Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

For Immediate Release

Tsurumi Records Releases Their First-Ever Film Soundtrack For Indie Horror Flick The Revenant

(Seattle, WA) – April 16, 2013 Seattle-based indie punk and garage rock record label Tsurumi Records release their first-ever soundtrack for the underground indie horror flick The Revenant to online and physical stores today. 

The Revenant marks the label's first-ever release through their new digital distribution partner, French Kiss Label Group as well as the label's first-ever soundtrack release.  The physical release on CD is through their long-time partner, CPI Distribution, available through stores nationwide.

Staying true to vinyl, in May the label will also issue 500 limited edition vinyl copies of The Revenant  on picture disc, with a subset specially packaged for fans of The Revenant through
Vinyl pre-orders can be purchased now at

“We are label focused on vinyl productions and this soundtrack is no different in that way,”  enthuses  label owner and Seattle resident Jeff Davis.  “We think fans of the movie will want these as collector items.”

The Revenant  soundtrack features music from Tsurumi acts like garage punks The Beautiful Mothers and experimental rockers The Second Academy, international acts Aqualush and La Mala Rodriguez, classical music from two companies and even an appearance from seminal underground sensation The Shaggies.

“I've always been inspired by really good soundtracks, like Pulp Fiction and Clockwork Orange,” Davis adds.

Three years ago Davis' good friend and independent film maker Kerry Prior, approached him about collaborating on a soundtrack for The Revenant; a modern take on a classic horror story, which he wrote, directed and produced.

The childhood friends grew up together in Cleveland, OH listening to and playing punk rock.  

The Revenant began its film festival run with a premier at the 2009 at Toronto's “After Dark” Fest, upon which they dubbed it one of the "10 Movies To See Before You Die." It later ran in theaters in 2012 and is now out on DVD.  Reviews ranging from diverse sources such as The Newark Star-Ledger to declare it "sure to become a cult classic."

The film focuses on Second Lieutenant Bart Gregory (David Anders), who is killed under mysterious circumstances in Iraq only to find out that he didn't really die.  Rather, he is undead: a zombie-vampire hybrid, known as the Revenant.   Bart needs blood to hold back decomposition and he finds his way around his new state against the dark backdrop of downtown Los Angeles. 

The Revenant appears to be moving towards that cult status with a solid underground and online fan base that is growing daily.  Every cult classic needs a killer soundtrack and now fans of The Revenant won't have to wait any longer.

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LAZY (Kansas City) to release debut album Obsession August 2013

LAZY are anything but--after near-constant touring throughout 2012 the art-fucked troop from Kansas City has ponied up to deliver their brazen debut LP, Obsession, an all-fronts punk assault. Kinetic, hook-filled rockers bristle with the frantic energy of Wire or the Buzzcocks, while an experimental bent unifies their twisted anthems: chaotic guitar rustling, gnarled-out bass grooves, machine-gun drumming, desperate vocals.

Aiming for the outer reaches with flamethrower intensity and heartstopping pop sensibility, Obsession is a defiant collection of snotty, upbeat punk tunes with dual male-female vocals and a high-octane heart, snapping and crackling with unhinged exuberance and getting better and better with every upward nudge of the volume dial. Lean and nasty at nine songs and 23 minutes, this scorching summer platter will claw its way right in your skull.

Soundcloud link:  Lazy - Obsession (full stream)

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Featuring Remixes From ANDY STOTT & MAPS


Maps – aka James Chapman – returns with a brand new album, Vicissitude, released July 9th
Maps partnered with Boomkat to release an exclusive, super-limited hand-stamped 12” vinyl for “I Heard Them Say” (limited to a 100 copies) backed with remixes by Andy Stott and Maps, which sold out in mere hours! This 12” is the first taste of Vicissitude, and lucky for you we can share the tracks with you:

LISTEN To “I Heard Them Say”

Original  //  Andy Stott Remix

While Turning The Mind swung like a hedonistic after-party held after Maps’ critically aclaimed and Mercury Prize nominated debut release, We Can Create, Vicissitude has the distinct feeling of digging deep and confronting reality head on. 

With Chapman maintaing his role as the sole creative force behind Maps--Vicissitude is an inward reflection of his mental state during the recording process and continues the soul-wrenching journey carved out by We Can Create.

“The whole album is about change;” says Chapman. “It’s about dealing with a struggle – whatever that may be – and ultimately coming through it.”

As with previous releases, the new album was primarily recorded at Maps’ home in Northampton, and was mixed by Ken Thomas (Sugarcubes, M83, Sigur Ros) and Jolyon Thomas.

Vicissitude focuses, tightens and sharpens Maps' expansive sound. The album might have been born from a long period of self-contemplation, but maybe you do need a while to get simple answers to the
difficult questions.


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(New York, NY; Columbia Records; April 16, 2013) – The Neighbourhood, whom Complex calls, “a band to look out for with mass appeal potential,” streams their debut album exclusively through


Their debut album I Love You. in which Time Magazine lists as one of the top albums to look forward to this year, will be released April 23, 2013 via Columbia Records.

The band’s new video for buzzed about track “Sweater Weather,” which is currently top 10 at Alternative Radio, has reached over one million views to date. WATCH HERE!

The previous video for "Sweater Weather" amassed 2 million views.

The video was shot in Los Angeles, CA by the brilliant team of Zack Sekuler & Daniel Iglesias Jr. of Ends (who has previously done all of The Neighbourhood’s videos). “Sweater Weather” is #5 on the playlist feature in the current issue of Rolling Stone. “The buzzy Cali band has a hit on its hands with this slow-burn rocker. Layering hasn’t sounded this cool since “The Sweater Song.”

The Los Angeles quintet, in which the UK’s The Sunday Times describes their sound as, “dark-hearted, descending-chord epics” released their debut 5-track EP, I’m Sorry, in August of last year, featuring the hot singles, “Female Robbery” and of course, “Sweater Weather.”

The Neighbourhood are currently on tour in the US (see below for full dates – dates with FOALS and Atlas Genius). Their headlining show at Bowery Ballroom in New York on 4/29 is SOLD OUT. The band most recently toured the US with Paul Banks of Interpol and The Temper Trap and performed at Coachella this weekend. LA Weekly claims the band’s rise will culminate at Coachella. FULL STORY HERE!

In addition, after massive performances at this year’s SXSW festival, the band will perform at this year’s Lollapalooza in Chicago.  GRANTLAND FEATURE: BEST OF SXSW

The Neighbourhood are: Jesse Rutherford (vocals), Jeremy Freedman (guitar), Zach Abels (guitar), Mikey Margott (bass) & Bryan Sammis (drums).


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Get The New Record From The Flaming Lips

Our friends in the Flaming Lips have a new album out today and it's absolutely awesome. Do your record collection a favor and order a limited edition colored vinyl of The Terror directly from the Lips by clicking here.

The Terror limited edition silver vinyl double LP set is housed in a two pocket gatefold jacket with printed sleeves. The album includes the digital album too.


from Bucks County, PA

LET THE SPIN BEGIN: Newtown Book & Record Exchange celebrates the LP on National Record Store Day


from rolling stone mag:

Record Store Day's 12 Must-Have Releases Include Bowie, Mumford & Sons


from my neck of the woods, the great state of wisconsin:

Vinyl records making a comeback with collectors


from the great state of alabama:

Record Store Day 2013: 20 must-have releases


Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Leslie West and Kim Simmonds Touring As "Rock'n'Blues Fest"


Q&A: Aerosmith Reflect on 43 Years of Rock


 The Pitchfork Guide to Summer Festivals 2013


ya can't make this stuff up.....

10 Years Ago: Fan Tries to Sell Paul McCartney’s Germs

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: After 50 years of hearing "If You Wanna Be Happy" played on radio and TV, I just this week heard a dee jay say that song first came out in the 1940s.

Unfortunately, he didn't mention who recorded the original.

If this is true why has it never been mentioned before, especially in 1963 when it was a huge hit?
—Jan Glasser, Las Vegas

DEAR JAN: As one who was glued to the radio in the 1950s and early '60s, then in 1964 began a lengthy radio career, I assure you I never heard or read anything about earlier versions of "If You Wanna Be Happy," that is until 1994.

In November of '94, Ice Records issued "Roaring Lion - Sacred 78s" (Ice 780563414024), a 25-track CD of vintage calypso tunes by a Trinidad native who recorded and performed as "The Lion," or "Roaring Lion."

The jungle cat connection stems from one of his many names, Rafael de Leon (literally: Rafael of lion). He also worked as Hubert Raphael Charles, H.R. Charles, and Macbeth the Great.

In March 1934, this nonconforming calypsonian wrote and recorded "Marry an Ugly Woman," (Melotone 12965), with both writing and singing credits listing Hubert R. Charles.

The Melotone 78 is the original version (2:32), and the only one titled "Marry an Ugly Woman." This is the version on the "Roaring Lion - Sacred 78s" CD.

Next, the artist formerly known as Hubert R. Charles recorded a better and slightly slower version of the same basic song, a longer track (3:04) with a shorter title: "Ugly Woman." Credit on this 1941 release (Decca 18143) is "The Lion Accompanied by Gerald Clark and His Caribbean Serenaders."

Four years later, The Lion returned to the studio to make a newer version of "Ugly Woman."

Inexplicably, this 1945 track ended up on the Guild label, and credited to "Gerald Clark and His Original Calypsos Featuring Macbeth the Great" (2:46).

Though Macbeth the Great is the same Trinidadian heard earlier on Melotone and Decca, the songwriting credit on the Guild label is simply "The Lion," not Macbeth.

In 1946, the Guild "Ugly Woman" got picked up by Musicraft, and that label (M-433) credits "The Lion with Gerald Clark and His Original Calypsos."

From 1934 to 1946, we know there are three very distinctive recordings, with dissimilar running times, issued by four different labels, and preaching essentially the same advice: "from a logical point of view, it's best to marry a woman uglier than you."

Which brings us to "If You Wanna Be Happy," a bouncy tune by Jimmy Soul that spent two weeks at No. 1 in the summer of '63.

His condensed revival of "Ugly Woman" (2:19) retains only a couple of the earlier calypso verses, partly to make room for some jive banter, clearly inspired by Bo Diddley's "Say Man":

Man 1: Say man
Man 2: Hey baby
Man 1: I saw your wife the other day
Man 2: Yeah
Man 1: Yeah, and she's ug-leeeee
Man 2: Yeah she's ugly but she sure can cook, baby

DEAR JERRY: One of the cases on the season premier of "The History Detectives" (April 2) pertained to a copy of the "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" sheet music, with an inscription and signature of Bob Nolan.

Of course they discussed the original version, by the Sons of the Pioneers, but what really struck me as odd is they said this western classic was recorded by many other artists, but they named only two: Elvis Presley and the Supremes, who seemingly have no connection to this tune.

Did they even record "Tumbling Tumbleweeds"? If so, it's news to me.
—Marissa L. Ewing, Dover, Del.

DEAR MARISSA: You're right. Neither of these superstar performers is associated with "Tumbling Tumbleweeds."

They should have said something along the lines of "Surprise! Recordings of "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" actually exist by Elvis Presley, and even by Diana Ross and the Supremes."

Presley never recorded "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" professionally, as in a studio and planned for record release. He and some friends once sang it impromptu during a home jam session that was recorded on a small reel-to-reel tape machine. Much of that material came out in 1999 on the "Home Recordings" CD (RCA/BMG 67676-2).

His "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" is serious and true to the original ballad.

The Supremes' track, however, bears no resemblance to anyone else's "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." Diana, Florence, and Mary give it an authentic Motown (think "You Can't Hurry Love") treatment on their 1965 album, "The Supremes Sing Country, Western & Pop" (MT-625).

IZ ZAT SO? Since 1934, over 40 members of the Sons of the Pioneers have come and gone.

Leonard Slye (a.k.a. Roy Rogers), Tim Spencer, and Bob Nolan first worked as the Pioneer Trio in 1933, but switched to Sons of the Pioneers the following year.

Nolan's composition, "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," became the group's first hit (Decca 5047), and inspired a Gene Autry film of the same title, with the song as its theme. Of course Gene sings it in the movie, but he also issued it as a single (Melotone 13315) that became one of his biggest non-holiday hits of the '30s.

In 1940, Nolan's tune was again a best-seller, this time by that legendary cowboy from Tacoma, Wash., Bing Crosby (Decca 3024)


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Jimmy Soul - If You Wanna Be Happy