Friday, June 17, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

here's a bit of follow up news on yesterday's post

Metallica collab is ‘perfection’ says Reed

Lou insists album with thrash giants is “marriage made in heaven” – they say it’s made them a better band

Lou Reed insists his collaboration with Metallica is “a marriage made in heaven” – and the thrash giants claim the experience has made them a better band.

Fans were astonished yesterday when the “secret project” guitarist Kirk Hammett had alluded to turned out to be a ten-track album made with art-rock icon Reed, 69.

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Guitar Hero Duane Eddy Returns with Album and Dates

Andrew Vaughan

Guitar legend Duane Eddy will release a brand new album on June 20 in the U.K.

He’s also playing London’s prestigious 100 Club on June 21, as well as Britain’s premier outdoor festival, Glastonbury, on June 26.

This is Eddy’s first album in 24 years and was produced by singer Richard Hawley. Eddy lived in England for the duration of the project and enjoyed his time in Sheffield: “The people there are like the people in Nashville – friendly, sweet and wonderful people.”



Animals As Leaders Release Delayed

The vinyl version of Animals As Leaders' self titled debut will be delayed a week and the LP will now be released on June 28th.

Pre-orders will begin shipping this Monday, June 20th. The 180-gram double-LP set, which includes the song "Wave of Babies" (previously an iTunes exclusive) as a bonus track, comes in a high-quality Stoughton gatefold jacket with enhanced album artwork that includes 3D imagery and custom AAL 3D glasses.

The set is available on black and a green/yellow swirl and is limited to 1000 pieces total. There is also be a brand new, exclusive T-shirt available on its own or in a bundle with the LPs. The LP can still be ordered through Prosthetic's Webstore.


the toronto sun has a fantastic interview with none other than gene simmons, a great read!

Gene Simmons speaks out on success

By Darryl Sterdan ,QMI Agency

If there's one thing KISS's Gene Simmons knows how to do, it's wag his tongue.

So it only makes sense that the multi-tasking entertainer and businessman has recently added a new credit to his lengthy resumé: Motivational speaker.

"I love the sound of my own voice, as you can imagine," says Simmons of his Rich & Famous Speaking Engagements. "So part of it is about me. But it's also about my path to success.



like their sound, give them a listen

Wild Flag announce debut album & fall tour!

The debut self-titled album from Wild Flag, the 4-piece Portland, OR- and Washington, DC-based rock group including Carrie Brownstein, Mary Timony, Rebecca Cole and Janet Weiss, will be in stores on September 13. Featuring members of Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, Helium, the Minders and Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks to name just a few, Wild Flag premiered with a tour of small west coast rock clubs in the fall of 2010.

Pre-order Wild Flag’s self-titled debut album now on CD and LP in the Merge store.

The group is touring North America throughout the summer and fall including a date opening for Sonic Youth at Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Waterfront on August 12.

While all the members have known each other and played together in various projects for well over a decade, Wild Flag first came together in 2009 to write and perform the score for the critically acclaimed Lynn Hershman Leeson documentary !Women Art Revolution. After working together with such ease in the studio, the quartet decided to continue writing and recording as a working unit. The group spent months playing together, figuring out dynamics and working the songs out in a live context, before finally recording their debut album at Sacramento’s The Hangar with engineer Chris Woodhouse in April of 2011. All of the songs were performed live save for the vocal tracks.

Wild Flag are Carrie Brownstein, Rebecca Cole, Mary Timony and Janet Weiss. You can find Wild Flag on Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace.

Pre-order Wild Flag now on CD or LP in the Merge store

Wild Flag on tour:

June 24 Calgary, AL Sled Island
June 25 Calgary, AL Sled Island
July 22 Chicago, IL Subterranean
July 23 Chicago, IL Wicker Park Festival
Aug 12 Brooklyn, NY Williamsburg Waterfront w/ Sonic Youth
Oct 3 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre
Oct 4 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
Oct 5 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
Oct 7 Champaign, IL High Dive
Oct 9 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Oct 10 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
Oct 11 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
Oct 14 Boston, MA Paradise
Oct 15 Brooklyn, NY Bell House
Oct 16 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
Oct 18 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Oct 19 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
Oct 20 Washington, DC Black Cat
Oct 21 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
Oct 22 Athens, GA 40 Watt
Oct 24 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
Oct 26 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
Oct 29 Austin, TX Emo’s
Oct 31 Tempe, AZ Rhythm Room
Nov 1 San Diego, CA Casbah
Nov 2 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Nov 3 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Nov 4 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Nov 5 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Nov 7 Arcata, CA Humboldt State
Nov 9 Portland, OR Doug Fir
Nov 10 Portland, OR Doug Fir
Nov 11 Seattle, WA Neumo’s
Nov 12 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret


nice write up and comments from the band:

Uriah Heep brings ‘Into the Wild’ to Sellersville

By Paul Nasella

Legendary British rockers Uriah Heep will bring their brand of high energy progressive rock to Sellersville Theater 1894 on Monday, June 20.

Originally formed in London, England, in 1969, the group consists of Bernie Shaw, vocals; Mick Box, guitar; Phil Lanzon, keyboards; Trevor Bolder, bass; and Russell Gilbrook, drums. Known for hits like “The Wizard,” “Free ’n Easy,” “Sunrise,” “July Morning” and “Lady in Black,” Uriah Heep has released 23 studio albums that have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

Uriah Heep is a group that makes its living racking up miles on the odometer and seeing the world doing it. Often, the band will play more than 120 shows a year in more than 50 countries across the globe.

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lovely story, we love our vinyl!

Vinyl record sales increase in Iowa City, nationwide


Greg Markus was bored at his friend’s cabin in Galena, Iowa. The lakeside house was dusty, cramped and almost completely devoid of electronic entertainment.

The 14-year-old’s opinion changed when he saw a weathered record player in the basement, flanked by a row of vinyl albums — also known as LPs — from the seventies. He found an album he often listened to on CD, Neil Young’s “Harvest,” and placed the needle on top. Young’s sonorous croon lit up the basement, delivered with a clarity Markus said he never heard on CD or MP3.

“I’ll never buy CDs again — stupid plastic cases, little discs,” said Markus, now 22.

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another enjoys vinyl to mend her blues

Revolving With Sinatra On Vinyl

by Laura-Anne Rowell

Lighting a candle and having a mixed drink after a breakup that cannot be mended. Searching for a kinship that will validate your pain you reach for the classic sound of vinyl

Whether you are into the blues of Leadbelly or the vixen calls of Julie London validating your pain, the one who all can’t resist is the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra vinyl LPs, telling your story.

The reason is while hearing a classic vinyl you can still feel the ache of the moments that were captured in all their wonderous imperfections. Modern equipment has ruined the true vocalist sounds with their snores of perfection.

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U2, Bon Jovi & Elton John Top Forbes' List of Highest Paid Musicians

It's a new world in the music industry. You probably won't make a lot of money on your recordings. If you have a really good brand, you might make some money in licensing, but the real money, the big dollars, comes from touring.

That's what was proven by the twenty-five artists named to Forbes annual list of the World's Highest Paid Musicians. The vast majority of the artists on the list made their money from touring, including the top paid act, U2, who continue with their 360 Degree World Tour. The same goes for the rest of the top five who have all had big tours.

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Mightier Than Sword Announce Blink-182 Vinyl Releases

Mightier Than Sword have announced details of two Blink-182 vinyl releases.

The label will be producing a third pressing of 'Enema of The State', which will be limited to 2 new colors, each hand-numbered out of 182 copies:

“skin” peach marble (/182) - Mightier Than Sword exclusive
“latex” blue marble (/182) - ShopRadioCast Exclusve

In addition the bands 'Self-Titled' album will be pressed on solid pink vinyl and will be limited to 100.

Pre-orders for both records will be available today from 12PM EST.


and in music history for today:

In 1955, after a month of booking gigs in larger venues in Dallas and Houston, Colonel Tom Parker arranges a meeting with Elvis Presley's manager, Bob Neal, which results in an agreement that will see the Colonel handle Presley's show dates and career strategy from now on.

In 1963, the Rolling Stones released their first UK single, "Come On", which would peak at #21.

In 1964, Jay and The Americans record the Tex-Mex hit, "Come A Little Bit Closer", which would climb to number 3 in the US by the following November.

In 1967, the Hollies' "Carrie Ann" is released in the US, where it will reach #9.

Moby Grape released 5 singles simultaneously on CBS Records in 1967.

In 1971, Carole King saw her "Tapestry" album hit number 1 in the US for the first of 15 consecutive weeks. The LP contained such classic tracks as "It's Too Late", "I Feel the Earth Move", "So Far Away", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" and "You've Got a Friend". The Grammy Award winning disc is considered by many to be one of the best Rock 'n' Roll albums of all time.

In 1978, Andy Gibb became the first solo artist in the history of Billboard's Hot 100 to have his first three releases reach number one when "Shadow Dancing" hit the top of the chart. Since then, Michael Jackson had four number ones in a row and Mariah Carey had five. "Shadow Dancing" would be the best selling single in the US in 1978, but was only a #42 hit in the UK.

Led Zeppelin began their last tour in 1980.

In 1987, a St. Petersburg, Florida real estate agent named Vittoria Holman sued Mötley Crüe and a concert promoter for hearing loss allegedly incurred at a concert in December 1985. Holman and her daughter had front row seats less than 10 feet (3 meters) from a wall of speakers. The case was settled out of court when the band's insurance company paid Holman over $30,000. huh?

In 1997, Ozzy Osbourne cancelled his solo set and his reunion with Black Sabbath, scheduled for an Ozzfest tour stop at the Polaris Amphitheatre near Columbus, Ohio. Osbourne claimed he had lost his voice. Other groups on the bill performed as scheduled but disappointed fans set fires and damaged the outdoor facility. Twenty-three people were arrested and three were slightly hurt. Osbourne and Black Sabbath played a make-up date two weeks later.

In 2007, the Traveling Wilburys' "Collection" rose to the top of the UK album chart. The Wilburys consisted of George Harrison, (Nelson Wilbury), Jeff Lynne, (Otis Wilbury), Roy Orbison, (Lefty Wilbury), Tom Petty, (Charlie T. Wilbury Jr.) and Bob Dylan, (Lucky Wilbury).

birthdays today include (among others) Eric Stefani (No Doubt) (44), Greg Rolie (Santana) (64), Barry Manilow (68) and Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) (53).

1956: The Year Elvis Presley Skyrocketed to Global Fame!



Deluxe set available now for pre-order at ELVIS1956.COM; Advance orders through this website will also receive an exclusive replica vinyl 7" of Elvis' first 45rpm EP for RCA Records

Also coming- ELVIS PRESLEY: LEGACY EDITION special double-CD package, couples ELVIS PRESLEY and ELVIS albums with bonus tracks

Both releases available everywhere September 27, 2011 on RCA/Legacy

NEW YORK, June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The explosion of Elvis Presley's career on RCA Records during the 12 months of 1956 was a wondrous evolution. By the end of that fateful year, the rockabilly singer from Memphis whose audience was rooted in the deep Southern states, would be the most famous person in the world. How did it happen? In one word: music. "…My pelvis had nothin' to do with what I do," Elvis said in 1956. "I just get kinda in rhythm with the music, I jump around to it because I enjoy what I'm doin', I'm not tryin' to be vulgar, I'm not tryin' to sell any sex, I'm not tryin' to look vulgar and nasty. I just enjoy what I'm doin' and tryin' to make the best of it ..." The rest, of course, is history. Ten million singles sold, three million EPs, and 800,000 LPs' worth, in just that first year. 1956.

YOUNG MAN WITH THE BIG BEAT puts the focus on Elvis in 1956. The package includes his RCA studio master recordings and outtakes in New York, Nashville and Memphis; live performances; interviews; and much more. Taking its name from an RCA poster campaign for his debut album, the super deluxe 5-CD, 12-inch square box set (with an amazing 80-page book with timeline) is available now for pre-order at Pre-order customers will also receive an exclusive replica vinyl 7" of Elvis' first 45rpm EP for RCA Records. Sharing the same striking cover art as Elvis' debut album, the EP ("extended play") features "Blue Suede Shoes," "Tutti Frutti," "I Got A Woman" and "Just Because." This vinyl single is only available through this special website offer, and it will ship upon payment for the box set.

The actual box set will be available everywhere September 27, 2011, on RCA/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
The five CDs comprise the following, all material originating in 1956:

CD One, Studio Recordings: 17 tracks recorded in New York, Nashville, and Hollywood, starting with the 12 songs on the debut LP, Elvis Presley ('1254'), followed by non-LP single A-sides and B-sides, and EP tracks;

CD Two, Studio Recordings: 22 tracks recorded in New York, Nashville, and Memphis, starting with the 12 songs on the second LP, Elvis ('1382'), followed by non-LP single A-sides and B-sides, and EP tracks;

•CD Three, Live Recordings: Rare remasters of shows at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas (four songs); Little Rock, Arkansas (seven songs); and a recently discovered, previously unreleased concert in Shreveport, Louisiana, in December (ten songs);

CD Four, The Outtakes: Four outtakes from the first historic RCA session in January ("I Got A Woman," "Heartbreak Hotel," "I'm Counting On You," "I Was The One"), segueing into the complete session of February 3rd (11 takes of "Lawdy, Miss Clawdy" and 12 takes of "Shake, Rattle And Roll"); plus the first of the interviews -- the complete Warwick Hotel (NYC) interview by Robert Brown in March;

•CD Five, the Interviews: The Paul Wilder interview, plus his interviews with Colonel Parker and Oscar Davis; plus two segments of Elvis' rarely heard candid monologue, "The Truth About Me," and two advertisements for RCA Victrolas.

Over the course of CDs One and Two, YOUNG MAN WITH THE BIG BEAT compiles Elvis Presley's complete 1956 masters. The year was fueled by a run of hits that kept radio well-stocked: "Heartbreak Hotel," "I Was The One," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Money Honey," "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You," "My Baby Left Me," "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog," and "Love Me Tender" topping the list.

In addition to the master takes, outtakes, and live performances heard on CDs One through Four of YOUNG MAN WITH THE BIG BEAT, there is also the most extensive collection of audio spoken word material ever included on an RCA release. These extended and rare interviews are previously unreleased by RCA Records. The first of these segments, at the end of CD Four, is the complete Elvis interview by Robert Brown that took place at the Warwick Hotel in New York City on March 24th.

CD Five then presents:

•The Complete TV Guide Presents Elvis interview (Elvis interviewed by Paul Wilder backstage at the Polk Theater, Lakeland, Florida, on August 10th);

•Colonel Parker and Oscar Davis (interviewed by Paul Wilder backstage at the Polk Theater, Lakeland, Florida, on August 10th);

•The Truth About Me (Original spoken word 45 rpm disc included in Teen Parade magazine. Recorded on the set of Love Me Tender, August 22nd);

•The Truth About Me Interview (Recorded on the set of Love Me Tender, August 22nd);

•RCA Victrola radio ad 1;

•RCA Victrola radio ad 2 (both ads never before released commercially).

In tandem with the release of YOUNG MAN WITH THE BIG BEAT, RCA/ Legacy will also release (on the same date) ELVIS PRESLEY: LEGACY EDITION. This special double-CD package will couple, for the first time, the Elvis Presley and Elvis albums of 1956. They will be heard as they are on CD One and CD Two of the YOUNG MAN box set (with the same bonus tracks).

ELVIS PRESLEY: LEGACY EDITION (RCA/Legacy 88697 90795 2) has as its cover image the classic Elvis Presley debut LP design that has been paid homage by the Clash (London Calling), Big Audio Dynamite (F-Punk), k.d. lang (Reintarnation), and many others. The Legacy Edition booklet will contain new liner notes and rare archival photography.

YOUNG MAN WITH THE BIG BEAT will feature one of the most extraordinary books every created at Legacy. The focal point of the book, spread across its 80 pages, will be a unique, meticulously-researched, day-by-day chronology of Elvis' iconic year, including every concert, every recording date, every television appearance, personal events in Elvis' life, and much more. A dazzling photo array of memorabilia will illustrate each day and entry. Concert ticket stubs, RCA memoranda, letters from fans, postcards from Elvis to his family, tour itineraries, magazine covers and articles, trade charts, fan club relics, RCA publicity photos, concert photos, candid photos, and more will be a feast for the eyes and the imagination as 1956 unfolds. The book was assembled by Elvis expert Roger Semon.

YOUNG MAN WITH THE BIG BEAT will also include five rare 8x10 photographs (suitable for framing), five original-size poster replicas, and a replica concert ticket stub.

YOUNG MAN WITH THE BIG BEAT was produced for reissue by Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, the respected director of RCA's Elvis catalog for over two decades. Jorgensen is also the author of the essential research guide, Elvis Presley: A Life In Music (St. Martin's Press, 1998). He recently completed The Complete Elvis Presley Masters, the 27-CD crown jewel in RCA/Legacy's Elvis 75 campaign of 2010-2011. That set contains all 711 master recordings released during Elvis' lifetime, housed in a 12-inch square presentation case which includes a coffee table-style book.

After nearly a year and a half of studio recording and singles releases on Sun Records of Memphis, Elvis Presley's recording contract was sold to RCA Records on November 21, 1955. Elvis arrived at RCA Studios in Nashville on January 10, 1956, with his band, guitarist Scotty Moore, bassist Bill Black, and D.J. Fontana on drums. It was the beginning of an odyssey that would not only transform the lives of Elvis and his buddies, but would also reshape the face of popular music, entertainment television, radio, concert promotion, movie production and more in America and around the world.

Buddy Holly: "Without Elvis none of us could have made it."

Scotty Moore: "He had so much energy we had to sit up nights to wear him out so that we could go to sleep."

John Lennon: "My crushing ambition in life was to be like Elvis Presley."

Bruce Springsteen: "My mother was watching the Ed Sullivan Show and Elvis came on. I went out and bought a guitar straight away..."

James Brown: "Elvis taught white America to get down."

From the master takes recorded at those January 10th sessions, "Heartbreak Hotel" (inducted into the Grammy® Hall Of Fame) and "I Was the One," to the Million Dollar Quartet jam session back home in Memphis on December 4th, it was a year in music that will never be equaled.

Both the box set and the Legacy Edition are currently available for pre-order at Order YOUNG MAN WITH A BIG BEAT at; order ELVIS PRESLEY: LEGACY EDITION at .


(RCA/Legacy 88697 93534 2)

CD One (1956 Studio Recordings, Part 1) – Selections: 1. Blue Suede Shoes - 2. I'm Counting On You - 3. I Got A Woman - 4. One-Sided Love Affair - 5. I Love You Because - 6. Just Because - 7. Tutti Frutti - 8. Trying To Get To You - 9. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) - 10. I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') - 11. Blue Moon - 12. Money Honey - 13. Heartbreak Hotel - 14. I Was The One - 15. My Baby Left Me - 16. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - 17. Shake, Rattle And Roll.

CD Two (1956 Studio Recordings, Part 2) – Selections: 1. Rip It Up - 2. Love Me - 3. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again - 4. Long Tall Sally - 5. First In Line - 6. Paralyzed - 7. So Glad You're Mine - 8. Old Shep - 9. Ready Teddy - 10. Anyplace Is Paradise - 11. How's The World Treating You - 12. How Do You Think I Feel - 13. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - 14. Hound Dog - 15. Don't Be Cruel - 16. Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be) - 17. Too Much - 18. Playing For Keeps - 19. Love Me Tender - 20. Let Me - 21. Poor Boy - 22. We're Gonna Move.

CD Three (Live, 1956) – Selections: 1. Heartbreak Hotel (A) - 2. Long Tall Sally (A) - 3. Blue Suede Shoes (A) - 4. Money Honey (A) - 5. Heartbreak Hotel (B) - 6. Long Tall Sally (B) - 7. I Was The One (B) - 8. Money Honey (B) - 9. I Got A Woman (B) - 10. Blue Suede Shoes (B) - 11. Hound Dog (B) - 12. Heartbreak Hotel (C) - 13. Long Tall Sally (C) - 14. I Was The One (C) - 15. Love Me Tender (C) - 16. Don't Be Cruel (C) - 17. Love Me (C) - 18. I Got A Woman (C) - 19. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (C) - 20. Paralyzed (C) - 21. Hound Dog (C).

A – Tracks 1-4 live at the Venus Room, Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas, May 6, 1956.
B – Tracks 5-11 live at the Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16, 1956.
C – Tracks 12-21 live at the Hirsch Youth Center, Louisiana Fairgrounds, Shreveport, Louisiana, December 15, 1956, previously unreleased.

CD Four (The Outtakes) – Selections: 1. I Got A Woman - take unknown - 2. Heartbreak Hotel - take 6 - 3. I'm Counting On You - take 13 - 4. I Was The One - take 2 - 5. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - take 1 - 6. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - take 3 - 7. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - take 4 - 8. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - take 5 - 9. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - take 6 - 10. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - takes 7, 8, 9 - 11. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - take 10 (Master) - 12. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - takes 11, 12 - 13. Shake, Rattle And Roll - takes 1, 2 - 14. Shake, Rattle And Roll - takes 3, 4, 5, 6 - 15. Shake, Rattle And Roll - take 8 - 16. Shake, Rattle And Roll - takes 9, 10, 11, 12, 12 (Undubbed Master) - 17. The Complete Warwick Hotel Interview by Robert Brown, New York, N.Y., March 24th.

Tracks 1-4: First RCA Session Outtakes, January 10-11, 1956.
Tracks 5-16: The Complete February 3, 1956 Sessions.
Track 17: Extended and rare interview previously unreleased by RCA Records.

CD Five (The Interviews) – Selections: 1. The Complete TV Guide Presents Elvis interview (Elvis interviewed by Paul Wilder backstage at the Polk Theater, Lakeland, Florida, on August 10th) - 2. Colonel Parker and Oscar Davis (interviewed by Paul Wilder backstage at the Polk Theater, Lakeland, Florida, on August 10th) - 3. The Truth About Me (Original spoken word 45 rpm disc included in Teen Parade magazine. Recorded on the set of Love Me Tender, August 22nd) - 4. The Truth About Me Interview (Recorded on the set of Love Me Tender, August 22nd) - 5. Victrola Radio ad 1 - 6. Victrola Radio ad 2.

Tracks 1-4: Extended and rare interviews previously unreleased by RCA Records.
Tracks 5-6: Victrola Radio ads never before released commercially.

SOURCE Legacy Recordings