Saturday, January 7, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

very interesting comparison by the author, he brings up valid points for each side, read on (you'll never take the vinyl lover out of me!):

Vinyl vs. Digital, a Side-by-Side Face Off

By Jeff Balke

With all due respect to my audiophile friends, the end-of-year sales numbers for vinyl albums (up 39 percent from last year) are still just a blip on the radar. Vinyl sold 3.9 million copies according to SoundScan and that is a formidable number considering it is quadruple over what it was just five years ago. But, by comparison, Adele's 21 sold 5.8 million CDs, substantially more than the total number of vinyl records sold by everyone. It's pointless to even discuss the billions of tracks sold, so I won't even go there.

But, vinyl has become a viable option for artist trying to avoid piracy and provide a collectible option to fans. And the nerds love it!

I grew up with vinyl and, at one time, had a massive collection. I still love its warmth and the nostalgia I feel when picking up old records, but I have long since moved on to the convenience of digital, which got me to thinking what it would be like if I compared the two, so I did.

Read the rest and make your own judgements about both formats at


great vinyl article!:

What’s old is cool again


“See this needle, a see my hand,
Drop, drop, dropping it down, oh so gently,
Well here it comes, I touch the plane,
Turn me up, won’t turn you away,
Spin, spin, spin the black circle.”

The words from the Eddie Vedder penned, “Spin the Black Circle” from Vitalogy not only gave the group Grammy cred in the early-1990s, but it also exemplified the singer’s affinity for vinyl records.

Such an affinity has been strengthened among music enthusiasts over the last 10 years, but the last few years have showed gains among the vinyl category – all the while proving that what was once old can
always be cool again.

Although vinyl records only account for a small percentage of album sales, the format has been a popular one of late because of several different reasons.

“Vinyl offers such a dynamic range. There’s more stereo and left and right effect,” said Toney Rounsaville, store manager of Audiomasters.

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New of Montreal Single Premieres -- "Dour Percentage"

The first official single from of Montreal's upcoming album Paralytic Stalks debuted on Pitchfork recently.

Pre-order the album in a variety of options:

180-gram black vinyl (includes 2-sided 12" x 24" poster)
Limited edition 180-gram fuchsia vinyl (1500 copies, includes 2-sided poster)
Cassette (limited to 500 on purple tape)
T-Shirt + MP3 (new design by David Barnes)
Sweatshirt + MP3 (each size is limited to 50)
All pre-orders include a FREE sticker and ship Jan. 30. In stores Feb. 7.


i love this! if i only had the money.....this from

Deluxe Sawblade-Shaped 2xLPGatefold Jacket with InsertPressing Info:  554 x Blood Red *Sawblade Shaped

Relapse Store: A huge selection of underground music and merchandise from labels and bands from around the world.


this from noisecreep (nifty cover art!)

Adrenaline Mob Reveal Debut Album Title, Release Date

Hot on the heels of their self-titled EP released last August, Adrenaline Mob returns with their debut full length album, 'Omertá.

The album is slated for release on March 13 and will be released by the newly formed Elm City Music in conjunction with EMI Label Services

Adrenaline Mob features the powerhouse vocals of Russell Allen (Symphony X), the shredding guitar attack of Mike Orlando and the drumming virtuosity of Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater). The album builds upon the sound developed on the EP with 11 crushing tracks including tracks such as 'Indifferent,' 'All on the Line' and 'Angel Sky,' showcase the evolution of Adrenaline Mob in their sound and songwriting.

'Omertá' also features a blistering reinterpretation of Duran Duran's classic 'Come Undone' featuring guest vocals by Lzzy Hale of Halestorm. The album was produced by Adrenaline Mob and mixed by Jay Ruston known for his work on Anthrax's 'Worship Music' and Steel Panther's 'Balls Out.'

Read the rest at


warning, don't stare at the cover art...




Mute is pleased to announce the release of CARTER TUTTI VOID’s Transverse, a unique collaboration from Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle) and Nik Void (Factory Floor), out on vinyl, CD and download on March 27, 2012.

Transverse is a unique collaboration, created especially for the legendary Short Circuit presents Mute festival at the Roundhouse, London in 2011.

The tracks were prepared in the studio and then performed and recorded live in front of an audience. Outside of the trio, these recordings were unheard prior to the festival and the popularity of the performance left many being turned away at the door. Mute is proud to make this groundbreaking recording available and to be working again with two of electronic music’s true pioneers and one of its new trail blazers.

Said The Quietus (UK) of the performance: “…a warm embrace, creating a deep connection… Carter at the back manipulates the electronics while on either flank, Void scratches noise with bowed guitar and Tutti plays while singing vocals that she mangles and distorts… there is no nihilism in this noise, nothing but a deep and wonderful sense of love.”

The album is made up of 4 parts:
V1 (10:04)
V2 (10:05)
V3 (09:06)
V4 (10:08)

Mute plan a series of releases from Short Circuit presents Mute at the Roundhouse in the near future.  |


cool a 'battle of the bands,' should prove interesting

Hard Rock Rising Gives Up-and-coming Bands The Chance to Take the Stage at Hard Rock Calling 2012

Announcing Call for Entries in Global Battle of the Bands Competition

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hard Rock is on the hunt for rock stars on the rise to take the stage at the 2012 Hard Rock Calling music festival in London's Hyde Park. Hard Rock Rising, the global battle of the bands, will give one local band from this international competition the chance of a lifetime – to be on the bill with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at one of the world's most-anticipated concert events.

Rising to the Occasion – the Road to Hard Rock's Main Stage

Hard Rock, in a partnership with online music services company ReverbNation, will host an open registration for bands wishing to participate in the global battle from Friday, January 6, 2012 through
Tuesday, January 17, 2012. The combination of Hard Rock's iconic brand and ReverbNation's extensive network of over 1.8 million artists around the world, will give great undiscovered bands an international stage to jumpstart their careers.

"Hard Rock believes it is critical to support emerging artists and discover new musical talent through the Hard Rock Rising program," said John Galloway, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Hard Rock International. "We are confident our partnership with ReverbNation will help us secure world-class talent that we can showcase to the international music community at this year's Hard Rock Calling festival."

"Hard Rock is a worldwide icon of music, the perfect brand to provide this opportunity to deserving artists," added Mike Doernberg, ReverbNation CEO and Co-founder. "From day one here at Reverb, we've been all about the artist and opportunities like Hard Rock Rising extend that mission exponentially."

To register future rock stars can visit one of eighty-six participating Hard Rock Cafe Facebook pages. Following open registration, fans decide who moves on to the live performance phase of the program and can vote on any Hard Rock's city-specific, Facebook page by downloading free tracks from bands of their choice. For full rules and a list of participating locations visit

After fans choose their favorites, participating Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world will host a series of live competitions featuring these local bands. One winner will be selected from each location by the other participating bands. These local winners will be narrowed down to the top ten bands worldwide via fan voting on participating Hard Rock Facebook fan pages. Finally a panel of celebrity judges and music industry professionals will select the top three winners.

The first place winner will be flown to London for the ultimate rock star treatment, including a spot on the bill at Hard Rock Calling 2012. Second and third prize winners will receive $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, in ReverbNation PROMOTE IT credits, a revolutionary tool that creates targeted, highly effective Facebook advertising campaigns for musicians and venues promoting songs, Facebook pages and concerts.

Greetings From Hyde Park - Hard Rock Calling 2012

Hard Rock Calling, an iconic festival now in its seventh consecutive year, has established itself as one of the UK's premier outdoor music events. The 2012 festival will take place from Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15 in London's Hyde Park. Headliners for the festival will include Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, who will take the Main Stage for their second Hard Rock Calling performance. Hard Rock Calling 2012's performers will join a long line of rock 'n' roll greats who have taken the stage at this iconic festival including: Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Pearl Jam, Peter Gabriel, The Killers, The Police, Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi. Hard Rock Calling, produced by Live Nation and presented by Hard Rock International, is a unique and historic musical event with a main stage, second stage, renowned bands, on-site Hard Rock Cafe, as well as a variety of additional attractions. For further information on the 2012 artist lineup and ticket details, visit

Visit for details on event dates and times, and head to a Hard Rock Cafe location in your city to watch your favorite local bands battle for the opportunity of a lifetime!

SOURCE Hard Rock International


Van Halen Announces 2012 North American Tour and the February 7, 2012 Release of Their New Album, A Different Kind of Truth

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Van Halen, Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees and one of the most important and influential rock bands of all time, announced their return to the live stage with an extraordinary 2012 North American tour. The announcement was made late last night, during a once-in-a-lifetime performance, at the intimate Cafe Wha? in New York City. Known around the world for some of the most iconic live performances in music history, the legendary rock band will begin their tour on February 18. Kool & The Gang will join Van Halen for select tour dates.

Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning January 14 at and

In addition, Van Halen confirmed their new album, A Different Kind Of Truth, will be released in the U.S. by Interscope Records on February 7. The first single from the album, "Tattoo", and its accompanying video will be debut simultaneously on Tuesday, January 10th, with album pre-orders starting that day. A Different Kind Of Truth is Van Halen's first original studio album with singer David Lee Roth since the band's classic multi-platinum album 1984.

Fans can expect Van Halen to perform selections from A Different Kind Of Truth alongside songs from their arsenal of epic hits that include: "Eruption," "Running with the Devil," "Jamie's Cryin'," "You Really Got Me," "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," "Everybody Wants "Some," "Unchained," "And The Cradle Will Rock," "Beautiful Girls," "Mean Street," "Somebody Get Me A Doctor," "Jump," "Panama," "Hot For Teacher," "I'll Wait," and more from their classic albums Van Halen, Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, Diver Down and 1984.

Van Halen – who the Los Angeles Times recently called "a force of nature" and "one of the flat-out greatest rock bands on the planet" – was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in March of 2007.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, Van Halen changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album displaying unparalleled stage presence, revolutionary musicianship, and extraordinary songwriting abilities. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, the band's record of achievement is hard to top. Among a long list of awards, recognition and accolades, Van Halen joins an elite short list of two time Diamond Award honorees in the history of the music industry. Presented with two Diamond Award RIAA Certified Status' for their albums Van Halen and 1984, the band has produced a repertoire of hits that remain some of the strongest and most influential rock songs ever written that fans will admire for decades to come.

Kool & The Gang found a special sound at the unique intersection of jazz, R&B, funk and pop. Their music has been created by the same core of players for over thirty years: Robert "Kool" Bell, his brother Khalis Bayyan, their longtime friends Dennis "DT" Thomas and George "Funky" Brown.  VIP Packages will also be available through VIP Nation, including premium seats, exclusive merchandise and more. For more information please visit:


Date City Venue

2/18/12 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
2/20/12 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
2/22/12 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
2/24/12 Chicago, IL United Center
2/28/12 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
3/1/12 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
3/3/12 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
3/5/12 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
3/9/12 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
3/11/12 Boston, MA TD Garden
3/15/12 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
3/17/12 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
3/21/12 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
3/24/12 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
3/28/12 Washington, DC Verizon Center
3/30/12 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
4/1/12 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
4/10/12 Fort Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center
4/12/12 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
4/14/12 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
4/16/12 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Arena
4/19/12 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
4/21/12 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
4/25/12 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
4/27/12 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
5/1/12 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
5/5/12 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
5/7/12 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
5/9/12 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
5/11/12 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
5/17/12 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
5/19/12 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
5/22/12 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
5/24/12 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
5/27/12 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
6/1/12 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
6/3/12 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
6/5/12 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
6/12/12 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
6/14/12 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
6/16/12 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
6/20/12 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
6/22/12 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
6/24/12 Houston, TX Toyota Center
6/26/12 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena

SOURCE Live Nation Entertainment


Alice Cooper Releasing Live CD Set

Concert Live will be releasing a 2 CD remixed version of the London Alexandra Place show on October 29th 2011 under the title 'No More Mr Nice Guy Live,' on February 13th

Disc 1
1. The Black Widow
2. Brutal Planet
3. I'm Eighteen
4. Under My Wheels
5. Billion Dollar Babies
6. No More Mr Nice Guy
7. Hey Stoopid
8. Is It My Body?
9. Halo Of Flies

Disc 2
1. I'll Bite Your Face Off
2. Muscle Of Love
3. Only Women Bleed
4. Cold Ethyl
5. Feed My Frankenstein
6. Clones (We're All)
7. Poison
8. Wicked Young Man
9. I Love The Dead
10. Schools Out
11. Elected
12. Fire (with Arthur Brown)


Matador Records to Release $2 Compilation LP

Matador Records & True Panther Sounds are releasing a compilation called '2012 Intended Play Sampler' on Jan. 14, with music from Kurt Vile, Lee Ranaldo, Esben & the Witch, Cold Cave, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks and more. Vinyl lovers can pick it up on Jan. 17 for the two bucks!

"This (insanely) budget-priced vinyl sampler showcases new tracks and now-classics from the Matador/True Panther syndicate circa 2011-2012, and much like the Cherry Red sampler from which this LP finds inspiration, is destined to rank at #1 on all music retail charts," stated Matador about the release.


this album cover scares me, not a fan of clowns :O)

Xray Eyeballs New Album

Xray Eyballs have announced their new album called 'Splendor Squalor,' will be released on Feb. 28, 2012 via Kanine Records. The fuzzy, post-punk band from Brooklyn cites comparisons to The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Velvet Underground, while also appealing to lighter, sweeter sounds: the marriage of the dark side and the light side. It's garage rock on darkness overdrive, jangly and lively, reminiscent of the rhythm of Misfits-style rockabilly while staying true to the roots of garage.   “I just wanted to make every song sound like a lullaby. To me, lullabies are the most memorable kind of songs; everyone remembers them from when they’re babies. They’re not all happy lullabies either. I think people like songs they can relate to, with things like love, loss, dark vices, and sex,” said O.J. San Felipe.
1. Four
2. Die Little Love (Menthol 100′s Version)
3. X
4. Blue
5. Syrup
6. Gator
7. Pill Riders
8. Cold Bones (Golden Triangle cover)
9. Scorpio
10. Gotham Low Lifes
11. Summer Daze


Jack White Collaborates With Tom Jones On New 45 rpm Record

Jack White has revealed he has collaborated with Tom Jones for a one-off release on his Third Man Records label. Jones recorded a version of his 2002 track "Jezebel" and a cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Evil" for the release, which is set to be the latest in the label's 'Blues Series.' No release date has yet been confirmed for the tracks.

The 'Blues Series' has previously featured artists such as Stephen Colbert and Insane Clown Posse, who put out their track 'Leck Mich Im Arsch' as an exclusive seven-inch and download last September.

White has also revealed that Third Man has reached an agreement with the blues label, Document Records, to reissue a number of that label’s albums on high-quality vinyl. The first release will be a compilation album featuring early 20th century blues artists such as Charlie Patton and Blind Willie McTell.


Abbey Road Opens Doors For 80th Anniversary

Abbey Road Studios is opening its doors to the public in March as part of its 80th Anniversary celebrations. The legendary studio released tickets this week for presentations from the authors of the critically-acclaimed book ‘Recording the Beatles’ to be held in Abbey Road’s Studio Two on March 10. The event sold out in less than 24-hours, leading to two extra sessions being announced for March 11.

Alongside the talks, attendees will get the opportunity to see rare and unseen photographs, films and recordings from the archives of EMI and Abbey Road Studios, an exhibition of vintage photos and recording equipment. They’ll also, of course, be able to bask in the home of iconic records from the likes of The Beatles and Pink Floyd.


Former Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Bob Weston Passes Away

Bob Weston, a British guitarist best-known for his tenure with Fleetwood Mac in the early ’70s, has died (age 64). Weston died at his London home on Tuesday (January 3) from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage brought on by cirrhosis of the liver.

Weston joined Fleetwood Mac in late 1972 as a replacement for troubled guitarist Danny Kirwan. His contributions to the band’s 1973 albums, Penguin and Mystery to Me, were formidable, featuring outstanding slide guitar as well as accomplished harmonic playing and banjo work.


album cover art of the day:

Rizon To Release New Album

Swiss melodic metal band Rizon are scheduled to release the band's third LP 'Masquerade' on February 24, 2012 via Karthago Records. The album was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland and mixed by Nino Laurenne. The album is the follow up to the 2008 release 'Sudden Life.'

1. High Flyer
2. Sigh From Eternity
3. Masquerade
4. Tears of the Sun
5. Remotion
6. Same Same
7. Rise On
8. El Dios
9. Out of Nowhere
10. Cold Winters Night
11. Time After Time
12. Lost In Silence
13. Bells


love this cover for some reason....

DISGUISE Release New Album

Italian black/death metal band DISGUISE are set to release their new album, 'Second Coming' on January 16 via My Kingdom Music. According to a press release, DISGUISE "come back after four years of apparent silence, giving life, after 13 years of career, to their most mature, complete and personal creature. 'Second Coming' reaches the highest levels of aggressivity revealing the most hateful and insane feelings of the human sickness. Perverse vocals and sorrowful atmospheres in the old MAYHEM style are the frame for a violent black metal with shades of modern metal, enriched by the assault of the death as only SATYRICON, DARK FUNERAL and MARDUK have been able to performing during the last years."

1. Fragile Certain Death
2. I Am Alone
3. The Origin Of The Unknown
4. Eclipse
5. Repressed Rage
6. To Dominate
7. Claustrophobic Fate
8. Second Coming


LEGACY Unveil Cover Art for New Album

Legacy has recently announced their debut album called 'With Peace In Mind' will be released March 27th, 2012 via InVogue Records. The Toledo, OH based band's album was produced by Landon Tewers (The Plot In You).


amazing slideshow by Complex Magazineof some great cover art and some not so great cover art.....

The 100 Sexiest Album Covers of All Time


a record store out of Seattle, WA called Easy Street Records has this info for us:


1. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
2. Head & the Heart - Head & the Heart
3. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
4. Pearl Jam - Live on Ten Legs
5. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
6. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
7. Cave Singers - No Witch
8. Foo Fighters - Medium Rare
9. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
10. Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs


and in an expanded music history feature for today, january 7th:

In 1941, "Good-for-Nothin’-Joe" was recorded by the sultry Lena Horne with Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra on Bluebird Records.

In 1946, on the day before his 11th birthday, Elvis Presley and his mother were forced to seek refuge in the cellar of the family home as a tornado ripped through Tupelo, Mississippi.

In 1952, the BBC introduced its first Pop music program, Hit Parade with host Victor Barnard playing the eight most popular songs in the UK.

In 1954, in Chicago, Muddy Waters recorded "Hoochie Coochie Man." The Hoochie Coochie was a sexually provocative dance that became wildly popular during and after the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Since the dance was performed by women, a "hoochie coochie man" either watched them or ran the show.

In 1956, production began on the movie "Rock Around The Clock," featuring Bill Haley And His Comets, Alan Freed, the Platters, and Freddie Bell.

In 1958, Sarah Vaughan recorded "Broken-Hearted Melody."

In 1961, Johnny Tillotson held down the top spot on the UK singles chart with "Poetry In Motion." Songwriters Paul Kaufman and Mike Anthony later said that their inspiration came from seeing a procession of young ladies from a nearby school pass by on the sidewalk each afternoon.

In 1963, in New York, Little Peggy March recorded "I Will Follow Him."

Also in 1963, Gary "U.S." Bonds filed a $100,000 suit against Chubby Checker. The charge was that Checker "stole" "Quarter to Three" and turned it into the song "Dancin' Party." The case was settled out of court.

In 1964, Long John Baldry formed Hoochie Coochie Men.

In 1964, harmonica player Cyril Davies died of leukemia at age 32. Davies was a driving force in the early ’60s blues movement, forming Blues Incorporated with Alexis Korner.

Also in 1964, the Beatles recorded a seven-song performance for the BBC Radio program "Saturday Club." They played "All My Loving," "Money," "I Wanna Be Your Man," "The Hippy Hippy Shake," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Johnny B. Goode," and "I Want to Hold Your Hand." The show aired in mid-February while the Beatles were in the US.

In 1969, the music / comedy trio, Scaffold, which included Paul McCartney's younger brother Mike, led the UK singles chart with a novelty tune called "Lily The Pink". Elton John, along with Graham Nash of The Hollies, contributed backing vocals and Jack Bruce of Cream played bass guitar

In 1970, neighbors of Max Yasgur sued him for property damage caused by the more than 450,000 people who attended the three-day 1969 Woodstock Festival on his farm.

Also in 1970, in Hollywood, Friends Of Distinction began recording "Love Or Let Me Be Lonely." The track was completed nine days later.

In 1971, 'Paranoid' by Black Sabbath was released in the US.

In the decades succeeding its initial distribution, Paranoid has been regarded by many as Black Sabbath's best album, and by some the best heavy metal album of all time. The "Paranoid" single, released before the album, reached number four in the UK. Pushed by its success, the album hit number one in the UK, and is the only Black Sabbath album to have done so. The US release was held until January 1971, as the Black Sabbath album was still on the charts at the time of Paranoid's UK release. The album broke into the top twenty in the US in March 1971, and would go on to sell four million copies in the US alone. Paranoid's chart success in the US allowed the band to tour there for the first time in October 1970. This spawned the release of the album's second single "Iron Man", and although it failed to reach the top 40, "Iron Man" remains one of Black Sabbath's most popular songs. Paranoid has been certified four times platinum by the RIAA.

In 1978, the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever enters the US album charts where it will eventually hit number one and stay there for six weeks starting February 18. The album had a chart stay of 39 weeks and to this date has sold over 15 million copies.

In 1980, singer Larry Williams was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head in his Los Angeles, California, home at age 45. Williams had the 1957 U.S. #5 and U.K. #21 single “Short Fat Fannie.” He also is known for “Bony Moronie” and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy.” The case has never been solved.

Also in 1980, Led Zeppelin's 'In Through The Out Door' album was certified Platinum. It's the last album issued before the September 25th death of drummer John Bonham.

In 1980, R&B singer Carl White, lead vocalist of the Rivingtons, died of acute tonsillitis at age 47.

In 1981, the Police played the first night of a North American tour at The University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, during their Zenyatta Mondatta World Tour.

In 1993, R.E.M. played a Greenpeace Benefit show at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, Georgia, for 500 people. The show was recorded on a solar-powered mobile recording studio.

In 1994, Oasis started recording their debut album 'Definitely Maybe' at Monrow Studios in South Wales.

In 1994, Nirvana played their last U.S. show in hometown Seattle.

In 1998, combo leader/musician/songwriter/record producer (Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Burl Ives, Red Foley, Ernest Tubb, Kitty Wells)/record label executive (MCA)/Country Music Hall of Famer Owen Bradley died at the age of 82.

In 2000, singer/novelty record artist (The Mummy w/ Rod McKuen as 'Dor')/cartoon voicist (Milton the Monster, Cool McCool) Bob McFadden died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 76.

In 2003, the Beatles Book Monthly closed down after 40 years. Author Sean O’Mahony, who set up the magazine in 1963, said there was nothing more to say as the number of things the former Beatles were doing got to be less and less as the years went on.

In 2004, drummer John Guerin died of pneumonia at age 64. He worked with Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Linda Rondstadt, Gram Parsons, Todd Rundgren. He also played on the original title tune for the television series Hawaii Five-O.

In 2006, Mary J. Blige was at #1 on the US album chart with ‘The Breakthrough’ the R&B singer’s third US #1 album.

In 2010, according to Nielsen SoundScan's final 2009 figures, Michael Jackson was the best selling artist of 2009, moving 8,286,000 units. 40 years after their break-up, The Beatles were still the best
selling group, thanks to their remastered catalog which sold 3,282,000 copies. Digital downloads however, were a different story. Lady Gaga was the queen of the downloads, selling 15,297,000 digital tracks. The Black Eyed Peas, Michael Jackson and Taylor Swift all finished in the vicinity of 12 million digital units.

birthdays today include (among others): Robert Hicks (Paul Butterfield Blues Band) (71), James West (Kathy Young & the Innocents) (71), Dave Cousins (Strawbs) (67), Jann Wenner (publisher of Rolling Stone) (66), Andy Brown (Fortunes) (66), Kenny Loggins (64), Marshall Chapman (63), Earl Lindo (Wailers) (59) and Paul Revere (& the Raiders) (74)