Monday, March 8, 2010

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales

Week Ending 03/06/2010

1. 78 - Ed Bell "Frisco Whistle" / "Mean Conductor Blues" Paramount - $3,938.88

2. LP - The Beatles "Mono Collection" Box Set - $3,500.00

3. 45 - David Bowie "Rock N' Roll With Me" / "Panic In Detroit" Canadian Pressing - $3,050.00

4. LP - Hank Mobley self titled Blue Note 1568 - $2,999.99

5. 45 - David Bowie "Can't Help Thinking About Me" / "And I Say To Myself" UK Promo w/ Press Photo - $2,219.70

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Music News & Notes

STRYPER Begins Recording Covers Album

Christian hard rockers STRYPER entered the studio on March 6 to begin recording an album of covers songs, set to be released later in the year. The CD will include STRYPER's renditions of the following classics:

* JUDAS PRIEST - "Breaking The Law"
* IRON MAIDEN - "The Trooper"
* SCORPIONS - "Blackout"
* OZZY OSBOURNE - "Over The Mountain"
* SWEET - "Set Me Free"
* VAN HALEN - "On Fire"
* DEEP PURPLE - "Highway Star"
* BLACK SABBATH - "Heaven And Hell"
* UFO - "Lights Out"
* KANSAS - "Carry On Wayward Son"

STRYPER guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet recently explained the band's decision to pay tribute to its influences on the new album:

"We grew up listening to many different styles of music and there is a list of bands that influenced us throughout our musical education. Bands like JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, SCORPIONS, VAN HALEN, UFO, DEEP PURPLE, LED ZEPPELIN, QUEEN, KANSAS and many others, helped to shape our sound and make us who we are today, musically speaking. '

Check out this fan-filmed video footage of STRYPER performing a cover version of the JUDAS PRIEST classic "Breaking The Law" on January 23, 2010 at Tivoli in Utrecht, The Netherlands can be viewed below.


Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous Takes Own Life

Prolific singer/songwriter Mark Linkous has committed suicide, according to his publicist. He was best known for his acclaimed work with the bandSparklehorse, who released four albums of imaginative ambient psych-folk. Linkous also produced Daniel Johnston’s 2003 album Fear Yourself and collaborated with Danger Mouse on Dark Night of the Soul. His exact age is unknown, but he was in his forties.

“It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member, Mark Linkous, took his own life today,” reads a statement from his family. “We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts.


Kinks Working On New Album

It's being reported that the Kinks are in the process of putting together a new album that will include some older, never released tracks along with the possibility of a few new ones.

Drummer Mick Avory told Spinner's UK site, "Things are always bubbling under or over with the Kinks -- I'm never quite sure if we're going to do them or not. We are certainly doing another album. We've got old tracks which need to be baked. You have to go through this process to transfer them to digital, it's a bit of a process and you only get one shot at it. We've certainly got eight tracks we could use there, so we're going to have to do some more to make the numbers up for an album."

Of course, the big problem in trying to get those new tracks recorded is the long running feud between brothers Ray and Dave Davies. " our case it's Ray and Dave that have got to work together, once they've slotted together, we can go ahead. All the while they are not wanting to do what the other wants to do, it goes nowhere."

The group's last original recordings were released on the revised 2-CD edition of To The Bone (1996) while their last performance together was in the same year.


Neil Young's Trunk Show Coming to Select Theaters on March 19

Jonathan Deeme will be releasing the second installment of three Neil Young concert documentaries in eleven cities starting March 19, 2010 for a one-week run. Trunk Show was shot during two Pennsylvania shows during Young's 2007 Chrome Dreams II tour. Partway through the follow-up to the 2006 documentary Heart of Gold, Young launches into “No Hidden Path” and 20 blistering heart-drenching minutes later he ends. The new documentary mixes live and backstage footage and includes new music from the Chrome Dreams II album along with classics like "Cinnamon Girl" and "Cowgirls in the Sand."

Trunk Show is subtitled “scenes from a concert,” specifically from a pair of shows Young performed at the 1927-built Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, as part of his intimate Chrome Dreams II theater tour in 2007. Onstage, he performed a full acoustic set, followed by a full electric one with bandmates Ben Keith, Rick Rosas, Ralph Molina, Anthony “Sweetpea” Crawford and wife Pegi Young.

The following theaters will be showing the film beginning March 19:

•Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge, MA
•Sunshine Cinema, New York, NY
•Ritz Five, Philadelphia, PA
•Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL
•Lagoon Cinema, Minneapolis, MN
•Chez Artiste Theatre, Denver, CO
•Shattuck Cinemas, Berkeley, CA
•Lumiere Theatre, San Francisco, CA
•Embarcadero Center Cinema, San Francisco, CA
•Nuart Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
•Landmark's Varsity Theatre, Seattle, WA


Bloc Party Star's Side Project Announce Debut Album

Pin Me Down, the side-project of Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack, have announced plans to release their debut album. The self-titled effort was recorded by Alex Elena and Daniel Lingren in London and New York throughout 2009. The group Pin Me Down, also features vocalist Milena Mepris, will release a new single 'Treasure Hunter' on limited edition 7” and digital download. Both the album and the single will be available from April 19.

This Date In Music History-March 8


Ralph Ellis - Swinging Blue Jeans (1942)

Andrew Semple - Fortunes(1943)

Keef Hartley - Keef Hartley Band (1944)

Michael Dolenz - Monkees (1945)

Carole Bayer Sager - singer/songwriter. Wrote "Groovy Kind Of Love," hit for The Mindbenders (1946)

Randy Meisner - Poco / Eagles (1946)

Mike Allsup - Three Dog Night (1947)

"Little" Peggy March (1948)

Dave Lambert - Strawbs (1949)

Clive Burr - Iron Maiden (1957)

Gary Numan - Tubeway Army (1958)

Jimmy Dormire - Confederate Railroad (1960)

Cheryl "Salt" James - Salt-N-Pepa (1964)

Peter Gill - Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1964)

Shawn Mullins (1968)

Gareth Coombes - Supergrass (1976)

Tom Chaplin - Keane (1979)

Andy Ross - OK Go (1979)

Bob Moffatt - The Moffatts (1984)

Clint Moffatt - The Moffatts (1984)

David Moffatt - The Moffatts (1984)

Eleanor Jackson - La Roux (1988)

They Are Missed:

Ron Mckernan, keyboard player with The Grateful Dead, died in 1973 (age 27) from liver failure brought on by alcohol poisoning.

Born today in 1948, Mel Galley, guitar, Whitesnake. Died of cancer on July 1, 2008.


In 1961, the Beatles played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool at lunchtime. That night they performed twice: at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool, and at Hambleton Hall, Huyton, Liverpool.

The Beatles make their British national radio debut in 1962, singing "Dream Baby", "Maybelline" and "Please Mr. Postman" on the BBC's "Teenagers' Turn" program.

In 1964, the Dave Clark Five make the first of 18 appearances on CBS-TV's "Ed Sullivan Show."

David Bowie made his TV debut in 1965 with The Manish Boys on a UK program called 'Gadzooks! It's All Happening' when they performed their current single 'I Pity The Fool.'

Bob Dylan recorded "Just Like A Woman" for his Blonde On Blonde album at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee in 1966.

Albert King, Janis Joplin and Tim Buckley appeared at the opening of New York's Filmore East, New York in 1968.

“Proud Mary” was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s first million selling single (1969).

The Small Faces split up in 1969 after singer Steve Marriott announced he was leaving the band. Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones linked up with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart and formed The Faces.

Lulu became the first British female singer to appear behind the Iron curtain, when she toured Poland with The Hollies in 1966.

Diana Ross made her first performance as a solo act when she appeared in Framingham, Massachusetts in 1970.

In 1973, Paul McCartney was fined £100 ($170) for growing cannabis at his farm in Campbeltown, Scotland. McCartney claimed some fans gave the seeds to him and that he didn’t know what they would grow. Umm, OK Sir Paul....

Bad Company kicked off their first UK tour at Newcastle City Hall in 1974. The band was made up by ex members from Free, (Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople, (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson, (Boz Burrell).

Olivia Newton-John went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1975 with "Have You Ever Been Mellow," the singers second US #1.

Whitney Houston went to #1 on the US album chart in 1986 with her self-titled album. It spent a total of 14 weeks at the #1 position.

In 1990, Cher won the worst dressed female, and worst video for 'If I Could Turn Back Time', in The Rolling Stone Magazine's awards, Donny Osmond won the most unwelcome comeback award.

"Beavis and Butthead" premiered on MTV as a series in 1993.

The Wallflowers’ dramatic “One Headlight” topped the Modern Rock chart in 1997.

In 2005, a 9-year-old boy wakes from a coma after hearing Green Day’s "American Idiot." Wales resident Corey George, a Green Day fan, was hit by a car and unconscious for two weeks when his parents played him the disc. "Within an hour he had opened his eyes," says Corey’s father.

Pearl Jam’s "World Wide Suicide," hits #3 on Billboard Radio Monitor's Modern Rock chart in 2006 becoming the group’s highest debut (to date) single. Nine Inch Nail’s "Every Day Is Exactly The Same" and Fall Out Boy’s "Dance, Dance" are #1 and 2 respectively. A week later, Pearl Jam tops the chart.

In 2008, China was set to impose stricter rules on foreign pop stars after Bjork caused controversy by shouting "Tibet, Tibet" at a Shanghai concert after a powerful performance of her song Declare Independence. Talk of Tibetan independence was considered taboo in China, which had ruled the territory since 1951. A spokesperson from the culture ministry said Bjork would be banned from performing in China if there was a repeat performance.

In 2009, late Who drummer Keith Moon was honored with a special plaque at the site of London's Marquee Club, where the group cut its teeth. Surviving Who members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend attend the marker's unveiling, which is sponsored by the U.K.’s Heritage Foundation. "Keith Moon . . . deserves many plaques," Daltrey tells the crowd.