Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Relapse Prize Pack Winner Chosen

I'd like to announce the winner in the Relapse Prize Pack contest.  Congratulations to Kimberly M. from North Ridgeville, OH!  I hope that you enjoy the CDs and a special thank you to all who entered.  I hope to have more contests coming soon, so stop by the CVR blog often!!

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Band of Horses Release New Album Details

Band of Horses have recently released the tracklist and cover art to their new album, 'Mirage Rock.' The album contains eleven tracks and is slated for a release on September 18, 2012. Pre-orders on iTunes will get a bonus track "Ego Nightmare." The album is the follow-up to their 2010 release, 'Infinite Arms' which debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was produced by Glyn Johns, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year in recognition of his work with the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin, and Eric Clapton.

1. Knock Knock
2. How To Live
3. Slow Cruel Hands of Time
4. A Little Biblical
5. Shut-In Tourist
6. Dumpster World
7. Electric Music
8. Everything’s Gonna Be Undone
9. Feud
10. Long Vows
11. Heartbreak on the 101
iTunes Pre-Order Bonus Track
12. Ego Nightmare


FEN Announce Release Dates for New Album, Of Losing Interest

Following up on 2010’s breakout album, Trails Out of Gloom, Fen return to their heavier roots with the brand new album, Of Losing Interest! Once again recorded at Creativ Studios with longtime producer, Mike Southworth at the helm, the band have crafted themselves an album that perfectly balances the technical virtuosity of heavy metal with the more down to earth tones of the early 90’s alternative rock movement. Of Losing Interest will be available on August 14th through Nail Distribution in North America, Code 7 in the UK, and Clearspot International in Europe.

"In some ways, Of Losing Interest is a reversion to the bands pre-Trails sound, but this new album is a definite progression for us," states Fen frontman, Doug Harrison, "the new album is a lot heavier than past albums, but it still has a ton of melody and, as a band, we’re took a more focused approach towards songcraft."

Of Losing Interest will be exclusively premiered on The Heavy Planet website in August so that all can get a sneak peek of the album that’s already turning heads!

For more information please visit our friends at RippleMusic


gotta love a goat head......

SYLOSIS: 'Monolith' Cover Artwork Unveiled

 U.K.-based modern thrash heroes SYLOSIS recently completed work on their new album, "Monolith", with Romesh Dodangoda at Monnow Valley Studio in Wales. The CD will be released on October 5 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork was created by Dan Goldsworthy.

Read the rest at Blabbermouth


more cool album cover art:

SYBREED Reveal Album Cover Artwork For New Album

Swiss metallers SYBREED are set to release their new album called 'God Is An Automaton' on September 24 in Europe and October 2 in North America through Listenable Records. The effort was recorded at Downtone Studio in Geneva and was mixed in Los Angeles by Rhys Fulber. The artwork was created by Seth Siro Anton.


DEMON HUNTER: 'True Defiance' To Receive Limited-Edition Vinyl Release

"True Defiance", the sixth album from Seattle-based Christian metallers DEMON HUNTER, will be released on limited-edition vinyl on July 31 via Solid State Records. Limited to a one-time pressing of 1,000 copies, the double LP, double gatefold package features stunning large-scale versions of DEMON HUNTER frontman and graphic artist Ryan Clark's beautiful artwork — making this a must-have for DEMON HUNTER fans and vinyl collectors.

Get more info at Blabbermouth


album cover art of the day:

Lifeforms Reveals New Album Artwork

Lifeforms has now revealed the cover artwork, created by D-Dub Designs, of the band's new album "Multidimensional."


i like this cover.....

Night Terrain Releasing New LP

NM doom/post-metal outfit Night Terrain have shceduled a July 24th release date for their debut 'American Dream.'


Coldplay to Issue Mylo Xyloto Comic Book Series

Russell Hall

Coldplay is publishing a six-part comic book series that elaborates on the concept behind the band’s latest album, Mylo Xyloto. Writer-animator Mark Osbourne, who partnered with the band on the project, will be at the San Diego Comic-Con International event this weekend to discuss the launch.

Read the rest at Gibson


from our friends at vinylcollective

Socratic – Lunch For The Sky and S/T Vinyl Pre Order

Broken Heart Records have launched with the release of two classic Socratic albums on vinyl – Lunch For The Sky and Socratic. Both albums are on a colored, limited, one time pressing. The albums are set to release August 25, 2012. Here are the full pressing details:

Socratic – Lunch For The Sky Vinyl:

Black – Limited to 200
Horizon Blue – Limited to 200
Horizon Green – Limited to 100 (*Exclusively at Broken Heart Records)


Socratic – Socratic LP

Black – 100
Black Signed – 100 (Sold Out)
Yellow – 200
White 100 (*Exclusively at Broken Heart Records)



Beatles Rare Cavern Club Poster Sells For $42,000

by: Karen 'Gilly' Laney

A Beatles double billed ‘on stage’ poster has sold for more money than most of us would pay to watch the Beatles play the double billed concert. Given all we know and love about the Fab Four, most of us would not be willing to drop 42 grand for a lunchtime concert ticket, let alone the poster that advertised it.

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GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 7/02 - 7/08, 2012

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
2. D. Watusi - Brother & Sister 7"
3. Jack White - Blunderbuss
4. Animal Collective - Honeycomb 7"
5. Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse 2x10"
6. Beach House - Bloom
7. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
8. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
9. The Sufis - The Sufis
10. Stereolab - Mars Audiac Quintet
11. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
12. Stereolab - Transient Random-Noise Bursts...
13. William Tyler - Oahspe 7"
14. The Clean - Oddities
15. Sigur Ros - Valtari
16. Jellyfish - Live At Bogart's 1991
17. The Tallest Man On Earth - There's No Leaving Now
18. Paul & Linda McCartney - Ram (mono)
19. The Features - The Wilderness
20. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
21. Ray Lamontagne - Trouble
22. Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde
23. The Beach Boys - That's Why God Made The Radio 7"
24. Plant & See - Plant & See
25. Television - Television (reissue of 1992 LP)


this from

EarAche Top Ten Best Sellers

1. Oceano "Depths" CD/DVD
2. Municipal Waste "Massive Aggressive" Black Vinyl LP - EUROPEAN IMPORT
3. At The Gates "The Flames Of The End" 3 DVD Box Set
4. Carcass "Symphonies Of Sickness" CD/DVD
5. Carcass "Reek of Putrefaction" CD/DVD Limited Deluxe Edition
6. Oceano "Windy City" Black T-shirt
7. Carcass "Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious" CD/DVD
8. Carcass "Heartwork" CD/DVD LIMITED EDITION
9. '* Napalm Death "Harmony Corruption" Limited Edition Color Vinyl
10. Carcass "Swansong" CD/DVD LTD Edition

and if you are interested:

Decapitated "Organic Hallucinosis" Deluxe Gatefold LP - UK IMPORT

Please note that this item are UK imports and will be shipped directly from the UK!

One of the most important bands in modern death metal, Decapitated were immediately hailed as re-igniting a stagnant death metal scene upon the release of their debut! This release is part of the ‘First Time on Vinyl’ campaign, plugging the gaps in the Earache catalogue previously unavailable on wax.

Disgarding the traditional conventions of Death Metal, Decapitated take the genre to a new plateau of invention on 'Organic Hallucinosis'. Progressive in the truest sense, every element is designed to challenge the blueprint in terms of production, arrangement and delivery. Disregarding those who feel the genre is stale, Decapitated's singular vision has found its focus in the most adventurous of ways, leaving the band as the only credible flagbearers for the modern Death Metal movement.

This deluxe gatefold vinyl contains a fold-out poster booklet, featuring lyrics and a band photo.

The viny will be available in the following colors/numbers:

100 x Crumbling Rust - WEBSTORE EXCLUSIVE
200 x Stainless Grey
300 x Organic Green
900 x Black

Side A:
2. Day 69
3. Revelation Of Existence (the trip)

Side B:
5. Visual Delusion
6. Flash-B(L)Ack
7. Invisible Control

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very well written and thought out article, take the time to read it and take the time to enjoy music on vinyl.......

The Rise Of Vinyl


cool write up at

Behind the Counter: Shock Dr. Records & Shockwave Magazine - Meet the men behind Parkville's new record store.


vinyl alive and well in tampa, florida!

Feelin' groovy: Vinyl records making a comeback


happy news, a new vinyl record store!!!

At new Loveland store, platters matter - Downtown Sound brings back vinyl records and vintage hi-fi gear


vinyl records doing well all over the world!!

Vinyl records in Dubai We talk to DJ Lobito about the city's vinyl revival

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: I recently heard for the first time what apparently is one of Neil Diamond's first recordings, but this song is a duet with a female.

The title could be "Young Girl" (not the Gary Puckett hit), but that's merely a guess based on the words sung.

I didn't even know he dueted with anyone before Barbra Streisand and "You Don't Bring Me Flowers."

Where did this recording come from?
—Gary Blakely, Waukegan, Ill.

DEAR GARY: From a 1967 single, titled "Sand" (Reprise 0629). However, other than having a man who sounds a wee bit like Neil, I assure you Mr. Diamond had nothing to do with this tune. "Sand" is by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. Which is not to say Neil recorded strictly as a solo artist before his flowery duet with Streisand, in 1978.

About four years before anyone heard of Neil Diamond — 1966 and "Solitary Man" — he and a high school chum (Jack Parker) waxed four of his originals for Duel Records. Those came out in 1962 on two singles, both credited to Neil & Jack.

First came "You Are My Love at Last" backed with "What Will I Do" (Duel 508), then "I'm Afraid" and "Till You've Tried Love" (Duel 517).

Neither record charted, though Billboard did give Neil & Jack a tiny mention in their Record Reviews, along with a three-star rating for "I'm Afraid."

Their debut Duel disc is valued around $400, with the follow-up closer to $250.

DEAR JERRY: I remember hearing an incredibly strange (in a fun way) song on the radio. This was early in 1959, which I know because a couple of months later I graduated from high school.

I say strange because only a few lines are real words. One of the few is "of all the animals in the world, I'd rather be a bear." Most lyrics are nothing but mumbo-jumbo, making it impossible to get a title, and ultimately to find it.

It's not "I'd Rather Be a Bear," is it?
—Arlene Zachary, Prescott Valley, Ariz.

DEAR ARLENE: Nope, no Ursidaes in this title, that is unless one was named "Shombalor."

By Sheriff and the Ravels, "Shombalor" (Vee-Jay 306) is loaded with meaningless nonsense, similar to the more familiar "Rubber Biscuit," originally by the Chips (1956) and revived by the Blues Brothers (1979).

Coincidentally, neither of these '50s groups made another record. "Rubber Biscuit" and "Shombalor" are both coveted by doo-wop and R&B collectors, and often sell in the $50 to $100 range.

Co-written by E. Sheriff and actor/singer Aki Aleong, "Shombalor" did come out in early 1959, just as you recall.

In 1961, Aki Aleong became the first Top 40 (teen-oriented) singer on Frank Sinatra's Reprise label to have a hit. Aki charted, especially in Los Angeles, with his second single: "Trade Winds, Trade Winds" (Reprise 20,021).

Two years later, when surf music ruled, Aleong returned to Vee-Jay and produced their first surfing album, "Come Surf with Me," credited to Aki Aleong and the Nobels (Vee-Jay 1060).

Finding "Shombalor" on vinyl may not be easy, but it is on the 1993 CD, "A Taste of Doo Wop, Volume One" (Vee-Jay NVD2-709) — one of a three-disc, 75-track collection of R&B, most from the Vee-Jay vaults.

IZ ZAT SO? While researching stuff in 1959 on the "Shombalor" case, something on the Cash Box Top 50 for that year jumped out at me: the Fleetwoods have two entries: "Come Softly to Me" (No. 10) and "Mr. Blue" (No. 16).

More significant is that the Fleetwoods are the ONLY group with more than one record in Top 50 of 1959.

Even among solo performers, only five had more than one entry among the year's Top 50. Here are those five and their songs according to their 1959 year-end ranking:

1. "Mack the Knife" (Bobby Darin)
4. "Lonely Boy" (Paul Anka)
6. "Personality" (Lloyd Price)
8. "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" (Paul Anka)
11. "Stagger Lee" (Lloyd Price)
12. "Dream Lover" (Bobby Darin)
17. "(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I" (Elvis Presley)
19. "A Big Hunk O' Love" (Elvis Presley)
26. "I'm Gonna Get Married" (Lloyd Price)
33. "Lipstick on Your Collar" (Connie Francis)
43. "Frankie" (Connie Francis)

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column. Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368 E-mail:   Visit his Web site:

All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition.

Copyright 2012 Osborne Enterprises- Reprinted By Exclusive Permission

The Vinyl Pulse

The Vinyl Pulse, is a weekly snapshot of what is selling on the big vinyl machine called eBay. This is a great way to keep your eyes peeled for a specific record and what you might have to pay for it to obtain it.

CollectorsFrenzy lists the top 25 real time ended auctions and the selling price for the collectible vinyl and is updated daily.

Top 10 Items for 07/10/2012

1.  SPARKLE Rarest Mississippi Electro Boogie 7" on HART Stunning NM copy!!!
Sold Price:$2586.00 USD End Time:07/10/2012

2.  PET SHOP BOYS YES ULTIMATE EDITION BOX SET (11*12") - BRAND NEW IN ORIGINAL BOX!   Sold Price:$1268.23 USD End Time:07/10/2012

Sold Price:$1136.00 USD End Time:07/10/2012

4.  Donald Byrd on Transition
Sold Price:$915.55 USD End Time:07/10/2012

5.  CARSTEN MEINERT KVARTET Ultra Rare Danish Jazz LP Private Press
Sold Price:$889.09 USD End Time:07/10/2012

Sold Price:$787.77 USD End Time:07/10/2012

7.  Minor Threat--"Putting DC on the Map"---Discord Records #3
Sold Price:$787.00 USD End Time:07/10/2012

8.  Charlie McFadden MacFadden Paramount Blues 78 Groceries on the Shelf No. 2
Sold Price:$762.99 USD End Time:07/10/2012

9.  T.C.J.Q. Contemporary Jazz Quartet ULTRA RARE Danish DEBUT Free Jazz LP MINT-
Sold Price:$761.99 USD End Time:07/10/2012

10.  Grachan Moncur III on Blue Note
Sold Price:$688.90 USD End Time:07/10/2012

Please visit CollectorsFrenzy for daily updates!

also did some checking, there are 1,560,131 results found for the search term LP on eBay today, and this is a great indication of the past several days....lots of records for sale on the big vinyl machine, no wonder prices have come down.

some other interesting notes from searches on eBay:

2,743 results found for Beatles vinyl (did you know that the album that is bought and sold the most on eBay is the 'white album?'

1,954 results found for led zeppelin LP

205 results found for jack white LP

1,171 results found for grateful dead LP

2,332 results found for pink floyd LP

386 results found for barry manilow vinyl (although i think these people are wasting their time and money posting these records, not much demand for the big-nosed crooner)

5,417 results found for rolling stones LP

13,171 results found for picture discs