Monday, May 9, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

neat story in salina kansas about a record pressing company:


By DAVID CLOUSTON Salina Journal

Two things become clear in the first few minutes while Chad Kassem gives visitors a tour of the latest addition to his expanding business empire.

One is that the worn and greasy unrestored record presses resting in pieces in a dark warehouse corner show how much work it will take to bring them back to life.

The second thing is that those unused presses are ample proof Kassem's business isn't through growing.

Six restored presses resting under bright fluorescent bulbs atop a freshly painted floor in a room nearby appear as shiny as the day they left the factory. They're all 30 years old or older and have been tricked out with the latest electronic monitoring devices.

"Paint 'em now, clean them up. Do everything you can think of. Now is the time," was Kassem's charge to the technicians he's hired to make his latest vision for his company a reality.

Salina for years has been known for the products made here and shipped nationwide -- automotive batteries, frozen pizzas, fluorescent lamps, farm tillage implements, firefighting equipment and airport shuttle buses, to name a few. Now, thanks to Kassem, high-quality vinyl records can be added to the list.

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Pavones Records To Release Prevenge, Dig It Up Split 7"

Montreal, Quebec punk outfits Prevenge and Dig It Up will be joining forces and contributing two songs each for a split 7" on Pavones Records. The vinyl will see a May 31st release date while Juicebox Recording Co. will offer the album as a free/donation-based digital download. Pavones Records is now streaming one song from each band at its Bandcamp page.

Limited to a pressing of 500 7-inches on white (100) and black (400) vinyl, the split features two of Canada's best and brightest DIY punk bands tearing through four fist-pumping, high-energy, rough-and-tumble yet relentlessly catchy anthems

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SHADOWSIDE: 'Inner Monster Out' Artwork Unveiled

Brazilian female-fronted metallers SHADOWSIDE will release their third album, "Inner Monster Out", on June 7 via SHP Records. The CD was produced, mixed and mastered at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden by Fredrik Nordström, who has previously worked with AT THE GATES, IN FLAMES, DARK TRANQUILLITY, ARCH ENEMY, SOILWORK and BRING ME THE HORIZON, among others. It features guest vocals from Björn "Speed" Strid (SOILWORK), Mikael Stanne (DARK TRANQUILLITY), and Niklas Isfeldt (DREAM EVIL).

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Cymbals Release Their Debut Album 'Unlearn'

London 3 piece CYMBALS release their debut album 'Unlearn' on Tough Love Records today. 'Unlearn' covers the first 10 songs ever written by the band, pressed up on a limited run of 300 vinyl, each sleeve is individually hand screen printed by artist Sinead Evans. The album is also available digitally.

The album was written and recorded by the band and mixed using the collective efforts of Rory Bratwell (formerly of Test Icicles, producer for Male Bonding, Cold Pumas, Veronica Falls, Teeth!!! etc.), James Yuill and Manchester electronic wunderkids D/R/U/G/S.

CYMBALS formed in London amidst the heat haze of summer 2010, directed by nothing but their excellent record collections and the vague intention to "not be boring".



August Burns Red announce track listing and cover art for fourth album, 'Leveler'

Genre giants August Burns Red are poised to release one of the most anxiously awaited hard rock albums of 2011 – a colossal effort entitled Leveler, available in stores and online June 21st – and are excited to reveal the tracklisting and atypical cover art.

The album will be available in both regular and deluxe editions - a first for ABR. Explains JB Brubaker:

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this sad news from our friends at

John Walker of the Walker Brothers Passes Away at 67

John Walker, one of the three musicians who turned themselves into the Walker Brothers, has passed away from liver cancer at the age of 67. His official website posted:

It is with our deepest sadness to report that Mr. John Walker passed away in his Los Angeles area home on May 7, 2011. He was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, friend, and artiste

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GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 4/25 - 5/01, 2011

Top 25 Vinyl:

1. Natural Child - 1971
2. Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
3. KORT - Please Don't Touch 7"
4. Those Darlins - Screws Get Loose
5. TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light
6. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues 12"
7. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
8. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
9. The Clutters - Under Suspicion 7"
10. OFF! - Compared To What 7"
11. Transit - Promise Nothing 7"
12. Panda Bear - Tomboy
13. The Kills - Blood Pressures
14. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
15. Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
16. Middle Brother - Middle Brother
17. Adele - 21
18. Black Mountain - Rollercoaster 7"
19. Of Montreal - Thecontrollersphere
20. Tune-Yards - WHOKILL
21. Earth - Angels Of Darkness Demons Of Light 1
22. T-Rex - Tanx
23. The Apache Relay - American Nomad
24. The Feelies - Here Before
25. The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck


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Top 10 Albums – May 9, 2011

Here are the Top 10 albums at Shop Radio Cast for the week of May 2, 2011 – May 9, 2011:

1. Deftones – Around The Fur LP
2. Moving Mountains – Waves
3. The Wonder Years – Suburbia I’ve Give You All And Now I’m Nothing LP
4. Balance and Composure – Separation
5. La Dispute / Koji – Never Come Undone LP
6. Cancer Bats – Birthing The Giant LP
7. Dance Gavin Dance – People We Knew 7″
8. Better Luck Next Time – A Lifetime of Learning
9. Deftones – Adrenaline LP
10. Periphery – Periphery 2XLP



1. Adele : 21
2. Foo Fighters : Wasting Light
3. Mumford and Sons : Sigh No More
4. Britney Spears : Femme Fatale
5. Soundtrack : Lemonade Mouth
6. Chris Brown : F.A.M.E.
7. Glee Cast : Glee: The Music Presents The Warblers
8. Katy Perry : Teenage Dream
9. Wiz Khalifa : Rolling Papers
10. Paul Simon : So Beautiful Or So What

1. Katy Perry feat. Kanye West : E.T.
2. Adele : Rolling In The Deep
3. Britney Spears : Till The World Ends
4. Black Eyed Peas : Just Can't Get Enough
5. Bruno Mars : The Lazy Song
6. Rihanna : S&M
7. Jennifer Lopez : On The Floor
8. Ke$ha : Blow
9. Jeremih feat. 50 Cent : Down On Me
10. Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes : Look At Me Now


1. Adele : 21
2. Fleet Foxes : Helplessness Blues
3. Adele : 19
4. Jessie J. : Who You Are
5. Bruno Mars : Doo-Wops & Holligans
6. Jennifer Lopez : Love
7. Foo Fighters : Wasting Light
8. Rihanna : Loud
9. Beastie Boys : Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
10. Ellie Goulding : Lights

1. LMFAO : Party Rock Anthem
2. Bruno Mars : The Lazy Song
3. David Guetta : Where Them Girls At
4. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull : On The Floor
5. Snoop Dogg Vs. David Guetta : Sweat
6. Chris Brown feat. Benny Benassi : Beautiful People
7. Katy Perry : E.T.
8. Wretch 32 : Unorthodox
9. Jessie J : Nobody's Perfect
10. Aloe Blacc : I Need A Dollar


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. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull : On The Floor
2. Rihanna : S&M
3. Adele : Rolling In the Deep
4. Lady Gaga : Born This Way
5. Black Eyed Peas : Just Can't Get Enough
6. Jessie J. feat. B.o.B. : Price Tag
7. Katy Perry : E.T.
8. Snoop Dogg Vs. David Guetta : Sweat
9. LMFAO : Party Rock Anthem
10. Bruno Mars : Grenade


this from

Cluster 1 presents: Record Store Day 2011 Documentary

Record Store Day 2011 from Consequence of Sound on Vimeo.


and in music history for today:

In 1959, 16 year-old Wayne Newton made his Las Vegas debut at the Freemont Hotel. That first booking, scheduled to last two weeks, stretched into three years. Newton went on to become the king of the Vegas showrooms, earning close to $20-million a year.

In 1962, the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein met with EMI producer George Martin, who signed the band a month later to record demos.

In 1964, Louis Armstrong dethroned the Beatles at the top of the American Singles chart after 14 weeks with Hello Dolly.

In 1965, the Beatles, Donovan and members of the Animals and Manfred Mann attended Bob Dylan’s concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

In 1966, the Doors auditioned to become the house band at the Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood.

In 1970, The Guess Who started a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “American Woman” – it was the group's sixth top 30 hit and only chart topper. The song was born by accident when guitarist Randy Bachman was playing a heavy riff on stage after breaking a string. The other members joined in on the jam. A fan in the audience who had recorded the gig presented the tape to the group after the show. The band later developed the impromptu jam into a full song.

Also in 1970, the Blues Images "Ride Captain Ride" was released.

In 1974, John Landau saw Bruce Springsteen opening for Bonnie Raitt in Cambridge, MA. He wrote of the show "I have seen rock & roll's future and his name is Bruce Springsteen."

In 1980, at the Ivor Novello Awards in London, I Don't Like Mondays by the Boomtown Rats won Best Pop Song and Outstanding British Lyric while Supertramp's The Logical Song won Best Song Musically and Lyrically.

lots of birthdays today including Tommy Roe (68), Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield) (67), Billy Joel (62), Tom Petersson (Cheep Trick) (61), John Edwards (Status Quo) (58) and Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode) (49), just to name a few.

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