Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Record Store Day 2014 Is Officially Set for April 19th 

The annual celebration of independent vinyl retailers returns for its seventh year. One would guess that the number of special releases will jump again this year, as both the record companies and the musicians know about the uptick in vinyl sales and can capitalize on the demand. Oh, and eBay gets a boost as well 


from our friends at

Hot Lunch – Hot Lunch // Limited to 500 black vinyl LP

Caspian – Waking Season // Limited to 250 Seafoam Vinyl 2xLP


new releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


Originally released in 1978, From The Inside is a concept album by Alice Cooper. His 11th studio album was inspired by his stay in a sanatorium to recover from his alcohol addiction. The singer – who once boasted he drank more than a case of beer a day to keep fit – had failed to overcome his drinking problem through private treatment and therefore felt it necessary to undergo a hospital program of treatment.

The characters in the songs on the LP were all based on actual people the shock rocker met in the sanatorium, while the album's cover image is a close-up of Alice Cooper's face printed on two doors that actually open up and lead into a hospital waiting room. The printed inner sleeve features an image of Cooper and the other 'inmates' running out of the sanatorium once they were released.

The album shows Alice Cooper at his most vulnerable, most notably in the record's hit single "How You Gonna See Me Now" (a power ballad even before the term was invented). If this album proves one thing, it's that Alice Cooper is one of the most underrated songwriters out there. Guest musicians include Toto's Steve Lukather and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Special 12" deluxe sleeve
  • Printed innersleeve


Howlin' Wolf's Memphis Days: The Definitive Collection, Vol. 1 collects some of his earliest recordings, as produced by Sam Phillips at his Memphis studio during several sessions in 1951 and '52. As soon as Phillips – best known for discovering and recording Elvis Presley – heard Howlin' Wolf perform on KWEM radio, he arranged for Chester Burnett (1910 – 1976) a.k.a. Howlin' Wolf to come to his studio and put down some tracks.

The 21 songs presented here show different aspects of Howlin' Wolf's still developing material. As a bonus for true collectors, the LP includes both sides of the original acetate recording taken from his very first recording session: "How Many More Years" backed with "Baby Ride With Me (Ridin' In The Moonlight)". Feast your ears with raw and dirty Blues from one of the most influential Blues musicians that ever walked the planet. You won't find any Howlin' Wolf recordings more vital than the 21 songs captured on Memphis Days: The Definitive Collection, Vol. 1.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Insert 

THE METERS - FIRE ON THE BAYOU (expanded edition)

Hailing from the soggy streets of New Orleans, the Meters essentially invented the second line groove, influencing Funk music like no other artist (OK, aside from a singer by the name of James Brown). These cats are essentially one unified rhythm section, with expertly timed drum breaks, bass driven grooves, bluesy chicken scratch guitars and Southern sing along choruses.

Their 1975 album Fire On The Bayou established once again that The Meters were still the undisputed masters of Funk. Tracks like "Can You Do Without", "Out In The Country" and the title track have become staples in the Meters' songbook. This 2LP edition of Fire On The Bayou contains no less than 5 bonus tracks!
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Includes 5 bonus tracks: "Running Fast (single version)", "Keep On Marching","He Bite Me", "Mother's Love" and "Jambalaya"


from RealGoneMusic

BROTHERHOOD: The Complete Recordings (2-CD Set)

Right at the height of popularity for Paul Revere and the Raiders, the band’s core power trio of Phil “Fang” Volk (bass), Drake “The Kid” Levin (guitar) and Mike “Smitty” Smith (drums) left to pursue their own more ambitious musical goals. Subsequent lawsuits and a run of bad luck meant that the first, self-titled album by their new band, Brotherhood, would be delayed, and received little notice at the time. Yet, by mixing a wealth of socially-conscious original numbers with hard-rocking reinterpretations of tunes by the Mamas and the Papas and Joe South, Brotherhood was a band brimming with promise. Between 1968 and 1969 the band released two more albums, one under their own name, the other a third, wildly experimental record (Friend Sound / Joyride) that drew upon Cage, Zappa and Stockhausen (and acid) for its influences. Bringing together music that has been out of print for over 40 years and never available on CD until now, Brotherhood: The Complete Recordings includes all three albums the group cut for RCA on two CDs, plus a definitive history of the band by Bill Kopp, based on extensive research and a lengthy interview with Phil Volk, who contributes a note of his own. Remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in NYC…one of the great lost bands of the late ‘60s!
  • Brotherhood Is the Band that Bassist Phil "Fang" Volk, Guitarist Drake "The Kid" Levin and Drummer Mike "Smitty" Smith Formed After Leaving Paul Revere &  the Raiders 
  • The Complete Recordings Includes All Three Albums They Recorded for RCA, None of Which Have Ever Been on CD 
  • Friend Sound/Joyride Is One of the Most Experimental Albums Released by a Mainstream Rock Group in the Late '60s 
  • 2-CD Package Includes a Thorough Band History Written by Bill Kopp and Drawn from Extensive Research and Interviews with Phil "Fang" Volk 
  • Added Photos 
  • Remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in NY 


Little Big League 'These Are Good People' Gets Second Pressing 

In the Fall of 2011, Michelle Zauner and Kevin O'Halloran (previously of Post Post) joined forces with Ian Dykstra (Titus Andronicus) and Deven Craige (Strand of Oaks) to form Little Big League. Shortly thereafter the band recorded their debut 7". Released in April of 2012, the two songs offered a glimpse into the band's promising future, which after months of writing and playing live took solid form in their debut LP These Are Good People.

The band's debt to 90s indie guitar rock is respectfully paid while Zauner's gorgeously unique vocal stylings and striking lyrical imagery add to the album's dark atmosphere. There is a level of tension and impending danger built, both lyrically and musically, that revels in the vulnerability of us all. These Are Good People is an album about coming of age, loss, and the overwhelming acceptance of reality over a failed romanticism. Due out this Summer on Tiny Engines, the album is a stunning indie rock debut from the Philadelphia quartet.

Second Pressing: 

100 Transparent Red
120 Opaque Purple Aster
130 Opaque Goldfish Orange
150 Clear
* Order includes an immediate download of the release.

Order HERE


Cartel's 'The Ransom' On Colored Vinyl

Official vinyl reissue of the professional debut from Atlanta pop punk band Cartel.

The Ransom EP features some of the band's most honest and pure material, representing the cornerstone of their ten year career (and counting) . Since the release of The Ransom by The Militia Group in 2004, Cartel has released four full length albums and toured all corners of the globe. Commenting on the band's growth after the release of The Ransom, singer Will Pugh said, "it was that youthful exuberance that spawned the most exciting period of our career".

Most recently, Cartel self-released their fourth studio album Collider, proving that the momentum that The Ransom started has yet to come to a halt.

This limited vinyl pressing features:
  • Custom envelope style jacket with full EP lyrics printing on the inside 
  • 45 RPM 12" record on splatter, money green, or clear vinyl 
  • Printed insert with message from Will Pugh thanking fans for their continued support
  • Outer plastic sleeves stamped with Company Ink wax seal
Pressing Information
  • 400 - Off White w/ Red Splatter 
  • 400 - Money Green 
  • 100 - Clear (Cartel store/tour exclusive)

Get a copy HERE


Strung Out Detail Reissue Series and 'Volume One' Box Set


Warp host charity auction for signed vinyl copies of Oneman’s Mount Kimbie remix


Beth Orton's 'Central Reservation' Gets Vinyl Reissue


cool father and son vinyl duo:

Vinyl Night puts a spin on music


Mountain Jam 2014 Lineup Announced: Bob Weir & Rat Dog, Gov’t Mule, Avett Brothers, Jeff Tweedy + Pretty Lights Among Headliners


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 1/06 - 1/12, 2014

Vinyl Top 25:
1. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Wig Out At Jagbags
2. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
3. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
4. Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
5. Kings Of Leon - Mechanical Bull
6. Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams
7. Ray Lamontagne - Trouble
8. Paul McCartney - New
9. Natural Child - Live In Birmingham
10. John Mayer - Paradise Valley
11. Darkside - Psychic
12. Dawes - Stories Don't End
13. Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Daze
14. Chvrches - The Bones Of What You Believe
15. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
16. Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
17. Brendan Benson - You Were Right
18. Tristen - C A V E S
19. The Weeks - Dear Bo Jackson
20. Moon Taxi - Cabaret
21. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
22. Dr. Dog - Wild Race EP
23. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue (Mono)
24. Apache Relay - American Nomad
25. Metallica - Live At Grimey's


and our vote for the worst cover art of 2014 so far:

MANOWAR: 'Kings Of Metal MMXIV' Cover Artwork Unveiled