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,”........

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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

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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.

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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!

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