Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at razorandtie


Pre-Order Now
In conjunction with BRAD’s 20th Anniversary, Razor & Tie will release re-issues of the Seattle band’s first two albums, Shame and Interiors.  Set for release September 30th, 2013, the esteemed albums will feature new artwork created and freshly re-designed by BRAD drummer, Regan Hagar-- both Shame and Interiors will be available on CD (in digi-soft packs) and gatefold Vinyl.  

The CD re-issue of Interiors features two bonus tracks, “Séance” and “Heaven Help” (both previously unavailable in the U.S.) while the vinyl edition of Interiors will include and feature the same bonus tracks via a separate, 7-inch, special edition pressing contained within the gatefold. As an added treat, the Interiors vinyl will also include for the time ever, all the original studio recording intros from the band members prior to the start of each song.

Pre-order the albums now HERE

The Shame pre-order bundles are as follows:
Tier One: CD Only
Tier Two: Vinyl Only
Tier Three: CD, Vinyl  And T-Shirt

The Interiors Pre-Order Bundles Are As Follows:
Tier One: CD Only
Tier Two: Vinyl W/Bonus 7-Inch Only
Tier Three: CD, Vinyl W/Bonus 7 Inch, And T-Shirt

BRAD’s debut album Shame featured a raw sound and an eclectic mix of styles that reflect the personalities of the band members.  Shame was mixed by Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, The Fray). Interiors was Brad’s sophomore release and was mixed by Brendan O’Brien and produced by Nick DiDia (Powderfinger).

Formed in 1992, BRAD originated as an official side-project that developed into something much deeper for fans and band alike. Anchored by Shawn Smith’s astonishing vocals, the band’s soulful rock sound has spawned four official studio albums. Over the years, Brad has toured off/on and also performed on both Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.


Pre-Order The Death Card At MerchNow  HERE

Watch Live Video Of “A Song For The Nameless” At Beheading The Traitor  HERE

Sworn In will release their debut full length album, The Death Card, on August 20th on Razor & Tie.  Fans can pre-order the new album in various merch bundles now (HERE).

Bundles include t-shirts, vinyl, CDs, a custom tarot Death Card, a 4-inch Sworn In patch as well as the instant grat track download of “A Song For The Nameless.”   The Death Card was produced by the band and was recorded, mixed and mastered by Brian Hood (A Plea For Purging, Gideon).

The Chicago metalcore/hardcore band has previously released two EPs- Catharsis and Start/End. Sworn Inrecently played the Skate and Surf Festival and just wrapped a tour with For The Fallen Dreams, Hundredth, Upon This Dawning, Gideon, and Wolves At The Gate & To The Wind.  The band has previously toured with King Conquer, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life and Adaliah and have played the New England Metal Fest, Jamboree, and SXSWhat. Sworn In is Tyler Dennen (Vocals), Chris George (Drums), Zakary Gibson (Guitar), Sean Banks (bass) andEugene Kamlyuk (Guitar).


from our friends at brutalpandarecords
WHORES - Clean

Release Date: Worldwide October 1, 2013

Atlanta, GA noise merchants WHORES. return with their highly anticipated second offering, Clean.  Recorded this past May by Ryan Boesch  (Melvins, Helmet, Tomahawk, Fu Manchu) at Parhelion Recording Studios in Atlanta, GA, Clean sees the band refine their crushingly heavy, catchy as fuck rock to violent perfection.

Known for their intense, memorable live shows and unabashed punk rock attitude, WHORES. are sure to be a household name in 2013.  Look for them on tour soon!

Christian Lembach
Jake Shultz
Travis Owen

Pre-order HERE


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Sam Amidon's "Bright Sunny South" Due on Vinyl with Bonus 7” in September

Nonesuch Records released Sam Amidon’s label debut, Bright Sunny South, this spring to critical acclaim. Produced by Amidon with his childhood friend and longtime collaborator Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman) and legendary English engineer Jerry Boys (Buena Vista Social Club, Vashti Bunyan, R.E.M.) and recorded in London, the record features a band made up of Bartlett and multi-instrumentalists Shahzad Ismaily and Chris Vatalaro. Jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler also makes a cameo. On September 24, Bright Sunny South will be released on vinyl with a download of the album and a bonus vinyl 7” disc featuring two previously unreleased recordings, "Won't Turn Back" and an acoustic version of "Weeping Mary"; it is available to pre-order now in the  Nonesuch Store.

Amidon will tour North America throughout September including two nights at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City with Bill Frisell. See the North American tour dates below. For additional details and ticket links, visit

The Vermont native/London-based Amidon is known for his reworking of traditional melodies into a new form. In addition to country ballads and shape-note hymns, Bright Sunny South features interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs, including Tim McGraw’s “My Old Friend” and Mariah Carey’s “Shake It Off.” The record also includes a version of “Weeping Mary,” a shape-note hymn that his parents, Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, recorded with the Vermont-based Word of Mouth Chorus for Nonesuch Records on the 1977 disc Rivers of Delight: American Folk Hymns From the Sacred Harp Tradition.

Bright Sunny South follows 2010’s critically acclaimed I See the Sign, which earned Amidon praise from SPIN for his “quirky alchemy … contrasting pretty sounds with violent lyrical undercurrents” and Pitchfork, which said, “[Amidon’s] interpretations are so singular that it stops mattering how (or if) they existed before.”



The latest release in RHINO Handmade's lavish Monkees boxed sets is packed with 85 tracks (60 previously unreleased) over 3 CD's - featuring the original album re-mastered, plus two extra discs packed with unreleased mixes, and never-before-heard songs.

This release is not available in stores or from any other online retailer - only at

We're also premiering another new track from PRESENT (DELUXE EDITION) - "Bye Bye Baby Bye Bye (Mono Mix)"!

Listen HERE


John Lennon Beatles' Jacket Up For Auction

A blue three-quarter length jacket worn by Beatles' John Lennon is due to be auctioned off on August 22.  The coat had been left behind in Lennon's Berkshire mansion when he moved to the US in 1971. He bequeathed it and other possessions to his assistant, Jo Jo Johns, to give away or dispose of as she saw fit. She then gave the jacket to friend Anthony Goddard as a birthday present and he has now decided to sell it on at a Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers event in Derbyshire.  The jacket is expected to fetch close to $15,000.


Led Zeppelin To Be Honored In Denmark

September 7, 2013, marks the 45 year anniversary since Led Zeppelin played their very first concert. Now the British rock stars are getting a special plaque right where it all began; in a primary school in Gladsaxe.

In Denmark, Led Zeppelin made themselves into rock history September 7,1968. There was, as we know, many interesting things around the world that year. That there was an English rockband that played on a Saturday night in Gladsaxe Teen Club in the neighborhood of Copenhagen, was nothing special. After all, youth clubs pulled in, every Saturday night, somewhere between 1,200 and 1,600 young people when there was a ball at Egegaard School. And, many British groups came.

Gladsaxe the rock world map

There were usually three bands in one night. The main name that evening was The Yardbirds. They had been there before and they were good ol, seemed both club's board and many fans. But it did not go quite as expected. The British band that was booked long before the summer, ran afoul with each other over in the home city of London and was dissolved the summer. Group guitarist Jimmy Page, however, had a new plan up his sleeve, namely to find new playmates to play with. He found them, and it was this new group that appeared in Gladsaxe Teen Club Saturday 7th September 1968 under the name "The New Yardbirds."

The three new members of the group were singer Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. They had only practiced a few times together in London, then in the afternoon of September 7th, they knocked on the door at the school in Gladsaxe and asked if they just had to practice a little before the evening's concert. And so, a nice school in Gladsaxe - incidentally, then departed Erhard Jakobsen, who was the mayor of the municipality - both "rehearsing room" and "concert venue" for the world premiere of one of the world's greatest rock bands, Led Zeppelin, will be there.

World premiere plaque

45 years after being given Led Zeppelin a place of honor at the school where it all began, there will be a plaque for the rock historic event . The plaque will be put up at Gladsaxe School, which Egegaard School was called.

It will of course be celebrated, and it happens Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Gladsaxe School, where the plaque will be unveiled.

The project is called "Initiative Group for the selection of Led Zeppelin's world premiere in Gladsaxe" which among others, several of the people who had significant shares of Led Zeppelin's world premiere and documentation of the event, namely Kim Utke, co-founder of Gladsaxe Teen Club and a member of the board, will help to decide which groups play at the club. Jerry Ritz, music and theater producer, was on the road with foreign groups such as The Who, The Animals and Small Faces, was the tour manager for Led Zeppelin in Scandinavia in 1968 and 1969, and Jorgen Angel, rock photographer, who took a series of recent very famous images of Led Zeppelin's first concert which is world renowned for its unique photographs of rock's big names from the 60s and 70s. His pictures can be seen at a major exhibition in The Old Town in Aarhus.

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Paul McCartney hires stars for new album

New Leslie West Album

album cover art of the day:

 Cage the Elephant share Melophobia release date, artwork, tracklist

album cover art of the day, part two:

Destroyer Of Light Reveals Artwork For New EP "Bizarre Tales: Vol 2"

album cover art of the day, part three:

Ævangelist - Reveal New Album Cover Art

US extreme metallers Ævangelist have recently revealed the cover art for their second album 'Omen Ex Simulacra' expected to be available on October 11th via Debemur Morti Productions. The cover art was done by Polish artist Andrzej Masianis.

A Record To Your Loved Ones

Have your ashes pressed into the vinyl record of your choosing!  Jason Leach, founder of And Vinyly, has recently announced a new option for those who'd rather die than live without music: Have your ashes combined with 24 minutes of audiophile-quality vinyl. The process is simple: Ashes are delivered to a pressing plant and sprinkled into raw vinyl. That said, it's pretty expensive, costing $4,600 for 30 copies of a record.

**note to self, start saving now for my debut record to be released at my demise!


ST. LOUIS Record Exchange celebrates Vinyl Record Day