Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

on sunday, we told you about the new dio release, now we have cover art, a release date and tracklist!

DIO Album Cover Art & Tracklist Revealed

A second volume of DIO's best tracks is set for release on Tuesday, October 9, through Niji Entertainment.

1. Killing the Dragon
2. Push
3. The Eyes
4. Along Comes A Spider
5. Better In The Dark
6. Fever Dreams
7. Black
8. Feed My Head
9. Shivers
10. Hunter Of The Heart (live)
11. One More For The Road
12. Lord Of The Last Day
13. Electra (bonus track)
14. As Long As It's Not About Love
15. This Is Your Life
16. Metal Will Never Die (bonus track)
17. Prisoner Of Paradise (bonus track)


cool album cover!

Muse Reveal Album Cover Art For New Release  

Muse have recently revealed the album cover art for their new release (the band's sixth studio album) called 'The 2nd Law.'   The image is a photograph of the human brain taken from the Human Connectome Project, a project set up to highlight the pathways of the brain by illustrating them with different luminous colors. 

The band have promised that it will be 'very diverse' with Matt Bellamy also adding: "We've tried a bunch of new things, which the trailer gives a glimpse of. There's only one song that's like that. We've basically tried to do what Rage Against The Machine did with hip-hop in the 1990s and take a bit of the electronic world and dubstep and play it with real instruments. There's only one track like that, the rest of it is very, very diverse."




Mute are pleased to announce the signing of Land Observations, and news of the debut release, Roman Roads IV - XI, out on September 4th, 2012.

Land Observations is the solo project of James Brooks, which debuted at the Short Circuit, presents Mute Festival at the Roundhouse in May 2011.

Brooks’ previous band, Appliance, released four critically acclaimed albums on Mute before disbanding. Since then, Brooks has developed his visual and audio art with various shows across the UK, North America and Europe (his current exhibition, The Information Exchange, is at Domobaal, London, WC1 until August 2012).

Throughout, music has remained a constant, with Brooks now connecting his conceptual approaches to instrumental musical compositions.

Attempts to develop a new project alongside the visual art meant that Brooks did a lot of home recording at his flat in Hackney, East London.

Land Observations, developed out of an interest in the former Roman roads that lay just a short walk from his front door - roads of communication and conquest that stretch from the old City of London and out across parts of Britain, Europe and beyond.

Land Observations witnesses Brooks exploring the power of minimalism via layered, repetitive electric VI string guitar – creating warm, evocative instrumentals.

Although Brooks spent considerable time researching Roman Roads-, with each of the compositions responding to the psychogeography of an individual road - this is not just a historical project, or an attempt to look only into the past. There is an obvious fascination with Roman Roads as man made structures, with their bold lines carving through the landscape, creating an album that's a reflection on the broader ideas of travel, momentum and progress.

Roman Roads IV - XI is released on Mute on CD, vinyl and download, with packaging featuring original drawings by Brooks.

The album was recorded at the Bridge and Tunnel Mobile, Berlin and engineered and mixed by Mark Bihler and James Brooks.

Before the Kingsland Road
Aurelian Way
From Nero's Palace
Via Flaminia
Appian Way
The Chester Road
Battle Of Watling Street


album cover art of the day:

Void Moon To Release Debut Album 

Swedish doom metal band Void Moon are currently working on the finishing touches of their debut album called 'On the Blackest of Nights.'  The album is scheduled for release via Cruz Del Sur Music on November 2 in Europe and on the November 6 in the US on a limited digipack CD, vinyl, regular CD and digital formats.


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King Crimson - Lizard (200gm vinyl + Bonus MP3 codes pre-order)

Lizard is the third in a series of King Crimson high quality vinyl reissues.  The album's return to the 12" vinyl format is newly cut from masters approved by Robert Fripp.  Manufactured on 200gm super-heavyweight vinyl & housed in a reprint of the original gatefold sleeve, this edition also contains bonus MP3 codes giving access to a download of a transfer of an original 1970 pressing.

An album unlike any other by this most exploratory of Rock bands, Lizard is an often overlooked and under-appreciated gem.

Pre-order now for 24th September shipping.


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Cat Power — “Sun” 2XLP pre-order

Cat Power‘s first album of original material in six years, Sun, will be released on Sept. 4 via Matador. Chan Marshall recorded and played everything on the album herself, a noted departure from the band’s most recent, more expansive work.

SUN is the new studio album from Cat Power. Six years after her last album of original material, Chan Marshall has moved on from her collaborative forays into Memphis soul and Delta blues. She wrote, played, recorded and produced the entirety of SUN by herself, a statement of complete control that is echoed in the songs’ themes.

The music on SUN employs a sweeping stylistic palette: There’s the classic Cat Power haunting guitar and provocative vocal hook in “Cherokee” (“marry me to the sky… bury me upside down”); the irresistible Latin-sounding nine-piano loop of “Ruin”; upbeat, almost dancey electronic anthems like “Real Life” and “3,6,9”; and the stirring, 8-minute epic “Nothin But Time,” featuring a vocal cameo by Iggy Pop. The swagger of “Silent Machine” brings to mind mid-70s Jagger, contrasted with the unusual, sparse production of “Always on My Own.”

The narrative arc of the record is deeply American in its spaciousness and optimism, but the music itself is defiantly modern and global.

Mixed by Philippe Zdar (Cassius, Chromeo, Phoenix).

Pre-orders of the double LP are available here.


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GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 7/23 - 7/29, 2012

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
2. Passion Pit - Gossamer
3. Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back
4. JD McPherson - Signs & Signifiers
5. Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons - Old Believers
6. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
7. JEFF The Brotherhood - Hypnotic Nights
8. Purity Ring - Shrines
9. Sleep - Dopesmoker
10. OM - Advaitic Songs
11. The Features - Wilderness
12. Jack White - Sixteen Saltines etched 12"
13. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
14. Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
15. Turbo Fruits - Harley Dollar Bill$ 7"
16. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Baby 12"
17. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana
18. Pantera - Reinventing The Steel
19. Antlers - Undersea EP
20. Beach House - Bloom
21. Aesop Rock - Skelethon
22. Echo Lake - Wild Peace
23. Baroness - Yellow & Green
24. Dr. John - Locked Down
25. LCD Soundsystem - The Sound Of Silver


the old man still does it!:

Bruce Springsteen Ends European Tour With Four-Hour Show


even more elvis!

Preview: Prince From Another Planet: 40th Anniversary Edition - Elvis Presley


video music, they still have that?

VMA Nominations Announced:


cool to see that vinyl is in the picture!

Essency Records hopes to reconnect music lovers with vinyl albums


very interesting read at the huffington post:

Brendan Irvin-Broque Sold $10K Worth Of Vinyl Records In One Day, Credits Facebook Ads