Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Remember to get your entry into the Spin-Clean Record Contest (contest ends Feb 15th!)


Music History - February 6


from an old friend in vinyl, cheers for another groovy adventure!

Now available...Vinyl Lives II!

The groovy adventures begun in the first Vinyl Lives (2010) continue in Vinyl Lives II. Stores covered include Dusty Groove (Chicago), Criminal Records (Atlanta) and The Electric Fetus (three Minnesota locations). Nine record collectors are also interviewed. Their voices add an important dimension--and further help to amplify the role of independent record stores--and vinyl!--in the digital age.

Here’s what Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had to say about Vinyl Lives II:

“Let’s face it, as collectors we chase this stuff as much for the stories we can tell versus the sounds in the grooves. In that sense, James Goss has certainly delivered to us true believers another double shot of our babies love…so drink up!”
Also, fans of record stores and vinyl records still delight in the first Vinyl Lives (Aventine Press, 2010). Independent record stores chronicled include Amoeba Music (Berkeley, San Francisco and Los Angeles), Twist & Shout in Denver and the Louisiana Music Factory in New Orleans.

In 2010, Vinyl Lives was an Editor’s Pick in Goldmine magazine:

"Anybody who has an interest in record collecting and the ongoing plight of the independent record store will find Vinyl Lives a necessary read."--Pat Prince, Editor

Please note: Both books are Print-on-Demand titles.

Per book cost: $10.00, plus shipping and handling.

For orders of 25 or more books, the per book wholesale cost is $7.50, plus shipping and handling.
Interested buyers may contact me directly:

James P. Goss


Both books are also available via Amazon.



Press Release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Feb 5, 2013

New Austin Music Reality Show to Focus on "Classic" Song Stories and Remakes.

Cover Me is a "Behind the Music" series based in Austin, Texas. It will feature a group of musicians and singers collectively known as "The Cover Kings". The show is currently running a campaign on

This musical biography will explore some of the the greatest hit songs of our time and the artists that made them famous. Cover Me will examine some 90 iconic artists ranging from ABBA to ZZ Top, relate the story of the song and the artist - and then create a modern interpretation of the material. Combining new music technology and Austin's world-class talent pool, the Cover Kings will create fresh versions of many hit songs from decades past and present.

The success of dozens of talent search and music reality shows - from American Idol to Glee and X-factor, clearly demonstrate a mass appeal for modern takes on former hits. Through these shows,
Billboard has charted hundreds of new cover versions in the top 100. Indeed, showcasing classic songs and artists are large part of the draw of these popular shows.

Cover Me producer and creator, Daniel Sage, says of the show, “It is our wish to inspire and be inspired by these gems of craftsmanship and make them relevant once again. Part of our unique sound is to incorporate the infectious beats that drive dance and rap music and still maintain a live band setting. So, if you've ever been curious to hear Cat Stevens over a Jay-Z beat or what blending Sinatra and Steve Miller would sound what like – you'll love what what we like to call our sonic makeovers.”

Sage continued “our journey seeks to blend Austin's greatest resource - the gifted musician - with the classic artists they are being asked to cover. Our quest is to capture the essence of pop music thru the
vehicle that every artist pours heart and soul into – the song itself.”

The web audience will be a source material for many sections of the show, including opinion and interview snippets as well as voting on their favorite Cover King remakes to be performed live in Austin at the end of each episode. Through these many interactive tools, the audience will be part of discovering and breaking the next Stevie Ray Vaughn, Spoon or Dixie Chicks.

Austin, universally known as the "Live Music Capital of the World," has more than doubled in size in the past 10 years and, with over 200 live venues, has been a place for musicians to thrive and grow.
Having honed their craft in other American cities, they have now chosen Austin as home. It's become a town of happy transplants and dreamers, those who have thrown caution to the wind to make a better, weirder life for themselves. The show will also tell their personal stories. Stories played out to the greatest soundtrack ever compiled - the last 50 years of country, pop, rock, and soul music.

Cover Me will take you through the entire process - from talent auditions, to arranging the songs and choosing the instrumentation - to recording, mixing, and final editing.

The Cover Kings intend to record 100 cover songs and offer them as single downloads and as a 10 Album Set. Cover Me will include 12 video episodes and 24 audio podcasts and encourage other Austin artists – painters, graphic artists, filmmakers - to contribute to the show.

Media Contact:

Daniel Sage | Producer / Creator

COVER ME | | (See Promo Video and Campaign) 512.401.3185 |

Daniel Sage attended Bostons' Berklee College of Music as a vocal major studying both Jazz and Rock. He spent many years in L.A. working in cover bands at night and recording studios during the day, including sitcom bands such as “Seinfeld” and “Golden Girls”. Moved to Las Vegas and worked in various lounges and showrooms, even touring with the European cast of HAIR. He then Spent three years at Disney World (Orlando) in a Beatles tribute show and at Universal Studios in a 50's Show band. He now lives and performs in Austin, Texas.


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interesting read out of the uk:

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from our friends in Nashville, TN

GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 1/28 - 2/03, 2013

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Leagues - You Belong Here
2. Local Natives - Hummingbird
3. Blind Willie McTell - Complete Recorded Works Vol. 1
4. Mississippi Sheiks - Complete Recorded Works Vol. 1
5. The Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law
6. Tegan & Sara - Heartthrob
7. Charley Patton - Complete Recorded Works Vol. 1
8. Ben Harper w/ Charlie Musselwhite - Get Up!
9. Fuzz - This Time I Got A Reason 7"
10. Mumford & Sons - Babel
11. Tame Impala - Lonerism
12. Mark Lanegan - Same Old Man 7"
13. At The Drive-In - Vaya 10"
14. The National - Virginia EP
15. Natural Child - Hard In Heaven
16. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
17. The Beatles - Abbey Road
18. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
19. Ray Lamontagne - Trouble
20. The Walkmen - Bows & Arrows
21. Foxygen - We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
22. Amor de Dias - House At Sea
23. Jessica Pratt - JP
24. Fiction Family - Fiction Family Reunion
25. Yim Yames - Tribute To...