Friday, January 17, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

remember the CVR blog has a couple of contests still open, you still have time to enter the Sundazed Strawberry Alarm Clock Vinyl Vault Contest and you can enter the SoundStageDirect Led Zeppelin Vinyl Contest - just scroll down the left margin to see the details!


Our friends at SoundStageDirect are having a huge LP sale, head there HERE


great article. point well taken:

Every Vinyl Record Press in the United States

courtesy of GottaGrooveRecords

Alpha (Plantation, FL
Bill Smith Custom Records (El Segundo, CA)
Brooklynphono (Brooklyn, NY)
EKS Manufacturing (Long Island City, NY)
Erika Records (Downey, CA)
Gotta Groove Records (Cleveland, OH)
Hitbound Manufacturing (Brooklyn, NY)
Musicol Recording (Columbus, OH)
Palomino (Shepherdsville, KY)
QRP (Salina, KS)
Rainbo Records (Canoga Park, CA)
Record Technology Inc (Camarillo, CA)
United Record Pressing (Nashville, TN)


super cool write up - roll tide


from baton rouge, a local shop gets an upgrade:


more local news, this time from the great state of michigan


from our friends at SlyVinyl


Hrvrd- 2xLP "The Inevitable and I" 3rd pressing  

2xLP vinyl reissue of the critically acclaimed debut album "The Inevitable and I" by HRVRD.

  • Red & Beer Swirl w/ Blue Splatter 
  • Limited to 250 total copies
  • 14 tracks- pressed on 140 gram vinyl
Get it HERE


from FatWreck

Bad Cop/Bad Cop 7" on FAT!

With catchy hooks, three part harmonies, and a drummer who fires her ‘guns’ harder than most of her male compatriots, Bad Cop/Bad Cop bring to mind the ‘90s heyday of chicks who actually rocked, from the snarl of The Distillers and synchronized vocals of Dance Hall Crashers to the guitar prowess of The Muffs and wry lyrics of Lunachicks. All hailing from different parts of the U.S., the foursome met in Los Angeles while playing in bands like Compton SF, The Radio Sweetheart, The D’Maggs, The City, Angry Amputees, and Cunt Sparrer. After playing at the “Lilith Bear” party during San Francisco Bear Pride 2013, they were supported and encouraged by an unlikely audience member: NOFX’s Fat Mike. “After our set, Mike approached and said he liked all the songs and that he was going to do something with our band. I almost crapped myself, and the rest is history,” says singer & guitarist Stacey Dee.
Look for their brand new EP, Boss Lady, out on Fat this Spring!




new releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl

Hole - Celebrity Skin

The 4th album by Hole was a huge commercial achievement, successfully bridging the gap between Grunge and guitar Pop. The band revolving around Kurt Cobain's widow Courtney Love carved a niche for themselves as the seminal female fronted Grunge group.

Established in 1991, the band functioned as a cathartic outlet for enfant terrible Love, which makes their work incredibly compelling. Their 1998 album Celebrity Skin revealed a polished, energetic sound. Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins co-wrote 5 songs on this superb album, among which the title track and "Malibu", both of which were released as singles.

Although the album reached #9 on the Billboard Top 200, original vinyl copies of Celebrity Skin were made in small numbers – therefore making this very first reissue ever a much needed one for the fans!
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Insert
  • First numbered pressing of 2000 copies on yellow/red flamed vinyl


Originally only released on CD in 2003, a year after their mindblowing Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence [MOVLP781], Train Of Thought found Dream Theater back on the heavier and straight forward side of Prog Metal. From the album opener "As I Am" to the closer "In The Name Of God", this essential Dream Theater album thrusts forward like an unstoppable freight train. As Thom Jurek on Allmusic summarizes: 'This is hard, heavy progressive metal at its very best lyrically and musically.' We can only add +1 to that statement.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Insert
  • Available on vinyl for the first time


Archetypal Prog-rockers Yes formed in London in the late 1960s and gained vast popularity in the 1970s. Throughout the 1970s, Yes produced a stream of Gold and Platinum-selling albums, with Fragile and Close To The Edge considered fan favourites. Credit for their long-standing relevance lies with the distinctive vocals and lyrics of frontman Jon Anderson and the musicianship of the band's many members who have come and gone over the life of the group. Yes' second album Time And A Word solidified and broadened their sound, using an orchestra to good effect. This is the pinnacle of Prog!
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Insert 



Proceeds to aid animal shelters in band’s home state; tour with Amon Amarth begins Friday

SKELETONWITCH will soon release a limited-edition, hand-screened 180-gram vinyl edition of their acclaimed, Billboard-charting 2013 release “Serpents Unleashed,” of which 100% of the profits will be donated to two animal shelters in the band’s home state of Ohio — the Athens County Humane Society and Columbus’ Pets Without Parents. The members of Ohio’s most-loved heavy metal group have always been proud pet owners and are excited to have the opportunity to raise awareness and support for two no-kill organizations in their region.

Limited to a one-time-only pressing of 100 copies, the 180-gram black LP includes a hand-screened, hand-numbered jacket with exclusive artwork (pictured above) and a hand-screened dust sleeve. It comes with a color poster and a sticker which both showcase the album’s original masterful artwork by John Baizley (Baroness, Kylesa, Kvelertak), as well as a download card. Mark your calendars, as the limited-edition LPs will go on sale on a first-come, first-serve basis exclusively via on Mon., Jan. 20 at 1:00 p.m. EST.


from our friends at PolyvinylRecords

Painted Palms - Forever

Whether living four states away or four blocks away, Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme have always used the Internet -- at first out of necessity, later out of preference -- to collaborate on their songwriting.

Although the cousins grew up together in Lafayette, Louisiana, Donohue eventually moved to San Francisco, while Prudhomme stayed near New Orleans.

The newfound distance between them forced the pair to start sending song ideas back and forth via e-mail, a virtual exchange that quickly spawned Painted Palms' first release, Canopy, which was discovered by of Montreal's Kevin Barnes

Tours with of Montreal, Braids and STRFKR soon followed before Prudhomme moved out west to San Francisco, where Donohue still lived.

Yet, despite being in the same place for the first time in years, the duo continued writing songs apart from one another -- completing individual ideas in isolation and piecing them together through the computer.

And so, the songs that would eventually form their debut full-length Forever, came together as if the musicians were still separated by 2000 miles: Donohue sending a short, looping beat and Prudhomme replying with a vocal melody before continuing to bounce the track back and forth between them until it was complete, this time focusing on creating songs with classic pop structures.

As if crafted by tailors so skilled you can never find the seams, the songs on Forever provide no hint of their patchwork beginnings. Instead, the album is permeated with blissfully buoyant tracks like "Here It Comes" and "Forever," which glide smoothly on a foundation of instantly memorable melodies.

Elsewhere, touches of Painted Palms' most prominent influences -- '60s psych pop paired with modern electronic production -- are clearly evident, as on the dark and driving hooks that propel lead single "Spinning Signs."

Don't be fooled, though. Underneath the sunny sonic exterior, the lyrics on Forever exist in a different place, with much of the focus centered on how it feels to be caught between the external world and one’s own thoughts.

"Thinking about myself too much I can see that / I don't know what to be," sings Prudhomme on Forever's title cut.

And in that moment a hint of irony is apparent, for as much as the members of Painted Palms want to get out of their own heads, they're awfully good at writing songs that will immediately get stuck in yours.

Order at PolyVinylRecords


from DineAloneRecords

Grade's 'Separate the Magnets' Set for Deluxe Vinyl Reissue

Dine Alone Records is proud to announce the reissue of Grade's classic Separate the Magnets on limited edition vinyl. For the first time in over 10 years, Dine Alone will be repressing the album, this time as an audiophile 180g 12" cut at 45rpm. The Magnets deluxe reissue will come with revamped artwork by bassist Matt Jone, as well as extensive notes and unreleased photos from the release era.

More details including release dates, pressing info, pre-orders and some more surprises will be announced shortly.


'A Night with Janis Joplin' Debuts Lost Tune - Song Premiere


Exclusive: Neil Young and Jack White Collaborate for New Covers Album


Bachman-Turner Overdrive Selected For the Canadian Music Hall of Fame


Brian May Discovers Lost Queen Recording


album cover art of the day:

New Album "Motherload" Detailed By The Graviators


album cover art of the day, part two:

Artwork & Track Listing For New Album "Firesoul" Unveiled By Brainstorm


making the rounds on the net lately - yes the video is old, but records manufacturing is the same on some of the same machines

Sound And The Story - 1956 RCA Victor Vinyl Records