Thursday, November 25, 2010

Vinyl Records Rule On Black Friday

I have more information for those who choose to enjoy 'Black Friday' shopping at their local record store. Here is how the people at Record Store Day put it:

"Word is out that your local indie record store may just be the place to be this Post-Thanksgiving-Shopping-Melee-Day. And that’s because indie stores across the country will be the place to get special releases created just for you, for giving and getting this holiday season, and they’re scheduled for release on Black Friday.

Now, this is not Record Store Day, Jr. or RSD 2 or Son of the Return of Record Store Day. This is just a group of special releases that you can only find at record stores. Some of them are uber-limited, some of them are available at record stores before they’re available anywhere else."

So shake that turkey hangover and get out to your local record store for some great collectible vinyl record releases!!

Here is some more detailed information of some of the vinyl record releases for Black Friday:
 (these are availabe in limited quantities and the number at the end of each description is the number being made available for record lovers)

Killing Joke - Absolute Dissent (Deluxe Edition) 2 CD set Deluxe version of new album, includes extra disc with bands like Metallica, Helmet, Foo Fighters and Fear Factory covering Killing Joke songs 1,000

Black Crowes “Say Goodnight to The Bad Guys”/”Remedy” (acoustic live) (RED) 10" vinyl picture disc w/download card One live track from each set (electric and acoustic) of the Black Crowes recent “farewelltour." “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys”(electric live)/”Remedy” (acoustic live) 1500 
Drive By Truckers The Thanksgiving Filter” (RED) 10" Vinyl w/download card New holiday-themed Truckers song. B-side “Used to Be A Cop” Both from Feb 2011 Album. 2500

Cage The Elephant “Shake Me Down” (RED) 7" Vinyl w/download card “Shake Me Down” b/w “Aberdeen” (both from forthcoming album 1/11/2011) 2500

Black KeysBrothers  Double 12" vinyl (45 RPM) + 10" w/6 Bonus Tracks, CD, Poster The six tracks on the 10" are live tracks, all performed by the quartet: Side A:” Everlasting Light,” “Next Girl,” “Tighten Up” Side B: “Howlin’ For You”, “She’s Long Gone”, “Too Afraid To Love You”

Iron & Wine - Walking Far From Home 12" vinyl Both formats exclusive to indies (digital goes up 11/30). Both The 12" Single and the CD Maxi Single track listing: “Walking Far From Home,” “Summer In Savannah,” “Biting Your Tail” 2,500

Cee Lo Green “Fuck You”/”Fuck You (Instrumental)” Colored Vinyl 12" Maxi Colored Vinyl is exclusive format. “Fuck You” is up digitally, but there is no other place that the you can get the instrumental version. 2,500

The Doors - The Doors (Mono) 180 Gram 12" Vinyl As a stand alone LP, this is EXCLUSIVE to indies and will not be available anywhere else. The Mono release was previously available in the Doors LP Box Set, sold out for over a year. 3,000

Metallica Live @ Grimey’s CD The only physical release of Metallica’s pre-Bonnaroo show, insanely intimate secret show at The Basement below Nashville record store Grimey’s in June 2008.

Metalica Live @ Grimey’s Double 10" vinyl The only physical release of Metallica’s pre-Bonnaroo show, insanely intimate secret show at The Basement below Nashville record store Grimey’s in June 2008.

Scala & Kolacny Brothers Dawn EP A Belgian girls’ choir, conducted, arranged and accompanied by Stijn and Steven Kolzcny whose the Radiohead cover was used in the trailer for The Social Network, appears on this special EP, their first release in the United States, along with four other songs, including their covers of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” 3000

Dr. Dog - Double 7" double 7" vinyl NEW TRACKS EXCLUSIVE TO THIS RELEASE Disc 1/Side A: “Take Me Into Town”; Disc 1/Side B: “Black-Red”; Disc 2/Side A: “Nobody Knows Who You Are”; Disc 2/Side B: “The Sound” 900

Grinderman - Heathen Child 12" vinyl Includes a 6" x 5" card by Ilinca Hopfner, the same artist who did all the artwork in the Grinderman CD booklet. Ultra-limited 12' single with non-album B-side remix featuring guitar legend Robert Fripp. Side A: Heathen Child; Side B: Heathen Child w/ Robert Fripp) 500

Gaslight Anthem - Tumblin’ Dice b/w She Loves You 7" vinyl Never before released cover of Rolling Stones song. B-side is NOT the Beatles song, it’s an original Gaslight anthem song. Four colors of vinyl; cover art matches vinyl color. Randomly distributed.

George Harrison - All Things Must Past reissue on vinyl, numbered and featuring RSD logo 3 LP vinyl box set Harrison’s 1970 solo debut, released in a limited edition, numbered 180-gram vinyl set, with faithfully replicated monochromic album art, poster and lift-top box packaging. Newly remastered to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the release. 5000

Various artists 7" Record Store Day UK boxset 7" vinyl box set (5 singles) set of singles released for Record Store Day 2010 in the UK only. Blur- “Fool’s Day” first new material in 8 years; Eliza Doolittle- “Pack Up”/”Rollerblades” current UK breakthrough single: Hot Chip–”I Feel Bonnie” (feat. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy)/”Bear Witness (b-side unreleased); Kylie Minogue–”All The Lovers”/”Los Amores”; Tinie Tempah–”Pass Out/”Pass Out (SBTRKT Remix)” The ONLY physical release of the biggest single from the UK’s biggest breakthrough artist of 2010 3000

Sick Puppies 7" Side A: That Time of Year Again Side B: Odd One (Acoustic) 7" vinyl A previously unreleased Christmas track 500

Frank Sinatra - Jolly Christmas LP 180 gram 12" vinyl Originally released in 1957, Frank’s first holiday release has been certified platinum, and is released for the first time in 40 years on vinyl, exclusively to indie stores. 1500

KT Tunstall - Have Yourself A Very KT Christmas CD EP this reissue includes fairly modern Christmas songs like “2000 Miles”, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, “Mele Kalikimaka (Christmas in Hawaii)”, “Sleigh Ride”, “Fairytale of New York”, “Lonely This Christmas” 2000

MGMT - “Congratulations” Gatefold 7? Vinyl with 4 color uncoated art sleeve and 20 page illustrated storybook “Congratulations”/”Congratulations” (previously unreleased Erol Alkan Remix) 3500

Bob Dylan - “The Times They Are A Changin”/”Like A Rolling Stone” 7" Translucent Red Vinyl with 4 color uncoated stock art sleeve “The Times They Are A-Changin’” from the Whitmark Demos release /”Like a Rolling Stone” (2010 mono version) From the Legacy Mono Box release 5000

Bruce Springsteen - Save My Love 7" Vinyl with with 4 color art sleeve “Save My Love”/”Because The Night” “Save My Love” is the focus track from The Promise 5000

The Ting Tings - “Hands” Columbia 7" Custom Orange/White Mix Vinyl with 4 color art sleeve “Hands”/”Hands” (Passion Pit Remix) First US release of tracks from their upcoming album 2500

Jimi Hendrix - Merry Christmas & Happy New Year   10" green vinyl, exclusive artwork features” Little Drummer Boy,” “Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne” 5000

George Benson - White Rabbit 12" 180 gram vinyl classic CTI title remastered using the original two-track analog tapes in 40th Anniversary edition. indie exclusive from 11/26 through 12/6.

Deodato - Prelude  12" 180 gram vinyl classic CTI title remastered using the original two-track analog tapes in 40th Anniversary edition. indie exclusive from 11/26 through 12/6.

Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay 12" 180 gram vinyl classic CTI title remastered using the original two-track analog tapes in 40th Anniversary edition. indie exclusive from 11/26 through 12/6.

Stanley Turrentine - Sugar 12" 180 gram vinyl classic CTI title remastered using the original two-track analog tapes in 40th Anniversary edition. indie exclusive from 11/26 through 12/6.

U2 - Wide Awake In Europe 12" vinyl 12? vinyl,limited, numbered, 3 live tracks from European 360 tour, A side is a song called “Mercy” recorded live in Brussels on Sept 21st. New song, never before released. B side two live songs: “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight,” (recorded in Dublin, July 27, 2009), “Moment of Surrender,” (from Sept 18, 2010 recorded live in Paris) 5,000

Also at Metal Club Stores:

Anthrax - Live at the Sonisphere 10" Picture Disc
The Damned Things - "We've Got A Situation Here/Ironiclast" CD/7"
Job For A Cowboy - Ruination 3x10" Colored Vinyl/CD Box Set
Pantera - Cowboys From Hell: The Demos Vinyl
Slayer - "World Painted Blood/Atrocity Vendor" 7" 2500
Monster Magnet - Mastermind Special Edition Box Set
The Sword - "(The Night The Sky Cried) Tears of Fire" 12" Hexagonal Picture Disc

Wishing All My Readers a Happy Thanksgiving

Have a Great Day!

This Date In Music History - November 25


Percy Sledge (1940)

Bob Lind (1944)

Bev Bevan - Electric Light Orchestra (1946)

Jocelyn Brown (worked with John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen) (1950)

Steve Rothery - Marillion (1959)

Amy Grant (1960)

Mark Lanegan - Screaming Trees (1964)

Stacey Lattishaw (1966)

Rodney Sheppard - Sugar Ray (1967)

They Are Missed:

The dancer, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, who inspired the hit single "Mr Bojangles," died in 1949. Audiences enjoyed his understated style, which eschewed the frenetic manner of the jitterbug in favor of cool and reserve; rarely did he use his upper body, relying instead on busy, inventive feet and an expressive face. A figure in both the Black and White entertainment worlds of his era, he is best known today for his dancing with Shirley Temple in a series of films during the 1930s.

Saxophonist Albert Ayler was found drowned in New York's Hudson River in 1968. He was 34 years old.

UK singer, songwriter Nick Drake died in his sleep in 1974 of an overdose of tryptasol an anti-depressant drug (age 26). Drake signed to Island Records when he was twenty years old, recorded the classic 1972 album Pink Moon. In 2000, Volkswagen featured the title track from Pink Moon in a television advertisement, and within a month Drake had sold more records than he had in the previous thirty years.

In 2007, Kevin Dubrow, the frontman with metal band Quiet Riot, was found dead in his Las Vegas home at the age of 52. Their 1983 release 'Metal Health 'was the first metal album to top the US charts. The band's biggest hit was "Cum on Feel the Noize," a cover of the Slade song which they are said to have grudgingly recorded in just one take.


In 1957, Billboard magazine reported that rock and roll acts were turning away from the "increasingly disappointing grosses" of big package shows in favor of smaller scale teen record hops, where performers appeared for smaller guarantees but bigger percentages of the gate.

Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957 for their first national TV appearance. They performed "Lotta Lovin'" and "Dance to the Bop."

In 1961, the Everly Brothers began a six month stint in the US Marine Corps Reserves as part of the 8th Battalion. During their enlistment, Warner Brothers Records released "Crying in the Rain," which had been recorded before the duo entered Camp Pendleton. The song would reach number six in the US early the next year.

Harrods department store in London closed in 1965 to the public so The Beatles could do their Christmas shopping.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their London performance debut at the Bag O' Nails Club in 1966.

"Incense and Peppermints" by The Strawberry Alarm Clock hits the top of the Billboard Pop chart in 1967. The recording was initially intended as a 'b-side' and the lead vocal was actually that of a friend of the band, 16 year old Greg Munford, who was just hanging around during the session. Munford was not even a regular band member, but ended up singing a tune that would become a Rock and Roll standard and sell over a million copies. Despite this success, Munford never actually joined the group and drummer Randy Seol sang the song in concert. Although it was a huge success in America, the single didn't chart at all in the UK.

In 1968, over 10,000 fans saw Cream play their final two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London. During the shows, the crowd chanted "God save the Cream." Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker would continue to work together in Blind Faith with Steve Winwood and Rick Grech.

In 1969, John Lennon returned the MBE award (Member of the British Empire) that he and the other Beatles had been given in 1965. He sent the medal back with a note that read, "Your Majesty, I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against "Cold Turkey" slipping down the charts. With love, John Lennon of Bag".

The three surviving members of The Doors told Rolling Stone Magazine in 1971that they were determined to carry on despite the death of singer Jim Morrison. They will officially disband in 1973.

Chuck Berry was at #1 on the UK singles chart in 1972 with "My Ding a-Ling," his only UK #1.

The Band's final concert, called The Last Waltz, was given at San Francisco's Winterland in 1976. It included appearances by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Ringo Starr, Emmylou Harris, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Hawkins and Neil Diamond. Martin Scorsese filmed the event.

In 1978, the Cars’ "My Best Friend’s Girl" was the first commercially released picture disc in the U.K. That marketing ploy and the song’s clever plot took it to #3 on the pop chart.

In 1984, the cream of the British pop world gathered at S.A.R.M. Studios, London to record the historic "Do They Know It’s Christmas?" The single, which was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, featured Paul Young, Bono, Paul McCartney, Boy George, Sting and George Michael. It went on to sell over three million copies in the UK, becoming the bestselling record ever, and raised over $13.6 million worldwide.

In 1986 for the first time in Billboard chart history, the top three spots are occupied by female artists. #1 was Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," #2 was Tina Turner with "Typical Male" and #3 was Janet Jackson's "When I Think Of You".

Songwriter Diane Warren was the author of the number 1 and number 2 songs in the US in 1989. "When I See You Smile" was a hit for Bad English, and "Blame It On the Rain", was credited to Milli Vanilli. Warren would go on to write "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" for Aerosmith and the Armageddon soundtrack in 1998.

Milli Vanilli started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1989 with "Blame It On The Rain," their third US #1 of the year.

The film 'The Bodyguard,' opened nation-wide in 1992 featuring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.

Whitney Houston went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1995 with "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," written by Babyface and taken from the film 'Waiting To Exhale,' it gave Whitney her 11th US #1.

After not playing together for over 30 years, The Zombies briefly reunited in 1997 to promote their new box set called 'Zombie Heaven.' Rod Argent (keyboards), Paul Atkinson (guitar), Colin Blunstone (vocals), Hugh Grundy (drums) and Chris White (bass) performed their two biggest hits, "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season" at London's Jazz Café.

Garth Brooks' seventh album "Sevens" was released in 1997.

The sixth album of 2Pac, 'R U Still Down? (Remember Me),' was released posthumously in 1997.

In 1998, Spin magazine editor Craig Marks told police that Marilyn Manson's bodyguards pinned him against a wall and hauled him up into the air. Marks claimed that he was invited backstage to talk with Manson after a performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Manson allegedly threatened Marks with "`You know I can kill you, your family and everyone you know'." Real nice.....

A burglar broke into Alice Cooper's home in 2000 and made off with over $6000 worth of clothes, shoes and cameras belonging to the singers daughter. The good's were all lifted from Cooper's house in Paradise Valley, along with four of the star's gold discs.

In 2000, The Beatles' album simply titled "1", a collection of their UK and US chart toppers, reaches number one in Great Britain. It will top the US chart a week later and will become the best selling album in a total of 28 countries worldwide.

Garth Brooks went to #1 on the US album chart in 2001 with 'Scarecrow.'

In 2003, Michael Jackson launched a website to defend himself following allegations of sexual abuse of a 12-year old boy. The singer posted a message saying the charges were based on 'a big lie' and he wanted to end 'this horrible time' by proving they were false in court.

Glen Campbell was arrested in Phoenix Arizona in 2003 with a blood alcohol level of .20 after his BMW struck a Toyota Camry. He was charged with 'extreme' drunk driving, hit and run, and assaulting a police officer. The singer blamed his condition on the accidental mixing of alcohol and a prescription anti-anxiety drug. A police officer reported that while in custody, Campbell hummed his hit 'Rhinestone Cowboy' repeatedly. Why not "Galveston?"

Twisted Sister's Dee Snider hosted VH-1 Classic's "A Very Classic Thanksgiving" in 2004. The guest list featured ex-Monkee Davey Jones, Eddie Money, MC Hammer and Teri Nunn of Berlin. If that crowd doesn’t put you in the holiday spirit, nothing will.

In 2004, Steven Tyler visits Women’s Hope substance-abuse treatment center in Dorchester, MA. His Thanksgiving Day talk was about sobriety after his own struggles with drugs and alcohol. "If I can just tell them how good it is for me now, and that it is possible . . . then I`ve done my job," says the Aerosmith frontman. Tyler had been clean for nearly 20 years.

In 2005, Madonna achieved her sixth number one on the US album charts with ‘Confessions on a Dance Floor,’ her third consecutive US album chart topper. The album went to #1 in 40 countries setting a new record. The Beatles previously held this record when The Beatles 1 went to #1 in 36 countries in 2000.

White Zombie's box set “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie” rose from the dead in 2008. The four-CD/single DVD collection covered ‘85's rare “Gods On Voodoo Moon” EP through Zombie's contribution to Beavis and Butt-Head Do America soundtrack, a little over a decade later. The DVD had promo clips and concert footage. According to Rob Zombie this "is the last thing that will come [out] from the band."

A two-CD set marking the 25th anniversary of the release of R.E.M.'s “Murmur” album – “Murmur: Deluxe Edition” – rolled out in 2008. The remastered version of the band's ‘83 full-length debut includes previously unreleased performances recorded that year at a Toronto club.

The 14-track “For The Troops II” with songs by 3 Doors Down and Aerosmith's Joe Perry was released in 2008. The album was also distributed at US military bases and military personnel were able to download the set for free.

An archival Neil Young concert album, “Sugar Mountain: Live At Canterbury House 1968” was out in 2008. The two-disc collection includes performances from Ann Arbor, MI, shows.

In 2008, the legal dispute over a music contract between Michael Jackson and an Arab sheik, ended with an "amicable settlement." Jackson had been due to fly in to the UK to give evidence at the High Court before an agreement in principle was reached. The King of Bahrain's son, Sheikh Abdulla Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, was suing Jackson for £4.7m, claiming he reneged on a music contract.