Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Music News & Notes

Darkthrone launch new album website

Norway’s prominent black metal duo, Darkthrone, have launched a mini-website for their upcoming album “Circle the Wagons” which contains exclusive audio samples, album info, photo galleries and album bundles. Fans of the band can preorder both the vinyl and CD editions of “Circle the Wagons” via the new mini-website and those who sign up to the band’s mailing list will receive a free song download from the new album.

The mini-website can be viewed here http://www.peaceville.com/darkthrone/circlethewagons/


MORBID ANGEL's 'Formulas Fatal To The Flesh' Available On Vinyl For First Time

"Formulas Fatal To The Flesh", the 1998 album from death metal veterans MORBID ANGEL, is out now on vinyl for the first time ever. The third release in Earache's "First Time on Vinyl" campaign, "Formulas Fatal To The Flesh" marked a new era for MORBID ANGEL upon its original release, being the band's first album with new vocalist and bassist Steve Tucker. While "Formulas Fatal To The Flesh" featured the traditional, blasting death metal for which MORBID ANGEL became known, the album also included more experimental instrumental pieces, showcasing a new diversity and ambition from the band.

"Formulas Fatal To The Flesh" is available now on limited-edition double gatefold vinyl LP in the following colors:

* Lava vinyl - 100 copies (sold out)
* Red vinyl - 200 copies
* Clear vinyl - 300 copies
* Black vinyl - 1,400


CODE: 'Resplendent Grotesque' To Receive Vinyl Release

"Resplendent Grotesque", the second album from CODE — the British/Norwegian black metal project featuring bassist/backing vocalist Viper (a.k.a. Vicotnik from DHG), guitarist/songwriter Aort and vocalist Kvohst (DØDHEIMSGARD) — will finally see its long-overdue release on the hallowed vinyl format. It will be available in a few short weeks and feature "suitably glorious packaging," according to the band. More information will be made available soon.

"Resplendent Grotesque" was released on June 1, 2009. According to the band, the follow-up to 2005's "Nouveau Gloaming" contains "songs of necrospiritual dust and desertion, crafted by bony hands in blackbird gloves." Aort previously stated about the CD, "Adrian completely devastated the drums for this recording and Vicotnik has managed to really outdo himself with his most inspired bass work yet. I think we have all raised the bar with this recording and we are itching to get these morbid hymns out to you."


THE CROWN's 'Hell Is Here' Released On Limited-Edition Dark Flames Splatter Vinyl

Night Of The Vinyl Dead has released THE CROWN's 1999 album, "Hell Is Here", on limited-edition dark flames splatter vinyl. Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies


Jackson estate agrees record deal

With Sony having sold 31 million Jackson albums since his death last June the estate of Michael Jackson has agreed the biggest recording deal in history, worth more than $200m (£133m), with Sony Music, US reports say. The deal looks set to cover a 10 album releases over seven years with previously unreleased material.

With the contract with Sony worth up to $250m if certain conditions are met, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing sources close to the deal. An official announcement is expected later.


Katatonia Release New EP

Swedish master of melancholy, Katatonia, has unleashed 'The Longest Year', a new four track EP, available today through the Peaceville Records store. http://www.burningshed.com/store/peaceville/collection/241/

Alongside the new single, "The Longest Year", taken from 2009's, Night is the New Day, this new EP also features the previously unreleased track, "Sold Heart", a remix of "Day and Then the Shade", and an alternative version of "Idle Blood", plus the videos for both "The Longest Year", directed by Charlie Granberg (Bloodbath, My Dying Bride), and "Day and Then the Shade", directed by Lasse Hoile (Porcupine Tree, Opeth).

Both the vinyl and special editions of the album are available through the Peaceville webstore, along with all the albums from the band's back catalogue, including limited vinyl editions of the classic albums.

This Date In Music History-March 16


Jerry Jeff Walker - wrote "Mr Bojangles," a hit for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1942)

Michael Bruce - Alice Cooper Band (1948)

Ray Benson - Asleep at the Wheel (1951)

Nancy Wilson - Heart (1954)

Flavor Flav - Public Enemy (1959)

Jimmy DeGrasso - Megadeth (1963)

Patty Griffin (1964)

Andrew Dunlop - Travis (1972)

They Are Missed:

In 1970, Motown singer Tammi Terrell died of a brain tumour at the age of 24. She had collapsed onstage on October 14, 1967 into Marvin Gaye's arms during a concert in Hampton, Virginia. Initially Terrell recorded solo, but from 1967 onwards she recorded a series of duets with Marvin Gaye, including the 1967 US #5 "Your Precious Love" and the 1968, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing." Marvin Gaye reacted to her death by taking a four year hiatus from concert performance and went into self-isolation.

Johnny Cymbal (he sang "Mr. Bass Man" and was known as Derek when he later recorded "Cinnamon") died of a heart attack in 1993.

Tupper Saucy (recorded as the Neon Philharmonic-- "Morning Girl") died of a heart attack in 2007.


In 1959, the doo-wop group The Platters scored their only UK #1 hit with "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (also a US #1 hit).

"Puff The Magic Dragon" was released by Peter, Paul and Mary in 1963.

Rock ‘n’ Roll’s pioneer promoter (and the man who coined the term) Alan Freed gets nailed for tax evasion in 1964.

In 1964, the Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the US with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single "Can't Buy Me Love."

The Rolling Stones were at #1 on the UK singles chart in 1965 with "The Last Time," the bands third UK #1 and first #1 for song writers Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

The Beatles continued filming in Austria in 1965 for their second movie, 'Help!' They completed the "ski lift" segment of the film.

The posthumously released Otis Redding single "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay," started a five week run at #1 on the US chart in 1968. Redding was killed in a plane crash on December 10, 1967, three days after recording the song.

Some of the winners at the 1971 Grammy Awards included, Simon and Garfunkel who won Record of the year, Song of the year and Album of the year for "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The Carpenters won Best new act and Best vocal performance.

In 1972, John Lennon lodged an appeal with the US immigration office in New York, after he was served with deportation orders arising from his 1968 cannabis possession conviction.

Barbra Streisand started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1974 with 'The Way We Were', the singers second US #1.

During a US tour in 1974, Elvis Presley played the first of four nights at the Midsouth Coliseum in Memphis Tennessee. This was the first time Elvis had played in Memphis since 1961.

After being with the label for just six days in 1977, the Sex Pistols were fired from A&M due to pressure from other label artists and its Los Angeles head office. 25,000 copies of "God Save The Queen" were pressed and the band made more than $127,500 from the deal.

In 1979, Twisted Sister became the first band to sell out New York City's Palladium without ever releasing a record. The band did not sign a record deal until 3 years later.

In 1989, MTV America launched a contest to give away Jon Bon Jovi's childhood home.

In 1991, seven members of Country singer Reba McEntire's band and her road manager were among 10 people who were killed when their private jet crashed in California just north of the Mexican border. McEntire, who had given a private concert in San Diego for IBM employees the night before, was not on the plane.

During a Metallica gig at Orlando Arena in 1992, fans dangled an usher by his ankles from the balcony as trouble broke out at the concert. The band was charged $38,000 for repairs and cleaning after the audience trashed the building.

The Ramones performed what they claimed would be their last ever date in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1996.

The album "Great Zeppelin: A Tribute To Led Zeppelin" was released by Great White in 1999.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) presented the first Diamond Awards in 1999. The awards are given in recognition of albums and singles that have sold 10 million copies or more. Groups who have already hit the mark are AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Boston, Journey, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Van Halen and ZZ Top.

In 2000, the record industry acknowledged that a pair of Dave Matthews Band albums are multi-platinum: “Crash” at seven million copies sold while “Under The Table Dreaming” sits at six million.

Godsmack's all-acoustic “The Other Side” EP finally rolled out in 2004. The set was originally slated for release the previous fall but with the “Faceless” CD still selling strong it was postponed.

In 2010, the White Stripes documentary 'Under Great White Northern Lights' is available on DVD, CD and vinyl as part of the limited edition box set. The Emmett Malloy-directed film chronicles the band’s ’07 Canadian tour. And the 16 track CD includes "Seven Nation Army," “Fell In Love With A Girl,” "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself" and "Ball And Biscuit.”