Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes


JOHN LENNON and PAUL MCCARTNEY almost reunited on U.S. TV in the mid-1970s - for a bargain $1,500.

McCartney reveals he was visiting his former Beatles bandmate in New York when Lennon suggested they should take Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels up on his offer to perform on the show.

Michaels had previously offered the Fab Four $3,000 to perform three Beatles numbers on his weekly comedy show as part of a SNL skit.

Read more at express.co.uk


Members of Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mars Volta Form Supergroup

Amy Sciarretto

There are supergroups, and then there are almost-too-good-to-be-true supergroups. Falling squarely in the latter camp is the currently un-named project that Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds is working on with Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman, former Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen and ex-Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery.

Read the rest at noisecreep.com


Neil Young Looks Back on 'Treasure,' Aims for 'Archives 2' Release in 2012

by Gary Graff, Detroit

Neil Young says that his latest archival album, "A Treasure," will be the first of many similar projects that will use unauthorized video material to enhance and flesh out the music that's on those releases.

Read more at Billboard.com#


sweet story in augusta, 15,000 records is a great way ro start!

Mother's love inspires new vintage store

By Gracie Shepherd

Westmoreland opened her store, White Elephant Sale, at the corner of Fifth and Telfair streets in downtown Augusta. While she's excited about having her own business, there is emotion in her voice as she describes how she got started.

"One of a kind" is a phrase many stores tout, saying their inventory can't be found anywhere else. For Lee Westmoreland, however, 15,000 vinyl records is a difficult inventory to find elsewhere.

Read the rest of the story at chronicle.augusta.com


fascinating look at how one woman faces the music industry and helps promote great music

Label Spotlight: Frontier Records

Please introduce yourself.

I'm Lisa Fancher, sole owner of Frontier Records

When and why was the label started?

The first record that was released came out in 1980. I started the label because it seemed like a good idea at the time, whether it was just a one off or if I was ever to put out more than one record.

Read the rest of the interview at pluginmusic.com


from our friends at vinylcollective.com  comes this news:

Portugal The Man’s New Release on Vinyl!

This July Portugal The Man are set to release their sixth release and Atlantic Records debut, “In The Mountain In The Cloud”. The album will be released on vinyl through Equal Vision Records. First pressing is on white wax. Pre order is up now here

In July 3 other Portugal The Man releases will be repressed on vinyl. Additionally some older pressings are still availble. Here is a list!

Portugal The Man – It’s Complicated Being A Wizard LP (Available now on clear and black)
Portugal. The Man – Censored Colors LP (Available Now!)
Portugal. The Man – American Ghetto LP (Available Now!)
Portugal The Man – Church Mouth LP (Availalbe July 19th)
Portugal The Man – Waiter: You Vultures! LP (Availalbe July 19th)
Portugal The Man – It’s Complicated Being A Wizard (New pressing and CD!)


sad story out of seattle, maybe if the people spent more time at the record store....and, why wouldn't the owner open a bar up and sell records....novel idea....

Sonic Boom Closing Up Shop

In an interview explaining his decision to shutter the Sonic Boom location in Melrose Market, SB's Jason Hughes tells Seattle Weekly that people on Capitol Hill don't have money to spend on music because they're spending all their money on beer.

Here's a statement from Hughes posted to the SB site clarifying his statement about Capitol Hill's retail environment along with details of an ongoing 15% off sale:


Monday, September 5 at 12AM
Capitol Hill

Yes, Sonic Boom is closing our Melrose location on Sept 5. I'd like to thank all the regular customers we have up here. You make doing this job totally worth it and it's been a pleasure. Thanks to all the bands that have graced us with in-stores.

Please disregard the Weekly blog. I should know better than to give off the cuff quotes to any press. We did our best given the unfortunate circumstances that we found ourselves in. A bad economy, an industry that can't seem to find solid footing, dropping CD prices, digital/online competition, building/moving delays and a less than ideal overall building situation all took their toll on this store.

To clarify on my Weekly quote: Capitol Hill is not a viable location for us anymore. Rents are too high, CD prices and sales too low and there is not as much neighborhood support for music sales as there once was. It seems to me that residents on Capitol Hill patronize bars/restaurants more than local retailers (music or otherwise). Maybe that's where they spend their discretionary income and that's entirely their choice. We ran the best store we knew how and let people make up their own minds about shopping here or not. C'est la Vie.

I've always been a proponent of shopping local and I hope everyone reading this will be in the future, whether it's clothes, music, groceries, shoes, furniture or gifts. Support the stores you enjoy shopping at. That's the best way to let them know that you care about what they do and to make sure they are still there once the economy recovers a bit.

See you on the Hill until September and then in Ballard. SALE STARTS TODAY AND IT'S 15% OFF.



interesting piece, they are one of the loudest bands i have ever heard

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley explains how he became the frontman for one of the most successful rock bands in America, despite being born deaf in his right ear.


and in music history for today:

In 1950, "Honky Tonk Blues" was recorded by the immortal Hank Williams.

In 1964, a 12-year-old girl was discovered by British railway workers, packed in a tea chest on a station platform, addressed to The Beatles.

In 1965, Paul McCartney records "Yesterday" by himself, after trying unsuccessfully to fit in the rest of the Beatles. The song would later be recorded by over 3,000 other artists and become the most covered tune in music history. In describing it, Paul has said "I did the tune easily and then the words took about two weeks."

The legendary LP 'In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida' by Iron Butterfly was released in 1968.

In 1970, Grand Funk Railroad spends $100,000 for a block long billboard in New York's Times Square to advertise its latest record, "Closer to Home".

In 1970, Eric Clapton's Derek and the Dominoes made their live debut in Britain. The group was joined by Dave Mason, who played the guitar parts performed by Duane Allman on Derek and the Dominoes' only studio album, "Layla".

The Grateful Dead released their "Workingman's Dead" LP in 1970.

In 1975, "Thank God I'm A Country Boy", recorded live at the Universal Amphi-theater in California by John Denver, became the best selling record in the US. The song was written by John Martin Sommers, a member of Denver's backup band. and they played it on the radio so much it made me sick

In 1975, Janis Ian releases "At Seventeen", which will reach #3 in the US later in the year.

In 1975, America achieve their second Billboard number one record and their seventh Top 40 hit with "Sister Golden Hair".

In 1980, Billy Joel started a six-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Glass Houses, his second #1 album in the U.S.

In 1986, three fans died during an Ozzy Osbourne gig at the Long Beach Arena in California after falling from a balcony.

In 1993, Police in Port St. Lucie, Florida charged a 16 year-old boy with murder after he confessed to killing a woman who did not like the lyrics he was rapping. Victor Brancaccio punched and kicked 78 year-old Mollie May Frazier in the head and chest after she objected to the obscenities in a song he was playing over headphones and singing along to. The song was "Stranded on Death Row" by Dr. Dre.

In 1994, Composer Henry Mancini died at the age of 70. Mancini wrote the music to “Moon River,” which was originally sung in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's by Audrey Hepburn. He also scored the 1969 U.S. #1 single “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet.” Mancini recorded over 90 albums and contributed music to over 100 movies, including “Theme from The Pink Panther.”

In 1995, Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher died after a chest infection set in following a liver transplant.

In 1995, ABC's Diane Sawyer interviewed Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley on ABC-TV's Prime Time Live. It was the couple's first interview since their surprise marriage a year earlier and was part of the publicity push for Jackson's album "HIStory - Past, Present and Future: Book One". Jackson and Presley declared they were a "normal married couple who hoped to have a baby". When asked if they had sex, they replied "yes, yes, yes!" They also confirmed that a prenuptial agreement had been signed.

In 1995, several residents of Columbus, Ohio call the police to complain about the volume of a Ted Nugent concert. The Motor City Madman refused to quiet down because the music was within legal noise limits.

In 2009, Bob Bogle, lead guitarist and co-founder of The Ventures, known for their instrumental hits "Walk, Don't Run" and "Hawaii Five-O", passed away at the age of 75.

birthday wishes to (among others) Matt Freeman (Rancid), Alan White (Yes) (62), Rod Argent (Zombies, Argent) (66) and Chris DeGarmo (Queensr├┐che) (48)