Friday, September 2, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Metallica, Lou Reed Collaboration Album Cover Art Unveiled

The cover art for 'Lulu,' the forthcoming album from Metallica and Lou Reed has just been revealed.

Lou Reed describes Lulu as: "a set of extended songs inspired by German expressionist Frank Wedekind's early 20th century plays Earth Spirit and Pandora's Box (much admired by Freud). The plays, originally published in 1904 and set in Germany, Paris and London in the 1890s, whirl between the points of view of Lulu, an inverted-Eve-like cipher-mirror of desire and abuse, and the people who fall desperately in love with her. Then she meets Jack The Ripper..."

Lulu is scheduled for release on November 1st via Warner Bros.

the album cover art seems a bit odd to me......


Judas Priest Have 12-14 Songs Ready For 2012 Album

It's being reported that Judas Priest have finished recorded a third of their new album, with up to 14 songs being ready for a 2012 release. Frontman Rob Halford had this to say about the upcoming schedule:

"[We] began writing new music early on this year, before we went out on the road," Halford told Billboard magazine. "We have about 12 or 14 tracks completely mapped out, four of which have been recorded and mixed and are ready to go... so the good news is that there will be a brand new PRIEST record next year."

He continued: "I think it's fair to say that this is going to be just another great, traditional British heavy metal album from PRIEST with what you love about the band -- the riffs, the screaming vocals, all of the tradition and heritage that we try to keep somehow in our music as we've moved along."

The band are said to be preparing to launch their final major world tour on September 10, however, it doesn't mean the band will stop performing in different countries:

"This is not the end of JUDAS PRIEST. We're just cutting back on these big, long treks around the world that we love to do," Halford explained.

"But yet we're facing mortality; as a metal singer I'm still able to do the vast majority of things that have laid out before me...but I'd be the first to admit that I'm finding it more challenging now, and I don't want to get into that syndrome where you end up a little bit punch-drunk and you're not giving the performance that you want to give.

"I'm delighted that we're taking this approach because the inevitable payoff is that it gives the band more life. We're able to continue doing selective shows in the future and, as importantly, keep recording and making new metal records."


nice article about one of the best female punk singer's in the world:

Punk poet in free-rein form

Kylie Northover

Patti Smith, pictured in 1975, has chosen the singles on this new compilation. Photo: Lynn Goldsmith

LAST year, Patti Smith released her memoir, Just Kids, recalling her and Robert Mapplethorpe's time as struggling artists in New York City. The book promptly became a New York Times bestseller and won the 2010 National Book Award for non-fiction.

Last month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, long regarded as punk's poet laureate, released an anthology of her singles, the 18-track album Outside Society. Not that Smith is much of an outsider these days.

This week, Smith was awarded the prestigious Polar Music Prize in Sweden for ''devoting her life to art in all its forms''.



Iggy Pop And The Stooges Writing New Material

Iggy Pop revealed In a recent interview with Rolling Stone that he has been working on new material with Stooges guitarist James Williamson.

"Yeah, we started trading stuff by MP3 back and forth as soon as we started. We actually did get together this spring. He came to my house in Miami and we wrote 10 things. I think we like about half of them. One of the songs, 'Requiem For A Heavyweight,' is a really nice piece of music that James wrote on the dobro. We played it at a tribute concert to Ron Asheton in Michigan earlier this year. I was so nervous that I sang the first half of it an octave too high by accident. I sounded like I was the singer in America. I've always liked 'Sister Golden Hair' and 'Horse With No Name,' but I'm not that guy."

"I wrote another song about merchandising called 'Popular Pants.' We'll keep writing. I think he'd like to make an album and I'd like to make more the score for an intelligent video game. So as far as what the former might be, I don't know," he said.


kind of a cool cover...

Five Finger Death Punch Reveal New Artwork

Californian metal heavyweights Five Finger Death Punch will release their new opus, ‘American Capitalist’, On October 11 and have recently revealed the album’s artwork. The record is the follow-up to the band’s 2009 sophomore ‘effort War Is The Answer.' However it will be the band’s first recording not to feature bassist Matt Snell, who left the group in December 2010. They should be just fine....


Heavy Metal Legends Anvil Announce New Album

The metal vets announced they will be releasing a new album 'Monument of Metal: The Very Best of Anvil' on September 27th. This will cover tracks from their rock n’ roll roots starting 30 years ago.

According to founding member and vocalist Steve “Lips” Kudlow: “This compilation is a great diverse collection of Anvil’s history. It’s a good retrospective of 30+ years of the creating and recording of Anvil’s music. These tracks are among some of our favorites.”

Drummer Robb Reiner says, “These tracks are more to do with power and melody rather than just the speed aspect, although there relevant gems included here! We could endlessly compile Anvil tracks, as most are outstanding in their own rights. I feel this Monument of Metal makes a statement introducing Anvil to new pounders along satisfying the faithful.”


GRAVEWORM: New Album Details Revealed

Italian dark metal outfit GRAVEWORM will release its new album, "Fragments Of Death", on October 21 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2009's "Diabolical Figures" was recorded in July at the Dream Sound Studios in Munich, Germany and was mastered by Jan Vacik. According to a press release, "The songs are about the death in its thousand faces, which is also reflected in the album title and cover art. Musically, the album can be seen as a mixture of the best of the last four records, with some old-school roots and definitive darker than its predecessors."

Read the rest and get the tracklist at Blabbermouth


and in music history for today:

In 1957, "Wake Up Little Susie" was released by the Everly Brothers.

In 1965, the Beatles released "Yesterday," on which only Paul is actually playing.

Let's learn more about the song in a new feature here on the CVR Blog, where we take a look at some of the elements and facts about some of the best singles of our era called "45rpm SongFacts."

This is the most covered pop song of all time, over 3,000 versions recorded according to The Guinness Book Of World Records. For years, it was also the song with the most radio plays, but in 1999 BMI music publishing reported that "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" had passed it. Still, at any given time, some version of "Yesterday" is probably being broadcast somewhere.

Paul McCartney wrote this song and was the only Beatle to play on it. It was the first time a Beatle recorded without the others, and marked a shift to more independent accomplishments among the group.

While touring in Paris, McCartney claims he tumbled out of bed and the tune was in his head. He thought he had heard it somewhere before, and played the melody to different people in the music industry to make sure he wasn't stealing it. The working title was "Scrambled Eggs" until Paul could figure out lyrics.

This song caused a rift between McCartney and Yoko Ono. When The Beatles Anthology album was released, McCartney asked that the writing credit on this read "McCartney/Lennon," since he wrote it. Yoko refused, and it was listed as "Lennon/McCartney," which is how they usually credited songs written by either Beatle (between Please Please Me and With The Beatles, the song credits turned from McCartney/Lennon to Lennon/McCartney). In 2003, McCartney switched the writing credit for the first time when he listed 19 Beatles songs on his Back In The US album as "Paul McCartney and John Lennon." Paul claims he and John made an informal agreement in 1962 regarding the credits, but he had every right to switch it if he chose. Yoko disagreed

John Lennon referenced this song in his anti-McCartney solo effort "How Do You Sleep?" with the lyrics, ''The only thing you've done was yesterday, and since you've gone you're just another day."

George Harrison played lead guitar on this track, and Klaus Voorrman played the bass. Voorman, an old friend from The Beatles Hamburg days, did the cover collage for The Beatles album Revolver. The fact that others who were close to McCartney also played on this track made it even more painful for the former Beatle.

In 1965, the Doors recorded their first demo’s at World Pacific Jazz Studios in Los Angeles, California, where they cut six Jim Morrison songs.

In 1968, the Doors were forced to perform as a trio at a concert in Amsterdam after lead singer Jim Morrison collapsed while dancing during the Jefferson Airplane's performance. cool....

In 1970, an ad was run in "Melody Maker" by Genesis. Phil Collins answered the ad and eventually joined the group.

In 1971, the Grateful Dead's second live LP is given the unimaginative title of 'Grateful Dead' but Rolling Stone Magazine reports that leader Jerry Garcia originally wanted to call it 'Starfuck.' It would become the band's first Top 25 album.

Also in 1971, the Grateful Dead's former manager, Lenny Hart, was arrested after taking off with $70,000 that belonged to the band.

In 1972, the Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival was held over three days on Bull Island, near Griffin, Indiana. The Promoters expected over 50,000 music fans over 200,000 attended the festival. Many bands pulled out as the festival drifted steadily into anarchy. Bands that did appear included Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids, Black Oak Arkansas, Cheech and Chong, Foghat, Albert King, Brownsville Station, Canned heat, Flash, Ravi Shankar, Rory Gallagher, Lee Micheals and Frosty, The Eagles, The Amboy Dukes, and Gentle Giant. Three concert goers drowned in the Wabash River and as the festival ended, the remnants of the crowd burned down the music stand.

In 1989, Ozzy Osbourne was arrested for threatening to kill his wife, Sharon.

In 1989, Paula Abdul had the number one song in the US with "Cold Hearted".

In 2005, a televised benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Katrina was marred when Kanye West stated "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

birthdays today inlcude Rosalind Ashford (Martha Reeves & the Vandellas) (68), Michael Rother (Kraftwerk) (61), Mik Kaminski (Electric Light Orchestra) (60), Spencer Smith (Panic! At the Disco) (24) and Steve Porcaro (Toto) (54); just to name a few....