Monday, April 18, 2011

New Vinyl Record and Music Releases - April 19, 2011

Lots of great vinyl for this week, I have Black Sabbath's reissues on my list as well as vinyl from Brian Setzer,  Dead Can Dance, Echo & the Bunnymen, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the B-52's and  Former Thieves, just to name a few.

As always, no wagering allowed:

Ace - How Long: Best of Ace Alela Diane - Alela Diane & Wild Divine (vinyl)
Allen Toussaint - The Lost Sessions
American Babies - Flawed Logic
Anti-Social Music - ... is the Future of Everything
Asia - Live at the London Forum (2 CDs)
Batillus - Furnace
Bill Callahan - Apocalypse (vinyl)
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (reissue) (vinyl)
Black Sabbath - Paranoid (reissue) (vinyl)
Black Sabbath - Volume 4 (reissue) (vinyl)
Black Sabbath - We Sold Our Souls for Rock N Roll (reissue) (vinyl)
Blackfield - Welcome to My DNA
Blu - Her Favorite Colo(u)r
Bob Schneider - Perfect Day
Bonnie Guitar - By The Fireside: The Velvet Lounge
Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Matt Sweeney - Must Be Blind

Brian Setzer - Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL! (vinyl)
Chris Thile - Stealing Second (reissue)
Clare May - Hush
Clyde Stacy - Hoy Hoy: Gonna Shake That Shack Tonight
Cruachan - Blood on the Black Robe
Dalton Academy Warblers - Glee: The Music presents The Warblers
Dead Can Dance - Into The Labyrinth (reissue) (vinyl)
Del The Funky Homosapien - Golden Era
Dengue Fever - Cannibal Courtship
Duff McKagan - The Taking
Echo & the Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here (reissue) (vinyl)
Eliza Doolittle - Eliza Doolittle
Eric Johnson - Up Close (vinyl)
Eternal Summers - Prisoner (EP)
Former Thieves - The Language That We Speak (vinyl)
Foundation - When The Smoke Clears
French Horn Rebellion - The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion
George Hamilton IV - My North Country Home (3 CDs)
Gorillaz - The Fall
Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
I'm From Barcelona - Forever Today (vinyl)
INXS - Kick (reissue) (vinyl)
Implodes - Black Earth
International Submarine Band - Safe At Home (vinyl)
James Pants - James Pants
Janis Ian - Between the Lines (Gold CD)
Jenniferever - Silesia
Jerry Lee Lewis - Old Time Religion: Rare Recordings of Jerry Lee Lewis in Church Preachin', Shoutin' & Singin'
Joel Jerome - When Beck Was Cool
John Zorn - Satyr's Play / Cerberus
Kimberly Caldwell - Without Regret
Kode9 and the Spaceape - Black Sun
Lanu - Her 12 Faces
Lenka - Two
Lisa Hartman - Hold On
Lisa Hartman - Letterock
Lisa Hartman - Lisa Hartman
Lower Than Atlantis - World Record
MF Doom - Operation Doomsday: Lunchbox
Malajube - La Caverne
Matt Sweeney & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Must Be Blind (vinyl)
Matthewdavid - Outmind
Mf Doom - Operation Doomsday: Lunchbox
Micachu & The Shapes & The London Sinfonietta - Chopped & Screwed (vinyl)
Michael Hurley - Long Journey (reissue) (vinyl)
Mike Birbiglia - Sleepwalk With Me Live
Montrose - Montrose
My Goodness - My Goodness
Nedry - Condors
No Turning Back - Take Control
Norther - Circle Regenerated
O'Death - Outside
Pantha Du Prince - XI Versions of Black Noise (vinyl)
Pendragon - Passion (2 CDs)
People's Temple - Sons of Stone
Periphery - Icarus Lives (EP)
Pete Seeger - The Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960 (2 CDs)
Phil Everly - Phil Everly
Plan B - The Defamation of Strickland Banks
Queen - Greatest Hits 2
Ralph Stanley - Mother's Prayer
Ricky Nelson - Million Sellers / Rick Is 21
Roger Clyne - Unida Cantina
Roscoe Dash - Ready Set Go!
Robyn Ludwick - Out Of These Blues (vinyl)
Septicflesh - The Great Mass
Steve Miller Band - Let Your Hair Down
Street Chant - Means
Sugarfoot - Sugar Kiss
Superchunk - Here's Where the Strings Come In (remastered)
Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth

The B-52's - The B-52's (reissue) (vinyl)
The Belle Brigade - The Belle Brigade
The Flaming Lips - Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records, 1992-2002 (Box Set)
The French Horn Rebellion - The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion
The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger - La Carotte Bleue (vinyl)
The Head and the Heart - The Head and the Heart
The Heavenly States - Oui Camera Oui EP (vinyl)
The High Llamas - Talahomi Way
The Kinks - Kinda Kinks (remastered with bonus disc)
The Kinks - Kinks (remastered with bonus disc)
The Kinks - Kinks Kontroversy (remastered with bonus disc)
The Radio Dept. - Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-10 (vinyl)
The Tubes - Wild West Show (reissue)
The Unthanks - Last
The Wave Pictures - Beer In The Breakers
Title Tracks - In Blank
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (vinyl)
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Yor're Gonna Get It (vinyl)
Tracy Nelson - Victim Of The Blues
Tune-Yards - WHOKILL (vinyl)
Various Artists - Boogie 4 Stu
White Mystery - Blood & Venom
Winds Of Plague - Against The World
Wolfram - Wolfram
Woody Guthrie - Live Wire (reissue)
Xray Eyeballs - Not Nothing
Zoe Muth & Lost High Rollers - Starlight Hotel
tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l

New Jazz Releases

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Record Store Day News

on saturday, hours after the record stores opened, i took a quick look at eBay to see if any of the special vinyl record releases were up for sale. Yep, over 900 of them. i looked sunday and there were exactly 2,085 record store day items up for sale at 6pm (cst). and today, there are close to 2,200 items up for sale. how does this benefit the physical retail outlet when everything just shows up on the auction giant? do the record stores actually make a profit, when they only get a limited number of copies anyway? i guess everyone has the right to be a 'flipper'.....

i love the concept of rsd, however, as i stated before, they should include online retailers as well. if it is a celebration of vinyl, let's include all the vinyl vendors and quit drawing lines in the sand. it all ends up online anyway......

i found some interesting takes on this self-proclaimed 'vinyl holiday,' read on:


speaking of flippers:

Record Store Day Fallout 2011: How Much Those Exclusives Will Cost You Now

By Josiah Hughes

Following much fanfare and lead-up time, the 2011 edition of Record Store Day attracted droves of eager vinyl lovers to record stores across the globe as they sought exclusive releases on Saturday (April 16). There was, however, also a large pocket of record collectors looking to flip the exclusive releases, many of whom already made a pretty penny this weekend.

Just like last year, a quick search over on eBay reveals that some collector scum have made big bucks off of some Record Store Day exclusives. The biggest sale, by far, was Ed Banger Records' The Bee Sides, a box of five seven-inches featuring new and rare tracks from Justice, SebastiAn, Busy P and others. Of the few completed auctions with this set, someone in the UK shelled out approximately $485 Canadian. That's nearly $100 per seven-inch!

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judge for yourself....

Actually, false rarities are saving vinyl

Author - Bryan C. Reed

“False rarities are killing vinyl.”

An anonymous internet comment is hardly something to pay much heed, but for some reason those five words have been rattling around my skull since I first encountered them a day ago.

The commenter was responding to an announcement of the split 7-inch Superchunk and Coliseum released for this year’s Record Store Day. The two songs, both Misfits covers, were released as free downloads long before the record was pressed in its edition of 2,000 copies. The record, this commenter seemed to believe, is utterly unnecessary.

But, I mean, of course it is. Isn’t every record? And isn’t every limited-edition collector’s piece an example of false rarity? They could press more, but they didn’t.

Read more, it only gets better


Jack White hails Record Store Day, new releases


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Music fans started lining up outside Jack White's Third Man Records shortly after midnight, vying for something special on Record Store Day.

White was more than willing to accommodate them, opening his store a little early Saturday for vinyl enthusiasts.

"Record stores are closing all over the place, yet vinyl record sales are the only thing growing in the music industry," White told The Associated Press. "So it's a beautiful thing that everyone can come together and release these special releases, whether they're brand new or old or obscure or never released tracks, whatever they are, it's really cool that people can get out and buy them. I mean look at how many people are here to buy records. That's pretty cool. Very cool."

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interesting take on rsd in the uk:

Record Store Day: how was it for you?

There were early morning queues, a scramble for 7ins and at least one broken foot. But in the melee of Record Store Day, did anyone else notice a lack of women?

For all the bluster that's surrounded Record Store Day this year, the 800-strong queue that curled around London's Rough Trade East at 9.30am on Saturday was eerily quiet. Blame mild manners, hangovers and pre-emptive disillusionment for the calm.

Adam Shoesmith joined the queue at 7.45am. "I'm after the Radiohead 12in, Beth Ditto's EP and Danger Mouse's single for a friend." The hugely limited Radiohead single eluded him – at present, there are 65 copies for sale on eBay – but he did manage to pick up Ditto's EP with Simian Mobile Disco.

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very good behind-the-scenes look written up at the

In Age of Digital Music, Vinyl Gets Second Life in a Brooklyn Factory


In an industrial and uninviting stretch of Brooklyn, near several strip clubs and a factory that makes electrical tubing, Thomas Bernich’s small plant recycles vinyl and preserves a fading piece of history.

In fact, Mr. Bernich’s workplace in Sunset Park is one of the few of its kind in New York City and in the country.

Inside the one-story, red-brick factory on 42nd Street, boxes of discarded albums from used-record stores are piled high on wooden pallets, awaiting their end and a new beginning

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i loved this article, well written and i can get the vibe, love record conventions (when i can afford to go! because i never leave empty-handed!)

Discology 101

At the SCAD Record Fair, a new generation gets hip to vinyl

By Bill DeYoung

Video killed the radio star, the compact disc killed the vinyl record, downloading killed the compact disc.

Vinyl, once thought to be as extinct as the passenger pigeon, is making a surprise comeback. According to Nielsen's SoundScan, vinyl record sales have increased significantly over the past four years. In 2009, 2.5 million albums were sold in this country, up from 1.88 million in 2008.

Back in 2001, when the CD reigned supreme, the numbers for vinyl barely registered at all.

At last weekend's third Savannah Record Fair, hundreds of young people - college students, from all appearances, kids who probably weren't even born when those 12-inch slabs of plastic were already starting to disappear from retail racks - combed through boxes and boxes of vintage vinyl LPs. There were very few CDs for sale

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vinyl doing well up north of the border!

Vinyl diehards find their groove

By Ryan Cormier,

EDMONTON — Dwight Young has collected records since 1964, since the night his Mother marched him to a neighbour’s television to watch the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. He was six years old.

As he flicks through albums in fruit crates, elbow-to-elbow with fellow collectors, Young has never lost his love for the needle and vinyl.

“There’s just something about the sound of vinyl, especially the originals, there’s just something magical about it,” he said Sunday at the Edmonton Music Collectors Show.

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great story about the seminal band and what it means to other musicians:

Slash, Korn, Slayer, Slipknot, Anthrax, Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, Five Finger Death Punch, Michelle Rodriguez and More Talk When They Discovered Metallica

Every hard rock fan has a Metallica story.

There was that moment of discovery either via a friend who had already seen the light, the radio, MTV back when they actually played music videos, the Heshers in the last row of math class, or one of the million VH1 specials about the band. There's nothing quite like the first time hearing Metallica either. It's life-changing for anyone who keeps themselves open to the music. No one will ever forget seeing the music video for "One", hearing the intro to "Enter Sandman", or falling under Master of Puppets' spell. Even for people who aren't fans, the first Metallica experience is paramount. However, for those of us who get it (and there are millions upon millions worldwide), it's a landmark moment.

Given the significance of discovering Metallica and with The Big Four taking over Indio next Saturday April 23, editor and Dolorauthor Rick Florino spoke to numerous musicians and celebrities about the first time they heard Metallica and what the band means to them.

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Topshelf Records Release Debut LP From By Surprise

Topshelf Records has announced the debut 12" from By Surprise (Haddon Heights, NJ), "Mountain Smashers," is now available. First pressing of the vinyl will be limited to 500 (400 Black and 100 Smoke).

Safely guarded behind four pairs of glasses and an arsenal of awkward tendencies, the members of By Surprise have spent an equal amount of time combing through the forgotten dust-filled grooves of 7-inch records released during the '90s indie label boom, as they have with the off-beat and inspirational works of Henry David Thoreau, Jack Kerouac, and Douglas Adams.



Grimey’s Vinyl Best Sellers 4/4 - 4/10/2011

1. Amos Lee – Mission Bell
2. The Kills – Blood Pressures
3. The Raveonettes – Raven In The Grave
4. Panda Bear – Surfer’s Hymn 7"
5. D Watusi – Summer Nights 7"
6. Warpaint – The Fool
7. War On Drugs – Future Weather
8. War On Drugs – Wagonwheel Blues
9. Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose
10. Radiohead – King Of Limbs
11. Paperhead – Paperhead
12. The Strokes – Angles
13. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
14. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Live In London
15. Diarrhea Planet – Aloha 7"
16. The National – Boxer
17. Burial – Street Halo 12"
18. The Residents – Meet The Residents
19. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Scandalous
20. Hunx & His Punx – Too Young To Be In Love
21. Natural Child – White Man’s Burden 7"
22. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
23. Spacemen 3 – Take Me To The Other Side
24. Brian Eno – Another Green World
25. My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves


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Top 10 Records at ShopRadioCast for the week of April 11 – April 18, 2011:

1.  Rise Against / Face To Face Split 7″
2.  Deftones – Adrenaline LP
3.  Blink 182 – Dude Ranch LP (EXCLUSIVE Clear Green)
4.  Deftones – Around The Fur LP
5.  The Menzingers – Chamberlain Waits LP
6.  La Dispute / Koji – Never Come Undone LP
7.  Fake Problems – Songs For Teenagers 7″
9.  Silverstein – Rescue
10. NOFX/The Spits 7″


this just amazes me, maybe because i don't have a cell phone taped to my ear (heck, i don't even own one!). a program or 'app' that attempts to recreate the sound of a vinyl record playing your favorite song. and it sells......go figure....

VinylLove enhances your music with gramophone record crackle and pops

The fondest memories of my childhood involve listening to my uncle’s vinyl record collection (gramophone records we used to call them). A few decades later, our music is delivered as crystal clear digital files, but many audiophiles (rightfully) point out that digital lacks the warmth, depth and texture of analogue.

If that wasn’t the case, there would be no cottage industry of limited vinyl releases for niche markets such as DJing, audiophiles, hobbyists, etc. You’d think that in the 21st century there would be an app to recreate the magic of vinyl. Enter VinylLove, an iPad music player from Swedish developers Color Monkey and BinaryPeak.

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pitchfork has this great album cover:

Thee Oh Sees Announce New Album

The San Franciscan garage-punk noisemakers Thee Oh Sees have been steadily cranking out slabs of messy psychedelic spaz for years. Their new album comes just a year after their last one, Warm Slime, and a few months after the band knocked me on my ass at SXSW. The 16-track new album comes bearing the awesome title Castlemania, and In the Red will release it on June 14. That's the cover art above.


i love the cover art!


and in music history for the day:

Gene Autry recorded "Back in the Saddle Again" in 1939.

The Neil Young movie "Journey Through the Past" debuted at the Dallas Film Festival in 1973.

Alice Cooper's first TV special, "Welcome To My Nightmare: The Making Of A Record Album" aired in 1975.

In 1981, Yes temporarily split up when bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White left the group to rehearse with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame. The intended super group never got off the ground and Yes would reform 2½ years later, releasing "90125", which contained the number 1 single, "Owner of a Lonely Heart".

In 1984, Michael Jackson went into surgery in Los Angeles. Doctors performed scalp surgery to repair damage done after Jackson's hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial on January 27

In 1985, Liberace grossed more than $2,000,000 for his engagement at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. He broke his own record of $1.6 million.

Also in 1985 - Wham! became the first Western act to release a pop album, "Make It Big," in China.

In 1988, the Motown song writing team of Holland-Dozier-Holland is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. what took them so long???

The album "Twice Shy" was released in 1989 by Great White.

In 1997, Bernard Edwards, bass guitarist for Chic, died of pneumonia in a Tokyo Hotel room while touring Japan. He had also worked with Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Debbie Harry, Air Supply, Rod Stewart and many others.

In 2006, a sale of clothing owned by Elton John raised more than $700,000 for the singer's AIDS charity. Over 10,000 pieces were sold during a five-day sale in New York City at the specially-created shop, Elton's Closet, at New York's Rockefeller Centre.

celebrating birthdays today include Mike Vickers of Manfred Mann (1941) and Mark Thomas Tremonti of Creed (1974), among others.

Top Monthly Vinyl Record Sales on eBay April 2010 - March 2011

as always, a special thank you to norm and jane at vinyl record talk for compiling this interesting data.  be sure to stop by and listen to their weekly radio show, this should be an interesting week!

April 2010 / LP - Queen "The Works" Red Vinyl Columbia - $9,000.00

May 2010 / 45 - Elvis Presley "That's All Right" / "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" Sun 209 - $10,987.00

June 2010 / LP - Fresh Blueberry Pancake "Heavy" Private Press Psych - $7,000.00

July 2010 / 45 - The Beatles "Love Me Do" / "P.S. I Love You" Parlophone UK Promo - $9,788.13

August 2010 / LP - Bob Dylan "Blood On The Tracks" Test Pressing - $8,000.00

September 2010 / 12" - Led Zeppelin “Road Box” Test Pressing - $6,100.00

October 2010 / LP - The Beatles IBC Studio Acetate - $7,966.00

November 2010 / 78 - Robert Johnson "Me & The Devil Blues" / "Little Queen Of Spades" Vocalion 04108 - $12,100.00

December 2010 / LP - Nirvana "Hormoaning" Clear Marbled Blue Red Purple Press - $7039.36

January 2010 / LP - The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone UK Gold Black label 1st Stereo - $8,238.88

February 2010 / LP - Annlies Schmidt "Bach: 6 Suites for Cello Alone" Ducretet-Thomson 300 C 043/4/5 - $11,212.00

March 2010 / LP - The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone UK Bold Black labet 1st Stereo - $13,351.38

The top seller for the year again comes from The Beatles, and its the same record as last year at almost the same price. Low numbered "White Albums" got the top spot in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 and 2011 its the "Please Please Me" 1st Stereo press that is the #1 record both years, both selling in the month of March.

Absent from this year's annual list is any single Northern Soul single. In fact only one "fetish" item made the list this year, a Psych LP from Baltimore band Blueberry Pancake. All other records came from the gods themselves, with The Beatles taking the top spot four of twelve months.

More about this and other related vinyl record news at Vinyl Record Talk

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 04/16/2011

A day after The Beatles get the top price of the year on the Top 5, a Sex Pistols acetate bids higher than any record since December 2008 (a low numbered "White Album" that sold for $30k). The Beatles have gotten the top spot on the annual list for all four of the years I've been doing the Top 5, so it'll be interesting to see if a piece of Beatles vinyl beats out the Sex Pistols in the coming year.

1. 10" - Sex Pistols "God Save The Queen" Acetate - $23,805.30

2. LP - Elvis Presley "Speedway" RCA LPM-3989 Mono SEALED - $3,999.00

3. LP - Leonid Kogan "Beethoven Violin Concerto" Columbia SAX 2386 UK Pressing - $3,383.00

4. LP - Hank Mobley self titled Blue Note 1568 - $3,340.00

5. LP - Jaques Dumont Bach Sonata & Partitas Belvedre - $3,228.00

More on this week's top 5 on Vinyl Record Talk, Tuesday 8:00PM Eastern / 5:00PM Pacific on Radio Dentata.

Collecting the British Invasion, from the Beatles to the Sex Pistols: An Interview with Stephen M. H. Braitman

hope to be working more with, a site that is dedicated to collecting. here is a great article and interview with famed music appraiser steven m h braitman:

By Dean Schaffer

Stephen M. H. Braitman has had a lifelong love affair with music, and has more than 20,000 vinyl records to prove it. In this interview, he discusses the British Invasion from a collector’s perspective, and explores the evolution of the technology behind the tunes—from 78s to 45s to LPs, from mono to stereo to quadrophonic. Braitman, who is both a music appraiser and collector, can be reached via his website,

I was a Hollywood kid. My father was a TV and radio editor in the San Fernando Valley, and he allowed me to do my first writing to review concerts and shows for the newspaper. By 16 I was going to the Troubadour every week and reviewing all the acts—Joni Mitchell, Poco, Neil Young, Pentangle, Tim Buckley, all of them. I had a lot of friends in high school who really appreciated my being able to take them to the clubs for free.

The Idle Race was Jeff Lynne's Beatles-influenced group before he joined the Move and Electric Light Orchestra. This German single is from 1967

But as a younger kid, I really hated rock ’n’ roll music and pop music, and I disliked the Beatles and all that. I have a younger sister who was a total Beatlemaniac. She started getting into the ’60s scene, but I was more influenced at that time by my father’s interest in classical music.

I was, however, interested in the phenomenon, and it was fun to see what was going on, even though I was a classical-music snob. I mostly listened to Romantic music, but also getting into the 20th century, the Second Viennese School, Schoenberg and Webern. I loved Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and George Gershwin.

I recall the first time I heard the Beatles song “We Can Work It Out”—that changed my whole idea about whether this music was really worth spending any time with. That song is rather complex in terms of harmonic structure, and that just set me off. I think that shows the influence of classical music on my tastes in pop music.

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