Friday, September 21, 2012

We Have A Winner in the Shock Radar "Live Like Lions" Record Contest

We have a winner in the Shock Radar "Live Like Lions" vinyl give away.  Congratulations to Alicia K from Merrick, NY for the winning email.

Thanks to all that entered and watch the CVR blog for more fun and surprizes

We Have A Winner in the Heart Book Contest!

The CVR blog has a winner in Heart's New Book Kicking and Dreaming contest. 

Congratulations to Mindy C from Connellsville, PA for the winning entry!

Please, no more emails for this contest, but the Shock Radar "Live Like Lions" is still active!

Win A Copy Of Heart's New Book Kicking and Dreaming


from Nicole at Miles High

The CVR blog has one copy of Heart's new book 'Kicking and Dreaming' to give away to one lucky emailer. The third email to this email address ( with the words "Heart Book Contest" in the subject line will win the copy. (one email per email address please!)


Two sisters. Two voices. One Heart.

The mystery of "Magic Man." The wicked riff of "Barracuda." The sadness and beauty of "Alone." The raw energy of "Crazy On You." These songs, and so many more, are part of the fabric of American music. Heart, fronted by Ann and Nancy Wilson, has given fans everywhere classic, raw, and pure badass rock and roll for more than three decades. As the only sisters in rock who write their own music and play their own instruments, Ann and Nancy have always stood apart—certainly from their male counterparts but also from their female peers. By refusing to let themselves and their music be defined by their gender, and by never allowing their sexuality to overshadow their talent, the Wilson sisters have made their mark, and in the process paved the way for many of today's female artists.

In Kicking and Dreaming, Ann and Nancy, with the help of critically acclaimed and bestselling music biographer Charles R. Cross, recount a journey that has taken them from a gypsy-like life as the children of a globe-trotting Marine to the frozen back roads of Vancouver, where they got their start as a band, to the pinnacle of success—and sometimes excess. In these pages, readers will learn the truth about the relationship that inspired "Magic Man" and "Crazy On You," the turmoil of inter-band romances gone awry, the reality of life on the road as single women and then as mothers of small children, and the thrill of performing and in some cases partying with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Stevie Nicks, Van Halen, Def Leppard, and other rock legends. It has not always been an easy path. Ann struggled with and triumphed over a childhood stutter, body image, and alcoholism; Nancy suffered the pain and disappointment of fertility issues and a failed marriage but ultimately found love again and happiness as a mom. Through it all, the sisters drew from the strength of a family bond that trumps everything else, as told in this intimate, honest, and uniquely female take on the rock and roll life.

Throughout their career, Ann and Nancy have never found an answer to the question they are most frequently asked: "What is it like to be a woman in rock and roll?" Kicking and Dreaming puts that question to bed, once and for all.



Sept. 17, 2012 - 7pm Barnes & Noble (Union Square) New York, NY
Sept. 18, 2012 - 7pm Book Revue Huntington, NY
Sept. 27, 2012 - 7pm Barnes & Noble (The Grove) Los Angeles, CA



"Heart’s first gig was at a Vancouver, B.C., club called the Cave. The name was literal." (Chapter 10)

"Our skill at doing Zeppelin became our calling card and earned us most of our first bookings." (Chapter 10)

"I had to pick between the code of the road, and the sisterhood. I always chose to protect the guys, and band unity, as best I could." (Chapter 10)

"By 1975, we had become ‘the number one cabaret band in Vancouver.’" (Chapter 10)

"I felt like such a bohemian intellectual, but I also felt lonely being away from home for the first time." (Chapter 10)

"’You should join the band,’ Anne said. I know one day we’d again be in a band together." (Chapter 10)

"I wrote another friend a similar letter, but put it more succinctly, in all caps: ‘SHOULD I JOIN THE BAND?’ She wrote back, ‘YES, YES, YES.’" (Chapter 10)

Good Luck To All!!

Win A Vinyl Copy Of Shock Radar "Live Like Lions"

Heard from Lee and he has a free copy of his release for the fifth email into the CVR blog inbox ( with the words "Live Like Lions" in the subject line.  Please one email per email address and the contest is limited to US residents please.

Shock Radar announced on September 4th, 2012 that their highly anticipated new limited edition 10" vinyl record - "Live Like Lions" is now available for purchase exclusively at

Shock Radar is the experimental art rock project of NY songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and painter Lee J Diamond. He has worked as a session musician for members of The Verve, Stabbing Westward, and Black and The Slits. After touring and recording for acts like The Feud, Aerial Love Feed/Rockethouse, and Blood City, he is now giving life to his own material as a singer and composer.

“I had been collaborating with an extraordinary group of musicians, and wanted to bring a song (Live Like Lions) into the studio without them hearing it. So the ideas were fresh and spontaneous. The whole project came together like a jigsaw puzzle, under the sonic microscope of Emandee Studios’ head engineer Mark Ospovat. Lyrically, the song’s about living in the moment.”

Written by vocalist/guitarist Lee J Diamond, the title track “Live Like Lions” and companion piece “Generator” were Recorded at Emandee Studios by Mark Ospovat and Mastered at Sterling Sound by Steve Fallone with Art Design by Michael Zinn.

“Generator is a blend of many guitar styles and influences from Allan Holdsworth’s fusion to Tony Iommi’s riff-rock, but in essence, it’s a classic Shock Radar song with a lot of rhythmic changes, odd-tunings and a vocal choir.”

The eccentric artistic styling of Shock Radar’s ‘Post-Pop’ songs is fresh and unique. Born and raised in NY where he worked at several record stores till attending Boston's Berklee College of Music on scholarship, and further studying art and journalism at New School University, Lee J Diamond has climbed his way to the top of the city's music scene, simply doing what he does best, mixing and playing all styles from around the world.

For more information on Shock Radar, please visit

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Velvet Underground Tribute On Banana-Yellow Vinyl

California's Castle Face Records, partnering with Universal Music, is releasing a full-length tribute of classic album, featuring cover versions by psych rockers Ty Segall, the Fresh & Onlys, Thee Oh Sees, White Fence and more. The record is due out on November 6 and limited to 1,000 copies on "banana yellow" vinyl, with artwork by Scottish cartoonist David Shrigley.  Tracks from the tribute will be released digitally on various websites between October 15-29.


 1. Kelley Stoltz: "Sunday Morning"
 2. Warm Soda: "I'm Waiting for the Man"
 3. Ty Segall: "Femme Fatale"
 4. Blasted Canyons feat. Jeremy Cox (of Royal Baths): "Venus In Furs"
 5. White Fence: "Run Run Run"
 6. The Fresh & Onlys: "All Tomorrow's Parties"
 7. Burnt Ones: "Heroin"
 8. The Mallard: "There She Goes Again"
 9. Here Comes The Here Comes: "I'll Be Your Mirror"
 10. K. Dylan + The Black Angel's Death Songsmen: "The Black Angel's Death Song"
11. Thee Oh Sees: "European Son"


Peter Buck To Release New Album Exclusively On Vinyl

Soon after R.E.M. disbanded last year, Buck began working on his first solo record and he sings on eight of the albums 12 tracks (Corin Tucker sings on the others). The album also features Bill Rieflin on drums, Lenny Kaye on lead guitar and the Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee.  Buck is releasing the album through vinyl-only label Mississippi Records later this year.

“We recorded and mixed it in four and a half days,” Buck said, “and I’m hoping if I were to do another one to do it a little faster. I’m gonna try to get it down to two days. I only believe in doing things once and everyone laughs at me, but that’s really how I do it. And, you know, I love the way that that feels, and I love the spontaneity and I like the mistakes.”

 “If I had wanted to make it a CD, the CD would’ve been out three months ago,” he said, “but vinyl is what I want to do for right now. It’s a record—like all records, people will have to look for it, I guess. It’s not gonna be in Walmart. We’ll see about the digital. I’m sure it’ll be out before, say, Thanksgiving. I say that with hope.”


LED ZEPPELIN: 'Black Dog' Performance Clip From 'Celebration Day' Available 

LED ZEPPELIN's surviving members took part in a press event earlier today (Friday, September 21) to promote "Celebration Day", the film capturing the band's 2007 reunion show at London's O2 Arena that will premiere in theaters around the world next month. Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones all were on hand to meet with the media, and also attend a screening of the movie.

See the clip and read more at Blabbermouth


this from our friends at

LIARS - "BRATS" remixed by Cadence Weapon



Liars are excited to announce remixes of their forthcoming single, "Brats", out on 12" and download on October 16th and the reissue of their first three albums on vinyl.  The "Brats" 12” and download includes remixes from Cadence Weapon, Vessel and David Scott Stone. Cadence Weapon recently shared Liars' stage for their North American tour and have been shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize, remix credits include Lil’ Wayne and Lady Sovereign.

Liars - Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross – also announce details of the re-release of three of their albums on vinyl. The band’s first three albums, They Threw Us In A Trench & Put A Monument On Top, They Were Wrong, So We Drowned and Drum’s Not Dead are reissued on 180g vinyl and a limited edition 7” featuring unreleased live recordings of ‘WIXIW’ and ‘Pillars Were Hollow And Filled With Candy So We Tore Them Down’ is available free, while stocks last, when you purchase from the band’s official shop:


album cover art of the day:

DESTRUCTION: 'Spiritual Genocide' Anniversary Album

'Spiritual Genocide,' the 30th-anniversary album from German thrash metal veterans DESTRUCTION, is slated for release on November 23 via Nuclear Blast Records. Here is the colorful, yet bizzare album cover art!


album cover art of the day, part two:

Rebellion Reveals New Album Cover Artwork

Rebellion has recently revealed the album cover art by Felipe Machado for their forthcoming album called 'Arminius - Furor Teutonicus,' which is due out on October 26th via Massacre Records


and one more album cover, i like this one as well!

Manchester, U.K.-based metallers BABYLON FIRE will release their full-length debut, "Dark Horizons", on November 12 via Rocksector Records.


one can never have enough beatles records in their collection, but the price tag is a bit out of reach for on:

Remastered Beatles Albums Collected for 16-LP Vinyl Box Set


worth a look:

Light in the Attic Finds Old Records and Releases Them Like They're New


vinyl lovers have a place to go!

Revolution: Vinyl comes full circle at Black Dog Records


in the great northwest, a new record store for vinyl lovers!

New record store takes one back in time


jack white has done this, but i like the idea even more!!

Yeti Records trades bricks-and-mortar for record-truck


from our friends at VintageVinylNews

Review: Marc Bolan 35th Anniversary Concert @ Shepherds Bush Empire, London


New Music Releases ~ October 2012

Looks like October is a great new music release month with releases from Van Morrison, Diana Krall, Heart, Matt & Kim, John Cale, the Wallflowers and a six disc reissue set from Velvet Underground & Nico, all due in the first week!

The second week features new releases from Acacia Strain, Don Felder, Ty Segall, Jeff Lynne and John Fogerty as well as a slew of Steve Miller Band reissues, the 40th Anniversary Edition of Deep Purple's 'Machine Head,' the Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2 and the Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' on DVD and blu-ray.

The third week features the new Kiss album 'Monster,' Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and his solo effort, Donald Fagen's new album 'Sunken Condos,' and a new release from Brandy, just to name a few.

In the forth week of October, we have new releases by Lady Antebellum, Stone Sour, Bat For Lashes, Taylor Swift and more.  We also have the 25th Anniversary Box Set of Peter Gabriel's 'So,' and the Doors with 'Live at the Bowl ’68.'

And in the last week of October we have new releases from Andrew Bird, Black Country Communion, Cradle of Filth and Neil Young & Crazy Horse. We also have Blue Oyster Cult with 'The Columbia Album Collection' and if you can stomach it Rod Stewart with 'Merry Christmas, Baby.'

October 2

Axewound - Vultures
Beatles - Beatles Stories
Beth Orton - Sugaring Season
Blake Shelton - Cheers It's Christmas
Boys Noize - Out of The Black
Brandy - Two Eleven
Cher Lloyd - Sticks and Stones
Chris Rene - I'm Right Here
Cody Simpson - Paradise
Diana Krall - Glad Rag Doll
Enslaved - RIITIIR
Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
Gangi - gesture is
Heart - Fanatic
Jackie Evancho - Songs From The Shiver Screen
Jerrod Niemann - Free the Music
John Cale - Shifty Adventuers In Nookie Wood
Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, m.A.A.d City
Matt & Kim - Lightning
MellowHype - Numbers
Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth
Muse - The 2nd Law
Papa Roach - The Connection
Rupa And The April Fishes - Build
Sun Airway - Soft Fall
Taken By Trees - Other Worlds
The Vaccines - Come of Age
Three Days Grace - Transit of Venus
Tift Merritt - Traveling Alone
Tilly @ the Wall - Heavy Mood Ultraista - Ultraista
Van Morrison - Born To Sing: No Plan B
Various Artists - Who Are You: A Tribute to the Who
Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground & Nico (six-disc reissue)
Wallflowers - Glad All Over


October 9

A.C. Newman - Shut Down The Streets
Acacia Strain - Death is the Only Mortal
Anaal Nathrakh - Vanitas
August Burns Red - Sleddin’ Hill, A Holiday Album
Bad Books - II Barbara Streisand - Release Me
Beach Boys - Greatest Hits’ and ‘Greatest Hits: 50 Big Ones
Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour (DVD, Blu-ray)
Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Cobra Juicy
Blackmore’s Night - A Knight in York
Chrome Canyon - Elemental Themes Citzens! - Here We Are
Coheed and Cambria - The Afterman: Ascension
Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
Deep Purple - Machine Head – 40th Anniversary Edition (UK only)
Django Django - Django Django Dio - The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2
Don Felder - Road to Forever
Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky – the Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
Ellie Goulding - Halcyon
Freelance Whales - Diluvia
Hostage Calm - Please Remain Calm
Jeff Lynne - Long Wave
John Fogerty - Wrote A Song For Everyone
Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams
Luther - 'Let's Get You Somewhere Else
Martin Eden - Dedicate Function
Motorhead - The World is Ours – Vol. 2
Nonpoint - Nonpoint
PAWS - Cokefloat!
Pete Townshend - Who I Am (autobiography)
Rick Springfield - Songs For The End Of The World
Steve Miller Band - Children of the Future (reissue)
Steve Miller Band - Sailor (reissue)
Steve Miller Band - Number 5 (reissue)
Steve Miller Band - Brave New World (reissue)
Steve Miller Band - Your Saving Grace (reissue)
Sylosis - Monolith
Tame Impala - Lonerism
The Birthday Massacre - Hide And Seek
The Cringe - Hiding In Plain Sight
Trash Talk - 119
Ty Segall - Twins
Weapon - Embers and Revelations
Why? - Mumps, etc.
Young Guru - Essentials Vol.1


October 16

A Fine Frenzy - Pines
Anberlin - Vital
Ben Gibbard - Former Lives
Brandy - Two Eleven
Chickenfoot - Chickenfoot (reissue with live tracks)
Conor Maynard - Contrast
DaVinci - The MOEna Lisa
Dethklok - Metalocalypse: Dethklok Dethalbum
Dethklok - Dethalbum III
Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos
Double Naught Spy Car - Western Violence
Earlimart - System Preferences
Jamey Johnson - Livin’ for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran
Jason Aldean - Night Train
Jason Lytle - Dept. of Disappearance
Kem - What Christmas Means
King Dude - Burning Daylight
Kiss - Monster
Martha Wainwright - Come Home to Mama
Megadeth - Countdown to Extinction (20th Anniversary Edition)
Mika - The Origin Of Love
No Bragging Rights - Cycles
Pinback - Information Retrieved
Scotty McCreery - Christmas With Scotty McCreery
Smoke & Jackal - EP1
Tamaryn - Tender New Signs TKTTSM - TKTTSM
That's Outrageous! - Psycho
The Infamous Stringdusters - Silver Sky
Trey Anastasio - Traveler


October 23

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Lost Songs
Anita Baker - Only Forever
Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
Behold… the Arctopus - Horrorscension
Being As An Ocean - Dear G-d...
Billy Ray Cyrus - Change My Mind
Bridgit Mendler - Hello My Name Is...
Diamond Rings - Free Dimensional
Further Seems Forever - Penny Black
Lady Antebellum - On This Winter’s Night
Main Attrakionz - Bossalinis & Fooliyones
Manowar - The Lord of Steel
Neal Schon - The Calling
Night Ranger - 24 Strings & A Drummer – Live & Acoustic
P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here
Paul Banks - Banks
Peter Gabriel - So – 25th Anniversary Immersion Box
Pig Destroyer - Book Burner
Rah Rah - The Poet's Dead
Rick Berlin - Always On Insane
Shiny Toy Guns - III
Sister Sin - Now and Forever
Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited II
Stone Sour - House of Gold & Bones Part 1
Taylor Swift - Red
The Doors - Live at the Bowl ’68
The Sword - Apocryphon
Titus Andronicus - Local Business
Tony Bennett - Viva Duets
tweaker - call the time eternity


October 30

Andrew Bird - Hands of Glory
Black Country Communion - Afterglow
Blue Oyster Cult - The Columbia Album Collection
Calvin Harris - 18 Months
Cradle of Filth - The Manticore and Other Horrors
Early Graves - Red Horse
Indian Handcrafts - Civil Disobedience for Losers
Lulu Gainsbourg - From Gainsbourg To Lulu
Madness - Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da Meek Mill - Dreams and Nightmares
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
Neurosis - Honor Found in Decay
Rod Stewart - Merry Christmas, Baby
Shining - Redefining Darkness
The Scenics - Dead Man Walks Down Bayview
The Soft Moon - Zeros
Tracey Thorn - Tinsel And Lights