Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Heart Of Darkness (Pre-Order) by Grave Digger

Heart of Darkness is sixth studio album by Grave Digger. They showed a much darker and more aggressive sound with this release than any of their previous albums. All of the songs have dark, lyrical concepts such as hate, darkness, death, shadows, betrayal, etc.

Title track is inspired by film Apocalypse Now.

Limited Edition Double 180-gram Red Vinyl Pressing 

Pre-Order at SoundStageDirect

Punk 45: Vol. 2 Underground Punk in UK 1977-1981 (Pre-Order) by Various Artists

Soul Jazz Records’ new Punk 45 album charts the rise of underground punk and post-punk in the UK from 1977-81. Punk 45: There is No Such Thing As Society. Get A Job, Get A Car, Get A Bed, Get Drunk! Underground Punk in the UK 1977-81 is the second volume in this series, released following on from Soul Jazz Records’ recent massive deluxe 400-page Punk 45s cover art book edited and compiled by Jon Savage (author of the seminal book on punk, England’s Dreaming) and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records). While the first album in this series, Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself!, focused on underground punk in America, this album charts the rise of punk and post-punk in Britain in the years 1977-81. This new Punk 45 album features a collection of seminal, classic, obscure and rare punk and post-punk singles from the likes of The Art Attacks, The Mekons, TV Personalities, Swell Maps, and many more – charting the rise of independent music and Do It Yourself culture that exploded in Britain in the wake of punk.

Pre-Order at SoundStageDirect

This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records January 21, 2014

1. Zombie - War Zone (On Sale) (7")
2. The Who - Who's Next (Colored Vinyl) (On Sale)
3. Dina Krall - The Very Best Of (On Sale)
4. Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
5. The Band - The Last Waltz (On Sale)
6. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon (40th Anniversary Edition)
7. Miles Davis - Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud (On Sale)
8. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
9. Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill (On Sale)
10. Bob Dylan - Side Tracks (On Sale)


from our friends at Relapse

Cryptic Slaughter - Money Talks  

Available on remastered vinyl for the first time ever and on any vinyl format for the first time in 10 years!  A seminal act in the 80's crossover movement, Cryptic Slaughter effortlessly fused politically charged, punk aggression with lightning-fast thrash metal.   The band will be touring the US for the first time in over 20 years in celebration of the 'Money Talks' and 'Convicted' reissues!

***Mailorder exclusive green LP limited to 500.  Includes a digital download of the full remastered album + additional bonus tracks***

Pressing Info:

First Relapse Records Press
1000 x Black Standard Gram
500 x Green Standard Gram *Mailorder Exclusive*
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

Order At Relapse


now available over at MergeRecords

Arcade Fire - Reflektor

Arcade Fire's fourth full length record, Reflektor, is a double 180-gram LP packaged in a gatefold jacket printed on rainbow holographic board. LP includes a coupon for a full download.

Get it at MergeRecords


from our friends at RazorAndTie


Razor & Tie today (January 21) have announced that the second album from Taylor Momsen and her band THE PRETTY RECKLESS–titled GOING TO HELL–will be released March 18, 2014. The band has also launched the new album pre-order bundles with unique items (outlined below) which can be pre-ordered.

Initial orders of the CD will be in a Limited Edition digipack, pull out poster, and include two bonus tracks. There will also be a special Revolver Magazine pre-order bundle celebrating Momsen on the current cover issue.  Fans will have the opportunity to purchase any of the below bundle packages when they pre-order GOING TO HELL:

 LIMITED EDITION CD + vinyl + shirt (in men’s and women’s styles)
 Revolver Pre-Order – One year subscription to Revolver Magazine (for renewal or new customers U.S. only) and LIMITED EDITION CD

Pre-Order HERE


Various Artists - Mad Men: On The Rocks Soundtrack

Mad Men, based around the trials and tribulations of a New York ad agency in the Sixties, is considered one of the Greatest TV Shows Of All Time. The drama series stands as a colossus of contemporary television with two BAFTAS, three Golden Globes and no less than fifteen Emmys to its name. David Carbonara's winning mix of contemporary score and period jazz delivers a distinctive sound that has become a part of the series as much as the timeless visuals and characters. The album includes ''A Beautiful Mine'', RJD2's original theme from the TV series.
Now taking pre-orders from ShopRadioCastl


new release from our friends at MusicOnVinyl 


Former New York club CBGB's soundman Tommy Victor founded Prong in 1987 as his outlet for sonic fury. Having their roots in the Thrash Metal and Hardcore scenes, Prong carved a niche for themselves – groovy, angry, massive;  just perfect mosh music. The trio wrecked stages and impressed audiences all over the world.

Their first album on a major label promised a bright future for industrial New York Hardcore Metal band Prong. Beg To Differ contains 10 hard-hitting tracks, of which the video for "Beg To Differ" got heavy rotation on MTV.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Insert
  • First 750 copies are numbered and pressed on light blue vinyl


Beatles rare album sells for $175,000


from the great state of idaho:

The Record Exchange spinning more than just records


cool article from the great state of west virginia:

Collectors have a passion for vinyl records


inspiring article from the great state of ohio:

Vinyl gets its groove back - Owners of local stores say youth driving return to records


out of the great state of north carolina:

Hippo Records part of vinyl revival


great read out of the uk:

Nostalgia: Records getting back in the groove


Belgian label Vlek introduce “pay-per-inch” pricing for vinyl sales/


here's a blast from the past

The Rutles Confirm Dates For May UK Tour


Bob Dylan's Fantastic 30th Anniversary Concert Being Reissued


several months ago, we discovered a curious project called Duality - A New Experimental Vinyl Record That Merges Art And Music I have just been informed that the project has been completed, here is the info:

Infinite Religions is a series of experimental albums seeking new answers for old questions. Duality is Part One. Composed of two songs—"Life" and "Death" —Duality explores the cycle of our existence. When played in exact synchronicity, "Life" and "Death" manifest a third song called "Duality".

This limited-edition release of 99 records features artwork created as a visual accompaniment to the music. Duality will also be available on CD and as a digital download beginning January 21, 2014.



Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Vinyl January 21, 2014

1. Morning Phase ~ Beck
2. For Emma, Forever Ago ~ Bon Iver
3. AM ~ Arctic Monkeys
4. Back to Black ~ Amy Winehouse
5. Come Away with Me ~ Norah Jones
6. Pure Heroine ~ Lorde
7. Legend ~ Bob Marley
8. Rave Tapes ~ Mogwai
9. Kind of Blue ~ Miles Davis
10. A Love Supreme ~ John Coltrane

Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Music January 21, 2014

1. Frozen ~ Demi Lovato
2. High Hopes ~ Bruce Springsteen
3. The River & The Thread ~ Rosanne Cash
4. 2014 GRAMMY Nominees ~ GRAMMY Nominees
5. Kidz Bop 25 ~ Kidz Bop Kids
6. That Girl ~ Jennifer Nettles
7. Inside Llewyn Davis: Original Soundtrack ~ T Bone Burnett
8. The Blessed Unrest ~ Sara Bareilles
9. Pure Heroine ~ Lorde
10. The U.S. Albums ~ The Beatles


in case you missed the post, here are the top sellers of vinyl for 2013!

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)


for shits and giggles:

The 10 strangest musical instruments

Bizarre Tour Rider Requests


album cover art of the day:

MAGNUM: 'Escape From The Shadow Garden' Track Listing Revealed


album cover art of the day, part two:

Kill Ritual Cover Art Revealed