Thursday, June 2, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

nice to see our beloved vinyl doing well in other parts of the world!

Real Groovy back to basics on its 30th birthday

By Dan Satherley

Kiwi music journo and Wildside Records founder Murray Cammick says it's great that Real Groovy Records has survived to see its 30th birthday this weekend.

Founded in 1981, Real Groovy was initially on Mt Eden Rd, and moved to its current location on Queen St in 1991. This weekend it celebrates 30 years in business with live performances from a range of local bands.

Real Groovy over the years has branched out into CDs, clothing, books and concert promotion, bringing artists like Townes van Sandt, Lucinda Williams and Screaming Jay Hawkins to our shores.

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another great story about vinyl, again from nz

A revolution in vinyl . . .

BRIAN Wafer is no stranger to Gisborne and most of his visits have been music-related — one of the most memorable being when he brought San Francisco punks All You Can Eat for a 1990s gig at the long-lost River Bar.

But this time he will be bringing more luggage than he ever has before and it will be stupefyingly heavy.

The Taranaki-based music entrepreneur has long been known for his retro sensibilities . . . bands he released on his record label, Ima Hitt, generally leaning towards the classic punk genre.

Now he has taken that a step further by organising a nationwide series of Record Fairs, where he gets like-minded people together to buy, sell and exchange vinyl albums.

Wafer this week brings his travelling record show to Gisborne and says he hopes local collectors will get in on the goodness.

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our friends at have another great installment of Last Collector Standing

Last Collector Standing

Griffin Kay on Novelty Records and the Pay-What-You Want Model

By Jon Scorfina

Often times the biggest music collectors are musicians themselves. This is certainly true for So Many Dynamos guitarist and long-time record collector Griffin Kay. We recently met with Kay outside his Soulard apartment as he was carrying a new record player upstairs. His fiancé Nicki's cat had used their previous turntable as a cozy, rotating bed, leaving its turn-belt inoperable. After setting up the new record player and listening to side A of Jets To Brazil's Four Cornered Night, we discussed So Many Dynamos history of releasing vinyl and a rare record sold in a specialized pizza box.

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our friends at are at it again with another album covers list, this time their take on the sexiest album covers of all time. the usual suspects are on the list, along with some I haven't seen before. enjoy..... although I don't find their number one pick very sexy at all...

Limp Bizkit, Katy Perry: The Sexiest Album Covers Ever

Inspired by 'Gold Cobra'...

Limp Bizkit have unveiled the artwork for their new album 'Gold Cobra' – and it's certainly eye-catching.

Featuring three semi-naked women sitting under the overhanging shadow of a cobra snake, it got Gigwise thinking about some of the sexiest album covers of all time.

In our list below, you'll find artwork from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Katy Perry and Red Hot Chili Peppers - it seems no artist is averse to posing provocatively, or at least putting some more of sexuality into their album covers.

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Neil Young to release lost live album

Neil Young will scheduled to release 'A Treasure,' June 14, on Reprise Records. The new album will be available in stores on CD and Blu-ray and on iTunes.

The album will also be available in a limited-edition four-disc 180-gram vinyl edition, which will only be available exclusively through the official store and participating Record Store Day independent music retailers. . (The fourth side of the vinyl edition, which will be available Tuesday June 7, will feature special artwork etched into the disc.)

The 12-track live album includes songs recorded during Young’s 1984 and 1985 US tours.

Track list:

1. Amber Jean
2. Are You Ready For The Country
3. It Might Have Been
4. Bound For Glory
5 .Let Your Fingers Do The Walking
6. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong
7. Motor City
8. Soul Of A Woman
9. Get Back To The Country
10. Southern Pacific
11 .Nothing Is Perfect
12. Grey Rider


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 5/23 - 5/29, 2011

Top 25 Vinyl:

1. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
2. Iron & Wine / The Low Anthem - Daytrotter Sessions
3. Battles - Ice Cream 12"
4. Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts
5. David Bazan - Strange Negotiations
6. Jacuzzi Boys - Island Avenue 7"
7. Foster The People - Torches
8. Paul Simon - So Beautiful Or So What
9. Jacuzzi Boys - No Seasons
10. LCD Soundsystem - London Sessions
11. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
12. Adele - 21
13. The Black Keys - Brothers
14. Syl Johnson - Mythological 45s box set
15. Weekend - End Times 7"
16. KORT - Invariable Heartache
17. Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
18. Okkervil River - I Am Very Far
19. Heavy Cream - Danny
20. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
21. Various - Cult Cargo: Salsa Boricua De Chicago
22. Amon Tobin - Isam
23. Eric Clapton - Unplugged
24. Natural Child - 1971
25. Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised


from my vinyl friend over at

Organizing Your Record Collection

The other day, our good friends Nick and Jennifer were visiting. As often happens when they stop over, I put a record on and we talked, over and/or about the music we were listening to. Or about something else...

On this occasion, however, something funny happened. Instead of just pulling a record off the shelf, I happened to refer to the printed list of records I have put together, a multipage print-out of the spreadsheet I started years ago for my collection, clipped together in a plastic report sleeve to protect it. From what I am not sure...anyway.

"What's that?" Jennifer inquired, smiling broadly, "Is that a list of your records?"

"Yes," I squeaked. "I have a spreadsheet that has all of my albums on it," I continued bashfully.

Jennifer laughed. "No way, dude,!" I smiled, not knowing what to say. She continued, "Paul, you should write about how you keep track of your records on your blog."

Please read the rest of this informative post at


this from jack white and

Seasick Steve releases out now

Seasick Steve, our favorite 3 string playin waffle eatin’ bad ass supreme (though he calls himself simply a “song and dance man”), released his first single with us on Tuesday May 24th. Jack White produced and contributes drum skillz to Steve’s renditions of two Mississippi Fred McDowell classics, Write Me A Few Lines and Levee Camp Blues. The male/female vox on “Lines” captivate over a Zep-worthy rhythm section while the slow-burn slide of “Levee” is deep, down and dirgey like the best of Delta blues.

On June 7th we’ll be releasing Steve’s latest full length on LP and CD here in the States called You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks. The twelve-track album, recorded through the fall of 2010, was produced by The Dog hisself (Seasick Steve) and Henry James Wold and mixed by Vance Powell at Air Studios Studios in London.

The LP and 7” is available now on our website as a bundle package for just $20, and will be available digitally on May 31st


fantasic interview, great reading!

Interview with Tom Linton from Jimmy Eat World: Re-Invented

by Alicia Fiorletta

Since the release of the 2001 album Bleed American, Jimmy Eat World has solidified as one of the most influential acts within the alternative rock and pop-punk scenes. Their number-one, feel-good smash “The Middle” was a staple in countless teen comedies as the band began to rise to mainstream stardom. A decade later vocalist/guitarist Jim Adkins, bassist Rick Burch, guitarist Tom Linton and percussionist Zach Lind haven’t shown any signs of slowing down. With seven albums under their belt, the Mesa, Arizona, troupe is trekking the globe in support of their newest album, Invented, which was released this past September.

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ROGER GLOVER To Release 'If Life Was Easy' In July; Artwork Unveiled 

DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover's new solo album. "If Life Was Easy", is scheduled for release in Europe on July 11 via earMUSIC/Edel. The follow-up to 2002's "Snapshot" was reportedly recorded in 2007 but is only now surfacing. It features Roger's daughter Gillian Glover, with lead vocals by Ronnie Bramblett.

Read more at Blabbermouth


great story about vinyl in florida, i love it, what a collection of historic music!


and if you up north of the border, check this out

Get your fill of vinyl at Record Fair

For the first time since 2004, the Halifax Record Fair is back and Saturday’s event is expected to welcome hundreds of vinyl enthusiasts and collectors from across the Maritimes.

The fair will see over 50,000 records on sale — as well as unique pieces of music and memorabilia.

Organizers are also expecting people of all ages, from vinyl lovers to a new generation of fans.

The fair runs Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Halifax’s Forum Maritime Hall. Tickets are $5 before 10 a.m. and $2 after 10 a.m.


and in our northwest,

Make your way to the Elks Lodge Saturday, June 4, for the third occasional Olympia Record Show

The Olympia Record show will feature live music by DJ Wildman James and Selector Edmund, a full bar for those of drinking age and-of course-tons of everybody's favorite round, vinyl, soul pleasers: records! For $2 admission, this event excites dealers, collectors and dabblers alike.

Vinyl records have long been coveted for their superior sound quality, artistic covers and collectability. Many people believe vinyl holds precedence over other musical formats.

Olympia Record Show
Saturday, June 4, 5-9 p.m., $2
Olympia Elks Lodge, 1818 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia,


and in music history for today:

In 1896, Guglielmo Marconi was granted a patent for his electro-magnetic wave communication system, later to be called radio.

In 1958, Alan Freed kicks off his new Rock 'n' Roll radio show on WABC in New York, which will run from 7:15 PM to 11:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

In 1962, Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You" sat on top of the Billboard Pop chart, making believers out those who told him he would lose his fan base if he recorded Country and Western songs. The album it came from sold over a million copies, becoming the first Gold record for ABC-Paramount.

In 1964, the Rolling Stones make their American television debut on WABC's The Les Crane Show.

In 1967, in the U.S., "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released by the Beatles.

In 1973, Paul McCartney, backed by his new group Wings, was back on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with a song he wrote for his wife Linda, "My Love". a song that was way overplayed at the time

Bruce Springsteen's album, "Darkness On The Edge of Town" was released in 1978.

In 1979, Donna Summer attains the sixth of her thirteen US Top Ten hits and the second of her four Billboard Pop chart number one singles with "Hot Stuff". The song was a #11 hit in the UK.

In 2000, the RIAA certified Garth Brooks' "Double Live" at the 13 million level. This matched the highest-certified live album record held by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's "Live 1975-1985."

In 2006, Vince Welnick, keyboard player for The Tubes and later The Grateful Dead, committed suicide. The 55-year-old musician stood on a hillside behind his Forestville home and drew a knife across his throat in front of his wife.

In 2008, rock legend and pioneer Bo Diddley died of heart failure at the age of 79. He had suffered a stroke last Spring and had a heart attack last August, from which he never fully recovered.

birthdays today include: Michael Steel from the Bangles(1959), composer Marvin Hamlisch (1944) and the never aging Charlie Watts from the Rolling Stones (1941)