Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

with the 2011 version of record store day in the books, the sales figures are fantastic and the day was a celebration, not only in vinyl, but the physical record store. too bad that it is just one day, as people go about their business and forget they have a record store that needs thier business.  i love the concept of rsd, however, it has its flaws.  even though rsd is denouncing the sale of these 'special releases' on eBay, the fact is there is money to be made by flipping and they can't stop it.  still, my humble opinion stays the same - the CVR blog will always support record store day!

this from the rsd site:

A brief note of thanks to everyone who went out and supported their local record stores this weekend. We hope you had a great time, and that it made you resolve to visit again and again (even though we know there are a ton of you who already do that!) We never dreamed that our little party would become so loved, or so big. We appreciate all the kind words, and we even appreciate all the constructive criticism. Nothing in this world is perfect, and nothing that involves so many diverse people will ever make them all completely happy. But know that we are learning where we can and that we remain true to the mission that’s been behind Record Store Day from the start: Celebrating the culture of the record store. They are such a good thing to have around.

a hearty thank you to the folks at rsd for, again, surpassing all expectations. here's to next year!


1. Chris Brown : F.A.M.E.
2. Jennifer Hudson : I Remember Me
3. Adele : 21
4. The Strokes : Angles
5. Kirk Franklin : Hello Fear
6. Various : Songs For Japan
7. Panic At The Disco : Vices and Virtues
8. Mumford and Sons : Sigh No More
9. Bobby V : Fly On The Wall
10. Lupe Fiasco : Lasers

1. Katy Perry feat. Kanye West : E.T.
2. Rihanna : S&M
3. Cee Lo Green : Fuck You
4. Lady Gaga : Born This Way
5. Black Eyed Peas : Just Can't Get Enough
6. Wiz Khalifa : No Sleep
7. Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes : Look At Me Now
8. Pink : Fucking Perfect
9. Jeremih feat. 50 Cent : Down On Me
10. Jennifer Lopez : On The Floor

1. Adele : 21
2. Katy B : On A Mission
3. Adele : 19
4. Rihanna : Loud
5. Jessie J. : Who You Are
6. The Overtones : Good Ol' Fashioned Love
7. Michael Buble : Crazy Love
8. Bruno Mars : Doo-Wops & Holligans
9. Elbow : Build A Rocket Boys
10. Glasvegas : Euphoric Heartbreak

1. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull : On The Floor
2. LMFAO : Party Rock Anthem
3. Adele : Someone Like You
4. Black Eyed Peas : Just Can't Get Enough
5. Katy Perry : E.T.
6. Mann : Buzzin
7. Nicole Scherzinger : Don't Hold Your Breath
8. Wiz Khalifa : Black and Yellow
9. Snoop Dogg : Sweat
10. Jessie J feat. B.o.B. : Price Tag

1. Take That : Progress
2. Rihanna : Loud
3. Bruce Springsteen : The Promise
4. Shakira : Sale El Sol
5. Pink : Greatest Hits ... So Far
6. Bon Jovi : Greatest Hits
7. James Blunt : Some Kind Of Trouble
8. Susan Boyle : The Gift
9. Kings Of Leon : Come Around Sundown
10. JLS : Outta This World

1. Adele : Rolling In the Deep
2. Bruno Mars : Grenade
3. Lady Gaga : Born This Way
4. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull : On The Floor
5. Rihanna : S&M
6. Black Eyed Peas : Just Can't Get Enough
7. Taio Cruz : Higher
8. Martin Solveig : Hello
9. Jessie J. feat. B.o.B. : Price Tag
10. David Guetta feat. Rihanna : Who's That Chick


ear X-tacy’s Top 25 Vinyl Sales 4/11 - 4/17/2011 (including RSD11)

1. My Morning Jacket “Circuital“
2. Young Widows “In & Out of Youth & Lightness“
3. Foo Fighters “Medium Rare“
4. Off!”Live at Generation R…“
5. Black Angels “Another Nice Pair“
6. Jason Isbell “Here We Rest“
7. Black Angels “Phosgene Nightmare“
8. Mumford & Sons “Dharohar Project Etc“
9. Bonnie Prince Billy “Must Be Blind“
10. My Morning Jacket “It Still Moves” pic disc
11. My Morning Jacket “Z” pic disc
12. My Morning Jacket “Evil Urges” pic disc
13. Foo Fighters “Wasting Light“
14. Television “Live @ the Old Waldorf“
15. Radiohead “King of Limbs“
16. Bob Dylan “Live in Concert“
17. Elliott “US Songs“
18. V/A “Local Customs: Pressed at Boddie“
19. Ray Lamontagne “Live, Fall 2010“
20. James Blake “s/t”(*CIMS)
21. Panda Bear “Tomboy“
22. Syd Barrett “An Introduction to Syd Barrett“
23. TV on the Radio “Nine Types of Light“
24. Deftones “Covers“
25. Kings of Leon “Holy Roller Novocaine“


APOSTASY: 'Nuclear Messiah' Cover Artwork Unveiled

The cover artwork for "Nuclear Messiah", the forthcoming third album from Swedish death/black metallers APOSTASY, can be viewed below. The artwork was created by Raphael Gabrio, a talented artist from Brazil.

"Nuclear Messiah" will be released this spring/summer via Gothenburg, Sweden's Rambo Music, a division of Gain Music Entertainment (which is distributed and partly owned by Sony Music).

Read the rest at Blabbermouth.com


i kinda like this cenataur approach to cover art, but that's about it (i wouldn't know a lady gaga song from a britney spears song...or if they even sound alike)

Lady Gaga Releases ‘Born This Way’ Album Cover Art

Lady Gaga is a half-motorcycle, half-woman, singing machine on the cover of her new album she calls, 'Born This Way!'

According to MTV News, the pop sultress unveiled the new cover art for Born This Way on Twitter on Saturday.

Her head appears at the front of motorcycle and her arms are the front forks on the cover art by Nick Knight, which is in black and white except for her red lips.


now this is what i call album cover art, one that makes your imagination work overtime....

Ipsissimus Reveal Tracklisting and Artwork

The New Haven, CT based blasphemers IPSISSIMUS have revealed the coverart and tracklisting for the bands Metal Blade Records debut.

Drummer Haimatokharmes fills us in on the artwork and layout for The Way of Descent: "IPSISSIMUS is very pleased to present the artwork for our upcoming Metal Blade debut, The Way of Descent. The cover, by Brooklyn, NY artist Micki Pellerano (www.mickipellerano.wordpress.com) features all manner of ritual act, executed by man and beast, conjuring an apparition of the Egyptian fertility goddess Hathor. (IPSISSIMUS heartily endorses procreation as well as annihilation). I might add that the inlay features a 'Satanic Seraph' design, conceived by myself while reading the Niebelungenslied on a train in Rhein-Westphalia, brilliantly executed by artist Michel Jansen, of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (I liked this so much it's now on my drum head!) Finally, the layout was designed by Alessandra Benedetti, Brooklyn artist, editor of Heartworm Press (www.theheartworm.com), and designer of 23 WLVS Press, who did a top-notch job on very little notice in giving the album a dirty yet unified look."


and in music history for today:

In 1965, The film The T.A.M.I. Show (Teen Age Music International) featuring a star list of performers, including The Rolling Stones, James Brown, The Supremes, The Miracles, and Chuck Berry, opened in Britain to limited distribution under the title Teenage Command Performance. The movie would not be properly released in the U.K. until the following year.

In 1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left.

In 1974, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appeared at the State Theatre, New Brunswick, New Jersey. The gig was unadvertised by the promoter, who gambled that word-of-mouth would be enough to fill the 550-seat venue, but only 250 people attended.

In 1980, 32-year old vocalist Brian Johnson replaced the late Bon Scott in AC/DC.

R.E.M. played their first show under the name R.E.M in 1980.

In 1980, Blondie scores their second Billboard number one hit with "Call Me", a song featured in the Richard Gere movie American Gigolo. The track was also a #1 in the UK.

In 1982, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunite for a European tour after the success of their New York Central Park concert the year before. Tensions between the pair cause them to split again before they can tour the US and by the time the album they were working on came out 18 months later, all traces of Garfunkel's contributions had been electronically removed.

In 2003, the oldest working musician in Britain, Conrad Leonard, died at the age of 104. Had worked with Cole Porter, Petula Clark and the BBC.

and in 2010, a week after Catholic Church officials published an article in the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper that said they forgive John Lennon's remarks about The Beatles being "bigger than Jesus", Ringo Starr rejected their forgiveness. The newspaper's editors had written, "The Beatles said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic... (but) what would Pop music be like without the Beatles?" Ringo was unimpressed and replied "Didn't the Vatican say we were Satanic or possibly Satanic? And they've still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they've got more to talk about than the Beatles." welll said ringo.....

birthday wishes to Mark Volman from The Turtles (1947) and Alan Price of the Animals, who turns a young 69 today

Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection, the Records That Made the Legend Presented in Their Original Mono Mixes, Available Everywhere Tuesday, April 26

i know, i know this blog is about vinyl.  however, being a huge fan of roy orbison, i would like to get this package, he was a master at his craft and has one of the most unique voices in all of music:

Orbison's 75th Birthday Year Celebrated With Definitive Legacy Recordings Release of Timeless Rock & Roll Classics

NEW YORK, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is providing the cornerstone for a number of campaigns and celebrations commemorating the 75th birthday (April 23, 1936) year of Roy Orbison with the long-awaited release of Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection, a 2 CD/1 DVD set including all the A&B sides recorded by Orbison for the groundbreaking Monument label during an electrifying sustained aesthetic peak running from 1960-1964.

Restored to pristine monaural sound for the first time since their original 7" vinyl releases, Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection brings The Big O's classic core catalog into the digital age without compromising the integrity or the intensity of the original master recordings.

Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection, a 2 CD/1 DVD set, will be available everywhere Tuesday, April 26, 2011, the week of Orbison's 75th birthday. Roy Orbison - The Monument A-Sides will also be available on a single CD.

The 75th birthday commemorative release of Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection includes the first-ever DVD release of Orbison performing nine songs from "The Monument Concert 1965," including the official video for "Oh, Pretty Woman," digitally restored for especially for this collection.

An exclusive limited edition 7" vinyl single, featuring the mono mix of "Only The Lonely" and a previously unreleased live recording of "Oh, Pretty Woman," is available at independent record stores nationwide in celebration of Record Store Day 2011.

On April 17, TouchTunes Interactive Networks, the largest interactive in-venue entertainment network in North America, will promote a Roy Orbison 75th birthday playlist on 30,000 of its digital jukeboxes nationwide.

AOL Music will premiere the newly created official "Oh, Pretty Woman - 2011" video on its online Spinner site on Tuesday, April 19 and will begin streaming the full Monument Singles - A Sides album the week of release.

On April 29, 2011, in celebration of Orbison's 75th birthday year, the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit, Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock-n-Roll, an exploration of the life and legacy of the music legend and cultural touchstone. Beginning April 19, Orbison fans can register for weekly ticket giveaways to the Grammy Museum Weekly at RoyOrbison.com and Facebook.com/royorbison.

As part of the Roy Orbison 75th birthday celebration, Starbucks will offer its own Roy Orbison Starbucks OPUS collection, a career-spanning 16 track anthology of essential tracks from 1958-1989. The Roy Orbison OPUS collection will be available exclusively at Starbucks beginning May 10, 2011.

A select variety of tracks from Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection will be streamed on Rolling Stone's online site.

Beginning April 26, Harmonix will offer a three-pack of songs from Roy Orbison in the Rock Band 3 Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™. Roy Orbison: 75th Birthday Pack will feature "Blue Bayou", "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" and "Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)".

Available on Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation®3 system (April 26):

•Roy Orbison – "Blue Bayou"
•Roy Orbison – "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)"
•Roy Orbison – "Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)"

(All tracks are original master recordings)
(These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation®3 system April 27)

These tracks will be available for purchase as "Roy Orbison: 75th Birthday Pack" as well as individual tracks on Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 system and Wii.

"Orbison...transcended all the genres--folk, country, rock and roll or just about anything. His stuff mixed all the styles and some that hadn't even been invented yet.... He sounded like he was singing from an Olympian mountaintop and he meant business."  - Bob Dylan, Chronicles Vol. 1

"Roy's ballads were always best when you were alone in the dark. They were scary. His voice was unearthly... I always wanted to sing like Roy Orbison..." - Bruce Springsteen

"... Roy Orbison! It was only because we were with Roy Orbison that we were there at all. He was definitely top of the bill... What a beacon in the southernmost gloom. The amazing Roy Orbison."
- Keith Richards, Life

"Roy the singer, people talk about him all the time, everyone curtsies to the voice, and so they should. The thing people don't talk about enough as far as I'm concerned is how innovative this music was, how radical in terms of its songwriting. As I become more interested in songwriting, you hit a wall where Roy Orbison is standing."  - Bono, 1999

A small independent record label enjoying modest successes in the late 1950s, Monument Records grew to become a major force in American rock and roll, country, jazz and rhythm & blues, its label identity synonymous with its biggest star, Roy Orbison. Other artists on the Monument label have included Kris Kristofferson, Boots Randolph, Dolly Parton, Ray Stevens, Tony Joe White, Charlie McCoy, Willie Nelson and others.

Best recognized around the world for his otherworldly voice and black sunglasses. Roy Orbison was both rock & roll pioneer and prototypical singer-songwriter, beginning with his first high school band (the Wink Westerners/Teen Kings) and shifting into mass consciousness in the 1960s with a string of singles for the Monument label that defined an artist and helped launch a label.

Orbison – along with a short list that included Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins – was one of the undisputed originators and architects of rock & roll at Sam Phillips' Sun Records. Orbison cut his first chart hit (it reached #1 on the local charts), "Ooby Dooby," for Sun in 1956, staying with the label for two years before a brief stint at RCA in 1958.

Roy Orbison signed with the newly emerging independent label Monument Records in mid-1959. While his second single for Monument, "Uptown," became his biggest hit as a performer since "Ooby Dooby," it was Orbison's third single for the label, "Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)," which announced to the world the true artistry of Roy Orbison. The song peaked #2 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, crossed over to #14 on the Billboard Black Singles chart, and rocketed up to #1 on the UK charts.

Orbison followed up the breakthrough with a pair of respectfully charting singles – "Blue Angel" (#9 Pop, #23 Black) and "I'm Hurtin'" (#27 Pop) – before knocking it out of the park with "Running Scared'," his first USA #1 Pop.

After that came an unbroken four-year string of Top 40 Hits – "Crying," "Candy Man," "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)," "Working for the Man," "Leah," "In Dreams," "Pretty Paper," "Blue Bayou," " Mean Woman Blues," "It's Over" – during which Roy Orbison became America's top-selling recording artist and one of the world's most celebrated entertainers.

Orbison played shows with Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Jimmy Page, the Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, Chris Isaak, and many, many others, the man and music leaving a deep impact on them all. The monumental 1963 Roy Orbison World Tour, which featured Patsy Cline (in the weeks before her death) as a support act in the states, helped break the then-rising Beatles (Orbison fans themselves who'd recorded Roy's hit "Dream Baby" for a BBC radio broadcast in 1962) when they played support on the European leg of the tour. Orbison's profound musical and emotional influences may be heard in early Beatles singles (e.g. "Love Me Do" after "Candy Man," "Please Please Me" after "Only The Lonely," "Daytripper" after "Oh, Pretty Woman").

Roy Orbison was one of the few established hit-makers from the late 1950s and early 1960s to not only hold his ground, but to actually increase his popularity in the wake of the British Invasion. He maintained his popularity through music which displayed an extraordinary variety of themes, structure, tempo and rhythm and an authentic, emotional connection that transcended mere craft, exemplified in his signature classic, "Oh, Pretty Woman," recorded on August 1st, 1964. Written by Orbison with his new writing partner Bill Dees, "Oh, Pretty Woman" became Roy's biggest hit and is one of the most recognized and popular songs of all time. Released in August 1964 in the US and in September of that year in the UK, the song hit the #1 slot in virtually every country in the world where people had record players, selling some seven million copies that year.

And this was only the beginning...

Ahead of Roy were 23 world tours, 12 albums for MGM, his starring role in the 1967 MGM feature film "The Fastest Guitar Alive," the 1988 all-star Cinemax special "Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night," The Traveling Wilburys (with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne), the Class of '55 reunion album (with Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins), television appearances on "Saturday Night Live" and "Austin City Limits," his 1988 Mystery Girl album, the 1992 posthumous collection King of Hearts (produced by Jeff Lynne), the posthumous hit singles "You Got It" and "I Drove All Night," not to mention lawsuits, deaths, fires, tragedies, and Grammy awards.

When Roy Orbison died in 1988, he had two albums in the Billboard Top 5. In 1990, the Pretty Woman soundtrack topped the charts. In 2010, Roy Orbison got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Capitol Records Building alongside John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Garth Brooks.


Disc One: The A-Sides

2.Only The Lonely
3.Blue Angel
4.I'm Hurtin'
5.Running Scared
8.Let The Good Times Roll
9.Blue Bayou
10.Dream Baby
11.The Crowd
12.Working For The Man
13.In Dreams
15.It's Over
16.Oh, Pretty Woman

Bonus Tracks:

1.Pretty Paper
2.(Say) You're My Girl
3.Paper Boy

Disc Two: The B-Sides

1.Pretty One
2.Here Comes That Song Again
3.Today's Teardrops
4.I Can't Stop Loving You
5.Love Hurts
6.Summer Song
7.Candy Man
8.Mean Woman Blues
9.The Actress
13.Distant Drums
14.Indian Wedding
15.Yo Te Amo Maria
16.Only With You

Bonus Tracks:

1.Beautiful Dreamer
2.Sleepy Hollow
3.With The Bug

The Monument Concert - DVD

1.Only the Lonely
2.Running Scared
4.What'd I Say
5.Dream Baby
6.Mean Woman Blues
7.It's Over
8.Oh, Pretty Woman

Twitter @RoyOrbison

SOURCE Legacy Recordings