Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Blind Melon (Pre-Order) by Blind Melon

Blind Melon is the eponymous debut album by acclaimed Rock band Blind Melon, released in 1992, featuring breakthrough single “No Rain”. Fronted by singer Shannon Hoon (who can be heard doing backing vocals on Guns N Roses’ Use Your Illusion I and II) Blind Melon had a distinctive sound, influenced by Southern Rock and Psychedelic Rock.

Songs like “Soak The Sin” and “Tones Of Home” evoke Hard Rock with a funky sound; “Time” resembles Grateful Dead-style improvisational music and acoustic songs like “Change” and “No Rain” hinted at Pop and Folk influences. The band recorded the bulk of the album with producer Rick Parashar (who had produced Pearl Jam’s Ten) at London Bridge Studio in Seattle, Washington.

Blind Melon’s production is marked by the use of outdated amplifiers and other antiquated studio technology. Modern studio effects were not used in its production as the band wanted to create a pure and intimate sounding record.

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Dave Matthews Band - Remember Two Things (Pre-Order)
2. Various Artists - Garden State Soundtrack (Pre-Order)
3. Blind Melon - Blind Melon (Pre-Order)
4. Neil Young - A Letter Home
5. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
6. One Direction - Midnight Memories
7. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
8. The Mars Volta - De-loused In The Comatorium (Black Vinyl) (Pre-Order)
9. Jerry Garcia And David Grisman - Jerry Garcia And David Grisman
10. Neil Young - A Letter Home (Deluxe) (Pre-Order)



Austin, TX--- Tuesday, April 29, 2013 --- Mondo is excited to announce the release of John Williams’ iconic Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Jurassic Park, remastered for vinyl with gorgeous artwork for two packaging variations from artist JC Richard and a limited edition vinyl from artist Dan McCarthy (1,000 copies). The vinyl releases will be for sale only at on June 11, 2014.

Jurassic Park occupies a rare place in the hearts of film fans worldwide. It’s one of the few seminal films that almost everyone can recall seeing in the theater for the first time in perfect detail. It’s a movie that fires on all cylinders – from the amazing sense of adventure, a realistic world of tomorrow, awe-inspiring special effects and of course one of the greatest scores that has ever been created. "There are few films where the experience of watching the film is matched only by experience of listening to it, and Jurassic Park is one of those rare films,” said Mondo Creative Director Justin Ishmael.

Version A

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music Composed and Conducted by John Williams
Artwork by JC Richard
2XLP P pressed on 180 gram Black Vinyl, with randomly inserted Dilophosaurus variant.

Version B

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music Composed and Conducted by John Williams
Artwork by Dan McCarthy
Limited to 1,000 copies
2XLP pressed on 180 gram Amber vinyl.

The Jurassic Park vinyl soundtrack release continues Mondo’s commitment to crafting beautiful packaging for scores they love and adds to an impressive collection that now includes Poltergeist, Oblivion, Halloween, Drive, The Omen, Coraline, Paranorman and more with several releases on the horizon for 2014.

JURASSIC PARK Original Motion Picture Soundtrack List:
1) Opening Titles
2) Theme From Jurassic Park
3) Incident At Isla Nublar
4) Journey To The Island
5) The Raptor Attack
6) Hatching Baby Raptor
7) Welcome to Jurassic Park
8) My Friend, The Brachiosaurus
9) Dennis Steals The Embryo
10) A Tree For My Bed
11) High-Wire Stunts
12) Remembering Petticoat Lane
13) Jurassic Park Gate
14) Eye To Eye
15) T-Rex Rescue & Finale
16) End Credits 
About Mondo

Mondo is an art gallery and online store devoted to a passionate love of film, art and music. The company has received global recognition for bringing art back to movie poster design and has emerged as one of the leading curators of classic and contemporary film soundtracks on vinyl. Utilizing the talents of world class artists and designers, Mondo produces limited edition, screen printed posters based on film, television and comic properties, working with the leading entertainment brands including DC Comics, HBO, Marvel, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Brothers as well as filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo Del Toro, Zack Snyder, Quentin Tarantino and Edgar Wright. Based in Austin, TX, Mondo operates out of a permanent gallery space, hosting regular exhibitions featuring a blend of breathtaking original artwork and limited edition screen prints. Mondo is also recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with a full archive of film posters as part of their research library. The parent company of Mondo is Alamo Drafthouse.


from a new friend brian at Crooked Houses PR + Management


Last Fall we introduced you to Connecticut-based doom-sludge-metalcolytes Stone Titan. Decibel Magazine called their album, Scratch N' Sniff, "a mess...fucked up in all the right places." A US tour, lineup change and several bank holidays later and they're back with an all-new slab of wax for Record Store Day entitled Peace, Love & Get The Fuck Out Of My Face. The 12" features five new songs of endorphin-morphin' sonic bedlam and wall-of-fuzz guitars. Their label Safety Meeting Records has a pre-order available now and the vinyl will be available in 250 limited edition copies in random mixed colors at your favorite metal-slinging record shop!!

250 Records pressed. Random color vinyl. 12" 45 RPM. Downloads Included.  Released on Record Store Day April 19, 2014

Get a copy HERE


this lovely collectible is available via metalblade

Cattle Decapitation - Humanure (Bloody Stool Colored Vinyl)

San Diego, CA's finest purveyors of extreme metal, Cattle Decapitation, are planning a series of limited edition vinyl releases for 2014 under the banner "Decade of Decapitation", to celebrate 10 years of releases on Metal Blade Records. The band's entire Metal Blade discography: "To Serve Man" (2002), "Humanure" (2004), "Karma.Bloody.Karma" (2006), "The Harvest Floor" (2009), and "Monolith of Inhumanity" (2012) are all being prepared in lavish gatefolds for release. The colors, handpicked by the band, reflect the concept or color scheme behind each album. Fans will also have the opportunity to pick up a collectable box that comes with an exclusive T-shirt, both with brand new art from longtime Cattle Decapitation cover artist, Wes Benscoter. Additionally, "To Serve Man", the band's debut full-length, and their sophomore effort Humanure" have been remastered specially for this release. Each vinyl will be released separately in the coming months.

* Pre-Order: Expected to ship on or around May 8, 2014 *

Pre-Order at MetalBlade


another great collectible:


Andrew Jackson Jihad's new album, Christmas Island on vinyl. Choose from 3 different colored LP options. Release Date is May 6th. Also available on CD and in various bundle options. Vinyl includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.


Pre-Order HERE


Body Count's Self-Titled Debut Gets Vinyl Reissue


Pantera’s ‘Far Beyond Bootleg: Live From Donington ’94′ To Be Issued on Vinyl


The Clean's 'Anthology' Gets 4-LP Vinyl Reissue


more stats from this year's Record Store Day:

RSD 2014 is the most successful Record Store Day ever for vinyl with LP sales up 58% over the week of RSD 2013. Independent record store album sales increases by year (sales percentage increase over the prior week):

2014 (April 19, 2014): +91%
2013 (April 20, 2013): +59%
2012 (April 21, 2012): +27%
2011 (April 16, 2011): +39%
2010 (April 17, 2010): +12%
2009 (April 18, 2009): +21%
2008 (April 19, 2008): +0.4%

Read the rest at


more stats and surprising info about our beloved vinyl - from the uk:

Music buyers prefer CDs, vinyl and cassettes over the Cloud - 15% of buyers of physical formats have no intention of listening to them


Sir Peter Blake mural masterpiece unveiled at the Hall


cool video about one man's passion:

Record Rules - Brian's Record Option Open for 34 Years


from the great state of oregon:

Vinyl profile: These roommates have more vinyl than you can shake an iPod at


cool story from north of the border:

Fixture Records: No fixed address - Label keeps moving, but its two-person team’s passion hasn’t changed


out of the uk:

The record player: Going back to vinyl in 2014


Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Vinyl

1. Violator (180 Gram Vinyl) ~ Depeche Mode
2. Wolf (2LP+CD) ~ The Creator Tyler
3. Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition) ~ Led Zeppelin
4. Led Zeppelin III (Deluxe Edition) ~ Led Zeppelin
5. Everyday Robots ~ Damon Albarn
6. Happy ~ Pharrell Williams
7. Singles ~ Future Islands
8. XSCAPE ~ Michael Jackson
9. White Women ~ Chromeo
10. Under the Skin ~ Mica Levi

Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Music

1. Frozen ~ Demi Lovato
2. Shatter Me ~ Lindsey Stirling
3. Supernova ~ Ray LaMontagne
4. Disney's Karaoke Series: Frozen ~ Disney Karaoke Series
5. Duets ~ Linda Ronstadt
6. 9 Dead Alive ~ Rodrigo y Gabriela
7. Indie Cindy ~ Pixies
8. Turn Blue ~ The Black Keys
9. Most Messed Up ~ Old 97s
10. Bluesamericana ~ Keb Mo


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 4/21 - 4/27, 2014

Vinyl Top 25:
1. The Apache Relay - The Apache Relay
2. Beck - Morning Phase
3. Courtney Barnett - The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas
4. Donny Hathaway - Live At The Bitter End 1971
5. Diarrhea Planet - Aloha 7"
6. The Civil Wars - Live At Eddie's Attic
7. Bully - Milkman 7"
8. Needtobreathe - Rivers In The Wasteland
9. Margot & The Nuclear So & So's - Sling Shot To Heaven
10. Bully - Brianfreeze 7"
11. Ray Lamontagne - Trouble
12. Neil Young - A Letter Home
13. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata
14. Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out
15. Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky
16. Jerry Garcia & David Grisman - Garcia & Grisman
17. Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams
18. Real Estate - Atlas
19. St Paul & The Broken Bones - Half The City
20. Natural Child - Dancin' With Wolves
21. Diarrhea Planet - Yama-Uba 7"
22. Damien Jurado - Brothers & Sisters Of The Eternal Son
23. The Shins - Live At Third Man
24. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
25. Coldplay - Rush Of Blood To The Head


album cover art of the day:

Here’s the outrageous artwork for Mastodon’s new album, Once More ‘Round the Sun


album cover art of the day, part two:

Atomic Aggressor Reveals "Sights Of Suffering" Album Details