Thursday, March 12, 2009

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Music News & Notes

My Morning Jacket EP

In celebration of Record Store Day on April 18th, My Morning Jacket is set to release their live EP CelebraciĆ³n De La Ciudad Natal exclusively to independent retailers. The seven-song disc was recorded at two of MMJ’s favorite locales in their native Louisville, Kentucky: The Waterfront Park venue and Ear-X-Tacy record store.


New Radiohead Tour/Music

Radiohead are in talks for a summer tour and hitting the studio again.

“We are working on new material. We’ll be doing some more recording. It’s business as usual,” guitarist Ed O’ Brien told the BBC. “We’ve sort of finished the bulk of In Rainbows touring. We will be doing a little bit of touring in the summer, watch this space!”


Late Night Music Battle

Last week, it was five straight nights of U2 on David Letterman. Now, Jay Leno has taken up the battle by booking Prince for three straight nights from March 25 to 27 to promote his two new albums, LOtUSFLOW3R and MPLSoUND. He'll then be back on May 28for Leno's final late night show.


Bret Michaels Autobio

Bret Michaels is scheduled to release his autobiography, "Roses and Thorns: The Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy to My Reality," in June via Simon & Schuster.

Michaels told Billboard, "It will give people the untold story. It gives you the sex, the drugs, the rock 'n' roll, but it also gives you the diabetes. It gives you every aspect of my life and what I'm going through. I think it's pretty frank."

New Information Released on Woodstock Ultimate Collectors Edition

The 1970 Oscar winning documentary Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music is both Blu-Ray and on DVD in an Ultimate Collector's Edition. Release date is June 9 but people going to SXSW will get the chance to get a first look at the new Hi-Def picture and sound on March 21.

The DVD will have two extra hours of rare performance footage featuring 18 new performances as never before seen from 13 groups, including Joan Baez, Country Joe McDonald, Santana, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker and five (Paul Butterfield, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Johnny Winter and Mountain) who played at Woodstock but never appeared in any film version.

A third hour of bonus material also on the Ultimate Collector's Edition includes a featurette gallery showcasing interviews with Martin Scorsese, producer Michael Lang, director Michael Wadleigh, Hugh Hefner, Eddie Kramer (the concert’s original chief on-site engineer and producer-engineer for Jimi Hendrix) and others who chronicle the making of the festival and the film. Included are such segments as 3 Days in a Truck, No Rain! No Rain! and Living Up To Idealism. Additionally, exclusive to Blu-ray, a Customize Your Own Woodstock Playlist from the 18 bonus performances and other special features like Media Center, My WB Commentary and Live Community Screening.

The Ultimate Collector's Edition will be packaged in a unique giftbox, numbered as part of a limited run with an array of collectibles that include a 60+ page reprint of a Life magazine commemorative issue, a lucite lenticular display of vintage festival photos, festival memorabilia and an iron-on patch with the classic dove and guitar Woodstock emblem.


Vinyl Down Under

Music lovers in the groove as vinyl makes a comeback

As the market for CDs continues to shrink in the face of increasingly popular digital downloads, the humble LP is making a comeback.

ARIA music sales figures showed vinyl sales in 2008 jumped a massive 97 per cent to move 10,000 more records than the previous year, while CD album sales continued their downward trend to drop 11 per cent.

While sales of almost $400,000 give vinyl just 0.1 per cent of the $426 million Australian music market, vinyl aficionados are sure the upward trend will continue.

78 Records manager Andrew de Lang said his music store had experienced a “couple of hundred per cent increase” in vinyl sales over the past few years as records moved out of the dusty cupboard where they were relegated in the 1990s and back into the mainstream.

He said the popularity of records was being driven by bands such as U2 and Coldplay releasing LPs with free digital download codes alongside CDs and major music labels re-releasing classic albums on vinyl.

“This whole retro thing is coming around again and it’s fantastic,” Mr de Lang said. “I can only see the trend for this going upwards, given how major music companies have embraced this format and records are a hip thing to have, especially for those kids who never had them but their parents did.

“CDs are now considered old technology; they are great for portability and we have all loved them over the years but there has always been something important about the vinyl record.

“There’s something you can’t get from a CD, it’s the artwork, the lyrics sheet, the warmth of sound played through a good set of speakers.

“If it keeps people buying music for music’s sake rather than illegal downloading, then that’s fantastic.

Mr de Lang said modern turntables were also integrated with mp3 players.



Hail Vinyl!

For all the bad news about the independent record stores, this is a welcome sight...Hail Vinyl!

For the record, Taylor’s downtown newsstand, bookstore to stay open

by Kelley Chambers
The Journal Record

OKLAHOMA CITY – Hal Priddy Jr. had plans to retire this year, even if that meant closing his downtown newsstand that has been around since 1913.

But about two years ago Priddy began selling plaques with celebrity photos at Taylor’s News Stand & Book Store that were created by Clyde Kemper. Kemper would eventually become instrumental in the next chapter for Taylor’s.Kemper and business partner Paul Pennell this month began moving record albums into the back of Taylor’s, at 133 W. Main St., with plans to purchase the store. The deal is set to close in April.

“There’s not going to be much of a change in the store at all,” Pennell said. “We thought it would be silly to change the name because it’s been here so long.”

Customers who stop by daily for newspapers, magazines and sundries will find the same selection. If they also happen to be looking for an LP of the Beatles or the Jackson 5, they will also be in luck.
Priddy and his father purchased the store from the Taylor family in 1970. In 1996 Priddy bought out his father.

In 1996 Priddy moved the store to its spot on the lower level of Main Street Parking and four years later added 2,500 square feet for a total of about 6,000 square feet.

The LPs are now mostly in the 2,500 square feet at the back along with sports and music photos and mementos.

For many years Priddy stocked more than 100 newspapers from around the country. As it became more expensive to get those papers here in the 1990s, he began scaling back the offerings.

“You buy newspapers non-returnable,” Priddy said. “We were very frugal as far as what we bought and how many we bought.”

Today Taylor’s carries fewer than 20 daily and Sunday newspapers, books and a wide selection of magazines.

John Kennedy, with Irish Realty, owns Main Street Parking and lured Priddy to the current space after being a customer of his for many years.

“Hal is one of our favorite tenants ever and we will miss him when he retires,” Kennedy said. “It’s important for downtown to have a store like Taylor’s.”

Priddy will keep his other business running trucks to Dallas each evening to pick up the The New York Times for distribution in Oklahoma.

Pennell began seriously collecting records in 2003 when Rolling Stone released its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. A quick perusal of his collection yielded 11 of the 500.

He spent the next few years amassing a huge collection of records, many of which weren’t on the list.

Garage sales, thrift stores and estate sales were a gold mine for finding records to fill in his collection.
“I got good at finding records that way,” Pennell said. “I started getting some really good records and some really rare stuff.”

Kemper, a friend and neighbor, had also started collecting records and the two got the idea to one day open a store.

“I said to Clyde, ‘if you put your records with my records we’re going to have a complete record store,’” Pennell said.

In conversations with Priddy, Kemper knew he was looking to retire and sell Taylor’s. After he talked with Pennell, they decided they could open their record store inside an established business knowing that most people stopping by would still be there for books and magazines.

Since moving about 10,000 records into the store over the past few weeks, vinyl aficionados and those with a touch of nostalgia have stopped by to browse records from the last 50 years.

Most of the albums are priced from $10 to $15, but there are also some treasures.

Pennell has a rare version of Bob Dylan’s 1966 double-album Blonde on Blonde, priced at $250. He also has a collection of rare singles by Elvis Presley and the Beatles locked in glass cases.

Priddy said Taylor’s has weathered many ups and downs in the city and he is pleased the legacy will continue.

“We survived the Depression selling newspapers,” he said. “It would be foolish not to carry that on.”


World's Largest Led Zeppelin Collection Acquired by Rockaway Records

Led Zeppelin LPs, 45s, concert programs and T-shirts are just a few of the collectors' items recently acquired by Los Angeles-based Rockaway Records. The fast-selling memorabilia is now available both in store and online at

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 11, 2009 -- Rockaway Records is thrilled to announce its recent purchase of one of the world's largest Led Zeppelin collections. The collection includes more than one ton -- 2,500 pounds -- of Led Zeppelin records (LPs and 45s), CDs, books, magazines, concert programs and tickets, T-shirts and memorabilia. A small part of the collection is on sale at Rockaway's online store,, while the bulk of the collection is available at the Rockaway Records retail store in Los Angeles.

Zeppelin fans, collectors and others interested in owning a piece of rock history must hurry -- the collection is selling fast.

The new inventory of Led Zeppelin vinyl and memorabilia is only a fraction of the wide ranging items available from Rockaway Records. For more than 30 years, the store has sold CDs, DVDs, posters and other items to fans and collectors worldwide. Rockaway's inventory is constantly changing. The store's buyers travel around the world looking for music memorabilia and are seldom outbid on high quality collections.

Rockaway's retail store is probably best known for having one of the greatest selections of used CDs and DVDs in Los Angeles, with the average price of a CD or DVD around $5. The online store,, is known worldwide for having the best selection of rare and collectible vinyl (LPs and 45s), posters, awards and memorabilia. sells all types of music from the 1950s to the present, but its specialty is classic rock, featuring an incredible selection of rarities by the Beatles, Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper and Frank Zappa.

Since its inception, Rockaway has sold some of the world's rarest records and memorabilia, including the 2008 sale of a Beatles record for $80,000. The record was a 1966 sealed mint-condition original first state stereo "butcher cover" that came from the collection of Alan Livingston, president of Capitol Records in 1966.

Records, concert programs and other memorabilia and items from the recently acquired Led Zeppelin collection are available at the Rockaway Records' retail store at 2395 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 in the Silverlake area. Rockaway Records is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit


7th Annual Record Fair & Other Delights in Chicago

Chicago Independent Radio Project hosts one of the Midwest's largest record fairs April 18-19, 2009. The CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights attracts vinyl enthusiasts and music lovers from across the country with its live music and wide range of merchandise. All proceeds go toward establishing a new independent radio station in Chicago.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 11, 2009 -- The Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP), announces its 7th annual Record Fair & Other Delights, a can't-miss event for music lovers and vinyl enthusiasts from around the country. The Record Fair will take place at the Chicago Journeyman Plumbers Union on April 18th and 19th. In addition to featuring nearly 100 dealer tables and a wide range of entertainment, the fair benefits the Chicago Independent Radio Project, an organization committed to bringing a brand new community radio station to Chicago.

The CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights' dealers range from genre specialists with rare records to generalists with something for everyone. The music selection isn't limited to vinyl - CDs, DVDs, and 8-tracks abound, and the vendor lineup is rounded out by a unique selection of poster artists and crafters.

This year's expanded entertainment lineup includes performances by Dreamend, Ben Fasman of Gutter Butter, Jake Austen, Ceiling Stars and Steve Krakow, in addition to DJs, dancers, and other surprises. A variety of food and alcohol vendors help to make this a fun event for everyone, not just vinyl collectors.

The fair was born as a benefit for WLUW-FM, once Chicago's community radio station, now being turned into a students-only learning lab by Loyola University. WLUW's former managers and volunteers formed CHIRP to ensure that community radio would continue, grow, and flourish in Chicago, and the Record Fair is now the organization's primary fundraiser.

The CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights runs Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $7, or $5 with an ad, flyer or April 18th-dated receipt from a local independent record store. A special $25 pre-admission session from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on Saturday allows collectors early access to the dealers and offers unlimited access all weekend long. Chicago Journeyman Plumbers Union is located at 1340 W. Washington in Chicago. More information is available at

CHIRP is a non-profit organization formed to bring a new community radio station to Chicago. The station will be independently owned and operated by the group and will provide a voice for independent music and views. In order to apply for a new station, CHIRP is working to reform FCC rules and lobby Congress to pass the Local Community Radio Act, opening up new frequencies for low power FM radio licenses in urban areas. Such signals are currently restricted to rural and exurban areas.

Capitol Vinyl

Capitol/EMI's 'From The Capitol Vaults' Vinyl Campaign Continues June 16 With 11 Classic, Standout Albums

Remastered Titles Presented on Limited Edition, 180-Gram Audiophile Quality Vinyl with Original Artwork and Packaging

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Put the needle in the groove! Capitol/EMI's high quality "From The Capitol Vaults" U.S. vinyl campaign continues on June 16 with the limited edition release of 11 classic, standout albums from the label's celebrated catalog on 180-gram vinyl.

Capitol/EMI's June 16 "From The Capitol Vaults" releases, all previously out of print on vinyl, include The Beach Boys' Sunflower and Surf's Up, Merle Haggard's Mama Tried, Megadeth's So Far, So Good... So What!, Plastic Ono Band's Live Peace In Toronto 1969, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Freaky Styley, Mother's Milk, and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, Roxy Music's Country Life and Stranded, and The Specials' self-titled album.

Capitol/EMI launched its "From The Capitol Vaults" campaign on September 2, 2008 with 13 classic titles, all previously out-of-print on vinyl. Included in the series' debut were A Perfect Circle's Mer de Noms, The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, Coldplay's Parachutes, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, and X&Y, Radiohead's Pablo Honey, The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A (two 10" 140-gram LPs), Amnesiac (two 10" 140-gram LPs), and Hail To The Thief, R.E.M.'s Document, and Steve Miller Band's Greatest Hits 1974-78.

On September 30, the campaign continued with the release of Jimi Hendrix's incendiary 1970 concert album, Band Of Gypsys, on fiery red 180-gram vinyl, and John Lennon's chart-topping 1971 studio album, Imagine, on 180-gram vinyl.

An additional 13 titles were released on October 28, including The Band's Music From Big Pink and The Band, The Beach Boys' Endless Summer, John Lennon's Rock 'N' Roll, Paul McCartney & Wings' Band On The Run, Megadeth's Peace Sells and Rust In Peace, Queensryche's Operation: Mindcrime, Roxy Music's For Your Pleasure and Roxy Music, Stray Cats' Built For Speed, and The Verve's Urban Hymns.

On February 24, Ben Harper's entire Virgin Records catalog was released by EMI Music in limited edition, 180-gram vinyl packaging. Nine Ben Harper albums, all previously out-of-print on vinyl, have been restored to the format with Harper's supervision. The LPs were released in deluxe packaging with carefully replicated artwork and two live EPs also made their vinyl release debuts.

On April 21, 12 Radiohead EPs will be released on 180-gram vinyl for the first time as part of the popular "From The Capitol Vaults" series, including "2 + 2 = 5," "Creep," "Fake Plastic Trees," "High & Dry," "Just," "Karma Police," "My Iron Lung," "No Surprises," "Paranoid Android," "Pyramid Song," "Street Spirit (Fade Out)," and "Drill."

All "From The Capitol Vaults" titles feature carefully replicated artwork and packaging true to their original single or gatefold jacket LP releases. More "From The Capitol Vaults" titles will soon be announced.

For more information, visit

JUNE 16, 2009: "FROM THE CAPITOL VAULTS" [artist / title (configuration)]
The Beach Boys / Sunflower (1 LP, single jacket)
The Beach Boys / Surf's Up (1 LP, single jacket, lyrics sheet insert)
Plastic Ono Band / Live Peace In Toronto 1969 (1 LP, single jacket,
spiral-bound 1970 calendar with photos)
Megadeth / So Far, So Good... So What! (1 LP, gatefold jacket, printed
sleeve with lyrics)
Merle Haggard / Mama Tried (1 LP, single jacket)
Roxy Music / Stranded (1 LP, gatefold jacket, new cover art poster)
Roxy Music / Country Life (1 LP, single jacket, printed sleeve with
lyrics, new cover art poster)
The Specials / The Specials (1 LP, single jacket)
Red Hot Chili Peppers / Freaky Styley (1 LP, single jacket)
Red Hot Chili Peppers / Mother's Milk (1 LP, single jacket)
Red Hot Chili Peppers / The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1 LP, single jacket)