Monday, February 27, 2012

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.


this from the folks (that would be Norm & Jane) at Vinyl Record Talk

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).

Read more at our friends at Blabbermouth


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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, CĂ©line 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)

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