Friday, April 22, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

2011 Record Store Day Was the Biggest Yet

Nielsen SoundScan have released the sales data for this year's Record Story Day which took place on Saturday, April 16, 2011. For their accounting, Nielsen SoundScan included sales figures are for the entire week, Monday-Sunday (week ending April 17, 2011) in the U.S.

Their conclusions: 2011 is the most successful Record Store Day yet and independent record stores sold 13% more albums in 2011 vs. 2010 for the week of Record Store Day.

Album sales at independent record stores increased more than 39% over the prior week. Vinyl album sales increased more than 220% at independent record stores. Independent record stores sold nearly 84% of all Vinyl LPs last week.

The top selling vinyl album was Panda Bear's Tomboy, with 7,000 copies sold for the week.

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Gardens Set To Release Self-Titled Debut On Alive Records This May

Raised on a diet of Terrence Mckenna, The Beatles, Syd Barrett, Nirvana and Turkish psychedelic music, Gardens is part of the new sound of Detroit. Formed by Matthew Mueller, Jeffrey Thomas, Julian Spradlin and Vincent Mazzola, they have already released a couple of singles and cassettes, and toured the country, sharing the stage with the likes of Brimstone Howl, Thee Oh Sees, Detroit Cobras, Akron Family and Tyvek, to name just a few. Gardens is their debut album, produced and engineered by Chris Koltay (Akron Family, Dirtbombs, SSM) at High Bias recordings. Gardens will be in-stores May 10th through Alive Records on CD, limited edition green vinyl with digital download and digital formats.

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Christian rockers, Stryper, release covers album

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There are two words that by themselves attract followers around the world. Put together, they seem to alienate one side or the other — Christian rock.

Christian rock has been around since the '60s but few bands have achieved the type of mainstream success Stryper has. To this day, their 1986 record, "To Hell With the Devil," is the best-selling Christian rock album of all time, eventually selling more than 2 million copies.

Staples on MTV in the '80s, Stryper never had a problem fitting in with contemporaries such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, and there's an easy explanation.

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Brian Eno's "Drums Between Bells" Out July 5th

Influential producer Brian Eno will be release his new album Drums Between the Bells via Warp Records on July 5th. The record, which features words by poet Rick Holland, will be released as a hardback book with two CDs, as well as CD-only, vinyl and digital download


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Karma To Burn Extremely Limited Vinyl

Napalm Records are set to release the brand new Karma To Burn 12″ vinyl titled, “V”. The vinyl is strictly limited to 250 copies and is due out June 7, 2011.

Death Cab – Codes and Keys Vinyl

Details have been posted for Death Cab For Cutie’s new album, “Codes and Keys“. The vinyl will be released as a 180 gram double via Barsuk Records. Release date is May 31


MY DYING BRIDE: 'Evinta' Deluxe Edition Detailed

2010 marked the 20th anniversary of U.K. doom metal legends MY DYING BRIDE. To commemorate two decades of doom and gloom from the elite British act, the band embarked upon a special project to re-work familiar melodies and themes from its extensive catalogue into long, flowing symphonic compositions, incorporating new vocals and passages from vocalist, Aaron Stainthorpe. These arrangements have been brought to life in co-operation with keyboard maestro Johnny Maudling (of BAL-SAGOTH fame), as well as a clutch of talented classical musicians, and shared vocals courtesy of professional opera singer Lucie Roche. The collection — titled "Evinta" — will be released on May 31 via Peaceville Records as a two-disc set and deluxe three-disc edition with 64-page book inspired by MY DYING BRIDE's illustrious recordings of the past two decades.

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ALICE COOPER Producer BOB EZRIN Talks About 'Old School' Box Set (Video)

Due in June, the original Alice Cooper group box set comes in a commemorative 12-inch square "school desk" box and includes:

** Four CDs from the years 1964-1974:

- Disc 1: Demos, rarities, live, and advertisements
- Disc 2: Demos from "Muscle Of Love", a pre-production of songs from "School's Out",1973 Madison Square Garden live track, and advertisements.
- Disc 3: Spoken word
- Disc 4: Live show of the 1971 "Killer" tour in St. Louis

* DVD (single disc in Amaray case) with three never-before-seen features (over two hours)

64-page, full-color yearbook style book with hard front and back cover:

- Period pictures of all band members, many never before seen
- Book written by Lonn Friend, a well-known heavy metal journalist

Gatefold folder containing:

- Two tour programs
- Ticket stubs
- Set list
- Five prints

* Bootleg Vinyl: 1971 "Killer" live show in St. Louis
* Seven-inch vinyl: Songs "Wonder Whose Lovin' Her Now" and "Lay Down & Die, Goodbye" from The Nazz
* Immediate download of the "Elected" music video ( exclusive) — available as a M4V or MOV download as soon as you complete the pre-order transaction.

Price: $260.00


Punk Rock Bowling Tournament And Music Fest Add Late Night Club Shows

The 13th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival taking place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30) in downtown Las Vegas just got even bigger. Organizers have announced plans for a string of late night shows that will take place at four venues throughout Downtown Las Vegas, Friday-Sunday night over Memorial Day Weekend. Bands such as Fishbone, The Muffs, Ill Repute, Guttermouth, Buck O Nine, Swingin' Utters, Stephen Egerton of the Descendents, Old Man Markley, Manic Hispanic, Cadillac Tramps, Skatalites + Joe Sib's one man show, California Calling and many others.

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Wilco Announces New Single, Talks New Record

By Max Blau

For much of 2011, Wilco have spent their time not only as musicians, but also as entrepreneurs. The Chicago rockers launched dBpm Records back in January and will be running Solid Sound Festival once again this year. Now, the group will make their first dBpm Records release, unsurprisingly, a Wilco single.

The 7” vinyl will promote the forthcoming single “I Might” along with a cover of Nick Lowe’s “I Love My Label.”



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Friends share love of vinyl by opening Ribbon Records

By Danielle Hatch

PEORIA — Peorian Dan Plaag has been collecting music since he was a kid. It started with a CD of Led Zeppelin’s “Four,” and his collection eventually expanded to include vinyl records — more than 2,000 of them.

“I was always fascinated with records, how the sound could be coming off this little piece of plastic with a needle,” said Plaag, 27, who works as an electrician.

His love of records — and fondness for the hunt that goes along with the collector’s lifestyle — prompted him to start Ribbon Records, a vinyl consignment shop in the Murray Building Downtown. He runs the store with friend Noah Lambert



Spotlight: A love for vinyl


Kirk Walther gazed into the briefcase of a man known as Warren Peace.

"It's a little warped," said Peace, plucking out a plastic-wrapped parcel from within the leathery confines. "So I'll give it to you for $5."

Walther had done business with the old man, who wore faded jeans and a dirty brown jacket, several times in the past. Most of the time his prices were too high. But that day, at a 1985 Chicago record convention, this offer seemed too good to pass up.

"Deal," said Walther and walked away with an original vinyl copy of the Jimmy Hendrix Experience's Axis: Bold as Love. He later priced the album at more than $2,000.

Walther, who owns the Record Collector, 116 S. Linn St., has made many shrewd deals to make profits in an industry with uncertain futures: FYE and Real Music have closed and left his shop as the only independent music vendor in the Iowa City area.



Rival Sons Posts New Album "Pressure & Time" Artwork

Californian blues-rockers Rival Sons have revealed the cover art for their forthcoming album, "Pressure & Time," which is due to be released on June 20th. The album art was designed by artist Storm Thorgerson. The band is also planning to release a limited edition vinyl version of the album.

Thorgerson discusses the artwork: "I don't think you can be certain what's going on here. To me it's a picture about fear or concern. Here's someone about to descend and doesn't know what they'll face, or where this might lead. So, in his mind he's imagining the action. That's what you see - into his mind, as he focuses on what's about to happen. When he gets to the bottom of the stairs, where does he go? Turn left, right or straight ahead - anything's possible. And I hope this cover will have fans of the band intrigued for a long while. To me, the cover should be part of the album, and not just packaging."

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New Music from TV On The Radio and a classic from Bob Marley

Nine Types Of Light
TV On The Radio
Vinyl: $15.98
FLAC: $11.99
Vinyl + FLAC: $20.98

TV On The Radio returns with another well-constructed mix of rock, funk, pop, and more. 'Nine Types Of Light' continues to build upon what we have come to love from TVOTR.

On a somber note... Just this week (4/20/11), the band's bassist, Gerard Smith, passed away after battling lung cancer. Take this opportunity to celebrate his life and work. He will be missed.

Bob Marley & The Wailers
Vinyl: $19.99

Exodus is undeniably one of the greatest albums of all time. Time Magazine named it the best album of the 20th century for a reason.

With timeless classics like "Jamming," "Waiting In Vain" and "One Love/People Get Ready," Exodus launched Bob Marley into international stardom.

No Bob Marley, reggae, or vinyl collection could be complete without this legendary 12".


Grimey’s Vinyl Best Sellers Record Store Day 2011

This week Grimey’s posts their TOP 50 Vinyl best sellers for the week of Record Store Day

1. Mumford & Sons w/ Laura Marling – Dharohar Project 10″
2. Kings Of Leon – Holy Roller Novocain 10″
3. Justin Townes Earle – Move Over Mama 7″
4. The Civil Wars – Dance Me To The End 7″
5. Matt & Kim – Block After Block 7″
6. Ryan Adams – Class Mythology 7″
7. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues 12″
8. Big Star – 3rd Test Pressing LP
9. Nirvana – Hormoaning 12″
10. The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar 7″
11. Bob Dylan – In Concert: Brandeis University 1963 LP
12. Bruce Springsteen – Gotta Get That Feeling 10″
13. Ray Lamontagne – Live Fall 2010 LP
14. White Stripes – Let’s Shake Hands 7″
15. White Stripes – Lafayette Blues 7″
16. The Velvet Underground – Foggy Notion 7″
17. Jimi Hendrix – Fire 7″
18. Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive 7″
19. Foo Fighters – Medium Rare
20. Gorillaz – The Fall
21. Daft Punk – Tron Legacy: Translucent 10″
22. The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations 10″ 78rpm
23. The Black Angels – Phosgene Nightmare 10″
24. The Black Angels – Another Nice Pair 12″
25. Television – Live At The Old Waldorf LP
26. Sonic Youth – Whore’s Moaning 12″
27. Jenny & Jonny / Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris – Love Hurts 7″
28. The Flaming Lips – Heady Nugs vinyl box set
29. The Grateful Dead – The Grateful Dead mono LP
30. Os Mutantes – Everything Is Possible LP
31. Adele – Rolling In The Deep 10″
32. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma Alt Takes 12″
33. Phish – Two Soundchecks 7″
34. Rome (Danger Mouse/Jack White) – Two Against One 7″
35. Rush – Caravan 7″
36. Fela Kuti – Monday Morning In Lagos 7″
37. The Doors – Riders On The Storm 7″
38. Queen – Keep Yourself Alive 7″
39. The Decemberists – Live At Bull Moose CD
40. Yeasayer – End Blood 12″
41. Grinderman – Palaces Of Montezuma 12″
42. Grinderman – Evil 12″
43. Syd Barrett – An Introduction to Syd Barrett
44. Akron/Family – LP
45. Superchunk / Coliseum split 7″
46. The Clutters – Under Suspicion 7″
47. The Cars – Sad Song 7″
48. Flogging Molly – Don’t Shut ‘Em Down 7″
49. Various – Follow Me Down: Vanguard’s Lost Psychedelic Era LP
50. Mastodon / ZZ Top – Just Got Paid 7″

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and in music history for today:

Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas debut at the Frontier Hotel in 1956.

In 1959, Alan Freed premieres his last Rock 'n' Roll movie, Go Johnny Go, starring Chuck Berry, Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran, Jimmy Cavallo and The Flamingos.

"Wild Thing" by the British band the Troggs was released in the US in 1966.

In 1969, the Carpenters signed with A&M Records, where they will have twenty Billboard Top 40 hits.

Also in 1969, the Who give their first complete live performance of the Rock opera Tommy at a show in Dolton, England.

In 1976, Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" became the first single to sell over 2 million copies.

In 1978, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first appearance as The Blues Brothers on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

Also in 1978, Bob Marley and the Wailers performed at the One Love Peace Concert in Jamaica. It was Marley's first public appearance in Jamaica since being wounded in an assassination attempt a year and a half earlier.

Guns N' Roses released "Patience" in 1989.

In 2003, songwriter Felice Bryant died of cancer. Along with her husband Boudleaux, she wrote The Everly Brothers hits, "Bye Bye Love", "All I Have To Do Is Dream" and "Wake Up Little Susie". Other acts to record their songs include Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Simon And Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, The Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ruth Brown, Cher, R.E.M. and Ray Charles.

birthdays wishes to Glen Campbell (1936) and Peter Frampton (1950)