Thursday, April 21, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

The Rentals Release Vinyl Record To Benefit Disaster Relief Efforts In Japan

In an effort to help sustain awareness of the recent devastation in Japan and to help raise money for its relief efforts The Rentals have teamed up with the American Red Cross - Los Angeles Region and Ernest Jenning Record Co. to announce the release of "Resilience," an album featuring 18 orchestral compositions written, arranged and performed by Lauren Chipman and Matt Sharp (former bassist and original founding member of Weezer).

All profits from the sale of this album will go directly to the disaster relief efforts in Japan. On May 3, the album will be available instores on CD and 180 gram vinyl



Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing Retires From The Band

British heavy metal icons Judas Priest have announced that KK Downing, one of the founding members of the band, has decided to retire from the group and as a result, will not be taking part in the group's forthcoming Epitath tour. A press release from the band reads as follows:

"It is with regret that Judas Priest announce that K.K. Downing has formally retired from the band and will therefore not be joining them on their forthcoming Epitaph Tour. The band respect his decision and naturally all wish him well.



The Low Anthem, Iron & Wine To Release Split 12" of Daytrotter Sessions

The Low Anthem and Iron & Wine have plans to release a split 12" of their Daytrotter sessions. Only 1000 copies of the limited edition release will be produced, sold exclusively through “mom and pop” record stores, with a few copies available through Daytrotter and the bands’ respective websites.



from the uk, so there is certainly a shortage of us artists (like elvis), however it is a great read:

Top 50 most collectable records

God Save The Queen by the Sex Pistols has been named as the most collectable record of all time in a list of the top 50 purchases for investors interested in putting their money in vinyl.

Below are the singles and albums, which experts from Record Collector magazine believe represent good value for money or are the best examples of a collectable genre.

Read their list at


The White Stripes to release vinyl record

Meg and Jack White have announced that their last ever live performance together will be released as a double vinyl record.  The pair, which makes up popular rock duo The White Stripes, parted ways officially in February this year but their last live performance was actually in 2007.

That live set, performed in Southhaven, Mississippi on July 31, will make up the content of the album, Live in Mississippi. It is being released by Third Man Records


lovely cover art!

Bon Iver To Release Self-Titled Album

Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, has released 50 seconds of music from his upcoming album, complete with a teaser of the cover art. The preview promises more of what we've come to love about Bon Iver - haunting vocal, spare instrumentation and a mellow, wintry guitar sound.

Vernon has released a press statement about the new album - ten songs, self-titled - and "an expanded palette that includes silky electric guitars, beautifully intricate keys, and subtle horn and string sections." Here's a track listing:

1. Perth
2. Minnesota, WI
3. Holocene
4. Towers
5. Michicant
6. Hinnom, TX
7. Wash.
8. Calgary
9. Lisbon, OH
10. Beth/Rest


Jeff Bridges puts Crazy Heart and soul into debut album

Oscar-winning actor to record solo LP with T-Bone Burnett and Roseanne Cash. And Elton John may be involved too ...

by Sean Michaels

He won an Oscar for playing a country singer in Crazy Heart, but now Jeff Bridges is slinging on his guitar in real life, releasing a debut album this summer. The actor will record original songs and at least one Tom Waits classic, with guests including Johnny Cash's daughter, Roseanne.

Blue Note Records announced the LP yesterday, offering few details but promising a late summer release.

Read the rest at


nice story about our past vinyl holiday!

Celebrating the record shop

By Matt Loewen

“Older people get it for nostalgia, and younger people get it because it’s cool again,” said Young Ones employee Katie Gregory about the modern-day affection for vinyl records. “They have a different sound—a warmer sound, aesthetically pleasing—and they’re fun to collect,” Gregory said.

That explains why, according to store co-manager Mark Goodwin, this year’s new stock of music for Record Store Day was “probably around 90 percent vinyl.”

Read the rest at


and in new hampshire, the news is great for vinyl lovers!

New record stores open in Portsmouth and Dover

Vinyl enthusiasts had a couple of extra options to choose from on Record Store Day, April 16, as two new record stores recently opened on the Seacoast. SkeleTone Records and Alternative Fashion opened in downtown Portsmouth in February, and Spun opened its doors in Dover in April.

Read the rest at



Ames musicians create vinyl record label

By Dylan Boyle
Ames247 writer

Local vinyl is coming to Ames and will soon be traveling across the Midwest.

Chris Ford, frontman of Christopher the Conquered, and Nate Logsdon, frontman of Mumford’s, have joined forces with several other Ames bands to create Maximum Ames Records, a label to help local bands release vinyl records and help with distribution and promotion.

Back in the fall, Logsdon and Ford — both vinyl record enthusiasts — started meeting weekly to discuss projects their bands were working on and expressed interest in releasing their own albums on vinyl.

Read the rest at


and, yes, they did try this, i imagine they worked quite well, as long as the car was parked



and in music history for today:

In 1960, Dick Clark testified before a congressional committee investigating payola. He admitted that he had a financial interest in 27 percent of the records he played on his show in a period of 28 months.

The Beatles debuted at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England in 1961.

In 1963, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones meet for the first time during a Stones performance at the Crawdaddy Club. 'We got all nervous', said Bill Wyman, 'but then we had a chat with them afterwards and stayed up all night rapping and became really good mates.'

In 1965, the Beach Boys appeared on ABC-TV's "Shindig!" and performed "Do You Wanna Dance?"

Elton John made his solo concert debut when he opened for T. Rex in London in 1970.

In 1973, Alice Cooper had the #1 album in the US with "Billion Dollar Babies". The LP also topped the chart in the UK.

Also in 1973, Tony Orlando and Dawn topped both the US and the UK singles chart with "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree". It became the biggest hit of the year, selling over 6 million copies. The song was based on a true story of a prisoner who wrote to his wife asking her to tie a yellow ribbon around an oak tree in the town square in White Oak, Georgia, if she still loved him. still hate the song.....

In 1978, British folk-rock singer Sandy Denny died of a brain hemorrhage after falling down the stairs at a friend's home in London. She was just 31 years old. Denny was one of Britain's most popular singer-songwriters in the early 1970's and was voted top female vocalist in the '70 and '71 Melody Maker polls.

In 1979, Amii Stewart went to #1 on the US singles chart with a remake of Eddie Floyd's 1966 hit, "Knock On Wood."

In 1990, A record setting crowd of 184,000 jammed a soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro to see Paul McCartney's final show of his 33-city tour. The previous record was held by Frank Sinatra, who attracted 175,000 to the same stadium in 1980.

In 2000, Neal Matthews of the Jordanaires died of a heart attack. He sang back-up on Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" and also worked with Ricky Nelson, Marie Osmond, Tom Jones and Merle Haggard.

In 2008, Al Wilson, soul singer and songwriter who had a number of US hits, including "The Snake" in 1968 and the Billboard #1 smash "Show and Tell" in 1974, died of kidney failure at the age of 68.
Robert Smith 1959 - Musician (The Cure)

birthdays wishes to Michael Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies (1959) and Iggy Pop (1947)