Saturday, September 17, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Jimmy Page Releasing 'Death Wish II' Limited Edition Vinyl

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is scheduled to reissue the "Death Wish II" soundtrack in a limited vinyl edition this October.

To coincide with the album’s upcoming 30th anniversary (which was released February 15, 1982), is set to re-release a limited, remastered vinyl edition of the soundtrack to Michael Winner's 'Death Wish II.' It features a previously unreleased instrumental version of the “Death Wish” main title as well as new liner notes written by Page.

“In 1981, Michael Winner asked me if I would compose the soundtrack to Death Wish II,” said Page, explaining the release of the album. “The songs with vocals were only going to appear in the film for a matter of seconds but I had recorded full versions of them anyway - which is how I ended up doing my first soundtrack and soundtrack album. I’ve re-released this because I wanted it to be available again.”

Only 1000 copies will be released next month from the Jimmy Page Shop

Winner tells the story of how Page was brought into the project.

“I'd lived next door to Jimmy for many years,” began Winner. “It was a very bad time for him - the drummer (John Bonham of Led Zeppelin) had died, and he was in a very inactive period. (Led Zeppelin manager) Peter Grant and I made arrangements for Jimmy to do the Death Wish II score, for which he wasn't actually paid, because Grant wanted to restore Jimmy back to creativity.”

“Jimmy rang the doorbell, and I thought if the wind blew he'd fall over,” Michael continued. “He saw the film, we spotted where the music was to go, and then he said to me "I'm going to my studio. I don't want you anywhere near me, I'm going to do it all on my own." My editing staff said this is bloody dangerous! Anyway, we gave him the film, we gave him the timings, and he did it all on his own. Everything hit the button totally! I've never seen a more professional score in my life.”


The Beatles Refused To Play To Segregated Audience

A contract and rider demonstrating both the political sensitivities and the relatively modest personal needs of the Beatles are to be auctioned by Los Angeles-based Nate D Sanders Auctions on September 20th.

According to a rider and contract from 1965 gig in California, it was revealed that the band's demands including electricity, water and uniformed police. In the documents drawn up ahead of a concert at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California, in 1965, the band stipulated it would not play in front of a "segregated audience." It also required the venue to provide "no less than 150 uniformed police officers for protection" and a "special drumming platform for Ringo".

The band's trailer was "to have electricity and water," the rider states, adding: "In all dressing rooms for The Beatles, the purchaser must provide four cots, mirrors, an ice cooler, portable TV set and clean towels."

Signed by the band's manager, Brian Epstein, the documents are expected to fetch close to $5,000.


billboard has a nice write up about one of my favorites

Blink-182: The Billboard Cover Story

by Jason Lipshutz

It's Sept. 3, and Blink-182 is about to tear through a bunch of snotty anthems and trademark masturbation jokes during its show at Salt Lake City's USANA Amphitheatre. Hours before the concert, bassist Mark Hoppus is sitting outside in a black T-shirt and gold sunglasses, drinking bottled water and talking about a few of the gut-wrenching tracks on the band's new album, "Neighborhoods."

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AMON Sets Release Date For New Album

AMON, the resurrected Florida-based death metal band featuring former DEICIDE members Eric Hoffmann (guitar) and Brian Hoffman (guitar), has set an October 31 release date for its new album, "Liar In Wait". The effort will be made available at the group's newly launched official web site at as well as via iTunes and

AMON is currently mixing "Liar In Wait" at RedRoom Recorders in Tampa with producer Mark Prator. Eric previously told BLABBERMOUTH.NET, "[The CD sounds] brutal! Drums sound like a helicopter on steroids. Engl amps crushing."

Read more at Blabbermouth


Anthrax: 'Worship Music' – CD Review

by Gregory Burkart

2011 is truly a historic year for metal veterans Anthrax, who are celebrating 30 years of solid, take-no-prisoners thrash/speed metal. Reunited with vocalist Joey Belladonna – who last recorded with them over two decades ago on Persistence of Time – the band made a momentous return this week to their old stomping grounds in New York City to play at Yankee Stadium along with fellow metal gods Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth

Read the rest of the review at


inspiring story out of the uk:

Shop swaps fire places for vinyl

By Mike Wright

A shop owner in Oxhey has swapped the crackle of a fire for the crackle of vinyl.

Julian Smith, who owned Grate Ideas, in Pinner Road, has converted his shop into a second-hand record store after spotting a niche in the Watford market.

The 39-year-old entrepreneur’s unorthodox business move came from his own passion for collecting obscure psychedelic records from the 1960s.

However he decided to switch businesses after learning how much of a money-spinner second hand records could be.

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Everclear Releases New Versions of Hit Singles

Everclear is releasing their new record, Return to Santa Monica, which is a re-creation of their original hits, such as "Santa Monica," "Father of Mine," and "I Will Buy You A New Life," among others, including a few cover songs on September 27th.

Everclear reached mainstream success with "Santa Monica," pulled from their 1995 albumSparkle and Fade. They went on to have much commercial success with "Wonderful" from their 2000 album, Songs From An American Movie,Vol.1: Learning How To Smile. The cover songs include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "I Won't Back Down," The Steve Miller Band's "The Joker," The Police's "Every Breath You Take," and Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl".


1. Santa Monica
2. Wonderful
3. Father Of Mine
4. I Will Buy You A New Life
5. Everything To Everyone
6. I Won’t Back Down
7. Unemployed Boyfriend
8. The Joker
9. I Will Follow You Into The Dark
10. Every Breath You Take
11. AM Radio


another great write up at about another favorite of mine (his vinyl from the 70s is must hear material)

Alice Cooper at the Whisky a Go Go: Concert Review

by Steven Mirkin

“We’re a bar band,” Alice Cooper announced near the start of his show Thursday night. “A Sunset Strip bar band.” What exactly differenciates a Sunset Strip bar band from a band playing at, say, a bar on Sunset and Fairfax was never explained. But on the basis of their performance at the Whisky a Go Go, it means one that can mix a fair number of their own hits along with the covers and the ability to attract a couple of well-known guest stars.

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Preview: Songwriter - Paul Simon

Artist: Paul Simon

Title: Songwriter

Release Date: October 24, 2011

Label: Sony Legacy

Format(s): 2-CDs, DD

Paul Simon is the second artist in two days to announce a unique compilation of their music beyond the rote releasing of hits.

Songwriter is a selection of songs, chosen by the composer, as the best of his decades-long creative output. Some of these are well-known hits and others more obscure works, but all bear the distinct lyrical, melodic and rhythmic signature of Paul Simon, one of the great composers of popular song in the last 50 years.

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For Immediate Release:

Flying Nun Records Celebrates 30 Years This November

We can’t believe it either (or some flying nun quote)

Throughout the month of November, Flying Nun Records will celebrate their 30th Anniversary. With over 20 shows throughout New Zealand, the anniversary features both old and new Flying Nun acts, along with some very special guests paying tribute to 30 years of the NZ iconic label.

While, it wouldn’t be a party without live music, Flying Nun Records also have exciting new releases and re-releases soon to be available on CD, digitally and on Vinyl. Plus the exciting announcement of aa handful of new bands signed to the label.

Legendary Flying Nun bands THE CLEANTHE CLEAN, HDUHDU, THE BATSTHE BATS and GHOSTCLUB GHOSTCLUB will all havebe tourings throughout NZ inthis November.

To launch the month in Auckland (Friday Nov 4) and Wellington (Sat Nov 5) we have a showcase of ‘the new face of Flying Nun Records’ ‘the new face of Flying Nun Records’ with performances from Grayson GilmourGrayson Gilmour, PopstrangersPopstrangers, T54T54, Surf FriendsSurf Friends – and more to be announced.

While down south, F IN MathF IN Math and turntabilist AlphabetheadAlphabethead launch their tour which promises to include an interesting mix of Flying Nun covers, having given Alphabethead a bunch of Flying Nun vinyl to cut up, re-mix and re-write.

There will also be a series of Flying Nun Records Tribute Nights across the country and Australia, featuring some well- known characters and local acts.

In turn, , there will be some very special releases, including ‘Tally Ho!’‘Tally Ho!’ - a double disc 30 Year ‘Best Of’ compilation.

The brilliant 8th Studio album from THE BATSTHE BATS ‘Free The Monsters’ will be released on 17th October.

Vinyl re-releases of the debut albums by The BatsThe Bats - Daddy’s Highway and Tthe 3DsTthe 3Ds - Hellzapoppin and singles from our new signings: Pop StrangersPop Strangers, Surf FriendsSurf Friends and T54T54 with more to be announced.

We are also working on ‘Time to Go’ – a double LP compilation exploring the label’s early South Island History, along with a complete vinyl compilation of the Pin GroupPin Group’s material, and re-releases of HDUHDU’s ‘Metamatics’ and The Shocking PinksThe Shocking Pinks first album ‘Dance, the Dance Electric’.

In the long tradition of Flying Nun Records birthday celebrations, this year EPIC BEER are making us a 30 Year Ale. Available at the shows and selected supermarkets in November.


Peter Gabriel New Album Due In October

Peter Gabriel is scheduled to release a full-length CD called 'New Blood' on October 11, 2011 via EMI. The new album will feature some of Gabriel’s biggest hits from his legendary career, reconstructed and re-imagined with full orchestral arrangements and recorded live with the New Blood Orchestra. Gabriel is said to have hand-selected the songs and enlisted the help of longtime collaborator John Metcalfe for the arrangements as well as Ben Foster, who conducted of the 46-piece New Blood Orchestra.

NEW BLOOD will be available as a standard single-disc and digital download. A special 2-CD version will include the standard album plus an added disc of instrument versions. There will additionally be a heavyweight vinyl version available November 8th that is being released with a bonus 7″ featuring “A Quiet Moment” and “Solsbury Hill”). The filmed concert “New Blood – Live in London”, recorded October 23rd, 2010 at the Hammersmith Apollo will be available in 3D, blu-ray and standard DVD on October 25th.


1. Rhythm of the Heat
2. Downside Up (Featuring Melanie Gabriel)
3. San Jacinto
4. Intruder
5. Wallflower
6. In Your Eyes
7. Mercy Street
8. Red Rain
9. Darkness
10. Don’t Give Up (Featuring Ane Brun)
11. Digging in the Dirt
12. The Nest that Sailed the Sky
13. A Quiet Moment
14. Solsbury Hill(Bonus Track)

Special 2 CD Edition

1. The Rhythm of the Heat (instrumental)
2. Downside Up (instrumental)
3. San Jacinto (instrumental)
4. Intruder (instrumental)
5. Wallflower (instrumental)
6. In Your Eyes (instrumental)
7. Mercy Street (instrumental)
8. Red Rain (instrumental)
9. Darkness (instrumental)
10. Don’t Give Up (instrumental)
11. Digging In The Dirt (instrumental)
12. The Nest That Sailed The Sky (instrumental)
13. Blood of Eden (studio track)


Coalesce To Reissue 'Give Them Rope' On Vinyl

Coalesce is set to reissue 1996's 'Give Them Rope' as a double LP that features a remastered version of 'Give Them Rope' and a second disc of 2010's 'Give Them Rope She Said v2.0;' a remixed version of the album. The vinyl will be abailable on November 22 via No Sleep Records.

According to Coalesce's Sean Ingram:

"Coalesce is very honored to be working with No Sleep records to give our first full length record a proper home in vinyl. This record has proved to be a very difficult challenge over the years, and some of us felt it was never quite done. The art wasn't correct, that bass line Stacy biffed needed fixing, the mastering was muddy. Whatever anyone has to say about Give them Rope, the band has their own opinions too. It's true that you never forget your first, and this sentiment is what led Ingram to revisit this record around 2002 to fix those past mistakes as it was going into repress again. The results weren't bad, but they were too different. It's something that George Lucas could appreciate, but old fans could not totally embrace. Because 2002 is in itself a long time ago, and more new fans actually heard the second version than the first, we are doing we think is the right way to approach this and No Sleep is including both versions in one Gatefold package with the original artwork reworked to include both versions."

'Give Them Rope'  (1996) Track List:

Side A:
1. Have Patience
2. One On The Ground
3. Cut To Length
4. For All You Are
5. Still It Sells

Side B:
6. Chain Smoking
7. Did it Pay The Rent
8. Every Reason To
9. I Am Not The First
10. This is The Last
11. It Took A Year

"Give Them Rope She Said v2.0" (2002) Track List:

Side A:
1. Have Patience
2. One On The Ground
3. Cut To Length
4. For All You Are
5. Still It Sells

Side B:
6. Chain Smoking
7. Did it Pay The Rent
8. Every Reason To
9. I Am Not The First
10. This is The Last
11. It Took A Year


Enslaved Releasing "Yggdrasill" Demo On Vinyl

Enslaved will be releasing a 1992 demo "Yggdrasill" on limited vinyl, featuring new liner notes written by the band. The effort will be available on October 31st via Peaceville Records, who proclaim:

"'Yggdrasill' is a stellar example of the early 90's wave of black metal, with Enslaved's raw & hypnotic Viking/Norse-inspired epics sealing them as one of Norway's premier extreme metal acts, as they have continued to dominate & evolve through the years."


1. Heimdallr
2. Allfoðr Oðinn
3. Hal Valr

4. Niunda Heim
5. Resound of Gjallarhorn
6. Enslaved (bonus track)


very clever way to use the old records....

Old LPs turned into iPhone speakers

Designer Paul Cocksedge transforms old, worn out vinyl records into speakers for smartphones such as iPhone - 'horn'-style speakers of the sort that used to be used on 78rpm record players. "The miniaturisation of technology means that speakers aren’t what they used to be - they need volume, they need to be bigger," said Cocksedge.

Cocksedge applies heat to the vinyl record until it softens, then moulds it into the perfect shape needed to amplify noise - so no electricity or power is needed.


and in music history for today:

The great Hank Williams was born in 1923 (died 1953)

In 1931, the first long-playing record, a 33 1/3 rpm recording, was demonstrated at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York by RCA-Victor. The venture was doomed to fail however due to the high price of the record players, which started around $95 (about $1140 in today's dollars) and wasn't revived until 1948.

In 1955, Capitol Records released "Magic Melody, Part Two". The song consisted only of the last two notes of the musical phrase, "Shave and a haircut, two bits." It was the shortest song to ever to be released.

In 1956, the BBC announced the removal of Bill Haley and His Comets' “Rockin' Through the Rye” from its playlist because they felt the song went against traditional British standards. The record, based on an 18th century Scottish folk tune, was at #5 on the U.K. charts and included the lyrics "All the lassies rock with me When rockin' through the rye."

In 1964, on what was supposed to be their day off, The Beatles were paid a then record $150,000 for a concert in Kansas.

The Smothers Brothers Show premiered on CBS-TV in 1965.

In 1967, the Who appeared on the Smother Brothers Comedy Hour with Keith Moon putting too many explosives in his drums for the end of their performance, purportedly damaging Pete Townshend's hearing along with singeing his hair.

In 1967, the Doors were banned from The Ed Sullivan Show after Jim Morrison broke his agreement with the show’s producers. Morrison said before the performance that he wouldn’t sing the words, “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher,” from “Light My Fire” but did anyway. The Doors also performed their new single “People Are Strange.”

In 1968, Diana Ross records "Love Child" without the other two Supremes, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson.

Also in 1968, the Fifth Dimension were awarded their second Gold record for their rendition of Laura Nyro's "Stoned Soul Picnic". The song reached #3 on the Billboard Pop chart and #2 on the R&B chart.

In 1969, radio and print media on both sides of the Atlantic are full of stories that say Paul McCartney is dead. He was supposedly killed in a car accident in Scotland on November 9th, 1966 and that a double has been taking his place for public appearances. In fact, Paul and his girlfriend Jane Asher were on vacation in Kenya at the time. When a reporter contacted Paul at his Scottish farm, McCartney's reaction was, "Do I look dead? I'm fit as a fiddle."

Also in 1969, Tiny Tim announced his engagement to Victoria May Budinger. 40 million viewers would watch him tie the knot with 17-year-old Miss Vicki on The Tonight Show on December 17, 1969. The union produced a daughter named Tulip, but ended when Vicki filed for a divorce on March 6, 1972 and was granted in 1977.

In 1976, the Sex Pistols played a gig for the inmates at Chelmsford Prison, Essex in England.

In 1991, Rob Tyner lead singer with the American hard rock band MC5 died after he suffered a heart attack in the seat of his parked car in his hometown of Berkley, Michigan. MC5, (shortened from the Motor City Five), formed in Detroit, in 1965, they released their first album, 'Kick Out the Jams,' in 1969.

Also in 1991, over 4 million copies of Guns N' Roses album, Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II were simultaneously released for retail sale, making it the largest ship-out in pop history in the US.

In 1996, a bomb was found in a London post office addressed to Bjork. The bomb maker had made a video of himself making the bomb and committing suicide.

In 1997, Fleetwood Mac kick off their reunion tour in Hartford, Connecticut, in support of their LP, "The Dance".

In 2000, Farm Aid 2000 was held in Bistow, VA with Alan Jackson, Arlo Guthrie, Travis Tritt, Sawyer Brown, Barenaked Ladies, Willie Nelson, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Kelly Clarkson's first single "Before Your Love/A Moment Like This" was released in 2002.

In 2003, David Lee Roth injured himself while doing a very fast, complicated 15th-century samurai move onstage. Roth needed 21 stitches when a staff he was using hit him in the face. A few days later the remainder of his tour was canceled.

birthdays today (among others) include: LaMonte McLemore (Fifth Dimension) (71), Fee Waybill (Tubes) (61), Steve Williams (Budgie) (58), Jonn Penney (Ned's Atomic Dustbin) (43), Keith Flint (Prodigy) (42) & John Walker (Panic! At the Disco) (26)