Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

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English Oceans by Drive-By Truckers 

ATO announces that Drive-By Truckers will be releasing English Oceans in 2014. Rolling Stone released the news exclusively today calling it a “return to simplicity.” English Oceans, the band’s 12th release, is an elegantly balanced and deeply engaged new effort that finds the group refreshed and firing on all cylinders. “It can go from this chainsaw rock ‘n’ roll to this very delicate, pretty-sounding stuff,” says Mike Cooley.

English Oceans was recorded over 13 days at Chase Park Transduction Studios in Athens, GA with their longtime producer, David Barbe. Cooley fans will be happy that he brought six new songs to the sessions and this record marks the first time that Cooley sings a song penned by Patterson Hood on “Til He’s Dead or Rises.”

In typical DBT fashion the songs depict an array of characters. “Pauline Hawkins,” is based on a new novel by Willy Vlautin. DBT’s ever-keen political edge can be seen in two songs on the record. Cooley’s “Made Up English Oceans” and Hood’s “The Part of Him.” “It’s about political assholery — there’s someone new playing that role every few months,” says Hood. “Grand Canyon,” the final song on the album, is an emotionally overwhelming tribute to Craig Lieske, a longtime member of DBT’s touring family. Lieske died suddenly in January and the album is dedicated to him.

The album was recorded with a compact, retooled lineup. Jay Gonzalez, who joined the band in 2008 as keyboardist, has added guitar to his duties, while bassist Matt Patton was drafted from the Tuscaloosa group The Dexateens. “It’s a very tasteful group, and when it needs to be it can be a very big, powerful, over-the-top band, too, and it can go from one to the other seamlessly,” says Hood.

1. Shit Shots Count
2. When He's Gone 
3. Primer Coat 
4. Pauline Hawkins 
5. Made Up English Oceans 
6. The Part of Him 
7. Hearing Jimmy Loud 
8. Til He's Dead or Rising 
9. Hanging On 
10. Natural Light 
11. When Walter Went Crazy 
12. First Air of Autumn 

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell
2. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
3. Beck - Morning Phase
4. Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around
5. Johnny Cash - American Recordings
6. Paul Rodgers - The Royal Sessions
7. Beatles - Thirty Weeks In 1963
8. Johnny Cash - American II: Unchained
9. Johnny Cash - American III: Solitary Man
10. Jerry Garcia And David Grisman - Jerry Garcia And David Grisman (Pre-Order)


Wild Beasts - Present Tense 

Present Tense is a dramatically new album – taking cues from the most intense and effervescent of 1980s and 1990s electronic sound but rethinking and retooling these elements with exquisite detail for the 21st century.

Longer in creation than any of its predecessors, Hayden Thorpe, Tom Fleming, Chris Talbot and Ben Little took almost a full year away from touring to conceive and construct the eleven tracks of Present Tense. Written in London and recorded at Konk Studios in London and at The Distillery in Bath, the band worked in close collaboration with co-producers Lexxx and Brian Eno protégé Leo Abrahams to create a record of astounding intricacy, coherence and emotional resonance.

Alongside its breathtaking leap in production, Present Tense also finds the band at the peak of their considerable songwriting powers – each one of the album’s eleven tracks illuminating the precious, tender, sad and funny moments of modern life in their trademark plain-spoken poetics.

Already rightly considered to be one of contemporary Britain's most innovative and vital bands, Present Tense sees the group's ever-restless collective muse lead them to remarkable new heights - boldly embracing new production techniques and songwriting forms whilst retaining the thrilling idiosyncrasies that have made them so beloved over the course of three beguiling and beautiful albums to date.

Pre-order the album and receive an instant MP3 download of Wanderlust.

1. Wanderlust
2. Nature Boy
3. Mecca
4. Sweet Spot
5. Daughters
6. Pregnant Pause
7. A Simple Beautiful Truth
8. A Dog’s Life
9. Past Perfect
10. New Life
11. Palace 

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from our friends at Relapse

Nothing - Guilty Of Everything 

Philadelphia’s NOTHING have been destroying the eardrums of audiences throughout North America for the past 2 years with a magnetic blend of captivatingly dark and beautiful vocals and explosive, blown out, in the red guitar fuzz. On their debut full length Guilty Of Everything, recorded and produced by Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, War On Drugs, etc) NOTHING seamlessly merge the huge distorted guitar sound of 90s/00s alternative rock giants My Bloody Valentine and Smashing Pumpkins with Jesu’s introspective post-metal/hardcore. This is a triumph of a debut that successfully manages to be massively loud, darkly introspective and totally beautiful all at once.

Pressing Info:
First Press 
1250 x Black Standard Gram 
750 x White Standard Gram *Mailorder Exclusive* 
500 x Black/White Half & Half *Mailorder Exclusive* (Includes LP O-card and felt slipmat) 
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

***Mailorder exclusive white LP limited to 750 copies.  Includes a digital download of the entire album***

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available from RealGoneMusic 

Question Mark & the Mysterians - 96 Tears. LP

With a name derived from a Japanese horror film, a three-chord sound powered by an insistent Vox organ and a front man claiming to have been born on Mars and lived among dinosaurs, Question Mark and the Mysterians will forever be anointed as the garage band’s garage band. Here is their charting 1966 debut release featuring the immortal title track, reissued on 180-gram vinyl and mastered at 45 rpm for maximum sonic impact!

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Son Lux - Alternate Worlds

Introducing Alternate Worlds, the new EP from producer/composer Son Lux. The EP reimagines four songs from Lanterns, and includes a collaboration with Lorde. These exquisite reinventions traverse unfamiliar terrain within remembered landscapes. Their world is both alien and familiar.

Alternate Worlds is currently available digitally, with a vinyl release date of 5/27/14. All vinyl pre-orders include an instant download of every song in both MP3 and WAV formats. The EP will be released in three distinct vinyl editions, each pressed on 12", 45rpm (loud-cut) vinyl:

Deluxe VIP Vinyl + Digital 
Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies on white & clear "color in color" vinyl, available only to Joyful Noise VIP Members.

Limited Edition Vinyl + Digital 
Limited to 1500 copies on white & clear split color vinyl

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from our friends at SlyVinyl

Spidergawd – S/T // Limited to 500 Yellow Vinyl LP

Pujol – Kludge // Limited to 300 “Fishbowl” LPs


Mansions To Reissue 'New Best Friends' On Vinyl


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Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Vinyl

1. Morning Phase ~ Beck
2. Atlas ~ Real Estate
3. St Vincent ~ St. Vincent
4. After the Disco ~ Broken Bells
5. Violator (180 Gram Vinyl) ~ Depeche Mode
6. Acoustic at the Ryman ~ Band of Horses
7. Oxymoron (Vinyl Deluxe EX) ~ Schoolboy Q
8. Burn Your Fire for No Witness ~ Angel Olsen
9. Voices [2 LP] ~ Phantogram
10. Your Arsenal (180 Gram Vinyl) ~ Morrissey

Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Music

1. Frozen ~ Idina Menzel
2. Morning Phase ~ Beck
3. G I R L ~ Pharrell Williams
4. English Oceans ~ Drive-By Truckers
5. Louder ~ Lea Michele
6. St. Vincent ~ St. Vincent
7. Emerald: Musical Gems Deluxe CD/DVD ~ Celtic Woman
8. Pure Heroine ~ Lorde
9. Lent at Ephesus ~ Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles
10. Riser ~ Dierks Bentley


album cover art of the day:

Legionary Unveils "Once And For All" EP Cover Artwork


this video making the rounds:

MTV Predicts The End Of Vinyl Records