Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

with the 2011 version of record store day in the books, the sales figures are fantastic and the day was a celebration, not only in vinyl, but the physical record store. too bad that it is just one day, as people go about their business and forget they have a record store that needs thier business.  i love the concept of rsd, however, it has its flaws.  even though rsd is denouncing the sale of these 'special releases' on eBay, the fact is there is money to be made by flipping and they can't stop it.  still, my humble opinion stays the same - the CVR blog will always support record store day!

this from the rsd site:

A brief note of thanks to everyone who went out and supported their local record stores this weekend. We hope you had a great time, and that it made you resolve to visit again and again (even though we know there are a ton of you who already do that!) We never dreamed that our little party would become so loved, or so big. We appreciate all the kind words, and we even appreciate all the constructive criticism. Nothing in this world is perfect, and nothing that involves so many diverse people will ever make them all completely happy. But know that we are learning where we can and that we remain true to the mission that’s been behind Record Store Day from the start: Celebrating the culture of the record store. They are such a good thing to have around.

a hearty thank you to the folks at rsd for, again, surpassing all expectations. here's to next year!


1. Chris Brown : F.A.M.E.
2. Jennifer Hudson : I Remember Me
3. Adele : 21
4. The Strokes : Angles
5. Kirk Franklin : Hello Fear
6. Various : Songs For Japan
7. Panic At The Disco : Vices and Virtues
8. Mumford and Sons : Sigh No More
9. Bobby V : Fly On The Wall
10. Lupe Fiasco : Lasers

1. Katy Perry feat. Kanye West : E.T.
2. Rihanna : S&M
3. Cee Lo Green : Fuck You
4. Lady Gaga : Born This Way
5. Black Eyed Peas : Just Can't Get Enough
6. Wiz Khalifa : No Sleep
7. Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes : Look At Me Now
8. Pink : Fucking Perfect
9. Jeremih feat. 50 Cent : Down On Me
10. Jennifer Lopez : On The Floor

1. Adele : 21
2. Katy B : On A Mission
3. Adele : 19
4. Rihanna : Loud
5. Jessie J. : Who You Are
6. The Overtones : Good Ol' Fashioned Love
7. Michael Buble : Crazy Love
8. Bruno Mars : Doo-Wops & Holligans
9. Elbow : Build A Rocket Boys
10. Glasvegas : Euphoric Heartbreak

1. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull : On The Floor
2. LMFAO : Party Rock Anthem
3. Adele : Someone Like You
4. Black Eyed Peas : Just Can't Get Enough
5. Katy Perry : E.T.
6. Mann : Buzzin
7. Nicole Scherzinger : Don't Hold Your Breath
8. Wiz Khalifa : Black and Yellow
9. Snoop Dogg : Sweat
10. Jessie J feat. B.o.B. : Price Tag

1. Take That : Progress
2. Rihanna : Loud
3. Bruce Springsteen : The Promise
4. Shakira : Sale El Sol
5. Pink : Greatest Hits ... So Far
6. Bon Jovi : Greatest Hits
7. James Blunt : Some Kind Of Trouble
8. Susan Boyle : The Gift
9. Kings Of Leon : Come Around Sundown
10. JLS : Outta This World

1. Adele : Rolling In the Deep
2. Bruno Mars : Grenade
3. Lady Gaga : Born This Way
4. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull : On The Floor
5. Rihanna : S&M
6. Black Eyed Peas : Just Can't Get Enough
7. Taio Cruz : Higher
8. Martin Solveig : Hello
9. Jessie J. feat. B.o.B. : Price Tag
10. David Guetta feat. Rihanna : Who's That Chick


ear X-tacy’s Top 25 Vinyl Sales 4/11 - 4/17/2011 (including RSD11)

1. My Morning Jacket “Circuital“
2. Young Widows “In & Out of Youth & Lightness“
3. Foo Fighters “Medium Rare“
4. Off!”Live at Generation R…“
5. Black Angels “Another Nice Pair“
6. Jason Isbell “Here We Rest“
7. Black Angels “Phosgene Nightmare“
8. Mumford & Sons “Dharohar Project Etc“
9. Bonnie Prince Billy “Must Be Blind“
10. My Morning Jacket “It Still Moves” pic disc
11. My Morning Jacket “Z” pic disc
12. My Morning Jacket “Evil Urges” pic disc
13. Foo Fighters “Wasting Light“
14. Television “Live @ the Old Waldorf“
15. Radiohead “King of Limbs“
16. Bob Dylan “Live in Concert“
17. Elliott “US Songs“
18. V/A “Local Customs: Pressed at Boddie“
19. Ray Lamontagne “Live, Fall 2010“
20. James Blake “s/t”(*CIMS)
21. Panda Bear “Tomboy“
22. Syd Barrett “An Introduction to Syd Barrett“
23. TV on the Radio “Nine Types of Light“
24. Deftones “Covers“
25. Kings of Leon “Holy Roller Novocaine“


APOSTASY: 'Nuclear Messiah' Cover Artwork Unveiled

The cover artwork for "Nuclear Messiah", the forthcoming third album from Swedish death/black metallers APOSTASY, can be viewed below. The artwork was created by Raphael Gabrio, a talented artist from Brazil.

"Nuclear Messiah" will be released this spring/summer via Gothenburg, Sweden's Rambo Music, a division of Gain Music Entertainment (which is distributed and partly owned by Sony Music).

Read the rest at Blabbermouth.com


i kinda like this cenataur approach to cover art, but that's about it (i wouldn't know a lady gaga song from a britney spears song...or if they even sound alike)

Lady Gaga Releases ‘Born This Way’ Album Cover Art

Lady Gaga is a half-motorcycle, half-woman, singing machine on the cover of her new album she calls, 'Born This Way!'

According to MTV News, the pop sultress unveiled the new cover art for Born This Way on Twitter on Saturday.

Her head appears at the front of motorcycle and her arms are the front forks on the cover art by Nick Knight, which is in black and white except for her red lips.


now this is what i call album cover art, one that makes your imagination work overtime....

Ipsissimus Reveal Tracklisting and Artwork

The New Haven, CT based blasphemers IPSISSIMUS have revealed the coverart and tracklisting for the bands Metal Blade Records debut.

Drummer Haimatokharmes fills us in on the artwork and layout for The Way of Descent: "IPSISSIMUS is very pleased to present the artwork for our upcoming Metal Blade debut, The Way of Descent. The cover, by Brooklyn, NY artist Micki Pellerano (www.mickipellerano.wordpress.com) features all manner of ritual act, executed by man and beast, conjuring an apparition of the Egyptian fertility goddess Hathor. (IPSISSIMUS heartily endorses procreation as well as annihilation). I might add that the inlay features a 'Satanic Seraph' design, conceived by myself while reading the Niebelungenslied on a train in Rhein-Westphalia, brilliantly executed by artist Michel Jansen, of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (I liked this so much it's now on my drum head!) Finally, the layout was designed by Alessandra Benedetti, Brooklyn artist, editor of Heartworm Press (www.theheartworm.com), and designer of 23 WLVS Press, who did a top-notch job on very little notice in giving the album a dirty yet unified look."


and in music history for today:

In 1965, The film The T.A.M.I. Show (Teen Age Music International) featuring a star list of performers, including The Rolling Stones, James Brown, The Supremes, The Miracles, and Chuck Berry, opened in Britain to limited distribution under the title Teenage Command Performance. The movie would not be properly released in the U.K. until the following year.

In 1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left.

In 1974, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appeared at the State Theatre, New Brunswick, New Jersey. The gig was unadvertised by the promoter, who gambled that word-of-mouth would be enough to fill the 550-seat venue, but only 250 people attended.

In 1980, 32-year old vocalist Brian Johnson replaced the late Bon Scott in AC/DC.

R.E.M. played their first show under the name R.E.M in 1980.

In 1980, Blondie scores their second Billboard number one hit with "Call Me", a song featured in the Richard Gere movie American Gigolo. The track was also a #1 in the UK.

In 1982, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunite for a European tour after the success of their New York Central Park concert the year before. Tensions between the pair cause them to split again before they can tour the US and by the time the album they were working on came out 18 months later, all traces of Garfunkel's contributions had been electronically removed.

In 2003, the oldest working musician in Britain, Conrad Leonard, died at the age of 104. Had worked with Cole Porter, Petula Clark and the BBC.

and in 2010, a week after Catholic Church officials published an article in the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper that said they forgive John Lennon's remarks about The Beatles being "bigger than Jesus", Ringo Starr rejected their forgiveness. The newspaper's editors had written, "The Beatles said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic... (but) what would Pop music be like without the Beatles?" Ringo was unimpressed and replied "Didn't the Vatican say we were Satanic or possibly Satanic? And they've still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they've got more to talk about than the Beatles." welll said ringo.....

birthday wishes to Mark Volman from The Turtles (1947) and Alan Price of the Animals, who turns a young 69 today

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