Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

i spend my time searching for vinyl related stories and came across one of the most indepth and fascinating posts about record collecting and i thought i would share it with you. i contacted jim and he gave me the ok to post part of his post, please take the time to visit his site and read the rest - i know you will love it!

All About Record Collecting

by Jim

I spent most of my middle and high school years sorting through stacks of old records at various Atlanta record stores, working the floor at record shows, pouring over Goldmine magazine and burning up transatlantic phone lines with calls to record shops in the UK.

I was what you’d call a record collector, although I wasn’t much of one in the greater scheme of things. There are record collectors out there who have tens of thousands of albums filling their basements and garages, like John Cusack in High Fidelity. But I was never one of them. I kept my collection small, filling it with records I loved as well as records to “flip”. In fact, flipping records is how my love affair with Madonna started. Like most teenage guys in the 80s, I thought that she was super-hot, but I didn’t much care for her music. But I noticed that her records sold quickly and expensively, so I started buying the occasional Madonna picture disc just to flip it into a rare Cure record I wanted.

Although vinyl collecting almost died, it’s going through a renaissance of sorts lately. Many independent record stores are reporting that vinyl is now outselling CDs, although this has as much to do with people who used to buy CDs now using iTunes as it does people buying more vinyl records. Still, vinyl sales are up, and because of this, I thought I’d dust off this old post and spruce it up some.

By using the following guide, you should be able to suss out the value of most any disc, be it a CD you bought a year ago or a box full of your parents’ old vinyl records you found cleaning out the attic. And given the rise of the Internet – specifically, auction sites like eBay and online memorabilia retailers like GEMM – you can quickly sell those discs (if you choose) as never before.

Read the rest of this great post at


100 Worst Album Covers of All Time

here we go again, another list of album covers to make you cringe. some i have seen before (over and over again in someone's list of bad album covers), but there are some new ones on this list. for shits and giggles, check it out at


Kim Kardashian Calls Her Lawyers Over Album Cover

Kim Kardashian has threatened two music producers with legal action after they used an image of her naked body on their album cover without permission. The reality star noticed that the photograph on the cover of Terrace Martin and Devi Dev's album was from her nude spread in fashion bible W Magazine according to a TMZ report. The album, Terrace Martin & Devi Dev Present: The Sex EP, used a close-up of Kardashian's bare breasts from the magazine spread.

She instructed her lawyers to send a cease and desist letter to the two producers demanding they swap the picture, stating, "We cannot imagine why you thought you had the right to use this photograph without permission."

The photograph was later changed to another woman's body. The producers claimed that they did not know they had originally used Kardashian's image. Yeah right......


The Menzingers announce vinyl release

Mightier Than Sword Records and Shop Radio Cast is releasing The Menzingers' debut album 'A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology' on vinyl for the first time this June.

The first pressing for 1000 records :

100 180g Vinyl on Black
450 Solid White (Exclusive MTS Color)
450 Solid Army Green (Exclusive Shop Radio Cast Color)

You can pre-order this release through the Mightier Than Sword website on Friday, May 27th. The official release date for the vinyl is Tuesday, June 28th.

Formed in 2006, The Menzingers are a Scranton, PA-based punk band whose second full-length, 'Chamberlain Waits' made it onto multiple 2010 "Best Of" lists, and who announced their signing to Epitaph Records earlier this month. "A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology" was originally released on Go-Kart Records in 2007 but never available on vinyl until now.


Silverchair Go into ‘Indefinite Hibernation’

here is what the band posted on their facebook page:

We formed Silverchair nearly 20 years ago when we were just 12 years old. Today we stand by the same rules now as we did back then ... if the band stops being fun and if it's no longer fulfilling creatively, then we need to stop.

Therefore after much soul searching we wanted to let you know that we're putting Silverchair into "indefinite hibernation" and we've decided to each do our own thing for the foreseeable future.

Read what else they have to say at


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 5/16 - 5/22, 2011

Top 25 Vinyl:

1. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
2. Ty Segall - I Can't Feel It 7"
3. Queens Of The Stone Age - Queens Of The Stone Age
4. Tyler The Creator - Goblin
5. Bake Sale - As Predicted 7"
6. Okkervil River - I Am Very Far
7. Natural Child - 1971
8. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
9. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
10. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
11. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
12. KORT - Invariable Heartache
13. The Antlers - Burst Apart
14. Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
15. Hank Williams III - Hillbilly Joker
16. Cy Barkley & The Wayoutsiders - Rock Together
17. Kleenex / Lilliput - Kleenex & Lilliput
18. Iron & Wine / Low Anthem - Daytrotter Sessions
19. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
20. Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math
21. Booker T. Jones - The Road To Memphis
22. TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light
23. Lonely Island - Turtleneck & Chain
24. My Morning Jacket - At Dawn
25. Whiskeytown - Pneumonia


and in music history for today:

In 1965, blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, Sonny Boy Williamson died in his sleep. Van Morrison, Aerosmith, The Who, The Animals, Yardbirds and Moody Blues all covered his songs. According to the Led Zeppelin biography Hammer of the Gods, touring the UK in the 60's, Sonny Boy set his hotel room on fire while trying to cook a rabbit in a coffee percolator.

The Rolling Stones released "Jumpin' Jack Flash" in 1968.

The Hollies recorded "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" in 1969 (with Elton John on piano).

In 1973, Carole King played a concert in New York's Central Park, which attracted an audience of 100,000.

In 1978, the Who performed a concert in London to be filmed for their documentary movie on the band's history, 'The Kids Are Alright.' This proved to be Keith Moon's last performance with the band before his death on September 7th.

Dio released the album "Holy Diver" in 1983.

In 1995, the earliest known recording of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, from 1961, was sold at Christies in London for $85,425.

In 1996, Bradley Nowell (Sublime) was found dead in his San Francisco motel room of a drug overdose at the age of 26. what a shame.....

In 1997, a report showed that Elvis Presley was now the world’s bestselling posthumous entertainer with worldwide sales of over one billion, over 480 active fanclubs and an estimated 250,000 U.K. fans who still buy his records.

In 2009, a former member of Wilco, died at his home in Illinois at the age of 45. Jay Bennett worked as a sound engineer and played instruments for the band between 1994 and 2001

birthdays today include Lauryn Hill of The Fugees (1975), Klaus Meine of the Scorpions (1958), country vet Tom T. Hall (75) and musician Paul Weller (1958); among others.

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