Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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ASG - Blood Drive

Relapse Records
28 May 2013

Release Dates
May 28, 2013 - N.America
May 27, 2013 - UK/World
May 24, 2013 - Germany, Benelux, Finland

ASG emerge from the sandy shores of North Carolina to deliver their fourth full length and Relapse debut ‘Blood Drive’, produced by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Fu Manchu).  Sun soaked groove heavy riffs that reference equal parts Torche and Queens of the Stone Age ‘Blood Drive’ is nothing short of anthemic.  ASG have toured the country relentlessly with the likes of Corrosion of Conformity, Weedeater and Black Tusk.  But what’s most remarkable about ‘Blood Drive’ is that any of its 12 instantly memorable songs could just as easily be FM radio smash hits.  What sets ASG apart from their swampy peers is singer/guitarist Jason Shi’s voice:  this is a set of songs that are truly SUNG by a guy who can actually SING.  ‘Blood Drive’ is a kick ass blast of sun that elevates ASG to the level of some of their most well-regarded Relapse label-mates like Baroness and Mastodon.

Deluxe double LP vinyl comes with exclusive bonus song!

First Press

1000 x Black Standard Gram
500 x Green w/ Orange Splatter
500 x Red/Yellow w/ Green Splatter Mailorder Exclusive

100 x Clear (do not request clear)

Press Quotes:

"ASG have stumbled upon a goosebump-raising formula that combines the sludgiest swamps and the sunniest sunshine" - Revolver 4/5

"It's heavy, hummable, and as electric as its artwork." Allmusic

"a trip through ’90s alt-metal history with a dose of modern Sabbath-revival stonerism thrown in for good measure" - MetalSucks

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Mountains - Centralia

Mountains’ music is defined by slow builds, and subtle transformations, textures and melodic lines that evolve in a variety of ways to create grand soundscapes and acutely detailed compositions. For Centralia, the duo of Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg wrote and recorded in a way that mirrors the pace of their music. While the current trend in experimental music is towards hyper-prolificity, Mountains have taken their time on Centralia, resulting in an album that is as precise as it is boundless. Holtkamp and Anderegg approached the album layer by layer, throughout much of the record combining purely-acoustic recordings with purely-electronic sounds rather than using electronics to manipulate acoustic source material. Guitar, cello, organs, electric piano, and more are seamlessly combined with modular electronics, synthesizers and other sound sources. The result is a fully engrossing listen, always shifting focus between acoustic instruments, processed instruments and electronic sound.

Most of Centralia was recorded by Holtkamp and Anderegg at Telescope Recording in Brooklyn, with the exception of the side-long “Propeller” and “Liana,” which are recordings of live shows later augmented with additional instrumentation. The duo recorded, edited, and mixed everything themselves, creating a sonic and aesthetic continuity only achievable through such fastidious and insular methods. Be it the gently melodic acoustic guitar and keyboard of “Tilt” or the steady, subtle pulsating haze of “Living Lens,” the album is as sonically rich as it is compositionally diverse.
Centralia is the most fully realized Mountains album, it encompasses everything Mountains represents, from the analog electronic sound of Air Museum, to the gentle warmth and improvised grandeur of Choral. Mountains are utterly singular in their ability to combine such varied and complex sources into such delicately detailed songs of perceived simple pastoral ambience.

Double LP version includes a free download coupon. We've re-pressed Centralia in a limited quantity on BROWN VINYL. All mailorders will get brown-colored vinyl until we run out!

Buy it HERE


'Re-Animator' Soundtrack Vinyl Release

Waxwork Records is excited to release the original soundtrack to the 1985 horror film, RE-ANIMATOR. This limited release guarantees buyers the score on green 180 gram vinyl. A limited number of variant glow-in-the-dark vinyl will be randomly inserted.

Composed and conducted by Richard Band, the score has been specifically re-mastered for vinyl. LP sleeve includes composer notes by Richard Band and original photos of the actual 1985 recording session in Rome, Italy. This LP package includes a heavy duty jacket with a sleek matte laminate finish for added structure and a silky feel. Full LP package artwork (front and back cover, record sleeve, and vinyl center labels) created by Ghoulish Gary Pullin. Massive full color poster of cover art included. On sale July 1st, 2013.

Visit Waxwork Records for more information.


Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 1974 Live Album Put Off Until Next Year


The Monkees Announce Summer 2013 Tour Dates


Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Team Up for Blues Album


ZZ Top Getting Box Set of Their Warner Brothers Catalog


 Fleetwood Mac release Extended Play EP, first new music in 10 years


 Yes Considering New Album


Kiss Add U.S. Dates to 2013 Summer Run


Lou Gramm Says He May Reunite With Foreigner for Farewell Tour


album cover art of the day:

FREYA: New Album Cover Artwork Unveiled



GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 4/22 - 4/28, 2013

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Phoenix - Bankrupt!
2. Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Daze
3. Junip - Junip
4. Paramore - The Holiday Sessions 7"
5. Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
6. Iron & Wine - Ghost On Ghost
7. Fall Out Boy - Save Rock N' Roll
8. White Fence - Cyclops Reap
9. Fuzz - Sleigh Ride 7"
10. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
11. Mumford & Sons - Babel
12. Hotpipes - DUST
13. The Shouting Matches - Grownass Man
14. James Blake - Overgrown
15. Ashley Monroe - Like A Rose
16. The Black Angels - Indigo Meadow
17. Josh Rouse - The Happiness Waltz
18. Luella & The Sun - Luella & The Sun 10"
19. Pere Ubu - Live At The Longhorn
20. Dawes - Stories Don't End
21. Cold War Kids - Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
22. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
23. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
24. Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin
25. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds


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Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: While trolling eBay for records, I spotted one on the Tin Pan Alley label titled "Really True" (TPA-127), and it has this most unusual way to credit the artist: "Featuring Billboard's 1954 Disc-Jockey Poll Winner, Carmen Taylor and Orchestra."

I never heard of this person, so I'm wondering if this claim is true.
—J.D. Wellington, Salt Lake City

DEAR J.D: Saying "Billboard's 1954 Disc-Jockey Poll Winner" is both an exaggeration and a misrepresentation.

Tin Pan Alley surely knew that only the top vote-getter in any poll is considered the winner. Furthermore, the claim implies Taylor was a winner in one of the primary pop categories. The truth is she appeared only among the narrow field of R&B singers. Neither winner nor runner-up there, she ranked No. 3 in the Top 15 Most Promising R&B singers. Finishing above Carmen were Roy Hamilton (1), and the Chords (2).

An honest accounting of Taylor's position in that poll would be "No. 1 Most Promising New Female Rhythm and Blues Artist." Putting it that way would still have provided them with some tasty publicity material.

An unrelated observation about this poll is that the most successful act on the entire list, the Drifters, only made it to the No. 5 position.

Billboard introduced their Annual Disc-Jockey Poll in mid-1947, by posting dozens of industry-related questions pertaining to the previous 12 months (June 1946 - June 1947).

One interesting thing about the results, particularly in the poll's early years, is the number of top-ranked newcomers who never lived up to the voters' expectations, whilst some lower ranked artists launched fabulous careers.

Regardless, we know those crystal balls are sometimes cloudy so we'll give those dee-jays a proverbial mulligan.

Just for fun, examine some of these examples of Most Promising Male and Female Newcomers:

1947 winners: Frankie Laine and Fran Warren
Frankie is a good choice but the venerable Doris Day (4) should have been the top female. That she finished below Rosalind Patton (2) and Jane Russell (3) is inconceivable.
Two other superstars that were inexplicably ranked even lower that year are Sarah Vaughan (7) and Peggy Lee (9).

1949 winners: Bill Lawrence and Mindy Carson
Billy Eckstine (3) and Patti Page (8) should have topped the list. For the women, Patti followed by Kay Starr (7) and Rosemary Clooney (3) makes more sense.

1950 winners: Eddie Fisher and Mindy Carson
No problem with Fisher, but Teresa Brewer (8) would have been a better choice — especially since Mindy Carson won in 1949 (on their poll, not mine).
We believe the Most Promising category should be reserved for newcomers. After all, you only get one rookie year.
Tessie was even passed up by Toni Arden (5) and the much lesser-known Kay Brown (6).
Other legends in the Top 15 men that year include: Guy Mitchell (3); Don Cherry (5); Tony Bennett (9); and Dean Martin (13).

1954 winners: Bob Manning and Betty Madigan
The voters misfired in both polls this time. Harry Belafonte (15) and Kitty Kallen (9) should have been on top.
Harry was much too low, even more so considering most of the names above him: Bob Manning (1); Tommy Leonetti (2); Georgie Shaw (4); Charlie Applewhite (6); Rush Adams (8); Joe Foley (9); Gary Crosby (10); Bob Stewart (11); Tommy Mara (12); and David Whitfield (13). None came even close to Belafonte's success, and several of these guys will have you asking "who's he?"
Among the ladies, here are the eight who surprisingly ranked higher than Kitty Kallen: Betty Madigan (1); Peggy King (2); Denise Lor (3); Jill Corey (4); Joyce Taylor (5); Micki Marlo (6) Chris Connor (7); and Connie Russell (8).

Making the result far more mystifying is this exact same dee jay poll ranked Kitty as the No. 1 Most Played Female, and the No. 2 Most Played Artist overall, second only to Perry Como.

First most played … yet ninth most promising? Talk about flying in the face of reason.

Carmen Taylor, who prompted this topic, does not appear anywhere among 1954's Top 20 gals.

DEAR JERRY: Just bought "Celebrate - The Three Dog Night Story 1965-1975" (MCA 10956) a double CD history of the band.

I got quite a surprise near the end of "An Old Fashioned Love Song," when the singing turned into something I'd never heard before.

I still like it, though it is definitely not the hit song played on the radio in the 1970s.

Do you know anything about this newly discovered oddity?
—Pete Musgrove, McMinnville, Ore.

DEAR PETE: You're right about it being a noticeably different track, especially at the 2:45 mark when they go into a strange sequence unlike both the original 45 (Dunhill 4294) and on their "Harmony" LP (Dunhill 50108), both from 1971.

I am at a loss to describe the variance using text, but when a person familiar with the original hears it, they'll certainly know it's different.

For you, the alternative version may be newly discovered, but it has been available on LP since the 1974 collection "Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits" (Dunhill 50178).

This has nothing to do with the different versions, but "An Old Fashioned Love Song" is shown on some labels as "Old Fashioned Love Song."

IZ ZAT SO? For anyone wondering why Three Dog Night, who first recorded in 1968, has an album titled "The Three Dog Night Story 1965-1975," it includes pre-Dog Night solo tracks by Cory Wells and Danny Hutton:

1965 "Say Goodbye to Donna," by Cory Wells and the Enemy's (sic) (Valiant 714), and Danny Hutton's "Roses and Rainbows" (HBR 447)

1966 "Funny How Love Can Be" (Danny Hutton) (MGM 13502)

Conspicuous by their absence are three singles by the Enemys (with Wells), (MGM 13485 "Glitter and Gold"; MGM 13525 "Hey Joe!"; and MGM 13573 "Mo-Jo Woman"), and Hutton's excellent "Big Bright Eyes" (HBR 453).

Another bonus is the previously unissued Brian Wilson tune, "Time to Get Alone," recorded in 1967 when Cory, Danny, and Chuck Negron briefly performed as Redwood.


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