Friday, January 10, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

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lots of vinyl record news to get to, it's all the rage!

some new vinyl sales figures to look at!

Top 10 Vinyl Albums Sold In The US For 2013

1. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (49,000)
2. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City (34,000)
3. Arcade Fire - Reflektor (31,000)
4. Mumford & Sons - Babel (27,000)
5. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More (27,000)
6. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork (27,000)
7. Bon Iver - For Emma Forever Ago (23,000)
8. The Lumineers - The Lumineers (22,000)
9. The National - The Trouble Will Find Me (22,000)
10. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience (21,000)

Top Selling Vinyl Records In The UK (by year)

2004 Tiesto – Just Be
2005 Oasis –  Don’t Believe the Truth
2006 Arctic Monkeys –  Whatever People Say I Am,  That’s What I’m Not
2007 The Coral – Roots and Echoes
2008 Bon Iver –  For Emma, Forever Ago
2009 Bon Iver –  For Emma, Forever Ago
2010 Jimi Hendrix –  Valleys of Neptune
2011 Radiohead –  The King of Limbs
2012 The xx – Coexist
2013 Arctic Monkeys – AM

* Courtesy of the Official Charts Company


from our friends at SoundStageDirect

U2 - Joshua Tree

The Joshua Tree is the fifth studio album by rock band U2. Produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, it was released on 9 March 1987 by Island Records. In contrast to the ambient experimentation of their 1984 release, The Unforgettable Fire, on The Joshua Tree U2 aimed for a harder-hitting sound within the limitation of conventional song structures. The album is influenced by American and Irish roots music, and depicts the band's love-hate relationship with the United States, with socially and politically conscious lyrics embellished with spiritual imagery.

Inspired by American tour experiences, literature, and politics, U2 chose America as a theme for the record. Recording began in January 1986 in Ireland, and to foster a relaxed, creative atmosphere, the group recorded in two houses, in addition to two professional studios. Several events during the sessions helped shape the conscious tone of the album, including the band's participation in A Conspiracy of Hope tour, the death of roadie Greg Carroll, and lead vocalist Bono's travels to Central America. Recording was completed in November 1986; additional production continued into January 1987. Throughout the sessions, U2 sought a "cinematic" quality for the record, one that would evoke a sense of location, in particular, the open spaces of America. They represented this in the sleeve photography depicting them in American desert landscapes.

The Joshua Tree received critical acclaim, topped the charts in over 20 countries, and sold in record-breaking numbers. According to Rolling Stone, the album increased the band's stature "from heroes to superstars". It produced the hit singles "With or Without You", "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", and "Where the Streets Have No Name". The album won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1988. The group supported the record with the Joshua Tree Tour throughout 1987. Frequently featured on critics' lists of rock's greatest records, The Joshua Tree is one of the world's best-selling albums, with over 25 million copies sold. In 2007, U2 released a remastered edition of the record to commemorate its 20th anniversary.
  • 2 180 Gram LPs 
  • 12 x 12 14-Page Color Booklet featuring Lyrics and The Joshua Tree History 
  • Remastered 
Buy at SoundStageDirect

Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect 

January 10, 2014

1. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
2. Diana Krall - The Very Best Of (On Sale)
3. Lorde - Pure Heroine
4. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
5. Jimmy Page And The Black Crowes - Live At The Greek
6. Stone Temple Pilots - Tiny Music
7. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
8. Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
9. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
10. U2  - Joshua Tree


from our friends at

Mastodon 'Call of the Mastodon' Repress From Relapse

Available on a limited edition clear w/ gold and blue splatter colored vinyl, Call of the Mastodon is being repressed for the first time in over eight years!  This compilation collects all of the band's earliest material including demo material, 2001's Slick Leg 7", and 2001's Lifesblood EP.  Call of the Mastodon is a vital piece of heavy metal history and the crucial starting point in the still burgeoning Mastodon legacy.

Pressing Info:

  • Second Press 
  • 1500 x Red Standard Gram 
  • 1000 x Clear w/ Blue and Gold Merge Splatter 
  • 500 x Blue and Gold Merge *Mailorder Exclusive* 
Order at Relapse


Superchunk's 'Indoor Living' Receives Expanded Reissue for Merge's 25th Anniversary

On February 25, Merge will release the newly remastered reissue of Superchunk’s out-of-print 1997 album Indoor Living. The second in our 2014 series of reissues in celebration of our 25th anniversary, Indoor Living will be released on CD and LP with new liner notes by Laura Ballance and producer/engineer John Plymale. The LP will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and both CD and LP will include a download of a live concert recorded at Duke University in 1997

Pre-Order at MergeRecords


Petitioning Forever - CONVERGE 

Petitioning Forever, the compilation release from Converge that features Petitioning The Empty Sky and When Forever Comes Crashing, is being repressed via Deathwish.

This release is a double 12" LP version of the band's first two Equal Vision full-length albums, remixed by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou at Godcity Studios and remastered by Alan Douches at West West Side. These two sonic visionaries have brought new life to these truly classic recordings, allowing them to rage forth with a level of aural intensity many never thought possible. A brutally heavy and truly groundbreaking album. New pressing now available on red vinyl with a gatefold cover.

Buy it at RevHQ


Arca's '&&&&&' Receives Vinyl Pressing


Mr Bongo unearth 7″ gems for gorgeous new Brazil45′s reissue series


Bibio and a magickal faun set to release The Green EP on bottle green” vinyl


Inspiral Carpets Set For New LP & Reissue


vinyl doing well in the great state of delaware:

Records requested - Vinyl's revitalized in Rehoboth


interesting write up from the great state of texas:

The Price You Pay - At what cost does the vinyl revolution come?


awesome insights from the great state of north carolina:

Vinyl records music to some audiophiles’ ears in the Myrtle Beach area


out of new orleans, vinyl doing very well:

Local record shop plans to renovate


neat story out of the uk:

Retro music medium bounces back as Tring vinyl enthusiast insists the LP record is still alive and kicking


more from the uk:

Groove armada: The stunning rebirth of vinyl


and from the land down under:

What goes around ... LPs groovy again


in my neck of the woods:

Milwaukee artist Daniel Murphy gets album covers rocking


Tape decking: Artist Gregor Hildebrandt deconstructs vinyl and cassettes for new analogue exhibition


for shits and giggles:

The 25 Most Ridiculous Illustrated Album Covers Ever


The Stories Behind 22 Classic Album Covers


album cover art of the day:

Album Name, Cover Artwork & Release Date Of New LP Revealed By Sonata Arctica


album cover art of the day, part two:

SABATON: 'Heroes' Alternate Artwork Unveiled