Thursday, March 31, 2011

45rpm Record Turns Sixty-Two Today

written by Robert Benson

Happy Birthday to an old friend, the 45 rpm record officially turns 62 years old today!

The 45rpm record was initially introduced in 1949 by RCA Records as a smaller, more durable replacement for the heavy 78 shellac-based records of the time. The 45 was created by RCA as a competitive move against one their rival record companies, Columbia, which had just introduced the new microgroove 33 1/3 rpm LP. The number 45 came from taking 78 and subtracting Columbia's new 33 to equal the 45. Record companies and consumers alike faced an uncertain future as to which format would survive the 78rpm or the 45rpm; in what was known as the “War of the Speeds.” In 1949 Capitol and Decca started issuing the new LP format and RCA relented and issued its first LP in January 1950. But the 45 rpm was gaining in popularity and Columbia issued its first 45s in February 1951. Soon other record companies saw the mass consumer appeal the new format allowed and by 1954 more than 200 million 45s had been sold.

So On March 31, 1949, RCA Victor released "Texarkana Baby" b/w "Bouquet of Roses" by Eddy Arnold. The first 45 to hit the Billboard charts was "A -- You're Adorable" by Perry Como, listed on the charts on May 7, 1949. The next week, the year's biggest hit appeared on the Billboard charts -- "Riders In The Sky (A Cowboy Legend)” by Vaughn Monroe. The first 45rpm records were monaural and as stereo sound became more prevalent and popular in the 1960s, almost all 45rpm records were manufactured in stereo.

The historical and commercial significance of the 45rpm record has varied over time, the technological developments in recorded music and according to the audience of the particular artists and musical genres. In general, 45 records were more important to the music acts who sold music to the younger audiences (mostly teenagers) who tend to have limited financial resources and shorter attention spans. That said, the golden age for the 45 was in the 1950s and 1960s in early development of rock music. They were affordable and allowed artists the freedom of releasing a single song as opposed to a whole LP. Conversely, some singles helped to launch the sales of the albums that the musicians were promoting.

The length of the songs also evolved. In the 1950s, it was common for songs to be anywhere from two to two and a half minutes long and in the 1960s; the three minute single became the norm. This length was very convenient and fit the AM radio format very well. Millions of demo records were sent out to radio stations with specific instructions as to which song was supposed to be the ‘hit single,’ although there were some DJs that played the ‘B’ sides and those songs became hits. Elvis Presley was one of the first artists to release the ‘double-sided single’, meaning that both songs would ultimately end up on the charts. The Beatles followed suit and were also one of the first recording artists to push the envelope, so to speak and commonly had songs over the three-minute norm. In fact, there are some singles that had to be edited by radio stations and shortened to fit their particular formats. Don McLean’s 1972 hit “American Pie” is an example, the single was split up into two parts on the 45. The Beatles broke new ground in 1968 with their over seven minute epic “Hey Jude.”

The sales of the 45s were recorded on the record charts in most countries in a Top 40 format and these charts were often published in magazines (Billboard), television shows (American Bandstand) and radio programs often had the Top 40 countdown shows (Casey Casem). However, the 45 rpm record can never duplicate the sales figures from when the format was in its heyday because when the 45 was at its peak, it was the way to get music to the music consumer. Today there are too many other formats competing for the music dollar.

Nowadays, they still manufacture 45 rpm records, but on a much smaller scale than decades ago. Indie bands, r&b artists and punk bands love the format; it makes the music affordable for their target audience and, after all these years, 45 rpm records are still highly sought after by record collectors. Happy Birthday to an old friend, here’s for many more!

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Yes Reunite With Producer Trevor Horn for New Album

Quintessential prog-rockers Yes have announced that they have reunited with legendary producer Trevor Horn for their highly anticipated new album, 'Fly From Here.' The album marks the band's first studio album in ten years.

The album originated from a conversation between Horn and Yes bassist Chris Squire, who re-discovered the song 'Fly From Here' and realized that it had never been recorded in a studio.

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Sub Pop Releasing Record Store Day Exclusives

On this year's list from Sub Pop are limited-edition Record Store Day exclusive releases from Blitzen Trapper, Fleet Foxes and Lower Dens, a free 19-track Sub Pop sampler, and in-store performances by Obits, Low and The Head and the Heart. Plus, the self-titled debut from The Head and the Heart comes out on CD and LP on April 16th as part of Record Store Day.

Record Store Day Exclusive Releases

Fleet Foxes — Helplessness Blues b/w Grown Ocean 12" single SP920 (limited edition of 3000)

Lower Dens — Deer Knives b/w Tangiers 7" single SP927 (limited edition of 1000)

Blitzen Trapper — Maybe Baby b/w Soul Singer 7" single SP929 (limited edition of 1500)

Record Store Day Release Date
The Head and the Heart The Head and the Heart CD/LP SP915

Record Store Day Sampler
Terminal Sales Vol. 4: Please to Enjoy CD SP932

Our 2011 label sampler, comes housed in an embossed, die-cut package, and includes 18 art prints with information about each of the artists and a folded poster.

1. Daniel Martin Moore “Dark Road” from the album In the Cool of the Day (SP860), available January 2011
2. Aurelio “Tio Sam” from the album Laru Beya (NXA002), available on Next Ambiance January 2011
3. The Twilight Singers “On the Corner” from the album Dynamite Steps (SP844), available February 2011
4. Mogwai “Slight Domestic” from the “Mexican Grand Prix” 7" single on Rock Action Records, available February 2011
5. Papercuts “Do What You Will” from the album Fading Parade (SP885), available February 2011
6. Dum Dum Girls “Wrong Feels Right” from the He Gets Me High EP (SP917), available March 2011
7. J Mascis “Not Enough” from the album Several Shades of Why (SP859), available March 2011
8. Obits “You Gotta Lose” from the album Moody, Standard and Poor (SP857) available March 2011
9. Low “Try to Sleep” from the album C’mon (SP905), available April 2011
10. The Head and the Heart “No One to Let You Down,” previously unreleased. The album The Head and the Heart (SP915) is available for Record Store Day, April 16, 2011
11. Blitzen Trapper “Maybe Baby” from the “Maybe Baby” 7" single (SP929), available for Record Store Day, April 16, 2011
12. Lower Dens “Deer Knives” from the “Deer Knives” 7" single (SP927), available for Record Store Day, April 16, 2011
13. Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues” from the album Helplessness Blues (SP888), available May 2011
14. Chad VanGaalen “Peace on the Rise” from the album Diaper Island (SP871), available May 2011
15. Shabazz Palaces “lost foundling.” This Shabazz Palaces track is not from the album Black Up (SP900), available May 2011
16. Memoryhouse “Sleep Patterns” from The Years EP (SP925), available at some as-yet-undetermined point in 2011
17. Mister Heavenly “Mister Heavenly” from the as-yet-untitled Mister Heavenly debut album (SP926), available August 2011
18. Niki and the Dove “The Fox” From “The Fox” 12" single (SP930), available June 2011
19. Blouse “Shadow” From the “Shadow” 7" single (SP939), available May 2011


interesting take on the seminal band!

Metallica's 'Master of Puppets' Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Metallica's definitive 'Master of Puppets' album is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. Yes, it's really been two-and-a-half decades since the album forcibly impacted, forever changed and wholly improved the heavy metal landscape with its power and speed.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the album's release, Noisecreep caught up with a "battery" of metal musicians from Sepultura to Arsis to Unearth to find out how, when and where they first experienced this most important of records

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vinyl record store doing well in the twin cities!

6 Questions
Treehouse Records celebrates another 10 years

By Loren Green

"Vinyl will always survive. Hopefully indie records stores can too." - Mark Trehus

It's been almost forty years since Oar Folkjokeopus first opened its doors on 26th and Lyndale. The storefront has outlived the 8-track, the cassette, and the cd as the dominant musical forms pushed by an industry whose focus has always been on moving units. As the record industry has promoted these varied formats, Treehouse has always kept space on their shelves for owner Mark Trehus' preference: the vinyl record. In 2001, then-manager Mark Trehus took ownership of the business and Dan Cote became manager, changing the name to Treehouse Records in the process. In April, the store will celebrate this ten year milestone with a live show at Hell's Kitchen downtown and a password sale for members of their email list.

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Black and white & blues

Fan crosses racial boundaries to learn everything about genre


George Mitchell was looking for Elvis.

Instead, the radio dial accidentally landed on a Muddy Waters song. And Mitchell’s life changed forever.

“I said, ‘What was that?’” recalls Mitchell, 67, sitting in his Fort Myers living room surrounded by blues records, blues art and an oil-can bass he uses to jam with blues musicians. “And I said, ‘Man, that sounds fantastic. I never heard anything like that.’”

He was an eighth-grader at the time, listening to the radio with a friend.

In the years and decades that followed, Mitchell dove headfirst into the blues. He collected rare vinyl records

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New Vinyl Split From Coliseum And Burning Love

Sound Study Recordings have just announced the details of the fourth volume of their “Live at the Atlantic” vinyl series. The latest offering will be a split from Coliseum and Burning Love

All tracks were recorded on June 27, 2010, live at the Atlantic in Gainesville, FL.

Ryan Patterson of Coliseum and David O’Connor of Burning Love have provided the artwork for the release and the pressing will be limited to 1,000 copies. It will be available from May 8th, as will a digital download. The record’s release coincides with Coliseum ‘ return to the Atlantic.


great story about vinyl on our college campuses!

Vinyl Revival

Caitlin Taylor

Vinyl records, popular back in the 1950s, have started to come back in popularity, especially to college students.

Bailee Claypool, sophomore in pre-med, started collecting records about a year ago and already has anywhere from 50-100 records in her collection.

"I randomly started collecting records," Claypool said. "I really like classic rock music, and instead of downloading illegally off the Internet, they (vinyl records) are pretty easy to get a hold of."

Claypool says she thinks vinyl records have become a lot more popular. At least seven people she knows collect them.

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Coldplay Almost Finished with New Album

Bryan Wawzenek

Coldplay are getting pretty close to putting the finishing touches on their new album, their first since 2008’s Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. A post on informed fans of the progress being made.

“Back in the studio, the songs are now very much pushing their heads above the soil and straining towards the light,” wrote Roadie #42 on the band’s official blog.

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Whitesnake to Release Live at Donington 1990 CD/DVD

Michael Wright

1990 marked the end of an era for David Coverdale’s hard rock band, Whitesnake. After a two-year run with the virtuosic lineup of guitarists Steve Vai and Adrian Vandenberg, bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer Tommy Aldridge, the group called it a day at the end of their Liquor & Poker Tour. But before they walked away from their arena glory, the band co-headlined Britain’s legendary Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington. The show has long been requested by Whitesnake fans ( reports that it is far-and-away “the most requested product from fans of the ’Snake”), and at long last that request has been answered.

On June 3 in Europe (and June 7 in North America), Frontiers Records will release Live at Donington 1990 as both a DVD and a two-CD set.

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Bear vs. Shark Re-Release

UK based independent label Big Scary Monsters has recently announced plans to re-release Bear vs Shark‘s debut album, ‘Right Now, You’re in the Best of Hands. And if Something Isn’t Quite Right, Your Doctor Will Know in a Hurry’ on 12″ vinyl for the first time in Europe, including two previously unreleased bonus tracks. The reissue is due out on May 9, 2011.

Bear vs Shark hailed from Michigan and lasted a mere four years between 2001 and 2005 and produced a unique mix of punk, post-hardcore and Midwest indie.

Limited to just 250 hand-numbered copies, the red/black colored vinyl comes in a cardboard sleeve showing a number of the drawings taken from the original CD release.


Grimey’s Vinyl Best Sellers 03/21-03/27/2011

Vinyl Top 25:

1. The Strokes – Angles
2. Paperhead – Paperhead
3. The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
4. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
5. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
6. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Scandalous
7. The National – High Violet
8. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
9. Dodos – No Color
10. Toro Y Moi – Underneath The Pine
11. Middle Brother – Middle Brother
12. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – F
13. Sufjan Stevens – Seven Swans
14. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
15. The Beatles – Abbey Road
16. PUJOL – Bonedaddy 7″ Hey! Pujol’s on Daytrotter!
17. Jeff The Brotherhood – Mellow Out 7″
18. R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now
19. Soundgarden – Live On I-5
20. Various – Those Shocking Shaking Days
21. Mike Watt – Hyphenated Man
22. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Belong 7″
23. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
24. T-Rex – The Slider
25. Davila 666 – Tan Bajo


and in music history for the day

 Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" was released in 1958. It would enter the Billboard charts six weeks later and rise to number 8 on the Hot 100 and number two on the R&B chart. The song's original lyrics referred to Johnny as a "colored boy", but Berry later acknowledged that he changed it to "country boy" to ensure radio play.

The Shirelles' "Soldier Boy" was released in the US on Sceptor Records in 1962. The tune becomes the group's biggest hit, reaching number one, selling over a million copies and earning a Gold record.

In 1964, The Beatles set a recording industry record that may never be equaled. They held the top 5 positions on the US singles chart with "Can't Buy Me Love" at number 1, "Twist and Shout" at number 2, "She Loves You" at number 3, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at number 4 and "Please Please Me" at number 5. In Canada, they had nine of the top 10 singles, while the Australian charts saw them occupying the first six places.

In 1967, on the first night of a 24-date tour featuring a bizarre combination of The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdinck, Jimi Hendrix sets fire to his guitar live on stage for the first time. (he suffered minor burns, however a legend was born!)

The Beatles Official Fan Club closed in 1972. The Beatles Monthly magazine, run in association by Sean O’Mahoney, had ceased publication three years previously.

In 1982, the Doobie Brothers announced that they were splitting up.

In 1986, O’Kelly Isley, of The Isley Brothers, died aged 48 of a heart attack. The trio were best known for their 1962 hit version of “Twist And Shout” (as covered by The Beatles), which had originally been recorded the previous year by The Top Notes.

Prince's "Sign O' The Times" LP was released in the US in 1987.

Guns N' Roses released their single "Patience" in 1989.

In 1995, Jimmy Page escaped being knifed when a man rushed the stage at a Page & Plant gig at Auburn Hills, Michigan, but was stopped by two security guards, whom he wounded instead. After his arrest, the assailant told police that he wanted to kill Page because of the satanic music he was playing.

Also in 1995, Mexican American singer Selena was murdered aged 23 by the president of her fan club Yolanda Saldívar. Warner Brothers made a film based on her life, starring Jennifer Lopez, in 1997.

In 2007, a new world record for the longest non-stop concert was set by hundreds of musicians in Japan. The performance began on the evening of 23 March in the city of Omi, with musicians aged between six and 96 taking turns with over 2,000 tunes being performed over 182 hours. Organizers praised the musicians, one of whom carried on despite a major earthquake during her piano piece. The previous world record was set in Canada in 2001 with 181 hours.  one question...why?

S.C.U.M Debut LP Out In Late Summer






“The cataclysmic pummelling of noise that accompanies them will turn people’s insides out.” – NME

The whispered name of S.C.U.M has quickly spread throughout London and has seen this careering quintet emerge as one of the most exciting acts in the underground at the moment.” – Artrocker

S.C.U.M are carrying the torch of rebel music into the 21st century.” – ARENA

“Incredibly daring and confident.” – ‘Sup

“With an immediately recognizable, yet characteristically diverse sound, S.C.U.M adds another layer to the current vibe coming from Britain’s thriving scene.” – SOMA

With a highly anticipated debut album due out late summer, the London based band S.C.U.M has signed to Mute. As a preview, the band is releasing a new track “Summon The Sound” which is featured on Mute’s exclusive Record Store Day vinyl release, Vorwärts.

S.C.U.M exploded onto the music scene two years ago with the release of their debut single ‘Visions Arise’. The single, together with their exciting and intense live shows, quickly grabbed the imagination of fans and critics alike. Since then the band has toured extensively across the UK and Europe to a growing fan base and released three exclusive digital download tracks entitled SIGNALS (‘PARIS’,‘BERLIN’ and ‘WARSAW’).

S.C.U.M are Thomas Cohen (vocal), Bradley Baker (machines), Samuel Kilcoyne (moog), Melissa Rigby (drums) and Huw Webb (Bass).


MARCH 29th - Antwerp, Trix
MARCH 30th - Amsterdam, Milkweed
MARCH 31st - London, Heaven
APRIL 2nd - Milan, Magazine Generally
APRIL 6th - Le Bataclan, Paris
APRIL 8th - Huxleys, Berlin

Wretches & Jabberers Soundtrack Being Released

i received an invitation to this event, however, i don't travel well and cannot fly to nyc (although i'd love to!) this vinyl release benefits the Autism Society of America, it will be interesting to hear.

here are some more details:

McIntosh Laboratory, a renowned manufacturer of fine audio systems, is proud to have worked with songwwriter/producer J. Ralph for the release of his Wretches & Jabberers Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which will debut on CD and vinyl LP April 5, 2011. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Autism Society of America and the Wretches & Jabberers Fund of the Institute on Communication and Inclusion at Syracuse University.


Music Accompanies Incredible Journey of Autism

Newsweek proclaims "And if Autism Were a Song, It Might Sound Like This..."
 "Wretches & Jabberers is one of the best original soundtracks from the year." - Denver Westword


"Like 'Taps' in its power, the film's closing song 'Hell and Back' is magnificently pitched by Willie Nelson, his voice cracking and soaring with full-dress honor."  -- The Hollywood Reporter

J. Ralph, the acclaimed singer, composer, songwriter and producer well known for his scores to the last two Academy Award-winning documentaries The Cove and Man On Wire, draws upon an astounding collection of voices, united in a harmony of purpose for the brilliant and expansive Wretches & Jabberers Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which will be released on April 5, 2011. Metromix said "This is unlike any soundtrack you've ever heard" and the "delicate, folksy tunes address the film's subject matter in ways that are subtle but evocative...highly recommended."

The prolific composer also wrote the music and lyrics and produced the end title song for "Hell and Back Again." The movie just won Sundance's prestigious Grand Jury Documentary and Cinematography Awards at this year's festival. The film's closing song is performed by renowned country singer, Willie Nelson, accompanied by J. Ralph on guitar.

Joining J. Ralph on the "Wretches & Jabberers" soundtrack are: Antony, Devendra Banhart, Paul Brady, Bonnie Bramlett, Vashti Bunyan, Martin Carthy, Judy Collins, Lila Downs, Vincent Gallo, David Garza, Ben Harper, Scarlett Johansson, Nic Jones, Norah Jones, Leah Siegel, Carly Simon, Stephen Stills, Ben Taylor, and Bob Weir.

The album kicks off with J. Ralph singing "The Reasons Why" and is soon joined by a complement of collaborators, including the unmistakable Norah Jones on "Change is Gonna Come," and Ben Harper, who lends raw emotion to "More Like You," singing "I can't speak /but I need you to listen."
"To me the story is about finding a voice, for those who've suffered so long without one of their own," says J. Ralph, referencing the inspiration for the album's 20 songs (all of them written or co-written by J. Ralph) borne from the namesake film by Academy Award winning director Gerardine Wurzburg. Wretches & Jabberers chronicles the global journey of a pair of men with autism, Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher, who set out to demystify their disability and reveal its intense isolation, ultimately demonstrating that "Autism is not abnormality of the brain as much as abnormality of experience," per Bissonnette.

But the musical journey that created the soundtrack is equally compelling, spanning multiple continents and iconic stars from five decades, in what's likely the most impressive gathering of talent in recent times.  J. Ralph saw the subjects of the documentary as strolling minstrels going from towns to continents, a parallel to folk music, and soon Ralph's journey became a modern day road story of its own.  Everyone J. Ralph reached out to was moved by the experience of the film's subjects. It started with a couple of phone calls to Ben Harper, and Scarlett Johansson, whose rich, smoky vocal evokes a 1930s Paris nightclub on "One Whole Hour." The stomp of "Lying Down Statues" with Devendra Banhart marks the album's rhythmic climax, while in contrast Bob Weir on "Breaking The Hold" evokes a Workingman's-era back porch session.

Ultimately the journey brought him to the elder statesmen of English folk royalty. Martin Carthy - a legend to the legends known for penning the first popular arrangement of "Scarborough Fair" - and Nic Jones, whose career was cut short in 1980 due to a tragic car crash, but was inspired to join on "Pretty Words Lie," his first studio recording in over 30 years, thanks to an in-person appeal.  A gifted artist and songwriter, J. Ralph set out to lend a voice through music to honor those who spent a lifetime searching for a voice of their own. And through sheer perseverance, and perhaps a touch of brilliance, has drawn upon an astounding collection of voices, and an album that stands as a musical masterwork.

Another key element in the collaborative effort for the soundtrack was J.Ralph's close collaboration with McIntosh, a world-renowned manufacturer known for its legendary performance that has defined the very best in sound reproduction for over 60 years.  McIntosh not only provided all the world-class audio gear used for critical listening during mixing, but also helped connect with J.Ralph with longtime McIntosh owner Bob weir and assisted with the creation and mastering of the limited edition CD’s and vinyl to ensure the highest possible listening experience.

Wretches & Jabberers Original Motion Picture Soundtrack debuted on January 11th as part of an exclusive charity promotion with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Autism Society of America and the Wretches & Jabberers Fund of the Institute on Communication and Inclusion at Syracuse University. The wide release follows on April 5, 2011, with spectacular sounding limited edition CDs and vinyl thanks to J. Ralph's close collaboration with McIntosh, a world-renowned manufacturer known for its legendary performance that has defined the very best in sound reproduction for over 60 years. McIntosh not only provided all the world-class audio gear used for critical listening during mixing, but also collaborated closely with J. Ralph on the creation and mastering of the limited edition CDs and vinyl to ensure the highest possible listening experience.

Complete track listing including song title and featured singer:

1. The Reasons Why - J. Ralph
2. Change Is Gonna Come - Norah Jones
3. The Letter - Carly Simon
4. More Like You - Ben Harper
5. Killingly Hard - Antony & J. Ralph
6. Flower and The Lion - Vashti Bunyan
7. Given to Us - Ben Taylor
8. Breaking the Hold - Bob Weir
9. Lying Down Statues - Devendra Banhart & J. Ralph
10. Birdsong Judy - Judy Collins
11. Low Barefoot Tolerance - Stephen Stills
12. One Whole Hour - Scarlett Johansson
13. No Regard - Vincent Gallo
14. Four Brave Souls - David Garza
15. Breakers & The Wind - Bonnie Bramlett
16. Pretty Words Lie - Nic Jones
17. Fighters & Factitioners - Martin Carthy
18. Hello For The First Time (Four Words) - Paul Brady
19. Entenderse - Lila Downs
20. Birdsong Reprise - Leah Siegel

and in nyc, on monday, april 4th, rumor mill records is hosting a vinyl showcase of the music

McIntosh Presents an Intimate Pre-Release Vinyl Listening Experience

A special in-studio vinyl listening experience of the soon-to-be released Wretches & Jabberers Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, music from the documentary about autism.

In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, Producer Josh Ralph will share his “behind the scenes” stories about the album’s creation and the importance of its release on vinyl. To ensure the highest quality J.Ralph used McIntosh audio equipment for critical listening during the mixing of the album the same McIntosh gear will be used for this pre-release listening session.

man, if i could only make it......

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: I am a picker who is drawn to unusual items, the weirder the better.

That's why, even with no way to play it, I couldn't resist picking up a 78 rpm when I noticed it was by Katherine Hepburn. I found it at a junk store across the river in Cincinnati, and it was only a buck.

The number is X-103, the company name is Alcoa, and the label gives a Los Angeles address.

Affixed under her name is a piece of paper with “NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY - NOT TO BE RESOLD” typewritten with an ancient black and red ribbon.

I suspect the song title is underneath, but the warning notice is secured with cellophane tape and any attempt to remove it would tear the label right off.

I never heard Hepburn sang, so there must be a story behind this record. Who better than you to fill in the blanks?
—Jody Watkins, Covington, Ky.

DEAR JODY: Before we get to the blanks, proofreaders out there should know you spelled Katharine's name exactly as it is shown on the label. The mistake is the manufacturer's, not yours.

Your one flub, however, is confusing the aluminum products outfit (Alcoa) with Alco Recording Co.

Hepburn did sing occasionally, mostly in brief film scenes, yet she does not sing on the Alco recording. Rather, it is a speech she delivered in 1947.

The disc you found in Cincy is only half of the original set, in which the spoken words are divided into four parts, using two 78s.

You're right about leaving the labels just as they are, especially since I am about to tell you exactly what is printed under the typed notice:

“Katherine Hepburn Speaking for Freedom at the Henry Wallace Meeting of 30,000 People at Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif., May 19, 1947. Presented by Progressive Citizens of America.”

The Progressive Citizens of America backed the Progressive Party, whose 1948 presidential nominee was Henry A. Wallace, formerly the 33rd vice-president (1941-1945), under Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Wallace was the intended keynote speaker, but Kate stole the show and therefore attracted nearly all of the media attention. Newspapers and magazines showed no interest in printing Wallace's message.

Meanwhile, the Progressive Citizens of America claimed to have printed and distributed over three million copies of Katharine Hepburn's speech. They also blitzed radio stations with rebroadcasts of her discourse, the same message as on the 78 album, “Katherine Hepburn Speaking for Freedom.”

Among those denounced, at the meeting and on the recording, by Hepburn and Wallace are: President Truman and his Democratic supporters; the Republican Party en masse; Attorney General Tom Clark (D) (later appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court); the House Committee on Un-American Activities; Chairman J. Parnell Thomas (R); the California Legislature's Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities; California Senator Jack B. Tenney (R) (writer of the hit song, “Mexicali Rose”); the Hollywood Motion Picture Alliance; and others responsible for a “plot to foist thought control on the liberal and progressive people of America.”

The Progressive Party, as well as the Gilmore event, was openly supported by the American Communist Party, a fact successfully used against them in the campaigns of both Republicans and Democrats.

Pulling off history's greatest presidential election upset, incumbent Harry S. Truman (D) defeated heavily favored N.Y. Governor Thomas E. Dewey (R).

Progressive's Henry Wallace received only 2.4 percent of the popular vote and failed to carry even one state.

One dollar for the one record is picker pleaser, though the complete Alco package can sell for about $100.

IZ ZAT SO? There is an unexpected connection between the Progressive Party supporters in 1949 of Boston mayoralty candidate, Walter A. O'Brien, and the Kingston Trio's 1959 hit, “M.T.A.”

O'Brien could not afford media ads, so he recruited a folk group to write and sing songs, among them a “Vote for Walter O'Brien” rendition of “M.T.A.”

The Kingston Trio changed the candidate's first name to suggest a “Vote for George O'Brien” will get poor Charlie off the M.T.A. .

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column. Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368 E-mail:  Visit his Web site:

All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition.

Copyright 2010 Osborne Enterprises- Reprinted By Permission

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

16 Days Till Record Store Day!

here's a couple of more additons to the evergrowing RSD releases. you can find the full list, in convenient pdf format right HERE

Radiohead announce 12 inch for Record Store Day

Dengue Fever Announce Record Store Day Release


Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello and Wanda Jackson Among Performers For the 52nd Newport Folk Festival

One of the oldest festivals in the U.S., the Newport Folk Festival, has announced their lineup for the 52nd edition, to be held on July 30 and 31 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI.

The festival, started in 1959, has long been a gathering of great folk, blues, bluegrass and country performers. In the last few years, the format has expanded to include such modern genres as Americana and folk punk.

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this must be a juicy, dirt filled writing, otherwise, who'd be interested in an old rocker's life?

Sammy Hagar's Book is Number One on New York Times Best Seller List

Former Van Halen and current Chickenfoot singer Sammy Hagar's new autobiography, 'Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock,' landed the number one spot on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Seller list this week.

The Red Rocker made quite a bit of noise and generated a boatload of publicity when he talked about being abducted by aliens on The Howard Stern Show and during interviews with MTV.


talking about listening to records, it is an experience, not just filler background music!

The Return of Vinyl

Jared Lucas Nathanson fondly recalls his creamsicle-colored plastic record player; he would prance all over the house with it listening to the Mister Rogers album “Josephine the Short-Neck Giraffe” when he was just three years old. When he was eight, Nathanson graduated to funk band Heatwave and Saturday Night Fever, then as a teenager onto Men At Work. He’s been a record collector ever since. Nathanson is now 38 and plays in Boston-based blues, pop-rock band The HeartSleeves and dreams of distributing his music on vinyl: “When you put your soul into your music, wouldn’t you rather someone listened to it in that thoughtful and respectful context if you could?”

Nathanson is not alone. More and more Boston audiophiles are buying vinyl records in the age of digital music.

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wait, this is a vinyl record blog, right? why post this? well, maybe this is the way of the future with digital music, poor souls

7digital to offer first 24-bit new album release

British rock band Radiohead are now offering an exclusive better-than-CD-quality version of their new album The King of Limbs via 7digital.

The online music retailer has confirmed that it is now selling a 24-bit FLAC version of the album, a world first for a major artist.

It is now available to customers in 32 territories, including the US, and is also being offered in 16-bit FLAC and 320kbps MP3 formats.

7digital chief executive Ben Drury said that the company is pioneering 24-bit releases and will continue to support them.

"The Radiohead album was recorded in 24-bit digital audio and it's great listeners will now be able to download and hear the album in the quality it was recorded at," Mr Drury noted.

FLAC is an open source audio compression format that is lossless because, unlike with MP3, no audio elements are lost when creating a digital file from its source.


Deep Purple To Tour North America With Orchestra

Jermy Leeuwis

DEEP PURPLE have announced their first tour in North America in four years, and the pioneering rock band--featuring classic members Ian Gillan (lead vocals), Roger Glover (bass) and Ian Paice (drums, percussion)--will perform for the first time in North America with a symphony orchestra in each city (except San Francisco). Launching June 3 and wrapping June 25, the tour is called “DEEP PURPLE: The Songs That Built Rock,” with stops in New York (two nights at the Beacon Theatre), Los Angeles (Greek Theater) and Montreal (Bell Centre).

Fans can expect to hear the band’s trail-blazing iconic hits--including “Smoke On The Water,” “Highway Star,” “Hush” and “Space Truckin’”--plus other favorites achieve a new dimension of sound with the added heft of a symphony orchestra.

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Appleseed Cast Prep New EP

By Josiah Hughes

Long-running emo unit the Appleseed Cast have continued their evolution as a forward-thinking rock band, most recently with their 2009 album Sagarmatha. Showing no signs of slowing down, they will return this June with a follow-up EP called Middle States via Graveface Records.

According to a press release, the group set up a home recording studio for Middle States, finding a "relaxed pace and familial setting." Ultimately, the write-up explains that "Middle States gives insight into a band that is constantly reinventing itself and growing stronger with each passing year."

Members of the Graveface Record Club will get the vinyl on orange crush/baby blue A-side/B-side vinyl, while regular customers will receive it on milky clear/aqua blue A-side/B-side vinyl. Either way, the record will be a different colour on each side, which is pretty awesome.

Both the CD and LP version will come with a promotional poster featuring the album art, while the first 500 CD and LP orders will be hand-numbered and also include a non-album art poster.

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another charming story of how the 'younger' generation are turning on their turntables and playing records!

In a digital age, teens discovering charms of vinyl records


In most ways, Sarah McCarthy is your average high schooler. She has a job, college plans, but also a peculiar passion for a 16-year-old: She's a vinyl junkie.

To this senior from Centreville, Md., there's nothing like the raw crackle and the depth of sound she can spin from the dusty stash of records she found in the basement of her grandfather -- yes, grandfather.

"He gave me his receiver and speaker system and told me to listen to it the way it was made to be listened to," McCarthy says. "I've turned a lot of my friends on to it."

Sure, she has an iPod, but she also has a vinyl collection of 250 records and counting. Sure, there's a broader '70s renaissance in the air, but buying bellbottoms doesn't touch the commitment of teens unearthing old turntables and records.



a new record store in kansas city!

Midtown is next for a Vinyl Renaissance

By TIMOTHY FINN The Kansas City Star

The rumors have been confirmed, with a few alterations.

A record store will open in midtown, but not in the site of Streetside Records at 4128 Broadway in Westport, which closed in January.

Dan Phillips will open his second Vinyl Renaissance & Audio at 1415 W. 39th St., in the old Boomerang building. The grand opening is scheduled for April 16, which is also National Record Store Day.

Phillips also owns the Vinyl Renaissance at 10922 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Shawnee. Phillips said he chose the 39th Street spot over the old Streetside store for two reasons: location and size.

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and in music history for today:

In 1957, Buddy Knox became the first artist in the Rock 'n' Roll era to write his own number one hit when "Party Doll" topped the Billboard chart. Buddy would go on to place four more songs in the Top 40 between 1957 and 1961.

In 1963, 16 year old Lesley Gore recorded her breakthrough hit, "It's My Party". Producer Quincy Jones hurried Gore into the studio when he found out that Phil Spector was going to cut the song with The Crystals. The single would reach #1 in the US and #9 in the UK.

Also in 1963, The Chiffons enjoy the first of their five Billboard Top 40 hits when "He's So Fine" climbs to #1.

In 1967 - The cover of the Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was staged and photographed.

The collage depicted more than 70 famous people, including writers, musicians, film stars and (at Harrison's request) a number of Indian gurus. The final grouping included Marlene Dietrich, Carl Gustav Jung, W.C. Fields, Diana Dors, Elvis Presley, James Dean, Bob Dylan, Issy Bonn, Marilyn Monroe, Aldous Huxley, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Sigmund Freud, Aleister Crowley, Edgar Allan Poe, Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde, William S. Burroughs, Marlon Brando, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, and controversial comedian Lenny Bruce. Also included was the image of the original Beatles' bass player, the late Stuart Sutcliffe. Pete Best said in a later NPR interview that Lennon borrowed family medals from his mother Mona for the shoot, on condition that he did not lose them. Adolf Hitler, Mahatma Gandhi, and Jesus Christ were requested by Lennon, but ultimately they were left out, even though a cutout of Hitler was in fact made.

For a complete list of everyone on the cover go to Sgt Pepper

Also in 1967 - During an appearance by The Jimi Hendrix Experience on Top of the Pops to plug their latest single, “Purple Haze,” a technician mistakenly put on the backing track to Alan Price’s “Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear,” to which Hendrix responded, “I don’t know the words to this one, man.”

In 1992, the soundtrack to Wayne's World was the number 1 album in the US. It featured the return to the charts of Queen's, "Bohemian Rhapsody", actually making the song a bigger hit the second time around. Tracks by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, as well as a new version of "Dream Weaver" from Gary Wright, were also included on the LP.

Pink Floyd released the album "The Division Bell" in 1994.

In 2007, a man was arrested after trying to force his way into Paul McCartney's mansion, screaming: "I must get to him." The man, driving at high speeds, burst through security patrols and drove across fields and gardens until he was finally halted by trees and a fence just yards from Sir Paul's six-bedroom home at Peasmarsh. The man fled as teams of police arrived, but gave himself up after a three-mile chase. He was later detained under the Mental Health Act and did not face any criminal charges.

birthday wishes to Norah Jones (1979), Tracy Chapman (1964), the immortal Eric Clapton (1945) and Jim Dandy Mangrum of Black Oak Arkansas (1948), among others.


On Tuesday, March 29th Third Man Records will release the latest offering by comedian / vocalist / beatboxer / improviser / musician REGGIE WATTS on LP vinyl.


Last summer, Watts met Jack White (Third Man’s owner) while on tour as the opening act on Conan O’Brien’s Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television tour. The two struck up a friendship and late last year Watts traveled to the Nashville-based label’s and recorded Live From Third Man Records in front of a live audience.

Reggie will celebrate the release of Live at Third Man Records with two performances at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg this week. The first show sold out so quickly that a second show later that night has been added!

3/30/11 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY (early show 8:30) SOLD OUT!!

3/30/11 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY (late show 11:30)

Tickets -

The LP and limited edition black/blue vinyl is available for purchase at the Third Man Records store in Nashville or online at


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

fantastic article/opinion about the vinyl revivial in the UK

Consumers are moving to the cloud…so why are people still buying vinyl records?

by Richard Preedy

Common opinion generally decrees that, in the future, the majority of consumers will be moving to the cloud to obtain broader access to music. While this is almost certainly true, in the fragmented world of consumer music consumption, a ‘collector’ mentality and desire for personal ownership continue to exist amongst many music fans. The music industry needs to ensure these different needs are addressed, rather than assuming a single model will satisfy all consumers.

Vinyl records not affected by the industry downturn?

Over the last few years a pleasing story has continued to appear like clockwork in the press. Amid general doom and gloom and tales of music industry collapse, we are told, somewhat counter-intuitively, that sales of vinyl records are continuing to increase.

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Go-Go's Announce 30th Anniversary Tour

One year ago, the Go-Go's were ready to hang it up after one last tour. Unfortunately, Jane Wiedlin injured her knee in a hiking accident and required surgery, causing the cancellation of the trek.

Jump ahead a year and the girls have done some thinking, deciding that it may not be time to say goodbye just yet. That's why they will be celebrating their 30th anniversary all summer with the Ladies Gone Wild Tour, starting May 29 in Hershey, PA and running through the end of August in Texas (with a break during July).

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Willie Nelson May Get Off From Pot Possession Charges With a Song

Country icon Willie Nelson may have a deal he can't pass up from the man prosecuting his marijuana possession case. Hudspeth (TX) County District Attorney C.R. "Kit" Bramblett said he'd be willing to let Nelson go with a $100 fine and a performance of Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain in the courtroom.

However, the judge is not amused, read the rest at


THE GATES OF SLUMBER To Release New Album "THE WRETCH" On May 10, 2011


Doom lords THE GATES OF SLUMBER will unleash their hotly-anticipated fifth full-length album The Wretch on May 10, 2011 via Rise Above Records / Metal Blade. Featuring eight slabs of punishing metal, The Wretch boils doom down to its purest form, resulting in the Indianapolis trio's finest work to date.

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nice review of some great music!

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Produce Pure Pop

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart -- 'Belong' -- Slumberland -- 4 STARS


If their breathtaking second LP, “Belong,” is any indication, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are growing up rapidly. In 2009, the young band seared their image onto hipster consciousness with their self-titled debut, a record that sounded as classic as its own cover art looked. The album was a perfect cut of early 90’s indie—the band’s sound inspired by the twee fuzz of bands like Black Tambourine, and hearkening back to the darker, dreamy haze of shoe-gaze monolith My Bloody Valentine. On their new album, The Pains fulfill all the promise of their past work and reveal an inspired and expanded dimension in their sound and song-writing capacity.

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HAMMERFALL Releasing Limited Edition Picture Disc

On April 8, Nuclear Blast Records will release a limited-edition picture seven-inch version of "One More Time" from HAMMERFALL's upcoming album "Infected". The vinyl is limited on 500 copies and sold through the Nuclear Blast mailorder only. On the B-side of the single there will be a live version of "Hallowed Be My Name" recorded at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2009. The digital version of the single will contain an additional instrumental version of "One More Time".



and in music history for the day ( a shortened verison, which will still be here everyday!)

In 1958, Connie Francis enjoys her first chart success as "Who's Sorry Now?" reached Billboard's #4 spot. Over the next ten years she will place 55 more songs on the Billboard hit parade.

In 1973, Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show got their picture on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine after their hit, "The Cover of Rolling Stone" reached number 6 on the US singles chart. According to members of the group, they really did buy five copies for their mothers, just like the song said.

In 1975, Led Zeppelin had all of their six albums (to date) in the Billboard Top 100 chart in the same week with their latest album, Physical Graffiti, hit #1.

In 1980, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon spent its 303rd week on the U.S. album chart, beating the previous record set by Carole King’s Tapestry.

In 1985, Jeanine Deckers, a.k.a. The Singing Nun, died at age 52 after taking an overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with a friend. Her 1963 U.S. #1 (U.K. #7) single “Dominique” sold over 1.5 million copies, winning a Grammy Award for the year’s Best Gospel Song. Deckers wrote about her financial plight in a suicide note. With great irony, on the very day of her death, unbeknownst to her, the Belgian association that collects royalties for songwriters awarded her $300,000

Amazingly in 1986, Beatles records officially went on sale in Russia.

In 2001, Brian Wilson was honored in a three hour tribute at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Guest performances included Billy Joel singing "Don't Worry Baby", while Paul Simon sang an acoustic version of "Surfer Girl". Wilson - Phillips made a rare appearance, as did The Go-Gos and the trio of Carly Simon, David Crosby and Jimmy Webb. Also singing Beach Boy songs were Ann and Nancy Wilson, Elton John and Aimee Mann. Brian Wilson himself joined the fun when he took the stage for the final three songs, "Barbara Ann", "Surfin' U.S.A." and "Fun, Fun, Fun". Rewrites The Goldmine Standard

found this interesting, but i think there should be one standard that everyone goes by.  i still get confused at eBay when someone rates a record vg++ or m- , just what is the difference?  I like a numbering system myself, any other thoughts?

The goldmine standard, who, why and what are we going to do about it?

Ages ago someone decided to invent a standard for grading records, this was called the goldmine standard. The issue is the standard is quite frankly rubbish, let me explain why. Say for example you want to buy a nice quality vinyl record you might pick “good” as the quality, usually in like if something is good quality then its good, oh no, the goldmine standard decided that Good meant rubbish! look:

"Generally worth 10-15 percent of the Near Mint value. Good does not mean Bad! A record in Good or Good Plus condition can be put onto a turntable and will play through without skipping. But it will have significant surface noise and scratches and visible groove wear (on a styrene record, the groove will be starting to turn white). A cover or sleeve will have seam splits, especially at the bottom or on the spine. Tape, writing, ring wear or other defects will start to overwhelm the object. If it's a common item, you'll probably find another copy in better shape eventually. Pass it up. But, if it's something you have been seeking for years, and the price is right, get it...but keep looking to upgrade. "

Now does that sound good to you ? no. I think lets go up the scale past Good and Very Good to Very Good Plus, surely this must be a nice quality record that you would happily purchase:

"Slight warps that do not affect the sound are "OK". The label may have some ring wear or discoloration, but it should be barely noticeable. The center hole will not have been misshapen by repeated play. Picture sleeves and LP inner sleeves will have some slight wear, lightly turned up corners, or a slight seam split. "

Now this sounds a bit better, and yes generally its ok to buy a very good plus. The point is what is a standard if its completely out of date. Why cant people just agree that Good is Rubbish, now has taken a better approach, they have the goldmine standard but they also added there own version so people know what will pop through there mailbox.

So whats does the GoldMine Standard actually mean?

We have written this based on our own vinyl busying experiences, this is only our oppinion. In simple terms if you like records by VG Plus or Mint....then you will be happy!

Mint At we do not classify any 2nd hand records as mint, mint is new, sealed, perfect - Nice if you can find them. -

Near Mint A nearly perfect record. This is the sort of quality we would recommend you buying - "Nice Record". -

Very Good Plus Slight warps, scuffs, sleeve damage, noticeable but only just. Very Good Plus record is highly acceptable - Sounds okayWorth 50% Max of Original value

Very Good Surface noise will be evident upon playing! - If you really want that tune get this one!Worth 25% Max of Original value

Good or Good Plus Significant Surface noise! This is not "good" when buying a tune - Don't Bother!Worth 10% Max of Original value

Poor or Fair "Rubbish record", it's warped, cracked and does'nt play without skipping - Don't Bother unless you need a scratch tool!Worth 5% Max of Original value

At least someone has got it sorted!

i'm still confused!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

New Vinyl Record and Music Releases - March 29, 2011

A Flock of Seagulls - A Flock of Seagulls (reissue)
AWOLNATION - Megalithic Symphony
Aiden - Disguises
Alcoholic Faith Mission - And The Running With Insanity EP
All Tiny Creatures - Harbors (vinyl)
Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising (vinyl)
Amy Speace - Land Like a Bird
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Tao of the Dead (vinyl)
Apache Dropout - Apache Dropout (vinyl)
Arrington De Dionyso’s Malaikat - Suara Naga (vinyl)
Ashford & Simpson - Street Opera
Aztec Camera - Walk Out to Winter: The Best of
Band of Heathens - Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster's Son
Becoming The Archetype - Celestial Completion
Ben Hall - Ben Hall
Benighted - Asylum Cave
Beth Ditto - Beth Ditto EP
Between The Buried And Me - Best Of
Bibio - Mind Bokeh (2xLP)(vinyl)
Big Sean - Finally Famous: The Album
Billy Squire - Essential Billy Squier
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Live in London (vinyl)
Blackguard - Firefight
Bloodiest - Descent
Boney James - Contact
Bosco Delrey - Everybody Wah
Brian Eno - Music for Airports: Live
Britney Spears - Femme Fatale
Broken Bells - Meyrin Fields EP
Buck 65 - 20 Odd Years
Burial - Street Halo
Burt Bacharach & Ronan Keating - When Ronan Met Burt
Buzzoven - Revelation: Sick Again
Chalk Circle - Reflection
Chris Forsyth - Paranoid Cat (vinyl)
Circle Pit - Slave b/w Honey 7″ (vinyl)
Colin Hay - Gathering Mercury: Limited Edition
Craft Spells - Idle Labor
Deadmau5 – 4X4=12 (vinyl)
Derek & the Dominoes - Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs (2 LPs)(vinyl)
Dirty Beaches - Badlands
Dow Jones and the Industrials - Can't Stand the Midwest (reissue)(vinyl)
Duran Duran - All You Need Is Now: UK Deluxe
Emery - We Do What We Want
Erland & The Carnival - Nightingale
Five Eight - Your God Is Dead To Me Now
Florence + The Machine - Between Two Lungs
Fredrik - FLORA
Funeral Party - The Golden Age of Knowhere
GDP - Useless Eaters
Gangpol & Mit - The 1000 Softcore Tourist People Club
Generationals - Actor-Caster
George Jones - Mr. Country & Western Music (reissue)
George Michael - True Faith (Single)
Goes Cube - In Tides & Drifts
Great White - Absolute Hits
Gridlink - Orphan/Amber Grey (vinyl)
Grooms - Grooms
Havok - Time Is Up
Heidi Spencer & The Rare Birds - Under Streetlight Glow
Hezekiah Jones - Have You Seen Our New Fort?
Holly Golightly - The Good Things (reissue)(vinyl)
Human League - Credo
Hunx and His Punx – Too Young to be In Love (vinyl)
Infinitirock - Library Catalog Music Series: Music for Primordial Recollection (vinyl)
Innerpartysystem - Never Be Content
Ironwill - Unturned
Joe Turner - Rocks
Josh T. Pearson - Last of the Country Gentlemen (vinyl)
Karl Blau - Golden Chariot b/w Dub Chariot 7″
Ladytron - Best of Ladytron: 00-10
Laura Nyro - First Songs (vinyl)
Leb Laze - Library Catalog Music Series: Music for Troubled Machinery (vinyl)
Lecherous Gaze – Lecherous Gaze (vinyl)
Los Lonely - Boys Rockpango
L’Altra - Telepathic
Marcia Ball - Roadside Attraction
Marillion - Live From Cadogan Hall (2 CDs)
Mars Classroom - The New Theory of Everything
Mary Mary - Something Big
Matt Duke - One Day Die
Melba Moore - Never Say Never
Melba Moore - Read My Lips
Mercenary - Metamorphosis
Michael Hurley - Have Moicy! (reissue)(vinyl)
Moon Duo - Mazes (vinyl)

Morning Teleportation - Expanding Anyway (vinyl)
My Cousin, The Emperor - The Subway EPs, Vol. 1: Prospect Park West
My Cousin, The Emperor - The Subway EPs, Vol. 2: Broadway-Lafayette
Naked on the Vague - Twelve Dark Noons (vinyl)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Let Love In (CD/DVD)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads (CD/DVD)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - No More Shall We Part (CD/DVD)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - The Boatman's Call
Obits - Moody, Standard and Poor (vinyl)
Obscura - Omnivium (vinyl)
Of Legends - Stranded
Okkervil River - Wake and Be Fine b/w Weave Room 7″ (vinyl)
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - Cotonou Club
Pearl Jam - vs. (Deluxe Edition) (remastered with bonus tracks)
Pete Yorn - Music For the Morning After (vinyl)
Peter, Bjorn & John - Gimme Some (vinyl)
Primal Scream - Screamadelica (2 CDs)
Queens of the Stone Age - Queens of the Stone Age (vinyl)
Radiohead - The King of Limbs (vinyl)
Roger Waters - The Wall: Live in Berlin (dvd)
Rory Block - Shake 'em On Down: A Tribute to Mississippi
Royal Bangs - Flux Outside
SFV Acid - New West Coast (limited 500 copies)(vinyl)
Sarandon - Age of Reason
Secret Cities - Strange Hearts (vinyl)
Snoop Dogg - Doggumentary
Southeast Engine - Canary
Spectre Folk - Blackest Medicine Vol. 2 (vinyl)
Steve Earle - Live at Montreux 2005 (reissue)
Sum 41 - Screaming Bloody Murder
Supercluster - Paris Effect b/w Neat in the Street 7″ (vinyl)
TRUST - Candy Walls 7" (vinyl)
Ten After Two - Truth Is…
The Books - Lost and Safe (vinyl)
The Boxer Rebellion - The Cold Still
The Echocentrics - Esclavo y Amo 7″ (vinyl)
The Feelies - Here Before
The Haunted - Unseen
The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck (vinyl)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong (vinyl)
The Books - Lost and Safe
Lost and Safe is repackaged with dazzling new artwork and expanded to include lyrics for every song. Carefully and thoughtfully remastered from the original mixes by Zammuto at his new studio outside his home in Vermont, Lost and Safe now boasts an increased warmth and clarity that reveals new details with repeated listens. THE FIRST 300 ORDERS WILL RECEIVE LIMITED EDITION COLORED VINYL: GREEN W/ BLACK SPLATTER.

The Vaccines - If You Wanna
Those Darlins - Screws Get Loose
Toro y Moi/Cloud Nothings - I Will Talk To You b/w For No One 7″ (vinyl)
True Widow - As High As the Highest Heavens (vinyl)
UV Race - Homo
Unwritten Law - Swan
Uriah Heep - Official Bootleg, Volume 3: Live in Kawasaki, Japan
Useless Eaters - Cheap Talk: The Singles
Various Artists - Fania Records 1964-1980: Original Sound (2 CDs)
Various Artists - Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology (6 CDs)
Various Artists - R&B Hipshakers Vol. 2: Scratch That Itch
Various Artists - Sin-Atra
Various Artists - Mad Men: A Musical Companion
Various Artists - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II, The Metal Years (remastered)
Various Artists - Take Me Home Tonight (soundtrack)
Various Artists - The Music Never Stopped - Music From The Motion Picture
Wagon Christ - Toomorrow (2xLP)(vinyl)
We Are Defiance - Trust In Few
Whitesnake - Forevermore (vinyl)
Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, Norah Jones - Tribute to Ray Charles
Within Temptation - The Unforgiving
Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers
Yelle - Safari Disco Club
Zoobombs - La Vie En Jupon

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 03/26/2011

Another "Please Please Me" tops the list this week, followed by rare issues from Nirvana, an Australian tour record, and U2, their first self-produced 3 track 12". Two Blue Note classics round out the list.

1. LP - The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone UK Bold Black labet 1st Stereo - $13,351.38

2. LP - Nirvana "Hormoaning" Clear Marbled Blue Red Purple Press - $6000.00

3. 12" - U2 "Out of Control" numbered #287/1000 - $5,100.00

4. LP - Hank Mobley self titled Blue Note 1568 - $3,618.00

5. LP - Lee Morgan "City Lights" Blue Note BLP 1575 - $3,494.00

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 has a rundown on the silliest and most inane album cover art, i think we have seen them all before, but's it's always good for a quick laugh! and, i actually saw a few that i have never seen before, what a cool thread!

None of these album covers should have ever seen the light of day

See more of the silly album cover art at


Permanent Records and the new vinyl store

By David Wicik

Talking to the duo who've set down roots in a hostile music sales world.

Making a brick and mortar record store work in a time of virtually unfettered digital file-sharing and generally declining revenues in the music industry takes a special kind of brilliance. It’s been five years since giants Coconuts and Tower Records shuttered their doors. One imagines that even Nick Hornby’s fictional Championship Vinyl would be facing deep profit gashes in this market.

Co-owners of Chicago vinyl hotspot and indie label Permanent Records Lance Barresi and Liz Tooley could probably teach a course in the current landscape of music commerce. Their own physical store opened in 2006 in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood, and instead of eking out a narrow margin, it has actually managed to flourish. So much so, in fact, that Permanent will be opening a new store this summer in Los Angeles.

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DESTRUCTOR's 'Forever In Leather' Album Reissued On Vinyl

Auburn Records and Germany's High Roller Records have collaborated on a license deal to reissue DESTRUCTOR's "Forever In Leather" album on vinyl. The effort was originally released on CD in 2007 by Auburn Records.

The High Roller Records vinyl reissue is limited to 666 copies — 316 black vinyl, 250 clear/black splatter vinyl and 100 ultra-clear vinyl — and includes a four-page lyric insert.

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Neil Young Takes Artist of the Year at Canada's Junos

The final eight awards were given out on Sunday night for this years Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent to the Grammys. Thirty-two other awards were given during a Saturday night gala.

The big winner on the night was Arcade Fire. They had already won Alternative Album for The Suburbs and, on Sunday night, added Album of the Year, Group and Songwriter awards. Justin Bieber took two with Pop Album and the Juno Fan Choice Award.

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GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 3/14 - 3/20, 2011

Top 25 Vinyl Records:

1. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - Scandalous
2. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
3. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
4. D. Watusi - Summer Nights 7"
5. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
6. Adele - 21
7. J Mascis - Several Shades Of Why
8. The Strokes - Under Cover Of Darkness 7"
9. The Black Keys - Brothers
10. Dodos - No Color
11. Brave Irene - Brave Irene
12. Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
13. The National - High Violet
14. PUJOL - Bonedaddy 7"
15. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Belong 7"
16. Mike Watt - Hyphenated Man
17. Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers - Rare Bird Alert
18. The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh
19. Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will
20. Davila 666 - Tan Bajo
21. The Clash - Give 'Em Enough Rope
22. Those Darlins - Be Your Bro 7"
23. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
24. Radiohead - OK Computer
25. U2 - Joshua Tree


this from our friend in vinyl Virgil over at  

Here are the Top 10 Records For the Week of March 21 to March 28, 2011:

1.) Portugal The Man – Waiter: You Vultures! LP
2.) OFF – Compared to What / Rotten Apple 7″
3.) The Menzingers – Chamberlain Waits LP
4.) Yellowcard – When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes LP (Exclusive)
5.) Portugal The Man – Church Mouth LP
6.) Glassjaw – Worship And Tribute LP
7.) Silverstein – Rescue LP (Exclusive)
8.) Frank Turner – Rock & Roll EP 10″
9.) Green Day – Awesome As F**k 2XLP
10.) Fake Problems – Songs For Teenagers 7″


1.Adele : 21
2.Marsha Ambrosius : Late Nights & Early Mornings
3.Mumford and Sons : Sigh No More
4.Justin Bieber : Never Say Never The Remixes EP
5.Various : Now 37
6.Dropkick Murphys : Going Out In Style
7.Aaron Lewis : Twon Line (EP)
8.Justin Bieber : My World 2.0
9.Bruno Mars : Doo-Wops & Holligans
10.Pink : Greatest Hits ... So Far

1.Lady Gaga : Born This Way
2.Cee Lo Green : Fuck You
3.Rihanna : S&M
4.Pink : Fucking Perfect
5.Jennifer Lopez : On The Floor
6.Bruno Mars : Grenade
7.Ke$ha : Blow
8.Katy Perry feat. Kanye West : E.T.
9.Enrique Eglesias : Tonight (I've Lovin' You)
10.Katy Perry : Firework

1.Adele : 21
2.Jessie J. : Who You Are
3.Beady Eye : Different Gear, Still Speeding
4.Adele : 19
5.Rihanna : Loud
6.Bruno Mars : Doo Wops & Hooligans
7.Clare Maguire : Light After Dark
8.Mumford and Sons : Sigh No More
9.Alexis Jordan : Alexis Jordan
10.Cee Lo Green : The Lady Killer

1.Adele : Someone Like You
2.Jessie J feat. B.o.B. : Price Tag
3.Rihanna : S&M
4.Lady Gaga : Born This Way
5.Adele : Rolling In the Deep
6.Chipmunk feat. Chris Brown : Champion
7.Alexis Jordan : Good Girl
8.Chris Brown : Yeah 3X
9.Bruno Mars : Grenade
10.Jessie J : Do It Like A Dude

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


and in music history for the day:

In 1958, Buddy Holly kicked off the first night of a 43-date tour at the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre, New York. Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show also featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, The Pastels, Jo-Ann Campbell and Ed Townsend. On most days, the acts played two shows.

In 1964, Jan and Dean's double sided hit, "Dead Man's Curve" / "New Girl in School" enters the US chart where it will rise to #8.

In 1967, Van Morrison recorded "Brown Eyed Girl", which will enter the Billboard chart next August and rise to #10. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007.

Also in 1967, the Beatles worked on the Sgt. Pepper track, “Good Morning, Good Morning,” at EMI Studios, London. John Lennon, who was inspired to write the song from a Kellogg’s Cornflake TV commercial, decided he wanted to end the song with animal sound effects.

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's "Woodstock" was released in 1970.

In 1974, Delta blues singer and guitarist Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, who wrote “That’s All Right, Mama” (covered by Elvis Presley) and “My Baby Left Me,” died of a stroke at the age of 68.

In 1982, David Crosby of the Byrds and CSNY is arrested in San Diego for possession of drugs and a gun. When asked why he carried the gun, his reply was two words: "John Lennon."

In 1985, 6000 radio stations in the US and Canada simultaneously played "We Are the World", the fundraising song for African famine relief recorded by 45 superstar performers. Sales of the single, album, video and related merchandise initially raised more than $38 million US.

In 1998, Kiss played the first of five sold-out nights on their ‘Alive II’ World Tour at the Tokyo Budokan, Japan.

In 2001, the artist formerly known as both Puffy and Puff Daddy said in an MTV interview that he now wanted to be known as “P. Diddy.” In August 2005, he changed his stage name again to simply “Diddy.” and in the same year, i changed my name to an indescribable symbol, then to bobbo, but now, just call me bob.....

birthdays today include Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta)(1986) and Reba McEntire (1955) among others.

Robbie Robertson Launches His Latest Album, How To Become Clairvoyant, With Performances on "Late Show with David Letterman" and "The View"

How To Become Clairvoyant Is Out April 5th

NPR Music's "First Listen" Begins Today; Robertson Guests On "Rockline" April 6th

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Robbie Robertson will perform his Top 10 single "He Don't Live Here No More" on "Late Show with David Letterman" on April 5th, coinciding with the release of his new album, How To Become Clairvoyant (Macro-Biotic Records/429 Records). He'll also appear on "The View" on April 6th. The shows will mark the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's first television appearances in more than 10 years.

NPR Music is giving fans an exclusive "First Listen" to How To Become Clairvoyant, streaming the album in its entirety for a week, beginning today. This Saturday, April 2nd, Robertson will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF). In June, Canada Post will issue a stamp with Robertson's likeness as part of its Canadian Recording Artists stamp series. He will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" on April 6th and tape "World Cafe with David Dye" in May while at WXPN's Non-COMMvention.

How To Become Clairvoyant features Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Trent Reznor, Tom Morello and Robert Randolph along with vocalists Angela McCluskey, Rocco Deluca, Dana Glover and Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes). The collection was co-produced by Robertson and long-time collaborator Marius de Vries (Massive Attack, Bjork, Rufus Wainwright).

"This soulful record is Robertson's best yet," observed Goldmine. "For all of the now-legendary songs that Robertson penned, he tended to shy away from writing about himself, which makes the revealing nature of his first album in more than ten years such a wonderful surprise," said Relix. "How To Become Clairvoyant finds Robertson tackling personal topics such as his breakup with The Band ('This Is Where I Get Off'), the guitarists who inspired his innovative sound ('Axman') and his early days backing Ronnie Hawkins ('When the Night Was Young')."

In addition to the CD, three special editions of How To Become Clairvoyant will be available. The deluxe edition, available exclusively at Best Buy for a month beginning April 5th, will include a second CD with demos of five of the album's tracks – "The Right Mistake," "He Don't Live Here No More," "Fear of Falling," "This Is Where I Get Off" and "Madame X" – and an outtake of "Houdini," a song that does not appear on the album. Starting April 5th, fans can pre-order a two-disc, gatefold edition of How To Become Clairvoyant on 180-gram vinyl and a limited edition collector's set at . The collector's set includes the vinyl and CD editions of the album plus 10 bonus tracks, provided in both CD and vinyl formats, a DVD with three multi-track mixes, a 70-page, full-color book with album artwork, lithographs and additional art, and other cool extras such as a set of tarot cards designed especially for the collection.

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