Monday, February 28, 2011

New Music & Vinyl Record Releases ~ March 1, 2011

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Aaron Lewis - Town Line (EP)
Acrylics - Lives and Treasure
Alexander - Alexander
Alexis Jordan - Alexis Jordan
Amede Ardoin - Mama, I'll Be Long Gone: The Complete Recordings of Amede Ardoin, 1929-1934
American Heritage - Sedentary
Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
Antigone Rising - 23 Red
Arbouretum - The Gathering
Ari Hest - Sunset Over Hope Street
Autolux - The Bouncing Wall / Census (EP)
Be Good Tanyas - Blue Horse (reissue)
Beady Eye - Different Gear, Still Speeding
Bearsuit - The Phantom Forest
Betrayal - Abandonment
Big Head Blues Club - 100 Years of Robert Johnson
Billy Joel - Live at Shea Stadium 2 CDs/1 DVD
Blessid Union of Souls - Mission Field
Blood Ceremony - Living With the Ancients
Boats - Cannonballs, Cannonballs
Boy George - Ordinary Alien 2 CDs
Britney Spears - Hold It Against Me
Buddy Holly - Icon
Buddy Miller - Majestic Silver Strings
Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, more - The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang of Country Music 5 CDs
Cat’s Eye - Broken Glass (EP)
Chamberlin - Bitter Blood
Chuck Berry - Icon
Clare Maguire - Light After Dark
Columboid - We Were One
Cosmetics - Cosmetics
David Foster - Hit Man Returns: David Foster & Friends
Davila 666 - Tan Bajo
DeVotchKa - 100 Lovers
Delicate Steve - Wondervisions
Dignan Porch - TBA 12'' (EP)
Discodeine - Discodeine
Dropkick Murphys - Going Out in Style
Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High (EP)
Dustin O'Halloran - Lumiere
Dynamites - Young Sound R&B
Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1
Earth Girl Helen Brown - Story of an Earth Girl (EP)
Easter Island - Better Things
Eisley - The Valley
Emotions - Sunshine
Essie Jain - Until the Light of Morning
Everyone Dies In Utah - Seeing Clearly
Evil Madness - Super Great Love (vinyl)
Faust - Something Dirty
Firebird - Double Diamond
Forever The Sickest Kids - Forever The Sickest Kids
Four Tops - Icon
Francesca Battistelli - Hundred More Years
Gap Band - Icon
Gene Pitney - I'm Back & I'm Proud
Gene Pitney - Sings Just for You / World Wide Winners
Gideon - Costs
Go Radio - Lucky Street
Harald Grosskopf - Sythesist
Harry Connick, Jr. - In Concert on Broadway
Heaven 17 - So80s Presents Heaven 17
Isaac Hayes - U Turn
James Brown Singles 10 - 1975-1979 2 CDs
Jesse J - Who You Are
John Berry - Beat Girl
John Popper - John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours
Kajagoogoo - So80s Presents Kajagoogoo
Kitsune - Kitsune Parisian
Kopek - White Collar Lies
Left Lane Cruiser - Junkyard Speed Ball
Linda Eder - Now
Loretta Lynn - Icon
Louise Cordet - Sweet Beat of Louise Cordet: Complete UK Decca Records
Lucinda Williams - Blessed 2 LPs (vinyl)
Lumerians - Transmalinnia
Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
Marianne Faithfull - Horses & High Heels
Mark Ballas - HurtLoveBox
Marsha Ambrosius - Late Nights, Early Mornings
Matt Duke - One Day Die
Metallica Garage Inc 3 LPs @ 33-1/3 RPM (vinyl)
Metallica Garage Inc 6 LPs @ 45 RPM (vinyl)
Middle Brother (featuring members of Deer Tick, Dawes, and Delta Spirit) - Middle Brother
Mike Posner - 31 Minutes To Takeoff
Mike Watt - Hyphenated-Man (vinyl)
Mirrors - Lights And Offerings
Monotonix - Not Yet
Neil Diamond - The Bang Years
Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (2-LP & mp3 with bonus tracks) (vinyl)
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - So80s Presents
Outsiders - CQ Import (vinyl)
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake (vinyl)
Papercuts - Fading Parade
Parliament - Icon
Peter Frampton - Icon
Portugal. The Man - American Ghetto (reissue) (vinyl)
Portugal. The Man - Censored Colors (reissue) (vinyl)
Portugal. The Man - Satanic Satanist (reissue) (vinyl)
Queens of the Stone Age - Queens of the Stone Age (reissue)
Rainbow Arabia - Boys and Diamonds
Ron Sexsmith - Long Player, Late Bloomer
Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing
Salt-N-Pepa - Icon
Scale The Summit - The Collective
Serj Tankian - Imperfect Remixes (EP)
Siriusmo- Mosaik
Sonic Youth - SYR9: Simon Werner a Disparu soundtrack (vinyl)
T. Rex - Tanx (reissue)
Tapes 'n Tapes - Outside
The Baseball Project - Vol 2: High & Inside
The Bellrays - Black Lightning
The Black Keys - The Big Come Up (reissue)(vinyl)
The Boxer Rebellion - The Cold Still
The Death Set - Michel Poicard
The Get Up Kids - There Are Rules
The Go! Team - Rolling Blackouts (vinyl)
The Idle Hands - Life Is Beautiful (EP)
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing
The Strokes - Under Cover of Darkness (vinyl)
The Tellers - Close The Evil Eye
Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation Import (vinyl)
Thin Lizzy - Black Rose Import (vinyl)
Thin Lizzy - Chinatown Import (vinyl)
Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak Import (vinyl)
Thin Lizzy - Johnny the Fox Import (vinyl)
Thin Lizzy - Live & Dangerous 2 LPs, Import (vinyl)
Thin Lizzy - Renegade Import (vinyl)
Thin Lizzy - Thunder & Lightning Import (vinyl)
This Mortal Coil - It'll End in Tears (reissue) (vinyl)
Those Dancing Days - Daydreamers And Nightmares
Tiger Bones - Go Over Here (EP)
Tony! Toni! Tone! - Icon
Trap Them - Darker Handcraft
Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
Ultravox - So80s Presents Ultravox
Vanity Theft - Get What You Came For
Various Artists - Crusin' the Beats Import, 2 CDs
Various Artists - Biutiful & Almost Biutiful (soundtrack)
Various Artists - Cartagena
Various Artists - Le Pop 6
War - Icon 2 CDs
Weedeater - Jason... The Dragon
Withered Hand - Good News

New Jazz Releases

Remember, if you are a record company and have new releases or know of any I missed (especially vinyl), please email me and I will add your music to the list. I also do reviews of new vinyl, email me for more information.

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Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales ~ Week Ending 02/26/2011

I feel like Indiana Jones in the grail room. My favorite holy grail gets the top spot this week, Mixed Feelings' "Sha-la-la", and the Zeppelinesque Leaf Hound record also goes above $4k for the #2 spot. The two most sought after Beatles records make the list (also providing further confirmation that "Please Please Me" has supplanted the Butcher cover as the prime Beatles collectible). And Robert Johnson's legendary deal-with-the-devil 78 makes a showing.

1. 45 - Mixed Feelings "Sha-la-la" / "Love Will Find A Way" United - $4500.00

2. LP - Leaf Hound "Growers Of Mushrooms" Decca UK - $4,300.00

3. LP - The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone UK Gold Black label 1st Stereo - $3,535.84

4. 78 - Robert Johnson "Me And The Devil Blues" / "Little Queen Of Spades" Vocalion 04180 - $3,304.00

5. LP - The Beatles "Yesterday And Today" Butcher 2nd State Mono Paste-Over Sealed - $3,150.00

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

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

CYNTHESIS - New Album Details Released; Cover Art Unveiled

CYNTHESIS has announced their upcoming full length album, DeEvolution, is set for worldwide release on April 19th via Sensory Records.

According to a press release: “DeEvolution tells the story of an elite group of leaders from a heavily industrialized city who find, brainwash and then exploit an indigenous tribes' shaman, believing he would be the perfect supreme leader. By propping him up as possessing all the answers to society's ills, the elites use him in order to gain and keep more control over the masses in order to influence the masses via religion, media, consumerism and government.”

DeEvolution cover artwork was created by Dennis "Damn Engine" Sibeijn (EXODUS, DRAGONFORCE, LAMB OF GOD, HIM)


Lovely cover art, eh?

HAEMORRHAGE: Unveil Album Details For ‘Hospital Carnage’

HAEMORRHAGE has completed work on their new full-length album and follow-up to 2006’s Apology For Pathology. The new album, titled Hospital Carnage, is set for a May 24th North American release date (May 30th internationally) and is available for pre-order at this location. Hospital Carnage will be available on CD, LP and digitally. The album art, as designed by the band’s guitarist / vocalist Luisma, can be viewed here.

HAEMORRHAGE recorded Hospital Carnage at VRS Studios with Samuel Ruiz. The album was mastered by Scott Hull at Visceral Sound. Advance song titled include “Traumaggedon”, “Fomite Fetish”, “Hospital Thieves”, “Hypochondriac”, Necronatology”, and “Tumour Doner”. HAEMORRHAGE recently shot a video for “Traumaggedon”, video stills and a premiere date will be announced shortly.

Spanish splatter stalwarts HAEMORRHAGE emerge as leaders from the nefarious goregrind ranks with their newest slab Hospital Carnage. Hospital Carnage features fifteen ferocious new tracks of murderous death metal, replete with guttural vocals, meaty riffs, and powerful blast beats that convey the primordial spirit of the genre's early days.




Boston, Mass.—This spring, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston opens The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, the first museum exhibition to explore the culture of vinyl records within the history of contemporary art. Bringing together artists from around the world who have worked with records as their subject or medium, this groundbreaking exhibition examines the record’s transformative power from the 1960s to the present. Through sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, sound work, video and performance, The Record combines contemporary art with outsider art, audio with visual, and fine art with popular culture. On view at the ICA from April 15 through Sept. 5, the exhibition features 99 works by 41 artists, including Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Laurie Anderson, Christian Marclay and Carrie Mae Weems. The Record was organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and is accompanied by a 240-page color catalogue.

“In today’s era of digital, downloadable music, the vinyl record—powerfully marked with history and nostalgia—has become a meaningful vehicle of expression for visual artists,” says Jill Medvedow, director of the ICA. “The Record presents some of the best, rarest and most unexpected examples of artists whose work has been influenced by music and vinyl. We are thrilled to present this exhibition in Boston, giving art and music lovers alike the opportunity to discover, or re-discover, the tremendous artistic response the record has inspired.”

“For many contemporary artists, the vinyl record looms large, taking on a significance that moves well beyond the medium’s traditional use, and thoroughly into a space of innovative artistic production,” says Senior Curator Jenelle Porter, who coordinated the exhibition for the ICA. “In the hands of visual artists, the vinyl record is used as a metaphor, archive, artifact, icon, or portrait. The exhibition explores the impact of the record on both art and popular culture and the ways in which vinyl has been manipulated, preserved and transformed through art.”

The exhibition includes a broad range of works, such as a hybrid violin and record player, Viophonograph, a seminal work by Laurie Anderson; David Byrne's original life-sized Polaroid photomontage used for the cover of the 1978 Talking Heads album More Songs About Buildings and Food; a monumental column of vinyl records by William Cordova; and an important early work by Dario Robleto, who transformed Billie Holiday records in an alchemic process to create hand-painted buttons. Works by Christian Marclay, who has made art with records for 30 years, include his early and rarely seen Recycled Records as well as his most recent record video, Looking for Love.

Accompanying the exhibition is Cover to Cover—an installation of ten listening stations located in the Poss Family Mediatheque. For the installation, 10 artists and musicians were commissioned to create a new visual narrative based on the cover art of 20 albums of their choosing. Each artist’s theme and “story’ can be discovered by thumbing through bins containing original albums, examining the covers and playing the records.


Dum Dum Girls blend grit, grace, and garage

From left: Sandy, Jules, Dee Dee, and Bambi make up Dum Dum Girls, a group that rode a wave of garage-rock revival to prominence last year. (Tyson Wirtzfield)

By James Reed
Globe Staff / February 27, 2011

In the same breath that she mentions the Mamas & the Papas, the woman who started Dum Dum Girls also professes her love for Patti Smith, Motown, and the Jesus and Mary Chain. Dee Dee Penny — she of the cherry-red lips and Ronnie Spector’s love of eyeliner — is the lead singer and songwriter of Dum Dum Girls, an all-female rock quartet that distills the essence of those artists into a sound both tough and tender.

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a very sad story from the NYTimes Blog

Joe Long, the owner of Birdel’s Records, is retiring, and closing the store that opened in 1944. Though he has CDs, his inventory is dominated by vinyl 45s and LPs

The Last Days for a Music Store Where Vinyl Has Respect


Joe Long has tried closing his legendary Brooklyn music shop, Birdel’s Records, before.

Two years ago, Mr. Long posted a going-out-of-business sign in the windows of his Bedford-Stuyvesant storefront, which opened in 1944. With the decline of the music industry and of his profits, and the fact that no family member wanted to take over, he’d had enough.

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This from our friends in Michigan, where vinyl gets a boost with a new record store:

Plymouth Rocks Again at Cousins Vinyl

Replay your past with classic LPs, EPs and 45’s.

By Chip Karnish

As a kid, my older cousin John used to take me to local music stores like Sam’s Jams, Off the Record, Peaches and that one next to the Penn Theater (before Repeat the Beat moved in). We’d spend hours flipping through rows of albums searching racks of the latest U.S. bootlegs, U.K. new wave and European import records. Though the music of that era still lives on, those places to shop unfortunately do not.

But now I find Plymouth is bringing that nostalgic soundtrack back with, appropriately enough, Cousins Vinyl.

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The LATimesblog is promoting our beloved vinyl with a feel good vinyl story!

Fingerprints record store: Thriving despite music industry woes

In a sun-filled 7,200-square-foot space in the arts district east of downtown Long Beach, something extraordinary is unfolding: The record business is growing. Boxes long confined to dark storage see the light again. Bins brim with new and used CDs. Jazz swings in its own room. So does vinyl. Books too.

Someone apparently forgot to tell store owner Rand Foster that people pluck their music from the clouds now, rather than exchange cash for it in bricks-and-mortar emporiums such as Fingerprints. Not only has Foster's indie venture survived 18 years of a drastically changing retail environment, but the soft-spoken entrepreneur also just doubled Fingerprints' footprint, moving to this space two times bigger than its longtime Belmont Shores home. His key? Making the store a destination for a devoted clientele.

"It's not memorable where you buy the record on top of the charts," Foster says. "When you buy something you've never heard of that becomes a favorite record, or you buy a record you've been looking for 10 years, you remember that store."

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Vinyl in Virginia:

Vinyl records are a hit again, even with people in their 20s and younger

By Stephanie M. Mangino
The Winchester Star

Maybe it's just Tracee Wink's particular quirk or wish - but when she turns on her record player, she hears music that doesn't come through an iPod.

"Maybe it's not," she said. "Maybe it's me."

It's not just Wink. She is part of a wave of people who listen to vinyl records, some old and some new.



Sundazed Announces A Hollies “Ten Singles Box Set”

The Hollies – Lost Recordings And Beat Rarities!

According to Sundazed, this new boxset will collect 20 long-buried Hollies’ recordings across TEN seven inch vinyl singles, each with a gorgeous period-label and picture sleeve! The tracks range from hard-to-find U.S. and British singles and EP’s to songs previously unissued on vinyl. Follow the group from their first single (released May of 1963), the savage “(Ain’t That) Just Like Me” b/w “Hey What’s Wrong With Me,” through their discotheque dance-floor raves: “Come On Back,” “What Kind of Love” and “She Said Yeah.” Swoon to their swingin’ ballad “Yes I Will,” groove with their jazzy “Honey And Wine” and float to outer space with “All the World Is Love.” Discover an impossible-to-find, spy-styled double-sider the Hollies did for a 1967 Italian movie, and groove to unreleased tracks cut while on tour in New York City in 1965, then marvel at an extremely scarce cover of the Beatles’ “If I Needed Someone,” tracked at Abbey Road, revered recording home to both groups.

------------------ is set to stream R.E.M.’s ‘Collapse Into Now’ on March 1

At 2 p.m. ET on March 1, will be the host of the U.S. online premiere of R.E.M.’s new studio album, “Collapse Into Now,” which is due in stores March 8 on the Warner Bros. label.

On March 2, the album will be featured as part of NPR’s “First Listen” series.

In other R.E.M. news, look for singer Michael Stipe to appear on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on March 3. That same day, Stipe is scheduled to perform as part of the Tibet House Benefit Concert taking place at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan.

Read more: is set to stream R.E.M.’s ‘Collapse Into Now’ on March 1 | Goldmine Magazine


R.E.M.'s Mike Mills Talks About Collapse Into Now

R.E.M.'s fifteenth studio album, Collapse Into Now, will be in stores a week from Tuesday (March 8) and bassist Mike Mills recently talked to Billboard about the album and how it differs from 2009's Accelerate.


Video: R.E.M., ‘Mine Smell Like Honey’ played live at Berlin’s Hansa Tonstudios


"Dandy" from 1967 was the hit on this iconic French EP by the Kinks.

Collecting the British Invasion, from the Beatles to the Sex Pistols: An Interview with Stephen M. H. Braitman

By Dean Schaffer

Stephen M. H. Braitman has had a lifelong love affair with music, and has more than 20,000 vinyl records to prove it. In this interview, he discusses the British Invasion from a collector’s perspective, and explores the evolution of the technology behind the tunes—from 78s to 45s to LPs, from mono to stereo to quadrophonic. Braitman, who is both a music appraiser and collector, can be reached via his website,

I was a Hollywood kid. My father was a TV and radio editor in the San Fernando Valley, and he allowed me to do my first writing to review concerts and shows for the newspaper. By 16 I was going to the Troubadour every week and reviewing all the acts—Joni Mitchell, Poco, Neil Young, Pentangle, Tim Buckley, all of them. I had a lot of friends in high school who really appreciated my being able to take them to the clubs for free.

But as a younger kid, I really hated rock ’n’ roll music and pop music, and I disliked the Beatles and all that. I have a younger sister who was a total Beatlemaniac. She started getting into the ’60s scene, but I was more influenced at that time by my father’s interest in classical music.



Vinyl Records Video


and in music history today:

In 1966, the original Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, the home of many of the Beatles' early performances, closes its doors for the final time because of mounting debt. Police were called when over a 100 fans barricaded themselves inside the club to protest.

In 1968, 25 year-old Frankie Lymon, lead singer of The Teenagers, died of a heroin overdose in his grandmother's New York home. Lymon was on leave from a Georgia army post at the time and was scheduled to record for Roulette Records the next day. He first hit the national charts in 1956 when he was just 13 with "Why Do Fools Fall in Love".

In 1970, after the family of the late Ferdinand von Zeppelin threatened a lawsuit, Led Zeppelin performs in Copenhagen, Denmark as The Nobs.

Also in 1970, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" becomes Simon and Garfunkel's third US number one hit. The piano player on the track is Larry Knechtel, who also played for the soft-rock group, Bread.

In 1974, 28 year-old Bobby Bloom, who is best remembered for his #8, 1970 hit "Montego Bay", dies of a gunshot wound to the head. His death was originally thought to be suicide, but is now considered accidental.

In 1976, Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years" in named Best Pop Vocal Performance and Album Of The Year at the 18th annual Grammy Awards. In his acceptance speech, Simon tells the audience "I'd like to thank Stevie Wonder for not releasing an album this year."

Also in 1976, the theme from the ABC-TV program S.W.A.T. became the first television theme song to top the Billboard Hot 100. The theme from Hawaii 5-0 made it to number 4.

In 1981, Country music star Eddie Rabbitt crossed over to the Pop chart to score a US number one hit with "I Love a Rainy Night". It made #53 in the UK. He had earlier written the Elvis Presley smash "Kentucky Rain" before having a number five record with "Drivin' My Life Away". Although it sounds like he made up a stage name, his real name is Edward Thomas Rabbitt.

In 1984, John Denver hosted the Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Michael Jackson wins 8 statues, including Best Album for "Thriller" and Best Record for "Beat It". The Police's "Every Breath You Take" wins Best Song and Culture Club wins Best New Artist.

In 1985, David Byron, vocalist and co-founder of the British Rock band Uriah Heep, suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 38.

In 2008, Mike Smith, keyboard player and lead vocalist for The Dave Clark Five died of pneumonia less than two weeks before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was 64.

Also in 2008, drummer Buddy Miles, who played with Jimi Hendrix in his last regular group, Band of Gypsys, died at age 60 at his home in Austin, Texas, after struggling with a long-term illness. Born George Allen Miles in Omaha, Nebraska, Buddy’s nickname was a tribute to his idol, jazz drummer Buddy Rich. Miles also played with The Delfonics, The Ink Spots, Wilson Pickett, Electric Flag, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Muddy Waters and Barry White. In the 1980s, he achieved a certain amount of notoriety in the U.S. as the vocalist on the celebrated Claymation California Raisins commercials.

And in 2010, Neil Young made a surprise appearance at the closing of the Vancouver Olympic Games where he sang "Long May You Run" as the Olympic flame was extinguished.

Warner Bros. Records and Affiliated Labels Announce Exclusive Vinyl Releases for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 16th, 2011


Warner Bros. Records and Affiliated Labels Announce Exclusive Vinyl Releases for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 16th, 2011

BURBANK, CA -- (MARKETWIRE) -- 02/28/11 --

Warner Bros. Records has announced that it will make a series of vinyl albums and singles available on April 16th exclusively in honor of Record Store Day -- a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. Warner Bros. Records is not only a partner in Record Store Day, but readies more vinyl for release than any other label. This year, we are outdoing ourselves with even more special releases to meet the demands of vinyl enthusiasts nationally and internationally as well. All items are available in very limited quantities and are sure to sell out fast, so don't delay!

These very special exclusive releases (in alphabetical order) are as follows:

Bad Brains: God Of Love + bonus 7" (vinyl LP + two song 7" single) For God Of Love, Bad Brains' first album for Madonna's label Maverick, the original lineup of the group reunited. Ric Ocasek, the producer of their breakthrough Rock For Light, also returned to produce the record. This release includes two previously unreleased demo tracks: "Let's Make Love" and "It's Agreeable" on a bonus 7" vinyl.

The Belle Brigade: The Belle Brigade (vinyl LP) A chance to get an early copy of the self-titled debut album from brother and sister duo The Belle Brigade, fronted by Barbara and Ethan Gruska, before it's released digitally and on CD by Reprise Records on April 19th. Click on the provided link to hear "Sweet Louise" right now!

Built To Spill: "Ripple" (7" picture disc) Very limited collector's edition is a picture disc and features only one track; a previously unreleased live version of the Grateful dead classic recorded live on October 11, 2010 in Charlotte, NC.

Eric Clapton: Unplugged (Two-disc set on 180-gram vinyl; Bernie Grundman Mastering) Eric Clapton's Unplugged was responsible for making acoustic-based music, and "unplugged" albums in particular, a hot trend in the early '90s. Clapton's concert was not only one of the finest Unplugged episodes, but was also some of the most genuine, heartfelt music the guitarist has ever committed to tape. And some of his most popular: The album sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. and won several Grammy Awards, including "Album Of The Year."

Deftones: Covers (vinyl LP) Truly a unique and eclectic collection of rare cover songs spanning multiple genres, none of which has ever been available on vinyl before and a fan essential. Side A: Drive (The Cars) Caress (Drive Like Jehu) Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths) No Ordinary Love (Sade) Savory (Jawbox) Do You Believe (The Cardigans) Side B: Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Ghosts (Japan) The Chauffeur (Duran Duran) If Only Tonight We Could Sleep (Live) (The Cure) Sleep Walk (Santo & Johnny)

The Flaming Lips: Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992-2002 (5 vinyl LP's - Bernie Grundman Mastering) (1992) Hit To Death In The Future Head (Single Disc) (1993) Transmissions From The Satellite Heart (Single Disc) ( 1995) Clouds Taste Metallic (Single Disc) (1999) The Soft Bulletin (Two Disc) (2002) Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (Single Disc) All titles, with the exception of The Soft Bulletin have been out of print and unavailable on vinyl for a decade. Each box will be limited and numbered to create the ultimate LIPS collectors item.

Fleetwood Mac: Rumours - Standard and Deluxe Editions (Bernie Grundman Mastering) The Diamond Award Winning, Grammy "Album Of The Year" masterpiece from Fleetwood Mac is available as an Audiophile Deluxe Version pressed on 2- Disc 45 RPM, 180 gram vinyl (pressed At Pallas), as well as a standard 33 1/3 single disc.

Glassjaw: Worship And Tribute -- considered a hardcore masterpiece, this long sought-after pressing will be available on vinyl for the first time ever vinyl pressing in a limited edition.

Jimmy Eat World: Bleed American -- A special 10th Anniversary Limited edition 3-disc reissue of this seminal album featuring a disc of rarities and b-sides pressed on 140 gram vinyl (each one will be hand numbered with a gold foil stamp). There will also be a special run of colored vinyl made exclusive for the Zia Record Store Day tent at Coachella in support of their appearance at the festival.

Mastodon: Live At The Aragon (Deluxe 2-disc set on 180-gram vinyl + DVD; Bernie Grundman Mastering) -- Vinyl edition of the first-ever live experience package from heavy rock innovators Mastodon captures the band's sonic assault recorded and filmed live in October 2009 at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom while the band was touring in support of Crack The Skye.

My Chemical Romance: "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" (7" picture disc) The first single from the band's current album Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys, includes the previously unreleased "Zero Percent," on the B-side.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Limited Edition white vinyl, You're Gonna Get It! (Limited Edition blue vinyl; both Bernie Grundman Mastering). "Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers," the band's debut album, was originally released in 1976. The album is best known for introducing the world to the classic tracks "American Girl" and "Breakdown." "You're Gonna Get It!" Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' second album was released in 1978. Building on the edgy yet always melodic sonic template created on their debut, this album features the hits "Listen To Her Heart" and "I Need To Know" which remain staples in the classic rock songbook.

R.E.M.: Three (3 - 7" single 45 RPM discs, first three singles from their new album, Collapse Into Now, each in individual art gatefold sleeves. All B-sides are previously unreleased. Bernie Grundman Mastering) Disc 1. Mine Smell Like Honey/ Supernatural Superserious (live in Raleigh, NC) Disc 2. Oh My Heart/ Harborcoat (live in Riga, Latvia) Disc 3. UeBerlin/ What's the Frequency, Kenneth? (live in Oslo, Norway)

Regina Spektor: Four From Far (Limited Edition 7" 33 1/3 RPM EP on powder-blue vinyl) Three previously unreleased tracks taken from 2009's Far recording sessions, none of which have ever been available on vinyl, until now. "Eet" from Live in London is also included here. Side A: "Riot Gear," "The Sword & The Pen" Side B: "Time Is All Around," "Eet" (Live In London)

Warner Bros. Records is also pleased to announce the launch of "Side By Side" -- a series of extremely limited-edition 7" vinyl singles featuring iconic WB artists covering other historic and personally influential iconic WB family artists. Each title will be uniquely colored, and 100 of each pressing will be randomly available on clear vinyl. The first four singles listed below will be released on Record Store Day with more singles to be announced soon.

"Havana Affair" (Red Vinyl) The Ramones Red Hot Chili Peppers

"Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely" (Orange Vinyl) Huesker Due Green Day

"Just Got Paid" (Yellow Vinyl) ZZ Top Mastodon

"Love Hurts" (Light-Blue Vinyl) Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels Featuring Emmylou Harris Jenny And Johnny

About Record Store Day: Record Store Day is managed by the Music Monitor Network and is organized in partnership with the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/ performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale on Saturday, April 16, 2011.

Record Store Day Contact: Perry Serpa at Good Cop Public Relations, (718) 846- 0518 /  or Cristina Parker at NoiseNY Public Relations: (917) 684-0452 / email:

About ORG Music: ORG is an independent special projects label dedicated to the record collector experience. High quality and restored vinyl reissues from the best catalogs in the world. Focusing on classic alternative, rock, pop and jazz. Distributed by WBR available on For further information, go to:

For more about National Record Store Day, please visit


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Michael Fremer Album Review

Rock Out With Dick Dale and His Del Tones Live at Ciro's

Dick Dale and His Del-Tones

Capitol/Sundazed LP 5296 180g LP

Produced by: Jim Monsour and Jim Economides
Engineered by: N/A
Mixed by: N/A
Mastered by: Bob Irwin
Lacquer cut by: Wes Garland at Nashville Record Productions



Iconic Live Dick Dale Back on Vinyl!
by Michael Fremer
January 01, 2011

The only original copy of this album that I ever saw was in The Library of Congress's record collection. It features great period cover art that Green Day lifted for their Foxboro Hot Tub album and a live performance from guitar legend Dick Dale.

The whole affair: the cover art, the stage get-up, the amateur but pure recording and the totally inept stage presentation coupled with Dick Dale's inability to emote beyond mechanically hitting the notes somehow add up to an interesting listen but not what I would call an essential one—unless, like Sundazed's main man Bob Irwin, you are guitar-obsessed.

In that case you'll easily ignore that Dick sings the songs as if he's not got a clue as to their meaning or emotional content and concentrate on the Frug and Twist rhythms of the surf music.

If you're of a certain age you'll remember the Go-Go cage installed at your college's local pizzeria and "womaned" by traveling-the-college-circuit teams of moderately attractive, slightly flabby young girls grinding and gyrating while you wolfed down the pie.

You'll eat up the reverb-drenched, twanging, bubbling Stratocaster, the crackling, insistent snare, the sax playing harmony to Dale's surf-leads and the whole weird Ciro's vibe of people sitting in a famous Strip night club watching a high school prom band over-achieving.

The recording by Dick Dale's Dad and a friend piles echo on top of the already reverb drenched guitar and everything else in the live to two track mix.

I once made a similar recording in 1965 in the basement of University Halls #3 at Cornell University of Oz and the Ahs performing the popular dance tune "Everybody Learn to Master The Bate." Same crisp cymbal and snare sound, same watery but twangy Strat reverb. Someone stole the tapes around 1976 in Boston darn it.

Anyway, this one, well--pressed on quiet 180 vinyl at Rainbo is only for the surf guitar fanatics and nostalgia freaks among you....

Thanks to Michael over at for the exclusive rights to reprint this material. Stop by for more reviews and features.

©2011 & Michael Fremer - - All rights reserved

Reprinted by Permission

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Deftones Announce Covers Album For Record Store Day

Deftones recently announced that they will be releasing a special covers LP, approprietly titled 'Covers' for Record Store Day. The album, limited only to 5,000 copies, includes covers of The Cure, The Smiths, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Duran Duran, among many others.

Here’s the tracklisting:

Side A:
Drive (The Cars)
Caress (Drive Like Jehu)
Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths)
No Ordinary Love (Sade)
Savory (Jawbox)
Do You Believe (The Cardigans)

Side B:
Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Ghosts (Japan)
The Chauffeur (Duran Duran)
If Only Tonight We Could Sleep (The Cure)
Sleep Walk (Santo & Johnny)


Franz Ferdinand Releasing EP For Record Store Day

Franz Ferdinand will be releasing a covers EP for the upcoming record celebration, featuring artists such as LCD Soundsystem, the Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt, Blondie's Debbie Harry, ESG and Peaches. The group will cover the Scottish rockers' 2009 effort 'Tonight.'


Vinyl Records Turn Up the Volume


Strokes, Arcade Fire Confirm New Orleans Jazz Fest

Several of alternative rock's biggest names will hit the stage at this year's New Orleans Jazz Festival, set to kick off on April 29. This year the Stokes and Arcade Fire join an impressive lineup that features an array of classic rock, hip-hop, country and jazz artists.

This year's fest will take place over the course of two weekends, the first running April 29 to May 1 and the second running May 5 to May 8.

The first weekend will include headlining performances from Robert Plant & the Band of Joy, Tom Jones, Bon Jovi, Arlo Guthrie, John Legend & The Roots, Jeff Beck, the Decemberists, the Avett Brothers, Wyclef Jean, Jason Mraz, Kenny G, Mumford & Sons, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, and Justin Townes Earle.

The second weekend will include the Strokes, Lauryn Hill, Wilco, Willie Nelson, Lupe Fiasco, Jimmy Buffett, Kid Rock, Cyndi Lauper, Gregg Allman Blues Band, Allen Toussaint, The Neville Brothers, Lucinda Williams, and Michael Franti.


Here's the latest MUSIC CHARTS:


1. Various : Now 37
2. Mumford and Sons : Sigh No More
3. Justin Bieber : My World 2.0
4. Nicki Minaj : Pink Friday
5. Pink : Greatest Hits ... So Far
6. Bruno Mars : Doo-Wops & Holligans
7. Eminem : Recovery
8. Rihanna : Loud
9. Jason Aldean : My Kinda Party
10. Justin Bieber : My Worlds Acoustic

1. Lady Gaga : Born This Way
2. Katy Perry : Firework
3. Bruno Mars : Grenade
4. Wiz Khalifa : Black and Yellow
5. Pink : Fucking Perfect
6. Enrique Eglesias : Tonight (I've Lovin' You)
7. Cee Lo Green : Fuck You
8. Rihanna : S&M
9. Black Eyed Peas : The Time
10. Britney Spears : Hold It Against Me


1. Adele : 21
2. Bruno Mars : Doo Wops & Hooligans
3. Rihanna : Loud
4. Eva Cassidy : Simply Eva
5. Chase & Status : No More Idols
6. Adele : 19
7. Rumer : Seasons Of My Soul
8. The Streets : Computers and Blues
9. James Blake : James Blake
10. Take That : Progress

1. Adele : Someone Like You
2. Jessie J feat. B.o.B. : Price Tag
3. Lady Gaga : Born This Way
4. Adele : Rolling In the Deep
5. Chipmunk feat. Chris Brown : Champion
6. Rihanna : S&M
7. Bruno Mars : Grenade
8. JLS : Eyes Wide Shut
9. Taio Cruz feat. Kylie Minogue : Higher
10. Ke$ha : We R Who We R


1. Take That : Progress
2. Rihanna : Loud
3. Bruce Springsteen : The Promise
4. Shakira : Sale El Sol
5. Pink : Greatest Hits ... So Far
6. Bon Jovi : Greatest Hits
7. James Blunt : Some Kind Of Trouble
8. Susan Boyle : The Gift
9. Kings Of Leon : Come Around Sundown
10. JLS : Outta This World

1. Bruno Mars : Grenade
2. Adele : Rolling In the Deep
3. Katy Perry : Firework
4. Rihanna : What's My Name
5. Black Eyed Peas : The Time
6. Martin Solveig : Hello
7. David Guetta feat. Rihanna : Who's That Chick
8. Taio Cruz : Higher
9. Duck Sauce : Barbra Streisand
10. Bruno Mars : Just The Way You Are


The Groove’s Vinyl Best Sellers 2.14-2.20.2011

1 Ryan Adams – Gold
2 The Black Keys – Brothers
3 Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
4 Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
5 The Pixies – Wave Of Mutilation: The Best Of
6 The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
7 Destroyer – Kaputt
8 Arcade Fire – Suburbs
9 Dr Dre – The Chronic
10 Tristen – Charlatans At The Gate
11 Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
12 The Decemberists -The King Is Dead
13 Robert Plant – Band Of Joy
14 The Twilight Singers – Dynamite Steps
15 Drive-By Truckers – Go-Go Boots


Music History for today:

In 1955, Billboard reported that for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45rpm singles were outselling the old standard 78s.

In 1964, The Beatles worked on the final mixes for “Can't Buy Me Love” and “You Can't Do That” tracks. The single, which was released the following month, topped the charts all over the world.

The Rolling Stones' "19th Nervous Breakdown" was released in 1966.

In 1980, after seeing U2 play at Dublin's National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people, Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band a recording contract. Smart move....
Chuck Berry received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 1985.

Capitol Records released the first 4 Beatles albums on CD in 1987.

In 1983, Michael Jackson's Thriller went to #1 on the U.S. album chart. It went on to become the most successful album of all time with sales of over 50 million copies.

Fats Domino was born in 1928.

The late Johnny Cash was born in 1932.

iCrates Launches iPhone App – a Mobile Search Tool and Information Source for Record Collectors, Music Lovers and Crate Diggers

not something I usually post about, however, this seems like it could be very useful.  Myself, I don't even own a cell phone, but for those who do, maybe someone can try this out and give us an opinion about it.  And, yes, I guess it's true - they have an app for everything....

Record collectors and music lovers get mobile support while “digging the crates” and searching for rare vinyl, CDs or tapes on the go.

Berlin, Germany, February 25, 2011 --( The iCrates app gives instant access to the biggest music databases and marketplaces such as Discogs, eBay, Amazon and iTunes. Users find detailed information on releases, artists and labels while searching for music in record stores or on flea markets.

The built-in barcode scanner allows even faster access to search results.

iCrates shows real-time price offers for releases and evaluates the rarity and average selling price in various currencies. This way music collectors will know when they have spotted a real bargain. With iCrates users can even listen to audio samples and full tracks or watch related videos on Youtube.

In addition the app includes the iCrates Magazine, a high end online music magazine focussing on the love of vinyl and analogue music.

It provides insights into the international record digging scene, offering readers a new way to rediscover old music. Read stories, reviews and interviews as well as guides to the hottest record stores and markets on the planet.

“To us, the interest in analogue music and vinyl records is pure passion. There is a huge treasure trove of musical recordings out there that can change everything for you when you discover it for the first time.”
-- Gunnar Menzel, founder and Design Director of iCrates.

“The app is unlike anything else on the market,” says Bram van der Poel, founder and developer of iCrates. “With iCrates, record collectors get a mobile tool that not only enables them to access and browse easily through all the information they need, but let’s them compare prices from various key marketplaces on the go.”

“We only see this as the start. We are constantly developing the app concept and are really looking forward to the first feedback from music diggers and record collectors, because we’ve developed iCrates for them.”
-- Ann-Kristin Leder, founder and Marketing Manager of iCrates.

iCrates. Developed for music lovers, by music lovers.

Key Features:

Search for artists, releases, labels or catalogue numbers

Find detailed information such as sub-labels, release dates, aliases, credits and album covers

Browse through artists profiles and find video interviews, real names, groups, official artist websites and relevant links

Scan the barcodes of releases to get faster search results (only available for iPhone)

Watch music videos (YouTube)

Listen to tracks and audio samples

Buy songs on iTunes

Get the average selling price and rarity evaluation of a release in your currency (Euro, USD, GBP, Yen) plus find real-time offers on eBay and Discogs

Remember your ten recent searches

Add each search entry to your favorites for future reference and access them even when the device is offline
Share with friends on Twitter, Facebook or by email

Geotag releases and send the location to your friends on Facebook or by email

Get Insights into the international record digging scene with the iCrates Magazine. Read stories, reviews and interviews as well as guides to the hottest record stores and markets. The Magazine is also accessible when device is offline

Optimise your search results and overall app performance by easily customising your settings

Access the following databases: Discogs, eBay, Amazon, Youtube, iTunes

Formats The application includes the following formats: Vinyl, Shellac, CD, CDV, DVD, HD DVD, Blu-ray, Cassette, DAT, DCC, Betamax, VHS, Video 2000, Laserdisc, Minidisc, Memory Stick, Box Set and many more.

Please Note:
To use and experience the full functionality of the app you need to have an internet connection. Your favorites and the iCrates Magazine are accessible when device is offline.

Device requirements:
– iPhone and iPod touch
– Requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later
– 4 MB

For further information, please visit the press section:

How to digg music with iCrates (video):

Product website:

Download app:

About iCrates

The Digital Creative Director, Gunnar Menzel had the initial idea to develop an app for DJs and vinyl collectors. He further developed the concept with the support of developer and composer Bram van der Poel and Arts Manager and Marketing Professional Ann-Kristin Leder. In 2010 they founded iCrates. Being music lovers themselves, the vision was to create the ultimate search tool for record collectors, DJs and crate diggers that would not only provide relevant information on releases, artists and labels, but also allow them to listen to tracks on the spot.

Realising that record sales have increased over the past years and that a global platform was missing for todays vinyl lovers, the idea of the iCrates Online Magazine was born. In a short time more than twenty international authors and creatives came on board to give a classic music medium a fresh twist and explore the boundaries between the analogue era and the digital world.

The aim of iCrates is to nurture the love of vinyl and analogue music, and to show the world that records are still spinning.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Blue Note Records Selling Fast For eBayer

Don't usually do this, however, I have some inside info on some fantastic old jazz records currently up on eBay.  My buddy is just starting to unwrap many, many old jazz records, so if this is your thing, head on over and check on it!!  This is just the beginning, there is so much more to come!



George Harrison's Birthday To Be Celebrated With Free Streaming Of Concert For George

In honor of George Harrison's birth date (February 25), the memorable tribute concert in his honor, Concert For George, will be streamed for free on for 24 hours to allow optimal worldwide viewing across all time zones, beginning at 8AM London time (GMT).

Read more about this wonderful tribute at


URIAH HEEP: New Album Artwork, Track Listing, Release Date Revealed

Legendary British hard rockers URIAH HEEP will release their 23rd studio album, "Into The Wild", on April 15 in Europe and May 3 in North America via Frontiers Records. The CD was produced by Mike Paxman (STATUS QUO, ASIA) and features cover artwork (see below) by the renowned Greek-American artist Ioannis (LYNYRD SKYNYRD, STYX, SAGA).

Read the rest at Blabbermouth


a fantastic article about the love of music and vinyl:

Bull City Records celebrates 5th year anniversary

Five years young

By Joseph Chapman | The Daily Tar Heel

By the time Chaz Martenstein, owner of Durham’s Bull City Records, arrives at work, he has braced himself for the inevitable.

“One of the most-asked questions in any music store that I’ve worked for — word for word — is, ‘What’s new and good?’” Martenstein said.

And in his experience, to be on the receiving end of that question comes with a lot of weight, more than most people would ever consider.

“It’s kind of a scary question,”........

Read the rest at the


World Party Return To SXSW, NY Ahead Of New Album

World Party has confirmed their return to the US this spring for a string of SXSW dates - including a Friday performance at Auditorium Shores - and two performances at Joe's Pub in NYC on March 22 and 23.



There's a great write up in the USA Today, well worth the read!

Vinyl records spin back into vogue

Read the rest at


a rare look inside the mind of a true vinyl lover:

Last Collector Standing: Mike Zapf of Vivian Girls on Competitive Crate-Digging and Finding Vinyl Treasure in Unexpected Places

By Jon Scorfina

The number of chain record stores nationwide has dwindled. However, St. Louis has become an unlikely safe haven for indie record shops as well as for DJs who prefer to spin the black circle instead of scrolling their iPods. In this weekly column, we'll focus on personal portraits of St. Louis' record aficionados and the rooms where they store their treasures. Meet the last collectors standing.



The Dear Hunter Announce Release For The Color Spectrum EPs

The Dear Hunter are set to unleash the much talked about Color Spectrum E.P.s through Triple Crown on June 7th. Here is the Press Release from the band:

February 24, 2011 — It’s the news fans of THE DEAR HUNTER have been waiting for.

The band’s highly anticipated collection of nine EPs entitled THE COLOR SPECTRUM will be released June 7 on Triple Crown Records in a variety of formats. Pre-orders will be available starting in March.

THE COLOR SPECTRUM consists of songs inspired by the colors of the spectrum, specifically RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN,BLUE, INDIGO and VIOLET, with WHITE and BLACK being included as bookends. Casey Crescenzo, mastermind of The Dear Hunter, completed the EPs with various producers, while traveling the US, documenting every step of the process. The collection will feature collaborations with several producers and musicians, including Manchester Orchestra, Brendan Brown from The Receiving End of Sirens, Mike Watts (who has worked with As Tall As Lions and he mixed the band’s ACT III: LIFE AND DEATH), and Steve Haigler (Brand New, As Tall As Lions, Quicksand).

THE COLOR SPECTRUM will be released in the following formats:

Full Length CD: Includes select music from each EP compiled on one full length CD. Also available as a digital download.

Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl Box Set: Nine 10" vinyl records available as a Box Set, which includes all music from THE COLOR SPECTRUM and a digital download of all the music. Available only through mail order via Triple Crown Records’ website.

Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl Box Set: Nine 10" vinyl records available as a Box Set, which includes all music from THE COLOR SPECTRUM and a digital download of all the music. Available only through mail order via Triple Crown Records’ website.

Individual digital versions of each song and EP from the entire collection of THE COLOR SPECTRUM will be available

In touring news, THE DEAR HUNTER will hit the U.S. concert trail in May, with shows to be announced in the coming weeks. The band has already racked up thousands of miles in tour dates with bands such as Brand New, Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Say Anything, Porcupine Tree, Mewithoutyou and many others


Def Leppard to Release Live Album, Tour with Heart

Def Leppard – with “special guest” Heart – will hit the road this summer for a major North American tour. Kicking off in West Palm Beach, Florida on June 15, the two powerhouse hit-makers are scheduled to perform 45 concerts in the U.S. and Canada. Most shows will take place in amphitheaters though a number of arena shows are scheduled. The tour will conclude on September 15 in Auburn, Washington.

Read the rest and get the tour dates at


a great post about an often misunderstood man:

R. Crumb's Music Sampler (MQ Publications Ltd., 2005)

I'm not big on hero worship, and from what I understand, Robert Crumb is often uncomfortable with the adulation that he receives from overzealous fans. Be that as it may, I find him to be one of the most interesting as well as admirable people alive today, and not just because of his uncompromisingly magnificent artwork.

Read the rest of the post at


and music history for today:

In 1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets begin recording "That'll Be The Day" with producer Norman Petty at his studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Holly had recorded the song with his band The Three Tunes in Nashville in 1956, but Decca Records brass didn't like the result and refused to release it. Holly's new version would become his signature tune, rising to #1 in both the US and the UK

In 1961, after being discharged from the US army nearly a year ago, Elvis Presley makes his first concert appearance since 1958 at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee. During the show, RCA Records presents The King with a plaque to commemorate 76 million records sold worldwide.

In 1963, the first Beatles' single was released in America by Chicago's Vee Jay Records. The 45 featured "Please Please Me" as the "A" side, but the name of band is misspelled "Beattles".

At the Grammy Awards in 1981, Christopher Cross wins in four categories; Best New Artist, "Sailing" is Song of the Year and Record of the Year and his debut album "Christopher Cross" is tabbed as Album of the Year. Kenny Loggins' "This Is It" is named Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male went to Billy Joel for "Glass Houses".

In 1984, Van Halen enjoyed a US number one smash with "Jump", after David Lee Roth added lyrics to music that Eddie Van Halen had written two years before.

In 1992, Eric Clapton wins six Grammys, including Best Record and Best Song for "Tears In Heaven" as well as Best Album for "Unplugged". James Brown is recognized for Lifetime Achievement and Michael Bolton is given a statue for Best Pop Vocal Performance for his note-for-note remake of "When a Man Loves a Woman".

1993 - Toy Caldwell, lead singer for The Marshall Tucker band on their 1977 million seller, "Heard It In A Love Song", died in his sleep at the age of 45.

In 1998, At Radio City Music Hall, Bob Dylan is handed three Grammys, including one for Best Album for "Time Out Of Mind". Dylan's son, Jakob, also won an award, winning Best Song for "One Headlight", a tune he recorded with his band The Wallflowers. Also winning awards were John Fogerty, who picked up Best Rock Album for "Blue Moon Swamp", Elton John for Best Male Vocal for "Candle In The Wind 1997" and Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker who won for Best Pop Collaboration for "Don't Look Back". Bo Diddley and Roy Orbison were cited for Lifetime Achievement.

In 2009, United States President Barack Obama honored Stevie Wonder with one of America's highest awards for Pop music, the Library of Congress' Gershwin prize at a ceremony at the White House. Obama called Wonder "the soundtrack of my youth."

1943 - This day was commonly thought to be George Harrison's birthday. In 1992, Harrison was reported to have said, "I only learned recently after all these years that the date and time of my own birth have always been off by one calendar day and about a half hour on the clock." His birthday is actually February 24.

Whatever your birth date, here's to you George!




Mute announces an exclusive label release to celebrate the annual Record Store Day, on April 16, 2011.

The release titled, Vorwärts, is a compilation of exclusive tracks from Mute artists, either from the vaults, such as Can’s “Millionspiel (edit)”, previously unreleased from 1970 or tracks which have been previously unreleased commercially. Hand-numbered and set to a limited edition of 1000 in the US on orange vinyl plus CD package, Vorwärts features unreleased tracks from Liars, Junip, Josh T. Pearson, Mick Harvey, and Polly Scattergood along with the brand new track, “Be The One” from Moby. Full tracklisting below.

“In Every Direction (White Sea Remix)” by Junip is the lead track on Vorwärts. White Sea is M83 singer Morgan Kibby’s new project. Also featured are two new Mute artists, S.C.U.M and Big Deal, both based in London.
Mute Vorwärts – Vinyl album + CD
1. In Every Direction (White Sea Remix) – Junip
2. Locked Up – Big Deal
3. Singer To The Crowd – Josh T. Pearson
4. Greyscale – Liars
5. Millionspiel (Edit) ­– Can
6. Summon The Sound ­– S.C.U.M
7. Be The One – Moby
8. The Ballad Of Jay Givens – Mick Harvey
9. Silver Lining – Polly Scattergood
10. Noise Activity – Simon Fisher Turner / Espen J. Jörgensen (CD only)

If you love vinyl as much as we do, email me with any questions you might have

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Fake Problems Announce First Headlining Tour

Fake Problems have announced their first US headline tour in support of the album "Real Ghosts Caught on Tape." Joining Fake Problems will be Pomegranates (Afternoon Records), Laura Stevenson and the Cans (Don Giovanni Records), and on select dates, Now Now (No Sleep), and Into It. Over It. (No Sleep). The tour will go from April 14 through May 21 and hits nearly every major market in the US.

Get the dates and more information at


NOVEMBERS DOOM To Release 'Aphotic' In May

Chicago's NOVEMBERS DOOM has finished recording its eighth full-length album, "Aphotic", for a May 10 release via The End Records. The CD features special guests on several tracks:

Read the rest at Blabbermouth

Cool Cover Art


Iggy & the Stooges to Release Vinyl Document of Their Raw Power Show

Iggy and The Stooges have been on the road for the last few months playing their album Raw Power and now fans can take home a slice of the tour on shiny wax......



Record companies rethink strategies as music sales fall

Thomas Nassiff
The beginning of 2011 has signaled almost no signs of positive things to come for the future of the music business. The hope generated from bloated 2010 sales has all but vanished, as Warner Music Group hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to search out potential buyers for the company.

The news came on Jan. 20, one of the more prominent announcements in a couple of months filled with similar negative proclamations for the future of the music industry.

Warner Music, one of the four major record companies, hired Goldman Sachs to investigate interested buyers after several offers to buy out the company flooded Warner's management, according to news reports.

Read the rest of this indepth story about the music industry and read about what a band has done to get their music to fans:


Vanguard lets fans choose reissued vinyl for Record Store Day

Last year, Vanguard Records released five classic titles on vinyl from their vaults on Record Store Day. Immediately afterwards, Vanguard and Record Store Day asked fans to vote on  for the five classic titles to be reissued on Record Store Day 2011. These five titles are limited to 1000, and available EXCLUSIVELY at participating independently owned record stores on Record Store Day 2011, Saturday, April 16:

Vanguard and Sugar Hill will be releasing additional titles to indie record stores on Record Store Day before making them available to other retailers at a later date. Those include vinyl reissues of Nickel Creek’s Nickel Creek, This Side and Why Should The Fire Die? albums and a Vanguard compilation album called Follow Me Down: Vanguard’s Lost Psychedelic Era (1966 –1970), which marks the first hand-selected foray into Vanguard’s archives for “lost” records and 45s.

Read more: Vanguard lets fans choose reissued vinyl for Record Store Day | Goldmine Magazine


Queen has grand plans for its 40th anniversary

Queen will be marking its 40th anniversary over the next year with “a lot of activity,” says guitarist Brian May.

That includes the reissuing of the band’s entire 15-album studio catalog in a series of two-CD deluxe editions, each one featuring rarities. Bob Ludwig will be remastering the albums, which will be released in three waves. The first wave, consisting of the first five Queen albums, is due in the spring.

Read more: Queen has grand plans for its 40th anniversary | Goldmine Magazine


‘Special Edition’ Asia box set release in March

Frontiers Records is set to release a special edition live CD/DVD box set from supergroup Asia. SPIRIT OF THE NIGHT – THE PHOENIX TOUR LIVE IN CAMBRIDGE 2009 will be released in North America on March 8th. The CD boasts 13 tracks, which includes a CD-only track exclusive, as well as a bonus track, while the DVD features 85 minutes of material, as well as bonus DVD content including an EPK and special footage of “In The Court Of The Crimson King” featuring King Crimson founding member Ian MacDonald.

Read the rest HERE


CiTR and Mint Records team up for indie compilation

Limited-edition vinyl album features Vancouver underground artists Fanshaw and Fine Mist among others

By Francois Marchand, Vancouver Sun

University of B.C. radio station CiTR and Vancouver-based label Mint Records will celebrate the release of their new joint compilation tonight.

The album, CiTR Pop Alliance Compilation: Vol. 2, will officially be made available during a concert at the Interurban Gallery.

Curated by CiTR host Duncan McHugh ("Duncan's Donuts"), the new volume features 11 tracks by some of Vancouver's best underground indie bands, including Apollo Ghosts, Watermelon and No Kids.

Read more:


Antony and the Johnsons to release Swanlights EP

Antony and the Johnsons will release the “Swanlights” EP digitally and on 10” via Secretly Canadian on April 26. A CD version is forthcoming. The 10” vinyl will be available on Record Store Day, April 16. The EP includes a remix of the title track by Oneohtrix Point Never as well as two exclusive b-sides.


Some great album cover art!!

Foo Fighters Offer New Song And Cover Art

By Andrew Tijs

Foo Fighters put up another track and cover art from their new album as Dave Grohl collects his Godlike Genius award.

Nowhere near as heavy as their first offering ‘White Limo’, the track ‘Rope’ will be the first official single from their new album Wasting Light.

Find out more details at


and a quick look at what's selling at Grimey's, the world famous record store:

Grimey’s Top 10 Vinyl Best Sellers 02/14-02/20/2011

Spin magazine has ranked Grimey’s as one of the top indie record shops in the nation, calling it “A stalwart of indie cool in a town that’s known for a very different kind of music scene.”

1. Bright Eyes The People’s Key
2. PUJOL Bonedaddy 7″
3. Tristen Charlatans At The Garden Gate
4. The Civil Wars Barton Hollow
5. Over The Rhine The Long Surrender
6. Drive-By Truckers Go-Go Boots
7. Mogwai Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
8. Hayes Carll KMAG YOYO
9. Lifeguards Waving At The Astronauts
10. The Black Keys Brothers


Today's Music History:

On this day in 1956, police in Cleveland, Ohio enforce a 1931 ordinance that barred people under the age of 18 from dancing in public unless accompanied by an adult.

In 1957, Buddy Holly recorded a new version of “That’ll Be the Day,” the title being taken from a phrase used by John Wayne in the film The Searchers.

In 1965, the Beach Boys record "Help Me Rhonda", with guitarist Al Jardine singing lead vocal. The disc will become their second Billboard #1 and stay on the chart for eleven weeks.

In 1976, The Eagles LP "Their Greatest Hits 1971 - 1975" becomes the first album in history to be certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The new certification represented sales of at least 1 million copies for albums and 2 million copies for singles. The Platinum award was originated in the early seventies because Gold status was achieved by most popular records in a very short period of time. The Eagles Greatest Hits album stayed on Billboard's Hot 200 chart for two and half years.

Winners at the 1982 Grammy Awards included John Lennon and Yoko Ono for Album of the Year with Double Fantasy, Kim Carnes for Song of the Year with “Bette Davis Eyes,” Quincy Jones for Producer of the Year and Sheena Easton for Best New Artist.

In 1987, Grammy Awards are presented to: Paul Simon's "Graceland" - Best Album; Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" - Best Record and Bruce Hornsby and the Range - Best New Artist. Fats Domino is presented with a Lifetime Achievement award.

In 1992, The US Postal Service unveils two versions of its proposed Elvis stamp for fans to vote on. The younger Elvis would win out over the Vegas Elvis and was issued on January 8, 1993.

In 1990, American singer-songwriter-pianist Johnnie Ray died of liver failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He scored over 20 Top 40 singles between 1952 and 1960 including the 1956 U.K. #1 and U.S. #2 single “Just Walking in the Rain.” Dexys Midnight Runners’ name checked Ray in the lyrics to their 1982 hit “Come On Eileen.”

Kurt Cobain married Courtney Love in Waikiki, Hawaii in 1992. The press reported that the couple were expecting a baby on Sept 10 of the same year.

In 1999, Madonna wins four Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Album for "Ray Of Light". Celine Dion is given the nod for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "My Heart Will Go On" and Eric Clapton's "My Father's Eyes" is named Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male.

Carlos Santana won eight awards at the Grammy Awards. Before the Supernatural album, the guitarist had not had a Top 10 album since 1981.

In 2004, Estelle Axton, who helped create the legendary soul music label Stax, died in a hospital in Memphis, at age 85. Stax was home to Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes and Booker T and the MG’s. The Stax studio, “Soulsville U.S.A.,” was second only to Motown in its production of soul hits during its 1960s heyday.

In 2006, The Sex Pistols gave a virtual middle finger to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when they issued an open letter on front man Johnny Rotten's Website, saying they have no intention of attending the induction ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. "Next to The Sex Pistols, rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum, urine in wine. We're not coming."

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: I enjoyed your column on the weirdness of the Christmas charts. It reminds me of how little I understand the trade publications creating separate surveys for essentially the same records found on the Top 100, 200, or more if they needed extra slots.

If a soul or country record sells well enough, it will take its place on the catch-all Top Hits chart anyway. Thousands of examples of this exist. How did this come about?

I read somewhere that George Michael was the first white artist to have a No. 1 album on the black music charts, with his “Faith” LP.

I don't even regard George as a blue-eyed soul singer, a term commonly used to describe soul-sounding whites, like the Righteous Brothers; Hall & Oates; Elvis; and Tom Jones.

Didn't any of these artists score that high in the soul music field?
—Jim O'Donnel, Branson, Mo.

DEAR JIM: I agree that so many different national charts can be confusing, though the one aspect you might be overlooking is they were not created for the general public. Locally-produced surveys by radio stations in every area of the country did a good job of meeting that need.

In their early years, the Billboard and Cash Box charts primarily provided coin machine operators with the tunes getting the most plays around the country.

Be it a restaurant, bar, or amusement park, each location has its own demographic. The music must match the tastes of the patrons in order to generate the coveted metallic waterfall, meaning that machine is earning its keep.

This is where the weekly trades proved absolutely essential.

Even the name Cash Box comes from the cash boxes in jukes, and other coin operated machines.

Until the end of 1960, Billboard's masthead read “The World's Foremost Amusement Weekly.” Many phases of the entertainment world were covered then, but none as much as coin-operated machines.

For that industry, as well as record distributors, rack jobbers, retailers, and radio stations, having separate charts made it much easier to stock or play the style of music most appropriate for the location or format. Finding Kitty Wells and Mary Wells on the same juke would mean someone made a mistake.

All records looked alike, and many were by unfamiliar names. The charts meant not having to audition hundreds of records each week.

Then, with their first issue of 1961, Billboard's revised masthead reflected the dynamic shift toward music and records: “BILLBOARD MUSIC WEEK - Music - Phonograph Merchandising - Radio-TV Programming - Coin Machine Operating.”

In January 1965, the modified masthead read “Billboard, The International Music News Weekly: Radio-TV Programming - Phono-Tape Merchandising - Coin Machine Operating.”

Subsequent issues continued to reflect the changing times and formats, sans amusements: (July 1966) International Music-Record Newsweekly”; (June 1969) “International Music-Record-Tape Newsweekly”; (July 1980) “Radio Programming Music/Record International Newsweekly”; (Oct. 1981) “International Newsweekly of Music & Home Entertainment”; (June 1992) “International Newsweekly of Music, Video and Home Entertainment”; and (April 2004) “International Authority on Music, Video and Digital Entertainment.”

In April 2005, they dropped all sub-heads and used just “Billboard.”

Now, with CD sales dropping big time and vinyl and downloading on the rise, it will be interesting to see the direction taken by the coin machine industry.

Regardless, as long as radio — over the air as well as internet-based — sticks with specific formats, there will likely be a demand for separate charts to lend a hand.

None of the blue-eyed soul stars you mention topped the R&B/Soul/Black LP chart, though all did appear elsewhere on those charts, either with albums or singles.

George Michael is the first solo artist to do so, but whether he is the first overall depends on how you view “Saturday Night Fever.”

Technically, this soundtrack is a various artists compilation; however, it is widely regarded as a Bee Gees LP, and usually filed as such.

Since the black music chart ranked “Saturday Night Fever” at No. 1 for six weeks in early 1978, the Bee Gees, Brits like Michael, can stake a claim to being the first Caucasians atop that survey.

IZ ZAT SO? Here is a quirky twist to George Michael's soul success with “Faith,” the album and the single.

The Gold Record award-winning single, George's biggest hit and the lead track on the “Faith" album, never appeared among the Hot Black Singles.

Another tune from the “Faith” album did, however. Michael's “One More Try” held the No. 1 position on both the black singles and albums, at the same time.

Not even the Bee Gees matched this strangely paradoxical feat.

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