Monday, March 4, 2013

New Music Releases ~ March 5, 2013

38 Special - Special Delivery (remastered)
Anthony Child - The Space Between People & Things
Ashley Monroe - Like a Rose
At The Drive-In - Acrobatic Tenement (reissue)
Autechre - Exai
Bajofondo - Presente
Blackguard - Storm
Blanche Blanche Blanche - Wooden Ball
Bloody Amateur - Bloody Amateur
Boz Scaggs - Memphis
Brooke Waggoner - Originator
Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
Cave Singers - Naomi
Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light Moving
Cloud Cult - Live
David Bowie - The Next Day
Devendra Banhart - Mala
Dido - The Girl That Got Away
Doldrums - Lesser Evil
Duane Allman - Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective (7-disc box set)
Fiction - The Big Other
Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse (vinyl)
Glorie - Falling
Gold Panda - Trust
Helado Negro - Invisible Life
Hey Marseilles - Lines We Trace
Highasakite - In and Out of Weeks (EP)
Hiromi - Move
Hollis Brown - Ride On The Train
Hookworms - Pearl Mystic
How To Destroy Angels - Oblivion Beckons
Icona Pop - Iconic (EP)
Inna - Party Never Ends
Iron Reagan - Worse Than Dead
Javelin - Hi Beams 
Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell & Angels (unreleased tracks)
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced (reissue) (vinyl)
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Bold as Love (reissue) (vinyl)
John Amadon - The Brightest Sheaf
John Murry - The Graceless Age
Josh Ritter - The Beast In Its Tracks
Judy Kang - Judy Kang
Julia Kent - Character
Julianna Barwick - Pacing (EP)
Kate Nash - Girl Talk
Krokus - Dirty Dynamite
Laura Mvula - Sing To The Moon
Luke Bryan - Spring Break … Here to Party
Madeline Peyroux - The Blue Room
Making Movies - A La Deriva
Marcus Canty - This Is… Marcus Canty
Matthew Herbert - Herbert Complete (box set)
Molly Drake - Molly Drake
Neaera - Ours Is The Storm
Night Works - Urban Heat Island
Ólöf Arnalds - Sudden Elevation
Omnium Gatherum - Beyond
Painted Palms - Carousel (7")
Psychic Twin - Strangers  (7")
RED - Who We Are: The RED Anthology
Replacements - Songs For Slim (EP)
Rhye - Woman
Robyn Hitchcock - Love From London
Rotting Christ - Kata Ton ??imona Eaytoy
Saxon - Sacrifice
Shlohmo - Laid Out (EP)
Sigur Rós - Valtari Mystery Film Project
Soilwork - The Living Infinite (2-CD)
Son Volt - Honky Tonk
Starkill - Fires Of Life 
Stereophonics - Graffiti On The Train
Still Corners - Strange Pleasures
Stubborn Heart - Stubborn Heart
Superhuman Happiness - Hands
Suuns - Images Du Futur
The ACBs - Little Leaves
The Kingsbury Manx - Bronze Age
The Last Bison - Inheritance
The Mary Onettes - Hit the Waves
The Men - New Moon
The Thermals - Fuckin’ A (reissue)
The Thermals - More Parts Per Million (reissue)
The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine (reissue)
The Woolen Man - The Woolen Man
They Might Be Giants - Nanobots
Tom Browne - Rockin Radio: Expanded Edition
Vreid - Welcome Farewell
Walter Egan - Fundamental Roll (reissue)
Walter Egan - Not Shy (reissue)
Wampire - The Hearse (7")
Water Liars - Wyoming
Waxahatchee - American Weekend
Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
Young Dreams - Between Places
Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse

Beware of Mr. Baker

when we think of the best rock and roll drummers, just a few names come to mind and Ginger Baker would be on everybody's list.  Now, we can learn more about this complicated man, living a complicated life in a documentary called Beware of Mr. Baker.

Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith; his introduction to Fela Kuti; his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune; and his current life inside a fortified South African compound.

Director:   Jay Bulger  Writer:  Jay Bulger

Available via iTunes,  Order Today!

Ginger Baker

Born in South East London the same week the Nazis began bombing, Ginger Baker’s first memory was running after a train that carried his father off to death in WWII. From his music to his life, at the expense of family and fortune, Ginger would never be left behind on the tracks again.

Though best known for his work with Eric Clapton in Cream and Blind Faith, the world’s greatest drummer did not hit his stride until years later in 1972 when he drove the first Range Rover ever produced from London to Nigeria in pursuit of the African rhythms and musical icon, Fela Kuti. There he found his Mecca of drumming, introducing the African beat and “world music” to the West, years before any other musicians in the field.

Unfortunately, Ginger’s African glory days were short-lived as he found himself looking down the barrel of a Nigerian officer’s machine gun. Signaling his departure from the continent and the loss of his fortune, Ginger returned to England where a pattern of divorces, self-destruction, and countless groundbreaking musical works continue on to Italy, California, Colorado, and current day South Africa where he lives inside a fortified compound with his 29-year-old internet bride and 39 polo ponies.

Chain smoking and ingesting copious amounts of morphine while sitting in his leather recliner, the 73-year-old reflects back on his life as we concurrently witness his current law suits, local disputes, and yet another chapter in his path of destruction. Unfortunately, Ginger’s ginger hair has faded, and we wonder if he is physically capable of saving himself by playing the instrument that has defined him. In his own words, “God is punishing me for my past wickedness by keeping me alive and in as much pain as he can. I wasn’t planning on living this long!” In true Ginger Baker fashion, 3 years into shooting the film, after squandering yet another fortune, Ginger Baker triumphantly returns to the stage. As he went on a 30 date sold out European tour, we were there to capture it.

The documentary includes stories from his ex-wives, children, and many of the greatest living musicians that worked with Ginger including Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Mickey Hart, Carlos Santana, Max Weinberg, Chad Smith, Femi Kuti, Neal Peart, Simon Kirke, Marky Ramone and many more.

This documentary is one such story – a marriage of the film and music worlds through the life of one of the most unforgettable and controversial musicians. He was there the night Jimi Hendrix died, shared the drugs, the music, the names, the groups, while stripping away the other voices as the conductor, time keeper, the master drummer of our time. Beware of Mr. Baker catapults the viewer into his beat – with every smash of the bass drum there is a man behind it smashing his way through life.

Jay Bulger (Writer/Director)

Jay Bulger attended Fordham University where he boxed in several New York Golden Glove boxing tournaments. Photographs of his fighting launched him onto the cover of Vogue and then modeling for brands such as Armani, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Kenneth Cole, Hermés, etc.

After a 2-year bout with cancer, Jay dedicated himself to writing and directing and has since published feature articles for Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, and many other publications. He has directed music videos and commercials for bands such as The Hold Steady, Nightmare of You, The Washington Social Club, Permanent Me, and Playradioplay; for labels including Island, Def Jam, Warner Brothers, East West, Vagrant, and French Kiss; and brands such as Pepsi and Disney.

For Jay’s article “In Search of Ginger Baker,” (Rolling Stone Magazine), Jay spent three months living with the rock legend in South Africa where Ginger has spent the previous decade living in seclusion. The article and the numerous hours of interviews Jay captured on film became the premise for Beware of Mr. Baker, and in the spring of 2010, Jay returned to South Africa with a small film crew to finish making the film.

Watch the CVR blog for more about this release!

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Congratulations to Douglas A. from Everett, MA who won the test pressing from Razor and Tie!  And thanks to Bob at RazorandTie for the cool prize! 


Will be announcing the winners in the Vinyl Lives Contest as soon as the winners get back to me!


WarnerBros Announce Record Store Day Releases

Here's just a sample of the April 20, 2013 RecordStoreDay  releases:

Avenged Sevenfold: "Carry On"
One disc vinyl 12" Picture Disc - Limited to 5000 copies
The A-side is the studio track Carry On, which is featured in Activision's video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II. This song was written specifically for the game and released on Sept. 25, 2012. The B-side features the instrumental version which has been previously unreleased. This picture disc is limited and features the Call of Duty: Black Ops II artwork and Avenged Sevenfold's Deathbat.

Avenged Sevenfold "Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough"
12" vinyl LP and DVD Deluxe Edition - Limited to 3500 copies
For Record Store Day 2013, on the 5 year anniversary of the Live in the LBC performance, we have produced a limited vinyl/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 live on April 10, 2008 as well as "Diamonds in the Rough", an offering of previously unreleased B-sides and more.

Biffy Clyro: "Black Chandelier" - 7" EP - Limited to 2,000 copies
Pressed on limited-edition black and clear splattered vinyl for the first time and featuring an energetic and unreleased live performance of the new single Black Chandelier from the new Opposites album. This was recorded at Kaufleuten, Zurich-Switzerland on January 19, 2013. Also features a previously unreleased B-side, City of Dreadful Night.

The Black Keys / The Stooges: "No Fun" Split 7" Colored vinyl Single - Limited to 7,500 copies
This year's Side by Side Vinyl Series features The Stooges '69 classic track on one side and The Black Keys updated 2002 take on the flip side pressed on orange & red sunburst vinyl.

Bombino: "Azamane Tiliade/Si Chilan"- 10" Single - Limited to 3,000 copies
Nonesuch Records releases Nomad, from the Tuareg guitarist, singer, and songwriter Omara "Bombino" Moctar and his band, on April 2nd. The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who just won the GRAMMY Award for Producer of the Year, helmed the recording at his Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound. On Record Store Day, Nonesuch will release a 10" with the album track "Azamane Tiliade" and an exclusive non-album B-side, "Si Chilan."Mastered at Bernie Grundman Studios and pressed by Pirates Press.

Built To Spill: "Live" - Two-disc vinyl LP and CD Deluxe Edition - Limited to 2,500 copies
An absolutely stunning collection of seminal Built To Spill songs recorded live during the band's 1999 "Keep It Like A Secret" tour. Originally released on April 18, 2000, on both vinyl (on Up Records) and CD (on Warner Bros. Records). The vinyl configuration initially contained two bonus tracks "Forget Remember When" and "Now and Then," which have now been included on the limited-edition CD in celebration of this release and Record Store Day.

Cream: "Live at the Royal Albert Hall" - Three-disc vinyl LP box set with book Deluxe Edition - Limited to 1,500 copies
A sensational and historic reunion concert performed and recorded May 2, 3, 5, & 6 in 2005 and released for the first time in October of that same year - released on DVD, CD, and vinyl. Now available for the first time in over five years and for the first time ever, we have produced a limited edition of this box set on CREAM-colored vinyl in celebration of Record Store Day 2013 and this important recording. Half Speed mastering from Stan Ricker for the ultimate audiophile quality.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: "Patterns" - One-disc vinyl 12" EP - Limited to 3,000 copies
Another RSD Exclusive 12"-vinyl EP includes digital download card.

Deftones: Live: Volume 1 - Selections from Adrenaline - One disc vinyl 12" EP - Quantity N/A
Songs from Adrenaline hand-picked by Deftones and recorded live at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York, on Oct. 13, 1996. The initial release in a series of seven vinyl exclusive releases with the first release being a Record Store Day exclusive and the last planned to be a Black Friday independent exclusive retail release. Cut for vinyl by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios from the original live analog sources and pressed on both 120- and 180-gram highest-quality vinyl at Record Technology Inc.

Eli "Paperboy" Reed: "WooHoo" / "Call Your Boyfriend" - 7" vinyl EP - Limited to 3,000 copies
Eli "Paperboy" Reed is an emerging talent who already has two albums under his belt, 2008's Roll With You and 2010's Come & Get It, which earned the soul singer an especially loyal fan following in Europe - so much so that Reed was nominated as "Breakthrough Artist of the Year" by Britain's Mojo magazine. For the singer's upcoming Warner Bros. debut album, Eli takes his affinity for classic Chicago soul and blends it with a newfound respect for modern pop music. The result is a collection of songs that extend far beyond his neo-Motown roots. In the meantime, this release features a new song, "WooHoo,"and a reinterpreted version of Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend," aptly titled "Call Your Boyfriend."

The Flaming Lips: Zaireeka- Four-disc different colored vinyl 12" - Limited to 7,500 copies
Fans and critics agree that this is one of the most important and invigorating experimental albums in contemporary pop music. Four discs, designed to be played on cue and simultaneously, producing nothing short of a symphonic experience. Re-mastered by the band especially for this release at Bernie Grundman Mastering in celebration of this record and Record Store Day 2013, with unique art and packaging limited to this release. 

Foals: "Holy Fire" - One-disc vinyl 12" LP plus two song 7"-colored vinyl EP - Limited to 5,000 copies
Domestic vinyl exclusive of the celebrated new album, in visually stunning package featuring an additionaltwo-song 7" EP pressed on gold vinyl featuring the exclusive tracks "Bluebird" and "My Number (Friendly Fires Remix)." We've included a download card that can be redeemed for the entire album plus 7" single content. 

Gary Clark, Jr.: "HWUL Raw Cuts Vol. 2" - 12" EP colored vinyl - Limited to 1,000 copies
Over 20 minutes of music and performance mastery available for the first time in all of its analog glory. Vol. 2 features a blistering live performance of "When My Train Comes In" as well as a studio version of the track off his hit album Blak And Blu. A beautifully crafted limited edition offering mastered at 45 rpm and cut by Bernie Grundman Mastering for maximum vibes.

Iron & Wine: "Next to Paradise" / " Dirty Ocean" - 7" Single - Limited to 3,300 copies
Iron and Wine makes its Nonesuch Records debut with Ghost on Ghost in the U.S. on April 16. Ghost on Ghostis the fifth release from singer-songwriter Sam Beam, using the pen name Iron and Wine. The album was produced by Beam's longtime associate Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats). This special 7" includes two exclusive tracks unavailable anywhere else but on this lovely one time only pressing just for RSD.

Linkin Park: Hybrid Theory - One disc vinyl LP plus two song 10" EP, Exclusive poster and sticker - Limited to 3,000 copies
The arresting debut album that came to be known by fans and critics alike as one of The Premiere Albums of The Decade! Originally released on October 24, 2000, the album has sold over 10 million copies in the United States alone, where it has since been certified Diamond. Around the world, the album would also garner Multiple Platinum status in over a dozen countries. Hybrid Theory still stands as a contemporary classic in the world of modern rock and alternative music. The bonus 10" EP contains the tracks "One Step Closer" and "My December". This pressing will also contain long out of print poster and original street team sticker re-productions.Here it is reissued on vinyl for the first time in over a decade and cut by Bernie Grundman Mastering to insure the highest possible audio standard.

LP: "Into The Wild - Live At EastWest Studios" - Limited Edition 12" Vinyl EP - Limited to 2,000 copies
Another Record Store Day Exclusive masterpiece from this critically loved and incomparable songwriter and vocalist LP captured completely live without overdubs just the way nature intended. Originally on CD only, this first-time vinyl pressing contains a previously unavailable bonus track "It's Over." Her Warner Bros. debut album will be released later this year.

Punch Brothers: "Ahoy!" - 33 1/3 rpm Vinyl EP - Quantity N/A
Nonesuch Records released Punch Brothers' five-song EP Ahoy! digitally and on CD last November. Now on vinyl for the first time, the EP has been pressed on 10" vinyl for Record Store Day, and includes songs by Josh Ritter ("Another New World"), Gillian Welch and David Rawlings ("Down Along the Dixie Line"), Punch Brothers ("Squirrel of Possibility"), and Mclusky ("Icarus Smicarus"), along with one traditional tune, arranged by Punch Brothers ("Moonshiner"). Originallyrecorded during the Nashville sessions for their critically acclaimed 2012 album Who's Feeling Young Now?, these tracks were produced by Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse). Cut by Chris Bellman (Bernie Grundman Studios) and pressed at Pallas MFG (Diepholz, Germany) because, sound matters!

Surfer Blood: "Demon Dance" - One disc Colored Vinyl 7" EP - Limited to 5,000
A special early look at Surfer Blood's new album PYTHONS, out June 11th featuring the single "Demon Dance" and another previously unreleased album track "Slow Six" pressed on exclusive tri colored- Navy, Blue and White vinyl.

Tegan and Sara: Closer Remixed - One-disc vinyl 12" EP - Limited to 5,000
An exclusive selection of remixes of the hit single "Closer" from Tegan and Sara's revered new album Heartthrob, assembled and released on vinyl in celebration of the album, as special thanks to fans and independent record stores on Record Store Day 2013. Closer Remixed includes 10 exclusive remixes of the new single by Sultan & Ned Shepard, Morgan Page, Until The Ribbon Breaks, The Knocks, Bradley Hale, Yeasayer, Chris Walla, Damian Taylor, Ted Gowans and C-ro & Sofa.


Jack White's Third Man Records has announced that their Record Store Day offering will be a 10th anniversary vinyl reissue of the White Stripes' Elephant. One LP of the double LP set will be split-color black and red, while the other LP will be white, appropriately.

For more about Record Store Day, please visit


very, very cool write up over at, take the time to read it!

Star Wars soundtracks get new life on vinyl


more cool stuff!

Roddy Bogawa – Collector of Storm Thorgerson cover art


Cover Art Design Process for John Mayer’s Album “Born and Raised”


album cover art of the day:

UNSHINE: New Album Release Date, Cover Artwork Revealed


more cool album cover art:

GAMA BOMB: New Album Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed


Tom Petty Plans to Release New Album in 2013


AC/DC And Metallica Tapes Could Be Destroyed


Sly and the Family Stone Box Set, With 25% Unreleased Material, Coming Later This Year


Original Kansas Lineup Set to Reunite


Rogers, founder of Motown group The Miracles, dies