Thursday, February 2, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

for those who carry ipads, ipods, iphones, cell phones, blueberries and blackberries, this would be a very handy tool!

Vinyl Wolf - The New Record Collectors App for iPhone

Cirencester, United Kingdom - Tessera Designs announces Vinyl Wolf 1.0, a brand new app for iPhone has been released allowing users to harness the power of crowd sourcing to locate rare and out of print vinyl.

The app allows sellers to instantly connect with buyers whilst out and about - at car boot sales, record fairs, charity shops etc. - if a record is found anywhere in the world, Vinyl Wolf can be checked to see if people are actively looking for it.

"This has huge benefits for the seller" Says Jonathan Ellis of Revival Records, "Normally you speculatively buy a record from these places, hoping it's worth something, hoping there are people who want it, and you list it on ebay or other auction sites. Only when you get home do you find out. With Vinyl Wolf you not only see if anybody is actively looking for the record, you see how much they are willing to pay and you can match it up straight away."

For the 'wanter' or buyer, the benefits are also obvious. You can add a want in just a minute or so, complete with image, and just sit back and wait for it to be found. "It's like being in every car boot sale in the country, in the world even!"

With record collecting ever popular, and vinyl sales increasing, this app offers a unique and fun way to source the rare or hard to find items you need to complete your collection. As Ellis says, "It's like having your own pack of wolves, hunting down your vinyl!"

Device Requirements:
* iOS 3.0 or later
* iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
* 3.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Vinyl Wolf 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category.

For more information go HERE


fantastic music article out of missouri:

They're playing my song

Richard Irby

I have been a news reporter for 40 years, but am a lifelong music fan.

My first memory of music was as a tiny kid, as I recognized something strange in my house. A weird, uneasy feeling that I came to realize was this black round thing that my mother kept picking up and turning over (a vinyl record for those born in the CD and MP3 ages).

It turned out to be the mournful wail of Luke the Drifter, Hank William's alter-ego, singing and talking his way through a record of sad songs and warnings to stay on the right path. An admonition Hank, himself, had trouble following.

The first artist I remember hearing also taught me at an early age that musicians, who can bring so much happiness, are often the saddest, most self-abusive people there are.

As I got older, and continued to grow up with Hank, I found he had plenty of uplifting songs like "Hey, Good Lookin'," "Jambalaya," and "I Saw the Light." I was shocked to discover he had died at age 27. A heart attack victim in the back of a car, my mother explained, leaving out Hank's history of back pain, a broken heart and rivers of alcohol and mountains of drugs.

I tell you all that to finally get to the point: the past month or so has been tough for me, as some more of my music heroes have passed on.

Please read the rest at


long, but impressive list of artists to perform:

More Stars To Come Together For Paul McCartney

An impressive star-studded cast will come together to honor 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year honoree Paul McCartney during a sold-out gala on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles, two days prior to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Hosted by actor/comedian Eddie Izzard, artists set to perform are current GRAMMY nominees Tony Bennett, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, and Katy Perry; GRAMMY-winning artists Duane Eddy, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Diana Krall, James Taylor, and Neil Young with Crazy Horse; two-time Latin GRAMMY-winning artist Sergio Mendes; and the cast of Cirque du Soleil's "Love" Beatles tribute show. The evening will also feature a special performance by McCartney.

The 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year gala, which will celebrate McCartney's exceptional artistic achievements and philanthropic work, will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction sponsored by the Starkey Hearing Foundation that will offer an exclusive selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The auction will be followed by a gala dinner sponsored by AEG Live, and a star-studded tribute concert sponsored by Acura/ELS. This year's red-carpet press arrivals will be sponsored by Kinect for Xbox 360 and Dance Central 2. Other event supporters include CenterStaging — A SoundCheck LA Company, Classic Wines of California, Delta Airlines, Double Platinum, Gibson, Global Art, Heineken, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Jackson Limo, Korbel, Patron Spirits Company, Pepsi, and Sweetwater.

The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. Proceeds from the dinner and concert will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.

Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include: Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, Barbra Streisand, Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Young.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/PT.


this from our friends at

Top 10 Albums – January 31, 2012

Here are the Top 10 Albums at Shop Radio Cast for the week of January 24 – January 31, 2012:

1. Say Anything – Anarchy, My Dear LP
2. Blink 182 – They Came To Conquer Uranus 7″
3. Lucero – Women & Work LP
4. The Menzingers – A Lesson In The Abuse Of Information Technology LP
5. Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon LP
6. Sharks – No Gods LP
7. Mock Orange – Nines & Sixes LP
8. Hit The Lights – Invicta LP
9. The Methadones – Not Economically Viable LP
10. La Dispute – Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair 2XLP

Buy these releases at


album cover art for the day:

ANATHEMA: New Album Details Revealed

U.K. atmospheric rock band ANATHEMA will release its new album, "Weather Systems", on April 24 via The End Records. The follow-up to 2010's "We're Here Because We're Here" was recorded in Liverpool, North Wales and Oslo, each place significant to ANATHEMA past, present and future. The record was produced and mastered by Christer-André Cederberg (ANIMAL ALPHA, IN THE WOODS..., DRAWN), whom ANATHEMA's Daniel Cavanagh has described as "a revelation. His calmness and brilliance has helped to bring about the greatest inter-band chemistry that ANATHEMA have experienced together in their career."

Read the rest at Blabbermouth


the anti album cover art of the day:

Kreator Reveal New Album Title, 7" Collector's Single

German thrash vets Kreator have announced that the band's new LP will be called 'Phantom Antichrist." The album will be released on June 1, 2012 (EU) and June 5, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. The band will also release an exclusive 7“ single of the title track on April 20, 2012. The collector's item will be available in coloured red vinyl (limited to 250 pieces) as well as in clear vinyl (limited to 250 pieces, exclusively available at the Nuclear Blast Mailorder

Here is the cover artwork for the 7“ single.


Bryan Adams Announces First Canadian Tour in 20 Years

It's hard to believe, but Bryan Adams has not toured his native Canada in twenty years; however, that run will come to an end this summer when he hits 20 cities for 20 shows. His last Canadian trek was the Straight From the Heart tour of 1992.

The tour begins on April 11 in St. John's, Newfoundland and moves across the country to a closer on June 22 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Read more at our friends at


Lee Perry and the Upsetters Double Vinyl LP

Reggae and Dub Specialists Pressure Sounds have announced that they are releasing a new CD and Double Vinyl LP from Lee Perry and the Upsetters showcasing previously undocumented singles and a dub plate. These musical gems come from some the Upsetter's most creative years.

The album is called "High Plains Drifter - Lee Perry and the Upsetters: Jamaican 45s 1968-73" and is released by Pressure Sounds (PSCD73 - 2012)

All the tunes are from Jamaican releases and most tracks were never released in the UK.

Special Limited SILKSCREEN PRINTED Edition (only 150 - all numbered) of the Double Vinyl album!


and in music history for february 2nd:

In 1932, Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, featuring vocalist Ivie Anderson and solos by Johnny Hodges and Joe Nanton, recorded "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)."

In 1956, the Coasters sign with Atlantic Records, where they will record ten US Top 40 hits.

In 1957, Fats Domino sang "Blueberry Hill" and "Blue Monday" on the "Perry Como Show" on television.

Also in 1957, Tab Hunter topped the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with "Young Love."

In 1957, Dale Hawkins recorded "Susie-Q." Hawkins cut "Susie Q" at the KWKH Radio station in Shreveport, Louisiana. "Susie Q" was a late rockabilly song which captured the spirit of Louisiana and featured guitar work by James Burton, who also worked with Ricky Nelson, among others. Sometime after the recording, the master tape of "Susie Q" was sold to Checker Records in Chicago, which released it as a 45 RPM single in May 1957. The single peaked at numbers 7 and 27 on Billboard magazine's Hot R&B Sides and Hot 100 charts, respectively. Hawkins' original version is also included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll

In 1959, at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper played their final show. Admission was $1.25. The last song of the night was the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace."

In 1959, Frankie Avalon released his biggest hit, "Venus", which will reach number one in the US and number sixteen in the UK.

Also in 1959, former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello sees her first hit, "Tall Paul" enter the Billboard Pop chart, where it will reach #7.

In 1963, the Beatles began their first British tour at the Gaumont Cinema in Bradford, England, opening for Helen Shapiro. The Fab Four were at the bottom of the six-act bill and split wages of £80 (about $225 US) a week.

In 1964, Billy J. Kramer With The Dakotas recorded "Little Children," produced by George Martin.

In 1964, in response to a storm of controversy, Max Firetag, the publisher of The Kingsmen's hit, "Louie Louie", offers $1,000 to anyone who can find suggestive lyrics in the song. The reward is small change considering that the disc cost less than $50 to record and has sold millions of copies.

In 1968, Simon and Garfunkel record "Mrs. Robinson", which will become their second US number one and win a Grammy Award for Record Of The Year. The song earned the duo a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1969. Top session drummer Hal Blaine played on the record, and considers it one of his favorites.

In 1973, "The Midnight Special" premieres on NBC-TV with Helen Reddy as host. Wolfman Jack would later take over for an eight-and-a-half-year run.

In 1973, Keith Emerson injures his hands when a rigged piano prematurely explodes during a concert in San Francisco.

Also in 1973, boxer Muhammed Ali met Elvis Presley in Las Vegas and presented him with boxing gloves inscribed "You're the greatest" (on the left glove) and "To Elvis, my main man, from Muhammad Ali" (on the right). Ali later recalled: "I felt sorry for him because he didn't enjoy life the way he should. He stayed indoors all the time. I told him he should go out and see people."

In 1974, Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were" topped the Billboard hit parade, becoming her first number one.

On this day in 1976, "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" by Paul Simon was the #1 song.

Also in 1976, 'A Trick of the Tail', the seventh studio album by Genesis and the first to feature drummer Phil Collins as full-time lead vocalist following the departure of original vocalist Peter Gabriel, was released on this date in the UK (Feb 20th in the US).

In 1978, Van Halen signed with Warner Brothers Records.

In 1979, while celebrating his freedom after serving seven weeks in jail for assault, Sid Vicious (born Simon Ritchie) died of a drug overdose after injecting heroin that his mother had bought for him. The 21 year old had been the bass player for one of Britain's most influential Punk-Rock bands, The Sex Pistols, which had broken up a year earlier.

In 1993, Willie Nelson and the IRS settle their longstanding tax feud. The U.S. government kept $3.6 million in assets it had already seized and Nelson would have to pay $5.4 million of the $13.1 million balance.

In 1995, Celine Dion's album "The Color Of My Love" was certified Triple Platinum.

In 2004, CBS apologized for the previous night's Super Bowl broadcast and the infamous Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction.”

In 2007, 67 year old Billy Henderson of The Spinners passed away from complications of diabetes. The group placed 18 songs on Billboard's Top 40, including 7 Top 10 hits.

Also in 2007, Joe Hunter of the Funk Brothers was found dead in his Detroit apartment. The 79 year old pianist had just returned five days earlier from a European tour with fellow band member Jack Ashford.

In 2009, fifty years after Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper played their final gig at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, the Day the Music Died became the Day the Music Went On and On. A tribute concert at the original Surf raved on for six hours with a line-up of Rock acts that included Graham Nash, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Wanda Jackson, Delbert McClinton, Joe Ely, Peter And Gordon, Dave Mason, Bobby Vee and Holly's original band mates, The Crickets.

birthdays today include (among others): Robert Deleo (Stone Temple Pilots) (46), Ben Mize (Counting Crows) (41), Peter Macbeth (Foundations) (69), Peter Lucia (Tommy James & the Shondells) (65), Alan McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire) (64), Tony DeMeur (Fabulous Poodles) (64), Ross Valory (Steve Miller Band, Journey) (63) and the peerless Graham Nash (Hollies, Crosby Stills & Nash (& Young)) (70)