Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Classic Rock Videos

Hey Jude- The Beatles

Album Cover Art

Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' With Disaster-Live 2007
Another fantatsic piece of album cover art.

New Vinyl Releases

All of the following new releases can be purchased here:

New Releases For 2/17/2009

Architecture In Helsinki/That Beep 12''/Polyvinyl Records

Vermillion Sands/In The Woods/7"/Fat Possum

Vibrarians/Red Light/7''/K Records

Wavves/California Goth II/7"/Fat Possum

Wheels On Fire/I'm Turning Into You/7"/Fat Possum

Abe Vigoda/Reviver [LP]/PPM Records

Aidan Moffat & The Best-Ofs/How To Get To Heaven From Scotland/ [4LP]/Chemikal Underground

Alela Diane/To Be Still/[2 LP]/Rough Trade

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead/And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead/[LP]/Trance Syndicate

Asobi Seksu/Hush/[LP]/Polyvinyl Records

Astronautalis/Pomegranate/[LP]/Eyeball Records/EYE

Death/For the Whole World to/[LP]/Drag City/Twos & Fews

Deerhunter/Microcastle/[LP] (White Vinyl) (includes CD)/kranky

Fake Problems/It's Great To Be Alive/[LP]/Side One Dummy Record

Final/Reading All The Right Signals Wrong/[LP]/No Quarter

Flogging Molly/Float [LP] (Picture Disc)/Side One Dummy Record Limited edition picture disc pressing of their fourth full-length, originally released in March 2008 (which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200). Features a design layout on the a-side and a picture of the band on the b-side.

Fol Chen/Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made/[LP]/Asthmatic Kitty

Get Up Kids/Something To Write Home About/[LP]/Doghouse Records

Gun Outfit/Dim Light/[LP]/Ppm Records

Haptic/Medium/[LP] (180 Gram Vinyl with Download Coupon) Flingco Sound System/The Medium consists of two sidelong tracks & includes contributions from Boris Hauf, Olivia Block & Tony Buck. LIMITED edition 180 gram vinyl with download coupon

Irepress/Sol Eye See/[2LP] Gatefold/Translation

Jason Isbell/Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit/[2 LP] (includes CD) Lightning Rod/30 Tigers

Joseph Arthur/Temporary People/[LP]/Lonely Astronaut

Josh Reichmann Oracle Band/Life Is Legal/[EP]/Paperbag

Living Things/Habeas Corpus/[LP]/Jive / Zomba

Lonely Island/Incredibad/[2LP]/Universal Republic/Features Justin Timberlake, Natalie Portman, Adam Levine

Loved Ones/Distractions/[LP] (includes digital download)/Fat Wreck

M. Ward/Hold Time/[LP]/Merge Records

Matt & Kim/To-From/EP/10''/Suburban Home

Mi Ami/Watersports/[LP]/Quarterstick

Minus The Bear/Acoustics/[LP]/Suicide Squeeze Records/Limited to 5,000 copies.

Morrissey/Years Of Refusal/[LP]/Decca

Mountains/Choral/[2 LP] (includes download coupon)/Thrill Jockey Double LP limited to 1,000 copies and includes two tracks not on the CD. Also includes free download coupon.

Murder City Devils/Thelema [LP] (on marbled black and white vinyl)/Sub Pop Records/Vinyl re-issue of their 2001 EP. First run on marbled black and white vinyl.

Murder City Devils/Empty Bottles Broken Hearts/[LP] (on marbled black and white vinyl)/Sub Pop Records/Vinyl re-issue of their 1998 album. First run on marbled black and white vinyl.

Murder City Devils/In Name And Blood/[LP] (on black and white marbled vinyl)/Sub Pop Records/Vinyl re-issue of their 2000 album. First run on black and white marbled vinyl.

Murder City Devils/Murder City Devils/[LP] (on black and white marbled vinyl)/Die Young Records/Vinyl re-issue of their 1997 debut. First run is on black and white marbled vinyl.


Odawas/The Blue Depths/[LP]/Jagjaguwar

Owen/The EP/Polyvinyl Records

Plushgun/Pins & Panzers/[LP]/Tommy Boy Entertainment



Sonic Boom 6/Ruff Guide to Genre Terrorism/[LP] (colored vinyl) Suburban Home

Southeast Engine/From The Forest To The Sea/[LP]/Misra Records

Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band/The Mountain/[LP]/New West

Testament/Demonic/[2 LP] (180 Gram and one side includes etched art)/Prosthetic

Testament/The Gathering/[2 LP] (180 Gram and one side includes etched art)/Prosthetic

These Are Powers/All Aboard Future/[LP]/Dead Oceans/ Limited edition vinyl.

Various Artists/Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation)/[3 LP] This triple LP contains thirty-one exclusive tracks that will benefit the Red Hot Organization - an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. This is their 20th anniversary and 20th release. Artists include Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, The Decemberists, Iron & Wine, Kronos Quartet, The New Pornographers, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens, Yeasayer, Yo La Tengo, and many more.

Vetiver/Tight Knit/[LP]/Sub Pop Records

Ween/Chocolate & Cheese/[2LP] (180 Gram)/Plain Recordings

Weird Owl/Ever The Silver Cord Be Loosed/[LP]/Tee Pee Records

William Elliott Whitmore/Animals In The Dark/[LP]/Anti

Ask Mr. Music

I am continuing our new feature: Ask "Mr. Music." Now in its 23rd year of syndication (1986-2008), Jerry Osborne's weekly Q&A feature will be a regular post every Wednesday from now on. Be sure to stop by Jerry's site ( for more Mr. Music archives, record price guides, anything Elvis, buy & sell collectibles, record appraisals and much more. I thank Jerry for allowing the reprints.


DEAR JERRY: Seeing “Mad Men” win all these Best Drama on TV awards got me curious, so I got the first season DVDs. Guess what? It's as good as advertised, and now I'm a fan.

Playing one of the leading ladies is an actress named January Jones, and it is she who sends me your way.

Her unusual name brings to mind a long-forgotten record from the 1970s, all about a girl named January Jones. Though a popular tune at the time, I have never heard this song since.

The singer may be Billy Crash Craddock, who had a lot of hits back then. If not, then who?

Assuming she wasn't born before the song, the actress must have been named after it. What do you think?
—Cindy Galt, Salt Lake City

DEAR CINDY: In keeping with the theme, I see you also posted your letter the first week in January.

You have every reason to suspect the hit song inspired the name given to Miss Jones. Coincidentally, both debuted in January, three years apart.

“January Jones,” a Top 40 Country hit for Johnny Carver (ABC 12052), hit the charts January 18, 1975, and January Jones joined the Sioux Falls populace on January 5, 1978.

With the song arriving on the scene three years earlier, the connection is very believable. But then so is the idea that the name comes from her birth month.

Neither scenario is accurate.

The parents of this Golden Globe nominee (for “Mad Men”) became enamored with January as a name after discovering January Wayne, a character in “Once is Not Enough,” a 1973 book by Jacqueline Susann.

Two years later, around the time of Johnny Carver's hit, Hollywood brought the novel to the big screen as “Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough.”

In the film version, January (Deborah Raffin) is the spoiled daughter of washed-up movie producer Mike Wayne (Kirk Douglas).

Just when you thought it couldn't get more Januaryish, there is yet another actress named January Jones — one a generation ahead of the more famous January.

This lady appeared in just two films: “Looking for Love,” a 1964 flick starring Connie Francis,” and “Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title” (1966).

See and hear "January Jones" here.

DEAR JERRY: After exhausting many music catalogs in my search for a song, I discovered you and how many others you've helped.

While traveling across the country listening to different stations, I heard “Honeycomb,” but not by Jimmie Rodgers as you would suspect.

This one is by Ricky Nelson, who I never even knew recorded the song.

His is the best version of “Honeycomb” I have ever heard. Do you know of it?

—Ron Stofflet, Montello, Wisc.

DEAR RON: Nelson's “Honeycomb” is one of the tracks on his first LP, “Ricky” (Imperial 9048), as well as one of the three “Ricky” EPs issued simultaneously with that album (Imperial 153).

A double “Ricky” CD is currently available for about $10, and “Honeycomb” is among its 31 tracks.

It is surprising how very different Rick's version is from the more familiar Jimmie Rodgers hit. It is at a slower tempo and contains several completely different verses. It is almost another song altogether.

IZ ZAT SO? From the invention in 1948 of the long play album to “Meet the Beatles,” in 1964, only two mainstream Rock & Roll artists topped the LP charts.

Elvis has six No. 1 albums during that period, and the only other one is “Ricky” (1957), belonging to Ricky Nelson.

Not counted in this specific count are folk (Kingston Trio) and R&B acts (Ray Charles, Little Stevie Wonder).

Music News & Notes

FatCat Reissues Animal Collective Catalogue On Vinyl

FatCat Records has announced that it will reissue several of Animal Collective’s early albums on vinyl next month.

The new vinyl editions will include the AC albums Spirit They've Gone They've Vanished (2000), Danse Manatee (2001), Feels (2005) and, yes, Sung Tongs (2004). Each will come packaged with the original artwork and on fancied-up 180-gram double vinyl. In addition to the Animal Collective reissues, which will be available on March 9, FatCat will also be releasing DMM versions of No Age's Weirdo Rippers, Max Richter's Songs From Before and Sigur Rós's Agaetis Bryjun


Mute Math releases new EP

Adventurous melodic-rock crew Mute Math releases their new Spotlight EP today (Feb. 10) digitally, with a limited edition vinyl version to follow on March 24.

The EP -- stocked with B-sides and remixes -- comes in advance of the full-length follow-up to the band's self-titled debut; Mute Math went into the studio last fall with producer Dennis Herring to start pulling together that new album.

Fans can purchase digital/vinyl or digital only versions of the EP at Digital/vinyl purchasers will get high-quality MP3 files of the tracks today, with the vinyl to follow on its release date. Orders also come with a link to exclusive video material.


Green Day reveal new album artwork

Band credit artists Sixten for inspiration

Green Day have revealed the cover art for the new album today (February 10), just a day after they named the record.

The stencilled artwork, pictured, was apparently inspired by artist Sixten, with art direction credited to Chris Bilheimer.

As previously reported, Green Day's new album will be called '21st Century Breakdown', and will be released in May. It's the follow-up to 2004's 'American Idiot'.


The Decemberists announce new tour dates, cover art

The cover art for The Decemberists' new album, Hazards of Love, has changed here is the new art.

The Decemberists have never been afraid of a little ambition. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that for their upcoming U.S. tour, they've decided to eschew typical rock-band protocol and present their recent release in a slightly different format.

When the Portland-based group hits the road in support of their March 24 release, "Hazards of Love," they'll be presenting it as a 17-song suit. It seems fitting for an album that tells the tale "woman named Margaret who is ravaged by a shape-shifting animal; her lover, William; a forest queen; and a cold-blooded, lascivious rake.

Here are just some of the dates, with more to be announced soon:

19 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Palladium
20 - Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theatre
21 - Eugene, Ore. @ McDonald Theater
24 - Missoula, Mont. @ Wilma Theatre
26 - Denver, Colo. @ Fillmore Auditorium
27 - Kansas City, Mo. @ Uptown Theater
29 - Milwaukee, Wisc. @ Riverside Theater
31 - St. Louis, Mo. @The Pageant

1 - Columbus, Ohio @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
3 - Atlanta, Ga. @ Tabernacle
4 - Raleigh, N.C. @ Memorial Auditorium
5 - Richmond, Va. @ The National
6 - Upper Darby, Penn. @ Tower Theatre
9 - Boston, Mass. @ Bank of America Pavillion
10 - New York, N.Y. @ Radio City Music Hall
11-14 - Manchester, Tenn. @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival


Academy of Country Music Announces Nominees

The finalists for the Country Music Awards were announced today and Brad Paisley leads all finalists for the Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations. Paisley is nominated for entertainer of the year and male vocalist. He is also a finalist for record, song and video of the year for "Waitin' on a Woman" and nominated for vocal event of the year for "Start a Band" with Keith Urban.

Heidi Newfield is also a strong contender, picking up nominations in five categories, including song of the year and video of the year for the lovely "Johnny & June."

The winners will be announced during the Academy of Country Music Awards show on CBS from Las Vegas on April 5.


Country Singer Bee Dies

Country singer Molly Bee passed away last Saturday (age 69) from complications related to a stroke.

Bee starred on television's "Hometown Jamboree," "The Pinky Lee Show "and "The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show." Her recordings included a 1952 hit version of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and 1965's "Losing You/Miserable Me." Though Bee had limited chart success (her album Swingin' Country peaked at #40 on the Country Albums chart), she was always a big concert draw.


When Legends Meet

B.B. King said he got a big thrill on Grammy night when he met Paul McCartney. “I met all the Beatles except him until today!” My guess is that Paul McCartney was just as honored to meet B.B. King.


New Osbourne TV Show F&*^%INg Sucks

In an early look at the new TV show Osbournes: Reloaded has brought a chorus of catcalls from a number of websites. The preview shows that the program will be a mix of pranks (think Ozzy working the window at a fast food restaurant), comedy skits and musical performances with a good amount of swearing (well, probably bleeping) thrown in for good measure. Maybe redoing something that was great at first is just overdoing it a bit, let it go Ozzie