Monday, May 19, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at EasyStreetRecords

Django Django - Late Night Tales 

"The prestigious and critically acclaimed Late Night Tales label and compilation project has been going strong for over a decade; consistently bringing us fine mixes to accompany late night adventures - whether a long midnight drive or beard plagued house party. The moniker invites guest, bands and producers to select and mix tracks for each album. This time round the task falls to Django Django, a band who made a name for themselves with the release of their eponymous debut in early 2012 and their unique, oddball take on electronically infused indie experimentations. รข€¦ The LP features versions of The Beach Boys' 'Surf's Up,' Canned Heat's 'Poor Moon,' Roy Davis Jr, big band leader James Last's 'Inner City Blues,' Nilsson's lyrically winsome 'Coconut' and other blasts from a newly street light soaked past, as well as tweaked versions of the likes of Primal Scream, Massive Attack, Outkast, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice collaboration TNGHT's 'Bugg'n' and Ramadanman's 'Bass Drums.'' - The Line of Best Fit

Get your copy at EasyStreetRecords


from our friends at MusicRecordShop

The Zombies - Live At Metropolis Studio (2 LP Set)

In January 2011 The Zombies performed a superb set to 120 enraptured guests packed into Metropolis Studios in West London. Led by founder members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, the group performed a veritable ’Best Of’ the Zombies (She’s Not There, Time Of the Season, much of Odessey & Oracle) and Argent (Hold Your Head Up) as well as Colin Blunstone’s solo work. They even gave a run out to a new Argent composition, I Do Believe, another instant classic, which subsequently appeared on their 2011studio album, Breathe Out, Breathe In. All in all it’s a forceful reminder of the sheer quality and quantity of the music these men have made since they first got together as teenagers in St. Albans

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Lemonheads - It's A Shame About Ray

On It's a Shame About Ray (1992), songwriter Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield perfected their signature style of Punk-Pop-meets-Folk-Rock. The album is a beautiful collection of sunny melodies and hooks, delivered with typical nonchalance by Dando. A smorgasbord of immediately accessible and thoroughly catchy songs, his laid-back observations of middle-class outcasts are little gems in their own right. Highlights are the heartbroken title track, "Confetti", "Bit Part In Your Life," the love letter to substances "My Drug Buddy," or the wonderful "Alison's Starting to Happen," where a girl finds herself as she discovers Punk Rock. His warm, friendly voice is offset by Juliana Hatfield's girlish harmonies, giving the songs an emotional resonance.

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available from LightInTheAttic

The Black Hippies - The Black Hippies

Pazy (real name Joseph Etinagbedia) started playing music in the Fire Flies in the city of Warri in Nigeria in 1973. The area was in the midst of an oil boom, and like most bands on that scene, the Fire Flies played American and European pop hits mixed with Jazz and Highlife for the largely expat audiences in local clubs. Along with an influx of foreigners, the oil boom also gave rise to an emerging Nigerian youth market, and soon Pazy formed the Black Hippies to play the uniquely African style of hard rock that was favored by this new audience.

They quickly found success and were appearing alongside other Warri-based artists such as Tony Grey. In short time, they came to the attention of EMI and their legendary producer Odion Iruoje, who recorded this album. By the time it was released in 1977, though, Disco and Funk were starting to take over and the hard fuzzy rock of The Black Hippies first album was somewhat behind the times. As a result, the album was barely released and is now virtually unfindable, unseen by all but a few of the most hardcore collectors. Pazy would go on to form a new line up of the Black Hippies that played mostly Reggae but this remains by far the best album.

Featuring whiplash funk drumming, searing fuzz guitar, raw vocals and that uniquely West African organ sound, The Black Hippies first album is a definitive classic of the genre.

Beautifully remastered with restored artwork, this release stands alongside our Ofege and Psychedelic Aliens releases as restored gems from a largely unknown but incredibly vital Rock scene in 70’s West Africa."

•High quality reissue of great and unbelievably rare Afro Rock Lp.
•Appeals to fans of Psych, Fuzz, African, and Funk.
•Licensed directly from Pazy (Band Leader, Lead Singer and Guitarist) .
•Includes awesome 12" × 24" poster!

Get it LightInTheAttic


The Clean - Anthology (reissue)

Anthology serves as a celebration of The Clean, a band whose influence extends so far beyond their New Zealand home that even if you have never heard of The Clean before, you have surely heard of some of the bands (Pavement, Yo La Tengo, and Superchunk, to name a few) who have been influenced by their unique blend of homemade garage rock, hook-filled melodies, and psychedelic experimentalism.

The album is a compilation of songs from across The Clean’s legendary musical career, which began in 1981 and continues today. Merge originally released the 2-CD Anthology in 2003, but in celebration of our 25th anniversary, we felt the time was right to release this essential collection on quadruple LP.

Hamish and David Kilgour formed The Clean in 1978. Hamish played drums, and David picked up a guitar and figured out how to play it as he went along. Various other folk passed through the Kilgour brothers’ orbit during the first two years or so before Robert Scott (The Bats) joined on bass. Hamish, David, and Robert all wrote songs and sang in The Clean, who made their first recordings for the renowned New Zealand label Flying Nun in 1981.

Anthology kicks off with The Clean’s call-to-arms debut “Tally Ho!”; the story of the infectious track’s $60 recording bill is now legendary. From there, it continues with the early EPs Boodle Boodle Boodle and Great Sounds Great in their entirety. The hits—“Billy Two,” “Anything Could Happen,” “Beatnik,” and “Getting Older”—and live favorites like “Point That Thing Somewhere Else” and instrumentals “Fish” and “At the Bottom” all serve up memories of the joyous noise that characterized The Clean of that time. These recordings, mostly made by the band with Chris Knox and Doug Hood at the helm of the 4-track, capture the bright, raw sound of a classic garage band.

After a brief breakup, the band recorded Vehicle, their first full-length, in 1989. Vehicle was made in three days and engineered by Alan Moulder (later to become one of the top producers of the alternative era, recording the Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, and My Bloody Valentine). The sounds of Vehicle and the two albums that followed it, Modern Rock (1994) and Unknown Country (1996), make up the bulk of discs 3 and 4 of the vinyl Anthology. The Clean used organ and other keyboards to mix bouncing pop tunes with continued experimentation.

In addition to selections from these full-length recordings, Anthology includes two songs released only on an American 7-inch and two that appeared on a bonus flexi-disc with the Modern Rock LP.

The Clean’s story is on-again/off-again purely by design. It suits the trio’s creative desires and keeps them clear of the machinery that threatened to interfere with that process from the moment they threatened to get awfully popular awfully quickly over thirty years ago. The Clean’s modern age has seen them splitting time and hemispheres: David Kilgour has a reputable solo catalog; Robert Scott has The Bats; and Hamish Kilgour has been an endearing and enduring fixture in New York City, playing with assorted combos.

Preorders and t-shirt bundles will ship to arrive on or around the release date of July 15.

Pre-Order at MergeRecords


Every Time I Die Announce New LP

Every Time I Die have announced a new album 'From Parts Unknown' slated for release on July 1 via Epitaph Records. This is a pre-order and the pressing is on purple wax and limited to 700 copies!

Pre-Order at EpitaphRecords


Check out a 30,000-plus Vinyl Record Collection

Almost a decade ago, Perth radio station 720 ABC sold its large vinyl collection to local man Brad Miocevich.  He has just completed work on a custom built new home for collection and it includes a three-story section at the back with 300 metres of shelving featuring six tonnes of glass and three tonnes of steel.  It took Miocevich and a team of assistants four months just to load all the records onto the shelves.

thumbs up from the CVR blog!


from the great state of texas:

New downtown Carrollton record store Dead Wax Records offers music goers new place to shop


vinyl still relevant in another part of the world:

Getting your groove on in Gor Gathri


super write up from spin:

Did Vinyl Really Die in the '90s? Well, Sort Of...A record manufacturing executive recently reopened the question, saying singles kept vinyl alive in the mid-'90s. The numbers are more complicated.


WEEKLY WAX: Vinyl Releases For The Week Of 5/11-5/17


LED ZEPPELIN: Video Of Unboxing Of 'Super Deluxe' Reissue Of Third Album


always liked spirit, very interesting development - now what?

Did Led Zeppelin steal “Stairway to Heaven”? Legendary band facing lawsuit from former tour mates


album cover art of the day:

Mystifier - WICCA

Wicca was originally released in the early 90s and has seen a few reissues by labels worldwide. However, for many years, the album has been out of print, until noW. The audio portion of this release was completely restored and remastered for vinyl for a warm, powerful, and visceral listen. Track listings remain as in the original release. Visually, the packaging features a special foldout insert with a photo collage and lyrics.


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