Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: After dozens of times listening to and analyzing “I'm My Own Grandpa,” I'm throwing in the towel.

This includes many versions (Lonzo & Oscar; Grandpa Jones; Ray Stevens; etc.), but no matter who sings it, I just can't follow the crazy storyline and end up with the singer being his own grandfather.

Has anyone explained this mess in a way that's easy to understand?
—Lydia Locke, Atlanta

DEAR LYDIA: Apart from the lyrics, with their intrinsic complexities, I have never seen a simplified explanation.

So I'll give it a whirl.

Making things more difficult to follow are all of the added lyrics used to embellish and extend the story, and also to create rhyming verses.

However, since I am not singing it for you, I can temporarily disregard everything except the essential relationships. I'll revisit the remnants later.

To assist with the tracking, I'll assign familiar names to all of the participants, some of whom are blood relatives and others connected by marriage (no inbreeding).

Just call me Homer, and here's my extraordinary story:

When I met Marge, she was a widow with an adult daughter named Lisa. When we married, Lisa became my stepdaughter.

Lisa fancied older men and fell for my dad (Abe). Soon they were married, an event that led to some bizarre associations:

By being married to Lisa, my stepdaughter, Abe is now my new son-in-law.

Marrying my father (Abe) also makes Lisa (already my daughter) my new mother-in-law.

Marge, already my wife and Lisa's mother, is also now my grandmother (in-law). This is because Marge is the mother of Lisa, who is my father's wife and therefore my mother-in-law.

As the husband of my grandma Marge, I am now my own grandpa.

Reduced to a single sentence: Being married to his mother's mother makes a man his own grandfather.

Though the central plot is covered in these few lines, it would make for an unacceptably brief song.

To lengthen it to an appropriate running time, some other characters and events were added. They do not change the “I'm My Own Grandpa” outcome, though they do add considerably to the confusion for those trying to track the relationships.

Bringing them to life by using the same family names, here are those extra connections cited in the lyrics:

Marge and I have a child of our own, a boy named Bart, making Bart a brother-in-law to Abe, my son-in-law.

Bart being the brother of Lisa and her husband (Abe) also makes him my uncle (my father's brother-in-law).

Abe and Lisa then had a son (Nelson) who, as the child of my stepdaughter and son-in-law, is now my grandson. Nelson, the child of my father (Abe) and mother-in-law (Lisa), is also my new stepbrother.

Imagine the stress this family endures when trying to select an appropriate greeting card.

DEAR JERRY: I bought a CD of Polish music at a rummage sale, and one of the selections is titled “Dziec Pireusu.” It is sung in Polish, which I don't understand.

I was surprised, however, to find the tune is the same as the song we know here as “Never on Sunday.”

Is “Dziec Pireusu” the original recording, or did it come later?
—Ellen Bourget, South Milwaukee

DEAR ELLEN: The music known in the English-speaking countries as “Never on Sunday,” was written by Manos Hadjidakis, in his native Greek.

Originally titled “Ta Paidia tou Peiraia” (The Children of Piraeus), versions of this infectious tune quickly appeared in about 20 different languages.

In Polish, “Dziec Pireusu” means Piraeus Child, Piraeus being a municipality of Athens. Situated on the Eastern Mediterranean, the Port of Piraeus is the largest and busiest port in Greece.

In the U.S., Don Costa (His Orchestra & Chorus) had the instrumental hit, and the Chordettes (with Archie Bleyer & Orchestra) the vocal version (English lyrics written by Billy Towne).

Both Costa (1960) and the Chordettes (1961) turned “Never on Sunday” into Top 20 hits.

IZ ZAT SO? In the first 70 years (1934-2003) in which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences presented an Award for Best Original Song, the only Oscar winner from a foreign-language film went, in 1961, to Manos Hadjidakis for “Ta Paidia tou Peiraia” (“Never on Sunday”).

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column. Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368 E-mail:   Visit his Web site:

All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition.

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Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

this is the coolest ventures i have seen in a long time (and, by the way, i love pie!)

Have A Slice Of Vinyl Pie?

“Southsea’s only new music store and pie café” on its way!" The site is currently being fitted and readied for launch next month. And they have thier name, the approprietly titled Pie & Vinyl. As well as having
crates for the crate-diggers of the world, they will have pies. A Blueberry and a Dylan, please.....

The owners say via their Facebook page that the shop is “created by music and pie lovers, for music lovers, who maybe also like to do pie”. They add: “You’ll find the latest eclectic music releases on CD, vinyl and MP3, if we don’t stock it we’ll order it. Our cafe area will be serving a wide range of pies sourced from Buckwells of Osbourne Road, and Pie Minister, as well as hot and cold beverages. A highlight to our cafe will be listening pods on tables to preview new and forthcoming releases”.


Omnivore Recordings Announces Buck Owens & The Knack Record Store Day Releases

Omnivore Recordings has just announced two upcoming exclusive releases for Record Store Day. The Los Angeles-based record label will issue an original, limited edition, vintage 1970 Buck Owens coloring book coupled with a four-song flexi-disc, and digital download card, of rare live material from the legendary country music Hall of Famer and pioneer of the Bakersfield Sound. Additionally, Omnivore Recordings will issue a 10" authorized bootleg EP from 1978 featuring L.A. power pop group The Knack, a year before "My Sharona" made them an overnight success. Both Buck Owens and The Knack are vinyl only, limited edition releases exclusively for Record Store Day and available only at participating retailers on April 21.

The coloring books are of great historical significance. Commissioned by Buck Owens in 1970, these original, uncirculated vintage coloring books have been safely stored by Buck Owens Enterprises for over 40 years. Original copies are sought-after by collectors and they are now officially being made available to the public this spring, for the first time since 1970. Omnivore Recordings is hand coupling a limited edition of 2,500 original stock coloring books with a newly pressed flexi-disc that includes four rare live tracks. The story told in the coloring book culminates in Buck & The Buckaroos playing a concert with four of Buck's biggest hits "Act Naturally," "Together Again," "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail," and "Crying Time" specifically highlighted and named below the double-page spread (and you can color it in). The flexi-disc and digital download card included with this coloring book feature rare live versions of those exact songs, curated from Buck Owens & The Buckaroos historic performance at the White House for President Lyndon Johnson on September 9, 1968.

This collector's bundle features a red, white or blue flexi-disc, which is viewable from the outside of the package and contains all four of the above-mentioned songs. The album "Live At The White House," from which the tracks are drawn, was recorded in 1968 and issued almost exactly four years later on Sept. 5, 1972 and has never been reissued in any form. The set includes live versions of many Owens classics, and originally included Buck's studio version of "You Ain't Gonna Have Ol' Buck To Kick Around No More," a No. 13 hit for Owens that year -- reportedly inspired by a statement from Richard Nixon after losing the California Governor's race in 1962.

Omnivore will also issue The Knack's 'Live In Los Angeles 1978' just in time to soothe collector's pallettes. Culled from The Knack's late-frontman Doug Fieger's personal tape archive, Live In Los Angeles, 1978 captures The Knack at their pre-fame height, right before they would sign to Capitol and hit the big time. An authorized bootleg, this EP is being presented for the very first time as an historical document to the band and Los Angeles' late-'70s musical era. The Knack Live in Los Angeles, 1978 is limited to only 1,500 10" records on red/yellow splatter-colored vinyl.


Humble Pie Vinyl Reissues Coming Next Month

Three of Humble Pie‘s early 70's records will be reissued this spring via Lemon Records. The albums are their self-titled 1970 effort, 1973′s ‘Eat It’ and the 1975 double album ‘Thunderbox.’

According to the Second Disc, all three albums will be remastered and new liner notes that draw on interviews with the band members. When Small Faces frontman Steve Marriott left the Small Faces (late 1968) he joined Peter Frampton, Greg Ridley and Jerry Shirley to form Humble Pie, liberating himself from the pop expectations of his former group.

For their A&M debut Humble Pie, the band took an even heavier approach than that of an earlier effort. Peter Frampton’s gentle “Earth and Water Song” provides a respite from the band-composed “One Eyed Trouser Snake Rumba” and a cover of bluesman Willie Dixon’s “I’m Ready” proved that the band belonged in select company. Drummer Jerry Shirley took the lead vocal on his song “Only a Roach,” a country-and-western ode to a popular substance. Steve Marriott took a pointed jab at Andrew Loog Oldham, whose Immediate label went out of business in 1969, with “Theme from Skint (See You Later, Liquidator).” Humble Pie was not only the band’s first album for A&M but their first under the auspices of American manager Dee Anthony, a straight-talking Bronx native who, over the years, also counted among his clients Spooky Tooth, Traffic, Tony Bennett and Peter Allen! Lemon’s reissue comes with new artwork and sleeve notes by Malcolm Dome, and of course features the original album artwork by Aubrey Beardsley.

The 1973 double-LP Eat It featured a unique concept for each side. Side 1 features Steve Marriott- penned rock and roll; Side 2 offers classic R&B covers; Side 3 is a collection of Marriott’s acoustic songs; and Side 4 excerpts a live concert performance from Glasgow. Peter Frampton was gone by this point, having struck out on his own after 1971’s Rock On. With manager Anthony at his side, he would go on to even greater success as a solo performer. Dave “Clem” Clempson took Frampton’s place. Many of the covers on Eat It are choice: Ray Charles’ “ I Believe to My Soul,” the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women” and mod favorite “(I’m A) Road Runner” among them. Lemon’s reissue of Eat It marks one of the first times the album has been released on CD outside of Japan, and in addition to remastered sound, it features new notes from Dome.

Finally, Lemon brings the follow-up to Eat It, Thunderbox. Twelve songs appear here, six of which were originals; the band again relied on cover versions as a major component. Here, Humble Pie takes on Ann Peebles’ soulful “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” Arthur Alexander’s “Anna (Go to Him)” and The Staple Singers’ “Oh La-De-Da.” A recent hit, Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away” (composed by Mentor Williams) is also given an airing. Thunderbox (the word noted by the label as “a seventeenth century slang word for the toilet which gives an example of Humble Pie’s sense of humour”) shows the band enjoying its boogie spirit, and as with Eat It, the album hasn’t been widely available outside of Japan. The remastered reissue features Dome’s new notes and the original artwork.

The reissues will arrive in the UK on March 27 and approximately one week later stateside.

Humble Pie, Humble Pie (A&M SP-4270, 1970 – reissued Lemon CDLEM 203, 2012)
1.Live with Me
2.Only a Roach
3.One-Eyed Trouser Snake Mama
4.Earth and Water Song
5.I’m Ready
6.Theme from Skint (See You Later Liquidator)
7.Red Light Mama, Red Hot
8.Sucking on the Sweet Vine

Humble Pie, Eat It (A&M SP-3701, 1973 – reissued Lemon CDLEM 204, 2012)
1.Get Down to It
2.Good Booze and Bad Women
3.Is It For Love?
4.Drugstore Cowboy
5.Black Coffee
6.I Believe to My Soul
7.Shut Up and Don’t Interrupt Me
8.That’s How Strong My Love Is
9.Say No More
10.Oh, Bella (That’s All Hers)
11.Summer Song
12.Beckton Dumps
13.Up Our Sleeve
14.Honky Tonk Women
15.(I’m A) Road Runner

Humble Pie, Thunderbox (A&M SP-3611, 1974 – reissued Lemon CDLEM 205, 2012)
2.Groovin’ with Jesus
3.I Can’t Stand the Rain
4.Anna (Go to Him)
5.No Way
6.Rally with Ali
7.Don’t Worry, Be Happy
8.Ninety-Nine Pounds
9.Every Single Day
10.No Money Down
11.Drift Away
12.Oh La-De-Da


album cover art of the day:

DREAMING DEAD To Release 'Midnightmares' In April

Los Angeles-based progressive/melodic death metal act DREAMING DEAD will release its sophomore album, "Midnightmares", on April 20. The follow-up to 2009's "Within One" "showcases DREAMING DEAD's ability to meld elements of black, death, thrash and Chuck Schuldiner-inspired progressive metal into one thought-provoking and intense sonic assault," according to a press release.

Read more and get the tracklist at our friends at Blabbermouth


John Mayer Album Cover Art Revealed!

Here is the cover for John Mayer‘s new album 'Born and Raised!, which is scheduled for release on May 22. The 34-year-old singer debuted the art on his Tumblr page a day after premiering the album’s first single, “Shadow Days.”

“Every new record I start, a new aesthetic comes in. I can’t help it,” John said last month at a conference.

“I think it’s gonna be more organic, more natural lyrics and chords and artful simplicity,” he teased at the time, adding that the album would have “organic cowboy guitar sounds.”


others are passionate about our beloved vinyl!

Help Sunless Sea Records press our first vinyl record!

An Indie Rock project in Nampa, ID by Nathan Walker

About this project

With the recent launch of my new record label Sunless Sea Records I've determined that I want to be able to do as many physical, vinyl releases as possible. I've always been a huge vinyl fan; the sound, the smell, the bigger artwork. Now with the inclusion of free downloads that many people (including my label) are doing there's even more reasons to have your music purchases be exclusively vinyl. It's great for me to see the trend moving toward more records being pressed, and I'd love for my record label to be investing in that type of medium that you can pass down to your kids.

Pressing records is still slightly more expensive than CDs, and though I feel the benefits are definitely worth it, it takes some more upfront cash. I'd love for you to be able to show your interest and belief in
this infant label of mine by pledging to our Kickstarter project, while getting some really sweet incentives that I myself would love to have. Our goal is to be able to crowd fund the creation and pressing of our first vinyl record for the label. Though the exact artist that the vinyl to be created will, it most assuredly will be good- and something you'll want.

I am sincerely grateful for your contribution and for helping us get started on this journey.

Visit KickStarter for more information!


Ripple Music Announces Sponsorship and Grand Prize Recording Contract for TBFM Factor 2012


Ripple Music, home of the "Best retro-rock and metal on the planet" is thrilled to announce it's sponsorship of TBFM Factor 2012 - the biggest "on-air" battle of the bands ever!

TBFM Factor 2012 is presented by internet radio station Total Biker FM, home of hard-driving rock n' roll. This is the second time the station has presented this competition. With so much talent out there TBFM wanted to help promote the top bands and hopefully give them the boost up the ladder that they deserve by setting up a fan voted competition.

In 2010, the station was not fully prepared for what turned out to be an amazing competition with over 4 million hits during the final week which crashed the servers TWICE! The competition was such a great success, they decided to bring it back in 2012, bigger, better and more prepared!

The competition is set over 15 weekly knockout weeks. Music from 10 bands each week will get airplay on the Sunday Show on Total Biker FM and then fans get to vote for one week on which band deserves a place in the final. After 15 weeks, a final place is given to a wildcard, which will be the highest voted for runner up from all the knockout stages.

On week 16 the epic final takes place. All 16 bands get featured on air on a special 4 hour show and then all week during all regular shows while fans vote again for the best band of the competition. The winning band will receive some great prizes including the top prize of an exclusive one album record deal with American label Ripple Music.

This is one lucky band's opportunity to join with Ripple Music and become a label-mate of such roaring artists as Mos Generator, Trucker Diablo, Stone Axe, Iron Claw, Grifter, Poobah, JPT Scare Band and Fen.

More prizes are on offer for the finalists ranging from musical equipment to website memberships to free record mastering. Registration closes on 31st March, 2012 and the competition gets under way on June 10th, 2012 with the grand final in September.

More information on the bands taking part, how to register, prizes and sponsors can be found at

150 bands take part over 16 weeks… only one winner!

And a Ripple record contract is the Grand Prize!

Important dates are as follows:Registration closes 31st March 2012

Qualifying Bands Line-Up announced 13th May 2012

Competition starts 10th June 2012 for 15 weeks

The final will be on 23rd September 2012

Winner announced 30th September 2012

For further information, please contact:

John Rancik
Ripple Music


i guess this is for those who want their vinyl to go........ (hey, i just report the news)

The Harmonious Sounds of Vinyl Enter the Digital Age AirStudio's Top 5 AirVinyl App is Now Available for iPhone

iPhone Screenshots

LONDON, February 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the success of its AirVinyl iPad app, Air Studios, the world famous recording studios created in 1969 by legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, is today launching AirVinyl for iPhone.

Developed using the expertise of Air Studios' award winning engineers, the app recreates the warm, harmonious sound of vinyl records for a new generation, transforming your digital media files into your record collection when played through the iPhone.

Choose your record from one of the wooden crates that houses your music collection and play single tracks or albums on the authentic teak and brushed steel AirVinyl record deck.

Taking inspiration from the high-end decks and systems of the '70s and '80s, AirVinyl also includes a retro tape deck interface that allows you to create mix tapes and playlists that can be shared via social networks. Any playlists you have already stored on your iPhone will also be accessible as Mixtapes. Compatibility with iTunes Match means that AirVinyl can access and play tens of thousands of songs from your personal iCloud library.

The AirVinyl app is also AirPlay enabled and will soon feature AirStreem, allowing users to stream music from their Mac to AirVinyl over Wi-Fi.

Danny Kellard, Marketing Director of Air Entertainment Group says, "With AirVinyl, we set out to recreate the whole vinyl and hi-fi experience, whilst using our expertise as a studio to make an app that delivers a great sound experience from the iPhone and iPad. We also wanted to create an app that users can build on and add components to in the future."

AirVinyl will be releasing a variety of extra features and skins on an on going basis. The iPhone version launches today at a special introductory price of 0.69p / 0.99c for a limited period only HERE

For more information head to


Indie Music Keeps Vinyl Close to Heart

by Johnette Figueroa

Keeping Vinyl Alive
A young boy from Manville, NJ, dances around his room, listening to his very first vinyl record. “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” by Wham, blares through his bedroom as he happily dances to the music.

Little does he know that his very first vinyl record would jump-start his passion for music and turn him into a musician one day.

Adam Copeland, guitarist and singer for Black Water, a local independent band in New Jersey, laughs as he remembers his early record collection.

“All the other “records” I owned were basically an early version of audiobooks on 7″ vinyl for Star Wars movies,” said Copeland. “I’d put it on my little cheap plastic turntable and dance around the room like an idiot. It’s probably because of that formative experience that I get so much joy out of playing vinyl.”

Read the rest at


from our friends in Nashville, TN

GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 2/20 - 2/26, 2012

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Lambchop - Mr. M
2. Sleigh Bells - Reign Of Terror
3. Josh Ritter - Bringing In The Darlings 10"
4. Fun. - Some Nights
5. The Black Keys - El Camino
6. Alabama Shakes - Live At Third Man 7"
7. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
8. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
9. Dr. Dog - Be The Void
10. Damien Jurado - Maraqopa
11. The Beach Boys - The SMiLE Sessions
12. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
13. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
14. Archers Of Loaf - Vee Vee (reissue)
15. Jack White - Love Interruption 7"
16. Sex Cult - Plain Jane 7"
17. Adele - Rolling In The Deep 12"
18. M83 - Hurry Up We're Dreaming
19. Field Music - Plumb
20. Hospitality - Hospitality
21. Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral
22. The Civil Wars - Tracks In The Snow 10"
23. Thrice - At Guitar Center 7"
24. Paperhead - Yellow Book 7"
25. Radiohead - King Of Limbs


for shits and giggles, if you like reading stats, here are Britain's all-time top ten best sellers:

Britain's All-Time Biggest Seller List

1, Greatest Hits - Queen (5,863,000)
2. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles (5,044,000)
3. Gold: Greatest Hits – ABBA (4,989,000)
4. What's the Story Morning Glory - Oasis (4,517,000)
5. Thriller - Michael Jackson (4,248,000)
6. Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits (4,152,000)
7. Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd (4,114,000)
8. 21 – Adele (4,020,000)
9. Bad - Michael Jackson (3,959,000)
10. Greatest Hits II - Queen (3,887,000)


and in music history for february 29, 2012

James "Jimmy" Dorsey was born in 1904 (died June 12, 1957). Legendary jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, and big band leader. He was known as "JD." He composed the jazz and pop standards "I'm Glad There Is You (In This World of Ordinary People)" and "It's The Dreamer In Me."

In 1964, the Hollies appeared on UK music show 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.'

In 1964, Betty Everett's rendition of "The Shoop Shoop Song" enters the Billboard chart, where it will peak at #6. The Shirelles' management team had turned the song down and Soul singer Merry Clayton's version, recorded as "It's in His Kiss" in 1963, failed to catch on.

Also in 1964, the Trashmen enter the American Top 40 with "Bird Dance Beat", a follow-up to their #4 hit, "Surfin' Bird". The song will top out at #30.

In 1968, at the tenth Grammy Awards, The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' is named Album Of The Year, best cover and best-engineered and recorded album. The LP had spent a total of 27 weeks at the top of the UK album chart and 15 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 200. 'Sgt. Pepper' is one of the world's best selling albums, having shipped 32 million copies

In 1972, John Lennon's immigration visa expired, leading to his 3½-year fight to stay in the US.

Also in 1972, in Brisbane on the last date of an Australian tour, Led Zeppelin played at the Festival Hall.

In 1976, two members of Lynyrd Skynyrd were knocked unconscious after a scuffle broke out between the band and members of the metropolitan police boxing team, who were holding a dinner at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

In 1980, Buddy Holly's glasses and the Big Bopper's wristwatch were found in old police files by the Mason City, Iowa sheriff. The men wore the items when their plane crashed near there on February 3, 1959. Holly's cuff links, worn during the crash, had already been presented to Paul McCartney in 1976 when the first Buddy Holly Week was held.

When the Beechcraft Bonanza carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper crashed outside Clear Lake, Iowa, in the early morning hours of February 3, 1959, it struck the ground with such force that all three passengers were killed instantly, and the plane's wreckage was strewn across nearly 300 yards of snow-covered cornfields. The death certificate issued by the Cerro Gordo County Coroner noted the clothing Holly was wearing, the presence of a leather suitcase near his body and the following personal effects:

Charles Holley
Cash $193.00 less $11.65 coroner's fees - $181.35

2 Cuff links, silver 1/2 in. balls having jeweled band

Top portion of ball point pen

Notably missing from the list were Holly's signature eyeglasses, the most distinctive visual legacy of a man who influenced the sound and style of rock and roll immeasurably. Those famous glasses were presumed lost forever until the announcement on February 29, 1980, that they had resurfaced in Mason City, Iowa.

The glasses in question had the appearance of something government issued, but they were, in fact, carefully chosen as part of Holly's image—not by Holly himself, but by his Lubbock, Texas, optometrist, Dr. J. Davis Armistead. "Buddy was trying to wear the least conspicuous frames he could find," wrote Dr. Armistead nearly 40 years after writing Holly's last prescription. "Personally, I was not happy with the frame styles we had been using. I did not think they contributed anything to a distinct personality that a performer needs." It was while on vacation in Mexico City that Armistead found exactly the frames that he felt Holly needed. He brought back two pair of the heavy plastic Faiosa frames. "Those heavy black frames achieve exactly what we wanted—they became a distinct part of him." In fact, they became a part of the basic iconography and spirit of rock and roll. Before Buddy Holly, it would have been impossible to imagine a skinny, knock-need kid in an Ivy League suit and thick, heavy glasses being considered "cool." After Buddy Holly, the look and attitude that would later be called "geek chic" became a completely accepted alternative style for an aspiring rock star to embrace.

So how did the famous glasses re-emerge? In the violence of the crash back in February 1959, they were thrown clear of the other wreckage and buried in snow. They were found, along with the Big Bopper's watch, that same spring, when the melting snow made them visible again. Though they were handed in immediately to the Cerro Gordo County Sherriff's office, they sat filed away for the next 21 years in a sealed manila envelope marked "rec'd April 7, 1959." That envelope was opened by Sheriff Jerry Allen on this day in 1980. The glasses were eventually returned to Holly's widow, and can now be seen in the exhibit at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas.

In 1984, the LP 'Sports' by Huey Lewis and The News is certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It will go on to top the Billboard album chart in June and become the second largest selling album of the year, behind Michael Jackson's "Thriller". The collection also spawned four Billboard Top Ten singles, "Heart and Soul" (#8), "I Want a New Drug" (#6), "The Heart of Rock & Roll" (#6) and "If This Is It" (#6).

In 1992, U2 kicked off their North American leg of the Zoo TV Tour at The Lakeland Civic Centre Arena, Florida.

In 1996, musician/songwriter (Hang On Sloopy, Come A Little Bit Closer, Come On Down To My Boat, C'mon Get Happy)/record producer (Partridge Family, Lulu, Elephant's Memory) Wes Farrell died of cancer at age 56.

In 2000, the city of Autlan de Navarro, Mexico announced plans to build a public monument to tribute Carlos Santana.

birthdays (or 'leap' babies) include (among others): Ja Rule (1976), Gretchen Christopher - Fleetwoods (1940), & Joe Giglio - Four Aces (1940)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

SXSW 2012 Confirms Vinyl Record Panel: Saturday, March 17th Moderated by Lewis Pesacov of FOOL’S GOLD


February 28, 2012



Industry Leaders in Mastering, Production, Packaging and Promotion Will Address Vinyl’s Role in the Music Industry Today

(Austin, TX – February 28, 2012) On Saturday, March 17th, the SXSW Music Conference will host the panel, “The Value of Vinyl: Production, Pressing and Promotion.” Panelists will address the current market and consumer demand for high quality audio and collector-caliber releases; how to appropriately market vinyl as an independent artist and vinyl’s impressive growth in an otherwise digitally dominated industry. The panel will take place from 3:30 – 4:30 PM at the Austin Convention Center, room 17B.

The complete list of speakers, with biographies, can be found below. For more information, visit Media and interview inquiries, contact Meghan -at-

Panelists Include:

Lewis Pesacov – Fool’s Gold, White Iris Records (panel moderator)
Lewis Pesacov is a composer, musician, producer and one of the founding members of the afro-pop band, Fool’s Gold, who recently supported the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their UK tour. As a producer, Pesacov has made records for artists including LA indie darlings Best Coast and Nashville singer-songwriter Nikki Lane, as well as numerous 7″ singles released on his own indie label, White Iris Records. Pesacov has been profiled for his work as a musician, producer and overall vinyl enthusiast by outlets like NPR, the LA Times, Clash Music, American Songwriter and more. For additional info, visit www.foolsgoldmusic or

Carrie Colliton, Co-Founder, Record Store Day
CARRIE COLLITON is the “Crew Chief” for Record Store Day, handling detail organization and the flow of information to stores and the public. She has worked for indie record stores since college, and her day job is Director of Marketing for Music Monitor Network, a coalition of indie record stores. For more information, visit

Jennifer Freund, President, DoradoPkg – Music Packaging
Jennifer Freund is the President of DoradoPkg, manufacturers of entertainment packaging materials including Vinyl Record Jackets, CD & digipak covers, posters, tour books and more. Under Fruend’s leadership, DoradoPkg has expanded its already robust list of services to include Old Style Tip-On Record Jackets, center labels and more. Jennifer has previously spoken on panels for SXSW and The GRAMMY Museum, with a focus on Old Style Record Jackets and vinyl as the ultimate marketing tool. For more information, visit

Pete Lyman, Co-Owner & Founder, Infrasonic Sound Recording Co.
Pete Lyman is the Co-Owner and Principal Mastering Engineer of Infrasonic Sound Recording Company, a CD, digital and vinyl mastering suite in Los Angeles. Lyman broke into the industry studying alongside acclaimed RCA mastering engineer Richard Simpson and has since mastered material for artists like No Age, Lou Barlow, Wavves, Best Coast, People Under the Stairs, Shooter Jennings and Ben Harper to name a select few. Pete has previously spoken on panels at the GRAMMY Museum, SXSW and Los Angeles’own Origami Vinyl about the vinyl mastering process. For more info, visit

Jay Millar, Director of Marketing United Record Pressing
After years of working at the now defunct Detroit record chain Harmony House, Jay Millar joined PolyGram Records in 1995. Since then, he’s spent time with BMG, Sony, and Universal. In 2007, Jay brought his knowledge and passion for vinyl to the industry’s go-to vinyl manufacturer, United Record Pressing, where he serves as their Director of Marketing. Jay’s time there has coincided with a rebranding and numerous investments in quality and creativity for the company that’s continuously operating since the birth of the 45 (1949). Jay also runs a boutique vinyl reissue label Microfiche Records, and is involved with United’s 453 Music (a record label), URP Music Distributors (a vinyl distro) and their Upstairs at United series of recordings. More information, visit

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LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY have revealed the cover artwork of the forthcoming album called 'Ascending To Infinity,' which is scheduled for release on June 29th in Europe via Nuclear Blast (North American release date still to be determined). The album ocver art was done by Felipe Machado Franco, also known for his work for bands like BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, RAGE and IRON SAVIOR.

Quantum X
Ascending To Infinity
Dante’s Inferno
Tormento E Passione
Dark Fate Of Atlantis
Fantasia Gotica
Clash Of The Titans
Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer’s Fall
I. Alma Mundi
Ii. Fatum Mortalis
Iii. Ignis Divinus




M83 will release “Midnight City” (Eric Prydz Private Remix) on February 28th through Mute. Click HERE to preview and purchase the track on iTunes.

“Midnight City” has become an anthem with over six million YouTube plays on the music video to date. Now Eric Prydz brings “Midnight City” to global dance floors with his techno house rework of the track. The Swedish producer loved the song so much he did his own remix and, within hours of it leaking online, it became one of the most blogged remixes this year, topping the Hype Machine charts. Prydz does not fail in delivering, turning up the BPM, creating atmospheric pauses, and expertly weaves the haunting vocals in and out to create an epic and euphoric remix.

M83 will take part in Record Store Day on April 21st this year, with a limited edition vinyl 7” featuring the hidden album track “Mirror”. The release will be a limited run of 2,000 in the US and will be available in all Record Store Day Territories.


album cover art of the day:

Dol Ammad Reveals Album Cover Art

Dol Ammad have recently revealed the cover artwork for their new album 'Cosmic Gods: Episode I - Hyperspeed.

1. Magus Invicta
2. Noctis Labyrinthus
3. Golden Phantasma
4. Titan Warriors
5. Xenocide
6. Stargate Pyramid
7. Hyperspeed
8. Supernova
9. Caravan Of Mars
10. Seeds Of Life


another great cover!

IN MOURNING: New Album Details Revealed

"The Weight Of Oceans", the third full-length album from Swedish progressive death metallers IN MOURNING, will be released on April 18 via Spinefarm Records. The CD was recorded in late 2011 at the Abyss and Black Lounge studios in Sweden with engineer Jonas Kjellgren. The cover art was created by Kristian Wåhlin and can be seen below.

Read more at our friends at Blabbermouth


Job For A Cowboy To Release New Album

Job For A Cowboy will be releasing their new studio recording called 'Demonocracy' this spring. The North American release is on April 10th, 2012 via Metal Blade Records and the effort was produced by Jason Seucof who recorded the band's blistering 'Ruination' full-length, at Audiohammer Studios. The cover art concept is by artist Brent Elliott White.

1. Children of Deceit
2. Nourishment Through Bloodshed
3. Imperium Wolves
4. Tongueless and Bound
5. Black Discharge
6. The Manipulation Stream
7. The Deity Misconception
8. Fearmonger
9. Tarnished Gluttony


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Operation Ivy – Hectic & Energy Vinyl Reissue

On April 17th Epitaph Records will be reissuing both “Hectic” and “Energy” on vinyl. Both albums are available for pre order at Shop Radio Cast who are offering a savings of $5 when you purchase both. Discount is applied immediately when you select buy both on either product page. Pre order these titles now:

Operation Ivy – Hectic LP

Operation Ivy – Energy LP


Cursive Announces 12" Vinyl Picture Disc

Incredible new album released on limited edition (just 500!) 12" vinyl picture discs, in hand-numbered sleeves. 'I Am Gemini,' Cursive's heaviest album in years, tells the story of Cassius and Pollock, twin brothers separated at birth; one good, one evil.

Side A:
1. This House Alive
2. Warmer Warmer
3. The Sun and Moon (MP3
4. Drunken Birds
5. Lullaby for No Name
6. Double Dead
7. Gemini
Side B:
8. Twin Dragon/Hello Skeleton
9. Wowowow
10. This House a Lie
11. The Cat and Mouse
12. A Birthday Bash
13. Eulogy for No Name

Preorder HERE


Chicago and The Doobie Brothers Roll Across the U.S. with an Amphitheater and Arena Summer Tour

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rock legends Chicago and The Doobie Brothers will share the stage this summer for an evening of classic rock hits spanning both artists' extensive repertoire of chart topping and award winning hits. Doubling the value for fans this summer, both bands will co-headline the 21 date U.S.tour kicking off on July 11th in Tuscon, AZ at the Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre with confirmed dates through August 24th at the Toyota Pavilion in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Each band will perform individual sets, playing their biggest hits, and then both Chicago and The Doobie Brothers will join together for a thrilling grand finale encore, playing each other's songs at the end of each of these summer shows. Tickets for the Live Nation promoted tour go on sale in select markets beginning March 2nd at and

Chicago, the legendary band with horns, and the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine's list of Top 100 artists of all time, will once again allow a winning bidder to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing the band's classic hit song, "If You Leave Me Now" onstage with Chicago at every concert. This is the third consecutive year that Chicago has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to create "Sing With Chicago," a highly successful promotion that has raised over $130,000 to fight breast cancer. Fans in every market will be able to bid on a package that includes a meet and greet with the band, two premium tickets and a chance to sing onstage in concert with the band. Previous year's winners were so moved by the experience that they launched the Facebook group, "I Sang With Chicago," where they shared stories about their experiences and videos of themselves onstage singing with the band. Each winner has an incredible story to tell. As was done last year, the money raised this year is in honor of Chicago's friend Paqui Kelly, the wife of Notre Dame's head football coach Brian Kelly, who is a breast cancer survivor. Chicago has generously supported other charitable causes in the past, including the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and Hannah & Friends, started by Maura Weis and her husband, Charlie Weis, the current coach at the University of Kansas.

Northern California's Doobie Brothers are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their propulsive roots-based, harmony laden, guitar driven style that sold an estimated 40 million records over the course of four decades. In 2010, original members Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston, and 30-year member John McFee marked a new chapter with the delivery of a potent album – World Gone Crazy (HOR Records), featuring a guest appearance by the legendary Willie Nelson. It's their first new album in a decade, and it produced the Top 20 track "Far From Home" and the Top 5 GAC Video "World Gone Crazy." Their current single, "A Brighter Day," is #22 on the AC charts, and continues to climb the charts. The band recently returned from an extremely successful tour in New Zealand. Forty thousand tickets were sold (3 shows)—almost 1% of the entire population of New Zealand. Over the past year, The Doobie Brothers made several stops into Nashville to appear on the Grand Ole Opry and to film a Crossroads special with Luke Bryan. Bryan and the Doobies performance of "China Grove" was in heavy rotation on the CMT channel.

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Interview: Gary Numan

Becky Talbot from recently had the chance to talk with Gary Numan.

Gary Numan hardly needs an introduction as the pioneer and godfather of electronica. Creative and experimental, Numan is and was the epitome of cool. Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails, to name but a few, have hailed Gary as one of their overriding influences.

In this very candid backstage interview, Gary talks about his life both inside and outside the music industry.

Read more at our friends at VintageVinylNews


and in music history for february 28th:

Born on this day in 1942, Brian Jones, guitarist and founding member of The Rolling Stones who had the 1966 UK & US No.1 single 'Paint It Black', plus 5 other UK No.1 singles and 3 UK No.1 albums. Jones died on July 3rd 1969 after drowning in his swimming pool under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

In 1959, "Cash Box" magazine began using a red 'bullet' on its record charts to indicate the records that have the strongest upward movement each week.

In 1963, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote "From Me To You" on a bus while touring with singer Helen Shapiro.

In 1963, in Hollywood, Sam Cooke recorded "Another Saturday Night."

In 1964, Peter & Gordon released "A World Without Love." It is one of two Lennon-McCartney songs to reach number one in the U.S. by an artist other than the Beatles. The other is "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by Elton John.

In 1964, The Yardbirds played at the Rhythm and Blues Festival at The Town Hall, Birmingham, England.

In 1966, the original Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, the home of many of the Beatles' early performances, closes its doors for the final time because of mounting debt. Police were called when over a 100 fans barricaded themselves inside the club to protest.

In 1968, 25 year old Frankie Lymon, lead singer of The Teenagers, died of a heroin overdose in his grandmother's New York home. Lymon was on leave from a Georgia army post at the time and was scheduled to record for Roulette Records the next day. He first hit the national charts in 1956 when he was just 13 with "Why Do Fools Fall in Love".

In 1970, after the family of the late Ferdinand von Zeppelin threatens a lawsuit, Led Zeppelin performs in Copenhagen, Denmark as The Nobs.

In 1970, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" becomes Simon and Garfunkel's third US number one hit. The piano player on the track is Larry Knechtel, who also played for the soft-rock group, Bread.

In 1970, in an interview with the New Musical Express, Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green talked about his plans to give all his money away. The following year Green confronted his accountant with a gun after he sent him an unwanted royalty check. The guitarist went to jail briefly before being transferred to an asylum and was committed to a mental hospital in 1973. He re- launched his career in the 90's.

Also in 1970, billed as 'David Bowie's New Electric Band' (so new they haven't got a name yet), David Bowie played at the Basildon Arts Lab experimental music club at the Basildon Arts Centre in Essex, England. Also on the bill were High Tide, Overson and Iron Butterfly.

In 1974, 28 year old Bobby Bloom dies of a gunshot wound to the head. His death was originally thought to be suicide, but is now considered accidental. Bloom had the 1970 US No.8 & UK No.3 single 'Montego Bay'.

In 1976, Rhythm Heritage went to #1 on the US singles chart with "Theme From SWAT."

In 1976, Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years" in named Best Pop Vocal Performance and Album Of The Year at the 18th annual Grammy Awards. In his acceptance speech, Simon tells the audience "I'd like to thank Stevie Wonder for not releasing an album this year."

In 1977, Ray Charles is attacked onstage by a man who tried to strangle him with a microphone cord. The man was a member of a group called Project Heavy, a community program for disadvantaged youths. They promised that the matter would be handled within the organization and no charges were laid.

In 1981, Country music star Eddie Rabbitt crossed over to the Pop chart to score a US number one hit with "I Love a Rainy Night". It made #53 in the UK. He had earlier written the Elvis Presley smash "Kentucky Rain" before having a number five record with "Drivin' My Life Away". Although it sounds like he made up a stage name, his real name is Edward Thomas Rabbitt.

In 1984, doo-wop singer Joey Vann (Joseph Canzano), lead vocalist of the Duprees, died at age 40.

In 1984, John Denver hosts the Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Michael Jackson wins 8 statues, including Best Album for "Thriller" and Best Record for "Beat It". The Police's "Every Breath You Take" wins Best Song and Culture Club wins Best New Artist.

In 1985, David Byron, vocalist and co-founder of the British Rock band Uriah Heep, suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 38.

In 1989, Bob Dylan recorded the first sessions for the Oh Mercy album at The Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana. What became Dylan's 26th studio album, released by Columbia Records in September 1989 was produced by Daniel Lanois.

In 1991, the Record Plant recording studio in Hollywood closed. Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album was among the major works recorded there.

In 1994, Eric Clapton played his 100th performance at London's Royal Albert Hall, in aid of the 'Children In Crisis', charity.

'Pieces of You,' by Jewel was released in 1995.

In1996, Grammy award winners included Alanis Morissette who won album of the year for 'Jagged Little Pill' best female rock vocal & best song for 'You Oughta Know', Nirvana's 'Unplugged won best alternative album and Coolio best rap performance with 'Gangsta's Paradise.' Additionally, the original members of Kiss appeared at the ceremony; the first time in 17 years that the band had appeared in full make-up and costumes.

In 1998, Cornershop went to #1 on the UK singles chart with "Brimful Of Asha." This song is based upon the history of film culture in India.

In 2005, Chris Curtis, drummer, vocalist and charismatic front man for the 1960s pop group the Searchers, passed away at the age of 63. His band placed seven songs in Billboard's Top 40 including "Love Potion Number Nine" and "Needles And Pins".

Also in 2005, for the first time in nine years, a Lennon / McCartney song charted on the Billboard Hot 100. "Across the Universe" was first issued for a charity album for the World Wildlife Fund, but after a group of artists performed the song live at the Grammy Awards to raise funds for Tsunami Aid, the song quickly rose to number 22.

In 2007, the Doors were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek were on hand, along with Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, who signed the band and worked closely with them in the studio. Drummer John Densmore did not attend the event.

In 2008, Mike Smith, keyboard player and lead vocalist for The Dave Clark Five died of pneumonia less than two weeks before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was 64.

Also in 2008, former Culture Club front man Boy George (O'Dowd) pleaded not guilty to charges of false imprisonment at a hearing in London, England. Prosecutors alleged that George tied a male escort to a bed after accusing him of obtaining private photos from his laptop. The 46 year old singer would be found guilty in January, 2009 and sentenced to 15 months in prison.

In 2008, drummer Buddy Miles, who played with Jimi Hendrix in his last regular group, Band of Gypsys, died aged 60 at his home in Austin, Texas after struggling with a long-term illness. Born George Allen Miles in Omaha, Nebraska, Buddy's nickname was a tribute to his idol, jazz drummer Buddy Rich. Rich also played with The Delfonics, The Ink Spots, Wilson Pickett, Electric Flag, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Muddy Waters and Barry White. In the 1980s, he achieved a certain amount of notoriety in the US as the vocalist on the celebrated claymation California Raisins commercials.

In 2010, Neil Young made a surprise appearance at the closing of the Vancouver Olympic Games where he sang "Long May You Run" as the Olympic flame was extinguished.

birthdays today include (among others): Donny Iris (Wild Cherry) (69), Ronnie Rosman (Tommy James & the Shondells) (67), Joe South (72), Ian Stanley (Tears for Fears) (55), Cindy Wilson (B-52's) (55), Ian Brown (Stone Roses) (49) and Patrick Monahan (Train) (43)

Monday, February 27, 2012

New Vinyl Record and Music Releases - February 28, 2012

120 Days - 120 Days II (vinyl)
A Whisper in the Noise - To Forget (vinyl)
Amy Ray - Lung of Love
Anais Mitchell - Young Man in America
Andrew Belle - The Daylight EP
Andy Vortel - Music Minus Music (vinyl)
Anuhea - For Love
Asphyx - Deathhammer
Atmosphere - God Loves Ugly (reissue) (vinyl)
Autopsy - All Tomorrow's Funerals
Beastie Boys - Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (vinyl)
Belbury Poly - The Belbury Tales (vinyl)
Biz Markie - Biz Never Sleeps (remastered with bonus tracks)
Black Country Communion - Live Over Europe
Caliban - I Am Nemesis
Carolina Chocolate Drops - Leaving Eden
Celtic Thunder - Voyage
Chiddy Bang - Breakfast
Chip Taylor & the New Ukrainians - Fuck All the Perfect People
Christian Mistress - Possession
Coldworker - The Doomsayer's Call
Coleen Green - Milo Goes To Compton
Corrosion Of Conformity - Corrosion Of Conformity
Craig Morgan - This Ole Boy
Cuff the Duke - Morning Comes
Death - Vivus! (2 CDs)
Demdike Stare - Elemental (2 CDs)
Desaster - The Arts of Destruction
Dirty Three - Toward the Low Sun (vinyl)
Disappears - Pre Language (vinyl)
Djerv - s/t
Donovan Quinn - Honky Tonk Medusa (vinyl)
Elliott Brood - Days into Years
Eluveitie - Helvetios
Erin Passmore - Downtown (EP)
Estelle - All of Me
Eux Artres - Sun Is Sunk
Fanfarlo - Rooms Filled With Light
Ferry Corsten - WKND
Gabriel and the Hounds - Kiss Full of Teeth
Geographer - Myth
Honeydogs - What Comes After
Hunx - Haridresser Blues
I The Breather - Truth and Purpose
Insense - Burn in Beautiful Fire
Jim O'Rourke - Old News #7 (vinyl)
John Zorn - Gnostic Preludes
Johnny Cash - Live from Austin, TX
Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch - Concerning The Entrance Into Eternity (vinyl)
Julia Nunes - Settle Down
Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, Oren Ambarchi - Imikuzushi
Kutless - Believer
Lay Down Rotten - Mask of Malice
Loreena McKennitt - Troubadours On The Rhine
Lyle Lovett - Release Me
Madlib - Medicine Show No. 13: Black Tape
Madvillain - Madvillainy Instrumentals (vinyl)
Mark Harris - An Idea of North
Mark Lindsey - The Complete Columbia Singles
Mary Onettes - Love Forever (vinyl)
Masaki Batoh - Brain Pulse Music
Meat Loaf - Hell In A Handbasket
Memoryhouse - The Slideshow Effect (vinyl)
Mind Spiders - Meltdown
Monolake - Ghosts (2 LPs)
Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus – The Remixes
Mouse on Mars - Parastrophics
Nadja - Excision (2 CDs)
Napalm Death - Utilitarian
Narrows - Painted
Oak Ridge Boys & the Dukes of Dixieland - When Country Meets Dixie
Obie Trice - Bottoms Up
Ólafur Arnalds - Another Happy Day (2 LPs) (vinyl)
Orcas - Orcas (vinyl)
Pan & Me - Paal (vinyl)
People of the North - Steep Formations (2 LP) (vinyl)
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
Philip Sayce - Steamroller
Pink Floyd - The Wall: Experience Version (3 CDs)
Pink Floyd - The Wall: Immersion Box Set (6 CDs 1 DVD)
Plants and Animals - The End of That (vinyl)
Pontiak - Echo One
Primal Rock Rebellion - Awoken Broken
Prince Rama - Utopia = No Person
Qluster - Antworten (vinyl)
Rick Nelson - The Complete Epic Recordings (2 CDs)
Robert Glasper Experiment - Black Radio
Savage Messiah - Plague of Conscience
School Of Seven Bells - Ghostory
Scuba - Personality (vinyl)
Shearwater - Animal Joy
Shlomo - Vacation (EP) (vinyl)
Sidekicks - Awkward Breeds
Softoft Techech - Softoft Techech
Soko - I Thought I Was An Alien
Sophia Knapp - Into the Waves
Sourpatch - Stagger & Fade
Stars in Coma - Midnight Puzzle
Surfer Blood - Astro Coast (reissue) (vinyl)
Susan Tedeschi - Live from Austin, TX
T.R.A.M. - Lingua Franca
The Cranberries - Roses
The Kills - The Last Goodbye (vinyl)
The Ting Tings - Sounds From Nowheresville
The White Buffalo - Once Upon a Time in the West
The Wooden Sky - Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun
UFO - Seven Deadly (2 CDs)
Various Artists - Minimal Wave Tapes Volume 2 (vinyl)
Various Artists - Listen Whitey! Sounds of Black Power 1967-74
Various Artists - Putumayo Presents Instrumental Dreamland
Veil of Maya - Eclipse
Water Liars - Phantom Limb
We Have Band - Ternion
Willie Nelson - Live from Austin, TX
Wooden Sky - Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun
wzrd - wzrd
Xiu Xiu - Always
Xray Eyeballs - Splendor Squalor (vinyl)
Y La Bamba - Court the Storm
Y Niwl - Y Niwl (vinyl)

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Bowie Releasing 7" Picture Disc For Record Store Day

David Bowie and EMI will be releasing a very limited edition picture disc of Starman/Starman in celebration of international Record Store Day on April 21st, 2012. The A-side will be the original single version, whereas the B-side will be the version of ‘Starman’ from the legendary (mono) ‘Top Of The Pops’ TV performance.

Originally released in the UK on April 28th 1972, the track was Bowie's second RCA single and the first Bowie top ten for the label.


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Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 02/25/2012

More psych making the list this week, with Leaf Hound, a favorite of the Top 5, and a private press treasure making the list. The funk 45 from Scorpio and his People sells this week for much less than its two previous appearances on the Top 5.

1. LP - Leonid Kogan Elisabeth Gilels "Sonatas For Two Violins by Leclair, Telemann, Ysaye" Columbia SAX 2531 UK Pressing - $3,989.90

2. 78 - Robert Johnson "Dust My Broom" / "Dead Shrimp Blues" Conqueror - $3,800.00

3. LP - Leaf Hound "Growers Of Mushroom" Decca UK First Pressing - $3,383.00

4. LP - Walkenhorst DePugh "self titled" Damon one sided promo - $2,999.00

5. 45 - Scorpio and His People "The Unforgiven" / "Theme From The Movietown Sound" International Hits - $2,970.00

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 02/18/2012

Two 50's classical records are at the top of the list, and what's likely the most frequently sold original Blue Note record gets the #3 spot. A while label promo of The Velvel Underground's first record gets good price, and a Tollie stamper of the Beatles rounds out this week's list.

1. LP - Bach Grumiaux "6 Sonatas Violin" Philips Dutch Pressing - $5,386.00

2. LP - Johanna Martzy "Bach: The unaccompanied Violin Sonatas" Columbia Box set UK - $4,519.25

3. LP - Hank Mobley self titled Blue Note 1568 - $3.670.00

4. LP - The Velvet Underground "The Velvet Underground and Nico" Verve White Label Promo - $3,600.00

5. 45 - The Beatles "Twist & Shout" Tollie Stamper - $3,499.00

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Keane Announces New Album

Keane have just announced that their fourth studio album 'Strangeland' is scheduled for release on May 7 2012. The effort was recorded with producer Dan Grech (Radiohead, The Vaccines, Howling Bells, Lana del Rey) in the UK at Tim Rice-Oxley’s studio.

Rice-Oxley said Strangeland “feels like an adventure that brings with it different things for different people, and like any adventure is full of uncertainty, and the potential for mishap, as well as the possibility of amazing things and glorious discoveries. I love the idea of the journey through 'Strangeland' being a journey of redemption."


the next posts reveal that the art of album covers is still important to bands!

Malice Reveals Cover Artwork For Comeback LP

Malice Guitarist Jay Reynolds recently announced that the and the band have finished recording their comeback album 'New Breed of Godz,' for a scheduled May 2012 release.

Additionally, Reynolds revealed the album cover art which he posted on Facebook.

Reynolds stated: Here's a sneak peek at the cover art for the new MALICE album. We are finished recording and it is a KILLER. Release is planned for May 2012, and we are finally ready to start booking the tour....Hell Yeah !!!!!


DE PROFUNDIS: New Album Cover Artwork Unveiled; New Song Available For Streaming

U.K. progressive black/death metallers DE PROFUNDIS will release their third album, "The Emptiness Within", on May 7 in the U.K. and May 11 in the rest of Europe via Kolony Records. The CD was once again produced by Fernando Pereira Lopes (MISANTHROPE, ORAKLE) and DE PROFUNDIS and was mixed at the Studios Davout (AC/DC, THE ROLLING STONES, OZZY OSBOURNE) in Paris, France. The cover artwork was created by the renowned artist Costin Chioreanu (Twilight13media), who has previously worked with ULVER, DARKTHRONE and ABSU, to name a few.

Read more and get the tracklist at Blabbermouth


my favorite of the three...

MALFEITOR Completes Recording New Album

Swedish death metallers MALFEITOR have completed recording their new album, "Dum Morior Orior", for a spring release via Hellthrasher Productions (with the vinyl version to be made available through Chaos Records).

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Top 10 Albums – February 27, 2012

Here are the Top 10 Albums sold at Shop Radio Cast for the week of February 21 – February 27, 2012:

1. Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American 3XLP
2. Blink 182 – Dude Ranch LP
3. Blink 182 – Take Off Your Pants and Jacket LP
4. Taking Back Sunday – Tell All Your Friends LP
5. Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon LP
6. Blink 182 – Blink 182 2XLP
7. Say Anything – Anarchy, My Dear LP
8. Lucero – Women & Work LP
9. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror LP
10. Saves The Day – Daybreak LP (White)

Buy all these releases and more at Shop Radio Cast


and in music history for february 27th:

In 1956, Specialty Records released Little Richard's "Slippin' and Slidin'."

In 1960, the Miracles made their first TV appearance on "American Bandstand."

In 1961, five months after topping the US charts with "The Twist", Chubby Checker does it again with "Pony Time". The song reached #27 in the UK.

In 1961, in Nashville, Roy Orbison recorded "Running Scared."

In 1964, at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, the Beatles recorded two John Lennon compositions, "If I Fell" and "Tell Me Why."

In 1964, for the first time ever, all ten spots on the UK Top Ten were UK acts, led by 21-year-old Cilla Black's version of "Anyone Who Had A Heart."

In 1965, the first of a 21 date tour that featured Del Shannon, Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders and Herman's Hermits, kicks off at Sheffield's City Hall, England.

In 1967, Pink Floyd record their first single, "Arnold Layne," which will top the UK charts but won't crack the Hot 100 in the US.

In 1970, Jefferson Airplane was fined $1,000 for onstage profanity in Oklahoma City.

In 1970, at the Texas Livestock Show in the Houston Astrodome, Elvis Presley gave his first stadium concerts: a sparsely attended afternoon show, then an evening performance that broke all attendance records for the venue.

In 1971, five months after her death, Janis Joplin began a nine-week stay at the top of the Billboard Hot 200 album chart with 'Pearl.' The LP has since been certified quadruple Platinum by the RIAA.

In 1972, T Rex performed at New York City's Carnegie Hall.

In 1977, Keith Richards' suite at the Harbour Castle Hotel on Toronto's lakefront was raided by Royal Canadian Mounted Police who arrested and charged him with possession of heroin with the intent to traffic and possession of cocaine. Bail was set at $25,000. He was given a suspended sentence and one-year probation on condition the Rolling Stones would play two benefit concerts for the blind.

In 1980, the Doobie Brothers' "What a Fool Believes" wins a Grammy Award for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year, while Billy Joel's '52nd Street' wins both Album of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

In 1984, a Pepsi commercial with the Jacksons debuts on MTV.

In 1988, George Michael reaches number one in the US for the second time in his solo career with "Father Figure". He would go on to have a total of six after scoring three chart toppers with Andrew Ridgeley in Wham!

In 1990, Milli Vanilli's Rob Pilatus shared his perspective on life with Time magazine. In the interview he said, "Musically, we're more talented than any Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney. Mick Jagger can't produce a sound. I'm the new Elvis."

In 1991, James Brown was released on parole after serving more than two years of a six year jail sentence. He had been found guilty of carrying a gun, drug possession and leading police on a car chase through two US states.

In 1993, Marlena Davis of the Orlons lost her battle with lung cancer at the age of 48.

Also in 1993, Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" replaced Boyz II Men's 1992 hit "End Of The Road" as the longest running Billboard chart topper when it stays #1 for its 14th consecutive week.

In 1995, Céline Dion made British music chart history by becoming the first artist in more than 30 years to have both the number one album and number one single for five straight weeks.

In 1997, forty-four people were hurt when a light tower collapsed during a Deep Purple concert in Santiago, Chile. The show resumed after about 40 minutes.

In 2000, ABC began airing the two-part TV-movie, "The Beach Boys: An American Family," starring Kevin Dunn, Jessica Shannon, Frederick Weller, Alley Mills, Nick Stabile, and Emmanuelle Vaugier.

In 2004, Michael Jackson was spotted in a Wal-Mart store in Snowmass, Colorado, wearing a ski mask as a disguise. After refusing to remove the mask for store employees, Jackson left the building, but was stopped by police shortly after. Jackson then complied with a request to remove the mask and officials said that there were no further problems.

In 2010, Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who played bass for nearly 30 years with Daryl Hall and John Oates and also recorded with Elvis Costello and Billy Joel, died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 58.

In 2011, blues guitarist Eddie Kirkland, former bandleader for Otis Redding and who recorded with John Lee Hooker, among others, died from injuries suffered in a car accident at age 88.

birthdays today include (among others): Neil Schon (Journey, Santana) (58), Eddie Gray (Tommy James & the Shondells) (64), Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) (55), Johnny Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (55) and Robert Balderrama (? & the Mysterians) (62)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Disturbed To Release Vinyl Box Set On Record Store Day

Now available for pre-order is the definitive Disturbed vinyl box set edition, simply called "The Collection!" A five album, six disc offering of the band's complete studio album discography featuring:

Vinyl Release Date: Apr 21 2012

The Sickness- 2000,
Believe- 2002
Ten Thousand Fists- 2005
Indestructible- 2008
Asylum released in 2010.

For this box set each album has been carefully mastered for "The Collection" and pressed on 140 gram vinyl for the very best in audio quality. Each album has been meticulously showcased in a stunning art presentation that is unique and exclusive to this release.

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Joan of Arc Presents: Joan of Arc Limited Edition 2xLP

Recorded live on opening night of the 2011 Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, Joan of Arc Presents: Joan of Arc is a complete instrumental soundtrack for the 80-minute classic French silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc.

A dark, flowering sonic counterpart to the film's grim subject matter, Joan of Arc Presents: Joan of Arc is limited to 175 hand-numbered copies on side-by-side black and white vinyl.

Pre-orders ship April 10. Get your copy HERE

New E-Store Vinyl and Restocks

Animal Collective Feels 2xLP

Animal Collective Sung Tongs 2xLP

Bon Iver Bon Iver LP

Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago LP

Elliott Smith Division Day 7"

Headphones Headphones LP (limited to 1000 on clear red vinyl)

Minus the Bear Menos El Oso LP

Sufjan Stevens Illinois 2xLP

Volcano Choir Unmap LP


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Cannibal Corpse - Torture LP (release date 3/13/12)

New brutality on CLEAR VINYL with BLOOD SPLATTER!

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The Get Up Kids’ ‘Four Minute Mile’ Vinyl Reissue

The Get Up Kids' 'Four Minute Mile' is set to be re-released on vinyl to celebrate it's fifteenth anniversary.

The album will be re-issued in a series of packages alongside debut EP 'Woodson', also celebrating 15 years since it's 1997 release. As details by Doghouse Records, they read:

"* Four Minute Mile on opaque white and aqua blue splatter vinyl, an original Four Minute Mile poster and a digital copy of 4MM. There will only be 30 bundles of this option.

* Four Minute Mile LP on opaque white vinyl, Woodson 7-inch, an original Four Minute Mile poster and mp3 downloads. This is the first time Woodson has been back in print on vinyl in quite some time! This is limited to 265 bundles.

* Four Minute Mile LP on opaque white and aqua blue splatter vinyl, Woodson 7-inch and original Four Minute Mile poster. This will be limited to 200 bundles.

* Four Minute Mile on opaque white with aqua blue splatter vinyl, aqua blue Woodson 7-inch, original Four Minute Mile poster, a test pressing of the LP and MP3 download of the album. This will be limited to 10 bundles."

The label explains: "750 opaque white, 250 opaque white with aqua blue splatter and 500 aqua blue 7-inch vinyls are being pressed. These four options are only going to be available on a limited, one-month-only basis. Once they sell out, they are gone. The buy links will be removed and no longer available for purchase."

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Releases Detroit-Themed Record With Live Performance, 4/21

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will be releasing a special Detroit-themed 12" for Record Store Day. The EP will feature six songs, including two versions of "We Almost Lost Detroit," a Gil Scott-Heron cover that also appears on their full length debut It's A Corporate World, as well as two covers of songs by fellow Detroit artists Madonna and Sixto Rodriguez and three remixes by Detroit-based artists. The 12" is a limited pressing of 2k standard black vinyl units and will be available for $16.98 exclusively on Record Store Day on 4/21.



THEATRE OF TRAGEDY: First Three Albums To Be Reissued With Bonus Tracks

Remastered reissues of the first three albums from THEATRE OF TRAGEDY — the Norwegian band which once featured in its ranks current LEAVES' EYES vocalist Liv Kristine — will be made available later in the year. The group's self-titled debut (1995), "Velvet Darkness They Fear" (1996) and "Aegis" (1998) will feature rare bonus material, new liner notes and will be released in digipack and double vinyl LP formats.


Carlos Santana Plays Las Vegas

Iconic guitarist Carlos Santana is planning a two-year headlining gig at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Representatives for the House of Blues say Santana will have a run of shows in May and June 2012, then return in September 2012 with the residency running through 2013, totalling 80 shows. Tickets go on sale March 3. The shows are called “Greatest Hits Live: Santana – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.”

“Tomorrow is the unknown, so how do you rehearse the unknown?” the 64-year-old told the L.A. Times. “To me, the unknown is inviting African musicians to join us, or Buddy Guy or Derek Trucks or Ben Harper, people from Phish, Warren Haynes – that’s what ‘Tomorrow’ is bringing to the House of Blues.”


Vinyl – The Comeback

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and in music history for february 26th:

Born on this day in 1932, Johnny Cash. Cash died of respiratory failure on September 12th 2003, aged 71.

Born on this day in 1945, Bob The Bear Hite, vocalist and harmonica player with Canned Heat. He died on April 5th 1981

In 1954, a US congresswoman introduced a bill to prohibit the distribution of "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" recordings.

In 1955, sales of 45 rpm records outsold 78 rpm discs in the US for the first time. The number 45 came from taking 78 and subtracting Columbia's 33 rpm. RCA introduced the first 45 on March 31, 1949 when they released 104 single vinyl records. The first 45 to hit the Billboard charts was "You're Adorable" by Perry Como, on May 7th, 1949.

Also in 1955, R&B singer LaVern Baker appeals to the United States Congress in a letter to Michigan Representative Charles Digges Jr., to revise the Copyright Act of 1909. She says that recording artists should be protected against "note-for-note copying" of already recorded R&B tunes and arrangements by white artists and arrangers. Her request was denied.

In 1958, Perry Como was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Magic Moments' the 2nd #1 in a row for writers Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It stayed at #1 for eight weeks.

In 1962, trumpeter Al Hirt recorded Allen Toussaint's "Java." Released as a single late the following year, it became Hirt's biggest hit, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning him a Gold Record.

In 1964, in Hollywood, Elvis Presley began filming his 16th movie, "Roustabout," co-starring Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Freeman, Leif Erickson, Sue Ane Langdon, Pat Buttram, Dabbs Greer, and Jack Albertson.

In 1964, the Beatles worked on the final mixes for "Can't Buy Me Love" and "You Can't Do That" tracks. The single, which was released the following month, topped the charts all over the world.

In 1965, Guitarist Jimmy Page released a solo single called "She Just Satisfies" in the UK. Page played all the instruments on it except for the drums, and produced the track, as well as singing lead vocals.

In 1966, Nancy Sinatra went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'These Boots Are Made For Walking', also a UK #1.

In 1966, the Beatles' LP "Rubber Soul" rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart, becoming the group's seventh US album chart topper. Paul McCartney conceived the album's title after overhearing someone's description of Mick Jagger's singing style as "plastic soul." To date, the album has sold over six million copies in America.

In 1970, the Beatles album "Beatles Again" was released in the US. It was quickly re-titled "Hey Jude" to promote the inclusion of the song that led off side two and never before had been released on an album. The front and back cover pictures on the album were taken at the last Beatles photo session on August 22, 1969 at John Lennon's new 72-acre estate, Tittenhurst Park.

In 1972, Joe Tex's funk record "I Gotcha" enters the Billboard Pop chart and begins its climb to #2. Much the success of the song is rumored to be Tex's slurred delivery of the line Told you not to play with my affection, which caused many listeners to mistake the last word for one that rhymes with it.

Also in 1972, Sonny Geraci led his group, Climax, to the top of the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers Chart with a song called "Precious And Few". Geraci was no stranger to recording success, as he had been the lead singer for The Outsiders' four Billboard Top 40 singles, including "Time Won't Let Me" in 1966.

In 1977, Sherman Garnes from Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, died during open-heart surgery. They had the 1956 UK No.1 and US No.6 single 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love'.

In 1977, the Eagles went to #1 on the US singles chart with "New Kid On Town," the group's third US #1, a No.20 hit n the UK.

In 1978, Vladimir Horowitz marked the 50th anniversary of his U.S. debut with a performance at the White House.

In 1980, after seeing U2 play at Dublin's National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people; Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band a recording contract.

In 1983, Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' went to #1 on the US album chart. It went on to become the most successful album of all time with sales over 50 million copies.

In 1985, at the 27th annual Grammy Awards, Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It" is named Best Record and Best Song, while Cyndi Lauper wins Best New Artist. Additionally, Chuck Berry received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

In 1987, the LP "The Beatles", more commonly called "The White Album", became the first Beatles' LP to be issued on CD. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, the disc is group's best-selling album, going 19-times Platinum and is the tenth-best-selling album of all time in the United States.

In 1989, jazz trumpeter Roy Eldridge, who played in the big bands of Gene Krupa and Artie Shaw, died at the age of 78.

In 1990, 53 year old Cornell Gunter, former lead singer of The Coasters died in a hail of gunfire when an unknown assailant sprayed his '78 Camaro at a Las Vegas intersection.

In 1990, Sinead O'Connor was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Nothing Compares 2 U.' Her version of the Prince penned song was also a #1 hit in 18 other countries.

In 1995, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant began a world tour to support their reunion album "No Quarter."

At the 39th Grammy Awards, Eric Clapton wins the Best Male Pop Vocal category for "Change the World". The song is also named Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year.

In 1997, Songwriter Ben Raleigh died after setting fire to his bath robe while cooking. During his career Ben wrote Johnny Mathis' "Wonderful Wonderful", Lesley Gore's "She's A Fool", Joey Powers' "Midnight Mary", Lou Rawls' "Love Is A Hurtin' Thing", Ray Peterson's "Tell Laura I Love Her" and many others.

In 2000, Lonestar started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Amazed."

In 2002, Alanis Morissette's third album "Under Rug Swept" was released.

In 2002, the Eagles, John Fogerty, Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks are among those taking part in Four Concerts for Artists' Rights, held in the Los Angeles area to raise funds for the Recording Artists Coalition. The organization is working toward changes in the California Labor Code that affect recording artists.

In 2008, Apple announced that the iTunes Store had surpassed Best Buy to become the second largest music seller in the U.S. The number one seller at the time was Wal-Mart.

In 2008, Buddy Miles, who played drums for Wilson Pickett, The Delfonics and The Ink Spots before founding The Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield and later joined Jimi Hendrix in Band Of Gypsys, died from congestive heart failure. He was 60.

In 2009, A 10-minute version of The Beatles' 'Revolution 1' was leaked onto the internet, giving fans a never-before-heard listen of what the White Album sessions must have been like. Only two copies of the take were made when the song was completed on June 4th, 1968. One copy left the studio with Lennon that day and the other remained behind. It was unclear which copy appeared on the bootleg, nor how anyone acquired it.

In 2011, Mark Tulin, bassist for The Electric Prunes on their 1967 hit "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)", suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 62.

birthdays today include (among others): Michael Bolton (1953), Jonathan Cain - Journey (1950), Tim Commerford - Rage Against The Machine and the legendary Fats Domino (1928)