Saturday, April 4, 2009

Music News & Notes

Ciara Reveals U.K. Versions of 'Fantasy Ride' Cover Art

U.K. versions of Ciara's "Fantasy Ride" cover art have arrived in two different pictures. While U.S. artwork captures her up close from the front, both of the U.K. cover arts have her snapped from right side with braided hair. One of them shows her in red manga-inspired costume. The other also pictures her in the same clothes, only this time she dresses in purple.

In addition to the U.K. versions of "Fantasy Ride" cover art, a video footage showing Ciara and Justin Timberlake rehearsing steamy scenes for "Love Sex Magic" music video has also been outed. Accompanied by Jamaica, who supposedly is the choreographer, the two are seen enjoying the rehearsal as both are laughing and smiling.

"Fantasy Ride" will be released in U.K. on May 4 and in U.S. on the next day.


Genesis To Release Six LP Vinyl Box Set April 14

In the beginning - there was vinyl.

After upgrading the Genesis catalog of studio albums with a trio of comprehensive boxed sets (1, 2, 3), Rhino brings the band's early years back to their LP origins with Genesis 1970-1975, a vinyl boxed set that contains five albums with lead singer Peter Gabriel.

Each Genesis vinyl album contains new stereo mixes done by Nick Davis. They are presented in heavyweight gatefold sleeves that feature the original covers, faithfully reproduced from their original sources. All of the albums are collected in a protective slipcase.

One of the top-selling recording artists of all time, Genesis has sold more than 150 million albums so far. This five-album set collects some of the band's most adventurous and ground-breaking records, covering Gabriel's tenure with the group.

The Genesis 1970-1975 vinyl boxed set spotlights five albums -- Trespass, Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England By The Pound and the Double LP Set, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.


My Morning Jacket Get In On Record Store Day

My Morning Jacket are celebrating Record Store Day this April 18th by releasing a new seven track live EP.

The band hail from Lousville, Kentucky in the US and will release the live EP exclusively in independent record stores around their home-town of Louisville on April 18th as part of the Record Store Day.

The CD has been titled CelebraciĆ³n De La Ciudad Natal and was recorded back in 2008 in Louisville's very own Ear-X-Tacy record store and at the cities Waterfront Park.

The band recently wrote a short statement about the EP and the reasoning behind the limited release: "It is so important that we realize that it is our local businesses and people (and natural landscapes, but that's a different letter) that are what make different towns worth coming to". Well said.

The EP will be released on CD and 10-inch vinyl format

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This Date In Music History- April 4


Mick Mars- Motley Crue (1955)

Disco diva Carol Douglas (1948)

Dave Hill- Slade (1952)

Gary Moore- Skid Row (1952)

Pete Haycock- Climax Blues Band (1952)

Hugh Masekela (#1 single “Grazing In The Grass”) (1939)

Legendary record exec Clive Davis was born in 1934. He had commercial and creative high-points at both the Columbia and Arista labels. He currently heads J Records.

They Are Missed:

Born in 1941- Major Lance (died of heart failure March 9, 1994).

Sharon Sheeley, US songwriter- 1940. Hits included “Poor Little Fool” (#1 for Ricky Nelson) in 1958 and 1959 hit for Eddie Cochran Somethin' Else.” Sheeley became Cochran's girlfriend and survived the car crash that killed Cochran in 1960. She died on May 17, 2002 aged 62.

Berry Oakley, Allman Brothers Band- 1948 (killed in a motorcycle accident November 11, 1972.

Muddy Waters was born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi in 1915. (real name McKinley Morganfield-died April 30, 1983)

Margo Sylvia of the Tune Weavers was born in 1936.


The ashes of the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia were scattered in the Ganges River in India in 1996.

The Clash release their self-titled debut album in 1977.

In 2002 it was announced that the 19-year-old band Megadeth had broken up. The break up was due to an injury to Dave Mustaine's left arm and hand that had left him unable to play guitar.

Elvis Presley recorded "Are You Lonesome Tonight" in 1960.

In 1968, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Al Kooper and Ted Nugent met up for an all night blues, folk and rock session at The New Generation Club, New York after hearing the news of Martin Luther King's assassination.

The Rolling Stones released their self-titled debut album in 1964.

Also in 1964, in court, the Trashmen were ordered to pay copyright and royalties to Beechwood Music. A judge had ruled that their 1963 hit "Surfin' Bird" utilized substantial portions of the Rivingtons' nonsense hits "Papa Oom Mow Mow" and "The Bird Is the Word."

In 1965, John Lennon and Paul McCartney composed "Help!” the title track to the Beatles' second film.

"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" became Buddy Holly's first posthumous hit in 1959, peaking at #13.

According to today's issue of Billboard in 1960, RCA Victor will now release all its pop singles in the mono and stereo formats. The first single issued under the new policy is Elvis Presley's "Stuck on You."

Styx's "Paradise Theater" went to #1 in 1981. It would become their fourth album in a row to go triple-platinum, setting a new sales record.

In 1994, Kurt Cobain's mother filed a missing-persons report on her son. Here’s an idea, why not check the house where he lived…..

In a statement by Paul McCartney in 1996, he was still denying the Beatles will re-form. "The Beatles aren't interested," he says. "Money is not an issue. We wouldn't do it for twice as much. The answer is no." Too bad for Heather.

The film soundtrack from “Wayne's World” started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1992.

A Swedish couple ran into trouble with authorities in 2007 after trying to name their baby Metallica. Michael and Karolina Tomaro went to court with the country's National Tax Authority about naming their daughter after the rock band. The six-month-old has been baptised Metallica, but tax officials said the name was "inappropriate". Under Swedish law, both first names and surnames need to win the approval of authorities before they can be used. Cool parents.

In 2003, the Rolling Stones played their first ever gig in India, rocking Bangalore in the middle of a monsoon before a crowd of 30,000 fans.

Rolling Stones guitarist, Keith Richards, gets an inordinate amount of press in 2007 after stating that he snorted his cremated father's ashes (along with cocaine) in '02. The musician's publicist later claims Richards made the comment in "jest." Uhmmm, OK Keith….

Rob Zombie's fourth solo album, "Educated Horses," was #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums tally in 2006. The album sold over 100,000 copies in its first week.

On Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1964, The Beatles hold the top five positions with “Can’t Buy Me Love” (simultaneously #1 in the U.S. and U.K.), “Twist & Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Please Please Me.” By the time “Can’t Buy Me Love” is knocked from the top spot (by Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly”), The Beatles have had the #1 song for three consecutive months (“I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You” contribute to the run). In related news, Billboard reports that just about everyone is tired of The Beatles (DJs, pop music writers, etc.) except the public. Guess Beatlemania was in full swing.

A closer look at... Vintage Vinyl

Getting grooves at a priceless record store

by Jeremy Gordon

Vintage Vinyl owner Steve Kay looks like a record collector. He wears average glasses (no square frames a la alt-bro music store clerks), wears his hair long like a character in Dazed and Confused but with a lot more gray, and looks serious enough to be in record collecting for the long haul. You know the type - crate after crate of LPs in the living room, a partially scratched off list of sought-after treasures stashed away somewhere and more obscure knowledge than a thousand Internet fan pages.

Or maybe you don't know the type. Only recently has vinyl has re-emerged as a popular medium, meaning you may not know any record collectors at all. In 2008, vinyl sales doubled from the previous year as 1.9 million wax records got pushed in music shops around the country, according to Nielsen Soundscan. If you're interested in why anyone cares about a once-dead and cumbersome format, there are few better places to dive into the vinyl arena than Vintage Vinyl, which is located close to campus on 925 Davis St.

Kay's made a living out of his record collecting for a long time; the store's been open for 29 years, and with its massive inventory doesn't even include any of Kay's personal records for sale. "None of them were from my collection," he says. "They were all things I bought with the idea of opening a shop."

He's bought a lot, on buying trips to Europe and being contacted by other dealers looking to sell. Vintage Vinyl stands out from a lot of record stores, and this is no descriptive hyperbole: The store traffics in more rarities than a typical record shop, a one-stop for Holy Grail finds and out-of-print relics from a long-gone era. There's a $200 promo copy of a reissued David Bowie record, a limited-edition recording of a Joy Division concert, bootleg CDs of never-published Neil Young concerts, walls lined with antique posters and, of course, a lot more. Vintage Vinyl is a treasure trove of cool things - it's easy to flip through a random box and marvel at the selection.

When asked how often he sees a Holy Grail record, he smiles a knowing look and says, "Every day," citing a recently purchased copy of the first Beatles record, released on little-known label Vee Jay. "At this point, personally, I have all the things I've always looked for. Those have come my way at various points in time. But for the shop, people ask for specific things we don't have. They know we've been around a long time."

The store's attracted its amount of fame in pop culture as well - it was used as the inspiration and namesake for John Cusack's record shop in High Fidelity, and is extensively featured as a location in the novel The Time Traveler's Wife as the source of new music for the characters. Kay attributes the rise in business more to the surge in interest in the vinyl more than these pop culture references. He also sees it as a natural direction of the music market.

"I think it's the way record labels are trying to stay in business," he says. "I also think it's a great idea because it's the best of both worlds. It allows people to explore the idea of owning a record and also have the electronic medium."

To record labels, the vinyl resurgence might be a business and a grasp to remain relevant, but it remains Kay's life as it has been for almost 30 years. "I still actually don't realize that," he says when asked about the moment he realized his record collecting wasn't just a hobby. "This is a day and night job." The introduction of the Internet has added an entire new element to record-collecting; now, buyers can purchase a record without having ever seen it in person. "For a large percentage of people, they don't have the access, so the Internet makes everything accessible. It brings it to your door. For us, it opened up a whole world of people who are like-minded and were never able to reach them."

While the stuff that Vintage Vinyl pushes is a little higher end and takes more consideration to buy than a ratty used Van Halen LP, the store is an excellent resource for vinyl aficionados, would-be aficionados and those with a lot of money to drop. You can also peruse the store's catalogue on their Web site at to see if they have anything that tickles your fancy.


Vinyl Fever Heats Up For Record Store Day April 18

April 18th event celebrates independent music stores with special vinyl and CD releases, surprise guests & more

Tampa, FL - Vinyl Fever Tampa knows that music is the cure for whatever ails you, and for decades the community record store has delivered.

On April 18, the public is invited to help Vinyl Fever celebrate the 2nd annual Record Store Day, a nationwide event in which independent music stores mark their survival in a world gone wired.

“What we do is here is a lot more than sell music. We live and breathe music,” said owner Lee Wolfson, who has been in the business for more than 28 years.

“Our employees are musicians, DJs, promoters of live music -- people who are tapped in to the musical community,” Wolfson added. “And our customers are equally passionate about music. People come to our store to talk music, share new discoveries, and learn what others are doing. That’s something you could never get by just being alone with an iPod.”

Record Store Day was launched last year to remind people that downloading music is not the same as a trip to a record store, that music is a shared experience, and that CDs and records -- with their wonderful graphic design, liner notes and packaging -- are an important aspect of the experience, and anything but dead.

"I don't know what I would do without indie record stores,” says Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, who will release a special Record Store Day 7” vinyl. “Growing up in a town without them, I can tell you that it's no fun to shop for indie records at chain box stores."

Several major artists are supporting Record Store Day by issuing special vinyl, CDs and DVDs to mark the day, including Radiohead, Wilco, Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Slipknot, Jane’s Addiction, Rivers Cuomo and many more.

Vinyl Fever is marking the occasion in Tampa with a day full of festivities including music, food, special guests and other surprises.

The store will also be offering, for the first time, a large portion of unusual, collectible records from a group of 3,500 LPs recently purchased from a music industry veteran. Among the gems in this collection are all 61 albums issued on the Apple label by groups other than The Beatles. Guest DJs will be dropping by to spin some of the vintage vinyl.

With records seeing a resurgence -- in 2008 sales of vinyl jumped to 1.9 million, up from 858,000 just three years ago -- Wolfson expects interest in the collection.

But more important, after a healthy turnout for last year’s festivities, he is looking forward to seeing the support of folks who appreciate the role record stores play in the community.

“Music is spiritual comfort food,” Wolfson said. “These days that seems more important than ever.”

Having grown up shopping in record stores, many music heavyweights are supporting the event and the participating stores.

"Immersing yourself in the environment of a real record store where music is celebrated and cherished adds real value to the experience of buying music. In some ways, that retail experience is as important as the music.” – John Mellencamp

“There’s nothing as glamorous to me as a record store. When I recently played Amoeba in LA, I realized what fantastic memories such a collection of music brings back when you see it all in one place. This is why I’m more than happy to support Record Store Day and I hope that these kinds of stores will be there for us all for many years to come.” – Paul McCartney

“Nothing beats browsing in your favorite store, listening to music, finding something new or old that you've been searching for, being ignored by the store clerks, all that. And without these stores, there's just no way Wilco would still be around. – Jeff Tweedy, Wilco

About Vinyl Fever:

Vinyl Fever Tampa is an independent record store that has served the Bay area since 1981. Store owner Lee Wolfson is a veteran of the music business and a founding member of the Tampa Independent Business Alliance ( Along with vinyl and new and used CDs and DVDs, the 3,400-square-foot store frequently hosts live performances from local and national bands. The store is located at 4110 Henderson Blvd. in Tampa. For more information, visit