Thursday, December 8, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Sex Pistols Acetate Still Up For Sale On eBay

in an earlier post, I blogged  about this acetate up on the blocks at eBay. i see that more than 400 visitors have stopped by (the auction ends in 18 days). if you have an extra $18,000 or so, you can use the buy it now function, but so far i don't see a bid up. so, i ask, is this overvalued?

Sex Pistols Anarchy In The UK Original 1976 7“ 1 sided Abbey Road Swirl Acetate

you can watch it at eBay


all over the web right now:

Metallica Second Unreleased Song Hits The Web

Yet another unreleased studio track from the 'Death Magnetic' sessions has surfaced on the web (what a surprise...). The cut is called "Just A Bullet Away" and now available on YouTube. Metallica also performed this track at the Fillmore in San Francisco as part of a week long celebration of the band's 30th Anniversary. Special guests at the festivities have included Biff Byford (Saxon), Jason Newsted (Ex-Metallica), Lou Reed, King Diamond, Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate), Timi Hansen (Mercyful Fate), Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate) , Marianne Faithfull, Ray Haller (Sweet Savage), Kid Rock and John Bush (Armored Saint/Ex-Anthrax).

I see another video coming......


vinyl down under making the news again (the aussies love their records!)

Why vinyl has us all in a spin

Paul Smeaton

IF YOU thought vinyl was dead, think again.

Music fans are going back to the future as sales of vinyl records replace CDs as the preferred physical form for music.

More than a quarter of a million vinyl records have been sold so far this year in the UK, a 40% increase on last year, and Australians are now joining the throng.

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in boston, vinyl is still relevant!

Looney Tunes' three decades of vinyl bliss

Right round baby right round


Among the faded LP sleeves crowding the Boylston-facing windows of Looney Tunes Records is a carefully hand-lettered sign written in black marker: "33 1/3 YEAR BIRTHDAY SALE. EVERY ITEM 33 1/3 % OFF LIST PRICE."

Inside, the narrow, high-ceilinged space — once the site of a dental-supply outlet — is chockablock with used CDs, DVDs, and row upon row of vinyl. Browsers — all men, whenever I've visited — thumb through cascades of cardboard sleeves while navigating the stacks of cardboard boxes wedged underneath the shelves.

"I have something of a record problem," owner Pat McGrath tells me over iced coffee.



vinyl in the heartland doing well at one of america's oldest record stores:

Home of the records

By Kathleen Barbosa

Everything from the vinyl records lining the shelves to the historical records dating back to Kirksville's founding, are crammed into the walls of Rinehart's Music & Video, which claims to be America's oldest operating record store.

The storefront, located on South Franklin Street, is home to one of 12 Rinehart businesses, which have been in the Rinehart family since their beginnings as a news corporation in 1861, according to the Adair County Historical Society. Current owner Karl Hildebrand, a cousin of the Rineharts, said these family businesses have been able to survive because of their ability to adapt and to plan for the future.

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Rolling Stones Mick Jagger & Keith Richards to Pay For Hubert Sumlin's Funeral

In an act of admiration and generosity, Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are going to pay for the funeral of Hubert Sumlin.

Sumlin’s partner Toni Ann has posted, “I just wanted to share with you, Hubert’s loving fans, that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have insisted on picking up the full expenses for Hubert’s funeral. God Bless the Rolling Stones”.

Read more at our friends at vintagevinylnews


ONSLAUGHT Announces First-Ever North American Tour 

British thrash metal veterans ONSLAUGHT will cross the Atlantic for their first-ever North American tour in March 2012. The three-week trek will see the band performing a setlist spanning all its studio albums — "Power From Hell", "The Force", "In Search Of Sanity", "Killing Peace" and their latest release, "Sounds Of Violence". Support on the dates will come from M-PIRE OF EVIL (formerly PRIMEVIL), the new band featuring former VENOM members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar), Antony "Antton" Lant (drums; brother of VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant) and Tony "The Demolition Man" Dolan (bass, vocals). Also appeaing on the bill for some devastating dates on the U.S. West Coast will be EVILDEAD.

Read more and get the tour dates at our friends at Blabbermouth



Psycroptic Reveals New Album Artwork

Aussie technical death metal outfit Psycroptic has revealed the cover art for the band’s fifth studio album, 'The Inherited Repression,' which will hit stores on February 7th in North America and February 10th in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records.


album cover art of the day:

Zombi Members 'Brainstorm' on Split LP

Pittsburgh's prog duo Zombi are releasing a split LP called 'Brainstorm' in January via Temporary Residence Ltd. A press release describes it as "an alternate reality version of OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below -- a world where instead of beautiful women, expensive clothes and futuristic cars, we get transcendent aliens, expensive synthesizers, and futuristic cars."

Side A of this vinyl release has Zombi's Steve Moore exploring with freaky synthscapes in the vein of John Carpenter and Vangelis over four tracks. Then, on the flip, Majeure (born A.E. Paterra) drops a 20-minute jam that runs the gamut from strict ambience to straight up prog-rockin'.


Coldplay Announces 2012 North American Tour

Band Nominated For Three GRAMMY® Awards

"Coldplay New Year's Eve: An Austin City Limits Special" Airs On PBS Stations Nationwide December 31

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Coldplay will launch its first North American tour in nearly three years on April 17. The run, which kicks off at Rexall Place in Edmonton, AB, will include a two-night stand at Los Angeles' historic Hollywood Bowl (May 1 & 2). The band is touring in support of its new RIAA-certified Platinum record, Mylo Xyloto, which has scored the most No. 1 rankings of any album this year worldwide, topping the charts in 34 countries to date. Mylo Xyloto's first two singles have received GRAMMY nominations – "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, and the Gold-certified "Paradise" for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Coldplay is nominated for a People's Choice Award in the Favorite Band category.

Use any American Express® Card to purchase advance tickets for Coldplay beginning Monday, December 12, at 10am (local time) through Friday, December 16, at 10pm (local time) before the general public on Saturday, December 17, at 10am (local time). Tickets are available at 1-800-745-3000, and Dates and times may vary. See below for itinerary. Additional dates to be announced soon.

"Coldplay understands how to make a shared moment from a song…their respect for their fans is obvious," said The Times of London in a review of the band's Glastonbury set. Coldplay's headline appearance at Lollapalooza before the release of Mylo Xyloto prompted Time Out Chicago to observe: "I've never seen a band's unheard material go over so well" while USA Today noted: "Standouts included Charlie Brown with Jonny Buckland's sticky, uplifting guitar work, and the soft, romantic Us Against The World, which featured drummer Will Champion on piano and backing vocals."

"Charlie Brown," Coldplay's next single, will go to radio later this month. You can check out the band performing "Charlie Brown" at summer festivals in this new live video, directed by Mat Whitecross and Mark Rowbotham:

"Austin City Limits," the world's longest-running live music television series, will ring in the New Year with a performance by Coldplay. The first-ever ACL New Year's Eve special – a rare 90-minute episode – can be seen on PBS stations nationwide on Saturday, December 31, at 11 p.m. (check local listings). "Coldplay New Year's Eve: An Austin City Limits Special" can also be viewed on demand on starting at 11 p.m. ET that evening.

Mylo Xyloto (Capitol Records) is Coldplay's third consecutive studio album to debut atop both The Billboard 200 and the U.K. album chart. It also hit the No. 1 spot in all 35 iTunes stores around the world, breaking the record for the highest number of download sales in one week – a milestone Coldplay first achieved with the release of Viva La Vida, which was the No. 1 selling album worldwide of 2008, according to IFPI.

Coldplay – comprising Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin – has sold more than 50 million records worldwide and won numerous awards, including seven GRAMMY® Awards, six Brit Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards.

Coldplay – 2012 Mylo Xyloto North American Tour

Date    City    Venue

4/17    Edmonton, AB    Rexall Place
4/18    Calgary, AB    Scotiabank Saddledome
4/20    Vancouver, BC    Rogers Arena
4/24    Portland, OR    Rose Garden Arena
4/25    Seattle, WA    KeyArena
4/27    San Jose, CA    HP Pavilion At San Jose
5/1      Los Angeles, CA    Hollywood Bowl
5/2      Los Angeles, CA    Hollywood Bowl
6/22    Dallas, TX     American Airlines Center
6/25    Houston, TX     Toyota Center
6/28    Tampa, FL     St. Pete Times Forum
6/29    Miami, FL     American Airlines Arena
7/2     Atlanta, GA    Philips Arena
7/5     Philadelphia, PA    Wells Fargo Center
7/8     Washington, DC    Verizon Center
7/23   Toronto, ON    Air Canada Centre
7/26   Montreal, QC    Bell Centre
7/29   Boston, MA    TD Garden
8/3     East Rutherford, NJ    Izod Center
8/7     Chicago, IL    United Center
8/11    St. Paul, MN     Xcel Energy Center

SOURCE Live Nation


in music history for december 8th:

The great Sammy Davis, Jr. was born on this date in 1925 (died 1990).

The immortal lizard king Jim Morrison (Doors) was born today in 1943 (died 1971)

In 1958, "The Chipmunk Song" by David Seville And The Chipmunks entered the Billboard Top 40 chart on its way to a four week stint at #1, selling 4.5 million copies in seven weeks. The record would go on to win three Grammy Awards: Best Comedy Performance, Best Children's Recording and Best Engineered Record (non-classical).

CVR Blog 45rpm Singles Spotlight:

In 1961, the Beach Boys first recording, "Surfin'", was released on Candis Records, a small L.A. based company. The song was written by Brian Wilson and his cousin Mike Love and recorded with Brian's brothers, Carl and Dennis and their friend Alan Jardine. Carl played acoustic guitar, Al played double bass and Brian kept time on a garbage can.

It was released as the first Beach Boys single (with "Luau" on the B-side) in November 1961 on Candix Records and it later appeared on the 1962 album Surfin' Safari. The Beach Boys were trying to think of something original and creative that they could write a song about. Brian Wilson remembers that "One day, my brother Dennis came home from the beach and said, 'Hey, surfing's getting really big. You guys ought to write a song about it."

The song features Mike Love on lead vocals with Carl Wilson on backing vocals and guitar, Al Jardine on backing vocals and stand-up bass, Brian Wilson on backing vocals and percussion and Dennis Wilson on backing vocals. The single peaked at number 75 in the US; it was never released in the UK.

Dennis Wilson remembers "the first time we ever heard our record played [on the radio], We [Carl, Brian, Dennis and David Marks] were all on Hawthorne Boulevard in Brian's 1957 Ford...they said, 'Here's a group from Hawthorne, California, The Beach Boys, with their song, 'Surfin''. It was a contest; they played three songs and the one that got the most requests over the phone was the one they would add to the playlist. We were screamin' in the street, and knockin' on everybody's door, 'We got a record on the radio!'...That was the biggest high ever. Nothing will ever top the expression on Brian's face. Ever...THAT is the all-time moment."

Brian Wilson remembers that "I began noodling around the piano singing 'surfin', surfin', surfin''. It sounded stupid. But then Mike [Love] sang 'ba-ba-dippity-dippity-ba-ba.' He was fooling around, trying to spark a new idea with the same bass sounds he'd sung countless times before. From some reason, though, this time when he sang I pounded out a few chords to accompany him and then he took up the chant I'd been singing, 'surfin', surfin''." Brian continues that "twenty seconds later, I had the opening for the song that would become the Beach Boys' first hit single. A couple of hours later, I finished the song and called it 'Surfin''."

In 1962, Alan Freed testified at his payola trial in New York that he received $2,000 in 1958 from Cognat Distributors for a promise to play their records on his New York radio show. He also accepted a similar deal from Superior Records for $700. He pleads guilty and is fined $300 and given six months probation. Dick Clark was also questioned, but is cleared of all charges.

In 1963, Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped at gunpoint from a hotel in Lake Tahoe. He was released two days later after his father paid out the $240,000 ransom demanded by the kidnappers, who were later captured, and sentenced to long prison terms. In order to communicate with the kidnappers via a payphone the senior Sinatra carried a roll of dimes with him throughout this ordeal, which became a lifetime habit, he is said to have been buried with a roll of dimes.

Traffic's "Mr. Fantasy" LP was released in 1967.

In 1968, Graham Nash announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash.

In 1969, on trial in Canada on drug possession charges, Jimi Hendrix told a Toronto court that he had only smoked pot four times in his life, snorted cocaine twice and took LSD no more than five times. Telling the jury that he had now outgrown drugs. They found the guitarist not guilty.

In 1972, Frank Zappa Sr. placed an advertisement in Variety Magazine claiming he will give private instruction in craps, roulette, keno and blackjack.

In 1975, Gary Thain, former bassist for the British band Uriah Heep, died of a heroin overdose. He was 27.

In 1975, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the last date on Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour was turned into the benefit concert "A Night of the Hurricane." The evening featured many non-musical celebrities and raised more than $100,000 for the release of wrongly imprisoned boxer "Hurricane" Carter and his alleged accomplice.

In 1977, a riot broke out in Brisbane, Australia after over 1,000 fans, who had waited over an hour for Blondie to appear on stage, where told that the show had been cancelled due to Debbie Harry being ill.

In 1980, just two months after his 40th birthday, John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman, outside his home at the Dakota Apartment building on the northwestern corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West in New York. After approaching the former Beatle and calling his name, Chapman dropped into a combat stance and shot John in his chest, back and left arm. Lennon staggered into the porters' vestibule in a desperate attempt to get upstairs to see his son, Sean. As he collapsed, John was comforted by porter Jay Hastings, who covered him with his jacket and gently removed his glasses. Police were quickly summoned and took John to Roosevelt Hospital on West Fifty-ninth St. Although doctors did everything they could to save him, John Lennon was pronounced dead at 11:07 PM. A sobbing Yoko cried "Oh no, no, no, no... tell me it's not true," and was led away in shock.

After the shooting, the 24-year-old Chapman remained at the scene, took out his copy of The Catcher in the Rye and read it until the police arrived. He was arrested without incident.

Much of America learned of the tragedy from ABC-TV, which was in the midst of airing an NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. Announcer Howard Cosell, who had interviewed Lennon years earlier, announced the news of the murder: "This, we have to say it, is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy, confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City. John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous perhaps of all of The Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival."

Lennon's killer remains in prison, being denied parole in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

In 2011, Lennon’s music lives on - stronger and more meaningful than ever.

Imagine One Billion Faces For Peace

Reminding everyone of Lennon’s peace initiatives, “Imagine One Billion Faces For Peace” will take place on the Internet today. “Our aim is to take John Lennon’s vision of a world in peace into the 21st century and cyberspace. We are using the Internet to spread this vision and to provide access to our peace education programs,” communications director Clem Leech told

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Also in 1980, Pat Benatar received a Platinum record for her very first album, "In the Heat of the Night". The former waitress and bank teller was discovered at the Catch a Rising Star club in New York. The album made it to the Top Ten and the follow up, "Crimes of Passion" went to #2.

In 1982, Marty Robbins suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 57. In the late '50s and early '60s he had successfully crossed over from the Country music charts to the Pop charts with hits such as "El Paso" (#1), "A White Sport Coat" (#2), "Don't Worry About Me" (#3), "Devil Woman" (#16) and "Ruby Ann" (#18).

In 1984, "Out Of Touch" becomes Hall and Oates' sixth US number one single, confirming their status as the most successful duo in Rock history. Despite its success in America, the record could only manage #48 in the UK.

In 1984, the former manager of The Coasters, Patrick Cavanaugh, was convicted and sentenced to death after he is found guilty of murdering the group's bass singer, Nathaniel Wilson. Wilson's dismembered body was discovered in Modesto, California, in 1980.

In 1984, Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil was involved in a car accident that killed his passenger, Hanoi Rocks' drummer Nick "Razzle" Dingley and seriously injures two people in another vehicle. He was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. In July 1986 he would be sentenced to a 30 day jail term, 5 years probation and $2.6 million in restitution to the victims of the crash, as well as 200 hours of community service. Vince was released from jail after 20 days.

In 1991, jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton died of natural causes at the age of 80.

In 1995, Courtney Love was interviewed by Barbara Walters for ABC's "10 Most Fascinating People of 1995." During the interview Love told Walters that she wished she had done "eight thousand million things" differently to prevent husband Kurt Cobain's death.

In 1995, the surviving members of the Grateful Dead announced they were disbanding. Jerry Garcia's, the founder of the group, had died the previous August.

In 1998, the FBI opened its files on Frank Sinatra to the public. The file contained over 1,300 pages.

In 1998, it was announced that Bruce Springsteen would tour again with the E Street Band for the first time in nearly a decade.

In 1999, James Brown made his new MP3-only holiday album "James Brown Christmas For The Millennium & Forever" available exclusively through

In 2000, a plaque to commemorate the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's death was unveiled outside his childhood home in Liverpool.

In 2000, although he had denounced The Beatles' music as "decadent" in the 1960s, Cuban President Fidel Castro attends the unveiling of a statue of John Lennon in Havana's El Vedado Park on the 20th anniversary of singer's murder.

In 2003, in England, Ozzy Osbourne was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident. His injuries included a fractured left collarbone, eight fractured ribs and stable fracture to one of the vertebrae in his neck.

In 2004, former American Bandstand host Dick Clark was hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke. Although he has seldom been seen in public, Dick has since returned to Times Square for limited segments during the annual New Year's Eve celebration.

In 2004, former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was one of five people killed after a man stormed the stage during a Damageplan show at the Alrosa Villa Club in Columbus. Nathan Gale, aged 25, began firing at the band and crowd, was then shot and killed by a police officer that arrived shortly after the first shots were fired.

In 2010, Several hundred people with candles and glow sticks braved cold temperatures to sing John Lennon songs next to a peace monument in Liverpool, England. In New York, hundreds of fans gathered in Central Park, near the spot where Lennon was shot. Flowers were laid in the Strawberry Fields area, which was converted to a memorial garden after his death.

birthdays today include (among others): Jerry Butler (72), Bobby Elliott (Hollies) (70), Graham Knight (Marmalade) (68), Geoff Daking (Blues Magoos) (64), Ray Schulman (Gentle Giant) (62), Phil Collen (Def Leppard) (54), Sinéad O'Connor (45), Ryan Newell (Sister Hazel) (39), Corey Taylor (Slipknot) (38), Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) (37) and Gregg Allman  (64)