Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Furnace MFG Gets its Mojo Working for Vinyl Release of Tom Petty’s New Album

Furnace MFG was selected by Warner Brothers to press Tom Petty's latest album - "Mojo" on audiophile-quality 180 gram vinyl. The records were pressed at Pallas Group, in Diepolz, Germany and then inspected and assembled at Furnace MFG's Fairfax, VA facility. The two LP set includes a card enabling customers to download the entire album on their choice of digital formats.

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) June 29, 2010 -- Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ incendiary performances on the May 15th 2010 Saturday Night Live season finale stoked fan anticipation for the release of “Mojo,” the group’s 12th studio album.

The band scorched the stage with two tunes off the album: “I Should Have Known It” and “Jefferson Jericho Blues,” demonstrating from the first note how to get the job done and in the opinion of many, topping every other act that hit the season 35 stage.

For the much anticipated double vinyl release due June 29th, Warner Brothers chose Furnace MFG to oversee the pressing and production of the follow up to Petty’s monumental 7 LP Live Anthology series that Furnace MFG also produced for the label.

Obtaining pressing perfection on a 7 LP set is a most difficult, some would say impossible task, but Furnace MFG, the exclusive North American partner of Diepolz, Germany based Pallas Group, one of the world’s premier vinyl pressing plants, like Petty on SNL, showed how to get that job done.

“Mojo” was mastered by Chris Bellman at famed Bernie Grundman Mastering in Los Angeles from uncompressed 24 bit 48kHz files and the lacquers were over-nighted to Pallas for plating, stamper preparation and pressing on audiophile-grade 180 gram virgin vinyl.

The records were then sent to Furnace’s Virginia facility for careful inspection before insertion into the gatefold, double pocket “old school” case-wrapped jackets along with a very “new school” extra: a card containing a code for downloading the album at 320Kpbs MP3 resolution, or at higher quality Apple Lossless or full resolution FLAC.

“Furnace MFG has a strong reputation for special edition, multiple component vinyl packaging and for producing the highest quality single and double record sets” says Eric Astor, Furnace MFG’s CEO. “With our exclusive partnerships with world-class vinyl pressing plants and our experience in exacting and difficult assembly and configuration, more and more customers are turning to Furnace MFG for both one of a kind and standard projects produced at the world’s highest quality levels.”

About Furnace MFG: In business since 1996, Furnace MFG (www.furnacemfg.com/vinyl ) is a recognized leader in CD and DVD duplication, replication, and vinyl record manufacturing and packaging.


Music News & Notes

THE SWORD: 'Warp Riders' Artwork Unveiled

Austin, Texas metal luminaries THE SWORD have released of their highly anticipated third full-length, "Warp Riders" (August 24; Kemado Records). The band has finally revealed the album's artwork and will be releasing additional visual companions in the form of an upcoming picture disc and an epic video trilogy.

Paying homage to authors that inspired the album's lyrics, artist Dan McPharlin created an image in the tradition of classic science fiction book covers. THE SWORD will also release a limited edition hexagon-shaped picture-disc 12-inch single for "(The Night Sky Cried) Tears of Fire".


BAD COMPANY Announces North American Tour

The original, founding members of BAD COMPANY — Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke — have recently announced that they will reunite for a series of North American concerts this summer. Tentatively set to begin July 16, the odessy will include coast-to-coast dates in the U.S. and Canada throughout the summer, with more possible shows to be added.

Having recently completed their first U.K. tour in more than three decades — a sold-out run culminating with a sold-out show at Wembley — BAD COMPANY's concerts in the U.K. often were star-studded affairs, attracting the likes of Sting, Robert Plant, Tony Iommi and former bandmate from THE FIRM, Jimmy Page, who proclaimed, "Paul Rodgers has been, and still is by far, one of the finest talents of our musical genre…absolutely brilliant."

In March, Warner Music released "The Very Best Of Free And Bad Company Featuring Paul Rodgers". The set debuted on the chart at No. 10 and became BAD COMPANY's first Top 10 U.K. chart appearance in over 30 years, and FREE's first since a "best-of" set released in 1991, remaining on the charts for several weeks.

BAD COMPANY confirmed tour dates:

Jul. 16 - Fantasy Springs Casino - Indio, CA
Jul. 17 - Orange County Fair - Costa Mesa, CA
Jul. 22 - The Lakeland Center Jenkins Arena - Lakeland, FL
Jul. 23 - St. Augustine Amphitheatre - St. Augustine, FL
Jul. 25 - Chastain Park Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA
Jul. 27 - Bank of America Pavilion - Boston, MA
Jul. 30 - Choctaw Resort Casino Event Center - Durant, OK
Aug. 01 - Outlaw Jam/Frederick Co. Fairgrounds - Frederick, MD
Aug. 04 - Casino Rama Entertainment Center - Rama, Ontario
Aug. 14 - Bike Rally - Port Dover, Ontario
Oct. 04 - Potawatomi Casino - Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 05 - Potawatomi Casino - Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 07 - The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Catoosa, OK (Tulsa)


The White Stripes' Jack White to release Laura Marling single

The White Stripes' Jack White is set to release a single by Laura Marling. White revealed that Marling had recorded in his Nashville studio earlier this year, after "somebody turned me onto her a few months back".

"It was perfect – one take," he told BBC Newsbeat. "She's gorgeous. Gorgeous voice and an incredible person. A wonderful girl."

He added: "If people are coming through town [Nashville] I try to catch up with them and ask them if they want to come by before their show and record something."

A title and release date for the song have yet to be confirmed, but it will be part of White's Third Man Records 'Blue Series' and will be released on seven-inch vinyl.


Prince bypasses record stores again with German magazine dealPrince's new album, 20Ten

Prince's new album may not be available in UK music shops or as a digital download. Although details for only two territories have been released so far, 20Ten, the singer's 27th studio album, will be issued in Germany and Belgium as a magazine cover mount. In Germany at least, 20Ten will not be available in record stores or as a download.

The German edition of Rolling Stone announced details of the album this week, offering the 10-song track-listing and promising a free copy with their August issue. Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad announced the same free album deal to take place 10 July, the date of Prince's gig at the Rock Werchter festival. No details of UK or US distribution have yet been revealed, leaving open the possibility of conventional releases, or similar magazine offers.

Prince's music has been distributed with printed publications before. In 2007, the album Planet Earth was only available in the UK with copies of the Mail on Sunday. Although HMV stocked copies of the newspaper, music retailers were furious. Columbia Records opted not to distribute the physical CD in Britain, and even three years later it is not available on shelves or at iTunes.

In the midst of declining physical album sales, deals with newspapers guarantee major acts a pot of cash for their albums. Since Prince's 2007 experiment, artists such as Paul McCartney and McFly have tried the model out.


CEPHALIC CARNAGE reveal sick cover art for new album

Cephalic Carnage's upcoming release, Misled By Certainty is officially my most anticipated metal release of the summer. I am very very anxious to hear it. The record will be out on August 31st.

Music Legend Brian Wilson Completes Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin a New Disney Pearl CD of George and Ira Gershwin Classics Set for Release August 17 | SYS-CON MEDIA

Music Legend Brian Wilson Completes Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin a New Disney Pearl CD of George and Ira Gershwin Classics Set for Release August 17 SYS-CON MEDIA

BURBANK, Calif., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- It's an unprecedented meeting of two legendary musical minds, separated by 70 years. Pioneering musical genius Brian Wilson, co-founder of the Beach Boys, has teamed up with George Gershwin, in Wilson's Disney Pearl debut CD, Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin. Featuring timeless classics like "Rhapsody in Blue," "I've Got Rhythm" and "Summertime," the album makes history with "The Like in I Love You" and "Nothing But Love," two new songs Wilson crafted from never-before-published music by Gershwin. Wilson Reimagines Gershwin arrives at stores and online retailers on August 17, with a special vinyl edition set for release August 24.

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