Monday, November 7, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

what an amazing article/interview about one of the best! take the time to read it, what a fascinating man!

R. Crumb on Album Covers, Charlie Patton 78s, and Occupy Wall Street

By Tim McDonnell

Don't go bothering Robert Crumb. The renowned cartoonist and American expat lives somewhere in the south of France, but when I call him to talk about his latest book, he steadfastly refuses to tell me where: "I don't want people coming here looking for me," he says, "so I don't tell the name of this town." He won't elaborate on whom he might be hiding from, but it's easy to believe that Crumb, 68, has a cult following. Over his nearly lifelong career, this icon of 1960s underground comics has created beloved characters like Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural, was the subject of a Terry Zwigoff documentary, and even illustrated the book of Genesis. ("First I was gonna make a satire," he told me. "But the original text is so strange by itself you don't have to satirize it.") In 1991, Crumb was inducted into the prestigious Will Eisner Hall of Fame. Maus creator Art Spiegelman has called him "a monolithic presence, who rewrote the rules of what comics are."

But behind the overt sexuality and anti-establishment riffs that characterize Crumb's comics, his muse has always been old-timey American blues. He's a die-hard collector of 78 rpm records from the likes of Memphis Minnie and Robert Johnson.

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MusicRadar Ranks Everything Bass recently spent a week talking all about the bass...great bass players, great bass lines and more.

Their 25 Greatest Bassists list was topped by John Myung from Dream Theater followed by Geddy Lee of Rush and Paul Gray of Slipknot. While this may lead you to believe that the list is skewed towards more modern artists, there is only one more non-veteran among the rest of the list (Les Claypool).

(as with all lists, these are very subjective, maybe you agree or disagree, but let's see what their top ten looks like):

1. John Myung (Dream Theater)
2. Geddy Lee (Rush)
3. Paul Gray (Slipknot)
4. Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
5. Cliff Burton (Metallica)
6. Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report)
7. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
8. John Entwistle (Who)
9. Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones)
10. Paul McCartney

Read more at our friends at vintagevinylnews


Metallica’s Black Album Commands Top Dollar In Auction

Metallica‘s self-titled 'Black Album,' which was pressed on white vinyl, recently sold on an eBay auction (Oct. 31) for $1,145.00. This very rare copy was one of 50 produced and released in March 2010 by Warner Bros. Records. The record was only available as a special offer through the band’s Met Club fan club and Warner’s Because Sound Matters promotional campaign.


WARBRINGER Covers MOTÖRHEAD Classic On New Seven-Inch Single

A special and limited seven-inch EP from Los Angeles thrashers WARBRINGER featuring the track "Living Weapon" as well as the exclusive B-side "(We Are) The Road Crew", a cover of the MOTÖRHEAD classic, will be available to purchase from the band at upcoming shows as well as via CM Distro and mailorders soon.

Read the rest at Blabbermouth


slow news day, however, i love when rockers add their name and likeness to help children!

STEVEN TYLER Cabbage Patch Kid Doll Being Auctioned For Charity

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler is among the celebrities who are recreated as unique, one-of-a kind Cabbage Patch Kids that will be auctioned on eBay starting today with proceeds benefiting Children's Action Network (CAN), a national adoption awareness organization dedicated to finding homes for children in the U.S. who are in foster care. The exclusive Celebrity 'Kids were created to be auctioned by leading U.S. toy company JAKKS Pacific, Inc. to raise awareness and much-needed funds for this notable charity and to celebrate the rich tradition of the loveable and adoptable Cabbage Patch Kids during the National Adoption Month of November.

For more information go to Blabbermouth

Or visit the auction site:


Throbbing Gristle Reissues

Throbbing Gristle and Industrial Records will release the discs over the coming weeks. The first release, 1977's 'The Second Annual Report of Throbbing Gristle,' was released on October 31st. From there, in one-week intervals, the band will re-release 'D.O.A.: The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle' (1978),' 20 Jazz Funk Greats' (1979), the live album 'Heathen Earth' (1980) and Throbbing Gristle's 'Greatest Hits' (1981). Each album was restored and remastered by band member Chris Carter, who transferred the material from the original analogue tapes.

Vinyl editions of the albums will be available in limited-edition pressings of 2,000 and will feature an eight-page large-format colour booklet featuring a trove of Throbbing Gristle-related art. The CDs will be presented in gatefold format, featuring different artwork than their vinyl counterparts and include a bonus disc containing rare Throbbing Gristle tunes, as well as live tracks and singles from the year of each album's original release.


local wisconsin article, however, the story is the same, people love vinyl!

Passion for vinyl is spreading to a new generation of music lovers

Written by Cheryl Anderson Post-Crescent staff writer

Unlike baby boomers who grew up with turntables, tuners, woofers and tweeters that even had Black Betty bam-a-lamming, Craig Detert, now 38, had discs of polycarbonate plastic.

But his life soon would change all because of a woman.

"At the time, there were a bunch of records at my house; I was like 18 years old," he said. "My girlfriend — my wife now — and I were just hanging out in the basement. I had a stereo system that had a record player on it, but I never used it. She was like, 'What are all these records doing here?' I was like, 'They're my parents.'"

So the two grabbed a stack of 45s and started playing them, and, by gosh, it was fun. "We just went crazy after that," said Detert, who took a new spin around an old block and never has looked back. He also turned his passion into a position as manager of the Appleton-based Music & Sports Collectors World, owned by John Kennedy.

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UFO: New Album Release Date Announced

British rock legends UFO are currently in the studio with producer Tommy Newton recording their new album for a February 27, 2012 release via SPV/Steamhammer. A tour of the U.K. and Ireland will follow in March and April. UFO's latest best-of collection, "Best Of A Decade", was released in North America on September 28, 2010 via SPV/Steamhammer.


i have many of these special die cut records, they are a fun collectible!

Girls Announce New Single 

Girls have announced a new single called, "Lawrence," which is out November 28 in the UK and December 6 in the US. The song was "written and recorded as a gift to Lawrence Hayward," frontman for the cult band Felt, Denim, and Go-Kart Mozart. It will be released digitally and on limited edition, heart-shaped red vinyl via Turnstile and True Panther Sounds.


and in music history for november 7th:

In 1961, Ray Charles was arrested in Indianapolis after police discover marijuana and heroin in his hotel room.

In 1964, the Marvelettes' "Too Many Fish in the Sea" enters the Billboard Hot 100 where it will reach #25. The song will be the fifth of the group's ten US Top 40 Pop hits.

In 1968, in Denver, Jim Morrison simply asked the crowd to “stand up” during a Doors concert. That was enough for the authorities to ban the group from ever playing again in the city.

In 1970, MGM Records President Mike Curb announces that the company is dropping 18 acts from its roster in a move to discredit musicians who "exploit and promote hard drugs through music." Among the acts dropped are Connie Francis, and The Cowsills, but not Eric Burdon.

In 1974, Rolling Stone reports that Ted Nugent has won the National Squirrel-Shooting Archery Contest by picking off a squirrel at 150 yards. Nugent also wiped out 27 more of the small mammals with a handgun during the three day event.

In 1975, a guitar player named Steve Anderson set a new world record for continuous guitar string plucking at 114 hours 17 minutes. why?

In 1981, Daryl Hall and John Oates achieved their third US number one single with "Private Eyes". Over the next three years, they would have three more. "Private Eyes" reached #32 in the UK.

In 1987, a sixteen year old singer named Tiffany had the top tune in the US with a cover version of Tommy James' 1967 hit, "I Think We're Alone Now". His rendition stalled at number four. Tiffany became the youngest act to score a US #1 since a 14-year-old Michael Jackson with did it with "Ben" in 1972.

In 1988, John Fogerty won his self-plagiarism court battle with Fantasy Records. The label claimed Fogerty copied his own song, "Run Through The Jungle" when he wrote "The Old Man Down The Road".

In 1991, Carter Cornelius of The Cornelius Brothers And Sister Rose died of a heart attack at the age of 43. Their biggest hits were "Too Late To Turn Back Now" and "Treat Her Like A Lady".

Also in 1991, Frank Zappa was diagnosed with prostate cancer

In 1995, Alice in Chains released "Alice in Chains" on CD and cassette. The album was only available in a vinyl edition until this release.

In 2002, a Guns N' Roses show in Vancouver was canceled after Axl Roses plane was delayed. A riot ensued where twelve people were arrested.

In 2004, Lenny Mays of The Dramatics passed away of heart failure at the age of 53. The group cracked the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971 with "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" and again in 1972 with "In The Rain".

In 2006, the game "Guitar Hero II" for Playstation 2 was released in North America.

In 2007, the Eagles' first studio album in 28 years, "Long Road Out Of Eden", rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 200 chart after selling 711,000 copies in the US during its first week of release. The LP produced two singles on the Hot Country Songs charts: a cover of J.D. Souther's "How Long" and "Busy Being Fabulous", both of which were Top 30 hits on the Country charts as well as Top 20 hits on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts.

birthdays today (among others) include: Liam Ó Maonlaí (Hothouse Flowers) (47), Robin Finck (Guns N' Roses, Nine Inch Nails) (40), Joni Mitchell (68), Nick Gilder (60) and the great tex-mex star Johnny Rivers (69)