Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Coldplay To Release 'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall' On Vinyl

Coldplay have announced that their comeback single 'Every Teardrop is a Waterfall' will be released on 7" vinyl on June 27.

The band released the single digitally on June 4, but will feature a new B-side, Major Minus, to go with the single's formal release.


fantastic write up about a musician's love of vinyl

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Drive-By Truckers

by Carrie Humphries

Performing for the first time in Waterloo, Georgia based southern rock outfit Drive-By Truckers are on tour in support of their latest effort Go-Go Boots (February, 2011). On the phone with guitar/bass and vocalist, Patterson Hood, we talked about the record, DBT’s push to continue releasing vinyl and of course Shonna’s cooking (which, I’m told she’s long quit doing for the band).

At the time of our conversation, Hood was riding high on the tide of the tour. The release was met with critical rave and review and became an instant hit with fans. “It makes me very happy. I’m really glad. You never know when you make a record – you don’t know if other people are going to like it,” Hood says in his smooth southern accent. “I’ve been really happy with this response from everybody.” And in part of releasing the album, the band once again had it also pressed on vinyl. “(It’s) what I buy so when you work so hard for a record and it doesn’t come out on a format that I would buy then I feel kind of weird about it,” he explains. “Literally, it’s all I buy – vinyl. I have a turn table hooked up and I don’t own a cd player anymore except for in the car and I hardly ever use it. I love my records. I’ve been collecting records since I was eight years old which was a long time ago so I’ve got a pretty good record collection. And I would hate it if our records couldn’t be in it. I may not sit around listening to my records but I want mine to be in there. It took years to convince them to put our records out on vinyl, and then when they finally did, they sold real well. Go figure.”

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The vinyl countdown

As he nears his 28th birthday, jazz musician Pokey LaFarge tells Rob Adams why a young guy like him loves recording 78s

We’ve become well used to bands promoting their new recordings from the stage, be they CDs, downloads or the vinyl that quite rightly refuses to follow its supposed chosen path into obsolescence.

But Pokey LaFarge And The South City Three can go one better than that.

The Louisville, Kentucky-born, St Louis-based LaFarge, whose celebration of early jazz, blues, western swing and bluegrass has been taking events such as Celtic Connections and Shetland and Denmark’s Tonder folk festivals by storm lately, can offer audiences a new CD, a recently released 7” single that was produced by Jack White no less, and the first of several planned 78 rpm discs for that extra taste of old-time authenticity.

A collector of 78s himself, LaFarge was elated to be offered a chance to follow his heroes such as Bessie Smith, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills on to a format that’s clearly close to his heart after meeting Lewis Durham, of vintage Americana specialists, siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, in London last year. When not playing gigs with his sisters, Durham is a deejay specialising in old shellac records. He set up a recording studio at home so that the trio could record the music they love in the way it was recorded originally. His label only releases 78s by musicians whose sound suits the medium.

“It’s a thrill as well as an honour,” says LaFarge of the experience of being presented with a 78 bearing his name. “Lewis records just as it was done in the 1930s. He uses studio equipment that came from the old BBC studios and we laid down two songs straight to tape, no overdubs, just the live performance. The only problem is finding enough shellac, but Lewis seems to be able to find supplies. I think he scares up old unwanted and broken 78s and melts them down.”

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New Metallica Music!

Metallica posted the an update online regarding talk of a new album:

"A few months ago our own Kirk Hammett hinted at a new Metallica project that’s 'not really 100 percent a Metallica record.' While Kirk may have jumped the gun a little (and has since been properly punished with a series of push-ups!), we are more than proud to announce that we have just completed recording a full length album that is a collaboration with none other than the legendary Lou Reed.

"Ever since we had the pleasure of performing with Lou at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009, we have been kicking around the idea of making a record together. Some of you astute Bay Area residents may have picked up news of recent Lou Reed sightings in the greater San Francisco area and we have indeed been working at our home studio at HQ on and off over the last few months. In what would be lightning speed for a Metallica related project, we recorded ten songs during this time and while at this moment we’re not exactly sure when you’ll hear it, we’re beyond excited to share with you that the recording sessions wrapped up last week.

"A true innovator and easily one of the most influential songwriters, musicians, and performers in rock music history, Lou‘s work with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist has such an enduring quality that he has long been revered and respected by us and many of our peers. We can’t wait for you to listen to the finished record, so as we like to hear ourselves say around here, keep watching this spot for updates...we’ll be back with more details as they come together."


Cassette sales and production still popular


Bands use tapes for rare tracks

Don’t pawn your parents’ dusty tape player just yet: cassettes are making a comeback.

You won’t find new cars with cassette decks anymore, and last year Sony officially stopped manufacturing Walkman cassette players. But for some people, tapes — like records — evoke a sense of nostalgia.

Collectors say there’s a personal feel one gets from holding a tangible format that one cannot get with digital, and that seems to be why cassettes are still “in.”

“CDs are just boring and pointless middlemen now,” said Steve Miller, owner of Athens-based music label Hail Shitar. “I love digital music and iPods etc, but that is for listening only. A tape or vinyl release is for owning and exploring.”

Todd Ploharski, owner of downtown music shop Low Yo Yo Stuff, said that within some genres, particularly underground and experimental, cassettes have remained popular since the ‘80s. These groups have spurred a tape resurgence, preferring the rich analogue sound over digital music.

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and in music history for the day:

In 1956, a 31-year-old woman named Gogi Grant knocked Elvis out of Billboard's number one spot with a song called "The Wayward Wind". It was a tune that she recorded almost as an after thought, with just fifteen minutes of studio time remaining. Six weeks later, Elvis would be back on top with "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You".

Also in 1956, Patti Page saw what would be her biggest hit, "Allegheny Moon" enter the Billboard chart, where it would reach #2 during a 22 week run. In all, the Oklahoma native would place sixteen songs in the Top 40 between 1954 and 1965.

In 1965, Herman's Hermits were awarded their first Gold record for "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter". The song was originally an album cut that got so much air play in the US, MGM Records released it as a single.

In 1967, over 200,000 people attended the first Monterey Pop Festival this week in 1967. Many of the leading Rock acts of the time appeared, including Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Simon and Garfunkel, Canned Heat, The Mamas and The Papas, The Grateful Dead, Eric Burdon and The Animals, The Association, Booker T. and The MGs, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, David Crosby and Steve Miller,. John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas would later write, "San Francisco" (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) about the festival, which became a big hit for Scott McKenzie later in the year.

Captain Beefheart released 'Trout Mask Replica' in 1969.

In 1970, Woodstock Ventures announced that they had lost more than $1.2 million on the festival. They would eventually profit from the sale of the Woodstock sound track and related memorabilia.

In 1975, John Lennon filed suit against the U.S. government saying they had selectively prosecuted him to deny his immigration.

The film Grease, with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, premiered in 1978.

The film The Blues Brothers premiered in Chicago in 1980.

In 1982, Pretenders guitarist, 25 year old James Honeyman Scott, died in his sleep in London, England. The official cause of death is "cocaine related heart failure."

In 1993, the U.S. Postal Service released a set of seven stamps that featured Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington and Elvis Presley.

In 1994, Kristen Pfaff (Hole) died of a heroin overdose at the age of 26.

In 1996, the two-day Tibetan Freedom Concert is held in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. Over 100,000 attend. Artists included Rage Against the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lee Hooker, Beck, Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, and Richie Havens.

In 1997, the Radiohead album "OK Computer" was released.

In 2002, nearly twenty-five years after his death, Elvis Presley was number one again in the UK. A remix of his "A Little Less Conversation" by Dutch disc jockey JXL claimed the top spot on the British singles charts, bringing the King's total of chart-topping hits to eighteen, one more than the Beatles' current tally.

birthdays today include Eddie Levert (O'Jays) (69) and Billy "Crash" Craddock (72)

Experience Hendrix LLC & Legacy Recordings Launches Fourth Wave of Releases in Critically Acclaimed Jimi Hendrix Catalog Project

Quartet of Releases Includes 4-Disc Winterland Box Set; Hendrix In The West Expanded; Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live At The Isle Of Wight Uncut on DVD & Every Hendrix Appearance/Performance on The Dick Cavett Show

Available Everywhere Tuesday, September 13

NEW YORK, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings proudly announce four new titles representing the fourth wave of releases in the monumental Jimi Hendrix Catalog Project, available everywhere Tuesday, September 13.

The fourth round of titles from the artist Rolling Stone magazine called "the greatest guitarist of all time" focuses on Hendrix the concert performer with four outstanding releases underscoring the artist's electrifying on-stage prowess: Winterland (a 4 Disc Deluxe Box Set), Hendrix In The West (Expanded), Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live At The Isle Of Wight (uncut on DVD), and Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett Show (every Hendrix appearance on the celebrated talk show on DVD).

Jimi Hendrix Experience- Winterland (versions available: 4 Disc Deluxe Box Set or 8 12" 180 gram Vinyl Audiophile LP Deluxe Box Set or 1 CD Winterland "Highlights")

Winterland is drawn from six stellar shows recorded over three days (October 10, 11 and 12, 1968) at San Francisco's historic Winterland Ballroom. These special performances celebrated the two year anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and came just as the groundbreaking album Electric Ladyland was released.

Winterland presents some of Hendrix's most spectacular guitar work and the four CD set (also available as eight 12" vinyl LPs) is filled with rare live versions of classic songs such as "Manic Depression," "Are You Experienced?," "Tax Free," and "Little Wing" that are not part of any other Sony Legacy release. Fans will also enjoy Hendrix's dramatic interpretations of Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love" and Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor" [with the Experience joined by Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady] as well his rendition of Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone," which has been selected as the lead track for this special release.

This special deluxe box set features never before released music from each of the six unforgettable Winterland performances. The new standard and deluxe editions of Winterland are markedly different from a single disc compilation, long out of print, that was briefly issued by Rykodisc in 1987 and 1988.

The deluxe edition also presents a rare interview with Hendrix recorded backstage at the Boston Garden a few weeks after the Winterland performances. This previously unreleased bonus provides fans with a unique window into Hendrix's views about his background, his approach to the guitar and songwriting and future direction of his music.

The deluxe edition also features a 36 page booked filled with previously unpublished images by acclaimed photographers Robert Knight, Allen Tannenbaum and Jim Marshall as well as an essay by noted Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke.

The featured track, "Like A Rolling Stone," will precede the album's release as a CD and 7" vinyl single coming out Tuesday, August 23 in the states (international release date: August 22). The single will also feature a previously unreleased live version of "Purple Haze" from the Winterland concerts that will not be featured on the box set.

Amazon will offer an exclusive bonus CD, to be bundled with all orders of the four CD and 8 LP Winterland box sets sold through Amazon during 2011, consisting of recordings from Jimi's February 4, 1968 Winterland performance: "Killing Floor," "Red House," "Dear Mr. Fantasy (Part One)" and "Dear Mr. Fantasy (Part Two)." These tracks have been previously available only as part of the rare Dagger Records official bootleg Paris '67/San Francisco '68 and have never been available for retail sale.

Tracklisting Jimi Hendrix Experience- Winterland (4 Disc Deluxe Box Set)

Disc One
10/10/68 Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco

Tax Free
Lover Man
Sunshine of Your Love
Hear My Train A Comin'
Killing Floor
Foxy Lady
Hey Joe
Star Spangled Banner
Purple Haze

Disc Two
10/11/68 Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco

Tax Free
Like a Rolling Stone
Lover Man
Hey Joe
Foxy Lady
Are You Experienced
Red House
Purple Haze

Disc Three
10/12/68 Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco

Lover Man
Like a Rolling Stone
Manic Depression
Sunshine of Your Love
Little Wing
Spanish Castle Magic
Red House
Hey Joe
Purple Haze
Wild Thing

Disc Four
Bonus disc Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco

Foxy Lady

Are You Experienced
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Red House
Star Spangled Banner
Purple Haze

Jimi Hendrix: Boston Garden Backstage Interview

Jimi Hendrix - Hendrix In The West - available as single CD or 2-Disc 12" 180 gram Vinyl Audiophile LP Vinyl version

Consisting of live material recorded at venues ranging from the Berkeley Community Theatre and the San Diego Sports Arena to the Isle of Wight Festival, Hendrix In The West captures the guitarist exploring new directions in sound during 1969-70. Robert Christgau, the Dean of American Rock Critics, called Hendrix's versions of "Red House" and, "Johnny B. Goode" on this album "definitive." Out of print in the US since 1974 and for more than two decades internationally, Hendrix In TheWest, has remained one of the most requested albums by fans to return to the commercial marketplace.

Hendrix In The West will be reissued as an expanded single disc featuring five additional, previously unavailable performances. The album's iconic cover features a classic Jim Marshall photograph of the guitarist and the twenty-four page book is filled with rare and previously unseen images captured by Marshall's distinctive lens. This expanded edition of Hendrix In The West will also be available on 12" vinyl as a 2 LP set.

Tracklisting Hendrix In The West

The Queen
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Little Wing
I Don't Live Today
Spanish Castle Magic
Red House
Johnny B. Goode
Lover Man
Blue Suede Shoes
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

Jimi Hendrix - Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix At The Isle Of Wight - DVD

Experience Hendrix has also expanded this definitive presentation of Jimi's historic performance before 600,000 at the Isle of Wight Festival in August 1970.

Exquisitely directed by Academy Award-winning American documentary/experimental filmmaker Murray Lerner, this special reissue now runs more than 180 minutes and features a newly created special features section that allows viewers to view individual camera angles of selected performances. Hendrix fans can now select individual camera angles to focus on the guitarist's incomparable fretwork and technique during such signature songs as "All Along The Watchtower," "Spanish Castle Magic," "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Foxey Lady," and more.

This new definitive DVD edition also features newly discovered footage of Hendrix's Isle Of Wight performance of "Hey Joe," the single that launched his meteoric career in England in 1966.

Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live At The Isle Of Wight features both stereo and 5.1 surround soundtracks mixed by Eddie Kramer, Hendrix's original recording engineer.

Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett Show - DVD

The complete collection of Jimi Hendrix's celebrated appearances on The Dick Cavett Show is now available on Legacy Recordings. The Dick Cavett Show marked Jimi's US network television debut and this special documentary, directed by multiple Grammy Award winner Bob Smeaton [Beatles Anthology, Band Of Gypsys], features complete live performances of "Izabella", "Machine Gun", and "Hear My Train A Comin'" as well as new interviews with Cavett, Experience band members Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox, and others. Jimi's own insightful interviews with Cavett touched upon a variety of personal and professional issues ranging from his stint as a US Army paratrooper to his celebrated rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" at the Woodstock Festival. These conversations with Cavett helped reveal the humor, passion, and intelligence of the man behind such rock classics as Are You Experienced and Electric Ladyland.

This deluxe edition also includes a new, behind the scenes documentary. The Dick Cavett Show DVD runs 90 minutes total.

This year's edition of the Experience Hendrix concert tour, presented by Fender Musical Instruments, recently completed a limited run of select dates in May with an all-star lineup of musical greats paying homage to the abiding genius of Jimi Hendrix. This year's tour included performances by Billy Cox, Steve Vai, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, David Hidalgo & Cesar Rosas [Los Lobos], Keb' Mo', Eric Johnson, North Mississippi All Stars, Brad Whitford [Aerosmith], Living Colour, Ernie Isley, Chris Layton [Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble], Mato [Indigenous] with other special guests. The Orange County Register, in its review of Experience Hendrix at the 2011 Doheny Blues Festival, called it "...overwhelmingly strong, even inspired, an Electric Church encounter that one likes to think would have made Jimi proud."

Massively popular with fans and critics alike, the 2010 Experience Hendrix tour inspired

Larry Rodgers of the Arizona Republic to rave, "It was encouraging to see fans of all ages, from teens to baby boomers who witnessed Hendrix's career launch firsthand, in the Mesa crowd. The show and that crowd made it clear that Hendrix's magical music will never die."

Dan Durchholz, covering the tour for the St. Louis Post Dispatch marveled at how "...the Experience Hendrix tour showed just how pervasive (Hendrix's) influence continues to be. The three-hour show featured an all-star lineup from a variety of musical traditions, united by a collective debt to the iconic artist's songs, showmanship and trailblazing technique. Despite its creator's demise decades ago, Hendrix's music is still alive and well."

Experience Hendrix bassist Billy Cox -- who first befriended Hendrix in the 101st Airborne Division of U.S. Army, played in both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys and performed with Hendrix at such landmark festivals as Woodstock and the Isle of Wight -- is delighted to play a part in the current tour saying, "It's a thrill for me to play Jimi's music for audiences now as it was in the 1960s."

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Legacy's first round of Jimi Hendrix releases opened with the release of Valleys of Neptune, a long-awaited album of previously unavailable Jimi Hendrix studio recordings, which debuted on the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart at #4 while four additional Hendrix catalog titles -- Are You Experienced (#44), Electric Ladyland (#60), First Rays of the New Rising Sun (#63), and Axis: Bold As Love (#67) -- rocketed back into the Billboard 200 four decades after their original release dates. A testimony to the enduring vitality and importance of the trailblazing artist-guitarist-performer, Jimi Hendrix had five albums in America's Top 100 in March 2010.

The second wave of 2010 Jimi Hendrix titles culminated in the long awaited release of West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology, a definitive career-spanning four CD box set tracking Hendrix's remarkable journey from R&B sideman to international stardom. The deluxe set is filled with previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix Experience recordings plus demos, alternate takes and more. The newly curated and assembled Jimi Hendrix anthology includes a new Hendrix documentary directed by the Grammy award winning Bob Smeaton (Beatles Anthology, Festival Express, Beatles: The Studio Recordings).

The third wave of Legacy Hendrix reissues, released in April 2011, offered the definitive edition of the career-spanning posthumous album South Saturn Delta; a deluxe DVD edition of Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys (Live at Fillmore East), winner of the 1999 Best Long Form Music Video Grammy; and "Fire" coupled with "Touch You" a limited edition single available on 7" vinyl and CD (with a third unreleased track "Cat Talking To Me"), struck in celebration of nationwide Record Store Day on Saturday, April 16.

More than 1,000,000 Jimi Hendrix albums were sold in 2010 alone.

About Legacy Recordings

The multiple Grammy-winning Legacy Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment's catalog division, produces and maintains the world's foremost catalog of historic reissues, an unparalleled compendium of thousands of digitally re-mastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, ethnic, world music, classical, comedy and more.

About Experience Hendrix L.L.C.

Founded by James 'Al' Hendrix, Jimi's father, in 1995, Experience Hendrix, has been managed since its inception by family members personally chosen by Al during his tenure as Chairman. It is the official family company charged with managing the music, name, image and likeness of Jimi Hendrix. As a part of its daily operations, under President and CEO Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix oversee Jimi's timeless legacy on a worldwide basis.  

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