Monday, June 30, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

available from our friends at NewOnVinyl


The score by Brad Fiedel was commercially released as the Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) contained twenty tracks with a run time of 53 minutes. The score spent six weeks on the Billboard 200, reaching a peak of #70.

The Soundtrack of Terminator 2 by Silva Screen. Double LP. Limited edition of only 750 copies World Wide.  Release date 2014-08-17

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Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie is the fourth album by singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette, originally released in 1998. After the massive success of Jagged Little Pill (1995), Morissette was considered one of the biggest music stars in the world, and many fans anxiously awaited a follow-up album. A dark and wandering album, the mystery of Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie began on its cover, with an image of Alanis’s mouth while laughing and a text printed over that image that refers to The Eight Precepts of Buddhism.

Reissue LP album On 180 gram vinyl by Music on Vinyl. Double LP. Limited edition on SILVER/TRANSPARANT Vinyl. Only 2000 copies Release Date: 2014-7-21

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The W is the third studio album by the world’s baddest Hip Hop group Wu-Tang Clan. Released in 2000, the album debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200, and instantly topped the R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart after release. Containing the hit “Gravel Pit”, the album was certified Platinum a few months later.

After their 1997 album Wu-Tang Forever and several solo projects, 'The W' has a more rugged, less polished sound than most Wu-Tang related albums from that era. Group mastermind RZA produced The W with roughed up Soul samples and tight, tough beats. Paranoid kung fu samples and bizarre sounds drive the fantastic nightmare. The back-to-basics approach (the group’s massive debut Enter The Wu-Tang comes to mind) works so well because it puts the focus back on some of the best rappers in the game.

The album also features guest appearances from Isaac Hayes, Redman, Nas, Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg.

Reissue LP album 180 gram by Music On Vinyl. Double LP on clear vinyl and a wide spine sleeve. Limited edition with only 1500 numbered copies. Release on 2014-7-7

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Grand Declaration of War is the second full-length studio album by Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, released through Necropolis Records, on 16 May 2000.

The album's title and some of the lyrics are taken from the writings of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, particularly Twilight of the Idols and The Antichrist. Nietzsche called Twilight of the Idols "a grand declaration of war"

Reissue LP album on vinyl by Back On Black. Deluxe vinyl edition on White w/red speckles. Release on 2014-08-25.

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Apollo 18 is the fourth studio album by American alternative rock duo They Might Be Giants. It was released in 1992 through Elektra Records and named after the Apollo missions, the last of which to be completed was Apollo 17. The album was also associated with International Space Year, for which They Might Be Giants were declared the official "musical ambassadors".

The album marked the first conscious effort by John Linnell and John Flansburgh to branch out of their early sound, opting for more traditional rock rhythms and fuller arrangements. The duo adopted a backing band with live drums during the supporting tour. It was their last album recorded as a duo, and the band expanded to include a regular rhythm guitarist, bass player, and saxophone player for their subsequent releases. The album generated three singles, "The Statue Got Me High", "The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)" and "I Palindrome I". Apollo 18 also includes the "Fingertips" suite, a series of twenty-one songs, each under thirty seconds long. This concept was later recycled for the band's sixteenth album, Nanobots, which contains twenty-five songs, nine of which run under one minute each.

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Barclay James Harvest - North

The album (featuring all new material) draws on the fine musical heritage of Barclay James Harvest whilst bringing the BJH legacy up to date with expansive compositions and thoughtful lyrics. The band’s roots in rural north-west England are explored on the album’s title track, along with another extended piece, ‘On Leave’. The album also includes the recent digital single ‘Unreservedly Yours’ and ‘Ancient Waves’, a song performed live in more recent times.

"North” continues the Barclay James Harvest story and is the strongest work to emerge from the band in many years, a true group effort by John Lees, Craig Fletcher, Jez Smith and Kevin Whitehead. The album release is supported by an extended UK tour by the band in November 2013.

The gatefold 180g vinyl edition is strictly limited.

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from our friends at SlyVinyl

Watch_Dogs Original Game Soundtrack by Brian Reitzell // Limited to 750 Blue/Black Splatter and 750 180g Black Vinyl LP

Project Carousel (feat. Volcano Choir, Mark Kozelek, Jason Molina and more // Limited Test Pressings and Colored Vinyl


inspiring story from the great state of delaware:

'Vinyl Lady:' Artist locked in race with paralysis


Don Lindich’s Sound Advice: Turntable with pre-installed cartridge a safe bet


For the vinyl curious: A complete $380 hi-fi system for LPs & audio files


The Who Announce 50th Anniversary Tour, Plot New Album


The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2014


album cover art of the day:

Straightline (melodic punk) stream new EP “Alteration of the Rules”

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

upcoming releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


Iconic Classic Rock heroes Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker teamed up in 2005 for a short string of Cream reunion shows in the UK's finest concert hall, Royal Albert Hall. After their late '60s split, the band had not been playing together, except for a one-off 1993 gig at their induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Cream had not only remained a legendary band, but at the time it seemed extremely unlikely that they would ever play live again. Therefore these live recordings are a heaven's send to Rock fans all over the world, those who are eager to hear these monsters of Rock back in action. And many fans and critics agreed that the band sounded better than before. A worthy coda to their brief but impactful career.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Printed innersleeves
  • Insert


Them Changes is the 1970 release by American Rock and Funk drummer, vocalist, composer and producer Buddy Miles. He was a founding member of The Electric Flag (1967), a member of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys (1969-1970), founder and leader of the Buddy Miles Express and later, the Buddy Miles Band. In addition to Jimi Hendrix, Miles played and recorded with Carlos Santana, Mike Bloomfield and others.

According to critics Them Changes is one of the great lost treasures of Soul inspired Rock music. The album stayed on the charts for more than a year and the title track became Miles' signature song. With this album Miles not only proved himself to be a great interpreter of songs of others, but also demonstrated his ability to write solid material on his own.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold sleeve


Love Is The Message (1975) is the second album released by Philadelphia International Records house band MFSB, and widely regarded as one of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's shining moments. The album serves as a landmark LP for Philadelphia's mid-'70s Soul movement. The album hit the 4th spot in the Billboard Album Top 200, and topped the  Billboard Top Soul LPs Charts for quite some time.

This Grammy Award winning album includes the number one hit "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" featuring The Three Degrees. The song became the theme song for the immensely popular television show Soul Train, the dance show that still defines the Disco era. The song "Love Is The Message" would go on to be an enormous underground hit in New York's late-'70s disco scene, championed by influential DJs such as Larry Levan. In addition, the album also features the orchestra's take on "Touch Me In The Morning", a song popularized by Diana Ross that was another proto-disco classic.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Including "TSOP",  theme from the television show "Soul Train"


The Four Tops were among a number of groups, including The Miracles, The Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, and The Supremes, who established the Motown Sound around the world during the 1960s. The group was the main male vocal group for the highly successful songwriting and production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, who crafted a stream of hit singles on Motown. Their immaculate four-part harmonies gave voice to many of Motown's most enduring songs.

Their self-titled album (1964) included the singles "Baby I Need Your Loving" and "Ask the Lonely". You'd be hard pressed to find two better singles on a debut album, both being the cornerstones of Four Tops. A debut to remember.  On 180 gram audiophile vinyl


MASTODON: Debut LP Remission to See Deluxe Reissue

Remixed and Remastered Relapse Classic to See August 5th Re-Release 

Relapse Records is proud to present a deluxe reissue of MASTODON's seminal debut LP Remission, a record that would immediately establish them as one of the most important bands in the history of heavy music.  Exploding onto the scene in 2002, MASTODON combined an unparalleled level of musicianship together with songwriting sophistication that simply did not exist amongst their peers.  Over a decade after its release Remission remains one of the most important titles in Relapse’s rich catalog, and it is with that appreciation that the label is proud to present a super-deluxe version of this classic record put together with the full cooperation of the band themselves.

The album has been fully remixed by original producer and engineer Matt Bayles  and remastered by Ed Brooks at RFI.  The CD cover art has been dramatically enhanced to showcase the iconic Remission horse in a beautiful custom 3D embossing with a UV gloss, special custom varnish and foil stamping.  Additionally, album artist Paul Romano scoured his vaults to unearth 24+ pages of previously unreleased artwork originally created for the Remission album.

The album will see it’s reissue on August 5th (N. America), August 4th (UK/World) and August 1st (Germany/Benelux/Finland) on CD and a deluxe 2xLP boxset.

The CD version comes with a Remission sticker while the 2xLP box set is strictly limited to 2000 copies worldwide and includes a 11”x11” 24 page book featuring the gorgeous new artwork from Paul Romano along with an exclusive etching of the Remission horse.  A special black/gold vinyl box set edition is available exclusively at and comes with a special, full color Remission turntable slipmat.

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Future Islands 'On the Water ' Available On White Vinyl  

Thrill Jockey has announced that for a limited time, Future Island's 'On The Water' will be available on white vinyl with artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon. (CD version comes in a digipack with 6 panel booklet.)

Future Islands' romantic synth sound scales new heights with 'On the Water,' the Baltimore trio's most ambitious and fully realized statement yet. Built around a song cycle exploring love, loss, and memory, their latest album finds the band continuing to deliver pounding rhythms, swelling melodies, and undeniable hooks - but finding new ways to probe inner space and tug at hearts.

Convening in March 2011 in Elizabeth City, NC's historic, waterfront Andrew S. Sanders House, vocalist Samuel T. Herring, bassist William Cashion, and keyboardist Gerrit Welmers lived together in a space that served as both studio and sleeping quarters. The band used this tranquil retreat to refine their most reflective and mature batch of songs to date, adding new material in the process.

What emerged is a lush yet visceral album about two parallel journeys--one physical and one psychological. On the Water's narrator offers enough detail that their story feels personal, yet open enough that any listener can inhabit each twist and emotional pang as their own.

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Future Islands 'In Evening Air' Available On Orange Vinyl

Comprised of J. Gerrit Welmers (synthesizers and programming), William Cashion (bass), and Samuel T. Herring (vocals), Future Islands has continued to make passionate music through an electronic medium for the past four years. [Although, the three have been working and performing since the spring of 2003.] They call their music "Post-Wave," taking in part from the emotional fragility of New Wave and coupling it with the power and drive of Post-Punk.

Future Islands' music is spearheaded by Welmers, whose layers of synths and drums create the landscape for Cashion's punching-strum style, that pulses and fights--the two--creating noise and bliss.

Herring, who has been called "one of the most magnetic frontmen in indie rock," finds his space in between. Carving through the music, at times, with a whispering croon, and at others, with a deathly wail.

CD version packaged in a 4-panel digipack with 4-page booklet.  LP version includes artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon.  Currently shipping on opaque orange vinyl!

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‘Night Of The Demons’ And ‘Witchboard’ Coming To Vinyl This Year


Basin Street Records gets back into the vinyl business with new Rebirth Brass Band albums


Collectors Of 78s Remain Addicted To The Old Sounds - Connecticut Devotees, Young And Old, On The Hunt For Rare Gems


from the great state of vermont:

‘Analog & Vinyl’: The devil visits a record shop in world premiere musical


As vinyl returns, they've got it covered


from our neighbors to the north:

The Act of Listening's Changed Since Music Went Digital


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 6/16 - 6/22, 2014

Vinyl Top 25:
1. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
2. Jack White - Lazaretto
3. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
4. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
5. The Antlers - Familiars
6. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I
7. Earth - Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull
8. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III
9. Arctic Monkeys - AM
10. The Black Keys - Turn Blue
11. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
12. Earth - Hex
13. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
14. Katy Perry - Prism (picture disc)
15. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
16. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
17. David Gray - Mutineers
18. Paul Westerberg - 14 Songs
19. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
20. Boris - Noise
21. Joe Meek - The Emotional, Cosmic And Occult World Of Joe Meek
22. Yautja - Songs Of Descent
23. The Rolling Stones - Through The Past Darkly
24. The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
25. D Watusi - Dark Party


album cover art of the day:

Details On Debut Album "Firebreather" Announced By Sunless Sky

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: You once identified a mystery song that someone heard on AMC's Mad Men. It turned out to be "Ladder of Success" by Skeeter Davis.

Seeing how you solved that case gives me hope that you will answer my question.

When Skeeter and Betty Davis started out as the Davis Sisters, their first record, "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know," went to No. 1, which is quite an accomplishment.

Inexplicably, they never had another popular record and are forever known as a One Hit Wonder.

Just how many follow-up records were released by them, if any? Are there any I might even know?
—Amanda Stratton, Vincennes, Ind.

DEAR AMANDA: Inexplicable on the surface, perhaps, but there is an explanation.

Not everyone knew it at the time, but Skeeter (nee: Mary Frances Penick) was the only one of the Davis Sisters not named Davis. She and Betty Jack "B.J." Davis were best of friends from high school, and Mary Frances even lived with the Davis family for a while.

Tragically, early Sunday morning Aug. 2, 1953, two weeks before "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" made its Billboard chart debut, B.J. was killed when the car in which she and Skeeter were in was hit head-on by a fellow who fell asleep at the wheel. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene.

Skeeter was taken to the hospital with body bruises and superficial cuts, but had no critical injuries as is sometimes reported.

She remained hospitalized for two days just for observation, then was released on Aug. 4th.

The memorial service for Betty, Aug. 6th in Covington, Ky., was said to have drawn the largest crowd ever seen at a funeral in that Ohio River community. Sadly, B.J. was denied the thrill of seeing herself and her best friend having the top-selling country record in the nation.

Having a smash hit made it imperative that the Davis Sisters continue recording, so Betty's older sister, Georgia, filled in as Skeeter's new "sister."

Alas, the magical harmonies perfected by Skeeter and B.J. could not be duplicated. But oh how they tried, again and again.

Over three years, from the summer of 1953 to mid-'56, RCA Victor cranked out a dozen singles, meaning 24 songs, by the Davis Sisters.

Of all those tunes, it is very likely that the only ones well known are "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know," and, to a lesser extent the flip side, "Rock-A-Bye Boogie" (RCA 5345).

Though this was their first record for RCA, the girls did make a few recordings for the Fortune label, and while those tracks were not hits they were very instrumental in getting them signed by RCA.

Being held to One Hit Wonder status was not for lack of trying on the part of the girls or RCA. The company issued the following 11 singles consecutively on 45 and 78 rpm, but not a one them clicked with the C&W dee jays:

RCA 5460: "You're Gone"/"Sorrow and Pain" (1953)
RCA 5607: "Takin' Time Out For Tears"/"Gotta Git-A-Goin' " (1954)
RCA 5701: "You Weren't Ashamed to Kiss Me Last Night"/"Foggy Mountain Top" (1954)
RCA 5843: "Just Like Me"/"Show Me" (1954)
RCA 5906: "Christmas Boogie"/"Tomorrow I'll Cry" (1954)
RCA 5966: "Everlovin' (A One Way Love) "/"Tomorrow's Just Another Day" (1954)
RCA 6086: "Fiddle Diddle Boogie"/"Come Back to Me" (1955)
RCA 6187: "I've Closed the Door"/"I'll Get Him Back" (1955)
RCA 6291: "Baby Be Mine"/"It's the Girl Who Gets the Blame" (1955)
RCA 6409: "Don't Take Him for Granted"/"Blues for Company" (1956)
RCA 6490: "Lying Brown Eyes"/"Lonely and Blue" (1956)

Two years after the Davis Sisters called it quits, Skeeter embarked on a hugely successful solo career.

She did indeed climb the "Ladder of Success."

On Sept. 19, 2004, at the age of 72, Mary Frances Penick died as a result of breast cancer.

IZ ZAT SO? Here is one remarkable sidebar to "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" reaching No. 1.

From the January 1944 inception of charting country music singles, to August 1984, and "Mama He's Crazy" by the Judds, the Davis Sisters are the only all-female unit, consisting of two or more members, to top the C&W charts.

That's over 40 years in what was then a male dominated genre.

Compare that to these 17 all-female acts who topped the Pop and Rock charts during the exact same time period (number in parenthesis indicates multiple No. 1 hits):

Andrews Sisters (3); Angels; Chiffons; Chordettes; Crystals; Dixie Cups; Emotions; Fontane Sisters; Honey Cone; LaBelle; Marvelettes; McGuire Sisters (2); Shangri-las; Shirelles (2); Silver Convention; Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer; and Supremes (with Diana Ross) (12).

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:

All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition. 

Copyright 2014 Osborne Enterprises - Reprinted By Exclusive Permission 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Mono) (Pre-Order) by The Beatles

The Beatles in mono: This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary. The Beatles’ nine U.K. albums, the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour, and the Mono Masters collection of non-album tracks will be released in mono on 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork. Newly mastered from the analogue master tapes, each album will be available both individually and within a lavish, limited 14-LP boxed edition, The Beatles In Mono, which also includes a 108-page hardbound book.

In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles’ acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz. While The Beatles In Mono CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology. Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers. Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles’ albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.
  • Ranked #1 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time! 
  • The Beatles’ Original Mono Studio Album Remastered At Abbey Road Directly From The Analogue Masters For Vinyl Release By Sean Magee and Steve Berkowitz 
  • Lacquers Cut Using Neumann VMS-80 Lathe 
  • Manufactured For The World At Optimal Media In Germany, The Beatles’ Albums Are Presented In Their Original Glory, Both Sonically And In Their Packaging.

Via Michael Fremer (Analog Planet) on the mastering process: 

"The EQ applied was based upon the original cutting engineers’ notes as well as careful listening to original first lacquer, first mother, first stamper EMI pressings (-1, 1, G matrix). The cartridge used was Ortofon’s 2M Black.

It’s important to remember that the tapes have aged—some as much as fifty years—and the monitoring, playback and mastering equipment have changed as well, even though the work was done in the very same room in which the originals were mastered. Solid state has replaced tubes in the cutting chain.

Lacquers were cut using Abbey Road Studios’ Neumann VMS-80 lathe, equipped with a Neumann SX-74 cutter head. The originals were cut on a Scully lathe, perhaps with a Westrex cutter head."

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Go by Dexter Gordon

Recorded and released in 1962, Go! is Dexter Gordon’s tenth studio album. Go! features Sonny Clark on piano, Butch Warren on bass, Billy Higgins on drums and Gordon himself on tenor sax. Remastered by Bernie Grundman, Go! will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. The Beatles Mono Box Set (Pre-Order)
2. Mark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavalle - Perils From The Sea (Pre-Order)
3. Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits
4. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
5. Beatles - Revolver (Mono) (Pre-Order)
6. Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Mono) (Pre-Order)
7. Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
8. Led Zeppelin III (Deluxe Edition) (On Sale)
9. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
10. Led Zeppelin I


from our friends at AudioFidelity

RIOT - Fire Down Under

Brilliant and innovative, Fire Down Under is the third album by Riot. One of the hardest metal albums done by an American band in the early 80's before it went big hair or thrash. The 1981 release finds the band at the peak of their melodic, riff-heavy and hard rocking power. Every song is like a greatest hits album, fast, catchy, with soaring guitars and great vocals. The combination of Mark Reale's Les Paul with Rick Ventura's bright-sounding Strat makes terrific use of the difference in sound between the two instruments. Pure early 80's raunch, just nasty sounding stuff - gloriously thick, tight and exciting.  The playing is flawlessly crisp, which it needs to be at these speeds. Any band can play loud, but few can really be powerful. Many bands can play fast, but few have this kind of energy.

Guy Speranza's vocals are absolutely amazing, full of soul and emotion, a great vehicle for his vocal pyrotechnics. Standouts include the driving opening song "Swords and Tequila," the breakneck, breathless riff of the title track, the brilliant "Outlaw" - one of the best hard rock songs ever written, the catchy, melodic relief of "Feel the Same" and the mighty "Altar of the King."

"Fire Down Under" is one of the most revered metal albums ever - A true metal classic for the ages - one of the top 100 metal albums of all time.

Producer Steve Loeb and Billy Arnell.  Mastered by Kevin Gray

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from our friends at TheOmegaOrder

EMPRESS AD - Still Life Moving Fast (LP)

With a history of studio experience, Alex Loring in particular was determined to create the best album he possibly could. The whole band agreed that if they were to fight the good fight for proper musicianship then there could be no compromise. Their decision to pool their money and spend their life savings on the recording of their debut album resulted in much interest but they decided to sign with the label that is home to many of their heroes.

Recorded in the UK with experienced New York-based producer, Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Pelican, Old Man Gloom), the words that keep cropping up are “atmosphere,” “feeling,” and “vibe.” Their method of recording the music live, quickly, and as organically as possible has led to noticeable nuances within the record - details for the listener to pick up on after repeated plays - but, more importantly, it has led to the kind of natural feel to the music that cannot be replicated with a couple of extra weeks tweaking behind the scenes.

The result is a debut album for the ages. With lyrics that focus upon suggestive metaphors for the intangible minutiae of everyday life rather than relationships and lost love, this is a band of musicians as focused upon grooving together as one as they are on their songwriting and being able to relate to fans on an emotional level. Soothing and utterly crushing in turn, EMPRESS AD’s music juxtaposes gentle harmonies with frantic ferocity; relaxed strumming followed by thrash beats, time signature changes and other meanderings that you’ll just have to find out about for yourself.

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Avenged Sevenfold Announce 'Waking the Fallen: Resurrected' Reissue Package

Avenged Sevenfold are reissuing their second album, 'Waking the Fallen: Resurrected’ which includes the original 2003 album along with a ton of extras, and will be released Aug. 26 via Hopeless Records.

The release is now available for pre-orders in multiple packages

• 4 - 12” disc vinyl LP clear with white splatter in collectors box (exclusive color, only available here)
• Includes 11 never before heard demos & live tracks + expanded album artwork
• 7-inch containing *bonus tracks (exclusive, only available here)
• DVD: Featuring a 30 minute documentary with brand new interviews & behind the scenes footage, exclusive "Chapter Four" live footage video, the original first cut of the "Unholy Confessions" video
• Download card of audio tracks, 25 total tracks

PLEASE NOTE: This is a presale item set to ship shortly before the release date of 8.26.14 

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Jimmy Eat World Vinyl Reissues – Pre-Order Now At ShopRadioCast

Jimmy Eat World – Static Prevails 2XLP Details

This is the first time Static Prevails has been pressed on vinyl since it was released in 1996. The original pressing was a single LP with a bonus 7″. The reissue pressing will see the album as a double LP including the bonus tracks, as well as deluxe gatefold packing. This reissue will also mark the first time the original artwork has been used for a vinyl release.

Pre Order Jimmy Eat World – Static Prevails 2XLP HERE

Jimmy Eat World – Clarity 2XLP Details

Clarity was pressed twice on vinyl – first pressing in 1999 released by Big Wheel Production and then again by Capitol in 2009. The first pressing contained no bonus tracks, while the reissue 2009 reissue contained two bonus tracks, “Christmas Card” and “Sweetness” placed on the C-Side between tracks “Clarity” and “Goodbye Sky Harbor”. The SRCvinyl version includes the two bonus tracks from the 2009 reissue, however they are placed at the end of the album (after “Goodbye Sky Harbor”) which maintains the flow of the original record. Likewise, the SRCvinyl version features slightly different artwork than the previous versions and the gatefold will be matte with a spot uv.

Jimmy Eat World – Clarity 2XLP

Jimmy Eat World – Futures 2XLP Details

Futures was pressed on vinyl upon its release in 2004 as a double LP with a D-Side etching. The album contained a bonus track called “Shame” which is also included on the SRCvinyl release. However, the SRCvinyl version places “Shame” at the end of the album unlike the original which placed it near the middle (between “Polaris” and “Nothingwrong”). As well, there is no D-side etching on the SRCvinyl version, instead tracks are spanned across all four sides. The original version was housed in a gatefold jacket where as the SRCvinyl reissue will feature expanded artwork in a triple panel matte gatefold jacket with a spot UV.

Jimmy Eat World – Futures 2XLP


Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" Manuscript Sells for Record-Breaking $2 Million


'Minecraft' Creator Buys Rare Aphex Twin Vinyl for $46,300 - Markus "Notch" Persson picks up test-pressing of hallowed 'Caustic Window'


Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Vinyl

1. Gimme Something Good (7" vinyl) ~ Ryan Adams
2. Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition Remastered)
3. Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 ~ Sam Cooke
4. In the Lonely Hour ~ Sam Smith
5. Led Zeppelin III (Deluxe Edition Remastered).
6. These Things Happen ~ G-Eazy
7. Sunbathing Animal ~ Parquet Courts
8. XSCAPE ~ Michael Jackson
9. What Is This Heart? ~ How to Dress Well
10. Led Zeppelin I (Remastered Original Vinyl)


BecauseSoundMatters Top 10 Vinyl Best Sellers

1. Mastodon - Once More ‘Round The Sun (Deluxe 2LP)
2. Mastodon - Once More ‘Round The Sun (2LP)
3. The Orwells - Disgraceland (Clear Vinyl)
4. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
5. Echosmith - Talking Dreams Vinyl
6. LP - Forever For Now (Vinyl + Poster Bundle)
7. Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends
8. Grouplove - Never Trust A Happy Song
9. Mastodon - Blood Mountain
10. The Orwells - Righteous One 12-inch Vinyl Single (RSD release)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Music Releases - June 24, 2014

Another week with a ton of great music to be had on vinyl.  Reissues include Alice Cooper's 1991 album 'Hey Stoopid,' Warren Zevon's 'Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School,' the Bee Gees' blockbuster 'Saturday Night Fever,' Carole King's seminal album 'Tapestry,' Fleetwood Mac's 'Greatest Hits,' Chic's 35th Anniversary Limited Edtion of their LP 'Risque,' and a couple of reissues from Bo Diddley, to name a few.  Additionally, their are some super jazz reissues from Blue Note including Dexter Gordon with 'Go!,' Bobby Hutcherson's 'Total Eclipse,' Jimmy Smith's 'Back at the Chicken Shack' and trumpeter Lee Morgan's 1967 release 'Cornbread.'  

3rd Bass - The Cactus Album (vinyl)
A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Sea When Absent (vinyl)
Ace Frehley - Space Invader
ACxDC - Antichrist Demoncore
Alias - Pitch Black Prism (vinyl)
Alice Cooper - Hey Stoopid (reissue) (vinyl)
Alien Ensemble - Alien Ensemble (vinyl)
Allegaeon - Elements of the Infinite
Alraune - The Process of Self-Immolation
Anberlin - Lowborn
Angel - Terra Null
Aretha Franklin - Aretha's Gold (vinyl)
Auroch - Taman Shud
Babys - I'll Have Some Of That
Bad Suns - Language and Perspectives (vinyl)
Bassnectar - Noise Is Beauty (vinyl)
Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever (reissue) (2xLP)
Ben Frost - A U R O R A (colored vinyl)
Bernhoft - Islander
Beyonce - Beyonce (2xLP+DVD)
Black Bananas - Electric Brick Wall (vinyl)
Blackburner - From Dusk to Dub
Blood Ceremony - Let It Come Down (7")
Blut Aus Nord / P.H.O.B.O.S. - Triunity Split
Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley (reissue) (vinyl)
Bo Diddley - Bo-Diddley's Beach Party (reissue) (vinyl)
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Soul Revolution Part II (vinyl)
Bobby Hutcherson - Total Eclipse (reissue) (vinyl)
Bombadil - Tarpits and Canyonlands (vinyl)
Boris Werner - Acid Casino (12")
Bremen - Second Launch (2xLP)
Brigitte Fontaine - Brigitte Fontaine (vinyl)
Buckshot and P-Money - Backpack Travels
Cannabis Corpse - From Wisdom To Baked
Capital Cities - In a Tidal Wave of Mystery (Deluxe Edition) (2xLP)
Carole King - Tapestry (reissue) (2xLP)
Carsie Blanton - Not Old, Not New
Casey Crescenzo – Amour and Attrition (vinyl)
Cemetery Lust - Orgies of Abomination
Centro-matic - Take Pride in Your Long Odds (vinyl)
Channel Zero - Kill All Kings
Cheap Girls - Famous Graves (vinyl)
Chic - Risque (35th Anniversary Limited Edtion) (vinyl)
Chicago - Chicago VII (reissue) (vinyl)
Circulatory System - Mosaics within Mosaics (vinyl)
Claire - The Great Escape
Climax - The Best Of Climax: Precious & Few
Coma - Atlantis (12")
Confession - Life And Death
Corrosion of Conformity - IX
Craig Leon - Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1: (2xLP)
Dan Melchior - Und Das Menace (vinyl)
Dave Aju - Black Frames (2xLP)
David Bowie - Diamond Dogs 40th Anniversary (7" picture disc)
Deadmau5 - While(1<2 p="" xcd="">Death Of An Era - Black Bagged
Deetron - Fabric 76
Dexter Gordon - Go! (reissue) (vinyl)
Digital Dance - Total Erasement (vinyl)
Dionne Warwick - Feels So Good
Donato Dozzy - K (2xLP)
Donovan Blanc - Donovan Blanc (vinyl)
Earth - Hex (reissue) (vinyl)
Echo & the Bunnymen - Meteorites (vinyl)
Ed Sheeran - x
Edip Akbayram - Edip Akbayram (vinyl)
Edvard Graham Lewis - All Over (vinyl)
Efdemin - Decay Versions Pt. 1 (12")
Else Marie Pade - Electronic Works 1958-1995 (3xLP)
Elvis Presley - Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5 (reissue) (vinyl)
Eric Johnson - Europe Live
Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits (reissue) (vinyl)
For All Those Sleeping - Incomplete Me
G-Eazy - These Things Happen (vinyl)
Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD - SIX DEGREES (Ft. Danny Brown) / TONE’S RAP (Instrumental) (10")
Ginger Baker - Why?
Godflesh - Decline & Fall (vinyl)
Godflesh - Pure (reissue) (vinyl)
Goodiepal - Morendo Morendo - My Paris Is Called Colchester (3xLP)
Gram Parsons - GP (reissue) (vinyl)
Gram Parsons - Grevious Angel (reissue) (vinyl)
Greg Gives Peter Space - Greg Gives Peter Space (vinyl)
Gun Club - Destroy The Country (vinyl)
Gun Club - Fire of Love
Gun Club - Moonlight Motel (vinyl)
GusGus - Mexico (vinyl)
Handbraekes - #2 (12")
Hedvig Mollestad Trio - Enfant Terrible (vinyl)
Heldon - Allez-Téia (vinyl)
Hi Sheriffs of Blue - NYC 1980 (vinyl)
How to Dress Well - What Is This Heart? (2xLP)
Inanimate Existence - A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement
Incantation - Dirges of Elysium
Invisible Familiars - Clever Devil (7")
Jackson Browne - Late for the Sky (40th Anniversary Edition)
Jad Fair and Danielson - Solid Gold Heart (vinyl)
Jeff Buckley - Grace (reissue) (2xLP)
Jim Mize - Jim Mize
Jimmy Smith - Back at the Chicken Shack (reissue) (vinyl)
Joker - Headtop EP (12")
June Carter Cash - Wildwood Flower (reissue) (vinyl)
Kasai Allstars - Beware The Fetish
Kenny Brown - Goin' Back to Mississippi
Killer Be Killed - Killer Be Killed (vinyl)
Kiss - Alive - The Millennium Concert (2xLP)
Kiss - Alive III (reissue) (2xLP)
Kiss - Creatures of the Night (reissue) (vinyl)
Kiss - Music from the Elder (reissue) (vinyl)
Kitten - KITTEN (vinyl)
Kobra and the Lotus - High Priestess
Kongos - Lunatic (2xLP)
La Hell Gang - Thru Me Again (vinyl)
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem Vinyl Bundle (3xLP)
Lee Morgan - Cornbread (reissue) (vinyl)
Luke Abbott - Wysing Forest (2xLP)
M. Geddes - Gengras  Ishi
Madlib - Pill Jar (vinyl)
Marc Jordan - Blue Desert
Marc Jordan - Mannequin
Mastodon - Once More Round the Sun (2xLP)
Matrixxman - Amulet (12")
Me and the Bees - Mundo Fatal (vinyl)
Medeski Martin and Wood - Combustication (2xLP)
MF Doom - Special Herbs Volumes 5 and 6 (2xLP+7")
Mike Cooper and Steve Gunn - FRKWYS Vol. 11 (vinyl)
Mirah - Changing Light (vinyl)
Modeselektor - Modeselektion Vol. 3 #1 (12")
Mournful Congregation - Concrescence of the Sophia (12")
My Goodness - Shiver + Shake (vinyl)
Nachtmystium - Worldfall / Eulogy (picture disc)
Neil Michael Hagerty and the Howling Hex - Fool’s Watch b/w Lord Gloves (vinyl)
Nick Thune - Folk Hero (vinyl)
Nunslaughter - Angelic Dread
October Falls - Kaarna
Om - Pilgrimage (reissue) (vinyl)
People Get Ready - Physiques
Peter Frampton - Hummingbird in a Box
Peter Matthew Bauer - Liberation! (vinyl)
Phish - Fuego
Phox - Phox (vinyl)
Piero Umiliani - I Piaceri Proibiti OST (vinyl)
Powerwolf - The History of Heresy (box set)
Public Enemy - Yo! Bum Rush the Show (vinyl)
Pusswhip Banggang - Jambalaya (picture disc)
Pye Corner Audio and Not Waving - Intercepts (vinyl)
Richard Youngs - Primary Concrete Attack
RiFF RAFF - Neon Icon
Roc Marciano - Marcberg (tape)
Ruben Blades - Tangos
Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs - Gates Of Hell
Sam Cooke - Portrait of A Legend 1951-1964 (vinyl)
Scars Of Tomorrow - Failed Transmissions
Septicflesh - Titan
Shivers - Shivers (vinyl)
Skeletonwitch - Serpents Unleashed (picture disc)
Slaves - Through Art We Are All Equals
Slint - Spiderland (remastered) (LP+DVD)
SomeKindaWonderful - SomeKindaWonderful (vinyl)
Sons Of Magdalene - Move To Pain
SPEAK - Pedals
St. Vincent - Digital Witness (Dark Side Remix) (12")
Stone Cold Fox - Memory Palace (vinyl)
Strand of Oaks - Heal (vinyl)
Sufjan Stevens - Enjoy Your Rabbit (vinyl)
Sum 41 - Chuck (vinyl)
Tamerlan - Ain
Thad Cockrell - To Be Loved (vinyl)
The Babys - I’ll Have Some of That
The Drones - I See Seaweed (2xLP)
The Flesh Eaters - A Minute to Pray A Second to Die (vinyl)
The Gun Club - Fire of Love
The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project - The Journey Is Long (2xLP)
The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project - We Are Only Riders (2xLP)
The Relapse Symphony - Shadows
The Vampires - Vampires Underground (vinyl)
The Youngbloods - Beautiful! (Live In San Francisco, 1971) (vinyl)
Thought Broadcast - Votive Zero (vinyl)
Tilts - Cuatro Hombres (vinyl)
Tolouse Low Trax - Tolouse Low Trax (12")
Total Control  Typical System
Toto - Hydra (reissue)
Toto - Toto (reissue)
Toto - Toto IV (reissue)
Toto - Turn Back  (reissue)
Vacationer - Relief (vinyl)
Various Artists - Eccentric Soul: Capital City Soul (2xLP)
Various Artists - Funny Old Shit: A Trunk Records Sampler - Vol. 1 (vinyl)
Various Artists - Saturday Night Fever - Original Soundtrack (reissue) (vinyl)
Various Artists - Vandroid (2xLP)
Various Artists - 22 Jump Street OST
Various Artists - BET Presents Music Matters Vol. 1
Various Artists - Brothers and Sisters (3xLP)
Various Artists - C86 (3xCD)
Various Artists - Role: New Sounds of Brazil (Novos Sons do Brasil) (2xCD)
Vicious Rumors - Live You To Death 2: American Punishment
Virgin Steele - Invictus (reissue)
Virgin Steele - The Marriage of Heaven & Hell I + II (reissue)
Warren Zevon - Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School (reissue) (vinyl)
White Hex - Gold Nights (vinyl)
White Reaper - White Reaper (vinyl)
Willie Nelson - Stardust (reissue) (vinyl)
Xeno and Oaklander - Par Avion
XXXY - Never Enough (12")
Young Liars - Tidal Wave
Zath - Black Goat Razor (7")
Zgard - Contemplation
Zig Zags - Zig Zags (vinyl)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

available from our friends at NewOnVinyl


Recess is the first studio album by American electronic music producer Skrillex.

The album was recorded whilst Skrillex was touring around the world, including countries such as the United States, South Korea, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The album received mixed reviews from critics, though it became his highest charting release to date, peaking at number four on the Billboard 200 and entering the UK Albums Chart at number thirteen.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the 1993 soundtrack to the film of the same name. Composed by Danny Elfman, the soundtrack was nominated for the 1993 Golden Globe for Best Original Score. The album peaked at #98 on the Billboard 200.[2] For the film's 2006 re-release in Disney Digital 3-D, a special edition of the soundtrack was released, a bonus disc which contained covers of five of the film's songs by Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Marilyn Manson, Fiona Apple and She Wants Revenge. Four original demo tracks by Elfman were also included.

PLEASE NOTE: tracklist & Cover are not yet confirmed.

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Soundtrack of The Last of the Mohicans by Morgan Creek. Doubl LP. Release on 2014-07-25

Director Michael Mann initially asked Trevor Jones to provide an electronic score for the film, but late in the game, it was decided an orchestral score would be more appropriate for this historic epic. Jones hurried to re-fashion the score for orchestra in the limited time left, while the constant re-cutting of the film meant music cues sometimes had to be rewritten several times to keep up with the new timings. Finally, with the release date looming, composer Randy Edelman was called-in to score some minor scenes which Jones did not have time to do. Jones and Edelman received co-credit on the film

Composers: Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman
Conductor: Daniel A. Carlin and Randy Edelman

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The soundtrack album, featuring a song selection by KCRW’s own Mathieu Schreyer, perfectly mirrors the road trip. For each town, a sample of food and music: salsa-infused Miami to the sounds of Pete Rodriguez, the unmistakable brass band groove in New Orleans with the Rebirth Brass Band and the Hot 8 Brass Band, the gritty guitar sounds from Austin courtesy of Gary Clark Jr. and, in Los Angeles, a West Coast classic hip-hop tune by Ronnie Hudson & The Street People.

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The soundtrack to Ghostbusters was released on LP in 1984 by Arista Records. The film's theme song, "Ghostbusters," written and performed by Ray Parker, Jr., sparked the catchphrases "Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!" and "I ain't afraid of no ghost." The song was a huge hit, staying number one for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and for two weeks on the Black Singles chart, and brought Parker an Academy Awardnomination for Best Original Song. According to Bruce A. Austin (in 1989), the theme "purportedly added $20 million to the box office take of the film".

PLEASE NOTE: album cover is not yet confirmed

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Live Atmosphere - Limited Edition Red Vinyl LP & 7" Single - Curved Air 

'Live Atmosphere' includes potent new versions of many of the band's classic early 1970's repertoire, including the hits ‘It Happened Today’ and ‘Backstreet Luv’.

The live recording also features fan favourites such as ‘Propositions’, ‘Phantasmagoria’ and ‘Stretch’.

The album features original lead singer Sonja Kristina and original drummer Florian Pilkington-Miksa.

In a nod to the past, ‘Back Street Luv’ and ‘Everdance’ have been included in 7” format, the way they were originally released as a hit single.

The LP is pressed on clear red vinyl.

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The New America - LP Translucent Orange 

This European Import version is extremely limited to 1000 copies on orange vinyl. Already a collectors item! Outside of Into The Unknown & The BR Box Set, this album has never been released on colored vinyl! This pressing on colored vinyl is so limited, we had to go to Europe to get it!

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Nick Thune's FOLK HERO to be Released on Clear Vinyl

With help from his guitar, comedian Nick Thune regales the audience of Brooklyn’s Bell House with a collection of hilarious stories about his childhood, past romantic relationships, and an experience with a burning building in his second stand-up album.

The initial run of Folk Hero was pressed on clear vinyl and comes with a free download.

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UltraMantis Black Pre-Order Available At Relapse

Behold the debut EP of ULTRAMANTIS BLACK, the hardcore musical vessel of professional wrestling's own UltraMantis Black. Having spent over a decade dominating the independent pro wrestling scene, UltraMantis recruited a cadre of musicians from today's finest punk bands, including members of Pissed Jeans, to form a blistering sociopolitical hardcore band that is equal parts Vegan Reich, Deadguy and LARM. Envision the unapologetic politics and fury of 90's hardcore filtered through the over-the-top theatrics of lucha libre and you have ULTRAMANTIS BLACK!

Pressing Info: 
Release Date 7/8/14
First Press
1000 x Black Standard Gram w/ reverse side etching
300 x Green Standard Gram w/ reverse side etching
200 x Green/Blue Merge Standard Gram w/ reverse side etching *Mailorder Exclusive*
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

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***Mailorder exclusive single sided 12" on blue/green merge vinyl limited to 200 copies.  Includes a free digital download of the entire album***

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from our friends at VinylCollective

Top 10 Albums – June 23, 2014

Here are the Top 10 albums sold at Shop Radio Cast for the week of June 17 – 23, 2014:

Pre Order / New Releases:

1. Sum 41 – Chuck LP
2. The Starting Line – Say It Like You Mean It 2XLP
3. RX Bandits – Gemini, Her Majesty 2×10″
4. Ryan Adams – Gimme Something Good 7″
5. Chevelle – Wonder What’s Next 2XLP
6. Finch – Say Hello To Sunshine 2XLP
7. The Mars Volta – Amputechture 2XLP
8. Mew – Frengers 2XLP
9. Chiodos – Devil LP
10. Oasis – Definitely Maybe 2XLP

Back Catalog

1. Hank III – Lovesick, Broke & Driftin’ LP
2. The Mars Volta – De-loused In The Comatorium 2XLP
3. American Football – American Football (Deluxe Edition) 2XLP
4. Far – Water & Solutions LP
5. AFI – Very Proud Of Ya LP
6. Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon LP
7. Blink 182 – They Came To Conquer Uranus 7″
8. Balance and Composure – Separation LP
9. My Chemical Romance – May Death Never Stop You 2XLP + DVD
10. Handsome – Handsome LP + 7″


this one is well worth the read and the comments are good reading too (kudos to the author (Amy Benfer) for a well written piece!)

Vinyl is cool again. That doesn't mean record collectors have to get all hipster - As someone working in an underpaid creative field and buying too many records, I'm happy to spend whatever I can afford


great insights!

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