Sunday, April 11, 2010

Vacation Time!

I will be off line for the next week or so and hope that you come back to the blog and keep reading about music and vinyl records. We are relocating again and hopefuly I can be back at it by next Saturday. Have a safe and happy week!

Music News & Notes

Dokken to release new greatest hits album

Dokken has announced a new release package, “Greatest Hits 2.” It will contain all new versions of many classics and two new tracks, “Almost Over” and “Magic Man,”and two newly recorded covers. Those covers are “Bus Stop,” originally recorded by the Hollies and “Lies,” first done by The Knickerbockers. King Records will release the album in Japan on April 21st and be available to the US on Cleopatra's Deadline Records.

Dokken live on June 21, 2008 in West Fargo, ND. Photo by Matt Becker"Greatest Hits 2" track listing:

01. Just Got Lucky
02. Breaking The Chains
03. Into The Fire
04. The Hunter
05. In My Dreams
06. It's Not Love
07. Alone Again
08. Dream Warrior
09. Unchain The Night
10. Tooth And Nail
11. Almost Over (new song)
12. Magic Man (new song)
13. Bus Stop (the HOLLIES cover)

Tour footage of Dokken recently performing the song “Dream Warriors” on March 27, 2010 at GB Leighton's Pickle Park in Fridley, Minnesota can be viewed below.


Misfits Records To Release New Music From JuiceheaD On April 13, 2010

As if Record Store Day ( couldn't get any bigger, it does! Misfits Records is proud to announce two new tracks from the Chicago power-punk trio JuiceheaD will be available as a Limited Edition 7-inch colored vinyl for Record Store Day! The two brand new tracks come from JuiceheaD's forthcoming studio album, How to Sail A Sinking Ship. The vinyl's first pressing will be a Record Store Day exclusive!

There will be a pressing of 500, Limited Edition pieces worldwide that will feature an amazing color mix of gold and oil spill inflected deep ruby swirled vinyl to match the foreboding stormy skyline in the sleeve art.

The label is issuing a warning, if you want the record, snatch it while you can because of the limited amount pressed. The 7-inch single comes with a FREE Digital Download card redeemable anywhere for MP3s of both new songs: 'Rotting from the Inside' (Side A) and 'Death of Democracy' (Side B).

The tracks and forthcoming LP How To Sail A Sinking Ship were produced by longtime Misfits & Ramones collaborator John Cafiero. The producer and Osaka Popstar frontman also guests on backing vocals for the track "Rotting From The Inside."

The 7-inch sleeve features an illustration by artist Joe King (Crooks N Castles, Billabong, and Obey Giant). Iconic artist Shepard Fairey personally recommended King for the project to Cafiero.

JuiceheaD have also lined up a special in-store FREE live performance and record signing in their hometown of Chicago for Record Store Day weekend!


EMPIRES OF EDEN: 'Reborn In Fire' Artwork Unveiled

The cover artwork for "Reborn in Fire" — the upcoming album from EMPIRES OF EDEN, the brainchild of PAINDIVISION/ex-DUNGEON guitarist Stu Marshall — can be viewed below. The artwork was created by U.S.-based artist Alex Ruiz.

Due in early June via 7Hard Records, "Reborn in Fire" will feature "some of the world's most respected heavy metal voices," including American vocalist Mike Vescera (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, LOUDNESS, OBSESSION). It "delivers an epic and aggressive power metal assault in the style of AVANTASIA and the collaborative genius of AYREON," according to a press release.


MASTODON Schedules Raleigh In-Store Appearance

Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON will appear inside Schoolkids Records in Raleigh, North Carolina at 4 p.m. on "Record Store Day" (April 17) to celebrate the vinyl release of their "Blood Mountain" album.

The vinyl reissue of "Blood Mountain" will be available in both standard and deluxe editions. The deluxe edition of "Blood Mountain" will be pressed on double 45 RPM discs on super-heavy 180-gram vinyl housed in a grand gatefold sleeve that will feature new custom art from Paul Romano.


R.E.M. fans have the chance to pick up a vinyl copy of their debut EP, Chronic Town, at some participating stores during next Saturday's Record Store Day. The copies will be pressed in blue vinyl.

This Date In Music History-April 11


Chris Difford - Squeeze (1954)

Neville Staples - Specials (1956)

Nigel Pulsford - Bush (1965)

UK singer Lisa Stansfield (1966)

Dylan Keefe - Marcy Playground (1970)

Oliver "Ollie" Riedel - Rammstein (1971)

Tom Thacker - Sum 41 (1978)

Joss Stone (1987)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1958, Stuart Adamson, guitarist and vocalist with Skids and Big Country, who had a 1983 UK #10 single with "Fields Of Fire" plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles. Adamson died on December 16, 2001.

June Pointer of the Pointer Sisters ("Yes We Can Can") died of cancer in 2006.


The SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America) was founded in 1936.

James Brown debuts on the R&B charts in 1956 with "Please, Please, Please."

Travelling from Amarillo to Nashville in 1956, the plane that Elvis Presley was flying on developed engine trouble and was forced to make an emergency landing. The incident created a fear of flying for Presley.

In 1961, Bob Dylan played his first live gig in New York City at Gerde's Folk City, opening for John Lee Hooker.

The Beatles set a new chart record in 1964 when they had 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. The songs ranged from "Can't Buy Me Love" at #1 to "Love Me Do" at #81.

In a rare joint appearance both The Beatles and Rolling Stones performed at the New Musical Express concert in 1965. The show features the magazine’s poll winners. Also on the bill are the Animals and Kinks, along with numerous pop acts.

Frank Sinatra recorded "Strangers In The Night" in 1966.

Big Brother & the Holding Company make their national TV debut on ABC's "Hollywood Palace" in 1968.

Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac while on tour in Germany in 1970, to avoid breach of contract he agreed to finish the current tour.

The Beatles started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1970 with "Let It Be." It became the group's 19th US #1 in 6 years.

In 1973, the Beach Boys appeared at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia. The Beach Boys were at a very low ebb in popularity in America and this show proved a financial disaster for the promoter, with less than 3,000 tickets sold for the 16,000 capacity venue. Opening act was Mothers Finest and middle of the bill was Bruce Springsteen who played a 60-minute set.

In 1977, Alice Cooper played to an audience of 40,000 in Sydney, Australia, the largest crowd to attend a rock concert in the country's history. After the show Cooper was placed under house arrest at his hotel until he posted a bond for $59,632. That amount was the sum that a promoter claimed to have paid Cooper for a 1975 Australia tour he never made. The two settled when it was found that the promoter did not fulfill his part of the agreement either.

In 1981, Eddie Van Halen married actress Valerie Bertinelli, co-star of the 1980's television hit, One Day at a Time. The two had met eight months earlier when Bertinelli's brother took her to a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Hall and Oates started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1981 with "Kiss On My List," the duo's second US #1 hit.

Cliff Richard starred in the Dave Clark-produced stage musical, "Time" in 1986 (also featuring Dione Warwick, Leo Sayer and Queen's Freddie Mercury).

Cher won an Academy Award in 1988 for best actress for her work in 'Moonstruck.'

Elton John sang at the funeral of AIDS victim Ryan White in 1990.

Oasis released their first single "Supersonic" in 1994.

Nirvana's album 'In Utero' was certified double-platinum in 1994.

Peter, Paul and Mary released their 17th album, 'LifeLines' in 1995.

Paul McCartney gave a twenty-minute concert from the roof of a building he owns in London in 1997.

In 2006, 10,000 Elton John related items, including clothing and accessories, went on sale to benefit Elton John AIDS Foundation. The event, dubbed Elton's Closet, was held in New York's Rockefeller Center.

The Doors' spin-off group, Riders On The Storm, with original members keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger, launched a European tour in Dublin in 2006.