Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Grateful Dead's Shakedown Street and Blues for Allah Get Deluxe 180-Gram Pure Virgin Vinyl Treatment

Written by W3 Public Relations  

In a move sure to delight audiophiles and collectors of classic pop music albums, the Audio Fidelity label will reissue of two classic Grateful Dead albums on 180-gram pure virgin vinyl, in limited numbered edition gatefold packages on June 7th, according to label president Marshall Blonstein.The band's 1975 BLUES FOR ALLAH and 1978's SHAKEDOWN STREET will be available from both online and brick-and-mortar retail outlets as the latest offerings in Audio Fidelity's continuing program of audiophile reissues.

Audio Fidelity, which Blonstein founded in 2002 after leaving the pioneering DCC Compact Classics label that he started in 1986, has become synonymous with high-quality album reissues geared toward the audiophile market. Since 2009, Audio Fidelity has reissued some of the best-known and most significant pop and rock titles in both 24Karat Gold CD and 180-gram virgin vinyl editions.Continuing the policy Blonstein established at DCC, all Audio Fidelity titles are produced from original sources and feature the original artwork. Among the imprint's growing catalog are key recordings by Stevie Wonder, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, Rod Stewart, the Doors, Cat Stevens, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.

The two Grateful Dead reissues occupy special places in the fabled San Francisco band's history. BLUES FOR ALLAH, originally released in September of 1975, was the third of only four albums issued on the group's Grateful Dead Records imprint.

Read more at gratefulweb.com


CSS Announce Track List And Cover Art For New Album, La Liberacion

Fresh off their Coachella performance and recent co-headlining tour with Sleigh Bells, where they played sold out shows across the country, CSS are getting ready to unveil their third full-length. Titled 'La Liberacion,' the new album also features collaborations with Ratatat, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie, and Mike Garson (who played piano on David Bowie's "Aladdin Sane"). It will be released worldwide August 22 via V2/Cooperative Music/Downtown Records.

Track List:

I Love You
Hits me like A Rock
City Grrrl
Echo of love
You Could Have It All
La Liberacion
Partners In Crime
Ruby Eyes
Rhythm To The Rebels
Red Alert
Fuck Everything


never heard of the man, however, i like his style

Israel Nash Gripka Releases Joplin, MO Tornado Relief Album

Ozark native Israel Nash Gripka has announced the release of Missouri, a collection of new and original songs written and inspired by the tragedy of May 22nd when a tornado destroyed 1/3 of Joplin, MO and killed more than 100 people.

"The emotional and physical destruction endured by those residents of Joplin, MO is nothing less than a tragedy," says Gripka. "My aim is to promote hope through the power of song and to raise money for the victims, the city of Joplin, and the continued efforts that must be done." Donate $5 and receive a link to download Missouri.

All proceeds from the EP will go to the "United for Joplin" campaign by Heart of Missouri United Way to benefit tornado victims in Joplin. "Having lived most of my life in the Ozarks, I have always recognized the spirit of generosity and community that people have there," says Gripka. "Living in New York and not being able to physically help has been tough. I wanted to get involved and thought the best thing that I could give would be my songs."

Read the rest at antimusic.com


Cymbals Eat Guitars Have Announced New Album Title, Cover Art and Tracklist

In 2009, New York/New Jersey fuzz rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars released their debut album 'Why There Are Mountains.' Since then, aside from releasing a very faithful Elliott Smith cover, the band’s been pretty quiet; however, on September 14th, the band will back. Cymbals Eat Guitars has recently announce that their second album, 'Lenses Alien,' will be released on Barsuk Records at the end of this summer.

1 Rifle Eyesight (Proper Name)
2 Shore Points
3 Keep Me Waiting
4 Plainclothes
5 Definite Darkness
6 Another Tunguske
7 The Current
8 Wavelengths
9 Secret Family
10 Gary Condit


great story behind the album cover for seasick steve:

Seasick Steve CD cover fame for abandoned Welsh dog TwmBy Carl Yapp

BBC Wales News website

A dog found abandoned on the M4 near Swansea has found unlikely fame on the front cover of a new album by American blues singer Seasick Steve.

A photograph of labrador-collie cross Twm standing in water on a beach in Portsmouth features on the album You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks.

Twm's owner Claire Sambrook admitted she did not know who Seasick Steve was when he phoned to ask to use it.

He spotted it on the internet and said it went well with his stage name.

Seasick Steve's popularity has soared since he performed on Jools Holland's annual hootenanny on the BBC in 2006, and he has now sold more than a million records.

The 69-year-old phoned Ms Sambrook, originally from Tonna, Neath, last November.

He left a message on her answer phone, but she was not sure who he was at first.

Read the rest of this fascinating story at bbc.co.uk


Primus Return With First New Album in a Decade

Primus have set a September 13, 2011 release date for Green Naugahyde, their first studio album in 11 years.

The record was produced and engineered by Les Claypool in his personal studio, Rancho Relaxo, in Northern California, and features Claypool, long-time guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Jay Lane. Lane was in an early lineup of the band, and was also in Sausage, a 1994 reunion of the 1988 Primus lineup. Green Naugahyde expands on Primus' incomparable sound and also sees them bringing it into the next millennium. It is a cerebral and complex album that, like all of the band's output, is teeming with the band's signature blend of whimsy and underlying darkness.

Read the rest at antimusic.com


love this cover art!

Morbus Chron Reveals New Album Track List And Artwork

Death metal veterans Morbus Chron are gearing up to release their upcoming new full-length album later this year via Pulverised Records. Titled "Sleepers In The Rift," the nine-track offering was recorded in November of 2010 and produced by the band with Entombed’s Nicke Andersson. "Sleepers In The Rift" features cover art by Spanish fantasy artist Raul Gonzalez (Deceased, Abraxas et al), which can be viewed below.

Track list:

1. Through The Gaping Gate / Coughing In A Coffin
2. Creepy Creeping Creep
3. Hymns To A Stiff
4. Red Hook Horror
5. The Hallucinating Dead
6. Ways Of Torture
7. Dead Body Pile Necrophile
8. Lidless Coffin
9. Deformation Of The Dark Matter


the wall street journal blog has a fascinating story about a legend in soul music, well worth checking out

When Marvin Broke Pattern


Dressed in a crisp white linen shirt, black slacks and black loafers, Berry Gordy Jr. settled into a plush sofa last week as Marvin Gaye's voice boomed through a recessed speaker system. The founder of Motown Records had invited me to his estate here high above Los Angeles to talk about "What's Going On," Gaye's monumental hit single and album released 40 years ago, to be reissued Tuesday as a remastered anniversary package. By the end of the title track, Mr. Gordy's eyes were watery.

Read the rest of this informative piece at online.wsj.com


The Dear Hunter Confirms First US Headlining Tour Starting July 15 In Support Of 'The Color Spectrum,' Due Out June 14

THE DEAR HUNTER is gearing up for their first-ever headlining U.S. tour, which will launch July 15 in San Francisco, CA and conclude August 27 in Pomona, CA. As with their recently wrapped trek with dredg, fans will be treated to new music from the forthcoming nine-EP collection, THE COLOR SPECTRUM, which is due out June 14 on Triple Crown Records.

Early acclaim for THE COLOR SPECTRUM comes from Alternative Press, Consequence of Sound and SPIN, the latter of whom proclaims it "a sprawling, heady mix, merging some of the challenging piano work of latter day Ben Folds Five with a bit of Muse-y, glam rock melodrama."

Ticket pre-sales will begin Wednesday, June 8 at 10am local time here: thedearhunter . Fans will have the option to add on an early download of the Full Length THE COLOR SPECTRUM CD, as well as an exclusive T-shirt for an extra $15.

THE COLOR SPECTRUM consists of songs inspired by the colors of the spectrum, specifically RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, INDIGO and VIOLET, with WHITE and BLACK being included as bookends. Casey Crescenzo, of The Dear Hunter, completed the EPs while traveling the US, documenting every step of the process. The collection features collaborations with several producers and musicians, including Manchester Orchestra, Brendan Brown from The Receiving End of Sirens, Mike Watts (who has worked with As Tall As Lions and he mixed the band's ACT III: LIFE AND DEATH), and Steve Haigler (Brand New, As Tall As Lions, Quicksand).

It will be available in the following formats:

# Full Length CD/Digital Download: Includes select music from each EP compiled on one full length compilation.

# Limited Edition Deluxe Vinyl Box Set: Nine 10" vinyl records available as a Box Set, which includes all music from THE COLOR SPECTRUM and a digital download of all the music. Available only through mail order via Triple Crown Records' website.

# Full Length Vinyl: Same as CD, but full length vinyl features songs from each EP of THE COLOR SPECTRUM.

# Individual digital versions of each song and EP from the entire collection of THE COLOR SPECTRUM.

Check out The Dear Hunter at any of the following stops:


Fri 7/15 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
Sat 7/16 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Sun 7/17 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Tue 7/19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
Wed 7/20 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall/Front Room
Thu 7/21 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
Fri 7/22 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
Sat 7/23 - Dekalb, IL - The House Cafe
Sun 7/24 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Tue 7/26 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
Wed 7/27 - Covington, KY - Mad Hatter Club
Thu 7/28 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
Fri 7/29 - Cleveland Heights, OH - The Grog Shop
Sat 7/30 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre
Tue 8/9 - Manchester, NH Rocko's
Wed 8/10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
Thu 8/11 - Hamden, CT - The Space
Fri 8/12 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
Sat 8/13 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
Sun 8/14 - Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java
Tue 8/16 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn
Wed 8/17 - Jacksonville, FL - The Pit
Thu 8/18 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
Fri 8/19 - Lake Worth, FL - Propaganda
Sat 8/20 - Orlando, FL - The Social
Mon 8/22 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
Tue 8/23 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
Wed 8/24 - Austin, TX - Emo's (inside)
Fri 8/26 - Mesa, AZ - Sail Inn
Sat 8/27 - Pomona, CA - Glass House



not a real fan of digital, however, any time you can get some George Clinton action, however method you choose, is all right in my book

Hear Exclusive New Songs From George Clinton On The Big Ol'Nasty Getdown Volume 1

Funk up your weekend with an exclusive preview of the debut album from The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown and hear for the first time tracks featuring George Clinton recorded specifically for Volume 1. Go to www.bigolnastygetdown.com to access the player. The album will be available for streaming from Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5 at midnight. The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown Volume 1 will be available on iTunes on August 16.

Listeners will finally get a chance to hear "The Beauty of Pretty," a collaboration between George Clinton and Sidney Barnes, a song 30 years in the making and finally completed at the sessions for Volume 1. This soon-to-be-classic recording also features some of the last tracks recorded by the late Garry Shider. Belita Woods, Michael "Clip" Payne, members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Robert Mercurio (Galactic); JP Miller (Yo Mamas Big Fat Booty Band), Lee Boys guitarist Roosevelt Collier, Danny Bedrosian (P-Funk); Ian Neville (The Meters / Dumpstaphunk), are just a few of the 60+ musicians who participated in the project.

The record was recorded in New Orleans and in Tallahassee at George Clinton's home studio and produced by John Heintz, JP Miller, and Frank Mapstone. The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown will debut songs for the album at the Long Beach Funk Festival on August 20th.


i have a few albums, check them out if you can, some of their early work is awe inspiring

The Zombies To Celebrate 50th Anniversary With Album, Tour

The Zombies, helmed by founding members Rod Argent and singer Colin Blunstone, are marking the group's half century with a new album - "Breathe Out, Breathe In" - and a tour, with US dates this Fall. The tour kicks off on the east coast, with several dates already confirmed.

"Breathe Out, Breath In," is from the group who back in the 1960s provided such signature works as the singles "She's Not There," "Tell Her No" and "Time Of The Season."

"There was a clear brief," says Rod Argent. "We wanted to use as many two and three part harmonies as possible and lots of Hammond organ, Mellotron and Memotron. We didn't want to recreate the past, but we wanted to capture The Zombies' essence and meaning. Our energy and enthusiasm for making music is the same as it was when we first started and the magic and mystery of the whole music making process, we are still thrilled by it all. So we thought it would be great to celebrate when that all began. I first met Colin outside the Pioneer Club in St Albans for The Zombies' first rehearsal. We didn't know each other but Colin turned up with a broken nose and two black eyes. I thought, oh no, what have we got here? But he was a keen rugby player and was injured during a game."

Read the rest of this indepth interview at our friends at pluginmusic.com

The Zombies 50th Anniversary Tour with special guests Acoustic Strawbs

•9/15 Thursday MusikFest CafĂ© Bethlehem, PA
•9/16 Friday Montgomery College Silver Spring, MD
•9/17 Saturday Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA
•9/18 Sunday Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY
•9/19 Monday Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, MD
•9/21 Wednesday Showcase Live Foxborough, MA
•9/22 Thursday Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry, NH
•9/23 Friday Infinity Hall Norfolk, CT
•9/24 Saturday Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT
•9/26 Monday City Winery New York, NY
•9/27 Tuesday City Winery New York, NY
•9/28 Wednesday State Theatre State College, PA


for some reason, i love this cover art!

Execration Announces New LP "Odes Of The Occult" Physical Release

Norway's Execration has announced the LP "Odes of the Occult" will be released through Duplicate Records on June 27th, 2011.

Track list

1 - Ode To Obscurity
2 - Unction
3 - Entheogen
4 - Intermezzo I
5 - A Crutch For Consolation
6 - Soul Maggot
7 - Grains
8 - Obsession
9 - Intermezzo II
10 - Left In Scorn
11 - High Priest


lovely story about a record store in la

Permanent Records: Powered by Demand for "Shit That You Can't Find Anywhere Else"

By LA Weekly

Britt and Amanda Brown (above) of Eagle Rock's psychedelic record label Not Not Fun spun Dadawah and Indeep records they bought "for fifty cents" at Poo-Bah in Pasadena. "Nothing too crazy," said Amanda of her set Saturday during Permanent Records' opening. "It's daytime, and the walls are yellow."

After five successful years in Chicago, Lance Barresi and Liz Tooley just opened their second Permanent Records franchise in Eagle Rock. Powered by the consumer demand for "the shit that you can't find anywhere else," as Barresi says, the two decided to move to Los Angeles after visiting the neighborhood.

Read the rest at blogs.laweekly.com


Paul McCartney Releases “The Making of ‘Coming Up’” Video


New Orleans R&B Legend Benny Spellman Passes Away

One of the enduring legends of New Orleans Rhythm and Blues, Benny Spellman, passed away on Friday from respiratory failure at the age of 79.

Spellman ended up moving from Florida to New Orleans when Huey "Piano" Smith wrecked his truck and Benny offered to drive him and his band, the Clowns, back to the Big Easy. He ended up joining the band and becoming popular as a studio musician in the area, working regularly with Allen Toussaint.

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not a fan of all this digital mumbo jumbo (i don't own a cell phone or ipad or blueberry or whatever all these people are hooked up to), but to call it real is really a stretch. but if you can have people listening to zeppelin, the world will be a better place (i worked out the garage yesterday and had Zep 1 blarring!)

LED ZEPPELIN App Makes 'Live Dreams' A Reality

One of rock's most seminal live bands can now be seen in a completely new way, anywhere, anytime on the iPhone. Based on the award-winning photography book, Led Zeppelin: Live Dreams is now an app with interactive features and additional materials that could only be presented in an app. It is currently made available by Strategic Marketing and Management, LLC, exclusively through iTunes.

In 1993, critically acclaimed rock photographer Laurance Ratner released his lavish work, "Led Zeppelin Live Dreams". Based on his personal experiences at 22 LED ZEPPELIN concerts, this museum-quality coffee table book was itself a work of art, with a hand-made slipcase and silver sculpture on the cover. It was released in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the formation of LED ZEPPELIN in 1968. Unfortunately, the limited availability and high price tag kept it out of reach for the majority of LED ZEPPELIN fans worldwide. Now, almost two decades later, thanks to technology, Live Dreams is back and available to LED ZEPPELIN fans as an iPhone app.

The multi-media aspects of Live Dreams take the viewer/listener inside the experience of being at LED ZEPPELIN's legendary performances.

Read the rest and learn more about this 'app' at Blabbermouth


and in music history for the day:

In 1954, with Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" riding high on the Billboard R&B chart, Bill Haley and His Comets enter Decca Records' New York studio to record the same number. Haley's version will enter the Pop chart next August for an amazing 27 week run and rise to #7, becoming the first Rock and Roll tune to sell a million copies.

In 1963, Decca Records releases "Come On", The Rolling Stones' first single. It would go on to peak at #21 in the UK. That same night, the group makes their TV debut on the BBC's Thank Your Lucky Stars. After the show, its producer is reported to have told Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham to get rid of "that vile looking singer with the tire-tread lips."

In 1966, Roy Orbison's wife, 25 year old Claudette, was killed when her motorcycle collided with a truck in Gallatin, Texas. Orbison witnessed the accident. She and Roy had recently reconciled after a short split. The Everly Brothers' 1958 hit, "Claudette" had been written for her by Roy.

In 1969, one of rock's first super groups, Blind Faith played their only live performance in Hyde Park, London in front of an estimated 120,000 people. Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker and Rick Gretch produced just one album together, which included the songs, "Can't Find My Way Home" and "Presence of the Lord".

In 1971, Carole King's album "Tapestry" is awarded a Gold record. The album was number one in the US for fifteen straight weeks and would remain on the charts for three years, producing her biggest selling single, "It's Too Late". On July 17, 1995 the LP was certified Diamond in the United States by the RIAA for 10 million copies sold in the US and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

In 1975, Elton John saw his album, "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy" go straight to number 1 in the US in its first week of release. It was the first time any artist had achieved this feat. Elton would do it again later in the year with "Rock of the Westies".

In 1976, Capitol Records re-issues some of The Beatles' hits in a package called, "Rock 'N' Roll Music". Even though Ringo Starr speaks out against it, the album would reach #2 in the US.

In 1980, Rocky Burnette's "Tired of Toeing the Line" peaks at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rocky bills himself as The Son Of Rock and Roll as his father, Johnny Burnette had scored a 1960 number one hit with "You're Sixteen". The feat of father and child both scoring a Top Ten hit has also been accomplished by Ozzie and Rick Nelson, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, Nat and Natalie Cole as well as Pat and Debbie Boone. i found this clip on youtube (i used to like this song) now, watching the video makes me laugh, someone actually produced this shit?)

In 1987, among the acts featured at the fifth annual Prince's Trust Rock Gala at Wembley Arena in London are George Harrison and Eric Clapton performing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and Jeff Lynne backing Ringo Starr on "A Little Help From My Friends". Elton John and Ben E. King also appear.

In 1993, the Who's Pete Townshend and Chuck Berry are among those present for the ground breaking ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, seven years after the city won the right to host the building. Guests stood on a guitar shaped stage at the construction site on the shore of Lake Erie.

2008, The funeral of guitarist and singer Bo Diddley took place in Gainesville, Florida. Many in attendance chanted “Hey Bo Diddley” shortly after family members had passed by his coffin as a gospel band played Bo Diddley’s music. At the service, they presented a floral tribute in form of his trademark square guitar.

The great Dean Martin (Dino Paul Crocetti) was born in 1917 (died December 25, 1995)

celebrating birthdays today are Tom Jones 1940, Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) 1958), rocker David Navarro (1967) and Gordon Gano of The Violent Femmes (1963), just to name a few.....