Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Music News & Notes

Green Day To Release Live Album

It is being reported that Green Day are readying a new two-disc set live album for release in early 2011. The album, 'Awesome As Fuck', is listed by online retailers as having a US release date of March 15.
The band first announced they were planning a new live album last August via their official Twitter page, "We've been recording our live shows since the beginning of tour," they wrote. "Possible live album coming."


The Worst Christmas Album Covers Ever

Gigwise gets in the festive spirit...

With Christmas less than a week away and Father Christmas's sleigh bells tinkling away in the distance, Gigwise has gone all festive this week.

Check out some really bad x-mas album cover art:


Yes, this does happen in real life, although my thoughts are that the man knew what he had and wanted to donate to the charity.  Read for yourself and decide.....

Woodbridge: Rare Beatles albums found at charity shop

By Jonathan Barnes

A CHARITY shop received some early Christmas presents when it was donated rare, high-value records by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Staff at the British Red Cross shop, in Woodbridge, UK, were delighted to find many of the vinyl LPs were worth more than £50.

The most valuable is a first pressing of The Beatles’ debut album Please Please Me, which has a rare gold and black label. Experts believe it is worth £230.

Early copies of Fab Four albums With The Beatles, Rubber Soul and Revolver have been valued at £50 each, while three Rolling Stones records – all first pressings – have also been individually priced at £50.

The rare vinyl records on sale also include albums by 60s 
legends The Hollies, The Monkees and Adam Faith.

The LPs, all in excellent 
condition, were among bags and boxes of records brought into the shop, in the Thoroughfare, by a man who was seemingly clearing out his record collection.

Staff do not know who the man was, but wish to thank him again for his donation.

Merriam Keeble, manager of the shop, said: “The records were brought in as a job lot – there were bags of them and a couple of boxes.

Read the rest of the article HERE


Abbey Road Zebra Crossing Gets Its Stripes

Kat Higgins, Sky News Online

A zebra crossing in London that became a Mecca for Beatles fans after it featured on one of their album covers has been given "listed" status.

Thousands of people, including other bands, have recreated the photograph of the Fab Four walking across Abbey Road more than 40 years ago.

Now the site has been given Grade II status by the heritage minister John Penrose - a status normally given to buildings.

The crossing is outside the world-famous Abbey Road studios where Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr recorded much of their music.

Sir Paul welcomed the news, saying: "It's been a great year for me and a great year for The Beatles and hearing that the Abbey Road crossing is to be preserved is the icing on the cake."

Read the rest of the article HERE


Showing Love For Your Local Record Store

Published by Kenny Bloggins

Countless online and print music publications, as well as grassroots campaigns such as Record Story Day, have extolled ad infinium the virtues of supporting your local brick and mortar music store – a seemingly altruistic notion in the presence of free and cheap music online. However, when you buy music at the record shop, you’re not just supporting them, you’re helping yourself in the end (at least if you’re a music fan). Some people, as recently demonstrated here in Louisville, don’t see the value in an influential and active physical goods music destination, so The Decibel Tolls is adding another commentary to the fray before our holiday shopping season ends. This one’s for the haters.

Just before Thanksgiving, ear X-tacy – a record store that publications like Rolling Stone, SPIN, and Paste have ranked as one of the best in the country – created a FaCeBoO!k event with this video message from owner John Timmons asking for the city’s continued support.

His plea:

Read the rest of this compelling record store article at: The Decibel

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