Tuesday, February 8, 2011

New Music Releases ~ February 8, 2011

I highly recommend a band with one of the oddest sounding names in quite a while (nothing on 10,000 Maniacs)...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead with 'Tao of the Dead,' Cut Copy with their effort 'Zonoscope,' Fionn Regan's 'Shadow of an Empire' (on vinyl), the self-titled LP from James Blake, Motorhead's 'The World Is Yours' and Okkervil River with 'Mermaid.'

Vinyl releases and reissues include Black Sabbath's 'Volume 4,' Bauhaus with 'Crackle,' the Eagles 'Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975' two reissues from Sparklehorse 'Good Morning Spider' and 'Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot' and new vinyl from Wires Under Tension ('Light Science') and Woodsman's latest effort 'Rare Forms,' also on vinyl. Also Spiritualized is reissuing 'Lazer Guided Melodies' and 'Pure Phase' on vinyl.

As always, CVR Blog picks are in red:

...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead -Tao of The Dead
Akron/Family - S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT
Babies - The Babies
Battlelore - Doombound
Bauhaus - CRACKLE: Best Of Bauhaus (vinyl reissue)
Belphegor - Blood Magick Necromance
Ben Ottewell (of Gomez) - Shapes & Shadows
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath, Vol. 4 (vinyl)
Boxer Rebellion - Cold Still
Buckinghams - Up Close-the Definitive Live (CD/DVD)
Chalk Circle - Reflection
Covenant - Modern Ruin
Creeping Weeds - See Through
Crowbar - Sever The Wicked Hand
Cut Copy - Zonoscope
Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) - Resolutions
Diplo - Riddimentary: Diplo Selects Greensleeves
District Attorneys - Orders From…
Dom - “Bowl Cut” (7" single)
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - Chasing Someday
Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (vinyl)
Emily Arin - Patch Of Land
Esben and the Witch - Violet Cries
Fionn Regan - Shadow of An Empire (vinyl)
Foghat - Last Train Home
Folkazoid - Folkazoid EP (vinyl)
GFJD (GAY FOR JOHNNY DEPP) - What Doesn’t Kill You, Eventually Kills You
Gene Cotton - Save the Dancer
Goddamn Electric Bill - Jazz
Goldenboy - Sleepwalker
Gord Downie - The Grand Bounce
Greg Summerlin - La Resistance
Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo
Holydrug Couple - Ancient Land EP (vinyl)
Hour of 13 - The Ritualist
Isolée - Well Spent Youth
James Blake - James Blake
Jessica Lea Mayfield - Tell Me
Joan of Arc -Oh Brother (vinyl)
Jon Secada - Otra Vez
King Creosote - Thrawn
Linda Lewis - Not a Little Girl Anymore
Lionize - Destruction Manual
Lullwater - Silhouette
Macabre - Grim Scary Tales
Merzbow - Graft (vinyl)
Michael Stanley - Heartland
Michael Stanley - Michael Stanley
Michael Stanley - Shadowland
Michael Stanley - You Can't Fight Fashion
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
Motorhead -The World Is Yours (Limited Edition)
Mr. Big - What If
Mummers - Mink Hollow Road
Murray Gold - Doctor Who: Series 5 (soundtrack)
Nicole Atkins - Mondo Amore
Okkervil River -Mermaid
Onslaught - Sounds of Violence
Over the Rhine - Long Surrender
Pete Seeger - Songs of the Spanish Civil War Vol. 1
Praxis - Profanation: Preparation for a Coming Darkness
Religious To Damn - Glass Prayer
Residents - Not Available (vinyl)
Salva - Complex Housing
Sammy Johns - Sammy Johns
Shooter Jennings - Black Ribbons
Silk Flowers - Ltd. Form
SparklehorseGood Morning Spider (reissue) (vinyl)
Sparklehorse - Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot (reissue) (vinyl)
Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies (reissue) (vinyl)
Spiritualized - Pure Phase (reissue) (vinyl)
Steve Lukather & Edgar Winter - An Old Couple Live
Steve Wariner - Guitar Laboratory
Streets - Computers and Blues
Sway Machinery - The House of Friendly Ghosts, Volume 1
Teddy Thompson - Bella
The Asteroid #4 - Hail to the Clear Figurines
The Felix Culpa - Sever Your Roots
The Holydrug Couple - Ancient Land 12" EP (vinyl)
The O's - Between the Two
The Union Trade - Why We Need Night
The Wailin' Jennys - Bright Morning Stars
Theophilus London - Lovers Holiday
Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak: Deluxe Edition (remastered with bonus CD)
Thompson Square - Thompson Square

I met Tommy James at a carnival somewhere in the Chicagoland area around 1978 and found him to be very humble, friendly and engaging. Curious to hear what he is doing nowadays......

Tommy James - Three Times in Love / Hi Fi
Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
Ty Segall - Live in Aisle 5
Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Music 37
Various Artists - The Sing-Off: The Best of Season 2
Various Artists - Gnomeo & Juliet (soundtrack)
Various Artists - Piano Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Various Artists - Piano Tribute to Pink Floyd
Various Artists - Piano Tribute to Yes
Various Artists - Thai Dai
Various Artists - Twelve Versions of Ceremony- A New Order Tribute
Waylon Jennings & Friends - Waylon: The Music Inside - Collaboration 1
Wild Nothing - Gemini
Wires Under Tension - Light Science (vinyl)
Woodsman - Rare Forms (vinyl)
Yanni - Truth Of Touch
Young Galaxy - Shapeshifting
Young Magic - “You With Air”/”Sparkly” (7" single)

New Jazz Releases - February 8, 2011

Remember, if you are a record company and have new releases or know of any I missed (especially vinyl), please email me and I will add your music to the list. I also do reviews of new vinyl, email me for more information.

Have new music for the list? Email me at rbenson30@wi.rr.com

New Vinyl Record Talk Tuesday February 8th 8pm ET/ 5pm PT

We're seeing signs and portents that the economy is on the upswing. Are you? We ask that question in our poll, as well as cover the re-emergence of standard bearers from Elvis and The Beatles in the Top 5.

More shameless self promotion of the records for auction in our store. This week we have rare Northern Soul from Ray Marchand Percy Wiggins and a US 1967 promo 45 from David Bowie.

Plus, EMI and Warner Bros in a state of schizophrenia in the news.

Stop by Norm  & Jane's interesting take on vinyl news, eBay Top 5 results and anything else that pops into their crazy heads! 

Vinyl Record Talk

Vinyl Record News & Notes, Did You Know?


Rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie will induct legendary rocker Alice Cooper into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on March 14 at New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The ceremony will be aired live on the Fuse channel.

Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper took part in the Halloween Hootenanny tour last fall. The trek followed a short run the pair did together last summer

Read the rest at Blabbermouth


Beach Boys to Release Lost Masterpiece, Smile

Beach Boys to Release Lost Masterpiece, Smile Michael Wright|Tuesday, February 08, 2011 12:01 AM|0 Comments In an interview with Examiner.com last week, Al Jardine let slip news that pop fans have been waiting to hear for over four decades. According to the guitarist, Capitol Records is planning to release The Beach Boys’ lost masterpiece, Smile, this summer.

Read the rest at Gibson.com


ERRORS :: ‘Magna Encarta’ Picture Disc Released March 28th

To coincide with their live shows in the US with Mogwai and at SXSW, Errors will release a very limited picture disc release of ‘Magna Encarta’ and ‘Ganymede’

The band have also announced a series of live shows for the UK in April.

The 7″ details are as follows:

Limited picture disc
A: Magna Encarta
B: Ganymede


William Shatner Recording a Metal Album

L.A. Weekly is reporting that William Shatner just may be working on a metal covers album! Helping out on the bridge are Mike Inez (Alice in Chains), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) and Peter Frampton (Peter Frampton). Probable guest stars include Steve Howe (Yes), Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Brian May (Queen) and Bootsy Collins (Parliament-Funkadelic), among others.

Apparently all the songs are to have a “space” or “flying in space” theme. They will include “Space Odyssey” (The Byrds), “Iron Man” (Black Sabbath), “Learn to Fly” (Foo Fighters), “She Blinded Me with Science” (Thomas Dolby) and “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen).

However, the infamous Captain Kirk has a problem if he thinks Thomas Dolby, the Byrds or Queen are considered heavy metal, but to someone that age, maybe it is :O) 


Did You Know?

more stuff everybody should know...

Of all the words in the English language, the word set has the most definitions!

The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language.

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life"

Charles de Gaulle's final words were, "It hurts."

The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.


In Galveston, Texas, it is illegal to have a camel run loose in the street

and in music today:

In 1960, "Teen Angel" by Mark Dinning hit number 1 in the US. The song had been written for him by his sister Jean, who also recorded as one of The Dinning Sisters. Some radio stations banned the song and in the UK, where it barely made the top 40, it was called "the death record".

In 1973, Max Yasgur died of a heart attack aged 53. He was the owner of the dairy farm in Bethel, New York at which the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held between August 15 and August 18, 1969.

In 1975, the Ohio Players top the Billboard singles chart with "Fire" and the Hot 200 album chart with an LP of the same name.

R.E.M. made their first ever-recording sessions at Bombay Studios Smyrna, Georgia in 1981. Tracks included “Gardening At Night,” “Radio Free Europe” and “(Don't Go Back To) Rockville.”

In 1990, suffering from depression American singer songwriter Del Shannon died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. He had just appeared at the annual Buddy Holly memorial concert in Fargo, North Dakota and had recently completed recording a new album with the help of Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne called "Rock On!" Shannon was rumored to take Roy Orbison's place in The Traveling Wilburys at the time of his death. He would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1999.

And birthday wishes to Vince Neil of Motley Crue (1961)

The Flaming Lips Announce Tour Dates &Vinyl Release

"HEADY NUGGS: THE FIRST 5 WARNER BROS. RECORDS 1992 - 2002" Vinyl Box Set to Be Released on Record Store Day

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - February 8, 2011) - THE FLAMING LIPS have confirmed a string of North American tour dates beginning next month in support of their current album, EMBRYONIC. The accolades appear to be never-ending:

"It's inspiring to see a band more than 25 years on make such an experimental, unpredictable album." -- Associated Press

"Might be the noisiest, most discordant thing The Flaming Lips have recorded in years... even more headf**k experience. Awesometastic." -- Pitchfork.Com

"One of their most complex and accomplished records. Compared with previous offerings, the band appears to be reinventing or challenging itself -- something The Flaming Lips is known for." -- NPR Music

Following their wildly successful recent Asian tour where the LIPS played their first-ever shows in Singapore, Hong Kong and Seoul, S. Korea to manic receptions, THE FLAMING LIPS are pleased to return to American soil. Confirmed dates will be listed below:

Thur Mar 3 Tibet House US Benefit / Carnegie Hall NYC

Sun Mar 6 Snow Ball Fest / Nottingham Park Avon, CO

Fri May 13 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI (on sale Feb 11)

Sat May 14 Nelsonville Music Festival Nelsonville, OH

Sun May 15 The National Richmond, VA

Fri May 20 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
(Special performance of "The Soft Bulletin" and more)

Sat May 21 The Hangout Festival Gulf Shores, AL

Thu May 26 Primavera Festival Barcelona, Spain

Sun May 29 Sasquatch Festival / The Gorge George, WA (on sale Feb 12)
(Special performance of "The Soft Bulletin" and more)

Fri July 1 All Tomorrow's Parties/Alexandra Palace London, UK
(Special performance of "The Soft Bulletin" and more)

Thur July 7 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL
(Special performance of "The Soft Bulletin" and more)

We are also excited to announce the release of, "HEADY NUGGS: THE FIRST 5 WARNER BROS. RECORDS 1992 - 2002" set for release on Record Store Day -- April 16, 2011, and will be comprised of the complete recordings of: Hit To Death In The Future Head (1992), Transmissions From The Satellite Heart (1993), Clouds Taste Metallic (1995), The Soft Bulletin (1990), and the Grammy Award-winning, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002).

There will be two different editions of this vinyl only Box Sets: The "Standard" Record Store Day Edition which features all 5 discs pressed on black 140gram vinyl as well as a "Special Limited Edition" featuring all 5 discs pressed on 5 different colors of colored vinyl available only thought the LIPS official web store, FlamingLips.com .

Both editions will be extremely limited and once they are gone, they are GONE, so don't delay; these will sell out.

As previously reported, THE FLAMING LIPS have plenty of surprises planned for the months ahead so keep an eye on www.FlamingLips.com/  for details.

SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

Fen’s First Video Release Set For Exclusive Screening On The Heavy Planet

Love the video, and the music, a must buy!


We’ve been talking about this for a few months and it’s all finally coming true . . . Fen’s first official video is complete and ready to be viewed by the masses! Tuesday, February 8th, the video for the band's second single from the Trails Out of Gloom album, “Miracle”, will exclusively air on the Heavy Planet web site  (hint, hint . . . view the video here . . . www.Heavyplanet.net) before it’s made available through other viewing avenues. At the same time, “Miracle” is landing on the desks of radio programmers across the nation in a concerted effort to push the track. Produced by Mind of a Snail Co. and featuring a couple of hand-made marionettes, the video tells the visual tale of two young lovers finding out just how miraculous love can be.

“The speaker is pining to regain the initial spark of a relationship,” states singer/guitarist Doug Harrison on the meaning behind the song. “He pleads with whatever mysterious power brought them together, hoping that it will help him fully remember that miraculous union, and through this knowledge, bring them closer together again,” he explains.

In support of Trails Out of Gloom, Vancouver’s progressive alt-gloomsters are preparing for dates across Canada in the Spring, as well as a special tour that will feature live performances in select ghost towns. More information will be made available as soon as the details are worked out on all fronts!

Here's what the press has to say about Trails Out of Gloom:

"Consistently enchanting from start to finish, Trails Out of Gloom is one of the more rapturous releases you're likely to encounter in quite some time. It is fantastic in every way. Highest possible rating, 16/16." -- Progressions Magazine

"It’s one of the better if not the best release in 2010!” – Prognaut

"Doug Harrison is one of the new remarkable talent in the prog scene. Beautifully structured songs that almost drown in the right emotions and are decorated with tasteful arrangements. Fen resembles Anathema meets Threshold , but with an original, unique angle.” – Lords of Metal


For further information or promos for Fen, please contact:

John Rancik
Ripple Music