Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

SXSW 2012 Confirms Vinyl Record Panel: Saturday, March 17th Moderated by Lewis Pesacov of FOOL’S GOLD


February 28, 2012



Industry Leaders in Mastering, Production, Packaging and Promotion Will Address Vinyl’s Role in the Music Industry Today

(Austin, TX – February 28, 2012) On Saturday, March 17th, the SXSW Music Conference will host the panel, “The Value of Vinyl: Production, Pressing and Promotion.” Panelists will address the current market and consumer demand for high quality audio and collector-caliber releases; how to appropriately market vinyl as an independent artist and vinyl’s impressive growth in an otherwise digitally dominated industry. The panel will take place from 3:30 – 4:30 PM at the Austin Convention Center, room 17B.

The complete list of speakers, with biographies, can be found below. For more information, visit sxsw.com. Media and interview inquiries, contact Meghan -at- OffCentralPR.com.

Panelists Include:

Lewis Pesacov – Fool’s Gold, White Iris Records (panel moderator)
Lewis Pesacov is a composer, musician, producer and one of the founding members of the afro-pop band, Fool’s Gold, who recently supported the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their UK tour. As a producer, Pesacov has made records for artists including LA indie darlings Best Coast and Nashville singer-songwriter Nikki Lane, as well as numerous 7″ singles released on his own indie label, White Iris Records. Pesacov has been profiled for his work as a musician, producer and overall vinyl enthusiast by outlets like NPR, the LA Times, Clash Music, American Songwriter and more. For additional info, visit www.foolsgoldmusic or www.whiteiris.tv.

Carrie Colliton, Co-Founder, Record Store Day
CARRIE COLLITON is the “Crew Chief” for Record Store Day, handling detail organization and the flow of information to stores and the public. She has worked for indie record stores since college, and her day job is Director of Marketing for Music Monitor Network, a coalition of indie record stores. For more information, visit www.recordstoreday.com.

Jennifer Freund, President, DoradoPkg – Music Packaging
Jennifer Freund is the President of DoradoPkg, manufacturers of entertainment packaging materials including Vinyl Record Jackets, CD & digipak covers, posters, tour books and more. Under Fruend’s leadership, DoradoPkg has expanded its already robust list of services to include Old Style Tip-On Record Jackets, center labels and more. Jennifer has previously spoken on panels for SXSW and The GRAMMY Museum, with a focus on Old Style Record Jackets and vinyl as the ultimate marketing tool. For more information, visit www.doradopkg.com.

Pete Lyman, Co-Owner & Founder, Infrasonic Sound Recording Co.
Pete Lyman is the Co-Owner and Principal Mastering Engineer of Infrasonic Sound Recording Company, a CD, digital and vinyl mastering suite in Los Angeles. Lyman broke into the industry studying alongside acclaimed RCA mastering engineer Richard Simpson and has since mastered material for artists like No Age, Lou Barlow, Wavves, Best Coast, People Under the Stairs, Shooter Jennings and Ben Harper to name a select few. Pete has previously spoken on panels at the GRAMMY Museum, SXSW and Los Angeles’own Origami Vinyl about the vinyl mastering process. For more info, visit www.infrasonicsound.com.

Jay Millar, Director of Marketing United Record Pressing
After years of working at the now defunct Detroit record chain Harmony House, Jay Millar joined PolyGram Records in 1995. Since then, he’s spent time with BMG, Sony, and Universal. In 2007, Jay brought his knowledge and passion for vinyl to the industry’s go-to vinyl manufacturer, United Record Pressing, where he serves as their Director of Marketing. Jay’s time there has coincided with a rebranding and numerous investments in quality and creativity for the company that’s continuously operating since the birth of the 45 (1949). Jay also runs a boutique vinyl reissue label Microfiche Records, and is involved with United’s 453 Music (a record label), URP Music Distributors (a vinyl distro) and their Upstairs at United series of recordings. More information, visit www.urpressing.com.

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LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY have revealed the cover artwork of the forthcoming album called 'Ascending To Infinity,' which is scheduled for release on June 29th in Europe via Nuclear Blast (North American release date still to be determined). The album ocver art was done by Felipe Machado Franco, also known for his work for bands like BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, RAGE and IRON SAVIOR.

Quantum X
Ascending To Infinity
Dante’s Inferno
Tormento E Passione
Dark Fate Of Atlantis
Fantasia Gotica
Clash Of The Titans
Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer’s Fall
I. Alma Mundi
Ii. Fatum Mortalis
Iii. Ignis Divinus




M83 will release “Midnight City” (Eric Prydz Private Remix) on February 28th through Mute. Click HERE to preview and purchase the track on iTunes.

“Midnight City” has become an anthem with over six million YouTube plays on the music video to date. Now Eric Prydz brings “Midnight City” to global dance floors with his techno house rework of the track. The Swedish producer loved the song so much he did his own remix and, within hours of it leaking online, it became one of the most blogged remixes this year, topping the Hype Machine charts. Prydz does not fail in delivering, turning up the BPM, creating atmospheric pauses, and expertly weaves the haunting vocals in and out to create an epic and euphoric remix.

M83 will take part in Record Store Day on April 21st this year, with a limited edition vinyl 7” featuring the hidden album track “Mirror”. The release will be a limited run of 2,000 in the US and will be available in all Record Store Day Territories.


album cover art of the day:

Dol Ammad Reveals Album Cover Art

Dol Ammad have recently revealed the cover artwork for their new album 'Cosmic Gods: Episode I - Hyperspeed.

1. Magus Invicta
2. Noctis Labyrinthus
3. Golden Phantasma
4. Titan Warriors
5. Xenocide
6. Stargate Pyramid
7. Hyperspeed
8. Supernova
9. Caravan Of Mars
10. Seeds Of Life


another great cover!

IN MOURNING: New Album Details Revealed

"The Weight Of Oceans", the third full-length album from Swedish progressive death metallers IN MOURNING, will be released on April 18 via Spinefarm Records. The CD was recorded in late 2011 at the Abyss and Black Lounge studios in Sweden with engineer Jonas Kjellgren. The cover art was created by Kristian Wåhlin and can be seen below.

Read more at our friends at Blabbermouth


Job For A Cowboy To Release New Album

Job For A Cowboy will be releasing their new studio recording called 'Demonocracy' this spring. The North American release is on April 10th, 2012 via Metal Blade Records and the effort was produced by Jason Seucof who recorded the band's blistering 'Ruination' full-length, at Audiohammer Studios. The cover art concept is by artist Brent Elliott White.

1. Children of Deceit
2. Nourishment Through Bloodshed
3. Imperium Wolves
4. Tongueless and Bound
5. Black Discharge
6. The Manipulation Stream
7. The Deity Misconception
8. Fearmonger
9. Tarnished Gluttony


this from our friends at vinylcollective.com  

Operation Ivy – Hectic & Energy Vinyl Reissue

On April 17th Epitaph Records will be reissuing both “Hectic” and “Energy” on vinyl. Both albums are available for pre order at Shop Radio Cast who are offering a savings of $5 when you purchase both. Discount is applied immediately when you select buy both on either product page. Pre order these titles now:

Operation Ivy – Hectic LP

Operation Ivy – Energy LP


Cursive Announces 12" Vinyl Picture Disc

Incredible new album released on limited edition (just 500!) 12" vinyl picture discs, in hand-numbered sleeves. 'I Am Gemini,' Cursive's heaviest album in years, tells the story of Cassius and Pollock, twin brothers separated at birth; one good, one evil.

Side A:
1. This House Alive
2. Warmer Warmer
3. The Sun and Moon (MP3
4. Drunken Birds
5. Lullaby for No Name
6. Double Dead
7. Gemini
Side B:
8. Twin Dragon/Hello Skeleton
9. Wowowow
10. This House a Lie
11. The Cat and Mouse
12. A Birthday Bash
13. Eulogy for No Name

Preorder HERE


Chicago and The Doobie Brothers Roll Across the U.S. with an Amphitheater and Arena Summer Tour

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rock legends Chicago and The Doobie Brothers will share the stage this summer for an evening of classic rock hits spanning both artists' extensive repertoire of chart topping and award winning hits. Doubling the value for fans this summer, both bands will co-headline the 21 date U.S.tour kicking off on July 11th in Tuscon, AZ at the Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre with confirmed dates through August 24th at the Toyota Pavilion in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Each band will perform individual sets, playing their biggest hits, and then both Chicago and The Doobie Brothers will join together for a thrilling grand finale encore, playing each other's songs at the end of each of these summer shows. Tickets for the Live Nation promoted tour go on sale in select markets beginning March 2nd at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.

Chicago, the legendary band with horns, and the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine's list of Top 100 artists of all time, will once again allow a winning bidder to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing the band's classic hit song, "If You Leave Me Now" onstage with Chicago at every concert. This is the third consecutive year that Chicago has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to create "Sing With Chicago," a highly successful promotion that has raised over $130,000 to fight breast cancer. Fans in every market will be able to bid on a package that includes a meet and greet with the band, two premium tickets and a chance to sing onstage in concert with the band. Previous year's winners were so moved by the experience that they launched the Facebook group, "I Sang With Chicago," where they shared stories about their experiences and videos of themselves onstage singing with the band. Each winner has an incredible story to tell. As was done last year, the money raised this year is in honor of Chicago's friend Paqui Kelly, the wife of Notre Dame's head football coach Brian Kelly, who is a breast cancer survivor. Chicago has generously supported other charitable causes in the past, including the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and Hannah & Friends, started by Maura Weis and her husband, Charlie Weis, the current coach at the University of Kansas.

Northern California's Doobie Brothers are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their propulsive roots-based, harmony laden, guitar driven style that sold an estimated 40 million records over the course of four decades. In 2010, original members Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston, and 30-year member John McFee marked a new chapter with the delivery of a potent album – World Gone Crazy (HOR Records), featuring a guest appearance by the legendary Willie Nelson. It's their first new album in a decade, and it produced the Top 20 track "Far From Home" and the Top 5 GAC Video "World Gone Crazy." Their current single, "A Brighter Day," is #22 on the AC charts, and continues to climb the charts. The band recently returned from an extremely successful tour in New Zealand. Forty thousand tickets were sold (3 shows)—almost 1% of the entire population of New Zealand. Over the past year, The Doobie Brothers made several stops into Nashville to appear on the Grand Ole Opry and to film a Crossroads special with Luke Bryan. Bryan and the Doobies performance of "China Grove" was in heavy rotation on the CMT channel.

For additional information, visit: ChicagoTheBand.com and DoobieBros.com.

SOURCE Chicago


Interview: Gary Numan

Becky Talbot from Music-News.com recently had the chance to talk with Gary Numan.

Gary Numan hardly needs an introduction as the pioneer and godfather of electronica. Creative and experimental, Numan is and was the epitome of cool. Foo Fighters and Nine Inch Nails, to name but a few, have hailed Gary as one of their overriding influences.

In this very candid backstage interview, Gary talks about his life both inside and outside the music industry.

Read more at our friends at VintageVinylNews


and in music history for february 28th:

Born on this day in 1942, Brian Jones, guitarist and founding member of The Rolling Stones who had the 1966 UK & US No.1 single 'Paint It Black', plus 5 other UK No.1 singles and 3 UK No.1 albums. Jones died on July 3rd 1969 after drowning in his swimming pool under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

In 1959, "Cash Box" magazine began using a red 'bullet' on its record charts to indicate the records that have the strongest upward movement each week.

In 1963, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote "From Me To You" on a bus while touring with singer Helen Shapiro.

In 1963, in Hollywood, Sam Cooke recorded "Another Saturday Night."

In 1964, Peter & Gordon released "A World Without Love." It is one of two Lennon-McCartney songs to reach number one in the U.S. by an artist other than the Beatles. The other is "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by Elton John.

In 1964, The Yardbirds played at the Rhythm and Blues Festival at The Town Hall, Birmingham, England.

In 1966, the original Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, the home of many of the Beatles' early performances, closes its doors for the final time because of mounting debt. Police were called when over a 100 fans barricaded themselves inside the club to protest.

In 1968, 25 year old Frankie Lymon, lead singer of The Teenagers, died of a heroin overdose in his grandmother's New York home. Lymon was on leave from a Georgia army post at the time and was scheduled to record for Roulette Records the next day. He first hit the national charts in 1956 when he was just 13 with "Why Do Fools Fall in Love".

In 1970, after the family of the late Ferdinand von Zeppelin threatens a lawsuit, Led Zeppelin performs in Copenhagen, Denmark as The Nobs.

In 1970, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" becomes Simon and Garfunkel's third US number one hit. The piano player on the track is Larry Knechtel, who also played for the soft-rock group, Bread.

In 1970, in an interview with the New Musical Express, Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green talked about his plans to give all his money away. The following year Green confronted his accountant with a gun after he sent him an unwanted royalty check. The guitarist went to jail briefly before being transferred to an asylum and was committed to a mental hospital in 1973. He re- launched his career in the 90's.

Also in 1970, billed as 'David Bowie's New Electric Band' (so new they haven't got a name yet), David Bowie played at the Basildon Arts Lab experimental music club at the Basildon Arts Centre in Essex, England. Also on the bill were High Tide, Overson and Iron Butterfly.

In 1974, 28 year old Bobby Bloom dies of a gunshot wound to the head. His death was originally thought to be suicide, but is now considered accidental. Bloom had the 1970 US No.8 & UK No.3 single 'Montego Bay'.

In 1976, Rhythm Heritage went to #1 on the US singles chart with "Theme From SWAT."

In 1976, Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years" in named Best Pop Vocal Performance and Album Of The Year at the 18th annual Grammy Awards. In his acceptance speech, Simon tells the audience "I'd like to thank Stevie Wonder for not releasing an album this year."

In 1977, Ray Charles is attacked onstage by a man who tried to strangle him with a microphone cord. The man was a member of a group called Project Heavy, a community program for disadvantaged youths. They promised that the matter would be handled within the organization and no charges were laid.

In 1981, Country music star Eddie Rabbitt crossed over to the Pop chart to score a US number one hit with "I Love a Rainy Night". It made #53 in the UK. He had earlier written the Elvis Presley smash "Kentucky Rain" before having a number five record with "Drivin' My Life Away". Although it sounds like he made up a stage name, his real name is Edward Thomas Rabbitt.

In 1984, doo-wop singer Joey Vann (Joseph Canzano), lead vocalist of the Duprees, died at age 40.

In 1984, John Denver hosts the Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Michael Jackson wins 8 statues, including Best Album for "Thriller" and Best Record for "Beat It". The Police's "Every Breath You Take" wins Best Song and Culture Club wins Best New Artist.

In 1985, David Byron, vocalist and co-founder of the British Rock band Uriah Heep, suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 38.

In 1989, Bob Dylan recorded the first sessions for the Oh Mercy album at The Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana. What became Dylan's 26th studio album, released by Columbia Records in September 1989 was produced by Daniel Lanois.

In 1991, the Record Plant recording studio in Hollywood closed. Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album was among the major works recorded there.

In 1994, Eric Clapton played his 100th performance at London's Royal Albert Hall, in aid of the 'Children In Crisis', charity.

'Pieces of You,' by Jewel was released in 1995.

In1996, Grammy award winners included Alanis Morissette who won album of the year for 'Jagged Little Pill' best female rock vocal & best song for 'You Oughta Know', Nirvana's 'Unplugged won best alternative album and Coolio best rap performance with 'Gangsta's Paradise.' Additionally, the original members of Kiss appeared at the ceremony; the first time in 17 years that the band had appeared in full make-up and costumes.

In 1998, Cornershop went to #1 on the UK singles chart with "Brimful Of Asha." This song is based upon the history of film culture in India.

In 2005, Chris Curtis, drummer, vocalist and charismatic front man for the 1960s pop group the Searchers, passed away at the age of 63. His band placed seven songs in Billboard's Top 40 including "Love Potion Number Nine" and "Needles And Pins".

Also in 2005, for the first time in nine years, a Lennon / McCartney song charted on the Billboard Hot 100. "Across the Universe" was first issued for a charity album for the World Wildlife Fund, but after a group of artists performed the song live at the Grammy Awards to raise funds for Tsunami Aid, the song quickly rose to number 22.

In 2007, the Doors were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek were on hand, along with Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, who signed the band and worked closely with them in the studio. Drummer John Densmore did not attend the event.

In 2008, Mike Smith, keyboard player and lead vocalist for The Dave Clark Five died of pneumonia less than two weeks before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was 64.

Also in 2008, former Culture Club front man Boy George (O'Dowd) pleaded not guilty to charges of false imprisonment at a hearing in London, England. Prosecutors alleged that George tied a male escort to a bed after accusing him of obtaining private photos from his laptop. The 46 year old singer would be found guilty in January, 2009 and sentenced to 15 months in prison.

In 2008, drummer Buddy Miles, who played with Jimi Hendrix in his last regular group, Band of Gypsys, died aged 60 at his home in Austin, Texas after struggling with a long-term illness. Born George Allen Miles in Omaha, Nebraska, Buddy's nickname was a tribute to his idol, jazz drummer Buddy Rich. Rich also played with The Delfonics, The Ink Spots, Wilson Pickett, Electric Flag, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Muddy Waters and Barry White. In the 1980s, he achieved a certain amount of notoriety in the US as the vocalist on the celebrated claymation California Raisins commercials.

In 2010, Neil Young made a surprise appearance at the closing of the Vancouver Olympic Games where he sang "Long May You Run" as the Olympic flame was extinguished.

birthdays today include (among others): Donny Iris (Wild Cherry) (69), Ronnie Rosman (Tommy James & the Shondells) (67), Joe South (72), Ian Stanley (Tears for Fears) (55), Cindy Wilson (B-52's) (55), Ian Brown (Stone Roses) (49) and Patrick Monahan (Train) (43)