Monday, April 4, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

found this very interesting. while i don't personally sell records on eBay at this time, i know many who do and the complaints are numerous. not to say there haven't been good times, but lately, from what i have heard and read, ebay is really making vinyl record sellers choose different avenues (,, and many others or even build their own websites) in which to do business. read on:

eBay Seller Caught in Over-reaching Enforcement of Dupes Policy

By: Ina Steiner

Ebay's number one product? Frustration.

Last year eBay announced that they were going to create an algorithm (computers - no human interaction) that was going to scan all of the listings to assure that people would not be able to gain the system by listing the same product with the same photo in duplicate listings thereby gaining more exposure and cluttering the pages of eBay. Ebay continues to be the leader in irrational reactions and untried policy and procedures.

I am a large seller of vinyl records and it attracts some of the pickiest customers in any business.

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great review at about this classic cut and the story that goes with it....the song was certainly a part of my childhood music, still love the cut, especially the way kay does it:

Steppenwolf Steps Away from the "Wild" Side in 1968's Powerful "The Pusher"


Read the name "Steppenwolf," and one image immediately comes to mind: Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda on motorcycles, cruising to the tune "Born to Be Wild." The emerging rock group gained nationwide fame through the 1969 counterculture classic, Easy Rider, where their hard-driving music perfectly accompanied the film's story of rebellion. In addition, Steppenwolf is commonly credited with inventing the term "heavy metal" through the "Born to Be Wild" lyrics "I like smoke and lightning/Heavy metal thunder." Their other major hit, "Magic Carpet Ride," seamlessly blended harder rock and psychedelia, with lead singer John Kay's gravelly voice adding a dangerous edge to the tune. But another song of their successful 1968 debut album particularly encapsulates their edginess and willingness to take risks: "The Pusher."

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if you are a fan of the smithereens (i am), there is a well written article/interview at

The Smithereens return with '2011'

By Tris McCall/The Star-Ledger

For 12 years, fans of the Smithereens have waited for an album of new material.

They knew frontman Pat DiNizio was a prolific songwriter. They picked up the entertaining covers albums made by the band: one devoted to Beatles songs, a Christmas album, a full-length treatment of “Tommy” by the Who. They caught the group in action at a Garden State bar or at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in New York. The legendary Jersey rock quartet had never broken up; they hadn’t even taken a break. They sounded as tough and tuneful, and as full of ideas, as they had in the mid-’80s. A follow-up to “God Save the Smithereens,” released in 1999, had to be arriving soon. Right?

“There was simply no demand from record companies for a new Smithereens album,” says DiNizio......

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found this post interesting, lots of pr from all the stunts (and of course, the beatles are on the list, however, they do not mention some of the silly quotes by john lennon - who liked to stir up the media every now and then) 

Top 10 Band Stunts, Schemes, and Gimmicks of All Time

By Gwendolyn Elliott

With Radiohead giving away copies of their newspaper, The Universal Sigh, in conjunction with their new album The King of Limbs, it seems like an appropriate time to look back on some of the more gimmicky notions bands have had over the years. Publicity stunts, shameless acts of self-promotion, honest attempts to engage their fans: Here are the 10 most memorable stunts our favorite bands made history with.



this from our friends at

Top 10 Records – April 4, 2011

For the Week of March 28 to April 4, 2011:

1.) Dance Gavin Dance – People We Knew 7″
2.) Deftones – Around The Fur LP
3.) Devil Wears Prada – Plagues LP
4.) Fake Problems – Songs For Teenagers 7″
5.) Transit – Something Left Behind
6.) Portugal The Man – Waiter: You Vultures! LP
7.) Fireworks – Gospel
8.) Living With Lions – Honesty, Honestly 7″
9.) Portugal The Man – Church Mouth LP
10.) The Menzingers – Chamberlain Waits LP


actually saw them on this tour, both put on an amazing show!

Mr. Soul: Social Distortion’s Mike Ness Talks Neil Young

Michael Wright

In a recent interview with, Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness recalled the group’s early ’90s tours with rock legend Neil Young. Social D first opened for Young in 1991, after the release of their classic self-titled album. The group hit the road again with the guitar great in 1993 in support of their Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell CD.

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and in music history for april 4th:

Elvis Presley recorded "Are You Lonesome Tonight" in 1960.

Also in 1960, RCA Victor Records announced that it will release all Pop singles in mono and stereo simultaneously, the first record company to do so. Elvis Presley's single, "Stuck on You" was RCA's first mono / stereo release.

In 1964, The Beatles held the top five places on the Billboard U.S. singles chart: #1 “Can’t Buy Me Love,” #2 “Love Me Do,” #3 “Roll Over Beethoven,” #4 “I Want to Hold You Hand” and #5 “Please Please Me.” The group also had another nine singles on the chart, bringing their total to 14 singles on the Hot 100.

In 1968, Bobby Goldsboro received a Gold record for the single, "Honey", which had spent 13 weeks on the Billboard chart, including five weeks at number one. It remains heavily played on the radio to this day and has been covered many times, although Todd Leopold of CNN named it the "Worst Song of All Time" in April 2006.

After hearing the news of Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Al Kooper and Ted Nugent congregated for an all night blues, folk and rock session at The New Generation Club in New York.

In 1983, Danny Rapp of Danny and The Juniors, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His band achieved two classic 1950's hits, "At the Hop" (#1) and "Rock and Roll is Here to Stay" (#19). He was 41 years old.

In 1996, Jerry Garcia's widow, Deborah, and Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir scatter part of Jerry's ashes in the Ganges River in India.

In 2008, Procol Harum founder Gary Brooker won his court battle over royalty rights to the band's most famous hit, 1967's "A Whiter Shade of Pale". In 2006, London's High Court awarded former keyboard player Matthew Fisher 40 percent of the copyright of the track, which has sold an estimated 10 million copies worldwide, after he successfully argued that he wrote the organ music to the song. Brooker appealed and judge John Mummery said that while Fisher should be credited with co-authorship, the fact that it took him 38 years to take the case to court meant he should not benefit financially.

born today, Dave Hill of Slade (1952) Frank Black of thePixies (1965) and the immortal Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) was born in 1913. (died April 30, 1983)

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