Thursday, October 28, 2010

Music News & Notes

Rare White Stripes Vinyl sells for $18,000

Amazing and true, whose says records have to be old to be worth something?

"The first copy to sell went for $800 back in 2003 and it’s been sky-rocketing ever since. Just recently I’ve had the pleasure of coordinating the sale of one of these singles for the stately sum of $18,000. Yes, you read that correctly…eighteen thousand United States dollars. This copy was painted by Mr. Buick and is pressed on especially swirly red/white vinyl."

-Third Man Records' Ben Swank speaking about ultra-rare White Stripes "Lafayette Blues" Limited Edition 45's.


Cage The Elephant Plot Release Of Sophomore Album

Cage the Elephant have recently announced that their sophomore album, 'Thank You, Happy Birthday,' is scheduled for release on January 11, 2011.

This 13-song follow-up to their self-titled 2009 debut will be released by Jive Records and features production from Tragedy/Tragedy Studios in Nashville by Jay Joyce. A seven inch vinyl single of the tracks "Shake Me Down" and "Aberdeen" will be released exclusively through Record Store Day's 'Black Friday' event on November 26.

In a press release issued by the band, they noted that they wrote approximately "80 songs' worth of ideas" after they "locked themselves away in a remote Kentucky cabin, listened to and discovered old albums from The Pixies, Mudhoney and Butthole Surfers, and studied interviews with songwriting greats like Bob Dylan and John Lennon."


VIRGIN STEELE:  'The Black Light Bacchanalia' Limited-Edition LP Box Set Available

US metal band VIRGIN STEELE will release their new album, 'The Black Light Bacchanalia,' on November 9 via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort will be made available as limited-edition digipak, standard CD, limited-edition LP box set and as a digital download. The limited-edition LP box set (limited to 3,000 copies worldwide) will be released on November 23 in North America. Each version will have its own unique artwork.

Bonus Materials

* Book in LP format with the complete history of VIRGIN STEELE (written by David DeFeis)
* Extra-large full-color poster
* Sticker
* Postcard
* Jewel case version of the album

All LPs come in printed inner sleeves.


Rival Schools Album Release Date Announced, Cover Art Revealed

Rival Schools have recently announced that their sophomore album, 'Pedals,' will be released on March 8, 2011. The band features Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits), Ian Love (Burn), Cache Tolman (Institute), and Sammy Siegler (Glassjaw, Civ), and this will be their first release through a new deal with Photo Finish Records.


Black Keys Releasing Box Set On Record Store Day
November 26, ('Black Friday'), is shaping up to be another successful Record Store Day event, as a couple bands have announced exclusive releases for the event. The biggest band thus far is the Black Keys, who have announced a box set of their recent Brothers. The Brothers set will include the album on CD and double 45-RPM vinyl, a 10-inch album featuring six live cuts from the album, and a limited-edition poster.


Wolfchant Reveals "Call Of The Black Winds" Album Artwork

Rockers Wolfchant has issued the following update about recruiting a new vocalist and revealing the artwork for the "Call of the Black Winds" album:

"Michael 'Nortwin' Seifert (Rebellion) will join Wolfchant as a full member for the clean vocals. He already rocked the stage with us for some shows. We are glad to unleash 'Call Of The Black Winds' together. Here you can take a look at the cover art. Pagan hails."

Cool cover art.....

Food Allergies Rock! Musician Releases New CD for Children Affected by Allergies

Kyle Dine has released a new CD titled "Food Allergies Rock!" for children with life-threatening food allergies. The songs are meant to educate, support, and empower children with this condition.

TORONTO, ON, October 27, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Canadian performer and educator Kyle Dine is the world's first "Allergy Musician". Dine's new CD, "Food Allergies Rock!", contains 14 singalong songs that put a positive spin on food allergies. The album will be released Wednesday, October 27th, with the U.S. launch being held at a food-allergy-friendly Halloween party in the New York City metro area on Sunday, October 31.

"Food Allergies Rock!" is the follow-up to Dine's breakthrough CD, "You Must Be Nuts!", which stayed near the top of the Galaxie children's radio charts for months in 2008. Since releasing his first album, Dine has played at hundreds of schools across Canada and the U.S. This past May, his performance in Texas was broadcast to 25,000 students across the state in a program which featured fellow allergy advocate and country music star Trace Adkins.

Having managed his own food allergies for over two decades, Dine is a firm believer that a positive outlook drastically reduces the risk of having an allergic reaction. "The diagnosis of life-threatening food allergies can be quite daunting for a family, but the key is to understand the facts about staying safe and to empower the child to manage his or her own allergies." Through songs like "My Epineph-Friend" and "Able to Read a Label", Dine's music instills this confidence in a fun and engaging way.

"When children hear that having allergies is more common than they think, they feel self-assured and are less likely to engage in risk-taking behavior," says Dine. This attitude is evident in "I've Got Allergies Under Control", a cheerful, fiddle-laced stomp-along, where Dine sings: "So there's a few things I can't eat, no road's too tough for these two feet." The empowerment theme is even prominent on the CD cover, which features a cartoon cast of kids dressed as what they want to be when they grow up. It's only when you look closely you notice they're toting auto-injector pouches and wearing medical I.D. bracelets.

"Food Allergies Rock!" features special guest performances from several prominent children's musicians, including Mikel Gehl and Lisa Mathews of the Grammy-nominated band Milkshake. "My own son has several food allergies, and to hear Kyle rock out and sing with great specificity, humor and friendliness is a real comfort to our family," says Gehl.

With its music, message and artwork, Kyle Dine's "Food Allergies Rock!" is more than just a CD--it's proof that food allergies are manageable and can't stop children from achieving their dreams. On his last CD, Dine sang about "Epi-Man", a superhero who would swoop in to save the day. But to allergic fans everywhere, the real superhero isn't a fictional character, it's Dine himself.

"Food Allergies Rock! is a great holiday gift for any allergic child. It sells for $15.00 at  or

Kyle Dine
(416) 839 7241

How To Tell If You Have a Beatles' Butcher Cover

The 'butcher' cover is often considered one of the Beatles' top collectibles, but how do you know if you have a Butcher Cover underneath the 'steamer trunk cover?'

Ways to tell

1) Covers with the "Gold Record Award" seal can NOT be Butchers.

2) On the back, lower-right-hand corner is a number. This will usually be a number, 2,3,4,5 or 6 denoting the Capitol Pressing Plant where that album was pressed.

3) Lp's must have a "slick" type cover. At that time, the Lp jackets were made in three pieces.
a) Cardboard Jacket
b) Back Slick which raps around to the front of the cover
c) The front slick.

4) Sometimes the "Trunk" slick was pasted on sloppily and ended up offset. Then you can see part of the original cover underneath fairly easy.

5) "Pictured" to the right. If you look close, you can see
the bleed-through of Ringos V-neck shirt.

6) Most importantly. You ***MUST*** be able to see the bleed-through of Ringo's black V-Neck shirt or it is NOT a butcher. It is possible that the cover could be so dirty or worn that you may not be able to make that determination.

Thanks to  a wonderful site dedicated to the Beatles' Butcher Cover

This Date In Music History - October 28


Charlie Daniels (1936)

Wayne Fontana (1940)

Curtis Lee (1941)

Hank Marvin - Shadows (1941)

Telma Hopkins - Dawn (1948)

Rick Reynolds - Black Oak Arkansas (1948)

Stephen Morris - Joy Division (1957)

Stephen Morris - New Order (1957)

Ron Hemby - The Buffalo Club (1958)

William Reid - Jesus and Mary Chain (1958)

Neville Henry - Blow Monkeys (1959)

Benjamin Chase "Ben" Harper - Fistful Of Mercy (1969)

Brad Paisley (1972)

They Are Missed:

Country musician Porter Wagoner died in Nashville from lung cancer in 2007 (age 80). Wagoner helped launch the career of Dolly Parton and had his own US TV show, which ran for 21 years until 1981. Wagoner signed his first record deal in 1955, and had hits including "Carroll County Accident" and "Green Green Grass of Home."

Born on this day in 1937, Graham Bond, UK R&B keyboard player, sax, The Graham Bond Organisation. Died 8th May 1974 after committing suicide by throwing himself under a London tube train at Finsbury Park station. Bond worked with Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.


In 1955, Buddy Holly, along with his partner Bob Montgomery, opened for Marty Robbins in concert in Lubbock, Texas.

Elvis Presley made his second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956, where the host presents him with a gold record for "Love Me Tender." He performs “Don’t Be Cruel," “Hound Dog" and "Love Me Tender."

After a show at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles in 1957, local police told Elvis Presley that he was not allowed to wiggle his hips onstage, the local press also ran headlines saying Elvis would have to clean up his act. The next night, the Los Angeles Vice Squad filmed his entire concert, to study his performance. Wow, severe.......

Buddy Holly appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand in 1958, where he lip-synched "It's So Easy" and "Heartbeat." It would be Holly's last major TV appearance.

It was on this day in 1961 that Beatles manager Brian Epstein would later claim that a young British lad named Raymond Jones walked into his Liverpool record shop and asked for a song called "My Bonnie" by Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers, prompting him to track down the band and eventually sign them. Epstein's personal assistant, Alistair Taylor would later say that he used the name of Jones (a regular customer) to order the single and paid the deposit himself, knowing that Epstein would notice it and order further copies.

On the same day, Brian Epstein went to The Cavern Club to watch The Beatles' lunchtime show. He would later say that he was "overwhelmed by their talent", but in reality he had nothing to compare them to, as they were the first Pop group he had ever seen perform live.

In 1962, the Beatles played at the Empire in Liverpool, their first gig at Liverpool's top theatre. Eight acts were on the bill including Little Richard, Craig Douglas, Jet Harris and Kenny Lynch & Sounds Incorporated.

The studio recording of "My World Is Empty Without You" was made by the Supremes in 1965.

'Diana Ross and the Supremes Greatest Hits' started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1967.

In 1972, the United States Council for World Affairs announced it was adopting The Who song 'Join Together' as it's official theme tune.

David Bowie played the first of seven sold-out nights on his 'Diamond Dogs Tour' at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 1974.

In 1977, Steve Perry made his first concert appearance with Journey at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco. He would lead them to 17 Billboard Top 40 entries over the next ten years.

'Nevermind The Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols' was released in America in 1977.

Nick Gilder went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1978 with "Hot Child In The City."

In 1978, Queen played the first night on their 79-date ‘Jazz’ tour at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas.

Janet Jackson started a four week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1989 with 'Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814'. Only one of three albums to produce seven Top-ten US singles, (the other two being 'Thriller' by Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The USA').

In 1997, R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announced that he was leaving the group after 17 years, becoming a farmer.

Mary J. Blige started a six week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 2001 with "Family Affair."

The various artists album 'God Bless America' went to #1 on the US chart in 2001, featuring tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Bill Withers, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra.

In 2004, Courtney Love was ordered to stand trial on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon after Kristin King told a Los Angeles court Ms Love threw a bottle and a lit candle at her after turning up at the home of a former boyfriend in the early hours. Ms King told the court Ms Love was "vicious" and "erratic" when she allegedly attacked her while she slept on a sofa on 25 April. She said Ms Love then sat on her, pulled her hair and pinched her left breast in the "worst pinch I ever had", before managing to flee.

Bruce Springsteen performed at John Kerry campaign rallies in Madison, WI, and Columbus, OH in 2004. The appearances are in key states where the voting (Bush or Kerry) could go either way.

Rod Stewart was at #1 on the US album chart in 2006 with ‘Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of our Time’ the singers fifth US #1 album.

The Queen + Paul Rodgers collaborative album, "The Cosmos Rocks," with the lead single, "C-Lebrity," rolled out in 2008. Rodgers, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor co-wrote and co-produced the collection, while playing all the instruments on the 14-track disc. The album is dedicated to late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

"Johnny Cash's America," a CD/DVD package, made its debut in 2008. John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan and Ozzy Osbourne appear in the documentary.

Also in 2008, Booker T. & the MGs, Bob Dylan collaborator (including keyboards on “Like A Rolling Stone”) Al Kooper and Buddy Holly's backing band, the Crickets are among the inductees at the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum Awards Show in Nashville. "These guys wrote them, sang them and recorded them, and it so impressed us in England," says Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards of the Crickets during a backstage interview. "There would probably be no Beatles or Rolling Stones without them." During the ceremony Richards performs with the Crickets.

Michael Jackson's "THIS IS IT" opened in theaters in 2010.