Monday, May 10, 2010

New Music Releases - May 11, 2010

4Troops - 4Troops
30db - One Man Show
65daysofstatic - We Were Exploding Anyway
Adam Green - Musik for a Play (vinyl)
Am Abomination - To Our Forefathers
Amps - Pacer (vinyl reissue)
As I Lay Dying - The Powerless Rise
Biffy Clyro - Bubbles
Boards of Canada - Hi Scores
Capitol Steps - Liberal Shop of Horrors
Carine Bonnefoy - Tribal
Charice - Charice
CocoRosie - Grey Oceans (vinyl)
Crash Test Dummies - Oooh La La!
Dan Deacon - Woof Woof (vinyl)
Dead Weather - Sea Of Cowards
Delorean - Subiza
Detroit Cobras - Love Life & Leaving (vinyl)
Detroit Cobras - Mink Rat Or Rabbit (vinyl)
Elizabeth Cook - Welder
Everest - On Approach
Fela Kuti - Alagbon Close / Why Black Man Dey Suffer (reissue)
Fela Kuti - Excuse-O & Monkey Banana (reissue)
Fela Kuti - He Miss Road / Expensive Shit (reissue)
Fela Kuti - Kalakuta Show / Ikoyi Blindness (reissue)
Fela Kuti - Noise For Vendor Mouth / Everything Scatter (reissue)
Fela Kuti - Unnecessary Begging & Johnny Just Drop (reissue)
Fela Kuti - Yellow Fever / Na Poi (reissue)
Foals - Total Life Forever (vinyl)
Gayngs - Relayted (vinyl)
Harper Blynn - Loneliest Generation
Haunted George - American Crow (vinyl)
Holy F*** - The Latin
Hoodoo Gurus - Purity of Essence
Hosannas - Then & Now & Then
Household Names - Stories, No Names
Indian Jewelry - Totaled
Jackson Browne & David Lindley - Love Is Strange
Japandroids - No Singles (2-LP vinyl with digital download)
Jennifer Knapp - Letting Go
Jim Lauderdale - Patchwork River
John5 - The Art of Malice
Judas Priest - British Steel: 30th Anniversary Edition (remastered with bonus tracks)
Just Surrender - Phoenix
Kaskade - Dynasty
Keane - Night Train
Kris Kristofferson - Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends: The Publishing Demos 1968-72 (vinyl)
Lali Puna - Remember (vinyl)
Little Fish - Baffled and Beat
Male Bonding - Nothing Hurts (vinyl)
Manatee - Indecision
Marching Band - Pop Cycle
Marco Benevento - Between the Needles and Nightfall
matt pond PA - Starting (vinyl)
Meat Loaf - Hang Loose Teddy Bear
Michael Giacchino - Lost: Season 5 (soundtrack)
Mike Rep and the Quotas - Stupor Hiatus (vinyl)
Miss Tila - Welcome to the Darkside
Morning Pages - Rising Rain
Otis Taylor - Clovis People, Vol. 3
Pantha du Prince - Diamond Daze
Paul McCartney - Good Evening New York City (2-CD & 2-DVD edition)
Peter Wolf - Midnight Souvenirs (vinyl)
Phish - Phish - 11/19/1992 (Vermont 1992)
Phosphorescent - Here's To Taking It Easy
Portugal. The Man - American Ghetto
Princeton - Shout It Out (vinyl)
Puffy Areolas - In The Army 1981 (vinyl)
Rachel Grimes - Book of Leaves (vinyl)
Real Estate - Reality EP (vinyl)
Rob Morsberger - The Chronicle of a Literal Man
Sage Francis - Li(F)E
Salteens - Moths
Sam Quinn - The Fake That Sunk 1,000 Ships
Sleigh Bells -Treats
Stephen Egerton - The Seven Degrees Of Stephen Egerton
Stereophonics - Keep Calm And Carry On
Sun Ra - Live at The Paradox
Taproot - Plead the Fifth
The Expendables - Prove It
The Frail - Firefly
The La's - Callin' All (4-CD box set)
The National - High Violet (vinyl)
Thee Oh Sees - Warm Slime (vinyl)
Train - Hey Soul Sister
Trembling Bells - Abandoned Love (vinyl)
UNKLE - Where Did the Night Fall
Various Artists - American Idol - Season 9
Various Artists - Kitsune Maison 9 (vinyl)
Various Artists - Michael Jackson Karaoke
Various Artists - Next Stop Soweto 2 (vinyl)
Villagers - Becoming a Jackal (vinyl)
Wax Fang - La La Land (vinyl)
We Are The Fallen [Ben Moody & Carly Smithson] - Tear The World Down
We Are the Fallen - Tear the World Down
We Have Band - WHB
Woods - At Echo Lake
Zs - New Slaves

Music News & Notes

Official Cover Art of 'Eclipse' Soundtrack by Muse

An official artwork featuring an eclipse has been unveiled as the cover art of Muse's upcoming single "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)". The song is recorded for movie "The Twilight Saga's Eclipse" and will make its debut on May 17.

Muse previously contributed to soundtrack compilation of the first installment of "Twilight" movie series, having their song "Supermassive Black Hole" listed on the album. Also, they landed their track "I Belong To You (New Moon Remix)" in the theme song compilation of "The Twilight Saga's New Moon".

This year, soundtrack album of "Eclipse" will be released across the United States on June 8 and has been made available for pre-order on Amazon. A very short preview of the forthcoming lead single performed by the British band has hit the web for a teaser.


Bret Michaels Will Perform With Poison Next Year, Releasing New Solo Song

It's being reported that Bret Michaels intends to overcome his recent health scare to perform a set of Poison 25th anniversary concerts next year, according to the band's drummer Rikki Rockett. The singer checked out of hospital in Arizona earlier this week to recover from surgery at home, following a near-fatal brain haemorrhage.

Michaels is now starting to overcome the scare - and he's working towards making a full recovery in time for the band's 25th year in 2011 so he can perform onstage with his bandmates. Rockett tells U.S. talk show host Larry King, "We have every intention of doing it. Bret and I, as a matter of fact, talked about it this morning when we were on the phone. And we have every intention of doing a 25th anniversary next summer and - you know, I really strongly believe he's going to make it, and that's what we're going to be doing next year. We're going to keep on working."

Miley's Cover Art Unleashed

The official cover art of Miley Cyrus’ new album ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ has just been released. The cover art shows the 17-year-old pop icon in an unbuttoned black leather jacket, with her toned abs exposed, and matching black tight pants.

The album is set to be officially released in the United States on June 22 with the title single already released. Prior to the release, She is set to perform live at the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on June 18 for “Good Morning America” summer concert series.


Katy Perry’s Latest Single ‘California Gurls’ Comes Out

Katy Perry’s brand new single called “California Gurls” has been released.  The new song features up-beat tempo which urges music fans to go dancing on the floor.

The cover art has also been launched as well. Katy was wearing a blue-wig while she sits under an umbrella in a beach.

It was agreed that the track will be included in Katy’s upcoming third studio album which is still waiting to be titled. Snoop Dogg will be featured. It was recorded as an answer to Jay-Z’s New York anthem “Empire State of Mind” which features Alicia Keys.

“It’s so great that ‘Empire State of Mind’ is huge and that everyone has the New York song, but what the f**k? What about LA? What about California?” she told Rolling Stone. “It’s been a minute since we had a California song and especially from a girl’s perspective. We took the references of Prince, which is always a great reference, and some of the ’90s, almost house music references.”

The song, which can be seen and heard on Katy Perry’s official site, will be performed at the MuchMusic Video Awards which will also guest Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. The album is expected to be released later this year.


Keith Richards Hints At Special Rolling Stones Gigs...Guitarist talks about their live plans...

Keith Richards has hinted that the Rolling Stones may stage a series of one-off gigs which see them play some of their most famous albums in full.  The guitarist told XFM that the idea had been suggested within the group, but that any plans had yet to be finalised.

“I have heard a rumour being passed around, but it's in the rumour area," Richards said.

“I have heard the idea being mentioned in passing. Where there's smoke, there's fire, you know?

He added: “That idea has occurred a few years back, where tonight you do 'Let It Bleed'… it’s an idea that’s been around, but we haven't taken it by the horns yet.”

The Rolling Stones last tour, A Bigger Bang, ended in 2007.

Richards’ comments coincide with the re-release of the band’s 1972 album 'Exile On Main Street'


R.I.P. Frank Frazetta

Pioneering fantasy artist Frank Frazetta died Monday in a Fort Myers, Fla., hospital, a manager said. He was 82.

"He's going to be remembered as the most renowned fantasy illustrator of the 20th Century," said his manager Rob Pistella.

Frazetta created covers and illustrations for more than 150 books and comic books, along with album covers, movie posters and original paintings. His illustrations of Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan, Vampirella and other characters influenced many later artists.

Frazetta rose to fame after a series of acclaimed comic book covers for Buck Rogers in the 1950s. From there he turned down a recruitment offer from the New York Giants to continue his highly profitable line of work drawing movie posters, starting with What's New, Pussycat?. Eventually he moved on to the adventure-novel covers for which he is most famous, including the Conan series begun by Texan Robert E. Howard.

​But Frazetta also left a mark on the world of music, and musicians have sought out his paintings since the 70s for use as album covers. The most famout of these was Molly Hatchet, who used three covers and made Frazetta's "Death Dealer" the most famous fantasy painting of all time when it graced their 1978 self-titled album. The 1970s also saw Frazetta's work grace albums by Nazareth and Dust.  His innovational artwork will be missed by all.

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 05/08/2010

1. 78 - Mississippi John Hurt "Avalon Blues" / "Ain't No Tellin'" Okeh - $4,740.00

2. LP - The Beatles "Sgt Pepper" Stereo UK 1st Pressing Complete - $2,797.38

3. LP - Andre Cluytens "Ravel Complete Orchestral Works" Columbia UK Box Set - $2,789.96

4. 45 - Conner Cagle "Always Let Your Good Side Show" Sunshine - $2,500.00

5. 45 - The Cairos "Stop Overlooking Me" / "Don't Fight It" Shrine - $2,247.00

More on this week's top 5 on Vinyl Record Talk, Tuesday 8:00PM Eastern / 5:00PM Pacific on Radio Dentata.

This Date In Music History-May 10


Jackie Lomax - UK singer, first act to be signed to The Beatles Apple Records. George Harrison wrote his single "Sour Milk Sea" (1944)

Donovan (1946)

Graham Gouldman - UK singer, songwriter, guitarist, High Spots, The Crevattes, 10CC, Wrote hits for Herman's Hermits, The Hollies & The Yardbirds (1946)

Dave Mason - Traffic/Solo, worked with Eric Clapton, Delaney and Bonnie, George Harrison (1947)

Jay Ferguson, Spirit/Jo Jo Gunne (1947)

Paul Hewson, (Bono) - U2 (1960)

Young MC, (Marvin Young) - (1967)

They Are Missed:

The late Danny Rapp of Danny & the Juniors ("Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay") was born in 1941.

The late Larry Williams ("Bony Maronie") was born in 1935.

Born on this day in 1957, John Ritchie (Sid Vicious), bass, vocals, Sex Pistols. Vicious died of a heroin overdose on February 2, 1979.

Born today in 1935, Larry Williams, US singer, The Beatles and The Jam covered his songs. Williams died from gunshot wounds on January 2, 1980 (age 45).

Singer, songwriter poet, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books Shel Silverstein died of a heart attack in 1999 (age 57). Wrote, "A Boy Named Sue" for Johnny Cash (which Silverstein won a Grammy for in 1970) and many songs for Dr Hook including "Sylvia's Mother" and "The Cover of the Rolling Stone."


In 1960, The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) auditioned for promoter Larry Parnes and singer Billy Fury for a job as Fury's backing group. Parnes was also looking for backing group's for his lesser-known acts, and The Silver Beetles were selected as backing group for singer Johnny Gentle's upcoming tour of Scotland. The group had changed its name from 'The Beatals' to 'The Silver Beetles' after Brian Casser (of Cass and the Cassanovas) remarked that the name 'Beatals' was "ridiculous". He suggested they use the name 'Long John and the Silver Beetles', but John Lennon refused to be referred to as 'Long John'.

Dusty Springfield made her US television debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964.

The Rolling Stones conducted their first “official” recording session at London’s Olympic Studios in 1963 with manager Andrew Loog Oldham producing. They record their version of Chuck Berry’s “Come On." The song is the group’s first single though it’s initially rejected by Decca Records who call the track “dreadful.” It eventually peaks at #21 in the U.K.

The Rolling Stones recorded part of "Satisfaction" during two days at the legendary Chess Records studios in Chicago in 1965.

Paul Revere & The Raiders’ anti-drug song, "Kicks," peaks at #5 on the US chart in 1966. The song was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil for The Animals, who passed on it.

Jim Morrison (Doors) incited a riot during a Chicago concert in 1968.

In 1969, the Turtles and the Temptations played the White House upon the request of Tricia Nixon. Mark Volman fell off the stage 5 times.

Also in 1969, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, The Move, Status Quo, Tremeloes, Marmalade, Love Sculpture, Van Der Graaf Generator all appeared at Nottingham County Football Ground, Nottingham, England (presented by John Peel).

Led Zeppelin made their first appearance on the UK album chart in 1969 when the bands debut album charted at #6, going on to spend 71 weeks on the UK chart. It entered the US chart the following week at #10. Now considered one of the most important debuts in rock, creating an entirely new interpretation of the rock and roll genre because of the groundbreaking music and recording techniques. The album was recorded in 36 hours.

In 1970, David Bowie was awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Song "Space Oddity," which he performed that night accompanied by the Les Reed Orchestra. The event was transmitted live via satellite to venues in America, France, Spain, Australia, Holland and Venezuela.

In 1972, Slade started their first major headlining tour in Bradford, supported by Status Quo.

The Who sold out Madison Square Gardens in New York City for four nights in 1974, selling 80,000 tickets.

Eric Clapton recorded "I Shot the Sheriff" in 1974.

Apple Records was dissolved in 1975.

In 1975, Stevie Wonder played in front of 125,000 fans at a free concert near the Washington Monument to celebrate Human Kindness Day.

Adam And The Ants made their live debut in 1977 when they played at the ICA, London.

Metallica began recording the album "Kill 'Em All" in New York in 1983. They finished on May 27, 1983.

In 1985, all girl group The Go-Go's announced they were breaking up. The members went on to enjoy solo success, (Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin) and the group reformed in the late 90's.

Falco was at #1 on the UK singles chart in 1986 with "Rock Me Amadeus." Falco became the first-ever Austrian act to score a UK and US #1 hit single and the first German speaking artist to achieve a #1 on the US charts.

Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) and Heather Locklear were married in 1986.

The Pet Shop Boys went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1986 with "West End Girls," the duo's first US #1, also a #1 in the UK.

Madonna's 'warts and all' documentary film 'Truth Or Dare in bed with Madonna', premiered in Los Angeles in 1991.

The iTunes Music Store reached 400 million songs sold in 2005.

Also in 2005 - The iTunes Music Store opened for Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Denmark.

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was released from an Auckland, New Zealand, hospital in 2006, two days after undergoing brain surgery following a reported fall while on vacation in Fiji. "[Thanks to] the doctors and the beautiful ladies who make painful nights less painful," says the guitarist in a statement. "I hope I wasn't too much of a pain in the arse." He probably was but that’s Keith.

In 2006, Great White's former tour manager, Daniel Biechele, was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the February ‘03 blaze that killed 100 people at a Rhode Island club. The 29-year-old Biechele faced involuntary manslaughter charges for igniting the pyrotechnics that caused the deadly fire. He was handed a 15-year term but the judge then suspended 11 of those years.

In 2007, US hip-hop artist Akon apologised after footage of him dancing provocatively on stage with a teenage girl was posted on the internet. It led to telecommunications company Verizon pulling out as a sponsor of his US tour with Gwen Stefani. The incident took place on 12 April in Trinidad, where Akon was performing at a nightclub. It was later reported that the girl was just 14. In a statement Akon said he didn't know the girl was underage. He said: "I want to sincerely apologise for the embarrassment and any pain I've caused to the young woman who joined me on stage, her family and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert.”

In 2008, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington celebrated the 13-year anniversary of Club Tattoo in Tempe, AZ. Bennington and his friend Sean Dowdell founded the tattoo and body-piercing parlor. "These parties have always been special to us," says Bennington, who also performs with Dead By Sunrise in their live debut. "I wouldn't call it a side project," says Bennington. "We're a full, ready-to-go band and so this is something we take very seriously."