Thursday, June 9, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

our friends over at have a wonderful write-up about one of the most innovative guitar legends (Born in 1915, Les Paul, guitarist, inventor, died August 12, 2009) of our time, check it out:

Happy Birthday Les Paul: Celebrating the Artistry of a Gibson Genius

Ted Drozdowski

Les Paul had one of the most colorful and diverse careers in the history of the entertainment industry. During his 80 years on stage and screen and in the studio, Paul was a solo performer, jazz bandleader, big band guitar chair, virtuoso sideman, pop tunesmith, radio personality, TV star, engineer producer, six-string eminence and inventor. In the latter role, the solid body guitar model that bears his name, multi-track recording and the harmonica holder are among his best-known creations.

But Paul, who was born Lester Polfuss on June 9, 1915, was also a master of evolution as a guitarist. Many players start in one style and stay there for their entire career. Paul’s arc of technique runs from kid-with-a-cowboy-guitar to country picker to jazzman to pop player to textural genius and, ultimately, a distillation of all of the above.

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our friends at are at it again, this time with a reissue of some great Hollies tracks, you can buy the set at Hollies

The Hollies

Lost Recordings and Beat Rarities 10x7" Box Set

7" (vinyl) | $49.98
S 7004

7” vinyl box set with 20 lost tracks and hard-to-find gems!

This highly resonant set acts as a guidebook to many of the missing links behind the one British beat group who, more than any other, stayed neck-and-neck with the Beatles throughout the ‘60s. In terms of quality single releases with irresistible chart appeal (15 Top Ten 45s in the UK) and pure musical evolution, there is no doubt the Hollies breathed the same rarified air as the Fab Four.

The Hollies Lost Recordings and Beat Rarities collects 20 long-buried tracks and hard-to-find gems, ranging from rare U.S. and British singles to EP rarities and unissued songs, all perfectly ripe for release as an original Hollies 45, whether that happened or not. Follow the group from their first single (released in May of 1963), the savage “Ain’t That Just Like Me” b/w “Hey What’s Wrong With Me,” through their discotheque dance floor raves: “Come On Back,” “What Kind of Love” and “She Said Yeah.” Swoon to their swingin’ ballad “Yes I Will,” groove with their jazzy “Honey and Wine” and float to outer space with “All The World is Love.” Discover an impossible-to-find, spy-style double-sider the Hollies did for a 1967 Italian movie, and groove to unreleased tracks cut while on tour in New York City in 1965, then marvel at an extremely scarce cover of the Beatles’ “If I Needed Someone,” tracked at Abbey Road, revered recording home to both groups.

Sundazed has collected a pirate’s ransom of tracks here, nearly all unavailable on any original English or American Hollies album. Delivered now via the supremely cool format of 45 r.p.m. vinyl, each single is loaded with guaranteed Disk Jockey dance-floor magic that only further cements the Hollies’ reputation as the coolest Manchester band, ever!!!


Single One
(Ain't That) Just Like Me
Hey What's Wrong With Me

Single Two
Whole World Over
Now's the Time

Single Three
What Kind of Love
When I'm Not There

Single Four
Come on Back
She Said Yeah

Single Five
Yes I Will

Single Six
Honey and Wine
Bring Back Your Love to Me

Single Seven
She Gives Me Everything I Want
I Can't Get Nowhere With You

Single Eight
If I Needed Someone
I've Got a Way of My Own

Single Nine
You in My Arms
All the World Is Love

Single Ten
Kill Me Quick
We're Alive


3 Doors Down Reveal 'Time of My Life' Album Cover -- Exclusive Premiere

Multi-platinum rockers 3 Doors Down will be releasing their highly anticipated 5th studio album, 'Time of My Life,' on July 19th. Recorded in Los Angeles with studio wizard Howard Benson (Creed, Flyleaf), the record promises to deliver more of the arena-sized hooks on which the Mississippi group has built its reputation. "We are excited for the fans to hear these songs and think they'll love them as much as we do. It's a record we're proud of and we can't wait to play the songs for y'all live." vocalist Brad Arnold told Noisecreep.

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Bayonet (Senses Fail) Announces Debut EP

Bayonet, a new hardcore group featuring Buddy Neilsen (Senses Fail) on vocals, Jeremy Comitas (The Banner) on guitar, Paul Klein (Suburban Scum) on drums, and Will Putney (Fit For An Autopsy) on bass, has announced that they will release their debut self-titled EP on July 26 on Mightier Than Sword Records.

The first pressing is limited to 500 one-sided 12″ records. The color breakdown will be 100 on black 180gram vinyl, 200 on clear-yellow-brown swirl, and 200 on clear-grey-black marble swirl.


our friends at  have this news:

Some OOP Records Available Now – Alk3 & Dashboard

ShopRadioCast now has a few copies of previously out of print Alkaline Trio – Good Mourning on white vinyl and the Dashboard Confessional – The Shade of Poison Trees on Red and Yellow. These have both been out of print for some time now. All three colors were limited to ONLY 300 copies!

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in the green land of ireland, vinyl doing well!

Record shops enjoy revival as new music fans turn to vinyl

By Maureen Coleman

When the compact disc was introduced to mainstream music in the 1980s, it seemed to mark the final farewell for vinyl.

For many music fans, the new digital format replaced the trusted old seven, 10 and 12-inch record and analogue became, to a large extent, obsolete.

Vinyl records were stored away in attics, gathering dust, or were sold off at record fairs to collectors or DJs.

But in recent years there's been an upsurge in the sale of vinyl, with independent record shops springing up around Belfast.



TESTAMENT: First Four Albums To Be Re-Released On Deluxe Limited-Edition180-Gram Vinyl

Back On Black, which specializes in vinyl editions of classic metal albums and is dedicated to providing top-quality releases for record collectors and metal fans worldwide, will re-release TESTAMENT's first four albums — "The Legacy", "The New Order", "Practice What You Preach" and "Souls Of Black" — on June 27 on deluxe limited-edition180-gram vinyl:

* "The Legacy" (originally released in 1987) (purple vinyl)
* "The New Order" (originally released in 1988) (clear vinyl)
* "Practice What You Preach" (originally released in 1989) (white vinyl)
* "Souls Of Black" (originally released in 1990) (blue vinyl)

For more information, go to this location.

Read more at Blabbermouth

took a look at and here is what they say about themselves:

Established in 2004, Back On Black specialises in vinyl editions of classic Metal albums and is dedicated to providing top quality releases for record collectors and Metal fans worldwide.

Our releases are pressed on exquisite, heavy weight vinyl to produce the very best in sound quality with a mesmerizing tactile feel that makes them a pleasure to handle. Beautiful vinyl colours are carefully chosen to complement the artwork, with some releases available in a variety of colours for the dedicated collector. Many releases are double, or even triple, LPs!

The artwork itself is re-worked to faithfully interpret the original album, and reproduced on superior quality gatefold sleeves in heavy weight card with a superb and un-rivalled finish.

As well as all our re-mastered LPs of classic albums from throughout Metal’s history, Back On Black also issues many exclusive vinyl editions of contemporary Metal releases. Far from being dead, our beloved vinyl format is going from strength to strength – and Back On Black is proud to serve the needs of the Metal vinyl connoisseur!

great place to find vinyl!!!


love the cover art!

Svartsot Reveals Artwork For New Album "Maledictus Eris"

Svartsot has recently issued the an announcement about 'Maledictus Eris,' the band's upcoming album:

"We're proud to be able to release the cover artwork and track list for the third Svartsot album; Maledictus Eris. As previously announced, the album recounts the tale of the Black Death's incursion into Danish history from 1349 to 1350. The album begins the tale from just prior to the plague's arrival through to when the first bout relinquished its grasp, and focuses on the way the epidemic affected the population – from victim to survivor. We have taken more inspiration from medieval music than on previous albums, and the feel of the album in general has taken a darker and more emotive turn on this recording.


more album cover art, however, this list is a must see for heavy metal fans!

Eternal Summer: The Hottest Heavy-Metal Album Covers of All Time

check out their list at


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 5/30 - 6/05, 2011

Top 25 Vinyl:

1. My Morning Jacket - Circuital
2. Death Cab For Cutie - Codes & Keys
3. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
4. Iron & Wine / The Low Anthem - Daytrotter Sessions LP
5. David Bazan - Strange Negotiations
6. Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts
7. Bake Sale - As Predicted 7"
8. Jacuzzi Boys - Island Avenue 7"
9. Brian Eno - Before And After Science
10. The Black Keys - Brothers
11. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
12. Natural Child - White Man's Burden 7"
13. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
14. White Denim - D
15. Queens Of The Stone Age - Queens Of The Stone Age
16. Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
17. Frank Fairfield - Out On The Open West
18. KORT - Invariable Heartache
19. The Coolin' System - The Coolin' System
20. Radiohead - OK Computer
19. Jeff Buckley - Grace
20. The Zombies - Odyssey & Oracle
21. Jeff The Brotherhood - Heavy Days
22. R Stevie Moore - Phonography
23. Thao & Mirah - Thao & Mirah
24. Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home
25. The Black Keys - Thickfreakness


and in austin, texas, here are the best selling vinyl records at for the week ending June 4th, 2011

Vinyl Top Sellers

1. My Morning Jacket
2. Fleet Foxes
3. Mumford & Sons
4. Death Cab for Cutie
5. Okkervil River
6. Explosions in the Sky
7. Thurston Moore
8. Adele
9. The Cars
10. Sarah Jarosz


Two Disc, 36 Song Runaways Tribute Album Announced

On June 28th, Main Man Records will release a two-disc, thirty-six song Runaways tribute album 'Take It or Leave It.'

Some of the participants include The Donnas, Shonen Knife, The Adolescents, The Dandy Warhols, Richard Barone (of The Bongos), Derwood Andrews (of Generation X), Toilet Boys, Care Bears On Fire (with Earl Slick of David Bowie/New York Dolls), Kittie, Starz, David Johansen (of New York Dolls) and Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill/Le Tigre) and Peaches, (whose collaboration was produced by Ad Rock of the Beastie Boys).

Take It Or Leave It also includes two performances by original Runaways band members: lead vocalist Cherie Currie recorded a cover of fan-favorite “American Nights” with the band Frakenstein 3000 and “Dirty Magazines”, the last recording made by drummer Sandy West with her band Blue Fox.

Mixed in with the music are interview clips with the members of The Runaways, mock radio ads by broadcast legends Rodney Bingenheimer, Carol Miller and ”Mr. Marty” Martinez, candid comments from Johnny Ramone and a recollection of the band’s appearance at CBGB’s by noted radio personality Meg Griffin.

In Sandy West’s name, a donation from the proceeds of the album will be made to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Since 1982, the AICR’s mission has been to fund, support and promote research as well as expand public knowledge through educational programs to bring its message of cancer prevention to millions of Americans. To that end, the AICR has committed more than $82 million, and was the first organization in the nation to support research into the role of diet and exercise as it related to cancer prevention.

The track listing is below.

Disc One:

THE DONNAS – Queens Of Noise
SHONEN KNIFE – Black Leather
THE BINGES – I Love Playin’ With Fire
FRANKENSTEIN 3000 – California Paradise
BLUE FOX – Neon Angels On The Road To Ruin
THE EASY OUTS featuring GAR FRANCIS – Is It Day Or Night
LAURA WARSHAUER – Little Lost Girls
CALI GIRAFFES – You’re Too Possessive
ROBBIE RIST – Yesterday’s Kids
SERPENTEENS – Little Sister
BLUE FOX featuring SANDY WEST – Dirty Magazines

Disc Two:

CARE BEARS ON FIRE with EARL SLICK – Saturday Night Special
DERWOOD ANDREWS – Gotta Get Out Tonight
TOILET BOYS – Born To Be Bad
THE SWALES – Midnight Music
FRANKENSTEIN 3000 featuring CHERIE CURRIE – American Nights
F-13 – I Wanna Be Where The Boys Are
THE STAY AT HOMES – Getting’ Hot
KITTIE – Fantasies
STARZ – Waitin’ For The Night
JACK BRAG – Secrets
KATHLEEN HANNA & PEACHES – Dead End Justice (produced by Ad Rock)


and in music history for today:

In 1958, Sheb Wooley hit the top of the Billboard chart with a novelty song called "The Purple People Eater". When he first sang the tune for MGM executives, Sheb said he was scraping "the bottom of the barrel", but the brass loved the song and wanted to release it. Three weeks after it hit store shelves it was the number one record in the US and would start a merchandising craze that included hats, T-shirts and even ice cream.

In 1958, the Elegants released the immortal cut Little Star.

In 1962, the Beatles, on the last night of their tour with Roy Orbison, performed at King George’s Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire. It was during this tour that The Beatles’ fans started throwing jelly babies (or beans as we call them here in the great US) at them while they were on stage, after an off-the-cuff remark on television that George Harrison enjoyed eating them. depending on how far they were thrown from, i bet them suckers hurt!

In 1964, during an evening session, Bob Dylan recorded “Mr. Tambourine Man” at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.

In 1967, the Monkees kicked off their summer tour at the Hollywood Bowl in California, where they performed in front of a large and hysterical crowd.

Brian Jones announced he was leaving The Rolling Stones in 1969 because he didn't agree with the band's musical direction.

In 1971, Paul McCartney's "Ram" LP goes Gold in the US, where it would reach #2 and spend over five months in the Top Ten, eventually going Platinum. The album reached #1 in the UK.

In 1972, Elvis Presley made entertainment history by performing four sold-out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. George Harrison, John Lennon, David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Art Garfunkel were among the music stars attending the shows, which were recorded and became the album Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden.

Also in 1972, Bruce Springsteen signed with Columbia Records and started assembling the E Street Band from various Asbury Park ex-bandmates.

In 1989, exactly 25 years to the day after Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys reached number one with "Help Me Rhonda", his daughters Carnie and Wendy, along with John Phillips' daughter Chynna, had the top song in the US with "Hold On".

In 1990, M.C. Hammer’s debut album started a record-breaking 21-week stay at the top of the U.S. album charts, making it the longest uninterrupted stay at the top since the album charts started.

In 1993 - The U.S. Postal Service debuted its Legends of American Music, Rock and Roll-Rhythm and Blues stamp collection. The set featured Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington, and Elvis Presley.

In 1993, What's Love Got to Do With It?, a film about singer Tina Turner and how she rose to Rock stardom with her husband Ike Turner, opened in US theatres. The film was well received and the stars, Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, were both nominated for Oscars. Bassett won a Best Actress Golden Globe for her performance as Tina.

Also in 1993, Arthur Alexander, a Rhythm and Blues singer-songwriter who reached #24 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1962 with "You Better Move On", died of a heart attack at the age of 53. Alexander had his tunes recorded by The Beatles ("Anna"), The Rolling Stones ("You Better Move On"), Steve Alaimo ("Every Day I Have To Cry") and Bob Dylan ("Sally Sue Brown").

Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes (TLC) set fire to her boyfriend's house in 1994. Her boyfriend was Andre Rison of the Atlanta Falcons.

In 1998, the Ronettes finally got their day in court, as a judge in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York heard arguments in their lawsuit against Phil Spector. The Ronettes, whose hits included "Be My Baby" and "Walking In The Rain", charged that the producer breached the group's 34-year-old contract by paying the members no royalties since 1963. The suit asked for $12 million in damages, rescission of the contract, the return of the masters and recoupment of all monies received by the defendants from the sale of Ronettes masters. Although The Ronettes would win this case, a five-judge panel of the New York State Court of Appeals would overturn the decision in October, 2002, saying that the contract the Ronettes signed with Spector in 1963 was still binding.

In 2009, the Librarian of Congress announced that twenty-five culturally significant recordings, including "Tom Dooley" by The Kingston Trio, "Rumble" by Link Wray and "My Generation" by The Who, will be preserved in a special sound archive in the National Recording Registry.

celebrating birthdays today include Jon Lord of Deep Purple fame (1941), Ed Simmons (Chemical Brothers) (41) and Trevor Bolder of Uriah Heep (1950), just to name a few

Mike Montrey Band Releases Highly Anticipated Live Studio Album, Weaving The Basket

New Jersey Independent Artist, Mike Montrey Band has released its highly anticipated live double studio album, Weaving The Basket, inspired by the literary classic, "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—A stifling, infectious infirmity is running rampant under pop culture’s slate gray clouds. A society – and modern music industry – that pretends to nurture the creative spirit actually forces an ideal: that to produce products and sell the results is the only acceptable form of creative exchange. For its upcoming double album, Mike Montrey Band (The MMB) reach back to an older literary classic for the inspiration to burst through the veil of robotic capitalism and its stranglehold on recording, and let music drip with all the passion with which it was intended.

In Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” (1854), Thoreau tells of a Native American who approaches a wealthy lawyer, intending to sell his woven baskets. Denied, he feels snubbed and cheated. Thoreau writes: “I too had woven a kind of basket of a delicate texture, but I had not made it worth anyone's while to buy them. Yet not the less, in my case, did I think it worth my while to weave them, and instead of studying how to make it worth men's while to buy my baskets, I studied rather how to avoid the necessity of selling them. The life which men praise and regard as successful is but one kind. Why should we exaggerate any one kind at the expense of the others?”

For Weaving the Basket, The MMB’s first studio album since 2008’s “A Perfect Reality,” the band decided to innovate by getting back to the source – art for art’s sake and the visceral experience of live music performed in front of an audience. On January 29, The MMB offered the public an opportunity to hear Weaving the Basket recorded live, in two two-hour sessions at the intimate Retromedia Studios in Red Bank, N.J. With the live show presented in a recording studio rather than a club, in front a silent audience who influenced the players’ spontaneity and showmanship through their presence, a special musical ambience was created, one trumping the isolated production atmosphere of typical recording and overlays. Enigmatic frontman Mike Montrey explained, “We chose this route because we felt it was the best way to convey the feeling of these songs, and while we are not opposed to studio albums in the true sense, we do feel that playing as one emits an irreplaceable feel.”

The album contains two discs: the tender and emotive “Acoustic Side,” and the raucous zouk- inspired “Electric Side.” MMB members Rob Smith (drums), Anthony “Duke” Duca (bass), Karl Dietel (keyboards), Hayden Wright (tenor sax) and Adam Garnys (alto sax) spin their collective mastery, while central New Jersey favorite James Dalton on harmonica and Juggling Suns vocalist Jen Nay make spine-tingling guest appearances. Lead guitarist and vocalist Mike Montrey has been weaving his baskets, so to speak, since his early days of commanding northern New Jersey’s live music scene as the frontman of cult-following roots-rock quintet ...water... in 2001.

Montrey was invited to tour as a member of heavy-hitting rock band The Samples, who’d been touring for 19 years and had shared stages with Dave Matthews Band, Sting and Phish. Montrey continues to play with The Samples across North America. In 2008, Montrey formed the nexus of what would become The MMB, and it’s been a nonstop ride ever since. “A Perfect Reality” enjoyed a nomination for Top Release of 2008 by the prestigious Asbury Music Awards, debuted at #29 on the radio charts, and the single “Tin Can” was a Relix Magazine Jam Off! selection. For more information on live dates and to buy the new album visit: