Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Warner Bros. Records Announces 'Black Friday' Vinyl Releases

In keeping with its commitment to the annual vinyl bonanza that is Record Store Day, a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and hundreds of similar stores internationally, Warner Bros. Records have recently announced that it will make several vinyl treasures available on November 25th (Black Friday). The day after Thanksgiving, the following very special exclusive releases will go on sale in record stores across the country and at

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Remastered and reissued for the first time in 20 years, this Anniversary edition of the SoCal funk-rock giants’ classic 1991 album will be released on 140-gram red vinyl and is limited to 2500 units domestically. Produced by Rick Rubin, Blood Sugar Sex Magik has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and was the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ introduction to worldwide popularity and critical acclaim, spawning several hit singles including “Under The Bridge” and “Give It Away.”

Iron and Wine: Live at KCRW
This live collection features Iron and Wine, fronted by Sam Beam, in an intimate on-air acoustic performance at Los Angeles’ influential tastemaker radio station KCRW this past Jan 26, 2011. This intimate performance includes songs from Iron and Wine’s current album Kiss Each Other Clean, and other favorites as well as audio from his interview with Jason Bentley. The package includes a limited-edition LP pressed in an edition of 2,500 copies only and a CD.

Tom Petty: Kiss My Amps (Live)
This limited-edition LP features six live tracks from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ 2010 tour supporting their album Mojo – Petty’s first album with the Heartbreakers in eight years. It includes “Sweet William,” a B-side recorded live during the 2008 tour and referred to at the time by Rolling Stone as their “new favorite Petty song.” Limited to 5,000.

The Black Keys: Two-song 12″ EP
The Black Keys’ new record El Camino will be released Dec 6th on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys, the album was recorded in the band’s new hometown of Nashville. A limited-edition 12″ of the already popular single “Lonely Boy,” pressed on limited edition vinyl, will be available at independent retailers as part of Record Store Day, with another album track, “Run Right Back,” on the B-side.

Eric Clapton Blues Box
We are proud to present the definitive sound and vinyl offering of three of Eric Clapton’s most celebrated blues explorations. This three album five disc box has been carefully recut for vinyl at Bernie Grundman Mastering by Chris Bellman and pressed on the finest grade 180- gram European vinyl for the highest quality analog sound imaginable. Box set includes: From The Cradle, Riding With The King and Me And Mr. Johnson, plus a unique 12″ x 12″ lithograph. Each box is beautifully packaged in a high quality paper wrapped design. This title is non-exclusive to Record Store day but limited to 2500 copies.

About Record Store Day:
Record Store Day is managed by the Music Monitor Network and is organized in partnership with the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

About Original Recordings Group:
ORG is an independent special projects label dedicated to the record collector experience. High quality and restored vinyl reissues from the best catalogs in the world. Focusing on classic alternative, rock, pop and jazz. Distributed by WBR available on

For more about National Record Store Day, visit


Roger Waters Makes His Triumphant Return to North America in 2012 With His Extraordinary Aural and Visual Masterpiece: "The Wall"

"The best arena show ever. Period." - New York Post (2010)

"The Wall Live is flawless. Everyone should see it once before they die."- Philadelphia Inquirer (2010)

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Roger Waters, the co-founder and principal songwriter of the archetypal progressive band Pink Floyd, has announced the return of the historic production of "The Wall" to North America in 2012. His aural and visual masterpiece of alienation and transformation will be performed in-its-entirety featuring a full band and state-of-the-art production. "The Wall" live has played more than 120 shows around the world for more than 1.6 million fans making it one of the most successful tours of 2010 and 2011. Tickets for "The Wall" 2012 go on sale beginning on Monday, November 7th at

The 2012 tour will begin on May 1st in Houston, Texas at the Toyota Center making a 36 show trek throughout North America, including several outdoor stadium performances with state of the art modifications transforming the arena production into magnificent outdoor events. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, includes stadium stops in San Francisco at AT&T Park on May 11th, Vancouver at BC Place on May 26th, Chicago's Wrigley Field on June 8th, Toronto at Rogers Centre on June 23rd and Philadelphia at the Citizens Bank Park on July 14th.

"Thirty years ago when I wrote 'The Wall,' I was a frightened young man," Waters recalls. "In the intervening years it occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with its concomitant inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment, provides an allegory for broader concerns: Nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, whatever! All these issues and 'isms are driven by the same fears that drove my young life."

Waters' first reinvented his iconic stage production of "The Wall" in 2010 utilizing modern day technological advances and special effects which have been embraced by audiences around the globe with countless sold out performances and multiple-night stands including a record-breaking 9 sold out shows at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. "The Wall" remains one of the most influential albums in the history of recorded music with a profound effect on pop culture, resonating with multiple generations of music fans.

Prior to 2010, "The Wall" show was simply too large to contemplate a tour, but new arenas and advances in touring technology have solved that dilemma. Waters has updated the look and feel of the show to ensure it matches the astonishing theatrical extravaganza that The Wall's live incarnation became so legendary for - thus allowing yet another generation to be inspired by the grandeur of the breathtaking visual and aural spectacle. The 1980 original production of the "The Wall" had been performed live-in-its-entirety just 29 times during Pink Floyd's 1980 tour in support of the album and once in Berlin in celebration of the fall of the Berlin wall.

"Roger Waters tore down the house Wednesday night in Toronto...He walked out to thunderous applause beginning with the first track of the seminal concept album, 'In the Flesh', and the adulation never stopped." - Associated Press (opening night 2010)

In addition to Roger Waters (lead vocals, bass), "The Wall" live touring ensemble includes: Snowy White (Guitar), Dave Kilminster (Guitar), GE Smith (Guitar & Bass), Jon Carin (Keyboards), Harry Waters (Hammond Organ), Graham Broad (Drums), Robbie Wyckoff (Vocals), Jon Joyce, Pat Lennon, Mark Lennon and Kipp Lennon (Backing Vocals).

The Wall 2012 North American tour:

05/01 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
05/03 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
05/05 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
05/07 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
05/11 – San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park
05/13 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
05/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
05/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ TBA
05/22 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden
05/24 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
05/26 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place
05/28 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
05/31 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Center
06/03 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
06/05 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
06/06 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
06/08 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
06/10 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Center
06/11 – Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
06/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
06/15 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BankAtlantic Center
06/16 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
06/19 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
06/21 – Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
06/23 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
06/25 – Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
06/26 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
06/28 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
06/29 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
07/01 – Boston, MA @ TBA
07/03 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
07/06 – New York, NY @ TBA
07/09 – Raleigh, NC @ RBC Center
07/10 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
07/12 – Washington, D.C. @ Verizon Center
07/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citzens Bank Park


Blues-Rock Star Joe Bonamassa Will Host a Keeping The Blues Alive Session in Albany, NY at the Palace Theatre on Wednesday, November 9

Keeping The Blues Alive 501(c) seeks to promote Blues music through regularly scheduled school assemblies, and provide funding and educational scholarships for blues based music programs

Bonamassa is a torchbearer for the foundation, helping to create awareness about the blues while educating and empowering young people

DEERFIELD, Fla., Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning blues-rock artist, guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa will host a Keeping The Blues Alive session in Albany, NY at the Palace Theatre on Wednesday, November 9. Keeping The Blues Alive 501(c) is a nonprofit organization founded by Bonamassa aimed at promoting and preserving the heritage of blues music. Through regularly scheduled events, Keeping The Blues Alive will help to create awareness about the blues and its impact on our culture, while educating and empowering the next generation of youth. Bonamassa will donate his time throughout select cities on his U.S. tour to an hour long, educational, entertaining, and inspiring lecture for students aged 13-21. As Keeping The Blues Alive expands, its goal will include providing funding for music and educational programs. It also seeks to provide televised exposure of blues music to replace the loss of music education in schools. If you are unfamiliar with Joe's music, enjoy this free download of his recent hit single, "Dust Bowl"

Bonamassa's hour-long program is designed for students aged 13 - 21. During the events, he plays live, discusses the origins of blues music and his life as a musician, offers guitar technique and emphasizes the blues’ relevance to contemporary music. He links it to modern blues idioms as well as connecting it to rock 'n roll, hip-hop and other genres, often featuring current and contemporary interpretations of traditional American blues songs. All of this is achieved by instilling a message that through perseverance, hard work, and dedication, one can achieve the dreams they desire.

"Securing the future of blues music, and helping its legacy as an original American art form live on, is something to which I am deeply committed. In introducing blues to a younger generation, and hopefully inspiring others to support it and play it, my hope is that the music will remain a living, breathing tradition carried forth by new practitioners all the time," said Bonamassa.

Keeping The Blues Alive works with tour markets in advance of Bonamassa's shows to reach out to local schools and communities for participation and support. All Keeping The Blues Alive events are held at the same venue location as Bonamassa's show and are free to students and faculty. As the organization grows, it hopes to contribute further, providing funding and educational scholarships for blues-based music programs throughout the country.

About Keeping The Blues Alive 501(c)

Joe Bonamassa's Keeping The Blues Alive 501(c) seeks to promote blues music through regularly scheduled events to create awareness about the Blues and its impact on our culture while educating and empowering the next generation of youth.

About Joe Bonamassa

As Joe Bonamassa grows his reputation as one of the world's most masterful guitar players, he is also emerging as a charismatic blues-rock star and singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. Bonamassa's latest solo album, 2011's Dust Bowl is his highest charting (#1 Blues, #37 on the Billboard 200) and best-selling to date. He is also active with Black Country Communion, the British-American rock band he formed with Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol); their second album was released in June 2011. Bonamassa tours the world regularly, and his ability to connect with live audiences is epic, with a career highlight being a sold-out show at London's Royal Albert Hall—where Eric Clapton joined him onstage. He has been chosen Best Blues Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine's Readers Choice Awards for four consecutive years, and in 2009 was named Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the U.K.'s prestigious Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. In 2010, he was named Billboard's Blues Artist of the Year. A child prodigy, Bonamassa began his career at age 12 opening shows for the legendary B.B. King.

SOURCE Keeping The Blues Alive


liked this article and there is some interesting album cover art to gaze at (some, I have never seen before):

Artistically Inspired Urban Album Covers

By Kendra Gaines

Music is probably the number one inspirational source for a lot of artists and designers. Music can express great emotions that will often move its creative listeners to try and capture and convey and those feelings in their own art. Regardless of your favorite genre, music is sometimes key to the creative process.

The second greatest part of music for most designers is the album cover and/or packaging. This is the bit that essentially tries to sum up the feel and the message behind all the music on an album; and it also becomes the iconic look for a classic album (think Pink Floyd and Aerosmith, just to name a few). These types of artistically and creatively fueled album covers provide lots of inspiration for various artists.

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Smashing Pumpkins “Gish” and “Siamese Dreams” Vinyl

The Smashing Pumpkins first two groundbreaking albums, “Gish” and “Siamese Dreams” have been remastered and reissued for the first time on 180 gram vinyl. Both albums are due out November 21 and you can pre order both now at Shop Radio Cast.

In early 2012 Smashing Pumpkins will release Adore, Machina/The Machines Of God, Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness and Pisces Iscariot on vinyl! Stay tuned for full details.

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GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 10/24 - 10/30, 2011

Top 25 Vinyl:

1. Tom Waits - Bad As Me
2. Deer Tick - Divine Providence
3. Bjork - Biophilia
4. M83 - Hurry Up We're Dreaming
5. She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas
6. Real Estate - Days
7. A.A. Bondy - Believers
8. PUJOL - Nasty, Brutish & Short 10"
9. Feist - Metals
10. Laetitia Sadier - Piscine EP
11. Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You
12. Magnetic Fields - Holiday
13. Various - Lost Highway 10th Anniversary LP
14. Wilco - The Whole Love
15. Olivia Tremor Control - Dusk At Cubist Castle
16. Kool & Together - Kool & Together: Original Recordings
17. El Rego - El Rego
18. Surfer Blood - Tarot Classics
19. The Beets - Let The Poison Out
20. Other Lives - Tamer Animals
21. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
22. Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose
23. St Vincent - Strange Mercy
24. J Dilla - Donuts
25. T-Rex - The Slider


and in music history for november 2:

In 1955, Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons" begins a ten week stay on the Billboard chart, where it will eventually reach #1. The record will become one of the biggest selling singles of the 1950s.

In 1956, police used tear gas to break up a riot that broke out during a Fats Domino concert in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Fats and three of his sidemen suffered minor injuries.

The Elvis Presley film "Girls! Girls! Girls!" premiered in 1962.

Mississippi John Hurt died in 1966 at the age of 73.

In 1967, the Beatles completed recording their next single “Hello Goodbye” at Abbey Road studios in London with a second Paul McCartney bass line. The McCartney song had been selected for the A-side for the Beatles next single, the flip side to be Lennon’s “I Am the Walrus.”

Stevie Wonder's "For Once In My Life" was released in 1968.

In 1968, appearing at Madison Square Garden on their farewell tour of the US, Atco Records presents Cream with a Platinum disc for $2 million worth of sales of the double album 'Wheels of Fire.'

In 1969, “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies was at #1 on the UK singles chart. The single became the longest-running one-hit wonder in the UK with eight weeks at the top of the charts.

In 1974, George Harrison became the first Beatle to undertake a solo world tour when he played the first show of a 30-night tour in Vancouver, Canada.

Also in 1974, Bad Company's first Billboard chart entry "Can't Get Enough" tops out at #5. The British quartet would go on to place eight more songs in the US Top 40, but only one, "Feel Like Makin' Love", would crack the Top 10.

In 1979, AC/DC played the second of three sold-out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, with Def Leppard supporting.

In 1984, after a judge rules that he shot in self defense, The Reverend Marvin Gay Sr. is given only five years probation for killing his son, Marvin Gaye. (Marvin added an "e" to his stage name) Ironically, it was Marvin Jr. who had given his father the .38 revolver used in the killing.

In 1985, the TV soundtrack from Miami Vice went to #1 on the U.S. album chart. It spent a total of 11 weeks at #1.

In 1995, the US TV music show Soul Train celebrates 25 years on the air with appearances by Al Green, Bill Withers, Diana Ross and Patti LaBelle.

In 1996, Counting Crows went to #1 on the US album chart with Recovering the Satellites.

In 2007, Led Zeppelin’s eagerly awaited reunion concert in London was postponed for two weeks after guitarist Jimmy Page broke a finger. The tribute concert in honor of late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun was rescheduled for December 10. More than a million fans applied for the 20,000 tickets available, which cost £125 each. Profits from the show would go toward scholarships in Ertegun’s name in the U.K., U.S. and the country of his birth, Turkey.

In 2010, Jim Clench, bassist for April Wine on their Billboard #32 hit "You Could Have Been A Lady" in 1972, died of lung cancer at the age of 61.

birthdays today (among others): KD Lang (50), Jay Black (Jay & the Americans) (73), Keith Emerson (Emerson Lake & Palmer, Nice) (67), J.D. Souther (66), Maxine Nightengale (59) and Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) (36)

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