Friday, October 18, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at MusicRecordShop


The last album R.E.M. made before migrating to Warner Bros., and very arguably the last start-to-finish masterpiece the band created in its acclaimed career, Document turned Georgia's celebrated sons into mainstream stars. Musically unadulterated and sonically pure, the group's 1987 work epitomizes the unmistakable sound and feeling of college rock during a period where innocence, experimentation, and adventurousness freely collided before being co-opted and branded as "alt-rock." Document is the record to which everyone refers when citing R.E.M. as the premier example of how a respected band is expected to behave, evolve, and maintain its integrity after experiencing mass success. Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes and carefully pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited-edition 180g LP edition of this breakthrough set explodes with unrivaled instrumental signatures, deep soundstages, and faithful tonalities that allow listeners insight into the actual makes and models of the guitars utilized on the recording. Sharp and clean, Scott Litt's widescreen production throws the band into clear relief, magnifying its razor-edged melodies and drummer Bill Berry's foundation-establishing beats. R.E.M. has never sounded so muscular or righteous.

Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity

1. Finest Worksong
2. Welcome to the Occupation
3. Exhuming McCarthy
4. Disturbance at the Heron House
5. Strange
6. It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
7. The One I Love
8. Fireplace
9. Lightnin' Hopkins
10. King of Birds
11. Oddfellows Local 151

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A series of special limited edition IRON MAIDEN vinyl picture disc albums are due to be released by EMI starting in October 2012. Comprised of the first eight albums of Maiden's career, all released in the 1980's, each picture disc will be packaged in a gatefold sleeve with full colour printed inner bags and the heavyweight vinyl will be cut from the original album master tapes. The albums will be released chronologically between October and February, starting with 'Iron Maiden' and 'Killers' on 15 October 2012 followed by 'The Number Of The Beast' and 'Piece Of Mind' in November 2012. To open the new year 'Powerslave' and the double album 'Live After Death' will be released in January, with the final two titles, 'Somewhere In Time' and 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son' coming out in February 2013. These vinyl picture discs are being released to commemorate IRON MAIDEN's current Maiden England tour which comprises largely 80's material, in particular focusing on the 'Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son' album.


1. Prowler
2. Remember Tomorrow
3. Running Free
4. Phantom Of The Opera

1. Transylvania
2. Strange World
3. Charlotte The Harlot
4. Iron Maiden 

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Vampire Weekend - Contra 

The scholarly Upper West Side Soweto of Vampire Weekend's debut sounded self-assured, but on Contra, they step out of their ivory tower with just as much confidence. In all senses of the term, this is a sophomore album. The band still flaunts the collegiate sense of discovery that made Vampire Weekend charming -- and sometimes too precious -- but with more maturity and creativity. Another Discovery is just as much of a force on Contra as any of the band's much-noted influences (Afro-pop, Paul Simon's Graceland): Rostam Batmanglij's electro-hip-hop-pop project with Ra Ra Riot's Wes Miles, which released its album LP after the pair found acclaim with their day jobs.

Label XL Recordings
Vinyl Record - LP - New

Track Listing
LP 1
1. Horchata
2. White Sky
3. Holiday
4. California English
5. Taxi Cab
6. Run
7. Cousins
8. Giving Up The Gun
9. Diplomat's Son
10. I Think Ur A Contra

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from our friends at MusicOnVinyl

David Bowie -  Earthling

Earthling is the 20th studio album by David Bowie, released in February 1997. The album showcases an electronica-influenced sound partly inspired by the industrial and drum and bass culture of the 1990s like Prodigy and Underworld.

This was the first album Bowie self-produced since 1974. Recorded in just 2,5 weeks right after returning from the Outside tour, the album is a snapshot of what Bowie was going through musically at the time. Making extensive use of sampling their own material on high BPMs, the album was the first Bowie album to be recorded digitally.

The first pressing consists of 2000 numbered copies on transparent green vinyl. The second pressing consists of 2000 numbered copies on transparent blue vinyl.   180 gram audiophile vinyl, Gatefold 
and Printed inner sleeve

Major Lance - Um Um Um Um Um Um

Major Lance was one of the leading figures of Chicago Soul during the '60s and the top-selling artist for OKeh Records during the decade.

During this time, the majority of his songs were written by his childhood friend Curtis Mayfield. Fittingly for Major Lance's smooth voice, Mayfield crafted urban, uptown and polished songs like "The Monkey Time" and "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um".

Major Lance's mid-sixties output consists of some of the most popular good-time R&B of its era. The Impressions sing background on most of the tracks on Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um (1964). MOV's re-release of this timeless classic is the first reissue since its original release!  180 gram audiophile vinyl  First reissue since 1964!


Grateful Dead To Release Acoustic Set on Vinyl for Black Friday

Grateful Dead are scheduled to release a vinyl set of the recording from an all-acoustic, “incognito” show at the Great Highway in San Francisco on April 18, 1970 for Record Store Day’s Black Friday bonanza. The two-LP set called, 'Family Dog at the Great Highway, San Francisco, CA 4/18/70' will be available at participating independent record stores on November 29th.

The 80-minute, 17-song Grateful Dead performance was originally called 'Mickey Hart and His Heartbeats and Bobby Ace and His Cards from the Bottom of the Deck.' The one-set show featured a combination of original material (“Friend of the Devil,” “New Speedway Boogie”), and covers (“Mama Tried,” “Wake Up Little Susie”) and traditionals (“I Know You Rider”), which were followed by six solo acoustic songs from Pigpen. The recently discovered tapes were mastered Jeff Norman.

Only 7,500 copies of the 180-gram vinyl are being pressed and they include new artwork by designer Scott McDougall.

Record 1
Side A
"I Know You Rider"
"Don't Ease Me In"
"Silver Threads and Golden Needles"
"Friend of the Devil"
"Deep Elem Blues"

Side B
"Wake Up Little Susie"
"Cumberland Blues"
"New Speedway Boogie"

Record 2
Side A
"Me and My Uncle"
"Mama Tried"
"Katie Mae"

Side B
"Ain't It Crazy (The Rub)"
"Bring Me My Shotgun"
"The Mighty Flood"
"Black Snake"


vinyl doing well in the uk:

Daft Punk, David Bowie and Boards of Canada help boost UK vinyl sales to 10 year high


more from the uk:

The vinyl revival: Sales of LP records double in 12 months to reach 550,000 thanks to releases by artists including Arctic Monkeys -  Vinyl record sales have doubled thanks to famous names releasing LPs - Around 550,000 have been bought so far in 2012 and could exceed 700,000


Sunn O)))) to reissue 2005 album Black One on vinyl


Pure Steel Records Inks Vinyl Deal With Steel Prophet, Complete Works To Be Reissued


Classic Saxon Albums Reissued On Vinyl

Record label Back On Black specializes in vinyl editions of classic metal albums and the label is reissuing the following SAXON albums:

 "The Eagle Has Landed" (1982)
 "Denim And Leather" (1981)
 "Innocence Is No Excuse" (1985)
 "Power And The Glory" (1983)
 "Rock The Nations" (1986)
 "Crusader" (1984)
 "Wheels Of Steel" (1980)
 "Strong Arm Of The Law" (1980)


Vancouver's sole record store for sale


for those of you who carry devices (none for me, thanks):

Vnylst: An App for…Your Record Collection?


Rock Hall of Famers, kids celebrate Darlene Love


Lennon, Bon Jovi, Petty Songs Raising Funds Special Olympics  



Win Eagles The Studio Albums 1972-1979 Vinyl Box Set


Quarter-inch spools hiding Zep treasure


Yes Finally Nominated For The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame


Poster for David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust Debut Sells for $2,200


Neil Young to Be Honored By Recording Academy's Producers and Engineers


Top 10 Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 10 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city in North America. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

1. Kenny Chesney; $2,813,603
2. Taylor Swift; $2,743,748
3. Beyoncé; $1,708,997
4. Phish; $1,591,499
5. Justin Bieber; $1,233,872
6. Depeche Mode; $1,122,120
7. Dave Matthews Band; $1,044,208
8. Bruno Mars; $1,003,647
9. Jason Aldean; $968,479
10. "Honda Civic Tour" / Maroon 5 / Kelly Clarkson; $895,674


from our friends at VinylCollective

Top 10 Albums – October 14, 2013

Here are the Top 10 Albums sold at Shop Radio Cast for the week of October 7 – October 14, 2013:

1. Rival Schools – United By Fate 2XLP
2. The Early November – The Rooms Too Cold LP + CD
3. Brand New – The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me 2XLP
4. Handsome – Handsome LP + 7?
5. Glen Hansard – Drive All Night EP 12?
6. Crosses – (†) 10?
7. Social Distortion – Prison Bound 25th Anniversary LP
8. Various Artists – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) LP
9. Crosses – (††) 10?
10. Hellogoodbye – Everything Is Debatable LP


album cover art of the day:

Silent Force Album Art Revealed

German metal act Silent Force are scheduled to release a new album called 'Rising From Ashes.' The new release is expected to ship on December 13th via AFM Records.


album cover art of the day, part two:

Cult Of Fire Reveals New Album Artwork, Track Listing


album cover art of the day, part three:

HAMMERCULT To Release 'Steelcrusher' In January


if you find yourself up north, check this show out!