Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

new arrivals from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Last Fair Day Gone Night by Katatonia

Katatonia was formed in 1991 by Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse. Their debut album, ‘Dance of December Souls’, was released in 1993, gaining the band recognition for their eclectic brand of gothic doom/death metal & joining acts such as Paradise Lost & My Dying Bride as one of the genre’s defining bands. On future albums a newer, sleeker Katatonia sound came to the fore, starting with a streamlined & structured collection of melodic dark rock songs that became third album ‘Discouraged Ones’; the main evolution point for modern day Katatonia.

‘Last Fair Day Gone Night’ features the Swedish dark rock/metal masters at their glorious best with this electrifying set from London’s esteemed Koko venue.

Recorded during a series of special celebratory shows to mark the band’s 20th anniversary during 2011’s ‘Last Fair Day Gone Night’ tour, founding members Anders Nyström & Jonas Renkse are joined by long-time drummer Daniel Liljekvist, plus guitarist Per Eriksson & bassist Niklas Sandin, for an exhilarating evening fuelled by a rich & extensive set of Katatonia tracks both past & present. Also includes a special performance of the landmark 2001 album ‘Last Fair Deal Gone Down’ in its entirety.

Deluxe Box With An 8 Page 12” Book

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The Silence In Black And White (Acoustic) by Hawthorne Heights

Hawthorne Heights will be releasing “The Silence In Black And White (Acoustic)” in celebration of the albums 10 year anniversary.

The album features all 11 tracks re-imagined for a truly unique re-release and a perfect homage to the album that put the band on the map.

“It’s hard to believe that after all these years, all these shows, and all these miles of highway, these songs still mean something to someone. It was so much fun to dive deep into these memories, and come out with fresh versions of songs that our fans have loved for years. It feels weird to think of it as an acoustic album, because it’s very much full band, as well as energetic. We tried to discover new depths; by digging into everything we have believed in all these years. We still believe in each other, we still believe in our fans, and we still believe in you.” – JT Woodruff (Vocals / Guitar)

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Sardonic Wrath by Darkthrone

Darkthrone originally formed in the late 80’s as a thrash/death metal act & progressed through a period technical death and doom metal experimentation to become legends of the black metal world & one of the original leading bands of the Norwegian scene.

 ‘Sardonic Wrath’ was initially released in 2004 and was Darkthrone’s final album for the Moonfog Productions label. With a suitably raw sound courtesy of Lars Klokkerhaug, the album delivers a wholly grim selection of black metal greatness courtesy of Nocturno Culto and Fenriz, with a dose of pure 80s metal influence as ever coursing through their veins. Regarded as a particular highlight of Darkthrone’s Moonfog era albums, ‘Sardonic Wrath’ also features guest vocals from Apollyon of countrymen Aura Noir/Immortal.

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Nirvana - Feels Like The First Time (On Sale)
2. Widespead Panic - Space Wrangler
3. The White Stripes - Let's Shake Hands
4. The White Stripes - Hand Springs (On Sale)
5. The White Stripes - LaFayette Blues
6. Widespread Panic - Everyday (Pre-Order)
7. The White Stripes - Hotel Yorba/Rated X
8. Widespread Panic (Pre-Order)



San Diego’s Beloved Band ILYA Follows-Up With Album After Eight-Year Hiatus with Tour Dates, a Renewed Sense of Purpose and a Rightful Place Next to Bands Like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Warpaint, Swans and Dead Can Dance


LOS ANGELES, CA (WEDNESDAY JULY 23, 2014) – San Diego post-rock band ILYA ( have confirmed Tuesday September 30 for the re-release of their third album In Blood (+Bonus Tracks). This is the bands first album of new music in close to a decade and is already proving to be their best work yet.

In Blood is a collection of dark, beautiful songs with deep attention to dynamics and mood, and a precision-like love for the subtleties and silence too often overlooked. A culmination of sounds and words so weighted you feel crushed, yet heightened by a delicate floating layer of hope, that leaves you clawing and scratching for more. Fans of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Warpaint, Swans and Dead Can Dance will find themselves right at home here.

An earlier version of In Blood was released regionally in and around San Diego to much fanfare this past spring. However, this new edition adds two new bonus tracks.

Pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl, with a beautiful full color Gatefold jacket. All vinyl purchases come with a free digital download.

Pre-Order HERE


from our friends at EnjoyTheRideRecords

Rob Zombie- Hellbilly Deluxe Coming on 180 Gram Vinyl

Rob Zombie's TRIPLE PLATINUM debut album 'Hellbilly Deluxe'

Available on vinyl as a non picture disc with complete artwork for the FIRST TIME

Pressed on 180 Gram Aqua/Orange/Green Swirl, Limited to 500 Copies & Exclusively Available At The Enjoy The Ride Records Webstore.

Housed in a Gatefold Jacket & 2 Sided Full Color Insert featuring Lyrics & original artwork by Rob Zombie

Each Order will also come with an individually numbered sticker of 1-500 which can be applied to anywhere on the jacket once open

You can order it tomorrow at EnjoyTheRideRecords


ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST Announces 40th Anniversary Edition of Frank Zappa’s Apostrophe(’) on 180-Gram Vinyl

The ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST presents more freshly remastered music with the 40th Anniversary Edition of Frank Zappa’s Apostrophe(’)on audiophile quality 180-gram vinyl. Cut directly from the original quarter-inch stereo analog master tapes, the special edition of the iconic 1974 album will be released on September 30.

Featuring definitive Zappa cuts “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow” and “Cosmik Debris” among its original nine tracks, Apostrophe(’)was Zappa’s highest-charting album, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. The Gold-certified album has been remastered for vinyl by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and manufactured for the world at Pallas Group in Germany.

The 40th Anniversary Edition of Apostrophe(’)continues the ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST’s ongoing commitment to the restoration of Frank Zappa’s albums on audiophile quality vinyl. Joe Travers, Vaultmaster, Zappa Archives, is working on the new LP releases with Bellman.

In 2012, when the rights to the iconic composer’s masters reverted back to Zappa Records and the ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST--headed by Zappa’s widow Gail Zappa--the family made his entire recorded catalog available on iTunes for the first time and began remastering the albums for reissue on vinyl. Presented with proper care and attention to detail, the releases honor the iconic legacy of the Composer, Guitarist, Bandleader, Filmmaker and Irrepressible Wit.

Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. The official biography: Frank Zappa, American composer, fl. 1940-1993.

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Sweet Bird of Youth - The Rock*A*Teens  (reissue)

When Sweet Bird was released, the band was approaching the end of its existence. A few tours went by. 2001 turned into 2002, and the band was barely doing anything at all. Understandably. The band members all had their own lives, their own jobs, and their own destinies. The band’s final concert on New Year’s Eve ’02 wasn’t sheepish but rather a triumphant farewell. Lopez sang without his guitar on, standing on the monitors and screaming “I am the car, and I am the driver!” The crowd was as jubilant as the band.

Much like their performances back then, their body of work is a true catharsis. They were a truly homegrown band from Georgia that couldn’t possibly be mistaken for being from anywhere else. For anybody that ever wants a glimpse into what Cabbagetown was all about back then, the Rock*A*Teens’ Sweet Bird of Youth is a glorious introductory step.  —Henry H. Owings, Atlanta, January 2014

Order at Merge


wonderful news for the folks in las vegas!

11th Street Records brings vinyl shop and a recording studio Downtown


Lost 'Wild Style' Breakbeats Unearthed For Lavish 7-Disc Vinyl Set


yeah, yeah, it's not vinyl, but it is ozzy:

OZZY OSBOURNE To Release 'Memoirs Of A Madman' CD, Two-Disc DVD In October


Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Music

1. Mandatory Fun ~ Weird Al Yankovic
2. Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale) ~ Eric Clapton
3. Hypnotic Eye ~ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
4. CSNY 1974 (3 CD + DVD) ~ Crosby Stills Nash & Young
5. Lowborn ~ Anberlin
6. Yes! ~ Jason Mraz
7. Heaven & Earth ~ Yes
8. Begin Again: Music From & Inspired By The Original Motion Picture ~ Various Artists
9. Kidz Bop 26 ~ Kidz Bop Kids
10. In The Lonely Hour ~ Sam Smith


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 7/14 - 7/20, 2014

Vinyl Top 25
1. Widespread Panic - Space Wrangler
2. Jack White - Lazaretto
3. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
4. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
5. The Clean - Anthology
6. Trampled By Turtles - Wild Animals
7. Various - Country Funk II
8. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
9. Fela Kuti - Expensive Shit
10. Bleachers - Strange Desire
11. The Black Keys - Turn Blue
12. Reigning Sound - Shattered
13. Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business
14. John Hiatt - Terms Of My Surrender
15. Pink Floyd - The Division Bell
16. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
17. Beck - Morning Phase
18. Arctic Monkeys - AM
19. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
20. Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
22. Ed Sheeran - X
23. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II (deluxe 2LP)
24. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
25. Lambchop - Nixon


album cover art of the day:

HELLION To Release 'Karma's A Bitch' Mini-Album 

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