manhattans - Black Tie (expanded edition)
Melvins - Hold It In (vinyl)
Mike WiLL Made It - Ransom
Misfits - Project 1950 (vinyl)
Neil Young - Storytone  (2LP)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Firstborn Is Dead (reissue) (vinyl)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - From Her To Eternity (reissue) (vinyl)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Kicking Against The Pricks (reissue) (vinyl)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Your Funeral... My Trial (reissue) (vinyl)
Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint
Paul McCartney - New (reissue) (collector's edition)
Russian Circles - Enter (reissue)
Sense Field - Tonight and Forever (vinyl)
Skybound - Darkfall
Switchfoot - The Beautiful Letdown (reissue) (vinyl)
Take That - III
The City On Film - La Vella (vinyl)
The Story Changes - Never In Daydream (vinyl)
Token Entry - From Beneath The Streets (vinyl)
Various Artists - Complete Stax / Volt Soul Singles Vol 2: 1968-71
Various Artists - St. Vincent OST (vinyl)
Various Artists - Transformers OST (1986) (vinyl)
Various Artists - Waxing Off: Delicious Vinyl's Greatest Hits
You + Me - Rose Ave. (vinyl)

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes


from our friends at NewOnVinyl

SOUNDTRACK (OST) - DRIVE

Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) was released in CD format to stores on September 27, 2011 by Lakeshore Records, and owned by Cutting Edge Film Scores. Prior to that, thanks to viral reviews, such as those found on social networking website Twitter, the soundtrack sold well on iTunes, climbing as high as number four on the sales charts.

The nineteen-track album has amassed positive reviews. James Verniere of the Boston Herald graded it an A, stating, "The cool crowd isn't just watching Drive; they're listening to it, too... The Drive soundtrack is such an integral part of the experience of the film, once you see it, you can't imagine the film without it."Allmusic reviewer James Christopher Monger selected opening track "Nightcall", "I Drive", "Hammer" and "Bride of Deluxe" as highlights on it. Digital Spy's Mayer Nissim gave it a four out of five star rating, finding it to be as important as the film itself. She stated the album beginning with non-Martinez songs instead of mixing it up for a more enjoyable listening experience cost it a star.
  • On 180 gram PINK vinyl
  • Double Lp
  • limited repress by Invada Records
Order at NewOnVinyl


SOUNDTRACK (OST) - SONGS OF ANARCHY: MUSIC FROM SONS OF ANARCHY 1-4

Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 features a stunning collection of fifteen revered performances, recorded specifically for the hard-hitting and award-winning Fox television show. To celebrate this long enduring biker drama series, Friday Music enhances your music pleasure with the first time ever audiophile vinyl release of this stellar soundtrack album.

The double album features a plethora of classic tunes and fan favorites. Paul Brady s brilliant take of The Rolling Stones classic Gimme Shelter, Lyle Workman and Bob Thiele Jr. s amazing interpretation of the CCR smash Fortunate Son and of course Curtis Stigers bluesy favorite rendition of Warren Haynes John The Revelator all add to the excitement of this trail blazing television series that continues to thrill its millions of fans worldwide.

The collection kicks off with the Emmy nominated and ASCAP award-winning series theme song This Life sung and written by Curtis Stigers. Golden Globe® Award winning actress/singer Katey Sagal along with The Forest Rangers perform four tracks on the soundtrack including a standout performance of Son Of A Preacher Man and an emotional reading of Leonard Cohen s epic Bird On A Wire. Even Canadian legendary hard rockers throw down a brilliant version of The Who s Slip Kid featuring Franky Perez. Plus classic material reimagined from the words and music of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Animals and Billie Holiday truly make this a memorable soundtrack of our times.

This amazing double album is the first in a deluxe series of a limited edition 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl releases from the Sons Of Anarchy television soundtrack series with Friday Music.

For a very limited time, Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 will be presented on a 2 LP clear audiophile vinyl with a stunning gatefold cover featuring the SOA logo and original artwork as you will remember from this incredible series created by Kurt Sutter.

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from our friends at Relapse

Torche 'Restarter' Pre-Order

Heavy rock titans TORCHE make their Relapse debut with the thunderous 'Restarter', a ten song triumph of an album.  TORCHE rose to popularity merging huge infectious melodies with downtuned, crushing sludgey rock and on 'Restarter' they've perfected the marriage.  This is a record that is simultaneously hum-able and heavy that will just as easily appeal to fans of Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth as it will Melvins and High On Fire-heads.  But what truly sets TORCHE apart from their peers is their ability to use top-notch songwriting and soaring, harmonic vocals to create records that are heavier and louder and hookier than anyone else out there.

***Mailorder exclusive glow in the dark deluxe 2xLP limited to 500.  Housed in glow in the dark custom ink gatefold jackets and includes a pair of Restarter sunglasses only available with this pressing.  Bonus, second LP features the remixed and remastered tracks from the 'Harmonslaught' 7" plus a custom etching on side D.  Includes a free digital download of the entire album***

PRESSING INFO:

First Press (Deluxe 2xLP) 
500 x Black 180 Gram *Mailorder Exclusive* 
500 x Glow In The Dark Standard Gram *Mailorder Exclusive* 
250 x Relapse 25th Anniversary Silver Standard Gram *Mailorder Exclusive* 
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

Release date - 2/24/15

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Sense Field 'Tonight and Forever' Vinyl Pre-Order

The landmark album from Sense Field, Tonight and Forever, released for the first time ever on vinyl. Featuring the songs "Save Yourself and "Fun Never Ends."

First pressing limited to 500 copies:

* Hot Pink (200) 
* Hot Pink / Sea Blue Swirl (100) 
* Milky Clear with Hot Pink, Purple, Orange, and Electric Blue Splatter (100) 
* Hot Pink in Dark Purple in Milky Clear (Color In Color In Color) (100)

Full color jacket printed on reverseboard stock with white dust jackets and 12" uncoated insert. Manufactured under exclusive license from Nettwerk Productions Ltd.

This is a pre-order. All orders are currently scheduled to ship the week of December 16th. In the event of potential delays, they would ship the first week of January 2015.

Pre-Order HERE

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Escape From Witchtropolis by Espectrostatic

Exclusive Death Waltz colourway Coke Smoke (coke bottle clear with black & white swirls) Austin, TX musician Alex Cuervo turned a few heads last year with his new project Espectrostatic; his synth-based electronic project. Cuervo has been knocking around in garage & punk bands since the Nineties, playing in killer acts like the Hex Dispensers, Blacktop, This Damn Town and more, but Espectrostatic showed a different side. Espectrostatic’s s/t debut all but abandoned guitars in favor of spooky electronic pulses & synth drones a’la John Carpenter & Tangerine Dream. Cuervo is back at it with the follow up album “Escape From Witchtropolis”. “Escape From Witchtropolis” uses elements & themes laid out in the debut, but upping the anté with more sophisticated & subtle arrangements, letting the songs unfold organically, still inferring the presence of a soundtrack to an as-yet unmade horror flick. Opening with the brooding “Removing The Bandages”, the tone is set as the credits roll, before lurching into the title track “Escape From Witchtropolis”, whose motorik pulse hearkens back to the heyday of industrial dance music (Skinny Puppy, Cabaret Voltaire, Nitzer Ebb). Cuervo has a knack for keeping things taut & interesting, tunes like “The Feral Kids” with it’s tribal drums & synth squall tumble forward into more orchestrated tunes like “The Obelisk” before retreating inward into the cosmic headspace of “Sinking Into The Microverse” a head-turning drone masterpiece.<,/p> “Escape From Witchtropolis” conjures visions of musical ghosts past & present; Fabio Frizzi, John Carpenter, Umberto, Skinny Puppy, SPK, Zombi, Goblin & more all are imprinted on Espectrostatic, but Cuervo manages to maintain his own voice among the influences, concocting a cohesive & menacing sophomore album.

Exclusive Death Waltz colourway on Coke Smoke. (coke bottle clear with black & white swirls)

“Escape From Witchtropolis” features spectacular artwork by reknowned illustrator Drazen Kozjan.

Order from DeathWaltz

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