Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

The Royal Sessions by Paul Rodgers

Paul Rodgers, longtime singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Bad Company, has partnered with 429 Records and is gearing up for the release of “The Royal Sessions”—a lovingly crafted collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the iconic rock singer recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios, historic home of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records, with many of the musicians who played on the original tracks.

Truly a lifetime in the making, Rodgers has come full circle with “The Royal Sessions” as he pays homage to the legendary hits he collected on 45s released on Stax/Volt, Goldwax and Hi Records—recordings by Otis Redding, Albert King and Ann Peebles which made such an indelible impression on the young Rodgers inspiring him to pursue a career as a singer. Produced by Perry Margouleff, “The Royal Sessions” is an extraordinary recording which captures the music in its pure form—live band and vocal takes as performed together at Royal Studios by Rodgers and an all-star roster of legendary musicians.

1. I Thank You
2. Down Don't Bother Me
3. I Can't Stand The Rain
4. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
5. That's How Strong My Love Is
6. Walk On By
7. Any Ole Way
8. It's Growing
9. Born Under A Bad Sign
10. I've Got Dreams To Remember

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See The Light by Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake's first proper full length in over 5 years.

Chris says - “What can we say? It’s been one hell of a ride. 21 years in and we still enjoy the process of creating and recording new music. It keeps us sane and happy. Life has a way of bringing things full circle and we are beyond stoked to be releasing our new record as part of the Fat Wreck Chords family. Our new album See The Light is pure Less Than Jake. 13 songs that were written, recorded and produced in our hometown of Gainesville, Florida. You never know what people are going to think when you release new music. All you can do is what comes from your heart and we feel like we have accomplished what we set out to do with these new songs. Hopefully our fans will feel the same passion for this album as we do. See ya on the road!!”

Roger adds, “If you’re expecting retreads and repeats, this record will disappoint. It’s all new songs and new vibes, only recorded in our old school way.” The guys are in the throes of putting together a massive tour across North America in support of the new album, but in the meantime, catch them in the Southeastern US, Japan and even Brazil!

1. Good Enough
2. My Money is on the Long Shot
3. Jump
4. The Loudest Songs
5. Do the Math
6. Bless the Cracks
7. John the Baptist Bones
8. American Idle
9. The Troubles
10. Give Me Something to Believe In
11. Sunstroke
12. A Short History Lesson
13. Weekends All Year Long

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
2. Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell (Pre-Order)
3. Santana - Santana III
4. Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin'
5. Billy Joel - The Stranger
6. Crosses - Crosses (White Vinyl)
7. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon (40th Anniversary Edition)
8 Beck - Morning Phase (Pre-Order)
9. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
10. Bob Dylan - Desire


Nonesuch Releases First Nickel Creek Album in Nine Years, "A Dotted Line," April 1

The Grammy Award–winning, multi-platinum selling trio Nickel Creek—Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals), Sara Watkins (fiddle/vocals), and Sean Watkins (guitar/vocals)—officially reunites for the first time since its 2007 self-described “indefinite hiatus” with a new album, A Dotted Line, on April 1, 2014, with vinyl to follow on April 29. The band then tours the US in support of the Eric Valentine–produced album this spring and summer, with shows in New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago, Nashville, and Los Angeles, as well as at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Newport Folk Festival. For all newly added dates, presales begin Wednesday, February 19, at 10 AM local time. A second album track, “Love of Mine,” is streaming below. (“Destination” began streaming here earlier this month.) A Dotted Line is available to pre-order on iTunes and on CD and vinyl in the Nonesuch Store now with an instant download of “Destination” and “Love of Mine.”

As Nickel Creek’s 25th anniversary approached, the band members decided they ought to mark it in some way, so they got together to write music in Chris Thile’s apartment last year. They ended up with six new co-written songs, which they eventually took to a Los Angeles studio, along with one tune by Thile, one by Sean Watkins, and two covers: Sam Phillips’ “Where Is Love Now” and Mother Mother’s “Hayloft.” There they worked with Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Smash Mouth), who had produced Nickel Creek’s previous album, Why Should the Fire Die?.

“We were excited every day to be there,” Sara Watkins says. “Having grown up singing together, there is something natural about our voices and it’s really fun to harmonize. Our voices have come to match each other’s really well. Sean and I are siblings, and Chris is about as close to a sibling as you could get.” Sean Watkins continues: “It feels more natural and easy than it ever did, by far. Getting to spend time alone with our own musical personalities has helped us mature.” “There’s a joyful aspect to Nickel Creek no matter what we’re doing. Things just steer themselves into that sort of place,” concurs Thile. “We will go poke around in the dark corners but always with a heavy dose of optimism.”

Formed in 1989 when Thile and Sara Watkins were eight years old and Sean Watkins (Sara’s older brother) was eleven, Nickel Creek earned a loyal following playing the festival circuit for nearly a decade. The band’s self-titled debut album was released in 2000 to commercial and critical acclaim: it sold nearly one million copies, and Time called the trio “music innovators for the new millennium.” Nickel Creek released two more records: 2002’s This Side, which won a Best Contemporary Folk Album Grammy, and 2005’s Why Should the Fire Die?. Beginning as bluegrass child prodigies, Nickel Creek grew into an acoustic band known for its breadth of musical influences—from Bach to Radiohead—and its surprisingly large sound on stage. The New York Times described their music as “postmodern” and “polystylistic,” and USA Today said, “This acoustic trio moves farther and farther from anything Bill Monroe would have recognized as bluegrass...” The band members always explored their own solo work as well as collaborations, which they were able to pursue more fully during their hiatus, and will continue to do.

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from our friends at Relapse

Cripple Bastards - Nero In Metastasi LP 

Italian hardcore/grind legends CRIPPLE BASTARDS return with a brand new full length of pummeling ferocity. Over two decades in, CRIPPLE BASTARDS remain one of the underground’s most extreme outfits, and ‘Nero In Metastasi’ is quite possibly their finest moment. Not for the weak!!!

!!!All pre orders include a FREE 'Senza Impronte' 7" EP!!!

***Housed in a single sleeve jacket with a four panel LP insert.  Includes a digital download of the entire album***

Pressing Info: 
First Press
1000 x Grey Standard Gram
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

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from our friends at SlyVinyl

The Shins - Oh, Inverted World // Limited to 1000 Blue Vinyl LP

Sisyphus – Sisyphus // Limited to 450 Gold Inside Clear w/ White Splatter Vinyl 2xLP (VIP Exclusive)


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Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Vinyl

1. Morning Phase ~ Beck
2. St Vincent ~ St. Vincent
3. After the Disco ~ Broken Bells
4. Acoustic at the Ryman ~ Band of Horses
5. Voices (2 LP) ~ Phantogram
6. Violator ~ Depeche Mode
7. Burn Your Fire for No Witness ~ Angel Olsen
8. Marshall Mathers Lp 2 ~ Eminem
9. Music For The Masses ~ Depeche Mode
10. Lions ~ William Fitzsimmons

Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Music

1. Frozen ~ Demi Lovato
2. Morning Phase ~ Beck
3. The Outsiders ~ Eric Church
4. Lent at Ephesus ~ Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles
5. Play All Night: Live at the Beacon ~ Allman Brothers Band
6. Bad Self Portraits ~ Lake Street Dive
7. Pure Heroine ~ Lorde
8. Unorthodox Jukebox ~ Bruno Mars
9. After the Disco ~ Broken Bells
10. 2014 GRAMMY Nominees ~ GRAMMY Nominees


from our friends at VinylCollective

Top 10 Albums – February 17, 2014 

Here are the Top 10 Albums sold at ShopRadioCast for the week of February 11 – 17, 2014:

New Releases / Pre Orders:

1. Ryan Adams – Love Is Hell 3XLP
2. Blink 182 – Take Off Your Pants and Jacket LP & 3×7″
3. Cold War Kids – Robbers & Cowards LP
4. Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak 2XLP + CD
5. The MovieLife – 40 Hour Train Back To Penn LP
6. Bayside – Cult LP
7. Mumford & Sons – Babel: The Singles Collection Boxset 7″
8. Crosses – (†††) 2XLP
9. The Ataris – Blue Skies, Broken Hearts…Next 12 Exits LP
10. The Juliana Theory – Love 2XLP

Back Catalog:

1. Blink 182 – They Came To Conquer Uranus 7″
2. Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon LP
3. Brand New – The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me 2XLP
4. Taking Back Sunday – Tell All Your Friends LP
5. Saosin – Saosin LP
6. Handsome – Handsome LP + 7″
7. Far – Tin Cans With Strings To You 2XLP
8. Rival Schools – United By Fate 2XLP
9. Bush – Razorblade Suitcase LP
10. HUM – You’d Prefer An Astronaut LP


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 2/10 - 2/16, 2014

Vinyl Top 25:
1. Band Of Horses - Acoustic At The Ryman
2. St Paul & The Broken Bones - Live & In Person 12" EP
3. Broken Bells - After The Disco
4. Peter Buck - I Am Back To Blow Your Mind Once Again LP
5. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
6. Hurray For The Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes
7. Tinariwen - Emmaar
8. Sunn O))) & Ulver - Terrestrials
9. Arctic Monkeys - AM
10. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
11. Lambchop - Nixon
12. Neil Finn - Dizzy Heights
13. Lorde - Pure Heroine
14. Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams
15. Tame Impala - Lonerism
16. Mumford & Sons - Babel
17. Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - Rome
18. Hard Working Americans - Hard Working Americans
19. Warpaint - Warpaint
20. Puscifer - What Is
21. Lucinda Williams - Lucinda Williams
22. Dawes - Stories Don't End
23. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
24. Nirvana - Unplugged In NY
25. The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band