Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

a truly inspiring story from author Tom Vartabedian and a wonderful salute to the vinyl record!

For the record - back to a record

by Tom Vartabedian

Haverhill, Mass. - You know what I did this morning?

I listened to music like it hasn't been played in a long, long time. I spun some platters and wallowed in nostalgia.

Yup, good old-fashioned music heard from a record player. It was so crisp and clear, someone in an adjoining room wondered where I got the CD. It had them fooled --- and me as well.

Why, you might think, am I resorting to ancient times when we have all this modern technology at our disposal? Well, let me tell you. The good, old days wouldn't be so old if more people practiced them.

You may have heard this song before concerning my record collection and how it met a hapless death when we moved from a spacious house into a condo five years ago. Yes, I did donate the bulk of them back to the library where many of them originated through sales.

But I did preserve a precious few that were quite sentimental to me, like my ethnic music and some favorite classical discs that have withstood the test of time. Last I heard, collectors are getting big bucks for records on e-bay.

I had no intention of ever playing my platters again, due to the absence of a machine. Until, fate intervened. I had made a trip to the dumpster and there, on the ground, laid this turntable, complete with a pair of speakers. I thought it was a mirage.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Chooses Everly Brothers Box Set as an Initial Entry into New Archives

A 4-LP limited edition box set featuring the music of the Everly Brothers has been slated for induction, as one of the first entries, into the newly created archives of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This inclusion continues the Hall's dedication to carrying on the legacy of historically significant musical artists of the rock and roll genre.

The box set is released by 180 Gram Records, a producer and distributor of musical limited edition box sets and other limited-run merchandise, in association with Cadence Records, the Everly Brothers' original record label of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Don and Phil Everly, known as the Everly Brothers, were among the first ten acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, which also included such notable rock and roll artists as Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and Ray Charles. Additionally, the duo were inducted, in 2001, into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

"It's been 53 years since the Everly Brothers signed with Cadence Records in 1957, and we are extremely pleased that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has decided to honor this legendary duo by adding the newly released box set to their archive," stated Mark Carter, president of 180 Gram Records. "The Cadence Record period was an extremely creative and prolific time for the Everly Brothers and the Hall of Fame archive inclusion of this box set helps to ensure that their music will be around, in a high-quality format, for many years to come."


SKELETONWITCH Premiere New Song, Reveal Album Cover Artwork

Ohio-based SKELETONWITCH return this fall with a new LP called 'Forever Abomination.' Produced by Grammy-winner Matt Hyde the album is now available for pre-order at, where a new song ("The Infernal Resurrection") is currently streaming. The album's artwork was done by Andrei Bouzikov (MUNICIPAL WASTE, HOLY GRAIL, CANNABIS CORPSE) - who also contributed the cover art for the band's 2009 release, 'Breathing The Fire.'


Oh, Sleeper Reveal New Album 'Children Of Fire' Details

Christian rockers Oh, Sleeper have recently announced the release of their third studio album, 'Children of Fire,' on September 27th on Solid State Records. The album was produced by Andreas Magnusson (Black Dahlia Murder, Haste The Day) and mixed by Machine (Lamb of God, Chiodos).

“With every record we try to push the limits of what we can do with our sound,” says guitarist James Erwin. “This record is an expansion of our sound and the best incarnation of the band to date. Also this is the most in depth we ever taken a concept record. Instead of 12 different stories that tie together around one theme, this album is one complete story where every track acts as a chapter in that story. Listeners will really have to grasp every part of the story to understand it fully.”


1. Endseekers
2. Shed Your Soul
3. The Marriage of Steel and Skin
4. Hush Yael
5. The Conscience Speaks
6. Dealers of Fame
7. Means To Believe
8. In The Wake of Pigs
9. Claws of a God
10. The Family Ruin
11. Chewing The Stitch
12. Children of Fire

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'80s Metal Stars Talk Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

When Nirvana's Nevermind arrived some 20 years ago, '80s metal was already well on its way out (see SPIN contributor Chuck Eddy's 2009 essay on the subject). But the arrival of Kurt Cobain and Co.'s blockbuster album added an exclamation point to the musical transition. Hear from five vets including NIKKI SIXX of Mötley Crüe, SEBASTIAN BACH from Skid Row and SAMMY HAGAR of Van Halen and others who remember the now iconic LP

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Rose Funeral Reveal Cover Art

Cincinnati-based death/black metal trio Rose Funeral have revealed the apocalyptic cover art and tracklist for their upcoming album 'Gates of Punishment' which makes its US premiere on September 27th The band also shared some details about the making of the album:

"I can honestly say this album just crushes any release we have done," reports frontman Ryan Gardner. "We are looking to turn heads and drop jaws with this album. Gates of Punishment is filled with intense blasts, fast paced solos, melodic harmonies, dark chords, pissed off vocals, and harsh breakdowns. This is the sound I have been searching for with Rose Funeral, and I couldn't be happier."


1. Legions of Ruination
2. Grotesque Mutilation
3. Beyond the Entombed
4. False Divine
5. Arise Infernal Existence
6. Malignant Amour
7. A Recreant Canticle
8. The Desolate Form
9. Entercism
10. Amidst Gehenna
11. Gates of Punishment

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Trivium - In Waves

In Waves, one of the most eagerly anticipated metal records of 2011, can without a doubt be considered the most important release of Floridian metal outfit Trivium’s twelve year career. Like any well established artist, Trivium have had a history of fluctuating but generally consistent success that has, during the low points as well as the high, offered the group a wealth of knowledge which has facilitated their impressive growth. You see, that’s the key word when it comes to Trivium. Growth. It’s a compliment that’s dished out far too readily to artists that truly lack variance, but simply an observation of undeniable accuracy when applied to this formidable foursome. Since their debut release Ember To Inferno, the band have made a conscious effort to undergo considerable adjustments and changes to produce freshly squeezed material – and ultimately to avoid the often inevitable fate of becoming sickeningly stale. After positively causing a raucous and expanding their fan base enormously with 2004 release Ascendancy, the sheer aggression of Trivium became the passion of thousands of fans and the apparent key to flawless accomplishment. But, as we have come to learn so willingly, Trivium are all about change, and immediately their style metamorphosed, their music was reformed, convention was subverted. With The Crusade, Heafy vowed never to scream again and told us that the guitars had actually been tuned higher than ever before. It seemed that the days of the coarse growls accompanying crushingly heavy instrumental support were long gone, replaced instead with an anthemic rock vibe that struck a worrying nerve with a number of devoted followers. However, three years ago, the fervent outfit struck back at critics with overwhelming force; Shogun. Inspiringly technical, brilliantly challenging and entirely ambitious, the album did exactly what needed to be done and Trivium soared elegantly back to the top of their game. They had produced the album of their career, and with Heafy at the forefront, screaming his lungs aflame once more.

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florida record store owner loves her records and so do her customers!

Tangible music fading? Downtown store Divinyl Revolution clings to nostalgia


SARATOGA SPRINGS — The sounds of bygone-era bands The Clash, The Dead Boys and New York Dolls can be heard coming from Brittany Nasser’s apartment.

You could say Nasser, who owns Divinyl Revolution at 437 Broadway, is passionate about collecting music. Her record collection is so huge there isn’t enough space for her to move around at home.

She wishes today’s youth could understand her obsession, but with the closure of Borders Books and Music on Broadway in April, the writing is on the virtual wall. Music buyers are trending digital.

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New Found Glory Reveal New Album Artwork

Here is the cover art for New Found Glory’s upcoming album, ‘Radiosurgery.’ The album will be available on October 4 via Epitaph Records.

“Our music is constantly evolving and changing and when this band puts out an album we always try to offer something different,” explained lead guitarist Chad Gilbert in a statement. “With this disc we wanted to go back to the music that got us into punk and incorporate influences from those albums.”

“This album is a culmination of all of our albums put together and in a lot of ways we feel like a new band when we’re playing these songs because they’re so energized and they affirm the fact that we’re going to be a band for a long time. In a lot of ways it feels like we’re just getting started," added rhythm guitarist Steve Klein.


1. Radiosurgery
2. Anthem for the Unwanted
3. Drill It in My Brain
4. I’m Not the One
5. Ready, Aim, Fire!
6. Dumped
7. Summer Fling, Don’t Mean a Thing
8. Caught in the Act (Feat. Bethany Cosentino)
9. Memories and Battle Scars
10. Trainwreck
11. Map of Your Body


You Me At Six Announce New Release

You Me At Six are very pleased to announce details of their 3rd album, ‘Sinners Never Sleep,’ which will be released in the UK, Australia & New Zealand on October 3rd. ‘Sinners Never Sleep’ was recorded in Los Angeles in the first half of 2011. In addition to the standard CD and MP3 versions, a special deluxe edition of the album will also be available. This will include the film documentary ‘Bite My Tongue’ which goes behind the scenes to look at the story so far of the 5 young men from Surrey who came to be known as You Me At Six.


1. Loverboy
2. Jaws On The Floor
3. Bite My Tongue (feat. Oli Sykes)
4. This Is The First Thing
5. No One Does It Better
6. Little Death
7. Crash
8. Reckless
9. Time Is Money (feat. Winston McCall)
10. Little Bit Of Truth
11. The Dilemma
12. When We Were Younger


Mayday Parade Reveal New Album Artwork

Mayday Parade have recently unveiled the cover art for their upcoming self-titled album. The album was co-produced by Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount and is scheduled for release on October 4.


1. Oh Well, Oh Well
2. No Heroes Allowed
3. When You See My Friends
4. You’re Dead Wrong
5. Priceless
6. Stay
7. Call Me Hopeless, Not Romantic
8. A Shot Across the Bow
9. Everything’s an Ilusion
10. I’d Rather Make Mistakes Than Make Nothing at All
11. Without the Bitter the Sweet Isn’t as Sweet
2. Happy Endings Are Stories That Haven’t Ended Yet


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This Charming Man – Every Little Secret LP

Suburban Home Records have announced the release of This Charming Man’s (Brain Fallon of Gaslight Anthem) debut and only release, “Every Little Secret” on vinyl August 9th. “Every Little Secret” was their 6 song EP originally released on a rare CD version via XOXO Records. The vinyl release contains four additional untitled bonus tracks.

Pre orders will launch tomorrow, Wednesday August 2nd at 12 pm EST ONLY through the Suburban Home Records store at Shop Radio Cast.

It is limited to only 1,000 copies – 333 on black, 667 on brown with 200 copies going to the Vinyl Collective co-op members.

This Charming Man began in 2005 with Brain Fallon (Gaslight Anthem), who remained the only original member. However, Benny Horowitz and Alex Levine and eventually Alex Rosamilia joined; thus bringing together the present lineup of The Gaslight Anthem.


Here is the latest Top Ten Records Sold on eBay Accoding To

Best Selling eBay Record Auctions (updates monthly)

10.  $3,050 - Nirvana 'Love Buzz' Sub Pop
This Nirvana 'Love Buzz', Sub Pop Single #28 of 1000 (SP23), received 23 bids before it sold on eBay, on May 9, 2010.

9.  $4,173 - Gioconda de Vito
This Mozart Bach Violin Concertos Gioconda de Vito, (UK HMV ASD 429) received 16 bids before it sold on eBay, on April 20, 2010.

8.  $5,801 - Black Out/New Sounds of 70
This Black Out - New Sounds of 70, received 15 bids before it sold on eBay, on March 29, 2010.

7.  $6,766 - Original Northern Soul 45
This Northern Soul 45 (stock copy) of Larry Clinton's "She's Wanted", received 14 bids before it sold on eBay, on May 20, 2010.

6.  $7,099 - Margaret Little Record
This Genebro Records (#230) Margaret Little “Love Finds A Way” (45), received 35 bids before it sold on eBay, on April 5, 2010.

5.  $9,000 - Rare Queen "Red Vinyl" Album
This Rare Queen "The Works" Record with rare Red Vinyl received 26 bids, before it sold on eBay, on March 31, 2010.

4.  $9,700 - Billy Nichols 1968 Album
This 1968 Billy Nichols "Would You Believe" LP, (UK psych pop album) received 17 bids, before it sold on eBay, on March 7, 2010.

3.  $10,000 - Elvis Presley - That's All Right
This unplayed 45 of Elvis Presley's 1954 debut record "That's All Right", received 45 bids, before it sold on eBay, on March 22, 2010.

2.  $23,805 - Sex Pistols - Save the Queen
This rare Sex Pistols record the song "God Save the Queen" (1977 A&M), received 37 bids, before it sold on eBay, April 15, 2011.

1.  $26,099 - Sealed Beatles 'Butcher'
This unopened (Sealed) 1966 Beatles "Butcher" album, received 43 bids before it sold on eBay, on January 12th, 2010.

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and in music history for today, August 3:

In 1929, Emile Berliner, inventor of the gramophone, died in Washington, DC. Berliner took out a Canadian patent on his machine in 1897 and set up manufacturing facilities in Montreal. He sold his firm to the Victor Talking Machine Company about five years before his death.

In 1963, the Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool for the very last time. They had performed 274 concerts at the dingy, basement club since their debut there 2½ years earlier. Their first gig paid them $14 and their last brought in $840.

The Beach Boys released "Surfer Girl" in 1963, which would climb to #7 in the US by September. It was the first song Brian Wilson ever wrote and the first one he produced. Its flip-side, "Little Deuce Coupe", proved to be The Beach Boys' most successful B-side, reaching #15 in America and becoming a hot rod classic.

Allan Sherman released "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadda" in 1963.

The Rolling Stones recorded "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby" in 1966.

The first Newport Pop Festival opened in Costa Mesa in 1968.

In 1971, Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new band Wings.

In 1971, Ringo Starr receives a Gold record for a tune he wrote himself, "It Don't Come Easy".

In 1974, guitarist, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter left Steely Dan to join The Doobie Brothers. Jeff Porcaro would take his place before moving on to form Toto. Michael McDonald also hitched up with Steely Dan when Porcaro joined, but he too eventually left to become a member of The Doobies.

In 1979, The Knack hit the top of both the album and singles charts with their LP, "Get The Knack" and the single, "My Sharona."

Def Leppard released their album "Hysteria" in 1987.

In 1993, Motown Records was sold to the Dutch recording and entertainment company Polygram for $325 million. That was more than five times the $61 million Motown founder Berry Gordy got for the company when he sold it to an investment group in 1988.

In 2003, Roger Voudouris, singer / songwriter / guitarist who reached #21 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1979 with "Get Used To It", died at the age of 48 after suffering from liver disease for some time. Although his success was limited in the US, he enjoyed a strong following in Japan and Australia.

In 2006, Arthur Lee, singer and guitarist for the psychedelic Rock band Love, died of leukemia at the age of 61. The group reached #33 in the US with "7 And 7 Is" and #52 with "My Little Red Book" in 1966.

celebrating birthdays today, among others are crooner Tony Bennett, Shirly Manson of Garbage (1966) Ed Roland of Collective Soul (1963) and James Hetfield from Metallica (1963)