Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

i had spoken with eric a few years ago and i don't think i ever met a more passionate fan of vinyl. this would be a fu**ing shame if the store closes, hey atlanta, support your record stores!

Criminal Records owner plans November close

By Kristi E. Swartz
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Five years ago, Criminal Records celebrated its 15th anniversary with an in-store party complete with actor-comedians Patton Oswalt and Zack Galifianakis and Athens-based bands Of Montreal and Elf Power.

For its 20th anniversary, the Little Five Points institution known for its new and used CDs, vinyl records, comic books and graphic novels will close its doors unless new investors step in.

“We’ve been underwater ever since the economy became distressed,” founder and owner Eric Levin said Monday. “We’ve been on a rescue mission for three years. I’m done paying for it by myself.”

Read the rest of this sad story at ajc.com


Rae Votto of huffingtonpost.com has a take on their show

Panic! At The Disco, Neon Trees Dance It Out At NYC SummerStage

by Rae Votto

Panic! At The Disco is six years old now and counting. That's a sentence that makes me feel old, and measures my life as a music professional, my emergence into this career timed around their rise to fame. I've sen them mumblemumble-deep-into-the-double-digits in every conceivable type of setting during their lifespan, but the New York staple of Summer Stage was a fresh and unique take, a place I associated with indie aritsts and jazz ensembles, the kind of shows you'd take a picnic and sit outside the fence when tickets sell out, not a show filled with the godfathers of mid-aughts pop-punk-emo like Pete Wentz or Brendon Urie.

Read more at huffingtonpost.com


chicago trib has a review of buckingham's new release:

Album review: Lindsey Buckingham, 'Seeds We Sow'

Greg Kot / Music critic

September 5, 2011

*** 3 stars (out of 4)

In the increasing down time between Fleetwood Mac tours and albums, Lindsey Buckingham has become unusually prolific as a solo artist, doubling his career output in the last five years by producing three albums. The latest, “Seeds We Sow” (Eagle Rock Entertainment), is essentially a one-man-band affair, with Buckingham donning his mad-scientist lab coat to orchestrate mood swings on voice, guitar and percussion.

Read the rest of the review at chicagotribune.com


got this via email,

Montalban Quintet

The debut Montalban Quintet self-titled CD / digital album IN STORES TODAY (September 6, 2011).

"Meditations"  vimeo.com

About the Montalban Quintet...

The Montalban Quintet is a collective of musicians that have infused interests from various musical barrios including post-punk, minimalism, jazz, 50's schmaltz, field recordings, and new western art music. We reside in San Diego and have birthed all of the recordings/collaborations at a small recording facility in Encinitas, CA known lovingly as the Belly of the Whale.

The album contributors are: Chris Prescott (drums, guitar and electronics), Carl Prescott (trumpet), Kenseth Thibideau (bass), Jim Weiss (saxophone), Terrin Durfey (vocals), Marjorie Prescott (cello), Nathan Hubbard (vibraphone), Hermelindo Montalban (percussion).

Our past and/or simultaneous present musical endeavors include: Pinback, Boilermaker, Sleeping People, The Jade Shader, The Mattson 2, No Knife, Systems Officer, Tanner and more.

FREE mp3:
"Besa Sorta"

"Besa Sorta" video:

"absolutely bloody loved it...the band plays a really cinematic flavour of jazz....you can hear them reaching back through post-rock and into contemporary classical for their influences." - Doklands music blog

"I am fucking smitten with the musicality of these pricks...I wouldn’t be surprised if hip hop producers everywhere started hacking the Montalban Quintet’s servers for a shot at sampling these bitches." - SYFFAL.com

"...with this lineage of San Diego indie rock music there are traces of the regional sound, yet I have never heard anything quite like this. There is an interesting collage of sound including tape loops, various guitars, bass, drums, vibraphone, trumpet, saxophone, cello and an etherial choir. Perhaps the best thing you've never heard before..." - Sirens Sounds

Stream the album: montalban.bandcamp.com

Download album and cover art (.zip): montalbanquintet.com

website (bio, links, etc): www.montalbanquintet.com

email: info@montalbanquintet.com

... thank you!! ...


Aura Noir To Re-Release 'Black Thrash Attack' On Vinyl

Peaceville Records has announced the following update about re-releasing the "Black Thrash Attack" album from Aura Noir:

Aura NoirBlack Thrash Attack (Vinyl preorder)

Norway’s Aura Noir was formed in 1993 by Aggressor & Apollyon in pursuit of a more thrash-based form of black metal than much of what was coming out at the time - particularly in their homeland - citing bands such as Slayer, Sodom & Kreator as inspirations along with purveyors of the scene such as Venom, for a dirtier, stripped down, violent black/thrash metal sound. Their first official release was the ‘Dreams Like Deserts’ EP on Hot Records in 1994, and from there-on the band has become a cult act.

‘Black Thrash Attack’ was Aura Noir’s debut full length album, originally recorded & released in 1996, & was a continuation of the intense thrash riffing displayed on ‘Dreams Like Deserts’. This edition of ‘Black Thrash Attack’ has been newly re-mastered by the band in Oslo, & also includes an exclusive cover of the venom classic ’Heavens on Fire’, from the cult ‘Black Metal’ album.

All members of Aura Noir have had illustrious careers to date, with Carl-Michael Eide (Aggressor) currently heading the twisted prog band, Virus, Apollyon is the present bassist in Immortal, & having being Mayhem’s guitarist & main writer for a long period, Rune currently plays in atmospheric doom act, Ava Inferi.

Aura Noir is considered the top black/thrash act in the scene, with extensive touring currently lined up, starting with a European tour in the autumn of 2011, to include the return of Aggressor to the live line-up, having been out of action for several years.

This edition of Black Thrash Attack appears on strictly limited black vinyl.

Preorder now for 17th October 2011 release date



Thrash titans ANTHRAX and TESTAMENT, who haven't toured together in more than a decade, are set to co-headline a U.S. tour beginning Friday, October 14 in Grand Rapids, Michigan (itinerary below). ANTHRAX will close all shows, and DEATH ANGEL will be main support for the entire tour. The coast-to-coast trek will figure to decimate more than two dozen cities over a five-week period, with both ANTHRAX and DEATH ANGEL debuting brand new material from their new albums. The ANTHRAX fan club presale begins today at www.anthraxarmy.com, and the public on-sale kicks off Friday, September 9 at 10 a.m. local time.

Read more and get the tour dates at Blabbermouth


this news straight from the van halen news website:

Mixing Completed on Van Halen Album, Mastering Up Next

Good news regarding Van Halen’s upcoming album – as of a little over three weeks ago, the band has finished mixing the album. The rumor that the mixing process was taking overly long isn’t true, as the mixing began in July and was finished in August.

The album is to be mastered in mid-September. This process should only take around a weeks time, so the album should be 100% completed sometime this month! There is still no word on a definite release date.

Stay tuned to VHND.com  for a more extensive update within a few days.


follow up story to an earlier post

The U.K. company PizzaExpress recently held a competition inviting aspiring musician-pizzamakers to recreate their favorite album covers in the form of pizza.

1. Madonna – True Blue

2. Jimi Hendrix – Kiss The Sky


and in music history for today:

The Flexi-Disc is used for the first time by Nestles Chocolate in 1967.

In 1961, Bob Dylan debuted at the Gaslight Cafe in New York City.

In 1968, working at Abbey Road studio’s in London, The Beatles recorded overdubs onto the new George Harrison song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Eric Clapton added the guitar solo and became the first outside musician to play on a Beatles recording. George Harrison later said that Clapton's presence had another effect on the band: "It made them all try a bit harder; they were all on their best behavior."

In 1969, Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" peaked at #7 on the Billboard singles chart. Departing from his usual high pitched, nasal style, Dylan's low-key vocal also pushed the song to #5 in the UK.

In 1970, Jimi Hendrix made his final live appearance when he appeared at the Isle of Fehmarn in Germany. The guitarist died on September 18, 1970.

John and Yoko appeared on Jerry Lewis' Muscular Dystrophy Telethon in 1972.

In 1975, Glen Campbell topped the Billboard Pop chart with "Rhinestone Cowboy", selling over 4 million copies in the process. The record gained three Grammy nominations and was the Country Music Association's Song of the Year for 1976. In the UK, it reached #4. Glen had cracked the US top ten twice before with "Wichita Lineman" in 1968 and "Galveston" in 1969.

Record producer Tom Wilson died in 1978. He worked with various US acts including Bob Dylan, (The Times They Are a-Changin', Another Side of Bob Dylan, and Bringing It All Back Home), Frank Zappa, (Freak Out!), Simon and Garfunkel (Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.) and The Velvet Underground (White Light/White Heat).

In 1980, "Upside Down" by Diana Ross goes to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 where it will stay for four weeks, becoming her biggest solo hit.

In 1986, the all girl group Bananarama went to #1 on the US singles chart with “Venus.” The song had also been a #1 for Dutch group Shocking Blue in 1970.

In 1989, the Pittsburgh Steelers were banned from practicing on their own field, Three Rivers Stadium, because The Rolling Stones were rehearsing for their upcoming concert.

Also in 1989, Neil Young's "This Note's For You" was named Best Video of the Year at the sixth annual MTV Rock Video Awards. The video had been initially banned by the music video station because it mentioned corporate sponsors by name.

In 1990, Tom Fogerty, guitarist with Creedence Clearwater Revival, died at age 49, due to complications from AIDS acquired during a blood transfusion.

In 1993, a benefit for Walden Woods was held in Boston with Don Henley, Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, Sting and Aerosmith.

In 1994, English keyboard player Nicky Hopkins died at age 50, in Nashville, Tennessee, of complications from intestinal surgery. He was a highly respected session musician and worked with The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, Small Faces, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, George Harrison and the Jerry Garcia Band.

In 1997, while an estimated 2.5 billion people watched on television, Elton John sings a re-worked version of "Candle In The Wind" at the funeral of England's Princess Diana. After the song is re-recorded and released as a single, it would become the largest selling record in history.

In 2001, Earth, Wind and Fire announced that Viagra would sponsor their forthcoming 30th anniversary American tour. cool

The Dixie Chicks opened their European tour in Stockholm, Sweden in 2003.

In 2008, members of the band Great White agreed to pay the survivors and the families of victims of the The Station night club fire $1 million.

In 2010, John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, was once again denied parole, nearly 30 years after gunning down the former Beatle outside New York City's Dakota apartment building. It was Chapman's sixth appearance before the board since becoming eligible for parole in 2000. He will be eligible again in 2012. let him rot.....

celebrating birthdays today are Delores O'Riordan (Cranberries) (40), William DuVall (Alice in Chains) (44), Scott Travis (Judas Priest) (50), Banner Thomas (Molly Hatchet) (57) and the peerless Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) (68)

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