Saturday, May 7, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

this is in my top ten album covers for 2011, beautiful!

SEPULTURA: 'Kairos' Artwork Unveiled

Brazilian/American thrashers SEPULTURA will release their new album, "Kairos" (an ancient Greek word signifying a time in between, a moment of undetermined period of time in which something special happens) on June 24 in Europe and July 12 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork for the effort was created by Erich Sayers, a Los Angeles-based freelance digital artist and photographer whom SEPULTURA first met at the band's recent concert at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California.

Commented Sayers: "I started by researching 'Kairos' for images and meaning as soon as the band gave me the title.

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found this interesting

Michael Stipe Tried to Save Kurt Cobain’s Life

Russell Hall

Michael Stipe has revealed that he “reached out to” Kurt Cobain with a proposed musical collaboration, in an effort to save Cobain’s life.

Speaking to Interview magazine, the R.E.M. frontman said: “I knew him and his daughter. And Courtney [Love] came and stayed at my house. R.E.M. worked on two records in Seattle and Peter Buck lived next door to Kurt and Courtney. So we all knew each other........

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saw him perform once and am still impressed with his music

Nonesuch Releases New Pat Metheny Solo Acoustic Album, "What’s It All About," June 14; Pre-order with Print, Instant Download

Nonesuch Records releases What’s It All About—a solo acoustic album from guitarist and composer Pat Metheny—on June 14, 2011. After nearly 40 recordings under his name, this marks the first time there is not a single Metheny composition represented. Rather, What’s It All About comprises 10 classic songs, some very well known, that hold personal meanings for the guitarist. (The double-LP edition, pressed on 180-gram, high-performance vinyl, includes the complete album on two discs, along with two additional tracks, Monk's "'Round Midnight" and Rodgers & Hammerstein's "This Nearly Was Mine.") What’s It All About is available for pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store with a limited-edition photographic print, a number of which will be signed, and a free instant download of the album track “Alfie,” by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

Following the Grammy–winning 2001 solo acoustic record One Quiet Night, Metheny began regularly playing the specially tuned baritone guitar he used on that album in the breaks between sound check and the show when he was on the road. “Almost every day as I worked through one well-known tune or another, various visitors or local crew people would come up to me and ask which record it was on, and I would have to say that I had never made a record like that,” Metheny says. “And over the years, I have had it in the back of my mind that I should do an album of some of those tunes at some point.”

As with One Quiet Night, Metheny recorded the songs on What’s It All About late at night, in his New York City home over a short period of time. In selecting which ones to put to tape, Metheny says: “I wanted to record some of the music that was on my radar before I ever wrote a note of my own, or in a few cases, even before I played an instrument. I was born in 1954 and all of these songs were in the Top 40 during my childhood and early teen years. It was a period when harmony and melody were still important and viable elements in popular music. Every one of these tunes has something going on that is just hip on musical level, no matter how you cut it. They have all stuck with me over the years.”

Most of the record was made using the acoustic baritone guitar, with three exceptions: Paul Simon’s “The Sound of Silence” is played on a 42-string custom made “Pikasso” guitar, Bob Spickard and Brian Carman’s “Pipeline” is played on a six-string, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s “And I Love Her” is played on a nylon string guitar.

Over the course of more than three decades, guitarist Pat Metheny has set himself apart from the jazz mainstream, expanding and blurring boundaries and musical styles. His record-setting body of work includes 18 Grammy Awards in 12 separate categories; a series of influential trio recordings; award-winning solo albums; scores for hit Hollywood motion pictures; and collaborations and duets with major artists such as Ornette Coleman, Steve Reich, Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau, and many others. His band, the Pat Metheny Group, founded in 1977, is the only ensemble in history to win Grammys for seven consecutive releases.

To reserve your copy of the What's It All About and the limited-edition print and to download the album track "Alfie," head to the now. Nonesuch Store


stop by and read the rest of this fantastic write up. as a record collector, it makes you proud to be part of the vinyl revival!!

Record Stores Revinylize OC

The vinyl boom is fueling a resurgence of record retailers


It's a chilly day at the Lab, Costa Mesa's ├╝ber-hip "anti-mall." It's the kind of place where people spend $30 on cotton T-shirts emblazoned with line drawings of birds. Amid well-heeled young couples strolling by, lattes in hand, and foodies munching on empanadas pulse the synthy rhythms of avant-garde industrial band Ashra, courtesy of a 12-inch platter of black polyvinyl chloride spinning at 33.3 rpms on a nearby turntable.

Located stage left of Urban Outfitters' towering glass doors is a small relic of the past—a baby-blue, chrome-trimmed 1957 Kenskill camper trailer. It's where local bluesman/head-banger/entrepreneur Parker Macy has chosen to house his latest business venture, a record store named Creme Tangerine. After successfully running a small LP stand located across Bristol Street (outside specialty market the Seed), he and his business partner Jonathon Staph seized an opportunity to upgrade.

Macy is just one cog in a wheel of Orange County traders and retailers whose primary ware—vinyl records—is a sonic format many declared dead decades ago. But don't try telling him that.

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vinyl doing well in ohio!

Record shop creates buzz downtown with vinyl collectors

By Dan Kane

CANTON — “We just brought in 3,000 more records, all brand-new and sealed,” Michael Nasvadi from downtown Canton’s Buzzbin Art & Music Shop, says excitedly. “It doesn’t sound like a lot but it is.”

Open since September on the primo corner of Cleveland Avenue and Fourth Street NW, the Buzzbin shop is finding a niche as a vinyl mecca for local collectors. “They like the vinyl sound, they like owning the vinyl, they wanted us to expand what we’re doing,” Nasvadi, a record collector himself, says of his music clientele.

“Vinyl is on the upswing in this download age. People who cherish the music are hanging onto it. People burn through it. They just buy it right away.”

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Jimi Hendrix Park Coming to Seattle

The City of Seattle is planning to use the legacy of one of their most famous past-residents, Jimi Hendrix, by creating a $2 million recreational facility in his name.

The area will be developed as a space to motivate youth in music and art and be available for multi-cultural gatherings.



and in music history for today:

The immortal "Rock Around The Clock" was released by Bill Haley & His Comets in 1955

In 1966, The Mamas and the Papas started a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Monday, Monday.” The song reached #3 in the U.K. Reportedly, the group all hated the song, except for its writer John Phillips.

In 1966, Simon and Garfunkel's "I Am a Rock" entered the Hot 100. During its eleven week chart run, it will peak at #3.

In 1971, The Rolling Stones released “Brown Sugar” in the U.S., where it went to #1. The track, recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama, went to #2 in the U.K.

In 1977, the Eagles went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Hotel California,” the group's fourth U.S. #1. The track went to #8 in the U.K.

In 1994, Randy Bachman led 1,322 guitarists who had gathered in Vancouver to play Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business", for 68 minutes and 40 seconds.

In 1998, singer-songwriter Eddie Rabbitt died of lung cancer, aged 56. During his career, he scored over 20 #1s on Billboard's country singles chart, including 1981’s “I Love a Rainy Night.” Elvis Presley, Dr. Hook, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle and Lynn Anderson all recorded his songs.

In 1991, Ozzy Osbourne was cleared in a suit by a couple who claimed his music influenced their son to try to commit suicide.

In 2004, Rudy Maugeri, the baritone voice of the 1950s doo-wop group, The Crew Cuts, died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Las Vegas. He was 73. Taking their name from a popular hair style of the day, the quartet formed in Toronto and went on to have several hits in the US, including the number one "Sh-Boom" in 1954 and the number three "Earth Angel" in 1955.

In 2010, Dave Fisher, who formed The Highwaymen with four university pals in the late 1950s, died at the age of 69 after a battle with a bone marrow disorder. The quartet topped the Billboard chart in 1961 with "Michael (Row The Boat Ashore)".

celebrating birthdays today include Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) (65) and Phil Campbell (Motorhead) (50), among many others.

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