Friday, June 14, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

two contests are still taking entries, try your luck, you could be a winner!!

Rock Art Picture Show Contest

Our friend in vinyl Gary from RockArtPictureShow has graciously given the CVR blog two framed Beatles soundtracks to give away to a lucky reader!!

The contest is easy to enter, just send an email with the words "Rock Art Picture Show Contest" in the subject line, to this email address    Limit one entry per person. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing on June 14, 2013 TODAY AT  8 PM 

This framed pairing of authentic Beatles' soundtrack cover art from the 1964 Hard Day's Night and 1965's HELP is Rock & Roll history on display!

Though the records are not included, as cover art these will stir fond memories, conversation and great enjoyment! A collectible pair with a conservative book value of $150.00.

From Rock Art Picture Show, chosen by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Smithsonian, and thousands of Internet customers for album cover display since 1998!

Storming The Base Contest

Wecome to a new friend to the CVR blog, which is world famous for their selection of industrial and gothic music on the net.

To kick off our friendship, we have a contest that features Haujobb's 2011 release 'New World March' on high-quality 2LP vinyl, which is limited to 250 copies worldwide. The double-vinyl includes two bonus tracks never before released on any Haujobb album (and previously digital only). 

Contestants can enter by sending an email to  with the words "Storming The Base Contest" in the subject line and then swing by and liking the StormingTheBase Facebook Page HERE

Open to residents of the US and Canada only.  Limit one email entry per person.   Winner will be chosen in a random drawing on June 20, 2013, so get your email entires in before then!  Good luck and thanks to Storming The Base for providing a kick ass prize!

Haujobb - New World March (2LP)

Label: Artoffact Records

There has never been a Haujobb album released on vinyl, at least until now.  Artoffact Records, under exclusive license from Basic Unit Productions presents Haujobb's successful 2011 release New World March on high-quality 2LP vinyl, limited to 250 copies worldwide. The double-vinyl includes two bonus tracks never before released on any Haujobb album (and previously digital only).

You can also pre-order the double vinyl set at


what a great idea, and happy father's day to all the dads!



New User-Generated Blog Dedicated To Unearthing Forgotten

Rock Launches As A Companion To Doc 'A Band Called Death'

AUSTIN, TX - June 14, 2013 - Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and fringe pop culture site Dangerous Minds announced today their joint launch of interactive website My Dad Was In A Band (

In anticipation of Father's Day and the June 28 theatrical release of documentary A Band Called Death, the site is dedicated to unearthing rare, forgotten paternal rock. People are encouraged to share their memories of their dad's experience in a rock band by uploading vintage photographs, video, audio files and personal testimonials. Fans can connect with the site via its official Twitter account at @dadbands and Facebook page

Drafthouse Films' latest release A Band Called Death, which is available to watch on iTunes, Cable VOD platforms and on its official website (, tells of the unbelievable discovery of three black brothers' 1974 punk-before-punk demo tape that made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. In one of the film's most touching moments, the three sons of Death bassist Bobby Hackney deliver a moving on-camera interview about first discovering their dad's should-have-been-pioneering music, which eventually led them to form a touring Death tribute band called Rough Francis. 

Inspired by the Hackney sons and Death's discovery story, Drafthouse Films creative director Evan Husney aimed to follow suit in a different way: "My dad was in a '60s garage rock band in Minneapolis called The High Spirits and after converting their lo-fi psychedelic track 'Groovin' With The Stone Fox' from tape to MP3, I had a sudden overwhelming realization about what other vintage music exists that we may never hear. With this site, we want to build the definitive archive of virtually unheard music and the world's children may be the only way to de-attic it. Who knows... maybe we'll find the next buried gem that someone will make a documentary about."

Submissions to the site thus far range from virtually unknown '70s Staten Island "prog rockers" Hot Ice, to unsigned LA hair metal group Cold Shot, to Phil Collins' early beginnings. "The best thing was when Evan sent me a beta link to the site and the very first band listed was a late '60s psychedelic group called "Flaming Youth" that Phil Collins had been in prior to joining Genesis," says Dangerous Minds creator Richard Metzger, "and the leader of this band, Brian Chatton, is the father of one of my oldest friends! I've seen him at her Thanksgiving dinners going back 21 years. And they were really, really good, too! I am very excited to be partnering with Drafthouse Films to introduce this site to the world."

For more information on A Band Called Death, Dangerous Minds and Drafthouse Films:

About 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.

About Drafthouse Films
Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. Following the earnestly simple motto of "sharing the films we love with widest audience possible," Drafthouse Films debuted in 2010 with the theatrical release of Four Lions which was named of Time Magazine's "Top 10 Films Of The Year." The 2012 release slate includes the acclaimed Best Foreign Language Oscar®) Bullhead, the internationally celebrated Danish comedy Klown (currently slated for a Warner Bros/Todd Phillips produced US remake), Cannes Film Festival 2013 Official Selection Nothing Bad Can Happen, the 40th anniversary restoration of landmark Australian thriller Wake In Fright, the Werner Herzog/Errol Morris produced documentary The Act Of Killing and British auteur Ben Wheatley's psychedelic trip into magic and madness A Field In England. Drafthouse Films distributes films theatrically, through home video, VOD and their direct-to-consumer platforms integrating into the ever-growing Alamo Drafthouse entertainment lifestyle brand, which along with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas includes: Mondo, the collectible art boutique; Fantastic Fest, the largest international genre film festival in the US; and the pop culture website Badass Digest.

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new releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl

Stone Temple Pilots - Purple

Purple is the second studio album released by the Stone Temple Pilots.  The album, building on the foundations laid by the band's debut album Core(soon to be released by MOV) was a huge success for the band, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and selling over six million copies worldwide.

The album's style sees an expansion of the band's sound.  They shifted to a more alternative rock-style, incorporating some psychedelic and southern rock influences. It produced a number of successful singles a.o. "Vasoline", "Interstate Love Song" and "Big Empty". Music On Vinyl is proud to add this legendary name to their catalogue.  Be quick because the first 1500 copies will be gone in the blink of an eye.

■180 gram audiophile vinyl
■4 page insert
■Limited hand numbered edition of 1500 copies on solid purple vinyl

Beth Hart - Leave The Light On (Expanded Vinyl Edition)

Welcome to the sound and poetry of recovery and redemption.  On Beth Hart's third album, she has taken her already lean, rootsy approach to writing, scaled it back to what is essential in a song, then poured the very grain of her being into each performance.  Leave the Light On is filled with songs that take no prisoners, such as "Bottle of Jesus" or "Broken & Ugly",  with fierce melodies and burning guitar crunchiness.

This first ever exclusive vinyl edition includes no less than 5 bonus live tracks. No matter what happens this album will always sound necessary and is a vital example of classic rock.

■180 gram audiophile vinyl
■First time on vinyl
■10th anniversary edition
■5 bonus live tracks

Iggy Pop - Instinct

Does this man really need an introduction? Music  On Vinyl brings you another album by the legendary Mr. Iggy Pop! Instinct was originally released 25 years ago, on 20 June 1988. This is his heavy, hard-rocking album, featuring Sex Pistol Steve Jones on guitar, with production by Bill Laswell.

The album peaked at # 110 on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart.  The first single from the album "Cold Metal" charted at #37 on the rock charts. The album was ranked #69 on Kerrang!'s  "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time" list. Music On Vinyl proudly presents this 25th Anniversary Edition, with individually hand-numbered sleeves and lovingly pressed on 180 gram coloured vinyl.
■180 gram audiophile vinyl
■25th anniversary edition on colored vinyl, 1000 copies (transparent w/ green flakes)

A Flock Of Seagulls - A Flock Of Seagulls

A Flock of Seagulls first gained attention in the dance clubs with "Telecommunication," which is  included on this debut release.  The band were played heavily on MTV, quickly becoming known for their outrageous fashion and lead singer Mike Score's crazy haircut… (well, it was the 80s… and 2 of the members  were hairdressers!)

Their self-titled debut consists of hyperactive melodies, synthesizer noodlings, and electronic drumming. Legendary producer Phil Spector referred to this particular album as "phenomenal."

Music On Vinyl presents you this quintessential collection of new wave ear candy!  (180 gram audiophile vinyl)

Randy Newman -  Little Criminals

Like most of Newman's work, the album Little Criminals avoids traditional pop-music themes (there is not one love song on this album) in favour of musical story-telling. Some of the instrumental work and backing vocals on the album are performed by The Eagles.

The song "Baltimore" was covered by a.o. Nina Simone, Nils Lofgren and David Gray . The first song on the album "Short People" became a hit single in its own right. Little Criminals peaked at #9 on the US Billboard 200 chart, Newman's highest-charting album to date.   (180 gram audiophile vinyl)


billboard looks at the down side of vinyl (production delays, cost, inefficient supply chain, etc), but we all now about this, still a good read:

Business Matters: Why Vinyl Ain't All That


will check this out and get back to you on this...

Feedbands: Snag exclusive vinyl from indie artists


glad to see ringo still active!

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GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 6/03 - 6/09, 2013

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Queens Of The Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
2. Jason Isbell - Southeastern (limited 'bootleg' edition)
3. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
4. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
5. Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends
6. Goat - Dreambuilding 7"
7. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
8. Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle
9. Wild Cub - Youth
10. Allman Brothers - Eat A Peach (MFSL 1/2 speed reissue)
11. Coupler - Sunless
12. The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
13. Johnny Cash - I Walk The Line 7"
14. Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
15. Dawes - Stories Don't End
16. Jim James - Regions Of Light & Sound Of God
17. Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues
18. The Rollings Stones - Let It Bleed
19. Anonymous - Inside The Shadow
20. She & Him - Volume 3
21. Pokey Lafarge - Pokey Lafarge
22. Phoenix - Bankrupt!
23. Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer, Different Park
24. The Civil Wars - Unplugged On VH-1
25. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun