Friday, December 5, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

new vinyl from our friends at Sundazed

The Standells LIVE ON TOUR-1966! 180 Gram Vinyl Pre-Order

The Standells’ amazing string of punkish, tough-guy anthems, like “Dirty Water” and “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White”, define the legacy of mid-sixties garage rock like nothing else. With the success of these records came ’66 tours with the Rolling Stones and Beach Boys. From all reports, the Standells proved a superb live act. But for decades, their on-stage reputation rested on an earlier, Pre-Tower label live album documenting the Standells in an unrecognizably clean-cut night club incarnation. But there’s a happy ending to this story. It turns out the Standells were in fact recorded at their peak, LIVE ON TOUR-1966! At last, here’s the whole knock-out live act from the year the Standells stormed the charts. All the ’66 hits are here including “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White”, “Why Pick On Me?” and of course, “Dirty Water” (in tremendous versions, all of them). Fan faves are also on board, like the fuzzed-out “Mr. Nobody” and stomping “Why Did You Hurt Me”. Highlights also include high energy covers of “Midnight Hour” and “Please, Please, Please”, to name just a few of these crowd-pleasers, showcasing the Standells’ R&B roots updated with ’66 sheen. Hearing the Standells’ road-tested, extended take on “Gloria” is not to be missed, either! Rescued from a professionally recorded concert at the University of Michigan, the Standells are captured in astonishingly clean sound that rivals their legendary studio recordings. This may just be the finest recorded example of vintage live ’66 American garage rock. It’s all here, the Standells in brilliant sound and in a superb package including rare photos and liner notes.

This item is available for pre-order and will ship on, or before, the street date of January 27, 2015.

Pre-Order at Sundazed

The Shadows of Knight LIVE 1966 180 Gram Vinyl Pre-Order

Besides releasing two classic longplayers and many more singles (including the smash, “Gloria”), touring/behaving badly all across America and appearing on TV shows like ‘Upbeat’ and ‘Where The Action Is’, the Shadows of Knight also ruled at suburban Chicago’s hands-down hippest teen club, The Cellar. Over the decades, their Cellar performances have become the stuff of legend. Miraculously, two reels of tape of the Shadows of Knight live on stage at the Cellar (in 1966!) were eventually uncovered by Sundazed. As early as their ‘Gloria’ album debut in spring ’66, the Shadows of Knight had separated themselves from the garage band pack with a heavily Chicago Blues-based, wildly rocking repertoire. Their trademark sound is on full display in this attitude-drenched, anarchic live recording from late in that exalted year. For this expanded edition, the original sets and correct song sequence have been faithfully restored. And to top that, additional and until now completely unheard bonus material is rescued from those old reels. Specifically, added to an already scorching set are previously-unheard takes of “Peepin’ and Hidin’” (sung by blues legend Joe Kelley), “Willie Jean” (with a vocal from drummer Tom Schiffour) and “Any Way That You Want Me”. Equally important, the packaging now equals the musical contents thanks to an all-new, eye grabbing sleeve highlighted by John Hora’s amazing original photography from ’66. Unlike their comparatively harnessed studio recordings, the Shadows of Knight are presented here raw ‘n’ alive, sloppy bordering on brilliant and with all the subtlety of a bulldozer. Would you want ‘em any other way?

This item is available for pre-order and will ship on, or before, the street date of January 27, 2015.

Pre-Order at Sundazed

Various Artists - KING STRINGS  180 Gram Vinyl Pre-Order

JOHN LEE HOOKER, ALBERT KING, JOHNNY “GUITAR” WATSON and more on 180 Gram Vinyl Pressed at R.T.I. Selected from the crown jewels of the rich King-Federal-DeLuxe discography, King Strings features rocking, socking guitar instrumentals from the Cincinnati-based family of labels cut between 1949 and 1962, programmed for power! Fashioned as a vintage King LP from the era and containing a killer line-up of the biggest talents the stable of labels offered, this is the historic various artists collection that should have been issued circa 1962. King was central to the underlying creative flow in R&B during the era, and the recordings here show the depth of style and synergy that the label routinely captured on vinyl. From the proto-funk groove of Hooker’s “Stomp Boogie” (under the pseudonym Texas Slim) to two cuts of Baker magic captured in Paris over a decade later, and including key cuts from Freddy King, Albert King, Johnny “Guitar” Watson and many others in between, you’ll individually hear a variety of instruments, tones and techniques, but together the clear, common artistry of the players’ sovereign ability, sequenced like a long, climactic solo—this is the sound of some of the most heralded talent of the guitar generation! Includes a rich, detailed insert with rare photos and extensive liner notes by Colin Escott. Join six-string soul royalty for a showcase from the company that called itself The King of Them All!

This item is available for pre-order and will ship on, or before, the street date of January 27, 2015.

Pre-Order at Sundazed


upcoming releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. The Book Of Life is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. The Book Of Life encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.

The score was composed by Gustavo Santaolalla. The Argentinian is a multi-faced artist that is best known for his work writing movie scores and producing albums. He is also the founder of the alt-tango band Bajofondo. As a composer, he has won two Academy Awards® for Best Original Score for his work on Babel and Brokeback Mountain, for which he also won a Golden Globe® Award. Santaolalla also won two Grammy® Awards as an album producer: Best Latin Pop Album for Juanes' La Vida...Es Un Ratico and Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album for Cafe Tacuba's Cuatro Caminos.  Most recently, Santaolalla composed the score for the Jack Kerouac movie, On The Road, and the video game The Last Of Us.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Gatefold sleeve & 8-page booklet
  • 2LP's contain Original Soundtrack + Original Score
  • First pressing of 500 numbered  copies on orange & yellow mixed vinyl


Chicken Shack's In The Can, a masterful compilation of their finest songs, includes tracks culled from their albums 40 Blue Fingers… 100 Ton Chicken and OK Ken?  These tracks include tunes such as "Webbed Feet", "San Ho-Zay", "See See Baby", "A Woman Is The Blues", "Sad Clown" and of course their best known hit "I'd Rather Go Blind".

Formed in 1964, they settled on the name Chicken Shack a year later, inspired by Jimmy Smith's album Back At The Chicken Shack and blues staples such as "Chicken Shack Boogie". In the first couple of years the band particularly honed their skills by playing lots of gigs at the legendary Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany. The band featured Christine Perfect, who left once she married Fleetwood Mac's John McVie. By the early '70ies, most other band members had also moved on to other bands - such as Traffic, Savoy Brown and Jethro Tull. To this day, frontman Stan Webb remains the band's only constant member.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Featuring Christine Perfect


Untouchables is the fifth studio album by American Nu Metal band Korn. The album was officially released on June 11, 2002 and featured the Grammy-winning single "Here to Stay". Untouchables debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with 434,000 copies sold during its first week. The album received positive reviews from music critics and is often regarded as one of Korn's best works. Untouchables was certified platinum on July 11, 2002, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • First pressing of 1500 numbered copies on bronze coloured vinyl


The Kaleidoscope was an American psychedelic folk and ethnic band who recorded 4 albums and several singles for Epic Records between 1966 and 1970. They were one of the progenitors of World Music. Side Trips was the band's 1967 debut album. On the album each member played many instruments; for example, David Lindley played guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin, and Solomon Feldthouse played saz, bouzouki, dobro, vina, oud, doumbek, dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, and vocals.

The group was founded on democratic principles – there was no "leader". The first single, "Please" was released in December 1966. It was produced by Barry Friedman (later known as Frazier Mohawk), as was their first album Side Trips, released in June 1967. The album showcased The Kaleidoscope's musical diversity and studio experimentation. It included Feldthouse's "Egyptian Gardens", Darrow's "Keep Your Mind Open", and versions of Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher" and Dock Boggs' "Oh Death".

180 gram audiophile vinyl


Nonesuch Punch Brothers’ T Bone Burnett–Produced "The Phosphorescent Blues" Vinyl Due On January 27

Nonesuch releases Punch Brothers’ T Bone Burnett–produced The Phosphorescent Blues on January 27, 2015, with the vinyl to follow on February 24. The vinyl edition includes four additional tracks not available elsewhere. The Phosphorescent Blues is available to pre-order with instant downloads of the album tracks "I Blew It Off" and "Julep."

After working with Burnett numerous times—most recently on the soundtrack for the Joel and Ethan Coen film Inside Llewyn Davis and the related Town Hall/Showtime concert Another Day, Another Time—Punch Brothers decided to join forces with the multiple Grammy Award–winning producer for their new record. Last summer, the band and Burnett spent a month at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Recording laying down the songs that guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, mandolinist and lead singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher had written during several writing “retreats” last winter and spring.

Thile explains one of the ways the music on The Phosphorescent Blues reflects the band’s view of modern life: “We often go to bars after shows or writing sessions, to be around other people for a little while.And I’d see people just like me on their phones, telling people they wish they were there, texting people who really are there. Then a song would come on that somebody likes and then they see that someone else does too and maybe they both sing it together and that moment is spiritual, some shared experience, and they are interacting in the flesh, with their fellow man. And that’s communion. Many of the songs on this record dive into that: how do we cultivate beautiful, three-dimensional experiences with our fellow man in this day and age?”

Shortly before the sessions began, Thile and Witcher met with Burnett and discovered the producer had the very same things on his mind. In fact, he’d just given a commencement address at the University of Southern California on the subject of technology and human interaction. Witcher remembers, “Thile and I looked at each and said, ‘This is unbelievable. It’s exactly what we are writing about.’ So this was a perfect, serendipitous union.”

Pre-Order at Nonesuch


Various Artists - Decadubs 5 EP

Capping off the Hyperdub 10 compilation series in fine style, Decadubs 5 features among other things a never-before-released track from the elusive Burial. 'Lambeth' is a future South London anthem, picking up where 'Wolf Cub' left off, the track finds Burial in a contemplative mood, proper late night backseat bus window illuminated by the stars gear, woodblock percussion rolling along while synths sparkle through the cold night air. The rest of the double pack does not disappoint; the first 12" features the late night jamz of Cooly G's 'Love Again' and the Kode9 epic 'Oh' while the second 12" features future UKF anthem 'Vice Versa' from Funkystepz. Cooly G's 'Him Da Biz', Hyperdub staple DVA's creeping 'Monophonic Nightmare' and a killer reworking of Martyn's 'Mega Drive Generation' by Dorian Concept. All in all a great end to a killer series of releases celebrating ten years at the top, here's to ten more!

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IMPALERS - Psychedelic Snutskallar

Well damn, here we are again. Another LP from Austin, TX boss hogs IMPALERS. In the modern climate of music, nothing sticks. Every week there is a new cool 7" or tape making the rounds on social media, littering your feed with bandcamp demos and instragamed cassette j cards. Its hard to keep up, yet an amazing time of stimulation and excitement for punks worldwide. But in the midst of all this madness, its nice to know you can count on Impalers every year to release the best record of the year. Unless you live under a rock, you probably already know what to expect from these guys. Their LP last year topped year end charts high and low. And Psychedelic Snutskallar does damage in all the same places. Peerless d-beat, a work of art. Completely unhinged yet tight and in the pocket. This time they have upped the ante with a monstrous opening track that takes up the whole A side at a never boring 11-minute length. Tripped out artwork and packing concept by SAM RYSER (Crazy Spirit, Dawn of Humans, Dripper World) and reworked material from short lived side project SICK PLOT make this 12" EP a no brainer. 1,000 copies pressed.

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The Killjoys 'Naive' Vinyl Reissue

Before Kevin Rowland discovered the joys of making menswear and even before he launched Dexys Midnight Runners he was the lead singer in this great punk band from the Midlands. Originally called Lucy & The Lovers and more jazz orientated, Kevin caught the first of a series of wind of changes and hitched a ride on punk with his girlfriend Heather on backing vocals and the gorgeous Gem on bass whom he exploited to the full even encouraging her wearing of sexually alluring clothing!!!! One single Johnny Won’t Get To Heaven / Naive Records 1977). Raw Classic amphetamine punk. Another great track ‘At Night’ on the Raw Deal compilation album. One other known song – Recognition – floating around on an album ‘Naive’ on Damaged Goods released in 1991. They were supposed to be making tapes for an album but they split before anything happened and a supposed deal with Bronze was scuppered by Mr Rowland.

Around mid 77 they lost Heather and Joe 90 (on Kevin’s insistence probably) and acquired a new drummer, Bob Peach, and guitarist Keith Rimell and became virtually a different band as Mr Rowland again sought to jump ship. If you get a chance check out the two John Peel radio sessions they did to hear the difference. Great footage of them performing ‘Johnny’ and ‘At Night’ on the Punk In London video.

Forget Gaye Advert, Gem was a star on bass! Bless them all. Gem / Gil was in fact short for Ghislaine! She formed Alternating before going on to join Girlschool replacing Enid on bass after being recommended to the band by Lemmy! Sadly rumour has it that Heather died. And lastly from his majesty Mr Rowland himself these words from Mojo October 2001. “There was no doubt in my mind that I was at least as passionate and angry and as from the street as any punk rock singer you could name. But it was wrong for me to try to be part of someone else’s thing.”

*Limited repressing of a long lost Killjoys mini album which originally came out on DG back in 1991, This time it’s on red, white and blue vinyl!

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Beatles Top Vinyl Chart After Record Store Day


Black Friday Brings Rough Sales Numbers for Music Retailers, High Notes for Vinyl and Online


DORS unveils top Black Friday sellers


The top 10 records of 2014 – and where to score them on vinyl for cheap.


from the great state of california:

Back on black: Vinyl records make a comeback


from another part of the world:

Music lovers opt for vinyl finish


Guided By Voices Treat 'Bee Thousand' and 'King Shit & the Golden Boys' to Vinyl Reissues


Third Man Records Might Be Re-Releasing the Melvins’ Atlantic LPs


Hot Water Music Celebrate 20th Anniversary With Best-Of Vinyl Box Set


Could this desktop DIY cutting machine be the future of vinyl?


40 Years Ago: Yes Take a Fusion-Inspired Detour With ‘Relayer’


Nominations for 2015 Grammy Awards Announced


interesting reading for the weekend:

What If the Beatles Never Actually Existed?


Grimey's BEST SELLERS 11/24 - 11/30, 2014

Vinyl Top 25

1. The New Basement Tapes - Lost On The River
2. Houndmouth - From The Hills Below The City
3. Bob Dylan & The Band - The Basement Tapes Raw
4. Chuck Mead / Paul Burch - split 7"
5. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
6. David Bowie - Nothing Has Changed
7. Prince & 3rdEyeGirl - PlectrumElectrum
8. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
9. She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas
10. Arctic Monkeys - AM
11. Mark Kozelek - Sings Christmas Carols
12. OST - The Big Lebowski
13. Ariel Pink - Pom Pom
14. Flake Music - When You Land Here It's Time To Return
15. Alt-J - This Is All Yours
16. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
17. Various - Christmas In Soulsville
18. The Postal Service - Give Up
19. Wilco - Mike Alpha Foxtrot
20. Prince - Art Official Age
21. Mike McCready - Music For Film 10"
22. Sun Kil Moon - Third & Seneca 10"
23. Pink Floyd - Endless River
24. Cursive - The Ugly Organ
25. NOFX - Punk In Drublic


album cover art of the day:

The Disconnects announce new album “…Wake Up Dead”

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