Monday, July 30, 2012

New Vinyl Record and Music Releases - July 31, 2012

20/20 - 20/20/Look Out! (remastered)
A Bullet For Pretty Boy - Symbiosis
Allen Stone - Allen Stone
Anchor And Braille - The Quiet Life
At the Drive-In - In / Casino / Out (vinyl)
Attika 7 - Blood Of My Enemies
Bjork - Biophilia Remix Series 1
Bjork - Biophilia Remix Series 2
Bjork - Biophilia Remix Series 3
Bjork - Biophilia Remix Series 4
Bjork - Biophilia Remix Series 5
Bjork - Biophilia Remix Series 6
Black Light Burns - How To Look Naked
Black Swans - Occasion for Song
Blanck Mass - Blanck Mass (EP)
Blur - 13 (remastered with bonus CD)
Blur - Blur (remastered with bonus CD)
Blur - Blur 21 (vinyl box set)
Blur - Leisure (remastered with bonus CD)
Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish (remastered with bonus CD)
Blur - Parklife (remastered with bonus CD)
Blur - The Great Escape (remastered with bonus CD)
Blur - Think Tank (remastered with bonus CD)
Bob Marley - In Dub Vol. 1
Charles Bukowski - Reads His Poetry (reissue)
Charles Mingus - Complete Albums Collection (10-CD box set)
Chris Lee - Bury the Kings
Close To Home - Momentum
Clover - Clover/Fourty Niner
Coka Nostra - Masters Of The Dark Arts
Conor Maynard - Contrast
Cool Million - 3
Corelia - Nostalgia
Cradle of Filth - The Principle of Evil Made Flesh (reissue)
Cradle of Filth - Vempire or Dark Faerytales (reissue)
D.O.A. - We Come In Peace
Dan Sartain - Too Tough to Live (vinyl)
Delilah - From The Roots Up
Demon Hunter - True Defiance (vinyl) (one-time vinyl pressing of 1,000 copies)
Devilish Impressions - Simulacra
Dew-Scented - Icarus
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan (vinyl)
Domo Genesis - No Idols
Dusted - Total Dust
Edger Winter - Edgar Winter Group With Rick Derringer/Jasmine Nig
Elvis Presley - I Am An Elvis Fan
Erik Gundel - A Home to Keep You
Everyone Dies In Utah - +//-
Evoken - Atra Mars
Frank Zappa - Absolutely Free (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Burnt Weeny Sandwich (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Chunga's Revenge (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Fillmore East - June 1971 (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Freak Out (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Hot Rats (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Just Another Band from L.A. (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Uncle Meat (reissue)
Frank Zappa - We're Only In It For The Money (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Weasels Ripped My Flesh (reissue)
Future Twin - Future Twin (deluxe Edition)
Future Twin - Resist (7")
Gaelic Storm - Chicken Boxer
Gaza - No Absolutes in Human Suffering
General Fiasco - Unfaithfully Yours
Germs - Media Blitz
Glen Campbell - Live Anthology 1972-2001(2 CDs)
Gloriana - A Thousand Miles Left Behind
Gojira - The Flesh Alive (Blu-ray/DVD/CD)
Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks Vol. 27 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA 12/16/92 (3-CD box set)
Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks Vol. 28 2/26/73 Pershing Municipal Auditorium, Lincoln, NE 2/28/73 Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT
Grateful Dead - Skull and Roses (reissue) (vinyl)
High On Fire - The Art Of Self Defense (reissue)
Home Blitz - Frozen Track (EP)
Ice Choir - Afar
Illdotlogic - Dreams in Stereo
J. Moss - V4... The Other Side
Jackyl - Best in Show
Jefferson Airplane - Playlist: The Very Best Of Jefferson Airplane
Jesse Harris - Sub Rosa
Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth (vinyl)
Jimmy Griffin - Summer Holiday
Joey + Rory - His & Hers
Joshua Radin - Underwater
Joss Stone - The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2
Junk Culture - Wild Quiet
Jóhann Jóhannsson - Copenhagen Dreams
King of Asgard - …to North
Kyla La Grange - Ashes
L.P. - Into The Wild
Loverboy - Playlist: The Very Best of Loverboy
Lovin' Spoonful - Playlist: The Very Best Of The Lovin Spoonful
Low - I Could Live in Hope (reissue)
Low - Long Division (reissue)
Major Lazer - Get Free
Marillion - This Strange Engine (reissue)
Mary Chapin Carpenter - Playlist: The Very Best of Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Melody’s Echo Chamber/Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Crystallized/Endless
Michael Des Barres Band - Carnaby Street
Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream: Water Preview
Mike Patton & Luciano Berio - Laborintus II
Milk Maid - Mostly No
Nachtmystium - Silencing Machine
Neil Diamond - Hot August Night (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (remastered with bonus CD)
Nona Hendryx - Mutatis Mutandis
Old 97's - Drag It Up (remastered with bonus CD)
Old 97's - Mimeograph EP (reissue) (vinyl)
Old 97's - The Grand Theatre Vol. 2 (vinyl)
P.J. Proby - I Am P.J. Proby/P.J. Proby/in Town/Enigma (2 CDs)
Pat Travers - Blues On Fire (vinyl)
Pentagram - Last Days Here (DVD)
Phish - Phish Chicago '94 (6-CD box set)
Pin Group - Ambivalence
Pitbull - I Am Armando
Polar Bear Club - Live At The Montage
Ponderosa - Pool Party
Reel Big Fish - Candy Coated Fury
Regina Spektor - What We Saw From the Cheap Seats( vinyl)
Rick Derringer - Guitars & Women/Face to Face
Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don't
River City Tanlines - Coast to Coast
Sacred Caves - Sanctuarium
Sergenti - C.A.R.
Shannon McArdle - Fear the Dream of Axes
Shore - (7")
Shovels and Rope - O' Be Joyful
Slipknot - {sic}nesses: Live At Download (Blu-ray)
Sly and the Family Stone - Playlist: The Very Best of Sly & Family Stone
Sopwith Camel - Sopwith Camel
Soul Control - Bore Core
Spectre Folk - Ancient Storms
Strawbs - Of a Time
Suburban Lounge - Cooper’s Dream (EP)
Suicidal Tendencies - Playlist: The Very Best of Suicidal Tendencies
Sylvers - Showcase / New Horizons
Testament - Dark Roots of Earth
thenewno2 - thefearofmissingout
The Company Band - Pros And Cons
The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips And Heavy Fwends
The Locust - Molecular Genetics From the Gold Standard Labs
The Ovaltines - Inside Our Heads
The Pond - The Pond
The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow (reissue) (vinyl)
Thelonious Monk - Complete Albums Collection (6-CD box set)
Toadies - Play.Rock.Music
Various Artists - Johnny Cash Music Festival
Various Artists - Out of Many: 50 Years of Reggae Music
Weather Report - The Complete Columbia Albums 1971-1975 (box set) (7 CDs)
What's Eating Gilbert - Cheap Shots
Wildlife Control - Wildlife Control
Willie Nelson - 10 Great Songs

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Portugal. The Man's The Majestic Majesty Now On Vinyl!

On September 25, Equal Vision Records will release Portugal. The Man's The Majestic Majesty on vinyl for the first time. This pressing will have 1500 copies, all on black vinyl. This will also be the first physical release of the songs.

The Majestic Majesty is the acoustic companion to the critically acclaimed Portugal. The Man album The Satanic Satanist, which was released in 2009. Previously available only as bonus material on the Deluxe Digital version of The Satanic Satanist, The Majestic Majesty features stripped back renditions that are perfectly suited for the vinyl format.

The original version of "People Say" saw extensive radio play following its release on The Satanic Satanist, peaking at No. 16 and No. 34 on the Billboard Alternative and Rock Songs Charts, respectively, with The Satanic Satanist album debuting at #81 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Portugal. The Man has since released two follow-up full length albums, American Ghetto and In The Mountain In the Cloud, with the latter debuting at No. 42 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart.

1. People Say
2. Work All Day
3. Lovers In Love
4. The Sun
5. The Home
6. The Woods
7. Guns And Dogs
8. Do You
9. Everyone Is Golden
10. Mornings

Pre-Order your copy at Equal Vision Records


Kiss New Album Cover Revealed

The band’s 20th studio album, 'Monster,' hits the stores on October 16th and is being described in a press release as a “12-track, straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll album.” Would we expect anything different?


Pet Shop Boys Reveal Album Cover Art

The Pet Shop Boys have recntly revealed the album cover art and tracklist for their new album 'Elysium', which is set to be released this September via Parlophone/EMI in single-CD, double-CD and double vinyl formats.   The album will be released Sept. 5 in Japan, Sept. 7 in Germany and most of Europe, Sept. 10 in the U.K., France and South America, and on Sept. 11 in the U.S.

The 2CD edition will feature a second disc with instrumental versions of each of the record’s 12 tracks.

Speaking about the album, which they recorded in Los Angeles, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe said: "We wanted to make this album in a different environment. Despite frequent visits there we have never made an album in Los Angeles. Working there with Andrew Dawson has enabled us to make a very fresh-sounding album."




Leeds’ finest punk band are back with two brand new tracks, we’re guessing they might both appear on their second album which is due out early 2013 but you never know!  We’ve just repressed their debut album on vinyl again, this time it’s on lovely white vinyl.

Get your copy at DamagedGoods


album cover art of the day (although i didn't know there was such a thing as bulgarian death metal)

Concrete Reveals Artwork For Upcoming New Album

Bulgarian death metallers Concrete have just revealed the cover for their new untitled album. The record will be released in mid to late 2013.


our friends at have news from the kinks!

Preview: Waterloo Sunset: The Very Best of the Kinks and Ray Davies


and what i have been saying for years, a nice little clip at

Official: Pop Music Now Sounds All the Same

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

New Dio Compilation On Its Way

A new Dio compilation album, 'The Very Beast Of Dio Vol. 2,' is slated for release later in this year. The featured17-song effort will also include three bonus tracks, including two new cuts that have never been made available on a Dio CD before. The album cover art for the new compilation, which will be revealed on August 1st, was created by Marc Sasso, who previously worked on 'Killing The Dragon' and 'Master Of The Moon' Dio albums.

It's also being reported that a Ronnie James Dio tribute album is also in the works for 2013. Organized by Ronnie’s wife/manager Wendy Dio, the project will tentatively include contributions from Metallica, Anthrax, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan, Alice Cooper, Glenn Hughes, Sebastian Bach, Chris Jericho and Dave Grohl.


Pedro The Lion Vinyl Reissues Arrive October 30

Jade Tree is proud to announce that the entire Pedro The Lion collection will once again be available on vinyl. Each title has been remastered for vinyl from the original sources by TW Walsh (except Winners Never Quit, remastered by John McCaig). All five Pedro The Lion titles will be released on October 30th and are available for pre-order immediately.

The reissues are:

Winners Never Quit
It’s Hard To Find a Friend
The Only Reason I Feel Secure
Achilles’ Heel

Premium pre-order package available for a limited time only:

•All 5 Records

•Limited edition custom screen-printed Pedro The Lion turntable slip mat

•10″ x10″ art print signed and numbered by David Bazan

Slip mats and art prints are only available with the 5 record pre-order package and will not be sold as separate items.

Premium package will only be available for pre-order until August 31st.

Each album comes with a digital download of high quality MP3s. Original album art printed on high-quality uncoated paper.

Go to Jade Tree to pre-order!!


New Metallica LP Soon?

Metallica will enter the studio in September to begin the follow up to 2008's 'Death Magnetic' album. It will be recorded by Rick Rubin.

"Every time [singer] James Hetfield picks up a guitar, there are some brilliant riffs that come out of it, and I try to make sure that they are all recorded and try to do my best to keep up with them and try to put some drums behind them," drummer Lars Ulrich said. "So there are, obviously, tons of ideas sitting around waiting to be had at in terms of turning ideas of James' into songs."

stay tuned.....


Springsteen Adds New North American Tour Dates

Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band have announced 16 new North American dates on their Wrecking Ball Tour

10/19 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
10/21 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
10/23 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena
10/25 - Hartford, CT - XL Center
10/27 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center
11/01 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
11/03 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
11/11 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
11/15 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Arena
11/17 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
11/19 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
11/26 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
11/28 - Portland, OR - The Rose Garden
11/30 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
12/04 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
12/06 - Glendale, AZ - Arena


news from CandlelightRecords

DAYLIGHT DIES: New Album Confirmed For October 9th Release

Candlelight Records today confirms October 9 as the North American release date for Daylight Dies’ new album, A Frail Becoming. Mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Katatonia, Devin Townsend), the album features photography from award-winning Jonathan Mehring and packaging design by Agni Kaster. The release of A Frail Becoming silences a nearly four-year writing gap from the quintet.

"A Frail Becoming is an album which, at many times during its creation, felt as if it may never be realized," states drummer Jesse Haff. "As each of our lives proceeded down different paths, the challenges and obstacles we faced felt daunting and at times impassible. Out of this struggle we forged ahead, determined to write the best collection of music we’ve ever created. Thankfully our perseverance prevailed and A Frail Becoming stands as the most accomplished and varied album of our career."

Recording of A Frail Becoming commenced late 2011. Bassist/vocalist Egan O’Rourke coordinated capturing individual performances of Haff, guitarists Barre Gambling and Charley Shackelford, and vocalist Nathan Ellis. By year’s end, the raw tracks were ready for Bogren’s impressive and critical touches. Haff notes, "While still sounding distinctly Daylight Dies, each songs stands independently on its own, uncompromisingly representing a reflection of the moment in time they were each born in. Expect beautiful and haunting guitar-driven dark metal, enveloped by a wall of rhythms and textures one minute, and deeply expressive guitar leads, solos and acoustic passages the next."

Formed in Asheville, North Carolina circa 1996, Daylight Dies found an immediate and continually growing fanbase starting with the release of their debut EP Idle (2000). Decibel Magazine describes the band’s musical offering as, "a lot like spinning Anathema’s The Silent Enigma, Katatonia’s Discouraged Ones and The Cure’s Pornography at the same time." Blabbermouth notes, "their switch from harsh and anguished vocals to airy, Opeth-esque clean vocal works magnificently to grab the listener’s attention and give one pause for reflection on the beauty within." After releasing one album for Relapse Records (No Reply, 2002), Daylight Dies signed to England’s Candlelight Records in late 2005. The band has since released two acclaimed recordings (Dismantling Devotion, Lost To The Living), performed with labelmates Emperor to two capacity New York City shows, toured North America twice (alongside Moonspell and Katatonia 2006 and direct support to Candlemass 2008), and now ready for the autumn release and anticipated early 2013 tour.

Track List:
1. Infidel
2. The Pale Approach
3. Sunset
4. Dreaming of Breathing
5. A Final Vestige
6. Ghosting
7. Hold On To Nothing
8. Water’s Edge
9. An Heir to Emptiness

Visit CandleLightRecords for more info


INXS Deluxe Vinyl Package On The Way

INXS will mark the 25th anniversary of their iconic album 'Kick' with previously unseen material featuring late singer Michael Hutchence. The iconic 1987 release has sold over 14 million copies worldwide, making it one of the biggest-selling Australian albums of all time.

The band have found unreleased demo versions of songs from 'Kick,' which included the hits "Need You Tonight," "Never Tear Us Apart," "Mystify," "Devil Inside" as well as one of their biggest hits "New Sensation." Documentary footage featuring Hutchence will also be included across a handful of deluxe editions all released on September 21.

A super-deluxe version will also include an 80 page art book featuring never-before-seen handwritten lyrics by Hutchence, provided from his family’s archives and also include an original 'Kick' tour poster and red vinyl album.

"It'll be an amazing, super-duper package," INXS manager Chris Murphy said. "There’s stuff that was recorded with Michael for Kick that didn’t go on the album."


Killer's Reveal New Album Cover Art

The Killers have put the artwork for their new album ‘Battle Born’ which is due on September 18th.


The Mavericks Reveal Cover Art For New Album

The Mavericks have recently revealed the tracklist and album cover art for their debut project on The Valory Music Co. The album, 'In Time,' is scheduled for release on September 25 in conjunction with the band’s 20th anniversary of their first major label album release.


album cover art of the day:

Doom Syndicate New Album Cover Art Unveiled

US death metal vets Doom Syndicate have recently signed a deal with the label Born of Chaos Records for the release of their new album called 'Midsummer's Fall,' which is slated for release in late summer. The cover artwork has been unveiled


from our friends at vinylcollective

What’s Eating Gilbert — "Cheap Shots" pre-order

New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert will release a new EP under his solo moniker What’s Eating Gilbert early next month. It’s titled Cheap Shots and Bridge Nine is handling the release, after Gilbert released another EP titled The Nashville Session earlier this year via Paper + Plastick.

The expected release date is Aug. 7.

Buy at ShopRadioCast


our friend artist Daniel Edlen is making the news, my guess, a foreign site (brazil) (they call it drawing, it is actually acrylic paint and the process is amazing to watch) however this is a wonderful display of his work (i have a stunningl painting of micheal stipe on my wall!):

Drawings on vinyl records by Daniel Edlen

visit daniel's site today!  VinylArt


new music from some old friends?

Graham Nash Talks About Possibility of a New CSN Album, Reveals Status of Covers Project


ah...the nude cover art...sells the music i guess.....

The 40 Coolest NSFW Album Covers


interesting read......

Micky Dolenz premieres new album with Beatles tributes on radio show


vinyl doing well amongst the corn in the great state of iowa!

Remember records? They're back in Sioux City


well researched article about our beloved format:

Holding Out For Vinyl


another great read from the folks at

Not CD, not vinyl, but wax: Musicians use old-time method to record at Thomas Edison museum

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: I finally got to see "Backbeat," a film about the Beatles in the years before they became known beyond Hamburg and Liverpool.

It is especially hard to realize that it took two years before Americans knew what was going on in Europe.

Or was there perhaps some publicity here in 1962 and '63 that has been forgotten?
—Ric Fairchild, Brooklyn, N.Y.

DEAR RIC: Buckle up, our time machine is going to revisit some key dates and events leading up to Beatlemania:

October 5, 1962: Their first record as the Beatles, "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" (Parlophone 4949), is issued in the UK. Though the single topped the "Mersey Beat" survey, that is a regional publication, one heavily influenced by the Liverpool scene, as stated by their masthead: "The North's Own Entertainments (sic) Paper."

It would, however, be another six months before the popularity of the Beatles throughout Britain would catch up with their accomplishments on the Merseyside.

This is evidenced by the success, and lack of it, of their debut record.

Reaching No. 1 on Mersey Beat didn't help "Love Me Do" much on the national level. It entered the NME (New Musical Express) Top 30 at No. 27, on October 27th, only to drop completely off the chart after just one week.

November 24, 1962: The Great Britain portion of Cash Box's International Section carries this tiny blurb, yet one of historical significance: "A&R manager George Martin sees a bright future of The Beatles — a new vocal instrumental group making their debut on the Parlophone label with their own composition "Love Me Do."

Since Cash Box does not quote Martin as the source of this comment, it may have been gleaned from an October press release. (Thanks to Cash Box archivist Randy Price for providing this page.)

Regardless, this single sentence stands as the first mention of "The Beatles" in any U.S. publication — 14 months before America heard "I Want to Hold Your Hand."

Coincidentally, the topic directly below on this page is a mention of Mr. Acker Bilk's recent trip to America, and his new U.S. release, "Limelight." As you will see, Bilk and the Beatles are destined to cross paths again soon.

January 11, 1963: "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why," the second Beatles single (Parlophone 4983), is issued, to very favorable reviews.

January 13, 1963: Two days later, the boys made the 100 mile journey from Liverpool to Birmingham, for their first of 12 appearances on ABC-TV's "Thank Your Lucky Stars." Of course they sang the newly-released "Please Please Me."

The show was filmed on Sunday, before a live audience, then broadcast the following Saturday (Feb. 19).

The Beatles were just one act on the schedule, and a group with only one briefly-charted single to their credit ("Love Me Do"), and the still unknown follow-up ("Please Please Me").

Headlining the show, and the one act on the bill with an international smash and million-seller on the resume, was clarinetist Acker Bilk. One year earlier, his "Stranger on the Shore" reached No. 1 in the U.S., UK, and several other countries.

Highlighting the evening was a presentation to Bilk of three trophy-like awards, based on Billboard's 1962 European dee jay poll.

Thankfully, someone snapped a photo of Mr. Acker Bilk on stage, flanked by Billboard's European Director, Art Rosett; local dee jay, Sam Costa; and TYLS host, Brian Matthew.

Also gathered around, admiring Bilk's awards, are seven other guests on the show: Mike Berry; Brook Brothers; Frankie Vaughan; Chris Barber; Alma Cogan; and "John Lennon of the Beatles."

The photo made its way to Billboard in New York, and ran in the Feb. 2nd issue, prominently placed at the top of page four, but only with a caption identifying each person. There is neither a story nor any accompanying text.

Other than a U.S. reader's interest being piqued by Bilk's success in a poll of British dee jays, it is likely very few here paid much attention to a small gathering in Birmingham of folks whose names they did not recognize.

At the time, no one could have imagined the degree of importance of this uncredited photo.


It is the first photograph of any of the Beatles found in a stateside publication.

Their next mention is in the Feb. 16th issue, among the latest music tidbits from Britain, part of the weekly International News Reports: "In a deal with EMI, Vee-Jay will release records made by the Beatles (Parlophone), a promising British vocal-instrumental group that has yet to make a large chart impact here [in the UK]."

Beginning two weeks later, the Beatles regularly appeared in the Hits of the World section, but without photos or commentary. Just titles and artists on the weekly charts from selected countries.

In conclusion, applying 21st century know-how to 50-year-old events can be misleading. In 1962, no one in those seamy Merseyside and Hamburg clubs even had hand-held audio recorders, much less Flip Video capability, and most importantly, the internet.

Still, I can't help but wonder how the Beatles would have fared as contestants on Britain's Got Talent.

IZ ZAT SO? Well documented is how Vee-Jay misspelled the group's name on the first Beatles record issued in the U.S.

First pressings of "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why" (VJ 498) credit THE BEATTLES, on both the promotional and commercial labels.

What is not quite so well known is this was not simply a typo. They also used two Ts on their press releases, new release reports, and even in professionally prepared display ads placed in the trades.

If the company knew this record would, in 2012, fetch from $2,000 to $6,000, they would have set a few boxes aside.

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.

Copyright 2012 Osborne Enterprises- Reprinted By Exclusive Permission

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols – Super Deluxe Edition Box Set

LIMITED EDITION BOX SET Available In September

As one of the most iconic and influential albums in music history ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ still sounds as powerful and unique as ever, 35 years since the original release. As such an important musical and cultural force the album changed the landscape for records and the music industry.

The original master tapes from the ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ recording sessions in 1977 were thought to be lost for many years. Now thankfully rediscovered during the recent move from Virgin Records to Universal Music Catalogue in January 2012 the tapes have been remastered, for the very first time, by Tim Young under direction from original producer Chris Thomas. Some real treats have also been found along the way. The find that will perhaps excite fans the most is the lost 1977 demo studio recording of ‘Belsen Was A Gas’, the only original Sex Pistols composition of the era thought not to be recorded.

Other treats include the inclusion of six demos first included on the infamous ‘Spunk’ bootleg album, released for the very first time in their original, untouched form following the very recent discovery of their original master tapes. These, combined with a selection of unreleased Chris Thomas demo’s and outtakes from the recording of the album – including tracks with Sid Vicious on bass – plus a wealth of live audio and visual material all from 1977 make up a box set that will truly satisfy fans of the band.

Box Set Contents:

• CD1 – Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols: 2012 Re-mastered, from the thought lost original master tapes with process overseen by original producer Chris Thomas.

• CD2 – 1977 Studio Rarities & B-Sides: Previously unreleased 1977 recordings including the legendary Belsen Was A Gas with John on vocals plus the original single b-sides, again all remastered from the original master tapes.

• CD3 – 1977 Live: High quality live recordings from 1977, most of which are previously unreleased.

• DVD – 1977: Live 1977 DVD produced by Julien Temple and featuring many previously unseen performances plus DVD extras of promo videos and radio interviews.

• 1977 Diary: Hardback 100 page 12" by 12" diary with quotes, rare and previously unseen photos, memorabilia and exclusive images.

• 7" Single: Replica of the withdrawn God Save The Queen A&M single.

• Poster: 3FT by 4.5FT Never Mind The Bollocks replica promo poster.

• Stickers: Reproductions of the original Never Mind The Bollocks promo stickers.

• Lyrics: A copy of the original handwritten lyrics to God Save The Queen will also be included

Available to Pre-Order Now - Released on 17th September 2012

Pre-Order HERE



For THE OUTLAWS (@outlawsmusic), it’s not only about the music they’ve made for decades, it’s also about the pride they’ve always put into creating their legacy. As purely evidenced on their much long-awaited sixth studio album, IT’S ABOUT PRIDE is due out September 25 on Rocket Science Ventures. "Tomorrow’s Another Night," the album’s first single, is being serviced to radio on August 20. The band known for their triple-guitar Rock attack and three-part Country harmonies finally returns to the music scene with their first new studio album since 1994’s DIABLO CANYON (Blues Bureau International).

During the last 40 years, the Southern Rock legends--founding singer/songwriter/guitarist Henry Paul and drummer/songwriter Monte Yoho along with lead guitarist Billy Crain, co-lead guitarist Chris Anderson, keyboardist/vocalist Dave Robbins and bassist/vocalist Randy Threet—have celebrated triumphs, endured tragedies and survived legal nightmares to remain one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. Now THE OUTLAWS are back with new music, a new focus and an uncompromising new mission: it’s about a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony and the road. It’s about a group that respects its own legacy while refusing to be defined by its past. Most of all, it’s about pride.

IT’S ABOUT PRIDE is an album four years in the making and perhaps 20 or more in the waiting. For original OUTLAWS singer/songwriter/guitarist Henry Paul, it’s a hard-fought revival whose success can be measured in old fans and new music. "Because THE OUTLAWS have been out of the public eye for so long, it’s almost like starting over," he explains. "But because of the band’s history, we’re seeing this as a new chapter. We’ve written and recorded this album on our own terms, and we’re out to make a significant impression. What our fans loved then they still love now, because we are just as good or even better than we were. Most of all, they recognize the heart of what it is we still do."

For co-founding drummer/songwriter Monte Yoho, the journey is both bittersweet and jubilant. "I still think about the friends we made when we first came into this industry, how we struggled to define this thing that became known as ‘Southern Rock,’" he says. "This new album embodies all the things we shared musically and personally, as well as the relationships we have with our fans to this day. It’s about where we’ve been, where we’re going, and why we still love to do this."

In addition to the touring THE OUTLAWS will be doing over the next few months to promote IT’S ABOUT PRIDE, they’ll also be a part of the "Simple Man Cruise" on Norwegian Pearl along with Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Doobie Brothers, and many others, which departs from Miami on October 27. Fans can check out for further info.

Of a recent live show, Bill Robinson of proclaimed: "…(Henry Paul and Monte Yoho) are doing a valiant job at staying true to the original Outlaws melodies…Besides the lyrical genius of Paul's words and the imagery they convey, these songs' music mixes a beautiful, acoustic guitar opening with raucous, hard-driving type leads from there on in."

Formed in Tampa in 1972, THE OUTLAWS became one of the first acts signed by Clive Davis (at the urging of Ronnie Van Zant) to his then-fledgling Arista Records. The band’s first three albums, THE OUTLAWS, LADY IN WAITING and HURRY SUNDOWN (featuring such Rock radio favorites as "There Goes Another Love Song," "Green Grass & High Tides," "Knoxville Girl" and "Freeborn Man"), would become worldwide Gold and Platinum landmarks of the Southern Rock era. Known as "The Florida Guitar Army" by their fans, THE OUTLAWS earned a formidable reputation as an incendiary live act touring with friends The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band as well as Doobie Brothers, The Who, Eagles and The Rolling Stones. Henry Paul left after the group’s third album to form The Henry Paul Band for Atlantic Records, and later the multi-Platinum country trio Blackhawk. Over the next 20-plus years, THE OUTLAWS would experience rampant personnel changes, tonal missteps, ill-fated reunions and bitter trademark battles that left fans – not to mention Paul and Yoho – frustrated and saddened. And with the tragic deaths of co-founding members Frank O’Keefe and Billy Jones in 1995, and songwriter/vocalist/lead guitarist Hughie Thomasson in 2007, it was feared that THE OUTLAWS’ trail had come to an end.

"THE OUTLAWS were the one area of my career where I had regrets," admits Paul. "More importantly, I think it was the one area in my career where I thought I still have something to prove. I felt compelled to stick my neck out and take a chance of putting this band back together. I knew we would be judged, but I hoped we would be judged on our abilities."


Velvet Underground & Nico Reissue Due

The Velvet Underground & Nico's 1967 debut is getting a six disc reissue through Universal and is scheduled for release on October 1st. The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th Anniversary Edition contains the original album in both mono and stereo versions, Nico's Chelsea Girl, the sought-after Scepter Studios material, Factory rehearsals and their 1966 set from the Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio.


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Top 10 Albums – July 23, 2012

Here are the top 10 albums sold at Shop Radio Cast for the week of July 17 – July 23, 2012:

1. Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten LP
2. Yellowcard – One For The Kids LP
3. Minus The Bear – Infinity Overhead LP
4. The Starting Line – Direction LP
5. Converge / Napalm Death – Split 7"
6. NOFX – Self Entitled LP
7. At The Drive In – In/Casino/Out LP
8. Bloc Party – Four LP (Limited Picture Disc)
9. Blink 182 – Dude Ranch LP
10. Northstar – Is This Thing Loaded LP


MOS GENERATOR Announce New Album Title and Release Date


It’s been five years since the world has heard new material from MOS GENERATOR, and fortunately, that streak is about to end! The brand new MOS GENERATOR full-length album is called Nomads and will be available world-wide on October 23rd, 2012 through Ripple Music. The nine track album features the heaviness and elegant melody that have become the trademark sounds of the band, but this time lyrically exploring the introspective path of soul salvation.

"Nomads, as a whole, is the literal journey that Mos Generator has made," states guitarist/singer Tony Reed on the theme behind the new record, "The songs are interpersonal tales about the struggles that we’ve all faced with each other, our personal lives, the making of this record, just getting through life. And, of course, there are some science fiction themes, as well."

The Port Orchard, Washington rock n’ roll nomads spent almost a year tracking, recording, and mixing the new album until they were happy with the end result, constantly holding the material to the light, never wanting to release anything less than stellar.

"The album had to stand up to the Mos history," continues Reed, "We’ll never put out something that we feel is inferior, and admittedly, there was a lot of second guessing with some of the material selections and mixes."

Nomads will be available through Nail/Allegro Distribution in the U.S., Code 7 in the UK, and Clearspot International through continental Europe. Look for MOS GENERATOR to hit the road throughout the Pacific Northwest in late September and then possible more road work later in the year and early 2013.

Track List:
1. Cosmic Ark
2. Lonely One Kenobi
3. Torches
4. Step Up
5. Solar Angels
6. For Your Blood
7. Can’t Get Where I Belong
8. Nomads/This Is The Gift Of Nature


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 7/16 - 7/22, 2012

Vinyl Top 25:

1. JEFF The Brotherhood - Hypnotic Nights
2. Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back
3. Alberta Cross - Songs Of Patience
4. Smashing Pumpkins - Pisces Iscariot (reissue)
5. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
6. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
7. Natural Child - For The Love Of The Game
8. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
9. Baroness - Yellow & Green
10. The Walkmen - Heaven
11. Thin Lizzy - Thin Lizzy (reissue)
12. Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania
13. PUJOL - United States of Being
14. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
15. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
16. JEFF The Brotherhood - Heavy Days
17. The Grateful Dead - History Of The Grateful Dead: Bear's Choice (reissue)
18. Animal Collective - Honeycomb 7"
19. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
20. Various - Buttons: Starter Kit
21. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Here
22. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
23. Radiohead - OK Computer
24. Glen Hasnard - Rhythm & Repose
25. The Flaming Lips - Transmissions From The Satellite Heart

Monday, July 23, 2012

New Vinyl Record and Music Releases - July 24, 2012

16 Volt - Supercoolnothing
A Forest Of Stars - A Shadowplay For Yesterdays
Aesop Rock - Skelethon (vinyl)
Anywhere - Anywhere
Balmorhea - Rivers Arms (reissue) (vinyl)
Blood Diamonds - Phone Sex (12") 
Blood Red Shoes - In Time To Voices
Bonnie Prince Billy - Now Here's My Plan (EP)
Booker T. and the M.G.'s - Green Onions (remastered)
Calamalka - All the Way Up 
Chrissy Murderbot - Friendship (EP) 
Constants - Pasiflora
Converge - You Fail Me
Cooly G - Playin Me
Cosmo Jarvis - Think Bigger
David Cassidy - Rock Me Baby / Cherish
Elton John - Classic Album Selection (5-CD box set)
Eternal Summers - Correct Behavior
Etta James - Live at Montreux 1975-1993
Family Band - Grace and Lies
Fang Island - Major
Fatal Force - Unholy Rites
Fear And The Nervous System - Fear And The Nervous System (deluxe edtion)
Fiery Furnaces - I'm Going Away (reissue) (vinyl)
Flatfoot - 56
Foals - Tapes
Forever Came Calling - Contender
Foxygen - Take the Kids Off Broadway
GZA/Genius - Liquid Swords: the Chess Box
Guardian Alien - See the World Given to a One Love Entity
Guess Who - #10
Guess Who - Road Food
Heavenly Beat - T A L E N T
Holograms - Holograms (vinyl)
Horse Feathers - Cynic's New Year (vinyl)
Ian Gillian and Tony Iommi - Who Cares
Jennifer Lopez - Dance Again…The Hits
John Frusciante - Letur-Lefr
Joss Stone - The Soul Sessions 2
Kimbra - Vows
Kyle Adem - Armour
Laetitia Sadier (of Stereolab) - Silencio
Lawrence Arabia - The Sparrow
Lil Wayne - Ymcmb the Motto
Love and Theft - Love and Theft
Micachu & The Shapes - Never
Mike Keneally and Andy Partridge - Wing Beat Fantastic
Mike Patton and Luciano Berio - Laborintus II
Neil Sedaka - Show Goes On
Neil Young - Americana (vinyl)
Of Fortune & Fame - Perspective
Of Mice & Men - The Flood (2-CD) (deluxe reissue) 
Om - Advaitic Songs
Pantera - Official Live: 101 Proof (vinyl)
Pantera - Reinventing The Steel  (vinyl)
Pantera - The Great Southern Trendkill (vinyl)
Passion Pit - Gossamer
Patti Smith - Banga (vinyl)
Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live (DVD)
Peter Green Splinter Group - Blues Don't Change
Plan B - 'iLL Manors
Purity Ring - Shrines
Reverend Horton Heat: 25 to Life (2-CD and DVD box set)
Reverend Horton Heat - Revival (reissue) (vinyl)
Rodriguez - Searching for Sugar Man
Saint Saviour - Uniion
Sara Watkins - Sun Midnight Sun (vinyl)
Shawn Lee - Synthesizers in Space
Six Organs of Admittance - Parsons' Blues
Slipknot - Antennas to Hell
Slug Guts - Playin' In Time with the Deadbeat
Spectrasoul - Delay No More
Stevie Wonder - Fulfillingness First Finale (limited edition) (vinyl)
Strawbs - Of A Time
Sugar - Copper Blue / Beaster (remastered with bonus CD)
Sugar - File Under: Easy Listening (remastered with bonus CD)
The Antlers - Undersea (EP)
The Blakes - Art of Losses
The Books - A Dot in Time (7-LP and DVD box set) (vinyl)
The Cast Of Cheers - Family
The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
The Locust - Molecular Genetics From the Gold Standard Labs
Three Mile Pilot - Maps (EP)
Todd Barry - Super Crazy
UFO - Official Bootleg Box Set
Various Artists - SpokAnarchy! Original Soundtrack Recording
White Hills - Live at Roadburn 2011 (vinyl)
Windsurf - Weird Energy
Woodpecker - Thanks Anyway
Young Moon - Navigated Like the Swans

Support the CVR blog, please buy your vinyl here! Buy it at Insound!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Vinyl Pulse

The Vinyl Pulse, is a weekly snapshot of what is selling on the big vinyl machine called eBay. This is a great way to keep your eyes peeled for a specific record and what you might have to pay for it to obtain it.

CollectorsFrenzy lists the top 25 real time ended auctions and the selling price for the collectible vinyl and is updated daily.

Top 10 Items for 07/21/2012

1. M RABIN L POMMERS "Mosaics" Capitol SP 8506 symb. at 9:00 rare late issue.
Sold Price:$1313.00 USD End Time:07/21/2012

2. Mega Rare THE BEATLES Photographs signed by Robert Freeman LIMITED
Sold Price:$1270.00 USD End Time:07/21/2012

3. Rare Original Elvis Presley Sun Records 45 " That's All Right " 209
Sold Price:$1057.00 USD End Time:07/21/2012

Sold Price:$1040.36 USD End Time:07/21/2012

5. The Beatles The White Album Low Number Mono 1st press complete EX+ cond
Sold Price:$992.66 USD End Time:07/21/2012

Sold Price:$985.61 USD End Time:07/21/2012

Sold Price:$864.79 USD End Time:07/21/2012

Sold Price:$861.32 USD End Time:07/21/2012

9. Ca 350 BEAT Singles, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Creation, Beach Boys, Move etc
Sold Price:$860.28 USD End Time:07/21/2012

10. The Musical Linn Twins 7" 45rpm Rockin' Out The Blues
Sold Price:$857.32 USD End Time:07/21/2012

Please visit CollectorsFrenzy for daily updates!

also did some checking, there are 1,623,871 results found for the search term LP on eBay today, and this is a great indication of the past several days....lots of records for sale on the big vinyl machine, no wonder prices have come down.

some other interesting notes from searches on eBay on the 22 of july, 2012:

2,910 results found for beach boys LP

3,545 results found for queen LP

743 results found for aerosmith LP

579 results found for sex pistols LP

609 results found for foghat LP

689 results found for three dog night LP

and i'm not sure who's buying these records (my guess is not many), but ebay makes a killing on listing fees!

1,774 results found for kenny rogers LP

1,194 results found for dean martin LP

542 results found for al martino LP

4,300 results found for frank sinatra LP

1,788 results found for johnny mathis LP

382 results found for gene autry LP

1,855 results found for benny goodman LP

1,083 results found for john denver LP

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Press Release:

Queen Release Greatest Video Hits on DVD in North America

August 28th Sees The Best of Queen's 70s and 80s Promo Videos Get Released in 2-disc Box Set

This 2-disc set packages many of Queen’s classic promotional videos into 1 package for the first time. The 33 videos on display have gone through video restoration and received a DTS Surround Sound mix, along with commentary from Brian May and Roger Taylor.

Disc 1 spotlights Queen in the 1970’s, when the music video began to emerge. This collection highlights some of their most beloved tracks, from "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Another One Bites The Dust", "We Will Rock You" & "We Are The Champions". From the freezing backyard shoots of "We Will Rock You" and "Spread Your Wings", to the visual masterpiece that accompanies "Bohemian Rhapsody", Queen was already showing off the various ways that they visually wanted to represent their music.

Disc 2 shows the masterwork of Queen in the 1980’s, from 1982’s Hot Space album through 1989’s The Miracle. With the advent of MTV in the US, Queen proved that they could be as creative visually as they were on record. From the Metropolis-themed video for "Radio Ga Ga", the spoofing of Coronation Street in "I Want To Break Free" (which would be banned from the network) and the band being replaced by children in "The Miracle", Queen put their stamp on the music video in the best way they knew how: by doing something new and different each time.

Release date: Tuesday August 28th 2012

Disc One
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. Another One Bites The Dust
3. Killer Queen
4. Fat Bottomed Girls
5. Bicycle Race
6. You’re My Best Friend
7. Don’t Stop Me Now
8. Save Me
9. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
10. Somebody To Love
11. Spread Your Wings
12. Play The Game
13. Flash
14. Tie Your Mother Down
15. We Will Rock You
16. We Are The Champions

Disc Two
1. A Kind Of Magic
2. I Want It All
3. Radio Ga Ga
4. I Want To Break Free
5. Breakthru
6. Under Pressure
7. Scandal
8. Who Wants To Live Forever
9. The Miracle
10. It’s A Hard Life
11. The Invisible Man
12. Las Palabras De Amor
13. Friends Will Be Friends
14. Body Language
15. Hammer To Fall
16. Princes Of The Universe
17. One Vision


Flea Records Album With Proceeds Going To The Silverlake Conservatory of Music

From Flea:

Warning! It is not a Chili Peppers record. It does not have songs that are like the Chili Peppers at all. It is a mostly instrumental, weird and arty record, the music is mostly just me creating soundscapes that are very emotional for me, but certainly not for everyone! Just me tripping out at home. I am putting it out to raise money for The Silverlake Conservatory of Music a community based non profit music school that i am an integral part of.



ONLY 900 copies available. Will ship out August 10th 2012

Order HERE


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Hooded Menace - Never Cross The Dead (2xLP)

Sophomore album from Finnish band fuses death metal and sludge doom. Conjures the classic spirit of old-school death and doom metal that will appeal to fans of Autopsy, Winter, and early Cathedral.

Second pressing black version

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Marilyn Manson – Born Villain on Double 180 Gram LP!

Marilyn Manson’s new album, "Born Villain" came out earlier this year and is now available on a 180 gram double vinyl. The album was released this week, July 17th on the double 180 gram via Cooking Vinyl.

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Thorns - Thorns (double vinyl)

Originally formed in 1989 by mastermind Snorre Ruch, Marius Vold, & Bård Faust (Emperor), Norwegian band Thorns has inspired a great number of acts such as Satyricon, Mayhem, Dissection, & Emperor, mainly due to Snorre's highly influential style of playing & creating riffs on the early Thorns demo tapes. So impressed was Euronymous of Mayhem, that Snorre became second guitarist in the band for a while & his riffs were used in classic Mayhem tracks.

'Thorns' was the band's debut (& only, thus far) full-length studio album. It was released in 2001 & is a cult slice of highly-individual Norwegian black metal, including experimental & sometimes industrial influences along with synth passages to create a chilling yet clinical slice of extremity. The album was notable for featuring Satyr of Satyricon on vocals, a duty shared between songs with the vocal talent of Aldrahn (ex-Dødheimsgard) & the recording line-up also featured Hellhammer of Mayhem on drums. The outcome was a unique & original album which is today considered a cult classic release by critics.

This edition of 'Thorns' contains 2 bonus tracks from the band's 2000 demo; namely the album track 'Existence' but also a previously unreleased song called 'TSoS'. This edition of 'Thorns' is presented officially for the first time on vinyl. On double black 180gm vinyl.

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MALIGNANCY: 'Eugenics' Album Details Revealed

Yonkers, New York-based technical death metallers MALIGNANCY will release their new album, "Eugenics" on October 9 via Willowtip. According to a press release, the CD promises to be MALIGNANCY's "most innovative release to date."

Get more details at Blabbermouth


more cool album cover art!

Stolen Babies Reveals New Album Cover Art

Avant-garde act Stolen Babies have recently revealed the album cover art for the band's upcoming full-length album called 'Naught, which is slated for release later this year.

"In continuing our collaboration with artist Crab Scrambly, it was really important to us to create something our fans would want to keep staring at while they caress and possibly fondle it's smooth exterior... not something easily done to a downloadable mp3, I must note," states bassist Rani Sharone. "We hope this album cover brings plenty of candy coated smiles to the masses and even more warm and fuzzy feelings when they see the rest of this little gem that is the album's packaging. Naught is our mutant, not so well behaved second full-length studio album and we look forward to its release!"

The band plans to release more details about 'Naught' in the near future.


interesting concept, bet she's found some treasures!

Collector seeks information about obscure recording artists


from the state of texas.....a story we can all relate to

Better on vinyl


and from the san diego area, it's all about the music (not the money!)

North County on the Job: record merchant


a turntable tale from ohio (hey, you can get a reasonably priced turntable on amazon!!)

Vinyl destination - The turntable's comeback proves that what goes around, comes around


Friday, July 20, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Beatles Album Sells For $15,000

A NM copy of the first Beatles album to be released in the US recently sold (July 12th) for almost $15,000 at auction on eBay. A rich record collector paid $14,999 for an "Ad-Back" copy of ‘Introducing … the Beatles.’ What makes the album unique is the back cover of the jacket, which featured a full-page advertisement record company Vee-Jay records used after realizing they had 6K front album covers, but no back cover. The ad has 25 records from their label.

In this world of buyer beware, this particular Beatles LP is one of the most counterfeited records out there (I have a 'bootleg copy myself), so be careful, my friends.....


Dwight Yoakam to Release First New Studio Album in Seven Years, 3 Pears -- on Warner Bros. Records -- September 18, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN -- (Marketwire) -- 07/19/12 -- On September 18th, 2012, Grammy-Award winner Dwight Yoakam will release his first all new studio album in seven years, 3 Pears (Warner Bros. Records). The 12-track release, his 26th, is produced by Yoakam, along with two songs co-produced with Beck; "A Heart Like Mine" and "Missing Heart" (full track listing below). Fans can hear a teaser of the track, "Trying," now on Yoakam's newly launched website

3 Pears exemplifies Yoakam's ability to incorporate multiple, competing influences into a piece of cohesive art. It balances his country core with a fiercely independent embrace of rock, Americana, pop and soul and builds on his trademark edginess with a notable, growing positivity. 3 Pears contains heartfelt love songs, which showcase Yoakam's authentic country vocals while maintaining his unmistakable classic sound.

One of the most respected singer-songwriters in music, Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums, has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple platinum "This Time." Five of his albums have topped Billboard's Country Albums chart with another fourteen landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 Top 20 hits, which include "Honky Tonk Man," "Please Please Baby," "Little Ways," "I Sang Dixie," "It Only Hurts When I Cry," "Fast as You" and "Thousand Miles from Nowhere." Yoakam has won two GRAMMY Awards and earned an impressive 21 nominations.

Yoakam will be honored by the Academy of Country Music with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award at the 6th Annual ACM Honors event on September 24th in Nashville. The prestigious Award honors individuals who are pioneers in the country music genre. Past recipients include Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Sr. and Hank Williams, Jr. Yoakam also recently narrated the current exhibit at The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum; The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California County, showing through the end of next year. The exhibit explores the roots, heyday and impact of the Bakersfield Sound, the loud, stripped-down and radio-ready music most closely identified with the careers of Country Music Hall of Fame members Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.

Dwight Yoakam's 3 Pears Track Listing:

1. Take Hold Of My Hand
2. Waterfall
3. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke
4. Trying
5. Nothing But Love
6. It's Never Alright
7. A Heart Like Mine
8. Long Way To Go
9. Missing Heart
10. 3 Pears
11. Rock It All Away
12. Long Way To Go (Reprise)

For more information on Dwight Yoakam, please visit or


DEVIL TO PAY Sign With RIPPLE MUSIC; Enter Studio to Record New Album For Vinyl and CD


RIPPLE MUSIC is proud to announce the signing of acclaimed, hard-hitting American Doom rockers, DEVIL TO PAY to their ever-expanding roster!

The band’s fourth, as of yet untitled, album is set for worldwide release on RIPPLE MUSIC in the coming months and the band will subsequently tour to knock the crowds out of their skulls, including appearances in all the major heavy rock/doom festivals.

DEVIL TO PAY commented yesterday upon the new alliance; "We are stoked to be a part of the Ripple family and to work with one of the most genuine heavy rock labels in the world! Having released our first three albums independently, it’s clear that these guys don't compromise in terms of putting out creative music and are the true believers of heavy rock. The variety of bands and the sheer quality of music they’ve released speaks for itself. We are very much honored that our music earned its place among their ranks!"

DEVIL TO PAY was formed in the beginning of the millennia as a doom rock band with metal/stoner and rock tangents, effortlessly crushing skulls while simultaneously coaxing them to sing along. The band hails the almighty riff, but unlike many of their contemporaries, the song is still king. That is what separates the great bands from the shoulda & coulda bands. Now celebrating their 10th year anniversary, DEVIL TO PAY has aged like Kentucky bourbon, distilling a culmination of years of sweat, highway miles, cigarette smoke and hangovers into crushing compositions and bone-jarring, heavy musical moments.

With a catalog of underground releases, DEVIL TO PAY gained accolades, awards and a hard earned cult-like status. They have established themselves as the go-to band for those searching out more than just a few killer riffs; a foundation of heavy that will flourish under the Ripple banner.

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"Shane Gamble writes classic, Americana leaning songs, dipping in to pop, country, and dabs of indie rock along the way. Think of it as equal parts Nashville and New York, all tumbling about in songs that are crystal clear in their topical intentions."

"Gamble pens the lyrics to adult alternative tunes, then works through the musical arrangements by blending in aspects of folk, rock, country and Western." --- NORTHERN VIRGINIA MAGAZINE

Shane Gamble, the rugged singer / songwriter with honey-toned vocals and hint of country swag, announces the release of his latest album, on September 18, 2012. Effortlessly yet intricately weaving together Pop, Country, Americana, and Indie Rock, Shane Gamble’s music comes across like a freight train heading full steam on the road less traveled. Propelled by a steady and assured rhythm section, layered guitars, and beautiful vocal harmonies, Shane rhapsodizes about love, adventure, and emotional redemption.

 You take one look at Shane with his short tussled hair, a worn denim shirt, leather boots, and acoustic guitar slung across his shoulders – and you’ll know that this guy believes in what music can do to the mind and the soul. Gamble attacks his acoustic guitar with an energy rarely seen at such events. He tends to lean forward on one foot and face towards the microphone – guitar at a downward angle, singing from the depths of soul with earnest conviction.

This neo-country crooner is sharing 12 sparkling & seductive new songs on his forthcoming full-length self-titled album. Shane Gamble is an album that finds him combining radio-friendly songs, ("Turn My Way" & "One Balloon") resonating distinctly with Nashville cats and New York City hipsters alike. Each track on Shane Gamble pulls at a different heartstring, revealing raw and emotive melodies accentuated by Shane’s mind blowing talents on the harmonica.

The music video for the album’s compelling debut single "Turn My Way" had its exclusive world premiere on Baeble Music. "It’s not necessarily about perfection, I just love capturing music that is honest and real. I want you to hear ‘Turn My Way’ and connect with the lyrics on an emotional level, that’s the only hope a song has to leave a lasting impression," says Shane about his leading track.

To celebrate his upcoming release, Shane Gamble will be performing a series of Mid-Atlantic tour dates. Shane Gamble will be available on Tuesday, September 18.

Shane Gamble Track Listing:
1) Turn My Way
2) Bleeder
3) One Balloon
4) Rosalee
5) Way Back To Town
6) Break Your Fall
7) Wish
8) Kissing You Tomorrow
9) Blue Sky
10) Bounce Back
11) Shelter Me
12) Always Did


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ELVENKING: 'Era' Cover Artwork Unveiled

Italian folk/power metallers ELVENKING will release their new album, "Era", on September 14 via AFM Records. The CD was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Nino Laurenne (AMORPHIS, LORDI, SONATA ARCTICA, APOCALYPTICA). Nino previously worked with the band on "The Winter Wake" and "The Scythe" CDs.

Read more at Blabbermouth


I AM WAR: 'Outlive You All' Cover Artwork Unveiled

I AM WAR, the new Orange County, California-based act featuring Alex Varkatzas (vocals; ATREYU) and Brandan Schieppati (guitar, vocals; BLEEDING THROUGH), will release its debut album, "Outlive You All", on August 28 via Razor & Tie. The CD was produced by Mick Kenney (ANAAL NATHRAKH).

Read more at Blabbermouth



'The Bloom and the Blight' is the new album from the San Francisco duo Two Gallants and is now available for pre-order at Those who pre-order will immediately receive a free download of album track "My Love Won't Wait" and those orders will ship a few days before the US release date of Sepember 4.

The LP comes with a bonus 7 inch record that includes our version of "Im So Depressed (Abner Jay) on the A side and on the B side an etched in design drawn by Tyson. All downloads will arrive August 30, one week early from the US street date Sept 4. Each order will include an immediate download of "My Love Won't Wait" as well as you will automatically be submitted to win the one of a kind acetate used to make the bonus 7 inch record.

To celebrate the album release, the band has booked an extensive tour, including over 70 US and European dates, at the beginning of September.


Matt And Kim Announce New Album

Matt and Kim have recently announced an October 2nd release date for their new album 'Lightning' via the FADER Label. Written and produced by Matt and Kim, the effort was recorded by the Brooklyn duo in their Grand Street apartment and features ten outstanding tracks written in true Matt and Kim fashion.

Drawing from their powerful live shows, while still adhering to their minimal two-person studio approach, Matt and Kim set out to create their most diverse, realized, yet raw release to date with 'Lightning.'


JUDAS PRIEST: 'Screaming For Vengeance – Special 30th Anniversary Edition' Due In September

A vital part of rock history, British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have spent four decades writing classic songs and putting on spectacular live shows. During this period, the band has sold in excess of 30 million albums, and played to countless millions of fans across the globe. In 1982, they released their eighth studio album, "Screaming For Vengeance", containing their hugely successful "You've Got Another Thing Comin'", the single which proved that metal could get mainstream radio airplay in the U.S. — leading the way for a whole generation of new metal bands.

To celebrate the 30-year anniversary of this epic release, JUDAS PRIEST present you with "Screaming For Vengeance – Special 30th Anniversary Edition", containing not only the remastered original album plus bonus tracks, but also a live DVD from the 1983 US Festival show, filmed in San Bernadino CA on May 29, 1983.

Read more and get the tracklist at Blabbermouth


WITCHCRAFT: "Legend" Cover Art Revealed!

Swedish doom metal icons WITCHCRAFT have revealed the cover art of the band's forthcoming album, Legend, which marks the bands first after a long 5 year hiatus.

Commented singer/mainman Magnus Pelander: "A friend of mine had an idea about a cover for Legend. I developed the idea and gave it back to my friend who then passed it on to another friend who happened to be a designer. The designer then pushed it in a new direction. The result is already legendary."

Bass player Ola Henriksson adds: "The album cover is meant to reflect the music and I think it does that with its heavy, dark & clean design."

Legend will be released September 21 (Europe) and September 25, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.


Iron Maiden's Steve Harris To Release Solo LP

Iron Maiden's Steve Harris just announced he will release a solo album called 'British Lion' via EMI Music on September 24, 2012. The album is comprised of ten songs that Steve and his collaborators have been working on for the past few years between Iron Maiden tours and releases.

According to the press release: "With a decidedly heavy rock-vibe this roaring debut paints with a full palette of sounds; brooding, melancholic, righteously indignant and exuberantly heavy. With Kevin Shirley at the mixing helm – whose credits include Iron Maiden as well as Led Zeppelin, Journey and Rush among many others – this is an album to sink your teeth into.

"From the growling riffage of opening salvo 'This Is My God' to the heavy forlorn balladry of follow-up Lost Worlds which showcases Richard Taylor’s soaring vocals, it’s clear that ‘British Lion’ is an altogether different beast from Maiden.

" 'Karma Killer', with its dirge-like muscularity, and 'Us Against The World', with its massive chorus, demonstrates just how far ‘British Lion’ has flexed Steve Harris’ considerable musical muscle. Dovetailed with guitarist David Hawkins’ positively gargantuan lyrical guitar melodies, it’s a mere hors d'oeuvre ahead of the epic, riffing-feast of 'The Chosen Ones', with its swaggering bravado.

" 'A World Without Heaven, at a breathtaking seven minutes and infused with progressive elements without ever teetering into self-indulgence illustrates perfectly these songsmiths’ colossal abilities to create a mood and stay there. Supercharged by Steve Harris’ inimitable style, there’s an un-cynical vibe here that’s as refreshing as it is out of place in today’s all-too-categorised music industry.

"And as far as the name ‘British Lion’; 'I’ve always been proud to be British,' explains Steve, 'I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t be. It’s a massive part of being me. It’s not like I’m flag-waving or trying to preach, this is not a political statement at all. It’s like supporting your football team, where you come from. I just think it lends itself to some really strong imagery too, and to me it fits in with the sound.'

"With Iron Maiden, Steve Harris has become one of the most recognised and successful ambassadors for British music on the world stage. Having released 15 studio albums, sold over 85 million records worldwide and played more than two thousand gigs in 58 countries in the band’s thirty-five year career, his appeal is truly global.

"And now with ‘British Lion’, Steve steps out from Iron Maiden’s illustrious shadow to present a different side of his musical visions."

The tracklisting for ‘British Lion’ is as follows:

1. This Is My God
2. Lost Worlds
3. Karma Killer
4. Us Against The World
5. The Chosen Ones
6. A World Without Heaven
7. Judas
8. Eyes Of The Young
9. These Are The Hands
10. The Lesson


great post at the, check out some classic rock cover art by one of the best (by the way, zeppelin's houses of the holy gets my vote for album cover art hall of fame)

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