Thursday, July 21, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

found this on YouTube, Steinweiss was a genius!

Alex Steinweiss 1917-2011


gotta love this story!

Spin cycle: Resurgence of vinyl records means new business up their sleeve

The print shop at the Record Jacket Corp. is dim, loud and hot. A single fan pushes the humid air around, and concrete walls and corrugated metal ceiling do their best to trap it inside.

The Wade Ave. workshop near Bloor St. and Lansdowne Ave., all 2,000 square feet of it, looks like an industrial relic, but it just opened in the spring.

A Winkler und D√ľnnebier record sleeve fabricating machine, 31 feet long and 2 tonnes of steel, takes up a third of the space. Manually operated, it can cut, fold and glue up to 10,000 12-inch record jackets per hour. The machine was made in the 1970s and fell out of use, but just like vinyl sales, has been resuscitated.

Co-owners Paul Miller and Alex Durlak, both 30, and sole employee Jason Cousineau, have tattoos and facial hair. Giant Mac screens sit on the office desks. Close friends, Miller and Durlak bonded over a mutual love of art, music and record collecting.

In 2010, a chance to buy the machine arose, and they decided to combine talents and clients to tap into a vinyl production market that, in Canada, had all but disappeared.

The new venture is one of only two record jacket companies in the country.

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wonderful story of a small label and the love of music

Indie record labels expand their releases to meet demands

Written by Justin Jacobs

"It all started a few years back," said Jimmy Peoni. "I was on my way home from a show in Cincinnati, and we stopped in Shelbyville to use a restroom. This bathroom was foul, man, and there was a glory hole in the stall -- the worst I'd ever seen in my life. It looked like it'd been blown open by dynamite.

"I've been back -- that bathroom, that devil's playground, it no longer exists."

The glory hole may be gone, but Glory Hole lives on. Named for that Shelbyville bathroom and dreamed up one night behind Radio Radio, Glory Hole Records is Peoni's one-man label that has released 7-inch records from local acts like Vacation Club and The Kemps, and has been gaining fans and recognition.

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Rare Never Seen Before Beatles' Photos Sell For Big Bucks!

Never-before seen photographs of the Beatles' first US concert in Washington DC have been sold in New York for more than 360,000 dollars

The Fab Four played their first US concert on February 11 1964, at the Washington Coliseum, two days after their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Mike Mitchell, of Washington, was 18 at the time and took photographs just feet away. Fifty silver gelatin prints he made from negatives were sold individually at Christie's auction house.


URIAH HEEP To Release 'Live In Armenia' In September

Frontiers Records will release URIAH HEEP's "Live In Armenia" 2CD+DVD package and on a limited 2LP gatefold sleeve version (including only the audio portion) on September 23 in Europe and September 27 in North America



01. Wake The Sleeper
02. Overload
03. Tears Of The World
04. Stealin'
05. Book Of Lies
06. Gypsy
07. Look At Yourself
08. What Kind Of God
09. Angels Walk With You
10. Shadow


01. July Morning
02. Easy Livin'
03. Sunrise
04. Sympathy
05. Lady In Black


01. Wake the Sleeper
02. Overload
03. Tears Of The World
04. Stealin'
05. Book Of Lies
06. Gypsy
07. Look At Yourself
08. What Kind of God
09. Angels Walk With You
10. Shadow
11. July Morning
12. Easy Livin'
13. Sunrise
14. Sympathy
15. Lady In Black


and in music history for today:

In 1956, Billboard magazine calls Elvis Presley "the most controversial entertainer since Liberace." The article also notes that Ed Sullivan, who once said Presley would never appear on his show, just signed the singer for three appearances.

In 1958, "Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley was the top tune on the Billboard chart.

In 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of three nights at the Cafe-a-Go-Go in New York City.

In 1969, The Beatles started work on the John Lennon song “Come Together” at Abbey Road studios in London.

'Master of Reality" by Black Sabbath was released in 1971.

Also in 1971, Carole King was having a very good week. Her single "It's Too Late" sat on top of Billboard's singles chart and she received a Gold album for "Tapestry". The LP, released four months earlier, was the number one album in the US for 15 weeks and would stay on Billboard's Top 200 album chart for 292 weeks.

In 1973, Jim Croce started a two-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.” Jim said that the Leroy Brown character was inspired by a tough guy that he had met in the army a few years earlier. Croce was killed in a plane crash three months later

In 1977, the Sex Pistols made their debut on U.K. music TV show Top of the Pops.

In 1979, Robert Palmer's "Bad Case Of Loving You" was released.

In 1980, AC\DC released "Back In Black." It was their first album with Brian Johnson as lead singer.

In 1987, Guns 'n Roses released their debut album, "Appetite For Destruction."

In 1990, Roger Waters’ performance of The Wall took place at the Berlin Wall in Potzdamer Platz, Berlin. More than 200,000 people attended and the event was broadcast live throughout the world. Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell, Scorpions, Cyndi Lauper, Sinead O’Connor and others took part.

Oasis played their first show in the U.S. in New York in 1994.

In 2003, Brandon Cruz left the Dead Kennedys to spend more time with his family. He was originally a child actor on the program The Courtship of Eddie's Father

In 2005, U.K. singer Long John Baldry died of a chest infection. He was one of the founding fathers of British Rock ’n’ Roll in the 1960s, performing with Blues Incorporated and Cyril Davies’ R&B All Stars. He later fronted the Hoochie Coochie Men, with Rod Stewart and then Steam Packet with Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll. Also a member of Bluesology with Elton John. He also narrated Winnie the Pooh recordings for Disney and was the voice for Robotnik in the Sonic the Hedgehog video game.

In 2006, The Rolling Stones were the top touring band in the world for the first half of 2006, reporting $147.3 million in grosses from 45 shows in US arenas and international stadiums.

The iTunes Music Store reached 8 billion songs sold in 2009.

birthdays today include (among others) Jim Martin (Faith No More) (50), Barry Whitwam (Herman's Hermits) (65) and Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) (63)