Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

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Superunknown by Soundgarden

In 2014, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Soundgarden’s massive album Superunknown which to date has sold 9 million albums worldwide and is certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the US.

Both a critical and commercial success, in 1994 Superunknown debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and earned the band two Grammys® for the singles “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman” in 1995. As relevant today as they were in 1994, the multi-platinum selling Soundgarden continues to be in the Top 10 most played artists on Active Rock radio and the band’s top 4 most played radio songs accumulating over 1 million in total airplay and 4 billion in total audience to date – are all from this very beloved album: “Black Hole Sun,” “Fell on Black Days,” “Spoonman” and “The Day I Tried To Live.” In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked the album as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and the 100 Greatest Albums of the Nineties.

The 20th anniversary of Superunknown is a global priority and the band is very involved in the reissue celebration. In 2014 Soundgarden is touring the US and Europe in support of this Superunknown 20th anniversary and their latest album, 2012’s King Animal – their sixth album total and their first in sixteen years - debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 and has scanned over 222,000 albums to date.

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Dazed & Confused Soundtrack by Various Artists

First time on vinyl! 20th Anniversary Green Colored Vinyl Individually numbered Limited Edition (2 LP set)

1. Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo - Rick Derringer
2. Slow Ride - Foghat
3. School's Out - Alice Cooper
4. Jim Dandy - Black Oak Arkansas
5. Tush - ZZ Top
6. Love Hurts - Nazareth
7. Stranglehold - Ted Nugent
8. Cherry Bomb - The Runaways
9. Fox On The Run - The Sweet
10. Low Rider - War
11. Tuesday's Gone - Lynyrd Skynyrd
12. Highway Star - Deep Purple
13. Rock And Roll All Night - Kiss
14. Paranoid - Black Sabbath

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Led Zeppelin I (Deluxe Edition) (On Sale)
2. Led Zeppelin II
3. Led Zeppelin I
4. Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition) (On Sale)
5. Led Zeppelin III (Deluxe Edition) (On Sale)
6. Led Zeppelin III
7. Pink Floyd - The Wall
8. Led Zeppelin I (Super Deluxe Edition Box) (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
9. Jack White - Lazaretto (Pre-Order)
10. Hans Zimmer - Batman Begins OST (Pre-Order)


Pennywise To Release "Yesterdays" On July 15 Via Vinyl

Southern California punk legends Pennywise will release their eleventh studio album, Yesterdays, on July 15 via Epitaph Records. Jim Lindberg is back as the front man, and Yesterdays includes songs written by deceased bassist, Jim Thirsk.

In their 26 years as a band, Pennywise has created a solid foundation as both a politically minded act and one of the most successful independent bands of all time. But it was not always that way. Pennywise got their start playing backyard parties in Hermosa Beach, California, without having any aspirations other than playing as many songs as they could before the police showed up. This side of Pennywise has never been captured until now, and Yesterdays sees the band putting their most nascent material in recorded form.

There have been two major changes in the Pennywise story since their last release, All or Nothing (2012). First, front man Jim Lindberg has rekindled with the band since leaving in 2009. And second, several songs featured on Yesterdays were written by deceased bass player, Jason Thirsk and have been properly recorded in the studio for the first time.

"We always wanted to go back and record these songs because later in our career we started to get more political and angry— that may have turned some people off but that's what we were feeling at the time," Lindberg explains. "In the back of our minds we knew we had these cool, old songs that were more life-affirming, it just took us 25 years to get back to it." Recorded in the band's hometown factory district which is known for its influx of rehearsal studios and surfboard repair shops, Pennywise were conscious give the tracks a hometown feel and preserve their original spirit. “We tracked the whole thing in a few days doing a couple of takes of each song so it's a really raw album in that sense."

Fans of Pennywise will recognize Yesterdays as Pennywise in their purest form. The album is a gift to fans who have supported the band since day one. Yesterdays marks a new chapter for the band, while still staying true to their roots.


WEEDEATER Reissuing Back Catalog On Vinyl

As previously announced, Season of Mist will reissue the whole back catalogue of American stoner / sludge act WEEDEATER, namely 'And Justice For Y'All', 'Sixteen Tons', 'God Luck And Good Speed', and 'Jason... The Dragon'. Originally released in 2001 and long out of print, 'And Justice For Y'All' will be made available again in a remastered version with its original cover artwork on August 29th (September 2nd in North America).



SquidHat Records is proud to announce the debut release from popular Vegas punk band, The Quitters. The LP, released on blue vinyl and limited to 500 copies, is available nationally via NAIL Distribution and internationally through PlanetWorks Enterprises.

"The Quitters energy and amazing live show have made them a favorite "night out" for all of us at the label for quite some time." said SquidHat Records President and founder, Allan Carter. "As I've watched them mature and evolve, both as performers and songwriters, I knew that the time was right to bring them into the family and help them make this incredible record."

Hailing from Las Vegas, NV, The Quitters, featuring Marc (lead Vocals/bass), Micah (drums/vocals), Tommy (lead guitar/vocals) and Randy (guitar/vocals) met in their high school Jazz band and played their first show on July 20th, 2004. Since then they have been named "Best Punk Rock Band" by Vegas Rocks Magazine in 2011, and have developed a large, loyal following through tireless dedication, relentless touring and a high-speed, energetic live show that can't help but prompt an old-school mosh pit.

The Quitters play progressive, aggressive, obnoxious punk rock filtered through rock, jazz and latin influences and sustained by a relentless hardcore punk energy. Their style is as unique as it is frenzied and they push beyond the typical 4 chord progression of traditional punk music. Each song incorporates an element of adopted style, something they haven't done before, to make the music approachable but also complex. In the typically repetitive genre of modern punk The Quitters pride themselves on breaking the mold while holding on to the ideal and influences of their punk past.

With such diverse influences as Refused, Bad Religion, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Bronx, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta, Green Day, Offspring, MGMT and Dillinger Escape Plan their powerful sound punches you in the face with lightning-fast drumming, shredding guitar and bass and frantic high-energy vocals.

The Quitters indie label debut will be released on July 8, 2014, by SquidHat Records, with extensive tour support to follow. Halfway between hipster and hardcore these Quitters won't be quitting anytime soon.

About SquidHat Records

SquidHat Records is an artist friendly, independent record label and multi-media company created to help talented, interesting, creative and passionate artists record and promote their music or performances, develop their brand and image, and increase their exposure to a larger audience. Ourfocus includes, but is not limited to, the Punk Rock,Aggressive Indie and Subculture scenes.


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1. Led Zeppelin III (Deluxe Edition Remastered)
2. Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition Remastered)
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4. Led Zeppelin III (Remastered Original Vinyl)
5. Led Zeppelin II (Remastered Original Vinyl)
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3. Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe CD Edition)
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6. Frozen 2 Disc Deluxe Edition Soundtrack ~ Demi Lovato
7. Turn Blue ~ The Black Keys
8. If/Then: A New Musical ~ Idina Menzel
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10. Lazaretto ~ Jack White


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