Thursday, March 31, 2011

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!

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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?

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