Monday, September 24, 2012

New Vinyl Record and Music Releases - September 25, 2012

65daysofstatic - The Destruction of Small Ideas
Abdecaf - Rebuild (EP)
Andrew Osenga - Leonard the Lonely Astronaut
Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet (reissue) (vinyl)
Angelica Abrams - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
Angie Stone - Rich Girl
Animation - Transparent Heart
Anita Baker - Only Forever
Art Garfunkel - Original Album Classics
As I Lay Dying - Awakened
Avett Brothers - The Carpenter (vinyl)
B.B. King - Ladies and Gentleman...Mr. B.B. King (10-CD box set)
Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour of the Wildebeast (reissue) (vinyl)
Beach Boys - 50th Anniversary Greatest Hits
Beach Boys - All Summer Long (reissue)
Beach Boys - Beach Boys Party! (reissue)
Beach Boys - Little Deuce Coupe (reissue)
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (reissue)
Beach Boys - Shut Down Volume Two (reissue)
Beach Boys - Smiley Smile (reissue)
Beach Boys - Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) (reissue)
Beach Boys - Sunflower (reissue)
Beach Boys - Surfer Girl (reissue)
Beach Boys - Surfin’ U.S.A. (reissue)
Beach Boys - Surfs Up (reissue)
Beach Boys - The Beach Boys Today! (reissue)
Before the Dawn - Rise of the Phoenix
Ben Folds, Ben Folds Five - The Sound of the Life of the Mind (vinyl)
Ben Sollee - Half-Made Man
Bettye LaVette - Thankful N' Thoughtful
Big Wreck - Albatross
Black September - Into The Darkness Into The Void
Blind Faith - Live in Göteborg, Sweden, June 3rd 1969
Bob Dylan and The Band - Down in the Flood (DVD)
Bowling For Soup - One Big Happy
Bullet - Full Pull
Buzzcocks - Orgasm Addict Live
Car Bomb - w^w^^w^w
Caspian - Waking Season
Chris Cohen - Overgrown Path
Circle Jerks - My Career as a Jerk
Circuit Rider - Circuit Rider
City Lights - I Just Got to Believe
DJ Shadow - Reconstructed: The Best Of DJ Shadow
Daft Punk - Homework (reissue) (vinyl)
Danny! - Payback
Deacon Blue - The Hipsters
Deadmau5 - >Album Title Goes Here<
Deep Purple - Live 1969-1972
Deep Purple - Total Abandon: Australia '99
Devin Townsend - Ocean Machine
Devin Townsend - Terria
Diana Krall - Glad Rag Doll (vinyl)
Django Django - Django Django
Dog Society - Emerge
Dokken - Broken Bones (deluxe edition)
Dragonette - Bodyparts
Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze (12")
Durutti Column - Short Stories for Pauline (limited edition) (2 CDs)
Efterklang - Piramida
Ektomorf - Black Flag
Elitist - Reshape Reason
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (vinyl) (deluxe edition)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Tarkus (vinyl) (deluxe edition)
Empty Flowers - Six
Fight Amp - Birth Control
Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green - Live at the BBC January 1970 (reissue)
Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green - Live at the Record Plant, Sausalito CA (reissue)
Flock of Dimes - Curtain/Apparition (7")
Frank Zappa - Baby Snakes (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Boulez Conducts Zappa: Perfect Stranger (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Joe's Garage Acts I, II & III (reissue)
Frank Zappa - London Symphony Orchestra, Volumes 1 & 2 (reissue) (2 CDs)
Frank Zappa - Man From Utopia (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Orchestral Favorites (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Shut Up 'N Play Your Guitar (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Them or Us (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Thing Fish (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Tinsel Town Rebellion (reissue)
Frank Zappa - You Are What You Is (reissue)
Freddie Mercury - The Great Pretender (DVD documentary)
Frightened Rabbit - State Hospital (EP) (vinyl)
Fu Manchu - The Action Is Go
Funeral Fire - The Rise of the Red Supergiant
Gary Moore - Blues for Jimi (CD, DVD, Blu-Ray)
Gary Numan - Here In My Car - The Best Of 1984-1998
Gatekeeper - Exo
Gentle Giant - Live In Essen, Germany 1971
Giorgio Moroder - On The Groove Train Pop & Dance Rarities 1975 - 1993 (2 CDs)
Glass Animals - Leaflings
Glenn Campbell - In Session (CD/DVD)
Gojira - The Link Alive
Gorephilia - Embodiment of Death
Green Day - American Idiot (reissue)
Green Day - Uno! (vinyl)
Gruppo Sportivo - 10 Mistakes (vinyl)
Hagfish - ...Rocks Your Lame Ass
Handguns - Angst
Harry Nilsson - Son of Schmilsson (vinyl)
Hauschka - Salon Des Amateurs Remixes
Heaven's Cry - Wheels of Impermanence
Hellwell - Beyond the Boundaries of Sin
Henry Thomas - Bull Doze Blues
Hiawatha - Language
High On Fire - The Art Of Self Defense (vinyl) (reissue)
Honour Crest - Metrics
Hooded Menace - Effigies of Evil
Hour Of The Wolf - Decompositions Vol. II
How to Dress Well - Total Loss
INXS - Kick 25 (4 CDs)
Ike & Tina Turner - Live at Carnegie Hall - What You Hear Is What You Get
Imagine Dragons - Night Visions
In Dying Arms - Boundaries
Indesinence - Vessels of Light & Decay
Invisible Things - Home Is The Sun
Jake Owen - Endless Summer
James Brown - Best of Live at the Apollo: 50th Anniversary
Jason Collett - Reckon
Jethro Fox - Blinding Light
Jimmy Page - Playin' Up a Storm (reissue)
Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros - Global A Go-GO (remastered) (reissue)
Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros - Rock Art and the X-Ray Style (remastered) (reissue)
Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros - Streetcore (remastered) (reissue)
John Frusciante - PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone
John Hiatt - Mystic Pinball
John Hiatt - Warming Up to the Ice Age (reissue)
John Lee Hooker, Jr. - All Hooked Up
John Zorn - Vision in Blakelight
Johnny Cash - Hello, I'm Johnny Cash (reissue) (vinyl)
Joseph Arthur - Come to Where I'm From
Kenny Rogers - Christmas Live!
Kiasmos - Thrown (EP)
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver (reissue) (vinyl)
LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening (reissue) (vinyl)
Larry Graham and Graham Central Station - Raise Up
Lavender Diamond - Incorruptible Heart
Leaving Eden - 50 Bullets
Legacy of Disorder - Last Man Standing
Levek - Look A Little Closer
Local H - Hallelujah! I'm a Bum
Lower Than Atlantis - Changing Tune
Lucy Kaplansky - Reunion
Lucy Rose - Like I Used To
Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1
Machine Birds - Save Yourself
Medeski Martin & Wood - Free Magic
Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber
Merle Saunders & Jerry Garcia - Keystone Companions: Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings (box set)
Michael Jackson - Live at Wembley 7.16.1988
Michael McDermott - Hit Me Back
Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab)
Miles Davis - Original Album Series (Rhino)
Millions - Failure Tactics
Mo Kenney - Mo Kenney
Monuments - Gnosis
Moving Sidewalks - The Complete Moving Sidewalks (2 CDs)
Mumford & Sons - Babel (vinyl)
Murder By Death - Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon (vinyl)
Murs & Fashawn - This Generation
Nettlecarrier - Nettlecarrier
No Doubt - Push and Shove (vinyl)
Olly Murs - In Case You Didn't Know
Outlaws - It's About Pride
Ozomatli - OzoKidz
Pathology - The Time Of Great Purification
Patrick Wolf - Sundark & Riverlight
Paul Carrack - Good Feeling
Personable - Spontaneous Generation
Pete Seeger - A More Perfect Union
Pete Seeger - Pete Remembers Woody
Posthum - Lights Out
Premiere Cast - Carrie: The Musical Soundtrack
Preservation Hall Jazz Band - St. Peter and 57th
Preservation Hall Jazz Band - The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection (box set)
Pride Of Lions - Immortal
Pro-Pain - Straight To The Dome
R.E.M. - Document (25th Anniversary Edition)
Rafiq Bhatia - Strata (EP)
Revocation - Teratogenesis
Richie Sambora - Aftermath Of The Lowdown
Ricky Skaggs - Music To My Ears
Ringo Deathstarr - Mauve
Roscoe Bandana - Time to Begin
Royal Republic - Save The Nation
Rumer - Boys Don't Cry
Satan's Wrath - Galloping Blasphemy
Sensastions’ Fix - Music Is Painting in the Air
Sera Cahoone - Dear Creek Canyon
Set It Off - Cinematics
Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks 35th Anniversary Edition (reissue)
Steve Harris - British Lion
Steve Winwood - Arc of a Diver (reissue) (2 CDs)
Steven A. Clark - Fornication Under The Consent Of The King
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Texas Flood (reissue) (vinyl)
Strategy - Strategy
Talib Kweli - Prisoner Of Conscious
The Bad Plus - Made Possible
The Bevis Frond - Triptych
The Casualties - Resistance
The Congregation - Right Now Everything
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat + Bone
The Killers - Battle Born
The M's - Future Women
The Mavericks - In Time
The Moons - Fables of History
The Queers - Later Days and Better Lays (reissue) (vinyl)
The Soft Pack - Strapped
The Wedding - No Direction
The XX - Coexist (vinyl)
This Or The Apocalypse - Dead Years
Thy Will Be Done - Temple
Toy - Toy
Trapper Schoepp And The Shades - Run, Engine, Run
Tussie - Tempest
U.K. Subs - A.w.o.l.
Ultrasound - Play For Today
Ungdomskulen - Secrecy
Unnatural Helpers - Land Grab
Various Artists - Dirty Dancing: The Anniversary Edition (soundtrack)
Various Artists - Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head
Various Artists - WOW Hits 2013
Various Artists - Lullaby Renditions of Prince
Various Artists - Frankenweenie Unleashed! (soundtrack)
Vehement Serenade - Refuse The Lie (7")
Vessel - Order of Noise
Vicki Carr - Viva La Vida
Vision Divine - Destination Set To Nowhere
Warren Zevon - Mr. Bad Example / Mutineer (reissue)
Waylon Jennings - Goin Down Rockin: The Last Recordings
We Need Surgery - We Need Surgery
Wickerbird - The Crow Mother
Winterfylleth - The Threnody of Triumph
Witchcraft - Legend
Wizard Rifle - Speak Loud Say Nothing
Woody Guthrie - Complete Governement Recordings (7 CDs)
Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon - YOKOKIMTHURSTON
Zodiac - Zodiac


Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

New David Bowie Picture Disc Celebrating 40th Anniversary Of ‘The Jean Genie’

On November 16, 2012, EMI will mark the 40th anniversary of ‘The Jean Genie’ with the third in a series of collectible 7” picture discs that celebrate the anniversary of the original release of David Bowie’s UK singles.  The b-side will have the audio from the recently-recovered BBC Top Of The Pops performance of ‘The Jean Genie’ from January 1973.  Originally issued in the UK via RCA on November 14, 1972, ‘The Jean Genie’ was the first single taken from his then still-to-be released album 'Aladdin Sane.'


Dokken's Broken Bones Released In US Tomorrow

Dokken just posted up a new music video for the song "Empire," the opener to their new LP called 'Broken Bones.' The album was released in Europe last week and will be release on September 25, 2012, in North America through Frontiers Records. The album was produced by Don Dokken and mixed by Bob St. John.


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Chris Lawhorn Announces Charity Album Based Around Fugazi Samples

Chris Lawhorn will release his fifth album Fugazi Edits on October 30th on Case/Martingale Records. Fugazi Edits features 22 tracks, which were pieced together using excerpts from every song in the band Fugazi's discography.

The album's been in the works for almost two years. It's entirely instrumental and combines over 100 Fugazi samples with a variety of effects. Ian Mackaye (from the band and their label Dischord) has authorized the album's release. And, the profit from will be donated to a pair of charities—one that works with senior citizens in Washington, D.C. and another that provides aid globally to folks impacted by disaster and civil unrest.

Lawhorn started the Case/Martingale label in 1996, while playing drums for the (admittedly Fugazi-influenced) band Cataract Falls. A decade of disastrous tours and middling solo albums followed. Along the way, he became the staff DJ at a spring break company—playing for drunk, college students on South Padre Island each March—and recorded the rap album Pole Position.

This gradual switch from rocking to beat-making isn't exceptionally unique. But, it led to an 18 month stint as the resident DJ for Marie Claire magazine. When that concluded, Lawhorn began work on Fugazi Edits—in an attempt to make something that employed both the musical influences of his youth and his love of cutting up tracks and reassembling them.

Interested folks can visit to check out samples from the album, the artwork, and so on.

The CD release will be limited to 1,000 copies and followed by a digital release on iTunes, Amazon, etc.


Artilces of interest:

Author waxes on vinyl in latest novel


Iron Maiden to Return to Donington Festival to Celebrate 25 Years Since Seventh Son Perforemance


Neil Young, John Mellencamp + More Turn Out for Farm Aid 2012


An interview with photographer Storm Thorgerson, part one

CVR Blog Spin Clean® Record Washer System Review


OK, I'll admit it. I am a vinyl record nut, but I can live with it. The resurgence in the sale of vinyl records is not only about people who collect vinyl, it's also about a love of the format and a truer musical sound experience.

Some may scoff at this concept, saying that vinyl records wear out, damage easily and require too much time to clean. However, this is not the case, as we will learn. I've always maintained that cleaning vinyl records can be accomplished with some mild soap and water and a good carbon fiber brush. That might help, but the deep down grime at the bottom of the grooves will still be on the records and certainly audible.

Then I learned about and tried the Spin Clean® Record Washer System.

After contacting the folks at Spin Clean®, they were kind enough to send the CVR Blog a unit to review. I opened the box and was surprised at the simplicity of the unit. The directions were clear cut and the set up and cleaning process took less than five minutes; certainly off to a good start.

The Spin-Clean System Complete Kit comes with:

* Record Washer and Lid
* 4 ounce bottle of Record Cleaning Concentrate
* 32 ounce bottle of Record Cleaning Concentrate
* 2 pair of Washer Brushes MKII
* 1 pair of Washer Rollers MKII
* 7 washable Drying Cloths
* Instructions (in the lid)

The instructions suggested to use distilled water (which I did) rather than ordinary tap water to wash your vinyl LP records. Distilled water can usually be purchased from a local grocery store and costs about a dollar. The product also cleans both sides of the record simultaneously, with the drying cloths used to dry and shine the LPs.

What I wanted to see is if I could actually hear the difference. I pulled out an old dusty Jim Croce album and played the song "Time In A Bottle." I wanted a slower cut and a quieter song, so I could test the Spin Clean® product with not only my eyes, but my ears. I played the song once before cleaning it and one could say that the cut was ruined by all the clicks and pops, it sounded terrible. Then, I clean the record using the Spin Clean® Record Washer System.

Using my see through 'plastic 'deli gloves,' (this is something I have used for years, it is a way to handle vinyl records without worrying about getting fingerprints on the records), I placed the 'dirty' record in the basin as instructed. Again, following the precise directions, I turned the record three times, both clockwise and counter clockwise. I then pulled the wet record out of the basin and dried it with the drying towels in a clockwise circular motion as described in the instructions.

I then carefully placed the cleaned LP on my turntable and placed the needle down on the song again. What I heard was a more cleaner version of the song, but what amazed me the most is what I didn't hear. There was a definite decrease in the crackling, hissing and pops and miscellaneous clutter that I heard before I cleaned the record. I was sold on the product right away and went to their website  to gather more information. Here is what they had to say about their product:

The Spin Clean® Record Washer System's real effectiveness comes from its ability to impeccably clean both sides of any record simultaneously without using your turntable as part of the process. Your albums and singles will last longer and sound better than ever, while your turntable and stylus are saved from needless wear and tear.

The Spin Clean® Record Washer System has been one of the best value record washers since 1975. It is an extremely cost effective alternative, to all of the higher priced, automatic vacuum cleaner type machines. It uses a proprietary cleaning fluid that does not leave any build up or film on your records. It is also one of the few systems on the market that will clean albums, 45's and 78's. With the Spin-Clean system you mix the concentrated record cleaning solution with water in the clear reservoir base (small tank), The record stands vertically in the tray (as pictured), resting on adjustable rollers, as you rotate the record manually it passes through a set of two brushes that simultaneously deep cleans it on both sides. After you wash your records, you dry them off with a lint free cotton cloth. It's easy and anyone, even the most novice record collector, can handle the set up and cleaning process.

What is our secret weapon, however, is Spin-Clean® Record Washer MKII's special washer fluid. This special formula encapsulates the dirt that comes off the record from deep within the record grooves and sinks it to the bottom of the washer basin, so it is not re-deposited back on to your valuable LPs and 45s.

The CVR Blog wholeheartedly endorses the Spin Clean® Record Washer System, and I would recommend it as the perfect gift for any vinyl record lover. Additionally, because very little of the cleaning solution is used, the four ounce bottle will clean hundreds of LPs. In the end, music lovers and vinyl record junkies will love the cleaner, crisper superior sound that is the end result, and after all, isn't that what it is all about?

Here are some other comments about the Spin Clean® Record Washer System

"'s cheap and it really, really works...I cleaned some dirty, fingerprint-encrusted records, and when I removed them from the vat, all dirt and fingerprints were gone...not everyone wants to spend hundreds of bucks on a vacuum machine, and the Spin Clean got the job done." - Michael Fremer, Stereophile, February 2010

"I've discovered a new system that makes it easy and affordable for anyone to have cleaner and better-sounding records. It's the Spin-Clean Record Washer System MKII." - Goldmine magazine