Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Notes, Did You Know?

Record Store Day Releases (So Far)

 I am sure this list will be updated, but here is what is coming in just 51 days!

A Rekords Rekords Record - 10" picture disc compilation, featuring tracks by Queens Of The Stone Age. Alain Johannes, Mini Mansions and Desert Sessions.

AC/DC - Shoot To Thrill/War Machine 7"

Beth Ditto - "tbc" CD

Bibio/Clark - Split 12"

Big Audio Dynamite - Ltd. numbered 7"

Black Angels - "Another Nice Pair" Red Vinyl

Blitzen Trapper - Maybe Baby b/w I Don't Know What 7"

Busdriver - 7" limited to 50

Charles Douglas - The Lives of Charles Douglas limited vinyl

Clinic - "Ladies Night" limited 10" single

Cults - 7" etched vinyl

Deep Purple - 7" single "Hush" "Speed King"

Deerhoof/Xiu Xiu - split 7" colored vinyl

Deftones - Covers vinyl LP

Derek & The Dominos - 7" single

Doriella Du Fontaine (Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles And Lightnin' Rod) - 7" single

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - tbc quadruple vinyl release

Eric Clapton - "Unplugged" vinyl LP

Franz Ferdinand - Covers EP 12"

Foster The People - "Pumped Up Kicks" 10" vinyl

Glassjaw - "Worship & Tribute" Vinyl LP

Green Day/Husker Du - "Don't Know If You Are Lonely" split 7"

Jenny & Johnny/ Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris - "Love Hurts" split 7"

James Yorkston - EP

Jimi Hendrix - "Fire" 7" red vinyl & Ltd 3 track CD

Lone Pigeon - 28 secret tracks Ltd vinyl pressing

Lower Dens - 7"

Mastadon - "Live at the Aragon" vinyl LP

Mastadon/ZZ Top - "Just Got Paid" split 7"

Midlake/Will Self - 12" single

Of Montreal - The Past Is A Grotesque Animal 12" single

Owen - "O, Evelyn" 7" single

Ozzy Osbourne - Flying High Again / I Don't Know (live) 7"

Panda Bear - "Tomboy" exclusive clear vinyl with t-shirt

Pearl Jam - Immortality/Rearviewmirror 7"

Peter Tosh - Legalise It/Equal Rights colored 7"

Phish - "Two Soundchecks" 7-inch live

Primal Scream - Triple vinyl seet

R.E.M. - "Three" 3x 7" collection

Red Hot Chili Peppers/ The Ramones - "Havana Affair" split 7"

Regina Spektor - "Four From Far" - 7"

Rival Schools - "Wring It Out" 7"

Rolling Stones - "Brown Sugar/Bitch/Let It Rock" 7" vinyl replica

Rush - "BU2B" 7"

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - "Broom" colored vinyl

Sons & Daughters - Listen To Crime/Just Relax 7"

Spark - "Revolving" 7"

Syd Barrett - "An Introduction To Syd Barrett" double vinyl

The Clash - "The Magnificent Seven" 7" heavyweight red vinyl & 4 trk CD

The Flaming Lips - "Heady Nuggs" The First 5 Warner Bros Albums Vinyl Boxset

The Go! Team - "Apollo Throwdown/Voice Yr Choice" 12" single

The Joy Formidable - "Whirring" 7"

The Kills - "Satellite" special dub 10"

The Wombats - "Anti D" 7"

Toddla T - "Cherry Picking" 12" red vinyl single

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers" LP

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "You're Gonna Get It" LP

Toro Y Moi / Cloud Nothings - "I Will Talk To You/For No Reason" 7"

Vaccines - "Live From London" CD

Villagers - "Villagers live at the Workman's Club Dublin, 16th September 2010" vinyl LP

Vivian Girls - "I Heard You Say" colored 7" single

WHEN I WAS 12 - 7-inch (300 limited edition pieces of random color)


A feel good story- hail vinyl!

KA-CHUNK!! Records: Vinyl record store opens in Annapolis

Carly Herrlinger / Annapolis Music Examiner.

Ever since watching High Fidelity for the first time, I’ve dreamed of there being a local record store in my town where I could browse through non-mainstream bands and artists on sweet, sweet vinyl and receive recommendations from an owner who knew as much - and was as passionate about - music as his customers. Now there is. Matt Mona opened KA-CHUNK!! Records on Dec. 15 in downtown Annapolis. In a world run by Apple, what makes a store that primarily sells vinyl worth checking out?

“Vinyl gives you a sense of permanence and appreciation for the artists involved,” said Mona. “Plus, if it’s an older piece of vinyl, I like the sense of history it gives you instead of some CD they just knocked off two months ago.”

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an interesting comparison, record stores vs the disappearing bookstores. But, I think (and there are many other opinions to read at the site) they will be here (both the bookstore and the record store) long after a new medium is being pushed in either industry. Read on, and form your own opinion:

Do Record Stores Point the Way of the Future for Bookstores?

Now that Borders is in bankruptcy and at least 200 stores closing, some people have asked me what I think is going to happen to brick and mortar bookstores in the future. Do they have a future? Will they survive?

There's one comparison I keep coming back to: record stores.

When you consider that the digital revolution happened in music a little over a decade ago, it's interesting to see what has happened to record stores since the rise of the mp3. Basically: carnage on a massive scale. A huge number of stores closed, especially national chains. First it was Tower Records, then Virgin Megastores (here in the US), and now, well, Borders.



and in Illinois, vinyl is the right way to listen to music, read on:

Viva Vinyl: Record sales on the rise

Derek Barichello

Stigarne Holmberg cannot keep a Led Zeppelin record on his shelf for long.

The proprietor of The Veranda, a vintage store located at 221 E. Main St. in Streator, is a beneficiary of a vinyl resurgence.

From polka to The Beatles, his downtown store boasts more than 5,000 vintage records — vinyl relics once destined to collect dust.

While the majority of his business is from collectors looking for that rare Elvis Presley 45, he is getting more customers in their 20s and 30s dusting off covers of classic rock albums they used to listen to on compact disc.

Read the rest of the article HERE


Phish On The Road Again!

Phish will once again spend another summer on the road, as the veteran jam band has announced the initial 18 dates for its 2011 tour on their website yesterday.

In addition to the tour, Phish has also announced that it will release "Two Soundchecks," a 7-inch live vinyl record, in conjunction with Record Store Day on Apr. 16.

Here are Phish's 2011 summer tour dates:

May 27: Bethel, N.Y. (Bethel Woods Center for the Arts)
May 28: Bethel, N.Y. (Bethel Woods Center for the Arts)
May 29: Bethel, N.Y. (Bethel Woods Center for the Arts)
May 31: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Jun. 1: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Jun. 3: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theater)
Jun. 4: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Blossom Music Center)
Jun. 5: Cincinnati, Ohio (Riverbend Music Center)
Jun. 7: Mansfield, Mass. (Comcast Center)
Jun. 8: Darien Center, N.Y. (Darien Lake PAC)
Jun. 10: Camden, N.J. (Susquehanna Bank Center)
Jun. 11: Columbia, Md. (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
Jun. 12: Columbia, Md. (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
Jun. 14: Alpharetta, Ga. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park)
Jun. 15: Alpharetta, Ga. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park)
Jun. 17: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre)
Jun. 18: Raleigh, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion)
Jun. 19: Portsmorth, Va. (Ntelos Wireless Pavilion)


Deep Purple Plan Record Store Day Retro Release

Deep Purple are marking the 2011 occasion by releasing a "retro" single containing "Hush" — recorded for Chris Grant’s "Tasty Pop Sundae" in early 1969 — and "Speed King," recorded for Stuart Henry’s "Noise At Nine" in October of that same year.


The Black Keys Set For North American Tour

With their recent awards including "Best Rock Performance by a Duo" and "Best Alternative Music Album", you're likely to see a fantastic show!

Black Keys tour dates:

06/10 - The Lawn, White River State Park - Indianapolis, IN
06/27 - Canada, Deer Lake Park - Vancouver
06/28 - Stampede Corral - Calgary
06/29 - Rexall Place -Edmonton, Alberta
06/30 - TCU Place - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
07/02 - MTS Centre - Winnipeg, Manitoba
07/03 - Roy Wilkins Auditorium - Minneapolis, MN
07/05 - Stir Cove Amphitheatre - Council Bluffs, IA
07/07 - Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, Ontario
07/10 - Quebec City Summer Festival - Quebec City, Quebec
07/11 - Bell Centre - Montreal, Quebec
07/12 - John Labatt Centre - London, Ontario
07/13 - Artpark - Buffalo, NY


Yellowcard to release "One For The Kids" on Vinyl

Yellowcard will be issuing a vinyl version of their 2001 Lobster Records album 'One For the Kids.' The album was the band's third, but the first to feature current vocalist/guitarist Ryan Key. You will be able to pre-order the record here  on March 22.


ZOMES Announce New Album On THRILL JOCKEY!

Zomes is the solo guise of Asa Osborne, guitarist of the legendary band Lungfish, and Earth Grid is his second album and first release on Thrill Jockey Records. Zomes distills the ideas and towering cyclical melodies of Lungfish to their essence. Distorted keyboard melodies tumble one over the other held together by simple tape-looped drum beats that result in blissed out space drones slowly unfurling into infinity. Zomes will be touring in the US this April with The Skull Defekts, and in Europe with Kogumaza in May. A record of live improvisations and a new studio album are forthcoming.

I love this cover art!



Primordial Reveals New Album, "Redemption At The Puritan's Hand" Tracklisting And Artwork

Irish black metal outfit Primordial has revealed the front cover artwork for the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Redemption At The Puritan's Hand." The record will be released in Europe on April 23rd and on April 26th in North America through Metal Blade Records.

I like the cover art...


The Monkees in the UK promoting their tour and remembering the past:

The Monkees - The One Show 21/02/11

Like em or not, they were very relevant for a short period in the 60's.  And yes, I am old enough to remember their shows, they were on Saturdays, right after the roadrunner cartoons.  And, they were BIG at the time  It's sad now, there was a lot of sniping between them over the years, I still think there s some tension, however, I would hope that goes away after they get on stage to sing....

Notable achievements:

Had the top-charting American single of 1967 ("I'm a Believer"). (Billboard number-one for seven weeks) with "Daydream Believer" tied for third.

Gave the Jimi Hendrix Experience their first US concert appearances as an opening act in July 1967. It should be noted that Jimi Hendrix's heavy psychedelic guitar and sexual overtones did not go over well with the teenage girl audience, During one of the shows, Hendrix gave the audience the finger and quit the tour.

Introduced Tim Buckley to a national audience, via his appearance in the series finale, "Mijacogeo, Or – The Frodis Caper".

Gene Roddenberry was inspired to introduce the character of Chekov in his Star Trek TV series in response to the popularity of Davy Jones, complete with hairstyle and appearance mimicking that of Jones

The Monkees are one of the first artists achieving number-one hits in the United States and United Kingdom simultaneously.

More of The Monkees spent 70 weeks on the Billboard charts, becoming the 12th biggest selling album of all time (

Four number-one albums in a one-year span.

During the time when the Beatles were recording Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Monkees were touring England; the Beatles hosted a party for them. The meeting partially inspired the line in the Monkees' tune "Randy Scouse Git," written by Dolenz, which read, "the four kings of EMI are sitting stately on the floor." Nesmith attended the "A Day in the Life" sessions at Abbey Road Studios; he can be seen in the Beatles' home movies, including one scene where he is conversing with John Lennon (who called him Monkee Man, and would go on to call the group the "Marx Brothers of Rock").


Princeton Announce 7" And Drop Single As Free MP3

Hit City USA has announced Princeton's "To The Alps" limited edition vinyl 7" available physically and digitally on March 29. To celebrate the release LA's pop multi-instrumentalists are making the record's title track available for free download. In anticipation of "To The Alps," Princeton are heading to New York from February 24-26 for select live performances.

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Awesome cover art, too bad it's on CD

URIAH HEEP: 'Live In Kawasaki' Details Revealed

Legendary British hard rockers URIAH HEEP will release a new live album, "Official Bootleg Volume Three - Live In Kawasaki Japan 2010", on March 29 via Phantom.

The track listing for the CD is posted at


Songwriters Hall of Fame To Induct Six New Members Including Russell & Toussaint

The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced their inductees for 2011. Making the cut are John Bettis, Garth Brooks, Leon Russell, Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly and Allen Toussaint.

"We are inspired by the striking caliber and range of the 2011 Songwriters Hall of Fame class," said SHOF Chairman, Jimmy Webb. “John, Garth, Leon, Billy, Tom, and Allen each represent a unique breed of artist, warmly respected by their peers and revered by all lovers of song. As songwriters, their work has forever enriched our world’s music."

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Did You Know?

more stuff everybody should know...

When opossums are playing opossum, they are not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror.

Walt Disney named Mickey Mouse after Mickey Rooney, whose mother he dated for some time.

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

There is a town in Texas called 'Ding Dong.'

There is about 200 times more gold in the world’s oceans, than has been mined in our entire history.

The term "devil's advocate" comes from the Roman Catholic church. When deciding if someone should be sainted, a devil's advocate is always appointed to give an alternative view.

The screwdriver was invented before the screw.

The original copy of the Declaration of Independence is lost. The copy in Washington D.C. is what is referred to as a holograph. That is a term for a handmade copy of a document and is not the same as a laser produced hologram.

The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

and in music history today:

In 1963, Ruby and the Romantics' "Our Day Will Come" enters the Billboard charts. It will hit #1 on both the Pop and R&B list in March and will be the group's biggest hit.

Also in 1963, the Chiffons' "He's So Fine" enters the Hot 100. The song had been rejected by ten different record companies before Laurie Records decided to take a chance on it. By the end of March, it will top both the Billboard Pop and R&B charts and reach #16 in the UK.

In 1964, the Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show for the third consecutive week. The taped segment showed The Fab Four performing "Twist and Shout", "Please Please Me" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand". Sullivan tells his audience that the group are "fine professional singers."

In 1970, The Doors' LP "Morrison Hotel" became the group's fifth album in a row to go Gold. Even though it contained no hit singles, the disc climbed to #4 on the Hot 200 chart and #12 in the UK.

Also in 1970 - The first annual Juno Awards, Canada's version of the Grammys, was held in Toronto. The awards had existed since 1964 under the name The RPM Gold Leaf Awards, which were established by Walt Grealis, editor and publisher of RPM Magazine.

Columbia Records released Billy Joel's "Piano Man" in 1974.

In 1978, At the 20th annual Grammy awards The Eagles win Record of the Year for "Hotel California" and Best Arrangement for Voices for "New Kid in Town". Fleetwood Mac win Album of the Year for "Rumors". Song of the Year was tied between "Love Theme from A Star is Born" by Paul Williams and Barbra Streisand and Joe Brooks' "You Light Up My Life." Yes, it was that bad people....

In 1980, Queen had Billboard's top tune with "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", a song that Freddie Mercury later revealed, came to him while he was taking a bath. Too much info for me Freddie...

In 1983, music got better - A collection of former studio musicians who call themselves Toto win Album Of The Year for "Toto IV" and Record Of The Year for "Rosanna", at the 25th Grammy Awards. Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind" wins Song Of The Year and Marvin Gaye takes home his first two statues when "Sexual Healing" is named Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Instrumental Performance.

In 1994, US Senator Carol Moseley-Braun presided over a Judiciary Juvenile Justice Subcommittee hearing in Washington, DC, where the issue of the day was Rap recording lyrics. Dionne Warwick called it "pornography" while others say it is merely poetry. No one called it music. Amen to that...

In 1998, nine people were killed and more than 40 injured when a truck veered out of control during the annual carnival in Port-au-Prince. The Haitian band Ram was performing on the truck. None of the band members were hurt.

Eminem's first album, "The Slim Shady LP", was released in 1999.

At the Grammy Awards in 2000, Santana ties Michael Jackson's record of eight Grammys in one night, including ones for Album of the Year and Record of the Year for "Supernatural". The single "Smooth" wins Song of the Year. Sting wins Best Pop Album for "Brand New Day", Phil Collins wins Best Soundtrack for "Tarzan" and Jimi Hendrix wins his first Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video for "Band of Gypsys - Live at Fillmore East". Elton John is honored with the Living Legend Award.

In 2003, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel sang together for the first time in ten years as they receive a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Ravi Shankar's daughter Nora Jones was five-for-five at the Grammy Awards, as she took honors for Album of the Year, Record of the Year (for "Don't Know Why"), Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female (also for "Don't Know Why"). Shankar is the man who taught Beatle George Harrison to play the sitar.

Also in 2003, Howie Epstein, who played bass for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers for 20 years and 12 albums, died at the age of 47.

And in 2010, just a week after EMI Records announced that the iconic Abbey Road Studios was for sale, the British culture ministry stepped in to declare the recording facility a historic site. The building "acts as a modern day monument to the history of recorded sound and music," English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley said in a statement. With its new designation, changes can still be made to the villa's interior, but "care must be taken to ensure that any alterations with respect to its character and interest are fully considered," the government said.

Birthday wishes to Michael Wilton of Queensryche (1962 and )Brad Whitford of Aerosmith (1952)

I actually saw them around this time on a bill with J Geils Band, Rush and someone else, who we never could remember. It was one of those nights....

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