Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Sex Pistols To Reissue Limited Edition "Pretty Vacant" 7"

The Sex Pistols recently announced that the seminal song "Pretty Vacant" will be released as a limited edition 7" picture disc on 2nd July - 35 years to the day of its original release.

Featuring one of the most iconic and distinctive guitar and drum build ups in the history of rock n’roll, topped by Johnny Rotten's bite and snarl, ‘Pretty Vacant’ with its anthemic "and we don’t care!" became another rallying cry throughout the country.

The Sex Pistol’s masterful third single arrived in the wake of the controversy that its predecessor "God Save The Queen" spread across the UK as an antidote to the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

Upon its original release 35 years ago, "Pretty Vacant" reached the top ten in the UK charts and unlike the previous two singles – "Anarchy in the UK" and "God Save The Queen" – Top Of The Pops could not ignore them, broadcasting a now iconic video of the band performing the classic song on their show. The Pistols did not appear in the BBC studio and it is widely accepted the promo video was given to the show without the band's consent.

Only 3500 limited edition 7" picture discs will be available via the Universal Music. Their legendary album ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ will also be re-issued in September of this year as an expanded and repacked release to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of its release. More details on the reissue will follow shortly.

Pretty Vacant will be available HERE


some vinyl releases from our friends at


Nowhere Plans

Brutal Panda Records

26 June 2012

Debut release from noisy Philadelphia rockers Ladder Devils, featuring members of now-defunct PA hardcore heroes The Minor Times. The first half features 4 brand new tracks recorded this past fall, while Side B contains their digital only EP, Forget English, remastered and available for the first time in physical format. These 9 songs will surely fuck your eardrums into submission.


On The Eclipse

Brutal Panda Records

3 April 2012

With the 'On the Eclipse' EP, Horseback mastermind Jenks Miller delivers us two brand new tracks of dark, ethereal beauty. "On the Eclipse" mixes Krautrock with acoustic pop while "Broken Orb" epitomizes the droney ambience that Horseback orchestrate so well. The stunning artwork, created by renowned artist Justin Bartlett, captures the eerie atmospherics of the songs.



Brutal Panda Records

20 December 2011

Atlanta, GA noise merchants WHORES unleash their ferocious debut, Ruiner. These five crushingly heavy tracks were recorded this past summer at The Factory in Atlanta, GA with Kyle Spence (HARVEY MILK) handling the mastering duties.


Cradle of Filth Annouce Eight Album Reissues

Grammy nominated Cradle Of Filth have been pioneers of extreme music since their debut in 1994 and have continued to evolve with each of their subsequent releases. Never shy of embracing the epic, Cradle have constantly sought to push the boundaries of their art and have continually refused to bow to convention or to conform to prevalent trends and fads. Despite this uncompromising stance, the band is still the most successful British heavy metal band since Iron Maiden with legions of fans around the globe. These rare and early reissues, some never officially released in North America, will now be available in Digi-Pak style packaging and are essential to the collection of any Cradle Of Filth or extreme metal fan.

Reissue July 3: -

CRADLE OF FILTH - From The Cradle To Enslave EP (Reissue)
-1999 EP including 2 original tracks, 2 covers, and a re-recorded track from Dusk And Her Embrace
-Cover tracks: "Death Comes Ripping" (Misfits) and "Sleepless" (Anathema)

CRADLE OF FILTH - Cruelty And The Beast (2CD Reissue)
-1998 concept album based on the legend of Hungarian "blood countess" Elizabeth Bathory
-Regarded as an essential COF release, Cruelty and the Beast has been featured in various best-of lists, including Kerrang!’s "Essential Black Metal Albums" list
-Special edition 5 track bonus CD

CRADLE OF FILTH - LoveCraft & Witch Hearts (2CD Reissue)
-2-disc compilation album: first disc sampler of Music For Nations album tracks, and second disc of 13 tracks from limited and imported editions
-2nd disc contains covers of Slayer, Iron Maiden, Massacre, and more, plus remixes and rare b-sides

CRADLE OF FILTH - PanDaemonAeon DVD (Reissue)
-DVD including 2 versions of the band’s first promo video for "From the Cradle to Enslave"
-Also includes a making-of documentary & live concert footage from the London Astoria on June 5, 1998

CRADLE OF FILTH - Midian (Reissue)
-Band’s 4th studio album, released Halloween 2000 – marks introduction of Adrian Erlandsson (At The Gates, Haunted) and Martin Powell (My Dying Bride, Anathema)
-Shift towards thrash/death metal guitar, considered COF’s most commercial & accessible album at release.

CRADLE OF FILTH - Dusk And Her Embrace (Reissue)
-2nd full-length album, introducing the varied vocal styles that have defined the band’s sound
-Final track "Haunted Shores" features guest vocals by Cronos of Venom (UK black metal pioneers)

Reissue July 31: -

CRADLE OF FILTH - Vempire Or Dark Faerytales (Reissue)
-1996 EP - Cradle Of Filth's first release following their debut album
-Marks the replacement of 3 band members and the introduction of backing vocalist Sarah Jezebel Deva
-Demonstrates a major improvement in the band's songwriting and instrumentals
-First official North American release

CRADLE OF FILTH - The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh (Reissue)
-1994 debut album from Cradle of Filth
-Widely recognized as Cradle's rawest and most authentic black metal recording
-First official North American release


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Top 10 Albums – June 25, 2012

Here are the Top 10 Albums sold at Shop Radio Cast for the week of June 19 – June 25, 2012:

1. Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten LP
2. The Starting Line – Direction LP
3. Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania 2XLP
4. Gaslight Anthem – ’45 / You Got Lucky 7"
5. Touche Amore – Live On BBC Radio 1 7"
6. Mixtapes – Even On The Worst Nights LP
7. Saves The Day – Stay What You Are LP (Blue)
8. Mayday Parade – A Lesson In Romantics LP
9. Dave Hause – Pray For Tucson 7"
10. At The Drive In – Vaya 10"


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 6/18 - 6/24, 2012

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser...
2. The Tallest Man On Earth - There's No Leaving Now
3. Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania
4. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
5. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - The Lion, The Beast, The Beat
6. William Tyler - Oahspe 7"
7. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
8. The Walkmen - Heaven
9. Pond - Beard, Wives, Denim
10. Glen Hansard - Rhythm & Repose
11. Brandi Carlile - Bear Creek
12. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
13. PUJOL - United States Of Being
14. Sigur Ros - Valtari
15. Hot Chip - In Our Heads
16. Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts
17. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
18. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
19. Langhorne Slim - The Way We Move
20. Grass Widow - Internal Logic
21. Peaking Lights - Lucifer
22. John Mayer - Born & Raised
23. Jack White - Freedom At 21 7"
24. Useless Eaters - Addicted To The Blade
25. The Beach Boys - The SMiLE Sessions


album cover art of the day:

ENSIFERUM: 'Unsung Heroes' Cover Artwork Unveiled

Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM will release their fifth album, "Unsung Heroes", on August 27 via Spinefarm Records. The CD was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, SENTENCED) at Petrax studio (CHILDREN OF BODOM, NIGHTWISH) in Hollola, Finland and other locations in the Hämeenlinna area.

Read more at our friends at Blabbermouth


not vinyl, but interesting none the less:

Jimi Hendrix ‘Flying Eyeball’ Poster Sells for More than $7,000 on eBay

by: Dave Lifton

An original poster advertising the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s four-night stand at the Fillmore and Winterland in San Francisco in February 1968 has sold for $7,104.10 on eBay.

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this lovely vinyl story out of the great state of north carolina:

Vinyl’s Divine - The Devil’s Dove and Great Zeus’ Beard unveil new albums

by: Bethany Turner

Vinyl Revitalization Party
Fri.-Sat., 6/29-30
The Calico Room
107 S. Front St.

Tripp Murphy grew up listening to vinyl records. When he was a kid, there wasn’t YouTube for viewing music videos. There wasn’t iTunes for instantly downloading tracks onto a teensy handheld device. For Murphy, vinyl is enthralling because of the satisfaction that comes from unleashing the record from its sleeve, placing the disc upon its platter, and lowering the needle. He used to stare at his records, enveloping himself in the pleasure of holding something in his hands he could feel, understanding that the artist exerted real effort—not taking their creative process and diligence for granted.

The aesthetic qualities are emotionally gripping; vinyl truly does allow for a more fufilling listening experience. "MP3s are compressed, and they literally take tiny fragments of data out of it to make it smaller," Matt Keen, owner of Gravity Records, explains. "They take bits and pieces here and there out in these algorithms to where they hope that your ear won’t hear it. The more compressed it is, the lower bit rate it is, the more you can hear it. Vinyl is all analog. It’s full wave—there are no pieces missing. It has the full spectrum of sound."

For some, vinyl is about the memories. For the young ones, it’s about engaging oneself in an entirely different—and more realistic—listening experience. Both will revel in vinyl bliss this weekend, as The Calico Room (owned by Murphy) unleashes the Vinyl Revitalization Party.

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great read!

The Lowdown: Andy Black of Popty Ping Records

"I just wanted to one day release some coloured vinyl singles, but somehow ended up with a massive charity fundraising festival instead

by Ffion Davies

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