Thursday, April 1, 2010

Casper Bangs Record Contest

Once again, CollectingVinylRecords Blog is working with Sneak Attack Media and we are giving away free 45 rpm records of their recording artist Casper Bangs. So, the first three people that email me at with the words "Casper Bangs" in the subject line will receive their FREE record!

Skylark from Casper Bangs on Vimeo.

"Casper Bangs has been receiving a ton of buzz, and with good reason. He's combined a love of British-influenced indie rock with his knack for perfect pop hooks." -STRANDED IN STEREO

"To be clear, we think DC's Casper Bangs is f'n great."-VINYL DISTRICT

"This song's catchier than an email virus and it'll spread around even quicker. ("The Other Half")." -AUDIOPERV

Casper Bangs is the recording project of DC based vocalist and guitarist Rob Pierangeli. Named after the ex-lover that inspired many of the songs, Casper Bangs is a trip through the joys and downers of loving and being loved.

The Whitespace 7” and s/t EP are a preview of Casper Bangs’ full-length record, I Woke Up. It was written and performed by Pierangeli at his desktop computer in the midst of relational bliss - it's a document of a good thing that ultimately goes bad. The songs contain strong unaffected vocals balanced with harmony, layers of noisy guitars, and reverb.

Live, Pierangeli is joined on stage by Rishi Chakrabarty (guitar), Dennis Mannuel (drums + vocals), Chaim Rubenstein (keyboards + vocals), and Wes Garcia (bass).


Music News & Notes

METALLICA and BLACK SABBATH team up for a 12" Vinyl on Record Store Day

Record Store Day,” has shown, once again, that records are far from crumbling at the feet of the downloading age. In urban pockets like NYC, down to the smallest record stores of Europe, Metallica and Black Sabbath will be gracing the shelves with a one-offer, joint 12-inch vinyl. One year after Metallica inducted Black Sabbath into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, both bands have teamed up for the joint release, which will come out on Record Store Day itself – which occurs every April 17th. The release will be limited to just 1,000 copies. It will feature a lyrically altered version of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” as well as UNKLE’s remix of Metallica’s “Frantic.”


Flaming Lips, Pavement & Fanfarlo Release Exclusive LPs & DVDs For Record Store Day

Flaming Lips and Stardeath and the White Dwarfs will see the first physical release of their album covering Pink Floyd's classic, Dark Side Of The Moon on Record Store Day 2010, to be released by Warner Bros on 12" seafoam green vinyl.

The UK's much-celebrated, David Bowie-championed Fanfarlo will release a 7"-single, "You Are One," and original tune b/w Fleetwood Mac's fantastic,"What Makes You Think You're The One," which the band recorded exclusively for the Record Store Day 7" during a day off in Berlin,

Indie rock trailblazers, Pavement will release a special Record Store Day version of their double album, Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement, a fully re-mastered 23-track compilation featuring tracks spanning their career from 1989 to 1999. This limited edition pressing features the track listing submitted by a contest-winning fan, and chosen by the band.

Sonic Youth make it back again for Record Store Day with vinyl reissues of their classic early albums, Confusion Is Sex, (on 12" white vinyl), EVOL (on 12" pink vinyl), and an Interscope release of Hits Are For Squares, a double-LP featuring 15 tracks selected by other artists with an exclusive new Sonic Youth track, "Slow Revolution


Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cribs, Bloc Party records to be released for Wichita anniversary

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Cribs and Bloc Party are among the bands issuing vinyl releases on Record Store Day (April 17) to mark the 10th anniversary of their record label Wichita.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs will re-release 500 copies of their 2001 self-titled EP on the day. The Cribs will issue their 2005 self-titled debut album on vinyl along with a bonus disc of early demos.

Bloc Party will issue their 2005 debut album 'Silent Alarm' on vinyl, with a seven-inch single, 'Little Thoughts'/'Storm And Stress' coming packaged with it. The latter two albums will be limited to 1,000 copies.

Simian Mobile Disco's 2007 debut LP 'Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release' will also be reissued as will Bright Eyes' 2000 album 'Fevers And Mirrors'. First Aid Kit and Peggy Sue will release a split seven-inch single, 'Josefin'/'I Read It In The Paper'.


Oasis to release singles collection album in June 'Time Flies' is set for release on June 14

Oasis are to release a singles collection named 'Time Flies' on June 1. All of the band's singles released in the UK during their 15-year career – aside from 2000's 'Sunday Morning Call' – are featured on the 26-track compilation. A deluxe version of the compilation, featuring the band's music videos plus footage of their gig at the London Roundhouse on July 21 last year, will also be released.

The tracklisting of 'Time Flies' is:

'Roll With It'
'Live Forever'
'Stop Crying Your Heart Out'
'Cigarettes & Alcohol'
'Don’t Look Back In Anger'
'The Hindu Times'
'Stand By Me'
'Lord Don’t Slow Me Down'
'All Around The World'
'Some Might Say'
'The Importance of Being Idle'
'D’You Know What I Mean?'
'Let There Be Love'
'Go Let It Out'
'Who Feels Love?'
'Little By Little'
'The Shock Of The Lightning'
'She Is Love'
'I’m Outta Time'
'Falling Down'


The Cure to issue remastered 'Disintegration' album with unreleased songs 3CD set to be released on May 24

The Cure are set to release a remastered 3CD version of their 1989 album 'Disintegration' on May 24. The release will include previously-unreleased songs, demos and outtakes, plus a live version of the album as well as the remastered original disc.

The package was compiled by frontman Robert Smith, with the singer adding notes to a 20-page booklet that will be included in the release.


The Jayhawks Release 1986 Debut Album on CD & Vinyl

For the first time on CD, the self-titled debut album from the highly-acclaimed, alt-country pioneers The Jayhawks will be released on May 18th by Lost Highway. The Jayhawks (often referred to by fans as The Bunkhouse album) was originally released in 1986 on Bunkhouse Records, with a pressing of only 2000 vinyl copies. Fans not fortunate enough to own a copy of The Jayhawks will be happy to know that it will finally be available on CD, and again on vinyl for the first time in nearly 25 years.

The Jayhawks reissue will include an eight-page booklet with new photos from the recording period and a new essay by Jayhawks co-founder Mark Olson about album producer and then band manager Charlie Pine. The tracks are the original thirteen songs that appeared on the album, including “Falling Star”, which recently resurfaced on Music From The North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology (American Recordings/Legacy Recordings) in 2009.

The 1986 incarnation of The Jayhawks featured Mark Olson (vocals/guitar), Gary Louris (lead guitar/vocals), Marc Perlman (bass) and Norm Rogers (drums). After listening to The Jayhawks, it is clear why the band became a catalyst in the evolution of what would eventually be coined alt-country. The album has more in common with Gram Parsons and The Flying Burrito Brothers than it does with later Jayhawks classics Tomorrow The Green Grass and Hollywood Town Hall.


WHITECHAPEL: New Album Title, Artwork, Release Date Revealed

Knoxville, Tennessee death metallers WHITECHAPEL have set "A New Era Of Corruption" as the title of their third album, due on June 8 via Metal Blade Records. A song from the CD will make its online debut on April 12, "A New Era Of Corruption" was recorded at Audiohammer studios in Sanford, Florida with acclaimed producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, CHIMAIRA, DEVILDRIVER).

"The album is finally 100% complete and we couldn't be more excited. I think this record truly represents where we are as musicians at this point in our career," comments guitarist and founding member Alex Wade. "A New Era of Corruption' is the heaviest and most aggressive material we have written to date."


DANZIG: New Album Artwork, Release Date Revealed

The charismatic and complex singer/songwriter Glenn Danzig is set to unleash his first new DANZIG studio album in six years. "Deth Red Sabaoth", produced by Glenn and recorded in Los Angeles over the course of 2009, will be released on June 22, 2010 (Evilive/The End Records). The 11-track collection, penned by Danzig, is laced with Glenn's lycanthropic growls and blues-infected wailing. Tracks including "Black Candy", "The Revengeful" and "On A Wicked Night" emit a spectral glow to rival the highest points in Danzig's colossal discography. Part I of the exquisite two-part "Pyre of Souls" opens with acoustic guitar, haunting piano, Glenn's plainsong vocal, and an almost dirge-like feel; Part II explodes with electric guitars and a driving, mesmerizing cadence.

DANZIG — Glenn, guitarist Tommy Victor, drummer Johnny Kelly and bassist Steve Zing (also an original member of SAMHAIN with Glenn) — plan to tour extensively to support "Deth Red Sabaoth"; dates will be announced shortly.


DEW-SCENTED: New Album Artwork Unveiled

German thrashers DEW-SCENTED have unveiled the cover artwork for their new album, "Invocation", due on May 24 in Europe via Metal Blade Records and May 25 2010 in North America through Prosthetic Records. The artwork was created by Björn Goosses of Killustrations and can be viewed below. Commented vocalist Leif Jensen: "We were lucky to work with Björn again and he did an amazing job on this one, nailing down an apocalyptic artwork that fits perfectly to our style as well as the concept/vibe of 'Invocation'. Total thrash!


Art exhibit features vinyl records

This Date In Music History-April 1


Debbie Reynolds (Mary Frances Reynolds) (1932)

James Edward Brown - The Browns (1934)

Blues singer Eddie King (1938)

Rudolph Isley - Isley Brothers (1939)

Phil Margo - Tokens (1942)

John Barbata - Turtles (1945)

Robin Scott - M (1947)

Jamaican singer Jimmy Cliff (1948)

Simon Cowe - Lindisfarne (1948)

Jazz musician Gil Scott-Heron (1949)

Billy Currie - Ultravox (1952)

Mark White - ABC (1961)

Susan Boyle - Scottish singer, debut 2009 album 'I Dreamed a Dream' was the biggest selling album in the world in 2009 (1961)

Leslie Langston - Throwing Muses (1964)

Peter O'Toole - Hothouse Flowers (1965)

Clifford Smith, (Method Man) - Wu-Tang Clan (1971)

Hillary Scott - Lady Antebellum (1984)

They Are Missed:

In 1984, Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father at his parent's home in Los Angeles, California. The argument started after his parents squabbled over misplaced business documents, Gaye attempted to intervene, and was killed by his father using a gun he had given him four months before. Marvin Sr. was sentenced to six years of probation after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Charges of first-degree murder were dropped after doctors discovered Marvin Sr. had a brain tumor.

Born on this day in 1954, Jeff Porcaro, drums, Toto. Porcaro died on August 5, 1992.

Born today in 1942, Alan Blakley, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. He died of cancer 1st June 1996.

Born on this day in 1946, Ronnie Lane, bass player and vocalist with Small Faces. He died on June 4th 1997, (age 51), after a 20 year battle with multiple sclerosis.

Born today in 1946, Arthur Conley, US soul singer. He died of cancer on November 17, 2003.

Paul Atkinson guitarist with The Zombies died in 2004 (age 58) due to liver and kidney disease. He later became an artists and repertoire executive, working for Columbia and RCA discovering and signing such bands as ABBA, Bruce Hornsby, Mr. Mister, Judas Priest, and Michael Penn.


George Martin became the head of A&R for EMI's Parlophone label in 1955.

Elvis Presley released his fourth single in 1955, “Baby, Let’s Play House” backed with “I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone.”

Elvis Presley was given a screen test at Paramount Studios in Hollywood in 1956, acting the role of Jimmy Curry in a scene from 'The Rainmaker.'

After being rejected by no less than 30 labels, the Everly Brothers’ “Bye Bye Love” was released on Cadence Records in 1957. It hit #2 on the pop charts and topped the Country & Western charts.

In 1961, the Beatles began a three-month residency at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg, playing 92 straight nights. The group played for seven hours a night on weekdays and eight hours at weekends with a fifteen-minute break every hour. It was during this visit that Astrid Kirchherr cut Stuart Sutcliffe's hair into the style destined to become known as the "Beatle haircut" which The Beatles later adopted themselves.

Pye Records released David Bowie's first solo single in 1966, "Do Anything You Say." Bowie had previously recorded as David Jones and The Lower Third.

The Troggs recorded "Wild Thing" at Regent Sound Studio in London in 1966. The song went on to be a #1 US and #2 UK hit in June the following year.

In 1969, the Beach Boys announced that they were suing their record company for over $2 million in royalties. They also announced that they were starting a new record label called Brothers Records.

The "Woodstock" movie premiered in Hollywood in 1970.

Also in 1970, 50 musicians recorded the orchestral scores for The Beatles tracks "The Long And Winding Road" and "Across The Universe" for the Phil Spector produced sessions. The bill for the 50 musicians was $1.914.

In 1970, Ringo went into the studio to lay down the final drum tracks for the 'Let It Be' album. In the studio only with producer Phil Spector, he is the last Beatle to record anything for the group (until he, Paul and George work on 'The Beatles Anthology').

“Stairway To Heaven” was played on the radio for the first time in 1971. The Led Zeppelin song was part of a London concert recording that is played on the BBC’s John Peel Rock Hour. Over the ensuing decades, “Stairway To Heaven” becomes the most played song on the radio.

Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" was released in 1976.

The Who released the album "The Kids Are Alright" in 1979.

In 1985, David Lee Roth quit Van Halen shortly after releasing his version of The Beach Boys' "California Girls" (which featured Carl Wilson on background vocals). He was replaced by Sammy Hagar later in the year.

The "We Are the World" album was released in 1985.

The Bangles went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1989 with "Eternal Flame," also a #1 in the UK and the biggest selling single of 1989 in Australia.

Willie Nelson's tour bus crashed into a car in Riverdale, Canada in 1990, killing the car driver.

Nirvana’s classic single, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," goes platinum (one million sales) in 1992. Also, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” was their first certified platinum album.

Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) walked away (actually jumps a six foot wall) from a rehab center in Marina del Rey and returns to Seattle in 1994. He killed himself four days later.

Santana started a nine week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 2000 with "Maria Maria."

Paul McCartney’s 'Driving USA Tour' started in Oakland in 2002. While promoting his “Driving Rain” album, McCartney also performed Wings and Beatles classics. It’s the highest grossing tour of the year taking in more than $100 million.

Crazytown went back to #1 on the US singles chart in 2001 for two weeks with "Butterfly."

Indie rock band Modest Mouse were at #1 on the US album chart in 2007 with ‘We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.' The album featured former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr who joined the band in May 2006.

“Pretty Odd,” Panic At The Disco’s sophomore effort was released in 2008. The set featured the single, “Nine In The Afternoon.”

The last televised interview granted by John Lennon was released on DVD in 2008. The two-disc set, titled The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder: John, Paul, Tom and Ringo, features a '75 Lennon interview plus Snyder’s chats with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney and videos by Starr and (McCartney’s) Wings.

The Imagine A Better World collection, a line of ecologically friendly plush toys based on sketches John Lennon made for his son Sean, were made available in 2009. The collection includes stuffed elephants, rhinoceroses and giraffes made from organic terry cloth, natural corn fibers and other "green" fabrics.