Monday, November 3, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

available vinyl from our friends at NewOnVinyl


What Sound is Manchester electronic music duo Lamb’s third release from 2001. The producer/vocal duo of Andy Barlow and Lou Rhodes is joined by session musicians Arto Lindsay on guitar, Me’Shell NdegĂ©Ocello on bass, and Michael Franti with additional vocal work. Doves guitarist Jimi Goodwin, producers Nellee Hooper and Richard Dorfmeister (of Kruder & Dorfmeister fame) also contributed to the album. The track “Heaven” was used repeatedly by the television series Six Feet Under.

Still one of the most inventive groups in electronica, Lamb continued pushing the boundaries of singer/songwriter Drum’n’Bass three albums in. Andy Barlow’s productions again set a gold standard for ambitious, evocative, intelligent accompaniment of Louise Rhodes’ vocals. If there were any doubters about Lamb being the brightest, most talented singer/ producer combo in electronica, What Sound is all the argument needed to the contrary.

The Music On Vinyl 2 LP reissue of What Sound includes the winning track of a worldwide remix contest for the song “Heaven”, by Czech producer Ower.

Double LP with Insert on blue transparent vinyl. Limited edition with only 1500 copies.

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Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus is the thirteenth studio album by the Australian alternative rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released on 20 September 2004 on Mute Records. It is a double album with a total of seventeen songs—nine on Abattoir Blues and eight on The Lyre of Orpheus.

The album was produced by Nick Launay at Studio Ferber in Paris in March–April 2004 and Nick Cave used The Bad Seeds line up of Mick Harvey, Thomas Wydler, Martyn Casey, Conway Savage, Jim Sclavunos, Warren Ellis, and James Johnston. It was the first album by the group for which Blixa Bargeld did not perform – English guitarist and organist Johnston, of the group Gallon Drunk, replaced Bargeld. Cave decided to split drumming duties for the two parts, with Sclavunos on Abattoir Blues and Wydler on The Lyre of Orpheus. According to Launay, the whole album was completed in twelve days.

The album's release was supported by the Abattoir Blues Tour, which travelled through Europe from 2 November to 5 December. In January 2007 a double live album and DVD was issued as The Abattoir Blues Tour. Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus 's last track, "O Children", was featured in the 2010 film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, and the song is referenced as an achievement in Lego Harry Potter: Years 5–7. In March 2005, to complement the success of the double album, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released B-Sides & Rarities, a three-disc, 56-track collection of B-sides, rarities, and tracks that had appeared on film soundtracks.

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American Thighs is the first album by alternative rock band Veruca Salt. It was released through Minty Fresh Records on September 27, 1994, and re-released through DGC Records on November 8, 1994. The title is a reference to a line from the AC/DC song "You Shook Me All Night Long". The songs and artwork are the same on both versions, but the DGC artwork is on glossy paper.

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Rockstar Announces Both 'Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Limited Edition Soundtrack' CD and Vinyl Box Sets 

'Grand Theft Auto V' is coming to the PS4 and Xbox One on November 18th, and as part of the big event, Rockstar Games, has prepared two accompanying box sets.

‘The Music of Grand Theft Auto V’ limited edition collections include 59 tracks with original music from A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, Twin Shadow, Wavves, Flying Lotus, Yeasayer and more. In addition, these limited editions will feature the original score composed by Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, The Alchemist + Oh No, mixed by DJ Shadow, along with the other incredible music featured in Grand Theft Auto V. Limited to a production run of under 5,000 units worldwide, these limited editions will be available on CD or colored vinyl on December 9 at top online and physical record stores.


Portastatic The Summer of the Shark Vinyl Reissue

Tomorrow, Portastatic’s The Summer of the Shark will be available for the first time on vinyl as part of a monthly series of reissues to mark the 25th anniversary of Merge Records.

Mac McCaughan, co-founder of Merge Records and frontman of the band Superchunk, began recording solo albums under the name Portastatic in the early ’90’s. Beginning with this album, Portastatic evolved from a lo-fi side project to become McCaughan’s main focus throughout Superchunk’s long hiatus in the early ’00s.

McCaughan wrote the songs on The Summer of the Shark in 2001 while Superchunk was on tour in support of Here’s to Shutting Up, which was released mere days after the September 11 attacks and would be the band’s last studio album for nine years. The resulting batch of songs was the last Portastatic album recorded almost entirely at home; it was also the most emotionally resonant and musically compact collection to date.

Upon the album’s release, then Chicago Tribune reporter John Cook wrote of the album: “It is the most effective and moving musical answer yet to what has happened to us over the last two years. Faced with an enormous catastrophe, McCaughan elected to make a small record. There are no heroes rushing up stairwells and no dissections of good and evil—only scared, confused people and local heartbreaks.”

Recorded at McCaughan’s home studio in Chapel Hill, The Summer of the Shark includes contributions from Janet Weiss (Wild Flag, Quasi, Sleater-Kinney), Tony Crow (Lambchop), Margaret White (Versus, Matt Pond PA), Matthew McCaughan (Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger), Aaron Oliva, and John Plymale.

LP is pressed on white vinyl, and includes a coupon for a full download.

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Following an incredibly busy year of shows in support of their debut record Hard Feelings, Major League has returned with a sophomore album that defies any pre-conceived notions and defines their next evolution as a band. With guitarist Brian Joyce now helming vocal duties, backed by Matt Chila (guitar/vocals), Kyle Bell (bass) and Luke Smartnick (drums), the band emerges with a new sense of identity, a renewed focus and an abundant amount of energy for their most personal recording to date.

For their latest effort, Major League worked with esteemed producer Will Yip (Title Fight, The Wonder Years, Balance and Composure) at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA who helped steer them in a new direction and further explore their internal boundaries as a band.

“There's Nothing Wrong With Me as a whole dives into the deepest depths of my person and lays it all out,” explains Joyce. “While recording with Will there were many times where I was self conscious about certain subject matter on the record, things I wasn't sure I was ready to talk about. It was very emotional experience and at times nerve wracking to talk about. But ultimately it's what made the record who it is and gave it the identity we feel we've lacked in the past.”

Blood, sweat and tears in the studio paid off as the band came away with eleven brilliantly written tracks that run a gamut of emotions with thoughtful versus and intoxicating choruses. Song’s like “Pillow Talk,” are brought to life with massive riffs and driving rhythm that reveal a vulnerability and sincerity not heard since Jimmy Eat World got Clarity.

First Pressing
20 Test Pressing (Black)
125 Coffee w/ Creamer (2014 Subscription) (Purchase)
300 Dark Green
500 White w/ Maroon & Yellow Splatter (Hot Topic Colorway)
500 Tri-Color (Yellow/Transparent Blue/Black)
1500 A Side / B Side w/ Orange / Transparent Blue

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Soundtrack - Elf: Music From The Motion Picture LP

1st time EVER available on LP! Soundtrack features Holiday Standards ("Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" -Lena Horne and "Sleigh Ride" - Ella Fitzgerald, & many more), Classic tracks ("Nothing From Nothing" - Billy Preston, "Pennies From Heaven" - Louis Prima & more), as well as "Baby It's Cold Outside" - Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel, which is not available on any other release.

Track Listing
Side A:
Jingle Bells - Jim Reeves
Baby It's Cold Outside - Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel
Sleigh Ride / Santa Claus Party - Les Baxter Feat. Ferrante & Teicher
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Lena Horne
Sleigh Ride - Ella Fitzgerald
Pennies From Heaven - Louis Prima

Side B:
Nothing From Nothing - Billy Preston
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Eddy Arnold
Winter Wonderland - Leon Redbone
Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
Christmas Island - Leon Redbone
The Nutcracker Suite - Brian Setzer

Get it at ShopRadioCast


from our friends at SlyVinyl (look for their feed in the left column!)

Cold Foamers – All Cold Everything // Limited to 52 Transparent Gold/ 104 Transparent Green/ 144 Black Vinyl LP

The Sorrows – Gonna Find a Cave // Limited to 100 Crystal-Clear Vinyl 7”s


all the data you ever want to know about the vinyl revival is listed in a great infographic from the folks at SuperFi-UK

Music Production Evolution: The Rise Of Digital vs. The Vinyl Revival


The Beatles’ compilations getting reissued


from the great state of missouri, another record store for vinyl fans!

Third record store in Columbia, Vinyl Renaissance, opens downtown


a celebration in the great state of florida:

VP Records Celebrates Its 35 Year Legacy and Historical Role in Reggae at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in South Florida on November 9


from our neighbors to the north, well written piece:

Vancouver’s Neptoon Records takes the vinyl label game seriously


awesome vinyl collection to be preserved:

WCWM radio’s vinyl collection goes digital


sound advice from cnet's Steve Guttenberg

Thanks to this little gizmo, LPs sound better than CDs or FLAC files


book review:

Platters of pleasure: 'The Greatest Albums You'll Never Hear: Unreleased Records By The World's Greatest Artists'


for those keeping track, this has been re-listed on eBay (for a million dollars again)



pass some time on a monday with this dizzy photo array from

The Dead Come Alive: Bob Minkin's Live Photos of the Grateful Dead - Stories behind the longtime Dead chronicler's iconic images from the 1970s to today


album cover art of the day:

The Chuck Norris Experiment premiere cover of “I Got Erection”/

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