Monday, March 12, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

great album cover art:

AHAB: New Album Cover Artwork Unveiled

AHAB, the German funeral doom metal band featuring former MIDNATTSOL members Daniel Droste (guitar/vocals) and Christian Hector (guitar), has completed work on its third album, "The Giant", to be released later in the year via Napalm Records. The CD features cover artwork (see below) by acclaimed artist Sebastian Jerke (LONG DISTANCE CALLING) and a guest appearance by ENSLAVED vocalist/keyboardist Herbrand Larsen.

Read the rest at Blabbermouth


from our friends at VintageVinylNews:

Interview: Freddy Cannon on His New Autobiography, His Career and His Place in Rock History

Freddy Cannon lit up the charts in the 50's and 60's with hits like Tallahassee Lassie, Palisades Park and Way Down Yonder in New Orleans. Recently, he released his autobiography, Where the Action Is!, a fascinating look into his long career, the people he knew and the ins and outs of the recording industry.

Cannon is candid about the people he encountered throughout his life and his place in the music business but, at the same time, very humble about the individuals who were great influences and who guided him through the many pitfalls in the industry.

Beyond music, the book is also the story of a man who stayed true to his integrity and to a family who has been with him through the good times and the bad.

We had the pleasure of talking with Freddy at length about the book, his career and some of his current projects.

Read the interview at VintageVinylNews


Storm Corrosion Collector’s Edition Double LP Set

Storm Corrosion is the upcoming collaboration between Mikael Ă…kerfeldt of Opeth and Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson. The pair will release "Storm Corrosion" on May 8 via Roadrunner Records, and pre-orders are now available here

Double-LP Set:
• Limited Edition Double-LP set of the self-titled album with exclusive artwork

• 180-Gram black virgin vinyl in gatefold jacket

• Digital download of high quality Flac files of the entire album

• Autographed 12" x 12" poster of exclusive artwork

• 24" x 36" fold out poster of exclusive artwork


New Guided By Voices Single Details

The new Guided By Voices single will be pressed on pink vinyl, "Keep It In Motion" is taken from the forthcoming new album from Guided by Voices, 'Class Clown Spots a UFO,' due out in June on Fire Records. There will be a series of three 7"s from this release starting with "Keep it in Motion" and followed by "Jon the Croc" (21 April for Record Store Day) and "Class Clown Spots a UFO" (15 May).

Keep It In Motion 7 Inch pink vinyl is available for Pre-Order from Fire here


MALICE: New Album Details Revealed

Reunited Los Angeles heavy metal legends MALICE will release their new album, "New Breed Of Godz", on May 22 in the U.S./Canada, May 25 in Germany and May 28 in the rest of Europe through SPV/Steamhammer. The band recently entered Silvercloud Recording studio in Redondo Beach, California with producer Joe Floyd (HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON, WARRIOR) to record updated versions of eight classic MALICE metal anthems such as "Stellar Masters" and "Sinister Double" as well as "four killer new tracks" for the CD, which will be made available as a high-class digipak with a bonus DVD.

Read the rest at Blabbermouth


MARILYN MANSON: 'Born Villain' Release Date Announced

MARILYN MANSON will release his long-awaited new album, "Born Villain", on May 1 (one day earlier internationally) via Cooking Vinyl and Manson's own label Hell, Etc.

The CD's first single, "No Reflection", was premiered on March 7 on the Los Angeles radio station KROQ and will be made available exclusively on iTunes this Tuesday, March 13

Read the rest at Blabbermouth


and in music history for march 12:

Born on this day in 1917, Leonard Chess, the founder of the Chess record label, home to John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Jimmy Reed. Chess died of a heart attack on October 16th 1969, aged 52.

In 1955, jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker died of a heart attack in New York City while watching Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra on television. He was 34. The coroner who performed his autopsy mistakenly estimated Parker's 34-year-old body to be between 50 and 60 years of age. (After years of drug and alcohol abuse).

In 1955, the Dave Brubeck Quartet appeared for the first time at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

In 1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets record "Maybe Baby," which would be released the following year and climb to #17 in the US and #4 in the UK.

In 1958, jazz singer Billie Holiday, who had pled guilty to a narcotics-possession charge in 1956, is given a year's probation by a Philadelphia court.

In 1959, Friday the 13th proved unlucky for the Kingston Trio when they were involved in an emergency airplane landing in Indiana and nearly killed. Their song, "The Tijuana Jail" was rising up the charts, stopping at number 12 a couple weeks later.

In 1961, in Nashville, Elvis Presley recorded "I Feel So Bad."

In 1963, the Beatles played at the Granada Cinema in Bedford. Also on the bill, Chris Montez and Tommy Roe. John Lennon, suffering from a heavy cold, was unable to perform, so The Beatles set was rearranged so that George and Paul could sing the parts that John usually sang.

In 1965, the Beatles completed filming of their second movie, 'Help!'

In 1966, Sgt Barry Sadler started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart with "Ballad Of The Green Berets."

In 1966, the Levi Strauss Company began selling bell-bottom blue jeans in the US.

In 1968, the Rolling Stones started recording their next single "Jumpin' Jack Flash" with new producer Jimmy Miller at Olympic studios in London.

In 1969, Paul McCartney married photographer Linda Eastman in a small civil ceremony at the Marylebone Registry Office, in the City of Westminster in central London. Contrary to the popular rumor of the day, she is not related to the Eastmans of Eastman-Kodak fame. Paul's brother, Mike, served as the best man, but none of the other Beatles were in attendance. Linda would die of cancer on April 17th, 1998 at the age of 56.

In 1968, the Otis Redding single “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” went gold in the US three months after the singer was killed in a plane crash.

In 1969, George Harrison and his wife Patti were arrested in Esher, Surrey. The charge was cannabis resin possession after authorities found 120 joints in their house.

Also in 1969, Elvis Presley began filming his 31st and final fictional movie, "Change Of Habit," co-starring Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair, and Ed Asner.

In 1971, a London court granted Paul McCartney's request to appoint a non-biased receiver to handle the group's business affairs after his lawsuit dissolving the Beatles was upheld.

In 1971, "Power to the People" by John Lennon was released as a single in the UK, credited to John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. It was issued on Apple Records (catalogue number R5892 in the United Kingdom, 1830 in the United States) and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 7 on the British singles chart. The song's first appearance on album was the 1975 compilation Shaved Fish.

In 1974, John Lennon and Harry Nilsson are thrown out of the Troubador nightclub in Los Angeles for heckling the Smothers Brothers. Nilsson, a good friend of Tom Smothers, thought he was helping the act because Tom had struggled through weak material at an earlier date.

In 1977, the Sex Pistols were involved in a fight at London's Speakeasy Club with Bob Harris, presenter of BBC 2's The Old Grey Whistle Test resulting in one of the shows engineers needing 14 stitches in his head. Two days later Harris's solicitors contact Derek Green at A&M the bands record label. Harris's management also managed Peter Frampton, one of the label's top acts at A&M. Green discussed the matter with the company's two founders, Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert and the decision is made to cancel the Pistols contract and halt production of the bands first single, 'God Save The Queen'.

In 1983, Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler had her only UK #1 single with a song written by Meat Loaf's producer, Jim Steinman, "Total Eclipse Of The Heart." Also #1 in the US, (the only Welsh artist to score a US #1), Canada and Australia, the single sold over 5 million copies.

In 1983, U2 scored their first UK #1 album with 'War,' which spent a total of 147 weeks on the chart. The album featured the singles, “New Year’s Day” and “Two Hearts Beat as One.”

In 1988, Rick Astley started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Never Gonna Give You Up," also a #1 in the UK.

In 1991, the R.E.M. album 'Out of Time' was released.

In 1994, Swedish group Ace Of Base started a six week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "The Sign," a #2 hit in the UK.

In 1995, Boyz II Men were at #1 on the US album chart with 'II.'

In 1996, singer Nancy Sinatra donated her famous white go-go boots to the Hard Rock Café in Beverly Hills, California.

In 1996, the album 'Unplugged' was released by KISS.

In 2001, in a poll conducted by the Recording Industry Association of America, music fans voted Judy Garland's "Over The Rainbow" as the Song Of The Century. The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" came in at #16 and the Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" was #26.

In 2003, the Chinese government ordered the Rolling Stones to eliminate four songs from their upcoming performances in Shanghai and Beijing. The banned songs were "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Women," "Beast of Burden," and "Let's Spend the Night Together."

In 2006, the soundtrack to The Disney Channel movie, High School Musical was at #1 on the US album chart. The album went on to break all records for a soundtrack, selling over seven million copies worldwide.

In 2007, Levon Helm, the former drummer for The Band, filed a lawsuit against a Manhattan advertising firm over the use of the group's song, "The Weight" in a television commercial for cell phones. Helm received a royalty payment for the use of the song, but didn't feel he was adequately compensated.

In 2008, seven years of trying to secure the rights to use the Lennon-McCartney catalog paid off for TV's American Idol, when over 31 million viewers tuned in to the show. The following day, the top five Google searches were also Beatle related.

In 2009, hundreds of fans queued at the O2 Arena in London as Michael Jackson tickets went on sale to the public. The 50-year-old pop veteran had confirmed he would be playing a 50-date residency at the venue, beginning on July 8. Some 360,000 pre-sale tickets had already sold. Organizers said the “This Is It” tour had become the fastest selling in history, with 33 seats sold each minute.

In 2009, Bob Dylan mingled unnoticed among 14 other tourists at John Lennon's childhood home in Liverpool. The Folk legend strolled around the place where the late former Beatle grew up with his aunt Mimi and uncle George and later said that he was "enthralled" to see the bedroom where Lennon wrote some of his earliest songs.

In 2010, a 16-year-old was arrested and charged in connection with a break-in at singer Susan Boyle's home in West Lothian, Scotland. Boyle disturbed the intruder as she returned home from London after recording a charity single for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Also in 2010, over 130 people were arrested and eight people were hospitalised as fans tried to gatecrash a Metallica show in Colombia. 1,500 police and four tanks were brought in to manage the crowds as property was vandalized and destroyed, as thousands of ticketless fans rioted during Metallica's first Colombian concert in eleven years.

In 2011, a man was charged with burglary after security guards discovered him in Madonna's luxurious London mansion while she was in America to attend her grandmother's funeral.

birthdays today include (among others): Les Holroyd (Barclay James Harvest) (64), Bill Payne (Little Feat) (63), Al Jarreau (72), Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) (55), Pete Doherty (Libertines, Babyshambles) (33), Graham Coxon (Blur) (43), Ben Kenney (Incubus) (35) and James Taylor (64)

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