Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Music Releases - September 15, 2009

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69 Eyes - Back In Blood
A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Ashes Grammar
Aaron Watson - Deep In The Heart Of Texas: Aaron Watson Live
Ace Frehley - Anomaly
Aluminum Babe - 17
Anvil - This Is Thirteen
Armed for Apocalypse - Defeat
Athlete - Black Swan
Avett Brothers - I and Love and You (2-LP vinyl)
Band of Heathens - One Foot in the Ether
Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part 1
Big Star - #1 Record (remastered with bonus tracks)
Big Star - Keep An Eye On The Sky (4-CD box set)
Bill Monroe - Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys 1950-1958 (remastered 4-CD box set)
Black Dahlia - Murder Deflorate
Black Whales: Origins
Bruce Hornsby - Levitate
Bunnygrunt - Matt Harnish and Other Delights
Butterfly Boucher - Scary Fragile
Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats - Meet the Meatbats
Chet Chelsea - Silver, Please Come Home
Chris Knight - Trailer II
Claire Lynch - Whatcha Gonna Do
Cougar - Patriot
Cowboy Troy - Demolition Sessions: Studio Blue Sessions
Daft Pink - Alive 2007/Alive 1999
Dappled Cities - Zounds
David Bazan - Curse Your Branches (vinyl)
David Sylvian - Manafon
DD/MM/YYYY - Black Square
Division Day - Visitation (vinyl)

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Dodos - Time To Die (vinyl)
Doors - L.A. Woman (vinyl reissue)
Doors - Morrison Hotel (vinyl reissue)
Doors - Strange Days (vinyl reissue)
Doors - The Doors (vinyl reissue)
Doors - The Soft Parade (vinyl reissue)
Doors - Waiting for the Sun (vinyl reissue)
Drake - So Far Gone
Dying Fetus - Descend Into Depravity
Dynamites - Burn It Down
Every Time I Die - New Junk Aesthetic
Fink - Sort of Revolution
Franklin Bruno - Local Currency (Solo 1992-1998)
French Miami - French Miami (vinyl)
Fresh & Onlys - Grey-Eyed Girls
Gary Go - Gary Go
Gordon Gano - Under the Sun (vinyl)
Grand Archives - Keep In Mind Frankenstein (vinyl)
Helvetia - Helvetia's Junk Shop
It Dies Today - Lividity
John Fahey - America (2-LP vinyl reissue)
John Mayall - Tough
Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon - The End of Day (vinyl)
Kittie - In the Black
Kyle Hollingsworth - Then There's Now
Ladytron - Live at London Astoria 16.07.08
LeE HaRVey OsMOND - A Quiet Evil
Lhasa De Sela - Lhasa

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Living Colour - The Chair in the Doorway
Lo Fidelity Allstars - Northern Stomp
Lovemakers - Let's Be Friends
Maldives - Listen to the Thunder
Manic Street Preachers - Jounal For Plague Lovers
Marie Digby: Breathing Underwater
Mark Knopfler - Get Lucky (6-disc import box set)
Mason Jennings - Blood of Man (vinyl)
Megadeth - Endgame
Miles Davis - Circle in the Round (reissue)
Muse - The Resistance
Natalia Lafourcade - Hu Hu Hu
Nelly Furtado - Mi Plan
New Moneen - The World I Want To Leave Behind
New Order - Brotherhood (vinyl reissue)
New Order - Low-life (vinyl reissue)
New Order - Movement (vinyl reissue)
New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies (vinyl reissue)
New Order - Technique (vinyl reissue)
Or, the Whale - Or, the Whale (vinyl)
Pens - Hey Friend, What You Doing? (vinyl)
Pere Ubu - Long Live Pere Ubu
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson - Break Up
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson - Relator
Porcupine Tree - The Incident
Protest The Hero - Galop Meets The Earth
Q-Tip - Kamaal the Abstract (vinyl)
Rachel Harrington - The Bootlegger's Daughter
Ricky Skaggs - Ricky Skaggs Solo (Songs My Dad Loved)
Rubik - Data Bandits
Ryan Starr - 11:59
Salt the Wound - Ares
Scotland Yard Gospel Choir - …And The Horse You Rode in On (vinyl)
Shadows Fall - Retribution (vinyl)
Shudder To Think - Live From Home
Simian Mobile Disco - Temporary Pleasure (with bonus CD)
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water (vinyl reissue)
Simon Joyner - Out Into the Snow (vinyl)
Skinlab - The Scars Between Us
Slaraffenland - We're On Your Side (vinyl)
Smokey Hormel - Smokey's Secret Family [Afrosambas]
Sondre Lerche - Heartbeat Radio (vinyl)
Sonos - SonoSings (vinyl)
Sparklehorse & Fennesz - In The Fishtank 15
Stars of Track and Field: A Time For Lions
Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary (remastered ) (vinyl)
Sunny Day Real Estate - LP2 (remastered with bonus tracks) (vinyl)
Super 400 - Sweet Fist
The Grates - Teeth Lost, Hearts Won (vinyl)
The Idle Hands - The Hearts We Broke On The Way To The Show
the_Network - Bishop Kent Manning
Thomas Dybdahl - Thomas Dybdahl
Thrice - Beggars
Tom Russell - Blood and Candle Smoke
Tyondai Braxton - Central Market
Uncle Cracker - Happy Hour
Various Artists - Bruce Springsteen's Jukebox
Various Artists - Mary Anne Hobbs Presents Wild Angels
Various Artists - Paper Heart (soundtrack)
Various Artists - Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Aerosmith
Various Artists - The Best Is Yet To Come: The Songs Of Cy Coleman
Various Artists - The Complete Goldwax Singles Volume 2 1966-1967
Velvet Underground - The Singles 1966-1969 (7-disc vinyl box set)
Windmill - Epcot Starfields

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Classic Album Cover Art - Lennon/Ono Two Virgins

John Lennon & Yoko Ono: ‘Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins’

"Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins" is a noise music/art LP released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1968. The result of an all-night session of musical experimentation in Lennon's home studio at Kenwood, John and Yoko's debut album is known not only for its avant garde content and silly sounds, but also for its cover. The album's title came from the couple's feeling that they were "two innocents, lost in a world gone mad", and because after making the recording, the two consummated their relationship for the first time. Too much information for me.

The recording consists largely of tape loops, playing while Lennon tries out different instruments (piano, organ, drums) and sound effects (including reverb, delay and distortion), changes tapes and plays other recordings, and converses with Ono, who vocalises ad-lib in response to the sounds. Lennon's longtime friend Peter Shotton remembered later in his memoir (The Beatles, Lennon and Me) that many of the loops were made by Lennon and himself, in the days before the recording. Lennon recorded directly to two-track stereo, but much of the source material was monophonic.

The couple used a time-delay camera to take nude photographs of themselves, for the album's cover; the front showed them frontally nude, while the rear showed them from behind. The photos were taken not at Kenwood, but at Ringo Starr's basement apartment at Montagu Square, where Lennon and Ono stayed later that year.

The cover provoked an outrage, prompting distributors to sell the album in a plain brown wrapper. Copies of the album were impounded as obscene in several jurisdictions (including 30,000 copies in New Jersey). Lennon wryly commented that the uproar seemed to have less to do with the explicit nudity, and more to do with the fact that the pair were rather unattractive (and the photo unflattering; Lennon described it later as a picture of "two slightly overweight ex-junkies"). Nevertheless, the taboo-breaking album cover was perhaps the first time that a male celebrity of any consequence had exposed himself so thoroughly to the public.

As a courtesy to people who are offended by male genitalia (and Yoko naked), and to keep my reputation intact, I am posting the 'brown paper' version of the album cover.


Two Virgins never charted in the UK (and only 5000 British copies were ever pressed), but managed to reach #124 in the US.

The album was reissued by Ono through Rykodisc in 1997, with an additional bonus track — "Remember Love", Ono's B-Side to "Give Peace A Chance". The Rykodisc reissue however, is an edited version. It is missing about a minute or two of audio from the end of each side. A complete recording was questionably issued on CD in 1991 by a company called Creative Sounds, Ltd., stating on the back cover: "Issued under and in association with Tetragrammaton Records". It was NOT mastered from the original master tapes however, but merely a recording of an Lp copy. While you listen to it, you can hear pops and clicks from the record they used to make the CD.

The album was reprinted in the US and Japan during the 1970s and 1980s. While the American reissues were of inferior quality, the Japanese pressings were made on virgin vinyl and enclosed in rice paper inner sleeves.

Rock/Pop Tidbits

While he was with Van Halen, David Lee Roth spent tens of thousands of dollars designing enormous inflatable statues of the devil that was able to ‘pee’ Jack Daniels a distance of fifteen feet out into the audience. It became an expensive gimmick, so he filled the statues with cheap bourbon in order to save money.

Three Dog Night's 1971 smash, "Joy To The World" was written by Hoyt Axton especially for an animated children's show called "The Happy Song" that never made it to production.

The Allman Brothers were never fond of ‘picture time.’ In fact, when one particular photographer tried to take a photo for the group’s 1971 album cover, “The Allman Brothers Band at Filmore East,” all the band members could do was scowl and glare. But when a friend of Duane’s stopped by with a bag of coke, the band was all smiles. In-the-know fans of the group enjoy pointing out that Duane was hiding dope in his hands on the album cover.

The song "Bye, Bye Love" had been turned down by 30 other artists before The Everly Brothers recorded it. It became their first big hit, rising to number 2 in the US in 1957.

After recording a number of demo songs on January 1st, 1962, The Beatles received a rejection letter from the Decca Recording Company that said "We don't like their sound and guitar music is on the way out."

Although The Ed Sullivan Show was the first TV program in America to host the Beatles, it was not their first US TV appearance. On December 7, 1963, The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite featured footage of Beatles fans at a concert. The Beatles' first US television appearance was on The Jack Parr Show on January 4th, 1964 when Parr showed a film of the band playing "She Loves You.” Before showing the performance, one of Parr's comments was "I understand science is working on a cure for this."

"The Twist" by Chubby Checker is the only song to climb to number one on Billboard's Hot 100 in two separate chart runs. The first was in September, 1960 and the second in January, 1962. The hit version is take number three in a 35 minute recording session.

While performing the song “Lithium” at the 1992 MTV Music Awards, Nirvana bass player Chris Novoselic threw his guitar up into the air. It came down hitting smack in the head, knocking him silly. Band leader Kurt Cobain, who had not seen the mishap screamed at Novoselic for losing the beat.

The only US number one single to be re-recorded by the same artist and become a Top Ten hit all over again is "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" by Neil Sedaka. The original, up-tempo version topped the Billboard chart in 1962, while a ballad rendition reached number 8 in 1975. Other songs have made a second appearance on Billboard's Hot 100, but it was the original version that came back.

Drummer John Peterson played for The Beau Brummels on their 1965 hits "Laugh Laugh" and "Just A Little" before leaving in 1966 to join Harpers Bizarre in time to record their 1967 hit "Feelin' Groovy.”

Rocky Burnette's "Tired Of Toein' The Line" was written in half an hour and was originally released as the "B" side of a single called "Clowns From Outerspace.” After EMI Records re-released it as an "A" side, the song became a #8 hit in the US.

The inspiration for Tommy Tutone's 1982 hit "867-5309 / Jenny" actually came from a girl named Jenny whose parent's phone number really was 867-5309.

In the late 60’s, Maurice Gibb (of the Bee Gees) loved to drive his cars, especially his Rolls-Royce. However, he had a problem; he was so short that he had to sit on a phone book to see over the hood.

Danny and The Juniors got their big break when they were called to fill in for a group that failed to show up for Dick Clark’s American Bandstand show in Philadelphia. They lip-synced "At The Hop,” which then took off like a rocket to #1 in the US. A few years later, Chubby Checker was invited to make his first TV appearance on Bandstand when Danny and The Juniors didn't show.

When Bob Dylan became a born-again Christian in 1978, he tried to convince his record producer Jerry Wexler to join the flock. No matter how hard he tried, Dylan’s efforts were futile as Wexler explained: “Bob, you’re dealing with a sixty-two year old confirmed Jewish atheist. I’m hopeless. Let’s just make an album.”

Elvis Presley was always known as a spiritual person. In fact, he always wore a Christian cross, a Star of David and the Hebrew letter Chi. As Presley stated: “I don’t want to miss out on Heaven due to a technicality.”

For a religious man, Elvis had some odd quirks, including shooting at television sets whenever annoying performers were on. One of his favorite ‘shoot the TV’ episodes was whenever singer Robert Goulet was on a show.

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales

Week Ending 09/12/2009

1. 45 - Pink Floyd "See Emily Play" / "Scarecrow" Odeon Japan WLP Red Wax - $4,716.00

2. LP - Barney Wilen "Tilt" Swing France - $2,250.00

3. 45 - Gene Toones "What More Do You Want" / "How It Feels" Simco - $2,175.00

4. LP - Jimi Hendrix "Axis: Bold As Love" White Label Promo - $2,000.00

4. 45 - The Rolling Stones "Stoned" / "Wanna Be Your Man" London Canada - $2,000.00

5. 45 - Bob & Fred "I'll Be On My Way" / "I'll Be On My Way Instr" Big Mac - $1,947.00

As always, a special thank you to Norm at http://ccdiscoveries.blogspot.com for this great data. Stop in and listen to their unique radio show Accidental Nostalgia with Norm & Jane On Radio Dentata Thursdays 4PM PDT/7PM EDT

Music News & Notes

Grammy Award Legend Dies

Pierre Cossette, the man responsible for bringing the Grammy Awards to television, passed away on September 11th at the age of 85 after suffering congestive heart failure in Montreal, the New York Times reports.

Along with music executive Lou Adler, Cossette was a founder of Dunhill Records, a label that oversaw releases by Three Dog Night and the Mamas and the Papas before Cossette segued into television production in the 1970s. It was on the small screen that he would make his biggest mark, helping elevate the Grammy Awards to an international TV event on par with the Oscars and Tonys.

When the Grammys first began in 1957, the ceremony wasn’t televised. Seeing the potential in music’s biggest night, Cossette purchased the awards’ rights from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and managed to convince ABC to broadcast the first Grammys in 1971 with singer Andy Williams serving as host. Two years later, the ceremony jumped to CBS — where it remains to this day. Thirty-eight years later, the Grammy Awards remain one of the most significant nights for both the music and the television industries.


Veteran Musician Dead

Jim Carroll, who chronicled his early life in the book The Basketball Diaries and went on to form his own punk band, passed away on Friday in Manhattan from a heart attack. He was 59.

In the late 70's, friend Patti Smith encourage Carroll to get into the punk scene, helping him form the Jim Carroll Band. Their 1980 release, Catholic Boy, has been considered one of the last great punk albums. He also wrote lyrics for artists likes Boz Scaggs and Blue Oyster Cult.

Neil Young has announced the artists for this year's Bridge School Benefit, to be held on October 24 & 25 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. On the ticket are Jimmy Buffett, No Doubt, Chris Martin (Coldplay), Sharyl Crow, Monsters of Folk, Fleet Foxes, Wolfmother, Gavin Rossdale and Adam Sandler.


Mick Taylor Needs Money

Mick Taylor, who joined the Rolling Stones after Brian Taylor left in 1969 and stayed until 1974, has revealed to the BBC that the group has not paid him any royalties in years and that he is broke.

The payments stopped due to a loophole in the agreement the band made to leave Atlantic Records in 1982. Since then, he claims that he has lost millions of dollars. Taylor is looking into a way to recoup the losses for the royalties for the six Stones albums on which he performed.

Taylor says that he would be dead now if he had stayed with the band due to drug addiction. Today, he says he is clean. "My life is so much better now than being a drug-ravaged member of the Stones. So no, I don’t regret leaving."


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Paul McCartney: 'It Would Have Been Wrong For The Beatles To Reform'

But they did talk about it...

Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that The Beatles decided against reforming because they didn't want to “ruin” their legacy.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Sir Paul said the band often discussed getting back together following their split in 1970.

But despite lucrative offers, all four members were against the idea.

"We talked about it a lot and we always said that if we did [reform] it might not be great, whereas The Beatles' career had been great,” he said.

“We'd gone from A to Z and it had been a great journey. If now we were going to go to 'Z plus' and it wasn't very good, you'd ruin the whole thing.”

Sir Paul added: "Even though the offers were huge, and there were people [saying], 'I'll pay you this to do it!' we talked about it and we sort of said 'nah'.

“[There was] something not right about it."

Elsewhere in the interview, former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr described the Liverpool group as “the band of brothers”.

The pair were speaking to promote the release of the video game Rock Band: The Beatles, which was released last week.

This Date In Music History - September 15


Jimmy Gilmer ("Sugar Shack") is 70

Les Braid - The Swinging Blue Jeans (1941)

Lee Dorman - Iron Butterfly (1945)

Michel Dorge - Crash Test Dummies (1960)

Zak Starkey - (son of Ringo) (1965)

Kay Gee - Naughty by Nature (1969)

Allen Shellenberger - Lit (1969)

Ivette Sosa - Eden's Crush (1976)

Paul Thomson - Franz Ferdinand (1977)

They Are Missed:

Country singer Roy Acuff was born in 1903 (died November 23, 1992). He was the first living artist to be elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The late Julian "Cannonball" Adderley ("Mercy, Mercy, Mercy") was born in 1928

The great pianist Bill Evans, whose "Sunday at the Village Vanguard" is one of the saddest albums ever, died in 1980 at age 61.

Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) died in Los Angeles in 2004 after a five-year battle with prostate cancer. Founding member of The Ramones, major influence on many punk and 90’s bands. Scored the 1977 hit single "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker."

Born on this day in 1946, Ola Brunkert, drummer with the Swedish group Abba. He played on every Abba album and toured with the group. He was found dead with his throat cut at his home in Majorca, Spain on March 17, 2008 after he hit his head against a glass door in the dining room at his home.

Pink Floyd keyboard player and founder member Rick Wright died in 2008 (age 65) from cancer. Wright appeared on the group's first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in 1967 alongside Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Nick Mason. David Gilmour who joined the band at the start of 1968 said: "He was such a lovely, gentle, genuine man and will be missed terribly by so many who loved him." In 2005, the full band reunited - for the first time in 24 years - for the Live 8 concert in London's Hyde Park. Wright had also contributed vocals and keyboards to Gilmour's 2006 solo album "On An Island."


Elvis Presley started a five-week run at #1 in 1956 with "Don't Be Cruel."

In 1961, a group from Hawthorne, California called The Pendletones attended their first real recording session at Hite Morgan's studio in Los Angeles. The band recorded "Surfin," a song that would help shape their career as The Beach Boys.

The Four Seasons started a five week run at #1 with "Sherry."

The London Daily Mirror interviewed the Beatles in 1962 and concluded they are a “nothing group.” Smart move.

In 1964, the Beatles, on tour in the USA, appeared at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio. During the performance a group of fans managed to break through the line of police fronting the stage and get up on-stage. Police ordered The Beatles off-stage in the middle of a song, and the concert only resumed after Derek Taylor got on the PA system and pleaded for order to be restored so that the rest of the performance would not be cancelled by the police.

In 1965, the Ford Motor Company became the first automaker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option for their entire line of vehicles on sale in the US. Tapes were initially only available at auto parts stores, as home 8-track equipment was still a year away.

John Lennon made his first appearance away from the Beatles in 1966 in the role of Private Gripweed in Richard Lester's film 'How I Won the War'. He writes "Strawberry Fields Forever" during the filming.

The Doors were forced to perform as a trio at a concert in Amsterdam in 1968 after singer Jim Morrison collapsed while dancing during the Jefferson Airplane's performance.

In 1970, US Vice-President Spiro Agnew said in a speech that the youth of America were being "brainwashed into a drug culture" by rock music, movies, books and underground newspapers.

Helen Reddy went to #1 in 1973 with "Delta Dawn," the singers second #1 hit.

In 1975, Pink Floyd released their follow-up to "The Dark Side of the Moon" in the US. "Wish You Were Here" consisted only five tracks, one of the tracks "Have a Cigar" featured Roy Harper on vocals.

Bob Dylan released "Slow Train Coming" in 1975, an album of religious songs, including the Grammy Award winning single, ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’. The album alienated many of his long time fans.

Led Zeppelin scored their sixth US #1 album in 1979 when "In Through The Out Door" started a seven-week run at the top of the charts.

Ever hear of Blue Sunday & The Cockroaches? You would have if you were at Sir Morgan’s Cave in Worcester, MA, in 1981, when the Rolling Stones played a warm-up show under that name in advance of their US tour.

Queen played their last US concert with frontman Freddie Mercury in 1982. It was at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA.

Mark Knopfler announced the official end of Dire Straits in 1988, (they reformed in 1991).

In 1990, Wilson Phillips had their second #1 hit with "Release Me."

In 1994, a reel to reel tape of The Quarry Men appearing at St Peter's Parish Church garden party Liverpool in July, 1957, sold for $125,000 at a Sotheby's auction.

Pearl Jam went to #1 on the US album chart in 1996 with "No Code."

"Mechanical Animals" was released by Marilyn Manson in 1998.