Monday, July 18, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Say Anything Sign To Equal Vision Records

Say Anything have recently signed on with Equal Vision Records and will begin recording their fourth studio album with producer Tim O’Heir in August 2011.

“Once we found our label, we knew there was only one producer who could bring the kind of ambitious, freethinking, over-the-top approach to the recording process that we were looking for,” Bemis explains. “We are proud to announce that for the first time in the better part of a decade, we will be returning to the studio with Tim O’Heir, the super-sick producer who helped us shape Say Anything’s …Is a Real Boy into what it is."

In addition to releasing the new full-length album, Equal Vision Records will also release a wide variety of previously unreleased Say Anything material, vinyl, rarities collections and other projects.


a follow up to another story, these are rare recordings and should be preserved, regardless of the audio medium used to record combat history:

The sounds of World War II can be heard at Quantico

By Julia LeDoux

QUANTICO, Va. - Historians at the United States Marine Corps History Division at Quantico have ringside seats as they continue their efforts to digitize thousands of recordings made by Marine combat correspondents during World War II.

The combat correspondents – newspapermen, radiomen, artists, photographers and videographers who were called Dening’s Demons -- made about 1,600 recordings during the war, said Rob Taglianetti, an oral historian with the United States Marine Corps’ History Division.

“It’s live combat,” he said of what can be heard on some of the tapes. “It’s while it’s happening, and you hear bullets in the background.”

The recordings also feature short interviews with Marines whose stories wouldn’t be known without the tapes. Combat correspondents would ask them a series of short questions such as, “where are you from,” “anything interesting happen while you’ve been here,” and “want to tell anybody back home hi?”

The live action recordings were immediately transferred onto vinyl records, which were sent out to radio stations across the country for broadcast. Written stories and photographs were sent local newspapers and even high school newspapers.

Read the rest of this fascinating story at


CRIMINAL: More New Album Details Revealed

Thrash masters CRIMINAL — originally formed in Chile and now based in the U.K. — have set "Akelarre" as the title of their seventh studio album, the first since the departure of lead guitarist and founding member Rodrigo Contreras and the subsequent addition of Basque guitar wizard Olmo Cascallar.

"Akelarre" is a word from the Basque language (Euskara) which is also widely used in most Spanish-speaking countries and translates to "witches' Sabbath."

Read more at Blabbermouth


Frost Despair Reveals Album Cover Artwork

Frost Despair recently revealed the cover artwork for the band's debut album 'The God Delusion.' The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco (Dimmu Borgir, Keep of Kalessin, Dark Funeral, Chrome Division) and "The God Delusion" was recorded in Brazil from March to July 2011 at Hurricane Studios by Sebastian Carsin. The title is taken from the Richard Dawkins books of the same title.

Marcelo Vasco wrote about his impressions of the album cover artwork: "My intention creating the Frost Despair's cover art was to illustrate the perfect symbiosis between the living beauty and lightness that surrounds a symphony, and at the same time its possibility of being dark, heavy, painful, death and sad. Trying to pass this antagonistic feeling in a striking way, giving the opportunity to people to take their own conclusions of the idea that the album's name: 'The God Delusion' might suggest."


1. The Dark Ages
2. God Delusion
3. Damnation
4. Splendor War
5. Dark Bachiana
6. The Final Breath
7. At The Gates


Drive-By Truckers to Release Greatest Hits Album

13 year music vets Drive-By Truckers are scheduled to release a compilation album 'Ugly Buildings, Whores and Politicians: Greatest Hits 1998-2009' on August 2 via New West Records. Longtime collaborator David Barbe produced and mixed the album, and veteran rock scribe David Fricke wrote the liner notes

The album will features songs from seven of the Truckers albums and included in the tracklist: tributes to Ronnie Van Zant and Neil Young (“Ronnie and Neil”), Sun Records (“Carl Perkins’ Cadillac”) and a nearly missed ménage a trois (“3 Dimes Down”).

1. “The Living Bubba”
2. “Bulldozers and Dirt”
3. “Ronnie and Neil”
4. “Zip City”
5. “Let There Be Rock”
6. “Marry Me”
7. “Sink Hole”
8. “Carl Perkins’ Cadillac”
9. “Outfit”
10. “The Righteous Path”
11. “Gravity’s Gone” (Remix)
12. “Never Gonna Change”
13. “3 Dimes Down”
14. “Lookout Mountain”
15. “Uncle Frank” (Alternate Version)
16. “A World of Hurt”

Drive-By Truckers Tour Dates:

07-30 Muscle Shoals, AL – W.C. Handy Music Festival *
08-12-13 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre #
08-16 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion %
08-31 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
09-01 Austin, TX – Stubbs #
09-02 Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre #
09-03-04 New Orleans, LA – Tipitinas #
09-07 Tuscaloosa, AL – Bama Theatre
09-08 Savannah, GA – Trustees Theater
09-09 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival
09-10 Chattanooga, TN – Track 29
10-27 Columbia, MO – Missouri Theatre for the Arts


We Came As Romans Reveal Album Cover

The Michigan-based sextet will release their sophomore full-length album, 'Understanding What We've Grown to Be,' on September 13th.

The album's cover painting was done by Paul Romano [Chiodos, Mastodon], who also created the cover of We Came As Romans' debut full-length album, 'To Plant a Seed.' Guitarist and lyricist Joshua Moore and bassist Andrew Glass worked together to come up with the visual concept for the cover and then collaborated with Romano to bring the powerful imagery to life.

The 12-track album was recorded with longtime friend and producer, Joey Sturgis [The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria] at Foundation Recording Studio.

1. Mis//Understanding
2. Everything As Planned
3. What I Wished I Never Had
4. Cast The First Stone
5. The Way That We Have Been
6. A War Inside
7. Stay Inspired
8. Just Keep Breathing
9. Views That Never Cease, To Keep Me From Myself
10. What My Heart Held
11. I Can't Make Your Decisions For You
12. Understanding What We've Grown To Be


Gigwise Chooses the Greatest Drummers of All-Time

Britain's Gigwise has chosen the fifty greatest drummers of all-time and, for once, they mean all-time a couple of the greats from big band and jazz are included.

In the top spots are two drummers who are no longer with us, Led Zeppelin's John Bonham and the Who's Keith Moon. Rounding out the top five are Danny Carey of Tool, Neil Peart of Rush and Jimmy Chamberlin of Smashing Pumpkins.

Read more and see the the Top 15 at our friends at Read more:


George Thorogood Plays Chess

Peter Hodgson

George Thorogood and The Destroyers’ new album, 2010 South Michigan Avenue, celebrates his Chess Records heroes including Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy.

The album, named for the address of Chess Records’ Chicago headquarters, was produced by Tom Hambridge, who won a Grammy in 2010 for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Buddy Guy’s Living Proof.

Read more at (they also have a great interview piece!)


and in music history for today, July 18th:

In 1953, 18 year-old Elvis Presley visited the Memphis Recording Service to record "My Happiness" as a gift for his mother. The so-called vanity disc, which cost Presley $3.98, was his first recording. It would surface 37 years later as part of an RCA compilation called "Elvis - the Great Performances".

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters released "The Twist" in 1960. The song didn't become a hit until later in the year when Chubby Checker covered it.

Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" was released in 1960.

In 1960, Roy Orbison saw his first record, "Only The Lonely" climb into the Top 5 in the United States after The Everly Brothers and Elvis both turned the song down. Over the next six years, The Orbison would have 22 Top 40 hits.

Also in 1960, 15 year-old Brenda Lee had the number one song in the US with "I'm Sorry", a tune that was recorded in the last ten minutes of a session and originally meant to be the "B" side of "That's All You Gotta Do".

In 1964, the Four Seasons scored their fourth US number one hit with "Rag Doll". Co-writer Bob Gaudio said that he got the inspiration for the song from a young girl in tattered clothes that cleaned his car windows at a stop light. The song reached #2 in the UK.

The Beatles album "A Hard Days Night" was released in 1964.

Also in 1964, The Rolling Stones chart in the US for the first time when a cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" peaks at #48.

In 1966, Bobby Fuller, who was still riding high on the success of "I Fought The Law", was found dead in his car in Hollywood. The incident is ruled a suicide but evidence suggests foul play, as his clothes and lungs contained gasoline. Fuller was just 22 years old. Some more info on a life that ended way too soon:

Fuller was found dead in the front seat of his mother's car shortly after "I Fought The Law" became a national hit. His death was ruled a suicide, but there were signs of foul play and the investigation was tainted, leaving the circumstances of his death a mystery and rumors to run rampant. Rick Stone, who was a roadie for the Bobby Fuller Four and good friends with the band, tells us: "My mom, Mary Stone, wrote music with Bobby at our home at 7420 Catalpa Lane in El Paso, Texas. Bobby did NOT have gas in his mouth when he was found in the car, but he did die of asphyxiation.

Bobby's body was found in a vacant lot in his mother's car and 4 years later Janis Joplin would walk out of her apartment and purchase pure bad heroin on the street corner of that same vacant lot.. then overdosed not more than 250 feet away from where Bobby died. They were born in the same general area of Southeast Texas four months apart - both traveled to Hollywood the same year and both left about the same time, however it is not known if they never knew each other.

This song was written by Sonny Curtis, who was a member of The Crickets (Buddy Holly's group). The Crickets recorded it shortly after Buddy Holly's death in 1959 and released it on their 1960 album In Style With The Crickets. If Holly had lived, there's a good chance it would have been a huge hit for The Crickets.

When they recorded this song, the Bobby Fuller Four was: Bobby Fuller on vocals and guitar), his brother Randy Fuller on bass and backup vocals (the raspy heavy voice), Jim Reese on guitar and Dewayne Quirico on drums. Jim Reese died October 26, 1991 in Lufkin, Texas after playing a round of golf - he had a heart attack as he was getting into his truck. Randy lives in Colton, California and Dewayne in Chicago.

At a time when the British Invasion and folk rock were the dominant genres in rock, Fuller stuck to Buddy Holly's style of classic rock and roll with Tex Mex flourishes. His recordings, both covers and originals, also reveal the influences of Eddie Cochran, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and the Everly Brothers, as well as surf guitar.

Bobby had "I Fought The Law" released on his own label in El Paso two years earlier where it was a Top 10 Hit regionally. The original lyric was "Robbin' people with a six gun," but he would sing it as "Zip Gun," "Shotgun" or "Six Gun," and joked about other guns when he sang it live.

The Clash recorded this in 1979 after they heard Fuller's version on a jukebox. They changed the line "I left my baby" to "I killed my baby." Their version hit #22 in the UK. Other groups who covered this include Social Distortion and Green Day.

Bobby Fuller's recordings have been reissued by Norton Records, Del-Fi Records, Rhino Records and Munster Records.

The Grateful Dead released their second album, "Anthem of the Sun' in 1968.

In 1968, "Helter Skelter" was recorded by the Beatles (one take lasted 27 minutes and 11 seconds)

In 1969, "Octopus's Garden" was recorded by the Beatles.

In 1970, Pink Floyd and Deep Purple played a free concert at London's Hyde Park.

In 1972, members of Sly and the Family Stone were arrested after police found over two-pounds of marijuana in their mobile home. oops....

In 1974, The US Justice Department ordered John Lennon out of the country by September 10th. The Immigration and Naturalization Service denied him an extension of his non-immigrant visa because of his guilty plea in England to a 1968 marijuana possession charge. The US Court of Appeal would overturn the deportation order in 1975 and Lennon was granted permanent resident status the following year.

Def Leppard made their live debut in Sheffield, England in 1978.

In 1983, Abbey Road Studios in London is opened to the public, making it one of the city's most popular tourist attractions.

In 1988, a California appeals court upheld a lower courts' decision to dismiss a case against Ozzy Osbourne and CBS Records. In 1984 a teenager allegedly killed himself after listening to Ozzy's "Suicide Solution."

In 1988, Nico (Christa Päffgen) died after suffering a minor heart attack while riding a bicycle on holiday with her son in Ibiza, Spain. The German born singer-songwriter and keyboardist with Velvet Underground had also worked as a fashion model and actress.

In 1995, the oldest known musical instrument in the world was found in the Indrijca River Valley in Slovenia. The 45,000 year-old relic was a bear bone with four artificial holes along its length.

In 2000, Metallica played at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, CA. The crowd was 1,000 contest winners of the "Blind Date" competition organized by Miller Genuine Draft.

In 2001, The KISS Kasket, an actual coffin featuring the faces of the four founding members of the band, went on sale. Also included were the Kiss logo and the words "Kiss Forever." Endorsing the item, Gene Simmons quipped, "I love livin', but this makes the alternative look pretty damn good." Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was buried in one after he was shot and killed on stage in December 2004.

In 2002, the Rolling Stones crew chief, 54 year old Royden Magee, who had worked with the band for 30 years, died during a rehearsal in Toronto. A spokesman for the band said Magee had said that he wasn't feeling well and went to another room to take a nap. The Stones had just finished dinner and resumed rehearsing when they got word that Magee had collapsed and stopped breathing. He was taken by ambulance to nearby Sunnybrook Hospital with no vital signs after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was pronounced dead on arrival. The members of the band said they were devastated by his death.

The iTunes Music Store reached 500 million songs sold in 2005.

In 2008, Paul Simon filed a law suit against Rhythm USA Inc., a Georgia-based subsidiary of a Japanese firm, claiming the company never got his permission to sell wall clocks that play "Bridge Over Troubled Water". The suit claimed that as one of the best known songs throughout the world, a proper licensing agreement could command at least a $1 million licensing fee. you would think he would have been honored to have the clock play his music.....

birthdays today include (among others) country picker Ricky Skaggs (57), Martha Reeves (70), Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam) (49) and Dion DiMucci (72)

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