Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

wasn't even sure if they were still together after all these years....

Could it really be the end for Jethro Tull?

By Steve Smith

Martin Barre, the 65-year-old guitarist for legendary British band Jethro Tull, said that the group will never record another album.

In a telephone interview with the online Kinston Free Press Daily Podcast that was set up primarily to discuss the 40th anniversary of the band's triple-platinum LP, "Aqualung," Barre was asked about whether there will be a new Jethro Tull studio album, Barre didn't hesitate. "No, there won't be," he immediately answered. When asked for a reason, he said, "Jethro Tull is on ice."

One of rock music's great guitarists, the man, who joined Tull in 1969 and has played on every one of the group's 21 studio albums except its 1968 debut album, "This Was," noted that group leader Ian Anderson is booked with solo projects for the next two years. He then added that he also has solo projects planned during that time. He said he and Anderson will tour the world separately, each playing the music of Jethro Tull.

Read the rest at pasadenastarnews.com


The Magnetic Fields New Album Due In March

The Magnetic Fields have recently announced that their 10th studio album 'Love at the Bottom of the Sea,' will be released on March 6, 2012 via Merge. The 15-track effort was recorded in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York by mastermind Stephin Merritt and frequent collaborators Claudia Gonson, Sam Davol, John Woo, Shirley Simms, Johny Blood, and Daniel Handle. According to Merge, the end result hears the band returning to their “signature mix of synth and acoustic sounds” and no one song spans over three minutes in length.

Additionally, a limited-edition eggshell-colored vinyl will be available exclusively to those who pre-order the album at the Merge Records store. The first 100 people who order the album from Merge will receive a free signed poster and a Magnetic Fields button, as well.


cool cover art

Pythia's Cover Art For New Album

Pythia's upcoming new album 'The Serpent's Curse' is currently scheduled for release on February 27th, 2012.


'100 Greatest Living Rock Stars' Spotlighted In New Issue Of REVOLVER Magazine

Revolver magazine is celebrating the release of its "Mega 100th Issue" by spotlighting the "100 Greatest Living Rock Stars." From Ozzy to Axl to Lemmy, the issue features those who have rocked the hardest and lived to tell about the issue also features Revolver's Top 20 albums of 2011, which crowns KORN's controversial dubstep-infused record, "The Path Of Totality", with top honors.

The "100 Greatest Living Rock Stars" list takes a no-holds-barred look at the rock arena and highlights those artists who embody rock and roll's rebel attitude. Whether it's the well-chronicled debauched exploits OF MÖTLEY CRÜE or newcomer James Durbin bringing metal to pop's biggest forum, "American Idol", these artists have what it takes to stand out from the pack. Included in the feature are rock star tips and tales from Gene Simmons, Chris Cornell, Bret Michaels and Dave Navarro, among others.

Read the rest at Blabbermouth


this from our friends at www.vinylcollective.com

Top 10 Albums – December 12, 2011

Here are the Top 10 Albums sold at Shop Radio Cast for the week of December 6 – 12, 2011:

1. Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon LP
2. Deftones – Deftones LP
3. Saves The Day Daybreak LP (White)
4. Hit The Lights – Invicta LP
5. Alkaline Trio – From Here To Infirmary LP
6. Blink 182 – Neighborhoods LP (Blue/White)
7. Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dreams 2XLP
8. Boris – New Album 2XLP
9. Mayday Parade – A Lesson In Romantics LP
10. Thursday – Full Collapse LP

and from their store:

Fucked Up – Year Of The Tiger

Since 2006, Fucked Up have been releasing an annual 12" single on each Chinese New Year. Year Of The Tiger is an anthemic progressive rock masterpiece featuring guests Jim Jarmusch, Annie-Claude Deschênes and Austra. The 15-minute long track features the band's familiar layers of guitar and roaring vocals, taken to a new level with the addition of piano, Jarmusch's dark recitations and Deschênes's gorgeous crescendos, in this menacing but uplifting story about the predation of predators. $1 from the sale of each record donated to the Save The Tiger fund.


Deftones – Self Titled Vinyl Due Out January

Deftones have never been your average hard rock band. As kids, the Sacramento band cut its teeth on Anthrax and The Smiths, Pantera and The Cure, skateboarding and "The Smurfs." As a band out of high school, Deftones mixed trip hop with thrash, melodic vocals with crushing reverb, and yes, pretty with ugly. As chart-toppers and headliners, they've crossed over genres, defied categorization and confused the hell out of your iPod ("Heavy Metal?" "Hard Rock?" "Alternative?")



album cover art of the day:

SOULFALLEN To Release New Album In January

Finnish dark metallers SOULFALLEN will release their third album, "The Promise Of Hell", on January 18, 2012 via the band's own label, Grave New Music, with distribution from Inverse Records/Supersounds (Finland), Plastic Head (U.K.), Bertus (Holland), Sound Pollution (Sweden), Disk Union (Japan), The End Records (USA), Rebeat (Austria), Non Stop (Switzerland), and LSP/MetalZone (Belgium). The cover artwork was created by Maija Ranka.

Read the rest at Blabbermouth


ummm. people, it's a stack of old records,....but furniture? i don't think so....this from retrotogo.com

Vinyl Record Table Tower

Over the years, we’ve featured a lot of products made from old records, but I think this Vinyl Record Table Tower is the first piece of furniture.

The table is handmade with over 200 LP's and topped with the record of your choice. There is a choice of two styles, straight or curved. The table is finished with a thick edged polished toughened glass top to protect and add shine to your favourite record.

The table costs £161.50 from Shop on Your Doorstep.

Buy it HERE


and for you shoppers out there (you can also get the selections from the CVR Blog HERE)

Sony Music & Legacy Recordings Bringing the Ultimate Box Set Experience to Music Lovers of All Ages for the 2011 Holiday Season

THE COLLECTION Series -- Specially Created Digital Box Sets Offering Complete Album Catalogs of World's Top Artists at Holiday-Only Prices -- Now Available On The iTunes Store

NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is bringing the box set experience to music lovers of all ages and tastes this holiday season with the release of incredible value-packed career-spanning collections available in both the physical and digital realms at special holiday-only prices.

SME/Legacy, the world's foremost catalog music label, has long pioneered and championed the box set concept with Grammy Award-winning releases and ongoing popular and critical successes. Whether a simple collection of career-encompassing album titles or a specifically curated selection of tracks, the box set offers listeners a chance to evaluate the depth and complexity of an artist's output, presenting an experience which amplifies and extends the thrill and immediacy of the latest single. For artists who've created a lasting body of work, a well-designed box set is an invaluable experience, for old and new fans alike.

This holiday season, SME/Legacy is bringing the box set to the digital realm with THE COLLECTION available on the iTunes Store, a "multi-disc" one-click digital bundle of albums presenting an artist's album catalog at an incredible holiday-only price. Artists in THE COLLECTION include Alicia Keys (5 titles), Billy Joel (15 titles), Brad Paisley (9 titles), Britney Spears (7 titles), Chevelle (4 titles), Christina Aguilera (6 titles) , Foo Fighters (7 titles), Incubus (6 titles), John Mayer (5 titles), Kings Of Leon (5 titles), Leonard Cohen (11 titles), Sarah McLachlan (8 titles) and Three Days Grace (3 titles).

THE COLLECTION series will include iTunes LPs containing the original artwork and liner notes for each album. Offering new value and convenience to the box set experience, THE COLLECTION will be available online on iTunes beginning Tuesday, December 13.

In addition to THE COLLECTION digital offerings, Legacy Recordings and Sony Music Entertainment is offering great holiday music values in the physical realm with box sets from the world's most iconic and enduring artists.

As digital technology helps restore and archive larger portions of the catalogs of Sony Music's artists, it becomes possible to release rare and previously unreleased material from long-established artists.

Among this season's most luxurious must-have box sets from SME/Legacy:

Tony Bennett - The Complete Collection chronicles the entire career of the great American pop vocalist as documented in the albums and singles he's made for Columbia Records (beginning in 1952 through the present), as well as his recordings for Roulette (an historic encounter with Count Basie and Orchestra in 1959), MGM (1972-73), Improv (Bennett's own label from 1973-76) and Fantasy (a pair of sublime titles with pianist Bill Evans, released in 1975-76) on 73 CDs and 3 DVDs.

Elvis Presley - Young Man with the Big Beat - The Complete '56 Elvis Presley Recordings is a super deluxe 5-CD, 12-inch square box set (with an amazing 80-page book with timeline) focusing on Elvis's studio recordings, from hits to outtakes, alongside live performances and interviews from 1956, the year Elvis (and Rock itself) broke into the pop mainstream. The collection was recently nominated for the year's Best Historical Album Grammy Award.

Jimi Hendrix - Live at Winterland, a four-disc set drawn from six stellar shows recorded over three days (October 10, 11 and 12, 1968) at San Francisco's historic Winterland Ballroom. "Hendrix was a casual slash-and-burn bluesman, a shredder, a gunner, a riffer, a slinger of elevated sustained lines, a feedback screamer and a rhythm guitarist whose chords sang on their own," wrote Jon Pareles in The New York Times 2011 holiday box set round-up. "These are prime performances, spontaneous and searing."

Miles Davis Quintet - Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1, a 3 CD + DVD set culled from original state-owned television and radio sources in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, and Sweden, spanning five northern European festival performances over the course of nine days in October-November 1967. The audio shows consist entirely of previously unreleased or previously only bootlegged material.

Phil Spector Presents The Philles Album Collection, a 7 CD box set representing the most expansive collection ever to celebrate Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound productions, "Tomorrow's Sound Today." Released in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Philles Records label (1961-2011), this new box set eclipses all previous collections in its scope, gathering in mini-replica LP sleeves the first six original Philles albums from 1962-1964 (five by the Crystals, the Ronettes, and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, plus the timeless Today's Hits), and a brand-new CD of Spector's never-before-collected instrumental B-sides. Legacy Recordings has also released The Essential Phil Spector, a brand-new 35-song, double-CD collection gathering Spector's game-changing recordings from his peak hit-making years from the Teddy Bears' "To Know Him Is to Love Him" through the litany of 23 hits on the Philles label.

Other SME/Legacy Recordings Box Sets for 2011 include:

WYNTON MARSALIS - Swinging Into The 21st
11-Disc set / Price: $ 79.99
Columbia / Legacy
Available at Popmarket.com
and WyntonMarsalis.org

LEONARD COHEN - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
17-Disc set / Price: $ 139.99
Columbia / Legacy
Available Exclusively at Popmarket.com

VARIOUS ARTISTS - 15 Minutes: Homage to Andy Warhol
3-CD, 4-LP + 17 12"X12" art prints / Price: $600
(Standard Edition) and $20,000 (Deluxe Edition)
Legacy Recordings
Available at Fifteenminutesonline.com

BEN FOLDS - The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective
3-CD set / Price: $22.98

ALICIA KEYS - songs in A minor: 10th Anniversary Edition
2-CD, 1-DVD set / Price: $29.99
MBK / J Records / Legacy

OZZY OSBOURNE - Blizzard of Ozz & Diary of a Madman: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Collector's Box
3-CD, 2-LP, 1-DVD set / Price: $149.99
Epic / Legacy
Available at Ozzy.com

ROBERT JOHNSON - The Complete Original Masters: Centennial Edition
12-Vinyl, 4-CD, 1-DVD + book / Price: $349.00
Columbia/ Legacy
Available at TheCompleteRobertJohnson.com

ROY ORBISON - The Monument Singles Collection (1960-1964)
2-CD, 1-DVD set / Price: $29.98
Monument / Orbison Records / Legacy

PEARL JAM - vs. and Vitalogy: Limited Edition Collector's Box Set
5-LP, 3-CD, 1-Cassette / Price: $150.00
Epic / Legacy
Available at PearlJam.com

ARETHA FRANKLIN - Take A Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia
11-CD, 1-DVD set / Price: $129.99
Columbia / Legacy
Available at ArethaFranklin.net

GEORGE MICHAEL - Faith: Deluxe Edition
2-CD, 1-LP, 1-DVD set / Price: $173.92 (Amazon)
Epic / Legacy
Available at Amazon.com
Special edition also available at Amazon.com

SOURCE Legacy Recordings


in music history for december 13th:

In 1928, George Gershwin's musical work "An American in Paris" was given its premiere by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1960, Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" sets a new record in the UK for achieving one million sales just six weeks after its release.

In 1961, the Beatles performed at the Cavern Club, Liverpool, playing two shows at lunchtime and then again at night. Decca Records’ Mike Smith attended the night performance with a view to offering The Beatles a recording contract.

In 1962, Elvis Presley had his 13th UK #1 single with "Return To Sender."

In 1962, after scoring a US Top 20 hit with "She Can't Find Her Keys" earlier in the year, 17 year old Paul Peterson re-entered the charts with "My Dad", which would reach #6. The former Disney Mouseketeer and cast member of the TV's Donna Reed Show would go on to found A Minor Consideration, an organization committed to changing the working conditions for child performers.

In 1966, Jimi Hendrix made his TV debut on ITV’s Ready Steady Go! (Marc Bolan was also on the show).

On the same day, Jimi Hendrix recorded "Foxy Lady." The title of this song has two alternate spellings: "Foxey Lady" (for release in America) and "Foxy Lady" (for release in the UK).

"Foxy Lady" was released as a single in the United States on November 27th, 1967, and was backed with "Hey Joe."

Throughout Hendrix's career "Foxy Lady" was one of the most frequently played songs, appearing in the majority of his live set lists. It was first performed as early as January 1967, appeared in the middle of Hendrix's last ever performance on September 6th, 1970 and was one of only eight songs to have been performed by all four of Jimi's main bands.

The single is from their 1967 album 'Are You Experienced.' It can also be found on a number of Hendrix's greatest hits compilations, including Smash Hits (1968/1969) and Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix (1997). Rolling Stone magazine placed the song at #152 in their "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list.

In 1969, Bob Dylan was pictured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

In 1974, George Harrison had lunch with U.S. President Gerald Ford at the White House. They exchanged buttons: Ford gave George a WIN (Whip Inflation Now) pin and Harrison gave the president an OM (Hindu mantra word expressing creation) button. Later in the day, Ford met with Peter Frampton.

In 1975, the Rolling Stones' request to stage a three-day show on Easter Island for 100,000 fans was denied by the government of Chile which claimed "the whole future of the island" would be damaged by such an event.

David Bowie's "Golden Years" was released in 1975.

In 1975, Foghat's "Slow Ride" was released.

In 1985, Phil Collins made his U.S. TV acting debut on Miami Vice playing a drug dealer.

In 1986, Bruce Hornsby and The Range went to #1 on the US singles chart with “The Way it Is,” a #15 hit in the UK.

In 1999, the performing rights organization Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) declared "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" the most played song of the century on American radio and television, with more than eight million airings. The original and most famous recording of the song is by the Righteous Brothers. "Never My Love" was the second most-played song, followed by "Yesterday," "Stand By Me," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." Rounding out the Top Ten were "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," "Mrs. Robinson," "Baby I Need Your Loving," "Rhythm Of The Rain," and "Georgia On My Mind."

In 2000, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Aerosmith, Queen, Steely Dan, Solomon Burke, Richie Valens and the Flamingos would be inducted in 2001.

In 2001, the two surviving members of Nirvana, Krist Novoselic and David Grohl, filed a countersuit against Courtney Love. The charge was that she has manipulated the memory and work of her dead husband, Kirk Cobain, for the benefit of her own career.

In 2002, guitarist and singer Zal Yanovsky of The Lovin’ Spoonful died of a heart attack. He was a member of The Mugwumps with Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot. He formed The Lovin’ Spoonful with John Sebastian in 1964. They scored the 1966 US #1 and UK #8 single “Summer in the City.”

In 2004, ABC-TV announced that Dick Clark would not be able to host his annual "Rockin' New Year's Eve" broadcast due to a stroke he suffered on December 8th.

In 2005, a check signed by John Lennon made out to the Inland Revenue sold for £2,000 at a U.K. auction. It was sold by former madam Lindi St. Clair, (formerly known as Miss Whiplash), after she decided she had no use for it. St. Clair, who now runs a duck farm in Herefordshire, had bought the check for £4,000 in 1988. It was signed by Lennon on January 23, 1968 on a District Bank Limited form and made out for £6,946.

In 2006, in New York City, police arrested Koral Karsan and charged him with attempted first-degree grand larceny for allegedly trying to extort $2 million from John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono. The 50-year-old Karsan had been Ono's chauffeur for more than six years.

In 2010, also in New York, Paul McCartney performed an intimate concert for 1,400 people at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, as part of Sirius XM Radio's celebrations on acquiring 20 million subscribers. The planned 22-song set was followed by two encores of three songs each. Celebrities in attendance included Keith Richards, Jerry Seinfeld, Simon Le Bon, Kevin Bacon, Tony Bennett, Alec Baldwin, John McEnroe and Howard Stern. McCartney told the audience, "I just want to just soak in the Apollo. I've dreamed of playing here for many a year. This is very special for us British boys. The holy grail."

birthdays today include (among others): Robert Martinez (? & the Mysterians) (66), Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers) (63), Berton Averre (Knack) (58), John Anderson (57), Steve Forbert (57), Morris Day (The Time) (54), Dana Strum (Slaughter) (53), Nick McCarthy (Franz Ferdinand) (37), Tom DeLonge (Blink-182) (36), Amy Lee (Evanescence) (30) and the one and only Ted Nugent (63)