Thursday, December 1, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

too many categories to list, but here are some of the particulars:
Grammy Nominations (a partial list)

Record Of The Year

•Rolling in the Deep - Adele
•Holocene - Bon Iver
•Grenade - Bruno Mars
•The Cave - Mumford and Sons
•Firework - Katy Perry

Album Of The Year

•21 - Adele
•Wasting Light - Foo Fighters
•Born This Way - Lady Gaga
•Doo-Wops & Hooligans - Bruno Mars
•Loud - Rihanna

Song Of The Year

•All of This Light - Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
•The Cave - Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford and Sons)
•Grenade - Brody Brown, Claude Kelly, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
•Holocene - Justin Vernon, songwriter (Bon Iver)
•Rolling in the Deep - Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)

New Artist

•The Band Perry
•Bon Iver
•J. Cole
•Nicki Minaj

Best Pop Solo Performance

•Someone Like You - Adele
•You And I - Lady Gaga
•Grenade - Bruno Mars
•Firework - Katy Perry
•F***in' Perfect - Pink

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

•Body and Soul - Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
•Dearest - Black Keys
•Paradise - Coldplay
•Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People
•Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

Best Pop Instrumental Album

•Wish Upon a Star - Jenny Oaks Baker
•E Kahe Malie - Daniel Ho
•The Road to Memphis - Booker T. Jones
•Hello Tomorrow - Dave Koz
•Setzer Goes Instru-Mental! - Brian Setzer

Best Pop Vocal Album

•21 - Adele
•The Lady Killer - Cee Lo Green
•Born This Way - Lady Gaga
•Doo-Wops & Hooligans - Bruno Mars
•Loud - Rihanna



Anthrax Best-of Compilation Album Due In January

Thrash metal icons Anthrax will be highlighted in a new series of albums, approprietly called 'Icon,' that will feature, “the greatest hits, signature tunes and fan favorites of the most popular artists in music history," according to a press release. The series was initiated by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) in 2010, and now, the run is ready to bring fans the best of Anthrax.

Schedlued to be released on January 10, 2012, the 11-track Anthrax 'Icon' compilation (Island/UMe) features tunes “Madhouse,” “A.I.R.,” “Armed and Dangerous,” “I Am the Law,” “Got the Time” and more.


found this interesting:

Jewish record store popping up for a month in S.F.

Aidin Vaziri, Chronicle Pop Music Critic

David Katznelson is busy transforming an art gallery on Mission Street into a Mid-Century Modern living room. As his 1-year-old daughter, Kaya, crawls around, he arranges vintage wingback chairs, starburst clocks and hand-carved credenzas across from a wall displaying vinyl records with curious covers and promising titles like "Mish Mosh" and "Raisins and Almonds Cha Cha Cha."

Katznelson, the sole San Francisco member of the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation, is setting up what he's fairly certain is the first ever pop-up Jewish record store, Tikva Records. It will be open for just a month, from Thursday to Dec. 28, and he expects to spend most of his waking hours there.



All Things Go Launches a New DC-Based Record Label

The founders behind the music blog have announced a new “boutique” label that will release limited-edition seven-inch singles.

By Jason Koebler

With Ian MacKaye’s Dischord Records, the District has one of the most influential do-it-yourself record labels ever created. Now it also has the newest. The four men behind Washington’s All Things Go music blog announced yesterday that they’ve formed a record label called ATG Records. The label is the latest project from the blog, which, taking a page from Brightest Young Things, began promoting concerts and events in spaces such as the Gibson and U Street Music Hall earlier this year.

Their first seven-inch vinyl single is pressed and ready to go, and features “Alive,” two minutes and 45 seconds of offbeat dance punk from Miami artist Nicky Blitz.

Will Suter, who founded the blog along with Adrian Maseda, Stephen Vallimarescu, and Zack Friendly, says the new label will release around ten records per year, and production runs will be kept short—the “Alive” single is limited to only 250 copies.

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UFO - New Album Details Revealed

British rock legends UFO will release their new album, "Seven Deadly", on February 28, 2012 via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort, which was recorded with producer Tommy Newton at his Area 51 studio in Celle, Germany, will be made available as a limited-edition digipack (including two bonus tracks), a double gatefold LP with printed innersleeves and colored vinyl, standard-edition CD and as a digital download.


TOOL Recording New Music

Over the Thanksgiving break, TOOL entered the studio with producer Joe Barresi (ISIS, COHEED & CAMBRIA, PUSCIFER, TOMAHAWK) to begin recording the group's new album. According to a posting on TOOL's official web site, he bandmembers are tracking all songs to tape — using a Studer A827 analog tape recorder — at their own home studio instead of going the digital route.

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lovely cover art.....

CALIBAN: New Album Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

German modern metallers CALIBAN will release their eighth studio album, "I Am Nemesis", on February 28, 2012 via Century Media Records. The CD will feature guest appearances by Marcus Bischoff (HEAVEN SHALL BURN) and Mitch Lucker (SUICIDE SILENCE).

After spending 10 months writing new material, the band is very excited to get the record out to fans. "It was important to us to have an elaborate album without any fillers," says lead guitarist Marc Görtz. "Additionally, the sound of the album is the best we've ever had by far: it is heavy and brutal without being chaotic."

Read the rest at Blabbermouth


album cover art of the day:

BENEATH: 'Enslaved By Fear' Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

Icelandic death metal band BENEATH has revealed the cover art and track listing for its upcoming debut album, "Enslaved By Fear", due out in early 2012 via Unique Leader Records. The CD was mixed by Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, BEHEMOTH, IN FLAMES, DARK FUNERAL) and features artwork by Raymond Swanland (DEEDS OF FLESH, PSYCROPTIC).

Read the rest and get the tracklist at Blabbermouth




Perfect box set gift for the holiday season, released December 6, 2011 -Dave Brubeck's 91st birthday - by Columbia/Legacy

Also out now: Their Last Time Out (The Unreleased Live Concert - December 26, 1967), the Quartet's final concert after ten years together

NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As family and friends around the world celebrate Dave Brubeck's 91st birthday on December 6, 2011, attention is also drawn to notable anniversaries of key albums in the Columbia Records discography of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. These include the 55th anniversary of their landmark 1956 album Jazz Impressions Of The U.S.A., the 50th anniversary of the 1961 LP Time Further Out, and the 45th anniversary of Time In, their 1966 finale to the signature series that started with the all-time classic, RIAA® certified double-platinum Time Out in 1959.

Those four studio albums, alongside the 15 other Columbia studio recordings that the Quartet released between 1955 and 1967, are brought together for the first time in THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET – THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA STUDIO ALBUMS COLLECTION. The deluxe 19-CD box set is available now for pre-order at Sony Music's retail website – – in advance of the December 6th (Brubeck's birthday!) release date. The box set is released by Columbia/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.


1. Brubeck Time (1955)
2. Jazz Impressions Of The U.S.A. (1956, first time on CD in U.S.)
3. Jazz Impressions Of Eurasia (1958, first time on CD in U.S.)
4. Dave Digs Disney (1957)
5. Gone With The Wind (1959, first time on CD in U.S.)
6. Time Out! (1959)
7. Southern Scene (1960, first time on CD in U.S.)
8. Bernstein Plays Brubeck Plays Bernstein (1961)
9. Time Further Out (1961)
10. Countdown: Time In Outer Space (1962)
11. Bossa Nova U.S.A. (1963, first time on CD in U.S.)
12. Brandenburg Gate: Revisited (1963)
13. Time Changes (1964)
14. Jazz Impressions Of Japan (1964)
15. Jazz Impressions Of New York (1965, first time on CD in U.S.)
16. Angel Eyes (1965, first time on CD in U.S.)
17. My Favorite Things (1966, first time on CD in U.S.)
18. Time In (1966)
19. Plays Cole Porter - Anything Goes! (1967, first time on CD in U.S.)

(This discography, starting with 1959's Gone With The Wind, also represents the total Columbia studio output of the classic longtime lineup of the Dave Brubeck Quartet that began in '58 – Brubeck on piano, Paul Desmond on alto saxophone, bassist Eugene Wright, and drummer Joe Morello.)

THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET – THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA STUDIO ALBUMS COLLECTION features each of the 19 albums in a replica mini-LP sleeve which reproduces that LP's original front and back cover artwork. Where applicable, the albums in each box include the bonus tracks that have been released on the expanded CD editions over the years.

As noted above, nine of the titles in THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET – THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA STUDIO ALBUMS COLLECTION are making their debut appearance on CD in the U.S. with this box set.

The arrival of THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET – THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA STUDIO ALBUMS COLLECTION follows Columbia/Legacy's November 1st debut release of the double-CD, Their Last Time Out (subtitle: The Unreleased Live Concert – December 26, 1967). Recorded in Pittsburgh, the night after Christmas, the concert reflected Brubeck's decision to disband the Quartet at the end of 1967, their tenth and final year together. The concert covered virtually every phase of the Quartet's tenure, from blues ("St. Louis Blues") and standards ("Swanee River," "These Foolish Things," "Take The 'A' Train," "Someday My Prince Will Come," "I'm In A Dancing Mood," "You Go To My Head"), to the Latin flavor of which they were so fond ("Cielito Lindo," "La Paloma Azul"). In true democratic fashion there is also one original composition by each musician: Brubeck's "Three To Get Ready" (listen for Desmond's "12 Days Of Christmas" riff), Wright's "Set My People Free," Morello's "For Drummers Only," and of course, Desmond's "Take Five."

The 16 core years that Dave Brubeck spent at Columbia Records (from 1954 to 1970), saw this complex musician and compassionate bandleader develop into a multi-talented composer, arranger, producer, orchestrator, and ultimately a father figure for at least three generations of jazz players.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet, in its early lineup (with alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, drummer Joe Dodge, and a succession of bassists) was signed to Columbia in 1953, by the renowned George Avakian. He followed the pianist's early format (of live concert recordings on Fantasy) and also recorded him live for his Columbia debut, Jazz Goes To College.

THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET – THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA STUDIO ALBUMS COLLECTION focuses on the Quartet's studio LPs, which actually began with their second album, Brubeck Time (1954). The so-called 'classic' Dave Brubeck Quartet took shape with the entrance of drummer Joe Morello in 1956 and bassist Eugene Wright in 1958. They staked their claim to jazz immortality in 1959 with the Time Out album, the first million-selling LP in jazz history, featuring the single that changed all the rules, "Take Five" b/w "Blue Rondo A La Turk."

Included with this set is Brandenburg Gate, Revisited which features a 10-part, 20-minute work for strings arranged and conducted by Howard Brubeck on a theme by Dave Brubeck that was first heard on Jazz Impressions Of Eurasia (1958). In addition to Eurasia, all the other albums in the Quartet's "Jazz Impressions" series are represented in this collection: Jazz Impressions Of The USA (1957), Jazz Impressions of Japan (1964), and Jazz Impressions of New York (1965).

The Quartet was disbanded in 1967, the year of their final Columbia studio LP, The Dave Brubeck Quartet Plays Cole Porter - Anything Goes!, a swingin' affair.

SOURCE Legacy Recordings


The Recording Academy® and Universal Republic Records Partner on the Release of the 2012 Grammy® Nominees Album


Album Hits Stores and Online on Jan. 24, 2012

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY Recordings® and Universal Republic Records have joined forces to release the 2012 GRAMMY® Nominees album on Jan. 24, 2012. The 18th edition of the best-selling series will showcase many of this year's GRAMMY-nominated artists and songs. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will help support the year-round efforts of the GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares® Foundation — two charitable organizations of The Recording Academy. For the first time, fans can have the opportunity to attend the GRAMMY Awards by pre-ordering the album starting Nov. 30. To enter, log on to to pre-order the 2012 GRAMMY Nominees album where music fans can win a trip for two to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles.

"We are delighted to partner with Universal Republic Records to once again bring together one of the most eclectic mix of tracks in one album," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "And this year we are extremely excited to offer GRAMMY and music fans the opportunity to experience Music's Biggest Night® firsthand through our pre-order enter-and-win sweepstakes. We look forward to another successful chart-topping year and to providing further support to the important work that MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation continue to do year-round."

Universal Republic Records President/CEO Monte Lipman said, "It's an absolute honor to be working with The Recording Academy on this release. There have been so many incredible songs and albums released this past year and having the chance to produce a comprehensive snapshot of all that great music is incredible. In addition, it's wonderful to support these fantastic charities the album will benefit."

Fans can enter to win tickets by pre-ordering the album through and, launching in conjunction with "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" airing on Nov. 30 on CBS Television Network from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition to announcing select nominations for the 54th GRAMMY Awards, the concert will feature performances by artists including Jason Aldean, the Band Perry, Lady Gaga, Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco, Rihanna, Valerie Simpson, Mike Stoller, Sugarland and Usher.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 12 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at , a Facebook fan at , and a YouTube channel subscriber at

A division of Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company, Universal Republic is home to a diverse array of superstar artists such as 3 Doors Down, Amy Winehouse, Colbie Caillat, Eddie Vedder, Enrique Iglesias, Florence + The Machine, Godsmack, Hinder, Owl City, SuperHeavy, the Rolling Stones, and singing competition "The Voice" (Javier Colon, Dia Frampton), among many others.

It is comprised of innovative imprints and digital business ventures. Including Republic Nashville Records (The Band Perry), and is in partnerships with Aware Records (Mat Kearney), Big Machine (Taylor Swift), Brushfire (Jack Johnson, G Love), Cash Money (Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj) Lava Records (Jesse J, Black Veil Brides), SRC (Akon, Melanie Fiona, Shontelle), and Tuff Gong (Damien Marley, Stephen Marley) among others.

SOURCE The Recording Academy


Legendary Singer-songwriters David Crosby, Shawn Colvin, Randy Newman, Kenny Loggins, Zooey Deschanel Contribute to Everychild CD

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Everychild Within Us CD features brand new, unreleased music from She and Him (Zooey Deschanel) and Burt Bacharach, as well as music by singer-songwriters such as Randy Newman, David Crosby, Shawn Colvin, Kenny Loggins, Lisa Loeb and Katrina Carlson. The new album also includes songs by Dave Koz and Jim Wilson.

Free sample audio streams from the CD are available at

The Everychild Within Us CD is available for $12 from the Everychild Foundation:  All proceeds go to projects supported by Everychild Foundation grants filling critical unmet needs of children.

Listen to audio file of children:

"It is with great pleasure that I support the good work that the Everychild Foundation does helping children in need," says music legend David Crosby.

The dream of the Everychild Foundation is to have a society where no child suffers from disease, disability, abuse, neglect or poverty. Each year, Everychild annually seeks out and funds a new project directly serving children with tangible results. The goal is to launch new prototypes that can inspire replication across the nation and even worldwide, thus leveraging the grant.

The Foundation also advocates for legislative and public policy changes to assist unaccompanied homeless youth, children in the juvenile justice and foster care systems, and those in the zero to five age group. Everychild is a volunteer organization funded by member dues and contributions. It pays no salaries, no rent and does not host fundraising galas.

"Some of America's most legendary musicians have come together to make a difference for children in crisis right here in the United States," says Jacqueline Caster, Founder and President of the Everychild Foundation. "This album not only provides an array of uplifting songs, but is also interspersed with the actual voices of kids from the gang-ridden neighborhoods of Los Angeles whose dreams of a better future are alive and strong. Proceeds from this compilation album support the work of the Everychild Foundation which works to make these dreams a reality by funding new projects to assist children suffering from disease, disability, abuse, neglect or poverty."

SOURCE Everychild Foundation


The Who ‘Quadrophenia’ Deluxe Edition – Album Review

by: Karen 'Gilly' Laney

The new re-issue of the Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’ takes us back to mid 1973, when the Who were unofficially dubbed the worlds greatest live rock ‘n’ roll band and had several successful recordings under their belt including ‘Tommy’ and Who’s Next.’

Come October and their next triumph, in which songwriter Pete Townshend introduced us to Jimmy, the tragic hero of the band’s latest rock opera.

Jimmy is a teenager in England whose dad labels him a “schizophrenic” and his Mum, well, she just thinks he’s “nutty.” Youthful angst is at its peak as Jimmy desperately tries to fit in while his moods change as often as the weather.

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and in music history for the day

In 1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Sam Cooke, and the Rays made their national television debuts on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show," performing their hits "Peggy Sue" and "That'll Be The Day," "You Send Me," and "Silhouettes," respectively.

In 1958, Ricky Nelson was the first rock 'n' roll artist to be pictured on the cover of LIFE magazine.

Also in 1958, the Phil Spector written "To Know Him Is To Love Him" was the number one song in the US for The Teddy Bears. The trio consisted of Spector along with two friends, Marshall Leib and Annette Kleinbard.

In 1960, a San Diego, California quintet called Rosie And The Originals reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a loosely recorded ballad called "Angel Baby". Written by the group's 14 year old singer, Rosie Hamlin, the song held the position for six weeks and stayed on the chart for three months. still one of my favorite songs of all time, just gives me chills for some reason (i love the old doo wop!)

In 1964, in Hollywood, Buck Owens recorded his compositions "Cryin' Time," later a hit for Ray Charles, and "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail," which became Owens' signature song. The latter spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart and was his highest-charting entry on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #25.

In 1966, Tom Jones' cover version of Porter Wagoner's "Green, Green Grass of Home" tops the UK charts for the first of a seven week stay. It will become his biggest hit, selling over 1.2 million copies in Britain alone. The record reached #11 in the US.

In 1968, Janis Joplin made her final appearance with Big Brother & the Holding Company.

In 1972, Martha & the Vandellas gave their farewell performance in Detroit, MI.

In 1973, "Top Of The World" becomes The Carpenters' second number one hit on the Billboard Pop Chart. It made #5 in the UK. An earlier version by Lynn Anderson had already topped the US Country chart.

In 1976, the Sex Pistols, who have just released their first single, "Anarchy in the UK", appear on British TV's Today Show as a last-minute replacement for Queen. After interviewer Bill Grundy asks them about their "nasty reputation", bass player Glenn Matlock utters a four letter word on the air. In the resulting uproar, The Sex Pistols are banned from appearing in all but five cities that were booked for their first UK tour. By next month, no club or concert hall in Great Britain will book the group.

In 1983, Neil Young was sued by Geffen Records who said he had not delivered a commercial enough album (“not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums”).

In 1986, R&B singer (Working In A Coal Mine, Ya Ya) Lee Dorsey died of emphysema at age 61.

In 1987, a Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in the US Supreme Court over her dismissal for showing Pink Floyd's film 'The Wall' to her class. The court decided that the film, with its bad language and sexual content, was not suitable for minors.

In 1995, an auction of Frank Sinatra's possessions earned him $2,072,000.

In 1997, Kenny G set a new world record when he sustained a note on his saxophone for 45 minutes and 47 seconds using a technique that allows him to blow and breathe at the same time. The record has since been broken by Geovanny Escalante, who was able to hold a note for 1 hour, 30 minutes and 45 seconds.

In 1997, singer/keyboardist (When I Die) William "Smitty" Smith of the band Motherlode suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 53.

In 1997, jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli died at the age of 89.

In 1999, the 67th lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center draws an unbelievable 250,000 people, most of which wanting to see performances by ‘N Sync, Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias, and Rosemary Clooney.

birthdays today include (among others): Billy Paul (77), Brad Delson (Linkin Park) (34), John Densmore (Doors) (67), Gilbert O'Sullivan (65), Greg Upchurch (3 Doors Down) (40) and Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult) (67)