Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Music Record Shop Weekly Contest is still open to entries, so take a minute, you could win!

The CVR blog has a copy of Mad Season's 'Above' to give away to a lucky blog reader. The 33rd emailer with the words "Music Record Shop Mad Season Contest" in the subject line to this email address wins! Limit one entry per person please!

Mad Season - Above

This expanded double 12" vinyl edition includes the original album in its entirety as well as three songs from the band's unfinished second album with newly recorded vocals by Mark Lanegan, a previously unreleased instrumental, "Interlude," and a remixed version of Mad Season's cover of John Lennon 's "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier."

Above is the only studio album by the American rock band Mad Season, released on March 14, 1995 through Columbia Records. The album has been certified gold by the RIAA in the United States. The album's gloomy, black and white cover art was illustrated by Staley. The drawing was based upon a photograph of Staley and his then-girlfriend, Demri Lara Parrott.


R.E.M. 25th Green Anniversary

When R.E.M. went to Memphis, Tennessee's famed Ardent Studios in 1988 to record their major label debut for Warner Bros Records, singer Michael Stipe, legend has it, tasked his band mates, Bill Berry, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills, with a singular mission: to "not write any more R.E.M.-type songs." Emboldened by this charge, the band ventured into the previously unexplored realm of bubblegum pop ("Pop Song '89," "Stand"), freely swapped instruments amongst themselves, and even went so far as to introduce the mandolin into their repertoire for the first time ("Hairshirt"). Bolstered by Stipe's increasingly politically-conscious and socially-conscientious lyrics, Green emerged as the band's most fully-realized record to date--a bold claim given the trajectory of their IRS years' recordings (Murmur, Reckoning, Fables of the Reconstruction, Lifes Rich Pageant, and Document) but accurate nonetheless.

To celebrate the landmark album's 25-year anniversary, Rhino is releasing a two-disc deluxe edition that features the remastered original album accompanied by a disc of live performances taken from the penultimate show of R.E.M.'s 130-date Green World Tour. All twenty-one songs were recorded in Greensboro, North Carolina, on November 10, 1989, just miles from where Berry, Buck, Mills and Stipe had their very first recording session at Mitch Easter's Drive-In Studio in Winston-Salem. The set captures the confident spirit of Green ("Get Up," "World Leader Pretend," and "You Are The Everything") as well as the timelessness of early favorites like "Fall On Me," "Finest Worksong," and "The One I Love," and hints at the future with early versions of tracks that would ultimately appear on Out Of Time.

GREEN: 25TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION will be available on May 14th, but you can pre-order it now at Amazon


Avenged Sevenfold Limited Edition Vinyl

For Record Store Day 2013, on the 5 year anniversary of Avenged Sevenfold's "Live in the LBC" performance, we have produced a limited record/DVD configuration, pressed on vinyl for the first time in a deluxe gatefold jacket and mastered by Bernie Grundman. This release contains both the first live concert film from Avenged Sevenfold "Live in the LBC" filmed on April 10, 2008 as well as "Diamonds in the Rough," an offering of previously unreleased b-sides and more. The CD/DVD configuration was released September 16, 2008 and has since been certified Platinum.

Get it at BecauseSoundMatters


for those who have cells (i don't and i don't want one!)

Doors' App Available

Now available on the App Store, THE DOORS official App brings The Doors' story to life with a rich, immersive experience that delves deeply into every aspect of The Doors' incandescent career. Of all the California bands, The Doors music still burns with an intensity that clearly identifies their distinctive approach to poetic lyrics, bold instrumentation and song.

THE DOORS official app features:
Essays: Insider stories behind each Doors album, the "Miami Incident," and more, enriched with videos, audio, photos and rarely seen memorabilia
Timeline: The Doors' history, controllable from the radio of Jim's Shelby GT 500 Mustang
Cast of Characters: Meet key people in the Doors' universe
The Doors Map of LA: Focusing on prime locations in the band's history, with photos and stories
Gallery: All of the app's images, artwork, tape boxes, memorabilia, press releases, Doors posters
Music Room: Flip through the classic Doors' LPs, hear song samples, or scan and match from your own library
Tech Nuggets: Descriptions and photos of all equipment used in the recording of each studio album
Song Lyrics: Complete lyrics to all Doors' songs
Social Integration: In-app links to Social Media and the iTunes store
Favorites: A personal portfolio of treasures, selected by you

Additional Features:
Materials from The Doors archive and dozens of other sources
Hundreds of unseen photos, posters, artifacts and artwork
44 short form videos plus all six full-length Doors music videos
Short "takes" from Patti Smith, Hunter S. Thompson, Greil Marcus, Francis Cord Coppola and The Doors
Graphic novel of the infamous Miami Incident by Dean Haspiel & Adam Holzman, including actual FBI files and related documents

For more onfo head HERE


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Austin City Limits 2013 lineup revealed


Grateful Dead compile Magical, Mythical Tour recordings in new 14-disc box set


actually saw the band in the mid 80's warmed up for kiss

KING KOBRA To Release 'II' Album In July


cool write up. well worth the read:

Mind Melt: A Chat With Graphic Artist Leif Podhajsky


Unexpected Cover Songs: 20 Unique Renditions Of Famous Tunes


album cover art of the day:

Inherit The Stars Reveals New Album "We Were Made To Walk The Skies" Artwork


album cover art of the day, part 2:

Powerwolf - Reveal New Album Artwork

German power metal band Powerwolf have revealed the album cover art for their new opus 'Preachers Of The Night,' which was created by Matthew Greywolf. The album is expected to be released this year through Napalm Records, but the official date has not been announced.


very controversial Bowie video making the rounds on the net (banned at YouTube)

Watch David Bowie's Bloody, Religious "The Next Day" Video, Starring Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard


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