Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Music Releases ~ February 15, 2011

A slew of great music this week led by the Drive-By Truckers' Go-Go Boots album, Bright Eyes with 'The People's Key,' PJ Harvey's 'Let England Shake' and The Dears' Degeneration Street,' just to name a few. Lots of vinyl this week as well, check out this fantastic music release list!

As always, CVR Blog picks are in red and no wagering is allowed:

A Hawk and a Hacksaw - Cervantine
A Skylit Drive - Identity On Fire
Al Jarreau - L Is For Lover: Deluxe Edition
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Candy Cigarettes Capguns Issue Problems & Such
Anthrax - Spreading the Disease (vinyl)
Arbouretum - The Gathering (vinyl)
Asobi Seksu - Flourescence (vinyl)
Awol One & Factor - The Landmark (vinyl)
Bart Davenport - Searching for Bart Davenport
Beans - End It All
Billy "Red" Love - Gee I Wish / The Sun Years Plus
Black Sabbath - Dehumanizer (2 CDs)
Bob Geldof - How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell
Borknagar - The Archaic Course (vinyl)
Brave Irene - Brave Irene
Bright Eyes - The People's Key (LP+CD) (180 Gram) (vinyl)
Brown Recluse - Evening Tapestry
Cali Swag District - The KickBack
Canned Heat - Human Condition (vinyl)
Cauldron - Burning Fortune
Chamberlin - Bitter Blood
Charlie Phillips - Sugartime
Charlie Sizemore - Heartache Looking For A Home (vinyl)
Chicago - Chicago VI (180 Audiofile) (vinyl)
Clandestine - The Invalid
Close To Home - Never Back Down
Cowboy Junkies - Demons (vinyl)
DOM - Sun Bronzed Greek Gods (vinyl)
Dan Melchior - Assemblage Blues (vinyl)
Dark Funeral - Attera Totus Sanctus (vinyl)
Dark Funeral - Diabolis Interium (vinyl)
Dark Tranquility - Projector (vinyl)
Darkest Era - The Last Caress of Light
Deaf Center - Owl Splinters
Death - The Sound of Perseverance Re-Release
Deicide - To Hell With God
Dennis Coffey - Absolutely The Best Of (vinyl)
Devotchka - 100 Lovers
Dio - At Donington UK: Live 1983 and 1987 (vinyl)
Dismember - Indecent & Obscene (vinyl)
Dismember - Massive Killing Capacity (vinyl)
Dismember - Pieces (vinyl)
Dismember - The God That Never Was (vinyl)
Dom - Sun Bronzed Greek Gods (remastered)(EP)
Doris Troy - I'll Do Anything: The Doris Troy Anthology 1960-1996
Dr. Acula - Slander
Dream Diary - You Are the Beat
Dream Diary - Dream Diary
Drive-By-Truckers - Go-Go Boots (vinyl)
Drive-By-Truckers - Southern Rock Opera (2xLP)(vinyl)
East River Pipe - We Live in Rented Rooms
Echo Lake - Young Silence (EP)
Eddie Spaghetti - Sundowner (vinyl)
Eksi Ekso - Brown Shark, Red Lion
Elephant Man - Dance & Sweep (vinyl)
Elk - Lets Get Married
Elton John - Covers Record
Emmure - Speaker of the Dead
Etana - Free Expression (vinyl)
Funeral Party - Golden Age of Knowwhere (vinyl)
Ginuwine - Elgin (vinyl)
Githead - Landing + Headgit (special edition 2xLP)(vinyl)
Glenn Reeves - Johnny On The Spot: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight
Gord Downie - The Grand Bounce

Grand Funk Railroad - We’re An American Band (180 gram Audiophile)(vinyl)

Grand Funk have continued to be one of the biggest selling artists of all time. Their historic concerts are legendary, their albums are all important achievements of the classic rock era, and their continuing fan base is second to none.

We're An American Band changed history once again for this multi-platinum act as it rose to the top of the charts and brought them more deserved fame. As the anthem-like title track and album took off, even more chart action unfolded with hits like Walk Like A Man (You Can Call Me Your Man). This groundbreaking album also included some very hard hitting rockers like Black Licorice, The Railroad and more fan favorites like Stop Looking Back.

Led by the dynamic lead guitar and vocals of the legendary Mark Farner, the incredible power drummer/vocalist Don Brewer, the thumping bass of Mel Schacher and the arrival of their new member Craig Frost on keyboards, this new energized sound of Grand Funk Railroad, now produced by Todd Rundgren (Meat Loaf, Badfinger) were recordings made for the history books, as this amazing album has surely stood the test of time.

And for a very limited run this Grand Funk Railroad album will be pressed on GOLD VINYL, as originally presented in 1973!

Buy Grand Funk Here

Gregory Abbott - Shake You Down: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Gruff Rhys (of Super Furry Animals) - Hotel Shampoo
Gwyneth & Monko - Gwyneth & Monko
Harald Grosskopf - Synthesist
Hayes Carll - Kmag Yoyo (vinyl)
Hot Chocolate - Box Selection (4 CDs)
Howlin' Rain - Good Life (vinyl)
Ian Anderson - Walk Into Light
Impiety - Worshippers of the Seventh Tyranny
In Flames - Lunar Strain (vinyl)
In Flames - Subterranean (vinyl)
J.J. Cale - Silvertone Years
Jack Bruce - Live at the Milkyway
Jackie DeShannon - Come & Get Me / Vol. 2-Complete Liberty & Imperial
Jay Crocker: Co-Stars
Jefferson Starship - Air Play (vinyl)
Jimmy Spellman - Doggonit
Justin Bieber - Never Say Never - The Remixes
Kasey Anderson & The Honkies - Heart of a Dog (vinyl)
Katrina Elam - Pure Country 2' Soundtrack
Kyle Fischer - Open Ground (vinyl)
La Sera (Vivian Girls side project) - S/T (vinyl)
Lifeguards - Waving At The Astronauts
Malcolm Holcomb - To Drink the Rain
Marianne Faithfull - Horses and High Heels
Matt Monro - Words & Music
Mayhem - Ordo Ad Chao (vinyl)
Mercyful Fate - In The Shadows (vinyl)
MillionYoung - Replicants
Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will (2xLP)
Mophono - Cut Form Crush
Morgan Zarate - Hookid EP 12" (vinyl)
Moving Units - Tension War EP
Mr. Big - What If (vinyl)
Nazareth - Snaz
Neuraxis - Asylon
Nuclear Assault - Game Over/The Plague (vinyl)
Nuclear Assault - Handle With Care (vinyl)
Occult Detective Club - Crimes (vinyl)
Off! - First Four EPs
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake (vinyl)
Paul Westerberg - This Machine/Foolish Hand Shake (vinyl)
Phil Collins - No Jacket Required (Audio Fidelity)
Poor But Sexy - Let’s Move In Together
powerdove - Be Mine
Primordial - Storm Before Calm
REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity (180 gram Audiophile)(vinyl)
Rabbits - Lower Forms
Rev Theory - Justice (vinyl)
Rick Nelson - In Concert: The Troubadour, 1969
Rick Rizzo and Tara Key - Double Star (vinyl)
Robin Trower - At the BBC 1973-1975 (2 CDs)
Robotanists - Plans in Progress
Rodrigo y Gabriela - Live in Japan
Roxette - Shes Got Nothing On
Runner Runner - Runner Runner
Saigon - Greatest Story Never Told
Sam Cooke - Very Best of 1957-60 (2 CDs)
Sarah Darling - Angels & Devils
Shawn Lee & Ping Pong Orchestra - World Of Funk (vinyl)
She Sir - Yens
Shugo Tokumaru - Port Entrophy (vinyl)
Sims - Bad Time Zoo
Sirenia - The Enigma of Life
Smokey Robinson - The Solo Albums: Vol. 4 (vinyl)
Snowblink - Long Live
Sonic Youth - Bad Moon Rising (180 Gram LP)
Sonic Youth - Simon Werner a Disparu
Spacemen 3 - Take Me to the Other Side (reissue) (vinyl)
Spacemen 3 - Transparent Radiation (reissue) (vinyl)
Spacemen 3 - Walking With Jesus (reissue) (vinyl)
Stockholm Syndrome - Apollo (vinyl)
Stryper - The Covering
Sugo Tokumaru - Port Entropy
Swamp Dogg - It's All Good: A Singles Collection 1963-1989
Teena Marie - ICON (vinyl)
Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines (vinyl)
The 1900s - Return of the Century (vinyl)
The Babies - The Babies
The Dears - Degeneration Street (vinyl)
The Disciplines - Virgins of Menace
The Famine - The Architects of Guilt
The Forms - Derealization
The Gracious Few - S/T (vinyl)
The Liptonians - Let's All March Back into the Sea
The Skull Defects - Peer Amid (2xLP) (vinyl)
The Streets - Computers & Blues
The Thermals - Not Like Any Other Feeling 7" (vinyl)
The Twilight Singers - Dynamite Steps (vinyl)
The Wailers Band - Majestic Warriors (vinyl)
The Warriors - See How You Are
The Wildebeests - Gnuggets (2xLP) (vinyl)
Thelonious Monk - The Complete Thelonious Monk at the It Club (180 GM Vinyl)
Theodore Roethke - Words for the Wind: Poems of Theodore Roethke
Three Degrees - 3D
Tim Hecker - Ravedeath
Tommy Emmanuel - Little By Little (2 CDs)
Tristen - Charlatans At The Garden Gate
Various Aritsts - Singers & Songwriters (11 CDs)
Various Artists - 1960 British Hit Parade: Volume 2 (4 CDs)
Various Artists - Come Back Bird: The Abilene Teen Scene 1964-1967
Various Artists - Country's Got Heart (10 CDs)
Various Artists - Euro Beats
Various Artists - Flower Power (10 CDs)
Various Artists - Golden Age Of Pop (10 CDs)
Various Artists - Pop Memories Of The '60s (10 CDs)
Various Artists - Romancing The '70s (10 CDs)
Various Artists - Sweet Inspiration: Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham
Various Artists - The Music City Story: Street Corner Doo Wop, Raw R&B and Soulful Sounds from Berkeley, California 1950-1975 (3 CDs)
Various Artists - Ultimate Oldies But Goodies (10 CDs)
Various Artists - Everybody Wants to Be a Cat: Disney Jazz, Vol 1
Various Artists - Pretty Little Liars - Television Soundtrack
Various Artists - Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Weezer
Various Artists - The Best Of Soul Train (9-DVD box set)
Volture - Shocking Its Prey (vinyl)
Wake Up Lucid - Sugar
Warm Ghost - Uncut Diamond EP
Whitesnake - Live (vinyl)
Whitesnake - Love Hunter (vinyl)
Whitesnake - Ready and Willing (vinyl)
Win Win - Win Win
Yellow Ostrich - Mistress (vinyl)
Yellowbirds - The Color
Young Galaxy - Shapeshifting
Yuck - Yuck
Zoey Van Goey - Propeller Versus Wings

New Jazz Releases

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  

Stone Axe Storm the Shores of Europe and UK with New Tour and Deluxe CD/DVD Package


Classic rock preservationists Stone Axe have officially announced that they’re hitting the road through the UK, parts of Europe, and wrapping up the tour with a night at the illustrious Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland! Starting on April 8th in Oxford, England and running through April 16th, this will mark the third time that the band has ventured to foreign soil with the aim of converting new ears to their sonic-brand of classic rock, but this time they’ll be doing it in support of their first CD/DVD package.

Scheduled for release on April 5th and in time for the tour, Stone Axe has put together a Deluxe Edition of their self-titled debut album. The CD portion of the package features eight bonus live tracks, while the DVD portion features more than 70 minutes of videos, interviews, and live footage! Released through Ripple Music, Stone Axe – Expanded Edition CD/DVD will be available for pre-order beginning February 18st, 2011 on the label's web site. www.ripple-music.com

Tour Dates:

8th April -The Wheatsheaf, Oxford (with Stubb, Trippy Wicked, Desert Storm)
9th April- The Unicorn, Camden, London, UK (with Stubb, Trippy Wicked, Grifter)
10th April- The Earl, Sheffield, UK (with Stubb, Trippy Wicked, Groan)
11th April- The Captains Rest, Glasgow (with Stubb, Trippy Wicked, Low Sonic Drift)
12th April- Asylum 2, Birmingham (with Stubb, Trippy Wicked, Alunah)
14th April- The Vortex, Siegen, Germany (with Stubb)
15th April- MTC, Cologne, Germany (with Stubb+more)
16th April- Roadburn Festival, Tilburg, Holland

Stone Axe has also contributed a song to the Heavy Ripples double vinyl 7” compilation that will also feature three other acts that have put their own unique spin on the sounds from a by-gone 70’s era, showing that rock n’ roll hasn’t died, but simply has gotten better! The compilation record will include tracks from the UK blues-based bike rockers Grifter, Brooklyn-based stoner-fied punks Mighty High, and New England’s southern-rock-tinged Sun Gods In Exile (on loan from incomparable Small Stone Records). The record will be officially released on April 19th to a world-wide audience!


For further information or promo copies for Stone Axe, please contact:

John Rancik
Ripple Music

Vinyl Record News & Notes, Did You Know?

OMGVinyl.com has some news about a special vinyl only release:

Three Lobed Recordings 10th Anniversary 4xLP Set

Three Lobed Recordings is asking for help funding their massive 10th anniversary box set. This collection will contain 4 LPs with full sides of exclusive music by about every important psychedelic band they know. It’s super impressive, and instead of filling this paragraph with info, we’ve decided to post it all below in a concise manner instead. Note that while their initial goal has been met, that is a tiny fraction of what this will cost to produce, so the support will still be VERY helpful. You can get in on all kinds of crazy specials, plus get your preorder in for $60, at . Kickstarter.com

Read the rest of the details at OMGVinyl.com


See the GRAMMY Performance That Should've Made the Prime Time Show

Kenny Wayne Shepherd's performance of "Wang Dang Doodle" featuring GRAMMY nominees Buddy Guy, Cyndi Lauper, Betty Wright, Mavis Staples, and Maria Muldaur. And I watched Lady GaGa, what a dope.....



Axl Rose Squashes Rumor About Reuniting Guns N' Roses Via Twitter

Much has been written, apparently, much ado about nothing regarding the rumors of a Guns N" Roses reunion. Slash recently said he would consider reuniting with Guns N' Roses if temperamental singer Axl Rose apologized to him. Here it is from Axl via his Twitter account.

Contrary to anyone's claims there are no concrete plans nor were there ever for a tour, a relaunch or sponsors (n' certainly not to replace anyone in the band) beyond a collection of random ideas thrown out by various individuals w/out any real foundation or negotiations in place other than our prior involvements (which wouldn't take a rocket scientist to put together). And 4 the record Doc McGhee is no longer involved w/either myself or GN'R.

Look like the reunion is kapoot!


Moby To Release New Album 'Destroyed' In May

Producer readies his ninth effort with free EP...

Moby has recently announced details of his new album 'Destroyed' and a free EP. His new LP will be self-released on his own record label Little Idiot on May 16 and accompanied by a book of photography; a hardback edition of Destroyed which is 128 pages and features 55 photographs taken by Moby all over the world.

Moby is marking the release of his ninth studio album with a free digital EP, 'Be The One', featuring three songs from 'Destroyed', which is available now at moby.com.


Fans Of Record Store Day And Vanguard Choose The First Vinyl Pieces Announced For Record Store Day

Last year, Vanguard Records caused a sensation by releasing on vinyl five classic titles from their vaults on Record Store Day. Immediately afterwards, Vanguard and Record Store Day asked fans to vote on http://www.recordstoreday.com/  for the five classic titles to be reissued on Record Store Day 2011.

These five titles are limited to 1000, and available exclusively at participating independently owned record stores on Record Store Day 2011, Saturday, April 16:

Read more at PlugInMusic.com


GRAVEYARD: New Album Artwork Unveiled

Psychedelic doom rock band GRAVEYARD from Gothenburg, Sweden have unveiled the artwork for their second full-length studio release, "Hisingen Blues". The album was produced, recorded, and mixed in 100 percent analog by Don Alsterberg (JOSÉ GONZALES, JUNIP, SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES, THE INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY) at Don Pierre Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. It will be out in Europe on March 25 and in North America on April 19 via Nuclear Blast Records.

A limited-edition seven-inch picture disc of the title track, "Hisingen Blues", backed with the exclusive vinyl track "Granny And Davis" and featuring different artwork will be available through Nuclear Blast Germany's mail-order on February 25 and Nuclear Blast USA's webstore on March 15. This release is limited to 500 copies worldwide.

Read more at Blabbermouth


PENTAGRAM: 'Last Rites' Cover Artwork

PENTAGRAM, the band that has been churning out widely admired hard rock/doom metal for over four decades, has just revealed the track listing and artwork to its highly anticipated new album, "Last Rites". Due on April 12 via Metal Blade Records, the CD contains 11 new tracks of behemoth tunes that fans have been clamoring for since the last Liebling/Griffin masterpiece was released in 1994 ("Be Forewarned").

The cover artwork for "Last Rites" was handled by Mo Moussa who is best known for his work with Marvel and DC Comics.

Read more at Blabbermouth


Kiss Moves In a Brand New Promotional Direction...With Caskets

We have had more stories over the last five years on new Kiss related merchandise than any other artist. The group, and their licensing organization, have not seen a product that they couldn't be used to promote the Kiss brand from clothing to garden gnomes

Read the rest at VintageVinylNews.com


interesting read from the UK:

British music can still star as rock finds a new role

Ian Birrell

Let's get the party started. Tonight it is the Brits, that annual orgy of champagne and back-slapping that has become the biggest night in the British music business calendar. While stars such as Rihanna and Arcade Fire play onstage and millions watch on television, for one night only executives can try to forget the pain of an industry that is in seemingly terminal decline.

Read more at thisislondon.co.uk


Great review of some new music out today!

Turn Around, Bright Eyes

Gregory Yee

Today’s the day. The curtains are closing against a fading light. The end of that weird and wonderful journey that began in 1995. Today Bright Eyes releases their final album, “The People’s Key.”

The album begins with “Firewall.” To be expected, the track begins with a rambling, sermon-tinged intro similar to 2005’s “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning” and 2007’s “Cassadega.” For more than two minutes, Randy Brewer, a Texan musician whom Conor Oberst met on the road, rambles on about universes and reptilian people.

Read more


Treasure Trove: WBEZ DJ’s collection goes on block

BY Dave Hoekstra

There’s a precious song for every collector of jazz records.

Even the motley Seymour (Steve Buscemi) and his vintage vinyl stash were championed in the hit 2001 film “Ghost World.”

Now its Dick Buckley’s turn at the collector’s turntable.

Buckley died June 22 at the age of 85. A Chicago radio DJ for more than 50 years, he was best known as the host of a weekend radio show on WBEZ-FM (91.5). His final show aired on July 27, 2008.

His collection of more than 8,000 jazz LPs, 45s, 78s, CDs, EPs and homemade mix tapes will be auctioned off Thursday at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W. Lake.

Read the rest at the Chicago Sun Times


been watching?  the computer is doing well.....

'Jeopardy!' pits man against computer in Round 1

Read more about these brainiacs Jeopardy


Did You Know?

more stuff everybody should know...

Kelsey Grammar sings and plays the piano for the theme song of Fraiser.

The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.

There are approximately fifty Bibles sold each minute across the world.

Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, "Gadsby", which contains over 50,000 words -- none of them with the letter E.

The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches!

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds!

The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on its fur!

The state of Florida is bigger than England!

A barnacle has the largest penis of any other animal in the world in relation to its size.


In Miami, it is forbidden to imitate an animal

and in music history today:

In 1958, Frankie Avalon scored his first US Top 10 hit when "Dede Dinah" reached number 7. He would follow it with a string of hits over the next couple of years, including "Ginger Bread" (#9), "Venus" (#1), "Bobby Sox to Stockings" (#8), "A Boy Without a Girl" (#10), "Just Ask Your Heart" (#7) and "Why" (#1).

Also in 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis performs "Great Balls of Fire" and his latest release "Breathless" on American Bandstand. Later in the day, he would appear on Dick Clark's Rock and Roll program, Saturday Night Beechnut Show, along with Pat Boone, Connie Francis, Chuck Willis, The Royal Teens and Johnnie Ray.

1962 Ray Charles records "I Can't Stop Loving You" at United Studios in Hollywood, California. The tune will go on to top both the US and UK charts and would be included on the LP "Modern Sounds In Country / Western Music", which would lead the Billboard album chart for 14 weeks.

In 1965, After smoking three packs of cigarettes a day for many years, Nat King Cole died of lung cancer at the age of 47. His daughter Natalie had just turned 15 the previous week. Nat originally played piano in Jazz bands, but stepped to the front of the stage for good when "Mona Lisa" became a huge hit in 1950. Cole continued his hit streak with "Unforgettable", "A Blossom Fell", "Send For Me", "Looking Back", "Ramblin' Rose" and "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer". He hit the charts again in 1991 when his voice was dubbed into a duet with Natalie on an updated version of "Unforgettable".

In 1968, John and Cynthia Lennon, along with George and Patti Harrison, fly to India to study meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Paul and Ringo would join them a few days later, but Starr would become bored and leave on March 1st. Much of the Beatles' "White Album" was written during their stay.

In 1968 - Little Walter died from injuries he received in a fight between sets at a Chicago nightclub.

Disco Hey Days in 1979 - At the 21st Grammy Awards, the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack won Album of the Year and The Bee Gees were named Best Pop Group and Best Arrangement for Voices for "Staying Alive". Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" won Record and Song of the Year. Donna Summer's "Last Dance" won two Grammys: Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song.

In 1981, 39 year old Mike Bloomfield, lead guitarist for Electric Flag, is found dead of a drug overdose in his parked car in San Francisco. He had just completed his final album, "Living In The Fast Lane".

In 1988, Def Leppard cancelled a show in El Paso after Jo Elliott referred to the town as "the place with all those greasy Mexicans." Yeah, rile up the natives, way to go......

Happy birthday to Denny Zager (Zager & Evans) (67)