Monday, June 16, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at NewOnVinyl


Kingdom Come is the debut album by Hard Rock band Kingdom Come. The band formed in 1987 and released the self titled album in 1988. Produced by Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and Metallica) and Kingdom Come front man Lenny Wolf, the album went Gold the day it was shipped and reached Number 12 on the Billboard 200 Album Charts.

The band’s first single “Get It On” was the most requested song for 6 weeks on AOR radio stations. The second single for the power ballad “What Love Can Be” received much airplay on radio and music television. By the time the third single “Loving You” was released, the album had reached Platinum status in the United States, Germany and Canada, among other territories. The band was part of the North American Monsters of Rock tour in 1988 with bands like Dokken, Scorpions, Metallica and Van Halen.

The first 500 copies of the Music On Vinyl reissue are individually numbered and pressed on purple vinyl!

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Does This Look Infected? is the second studio album by Sum 41. It was released on November 26, 2002 on Island Records. Even though there is relatively little profanity on the album, it is the only Sum 41 album with aparental advisory sticker on it. Both an explicit version and a clean version were released.

Single 180gr. Includes two bonus tracks and pressed on limited edition Clear vinyl. Housed in a gatefold jacket and includes an 11 x 22 insert.

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Previously unreleased broadcast of the seminal free concert at Seattle's Pier 48 in September 1993. Also included is a second Nirvana broadcast of the band's show at The Palace, in Melbourne, Australia on 2nd February, 1992, with Nirvana showcasing much of what was then their new album, Nevermind. Finally an additional four tracks from the two appearances Nirvana made on legendary American sketch show "Saturday Night Live" are also made available

180 gram by Let Them Eat Vinyl. Double LP on Blue vinyl.

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180-Gram LPs Available September 8th 2014, Individually and in a Limited 14-LP Boxed Edition with Hardbound Book 

The Beatles in mono:  This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format.  Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary.  On September 8 (September 9 in North America), The Beatles’ nine U.K. albums, the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour, and the Mono Masters collection of non-album tracks will be released in mono on 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork.  Newly mastered from the analogue master tapes, each album will be available both individually and within a lavish, limited 14-LP boxed edition, The Beatles In Mono, which also includes a 108-page hardbound book.

In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles’ acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz.  While The Beatles In Mono CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology.  Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers.

Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles’ albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s.  Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.

Manufactured for the world at Optimal Media in Germany, The Beatles’ albums are presented in their original glory, both sonically and in their packaging. The boxed collection’s exclusive 12-inch by 12-inch hardbound book features new essays and a detailed history of the mastering process by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett.  The book is illustrated with many rare studio photos of The Beatles, fascinating archive documents, and articles and advertisements sourced from 1960s publications.

The Beatles In Mono:  Available individually and collected in a limited 14-LP boxed edition, accompanied by an exclusive 108-page hardbound book.

 Please Please Me
 With The Beatles
 A Hard Day's Night
 Beatles For Sale
 Rubber Soul
 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
 Magical Mystery Tour
 The Beatles (2-LP)
 Mono Masters (3-LP)


from our friends at Relapse

Mortals - Cursed to See the Future 

Cursed To See The Future is the debut LP by NYC power trio MORTALS.  MORTALS debut is a blackened slab of heavy metal full of filthy riffs, grooves and growls equal parts High On Fire and Darkthrone propelled by the guitarwork of Elizabeth Cline and the vox of Lesley Wolf.  Having spent the past 2 years criss-crossing the country demolishing clubs and building a rabid grass roots fanbase, the world should prepare for the one of the heaviest debut LPs in recent memory.

Pressing Info: 
First Press
1000 x White Standard Gram
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

***The first 50 LP orders will receive a bonus 12" x 12" hand silk screened, hand numbered cover art screen print by artist Mike Lawrence.  All LPs include a free digital download of the entire album***

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from our friends at Sundazed

Moby Grape - Moby Grape '69  

Moby Grape followed the expansiveness of 1968’s Wow with an unadorned, back-to-basics sound on this, their fourth long-player. Bob Mosley’s understated vocal makes the ballad “It’s a Beautiful Day Today” one of the great Grape tracks, Peter Lewis’ stately “I Am Not Willing” is still a stunner and “Trucking Man” and “Ooh Mama Ooh” show that nobody could rock a shuffle like guitarist Jerry Miller and company. Most of ’69 was recorded as a quartet, with Skip Spence having just left the band. His parting gift, “Seeing,” is an alternately tender and tough tab of psychedelia that prefigures his rightly touted solo album, Oar.

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Paper Garden - Paper Garden 

Sgt. Pepper taught a lot of bands to play in 1967, including New York’s Paper Garden, whose absorption of the Fab Four’s Summer of Love statement came out on Musicor Records the following year. What Paper Garden can’t match in terms of the Beatles’ sophistication they make up for in ambition, as exhibited on the harpsichord-enhanced pop genius of “Lady’s Man,” orchestrated gems like “Way Up High,” the fuzz-pop-psych of “I Hide,” and Eastern grooves on “Man Do You” and “Raining.” With influences of the early Bee Gees and Brill Building pop also shading the proceedings, the album’s kaleidoscopic essence permeates every note — right down to the ultra-cool color-burst cover likely drawn under a pseudonym by Australian artist Martin Sharp of Disraeli Gears fame. That brilliant art can be viewed again in its full-size glory on this beautiful RTI 180 gram vinyl edition, mastered from the original Musicor reels by Bob Irwin.

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Pre-Order White Reaper 

From the increasingly fertile DIY scene of Louisville, KY, emerges White Reaper – an incandescent power trio who is ready and willing to blow out eardrums far and wide.

The band – formed by Tony Esposito (vocals/guitar) and twin brothers Nick (drums) and Sam Wilkerson (bass) -- combines sparkling hooks and fluid, fluttering rhythms to create psychedelia-tinged garage punk that make heads bob without sacrificing an ounce of sonic bite.

Having cut their teeth playing a number of raucous local and regional shows that left everyone's ears ringing and no pores devoid of sweat, the group is ready to unleash their eponymous debut EP -- a six-song blitzkrieg that traces the band's present and future. While dingy and jangly single "Conspirator" scratches the itch left behind by Jay Reatard, infectious stand outs "Cool" and “Funn” will undoubtedly make the ears of the Ty Segall/Oh Sees sect perk up.

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FORCE OF DARKNESS - Darkness Revelation 

Once again, HELLS HEADBANGERS presses a modern underground gem onto the unholiest of formats, vinyl: FORCE OF DARKNESS' nuclear-powered second album, Darkness Revelation! Formed in 2002 in cult metal hotbed Chile, FORCE OF DARKNESS have been patiently perfecting their craft across a number of splits and demos, but it was 2010's Darkness Revelation where the power-trio really came into their own. On one hand, the influences across Darkness Revelation are clear as day - classic Sarcofago, Kreator, Vulcano, and Sodom, all 1986 vintage - but on the other, more important hand, FORCE OF DARKNESS know how to blacken the night with absolutely feral execution and immediately memorable songs brimming with everything that makes black/death so timeless. And at a lean 'n' mean 45 minutes, it's the perfect length to get in, get out, and DESTROY everything in its path. Now for the first time on vinyl LP and available again on CD, witness Darkness Revelation!

OUT NOW ON HELLS HEADBANGERS: Pressed on traditional black vinyl and purple vinyl with black splatter.

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Sneeze - Wilt  

Boston-based trio Sneeze are back with their sophomore album, Wilt. Taking their signature neo-grunge dynamics to a more mature and cohesive tone than its predecessor I Am Going To Kill Myself, which was released on the band’s own label Midnight Werewolf in 2012. In this material the band explores the same depths and caliber in what you would find in the likes of Nirvana’s Nevermind. Still storming out of the gates with that disheveled and anguished exterior but also piggybacking a profusion of emotions that hold enormous weight. Warm, heavy but also sustaining that pop sensibility. Which only a few can execute that combination correctly.

Recorded on November 15th with Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab (Dinosaur Jr., California X, Sonic Youth). Artwork and layout by John Jr of Dark Arts Doom Crew. Limited 12″ vinyl comes with digital download of album.

 100 Opaque Blue
 400 Opaque Black

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Old Wounds - From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest 

On From Where We Came…, these young bucks from New Jersey breathe new life into the crushing, exhilarating vibe once wielded by bands like Turmoil, Disembodied, Indecision, and Buried Alive. A trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Kevin Iavaroni, guitarist/vocalist Zak Kessler, and drummer Brandon Gallagher, the under-21 crew seek to revitalize the metallic hardcore scene that boomed before their time — but this is no mere retro action, this is pure passion. Recorded at Developing Nations in Baltimore, Maryland by Kevin Bernsten (Full Of Hell, Pulling Teeth, Magrudergrind) and mastered by Dan Randal at Mammoth Sound. Comes with digital download card.

 50 Opaque Black (test press / “pre-press” edition)
 100 Opaque Black
 150 Opaque “Mint” Green
 250 Opaque Pink

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Bent Shapes - Feels Weird

Bent Shapes is Andy Sadoway, Ben Potrykus, and Supriya Gunda. Since forming under the name Girlfriends in 2009, the Boston trio has released a string of cassettes and 7”s full of fuzzy garage, frantic jangle pop, and scrappy post-punk on various labels (including band members’ own imprints). The band’s myriad of influences reference touchstones like Josef K, The Feelies, Jonathan Richman, Billy Childish, and The Fall.

Vinyl orders come with a digital download & 11x17 poster.

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from the land down under:

Gotye, Stiff Gins and Urthboy: captured on wax cylinder - Before ipods, before vinyl records, in fact before the turn of the 20th century, wax-cylinder recordings on an Edison phonograph were the state of the art recorded music.


Watch the Black Keys Shop for Vinyl, Talk Alphabetizing Their Parents’ Collections on CBS News


DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist Take Afrika Bambaataa's Record Collection on Tour


WEEKLY WAX: Vinyl Releases For The Week Of 6/8-6/14


Wire set to reissue unorthodox live album Document and Eyewitness on Vinyl


album cover art of the day:

Details On New Album "Devil Seed" Revealed By Wolf