Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 04/23/2012

The flying flexi-disc did not top the list this week, being beat out by one of psych's ultimate treasures, the Israeli band The Churrchills' self titled LP from 1969.  This leaves Jack White's first 7" from 1999 as the most recently released record to top the Top 5.  The test pressing of "Love Buzz" was first for the list, as was The Fly-Bi-Nights 45.

1. LP - The Churchills "self titled" Hed Arzi Israeli Pressing Promo - $5,200.00

2. 45 - Jack White "Freedome At 17" flexi-disc by balloon - $4,238.88

3. 45 - Nirvana "Love Buzz" Test Pressing - $3,999.99

4. LP - Led Zeppelin "I" Atlantic Turquoise UK Pressing - $3,626.33

5. 45 - The Fly-Bi-Nites "Found Love" / "Come On Up" Tiffany - $3607.89

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heard this while watching and listening to Mike & Mike on odd platform to debut the song....

The Beach Boys Launch New Single and Announce New Album Details: 'That's Why God Made The Radio' to be Released June 5 by Capitol/EMI

Legendary Band's 50th Anniversary Celebration Includes New Album, a Major International Tour, and Commemorative Catalog Releases

National Television and Radio Appearances Confirmed

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The founding members of The Beach Boys, one of the world's most legendary bands in popular music history, have reunited for a global 50th Anniversary celebration, including a new album release, a major international tour, and commemorative catalog releases.  Today, The Beach Boys announce details about their new studio album, That's Why God Made The Radio, to be released June 5 by Capitol/EMI.

Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks recently completed their recording sessions at Los Angeles' Ocean Way Studios for That's Why God Made The Radio, the band's 29th studio album (including 2011's The SMiLE Sessions), the first in decades to feature all of the band's surviving original members.  Produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love, the album's 11 new songs illustrate The Beach Boys' unique and evocative West Coast story with the band's timeless signature sound. 

The album's lead single, "That's Why God Made The Radio," showcases The Beach Boys' soaring harmonies in an upbeat, beaming ode to music's radio champions around the world.  Beginning today, the song is available for download purchase from all major digital service providers, and it makes its national radio premiere today on "Mike & Mike In the Morning" on ESPN Radio and ESPN 2 (6 AM-10 AM ET/PT, check local stations).  A new lyrics video for the single has been launched today on VEVO and The Beach Boys' YouTube channel, where a video about the making of the song is also available for streaming.

"Radio was my whole education," says Brian Wilson.  "Chuck Berry, Rosemary Clooney, The Four Freshmen, Phil Spector, Little Richard ... To hear 'That's Why God Made The Radio' on the radio would be a thrill beyond belief, it really would.  It would be a thrill beyond belief."

"I got a lot of my appreciation for all of the creativity in the world, in terms of music, through the radio," says Mike Love.  "For all of us who grew up in the '50s, '60s, '70s and beyond, the radio has played such a huge, important part in our lives.  When we were kids, we'd sneak out of the house and go and sit in Brian's car and listen to the local radio stations on his car radio."

The album's other new songs include "Think About The Days," "Isn't It Time," "Spring Vacation," "Private Life Of Bill And Sue," "Shelter," "Daybreak Over The Ocean," "Beaches In Mind," "Strange World," "My Life Suite," and "Summer's Gone." 

The Beach Boys' collaborative approach to writing and recording their new music is evidenced throughout the album, with all of the band members participating to create its glorious harmonies, lyrics, and arrangements.

"We've come full circle," says Al Jardine.  "Sharing our memories and our present in the studio has been really remarkable.  I can especially feel it when we're all singing around the mic together, because we all hear each other and we really lock in."

"We have reunited as a band, but we never 'un-reunited' as friends," says Bruce Johnston.  "To be back in the studio with these guys is like a prayer that's been answered and I am thrilled to be sharing it with everybody."

"This is more like a family reunion than anything," says David Marks.  "When we're together, we get along great.  The chemistry always works the same as the last time we were together, and the five of us become a single element."

The Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary tour, the band's first major outing to include Brian Wilson in more than two decades, began this week in Tucson, with other North American stops including their first concert at the Hollywood Bowl since 1965, headlining performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival ("Jazz Fest") and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, and concerts in major cities including New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Washington, DC, Toronto, and Montreal.

The Beach Boys have also confirmed concerts throughout Europe with additional European territories to be announced shortly.  The Beach Boys will also perform shows in Japan, and concerts in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia will be announced soon.  All confirmed tour dates can be found on

Starting May 1, a custom 72-page Beach Boys 'ZinePak magazine, bundled with an exclusive CD featuring 11 of the band's classic hits and their 2012 version of "Do It Again," will be available for purchase in the music department at Walmart stores nationwide.  For more information and to purchase the 'ZinePak online, visit

The Beach Boys are scheduled to head to QVC Wednesday, May 16 to unveil their much-anticipated new release with a special hour-long live performance at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT. During The Beach Boys' QSessions Live broadcast, fans will have the opportunity to order the new album, which has been specially packaged just for QVC shoppers with a greatest hits bonus CD, nearly a month before the new album's release date. The QVC-exclusive album package with bonus CD will be available starting May 16 at or (800) 345-1515, while supplies last.

The Beach Boys have confirmed several other national television appearances, including an interview on "CBS Sunday Morning" to air this Sunday, April 29, a multi-song performance and interview on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on May 7, a performance on NBC's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on June 6, and more to be announced.

Special radio events have also been confirmed, including a SiriusXM "Artist Confidential" performance and Q&A special to air Saturday, May 26 at 12 PM ET within the satellite network's "Beach Boys Endless Summer Weekend," a four-day Memorial Day Weekend tribute airing on '60s on 6, channel 6.  Also during Memorial Day Weekend, Cumulus Radio Networks will premiere an exclusive, hour-long Beach Boys 50th Anniversary special on more than 150 Classic Hits/Oldies and AC stations across the U.S.

The Beach Boys and Capitol/EMI have also partnered for 50th Anniversary commemorative releases celebrating the band's entire catalog, with a new hits collection and a career-spanning box set planned for later this year.

For five decades, America's first pop band to reach the 50 year milestone has recorded and performed the music that has become the world's favorite soundtrack to summer.  Founded in Hawthorne, California in 1961, The Beach Boys were originally comprised of the three teenaged Wilson brothers: Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and school friend Al Jardine.  In 1962, neighbor David Marks joined the group for their first wave of hits with Capitol Records, leaving in late 1963, and in 1965, Bruce Johnston joined the band when Brian Wilson retired from touring to focus on writing and producing for the group. 

The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin' Safari, that same year. The album spent 37 weeks on the Billboard chart, launching the young group known for its shimmering vocal harmonies and relaxed California style into international stardom.  The Wilson/Love collaboration resulted in many huge international chart hits, and under Brian Wilson's musical leadership, the band's initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include other themes, making The Beach Boys America's preeminent band of the 1960s.

In 1966, The Beach Boys were one of the first bands to found its own record label with the launch of Brother Records, Inc. (BRI), with the band's members as its shareholders and Capitol Records as its distribution partner.  BRI continues to manage The Beach Boys' intellectual property, including the band's catalog with Capitol/EMI and other label partners, as well as its name, logos, image and likeness.

The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan's record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36).  'Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys' has achieved triple-Platinum sales status, and 'The SMiLE Sessions,' released to worldwide critical acclaim in November, has been heralded as 2011's #1 Reissue of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, The Beach Boys are an American institution that is iconic around the world.



Track Listing Revealed For Forthcoming Heart Box Set

The upcoming Heart box set ‘Strange Euphoria’ will deliver an embarrassment of riches for both hardcore fans and casual fans alike, thanks to the inclusion of a number of previously unreleased or hard to find tracks.

‘Strange Euphoria’ is set for a June 5 release and a newly released tracklisting reveals that the set will feature 56 tracks on four CDs plus a DVD of the rare 1976 ‘Dreamboat Annie’ television performance.

The audio will be spread across three discs, with exciting news that an additional fourth bonus disc titled ‘Heart Zeppish,’ available only on the Amazon edition of the collection, will contain five of the legendary Led Zeppelin covers that have become a staple of the Heart live shows.

Read what Heart has to say and the rest of the article at

Disc 1:

 1. “Through Eyes And Glass” (by Ann Wilson & The Daybreaks)
 2. “Magic Man” (demo)
 3. “How Deep It Goes” (demo)
 4. “Crazy On You” (demo)
 5. “Dreamboat Annie (Fantasy Child)” + “Dreamboat Annie Reprise (edit)”
 6. “Love Alive”
 7. “Sylvan Song”
 8. “Dream Of The Archer”
 9. “White Lightning And Wine” (live at the Aquarius)
 10. “Barracuda” (live from BBC Radio Concert)
 11. “Little Queen”
 12. “Kick It Out”
 13. “Here Song” (demo)
 14. “Heartless” (demo)
 15. “Dog & Butterfly” (acoustic demo)
 16. “Straight On”
 17. “Nada One”

Disc 2:

 1. “Bebe le Strange”
 2. “Silver Wheels II”
 3. “Even It Up”
 4. “Sweet Darlin”
 5. “City”s Burning”
 6. “Angels”
 7. “Love Mistake”
 8. “Lucky Day” (demo)
 9. “Never” (live, with John Paul Jones)
 10. “These Dreams”
 11. “Nobody Home”
 12. “Alone”
 13. “Wait For An Answer”
 14. “Unconditional Love” (demo)
 15. “High Romance” (demo)
 16. “Under The Sky” (demo)
 17. “Desire Walks On” (“Beach demo” version)

Disc 3:
 1. “Kiss” (by The Lovemongers)
 2. “Sand” (live) (by The Lovemongers)
 3. “Everything” (live) (by Nancy Wilson)
 4. “She Still Believes” (live)
 5. “Any Woman”s Blues” (demo) (with the Seattle Blues Revue Horns)
 6. “Strange Euphoria”
 7. “Boppy”s Back” (demo)
 8. “Friend Meets Friend” (live) (by The Lovemongers)
 9. “Love Or Madness” (live)
 10. “Skin To Skin”
 11. “Fallen Ones”
 12. “Enough”
 13. “Lost Angel” (live)
 14. “Little Problems, Little Lies” (by Ann Wilson)
 15. “Queen City”
 16. “Hey You”
 17. “Avalon” (Reprise)

“Heart Zeppish” Bonus Disc
 1. “Going to California”
 2. “Battle Of Evermore”
 3. “What Is And What Should Never Be”
 4. “Immigrant Song”
 5. “Misty Mountain Hop”


album cover art of the day:

SINISTER Reveal Album Cover Artwork

Dutch death metallers SINISTER have completed work on their new album called 'The Carnage Ending,' which is scheduled for a summer release via Massacre Records. The band also recorded five cover songs for a bonus disc which will be included with the upcoming album.


1. Defamatory Content
2. Regarding The Imagery
3. The Carnage Ending
4. Transylvania (City Of The Damned)
5. My Casual Enemy
6. Crown Of Thorns
7. Blood Ecstasy
8. Unheavenly Domain
9. The Final Destroyer
10. Oath Of Rebirth

MOS GENERATOR 10th Anniversary Re-Issue Test Pressing to be Auctioned Off for Wounded Warrior Charity


Continuing with the company tradition of giving back to the community, Ripple Music will auction an extremely Rare Original Test Pressing of the Mos Generator 10th Anniversary vinyl, with proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.

Only 5 of these test pressings exist, and this is the only one made available to the public.  You can jump into the auction, win a cool heavy rock collectible and benefit the guys who throw their lives on the line every day so that we can have the liberties that we do at the same time. To do so, just visit us at the Ripple Music Ebay Store! The auction will start on Monday, April 23rd and end on Monday, April 30th.

The Mos Generator test press auction is the latest in a growing line of charity auctions that Ripple Music has created.  Previously, rare JPT Scare Band, Stone Axe, and the Heavy Ripples test pressings were auctioned with proceeds going to Gulf Disaster, Japan Tsunami and the Joplin Tornado disaster relief agencies.  With the sacrifices made by the men and women of the U.S. armed forces, Ripple founders John Rancik and Todd Severin thought the time was right to release another rare test pressing from their vault and raise money for a worthwhile effort.

Donations can be made to the charity outside of this auction by visiting

For further information, please contact:
John Rancik
Ripple Music

Record Store Day A Vinyl Success

As I report that there are 2,081 results found for 'record store day 2012' currently up on eBay, the importance of record stores cannot be discounted, fans of vinyl should remember that the stores are there everyday.  RSD does a great job with this 'vinyl holiday,' however when most of them show up on eBay anyway, why not offer the goodies to online shops?  on to the news.....

Stats released by the Entertainment Retailers Association show that vinyl sales were up 50% from last year, while some of the 230 participating stores have reported more than 100% increases over 2011.  Additionally, seven of the 450 exclusive releases made available for the event appeared in last week’s top ten vinyl chart, while the entire top ten for physical singles is made up of Record Store Day releases, despite them only being on sale for one day.

Record Store Day coordinator and manager of Rough Trade East Spencer Hickman stated: “I can’t believe just how busy RSD was again this year, there were queues round the block with fans both young and old enjoying the unique atmosphere indie stores provide ensuring that RSD has become the date music buyers are marking in their diaries. With vinyl sales again on the rise for the fifth year in a row indie record stores and RSD are proving to be more relevant than ever for the discerning music buyer”.

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Record Store Day Vinyl Top 50 Sellers At Grimey's:

1. The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends
2. The White Stripes - Hand Springs 7"
3. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - Live From Sun Studio
4. JEFF The Brotherhood - Upstairs At United Vol. 3 12"
5. PUJOL - Reverse Vampire 7"
6. Paul McCartney - Another Day 7"
7. The Black Keys - El Camino RSD Edition (45rpm w/ 7")
8. Arcade Fire - The Sprawl II 12"
9. Caitlin Rose - Piledriver Waltz 7"
10. St Vincent - KROKODIL 7"
11. Dr. John - Locked Down
12. M Ward - Primitive Girl 7"
13. Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change 7"
14. Florence + The Machine - Shake It Out 7"
15. Jimmy Fallon - Tebowie 7"
16. The Civil Wars - Billie Jean 7"
17. Mastodon / Feist - Feistodon 7"
18. The Black Angels - Watch Out Boy 7"
19. Sigur Rose - Hvarf - Heim
20. Animal Collective - Transverse Temporal 12"
21. Miles Davis - Forever Miles
22. Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros - One Love To Another 7"
23. Ryan Adams - Heartbreak A Stranger 7"
24. Paul Simon - Graceland
25. M83 - Mirror 7"
26. Captain Beefheart - Diddy Wah Diddy 7"
27. Phish - Junta (Pollock & Deluxe LP combined)
28. Brendan Benson - What Kind Of World 7"
29. Foster The People - Broken Jaw 7"
30. The Grateful Dead - Dark Star LP
31. The Flaming Lips / Mastodon - A Spoonful Weighs A Ton 7"
32. Little Richard - Here's Little Richard
33. Sufjan Stevens - Hit & Run Vol. 1 7"
34. Metallica - Beyond Magnetic
35. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
36. Karen Elson - Milk & Honey 7"
37. Eddie Vedder - Love Boat Captain 7"
38. Dave Brubeck - Distinctive Rhythm Instrumentals
39. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die 7"
40. Farrar/Johnson/Parker/James - Let's Multiply 10"
41. James Brown - Live At The Apollo 7"
42. Iggy & The Stooges - Raw Power
43. Beach House - Lazuli 7"
44. Mississippi John Hurt - Last Sessions
45. Skip James - Devil Got My Woman
46. Devo - Live In Seattle 1981
47. Uncle Tupelo - No Depression
48. Mynahbirds - It's My Time 7"
49. Carolina Chocolate Drops / RUN-DMC - You Be Illin' 7"
50. MC5 / Afrika Bambaataa - Kick Out The Jams 7"

i close this post with an inspiring article, highly recommended reading and why record stores and music should never go away.......

Record Store Day Recollections By Alfred Howard