Tuesday, May 3, 2011

New Vinyl Record Talk Tuesday May 2nd 8pm ET/ 5pm PT

We're back!

Thank you for standing by as we resolved our technical difficulties.

This week we'll play funk from Dennis Coffey and Archie Bell and the Drells plus bring back a rare favorite from Lynn Vernado.

Also with the Beatles featured in this week's poll, news and Top 5, we break out some extra-clean original Beatles on Capitol swirls that are for sale in our store.

In the news, more about the back and forth drama regarding Ringo Starr's birth home, and we ask just what should it take to get a building preserved that in some way was touched by a Beatle. Also, top sellers from the last twelve months and more evidence that vinyl records are here to stay!

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

great interview over at the hollywoodreporter.com (i've always had a secret crush on her!)

Brandi Carlile on Her New Live Album, Admiration for Elton John and Thoughts on Lady Gaga

by Lesley Goldberg

A concert "becomes a Church," says the singer-songwriter, who releases 'Live at Benaroya Hall With the Seattle Symphony' this week.

You could say Brandi Carlile is in a league of her own. A stark contrast to heavily produced pop singers like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Ke$ha, Carlile’s focus is on music over image, history over headlines, grit over glam. In this age of American Idol, when building your audience organically is the hardest route to stardom, the openly gay Carlile did just that with 2007’s "The Story," which broke the Billboard Hot 100 and went on to become a sort of sleeper hit.

Read the interview at hollywoodreporter.com


neat article about record stores in la

Your Favorite Neighborhood Record Stores (Los Angeles, this one’s for you)

by Alexis Justman

On Record Store Day’s Eve I stayed up making a wish list of all the special releases I wanted to snag. On Record Store Day I slept in, because it was so hot outside and I knew people were already camped outside Amoeba’s entrances waiting in line for the special RSD releases of bands like Jimmy Eat World, Jenny and Johnny with Gram Parsons, Big Star, Built to Spill, The White Stripes, Beach Boys, Ryan Adams and more

Read the rest at culturemob.com


cool cover art!

SEVEN WITCHES: New Album Artwork, Track Listing, Release Date Revealed

Many years have passed since the last SEVEN WITCHES album saw the light of day and guitarist/mainman Jack Frost decided it was time to give the fans what they wanted... and brought back James Rivera (HELSTAR) to front the group once again

Read more and get the track list at Blabbermouth


Music for film scored by Paul McCartney to get first proper CD release in July

Paul McCartney's soundtrack for the 1966 film "The Family Way" will be released on CD July 26 by Varèse Sarabande. The new disc will be the first historically accurate and proper release of the music, which has, up till now, been released with added music not directly connected with the original soundtrack.

The music for the film was written by Paul McCartney, performed by session musicians and released in 1966 on Decca Records in the UK and London Records in the U.S.

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Ryan Hewitt Masters Flogging Molly for Vinyl at Bernie Grundman's

New Album "Speed of Darkness" Adds Premium 12" Album Release

Recording engineer Ryan Hewitt booked Bernie Grundman Mastering's disc mastering studio for the vinyl release of Flogging Molly's new album, "Speed of Darkness." Recorded at Echo Mountain Studios, Asheville, NC, and Sonic Ranch, El Paso, TX, the album was digitally mastered at 96K/24-bit for vinyl by Dave Collins at Dave Collins Mastering and at 44.1K/16-bit for CD and online release. Release date May 31, 2011 from Borstal Beat Records.


Elliot Easton: My 12 Most Influential Guitar Recordings

Ellen Barnes

In a celebration of his comeback and his ongoing evolution as a player, Cars guitarist Elliot Easton revealed the dozen guitar recordings that have most influenced his playing in a new interview with MusicRadar.com.

“A great guitar recording is one that influences scores of other guitar players,” said Easton, who will release The Cars’ first album in 24 years, Move Like This, on May 10.

Read more at Gibson.com


and in music history for the day:

In 1939, "Beer Barrel Polka" was recorded by The Andrews Sisters.

In 1958, Alan Freed has trouble on his hands when a brawl breaks out following a Big Beat Show at the Boston Arena. Several of the estimated 5,000 teens in attendance are injured and Freed will later be charged with incitement of a riot and destruction of property.

In 1964, Gerry and the Pacemakers make their US television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show a full month before their first appearance on the Billboard chart with "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying".

In 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded “Voodoo Chile.” It was featured on the Electric Ladyland double album and became a U.K. #1 single on 21st November 1970, two months after the guitarist's death.

In 1968, the Beach Boys begin a 17 date tour of the US with a show in New York. The second half of the concert featured the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who lectured the audience on "spiritual regeneration." The reaction was so negative, more than half of the remaining tour dates were cancelled. Ohmmmmmmm..........

Paul McCartney made his first American stage appearance in 10 years in 1976. The "Wings Over America" tour began in Ft. Worth, TX

In 1978, FM, a film about the struggles of a radio station, debuts in Los Angeles. The soundtrack features Steely Dan, Steve Miller, The Eagles, Neil Young, Billy Joel and Warren Zevon. More people would buy the soundtrack than bothered to see the film.

Dollywood (Dolly Parton's theme park) opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 1986.

Also in 1986, Robert Palmer went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Addicted To Love,” it made #5 in the U.K. Palmer originally recorded the song as a duet with Chaka Khan but due to contractual problems her voice was removed.

The late James Brown was born in 1933.

birthdays today include Pete Staples from The Troggs (1944), Bruce Hall of REO Speedwagon (1953) and Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons (1937)

R.E.M.'S 'Lifes Rich Pageant' Remastered and Expanded for 25th Anniversary Edition, to Be Released July 12 by Capitol/I.R.S

2CD and Digital Release Features Remastered Original Album, Plus 19 Previously Unreleased Demos

Remastered Album to be Released on 180g Vinyl by Mobile Fidelity

R.E.M. has teamed with Capitol/I.R.S. for the July 12 release of an expanded 25th Anniversary 2CD and digital edition of the band's 1986 album, Lifes Rich Pageant. The new edition features the digitally remastered original album, plus 19 previously unreleased demo recordings cut prior to the album's studio sessions. The commemorative release also adds new liner notes by music journalist and author Parke Puterbaugh, with the 2CD package presented in a lift-top box with a poster and four postcards. On the same date, the remastered original album will be reissued by Mobile Fidelity on 180-gram vinyl in faithfully replicated LP packaging.

R.E.M.'s fourth studio album, Lifes Rich Pageant was recorded by vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry at John Mellencamp's Belmont Mall Studios in Indiana. Produced by Don Gehman, renowned for producing a string of punchy, soulful heartland-rock albums by Mellencamp, Pageant includes the singles "Fall On Me" and "Superman." The album was R.E.M.'s first to achieve Gold certification status, and it reached #21 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, the band's then-highest chart position.

With Lifes Rich Pageant, R.E.M. kicked open the door to a more extroverted future. As Anthony DeCurtis noted in his lead review in Rolling Stone 25 years ago, "Lifes Rich Pageant is the most outward-looking record R.E.M. has made, a worthy companion to the group's bracing live shows and its earned status as a do-it-yourself and do-it-your-way model for young American bands... For R.E.M., the underground ends here."

"The Athens Demos," as R.E.M. has dubbed them, comprise the new edition's second disc of 19 previously unreleased recordings, including drafts of Pageant's 12 songs, plus additional demos of songs that were later recorded for other releases. Among them are early versions of "Bad Day," "Rotary Ten," "Two Steps Onward," "Mystery To Me," "All The Right Friends," and "March Song (King Of Birds)," an early instrumental version of "King Of Birds" from Document. One track, "Wait," has never before been officially released by R.E.M. in any form, but it has shown up on bootlegs over the years.


R.E.M.: Lifes Rich Pageant (25th Anniversary Edition) (2CD, digital)

Disc One: digitally remastered original album

1. Begin The Begin
2. These Days
3. Fall on Me
4. Cuyahoga
5. Hyena (Album Version)
6. Underneath The Bunker
7. The Flowers of Guatemala
8. I Believe
9. What If We Give It Away?
10. Just a Touch
11. Swan Swan H
12. Superman

Disc Two: The Athens Demos – all previously unreleased

(Recorded March 1986 at John Keane's Studio, Athens GA)

1. Fall On Me
2. Hyena
3. March Song (King Of Birds)
4. These Days
5. Bad Day
6. Salsa (Underneath The Bunker)
7. Swan Swan H
8. Flowers Of Guatemala
9. Begin The Begin
10. Cuyahoga
11. I Believe
12. Out Of Tune
13. Rotary Ten
14. Two Steps Onward
15. Just A Touch
16. Mystery To Me
17. Wait
18. All The Right Friends
19. Get On Their Way (What If We Give It Away)

All songs by Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe except "Superman" (G. Zekley-M.Bottler)

SOURCE Capitol/I.R.S.