Friday, December 6, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

SpaceLab9 Breaking Bad Picture Disc Contest

Still taking entries (until the end of the month) for the awesome pictures discs from the folks at, who have given me one copy of the Breaking Bad picture disc set to be given away to a lucky CVR blog reader.

The contest is simple, you can enter by emailing me at with the words "SpaceLab9 Breaking Bad Picture Disc Contest" in the subject line. Limit one email entry per person. Entries limited to the USA residents only.  Contest ends on December 31, 2013.  Winner will be chosen at random among the qualifying email entries at noon on December 31, 2013.   Good luck to all and thanks again to spacelab9 for the contest prize!


Coming to planet earth during November 2013, record label imprint Spacelab9 makes its debut with vinyl releases for the official score to AMC and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s hit series and Emmy® winning drama BREAKING BAD followed by the official soundtrack to multi-award winning fan-favorite drama series THE WALKING DEAD. A limited picture disc LP edition for each will be available exclusively from lifestyle retail giant HOT TOPIC, hitting store shelves on November 26th and December 3rd respectively, available while supplies last.

This marks the first time that “BREAKING BAD (Original Score From The Television Series)” will be offered on vinyl format. The 2-disc set features nearly one hour of original music composed by Dave Porter, including the now-iconic “Breaking Bad Main Title Theme.” “AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD (official soundtrack Vol.1)” also makes its vinyl debut, featuring tracks from composer Bear McCreary and artists Jamie N. Commons, Voxhaul Broadcast, Baby Bee, Fink, Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) & Emily Kinney (Beth Greene) as well as multiplatinum Icelandic artists Of Monsters and Men.

Conceived of by music industry veteran Dave Amcher and staffed by fellow record collectors, film buffs and all-around fanboy fanatics, SPACELAB9 takes a 360 view of music and pop culture fandom with a wide variety of merchandise in the works. Amcher speaks enthusiastically about the prospects for the new imprint.

“Most of us involved with SL9 have worked together running traditional record labels since the mid-1990s. Many a Monday morning has been spent taking turns showing off the spoils from the previous weekend’s plundering of record shows, comic-cons, horror conventions, indie-movie screenings and game pre-sales followed by the inevitable discussion about how we would love to spend more time creating cool merchandise outside of the boundaries of the traditional music industry, given the opportunity. The recent sale of one of our popular label imprints presented just such an opportunity so that’s exactly what we intend to do. Records, art prints, t-shirts and apparel, even action figures and model kits. If it’s fun and it’s something that we would love to own as fans, we’ll consider it. We’re leaving no possibilities off the table.”

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from our friends at relaspe

Obliteration make their Relapse debut with ‘Black Death Horizon’ a raging slab of filthy death metal in the tradition of Dismember and Autopsy. Hailing from Kolbotn, Norway (the home of Darkthrone) Obliteration are true heirs to a long line of gritty Scandinavian death metal. Black Death Horizon both invokes the classics of the genre and puts a new and fresh spin on the sound to make it their own. Black Death Horizon is true, cult death metal, put the needle on the record and prepare for aural OBLITERATION..

***Only Available for sale in North America!***

Pressing info: 

First Press 
695 x Black Standard Gram *Exclusive North American Pressing* 
300 x Silver w/ Red Spaltter *Exclusive North American Pressing / Mailorder Exclusive* 
104 x Clear (do not request clear)

Buy at Relapse


new releases from our friends at musiconvinyl


The haunting classical score of Carrie (2013) by Marco Beltrami vividly accompanies the eerie and terrifying scenes of the film. The dynamic soundtrack is wonderfully suited for a vinyl issue, making this without a doubt an audiophile collectible.

Carrie is the 2013 remake of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl who is outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother. Carrie unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, with top actresses Chloƫ Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore signing for the lead roles.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Insert
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • First 1000 copies numbered and pressed on bloody red vinyl!


"Rather than make a traditional covers record, I thought it would be much more fun to create a new type of project in which artists communicated with each other and swapped a song for a song, i.e. you do one of mine and I'll do one of yours, hence the title - Scratch My Back - And I'll Scratch Yours." Peter Gabriel

Scratch My Back…And I'll Scratch Yours is a series of song exchanges in which Gabriel and other leading artists reinterpret each other's songs. The first half of this double album, titled Scratch My Back, was originally released in 2010. Gabriel covers work by seasoned superstars like David Bowie, Paul Simon and Lou Reed, but he also took on marvelous interpretations of work by younger acts like Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Radiohead. In 2013, most of these artists returned the favour on …And I'll Scratch Yours.

The reciprocating artists opted for differing approaches to Peter's songs. A few chose to radically reinterpret the original material, in the process leaving it barely recognisable - Lou Reed's snarling "Solsbury Hill" or the frighteningly futuristic version of "Mother Of Violence" by Brian Eno, co-writer of David Bowie's "Heroes" covered by Gabriel on Scratch My Back. Other contributors include Arcade Fire ("Games Without Frontiers"), Elbow ("Mercy Street") and Regina Spektor ("Blood Of Eden").

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • Printed innersleeves
  • Includes download card


Miami Pop Festival by the Jimi Hendrix Experience is the first-ever release of one of the guitar virtuoso's most sought-after performances, as originally recorded on site by Hendrix's long term sound engineer, Eddie Kramer. The live recording introduces the first recorded stage performances of "Hear My Train A Comin'" and "Tax Free" while showcasing definitive live takes on such classics as "Fire," "Hey Joe," "I Don't Live Today" and "Purple Haze."

The first ever major rock festival staged on the East Coast, the May 1968 Miami Pop Festival was the first event promoted by Michael Lang--who would organize Woodstock, the biggest pop culture event of the decade, fifteen months later--and Ric O'Barry, who had been the dolphin trainer for the popular television program Flipper. Lang and O'Barry had been inspired by the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, the groundbreaking gathering where Jimi Hendrix, making his US debut, famously set fire to his guitar at the conclusion of his performance. Lang staged the festival at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida, securing the Jimi Hendrix Experience as the headline act for the two-day festival.

This lavish double LP package includes an 8-page booklet containing never before published photos taken at the festival and an essay by award-winning music journalist and Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • Numbered edition
  • Includes 8-page booklet


Alanis Morissette defined the alternative female Pop sound in the '90s, with a string of hits under her belt from the million-seller albums Jagged Little Pill (1995) and Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (1998). In 1999 she performed a selection of personal favourites live at MTV Unplugged, with an emphasis on the non-hit material from the Supposed album. Morissette wanted to prove she's more than 'just' the hits she produced, resulting in her daring step to not perform some of her contemporary hits including "Thank U" and "So Pure". MTV Unplugged shows a multi-faceted artist, fully grown into her own and strong as ever.

Original vinyl copies are extremely hard to find. To celebrate MTV Unplugged's reissue, we're pressing this record in a limited first edition of 1000 gold/red marbled copies. Be quick to snag one of these!

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • First 1000 numbered copies are pressed on gold/red marbled vinyl


If one would ever have to start assembling a serious Blues collection, Robert Johnson's King Of The Delta Blues Singers vol. 1 would be the best purchase. The mythical figure that inspired the worldwide Blues revival in the Sixties will forever be credited with inspiring guitar greats like Clapton and Hendrix to pick up a guitar.

Johnson lived a short but impactful musical tenure in the Thirties. After apparently 'selling his soul at the crossroads', Johnson quickly became the best Country Blues singer in his time, however a tormented one. The devil eventually took his soul at a too young age of 27. The remastered audio of this original 1961 collection of material is simply stunning – Robert Johnson never sounded so alive.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Insert
  • Remastered audio

Stone Temple Pilots - Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop

The third Stone Temple Pilots album received critical acclaim for its broad spectrum of sounds – it proved the Pilots are anything but a one hit wonder and also their Grunge roots (although being accused of being too 'commercial' sounding for true Grunge standards) are still firmly in place.

Guitarist Dean DeLeo is a true master of hooks and his palette of chords and melodies seems endless. Singer Scott Weiland's out-of-this-world lyrics set him apart as a true showman. By slightly accentuating their music with Pop influences, this very strategy allows STP to distinguish themselves from the pack of flannel wearing, long haired bands that were raiding the airwaves in the '90s.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Insert
  • First pressing of 2500 numbered copies on solid light blue vinyl


from rhino

DEVO - Recombo DNA 

DEVO Recombo DNA is a 2-CD collection packed to its aluminum-wafered edges with 42 previously unreleased tracks which have been carefully cultivated from the effusively illustrated tapeboxes of the Official DEVO Archive. These recordings cover the period just after their first independent Booji Boy singles to the year before they sign with Enigma Records. For the first time on this planet you can hear these original demos, alternate takes, rough mixes, unissued masters and other audio arcana from the years DEVO were signed to Warner Bros Records. Augmented with almost a dozen pre- and post-WB-era delights, Recombo DNA collects over two-and-one-half hours of prime DEVO double helix fun.

Though Recombo DNA is overflowing with unheard DEVO rarities, the original unreleased band-produced demo alternate version of the Freedom Of Choice album (which comprises Tracks 10 to 18 on Disc One) will likely put the most collectors into a sweat. In addition to the alternate versions of eight FOC tracks that you already know, you now can hear two tracks which were originally intended for that album but, in the end, didn't make the final cut. Almost all of the recordings on Recombo DNA were taken from 7-inch and 10-inch reel-to-reel masters which have been carefully stored in the climate-controlled DEVO Archive for decades. Some recordings were taken from cassettes which contained the only surviving version of the songs in question. And, as many of these recordings were rough mixes and demos never intended for public consumption, you should expect some tape hiss here and there, and perhaps a recording imperfection or two (for example, during the keyboard solo of "Gotta Serve Somebody" there are crackling sounds for about 30 seconds which were caused by a loose on-stage connector plug).

In all cases we used the best available source for every track -- you will hear each recording exactly as you would if you were standing in Spudville and listening to them over the DEVO Archive studio monitors yourself. From the unissued title composition to the astonishing demo of "Pink Pussycat" to the unused "Mr B's Ballroom""-precursor entitled "Luv & Such" to the first official appearance of DOVE, THE BAND OF LOVE featuring Booji Boy singing Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" to the rock demo version of "Here To Go" to the twin experiments of "Big Adventure" and "No Noise" to the soaring guitar anthem of "The Only One" (which is sung by DEVO pal, Toni Basil, by the way) to the studio version of "Somewhere With Devo"", DEVO, Recombo DNA is an exquisite treat for all of your six senses and should, we think, be a most welcome addition to any Devotee's collected audio works. Recombo DNA is available as an individually numbered limited edition of 5,000 copies.

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inspiring story from the great state of california:

An Old-School Music Man Finds His Niche in a Santa Ana Record Store


from the land down under:

Money spinners in the groove


Alexisonfire Detail Vinyl Box Set


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King Crimson’s Debut Album Sells for Almost $900


Third Man Records Continues Sun Records Reissues Series with 7-Inches by Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, D.A. Hunt


'The Fifth Beatle' Biopic to Begin Filming Next Year - Film will tell the story of Beatles manager Brian Epstein


Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ Lyrics Sold for $197,000


Dylan's electric guitar from Newport up for sale


Time's Top 10 Albums of 2013


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cool story about local album cover on:

Great Album Covers, Preserved Forever


it's that time of year, some of the usual suspects, but some i have never seen before

16 Very Unappealing Christmas Album Covers


album cover art of the day:

APOSTOLUM To Release 'Winds Of Disillusion' In January


simply lovely album cover art:

Aborted Fetus Releasing Third Album On Comatose Music

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