Friday, June 20, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

upcoming releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


Indigos is a seminal Jazz album by big band superstar Duke Ellington, originally released in 1958. Ellington chose a set of easy listening ballads to be performed by his ace Big Band, putting less emphasis on the uptempo and danceable Swing the group was revered for.

Behind Ellington on piano, you'll hear a marvelous band including Paul Gonsalves on tenor sax, Shorty Baker on trumpet, Ray Nance on violin, Johnny Hodges on alto sax and Harry Carney on baritone sax, all being put in the solo spotlight on every song of this record.

This stereo reissue features the mono version of "The Sky Fell Down", thus featuring the original 1958 track listing, exactly as it was intended more than half a century ago. A timeless classic!
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Stereo edition
  • Includes mono version of "The Sky Fell Down"


Rare Groove enthusiasts worldwide will welcome the first ever vinyl release of this essential Casey & The Pressure Group compilation, sometimes referred to as the Dutch equivalent of Booker T & the MG's. A selection of tracks from the albums The Beast And I (1967), Powerhouse (1970), Lazybones (1970) and Memphis Revisited (1972) are featured here on 180 gram vinyl, including a download code.

Casey's influence on Dutch Pop music history cannot be underestimated, having featured on 2800 (!) recordings. Organist and keyboardist Cees Schrama rose to fame in the late Sixties as a session man for various Dutch international stars like Shocking Blue (that's his catchy piano-lick on the 1970 U.S. chart topper "Venus"), he played keys on several early Golden Earring tracks as well as Mouth & MacNeal's "How Do You Do", which reached the American top ten in 1972. The renowned Nederbeat movement, with acts like The Shoes, The Haigs, Sandy Coast, Earth & Fire and many others (check out the Dutch Rare Masters compilation on a double 10" [MOV10010]) all used Schrama as a session man.

He was also doing his own thing with his combo Casey & The Pressure Group. On his first solo-album The Beast And I (1967) he was billed as Crazy Casey, with The Golden Earrings as his session men. After many years in the Pop music business he slowly but surely managed to return to his first and greatest love: Jazz music! Dutch broadcasting company VARA asked Schrama to assemble a hip and swinging orchestra. Schrama came up with Casey & The Funky Eight, including the horns that also played on his Powerhouse (1970) album. Schrama also became the host of music RTV programme TROS Sesjun for 32 years, the longest running live Jazz show in the world!
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Insert  with liner notes written by Sjeng Stokkink
  • Includes download code
  • Brand new compilation on vinyl!


Costello Music is the debut album by Scottish indie rock band The Fratellis. Originally released in 2006, the album was a great commercial success. The album had five single releases  of which "Chelsea Dagger" was the most successful one. It peaked at #5 in the UK and #4 in the Netherlands. The album also performed very well in the album charts, peaking at #2 in the UK Albums Chart and spending 83 weeks in the Top 100. As a result of the international success the band toured extensively, playing shows in Europe, the United States and Japan. In 2007 the band won the BRIT award for Best British Breakthrough Act.

The beautiful re-issue of this much requested vinyl release is pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl, with the first 2000 copies being individually numbered and pressed on dark green transparent vinyl.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Insert
  • First pressing of 2000 numbered copies on dark green transparent vinyl


Originally released in 1990, two generations of leading and groundbreaking guitarists combined their efforts to create this legendary album. American Country music legend Chet Atkins and British singer-songwriter, guitarist and Dire Straits front man Mark Knopfler joined forces to produce the wonderful album Neck And Neck.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Includes 2 Grammy Award winning tracks


The Juliet Letters is the 14th studio album by singer and songwriter Elvis Costello. Originally released in 1993, the critically acclaimed album peaked at No. 18 on the UK album chart.

The entire instrumental backing for The Juliet Letters is provided by The Brodsky String Quartet. Costello had become interested in classical music around the time of Spike and began attending classical concerts. One of the ensembles he enjoyed most was the Brodsky Quartet. Once Costello and the Brodskies got to know each other, they were keen on working together, eventually resulting in a full length album.

Costello described The Juliet Letters as "a song sequence for string quartet and voice and it has a title. It's a little bit different. It's not a Rock opera. It's a new thing." This long out of print and much requested vinyl release is now re-issued on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Insert


Gettin' Ready (1966) by The Temptations marked the transition of the group from having Smokey Robinson as its main producer, with new producer Norman Whitfield taking over Robinson's position. On the instrumentation you'll hear the marvelous Funk Brothers, with their defining Motown sound.

Two #1 R&B hit singles, one from each producer, are included: "Get Ready" from Robinson with Eddie Kendricks on lead, and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" from Whitfield with David Ruffin on lead. Also included is the original version of "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby", which would be rerecorded as a hit for Marvin Gaye in 1969.

The Music On Vinyl edition contains two bonus tracks on Side Two: "Give It Up" & "The Man Who Don't Believe In Love", a track originally penned by Marv Johnson.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Includes 2 bonus tracks: "Give It Up" & "The Man Who Don't Believe In Love"


Wicked Pickett (1966) is a fabulous Soul album, done when Pickett was in the midst of his best period at Atlantic. The album has everything - great songs, wonderful production and arrangements, and a hungry, galvanizing Wilson Pickett hollering, screaming, shouting, and soaring on anything he covered, from ballads to uptempo dance and midtempo wailers.

Containing the hits "Mustang Sally", "Sunny", Dan Penn's "You Left The Water Running"and the classic "Knock On Wood", this is a must have album for everyone with a craving for Soul, Soul, and more Soul!  On 180 gram audiophile vinyl


Zapp (also known as the Zapp Band or Zapp and Roger) is undoubtedly the most influential group in the Electro sub-genre of Funk. The group received attention in the early 1980s for implementing heavy use of the talk-box, which became one of their most well known characteristics. Zapp served as partial inspiration toward the creation of the G-Funk sound of Hip Hop popular on the West Coast of the United States in the early to mid 1990s, with many of their songs sampled by numerous Hip Hop artists, most notably Dr. Dre.

The original line-up consisted of four brothers—Roger Troutman, Larry Troutman, Lester Troutman and Terry Troutman—and non-Troutman family members Bobby Glover and Gregory Jackson. During their early stages, they worked closely with members George Clinton and Bootsy Collins of the seminal Funkateers of Parliament-Funkadelic. Their debut album I was released in 1980, having a P-funk reminiscent sound as a result of Clinton's and Collin's input on the production.

Zapp achieved most of its mainstream recognition from the single "More Bounce To The Ounce" from the same album, now widely regarded as a classic example of early 1980s electronic Funk. The single propelled the album to Gold status almost overnight.   On 180 gram audiophile vinyl


Circle Jerks - Wild In The Streets - Vinyl Record (150 Gram Color or 200 Gram Black)

The litany of SoCal hardcore classics continues at Drastic Plastic Records with the reissue of one of the all time greats: Wild in the Streets by the Circle Jerks. The Circle Jerks have come to typify the last great youth movement in America: The hardcore punk movement of the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Wild in the Streets, the band’s second album, is the Jerks in classic form: poignant, political, sarcastic and raunchy. And the cover features a gang of youths led by none other than Mike Ness, of Social Distortion. Wild in the Streets proceeds Golden Shower of Hits also available on Drastic Plastic Records.

ORIGINAL MASTER: Our Wild in the Streets reissue was mastered from the original, Jerks-approved mix which only appeared on the first vinyl pressing in 1982, and never on CD. TRACK LIST A1 Wild in the Streets A2 Leave Me Alone A3 Stars and Stripes A4 86’d (Good as Gone) A5 Meet the Press A6 Trapped A7 Murder the Disturbed B1 Letter Bomb B2 Question Authority B3 Defamation Innuendo B4 Moral Majority B5 Forced Labor B6 Political Stu B7 Just Like Me/Put a Little Love in Your Heart



Renihilation - Liturgy 

Thrill Jockey is happy to present a vinyl re-issue of Liturgy's 2009 debut Renihilation. The album is pressed on virgin vinyl and presented with a printed inner sleeve and free download card. While supplies last mailorder customers will be treated to a white vinyl edition (LIMITED TO ONLY 500).

Liturgy’s debut full-length, 2009’s Renihilation, is unrelenting and hyper-focused, an astonishing balance of pure chaos and meticulous composition, and never wavering in its dedication to its own conceptual core. Even as it introduced the band to the metal community at large, Renihilation established Liturgy as a group that refused to play by the same rules that had dictated black metal aesthetics up to that point, instead blazing their own white-hot path that used black metal as a means to express something much grander, and much more elusive. It simultaneously works within and against these pre-existing forms, and even five years after its initial release, seems completely alien and unparalleled. These are the first recordings of the band’s quartet line-up of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Greg Fox, Bernard Gann, and Tyler Dusenbury, laid to tape just several months after it coalesced. Renihilation is the work of a band pushing their limits physically and musically to organically realize music that was conceived completely in the abstract.

The term Renihilation is meant to signify the negation of a negation, producing affirmation and positivity, an ideology reflected in the music. Though it is perhaps the most aggressive album in the band’s discography, at times startling so, it is not weighed down by depressive tendencies. Colin Marston’s production expertly accents the brightness in their sound. From the vocal incantations that pepper the album, offering brief respites from the onslaught, to the ferocious explosions of “Pagan Dawn,” “Ecstatic Rite” and the title track, Renihilation is the first spectacular acheivement from a band that continues to reinvent itself and push the boundaries of what can be achieved in the context of extreme music.

LP pressed on virgin vinyl with a fully artworked inner sleeve and a free download coupon.

 This is a pre-order for August 26th street date.

***All mailorder copies will ship on limited WHITE vinyl while supplies last!***

Pre-Order at ThrillJockey

WHITE HILLS - Glitter Glamour Atrocity

Pressed on vinyl for the first time, remastered and featuring brand-new artwork.

This is WHITE HILLS’ second album, originally self-released in January 2007 as a limited edition CD and unavailable on any other format until now.

Glitter Glamour Atrocity has now been mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering and is being released on both CD & LP with brand new artwork.  WHITE HILLS perform album track "Under Skin Or By Name" in the Jim Jarmusch film, Only Lovers Left Alive.

Sonically, it is radically different from anything else coming out of the New York underground at the time, and it set the template for the singular concoction of heavy psychedelic music, krautrock, and a worship of pure sound they have explored in different variations ever since.

CD version in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold jacket.
LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with a free download coupon.

Order at ThrillJockey


The Laze - The Phantom Of The Opera (1925 Motion Picture Soundtrack) On Limited Vinyl

The Phantom of the Opera is perhaps one of the most iconic horror films in history. Directed by Rupert Julian in 1925, this silent movie starred Lon Chaney in the lead role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he loves a star.

As legendary as its many adaptations on the silver screen and on stage is its history of fitting soundtracks. Throughout the decades that followed many composers and artists worldwide took up the task to write fresh new scores for this iconic picture. One Way Static Records proudly presents the latest installment in this tradition with a brand new modern re-score composed & performed by UK septet THE LAZE.

The Laze have developed quite a reputation across the UK for their spine-tingling live performances and expansive soundscapes. Influenced by a history of horror soundtracks, from Bernard Hermann & Angelo Badalamenti to Goblin & John Carpenter, The Laze implemented elements of Progressive Rock, Classical, Jazz, Heavy Metal & Electronica in their score. The original soundtrack will be the group’s fourth long-player. The band’s last release was 2010’s Spacetime Fabric Conditioner, a Sci-Fi concept album; which went on to be remixed by Steve Moore (Zombi), Forest Swords and Brontt Industries Kapital.

The band premiered their live soundtrack at Liverpool’s Picturehouse cinema, in the arts hub of FACT, on Halloween 2010. The sold-out, one-night-only performance led to further performances in UK cinemas, which concluded with a sold-out tour of selected Picturehouse Cinemas for Halloween 2011. Now they are bringing the Phantom into your home.

This new sonic adaptation comes on deluxe tip-on gatefold packed vinyl editions, compact disc & cassette. Featuring original black and silver artworks by LUKE INSECT
  • LP Limited edition color vinyl (2 variants) with foil numbering /500 copies
  • LP Limited edition color vinyl comes with a free streaming code to watch the full 1925 movie with updated soundtrack
  • LP Black vinyl limited to 1000 copies worldwide
  • CD comes in a deluxe Digipak limited to 1000 copies worldwide
  • Limited edition cassette (300 copies) with Alternate Artworks
  • Compact Disc and Cassette versions come with one bonus track not included on the vinyl version
Order at LightInTheAttic


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!

Order HERE


from our friends at SlyVinyl (look for their feed in left margin!)

Luluc – Passerby // Limited ‘Loser Edition’ Teal LPs

Sufjan Stevens – Enjoy Your Rabbit // Limited Edition Translucent Red/Green/Blue/White & Clear Vinyl 2xLP


Insane Record Collections and the People Who Own Them


cool story from the uk:

“People always come in and say this is the best post office in the world” - Holt Vinyl Vault post office sells records and plays The Rolling Stones while people buy stamps


DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist using Afrika Bambaataa's personal vinyl collection for "Renegades of Rhythm Tour"


great reading:

Good Times Bad Times - Modern rock didn’t start with Dylan or the Beatles. It started with Zeppelin.


interesting thoughts:

Record Stores: Relics or Relevance?


Vinyl’s Popularity Lifts Turntable Sales


The Wu-Tang Clan Treat 'The W' to Vinyl Reissue


Jethro Tull’s ‘A Passion Play’ Getting Deluxe Reissue Treatment


Can music lessons as a child boost your brainpower for life? Researchers find young musicians develop better problem solving skills


this is freaky cool:

Vinyl Records Cut Into Salvaged X-ray Films


for shits and giggles:

The 20 Best Drinking Songs