Friday, June 13, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

upcoming releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


The Time Machine (1999) is the third solo release by Alan Parsons and features guest vocals by Tony Hadley (of Spandau Ballet), Colin Blunstone, Máire Brennan (of Clannad )and Beverly Craven. The concept of the album revolves around time travelling and memory of the past.

The album contains a locked groove, after which a bonus track will appear: The Dr. Evil edit of "The Time Machine" features the voice of Mike Myers from the second Austin Powers movie, The Spy Who Shagged Me, in which The Alan Parsons Project is mentioned.

The amazing looking artwork was re-created for this vinyl edition by none other than Peter Curzon of Storm Studios. This is the first vinyl issue of this essential Alan Parsons album!
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold & printed innersleeves
  • Exclusive artwork created by Peter Curzon, Storm Studios
  • First pressing of 1000 numbered copies on transparent vinyl
  • Available on vinyl for the first time!


This is the soundtrack to the documentary I Piaceri Proibiti by Piero Umiliani. Umiliani was born in Florence, Tuscany. Like many of his Italian colleagues at that time, he composed the scores for many exploitation films in the 1960s and 1970s, covering genres such as spaghetti western, Eurospy, and Giallo.

Although not as widely regarded as, for example, Ennio Morricone or Riz Ortolani, he helped form the style of the typical European 1960s and 1970s jazz influenced film soundtrack, that later experienced a revival in films such as Kill Bill and "Crepuscolo Sul Mare" in Ocean's Twelve.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Printed innersleeve
  • First pressing available as limited edition of 500 numbered copies on blue vinyl


Mike Rosenberg has been busking and serenading bar patrons as Passenger since he dropped out of high school at 17. He's traveled across Europe and released a slew of independent albums, and now, following the sudden success of his somber folk tune, "Let Her Go," the Brighton, U.K. singer-songwriter will release his new album, Whispers on June 9th.

Passenger debuting the lead single "Scare Away the Dark" on The Tonight Show on Friday, March 28th 2014. Passenger recorded Whispers' 11 songs in Sydney with co-producer Chris Vallejo. While the album grapples with real and fictional tales of death, love and aging, Rosenberg calls Whispers "easily the most 'up' album I've ever made." The title track, in particular, finds Rosenberg grappling with his inner turmoil as "Let Her Go" took off. After picking up a co-sign from, and opening gigs with, Ed Sheeran, Passenger went on to sell 1 million copies of the song last October and more than 2.5 million copies overall, while the video captured more than 155 million views on YouTube.

Note. This album is not available in the UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Printed innersleeves
  • Includes acoustic bonus LP
  • Includes download code (incl. acoustic tracks)
  • Brand new album!


In 1979, after the release of his album Recent Songs [MOVLP311], Cohen set out on an international concert tour accompanied by members of the Austin-based Jazz-Rock group Passenger; Field Commander Cohen was compiled in 2000 from recordings of the 1979 tour, and it presents an especially strong argument for Cohen's gifts as a musician.

This is the first ever vinyl release of these live recordings at London's Hammersmith Odeon and  Brighton's Dome Theatre. This may well be Cohen's best set of recorded performances as a singer, and having Jennifer Warnes and Sharon Robinson on hand as duet partners is especially rich icing on the cake. While the musicians take care to never intrude upon the songs, they play beautifully, with remarkable taste and skill; they bring out the nuances of these songs with a sure but gentle hand.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • Includes insert with song lyrics
  • Available on vinyl for the first time!


Originally released in 1965 and produced by Jazz great Teo Macero, this Hard Bop album by Thelonious Monk is an essential part of Monk fans, and rightfully belongs in any Jazz collection for that matter.

Misterioso (Recorded On Tour) contains 8 powerful live performances at venues such as Brandeis University, Lincoln Center and The Village Gate in New York and the Newport Jazz Festival during the early Sixties, when Jazz was pushed into further directions.

This album features Thelonious Monk on piano, Larry Gales and Butch Warren on double bass, Ben Riley and Frankie Dunlop on drums and longtime Monk band member Charlie Rouse on tenor sax.  180 gram audiophile vinyl


For his appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival on July 5, 1958, Charles pulled out all the stops, performing raucous versions of "The Right Time", his massive hit "I Got A Woman" and "Talkin' 'Bout You". Featuring (a.o.) Bennie Crawford on baritone sax, David "Fathead" Newman on tenor sax and the Raylettes on backing vocals, the band is really on fire. The detailed liner notes on the album were written by Kenneth Lee Karpe.   180 gram audiophile vinyl


RADIO MOSCOW - The Great Escape Of Leslie Magnafuzz - LTD. GATEFOLD EDITION on PINK Vinyl (mailorder exclusive)- LP

The album art is a throwback to the psychedelic covers of the late sixties/early seventies, and instead of being minimalist, as is the norm these days, the album is a super-sized, gatefold edition that's a trip in itself! The pink vinyl pressing is a MAILORDER EXCLUSIVE ltd. to 300 copies!

Available at the BompStore


Different than the first pressing, this one is in blues. The album includes their first 1998 single, as well as never-heard before recordings, all carefully remastered. (this pressing is the vinyl only and does not include the poster, liners)

Available at the BompStore


Vol. 5 in the ongoing series - Worldwide Hypnotic Dream Psychedelia 0005.  Tracks: Side A: 1: POPPY FAMILY - Free From The City 2: SHAKERS - Who's Gonna Buy (These Wonderful Evils) 3: CRYSTAL RAIN - Hey Ma Ma 4: CRYSTAL BALL - Trans-Love Airways (Fat Angel) 5: JIGSAW - Tumblin' 6: TOM DAE TURNED ON - I Shall Walk 7: PEPPER & THE SHAKERS - Semi-Psychedelic (It Is). Side B: 1: COLD SUN - South Texas 2: COLD SUN - For Ever 3: HUMAN ZOO - The Time Was Over 4: HUMAN ZOO - I Don't Care No More 5: HUMAN ZOO - Human Zoo.

Available at the BompStore


Wye Oak - Shriek

Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak have spent most of their lives in Baltimore, Maryland. But after two years of constant touring with Civilian, their highly lauded 2011 album, they landed on opposite sides of the country with an unforeseeable future ahead. Despite this newfound uncertainty, the two bandmates embraced their physical distance, passing ideas back and forth, allowing new work to evolve in their respective solitudes. Shriek is Wye Oak’s fourth full-length and the culmination of their intent to express the emotional and intuitive self by acting out animalistic exclamations through cathartic release. It is their most personal and confident declaration yet.

Newly inspired by playing bass, Jenn took up songwriting in a setting where the guitar did not dictate harmonic boundaries or require a call-and-response relationship with her voice, a hallmark of previous Wye Oak records. With her phrasing freed, now it is often Andy who interacts with Jenn’s vocals, playing syncopated and meditative keyboard parts, and the duo’s collaborative arrangements provide a backdrop in which both the arcs of melodies and the new rhythmic elements flourish.

To engineer, mix, and co-produce, they brought in Nicolas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, whose inventive and forward-thinking approaches to production complemented their new direction. The result is a record of indisputable humanity. Shriek is a complete narrative of disorientation, loss, renewal, and empowerment.

Bundles include an exclusive Wye Oak t-shirt only available in the Merge webstore. T-shirts feature black ink printed on platinum Royal Apparel t-shirts (Made in USA).

Available at MergeRecords


Announcing: Sleeping Bag "Deep Sleep" LP

We are pleased to inform you that our boys Sleeping Bag have a new album! On their third LP, cleverly titled Deep Sleep, Dave Segedy has taken the band into heavier, more epic territory. The jangling guitars and fun whistle choruses are gone; obliterated in a full-on fuzz-guitar assault. Segedy's signature pop songwriting style is still in full effect, but compared to the sunny disposition of the previous records "Deep Sleep" sounds downright tuff. Drenched in distortion & reverb, the album culminates with the nine-minute closer which is equal parts My Bloody Valentine & Weezer "Only In Dreams". It's quite an affair.

"Deep Sleep" will be released August 19th, and is now available for pre-order! The limited edition vinyl pictured above is hand-numbered out of just 500 copies on Kelly Green & Aqua Blue "A-side/B-side" vinyl. All purchases include MP3 and WAV download.

...and as a special treat...
 Ltd. advanced flexi-disc FREE to the first people who order!

Yep, the first to order "Deep Sleep" will receive this limited edition flexi disc at no extra charge. Hand-numbered out of 250 copies, this green flexi features two tracks from the new Sleeping Bag album, which will be shipped to you 8 weeks before the album is released. So you'll be the first to hear these new Sleeping Bag songs, long before they reach the masses. All you have to do is pre-order Deep Sleep on green/blue vinyl and the flexi will be automatically added to your cart

Available from JoyfulNoiseRecordings


from our friends at OmnivoreRecordings

Camper Van Beethoven - Key Lime Pie

Reissued on CD and 180-gram 2-LP with 9 bonus tracks added to CD and Closing Theme added to LP!

Camper Van Beethoven signed with Virgin Records in 1988 and delivered a record that defied those who thought the band might “sell out.” The band returned the following year with what most deem their masterpiece—Key Lime Pie.

Omnivore Recordings is excited to reissue Camper Van Beethoven’s Virgin Records output, including 1989’s classic, Key Lime Pie.

Once again produced by Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Counting Crows), Key Lime Pie continued the journey into the world of CVB, but with higher production value and sound than had been heard before. From a track about Jack Ruby to a cover of Status Quo’s “Pictures Of Matchstick Men”, Key Lime Pie was a slice above the rest and a fitting dessert for the 1980s.

This reissue finds nine bonus tracks on the CD. The nearly hour-long album was originally pressed on one LP, but Omnivore has expanded it to two LPs (for better sound) and added a bonus track to Side 4.

Both CD and LP include new liners and photos. Presented as they should be, they will delight fans and educate those who have only read about the importance of this record.

Key Lime Pie is both sweet and tart, but Key Lime Pie is an essential component to any musical meal.

Order at OmnivoreRecordings


from our friends at Relapse

Pre-Order Columns 'Please Explode' From Relapse

Please Explode is the debut full-length from North Carolina's sick and twisted death/grinders COLUMNS.  Featuring former members of cult Relapse grinders Hemdale plus current and former members of renowned death metal bands Wretched, Vehemence and Glass Casket, COLUMNS blast and shred their way through 16 tracks of premium Southern grindcore, marinated in a blistering bowl of death metal.

These seasoned extreme metal vets seamlessly fuse together rabid vocals and tongue-in-cheek, deviant lyrics with a cacophony of break-neck bursts full of many twists and turns.  This is grindcore that is both obscene and extreme.

Pressing Info: 
First Press 
500 x Black Standard Gram 
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

Order at Relapse


Cynic - The Portal Tapes - DOUBLE LP Gatefold

Limited to 1,000 copies worldwide! The US band is finally presenting an official release of their famed and reverently discussed Portal tapes! After splitting up, CYNIC members Paul Masvidal, Sean Reinert and Jason Gobel formed the short-lived project PORTAL together with Chris Kringel on bass and stunning vocalist Aruna Abrams. Aruna’s beautiful and haunting voice combined with Paul’s clean vocals is the perfect fit for these laid back and subtle songs that have more in common with the sound of PORCUPINE TREE and THE GATHERING than their original Progressive Death Metal roots. This genre was shaped by CYNIC’s full-length debut “Focus” (1993). Yet since their reunion in 2006, CYNIC have moved via the Progressive Metal of their highly acclaimed second album “Traced in Air” (2008) towards ever more open soundscapes combining many stylistic influences. With “The Portal Tapes” the missing link in CYNIC’s evolution is now available, but in very limited quantities!

Order HERE


Seth Walker - Sky Still Blue

Revered roots music troubadour Seth Walker recently took up residency in New Orleans. Upon his relocation the Big Easy, the North Carolina-native completed a trifecta for time spent living in hallowed southern music cities. His journey began in Austin where he fast became a staple of the Texas blues scene. He’d later relocate to Nashville to absorb its rich songwriting history. Clearly, however, it is the influence of his current home in NOLA that inspired the gospel-soaked fervor and gritty guitar burn at the core of his latest album, Sky Still Blue.

Abetted by producer Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers), Walker revels in the devil-on-my-trail gristle and longing blue notes that make songs like “Trouble,” “High Wire” and “Easy Come, Easy Go” resonate so convincingly. Yet, as Walker’s fans have come to expect, there’s always a sweet melody, a turn of phrase wrapped in a wink-and-a-smile or an undeniable pop hook close at hand.

Sky Still Blue is a masterful work conveyed through Walker’s expressive, soul-burnished voice, agile guitar artistry and impeccable southern songwriting, all of which have garnered him a reputation as one of the most acclaimed modern roots artists in the country over the last decade.  LP comes with MP3 Download Code

Available from RoyalPotatoFamily


Cyanide Pills - Live 'n' Nasty In Frankfurt (TRANSPARENT GREEN VINYL)

Cyanide Pills recorded live in Frankfurt!  Limited edition 10” coloured vinyl LP!

This was recorded in Frankfurt when they supported punk legends The Addicts.

Features 100 MPH versions of their singles 'Suicide Bomber,' 'Where Did It Go,' 'Conquer The World, 'Up Against The Wall' & more!

Buy at DamagedGoods


Rosemary’s Baby Soundtrack Available From WaxWorksRecords

The definitive release of the iconic 1968 film score by Christopher Komeda

Re-mastered from the original master tapes

Pressed on 180 gram clear vinyl, black with burgundy haze, and special double sided / colored vinyl (Blue and Deep Red)

The first 200 customers will receive the very special super variant presented in a never-before created vinyl effect: An independently double colored / sided record. SIDE A features a baby blue marble and SIDE B features a deep blood red marble. This special variant is a solid 12? LP and weighs in at 200 grams. This record is a first of it’s kind.

Includes a 12” x 12” art print  Artwork by Jay Shaw

Get it WaxworkRecords

'Friday the 13th' Score Gets Vinyl Release Through Waxworks

Waxworks Records is prepping a full vinyl OST release of Friday The 13th 1980 featuring the spectacular work of legendary composer Harry Manfredini. His talents are responsible for the one of the most iconic Horror scores in film history. With a release of the album coming soon for fans to purchase and today being a Friday The 13th, Waxworks has released the full album cover artwork for the soundtrack. Jay Shaw has created this great cover art with a fitting look into the eye of terror and Camp Crystal Lake. There is not a set release date as of yet, but we expect that announcement to come very soon.


from our friends at SlyVinyl

Bleachers – Strange Desire // Limited to 1000 Transparent Orange Vinyl LP
Bleachers – Strange Desire // Limited to 1000 Transparent Orange Vinyl LP

Various Artists – From The Reels – A NoCorner Collection // Limited to 500 Black Vinyl 3xLP + Fluorescent Yellow Vinyl 7"
Various Artists – From The Reels – A NoCorner Collection // Limited to 500 Black Vinyl 3xLP + Fluorescent Yellow Vinyl 7"


Vinyl Records Excavated at Famous ’60s Commune Challenge ‘Hippie’ Stereotype, Study Says


Disc Makers re-opens vinyl pressing plant


The Sugarbush records story: How Tunbridge Wells became the capital of rare Sixties pop


Why Indie Legend Amoeba Music Struck a Deal With Urban Outfitters


5 Albums That Sound Better On Vinyl


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Allman Brothers Band to Release The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings Box Set


Harald Grosskopf's First Two Albums Get Remastered and Reissued


The History of ‘My Sharona’ – How One Song Doomed the Knack


Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson To Release ‘Thick as a Brick’ Live Set


25 Fashionable Moments in Album Cover Art


The Viking of 6th Avenue

For the past two years Holly Elson has been researching and shooting interviews for a feature-length documentary entitled The Viking of 6th Avenue. The film will tell the colorful story of legendary blind musician Moondog, and uncover the motivations of a man determined not only to create original music but to live a truly original life. The Viking of 6th Avenue will contain a wealth of never before seen archival film/photos, home movies and rare audio recordings, as well as unique interviews with Moondog’s friends, family, collaborators and musicians who cite him as an influence including Jarvis Cocker, John Zorn, Debbie Harry, Damon Albarn, Philip Glass and many more. In hopes of completing the film within the year, the filmmakers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds.

The funding of this campaign is essential to enable us to finance the filming of important interviews with Moondog’s friends, family and collaborators in the US, UK and Germany; to shoot in the locations where Moondog lived and worked, and to license the beautiful archival footage and photographs that we have unearthed.

The Kickstarter campaign will end on June 26.

Visit KickStarter for more information


our friends at SoundStageDirect are doing Father's Day right!

Coupon Code: LP10 
Sale ends 6/16/14 11:59 PM EST 
Cannot be combined with any other offers 
Cannot be applied to previous orders 
"On Sale," Bends, and titles marked "This title is not eligible for discount" excluded. 
Some audio equipment not eligible for discount, please call for details (1-877-929-8729)


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