Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Three New Hendrix Archive Releases Coming From Experience Hendrix & Legacy

Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings have announced the third wave of releases in their Jimi Hendrix Catalog project. All will be available on April 12.

First up is a reissue of Power Of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, a collection of sixteen performances covering artists both classic and modern. It is the first tribute album to be curated under Hendrix LLC and they assembled quite the roster from Santana, Eric Clapton and Sting to archive tracks from John Lee Hooker and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. The album was originally released on May 4, 2004.

Read more: vintagevinylnews.com


popmatters.com has a wonderful review of some often overlooked music from one of the best:

In this new Between the Grooves series, George de Stefano digs beneath the nondescript cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Rocking Chair" album -- an urtext for many rock and R&B artists who have been inspired by it or covered its songs -- to examine some of the greatest blues ever recorded.

An acoustic guitar and a rocking chair, set against a green background. You could hardly ask for a more nondescript album cover. But that image has become iconic because of the extraordinary music inside the unremarkable packaging. In fact, the album has come to be known by its cover art. Chess Records titled the disk Howlin’ Wolf when the Chicago-based company released it in 1962. But everyone, or at least every serious blues aficionado, knows this collection of 12 tracks by Chester “Howlin’ Wolf” Burnett simply as “the rocking chair album” .

Read the rest of this story at popmatters.com


Sparks The Rescue Unveil Cover Art

Fearless Records has released the cover art for 'Worst Thing I've Been Cursed With,' the second album from Sparks The Rescue. The new album is scheduled for release on May 10th.

"We are very excited to release our second full-length Worst Thing I've Been Cursed With," states singer Alex Roy. "We wrote this record over the course of the summer into fall in a cabin in Poland Springs, Maine. I feel this record shows how much we've grown as songwriters, musicians and friends. We set out to write a great rock album, and I think we did just that!"


ALKALINE TRIO Celebrate 15th Anniversary With New Album

In celebration of their 15th year as a band, high energy melodic cult rockers Alkaline Trio have announced they will enter the studio in late February to re-imagine and record a collection of songs from their celebrated catalog for a new album to be released this summer on Epitaph/Heart & Skull.

The threesome will be stripping down fan favorites from their coveted seven studio albums, which include Goddamnit, Maybe I'll Catch Fire, From Here to Infirmary, Good Mourning, Crimson, Agony & Irony and This Addiction, and re-recording the songs under new visions with the accompaniment of a variety of instruments at Hurley Studios in Costa Mesa, California. Additionally, the band will tantalize fans with new tracks as well, making this a must have for both old and new fans alike.

Known for well-crafted hook filled songwriting and poetic tongue-in-cheek lyrics, Alkaline Trio have amassed a diehard cult following around the globe in the last 15 years. Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba, bassist/vocalist Dan Andriano and drummer Derek Grant, the group has composed some of punk rock's most memorable songs with hits like "Nose Over Tail" from their 1998 debut Goddamnit, "Radio" from 2000's Maybe I'll Catch Fire, "Private Eye" from 2001's From here to Infirmary, "We've Had Enough" from 2003's Good Mourning, "Time to Waste" from 2005's Crimson, "Calling All Skeletons" from 2008's Agony & Irony and the title track from 2010's This Addiction among others. With so many classic tracks to choose from, anticipation for this release amongst the band's fans is sure to be huge!

Alkaline Trio will be hitting the road for a handful of dates this spring leading up to the release. Stay tuned for more information.

Alkaline Trio Tour Dates:

4/27 - West Chester, PA - The Note
4/28 - Providence, RI - Lupo's
4/29 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
4/30 - East Rutherford, NJ - Bamboozle
5/1 - Towson, MD - The Recher Theatre

For More Information:


Valencia releasing B-sides and Rarities 7-inch

Pop-punkers Valencia will release a 7″ entitled B-Sides and Rarities featuring two never-before-heard songs, “Adrenaline” and “Fight or Flight.” It will be limited to 500 copies, with 50 available March 16th from I Surrender Records. http://www.isurrenderrecords.com/ The remaining available on the band’s upcoming tour.

The band released their latest album “Dancing With A Ghost” last year.


Arch Enemy Reveal New Album Cover Art

Swedish extreme metal powerhouse, Arch Enemy, has set a late spring/early summer release for its ninth studio album, entitled Khaos Legions, via Century Media. The band tapped artist Brent Elliott White (Megadeth, Death Angel) to design the cover art.


Found this group Heart Attack Alley online (they are from New Zealand). Love the cut:


SPOTLIGHT: Vinyl records still cool for some

By JOSH STOCKINGER - The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald

WESTMONT, Ill. -- Not long after Hank Shurba went into business selling records in 1983, the Elmhurst man started to hear buzz of a new media form destined to change music forever.

They were called CDs.

"I opened up and that very first week I heard about them,'" Shurba, 66, recalls. "I thought, 'Oh, my God. What do I do now?'"

Read more: www.bnd.com


and in music history today:

In 1962, the Beatles (with Pete Best on drums), appeared on television for the first time when they play Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby" on the BBC program Teenager's Turn. It was reportedly the first time they wore suits onstage.

The Dave Clark 5 made their first appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964.

In 1968, Albert King, Janis Joplin and Tim Buckley appear at the reopened Village Theater in New York, now known as the Fillmore East, promoted by Bill Graham.

In 1969, Small Faces split up after four years when singer Steve Marriott announces he is leaving the band. Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones eventually link up with Ron Wood and Rod Stewart to form The Faces.

Paul McCartney pled guilty to charges of growing marijuana outside of his Scottish countryside farm in 1973. He claimed that a fan had given him the seeds and that he did not know what they would grow. He was fined $240.

Also in 1973, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan of The Grateful Dead, died of a stomach hemorrhage and liver failure, brought on by alcohol poisoning. He was just 27 years old.

In 1974, Bad Company, made up of former members from Free (Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople (Mick Ralphs) and King Crimson (Boz Burrell), kicked off their first UK tour at Newcastle City Hall.

In 1976, former Spooky Tooth singer Gary Wright is awarded a Gold record for "Dream Weaver".

In 1993 - "Beavis and Butthead" premiered on MTV as a series.

Birthdays today include Clive Burr of Iron Maiden (1957),  Randy Meisner of The Eagles (1946) and
Micky Dolenz from The Monkees (1945)

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