Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Notes, Did You Know?

OMGVinyl.com has some news about a special vinyl only release:

Three Lobed Recordings 10th Anniversary 4xLP Set

Three Lobed Recordings is asking for help funding their massive 10th anniversary box set. This collection will contain 4 LPs with full sides of exclusive music by about every important psychedelic band they know. It’s super impressive, and instead of filling this paragraph with info, we’ve decided to post it all below in a concise manner instead. Note that while their initial goal has been met, that is a tiny fraction of what this will cost to produce, so the support will still be VERY helpful. You can get in on all kinds of crazy specials, plus get your preorder in for $60, at . Kickstarter.com

Read the rest of the details at OMGVinyl.com


See the GRAMMY Performance That Should've Made the Prime Time Show

Kenny Wayne Shepherd's performance of "Wang Dang Doodle" featuring GRAMMY nominees Buddy Guy, Cyndi Lauper, Betty Wright, Mavis Staples, and Maria Muldaur. And I watched Lady GaGa, what a dope.....



Axl Rose Squashes Rumor About Reuniting Guns N' Roses Via Twitter

Much has been written, apparently, much ado about nothing regarding the rumors of a Guns N" Roses reunion. Slash recently said he would consider reuniting with Guns N' Roses if temperamental singer Axl Rose apologized to him. Here it is from Axl via his Twitter account.

Contrary to anyone's claims there are no concrete plans nor were there ever for a tour, a relaunch or sponsors (n' certainly not to replace anyone in the band) beyond a collection of random ideas thrown out by various individuals w/out any real foundation or negotiations in place other than our prior involvements (which wouldn't take a rocket scientist to put together). And 4 the record Doc McGhee is no longer involved w/either myself or GN'R.

Look like the reunion is kapoot!


Moby To Release New Album 'Destroyed' In May

Producer readies his ninth effort with free EP...

Moby has recently announced details of his new album 'Destroyed' and a free EP. His new LP will be self-released on his own record label Little Idiot on May 16 and accompanied by a book of photography; a hardback edition of Destroyed which is 128 pages and features 55 photographs taken by Moby all over the world.

Moby is marking the release of his ninth studio album with a free digital EP, 'Be The One', featuring three songs from 'Destroyed', which is available now at moby.com.


Fans Of Record Store Day And Vanguard Choose The First Vinyl Pieces Announced For Record Store Day

Last year, Vanguard Records caused a sensation by releasing on vinyl five classic titles from their vaults on Record Store Day. Immediately afterwards, Vanguard and Record Store Day asked fans to vote on http://www.recordstoreday.com/  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:

Read more at PlugInMusic.com


GRAVEYARD: New Album Artwork Unveiled

Psychedelic doom rock band GRAVEYARD from Gothenburg, Sweden have unveiled the artwork for their second full-length studio release, "Hisingen Blues". The album was produced, recorded, and mixed in 100 percent analog by Don Alsterberg (JOSÉ GONZALES, JUNIP, SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES, THE INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY) at Don Pierre Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. It will be out in Europe on March 25 and in North America on April 19 via Nuclear Blast Records.

A limited-edition seven-inch picture disc of the title track, "Hisingen Blues", backed with the exclusive vinyl track "Granny And Davis" and featuring different artwork will be available through Nuclear Blast Germany's mail-order on February 25 and Nuclear Blast USA's webstore on March 15. This release is limited to 500 copies worldwide.

Read more at Blabbermouth


PENTAGRAM: 'Last Rites' Cover Artwork

PENTAGRAM, the band that has been churning out widely admired hard rock/doom metal for over four decades, has just revealed the track listing and artwork to its highly anticipated new album, "Last Rites". Due on April 12 via Metal Blade Records, the CD contains 11 new tracks of behemoth tunes that fans have been clamoring for since the last Liebling/Griffin masterpiece was released in 1994 ("Be Forewarned").

The cover artwork for "Last Rites" was handled by Mo Moussa who is best known for his work with Marvel and DC Comics.

Read more at Blabbermouth


Kiss Moves In a Brand New Promotional Direction...With Caskets

We have had more stories over the last five years on new Kiss related merchandise than any other artist. The group, and their licensing organization, have not seen a product that they couldn't be used to promote the Kiss brand from clothing to garden gnomes

Read the rest at VintageVinylNews.com


interesting read from the UK:

British music can still star as rock finds a new role

Ian Birrell

Let's get the party started. Tonight it is the Brits, that annual orgy of champagne and back-slapping that has become the biggest night in the British music business calendar. While stars such as Rihanna and Arcade Fire play onstage and millions watch on television, for one night only executives can try to forget the pain of an industry that is in seemingly terminal decline.

Read more at thisislondon.co.uk


Great review of some new music out today!

Turn Around, Bright Eyes

Gregory Yee

Today’s the day. The curtains are closing against a fading light. The end of that weird and wonderful journey that began in 1995. Today Bright Eyes releases their final album, “The People’s Key.”

The album begins with “Firewall.” To be expected, the track begins with a rambling, sermon-tinged intro similar to 2005’s “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning” and 2007’s “Cassadega.” For more than two minutes, Randy Brewer, a Texan musician whom Conor Oberst met on the road, rambles on about universes and reptilian people.

Read more


Treasure Trove: WBEZ DJ’s collection goes on block

BY Dave Hoekstra

There’s a precious song for every collector of jazz records.

Even the motley Seymour (Steve Buscemi) and his vintage vinyl stash were championed in the hit 2001 film “Ghost World.”

Now its Dick Buckley’s turn at the collector’s turntable.

Buckley died June 22 at the age of 85. A Chicago radio DJ for more than 50 years, he was best known as the host of a weekend radio show on WBEZ-FM (91.5). His final show aired on July 27, 2008.

His collection of more than 8,000 jazz LPs, 45s, 78s, CDs, EPs and homemade mix tapes will be auctioned off Thursday at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W. Lake.

Read the rest at the Chicago Sun Times


been watching?  the computer is doing well.....

'Jeopardy!' pits man against computer in Round 1

Read more about these brainiacs Jeopardy


Did You Know?

more stuff everybody should know...

Kelsey Grammar sings and plays the piano for the theme song of Fraiser.

The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.

There are approximately fifty Bibles sold each minute across the world.

Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, "Gadsby", which contains over 50,000 words -- none of them with the letter E.

The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches!

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds!

The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on its fur!

The state of Florida is bigger than England!

A barnacle has the largest penis of any other animal in the world in relation to its size.


In Miami, it is forbidden to imitate an animal

and in music history today:

In 1958, Frankie Avalon scored his first US Top 10 hit when "Dede Dinah" reached number 7. He would follow it with a string of hits over the next couple of years, including "Ginger Bread" (#9), "Venus" (#1), "Bobby Sox to Stockings" (#8), "A Boy Without a Girl" (#10), "Just Ask Your Heart" (#7) and "Why" (#1).

Also in 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis performs "Great Balls of Fire" and his latest release "Breathless" on American Bandstand. Later in the day, he would appear on Dick Clark's Rock and Roll program, Saturday Night Beechnut Show, along with Pat Boone, Connie Francis, Chuck Willis, The Royal Teens and Johnnie Ray.

1962 Ray Charles records "I Can't Stop Loving You" at United Studios in Hollywood, California. The tune will go on to top both the US and UK charts and would be included on the LP "Modern Sounds In Country / Western Music", which would lead the Billboard album chart for 14 weeks.

In 1965, After smoking three packs of cigarettes a day for many years, Nat King Cole died of lung cancer at the age of 47. His daughter Natalie had just turned 15 the previous week. Nat originally played piano in Jazz bands, but stepped to the front of the stage for good when "Mona Lisa" became a huge hit in 1950. Cole continued his hit streak with "Unforgettable", "A Blossom Fell", "Send For Me", "Looking Back", "Ramblin' Rose" and "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer". He hit the charts again in 1991 when his voice was dubbed into a duet with Natalie on an updated version of "Unforgettable".

In 1968, John and Cynthia Lennon, along with George and Patti Harrison, fly to India to study meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Paul and Ringo would join them a few days later, but Starr would become bored and leave on March 1st. Much of the Beatles' "White Album" was written during their stay.

In 1968 - Little Walter died from injuries he received in a fight between sets at a Chicago nightclub.

Disco Hey Days in 1979 - At the 21st Grammy Awards, the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack won Album of the Year and The Bee Gees were named Best Pop Group and Best Arrangement for Voices for "Staying Alive". Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" won Record and Song of the Year. Donna Summer's "Last Dance" won two Grammys: Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song.

In 1981, 39 year old Mike Bloomfield, lead guitarist for Electric Flag, is found dead of a drug overdose in his parked car in San Francisco. He had just completed his final album, "Living In The Fast Lane".

In 1988, Def Leppard cancelled a show in El Paso after Jo Elliott referred to the town as "the place with all those greasy Mexicans." Yeah, rile up the natives, way to go......

Happy birthday to Denny Zager (Zager & Evans) (67)

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