Monday, June 20, 2011

New Vinyl Record and Music Releases - June 21, 2011

Bon Iver's self-titled sophomore album tops a list of CVR Blog picks as well as Jill Scott's The Light Of The Sun, These Hearts with Forever Ended Yesterday, I Set My Friends On Fire with Astral Rejection and OK Go's 180/365.

Vinyl reissues include of Sugar's Copper Blue, The Tallest Man on Earth EP, two from Yes (Close to the Edge and Fragile), Radio Dept's Lesser Matters and My Morning Jacket's Celebracion De La Ciudad Natal.

Other vinyl releases this week include Beastie Boys with Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, Depeche Mode's Remixes 2: 81-11 (6 LPs), Sarah Jarosz with Follow Me Dow, Barn Owl's Shadowland, Levon Helm's double LP Ramble At The Ryman, Matt Bauer's The Jessamine County Book Of The Living and Pontiak's Comecrudos.

Plenty of hardcore metal this week including releases by Ed Gein with Bad Luck, August Burns Red's Leveler, Vanna with And They Came Baring Bones and Wolverine's Communication Lost; to name a few

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1,2,3 - New Heaven
Ace - Five A Side (2 CDs)
Anamanaguchi & Starscream - “My Skateboard Will Go On”/”Shred the Gnar (Into the Stars)” (7")
Ancestors - Invisible White
Atari Teenage Riot - Is This Hyperreal?
Attack! Attack! - The Latest Fashion
August Burns Red - Leveler
Bad Company - Straight Shooter (Gold CD)
Barn Owl - Shadowland (vinyl)
Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (vinyl)
Bill Cosby - Icon
Billie Holiday - Icon
Bing Crosby - Icon
Blanck Mass - Blanck Mass
Blaq Poet - Blaq Poet Society
Bobby - Bobby
Bodies of Water - Twist Again
Bon Iver - Bon IVer
Buddy Guy - Icon
Carly Simon - No Secrets (Gold CD)
Cassettes Won’t Listen - EVINSPACEY
Centro-matic - Candidate Waltz
Cindy Bradley - Unscripted
Cliffie Swan - Memories Come True
Converge / Dropdead - split 7"
Cream - Icon
Dave Alvin - Eleven Eleven
Death - Human (remastered with bonus tracks)
Depeche Mode - Remixes 2: 81-11 6 LPs (vinyl)
Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction
Devin Townsend Project - Ghost
Diamond Rings - Special Affections (reissue)
Digitalism - I Love You, Dude
Dinosaur Jr. - Bug (reissue)
Diva - Glitter End
Dr. Michael White - Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 1
Dream Machine - Dream Machine
Ed Gein - Bad Luck
Elitist - Fear in a Handful of Dust
Elvis Presley - Real (3 CDs)
FM Belfast - Don’t Want To Sleep
Father's Children - Who's Gonna Save The World
Fit For An Autopsy - The Process Of Human Extermination
Follow That Bird - “Wooden Bones” (7")
Gary Nicholson - Texas Songbook
George "Harmonica" Smith - Teardrops Are Falling - Live In 1983
Giant Sand - Black Out: 25th Anniversary Edition (reissue)
Giant Sand - Glum: 25th Anniversary Edition (reissue)
Giant Sand - Goods & Services: 25th Anniversary Edition (reissue)
Girlyman - Everything's Easy (reissue)
Grieves - Together/Apart
Guano Apes - Bel Air
Head Cat - Walk the Walk…Talk the Talk
Helms Alee - Weatherhead
Holcombe Waller - Into the Dark Unknown (reissue)
INXS - Full Moon Dirty Hearts (remastered)
INXS - Swing (remastered)
I Set My Friends On Fire - Astral Rejection
Iceage - New Brigade
In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading
Ingram Hill - Blue Room Afternoon
JEFF the Brotherhood - We Are the Champions
Jackmaster - Fabriclive 57
Jill Scott - The Light Of The Sun
Jim Lauderdale - Reason & Rhyme
Jim O'Rourke - Old News #5 (vinyl)
Jim O’Rourke & Oren Ambarchi - Indeed
John Paul Keith - The Man That Time Forgot
Jungle Rot - Kill On Command
Justin Moore - Outlaws Like Me
KXP - KXP (vinyl)
LMFAO - Sorry For Party Rocking
Larry Jon Wilson - New Beginnings / Let Me Sing My Song To You
Laura Cantrell - Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs of the Queen of Country Music
Laurel Halo - Hour Logic EP (vinyl)
Levon Helm - Ramble At The Ryman 2 LPs (vinyl)
Liam Finn - FOMO
MF Doom - Operation Doomsday (remastered 4-LP box set)(vinyl)
Madeline - Black Velvet
Making Friendz - Social Life
Matt Bauer - The Jessamine County Book Of The Living (vinyl)
Matt Nathanson - Modern Love
Matthew Shipp / Beans / William Parker / HPrizm - Knives From Heaven
Meekos & Me - Anxious Little Turtles
Megan Bonnell - Maps
Michael Bolton - Gems: The Duets Collection
Minerva Lions - Great Strides, Priestess & Queen (EP)
Miracle Parade - Hark!…And Other Lost Transmissions
Motorboater - Sport
My Morning Jacket - Celebracion De La Ciudad Natal (reissue) (vinyl)
Natalie Walker - Spark
New Years Day - The Mechanical Heart (EP)
Nickel Creek - Nickel Creek (remastered) (vinyl)
Nickel Creek - This Side (remastered) (vinyl)
Nickel Creek - Why Should the Fire Die (remastered) (vinyl)
Night Ranger - Somewhere in California
Nighty Nite - Dimples EP
OK Go - 180/365
Olivia Newton-John - Portraits: A Tribute to Great Women of Song
Pain - You Only Live Twice
Paleo - Fruit of the Spirit
Patsy Cline - Fingerprints (reissue)
Paul Hardcastle - Hardcastle VI
Peter, Paul & Mary - Weave Me the Sunshine (remastered)
Peter Furler - On Fire
Peter Tosh - Equal Rights: Legacy Edition (2 CDs)
Peter Tosh - Legalize It: Legacy Edition (2 CDs)
Phil Perry & Kevin Sanlin - For Those Who Love / We're The Winners
Pitbull - Planet Pit
Planks - The Darkest of Grays/Solicit to Fall
Pontiak - Comecrudos (vinyl)
Priory - Priory
Radio Dept .- Lesser Matters (reissue) (vinyl)
Righteous Brothers - Icon
Ron Banks - Truly Bad
Roxy Music - Manchester Manifesto (2 CDs)(reissue)
Rubblebucket - Omega La La
S.O.S. - I Owe You Nothing EP (Good Fight)
Sandy Denny - North Star Grassman & The Ravens (2 CDs)
Sarah Jarosz - Follow Me Down (vinyl)
Seun Kuti - From Africa With Fury: Rise
Seven Sisters Of Sleep - self/titled
Simple Plan - Get Your Heart On!
Sorry Bamba - Volume One 1970-1979
Sourvein - Black Fang
Spring Offensive - Pull Us Apart (reissue)
Steve Winwood - Icon
Stonewall Jackson - The Lonesome In Me
Stuvesant - Fret Sounds
Suede - A New Morning (reissue)
Suede - Coming Up (remastered with bonus CD & DVD)
Sugar - Copper Blue (reissue)(vinyl)
Symphony X - Iconoclast
Tally Hall - GOOD & EVIL
Teddybears - Devil’s Music
Telepathe - “Throw Away This”/”Destroyer” (7")
The Black Dahlia Murder - Ritual
The Black Rabbits - Hypno Switch
The Chain Gang of 1974 - Wayward Fire
The Crimson Armada - Conviction
The Get Up Kids - Simple Science (reissue)
The Grown Ups - Handholder
The Head - Hang On
The Hush Now - Constellations (reissue)
The Japanese Popstars - Allegiance
The Knux - Eraser
The Mast - Wild Poppies
The Nighty Nite - Dimples (EP)
The Parlotones - Live Design
The Tallest Man on Earth - The Tallest Man on Earth EP (reissue)(vinyl)
The View - Cutting Corners (EP)
These Hearts - Forever Ended Yesterday
These Trails - These Trails
Thin Lizzy - Icon
Through the Sparks - Almanac (MMX) Year of Beasts
Tim Easton & the Freelan Barons - Beat the Band
Turbid North - Orogeny (reissue)
Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Vanessa Carlton - Rabbits On The Run
Vanna - And They Came Baring Bones
Various Artists - Chicago Blues: A Living History- The (R)Evolution Continues
Various Artists - Complete Pop Instrumental Hits Of The Sixties, Volume 1 - 1960 (3 CDs)
Various Artists - True Soul V.1: Deep Sounds From The Left Of Stax
Various Artists - Sympathy For Delicious
Viva Voce - The Future Will Destroy You
Waldo - Love Don't Grow On Trees
Weather Report - Live in Offenbach 1978 (2 CDs)
Weird Al Yankovic - Alpocalypse
When Saints Go Machines - Konkylie
White Hills - H-p1
Wild Moccasins - Skin Collision Past
Witches - Forever
Wolverine - Communication Lost
Wonderful - Wake Up to Dreamland
World’s End Girlfriend - Seven Idiots
Xibalba - Madre Mia Por Los Dias
YACHT - Shangri-La
Yes - Close to the Edge (reissue)
Yes - Fragile (reissue)
ZZ Top - Live In Germany 1980

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45 x 45s: Rolling Stones records for obsessive compulsives

by Mervyn Dendy

The Rolling Stones have just released another box set. Entitled The Singles 1971-2006, it consists of 45 CDs allegedly (I will explain at the end why I say “allegedly”) containing all the official singles released by the Stones in the UK and/or the US in 7-inch, 12-inch or CD format between 1971 and 2006. A producers’ note at the back of the small hardcover book accompanying the set announces that the aim of the collection is to gather the tracks which originally featured on those singles, and the booklet notes written by journalist and broadcaster Paul Sexton describe the box as a “loving recreation of the band’s singles output” starting from 1971. That, of course, was the year in which the Rolling Stones Records label was introduced, and in which the now famous lip and tongue logo was seen for the first time.

Each of the 45 singles comes in its own cardboard sleeve reproducing the original sleeve, while the artwork on the labels of the CDs themselves replicates the labels of the singles.



very engaging article about digital and analog mediums, however, any way you spin it, it's all about the music:

Music in the Digital Age | Gear evolves, love of tunes still remains

Written by Jeffrey Lee Puckett

Conor Oberst can imagine a time when technology has advanced to the point where we leave the physical world behind, our consciousness uploaded and allowed to roam free. A desire for art will result in art.

“You just have to imagine a record, and it'll exist,” said the Bright Eyes musician, who has become deeply interested in the work of Ray Kurzweil, a technology philosopher who has written about an intelligence explosion that could redefine existence.

“He essentially says that a time will come when technology will eclipse human intelligence, and we'll be able to keep our consciousness going through uploading it into machines, and we won't have to eat anymore, we won't have to die anymore. He looks at it as just the next stage of human evolution, and I don't think it's that crazy.

“There is obviously a million steps between here and there, but in our lifetime, if you think about how we're only 15 years into the Internet, imagine how 20 years from now people will be interacting. It's definitely fascinating, but also a bit frightening as well.”

The seeds of the theory are all around us, and musicians such as Oberst are intimately involved. The human need for music has been at the heart of a decade's worth of technological advancements that have fundamentally changed the ways in which many people access, store and listen to their music.

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George Thorogood And The Destroyers To Release New Studio Album

On their 17th studio album, George Thorogood and The Destroyers pay tribute to their Chess Records heroes, including many of Thorogood’s legendary mentors who helped to launch his career in rock & roll.

Titled 2120 South Michigan Avenue, the 13-track album will be released by Capitol/EMI on July 12 on CD, vinyl LP, and digital download. "2120" features Thorogood’s raw, rocking turn on classics by a who’s-who of the blues, including Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and other Chess greats, as well as new original songs written by Thorogood, the album’s producer, Tom Hambridge, and Richard Fleming.



very well written piece on an indie favorite

How Fleet Foxes are handling high expectations second time around

Huge success began a steep learning curve for the Seattle band. Bandleader Robin Pecknold explains how the second album put the band in a 'dark place' and how they came through it

by Laura Barton

It feels odd to be meeting Robin Pecknold here, in the plainest of rooms backstage at the Hammersmith Apollo; the walls are pale and bare, the tables empty, the sofa curiously shiny. It seems somehow the very antithesis of the rich, adorned, lived-in music Fleet Foxes create. So when Pecknold arrives, he brings a sudden warmth to the room – colours its blankness with the mild scruffiness of baggy coat and woolly hat, a mug of tea to nurse a burgeoning sore throat, and fills the echoey space with a pleasing inarticulacy – sentences that run aground, ideas that seem to beach themselves midway through.

We are here to discuss the band's second album Helplessness Blues, a record eagerly anticipated after the startling success of the band's 2008 self-titled debut, whose unusually pastoral vision and stunning vocal harmonies touched a chord with an unexpectedly large number of people. "It was hard toeing the line between making something that felt like a sequel and a new thing entirely," Pecknold says of the new record. "We didn't set out thinking, 'Let's make it more X or more Y.' It was just what felt intuitive. But I don't think I could have written these songs three years ago."

The three years that have passed have been a steep learning curve for Pecknold. In the beginning, Fleet Foxes had been just him and his best friend, Skyler Skjelset, writing songs influenced by their parents' record collections and, in time, playing them around their hometown of Seattle. They quickly garnered attention from audiences and local press and, by the end of 2007, word had spread sufficiently that the band accrued more than a quarter of a million plays over two months on their Myspace page. At the start of the following year they signed to Bella Union, swiftly followed by Sub Pop for the US, releasing the Sun Giant EP in the spring and their first album at the start of summer.

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Townshend's Quadrophenia Tour Guitar Brings Over $50,000 at Christie's Auction

Last Tuesday, Christie's in London held an auction of Rock and Pop Memorabilia that raised over $680,000.

Topping the bidding was a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe guitar owned and played by Pete Townshend during the Who's 1972/73 U.S. tour in support of the album Quadrophenia. The piece brought $51,250.

The majority of the balance of the big bids went to John Lennon and Beatles memorabilia including autographs, gold records, lyrics and even a gift given to Julian Lennon by John and Yoko.

The following are the lots that brought more than $10,000.

•Gibson Les Paul Deluxe guitar owned and used by Pete Townshend during the Who's U.S. Quadrophenia Tour in 1972 and 73 - $51,250

•John Lennon signed Final Fantasy album cover with Lennon drawn caricatures of himself and Yoko Ono - $38,950

•Gold record for the Beatles' White Album (The Beatles) - $22,550

•A handwritten letter by John Lennon from 1967 - $20,500

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1. Adele :21
2. Lady Gaga :Born This Way
3. Original Broadway Cast Recording :The Book Of Mormon
4. Tech N9ne :All 6s and 7s
5. Ronnie Dunn :Ronnie Dunn
6. All Time Low :Dirty Work
7. Jason Aldean :My Kinda Party
8. Brad Paisley :The Is Country Music
9. Various :Now 38
10. Death Cab For Cutie :Codes and Keys

1. Adele :Rolling In The Deep
2. Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer :Give Me Everything
3. LMFAO :Party Rock Anthem
4. Katy Perry feat. Kanye West :E.T.
5. Bruno Mars :The Lazy Song
6. Lady Gaga :The Edge Of Glory
7. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull :On The Floor
8. Black Eyed Peas :Just Can't Get Enough
9. Jason Aldean :Dirt Road Anthem
10. Nicki Minaj :Super Bass


1. Take That :Progress
2. Lady Gaga :Born This Way
3. Adele :21
4. Arctic Monkeys :Suck It And See
5. Adele :19
6. Paul Simon :So Beautiful Or So What
7. Bad Meets Evil :Hell The Sequel
8. Seasick Steve :You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks
9. Caro Emerald :Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor
10. Electric Light Orchestra :All Over The World

1. Example :Changed The Way You Kiss Me
2. Calvin Harris :Bounce
3. Ed Sheeran :The A Team
4. Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer :Give Me Everything
5. Tinchy Stryder & Dappy :Spaceship
6. Nicole Scherzinger :Right There
7. Alexandra Stan :Mr Saxobeat
8. Aloe Blacc :I Need A Dollar
9. LMFAO :Party Rock Anthem
10. Jennifer Lopez :I'm Into You


1. Take That :Progress
2. Rihanna :Loud
3. Bruce Springsteen :The Promise
4. Shakira :Sale El Sol
5. Pink :Greatest Hits ... So Far
6. Bon Jovi :Greatest Hits
7. James Blunt :Some Kind Of Trouble
8. Susan Boyle :The Gift
9. Kings Of Leon :Come Around Sundown
10. JLS :Outta This World

1. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull :On The Floor
2. Rihanna :S&M
3. Adele :Rolling In the Deep
4. Lady Gaga :Born This Way
5. Black Eyed Peas :Just Can't Get Enough
6. Jessie J. feat. B.o.B. :Price Tag
7. Katy Perry :E.T.
8. Snoop Dogg Vs. David Guetta :Sweat
9. LMFAO :Party Rock Anthem
10. Bruno Mars :Grenade


and in music history for the day:

In 1948, Toast of the Town, which would later be called The Ed Sullivan Show, premiered on CBS-TV. The first show was produced on a budget of $1,375. Only $375 was allocated for talent, $200 of which was shared by two of the young stars that evening, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

In 1969, the first of a three-day music festival began in Newport, California. Featured artists included Ike and Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, The Rascals, Steppenwolf, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Eric Burdon and Love. A three-day ticket cost $15. Hendrix received $125,000 for his appearance, at the time the highest fee ever paid to a rock act for a single appearance.

Also in 1969, David Bowie signed with Philips Records and then entered Trident Studios in London to record "Space Oddity", a song he wrote after seeing the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The tune will top the UK chart in November, 1975 and reach #15 in America.

In 1972, The Tallahatchie Bridge, made famous in Bobbie Gentry's "Ode To Billie Joe", collapsed into the Yazoo River. Although an article which appeared in the November 1967 issue of Life magazine showed a picture of Bobbie walking across it, she later said that she didn't have any particular span in mind when she wrote the song. It's also worth noting that Chocktaw Ridge, which is also referred to in the song, is located a hundred miles away on the east side of the I-55, and not anywhere near the Tallahatchie River as it passes through Leflore County.

The Talking Heads performed their first show at CBGB in 1975.

Also in 1975, 'Tonight's the Night' by Neil Young & Crazy Horse was released.

In 1978 'Double Vision' by Foreigner was released.

At the top of the charts today in 1981 were Stars on 45 with Medley: Intro Venus / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I'll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do You Want to Know a Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You're Going to Lose That Girl .

In 1987, a concert at Radio City Music Hall celebrated the return of Dion to New York after 15 years. Also appearing were the Del-Satins, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Five Satins and Carlo of the Belmonts.

In 1992, Mariah Carey scored her sixth U.S. #1 single with “I'll Be There,” a song The Jackson Five first took to #1 in 1970.

In 1997, 59 year old Lawrence Payton of The Four Tops died of liver cancer at his home in Southfield, Michigan.

In 2000, the Ronettes were awarded $2.6 million in back royalties from Phil Spector.

In 2004, Paul McCartney played his 3,000th live show in Petersburg, Russia (2,535 with the Quarrymen/Beatles, 140 with Wings, 325 solo). Organizers for the gig hired three jets to spray dry ice into the clouds so it wouldn’t rain during his concert. they can do that?

In 2006, Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of Kool and the Gang died after a long illness. He was 57.

birthdays today include Cyndi Lauper (58), John Taylor (Duran Duran) (51), Brian Wilson (69), Dolores "La La" Brooks (Crystals) (64) and Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) (45) just to name a few.



Synthpop pioneers Erasure are back with Tomorrow’s World, the band’s first album in more than four years. The new album is out Fall 2011 and is produced by one of the UK dance scene’s most exciting new talents, Frankmusik, whose remixing credits include Lady Gaga, Pet Shop Boys, Ellie Goulding, and Far East Movement and whose solo album Complete Me debuted at number 13 in the UK Albums Chart. Tomorrow’s World was mixed by Rob Orton.

After Erasure’s triumphant return to the stage for Short Circuit presents Mute at the Roundhouse, London, a one-off performance which saw Vince Clarke perform with very special guests Alison Moyet and Feargal Sharkey, plus a performance at 2011’s Ultra Music festival, Erasure is bringing the new album to the U.S. for their first tour in five years! The 25-date US tour begins August 31st in Tampa, continues through September, and finishes in Seattle on October 6th. Tickets go on sale Friday June 24th at Ticketmaster, as well as TicketFly. Ticket presales, which will offer a chance to preorder the new album Tomorrow’s World, will start on Wednesday June 22nd. Anyone preordering the album will get exclusive early access to tracks from Tomorrow's World before the tour starts!

Tomorrow’s World was written in New York, London, and at Vince Clarke’s cabin studio in Maine following a short break, which found Andy Bell recording and releasing his second solo album Non Stop, and Vince Clarke reuniting with former Yazoo partner Alison Moyet for a recent tour. It was recorded in Maine, London and Los Angeles between January and June 2011, with Vince using his vintage collection of analog synths for the final touch. The end result is a collection of electronic songs that sound totally contemporary and classic at the same time. All songs are written by Bell and Clarke.

From Lady Gaga to La Roux, the futurist, electronic sound Erasure championed is more relevant today than ever, and once again re-charging the global music scene. The award-winning duo of Vince Clarke and Andy Bell unleashed on the nation a succession of both influential and chart-topping pop anthems. Songs like “A Little Respect”, “Sometimes”, “Victim Of Love”, “Ship Of Fools”, “Chains Of Love”, “The Circus”, and “Breathe,” ensured a formidable presence on the singles charts complemented by five consecutive No 1 albums in the UK including “The Innocents”, “Wild!”, “Chorus” and the beginning of the worldwide Abba revival “Abba-esque”.

Tomorrow’s World is set for release on Mute in Fall 2011.