Monday, March 31, 2014

New Music Releases - April 1, 2014

'68 - Midnight (7")
5 Royales - Soul & Swagger: The Complete "5" Royales
9th Wonder - Jamla Is The Squad
A.J. Ellis - Bury the Devil
ABBA - Gold: Greatest Hits
Afrique - Soul Makossa
Alesana - The Decade EP
Ana Tijoux - 1977 (vinyl)
Anette Olzon - Shine
Anna von Hausswolff - Källan (vinyl)
Arc Iris - Arc Iris (vinyl)
Aretha Franklin - Aretha's Gold
Augustus Pablo - East of The River Nile (vinyl)
Austrian Death Machine - Triple Brutal
Band of Skulls - Himalayan
Benedek - Untitled EP (vinyl)
Black Pistol Fire - Hush or Howl (vinyl)
Boston - Feeling It in Chicago
Boyfrndz - Breeder
Brock Van Wey - Home (2xCD)
Bruno S - Bruno S (vinyl)
Busman's Holiday - A Long Goodbye (vinyl)
Castle - Return of the Gasface
Cauldron Black Ram - Stalagmire (vinyl)
Charlie Daniels Band - Off The Grid: Doin' It Dylan
Chevelle - La Gárgola
Chiodos - DEVIL
Christina Perri - Head Or Heart
Client - Authority
Cloud Nothings - Here And Nowhere
Cunninlynguists - Strange Journey Volume Three
Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration (2xLP)
Cyne - All My Angles Are Right (vinyl)
D-Lo - Keep It On the D-Lo
Dan and Shay - Where It All Began
Dan Croll - Sweet Disarray (vinyl)
Dan Melchior - Slow Down Tiger (vinyl)
Deep Purple - Cal Jam 1974
Detroit Swindle - Boxed Out (2xLP)
Diego Cortez - Traumdeutung (vinyl)
Dillon - The Unknown (vinyl)
Doris Day - Music, Movies & Memories
Doris Day - Sings Her Great Movie Hits
Duane Pitre and Cory Allen - The Seeker and the Healer (vinyl)
Eddie Kendricks - Love Keys
Efdemin - Decay (2xLP)
Efestion and Harald Grosskopf - Subconscio (12")
Ellen Allien & Thomas Muller - Free Nation (12")
Epistasis - Light Through Dead Glass
Evian Christ - Waterfall (vinyl)
Fairweather - Fairweather (vinyl)
Fartbarf - Dirty Power
Fort Romeau - Her Dream (12")
Friend Roulette - Grow Younger EP
Gamma Ray - Empire of the Undead
Goatwhore - A Haunting Curse (vinyl)
Goatwhore - Carving Out The Eye's Of God (Vinyl)
Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks Vol 19 10/19/73 Oklahoma City Fairgrounds Arena OK
Gridlink - Longhena (vinyl)
Hank Williams III - Ramblin' Man
Heathers - Kingdom
Holmes Brothers - Brotherhood
Horace Andy - Get Wise (vinyl)
HTRK - Psychic 9-5 Club (vinyl)
Inventions - Inventions (vinyl)
Islaja - S U U (vinyl)
J-Love - Flood Gates
Jack Beats - FabricLive.74
Jamaica - Ventura (vinyl)
Jan St. Werner - Split Animal Sculpture (10")
Jaws - Keys to the Universe (vinyl)
Joan as Police Woman - The Classic
John Cage - Early Electronic and Tape Music (vinyl)
Jon Langford and Skull Orchard - Here Be Monsters
Jonny Two Bags - Salvation Town
Jorge Velez - Ausland (12")
Juju & Jordash - Waldorf Salad/Third Planet from Altair (12")
Kaiser Chiefs - Education, Education, Education and War (vinyl)
Kassel Jaeger - Toxic Cosmopolitanism (vinyl)
Keith Allison - In Action The Complete Columbia Sides Plus!
Khan - The Enlightenment Machine (vinyl)
Kiss - Alive! (reissue) (2xLP)
Kiss - Animalize (reissue) (vinyl)
Kiss - Destroyer (reissue) (vinyl)
Kiss - Dressed to Kill (reissue) (vinyl)
Kiss - Dynasty (reissue) (vinyl)
Kiss - Hotter Than Hell (reissue) (vinyl)
Kiss - Kiss (reissue) (vinyl)
Kiss - Lick It Up (reissue) (vinyl)
Kiss - Revenge (reissue) (vinyl)
Kiss - Unmasked (reissue) (vinyl)
Lacuna Coil - Broken Crown Halo
Landon Tewers - Dead Kids
Leaders of the New School - A Future Without A Past (2xLP)
Leon Russell - Life Journey
Lesser Key - Lesser Key
Lightnin' Hopkins - Free Form Patterns (reissue) (2xLP)
Lightnin' Rod - Hustler's Convention (vinyl)
Los Nuggetz - '60s Garage and Psych from Latin America (4xCD)
Lost Society - Terror Hungry
Luv NY - The Snake Tape (tape)
M83 - You and the Night OST (vinyl)
Mac DeMarco - Salad Days (vinyl)
Magnum - Escape From The Shadow Garden
Malachai - Beyond Ugly (vinyl)
Manchester Orchestra - Cope (vinyl)
Massacre - Back From Beyond
Matt Andersen - Weightless
Meyhem Lauren - Respect the Fly Shit
Mica Levi - Under the Skin OST
Mike Dillon - Band of Outsiders (vinyl)
Mike Oldfield - Man on the Rocks
Millie and Andrea - Drop the Vowels (2xLP)
MindsOne and Kev Brown - Pillars EP
MO KOLOURS - Mo Kolours (vinyl)
Mobb Deep - The Infamous Mobb Deep (2xCD)
Nathaniel Rateliff - Falling Faster Than You Can Run (vinyl)
Nickel Creek - A Dotted Line
Nocturnal Breed - Napalm Nights
Nux Vomica - Nux Vomica (vinyl)
Oberman Knocks | Autechre - Dilankex EP (reissue) (12")
Octo Octa - Cause I Love You (12")
Ohio Express - Beg, Borrow and Steal The Complete Cameo Recordings
Ohio Players - Love Rollercoaster - Anthology 1967-1988
Order Of Isaz - Seven Years of Famine
Ortolan - Covered In Black (vinyl)
Pattern Is Movement - Pattern Is Movement
Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles - The Complete Atlantic Sides Plus
Peder Mannerfelt - Lines Describing Circles (vinyl)
Pharrell - Happy (12")
Pilgrim - II: Void Worship (vinyl)
Polar Bear - In Each and Every One (2xLP+CD)
Prince Po and Oh No - Animal Serum (2xLP)
Pure X - Angel (vinyl)
Pyrrhon - The Mother of Virtues (vinyl)
RAC - Strangers (vinyl)
Ras G - Raw Fruit Vol. 1-2 (2xLP)
Ray Charles - The Genius After Hours
S. Carey - Range of Light (colored vinyl)
Saintseneca - Darc Arc (vinyl)
Savage Republic - Recordings From Live Performance 1981-1983
Scenic - Acquatica
Siria - Mestre Cupijo e Seu Ritmo (vinyl)
Sleepy D - Don't Go To Sleep
Sleepy Sun - Maui Tears (vinyl)
Small Black - Real People (vinyl)
Smoke DZA - Dream.ZONE.Achieve
Social Distortion - Prison Bound – 25th Anniversary (vinyl)
Sonata Arctica - Pariah’s Child
Soviet Soviet - Fate (vinyl)
Split Single - Fragmented World
Steel Panther - All You Can Eat
Swans - The Burning World (vinyl)
The Alan Parsons Project - The Complete Albums Collection (11xCD)
The Bamboos - Fever In the Road
The Body - I Shall Die Here (vinyl)
The Meters - Look-Ka Py Py (reissue) (vinyl)
The Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (vinyl)
The Shangri-Las - Leader of the Pack (reissue) (vinyl)
The Shivas - You Make Me Wanna (7")
The Spies - The Battle of Bosworth Terrace (vinyl)
The Used - Imaginary Enemy (vinyl)
Thievery Corporation - Saudade (vinyl)
Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams (vinyl)
Tony Allen - N.E.P.A. (vinyl)
Truckfighters - Universe (vinyl)
Tuamie - House Shoes Presents: The Gift: Volume Four (vinyl)
Various Artists - Amada (vinyl)
Various Artists - Divided and United: The Songs of the Civil War (4xLP)
Various Artists - Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Brown (2xCD)
Various Artists - Punk Goes 90's Vol. 2
Various Artists - Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life
Vicki Lawrence - The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia The Complete Bell Recordings
Voices From the Lake - Velo di Maya (12")
White Hinterland - Baby (colored vinyl)
Wild Ones - Keep It Safe (vinyl)
WV White - West Virginia White (vinyl)
Young Fathers - Dead (vinyl)

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

For Immediate Release

PledgeMusic and Cleopatra Records Join Forces to Re-issue Van Morrison's The Complete 1967 Bang Sessions

The Double LP Limited Pressing in a Velvet Cover on Red Splatter Vinyl includes the colossal hit “Brown Eyed Girl”

PledgeMusic, the leading direct-to-fan company and Cleopatra Records, an independent L.A. based record label with an eclectic roster of artists, have announced a pre-order for the re-issue of the legendary album of Van Morrison, The Complete Bang Sessions. Cleopatra Records is pressing a strictly limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies of this 180 gram Red & Black Spatter vinyl in a luxurious black velvet gatefold cover, an exclusive for fans only available through PledgeMusic’s platform.

Look up the phrase “blue-eyed soul” in the dictionary and there you will find a picture of Van Morrison. But in 1967 Van Morrison was finished with the record industry, after disbanding Them and exiling himself away in Belfast. Producer Bert Berns managed to convince Van Morrison to return to the states and record for Bang. It was these early sessions which would mark the beginning of an incredibly successful career, beginning with the colossal hit “Brown Eyed Girl”. Every fan who pledges support will receive the highly collectible vinyl for The Complete Bang Sessions. Pledge at

Jayce Varden, President, North America at PledgeMusic, commented: “Van Morrison is one of the most talented artists of our time and PledgeMusic is thrilled to partner with Cleopatra Records to give his fans the rare chance to get their hands on this exclusive deluxe packaged item.”

Matt Green, Vice President of Acquisitions at Cleopatra Records added, “Cleopatra Records is proud to present Van Morrison’s smashing solo debut in a beautiful package & pressing, which a work of this caliber deserves.”


Green Day - "Waiting" 7'' (Clear Neon Green Pre-Order)

Classic Adeline release on clear neon pink or clear neon green vinyl . Featuring "Waiting" from Green Day's album Warning and an alternate version of the song "Maria".
Expected to ship around late May.  Neon green is limited to 350.

Pre-order HERE


Lions | MTNZ | 12" Vinyl 

Lions are a band whose sound could not be pigeon-holed to just one genre. Math rock influenced time signatures, melodic guitars and distinct vocals are only a few of the factors that add up to make Lions a band to get excited about.

Their debut EP 'MTNZ' has already been incredibly well received over the internet with over a thousand downloads in less than 7 months of it's digital release. After one listen to this EP it's easy to see how.

300 copies of 'MTNZ' will be pressed to 12" vinyl on two very limited colors, shipping now!

- 200 on purple/clear
- 100 on purple glitter

Order HERE


from our friends at PolyVinylRecords

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Broom 

Recorded in the attic and living room of guitarist Will Knauer's parent's home, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's debut record Broom is an expertly crafted indie pop gem that continues to be beloved by old and new fans alike.

Featuring stand-outs such as "Pangea," "Oregon Girl," "House Fire," and more, this picture disc pressing incorporates the album's artwork to add another layer of beauty to the warm, ethereal music contained within the record's grooves.

Picture Disc
◦Limited to 300 numbered copies.
◦Packaged in a sturdy, crystal clear sleeve with protective flap.

Pre-orders will ship on 04/18/2014

Pre-Order at PolyVinylRecords


news from our friends at who are launching their website on April 1st!

So who is excited for the pre-order of THE WALKING DEAD Original Soundtrack Volume 1 LP on April 1st? Here is a sneak peek of the very limited edition of zombie turntable slipmats featuring original gore-tesque artwork by artist Travis Pitts will also be available during the pre-order.


Dance/Electronica Releases To Look For On Record Store Day 2014


superb article out of the great state of virginia:

Vinyl record production getting back in the groove as demand grows for listening experience


got an extra $18,000 grand laying around? why not bid on the beatles 'butcher block' LP, up for sale on eBay (sale ends in two weeks)


Happy Birthday To The 45rpm Record

written by Robert Benson

Happy Birthday to an old friend, the 45 rpm record officially turns 65 years old today!

The 45rpm record was initially introduced in 1949 by RCA Records as a smaller, more durable replacement for the heavy 78 shellac-based records of the time. The 45 was created by RCA as a competitive move against one their rival record companies, Columbia, which had just introduced the new microgroove 33 1/3 rpm LP. The number 45 came from taking 78 and subtracting Columbia's new 33 to equal the 45. Record companies and consumers alike faced an uncertain future as to which format would survive the 78rpm or the 45rpm; in what was known as the “War of the Speeds.” In 1949 Capitol and Decca started issuing the new LP format and RCA relented and issued its first LP in January 1950. But the 45 rpm was gaining in popularity and Columbia issued its first 45s in February 1951. Soon other record companies saw the mass consumer appeal the new format allowed and by 1954 more than 200 million 45s had been sold.

So On March 31, 1949, RCA Victor released "Texarkana Baby" b/w "Bouquet of Roses" by Eddy Arnold. The first 45 to hit the Billboard charts was "A -- You're Adorable" by Perry Como, listed on the charts on May 7, 1949. The disc was made of green vinyl, part of an early plan to color-code singles according to the genre of music they featured. Others included yellow for children's songs and red for classical music. The next week, the year's biggest hit appeared on the Billboard charts -- "Riders In The Sky (A Cowboy Legend)” by Vaughn Monroe. The first 45rpm records were monaural and as stereo sound became more prevalent and popular in the 1960s, almost all 45rpm records were manufactured in stereo.  

The historical and commercial significance of the 45rpm record has varied over time, the technological developments in recorded music and according to the audience of the particular artists and musical genres. In general, 45 records were more important to the music acts who sold music to the younger audiences (mostly teenagers) who tend to have limited financial resources and shorter attention spans. That said, the golden age for the 45 was in the 1950s and 1960s in early development of rock music. They were affordable and allowed artists the freedom of releasing a single song as opposed to a whole LP. Conversely, some singles helped to launch the sales of the albums that the musicians were promoting.

The length of the songs also evolved. In the 1950s, it was common for songs to be anywhere from two to two and a half minutes long and in the 1960s; the three minute single became the norm. This length was very convenient and fit the AM radio format very well. Millions of demo records were sent out to radio stations with specific instructions as to which song was supposed to be the ‘hit single,’ although there were some DJs that played the ‘B’ sides and those songs became hits. Elvis Presley was one of the first artists to release the ‘double-sided single’, meaning that both songs would ultimately end up on the charts. The Beatles followed suit and were also one of the first recording artists to push the envelope, so to speak and commonly had songs over the three-minute norm. In fact, there are some singles that had to be edited by radio stations and shortened to fit their particular formats. Don McLean’s 1972 hit “American Pie” is an example, the single was split up into two parts on the 45. The Beatles broke new ground in 1968 with their over seven minute epic “Hey Jude.”

The sales of the 45s were recorded on the record charts in most countries in a Top 40 format and these charts were often published in magazines (Billboard), television shows (American Bandstand) and radio programs often had the Top 40 countdown shows (Casey Casem). However, the 45 rpm record can never duplicate the sales figures from when the format was in its heyday because when the 45 was at its peak, it was the way to get music to the music consumer. Today there are too many other formats competing for the music dollar.

Nowadays, they still manufacture 45 rpm records, but on a much smaller scale than decades ago. Indie bands, r&b artists and punk bands love the format; it makes the music affordable for their target audience and, after all these years, 45 rpm records are still highly sought after by record collectors. Happy Birthday to an old friend, here’s for many more!