Friday, April 26, 2013

Music Record Shop Weekly

Welcome to the new weekly feature (look for it every Friday) called MusicRecordShop Weekly.  Here we take a look at new releases and some hard to find vinyl that will easily satisfy even the most serious record collectors.  Here's five that we think you will enjoy!

1. Wolfmother - Wolfmother

Considering the '60s psychedelic heavy metal sound which Wolfmother gained fame with in 2006 with their debut album 'Wolfmother', they could be called "a band out of time". Andrew Stockdale, Chris Ross and Myles Heskett formed the band in 2000 and in 2004 they recorded a four-track demo so they could book shows. From then on the band shifted into a higher gear: a jump to the majors, the release of their eponymous self-titled debut album and a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2007. Music On Vinyl has given this release the special MOV-treatment resulting in a beautiful gatefold sleeve containing two coloured 180-grams audiophile LP's. With this mindblowing Rock album your stereo doesn't need to go to eleven to get that extra push over the edge!!

Label: Music On Vinyl 2011

Track Listing:
A1 Dimension
A2 White Unicorn
A3 Woman

B1 Where Eagles Have Been
B2 Apple Tree
B3 Joker And The Thief

C1 Colossal
C2 Mind's Eye
C3 Pyramid

D1 Witchcraft
D2 Tales From The Forest Of Gnomes
D3 Love Train
D4 Vagabond

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2. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Mind Control

It is a fact that Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats have, in recent times, become one of the most talked about rock bands currently in existence. The fact that no one even knew what they looked like until very recently is testimony to the enigma that surrounds this terrifying, yet extremely melodically minded cult. It is another fact that they have become one of the most collectable bands on the planet, with first press vinyl editions of Blood Lust fetching up to and over 700 (yes, British Pounds!) on the collectors market. Pretty remarkable for a record that is barely two years old. Mind Control (their third full-length album) is set for release in April 2013, following their two debut London sell-out concerts at The Garage. Within it's blood soaked grooves you will hear shocking tales of bizarre desert ceremonies, religious brainwashing and drug inspired mass slaughter! Imagine the original Alice Cooper band jamming in a cell with early Black Sabbath and the Stooges, whilst sitting on murder charges and you may get a glimpse into their fuzzed up world of exploding tube amps and cymbal smashing mayhem. However, this enticing act of musical manipulation is merely the icing upon a very sick cake. Mind Control is a concept album with a theme that makes the acts and intentions of the likes of Charles Manson and Jim Jones seem like petty crimes. What makes Mind Control scarier than most albums is that it doesnt seem as sinister on the surface as it really is deep down within the core of its black acid-drenched world of pain and torture. The infectious energy surges and pulverizing grooves of Mind Crawler, tell the tale of a man on a mission who has fled from Mount Abraxas after mercilessly murdering all the members of his cult. He rides his motorcycle through the gates of hell and hijacks the weak minds of yet more foolish disciples to join him in his desert hideaway. This is when the real fun and terror truly commences...
  • Label Rise Above Records
  • 180 Gram Vinyl Records - 2-LP - Sealed
  • Colored Vinyl
Track Listing
1. Mt. Abraxas
2. Mind Crawler
3. Poison Apple
4. Desert Ceremony
5. Evil Love
6. Death Valley Blues
7. Follow the Leader
8. Valley of the Dolls
9. Devils Work

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Many figured that the Red Hot Chili Peppers' days as undisputed alternative kings were numbered after their lackluster 1995 release One Hot Minute, but like the great phoenix rising from the ashes, this legendary and influential outfit returned back to greatness with 1999's Californication. An obvious reason for their rebirth is the reappearance of guitarist John Frusciante (replacing Dave Navarro), who left the Peppers in 1992 and disappeared into a haze of hard drugs before cleaning up and returning to the fold in 1998.

Frusciante was a main reason for such past band classics as 1989's Mother's Milk and 1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and proves once and for all to be the quintessential RHCP guitarist. Anthony Kiedis' vocals have improved dramatically as well, while the rhythm section of bassist Flea and drummer Chad Smith remains one of rock's best. The quartet's trademark punk-funk can be sampled on such tracks as "Around the World," "I Like Dirt," and "Parallel Universe," but the more pop-oriented material proves to be a pleasant surprise -- "Scar Tissue," "Otherside," "Easily," and "Purple Stain" all contain strong melodies and instantly memorable choruses. And like their 1992 introspective hit "Under the Bridge," there are even a few mellow moments -- "Porcelain," "Road Trippin'," and the title track. With the instrumentalists' interplay at an all-time telepathic high and Kiedis peaking as a vocalist, Californication is a bona fide Chili Peppers classic.

1. Around The World
2. Parallel Universe
3. Scar Tissue
4. Otherside
5. Get On Top
6. Californication
7. Easily
8. Porcelain
9. Emit Remmus
10. I Like Dirt
11. This Velvet Glove
12. Savior
13. Purple Stain
14. Right On Time
15. Road Trippin'

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Live In Germany was recorded at the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany for the Rockpalast TV series Hot on the heels of their classic Deguello album (it features 9 of the 10 songs from it) the show finds ZZ Top before sequencers and synthesizers epitomizing their lil' ol' blues band from Texas nickname.

1. El Deguello
2. I Thank You
3. Waitin For The Bus
4. Jesus Just Left Chicago
5. Precious And Grace
6. Manic Mechanic
7. Lowdown In The Street
8. Heard It On The X

9. Fool For Your Stockings
10. Cheap Sunglasses
11. Arrested For Driving While Blind
12. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
13. La Grange/Sloppy Drunk/Bar-B-Q
14. Dust My Broom
15. Jailhouse Rock
16. Tush

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5. R.E.M. - Songs For A Green World 

Music Record Shop $34.99 Free Shipping. Double 180 gram vinyl release for the band's great 1989 live radio broadcast, limited to 1000 copies 19 tracks
  • Label: Let Them Eat Vinyl 2012

1. Pop Song
2. McCarthy
3. Welcome To The Occupation
4. Heron House
5. If I Could Turn You Inside Out

6. Orange Crush
7. Gravity
8. Swan Swan
9. Begin The Begin
10. Pretty Persuasion

11. I Believe
12. King Of The Birds
13. Crazy
14. Finest Work Song

15. You Are Everything
16. Academy Fight Song
17. Stand
18. Perfect Circle
19. Get Up

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Musicology 101

Let's have a little fun, so here are some rock and roll nuggets so you can win at music trivia games and become a top musicologist!

Santana's 1970, Billboard #4 hit, "Black Magic Woman" was written by Peter Green and first appeared as a Fleetwood Mac single that rose to #37 in the UK in 1969.

The record for the longest time between number one albums belongs to Johnny Cash. He had the top

LP on Billboard's Hot 200 chart with "At San Quentin" in 1969. In 2006, he repeated this feat with "American V: A Hundred Highways", a span of 37 years.

The Turtles' rhythm guitarist Jim Tucker quit the band in 1967 after his musical hero John Lennon publicly berated him in a drunkenly tirade for trying to be just like The Beatles. In March of that year, The Turtles "Happy Together" had knocked The Beatles "Penny Lane" out of Billboard's top spot.

In early 1967, Elvis Presley bought a 163 acre Mississippi ranch he dubbed The Circle G for $300,000. One of the horses he bought for the ranch was a mare that he named after William B. Ingram, who was the mayor of Memphis at the time. He called her Mare Ingram.

After Jan Berry of Jan and Dean was seriously injured in a car accident on April 12, 1966 and could no longer perform, his partner Dean Torrence formed a graphics design company that was responsible for over 200 album covers including "The Turtles Golden Hits", nine for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and several for Harry Nilsson. He won a Grammy Award for Best Album Cover of the Year in 1972 for the LP "Pollution" by the group of the same name and was nominated on three other occasions.

By 1968, around eighty-five different manufacturers had sold over 2.4 million cassette players world wide and in that year alone, the cassette business was worth about $150 million.

B.B. King named his guitar Lucille after nearly losing it in a fire started by two men fighting over a woman with that name.

Misheard lyrics, such as "There's a bathroom on the right" instead of the correct "There's a bad moon on the rise" - is called a mondegreen.

The Righteous Brothers' 1965 hit "Unchained Melody" started out as the theme to an obscure 1955 prison film called Unchained, based on the non-fiction book Prisoners are People by Kenyon J. Scudder. The movie's plot centers around a man who contemplates either escaping from prison to live life on the run, or completing his sentence and returning to his wife and family. Vocalist Todd Duncan sang the original movie theme which was nominated for a Best Song Oscar but lost to "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing".

Bruce Springsteen wrote "Dancing In The Dark" after a heated argument with his manager, Jon Landau, who wanted a hit single for the "Born In The USA" album. Springsteen later said about the song: "It went as far in the direction of Pop music as I wanted to go, and probably a little farther."


Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: Back when it was a hit, I bought the single of "Hula Love," by Buddy Knox, and I still have it. And a few things about it still mystify me.

It would be great to ask Buddy Knox for help, but since he is no longer with us I'll ask you.

They concern just three words in the first verse:

"On the isle of Fillalilla out Hawaii way
A hula maiden gay, strolled by a moonlit bay
There come-a to court her over the water
From a savage Zinga Zula land
A bolo chieftain grand, sang her this lei"

1. My world atlas lists no island, town, area, or anything named Fillalilla. I've even checked other possible spellings.
2. It does have a Zinga and a Zula, two separate towns in Africa but nowhere near each other, and both are thousands of miles from Hawaii.
3. I know what the Hawaiian lei is, but how do you sing one?

What am I missing?
—Lena Mazurski, Baltimore

DEAR LENA: Just a few details that complete the "Hula Love" story.

Roulette and other labels list only "Buddy Knox," with no composing specifics, but the sheet music takes the credit to the next level with "Words and music written by Buddy Knox."

What very few people in 1957 knew was that the music and many of the same lyrics were written and recorded in 1911, over 22 years before Buddy was born.

With lyrics by Edward Madden and music by Percy Wenrich, they titled it "My Hula Hula Love." They first offered the tune to a promising newcomer, a contralto performing as Dolly Connolly. It would soon be her debut single.

Connolly's good fortune is attributed less to her being in the right place at the right time, and more to her being the wife of Percy Wenrich.

In May, Columbia Records recorded "My Hula Hula Love" and "Red Rose Rag" (A-1028) by Dolly, and it became the first of several hit records for her.

Victor quickly covered "My Hula Hula Love," but as a duet by Ada Jones and Billy Murray (Victor 16910), two of their biggest stars at the time. Still, their effort didn't match the success of Connolly's.

Other singers plus a few instrumentalists waxed the song in the years ahead, all properly credited to Edward Madden and Percy Wenrich.

Until 1957.

Why Buddy Knox received sole credit for both words and music has never been made public. Though he clearly created some new lyrics, enough of the original work is retained to warrant crediting all three composers.

Regardless, nothing much about the case made news because a confidential out-of-court settlement averted any potential litigation.

To this day, BMI still credits Knox with no mention of Madden or Wenrich, and that is appropriate if he in fact purchased ownership from the previous writers.

Now to that first verse of "Hula Love" (1957). Note the similarities and differences between it (above) and "My Hula Hula Love" (1911):

"It was silent on the isle of Il-o-ila, down Hawaii way,
A hula maiden gay, strolled by the moonlit bay
There came to court her o'er the water
From a savage Zinga Zulu land
A bolo chieftain grand, who sang this lay"

It seems that neither Il-o-ila nor Fillalilla are real places, at least not "out Hawaii way." There is, however, a Philippine Province named Iloilo in the Western Visayas region.

As for the lay/lei homophone mix-up, "lay" was a common synonym in the 18th and 19th centuries for "song."

The first example of this usage that comes to mind is Walter Scott's famous poem, "The Lay of the Last Minstrel" (1805). It is about the Song of the Last Singer.

IZ ZAT SO? Edward Madden wrote a lay titled "The Zinga Zula Man" for the 1910 Broadway musical, "He Came from Milwaukee."

That moniker may have inspired the Zinga reference in "My Hula Hula Love," but if so, why is it Zulu in "My Hula Hula Love" (1911), yet Zula in "Hula Love" (1957)?

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:
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Record Store Day Vinyl Sales

A total of 244,000 vinyl LPs were sold in the week ending April 21, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- the largest one-week sum for vinyl albums since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.

This past week's vinyl album haul surpasses the previous one-week record, set just last December. In the week ending Dec. 23, 2012, 213,000 vinyl albums were sold.

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Chrome Releasing 'Lost Chrome Tracks' in June

Seminal avant-punk psychedelic outfit Chrome will be releasing a full album (1 CD or 2 LPs) of previously unreleased material from 1979/80 on King of Spades Records this coming June. The album is titled: Half Machine from the Sun, The Lost Chrome Tracks from '79-'80.

Guitarist Helios Creed explains: "Damon Edge & I made these 'Lost Chrome Tracks' during recording sessions for Half Machine Lip Moves & Red Exposure. We had so much material, good tracks went unused. I didn't even realize the tapes were lost (and sold) due to an unpaid bill! I forgot about them until they were played for me recently, some 30 years later, but listening to the work I was brought right back in time where we had left off. I remembered for instance that I felt 'Something Rhythmic' was a special track, maybe even a hit. I guess it wasn't time to complete these tracks then, because now is their time."

Known for their experimental, de/re-construction of rock and roll, many of these Lost Chrome Tracks have a tendency towards catchy melodies and strong hooks, while still maintaining chrome's signature innovation, weirdness and pile-driver rhythm. Other numbers are pure experimental noise. In all, this double album opens a window into the diverse sounds of this groundbreaking band and this groundbreaking era in rock and roll.

Chrome's blend of raw energy and mind-bending audio manipulation influenced a wide range of musical genres, from the avant-rock of Sonic Youth and the Flaming Lips to Industrial rockers like Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. Theirs was "a Cyber-Punk vision of the future that came a decade before the term was coined," as psychedelic connoisseur Julian Cope put it.

Chrome was founded by vocalist/drummer Damon Edge in 1975, inspired by proto-punk pioneers the Stooges as well as the radical experimentation of John Cage. After releasing their debut album The Visitation on Edge's own Siren label, guitarist and vocalist Helios Creed joined Chrome, replacing their original guitarist. He played bass as well as guitar, sang and composed songs with Edge, coming in to make their commercial and artistic breakthrough Alien Soundtracks Chrome's 2nd album -- an immediate underground hit. Creed's guitar work "exploded the possibilities of what psychedelic, punk, new wave and industrial rock could sound like" claims's Andrew Stecz. 

Creed and Edge comprised the main creative force behind their next album, Half Machine Lip Moves, as another founding member left. "Nobody ever started an album with as much fire as Chrome did with the opening of Half Machine Lip Moves" proclaims Cope. "[it] remains my favorite beginning to any rock n' roll record, surpassing even Iggy and the Stooges' Raw Power." Chrome continued Alien Soundtracks' Sci-Fi-Punk, collage of searing rock with noise, sound-bites, scrap-metal percussion and unusual manipulations of their instruments and amplifiers, but done heavier with Creed's guitar feedback and Edge's powerful drumming to the fore. 

Chrome signed to the UK's Beggar's Banquet label for their fourth album Red Exposure and Third From the Sun, their fifth which included contributions from Edge's new wife Fabienne Shine (of French punk sensations Shaking Street). They also released 5 EPs and singles on various labels from '79-'82. Afterwards Creed left the band and established himself as unique and powerful solo artist, touring extensively and recording prolifically. He continued to be a influence through the grunge and noise rock indie scenes and he toured with Nik Turner's (Hawkwind) band "Space Ritual." Creed turned out 21 solo albums and several singles in his own right, from 1985 to 2011. After Edge's death in 1997, Creed took the helm of Chrome on stage and in the studio, making four more Chrome albums, completing one Edge had started before his passing, Angel of the Clouds, released in 2002 (and re-released by King of Spades Records this year). 

"I've created new music for close to 40 years now," states Creed." This 'Lost Chrome Tracks' release & a new Chrome album I've been recording this year, will be my 37th & 38th albums."


A Band Called Death

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death.  Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early '70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed.  But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco.  Record companies found Death's music - and band name - too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album.  Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger.  Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.

Run Time: 96 MINS
Rating: NR
Theatrical Release Date: JUNE 28, 2013
VOD Release Date: MARCH 24, 2013



LOCRIAN: Announce New Album Details - Return To Annihilation coming June 25th via Relapse Records

Esoteric, experimental artisan’s Locrian have revealed the details behind their highly anticipated Relapse Records full-length debut entitled 'Return To Annihilation.'  The album was recorded by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian, Circles, Serena Maneesh) at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, IL and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service.  The album will be released as CD, 2xLP, and digital formats on June 25th in North America, June 21st in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, and Finland, and June 24th in the UK and rest of the world. 

A two-part concept album inspired by the band’s love for prog-rock progenitors Genesis, Yes & King Crimson, Return To Annihilation is sure to be the group’s most ambitious recordings to date.


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Vinyl Best Sellers (all are RSD releases except *)

1. Paramore - Holiday Sessions 7"
2. The White Stripes - Elephant
3. The Features - The Features*
4. The Black Keys/The Stooges - No Fun 7"
5. PUJOL - Deep Cuts 7"
6. Justin Townes Earle - Yuma 10"
7. The Avett Brothers/Randy Travis - CMT Crossroads 7"
8. Tame Impala - Tame Impala
9. Grateful Dead - Rare Cuts & Oddities
10. Phish - Lawn Boy
11. Big Star - Nothing Can Hurt Me OST
12. Phoenix - Entertainment 7"
13. The Rolling Stones - Five By Five 7"
14. The Band - The Last Waltz
15. Pink Floyd - See Emily Play 7"
16. Mystery Side By Side 7" (Grateful Dead/Dr. John/Dixie Cups - 'Iko Iko')
17. Frightened Rabbit/Manchester Orch/Grouplove - Make It To Me 12"
18. Blind Melon - Blind Melon
19. Gram Parsons - Heider Session 1971 7"
20. Willie Nelson - Roll Me Up & Smoke Me 7"
21. Bob Dylan - Wigwam 7"
22. Misfits/Lemonheads - Skulls 7"
23. Paramore - Paramore*
24. Stephen Malkmus - Can's Ege Bamyasi
25. David Bowie - Stars Are Out Tonight 7"
26. The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
27. Notorious BIG - Ready To Die
28. Doors/X - Soul Kitchen 7"
29. At The Drive-In - Relationship Of Command
30. Wings - Maybe I'm Amazed 12"
31. David Bowie - Drive-In Saturday 7"
32. Various - Dazed & Confused OST
33. Frank Zappa - I'm The Slime 7"
34. Jimmy Eat World - Damage 7"
35. Eric Church - Caught In The Act
36. Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe 7"
37. The Flaming Lips - Zaireeka
38. Best Coast - Fear Of My Identity 7"
39. The XX - Jamie XX Edits 12"
40. Dave Brubeck - Distinctive Rhythm Instrumentals
41. Gary Clark Jr - Hwul Raw Cuts V. II
42. Public Image Ltd - Public Image 7"
43. Built To Spill - Live
44. Various - No Alternative
45. Brendan Benson - Diamond 7"
46. Iron & Wine - Next To Paradise 7"
47. Mad Season - Above
48. The Flaming Lips - The Terror*
49. The Postal Service - Give Up (expanded reissue)*
50. Dawes - Stories Don't End*