Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Top Selling Vinyl Records Sales at eBay - June 2010

Here is the month in review of the top selling ebay vinyl record sales, on a weekly basis, for June of 2010. First and foremost, a special thank you to Norm and Jane at http://ccdiscoveries.blogspot.com/  and Vinyl Record Talk for putting together this interesting data.

The honor of our top seller for the month of June 2010 is for an obscure hard-psychedelic rock LP (reportedly only 54 were manufactured for promotional use) by the Fresh Blueberry Pancake "Heavy" (Private Press Psych) which sold for an even $7,000. Next in line were a couple that sold in the $5000 range, including a jazz LP by Hank Mobley which came in at $5101, and a rare 78 rpm classical music boxed set (Handel: The Messiah-Columbia Masterworks), which sold for an even $5,000.

The Beatles are on the list as well, (in fact, they have a listing for every week this month) with an LP with Frank Ifield selling for $2,800, and another with Ifield LP selling for $3,000, the LP "Yesterday and Today" (Red Carpet Label) selling for an even $4,000, another LP "Please Please Me" (Parlophone UK Gold Black label 1st Stereo) which sold for $4,108.76 and a copy of the "White Album" (Apple compressed mix matrix A28/B28/A28/B29) which came in at $2000.

Three 78 rpm records also made our list (besides the aforementioned classical boxed set) with a Fury Lewis ("Judge Harsh Blues"/"I Will Turn Your Money Green") on Victor fetching $4,500, one by Kid Brown and his Blue Band ("Bo-lita"/"Saturday Night Hymn") on the Black Patti record label selling for $4,483 and Big Memphis Marainey with "Baby, No, No!"/"Call Me Anything, But Call Me" (Sun 184), which sold for $3,056.

Stay tuned to the CVR Blog for more eBay monthly sales reports!

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 06/05/2010

1. LP - Fresh Blueberry Pancake "Heavy" Private Press Psych - $7,000.00

2. LP - Hank Mobley "with Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan" Blue Note 1540 - 5,101.00

3. LP - The Beatles & Frank Ifield "On Stage" VeeJay Portrait Jacket - $2,800.00

4. LP - Velvet Underground & Nico self titled Mono Promo yellow label - $2,600.00

5. LP - John Heartsman And Circles "Music Of My Heart" Private - $2,550.00

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 06/12/2010

1. 78 - Fury Lewis "Judge Harsh Blues" / "I Will Turn Your Money Green" Victor - $4,500.00

2. LP - Beatles "Yesterday And Today" Red Capitol Label - $4,000.00

3. 45 - The Thought Criminals "Hilton Bomber / I Won't Pay" / "Fun / O. Bleak T.V." - $2,929.74

4. LP - Tinkerbells "Fairydust" Decca UK Pressing - $2,910.40

5. LP - Tina Brooks "True Blues" Blue Note 4041 Original Pressing - $2,800.00

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 06/19/2010

1. 78 - Kid Brown and his Blue Band "Bo-lita" / "Saturday Night Hymn" Black Patti - $4,483.00

2. LP - The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone UK Gold Black label 1st Stereo - $4,108.76

3. LP - The Rolling Stones promotional album Decca UK Pressing - $3,199.47

4. 78 - Big Memphis Marainey "Baby, No, No!" / "Call Me Anything, But Call Me" Sun 184 - $3,056.00

5. LP - Music Emporium self titled Sentinel - $3,050.00

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 06/26/2010

1. 78 - Handel: The Messiah Columbia Masterworks Box Set MM-666 - $5,000.00

2. 12" - Chuck Chill Out "Chilling with Chuck Chill Out" Ultramagnetic acetate - $2,827.00

3. LP - Beethoven "String Quartets Op.135 & 18 #2" Aarton 8277 German Pressing - $2,572.99

4. LP - The Beatles "White Album" Apple compressed mix matrix A28/B28/A28/B29 - $2000.00

4. 45 - Bob Dylan "Blowin' In The Wind" / "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" Columbia 42856 w Pic Sleeve - $2000.00

5. LP - Hank Mobley self titled Blue Note 1568 - $1,925.00

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 07/03/2010

1. 45 - Piece Kor "All I Want Is My Baby Back" / "Words Of The Raven" Laray - $3,785.00

2. LP - The Beatles & Frank Ifield "On Stage" VeeJay Portrait Jacket - $3,000.00

3. LP - Brimingham Sunday "A Message From" - $2,850.00

4. LP - The Doors "self titled" Mono Promo - $2,576.28

5. 45 - The Elite U.F.O. "Now Who's Good Enough" / "Tarantula" MAI - $1582.77

More on this month's top sellers on Vinyl Record Talk, Tuesday 8:00PM Eastern / 4:00PM Pacific on Radio Dentata. http://shows.radiodentata.com/shows/accidental-nostalgia  

Fresh Blueberry Pancake - Hassles

Keep on Turning

By Kyle Jarvis, The Keene Sentinel, N.H.

Aug. 28--In the midst of the digital music revolution, one local record shop remains a stalwart in Keene.

Over the years, Keene has seen its share of music stores. From Strawberry's to Coconuts to fye; it seems every major music chain has given it a go here at one time or another.

But one store continues to buck the trend.

Turn It Up opened its first store in Northhampton, Mass., in 1995, and followed with a store in Keene just a year and a half later.

Owner Patrick Pezzati soon discovered he'd tapped into a demand not yet met in the city at that time.

"We found that Keene has a lot of local musicians and people who aren't only interested in the top 40," he said. "You can go to a lot of towns comparable in size and not find the music scene Keene has, despite there not being a lot of venues."

The impact on the community hasn't gone unnoticed.

"Having an entity like Turn It Up is very important in the development of a vibrant local music scene," said Aaron Wiederspahn, co-founder and executive director of The Starving Artist on West Street. "Stores like that are all about the artist and the music. We love them, it's great having them around."

As a sponsor of the 10th annual Keene Music Festival next month, Turn It Up will be on location, selling albums by the concert's performers.

"We don't make anything off of what we sell at the festival," Pezzati said.

In day-to-day operations, however, the store has modeled itself as an alternative to the industry standard.

"We don't want to sell anything at full price," said Pezzati. "We try to cap out at $10 (for a single CD)."

That gives Turn It Up an advantage in the market.

"That's one of the main reasons people turned to downloading," Pezzati said. "They got tired of paying $18 to $20 for a CD. Why pay that much when you can buy recordable CDs for much cheaper? When the consumer feels overcharged, eventually they stop buying."

Despite a lagging economy, Pezzati said his store can actually benefit from difficult times.

"When people are struggling they look to save money, but they always want to be entertained," he said. "So instead of going and buying a $50 video game, they come here and buy a $5 CD or DVD."

Tougher economic times also means more people coming into the store to sell their CDs and DVDs, which results in a larger and higher quality selection, which brings in a continuous stream of customers who know they're getting the best bang for their buck.

"The price is probably the biggest factor," said customer Jim D. Trippodi, 37, of Keene. "Used albums are a lot cheaper than new ones, and they've got a lot of different stuff here."

And even though the Keene store took a hit when Pezzati opened a third store in Brattleboro seven years ago, he wouldn't trade his Keene location for anything.

"It's probably my favorite store of the three," he said. "It's a beautiful town. It's got one of the most beautiful downtowns in all of New England."

The 700-square-foot store in the basement next to the Colonial Theater typically maintains about six employees; two full-time and four part-time, Pezzati said.

"We've had great managers and great staff," said Pezzati. "I leave most of the decisions and details to them, and for the most part they've done a great job. I've had four managers in 13 years, and I've had some come back to work part-time."

Pezzati said he aims to hire staff who are knowledgeable about music.

"We're all very interested in music and the culture of music," said Chuck T. Vecchione, an assistant manager at Turn It Up. "I think that's really important for a music store in any area."

Vecchione believes there still are plenty of fans who prefer their music "in a solid, tangible format. "You're very connected to an actual record (as opposed to a digital download)," he said.

Pezzati agrees.

"You can't really collect MP3s," he said.

There's no question record sales have dropped sharply in recent years.

In a Billboard article this month, Keith Caulfield reported overall album sales for the week ending Aug. 15, totaled 4.95 million, "marking the lowest weekly sales figure since Nielsen Soundscan began tracking sales in 1991."

It was only the second time weekly album sales came in at under 5 million, the first time being the final week of May of this year, Caulfield said.

We haven't reached the point where we should write the industry's obituary, but there's been a clear shift in how and where the highest quality material is made, Vecchione said.

"I don't think music's dead quite yet," he said. "But the evolution of pop music being about instant financial gain, rather than developing someone into an artist, has hurt the industry.

"The dynamic has switched from major labels putting out great albums to independent labels and individuals putting out great albums," said Vecchione.

Unsettling sales statistics aside, Turn It Up maintains a stable corner of the market.

"We probably sell about 1,000 units a week," said Pezzati, who wasn't sure how much the store nets annually. "That's been pretty steady right along."

One way Turn It Up is able to accommodate serious music collectors is through its impressive vinyl collection.

"CDs used to be about 95 percent of all our sales," Pezzati said. "But now, vinyl accounts for 10 to 15 percent. I'd say our vinyl sales have tripled in the last four to five years.

"We get a lot of deejays in here looking for vinyl," he said. "Some deejays use an IPOD and a laptop and they're fine with that. But others want to be able to manipulate their medium."

For Keene native and deejay/producer Shalem Bencivenga, better known in the world of independent hip hop as DJ Shalem B, having a store like Turn It Up is invaluable.

"It's really been crucial to my career," said Bencivenga, 34. "I can't tell you how many hours I've spent in Turn It Up listening to records."

In addition to being a successful solo artist, Bencivenga has worked with some of the more notable names in "underground" hip hop, including rapper Sage Francis of Providence, R.I., and fellow Keene native and rapper Adeem (pronounced A-D-M), who, along with rapper Adverse, form the trio The Dorian Three.

"Vinyl is obviously important to me personally," he said. "I've bought hundreds of records there, and a lot of it ended up in my material."

The support he's received as an artist has been just as significant as the availability of quality vinyl, Bencivenga said.

"They've really supported everything I've ever done," he said. "I've sold hundreds of albums there over the years. It's kind of a no-brainer that whenever I have a new project that I'll be selling it there."

And although he, like so many artists, has noticed a drop in sales, Bencivenga plans to maintain the relationship.

"They buy my material on consignment and the artist gets the bulk of the money," he said. "It kind of becomes a storefront for the artist, which is great because I wouldn't have that exposure otherwise."

Copyright (c) 2010, The Keene Sentinel, N.H.  

Reprinted By Permission

This Date In Music History - August 31


Jerry Allison - Crickets (1939)

Wilton Felder - Crusaders (1940)

Roger Dean - English artist. Designed album covers for Yes, Atomic Rooster, Uriah Heep, Gentle Giant, Greenslade, Steve Howe, Asia (1944) I had the distinguished honer of speaking with Mr. Dean last year and found him to be very engaging and friendly. He still dabbles in cover art, but most of his time was devoted to home design and working with his daughter on a myraid of projects. What a pleasure it was to talk to such an iconic artist.

Van Morrison - Them, solo (1945)

Rudolf Schenker - Scorpions (1948)

Anthony Thistlewaite - Waterboys (1955)

Gina Shock - Go-Go's (1957)

Glenn Tillbrook - Squeeze (1957)

Tony DeFranco - DeFranco Family (1959)

Gerard Love - Teenage Fanclub (1967)

Jeff Russo - Tonic (1969)

Debbie Gibson (1970)

Craig Nicholls - The Vines (1977)

Del Marquis (Derek Gruen) - Scissor Sisters (1977)

They Are Missed:

In 2004, Carl Wayne the singer with The Move died from cancer. They had the 1969 UK #1 single "Blackberry Way." Wayne also worked with The Hollies.

In 2007, Hilly Kristal, founder of the New York punk club CBGB, died from complications arising from lung cancer at the age of 75. Kristal was credited with discovering Patti Smith and The Ramones and his club became a breeding ground for punk rock. The New York City venue, whose full title CBGB OMFUG stood for 'country, bluegrass, blues and other music for uplifting gourmandisers', was originally launched to showcase country music. Hmmm country music or punk....I'll take punk anyday...


The top 10 songs in the UK singles chart in 1956 were all by American artists including Elvis Presley, The Platters, Doris Day, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers and Gogi Grant. An American invasion?

In 1957, Elvis Presley appeared at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. This was only the third time ever Presley had performed outside of the US and for Elvis it would be the last. 26,000 fans attended the show with tickets costing $1.50, $2.50 and $3.50.

In 1963, the girl trio Angels started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "My Boyfriend’s Back." The writers of the song Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer were a trio of Brooklyn songwriter/producers who went on to write the hits "Sorrow" and have the 1965 US #11 single as The Strangeloves with "I Want Candy."

Also in 1963, the Ronettes first entered the US singles chart with "Be My Baby" the girl group’s only top 10 hit. Lead singer, Veronica Bennett who became Ronnie Spector, took producer and ex-husband Phil Spector to court in the late 1990s for unpaid royalties.

During a North American tour in 1965, the Beatles played two shows at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California to a total of 28,700 fans.

Recorded virtually live in the studio in 1966, the Doors finish work on their self-titled debut album. Released the following January, the classic set features "Break On Through (To The Other Side)" and “Light My Fire."

In 1967, following manager Brian Epstein`s death, The Beatles announce they will handle their own business affairs. But soon control of the group`s business interests devolves into a struggle between Allen Klein (representing John, George & Ringo) and Lee and John Eastman (representing Paul).

Danny Kerwin joined Fleetwood Mac in 1968.

Cream`s debut album "Fresh Cream" entered the LP charts in 1968. With Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, the group is heralded as the first Rock 'supergroup.' The album is known for "I Feel Free" and Baker`s five-minute drum solo on "Toad."

In 1968, The Move, The Pretty Things, The Crazy World Of Aurthur Brown, Orange Bicycle, Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention and Tyrannosaurus Rex all appeared at the first Isle Of Wight Festival held over two days. Tickets, 25 shillings, ($3.00).

During a North American tour in 1969, Led Zeppelin appeared at the Texas International Pop Festival in Lewisville. Also on the bill: BB King, The Incredible String Band, Sam & Dave and Janis Joplin. Wow, what a bill.....

A security guard was stabbed to death at a Who concert in Forest Hills, NY in 1971.

The Rolling Stones released "Goat's Head Soup" in 1974.

In 1974, in federal court, John Lennon testified the Nixon administration tried to have him deported because of his involvement with the anti-war demonstrations at the 1972 Republican convention in Miami, FL.

Carole King's "Jazzman" was released in 1974.

Rolling Stone Keith Richards was quoted as saying in 1974; 'I gave up drugs when the doctor told me I had six months to live.' He's still with us!!

The final episode of the Partridge Family aired on ABC-TV in 1974.

Rod Stewart and the Faces, Loggins & Messina, Fleetwood Mac and Lynyrd Skynyrd all appeared at Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California in 1975. I'da skipped Loggins & Messina.....

In 1976, George Harrison was found guilty of 'subconscious plagiarism' of the Ronnie Mack song "He's So Fine" when writing "My Sweet Lord." Earnings from the song were awarded to Mack's estate; The Chiffons then recorded their own version of "My Sweet Lord." Interesting and I did find the music on YouTube.....

Pat Benatar`s "Crimes Of Passion" hits the charts in 1980. The album contained her signature song "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."

In 1984, 'Purple Rain' the movie-starring Prince opened at cinemas across the UK with special late night previews.

'Brothers In Arms' by Dire Straits started a nine-week run at #1 on the US album charts in 1985. The album also topped the charts in 25 other countries and went on to sell over 20 million worldwide.

The largest pre-order of albums in the history of CBS Records occurred in 1987 as 2.25 million copies of Michael Jackson's ‘Bad’ album were shipped to record stores in the US. The LP followed the Jackson album, ‘Thriller’, the biggest Jackson-seller of all time (over 35 million copies sold). ‘Bad’ went on to sell over 13 million copies.

Michael Jackson's "Bad" video was televised for the first time on CBS-TV in 1987.

The Rolling Stones kicked off the Budweiser sponsored 61-date North American 'Steel Wheels' tour at the Veteran's Stadium, Philadelphia in 1989.

In 1990, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder sang "Amazing Grace" at a memorial service held for guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan who had been killed in a helicopter crash 4 days earlier.

Guns N' Roses, Skid Row and Nine Inch Nails all appeared at London's Wembley Stadium in 1991. Nice.....

Metallica started a four-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1991 with, 'Metallica.' The album featured "Enter Sandman," "Sad But True," "The Unforgiven" and "Nothing Else Matters" went on to sell over 10 million copies in the US alone.

In 2002, NASA announced that Lance Bass, singer with *NSYNC, was to become the first celebrity astronaut. His $23.8 million, place on a Russian Soyuz module would make him the youngest person at 23 years of age to go into orbit. Bass ended up not taking part in the flight after failing to pay for his $20 million ticket on the craft.

Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee were at #1 on the US singles chart in 2003 with "Shake Ya Tailfeather." Neptunes were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘The Neptunes Present Clones.’

In 2004, UK medical magazine Thorax issued a warning to music fans saying that listening to loud music in the car can give you a collapsed lung. One 19 year-old had been treated in Bristol after his left lung collapsed as his 1,000-watt bass box boomed out in his Fiat Panda.

In 2005, Toby Keith announced that he was starting his own label named Show Dog Nashville Records.

Blondie, Public Enemy and Institute, with former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, performed at a rally in New York in 2005 to support a campaign to save CBGBs. "It's such a legacy, it's insane," Rossdale says of legendary Punk club. CBGBs landlord says the lease has expired and will not be renewed.

In 2006, The Times ran a story on the demands of rock stars when on tour. Ozzy Osbourne insists on an eye, ear, nose and throat doctor at each venue. The Beach Boys require a licensed masseur, Meat Loaf a mask and one small tank of oxygen. David Bowie requests that the dressing room temperature is between 14c and 18c and Paul McCartney must have a large arrangement of white Casablanca lilies in his dressing room. Mick Jagger must have an onstage autocue with the lyrics to all the songs, it would also tell him the name of the city in which they were performing. And all I want are brown M&M's!!

Rob Zombie’s remake of the ’78 horror classic Halloween was in theaters in 2007.

Bruce Springsteen performed at Harley-Davidson's 105th Anniversary Celebration in Milwaukee in 2008. The show culminates with a cover of Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild." Perfect and much, much better than the 'surprise' guest Elton's John a few years back....

John Fogerty's 12-track “The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again” was released in 2009. Fogerty (ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman) says he covered songs that "influenced me and helped form who I am as a musician and certainly as a songwriter." Bruce Springsteen and the Eagles' Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmidt are heard on the album.

In 2009, "She Loves You" was recognized as the best-selling Beatles single of all-time in the U.K. Official Chart Company, which compiles the weekly list of the Top 40 songs in England tallied a Top-10 of the Beatles' best-selling singles. "She Loves You," released in ‘63, was the band's second #1 hit (following "From Me To You").

Disturbed releases their fifth album, “Asylum” in 2010.

“Red Velvet Car," Heart's first album in six years (following '04's "Jupiter's Darling"), is out in stores now. The 12 song set includes a reworking of the Lovemonger’s “Sand.”

Monday, August 30, 2010

New Music Releases - August 31, 2010

Slim pickings this week, but lots of great classics to choose from.  Collecting Vinyl Records Blog Picks Are In Red.

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10 Years - Feeding the Wolves
ABBA - Icon
All Out War - Into The Killing Fields
American Bang - American Bang (vinyl)
Balam Acab - See Birds
Bay City Rollers - Greatest Hits
Bernard Herrman - Alfred Hitchcock's Movie Soundtracks (4-LPs) (vinyl)
Bing Crosby - Voice of Christmas (2 CDs)
Black Crowes - Croweology (vinyl)
Bobby Bare Jr - A Storm A Tree My Mother's Head
Boz Scaggs - Moments (Deluxe Edition)
Boz Scaggs - Other Roads (Deluxe Edition)
Brackles - Songs for Endless Cities
Brothers Young - Good People
Bryan Adams - Icon
Buck Owens - All-Time Greatest Hits
Carl Broemel - All Birds (vinyl)
Cephalic Carnage - Misled By Certainty
Chrispian St. Peters - Follow Me
Coathangers - Coathangers (vinyl)
Comeback Kid - Symptoms + Cures
Complete Failure - Heal No Evil
Culture Club - Greatest Hits (2 CDs)
Devil's Brigade - Devil's Brigade
Diana Ross & the Supremes - Icon
Disturbed - Asylum
Dnte - Early Works Later Versions (vinyl)
Dominant Legs - Young at Love and Life (vinyl)
Don Williams - Icon (1 CD)
Don Williams - Icon (2 CDs)
Etta James - Icon
Film School - Fission (vinyl)
Florence and the Machine - Lungs (vinyl)
For Today - Breaker
Frank Sinatra - September of My Years
Gerald Lavert - The Best Of
Ginuwine - Elgin
Gladys Knight & the Pips - Icon
Gloria Estefan - Essential 3.0 (3 CDs)
Goo Goo Dolls - Something for the Rest of Us
Grails - Burden of Hope (reissue) (vinyl)
Grails - Redlight (reissue) (vinyl)
Heart - Red Velvet Car
Hero Destroyed - Throes
Hives - Tarred And Feathered (vinyl)
Infernaeon - Genesis To Nemesis
Interment - Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy
Jackson 5 - Icon (1 CD)
Jackson 5 - Icon (2 CDs)
James Brown - Icon
Janet Jackson - Icon
Jenny and Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now (clear vinyl)
Johnny Cash - Icon
Kinks - Misfits
Kiss - Icon (1 CD)
Kiss - Icon (2 CDs)
Klaxons - Surfing the Void
Kyle Andrews - Kangaroo EP ]
Last Nights Vice - Perfect Little Noise
Liv Kristine - Skintight
Lyfe Jennings - I Still Believe
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Icon (1 CD)
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Icon (2 CDs)
Madlib - Medicine Show No. 8: Advanced Jazz
Marvin Gaye - Icon (1 CD)
Marvin Gaye - Icon (2 CDs)
Mickey Dolenz - King For A Day
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew: Legacy Edition (2 CDs/1 DVD)
Motorhead - Icon
Murderdolls - Women and Children Last
Neil Diamond - Icon
Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms
Neurosis - Enemy of the Sun
No Age - Glitter (vinyl)
Papa Roach - Time for Annihilation...On the Record, and On the Road
Patsy Cline - Icon (1 CD)
Patsy Cline - Icon (2 CDs)
Patti Austin - Every Home Should Have One
Patti LaBelle - Essential 3.0 (3 CDs)
Philip Selway - Familial (vinyl)
Portico Quartet - Isla
Quest for Fire - Lights From Paradise (vinyl)
Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers (reissue) (vinyl)
Ratatat - Ratatat (reissue) (vinyl)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Live on Air
Richard Thompson - Dream Attic
Richie Valens - La Bamba
Rick James - Icon
Rob Baird - Blue Eyed Angels
Rod Stewart - Icon
Rose Elinor Dougall - Without Why
Rush - Icon
Ryan Bingham - Junky Star
Sea Wolf - Turn the Dirt Over (vinyl)
She & Him - Thieves (vinyl)
Simon & Garfunkel - Essential 3.0 (3 CDs)
Smith Westerns - Smith Westerns
Smokey Robinson - Icon
Smokey Robinson - The Stripped Mixes
Sonny & the Sunsets - Tomorrow Is Alright (reissue)
Stan Ridgway - Neon Mirage
Stereoside - Stereoside
Stevie Nicks - Live on Air
Stevie Wonder - Icon
Styx - Icon (1 CD)
Styx - Icon (2 CDs)
Sum 41 - Screaming Bloody Murder
Survivor - Premonition
Survivor - Survivor
TV Buddhas - TV Buddhas
Temptations - Icon (1 CD)
Temptations - Icon (2 CDs)
Terrible Things - Terrible Things
The Clientele - Minotaur
The Contortionist - Exoplanet
The Museum - Let Love Win
The National - The National (reissue) (vinyl)
The Other - New Blood
The Shed - The Traveller (vinyl)
The Two Man Gentlemen Band - Dos Amigos, Una Fiesta
The Weepies - Be My Thrill (vinyl)
The Word Alive - Deceiver
Three Dog Night - Icon
Tracey Thorn - Opposites EP
Various Artists - Beginners Guide to Cumbia
Various Artists - Kompakt Total 11 (vinyl)
Various Artists - NOW 35
Various Artists - Piranha 3D (soundtrack)
Various Artists - Vampires Suck (soundtrack)
Various Artists - Yo Gabba Gabba: Music Is Awesome Volume 2
Venice Is Sinking - Sand & Lines: The Georgia Theatre Sessions May 20th & 24th, 2008 (vinyl)
Vince Gill - Icon
Ween - God Ween Satan (reissue) (vinyl)
Weird Al Yankovic - Essential 3.0 (3 CDs)
Within The Ruins - Invade

New Music releases are put together from a variety of online sources by Robert Benson - http://collectingvinylrecords.blogspot.com

Have new music for the list? Email me at rbenson30@wi.rr.com

New Jazz Releases - Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Acker Bilk - Stranger On The Shore
Alex Tassel - Head Or Tails
Antonio Sanchez - Live In New York At Jazz Standard
Antonio Sanchez - Live In New York
Bill Frisell - Beautiful Dreamers
Bobby Bradford - One Night Stand
Bodines - Played
Brian Simpson - South Beach
Cannonball Adderley - Jazz Manifesto
Chico Pinheiro - There's A Storm Inside
Chris Standring - 21 Soul Jazz Deluxe Collection
Chucho Valdes - Chucho's Steps
Danilo Perez - Providencia
Dom Um Romao - Lake Of Perseverance
Elliott Sharp - Afiadacampos
European Jazz Trio - Best Of Chopin
Jacques Schwarz-Bart - Rise Above
Jesus "Chucho" Valdes - Chucho's Steps
John Coltrane - Slowtrane
Jonathan Butler - Faith Love & Joy: Great Spiritual Inspi
Keith Jarrett - Still Live
Keith Jarrett - Tribute
Kirk Whalum - Everything Is Everything: The Music Of D
Labfield - Collab
Manfred Kniel Reduction & His - Low Down Music
Marcus Miller - Original Album Classics:Sun Don't Lie
Mats Eilertsen - Radio Yonder
Michel Legrand - Archi-Cordes: Di-Gue-Ding-Ding Danse
Michel Legrand - 50 Years Of Music & Movies - DVD-Video
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew: Legacy Edition
Mina Agossi - Just Like A Lady
Nils Petter Molvaer - Hamada
Oli Silk - All We Need
Original Hits: Jazz - Original Hits: Jazz
Patricia Romania - Sou Brasileira
Portico Quartet - Isla
Rebecca Martin - When I Was Long Ago
Schwarz-Bart Jacques Featuring Stephani - Rise Above
Scott Colley - Empire
Simone & Her Hawaiia - Aromas Of Hawaii
Splashgirl - Arbor
Stephanie McKay / Jacques Schwarz-Bart - Rise Above
Valdes. Chucho - Chucho's Steps
Vijay Iyer - Solo
Vinicius Cantuaria - Samba Carioca
Wynton Marsalis - Marsalis,Wynton Vol. 1-Marsalis Standard Time
Yoel Diaz Cuban Jazz Session - Encuentros

Sergio Mendes - Timeless

New release information provided by http://www.allaboutjazz.com/.   The Upcoming Release Center at allaboutjazz.com is the most comprehensive new release listing for jazz music on the internet. The information is updated biweekly by John Kelman

Making Of A Vinyl Record

Every now and then I like to shoot over to YouTube and see what's going on with relation to vinyl.  I came across an older video (2008) that is very informative and interesting, check it out:

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 08/28/2010

A Bob Dylan test pressing with alternate takes and lyrics gets the top spot and a high price seen in many weeks at $8k. Northern Soul has returned to the list with a 45 from The Admirations, and 78s continue to make their presence known.

1. LP - Bob Dylan "Blood On The Tracks" Test Pressing - $8,000.00

2. 45 - The Admirations "I Want To Be Free" / "You Left Me" Peaches - $3,174.00

3. 78 - Freddie Keppard's Jazz Cardinals "Stock Yard Strut" / "Salty Dog" Paramount - $2,801.00

4. LP - Music Emporium "self titled" Sentinel - $2,560.00

5. LP - Janos Starker "Bach Cello Suites" Mercury - $2,4999.00

Tune in with Norm & Jane for more on this week's top 5 on Vinyl Record Talk, Tuesday 8:00PM Eastern / 5:00PM Pacific on Radio Dentata. 


This Date In Music History - August 29


Sterling Morrison - Velvet Underground (1942)

Dick Halligan - Blood Sweat & Tears (1943)

Chris Copping - Procol Harum (1945)

Rick Downey - Blue Oyster Cult (1953)

Dan Truman - Diamond Rio (1956)

Elizabeth Fraser - Cocteau Twins (1958)

Chris Gorman - Belly (1967)

Alex Griffin - Neds Atomic Dustbin (1971)

Kyle Cook - Matchbox 20 (1975)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1924, Dinah Washington, US singer, (1959 US #8 single "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes"). She died on December 14, 1963.

Jimmy Reed died in San Francisco in 1976 following an epileptic seizure just before his 51st birthday. Reed was a major influence on The Rolling Stones.

Rockabilly pioneer Charlie Feathers died in 1998 (age 66). He had hits with "Peepin' Eyes," "Defrost Your Heart," "Tongue-Tied Jill" and "Bottle to the Baby'"on Sun Records, Meteor and King Record labels in the 1950s.

Born on this day in 1958, Michael Jackson, singer, songwriter, The Jackson Five, The Jacksons, solo. Jackson on 25th June 25, 2009 at the age of 50, after suffering heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills. Prior to his death, Jackson had been scheduled to perform 50 sold-out concerts to over one million people, at London's O2 arena, from July 13, 2009 to March 6, 2010. What a shame......


The real Eleanor Rigby was born in Liverpool in 1895.

Alan Freed's Big Beat Show opened at the Fox Theatre in Brooklyn in 1958. Those performing included Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Clanton, Chuck Berry, Bobby Freeman, Bill Haley and his Comets and The Elegants.

George Harrison joined the band Quarrymen in 1958. By the way, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were also members.

The Quarry Men (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ken Brown) performed at the Casbah Coffee Club, Hayman's Green, West Derby, Liverpool in 1959. This w2as the opening night of a new teen club in a large Victorian house that was owned by Mrs. Mona Best and the first of seven straight Saturdays that The Quarry Men played here. The band shared one microphone connected to the house P.A.

The Elvis movie 'Kid Gallahad' opened in 1962.

Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" was released in the US in 1964. It went on to reach #1 four weeks later.

In 1966, the Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crowd of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. During this tour, the Beatles have not played a single song from their latest album, ‘Revolver’. They finished the show with a version of Little Richards "Long Tall Sally." Except for the rooftop performance in "Let It Be" this was it. The Beatles never toured again.

The Youngbloods' recorded their immortal hit "Get Together" in 1966.

Edwin Starr started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1970 with "War" ( his only #1).

Led Zeppelin, The Youngbloods, Iron Butterfly and The Ides of March all appeared at the Man Pop Festival, Winnipeg, in Canada in 1970.

The Kinks' single "Lola" was released in 1970.

The Clash, Sex Pistols and Buzzcocks performed together at a Midnight Special Punk event in London in 1976.

A Spirit reunion concert in 1976 in Santa Monica gets quite spirited during the encore - when bassist Mark Andes invited Neil Young on to the stage. Guitarist Randy California had an objection to Young's presence and tried to push him off the stage. Soon the problem was resolved and Young played "Like A Rolling Stone" with the group.

In 1977, three people were arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis' body. As a result his body was moved to Graceland.

Prince's single "Let's Go Crazy"/"Erotic City" were released in 1984.

The former "American Bandstand" studio was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The studio is in Philadelphia, PA.

Los Lobos topped the charts in 1987 with a cover of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba." Taken from the film about the life of Ritchie Valens.

In 1987, the Beastie Boys' song "Brass Monkey" reportedly increased the sales for the cocktail mix.

Elton John checked into a rehab center in Chicago in 1990 to receive treatment for bulimia, alcoholism and drugs. Freak.....

In 1991, at 7pm EST, DJ Kurt St. Thomas from radio station WFNX in Boston gave Nirvana’s album ‘Nevermind’ its world premiere by playing the album from start to finish.

In 1992, U2 became only the second act ever (Billy Joel was the first) to play at The Yankee Stadium in New York City, during their sold out Zoo TV tour.

While shooting the music video for Meat Loaf's "I'd Lie for You" in 1995, a pilot and cameraman were killed in a helicopter crash in the Sequoia National Forest about 150 miles north of Los Angeles, CA.

In 1996, Isaac Hayes, who co-wrote the Stax classic "Soul Man," sent a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole requesting Dole to stop using his song, which his supporters had changed to "I'm A Dole Man."

Liam Gallagher was reunited with the rest of Oasis in Chicago in 1996 after a week of speculation on their future of the group, after he had walked out on the band a few days earlier.

Slipknot caused chaos at this years Kerrang! Awards in 2000, after smashing glasses, setting fire to their table, throwing a monitor off the stage and destroying a microphone. The band picked up 3 awards including best single and best live act.

In 2003, winners at this years MTV Video Music awards held in New York included, Missy Elliot, Video of the year for 'Work It', Viewers Choice award, 'Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous' Good Charlotte, Rap Video went to 50 Cent for 'In Da Club', Pop Video, Justin Timberlake, 'Cry Me A River.' Madonna stunned a packed Radio City Hall audience by passionately kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during a racy version of 'Like A Virgin.'

In 2005, 77-year-old Fats Domino was rescued from the flooding in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. He had earlier told his agent that he planned to remain in his home despite the order to evacuate.

David Gilmour and his band play an intimate three song set at London's famous Abbey Road Studios in 2006. The performance was filmed for a British TV show called The Abbey Road Sessions.

Sam Moore's album, “Overnight Sensational” was released in 2006. The legendary Soul singer’s effort had contributions from Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi, Paul Rodgers, Steve Winwood and Sting.

Bob Dylan released "Modern Times" in 2006.

In 2008, US rapper DMX pleaded guilty to trying to buy cocaine and cannabis in Miami. The 37-year-old singer, real name Earl Simmons, entered the plea in a Florida court and was sentenced to time served. Simmons was still in custody awaiting extradition to the state of Arizona on outstanding drug and animal cruelty charges.

Van Halen’s "Right Now" was played at the Dayton, OH in 2008, political rally where Republican presidential candidate John McCain announces his running mate is Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Van Halen is not pleased stating that the McCain camp never submitted a request to use the song, and "had they asked, permission would not have been granted." Meanwhile, ex-Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar, who sang on the ’91 hit, issues a statement saying that he didn't object to McCain using the song. 2008

George Strait was at #1 on the US album chart in 2009 with ‘Twang,' the country singer, songwriter’s 26th studio album.

In 2009, the Los Angeles coroner confirmed Michael Jackson's death was homicide, primarily caused by the powerful anaesthetic Propofol. The singer suffered a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home in June (age 50). The report said Propofol and the sedative Lorazepam were the "primary drugs responsible for Jackson's death", but four further drugs were also found.

Also in 2009, 'I Met The Walrus,' an animated short film based on a ’69 Toronto interview with John Lennon during the infamous "bed-in for peace" wins the New Approaches -- Daytime Entertainment honor during the 36th annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. "We're shocked and honored to have won this," says Josh Raskin, who wrote, directed and animated the clip.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Michael Fremer Album Review

Glitter and Doom Live (new release)
Tom Waits
Anti 87053-1 2 180g LPs + MP3 download
Produced by: Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Engineered by: Karl Derfler
Mixed by: Karl Derfler
Mastered by: Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering
Lacquer cutting: ??????



Waits Live In Ten Cities

by Michael Fremer

If you go for Waits’s “Louis Armstrong meets Screamin’ Jay Hawkins meets Captain Beefheart” blues/jazzbo thing, obtaining it live or recorded live is probably as pure as it gets and arguably the best way to consume an artist energized by the crowd’s adulation and an adept touring backup band capable of creating thick, churning atmospherics.

Waits inhabits a mythical 50’s waterfront circus tent filled with sailors, longshoremen, midgets and freaks. He’s part Kurt Weill and part Tod Browning. And part Vaudeville and Tin Pin Alley too. His fans eat it up on this set recorded during his sold out “Glitter and Doom” international tour.

He sings movies on stage here backed by a superb band capable of painting effervescent backdrops that break free of the instrumental confines and spring to life. I don’t how he puts his throat though such torture and comes out singing on the other side.

He abandons the deep growl occasionally to reveal a rich upper register and certain vibrato unharmed by the clenched throat antics. On “I’ll Shoot the Moon,” he manages to hit the high parts, descend into the deepest two-dimensional gravel (sometimes sounding like Robbie Robertson) and come up sounding like Bert Lahr!

He’s part field hand, part city slicker, part Mr. Sincerity and part bullshit shtick seller. Sometimes it sounds as if he’s just doing a cutting Bruce Springsteen parody, as on “Falling Down.” Of course Springsteen appropriately covered Wait’s “Jersey Girl” originally on his 1980 release Heartattack and Vine.

Waits combines the over the top impish humor and occasional darkness with heartbreaking sincerity as on the tender closer “Some Lucky Day.” If you want to hear Waits at his heartbreaking best though, listen to “Day After Tomorrow” from Real Gone.

The double live album was culled from performances recorded in Tulsa, Atlanta, Knoxville, Jacksonville, Milan, Edinburgh, Dublin and Paris. Call me prejudiced but I simply don’t think of Tulsa when I think of Tom Waits.

Waits is “an acquired taste” as they say about over the top artists. He sounds as if he’s burping up the songs as much as he’s singing them and the sense that he’s goofing all of it occasionally finds its way to the surface. He’s certainly having fun and the audience is too. His rap about buying Henry Ford’s last breath on Ebay is hilarious.

The sound is consistently cavernous, dark and echo-y, as if the band is playing at the back of the stage and you’re sitting near the back of the room. There’s not much air and not much sparkle and while that may be because of technical limitations, the sonics are perfectly suited to the subject matter, though even the hand claps sound thick.

I’m sure this was recorded on a computer, hopefully at high resolution and transferred to lacquer from those files. Given the wide range of venues, the sound is remarkably consistent, though “audiophile quality” it’s not. For that go back to the superlative Small Change album recorded live to two track analog by either Wally Heider or Bones Howe. I can't say which because I've misplaced my original promo copy. Damn. Where’s the all-analog reissue of that gem?

Thanks to Michael over at http://www.musicangle.com/ for the exclusive rights to reprint this material.

Copyright © 2008 MusicAngle.com & Michael Fremer - All rights reserved Reprinted by Permission

Music News & Notes

Bon Jovi to Release New Greatest Hits Package

Bon Jovi has recently announced a new greatest hits collection to be released on November 9 via Island Records.  There will actually be two different packages. Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits will be a single-CD/16-song collection with big hits like "Livin' on a Prayer," "Always" and "Wanted Dead or Alive." Two of the songs on the set are new, including "What Do You Got?" which is set to hit the radio by next week.

Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection will be two-CDs with 28 songs, the 16 from the first set plus 12 more from throughout their career like "Bed of Roses," "Blood on Blood" and "These Days." Two additional new tracks are part of the set.

"Music marks milestones in all our lives," said frontman Jon Bon Jovi. "These songs have stood the test of time and they remind us all where we came from, even as we keep our eyes towards the future.


Lennon Music News

As previously reported, Yoko Ono has been working in conjunction with Lennon and the Beatles' label EMI to release and re-release a number of Lennon-centered albums, in an initiative called the "Gimme Some Truth" campaign.

Eight of the songwriter's post-Beatles albums will be remastered from the original mixes and re-released on Oct. 9."John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" (1970), "Imagine" (1971), "Some Time In New York City" (1972), "Mind Games" (1973), "Walls and Bridges" (1974), "Rock ‘n’ Roll" (1975), "Double Fantasy" (1980) and "Milk and Honey" (1984) will all be repackaged with digisleeves, featuring the original artwork and new liner notes.

"Double Fantasy" is also getting a "Stripped Down" version, with Yoko Ono and Jack Douglas co-producing a rawer edition of the album.  There will be four albums of "Gimme Some Truth" themed compilations, and a two-volume "Power To The People: The Hits."  And then there's "The John Lennon Signature Box," a "deluxe 11-CD and digital collection of the eight remastered albums, a disc of rare and previously unreleased recordings, and an EP of Lennon’s non-album singles."


This from the "I thought I heard it all" bin and http://www.wired.co.uk/:

Company presses your ashes into vinyl when you die

Music lovers can now be immortalised when they die by having their ashes baked into vinyl records to leave behind for loved ones.

A UK company called And Vinyly is offering people the chance to press their ashes in a vinyl recording of their own voice, their favourite tunes or their last will and testament. Minimalist audiophiles might want to go for the simple option of having no tunes or voiceover, and simply pressing the ashes into the vinyl to result in pops and crackles.

The company was founded by Jason Leach, who co-founded the techno group and record label Subhead in the 1990s and has since founded a number of other labels, including House of Fix, Daftwerk and Death to Vinyl.

Leach explained to Wired.co.uk that there were a number of factors that made him launch the service, including thinking that he was “getting a bit old” and “might not be invincible”. His mother also started working at a funeral directors, which brought the whole funeral process closer to home. A third prompt was when he saw a TV programme that showed someone in America putting their ashes into fireworks, which made him think about how he might want to be remembered. And, he says, “It’s a bit more interesting than being in a pot on a shelf.”

How does it work?

The process of setting human ashes into vinyl involves a very understanding pressing plant. Basically the ashes must be sprinkled onto the raw piece of vinyl (known as a “biscuit” or “puck”) before it is pressed by the plates. This means that when the plates exert their pressure on the vinyl in order to create the grooves, the ashes are pressed into the record.

The site has a very irreverent style and operates under the strapline "live on from beyond the groove". One of Leach’s family stories, he tells Wired.co.uk, suggests why he has a practical attitude to people’s ashes.

He explains how he went out on a boat with his family members to sprinkle the ashes of his grandfather into the sea. His uncle “released them on the wrong side of the boat and so the ashes went all over us." Apparently the same thing happened to his father, too!

And Vinyly also offers personalised RIV (Rest In Vinyl) artwork -- the simple version just carries your name and your life span, or you can have your portrait painted by artist James Hague, using your ashes mixed into the paint.

The basic package costs £2,000 and comprises of the standard artwork along with up to 30 ash-flecked discs with whatever sounds you choose, lasting a maximum of 24 minutes.

Extras include "Bespook Music", where artists from The House of Fix and www.daftwerk.com write a song especially for you and global distribution of your record in vinyl stores.

The main challenge is choosing the music. Leach says: “It’s difficult to think of what to put on your record because you want it to be the best album you can imagine.”

What would he have on his own record? “I would definitely have a recording of my own voice as well as some 'sound photos' of places that are important to me and then I would have some of my own music on there. It’s something I’m working on.”

SOURCE: http://www.wired.co.uk

Friday, August 27, 2010

This Date In Music History - August 27


Phil Shulman - Simon Dupree And The Big Sound,Gentle Giant (1937)

B.J. Thomas (1942)

Daryl Dragon - Captain and Tennille (1942)

Tim Bogert - Vanilla Fudge (1944)

Jeff Cook - Alabama (1949)

Kevin Kavanaugh - Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (1951)

Alex Lifeson - Rush (1953)

Glen Matlock- Rich Kids and early member of The Sex Pistols and the reformed Sex Pistols (1956)

Mike Johnson - Dinosaur Jr. (1965)

Bobo - Cypres Hill (1968)

Tony Kanal - No Doubt (1970)

Mase- worked with Puff Daddy, Blackstreet, Notorious B.I.G. (1977)

Sarah Neufeld - Arcade Fire (1979)

Jon Siebels - Eve 6 (1979)

R&B singer Mario (1986)

They Are Missed:

In 1967, British music entrepreneur and the manager of The Beatles Brian Epstein was found dead, locked in a bedroom at his London home. A coroner's inquest concluded that Epstein died from an overdose of the sleeping pill Carbitrol. He also managed several other artists including Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Cilla Black and The Remo Four. The first contract between The Beatles and Epstein was auctioned in London in 2008, and was sold for $370,000.

In 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when the helicopter he was flying in, hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Vaughn had played a show at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin with Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton. Vaughan was informed by a member of Clapton's crew that three seats were open on a helicopter returning to Chicago with Clapton's crew, it turned out there was only one seat left; Vaughan requested it from his brother, who obliged. Three members of Eric Clapton's entourage were also killed. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Stevie Ray Vaughan #7 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarist's of all time. No One, I Mean No One, played the guitar like SRV!

R.I.P Mr. Vaughan. We're not worthy!

Percussionist Richard Jaeger died in 2000. Worked with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Pointer Sisters.

Born on this day in 1947, percussionist David Leon ‘Billy’ Knight. Died on 6th December 6, 2002.


Charles G. Conn received a patent for the metal clarinet in 1889.

Connie Francis was the mystery guest on CBS-Tv's 'What's My Line' in 1961.

On the last day of a five-day break from their North American tour in 1965, The Beatles, attended a recording session for The Byrds. Later that afternoon, The Beatles met Elvis Presley at his mansion in Beverly Hills. It was an awkward meeting, leaving The Beatles with the impression that Presley's personality was decidedly "unmagnetic." John Lennon remarked soon after, “Where’s Elvis? It was like meeting Engelbert Humperdinck.”

Bob Dylan's second electric album, "Highway 61 Revisited," was released in 1965.

The Association's "Cherish" was released in 1966.

Jackson Browne recorded "Stay" and "Running on Empty" at a concert in Columbia, Maryland in 1977.

In 1988, "Monkey" gave George Michael his eighth US #1 single of the 1980s, a record only beaten by Michael Jackson.

Tracy Chapman went to #1 on the US album chart in 1988 with her self-titled album.

Pearl Jam released 'Ten' in 1991.

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to The Beatles song "A Day In The Life" sold at an auction for $87,000 in 1992.

Boyz II Men started a 14 week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1994 with "I'll Make Love To You." The record- breaking 14 week stay came to an end when they knocked themselves from the top with "On Bended Knee."

Neil Young headlined the Redding Festival with Pearl Jam as his backing band in 1995.

In 2003, P Diddy was being sued for $5m by a woman who claimed she was assaulted by a bouncer outside his New York restaurant. Stephanie Grieso, said she was arguing outside Justin's in August 2002 when a bouncer grabbed her by the neck and pushed her down on the pavement, causing leg injuries.

In 2004, Green Day, The Darkness, The White Stripes, Morrissey, The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, The Hives, 50 Cent, (50 Cent was booed off stage after being greeted by a rain of bottles thrown at him and his G-Unit crew as they came onstage). The Streets, The Vines, Soulwax, Dogs Die In Hot Cars, The Offspring, Ash, Placebo and Lostprophets all appeared at this years UK Carling Weekend in Reading and Leeds, England.

In 2007, Kevin Federline's lawyers asked Britney Spears to pay some of her former husband's legal expenses in their divorce case. His legal team said Federline had "no net income" after various expenses, and that Ms Spears was "clearly the monied party" in the dispute. According to legal documents filed in Los Angeles, the pop star's average monthly income was $737,868. The couple had married in October 2004 and filed for divorce in November 2006.

In 2008, Kevin Cogill, a 27-year-old blogger, is arrested by the FBI for leaking tracks from Guns N' Roses' long-overdue "Chinese Democracy" album online. Cogill was taken into custody at his home in Culver City, CA, on "suspicion of violating federal copyright laws."






9/29/10 – Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON
9/30/10 – Le National, Pop Montreal (Headline)
10/1/10 – Ritual, Ottawa, ON
10/2/10 – This Aint Hollywood, Hamilton

WATCH Liars’ performance at La Route Du Rock festival HERE

“Working their way up to art rock legacy” – Rolling Stone

“Bands that do what they want to do because they believe in it – and trust the intelligence of their listeners – are the future. That is the brave new world of Liars” – Los Angeles Times

“Like a Mayan maze of sonic and lyrical ambiguity that pummels and cajoles... while darting jittery glances down dank alleys.” – HighTimes

Liars will release a new single, Proud Evolution, as a six track EP on October 19th, 2010. The new EP features a remix from Thom Yorke, a live version recorded at Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, plus three exclusive new b-sides “Come Now”, “Total Frown”, and “Strangers”.

Liars on “Proud Evolution”: “A triumphant processional piano part is hijacked by something more lurid and tempting. The clicking and gurgling of what’s kicking. Soon a large rolling mass of bass displaces the equilibrium and redirects it into a groove. The tempting wave reminds you that misplaced confidence can be frightening.”

Liars make a long awaited return to Canada, playing Toronto and Montreal for the first time since 2006, and playing Ottawa and Hamilton for the first time ever! Having taken their critically acclaimed fifth album Sisterworld across the US, Liars head north to devastate Canada including a headline appearance at the Pop Montreal International Music Festival on September 30th.

At this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago Sun-Times observed “A series of owl cries and electronically distorted yowls rose and fell over guitar lines played carefully just a half xtone off where they should be, and the bass lurked and dodged in the lengthening shadows.”

Time Out Chicago raved, “Art-rockers Liars took a cue from the blistering sun, delivering a set that was equally as intense as the sweltering heat beaming down from above.”

Sisterworld is out now on CD, double vinyl and 2CD version. The second disc of the 2CD release sees each track on Sisterworld remixed and reinterpreted by a host of artists including Thom Yorke, Devendra Banhart, Atlas Sound, Blonde Redhead, Fol Chen and Alan Vega while the unique packaging for the 2CD and deluxe vinyl editions, designed by Brian Roettinger / Hand Held Heart (Grammy nominated and Rolling Stone award winning for his work with No Age) allows a surreal glimpse into Sisterworld.

Daytrotter Session HERE

Pitchfork TV’s ‘Surveillance’ series   HERE

John Norris for NoiseVox’s Noisemakers series.   HERE

Proud Evolution Track Listing:

1. Proud Evolution (Album Version)
2. Proud Evolution (Thom Yorke remix)
3. Proud Evolution (Live From Williamsburg)
4.Come Now
5.Total Frown
6. Strangers

For more information and inquiries please contact Sheryl Witlen at Mute.

New Andy Bell Music


OUT OCTOBER 12th 2010


“For anyone looking for this summer’s new club anthem, Non-Stop delivers the goods” – Venus Zine

“Bell delivers 10 songs packed with relentless beats and dizzying electronic accompaniment.” – M Magazine

“This is pop, house, electro and disco-glam all combined in to one campy cup of perfection.” – Theme Magazine

Andy Bell releases a new single and title track from his latest album, “Non-Stop”, out digitally on October 12th, 2010. The single features remixes from London based remix team Digital Dog (Tinchy Stryder, Britney Spears, Rihanna), plus exclusive tracks “Flying Colours” and the “Non-Stop” instrumental version. In addition, “Say What You Want” (Joy Joy Mix) by Ste Ashworth is included, which is the winning remix from a recent competition on andybell.com.

Non-Stop, co-produced and co-written by Andy Bell and Pascal Gabriel (S’Express, Debbie Harry, Kylie) is a lavish 10 track collection of exquisite dancefloor confessionals from one of the most acclaimed and beloved singers in British pop. The album features a duet with Perry Farrell (of Jane’s Addiction fame), Honey If You Love Him. Farrell, a huge fan of Andy’s voice, suggested the alliance.

Although Andy’s long-running partnership with Vince Clarke in Erasure (recipients of Best British Group at The Brit Awards) remains very much a going concern - since the release of 1986’s debut, Wonderland the duo have gone on to sell over 20 million albums, 5 of them hitting #1 and had 17 Top 10 UK singles - the singer’s second solo album provides a liberating platform for his more clubby, nocturnal, disco-glam side. He has even purposely changed his vocal register and style for much of Non-Stop, putting clear blue water between his soulfully electronic solo voice and his gleaming, poppy Erasure work.


1. Non-Stop – original version

2. Non-Stop - Digital Dog Radio Edit

3. Non-Stop Digital Dog Club Edit

4. Non-Stop – instrumental Version

5.Flying Colours

6.Say What You Want (Joy Joy Mix) by Ste Ashworth

For more information, contact Sheryl Witlen at Mute

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Furnace MFG - In The News

This interesting video courtesy of my vinyl friend Manish Naik:

Get to know Furnace MFG with descriptions of the products and services we offer and a tour of the facilities. Furnace MFG is known for pressing the finest quality and best sounding vinyl records in the world. In this video we show you our state of the art pressing and assembly facilities and explain why people are saying Furnace MFG is vinyl pressing, perfected.

Ever wonder how vinyl records are pressed? In this video you will see the extruder make a puck of vinyl, sandwich it between two labels, and then press the vinyl puck between two plates that contain the grooves that make a vinyl record. Once the press cycle is finished you will see a knife cut off the excess vinyl. The record is then picked and placed into a sleeve where a heavy, metal plate is put on top to ensure the records remain flat while it cools. Records pressed at Furnace MFG / Pallas in Germany are among the finest in the world. This is a process that has been refined and perfected since the plant opened for business in 1947. Hear the difference today: www.furnacemfg.com/vinyl

Furnace is also one of the largest vinyl manufacturing companies in the country. With over 25 years of vinyl experience, Furnace MFG is THE pressing plant for high-quality vinyl as well as vinyl mastering; lacquer; and DMM cutting, galvanics and plating. Though we are well-known for our boutique, audiophile-grade vinyl manufacturing, we also have the most capacity in the world with over 45 active vinyl presses. As the vinyl format thrives, Furnace MFG will lead the charge to keep the physical music format alive and kicking well into the 21st century.

Music News & Notes


Polish female fronted Traditional Heavy Metal act CRYSTAL VIPER, revealed front cover artwork of their forthcoming studio album "Legends", which will hit the streets on October 22, 2010 (through AFM Records in Europe and States / Spiritual Beast Records in Japan), was painted by the legendary French artist Chris Moyen, who is known from cooperation with such legendary acts as SLAYER, TRIVIUM, BEHERIT or BLASPHEMY.

The album was recorded and mixed at the MP Studio in Poland, with engineer Mariusz Pietka and producer Bart Gabriel. "Legends" will feature several very special guests: Rhino (the famous ex-MANOWAR drummer), Stefan Kaufmann (U.D.O., ex-ACCEPT), Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER) and Sven D'Anna & Dano Boland (WIZARD). As the title suggest, all the lyrics will be based on the original Polish legends from the middle-ages.

Cool cover art...


HOLY GRAIL: Debut Album Artwork Unveiled

"Crisis In Utopia", the debut album from the Los Angeles metal quintet HOLY GRAIL, will be released on October 26 via Prosthetic Records. The CD was produced by Danny Lohner (NINE INCH NAILS, A PERFECT CIRCLE) and features cover artwork by Andrei Bouzikov (SKELETONWITCH, MUNICIPAL WASTE).

Assembled a year ago, HOLY GRAIL is already at the forefront of the new wave of metal that pays homage to such legends as IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST and DIO. The band's debut EP, "Improper Burial" (released in late 2009), featuring just two original tracks and two covers, earned HOLY GRAIL significant press accolades including a two-page feature in hometown paper LA Weekly, a spot on Decibel's "25 Most Anticipated Releases Of 2010" list and inclusion on Metal Hammer's "Guide To The Best In The Upcoming New Wave Of Trad Metal."

HOLY GRAIL is currently on the road in North America as the support act for EXODUS.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/holygrail

More cool cover art!


Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page To Release Photographic Autobiography

Legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is scheduled to release a photographic autobiography. The self-titled book will be released on September 27 and includes 650 photographs personally selected by Page. Genesis Publications describe it as a “visual history of his career as one of the world’s most iconic guitar players”.

The limited edition book will cost £445 (close to $700) and is available to pre-order now from genesis-publications.com.

Meanwhile, Page revealed in June that he was currently working on material for a new album.


Rolling Stone Publishing Special Issue With Top 100 Beatles Songs

Rolling Stone Magazine is happy to be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of the Beatles final album, 'Let It Be,' with a special issue highlighting the groups one hundred best songs. Along with the list, there are additional articles with John Lennon and Paul McCartney talking about their favorite tracks, the group's best cover songs and the tracks with George Harrison's best guitar work. I'd be interested in their solo work as well, each member had several hits and it is hard to imagine that some of these aren't included.

Here is Rolling Stone's top ten:

1. A Day in the Life
2. I Want to Hold Your Hand
3. Strawberry Fields Forever
4. Yesterday
5 .In My Life
6 .Something
7. Hey Jude
8. Let It Be
9. Come Together
10. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: To this day, when pop music documentaries recap the 1940s, '50s and '60s, they invariably devote a segment to the payola scandals. Alan Freed is often the payola poster boy, though Dick Clark and other big names are sometimes mentioned.

Regardless of those under discussion, it always is about dee jays being paid to play records on the air. Stan Freberg even spoofed the practice in his 1960 hit, “The Old Payola Roll Blues.”

But wasn't there a slight variation of payola, where, instead of money, dee jays got the artists to give personal performances for little or no pay?
Genevieve Espinosa, Beaumont, Texas

DEAR GENEVIEVE: This certainly is an overlooked slice of Rock and Roll history, one even I had forgotten about.

However, during the course of an interview I once published, Bobby Vinton shared his opinions and reflections on these forms of payola:

“It was just a way of life at the time. In fact, life itself is a form of payola — you do something for me and I'll do something for you. That's certainly how the politicians and lobbyists work.

“Basically, there's no harm to it but the record industry had to take the brunt of the criticism. Still, no one ever forced anyone to buy a record they didn't want to own.

“I used to come to a city to do a record hop, put on by a local dee jay. The disc jockey would ask me to sing at the record hop in exchange for him playing my current record, especially in the week leading up to the hop.

“The dee jay was there to make money, from the kids (his listeners) who bought tickets to attend, which they did because I was there live performing my record, which was being played on the dee jay's radio show.

“I was happy; the record company was happy; the dee jay was happy; and the kids were happy. Everybody wins. What's wrong with that?

“It was better in those days, when all of this was out in the open.”

Good ol' quid pro quo: something for something.

DEAR JERRY: Just read your column about Chubby Checker having so many different hits with “Twist” titles. He definitely made a career out of hit songs based on teen dances.

Besides “The Twist,” I recall the pony, the fly, and the limbo, but I'm pretty sure he didn't stop there. Can you name them all?
—Zoni Hamilton, York, Pa.

DEAR ZONI: Of course, and it may surprise you to know Chubby (who never was) has danced his way right into the 21st century, as you shall see from this chronological dance-a-thon:

“The Twist” (1960 & '61); “The Hucklebuck” (1960); “Pony Time” (1960); “(Dance the) Mess Around” (1961); “Let's Twist Again” (1961); “The Fly” (1961); “Twistin' U.S.A.” (1961); “Teach Me to Twist” (1962) (with Bobby Rydell); “Slow Twistin' (1962) (with Dee Dee Sharp); “La Paloma Twist” (1962); “Limbo Rock” (1962); “Popeye the Hitchhiker” (1962); “Let's Limbo Some More” (1963); “Birdland” (1963); “Twist It Up” (1963); “She Wants T' Swim” (1964); “Let's Do the Freddie” (1965); “Hey You! Little Boo-ga-loo” (1966); “The Twist (Yo, Twist!)” (1988) (with Fat Boys); “Doin' the Zombie” (2008); and “The Texas Twist”(2009) (with Texas Radio).

If we were compiling a concept album of Chubby's dance songs (umm, not a bad idea), to these 21 we would add two “bonus tracks,” both about dancing in general: “Dancin' Party” (1962) and “At the Discotheque” (1965).

All of these are single releases. Checker's albums include numerous other dance tunes.

Remarkably, over half of his 38 chart hits have a dance theme and title.

IZ ZAT SO? Though Chubby Checker is the best known artist with the same hit twice — “The Twist” in 1960 and '61 — with the exact same recording, he was not the first.

Two years before “The Twist,” Johnny Tillotson hit the charts in 1958 with “Dreamy Eyes,” then scored again in 1961 with the exact same recording. This tune is not the same song popularized by the Four Preps, Youngsters, Viceroys, and others.

Fortuitously for Chubby, his career skyrocketed on the wings of a cover version. His “The Twist” charted just two weeks after Hank Ballard's original recording, and it soon became THE version.

Things didn't work out too badly for Ballard, though. Since he wrote “The Twist” he collected kagillions in royalties.

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column.  Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368 

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Music News & Notes

Toby Keith Releases Cover Art For ‘Bullets In The Gun’23

Toby Keith’s fifteenth full-length studio album called 'Bullets In The Gun' will also be available as a Deluxe Edition upon its October 5 release, even adding four live tracks to the standard album.

Recorded during his “Incognito Bandito” show at The Fillmore in Manhattan, the four songs feature Keith on lead vocals backed by an A-list band of session players assembled exclusively for the rare club performance. Johnny Paycheck’s “11 Months And 29 Days,” Waylon Jennings’ “I’ve Been A Long Time Leaving (But I’ll Be A Long Time Gone),” Roger Miller’s “Chug-A-Lug” and Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown” are the additions.

Those recordings bring the Deluxe Edition’s track list to 14. Keith produced the album, joined by Mills Logan and Kenny Greenberg for the live session. He also wrote or co-wrote all 10 new songs, six with Bobby Pinson, one with Scotty Emerick and Dean Dillon and the title track with Rivers Rutherford. Toby also wrote two songs by himself, including the lead single “Trailerhood,” which is shooting quickly to the top of the charts.

Track Listing:
1. Bullets In The Gun
2. Somewhere Else
3. Trailerhood
4. In A Couple Of Days
5. Think About You All Of The Time
6. Kissin’ In The Rain
7. Drive It On Home
8. Ain’t Breakin’ Nothin’
9. Is That All You Got
10. Get Out Of My Car

Deluxe Edition tracks:
11. 11 Months And 29 Days
12. I’ve Been A Long Time Leaving (But I’ll Be A Long Time Gone)
13. Chug-A-Lug
14. Sundown


INTERMENT's 'Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy' Released On Vinyl With Bonus Track

Cyclone Empire Records has released "Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy", which is the debut album from reactivated Swedish old-school death metallers INTERMENT, on limited-edition 180-gram vinyl (limited to 500 copies), featuring a lyric sheet and a cover version of the CARNAGE song "Torn Apart" as a bonus track.

"Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy" will be released in North American on August 31 via Pulverised Records. The CD, which came out in Europe on August 2, was recorded at Erebos Studios with Peter Bjärgo (TYRANT, CRYPT OF KERBEROS). The cover artwork was created by Polish artist Rafal Kruszyk.


KYLESA: New Album Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

KYLESA, the psych-rock Georgians, have revealed the cover art (illustrated by Santos) and track listing for their fifth album, "Spiral Shadow". The band, who recently wrapped up a European tour with CONVERGE, recorded the CD earlier this summer at the Jam Room in Columbia, South Carolina with band member and renowned producer Phillip Cope (BARONESS, WITHERED) once again at the helm.

Due on October 26 via Season Of Mist, "Spiral Shadow" will be made available as a regular CD as well as a limited edition digipak with 3D cover art packaged with a bonus DVD.

"Spiral Shadow" track listing:

01. Tired Climb
02. Cheating Synergy
03. Drop Out
04. Crowded Road
05. Don’t Look Back
06. Distance Closing In
07. To Forget
08. Forsaken
09. Spiral Shadow
10. Back And Forth
11. Dust

KYLESA's 2009 album, "Static Tensions", was one of the most critically acclaimed metal LPs of last year.


CANDLEMASS's 'Nightfall' Gold-Colored Vinyl Reissue To Include New Liner Notes

"Nightfall", the classic 1987 album from Swedish doom legends CANDLEMASS, will be reissued by Peaceville Records on September 20. This special vinyl edition of "Nightfall" features new liner notes from bassist/songwriter Leif Edling. It is limited to just 2,000 numbered copies and comes presented on heavyweight (180-gram) gold-colored vinyl with gatefold sleeve. "Nightfall" is often regarded as the definitive CANDLEMASS album, and the pinnacle of the epic doom scene.


Vanna Post New Song, Artwork from Upcoming Album

Boston post-hardcore/screamo act Vanna have released the cover art from their upcoming EP “The Honest Hearts”. The album is due out October 12th on Artery Recordings and follows their 2009 album A New Hope that was released through Epitaph Records. The artwork can be seen below.

The band is also streaming a new song off the album titled “Passerby” on their MySpace page.