Monday, March 7, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

serves me right for taking a day off, lots to get to today!

AC/DC To Release New Concert DVD In May

According to and, AC/DC will release a new concert DVD, tentatively titled "Live At River Plate", documenting the band's massive "Black Ice" world tour. Shot with 32 cameras entirely in HD in December of 2009, the set marks AC/DC's triumphant return to Buenos Aires where nearly 200,000 fans, and three sold-out shows in December 2009, welcomed the band back after a 13-year absence from Argentina. This stunning live footage of AC/DC underscores what Argentina's Pagina 12 newspaper reported by saying "no one is on the same level when it comes to pure and clear rock and roll." Additionally, the DVD contains a bonus feature titled "The Fan, The Roadie, The Guitar Tech & The Meat", featuring interviews with AC/DC, their crew and fans among the excitement of the creation of the concerts and the city of Buenos Aires.

Read more about it at Blabbermouth


Ellen, being funny with album cover art


Origami Vinyl :: Top 10 Records (2/22 – 3/1)

1. Toro Y Moi – Underneath The Pine
2. Warpaint – Shadows EP
3. Serge Gainsbourg – Histoire de Melody Nelson
4. Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will
5. La Sera – S/T
6. Slang Chickens – S/T
7. Zola Jesus – Soeur Sewer 7?
8. OFF! – First Four EPs 7? Box
9. Sonny & The Sandwitches – Throw My Ashes Off The Pier When I Die
10. Glasser – Tremel 12?


Go Coop!

ALICE COOPER To Guest On 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'

Legendary rocker Alice Cooper will guest on the March 18 edition of NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno".

"The Tonight Show" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. EST. Check local listings for details.

The four surviving ALICE COOPER band members — Alice Cooper (vocals), Neal Smith (drums), Michael Bruce (rhythm guitar), Dennis Dunaway (bass) — will perform at their Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 14 in New York City, and again at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show in on April 20 in Los Angeles, California. Guitarist Steve Hunter, who played in Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare" band, will fill in for the late Glen Buxton.

Cooper recently told that he would not have accepted the Rock Hall induction if it wasn't for the entire band.

Read more at Blabbermouth


Sammy Hagar Wants to Make Another Van Halen Album

Bryan Wawzenek

Sammy Hagar recently spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about his new book, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock (out on March 15) and his history with Van Halen. In the interview, Hagar assessed the chance of him getting back together with Eddie and company as pretty likely.

“I'd say it’s up there around 90 percent. I would love to make another record with Van Halen,” he said. “If Eddie really got his life together, which it seems he has judging by the pictures I’ve seen, then definitely.”

Yet, he quickly made a point of saying that there was no chance of it happening anytime soon (especially with Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen currently working with David Lee Roth).

Read the rest at


The Wombats New Album Art Done By Pink Floyd Artist

The Wombats will release their sophomore album, The Wombats proudly present ... This Modern Glitch, on April 26, 2011, via Bright Antenna/ILG/Warners. Set to conquer the States, the band delivers 10 tracks that retain the immediacy and hook-filled sensibility of their stunning UK platinum-selling debut, 2007’s The Wombats proudly present … Guide To Love, Loss And Desperation, while introducing aggressive dance elements and a heavier, wryer lyrical bent to their infectious alt-pop. The album art was done by legendary surrealist artist Storm Thorgerson, known for his iconic Pink Floyd album covers.

Recorded at NRG Recording Studios in Los Angeles, This Modern Glitch was produced with Rich Costey (Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party) and Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Lostprophets), with additional production prowess contributed by super-producers Jacknife Lee (U2, Snow Patrol, R.E.M.), Butch Walker (Fall Out Boy, The Donnas, Weezer).


Booker T Jones Charts A Historic Life In Music On New Album 'The Road From Memphis' Out May 10 On Anti- Records

Booker T. Jones' historic life in music has brought him international fame, awards (he's a three-time Grammy winner and Rock Roll Hall of Famer), and iconic status as one of the architects of American soul music. With his new album 'The Road From Memphis,' due May 10 on Anti- Records, Jones traces his journey from his hometown of Memphis, TN to the world stage. The album follows Jones' 2009 Anti- release 'Potato Hole' which won the Grammy for "Best Pop Instrumental Album."

Produced by Jones with The Roots' ?uestlove and Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith), 'Memphis' was recorded by Daptone Records mastermind Gabriel Roth with backing by The Roots.



The Sacramento Bee  (evidently via the Philadelphia Inquirer) has some fresh reviews of new music, check it out:

Reviews of new pop, country/roots, jazz and classical releases

The Philadelphia Inquirer


LYKKE LI "Wounded Rhymes" (Atlantic, 3 1/2 stars)

Swedish songstress Lykke Li toughens up her 21st- century girl-group sound on "Wounded Rhymes," an aggressively emotional 10-song set likely to make her one of the breakout stars of 2011.

Read more reviews including Memphis, Beady Eye, Buddy Miller and more at the Sacramento Bee


a vinyl story posted by Rachel Hurley at the from Nancy Apple, (who is a longtime Memphis Musician, band leader, back up singer, songwriter, producer, record label head honcho, DJ for WEVL Memphis, actress and pet wrangler). Well worth the read, I got chills, as we can all remember the first time we decided our hard earned money would be spent on something (music and specifically vinyl) other than candy....(but I am a self proclaimed vinyl nut!)

My First Record: Nancy Apple

I miss the days of vinyl. I know, the hippest of the uber-cool bands with budgets might throw out a bone every now and then – new vinyl “product” – but it’s not like the olden days when there was no choice; all we had were records. Yup – records, those cold black round 45s, 33s and if you were lucky even a few rare old 78s! For those of you not in the know, a little needle on the vinyl makes the sound.

Please stop by, you will love the story!

----------------------- posted this over the weekend, reminds me of some of Cat Stevens' earlier work:

Listen: My People by Yusuf With Voices Submitted By His Facebook Followers

Yusuf Islam (the former Cat Stevens) has released a new song that was initially for the people of Egypt but now applies to all of the country's of the Middle East. My People is a new homage to peace, much like his 70's classic Peace Train, and to give voice to all of his fans and supporters, he posted a backing track on his Facebook page. People were then asked to sing along with the chorus of the song and submit the files for inclusion on the record.

Here's a tease, however please read more:


a very well-written opinion about the evolution of vinyl and maybe where we are headed:

Vinyl, the once and future music format

Graeme Thomson

Vinyl is the medium that refuses to retire gracefully. A working tool for DJs and regarded as inherently superior to digital formats by many, it is now being used by musicians to 'add value' and set themselves apart.

Radiohead’s new album The King of Limbs may well be a bold snapshot of the future, but not necessarily in the ways you would imagine. Setting aside the thrilling subterfuge surrounding its surprise arrival and the sound of a band continually refusing to echo past glories, the lasting significance of The King of Limbs may lie in defining the ever more polarised ways in which albums are being released.

As the music-buying experience becomes increasingly functional – click, use, dispose – at the opposite extreme, the vinyl album is carving out an identity as a deluxe artefact. Radiohead not only released The King of Limbs last month as an MP3 download, the ruthlessly convenient budget option that has reshaped the music industry, but also as the world’s first “newspaper album”. This comprised two clear 10in vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve, several large works of art alongside 625 minuscule pieces, and a full-colour piece of “oxo-degradable plastic” to keep it all together.

Read the rest of this very interesting article at


Up north there ay!

Vinyl Thriving In The iPod Age


hey, they love them too!

Beatles Abbey Road Statue To Be Built In Siberia

A statue of The Beatles is set to be built in the Siberian city of Tomsk, it’s been announced.

The $200,000 life size statue will depict the band’s four members in their infamous pose on Abbey Road.

Nikolai Nikolaychuk, the major of Tomsk, told the local media RIA Novosti that he was looking for fans to invest in the project, which will be created by local sculptors Nikolai and Anton Gnedyh.

"We've got a lot of music fans and those brought up on Beatles music. Many of them are wealthy people. And I'm sure they could invest in this idea," he said.


Rush’s Moving Pictures Re-Release Features Videos, Rare Photos

Ellen Barnes

Rush’s definitive album, Moving Pictures, will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year with the release of Moving Pictures – Deluxe Edition.

Out on April 5, the package will hit stores in two different formats: a digitally remastered CD and DVD combo and a digitally remastered CD and Blu-ray combo.

Read the rest at


fantastic cover art!

Former Megadeth Shredder Releases Jazz-Metal Album

Peter Hodgson

Former Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover will soon release Metalusion, an instrumental album designed to showcase his jazz-rock skills alongside his metal talents.

Featuring Jim Gilmour on keyboards, Paul Yee on bass and Chris Sutherland on drums, Metalusion features 10 tracks, including five original compositions and five covers of material by Frank Zappa, Al Di Meola and Jean-Luc Ponty

Read the rest at



and in music history for the day:

Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians recorded "Auld Lang Syne" in 1939.

In 1955, Carl Perkins became the first country artist to have a hit on the Billboard R&B chart when his "Blue Suede Shoes" made the list.

The Beatles recorded their first ever radio appearance in 1962, at the Playhouse Theatre, Hulme, Manchester, for the BBC radio program Teenagers’ Turn. After a rehearsal, The Beatles put on suits for the first time and, along with the other artists appearing, recorded the show in front of a live audience, some who had travelled from Liverpool.

In 1966, Tina Turner recorded her vocal part on the Phil Spector produced “River Deep, Mountain High.” This classic milestone reached #3 in the U.K. but only #88 on the U.S. chart due to Spector’s refusal to pay bribes that would ensure airplay.

While working on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, The Beatles recorded additional overdubs for “Lovely Rita,” including harmony vocals, effects, and the percussive sound of comb and paper.

In 1969, Tommy's Roe's single, "Dizzy" earns a Gold record for sales of over one million. I have one of the million and have heard this song waaayyy to many times :O)

A song from the movie Deliverance called "Dueling Banjos" by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel becomes one of the few 1970s instrumentals to be awarded a Gold record. The record had topped the Cash Box Magazine Best Sellers list and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. song still gives me the creeps...

In 1987, the Beastie Boys became the first rap inspired act to have a #1 album in the U.S. with their debut Licensed To Ill.

In 1994, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parodies that poke fun at an original work can be considered "fair use" that does not require permission from the copyright holder. great ruling for Weird Al" Yankovic!

In 2001, the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts announced that Judy Garland's "Over The Rainbow" had been selected as their "song of the century". Rounding out their Top Ten were (#2) "White Christmas by Bing Crosby, (#3) "This Land Is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie, (#4) "Respect" by Aretha Franklin, (#5) "American Pie" by Don McLean, (#6) "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by The Andrews Sisters, (#7) "West Side Story" (album) by the original cast, (#8) "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" by Billy Murray, (#9) "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers, and (#10) "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin. What, not one Beatles' song? that's just stupid....

and in 2009, Jimmy Boyd, the child vocalist best known for singing the 1952, Christmas novelty hit "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," died at age 70.

Birthday wishes to underrated songwriter Jules Shear (1953) and to Peter Wolf of The J. Geils Band (1946)

an old but great video:

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