Monday, March 14, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

lots to get to today, let's take a look at some famous independent record stores and see what's selling lately:

Top selling records at Shop Radio Cast from March 7, 2011 to March 14, 2011:

1) The Menzingers – Chamberlain Waits LP

2) Glassjaw – Worship And Tribute LP

3) Less Than Jake – TV EP 7″

4) The Get Up Kids – Four Minute Mile LP

5) Green Day – Awesome As F**k 2XLP

6) Coheed and Cambria – The Second Stage Turbine Blade LP

7) Yellowcard – When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes LP (Exclusive)

8) Silverstein – Rescue LP

9) Frank Turner – Rock & Roll EP 10″

10) Rival Schools – Pedals LP


Origami Vinyl :: Top 10 Records (3/5- 3/11)

1. Dum Dum Girls – He Gets Me High 12″

2. Wye Oak – Civilian

3. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

4. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

5. Anika – S/T

6. Mogwai – Hardcare Will Never Die But You Will

7. Slang Chickens – My Floor

8. The Dead Trees – Back To LA 7″

9. La Sera – S/T

10. Yuck – Georgia 7″


Best Sellers at The Groove for the week of 2/28-3/06/2011.


1) Black Lips / The Strange Boys – Bruise Cruise Vol. 4 (7-inch)

2) PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

3) Black Keys – Brothers

4) Those Darlins – Be Your Bro (7-inch)

5) Toro Y Moi – Underneath The Pine

6) Dum Dum Girls – He Gets Me High EP

7) Vivian Girls / Jacuzzi Boys – Bruise Cruise Vol. 2 (7-inch)

8) Quintron and Miss Pussycat / Turbo Fruits – Bruise Cruse Vol. 3 (7-inch)

9) Ty segall / Thee Oh Sees – Bruise Cruise Vol. 1 (7-inch)

10) Alexander – Alexander


Grimey’s Vinyl Top 10 Best Sellers 2/28-3/06/2011

1. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

2. Middle Brother – Middle Brother

3. The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness 7″

4. Lucinda Williams – Blessed

5. The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow

6. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

7. Tristen – Charlatans At The Garden Gate

8. Adele – 21

9. Quintron / Turbo Fruits – Bruise Cruise V.3 7″

10. Black Lips / Strange Boys – Bruise Cruise V.4 7″


The Cult Back in Studio with QOTSA Producer

Michael Wright

The Cult have returned to the studio to record their first album since 2007’s Born into This. The group are joined in the studio by producer Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Mark Lanegan). The band, now featuring singer Ian Astbury, guitarist Billy Duffy, bassist Chris Wyse, rhythm guitarist Mike Dimkich and drummer John Tempesta, has been releasing mini-album “Capsules” since fall 2010.



any fan of album cover art has got to love this post. I also enjoyed the comments:

The Most Badass Sci-Fi Album Covers

The future has long been a popular subject for album covers - check this awesome gallery of robots, spaceships, and much more.

By K. Thor Jensen

Read the rest and look at some stunning album cover art at:


Rainbow, Uriah Heep's Mark Clarke Releases Solo Album

(Glass Onyon) Colosseum, Natural Gas, Rainbow, Uriah Heep member Mark Clarke has released his debut solo album, Moving To The Moon, via

Encompassing all the styles of music he has worked with the past 40 years, Mark Clarke's new solo album is a must for collectors and music enthusiasts worldwide. It's a masterful collection of extremely well
recorded and performed tracks that rival any from the bands he's played in.



Porcupine Tree and Zappa Stars Guest on Todd Grubbs' New Album

Todd Grubbs' new CD 'Return of the Worm' features an array of special guest artists including Mike Keneally (Zappa), Blues Saraceno, John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Sean Malone, Mark Prator, Jerry Outlaw, Pattrick Bettison, Jeff Henry and Alan Tatum.

"I am thrilled to have some great guest artists on this CD," Grubb's exclaims excitedly. "I was very happy to get Mike Keneally to do a solo, he is a huge inspiration to me on a number of levels, number one his talent is huge, but even more important, his true passion for creating pure music for art's sake has moved me to do the same. Blues Saraceno also contributes an excellent solo, he has always been one of my favorite players because he has such a cool feel. Last but not least, my friend John Wesley from Porcupine Tree was nice enough to add a great solo and help me finish my CD with a dual jam as it fades out."



another 'feel good' story about our beloved vinyl!


In an age where music retailers are closing at a rapid rate and record labels are going bankrupt due to online piracy and declining sales, Sumerian Records creator Ash Avildsen has taken a stand to prove that there is still an undeniable excitement to buying physical product.

Avildsen has now boldly put his money where his mouth is by announcing the launch of SoundCheck Hollywood (located across from the infamous Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip and a couple doors down from the Viper Room) — a store that harkens back to the days when Tower Records ruled the strip and also served as a place for musicians and music fans to unite.

The official SoundCheck Hollywood grand opening party will take place on Wednesday, March 23 and will feature signings from ASKING ALEXANDRIA, EMMURE, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, THE FACELESS, SUICIDE SILENCE, WINDS OF PLAGUE and many others.



vinyl doing very well in the uk

Ultravinyls are on the right track

Shelina Begum

THE boss of a retro record shop believes HMV’s woes could be music to the ears of vinyl enthusiasts.

Alex Lee said he wants to bring back the ‘old fashioned’ way of buying music instead of downloading through the internet.

His new record shop, Ultravinyls, has opened at the Traders Outlet in Sale, which he describes as ‘a mini Afflecks Palace’.

Mr Lee, 41, who is also a journalist, said: “With HMV closing 60 stores in the UK, and CD sales falling over 12 per cent last year, there will be a need for more independent record shops like Ultravinyls to cater for a market that still enjoys buying records. Although technology has made music more accessible and cheaper, and even I am guilty of owning an iPod, for many music lovers there is still something very exciting about going into a record shop and looking through various collections before buying.

“It’s nice to have something that you can keep.

Read the rest of the story at


and from southeastern north carolina

Vinyl helps small bands, local stores, and fans

by Brian Tucker

Vinyl is increasingly getting more attention these days (like this humble blog post). Either that or it’s a lazy news cycle capitalizing on a news trend. Rolling Stone ran a story several issues back on the rise of vinyl sales in the music industry. As of late there’s been articles by NPR and USA Today.

Given how much music unsigned bands are giving away as a free download it seems the only way for a band to make money is playing live, its been that way for years now. Selling music is hard and the old format of vinyl may be helping a little, especially for smaller bands.

Read the rest at


already on my top ten list for album cover art for 2011!

Sky Architect new album coming,Cover art revealed!

here's what the band had to say about the release:

'A Dying Man's Hymn'

Our new record will see its first glimpses of daylight June 6 2011! Galileo-records will again take care of that :)

We hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do.

This will be the cover. Art created by the legendary Mark Wilkinson:

----------------------- has a great interview with alice cooper (yeah, another post about cooper - can you tell i am a big fan?)

Alice Cooper Calls Rock Hall Induction 'A Dream,' Plots 'Nightmare' Sequel

As he prepares for the "dream" of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday (Mar. 14), Alice Cooper is also delivering a nightmare.

Make that another nightmare. This fall, the shock rocker will be releasing "Welcome 2 My Nightmare," a sequel to his 1975 concept album "Welcome to My Nightmare" -- his first "solo" release after the break-up of the original Alice Cooper band. Cooper tells that the project grew out of a desire to work again with original "Nightmare" producer Bob Ezrin, but on a sequel to another of his albums.



Beastie Boys Set to Release Hot Sauce

Peter Hodgson

The Beastie Boys will release their long-awaited next album on May 3, the band has confirmed.

Announcing the album on their website, Beastie Adam Yauch wrote, “Since the dawn of time, and perhaps even before, there was a silent order who were tasked with a mission. On May 3rd The Hot Sauce
Committee Part Two will be unleashed on the general public. Hold fast ye heathens.”



an interesting opinion from the uk, it really got people talking (read some of the replies):

Why I frown upon the Beach Boys releasing Smile

Brian Wilson's unfinished opus is the greatest record almost made. It should be left incomplete, leaving us to imagine an album that would have made Sgt Pepper sound 'meh'

Haven't we been here before? News that the the Beach Boys' Smile is to be released later this year is both confusing and something I really wish they wouldn't do.

Every pop fan knows that the greatest record ever made – or rather, the greatest ever record almost made, which would have shown Sgt Pepper to be a bit "meh" – was the the follow-up to Pet Sounds. But then Brian Wilson lost his way in the sandbox and never got round to finishing it, although Good Vibrations and fragments of other songs surfaced on subsequent Beach Boys albums.



vinyl doing well in michigan!

Breaking records: Vinyl records making a 21st-century resurgence

By Michael Wayland

BAY CITY — Walk through Reggie’s Amusement & Records in Bay City’s South End and take a stroll through music history.

Thousands of vinyl records — from John Lennon’s 1973 “Mind Games” to Shaquille O’Neal’s 1996 “You Can’t Stop the Reign” — line the walls of the music shop that opened nearly half a century before iPods were invented.

“We were the first ones here and we’re still here,” says owner Reginald Niedzinski, as he gazes around the store filled with music paraphernalia and gaming accessories.



Interview: Euclid Records New Orleans Manager James Weber Gives a State of the Store

By Diana Benanti

A to Z took an impromptu trip to our sweaty sister in the dirty south for the Mardi Gras festivities, and we were saddened to find the New Orleans outpost of Euclid Records shuttered. "We closed that Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. There was nothing happening," says James Weber, the St. Louis transplant who mans the happy pink and yellow building in the charming, graffiti-splashed Marigny neighborhood. Indeed, all the action was down in the French Quarter, but we caught up with Weber last week to get an update on the the store, the vinyl scene in New Orleans, and his take on St. Louis from 677 miles down I-55.

Read the rest of the interview at


and in music history for the day:

In 1955, CBS talent scout Arthur Godfrey turned down the chance to sign Elvis Presley. Instead, at the same audition, he signed Pat Boone. Ooops...

In 1958, Perry Como's "Catch A Falling Star" becomes the first recipient of a Gold record awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America. The achievement represented sales of one million discs. The first known Gold record was presented as a one time award to The Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1942 for "Chattanooga Choo Choo".

In 1959, Elvis Presley led the Billboard album chart with "For LP Fans Only". It was the first LP ever issued without the artist's name to be found anywhere on the cover - front or back.

In 1964, Billboard Magazine reported that Beatle records have claimed 60-percent of the US singles market and that the album "Meet the Beatles" had reached a record 3.5 million copies sold.

1965 - Petula Clark made her American TV debut on CBS' "Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1968, the promotional film for The Beatles’ “Lady Madonna” was broadcast in black and white on BBC’s Top Of The Pops. The film was shot while the group was recording the track “Hey Bulldog” in Studio 2, EMI Studios.

Carole King's "Tapestry" LP was named Album Of The Year at the 14th Grammy Awards in 1972. The disc had been 1971's best selling record.

Jon Bon Jovi formed the band Bon Jovi in 1983.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2005 with a ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel that saw Bruce Springsteen ushering in U2 and Rod Stewart inducting Soul singer Percy Sledge. Neil Young welcomed the Pretenders into the Hall, while Justin Timberlake introduced The O'Jays.

2006, U2 topped Rolling Stone’s annual list of 2005’s biggest money earners with $154.2 million. The top five were rounded out by The Rolling Stones ($92.5 million), The Eagles ($ 63.2 million), Paul

McCartney ($56 million) and Elton John ($48.9 million).

Birthdays today include producer/music mogul Quincy Jones (1933), "Disco Duck" minion Rick Dees was born in 1950 and Michael Martin Murphey (1945)

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