Monday, September 30, 2013

New Music Releases - October 1, 2013

7 Seconds - My Aim Is You (7″)
Agnes Obel - Aventine (vinyl)
Alexander Ebert - All Is Lost (soundtrack)
Alpaca - Demimonde (vinyl)
Alpay - Yekte (vinyl)
Andrew Liles - Ninki Nanka, Yumboes and Monsters
Arve Henriksen - Places of Worship (vinyl)
Atlantean Kodex - The White Goddess
Austin Lucas - Stay Reckless (vinyl)
Bailterspace - Trinine
Basia Bulat - Tall Tall Shadow
Benoit & Sergio - Adjustments (EP)
Bill Orcutt - A History of Every One (vinyl)
Birdy - The Fire Within (with bonus tracks)
Black Books - Black Books
Black Moth - The Killing Jar
Black Sites - Prototype (EP) (12")
Blind Boys of Alabama - I’ll Find a Way
Blitzen Trapper - VII
Bonobo - Animal Magic
Boogarins - As Plantas Que Curam
Brad - Interiors
Brad - Shame
Brendan Canning - You Gots 2 Chill
Broken Hope - Omen Of Disease
Butthole Surfers - Hairway to Steven (reissue) (vinyl)
Butthole Surfers - Locust Abortion Technician (reissue) (vinyl)
Butthole Surfers - Psychic... Powerless... Another Man’s Sac (reissue) (vinyl)
Butthole Surfers - Rembrandt Pussyhorse (reissue) (vinyl)
Cabaret Voltaire - Red Mecca (reissue) (vinyl)
Cannibal Corpse - Kill (Picture Disc)
Carter Tutti - Coolicon (10")
Cathedral - The Last Spire (blue vinyl)
Charlie Jones - Love Form (vinyl)
Conducting From The Grave - Conducting From The Grave
Cosmic Psychos - Cosmic Psychos (vinyl)
Cosmic Psychos - Down on the Farm (12")
Cosmic Psychos - Go the Hack (vinyl)
Daniel Bjarnason - Over Light Earth (vinyl)
Danny Brown - Old
Dead Meadow - Dead Meadow (reissue) (vinyl)
Deeds Of Flesh - Gradually Melted
Deep Dark Woods - Jubilee
Deltron 3030 - Event 2
Deprecated - Deriding His Creation
Devin Townsend - The Retinal Circus (CD/DVD)
DJ Sprinkles - Queerifications & Ruins (12")
Dr. Dog - B-Room
Eduard Artemyev - Solaris OST (vinyl)
Elf Power - Sunlight On The Moon
Fates Warning - Darkness in a Different Light
Fire! - Without Noticing (vinyl)
FUZZ - FUZZ (vinyl)
Gambles - Trust
Grails - Black Tar Prophecies Vol. 4, 5 & 6
Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks Vol. 21: Richmond,VA 11/1/85 (3-CDs)
HAIM - Days Are Gone
Hank3 - A Fiendish Threat
Hank3 - Brothers of the 4x4
Happa - Two and Two Make Five (12")"
Hearts & Hands - My Own Machine
hed)p.e. - The Best Of (hed)p.e.
Holy Models - Swimming (12")
Horisont - Time Warriors
Hula - Murmur (vinyl)
Hunters - Hunters
In Solitude - Sister
Industrial Park - Cold White (vinyl)
Iron Man - South Of The Earth
Islander - Pains
Jeremy Denk: J.S. Bach - Goldberg Variations
Jerry Garcia and Lou Reed - The Smith Tapes
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Unvarnished (vinyl)
Johnny Flynn - Country Mile
Jucifer - There Is No Land Beyond the Volga (2xLP)
Justin Timberlake - JT Complete Package
Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
Keluar - Ennoea (vinyl)
Kitchens Of Distinction - Folly
Land Of Kush - The Big Mango
Larry Gus - Years Not Living (vinyl)
Les Level - House of Need (12")
Leverage Models - Leverage Models
Lindi Ortega - Tin Star
Lorde - Pure Heroine
Lovers Without Borders - Detective (vinyl)
M+A - These Days
Machinedrum - Vapor City (vinyl)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist (2xLP)
Maja Ratkje - Voice (vinyl)
Matana Roberts - COIN COIN Chapter Two - Mississippi Moonchile
Matt & Kim - Lightning Remixes (PRE-ORDER vinyl)
Meat Puppets - Huevos (reissue) (vinyl)
Meat Puppets - Out My Way (reissue) (vinyl)
Melt-Banana - Fetch (vinyl)
Moby - Innocents
Moderat - Bad Kingdom (10")
Moin - Murphy (12")
Natural Snow Buildings - Daughter of Darkness (6xCD)
Nelly - M.O.
New Model Army - Between Dog and Wolf
Nick Hexum (of 311) - My Shadow Pages
Noam Pikelny - Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe
O13 - Time Wave Zero (vinyl)
Oceano - Incisions
Oddisee - The Beauty in All (vinyl)
Ohm - Ohm
Okta Logue - Tales of Transit City
Old 97's and Waylon Jennings - Old 97's and Waylon Jennings
Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven (2xLP)
Panico - Resonancia (vinyl)
Paradise 100 - The Loin King (12")
Phèdre - Golden Age
Pharaohs - Manhunter (12)"
Phish - Junta (reissue) (3-LPs) (vinyl)
PINS - Girls Like Us
Policy - Postscript (vinyl)
Polvo - Siberia
Primitive Calculators - Primitive Calculators (vinyl)
Quasi - Mole City (2xLP)
Quasi: Mole City
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement - Water Rose Above the Head (12")
Ricardo Tobar - Garden (10")
Ricardo Tobar - If I Love You (12")
Ricardo Villalobos - Turbo Semantic (12")
Rudimentary Peni - Archaic (reissue) (vinyl)
Rush - The Studio Albums 1989-2007 (box set)
Rush - Vapor Trails: Remixed
Sabaton - Swedish Empire Live (DVD/CD)
Saint Rich - Beyond the Drone
Sam Shalabi - The Big Mango
Scar The Martyr - Scar The Martyr
Seams - Quarters
Seconds - My Aim Is You (7")
Sensations Fix - Fragments of Light (vinyl)
Skullflower | Mastery - Skullflower | Mastery (vinyl)
Smile Empty Soul - Chemicals
SOKO - I Thought I Was An Alien (vinyl)
Sons of the Morning - Speak Soon Volume One
Soulfly - Savages
Tancred - Tancred
Tee Vee Pop - The Only Years (vinyl)
Teen Daze - Glacier
The Blow - The Blow (vinyl)
The Browning - Hypernova
The Crookes - Hold Fast
The Field - Cupid's Head (2xLP)
The Fleshtones - For a Smile (7")
The Haxan Cloak - The Haxan Cloak (2xLP)
The Illumination - Departures
The Knife - Deep Cuts (reissue) (2xLP)
The Lucid Dream - Songs of Lies and Deceit
The Meets - It Happens Outside (vinyl)
The Melismatics - Rising Tide
The More I See - The Disappearing Humans
The Paper Kites - States
The Parson Red Heads - Orb Weaver
The Red Paintings - The Revolution Is Never Coming
The Sadies - Internal Sounds (vinyl)
Those Darlins - Blur The Line
Thought Chamber - Psykerion
Tindersticks - Les Salauds (vinyl)
Tired Pony - The Ghost of the Mountain
Tonia Reeh - Fight of the Stupid (vinyl)
TV Ghost - Disconnect (vinyl)
Twilight Of The Gods - Fire On The Mountain
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Mind Control (red vinyl)
Unicorn Hard-On - Weird Universe (vinyl)
Untold - Targa/Glare (12")
Van Morrison - Moondance: Deluxe Edition
Various Artists - Air Texture Volume III (2xCD)
Various Artists - Beatles Reimagined
Various Artists - Classroom Projects (vinyl)
Various Artists - Goush Bedey (2xLP)
Various Artists - Hassaniya Music from the Western Sahara and Mauritania (vinyl)
Various Artists - Mondo Zombie Boogaloo
Various Artists - The Ecstasy of Gold: 25 Killer Bullets from the Spaghetti West Vol. 3 (2xLP)
Various Artists - The Ecstasy of Gold: 25 Killer Bullets from the Spaghetti West Vol. 4 (2xLP)
Various Artists - XXX: Three Decades Of Roadrunner Records (4-CD)
Various Artists - Young Turks 2013 (12")
Various Artists - Morgiana: The Cremator
Vulture Industries - The Tower
Water World - Dead (7")
White Manna - Dune Worship
Wicked King Wicker - Evolving
William Winant - Five American Percussion Pieces
Within Temptation - Paradise (EP)
Wolves At The Gate - Back To School
Yuck - Glow & Behold
Zoo Zero - Zoo Zero (vinyl)

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Angel Baby Song - 1960 Hit by Rosie & The Originals

It is my sincere wish that long time readers of the CVR blog will appreciate this story, it is not my writing but that of a friend in music and vinyl records. Danny Sandrik owns and operates, a site dedicated to vinyl records, the music he loves and the players who play it. Now, Danny is not a 'professional' writer, and he may have a dangling participle here or there (though, honestly, i wouldn't know it if he did), but his words are from the pure passion of enjoying the music and living in the time when it was popular. From time to time, Danny's articles will be featured here on the CVR blog and i hope that you enjoy Danny's words - as much as enjoyed writing them. Please, feel free to comment on the stories and please stop by his site, where you can discover the best fifties, sixties and seventies vinyl record album information, plus cool videos and artist biographies.

A sincere thank you do Danny for allowing me to reprint his words, enjoy!

The Angel Baby Song - 1960 Hit by Rosie & The Originals

written by Danny Sandrik  

This Angel Baby song was written by 14 year old Rosie Hamlin and became a Top Five Doo-Wop hit back in 1960 after the song was originally played in a local Dept Store.

Rosie had scribbled the Angel Baby Song on the back of her notebook as a sophomore at Mission Bay High School in San Diego.

It started out as a poem for the very first boyfriend she ever had and was written right before she joined the Originals.

Rosie's mother bought her a piano and her Aunt began teaching her some chords. As she continued to learn on the piano and sing a family friend would bring over local musicians for jam sessions.

Rosie had already written Angel Baby when she was fourteen and after many sessions together the group decided to record the song when Rosie was just fifteen. 

The Recording Studio Surprise Rosie didn't expect!

It was a hot summer day when the group got into a car and headed out to San Marcos, California, to a rented recording studio described as somewhere in the middle of no-where.

The original group consisted of David Ponci and Noah Tafolla on Guitar and Tony Gomez on Bass. Carl Von Goodat later joined on Drums and Alfred Barrett on Sax.

When they arrived what appeared to be an old barn was actually an abandoned airplane hangar owned by a retired airplane mechanic.

The recording studio was a corner of the hangar surrounded by airplane parts, but it did have a set of drums and a piano in that corner.

To make matters worse the sax player, Alfred Barrett, said he would join them later but failed to show because he had to mow the lawn.

Remember, they were just teens at the time, so some had chores to do before going anywhere. They were in trouble without a sax player but Noah had an idea.

He had played a little Sax and decided to teach Tony Gomez the Sax part so the Bass player is actually playing the Sax on the original recording. Now back to the Recording Studio.

The Surprise Flip-side Recording.

The recording equipment consisted of an old two-track machine. The group recorded the Angle Baby song over and over, a reported thirty times or more before they got the take they wanted and thought they were done.

The "Airplane Hangar Recording engineer" then asks "What do you want on the other side?" As they were new in the business they completely forgot about the flip side of the record, but luck was with them.

Their old friend Blueford Wade, a vocalist that sat in on gigs with Rosie when he wasn't with his own band, was along for the ride. Noah again had a suggestion. He asked Blueford to just ad-lib something and that's how "Give Me Love" made it on the B-side of that 45rpm record.

The Angel Baby Song is a Department Store Hit!

When the record was finished the group ran into trouble landing a record deal and couldn't get an appointment with any of the recording labels, but they didn't give up.

They took their master recording to Kresge's Department Store in San Diego and asked the Manager to play the song in one of the listening booths of the music department. They wanted it piped into the store so the teens shopping for records could hear it also.

They suggested to the Manager that if the teens liked the song maybe they could sell it in the store. The Manager agreed and allowed them to play the song throughout the store.

The kids loved the song and wanted to know where to buy the record. There was a distributor for Highland Records in the store that day and he came over to see what all the commotion was about.

He offered the group a recording contract on the spot, but only under the condition that the company take possession of the master recording. He also said that David Ponci had to be named as the author of the song as he was the eldest of the group.

The group was young and eager for success so they gave them their master with no contract signed.

Good times turn bad for Rosie & the Originals.

It was about three weeks later the Angel Baby song was played on the radio by DJ Allen Freed before the group had received their contract.

He made mention that the song was by a young girl named Rosie and told everyone listening that this was going to be a hit song.

He continued playing the song six to ten times a day before Rosie finally contacted someone at Highland to meet them with a contract.

She had to take her mother to sign because Rosie was a minor. Hamlin later discovered she was ineligible to collect record royalties from the song because she was not listed as the song writer.

This eventually led to the group's break-up. Hamlin finally secured the copyright to her music in 1961 but battles over royalities lasted for decades.

They were musicians not business people. They got burned like so many others in those days as there was no one available immediately to help many young artists with legal advice.

I have read articles indicating that immediately after writing the song, Rosie certified-mailed herself a copy so that it would be legally dated.

If this really happened it was a wise move in view of the legal mess later created by Highland Records, costing Rosie many years in lost royalties.

Remember the Darling Lorraine song I wrote about. Same thing happened to the writer of that song. You can read that story here.

Rosie & the Originals - In Good Company.

After her days with Highland Records, Jackie Wilson asked Rosie to come to New York, along with guitarist Noah Tafolla, where they recorded "Lonely Blue Nights" for the Brunswick label.

Soon after they began opening for Jackie Wilson at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater for six shows daily. The show included Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Marcells, Benny King, The Isley Brothers, Del Shannon, Bobby Vee and Bobby Rydel among others.

Rosie has worked with other great entertainers including Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Little Richard. She opened for the "Rolling Stones" when they first came to the US.

John Lennon recorded the Angel Baby Song and made mention that little Rosie was one of his favorite American Artists.

This Angel Baby song made it to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1960. It remained on the charts for twelve weeks.

For someone that had just a single hit song "Angel Baby", Rosie Hamlin has proved that she should be remembered for more than that one hit single.

Her cover versions of "A Thousand Stars", The One That Really Loves You and Your No Good are superb covers, and her original 'Lonely Blue Nights' deserved to be a hit song.

Hamlin and Tafolla married and had two children together.

In 2002, Hamlin performed this "Angel Baby" video on a PBS-TV program, Red White & Rock.

Please note that here she is performing this classic with a full orchestra of professional musicians. In 1960 she recorded this in a converted airplane hanger with her teenage friends.

Forty two years later, no flat notes, perfect pitch all the way through the song. A tribute to her lasting talent.

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Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at MusicRecordShop

Bruce Springsteen - Live At The Main Point 1975 4-LP Import 2012 (Clear Vinyl)


The words 'legendary', 'seminal' and 'classic' are very often over-used in the heated hyperbole that surround rock concerts in general and Bruce Springsteen gigs in particular. They lead to overblown phrases such as "essential for every fan" and one of his greatest ever shows. This recording of a concert Bruce and the E-Street Band played in Philadelphia in February 1975 really is that of a legendary Springsteen show, a seminal moment in his career, a classic performance and an essential part of any fan's library of The Boss work. This is one of his greatest ever performances. 


Label: Let Them Eat Vinyl
140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed
Colored Vinyl - Clear

1. Intro
2. Incident On 57th Street
3. Mountain Of Love
4. Born To Run
5. The E Street Shuffle
6. Wings For Wheels (Thunder Road)
7. I Want You

8. Spirit In The Night
9. Shes The One
10. Growin Up
11. Its Hard To Be A Saint In The City
12. Jungleland
13. Kittys Back

14. New York City Serenade
15. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
16. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)

17. A Love So Fine / Shout
18. For You
19. Back In The USA
20. Thunder Road*
21. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out*
22. Pretty Flamingo*
23. Backstreets*

* Live at The Roxy, Hollywood, CA. (10/17/1975)

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new releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl

Blind Boys Of Alabama - I'll Find A Way

I'll Find a Way represents a strong new chapter for the Blind Boys of Alabama, whose career stretches back more than seventy years. Formed in the late 1930s at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in Talladega, the group has harmonized throughout the turbulent twentieth century and well into the twenty-first. They have enjoyed some of their biggest successes in the last ten years, during which they've won five Grammys, four Gospel Music Awards and multiple invitations to sing at the White House.

Produced by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver, Kathleen Edwards), I'll Find A Way is a unique collaboration between one of popular music's longest-running acts and one of its fastest-rising stars. Known primarily for his work in the indie and folk realms, the Bon Iver frontman proved a perfect fit to work with the Blind Boys, exhibiting a deep knowledge and appreciation of gospel music.

I'll Find a Way features some of the Blind Boys' most fervent vocals as well as contributions by a new generation of Blind Boys fans - Sam Amidon, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Casey Dienel of White Hinterland, Patty Griffin, and Justin Vernon himself. The result is a rousing collection of gospel songs, new and old, that address life's most desperate hours but also savor the triumphs and reassurances of faith.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Insert
  • Download code
  • First pressing of 1000 hand numbered copies on crystal clear vinyl!

Bryan Ferry Orchestra - Great Gatsby


This release features Jazz recordings of the 2013 film soundtrack The Great Gatsby. In addition to 11 tracks from The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, this soundtrack also features music from Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Irving Aaronson & His Commanders - and features inspired takes on "Empire State Of Mind", "100$Bill", "Back To Black", "Love Is The Drug" and more.

A 20-page booklet expands on the superb tracklisting with small stories and quintessential Roaring Twenties memorabilia. The first pressing comes in a limited hand numbered coloured vinyl issue!
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • 20-page booklet
  • First pressing of 1.000 hand numbered copies on transparent blue vinyl

Earth, Wind & Fire - Now, Then & Forever

We're proud to announce the release of the new album Now, Then & Forever by the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire. This marks the group's first new studio album in eight years.

'Now, Then & Forever is really about the legacy of Earth, Wind & Fire', said co-founder Philip Bailey.  'The spirit of the band has always been about uplifting the consciousness of humanity.  There's a hope that this Earth, Wind & Fire music will go on forever.' 'Without the support of the fans around the world, the Earth, Wind & Fire journey would not have been possible' says co-founder Verdine White.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Printed innersleeve
  • New album for 2013!

Los Lobos - How Will The Wolf Survive

Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the major breakthrough of Los Lobos' How Will The Wolf Survive? was a launching pad for the tried & true sound of these Latin American musical heroes.

Honing their craft in '70s L.A. by doing loads of weddings and dance gigs, they incorporated Rock into their Mexican sound which resulted in a Pop staple of legendary proportions. The band switch easily between Rockers like "Don't Worry Baby" and "A Matter Of Time" and modern Mexican evergreens "Corrida #1" and "Serenata Norteña."
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Available on vinyl for the first time since its original release 


from our friends at StormingtheBase

Marsheaux - Inhale (Limited) 2LP (Translucent Blue)

Artoffact Records re-issues Inhale on double-vinyl with all-new cover art and three previously unreleased bonus tracks. The vinyl comes in two editions, audiophile black and a limited (100 copies worldwide) translucent blue for collectors.

"I do have a soft spot for Marsheaux," Andy McCluskey of OMD has been quoted as saying, and no doubt the Greek synthpop duo have garnered many accolades in their 10 year career. Marianthi Melitsi and Sophie Sarigiannidou have indeed taken Europe's synthpop scene by storm over four albums and high-profile remixes. The Human League played their track "What a Lovely Surprise" in the pre-show music for the Steel City tour; the duo were commissioned to do an official remix for OMD; and Tom Robinson and Stuart Maconie (BBC Radio 6 hosts) have praised their work.

2013 saw the release of Inhale, Marsheaux's most accomplished and successful record to date, and the duo's fourth full-length. With top marks from the likes of Vancouver's V-Rag Magazine and Collapse Board's Everett True, Inhale is a glorious synthpop record, one of 2013's best.

We expect this product in stock on December 3rd.

Pre-order at StormingTheBase


cool story:

Toad Hall marks 40 years of vinyl, books and comics in Rockford


are you old enough to remember this show (i am and it was a thrill to stay up late to watch it!)

40 Years Ago: ‘Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert’ Debuts

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at ThrillJockey

Mountains - Mountains Mountains Mountains

Mountains Mountains Mountains was originally released in 2008 on the Catsup Plate label in a tiny edition of 500 copies that quickly sold out. Thrill Jockey is happy to re-issue the album in a limited edition of 1,000 copies with different artwork (an inverted color scheme from the original) pressed on high quality virgin vinyl with a download coupon for the first time.

Reflecting on Mountains Mountains Mountains’, Koen Holtkamp states:  “One thing that strikes me on listening back 5 or so years later is both how different and similar it sounds to what we are currently doing. While these pieces are clearly more minimal and intimate on some level and our technical approach has changed somewhat, the dynamics between the acoustic and electronic elements remain fairly consistent throughout our releases. Which is something we’ve been engaged with from the beginning and part of what defines us as a band.”

Get your copy at ThrillJockey


from our friends at AudioFidelity
Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock (Dual Speed Vinyl)

In the fall of 1957 "Jailhouse Rock" was first released in the US as a single backed with "Treat Me Nice" and was #1 for seven weeks. Early in 1958 it entered the British charts at number one, making it the first single ever to do so and remained there for three weeks. "Jailhouse Rock" also spent some time at the top of the Country and the R&B charts.  Jailhouse Rock was not  released as an LP although it contains some of Elvis's best songs.

Five of the six songs from the movie were released as part of an extended-play, seven-inch 45 RPM record that soon topped the Billboard EP charts, eventually selling an additional two million copies and earning another double-platinum RIAA certification.

The Jailhouse Rock tunes are unassailable - the writing and production team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller played prominent roles in the making of the soundtrack. The pair took over the recording sessions, serving as unofficial producers of "Jailhouse Rock," "Treat Me Nice," "(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care," and other tunes. Their collaboration with Elvis and his musicians on "Jailhouse Rock" resulted in the singer's hardest-rocking movie song. As D.J. Fontana once noted about his drum playing on the record, "I tried to think of someone on a chain gang smashing rocks."

The performance in the film of the title song by the young and sensual, "dangerous" Elvis complete with chorus boys dressed as convicts is legendary. 

One of the best of Presley's films, Jailhouse Rock is a perfect balance of song and story - seldom would Elvis be so well showcased in the future.

Elvis Presley's songs have become an integral part of American culture. All were interpreted and recorded by one of the most successful performers American popular music has ever seen. The Jailhouse Rock EP soundtrack is a classic example of the "early" Elvis on the rise to super-stardom. Elvis at his best.

Side One / 33 1/3 rpm
1. Jailhouse Rock        
2. Young And Beautiful *   
3. I Want To Be Free *       
4. Don't Leave Me Now *    
5. (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care *

Side Two / 45 rpm
1. Jailhouse Rock        
2. Young And Beautiful *   
3. I Want To Be Free *       
4. Don't Leave Me Now *    
5. (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care *

* with The Jordanaires
Mastered by Kevin Gray

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from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Top 10 Bestselling Vinyl Records At SoundStageDirect

1. Various Artists - Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Soundtrack
2. Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde (Box Set)
3. Various Artists - The Big Lebowski (Pre-Order)
4. Brian Jonestown Massacre - Strung Out In Heaven
5. Nirvana - In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition
6. Brand New - The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me (Pre-Order) (Out Of Stock)
7. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
8. Who - Who's Next (Colored Vinyl) (On Sale)
9. Kings Of Leon - Mechanical Bull (On Sale)
10. Electric Wizard - Black Masses

Brian Eno’s All Saints imprint to reissue Laraaji, Harold Budd, John Cale and more


good news from the land down under:

Vinyl Sales Back In Black - Vinyl record sales are staging a resurgence, as a new generation of consumers embrace the old format with delight


bad news from from the uk:

Collectors warned over ‘rare’ fake vinyl records


i've said it time and time again, these stories never get old!:

Vinyl Making a Record Comeback


11 albums of 2013 that need to be heard on vinyl


Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason says he'd be interested in reunion

album cover art of the day:

Iced Earth Reveals New Album "Plagues Of Babylon" Artwork

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

DANDY WARHOLS - This Machine (Picture LP)

This Machine is the Dandy's 8th official studio album and  was recorded their rock clubhouse/ entertainment megaplex/studio The Odditorium. The band recorded the album with their longtime engineer - producer Jeremy Sherrer. Taylor-Taylor describes this record as "stripped down, woody and extremely guitar centric."

The album was mixed Tchad Blake who also mixed The Dandy Warhols Odditorium or Warlords of Mars and Come Down. Tchad is well known for his recent work with The Black Keys, Blitzen Trapper and Pearl Jam. Limited Edition Single PICTURE DISC LP in Special Gatefold Jacket!  Get a copy at TheOmegaOrder


from our friends at vinylcollective

Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism (2XLP)

To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Death Cab For Cutie are releasing a special edition of Transatlanticism is on vinyl (after several years out of print) and in digital form. The high quality 180-gram double LP comes in a nice gatefold sleeve, with full-color 12-page booklet and a download code for the album tracks, plus an intimate peek into the landmark album’s genesis: all eleven original demos, none of which have ever been released before. You can pre order here:

Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism 2XLP

Also available from Death Cab For Cutie on Vinyl:

Death Cab For Cutie – Codes And Keys 2XLP
Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs LP
Death Cab For Cutie – Plans 2XLP
Death Cab For Cutie – The Open Door LP


Chris Robinson Brotherhood to Release Betty’s S.F. Blends, Volume One

Chris Robinson Brotherhood are set to release 'Betty’s S.F. Blends, Volume One' on November 23rd. The quadruple album, available exclusively on vinyl, highlights the band’s five show run at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall in 2012.  It consists of 19 tracks including live versions of songs from their two albums released in 2012: Big Moon Ritual and The Magic Door.  There are also songs the band hasn't released on albums before; two songs from Robinson's 2004 This Magnificent Distance album; and a treasure trove of cover songs

Disc One
Side A: Crash on the Levee, Star or Stone
Side B: Do Right Woman, Badlands Here We Come, Tornado

Disc Two
Side A: Try Rock & Roll, Jump the Turnstile, Someday Past the Sunset
Side B: Barefoot by the Cherry Tree, Poor Elijah/R. Johnson

Disc Three
Side A: Reflections On A Broken Mirror, 100 Days of Rain
Side B: Saturday Night in S.F., Girl on the Mountain

Disc Four
Side A: Roll Old Jeremiah, Tulsa Yesterday
Side B: Meanwhile in the Gods, Train Robbers, Hello L.A. Bye Bye Birmingham


Jack White's Third Man Records to Co-Release Paramount Records Set - They've teamed with John Fahey's Revenant Records for a massive 800-song archival project


Yes to Reissue ‘Close to the Edge’ With Extras


DIY Crafts: How to Make Greeting Cards from Record Album Covers


album cover art of the day:

HELL: 'Curse And Chapter' Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed


album cover art of the day, part two:

Howling Unveils "Tear The Screams From Your Throat" Artwork


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 9/16 - 9/22, 2013

Vinyl Top 25:

1. North Mississippi Allstars - World Boogie Is Coming
3. Bill Callahan - Dream River
4. Billy Bragg - Tooth & Nail
5. Jack Johnson - From Here To Now To You
6. Grouplove - Spreading Rumours
7. Dexateens - Sunsphere
8. Willie Sugarcapps - Willie Sugarcapps
9. Volcano Choir - Repave
10. Moon Taxi - Mountains Beaches Cities
11. Grateful Dead - Sunshine Daydream: Veneta '72
12. OGG - One Against Two 7"
13. Chvrches - Bones Of What You Believe (bootleg edition)
14. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works '85-'92
15. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight...
16. Daughter - If You Leave
17. Diarrhea Planet - I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
18. J Roddy Walston & The Business - Essential Tremors
19. Greenhornes - Live At Shake-It Records
20. The Shins - Live At Third Man
21. John Paul Keith - Memphis Circa 3AM
22. Roky Erickson - The Evil One
23. Harry Nilsson - Flash Harry
24. Steelism - Intoxicating Sounds 7"
25. The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: Have you ever seen "Dear Mr. Play Boy," by Hot Breath Hannah? It's on the Atlanta label NRC, known for recordings by Joe South, Jerry Reed, Ray Stevens, and of course their biggest hit, "Robbin' the Cradle," by Tony Bellus.

Don't know where this odd one came from, but I certainly never heard it on the radio.

She sings one mysterious line about a man "wearing dads." Any idea what that means?
—Andre Pierce, Mill Valley, Calif.

DEAR ANDRE: You would not have found Hot Breath Hannah's record on any station's playlist, when it came out in the spring of 1964.

"Please Mr. Play Boy" and "Looking for a Man" (NRC 45-378) is a custom recording made specifically to promote men's products sold by H.R. Kaminsky & Sons, Inc. (New York and Atlanta), and not intended for radio.

In "Please Mr. Play Boy," Hot Breath Hannah, accompanied by the piano pounding boogie-woogie beat of the Paul Mitchell Trio, is reacting to an ad running in Playboy magazine.

Actually, this display ad appeared nationwide in many magazines and newspapers, but Hot Breath singled out Playboy, and Hugh Heffner (Mr. Play Boy), to hear her plea:

"Dear Mr. Play Boy, send me a guy like the one I see in your ad. Dear Mr. Play Boy, send me a he like the brute you show wearing Tads"

Now you know the mysterious word is Tads, described in these ads as "lavishly tailored trousers." The dapper young man in the drawing is surrounded by six swooning, bikini-clad babes, and a promise that "nice things happen to guys who wear Tads … priced at $7.95 to $18.95."

The record came packaged in a custom sleeve, boldly stating it is a "Free 45 RPM." It was available at Kaminsky's clothing stores as well as by mail.

Because NRC (National Recording Corporation) manufactured the discs without knowing exactly how they would be used, the labels bear no connection whatsoever to Kaminsky's, Tads, or any other products. The label is no different than what one might expect with any other record.

It is the picture sleeve, which perplexingly shows the title as "Pleese Mr. Playboy," where all the product information is found.

After 49 years, the Tads have seen better days, but we do know that nice things happen to guys, and gals too, who still have this souvenir giveaway. Based on the quality of the recordings and the very limited distribution, recent sales of the record with sleeve have been in the $150 to $175 range.

So much for "Mr. Play Boy," but there is still one more "Playboy" on today's schedule:

DEAR JERRY: While watching a Golden Girls rerun, my aunt asked if I knew what a fine singer Betty White was. I told her I had no idea Betty was ever a singer.

I went on eBay and found only one record by Betty White, "Playboy." Is this the actress, or another woman with the same name?

Was that a phase of her career that I missed? Did she make many records?
—Julia Turlock, Salt Lake City

DEAR JULIA: The "Playboy" 45 you spotted is known as a ghost record, one of thousands made in the 1950s and '60s. It is simply when someone records an established hit, trying to make their version sound as close to the original as possible.

Ghost records were usually rushed out to stores so they could be on sale at the same time as the popular versions, but at perhaps one-third the price.

Betty White's waxing of "Playboy," the Top 10 hit in 1962 for the Marvelettes, is surprisingly good for a ghost record, as is the flip, "That's Old Fashioned," by the Shaw Brothers (Caravelle 2002). Their side is of course the Everly Brothers' tune, also a Top 10 hit at the time.

However, Caravelle's Betty White is not the venerable actress, nor is she Betty White the "Prominent Authority on Ballroom and Popular Dancing," who made her first series of dance instruction albums in 1960. There is also a Betty J. White, a soul singer with a couple of Erie (not eerie) records in 1979.

Your aunt must have heard Betty sing on one or more of her TV appearances, either as someone's guest or on her own "Betty White Show." Though she sang countless times, and brilliantly I might add, I have never seen a phonograph record by Betty. The next one that turns up will be the first.

Fortunately, many of those shows, some as early as 1954, are accessible online, especially on YouTube. Now you can quickly acquaint yourself with that phase of Betty's career.

IZ ZAT SO? Betty White's trophy case must be bursting at the seams. For her 62 years on television, she has 25 prestigious awards, including seven Emmys. None of this comes as a surprise.

What is a shocker is that this superb singer, who apparently never made a record, is also a GRAMMY Award winner.

Not for singing, but for talking.

Not for a record, but a compact disc edition of her book, "If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't) Read By the Author" (Penguin Audio Book). For this, Betty was the winner in the 2011 Spoken Word category.

Now 91, and still going strong, here's a heartfelt 'thank you' to Betty for all the smiles she's given us.

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 2013 Osborne Enterprises - Reprinted By Exclusive Permission

Monday, September 23, 2013

New Music Releases - September 24, 2013


10 Ft. Ganja Plant - Skycatcher
A Skylit Drive - Rise
Aesop Rock - Bazooka Tooth (reissue) (3xLP)
Aesop Rock - Labor Days (reissue) (2xLP)
Allen Toussaint - Songbook
Andrew St James - Doldrums
Au Revoir Simone - Move In Spectrums
Big Sean - Hall of Fame (2xLP)
Black Label Society - Unblackened (DVD/CD)
Bleach Blonde - Starving Artist
Blind Blake - Rough Guide to Blind Blake (vinyl)
Buried Beds - In Spirit
Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band - Safe as Milk (reissue) (vinyl)
Cerebral Ballzy - City's Girl (7")
Cher - Closer To The Truth
Chris Thile - Bach: Sonata No. 1 in G minor / Partita No. 1 in B minor (vinyl)
Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe (vinyl)
Crystal Antlers - Rattlesnake (7")
Crystal Shipsss - Dirty Dancer (vinyl)
Dave Foley - Relatively Well
Deer Tick - Negativity (vinyl)
Drake - Nothing Was the Same
Dream Theater - Dream Theater (2xLP)
Ed Askew - For the World (vinyl)
Elliott Murphy - Lost Generation & Night Nights: The RCA Years
Elton John - The Diving Board (2xLP)
Frankie Rose - Herein Wild (vinyl)
Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay (vinyl)
Gang Colours - Invisible In Your City (vinyl)
Garland Jeffreys - Truth Serum (vinyl)
Ghostpoet - Some Say I So I Say Ligh
Girls Against Boys - Ghost List (12")
Glamour Of The Kill - Savages
Gogol Bordello - Pura Vida Conspiracy (vinyl)
Golden Animals - Hear Eye Go (vinyl)
Gov't Mule - Shout! (2xLP)
Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit (2xLP)
Ha Ha Tonka - Lessons (2xLP)
Hirax - Immortal Legacy
Huerco S. - Colonial Patterns (2xLP)
Hunters - Hunters 
Icona Pop - This is…Icona Pop
Il Saint M - A Pig's Orphan Remix (12")
Into It. Over It. - Intersections (vinyl)
INVSN - INVSN (vinyl)
Jacco Gardner - End of August / Notus (7")
Jason Derulo - Tattoos
JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers - Wild Moon (vinyl)
Jesu - Everyday I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came (vinyl)
Jim Ruiz Set - Mount Curve Avenue (vinyl)
John Lee Hooker - Don't Turn Me From Your Door (reissue) (vinyl)
John Zorn and Thurston Moore - @
Kelley Stoltz - Double Exposure (vinyl)
Kings of Leon - Mechanical Bull
Kirin J Callinan - Embracism (vinyl)
Kneebody - The Line
Krewella - Get Wet
Kyson - The Water's Way (12")
Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Love - Best of Love (vinyl)
Love & Death - Between Here & Lost (reissue)
Lovers - A Friend In the World (vinyl)
Low Cut Connie - Call Me Sylvia (vinyl)
Madlib and Freddie Gibbs - Deeper (12")
Matthew Good - Arrows of Desire
Matthew Shipp - Piano Sutras
Mazzy Star - Seasons Of Your Day
Metallica - Metallica Through The Never (2-CD)
Morgan Delt - Barbarian Kings / Black Tuna Gang (7")
Nervous - Nervous
Nik Turner - Space Gypsy (vinyl)
Nirvana - In Utero (20th Anniversary)
Noah and the Whale - Heart of Nowhere
Noam Pikelny - Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe
Oh Land - Wish Bone
Oh Land - Renaissance Girls (12")
People's Temple - Brand New Thing / Twice Burned (7")
Pink Martini - Get Happy
Promised Land Sound - Promised Land Sound (vinyl)
Robert Coyne - The Obscure Department (vinyl)
Rokia Traore - Beautiful Africa
Roosevelt Sykes - Original Honeydripper
Sam Amidon - Bright Sunny South (vinyl)
Sammy Hagar - Sammy Hagar & Friends
Sarah Jarosz - Build Me Up from Bones
Sirah - C.U.L.T - Too Young To Die
Sleepmakeswaves - ...and so we destroyed everything
Sons of the Sea (Brandon Boyd of Incubus) - Sons of the Sea
Steel Cranes - Ouroboros
Stewart Eastham - The Man I Once Was
Sting - The Last Ship
Sub Focus - Torus
Tanya Morgan - Rubber Souls (vinyl)
Testament - First Strike Still Deadly (vinyl) (reissue)
Testament - Live At Eindhoven '87 (vinyl) (reissue)
The 1975 - The 1975 (2xLP)
The Band - The Last Waltz (4xCD)
The Foreign Exchange - Love in Flying Colors
The Fresh & Onlys - Soothsayer (EP)
The Goldberg Sisters - Stranger's Morning
The Horrible Crowes - Live At the Troubadour (vinyl)
The Internet - Feel Good
The Knife - Deep Cuts (reissue) (2xLP)
The Knife - The Knife (reissue) (2xLP)
The Litter - Distortions (reissue) (vinyl)
The Mamas and the Papas - Deliver (reissue) (vinyl)
The Mamas and the Papas - The Mamas and the Papas (reissue) (vinyl)
The Night Beats - Sonic Bloom  (vinyl)
The Pack A.D. - Some Sssongs
The Proctors - Everlasting Light (vinyl)
The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania: Live in NYC (2xCD+DVD)
The Soft - Uncanny Valley EP (12")
The Waitresses - Just Desserts: The Complete Waitresses (2xCD)
The Watson Twins - Pioneer Lane
The Weeknd - Kiss Land (vinyl)
The White Buffalo - Shadows, Greys and Evil Ways (vinyl)
Tim Kasher - Truly Freaking Out (7")
Toots and The Maytals - Funky Kingston  (vinyl)
Touche Amore - Is Survived By (vinyl)
TRAAMS - Grin (vinyl)
TRC - Nation
Trentemøller - Lost
Troumaca - The Grace (vinyl)
TV on the Radio - Mercy b/w Million Miles (12")
Various Artists - Brownswood Bubblers Ten
Various Artists - Inside Llewyn Davis (soundtrack) (vinyl)
Various Artists - Live at Caffe Lena: Music from America's Legendary Coffeehouse...
Various Artists - Star Trek into Darkness (Michael Giacchino) (vinyl)
Various Artists - We Are What We Are (soundtrack)
Various Artists - Woodstock: 40 Years On (6xCD)
Veara - Growing Up Is Killing Me
White Poppy - White Poppy
Willie Nelson - To All the Girls..(2xLP)
Wipers - Power In One (reissue) (vinyl)
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - Take Me to the Land of Hell
Young Galaxy - Ultramarine (deluxe edition) (2xCD)
Zachary Cale – Blue Rider (vinyl)

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes


Availability: Available to pre-order

Following Todd Terje's incredible 2012 remix of Roxy Music's 'Love Is  The Drug', Bryan Ferry has recruited some of the best producers in the  world to remix his 1985 hit ‘Don’t Stop The Dance’.
Now released  by The Vinyl Factory as a series of three super-deluxe limited   editions of only 1000 copies each - with bespoke screen printed thick  card sleeves housing 180-gram records mastered for vinyl by Noel  Summerville at 3345 Mastering and  crafted on the EMI 1400 in Hayes,  Middlesex.
The track was originally the third single from the  number one album Boys & Girls, and featured long-serving guest  musicians Nile Rodgers, Marcus Miller, Omar Hakim, Andy Newmark and  David Sanborn.

"The recording was done in various studios in  London, New York and Nassau, and the whole process took about two  years," recalls Bryan Ferry. "I  wrote 'Don't Stop The Dance' together  with my co-producer and engineer  Rhett Davies, and I remember the track  originating in some sessions we  did at my home studio in England. We  finally mixed the record with Bob  Clearmountain at The Power Station  studios in New York."

Isaac Ferry hand-picked the producers to Re/Make - Re/Model 'Don't Stop The Dance' in various guises, re-enlisting previous collaborators Todd Terje, Eric Duncan and Greg Wilson, alongside Idjut Boys, Sleazy Mcqueen, Space Coast, Punks Jump Up, and two versions from both Psychemagick and Grasshopper aka in-house keyboard programmer Liam Duggan.

"After  the successful release of 'Olympia Remixes', we decided that my song  'Don't Stop The Dance' should really be revisited by a new generation of  DJs," says Bryan Ferry.

"Since my first solo album in 1973 I've  always tried to reinterpret other people's songs in my own way. So it  has been good to hear 'Don't Stop Dance' in so many different  incarnations. It's fascinating to see how some of the remixes focus on  certain aspects of the song, and some on another...they all take the  track to a variety of interesting places."

Product Details:
* Bespoke screen printed thick card outer sleeve
* Bespoke inner sleeve
* 180-gram heavyweight vinyl
* Mastered for vinyl on EMI 1400
* Limited to 1000 copies worldwide

This limited edition is available for pre-order now; release date October 14, 2013

Pre-Order at TheVinylFactory

3D and the art of Massive Attack

Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set - The Vinyl Factory

"When I was about ten years old, a kid called 3D was painting the streets hard. 3D quit painting and formed the band Massive Attack, which may have been a good thing for him but was a big loss for the city." Banksy (Swindle magazine, 2008)

The Vinyl Factory presents 3D and the art of Massive Attack by Robert del Naja aka 3D - the first book on the visual history of a band who have sold over 11 milliion records worldwide, compiled and designed by 3D using images from a personal archive and original artifacts scanned by the artist for the record.

Robert’s artwork has come to define the iconic style of his band and the book explores their visual history, presenting both familiar and previously unseen work, from his influential graffiti and stencil art in the Wild Bunch-era of the ‘80s to Massive Attack cover designs and paste-ups and paintings. Also included is work made in collaboration with Nick Knight, Tom Hingston, Judy Blame and Michael Nash Associates, as well as unseen photographs documenting Del Naja’s ongoing collaboration with United Visual Artists. And his recent work with filmmaker Adam Curtis.

The 400-page book also features an in-depth interview with the artist, where he describes the development of the band’s artwork and record sleeve designs, as well as offering insight into his processes, and inspirations.

Del Naja’s background as a graffiti artist has shaped his evolving aesthetic, as well as a strong ethos of ‘do it yourself’ creativity. His instincts as an artist were forged in an atmosphere of spontaneity and innovation - from making flyers to throwing warehouse parties - and this way of working informed the first record sleeves he created as 3D.

Inspired by magazine culture and comics, 3D drew on wide-ranging influences, from New York’s hip-hop scene and Japanese graphics, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s cultural juxtapositions to Warhol’s pop imagery, politics and punk.

“I was always told that any artist that wanted to be taken seriously should never paint record sleeves” Robert del Naja

The Vinyl Factory will publish 3D and the art of Massive Attack on 28 October 2013; the hardback book will be priced at £50.

The limited edition will be for sale exclusively from The Vinyl Factory online web shop

Product Details:
* 400-page 12" x 12" hardback book with black glitter and pink screen printed cover artwork unique to this edition
* Exclusive art print, signed by 3D, screen printed by Lazarides
* 12-inch vinyl featuring previously unreleased track on A-side, with an etching on side B
* Housed in a bespoke heavyweight cardboard box with cover artwork by 3D
* Limited to 350 copies worldwide, each individually hand-signed and numbered

Order today from TheVinylFactory




Soundtrack will be made available for the first time anywhere at a special Fantastic Fest Screening Mondo is excited to announce the limited edition vinyl release of the Timescrimes Original Motion Picture Soundtrace at a special Fantastic Fest screening on Thursday, September 26 at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline. Director Nacho Vigalondo’s sci-fi thriller became a sensation following its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in 2007, where it was championed for its bold and innovative take on the time travel genre. Filmmaker Eugenio Mira composed the soundtrack, which has never been released previously, and We Buy Your Kids did the gorgeous artwork for the limited edition vinyl.

Composer and writer Brian Satterwhite collaborated with Mondo on the project, "Timecrimes has been hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of the best time-travel films of our time. Much of the film's success relies heavily upon Eugenio Mira's masterful score. His minimalistic approach maximizes the subtle tones and nuances of the narrative with surgical precision while adding a highly refined layer of polish to this high-concept science-fiction thriller.” 

The soundtrack will be made available on black 180 gram vinyl, and randomly inserted milky yellow/clear vinyl. It will be available for purchase at the Fantastic Fest screening of Timecrimes on September 26, and will be for sale online a future date. Follow @MondoNews for updtes.

Track list:
1) Binoculars
2) Scissors
3) Contact
4) Getting It
5) Bandaged
6) Unpleasant Suspicion
7) Backfire
8) Castrated Prescience
9) Three Hectors
10) No Time For Remorse
11) The Counterfeit
12) End Credits

About Mondo
Mondo is an art gallery and online store devoted to a passionate love of film, art and music.  The company has received global recognition for bringing art back to movie poster design and has emerged as one of the leading curators of classic and contemporary film soundtracks on vinyl.  Utilizing the talents of world class artists and designers, Mondo produces limited edition, screen printed posters based on film, television and comic properties, working with companies like DC Comic, HBO, Marvel, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios and Walk Disney Studios as well as filmmakers including Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo Del Toro, Zack Snyder, Quentin Tarantino and Edgar Wright.  Based in Austin, TX, Mondo operates out of a permanent gallery space that hosts regular exhibitions featuring a blend of breathtaking original artwork and limited edition screen prints.  Mondo is also recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with a full archive of film posters as part of their research library.  The parent company of Mondo is Alamo Drafthouse. 


a follow up to a story a few weeks ago about a gent who couldn't give his classical records away

The Diary: Vinyl countdown has happy ending

and from the land down under, vinyl surging on!

Surge in sales music to the ears of vinyl lovers


very interesting comments and observations, well worth reading!

The truth about selling vinyl; independents react to Amazon’s 745% rise in record sales


a great read, love the images created by the author:

Featured Column: Record Store Stories- Bill’s Records in Dallas


from our friends at BrutalPandaRecords

Atlanta, GA’s bastards of noise rock, Whores, have revealed the album details behind their highly anticipated sophomore release entitled 'Clean.' Recorded with Ryan Boesch (Melvins, Helmet, Tomahawk, Fu Manchu) at Parhelion Recording Studios, Clean will see an October 29th release on 12" vinyl / digital formats via Brutal Panda Records.

 Pressing Info:
- 100 Gray Marble
- 200 Purple
- 500 Black

Pre-order includes immediate download of 1 track in your choice of high-quality MP3, FLAC, or other formats. A link to the complete album will be emailed to you the moment it’s released.

Additionally, Whores' debut Ruiner has been repressed on vinyl and is available HERE

Pre-order at 'Clean' at BrutalPanda


from our friends at vinylcollective

Top 10 Albums – September 23, 2013

Here are the Top 10 Albums sold at Shop Radio Cast for the week of September 17-23, 2013:

1. Brand New – The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me 2XLP
2. Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon LP
3. Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory LP
4. Rilo Kiley – More Adventurous LP
5. Various Artists – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) LP
6. HUM – You’d Prefer An Astronaut LP
7. Far – Water & Solutions LP
8. Silverchair – Frogstomp 2XLP
9. Rilo Kiley – Take Offs and Landings 2XLP
10. Justin Timberlake – 20/20 Experience: The Complete Experience 4XLP


Bruce Springsteen, age 64, played till 3AM at Rock in Rio


 Building which houses The Beatles old haunt The Cavern Club to be auctioned


Ray Charles Honored with Official Stamp


album cover art of the day:

Betoken Reveals "Beyond Redemption" Artwork


album cover art of the day, part two:

DEICIDE: 'In The Minds Of Evil Cover Artwork Unveiled


Friday, September 20, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

our friends at MusicRecordShop and a local radio station in st. louis (KDHX) are having a cool vinyl contest, head on over and get your entry in!
For The Record: A Giant Vinyl Giveaway Contest

Music Record Shop  in Kirkwood enjoyed our 2013 Mid-Year lists so much, they decided to donate the Top 10 national releases to KDHX from their giant collection. And we thought that was pretty cool, and that it would make a pretty awesome prize for you vinyl enthusisasts out there. And, hey, most of these include a digital download card as well, for the needle-impaired. They include:

1. Son Volt - Honky Tonk
2. Veronica Falls - Waiting for Something to Happen
3. Richard Thompson - Electric
4. Villagers - Awayland
5. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Specter At the Feast
6. Mount Moriah - Miracle Temple
7. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
8. The Black Angels - Indigo Meadow
9. !!! - Thriller
10. Big Boi - Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors

So, how do you win all 10 of these records? In the comments section, we're looking for the best story about the first album you ever owned -- be it record, cassette, CD or even (gasp) digital album purchase.


1. One entry per person, please.
2. This contest runs from Wednesday, September 18 to Monday, September 23 at 3 p.m. CST

Visit KDHX for all the details!


what's hot on vinyl at amazon?

Amazon's Top 10 Best Selling Vinyl Records

1. Death Grips - No Love Deep Web
2. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
3. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
4. Artic Monkeys - AM
5. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories
7. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
8. Nirvana - In Utero
9. Paul McCartney - New
10. Adele - 21


from our friends at Sundazed

A Vault of Vintage Psychedelia

The Strawberry Alarm Clock’s unique sound—full of beautiful, day-glo pop surrounding jagged, fuzzy guitars and organs, among other garage-rock influences—is explored through a number of dreamlike gems contained in these three volumes, all presented as originally issued! Their smash “Incense and Peppermints,” which reached #1 in late 1967 and remained in the Billboard pop chart for 16 weeks, is included on The Best of Strawberry Alarm Clock, and Wake Up...It’s Tomorrow and The World In A Sea Shell contain fan favorites (and ’60s psych gold) like “Love Me Again,” “Sea Shell,” “Barefoot in Baltimore,” “Sit With the Guru,” and many more—all mastered from the stereo UNI reels in definitive 180 gram editions!

Wake Up... It's Tomorrow

Wake Up...It’s Tomorrow, The Strawberry Alarm Clock’s second album, is what many fans consider the most ambitious musical statement of the band’s career. Includes “Tomorrow,” “Sit with the Guru,” and the haunting “Pretty Song from Psych-Out,” theme of the cult-classic film of the same name, on 180 gram vinyl.

The World In A Seashell

More gentle grooves and soaring voices! An adventurous mixture of psychedelia and lush pop, The World In A Sea Shell includes “Love Me Again,” a nod to their earlier, harder sound, plus “Sea Shell,” “Barefoot in Baltimore” and other day-glo psych masterpieces on 180 gram vinyl.

The Best of The Strawberry Alarm Clock

The Best of Strawberry Alarm Clock is a vintage collection from 1970 that includes key tracks from all four of the band’s albums—“Incense and Peppermints” among them—plus the rarely heard non-LP singles “Desiree” and “Starting Out the Day,” now on 180 gram vinyl.

Order your choice or all three at Sundazed!


new releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl

Clannad - Nadur

Clannad's brand new album Nádúr is the first release of new material since their 1998's Grammy winning Landmarks. At last, the five original members are back together for the first time since 1989's Past Present.

Celebrating a forty year recording career and over 15 million album sales, Nádúr finds Clannad back in their signature Irish mystical Folk sound. With a world tour planned in support of album, Clannad is back on the scene and have Nádúr as their weapon of choice when conquering the hearts of millions of new fans, while retaining the love of their loyal fan base. 180 gram audiophile vinyl and Insert

Alan Parsons Project - I Robot (Legacy) 

The art of the concept album, as developed and refined by the Alan Parsons Project over the course of their 10 albums released between 1976 and 1987, is celebrated with a Deluxe Edition release of I Robot (Legacy Edition). The first record of this commemorative package will comprise of a newly remastered version of the original album, which has generated multi-platinum worldwide sales and included the U.S. Top 40 single, "I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You." The second record features 14 bonus tracks from the Sony Music archives, nine of which are previously unreleased.

The production of I Robot (Legacy Edition) has been personally overseen by Alan Parsons and Sally Woolfson, the daughter of APP songwriter, manager, lead singer and musician, the late Eric Woolfson (1945-2009). The accompanying 8-page booklet includes a new liner notes essay by Alan Parsons, plus the lyrics as published in the original LP, rare archival photography, and other memorabilia. 180 gram audiophile vinyl / 8 page booklet / Gatefold sleeve

Roger Mcguinn - Roger Mcguinn 

After leaving The Byrds, front man Roger McGuinn released a self-titled solo album to great critical acclaim in 1973. Going back to basics, McGuinn does what he does best: his unique recipe of energetic Folk Rock combined with his strong voice delivers a compelling album. His newfound artistic freedom didn't stop him from inviting friends like Bob Dylan on "I'm So Restless", frequent Dylan collaborator Jacques Levy as co-songwriter and his old The Byrds band mates on "My New Woman" to appear on his album. Even Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys joins in on "Draggin'" and David Crosby can also be heard on this album. Roger McGuinn hasn't been available on vinyl for over 25 years! 180 gram audiophile vinyl and Insert

Charles Mingus - Changes Two

It's been almost 40 years since Charles Mingus' Changes Two was released yet the album is still widely regarded as a timeless classic. Recorded in 1974 at Atlantic Recording Studios in New York between Christmas and New Year's Eve, the follow-up to Changes One contains definitive versions of the Mingus classic "Orange Was The Colour Of Her Dress, Then Slik Blue", trumpetist Jack Walrath's "Black Bats and Poles," and Sy Johnson's "For Harry Carney."

Finally available on newly glistening black 180 gram audiophile vinyl gold, this is the first vinyl re-issue since its original 1975 release!

Donovan - Barabajagal

British Folk singer Donovan found his creative peak on Barabajagal (1969), allowing him to open up the American Pop market to his unique brand of music. The album contains standout tracks like "Atlantis", "Superlungs My Supergirl" and the title track, the latter two being performed with The Jeff Beck Group as backing band. Furthermore, Donovan collaborated with Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and guitarist Big Jim Sullivan on several songs.   180 gram audiophile vinyl



Wooden Shjips - Back to Land

Wooden Shjips’ rise to prominence from the psychedelic underground to the rock and roll overground has been a steady sojourn. With each consecutive release, the band has found new ways of transforming heady psychedelic rock into minimalist masterpieces, bridging the gap between the woozy freeness of Les Rallizes Denudes and Crazy Horse and the tightly wound simplicity of Suicide and the Velvet Underground. Back To Land, the quartet’s follow-up to West, is the first Wooden Shjips record to be conceived outside of San Francisco. Ripley Johnson and Omar Ahsanuddin moved to Oregon, where the lush climates became a major influence on the songwriting. The band’s scope expanded to include more earthy, grounded tones, such as the acoustic guitar, without abandoning their modernist psych core.

There is an increased brightness to many of the songs on Back To Land, an easiness with which the band has flirted with in the past but never fully realized until now. The nervy urgency of West has evolved into an assured confidence, from the alliterative, interlocking guitar and organ groove of “Ruins” to the languidly compelling guitar solos of “Servants.” The addition of the acoustic guitar to the band’s textural palate is coupled here with some of the most melodically direct songs the band has written.

Still, there are still plenty of signature Shjips songs, with distorted riffs, modal keys, and a steady, crisp drum sound unfolding intensely while the elongated melodic guitar lines drift in and out of the foreground. On Back to Land this energy is captured in clear detail, designed as an immersive experience rather than a passive blasting. Back To Land was laid to tape at Jackpot Recording Studios in Portland by Kendra Lynn and mixed by Larry Crane. It was recorded over an 11-day session, resulting in some of the most detailed and spacious recordings of their career.

Back To Land is a breakthrough record for the Wooden Shjips: nuanced, varied and utterly addictive. The band will be touring extensively in the US and Europe November through February.

This is a pre-order for November 12th street date.  All orders containing Back To Land will ship close to the November 12th street date.

CD version is packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with high gloss UV printing that is then inserted into a custom die-cut O-Card slipcase.

LP version is pressed on opaque pink vinyl and packaged in a heavy duty old-style tip-on gatefold jacket with an artworked flood on the pocket (ala Neil Young "On the Beach").  The jacket also features high gloss UV printing and is housed in a deluxe die cut slipcase. A free download coupon is included. For a limited time all mailorder customers ordering the vinyl LP edition will receive a bonus 7" featuring two non-album tracks : "Colours" and "These Shadows (Acoustic Version)". The pink vinyl edition is ONLY available through Thrill Jockey mailorder and the band's merch table.

In addition to these deluxe packages ALL mailorder customers who pre-order the CD or LP edition will also receive a free download of the non-album 7" track in advance.  "These Shadows (Acoustic Version)" will be released on ITunes on Sept 16th.  At that time all pre-order customers will begin receiving a complimentary download of the track.

Pre-Order at ThrillJockey


from north of our border, a new record store is branching out!

Press Release:

At a time when the music industry struggles to monetize music and record stores are either closing or focusing on DVD's and memorabilia, Kops Records is expanding. Toronto's oldest independent record store in business since 1976 on Queen West is opening a second location in the Annex on September 28, 2013.

What sets Kops Records apart from most other record stores is the commitment to the history of recorded music. Time spent in the store most often results in discovering new (or old) music or learning about obsolete recording formats such as Edison wax cylinders from the late 1800's.
Nick and Martin Koppel run the family owned business and its their passion for music of all genres that keep them looking to the future. "Although there have been much anticipated albums re-issued, there are many more that haven't been," says Nick. "The history of recorded music is primarily on vinyl and Kops Records prides itself with presenting and preserving the history of music."

Kops is a leading source of deep roots-based music across all genres with sections dedicated to rock, jazz, hip hop, blues, country, soul, comedy, soundtracks and more including an extensive Canadian collection representing a century of recorded music. In addition to the beloved LPs, the store also stocks 78s and the largest collection of 45s in Canada.

With the new location, Kops will continue their tradition of hosting live performances with a jam space in the basement and a performance space in the garage at the back of the store. Many activities are planned for opening day with performances to be announced soon.

KOPS RECORDS OPENING DAY: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 592 Bloor West.


more vinyl news from the great state of illinois!

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from the uk, a new record store!

New independent record shop opening in Birmingham this weekend


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GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 9/09 - 9/15, 2013

Vinyl Top 25:
1. Arcade Fire - Reflektor 12"
2. Arctic Monkeys - AM
3. Moon Taxi - Mountains Beaches Cities
4. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight...
5. Drive-By Truckers - Alabama Ass Whuppin'
6. Man Man - On Oni Pond
7. Diarrhea Planet - I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
8. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
9. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
10. Bob Dylan - Another Self Portrait
11. Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Daze
12. Goldfrapp - Tales Of Us
13. Body/Head - Coming Apart
14. Jacuzzi Boys - Jacuzzi Boys
15. Belle & Sebastian - Third Eye Centre
16. Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium
17. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
18. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
19. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
20. Birthday Party - Live 81-82
21. Rayland Baxter - Feathers & Fishhooks
22. Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back
23. Rodriguez - Cold Fact
24. Ben Folds Five - Live
25. Father John Misty - Fear Fun


and if you near nyc, check the record fair out!