Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Wavves Announce 'Life Sux' EP

Wavves have recently announced the release of a new EP 'Life Sux' due out on September 20th. The six-track effort will see a digital and limited-edition vinyl and CD release (independent record stores exclusively).

As the band tweeted back in April, the new EP will feature collaborations with Best Coast and Fucked Up. The collection of new songs (plus a live track) will be put out through Nathan Williams' own label, Ghost Ramp.


Side A:
I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl
Nodding Off (feat. Best Coast)

Side B:
Poor Lenore
Destroy (feat. Fucked Up)
In The Sand (Live)**
**Vinyl and iTunes bonus track


CAKE to Release Limited Edition Vinyl

CAKE has recently announced the release of a limited-edition 7” vinyl single box set of ‘Showroom of Compassion.’ Additionally, each package comes complete with a CAKE temporary tattoo and there are also a limited number of autographed box sets available.

Each disc is pressed on a different colored vinyl and feature unique, four-color sleeve artwork designed by the band. Ten songs off CAKE's hugely successful album ‘Showroom of Compassion’ are included in the set, as well as two bonus tracks: "Huge Misunderstanding" and "The Federal Funding March."

CAKE is John McCrea, Vincent DiFiore, Xan McCurdy, Gabriel Nelson, and Paulo Baldi.


not a fan of her music, i just find it amazing that at her age, putting out new music (god bless her!)

Doris Day releases new album at the age of 87

The former Hollywood star’s comeback record features songs by the Beach Boys and Joe Cocker

By Jonathan Harwood

Post-war Hollywood star Doris Day is making a musical comeback - at the age of 87. The actress and singer has not appeared in a film since 1968 and her last album (a greatest hits compilation) came out in 1994. She is now best known for her work as an animal rights campaigner.

But her latest offering as a singer, My Heart, comes out next month. It is a compilation of unreleased songs produced by her only son Terry Melcher, who died in 1994 aged 62. He was influential in the west coast music scene of the 1960s, working with The Byrds and Beach Boys, and the selection of tunes on the album may surprise those who associate Day with songs like Que Sera, Sera and Move Over Darling. Included on the new record are a version of Joe Cocker's You Are So Beautiful and the Beach Boys' Disney Girls.

Many of the songs were first recorded in the 1980s for her shortlived TV show, but never saw the light of day. They were subsequently remastered by Melcher before he died, but were gathering dust before Sony approached her about releasing a new album.

Read more at thefirstpost.co.uk


Rhino Records Prepares Smiths Box Set, Uncovers Lost Video

Rhino Records UK's is releasing a Deluxe Collectors Boxset featuring the complete Smiths discography on vinyl, CD and MP3. The limited edition box set includes eight albums on 12" vinyl and CD, 25 7" singles, DVD containing the band's music videos, art prints, poster and high-quality MP3 downloads.

Strictly limited to 4,000 copies, the box set is a completist's dream, with all eight Smiths albums remastered by guitarist Johnny Marr. While preparing the collection, Rhino Records UK uncovered a "lost" documentary short produced for the press in 1992. The video below is a brief retrospective of the band's career, with excerpted videos of "How Soon Is Now?", "Ask," "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," "Panic" and "Girlfriend in a Coma."


another great story about the vinyl revival!

Vinyl Records Making a Comeback

By: Nick Hausen

CARBONDALE -- Many of us remember when listening to music meant putting a record on the turntable. In the past 25 years or so, vinyl has been edged out by compact discs and digital music players. Now, records are making some noise in the music business again. An increase in vinyl sales started to emerge several years ago.

"It's going up probably about 50% a year and it really started about five years ago," said Plaza Records Owner Kim Curlee.

Read the rest at wsiltv.com


this from our friends at vinylcollective.com  (and also the name of my late dog)

Elway’s “Delusions” To Be Released on Vinyl

Suburban Home Records have announced the release of Elway’s 2011 release, “Delusions” on vinyl. The album will be limited to 1,000 copies with 333 on white and 667 on orange. Once the test pressings have been approved, Suburban Home will announce the pre order date. Stay tuned…


It's Official: Reunited Original Lineup Of BLACK SABBATH Working On New Album

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has confirmed to Birmingham Mail that the band's original lineup has reunited and is rehearsing for a tour and new studio album.

Iommi and singer Ozzy Osbourne wrote new material in June for a record that will be released next year.

"We're really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we've been writing is really good," said Iommi. "It's more back to the old original stuff."

He added that the reunion has been kept under wraps for some time.

"It's all been very hush-hush. Ozzy's been the worst at trying to hold it back. He's doing a lot of TV and he's being asked stuff about a reunion and he's going, 'Well, I never say never.' He told me, 'I don't know what to say."

Read the rest at Blabbermouth


Boston’s New Album Will Feature the Late Brad Delp on Vocals

According to a new statement from classic rock favorites Boston, the band is almost done — specifically, “nearly 85% complete” — with work on a new studio album that will feature vocals from late singer Brad Delp.

The upcoming album would be the first new music from the group since the tragic 2007 suicide of Delp, who sang lead vocals on all of Boston’s classic hits, and their first new album since 2002's ‘Corporate America,’ the sound of which represented a radical departure for the band.

Read the rest at ultimateclassicrock.com


TODAY, AUGUST 16, 2011



Whatever happened to good ole fashioned bombast? We thought it was gone until we heard “Sex U.” The lead-off track on San Francisco’s The Hundred Days’ debut is a rare glimpse into a dying breed of freaky dance-rock songs that are awesome, above all, because they are big and fun and cheeky.”

“The single, ‘Sex U’, is a freak-out dance-rock anthem for late nights, models, booze, and sexy excesses,”

"Sex U is a powerful dance hit that makes you feel...dirty, but in a good way!"
–Beautiful Buzzz

Some young bands search for their sound for years, trying many different things in hopes of finding just the right combination. But for San Francisco-based band The Hundred Days, the four twenty-something year old musicians found themselves able to discover and perfect their sound in just one-hundred days and nights by locking themselves in a house until they hit upon the perfect formula. Their debut album, “Really?”, to be released August 16, 2011, is a collection of critically-acclaimed indie-rock gems that are as catchy as they are clever and sonically arresting.

"Really?" is the latest project from the production team of Michael Patterson (Beck, Ladytron, She Wants Revenge) and Nic Jodoin (Great Northern). With driving rhythms, soaring guitars, textural keyboards and powerful vocal melodies, The Hundred Days push indie/alt rock in new directions. Drawing from a variety of influences (post punk, alternative, britpop), the band's familiar, yet intrinsically unique sound has been compared to The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Radiohead as well as contemporary rockers Franz Ferdinand, The Bravery and The Killers. A moody, dynamic indie rock band, The Hundred Days showcase tight musicianship complemented by razor-sharp pop writing capabilities with both sophistication and urgency.

Their first single from the album, “Sex U” and accompanying video has attracted an enormous buzz on the internet, with NME naming it one of the “10 Best Free MP3s”. The video, directed by David Dutton, follows the band on a wild night out on the town where the ladies they meet aren’t exactly what they seem. Press has been clamoring for it after it premiered on Baeble, followed by a featured Video of the Day on Spinner and Consequence of Sound, among other sites.

Explaining the band's ever-evolving sound on the new album, lead vocalist and guitarist Jonathan Smith said, "Over time, we have come to favor live shows where people are dancing. Hence we seem to be moving in a more dance-able direction in the studio, as well."

"We definitely all share a love for English bands - from the Beatles onward - and mostly agree on what we think sounds good," explains Jimmy Chen, guitarist and keyboardist. "But, this band is democratic in every way. There are a lot of different ideas floating around which often clash. The tension adds to the sound.

The band has toured extensively across the U.S. as well as the UK, and has played major festivals and showcases including SXSW, the CMJ Marathon in NYC, Noise Pop Festival and the BFD Festival at Shoreline Amphitheatre alongside Moby, MGMT and Pennywise, among others. The band has scheduled a West Coast tour for August of 2011 with plans for a full US tour to be announced soon.

"Really?" Album Download: hundred days really

"Sex U" Video: vimeo.com



and in music history for today, August 16th:

In 1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets played the Apollo Theatre in Harlem and were booed by the mostly Black crowd who were expecting to see an R&B group that also used the name 'the Crickets'. By the end of the night however, the audience was cheering for the Lubbock, Texas band. Also on the bill that night were Roy Hamilton, Shep And The Limelites and Clarence "Frogman" Henry.

Also in 1957, for his first effort at Imperial Records, Ricky Nelson records "Be Bop Baby", which already has 750,000 advance orders. The song will go on to sell over a million copies and reach #3 on the Billboard chart.

In 1962, two years and four days after joining, Pete Best was fired from The Beatles by manager Brian Epstein, who was told by record producer George Martin that he wanted to use a more experienced session drummer on the band's recordings. John, Paul and George had long admired the work of Rory Storm And The Hurricanes' drummer Ringo Starr, who jumped at the chance to join them. After his dismissal, Pete Best would never have any further communication with his former mates.

Also in 1962, Peter, Paul and Mary released their first US Top 10 hit, "If I Had a Hammer", a standard Folk song that had been around since 1949.

In 1965, Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five broke two ribs when he was pulled off the stage by fans in Chicago.

Earth, a new band featuring Bruce Springsteen, made their live debut in Red Bank, NJ in 1968.

In 1969 - Saturday at the Woodstock Festival featured Quill, Country Joe McDonald, John Sebastian, Santana, Keef Hartley Band, Incredible String Band, Canned Heat, Mountain, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Band, Sly & the Family Stone, Who and the Jefferson Airplane.

Also in 1969, Hippie leader Abbie Hoffman is knocked offstage by Pete Townshend while attempting to make a political statement during the Who's set at Woodstock. Later, Townshend says he didn't know it was Hoffman at the time.

In 1974, the Ramones made their live debut at CBGB in New York.

Peter Gabriel announced he was leaving Genesis in 1975.

In 1957, 42 year old Elvis Presley was found dead at his Graceland mansion. Presley's girlfriend, Ginger Alden, awoke in the afternoon and noticed that he was not in bed and found him lying on the floor of the bathroom. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful and at 3:30 p.m. he was pronounced dead. After an examination of the body, it is revealed that Presley's body contained butabarbital, codeine, morphine, pentobarbital, Placidyl, Quaalude, Valium and Valmid. It had been five years since the King had a US Top Ten hit with the number 2 song, "Burning Love". His last US number 1 was 1969's "Suspicious Minds". He left an estate valued at 4.9 million dollars, which by 1993 had grown to between 50 and 100 million.

In 1979, the biggest single of the summer, The Knack's "My Sharona" was awarded a Gold record for selling one million copies. The Knack's Doug Fieger wrote the song for his girlfriend, Sharona Alperin, whose picture appeared on the single's cover.

In 1987, thousands came to Graceland in Memphis to honor Elvis Presley on the tenth anniversary of his death.

In 1997, on the 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, over 30,000 fans descended on Memphis, Tennessee for a 10 minute mourning, circling his grave. A poll found that almost a third of the fans were keeping an eye out for him in the crowd

In 2002, the Rolling Stones make a surprise appearance at a club in Toronto prior to their Licks tour.

birthdays today, among others include Tim Farris (INXS) (54), Madonna (53), Emily Robison (Dixie Chicks) (39), Gary Loizzo (American Breed) (66) and Barry Hay (Golden Earring) (63)