Saturday, January 28, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

this from a University of Dayton writer, sounds like a great idea, would love to hear how it goes.....

Vinyl party kicks it 'old school'

Nathan Vicar, Staff Writer

Prior to iTunes and MP3s, vinyl records were the only way to listen to music. A piece of plastic was placed on a player, and with a needle set into the grooves, music played through speakers.

Music fans will have the opportunity to pay homage to this "old school" style of listening to music at a party from 8-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in ArtStreet Studio D.

Attendees of "For the Record ... This is a Vinyl Party" can bring their own records or make requests from the selection of host Sean Kaschak, a second-year graduate student in teacher education.

Kaschak is known on campus as the lead guitarist and songwriter for a rock group composed of several University of Dayton graduates, The Jaywalkers. The Jaywalkers opened for Guster in 2009 at the first-ever Charity Concert Committee event at UD Arena.

Kaschak said he discussed with friends last semester the idea of having a low-key vinyl party at UD. He worked on the idea with friends, Bobby Trick, a sixth-year senior general studies major, and Ronnie Pinnell, a senior electronic media major, the co-presidents of Street Sounds Recording Studio on campus.

Kaschak said he will bring his personal collection of vinyl records to the event. During the party, attendees will be able to access his collection of approximately 150 records through a website. This will allow students or other guests to see a wide variety of records and make requests.

Kaschak said he believes songs are put in a specific order on an album in order to tell a story or have a general flow for the album.

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Joe Walsh Finishes New Album, Still Hates Government and Computers

Michael Leonard

Joe Walsh is done with his new solo album, Analog Man. It is set for a release in May or June and will be his first solo set since 1992’s Songs for a Dying Planet.

In a new interview with the San Diego Reader about the upcoming album, Walsh seems more concerned with technophobia and the state of the union. Of the album title, he says: “I just decided I better get with it. After all, it is the digital age. Back when it was all analog, we used to go in the studio, and studios had knobs. We used to turn knobs and say, let’s see what this does. Now, we have a mouse. We [the members of the Eagles] spend hours yelling at our computers. My son comes in and he says: Dad, you’re really stupid.

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Dick Kniss, Bassist for Peter Paul & Mary and John Denver, Passes Away at 74

Dick Kniss, the bassist for two of the biggest folk artists in history, has passed away at the age of 74. Kniss died of chronic pulmonary disease in Kingston, NY near his home in Saugerties.

Kniss began his career playing in jazz bands but, in 1964, was hired by Peter, Paul and Mary to play on their albums and tours.

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Ben Folds Five Reunite For New Album

North Carolina trio Ben Folds Five hit the studio after more than a decade off. Reunion rumors came to fruititon in 2008, when they reunited onstage in their native Chapel Hill, performing their final album 1999's 'The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner,' in its entirety. Spin is reporting that the trio are heading back to the studio for the first Ben Folds Five record in over a decade.

Best known for their 1997 album "Whatever and Ever Amen," which featured the minor hit "Brick," the band released three albums in the '90s before breaking up amicably in 2000.

Fans can't wait for the new music with chat rooms abuzz about the new recordings.


Evans Blue Frontman Dan Chandler Dishes on Album Artwork

Evans Blue recently debuted the artwork for their new albumcalled ‘Graveyard of Empires,’ which is scheduled for release on April 17.

Evans Blue frontman Dan Chandler talked about the artwork and the symbolism behind the album title.

“It has a lot to do with the music business, it has to do with the whole Wall Street thing,” Chandler told Loudwire.“To me it was more like being independent or just being an individual and being able to overcome a lot of these things.”

“When I see these companies collapsing, it kind of makes me feel like you can do this on your own. People are going to fall so you can fall on your own or you can fall with a bunch of people, it’s just one of those things.”



AUTOPSY Reveals Album Cover Art

Death metal vets Autopsy have recently revealed the album cover art and track list for their upcoming 22-track collection, 'All Tomorrow’s Funerals.' The effort is slated for a February 28th release via Peaceville Records and will contain remastered versions of all of Autopsy’s past EP’s plus four brand new tracks. Renowned artist Matt Cavotta supplied the cover art.

1. All Tomorrow’s Funerals (NEW track)
2. Broken People (NEW track)
3. Mauled To Death (NEW track)
4. Maggot Holes (NEW track)
5. The Tomb Within
6. My Corpse Shall Rise
7. Seven Skulls
8. Human Genocide
9. Mutant Village
10. Horrific Obsession
11. Feast of the Graveworm
12. Funereality
13. Fiend For Blood
14. Keeper Of Decay
15. Squeal Like A Pig
16. Ravenous Freaks
17. A Different Kind of Mindfuck
18. Dead Hole
19. Retribution For The Dead
20. Destined To Fester
21. In The Grip of Winter
22. Sign of the Corpse


album cover art of the day:

IMPENDING DOOM: New Album Cover Artwork Revealed

Riverside, California-based Christian death metallers IMPENDING DOOM will release their fourth full-length album, "Baptized In Filth", on March 13. The CD was produced by Andreas Magnusson (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, THE FAMINE) and was mixed by Machine, who has previously worked with LAMB OF GOD, SUICIDE SILENCE and DEMON HUNTER, among others.

The cover artwork for "Baptized in Flith" can be seen below. Bassist David Sittig states, "'Baptized In Filth' represents the mindless indulgance and self-worship in the vile world we live in. This album is meant to scare the hell out of you!"

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and in music history for january 28th:

In 1940, the musical quiz show "Beat the Band" began a 4½-year run on NBC Radio in two distinctly different series. The first, which aired until 1941, was hosted by Garry Moore and featured the Ted Weems Orchestra with vocalist Perry Como. The second version was hosted by Hildegarde, then Eddie Mayehoff, and the Harry Sosnik band supplied the music.

In 1956, Elvis Presley made his network TV debut with the first of six appearances on CBS' "Dorsey Brothers Stage Show," a variety program hosted by big band legends Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey. Backed by Scotty Moore, Bill Black and the Dorseys' band, Elvis sang "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Heartbreak Hotel."

In 1965, the Who made their first appearance on U.K. TV show Ready Steady Go! To project the desired image, the hand-picked audience consisted only of teens dressed in the current mod fashion.

In 1968, Jim Morrison of The Doors was arrested and charged with public drunkenness after harassing a security guard at a Las Vegas adult movie theater.

Also in 1968, during their tour in Australia, members of the Who and the Small Faces were escorted off their flight from Adelaide to Essendon for drinking beer on the plane, being rowdy, and using "very bad language." Two of the plane's four flight attendants were reportedly in tears.

In 1969, Stevie Wonder released the single "My Cherie Amour."

In 1976, Chris Kenner, who reached number two in the US in 1961 with "I Like It Like That," suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 57.

In 1978, rocker Ted Nugent autographs a man's arm with a bowie knife after the fan had requested it.

In 1983, British rock and roll singer Billy Fury died of heart failure. He was known for the 1961 U.K. #3 single “Halfway to Paradise,” plus 25 other Top 40 U.K. singles. His We Want Billy (released 1963, with The Tornados) was one of the first live albums in British rock history. Played rock ’n’ roller Stormy Tempest in the film That’ll Be the Day alongside David Essex and Ringo Starr.

Also in 1983, Radio station WDHA, 105.5 in New Jersey claims to be the first US station to play music from a compact disc.

In 1984, Frankie Goes to Hollywood started a five-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with “Relax.” BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read expressed, on air, his distaste for both the record’s suggestive sleeve and its lyrics. He announced his refusal to play the record, not knowing that the BBC had decided that the song was not to be played on the BBC anyway. Produced by Trevor Horn, the song remained on the chart for 48 weeks. Later in the year, the ban would be lifted.

In 1985, forty-six major American recording artists came together at A&M Studios in Hollywood, to record "We Are The World", a song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie. The effort was part of an album called "USA for Africa" and featured an all-star cast that included Bob Dylan, Kenny Rogers, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Willie Nelson, Steve Perry, Ray Charles and others. Those attending the session were asked to "leave your egos at the door." The proceeds went first to starving residents of Ethiopia and eventually toward hunger prevention worldwide.

In 1990, Paula Abdul started a 10-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Forever Your Girl.' Abdul spent 64 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 before hitting #1, making it the longest time for an album to reach the #1 spot.

In 1997, Pat Boone released an album of Heavy Metal tunes called "In A Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy", a tongue-in-cheek collection of tunes like "Smoke on the Water" and "Stairway to Heaven". When the religious community failed to get the joke, he was dismissed from his Trinity Broadcasting Network program, Gospel America. He would later make an appearance on TBN with the president of the network, Paul Crouch, and his pastor, Jack Hayford, where he explained that the album was a "parody of himself." Trinity Broadcasting then reinstated him and Gospel America was brought back.

In 1999, Pat Boone formed the Gold Records label, which will only sign artists 45 years old and up. The first perfomer signed was Jack Jones.

In 2000, saxophonist/bandleader Thomas “Beans” Bowles died of prostate cancer at age 73. He played on many Motown sessions including Marvin Gaye’s, “What’s Going On,” Martha and the Vandellas’ “Heat Wave” and The Supremes’ “Baby Love” and wrote the melody for Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips Pt. 2.”

In 2005, English drummer and singer-songwriter Jim Capaldi died of stomach cancer at age 60. A member of Traffic and a solo star, he also worked with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and George Harrison.

In 2007, 'Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture' was at #1 on the US album chart. The movie musical, based on the history of Diana Ross and the Supremes, featured Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose and Keith Robinson.

In 2009, Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell died at the age of 56 of a heart attack in Florida. Powell called police saying he was having trouble breathing and emergency services tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead an hour later. Powell had missed a doctor’s appointment on the day before his death; the appointment was for a checkup on his heart.

birthdays today include (among others): Sarah McLachlan (44), Dan Spitz (Anthrax) (49), Marty Fried (Cyrkle) (68), Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine) (67) and Rick Allen (Box Tops) (66)