Friday, December 10, 2010

Vinyl Record News & Notes

Beady Eye Reveal Tracklisting & Cover Art

Beady Eye have just revealed the details for their debut album which will be called 'Different Gear, Still Speeding.' fronted by Oasis alum Liam Gallagher, the group will release the album on February 28, 2011 via Beady Eye Records.

1.'Four Letter Word'
2. 'Millionaire'
3. 'The Roller'
4. 'Beatles and Stones'
5. 'Wind Up Dream'
6. 'Bring the Light'
7. 'For Anyone'
8. 'Kill for a Dream'
9. 'Standing on the Edge of the Noise'
10. 'Wigwam'
11. 'Three Ring Circus'
12. 'The Beat Goes on'
13. 'The Morning


Avril Lavigne New Album, 'Goodbye Lullaby,' Coming In March 2011

Two years in the making, singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne's fourth studio album, 'Goodbye Lullaby,' is set to be released by RCA Records on March 8, 2011. Lavigne will also debut the first single "What the Hell" on New Year's Eve during "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve."

Lavigne worked with longtime collaborators Deryck Whibley, Evan Taubenfeld and Butch Walker, as well as songwriter/producer Max Martin. She continues to share her personal experiences through her writing and music, and 'Goodbye Lullaby' is a further evolution of this, propelled by a more raw and organic sound.


Pixies New Vinyl Release

Pixies are set to bring their compilation 'Wave Of Mutilation' to vinyl, with a new re-issue set for release on January 17.

A truly seminal group, the band barely made an impact on the mainstream in their initial incarnation. But, after their untimely split, the band enjoyed a curious second life, almost becoming cult heroes. For many fans, 'Wave Of Mutilation' was an entrance point for the world of Pixies. Initially released in 2004 the compilation has proved to have an enduring popularity, mixing classic tracks with rarities.

Focussing on their glorious early era, 'Wave Of Mutilation' also finds time to represent a few tracks from their unjustly ignored later incarnation. Only ever available on CD and as a download, the album will now receive a vinyl pressing, being made available as a double LP set (the first European pressing will be available on special edition orange vinyl). Released in a gatefold sleeve, the album will be available on black vinyl for American fans.


Side One
'Bone Machine'
'Nimrod's Son'
'The Holiday Song'
'Broken Face'

Side Two
'Monkey gone To Heaven'
'Gouge Away'
'Wave Of Mutilation'

Side Three
'Here Comes Your Man'
'Where Is My Mind?'
'Into The White'

Side Four
'Dig For Fire'
'Alec Eiffel'
'Planet Of Sound'


Cheap Trick Announces Dream Police Shows In Milwaukee

It's been more than thirty years since the release of the internationally acclaimed album 'Dream Police,' and now Cheap Trick will be staging a multi-date show that features songs from the platinum record. The Rhythmic Noise Philharmonic Orchestra & Mind Choir will perform alongside these and other hits from Cheap Trick's extensive catalog. The run kicks off January 20th, 2011 and includes 12 dates through February 26th.

The shows are set to take place at Milwaukee's Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Bingo Casino, less than two hours away from Chicago. Retaining its intimate, up-close-and-personal atmosphere, the 500-seat theater ensures that there is not a bad seat in the house.

"Dream Police was the first record where we felt the songs were well -suited for orchestration; that was a very expansive time for us musically," says bassist Tom Petersson.

"Since then, we've been fortunate to work with several world-class orchestras - live and in the studio," adds lead vocalist Robin Zander, "and after 36 years together, our band is thrilled to have an opportunity to present our songs - both new and old - with an orchestra and a unique state-of-the-art production."

Hmmm, right in my neck of the woods, would like to make one of the shows.

Cheap Trick were formed in the city of Rockford, IL in 1974 and have sold over 20 million albums and singles including "Surrender," "I Want You to Want Me" and "The Flame."

Show Dates: Jan 20, 21, 28, 29 & Feb 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26
Tickets go on sale Friday, December 10th.
Prices: $85, $75, and $65
Theater Box Office: (414) 847-7922


Metal Club Line Up Black Sabbath

Heavy metal vets Black Sabbath have joined a new club, Metal Club that is, to release 'Black Sabbath: Live at Hammersmith Odeon,' a 3-LP 180 gram vinyl with a triple gatefold packaging which will be released on January 1, 2011. This release will be limited to 3,000 numbered copies and is a Metal Club exclusive.

Available for the first time on limited-edition numbered vinyl, the concert spotlights Black Sabbath as they storm through 14 of the Dio-era's best including, "Neon Knights," "Heaven And Hell," "Children Of The Sea" and "Country Girl." The band also performs several pre-Dio classics including, "Paranoid," "Children Of The Grave" and a white-hot version of "War Pigs." 'Black Sabbath: Live At Hammersmith Odeon' features Ronnie James Dio, Tommy Iommi, Terry "Geezer" Butler and Vinny Appice.


Peter Bjorn And John Set To Release New Full-Length Studio Album

Peter Bjorn And John are scheduled to release a new full-length studio album which is due out on March 29th via StarTime International. For their sixth album the band chose to work with a producer for the first time ever enlisting the skills of Per Sunding at Tambourine Studios in Malmö. For a band that has always produced their own albums, this is a big move and when asked about the choice in a recent interview with John Eriksson said, "We needed someone who can make us play differently, someone to remember to back up the hard drive [laughs]."

In the nearly two years since the band's last album, Peter Bjorn And John have kept very busy. Bjorn Yttling produced the new and wildly popular Lykke Li record - "Wounded Rhymes," Peter Morén released his second solo album and his debut Swedish language album - "I Spåren av Tåren," and John Eriksson released a new album - "Favorite Flavor" - with his disco-kraut band Holiday for Strings as well as three EPS with his solo project Hortlax Cobra. In addition, in January 2010 the entire band participated in an auction to help Haiti by submitting the bongos used on the recording of "Young Folks" along with Peter's jacket that he wore when they performed with Depeche Mode at MSG in the summer of 2009.


MANOWAR: Autographed Copies Of 'Battle Hymns 2011' Vinyl Picture Disc Available

The vinyl picture disc, limited-edition version of "Battle Hymns 2011", the "reinterpretation" of MANOWAR's debut album, 1982's "Battle Hymns", can be personalized with your name and autographed by the band. Available for the hefty price of $199.95, it includes a numbered certificate of authenticity. According to a posting on MANOWAR's official webstore, The Kingdom Of Steel, if you pre-order now, you will also get the digital download immediately "for free," with a 16-page PDF booklet.

If you do not wish to spend $200 on the "autographed" version of the picture disc, the standard edition can be yours for "only" $49.95. This item can also be pre-ordered  and includes the immediate "free" digital download as well as the 16-page PDF booklet. Shipping on both items is expected to begin around December 20.


GRAPEFRUIT RECORDS – Simon Joyner Launches Vinyl-Only Subscription Label

Veteran of the Omaha music scene, Simon Joyner, has recently launched a subscription-based record label called "Grapefruit Records" that will release four select albums a year exclusively on vinyl. His idea had roots back in the early to mid-90s when he ran a small, indie label, Sing, Eunuch!, which put out mostly Omaha music and vinyls of Joyner’s own albums. The label also released some of Conor Oberst’s (Bright Eyes) early cassettes.

Joyner recalled the experience of running a small label as a catch-22. “The distributors, with very few exceptions, refused to pay us for the albums they sold until we had a new release they were interested in carrying,” he said. “We never had enough money coming in to pay for the manufacturing on the releases we needed to put out in order to get the distributors to pay us for the previous releases.” Eventually Joyner stopped the label out of frustration, but kept some ideas about a better way of doing things: “I told myself that if there were away to run a label without involving distributors, returns, unsold product, I’d do it again, but only under those conditions.”

The idea came bubbling up again, last summer, when Joyner was on an east coast tour staying in Brooklyn with his friend Ben Goldberg, who runs Ba-Da-Bing Records. The two started working on the new label soon after.

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