Friday, March 25, 2011 Contest Finished

Sorry folks, the  contest is over. Thanks to all you emailed and congrats to the winners, Lawrence, Bret and Dennis!

Special thanks to Seth over at  for helping us all experience music as it was meant to be - via the vinyl record. Stop by the site for a gander, they have what you are looking for or can most likely find it!

I hope to have something else to run very soon, so stayed with CVR Blog for all your vinyl record information!

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

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thrill jockey sent this to me, I'd thought I'd pass it along:

Thrill Jockey Limited Vinyl Releases For Record Store Day

Glenn Jones Split LP with The Black Twig Pickers & Charlie Parr - Even to Win Is to Fail b/w EastMont Syrup -

Glenn Jones is known to many as a 30+ year devotee of the so-called "American Primitive" school of acoustic steel string guitar playing. Jones started playing guitar at the age of 14 and formed the Boston psych rock band, Cul de Sac, in 1989. Twenty years and nine albums in its wake, including collaborations with guitarist John Fahey and Can's Damo Suzuki, Jones finds himself now fully immersed in the guitar playing traditions laid out by Fahey and Robbie Basho.

Even to Win Is to Fail, the Glenn Jones side of this split 12", is his Thrill Jockey debut recorded specifically for this release. Jones released This Is The Wind That Blows It Out, his first album of acoustic six and twelve-string guitar instrumentals in 2004, and followed it with Against Which The Sea Continually Beats (2007) and Barbecue Bob In Fishtown (2009). A forthcoming Thrill Jockey full-length is slated for an August release.

Charlie Parr, country bluesman, songwriter and reso guitar and banjo king of the Upper Midwest, and the Black Twig Pickers, scrappy stringband of the Virginia/West Virginia state line, are long time friends who met at a house party many years ago. EastMont Syrup, is part reunion, part hoot, part lament for times and pals gone by, and part sampler for what's to come in the future. This release includes an insert with notes, lyrics, and manifold stew cooking recipes courtesy of Charlie Parr!

Mitchell And Manley - Norcal Values LP

Norcal Values is a sonic collaboration between Phil Manley (Trans Am, The Fucking Champs, Jonas Reinhardt) and Isaiah Mitchell (Earthless). Comprised almost exclusively of a single continuous guitar solo, the recording was made live with no overdubs, and was completely improvised. Manley recently ventured out into the world of kosmiche kraut with his solo debut Life Coach while Mitchell's Earthless recently finished up their debut tour of Australia.

Oval / Liturgy split LP

This split release features two of Thrill Jockey's musical extremities, recent signing Liturgy, and electronic pioneer Oval. Not a random pairing, but in fact born out of each band's mutual appreciation of the other, this split will feature one new track from Liturgy and four new ones from Oval. The Liturgy track also marks the first time that the band has explored writing music together. Composition duties are shared, details are not overthought, and improvisation is employed. Liturgy's new album Aesthethica comes out on May 10th, while Oval's groundbreaking releases O and Oh were met with critical acclaim throughout the greater part of 2010.


Treetop Flyers Announce 10" Vinyl Release

Treetop Flyers have announced details of a brand new 4-track 10" single, which will be released via Communion Records on the 23rd May 2011, and a full UK tour to support the release.

Released on 10" vinyl, the Communion single features Things Will Change - "a love song, about wanting things to change for the better"; Long Cold Winter, a reflection of the typical seasonal British malaise backed with two acoustic recordings Rose Is In The Yard and Disappearing Kind lamenting the passing of "good people and places."

For more read


great review, worth a look

REVIEW: New Pearl Jam reissues are for fans

By Adam Richter

Even in 1994, at the height of Pearl Jam’s popularity, singer Eddie Vedder must have known some listeners would never be swayed by the band’s music.

“Taste, you’ve got taste,” he told the audience at a Boston show. “Wouldn’t have known that from meeting you at a Pearl Jam show.”

The Seattle band rode the same wave of grunge popularity as groups like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains but always had its detractors. Not that it worried Pearl Jam. They responded to their overwhelming early success by attempting to eschew the trappings of fame and celebrity, instead catering to the fans they already had.

Read more of the review at


a great insight to an underappreciated singer/songwriter....

Music: For 'late bloomer' Sexsmith, music is still all about the LP

By JONATHAN TAKIFF Philadelphia Daily News

THAT RON SEXSMITH is one sly sort - and better for it.

Time and again on his new (11th) "Long Player Late Bloomer" album, this seasoned but chronically underappreciated songcrafter will lure you in, get you humming along with his sunny-sounding, hook-happy tunes, this time polished to a bright sheen by noted producer Bob Rock.



wow, 50 years, look forward to giving it a listen!

The Zombies Celebrate 50th Anniversary With New Album, U.K. Tour

Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Tom Toomey, Steve Rodford and Jim Rodford, collectively known as The Zombies, are celebrating their 50th anniversary as a group with a new album and a U.K. tour.

The album, Breathe Out, Breathe In, is scheduled for release in the U.K. on May 9 via Red House Records (Amazon shows it will be available as an import in the U.S. on May 17).

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love this regular feature at, well worth checking out:

Last Collector Standing: Christopher Eilers on Living Behind Vintage Vinyl, Recording with His Band, Vanilla Beans, and Why Wham! Vinyl is Awesome

By Jon Scorfina

Christopher Eilers is the guitarist in local indie rockers the Vanilla Beans. He is also a relatively new vinyl collector. Not having the common characteristic that most collectors share of a vinyl influence in his formative years of discovering music, Eilers' bedroom d├ęcor is only his metal rack of vinyl albums and his assorted musical instruments. Coincidentally, he currently lives in an apartment directly behind Vintage Vinyl, which is almost certainly feeding his collecting habit. We met there to discuss living behind a record store and why he has the album cover for Sebastian's Ross Ross Ross EP as a tattoo.

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Restorations release new album

Restorations have released their new self-titled album digitally through Itunes and bandcamp.

The album will be receiving a vinyl release on April 19 through Tiny Engines Records. The band recorded the record with Algernon Cadwallader‘s Joe Reinhart (My Heart To Joy, Monument, Snowing) and was mixed by Jonathan Low (Dr. Dog, Danielson, mewithoutYou), the LP will be limited to a pressing of 500 and feature gatefold jackets with art and design by Bruno Guerreiro.


Symphony X Reveals New Album, "Iconoclast" Artwork And Tracklisting

American progressive metal outfit Symphony X has revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "Iconoclast." You can check it out below. The album will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on June 17th in Europe and June 21st in North America and will be the band's ninth studio album.

Illustrator and film concept artist Warren Flanagan (Watchmen, The Incredible Hulk, 2012) is the talent behind the album artwork. Here, he shares his creative process on the new album’s artwork:



like their music and i like their style, give them a try!

Hawthorne Heights frontman yearns for return of vinyl records

By Dan Kane staff writer

The music of the Hawthorne Heights has been categorized as hard rock, indie rock, emo, screamo, alternative, pop-punk and post-hardcore.

When I asked the band’s frontman, J.T. Woodruff, about this in a phone interview Monday, I could almost feel him rolling his eyes.

“It has loud guitars and loud drums. It’s rock ’n’ roll. Can everybody just call it that?” he said, with amused exasperation. “Let’s spend more time listening to the music instead of categorizing it.”



ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd Announce Rebels & Bandoleros Tour

Russell Hall

ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd are teaming up for a tour this spring. Dubbed the Rebels & Bandoleros Tour, the trek kicks off on May 12 in Wichita, Kansas, and wraps up three weeks later in Orange Beach, Alabama.

The two bands last mounted a combined tour 11 years ago, when they hit the road together for nearly a year.

Read more and get the tour dates at


U2, Metallica Record Label Kills the Single

Michael Leonard

Mercury Records, the U.K. label home to U2, The Killers, Metallica, Arcade Fire and many more, is to halt the regular production of physical singles with immediate effect. Whether on CD or (recently popular) retro-vinyl, none of its bands’ singles will be planned for physical release.

The label admits it “lost money” on singles released in 2010. It will now only create physical singles when, according according to a Mercury spokeswoman, “it is guaranteed to make a profit. With physical formats now accounting for just over one percent of the overall singles market we are being more cautious.”



Heavy Metal Film Festival to Host KISS, AC/DC Flicks

Bryan Wawzenek

The Heavy Metal Film Fest – the first event devoted strictly to metal movies – has announced its schedule, which will include movies about KISS, AC/DC, Meshuggah, Anvil and G.G. Allin, among many others. The festival is taking place March 31 through April 3 at the Downtown Independent Cinema in Los Angeles.

On the short films lineup, Faces of Budokan deals with KISS’ three-night stand at Tokyo’s legendary Budokan venue in 2003.



if you are in the area, the new orleans record raid sounds like a good place to be!

Ring the Alarm: Spring Record Raid at Tulane Saturday

by Ben Berman

With the addition of the Euclid Records store in the Bywater this past fall, the vinyl record market in New Orleans is at its strongest post-K, with other stores Louisiana Music Factory, Domino Sound Record Shack, Skully’z, Jim Russell Records, the Mushroom, and Peaches still going strong, and artists from Galactic and Preservation Hall to Sun Hotel and Maddie Ruthless releasing their latest recordings on vinyl.

The New Orleans Record Raid, now in its fourth incarnation, has added greatly to this dusty landscape, with sellers both from the stores above as well as private collectors and dealers coming together to peddle their wares under a single roof or tree. Saturday, March 26, the WTUL-sponsored Record Raid returns to Tulane University’s Zimple Quad—the site of its first appearance—at the corner of Broadway and Zimple Street.

More than 20 vendors will be on hand at the fair, including representatives from Euclid Records, Skully’z and Domino Sound, and well-known local dealers Mr. Tyrone, DJ Brice Nice, and WWOZ show host Jivin’ Gene. A special appearance is being made by the Iron Rail Book Collective, forced just after Mardi Gras to shut down the storefront where they had sold punk and experimental LPs and 45s.

The fair is free to attend, but individual record prices will range from $1 to more than your monthly rent. Almost all genres will be represented across the various sellers’ tables, from soul to indie rock to hip-hop to reggae to jazz to punk to indie-Christian-jazz-funk-rap and anything and everything in between. LPs, 45s, 10″s, 78s, cassettes, and even CDs will all be available.

The boxes and crates open at 11 a.m. and close at 5 p.m



and in music history for today:

Roy Orbison recorded "Only the Lonely" in 1960.

In 1965, Jeff Beck joined the Yardbirds and would later help record the hits, "Heart Full of Soul" and "Shapes of Things" before leaving in the fall of 1966. Jimmy Page had also joined the band, but the Yardbirds would split up in 1968. Page then re-shaped the group to form the New Yardbirds, later renaming them Led Zeppelin.

In 1966, at a photo session in Bob Whitaker’s studio in London, The Beatles posed in white coats using sides of meat with mutilated and butchered dolls for a publicity photo that is used by Capitol in America for the cover of the Beatles’ next American album, Yesterday And Today. After a public outcry, the LP was pulled from stores and re-issued with a new cover, making the original an instant collector’s item.

In 1967, the Who and Cream made their U.S. concert debuts at the RKO 58th Street Theatre, New York City as part of a multi-artist extravaganza promoted by DJ Murray the K.

Also in 1967, the Doors debut album, featuring "Light My Fire", enters the Billboard Hot 200 chart. The LP had been released during the first week of January and would end up leading Billboard for three weeks and Cashbox for a week.

The 58th and final episode of The Monkees TV series was broadcast on NBC in 1968.

In 1969, John and Yoko invited the world’s press into their hotel suite at the start of a week long “Bed-In” at the Amsterdam Hilton.

In 1971, New York radio station WNBC banned the song "One Toke Over the Line" by Brewer and Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country follow suit, but the record still makes it to Billboard's #10.

In 1972, The trio of Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek, collectively known as America, reached the top spot on The Hot 100 and The Cashbox Best Sellers chart with "A Horse With No Name". The tune, which reached #3 in the UK, was originally titled "Desert Song".

Van Halen released the album 'Van Halen II' in 1979.

In 1983, Motown Records celebrated its 25 anniversary with a concert in Pasadena, featuring The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jr. Walker, The Commodores, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and The Jackson 5.

In 2005, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were forced to flee their Buckinghamshire mansion after a blaze broke out while they were sleeping. The couple were roused by a fire alarm and ran to safety in the garden, rescuing their pets as they escaped.

In 2009, Dan Seals, of the 1970s duo England Dan And John Ford Coley, died of cancer at the age of 61. After scoring several Billboard Pop chart hits, including "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight", "Nights are Forever" and "Love Is The Answer", Seals went on to have a solid career in Country music during the 1980s and early '90s.

birthday wishes to Aretha Franklin (1942) and Elton John (1947) among others.