Friday, July 11, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

upcoming releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


Undead is a live album by Ten Years After, recorded live at the small jazz club, Klooks Kleek, in London on May 14th 1968, The show combined Blues, Boogie and Jazz playing that merged more traditional Rock and Roll with 50s-style Jump Blues. Alvin Lee, Leo Lyons, Chick Churchill and Ric Lee together became one of the biggest club attractions in England. Their music knows no compromise - it's straight down the line. It's loud and tough - but honest. Undead captures the excitement and raw energy of the band's live performances.

When originally released in 1968, the album was only 38 minutes long, due to the timing constraints of vinyl. As the band's tunes were all pretty long, there were only five tracks on the original issue. The expanded edition of Undead contains 4 additional tracks of the performance and is available on vinyl for the very first time.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • Remastered audio
  • Notes by Ric Lee of Ten Years After
  • Etched D-Side
  • Expanded vinyl edition: contains material previously unissued on vinyl


All Shook Down is the seventh and final studio album by the band The Replacements, released in 1990. The band, hailing from Minneapolis, started out in 1979, and are considered pioneers of Alternative Rock, influencing a variety of acts along the way. Their influences ranged from The Rolling Stones, The Faces, Slade, Lou Reed and The Beatles to Punk rock bands such as The Ramones, Johnny Thunders, Dead Boys and The Clash.

At the time All Shook Down was released, the band consisted of guitarist and vocalist Paul Westerberg, bass guitarist Tommy Stinson and drummer Chris Mars, added by lead guitarist Slim Dunlap. This album was originally intended to be Westerberg's solo artist debut. As a result, numerous session and side musicians including The Velvet Underground's John Cale performed on All Shook Down's 13 songs, supplemented by the three other band members.

"Merry Go Round" was the band's most successful Modern Rock Tracks single, reaching #1 for four non-consecutive weeks. The album also received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. 180 gram audiophile vinyl and Insert


All This Useless Beauty is the seventeenth studio album by English Rock singer and songwriter Elvis Costello, originally released in 1996. The album peaked at No. 28 on the UK album chart, and at No. 53 on the Billboard 200. It is his final album with his long-standing backing band The Attractions.

In its original conception, the album was to be a set of songs written for other artists, entitled A Case For Song, with backing by a diverse array of musicians. Instead, Costello chose to record the songs himself with The Attractions. For instance, "Complicated Shadows" had been intended for Johnny Cash, and "Why Can't A Man Stand Alone?" for Sam Moore, and the B-side opens with his collaboration with Paul McCartney: "Shallow Grave".

Four songs previously released by others also made it to the final track listing: "The Other End Of The Telescope" was co-written with Aimee Mann;  "You Bowed Down" was recorded by Roger McGuinn; "All This Useless Beauty" and "I Want To Vanish" was recorded by June Tabor. 180 gram audiophile vinyl and Insert


'Overjoyed' New LP from Half Japanese

One of the most influential bands in rock history, Half Japanese was founded in the bedroom of brothers Jad and David Fair in 1974. Ignoring musical conventions like chords, rhythms, melody, and song structure, the brothers pioneered DIY and Lo-Fi punk aesthetics simply by being themselves. Passionate, fearless, and relentlessly unique, they self-recorded and self-released by mailing out cassettes with handmade packaging, pressing their own vinyl, and brazenly marketing their music with bizarre magazine ads. This unbridled enthusiasm for the act of creating rock music led them to record dozens of amazing records (including the classic albums "1/2 Gentleman/Not Beasts" and "Charmed Life"), and to inevitably influence countless artists such as Sonic Youth, Neutral Milk Hotel, Daniel Johnston, Kurt Cobain, and many many more.

Their first album in 13 years, "Overjoyed", shows the band's aggressiveness as well as its friendly charisma. Produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, the 12 songs on "Overjoyed" are unlike anything in the bands catalog, each unapologetically positive and surprisingly accessible. "Overjoyed" contains a deep purity, exceptionally rare amongst "reunion albums". They neither attempt to recreate their old sound, nor are they aware of current musical trends and conventions. As a result they sidestep common pitfalls and create something new, interesting, and needed.

Order at JoyfulNoiseRecordings


Holy Sons - The Fact Facer

Holy Sons is Emil Amos, a musician whose chameleonic tendencies and technical versatility has lead to him becoming an in demand multi-instrumentalist as a founding member of Grails and Lilacs & Champagne, as well as a member of Om and a hired gun for Jandek, to name a few.

The songs on The Fact Facer creep up on the listener, their fiercely addictive melodies unraveling slowly and purposefully. Jumping smoothly between many facets of Amos’ songwriting, the album does much to establish him as a talented multi-instrumentalist. From the lysergic leads of “Selfish Thoughts”” to the Danny Kirwan referencing solos of “Transparent Powers” and the skillful acoustic flourishes of “The Fact Facer,” Amos proves himself as adept and creative a guitarist as he is a drummer. It is telling that Amos has built up two Holy Sons bands simultaneously: one based in Portland and one based in New York. Wherever the wind takes him, there are musicians willing to pick up their instruments and follow his lead.

LP version is pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a jacket with spot UV gloss printing on cover and a free download coupon. While supplies last mailorder customers will be treated to a purple vinyl edition (LIMITED TO ONLY 500). CD version is packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.

This is a pre-order for September 23rd street date. All orders containing The Fact Facer will ship on or slightly before the street date.

Pre-Order at ThrillJockey


audint (kode9 & toby heys) - Martial Hauntology

'Martial Hauntology' is the groundbreaking first release on AUDiNT Records - the sonic research cell staffed by Toby Heys and Steve Goodman (Kode 9) engaged in 3rd Ear Research. The pair have both independently worked in this field - Goodman via Hyperdub, the autonomous CCRU unit and his 'Sonic Warfare' book; Heys thru his audio-visual praxis and as research fellow at Manchester Uni. They were both recruited by AUDiNT in 2008 to investigate the properties of newly emergent super-directional speakers when coupled with infrasonic devices. Four years in the making, 'Martial Hauntology' collates that research for the first time, as well as outlining the history of AUDINT itself, offering a tortuous, hyperstitional account of frequency-based phenomenon in military and civilian spheres over the preceding 70 years. It explores the involvement of Alan Turing and The Ghost Army's pioneering use of 3 deck mixes in World War 2, thru the chopper-mounted loud-speaker terror of the US army's Wandering Soul campaign in Vietnam, to the deployment of High Frequencies as "teen repellants”, the military applications of muzak and the current use of hyper-directional LRAD speakers in Iraq.

Alongside the 112-page book you’ll find a vinyl record encoded with two 20 minute chapters sound-scaped and written by Goodman and Heys and narrated by Ms.Haptic, presenting a unique reading of the affects of sound on 20th and 21st century populations. The first side of the LP features a mid-20th century spectral research mission across the Atlantic assisted by an illicit truth serum, while Side 2 goes on a ghost hunt in the vinyl recycling plants of South China. We can trace echoes of the project in the cultural, socioeconomic and geopolitical studies of Sadie Plant's 'Writing On Drugs' book and Adam Curtis' far-reaching documentaries as much as the speculative sonic fiction of Kodwo Eshun's 'More Brilliant Than The Sun', Graham Hancock's unconventional theories on altered states of consciousness, metaphysics and civilisation, and even the emergent field of archaeoacoustics. The project seems intended to galvanise and better help us understand the liminal realms of sonic perception where truth is often stranger than fiction, steeling us to a foreboding future of state-sponsored subliminal manipulation and psycho-acoustic warfare...

**Kode9 and Toby Heys' sonic research unit delves into untold sonic histories in this custom triple gatefold containing 112-page book, 180g clear vinyl record, and six 12" x 12" Dead Record Archive cards. 

None of these components are available to buy separately and the Box Set has been made in a limited run of just 256 copies, never to be re-pressed. Artwork by Optigram. Shipping for a release date of july 21st**

You can order it HERE


Good Charlotte - Self Titled available on VINYL LP for the VERY FIRST TIME

This release also comes with the Bonus Track "The Click" which was featured as the theme song for MTV's animated series "The Undergrads"

This pressing comes in a gatefold sleeve complete with lyrics and the vinyl was pressed on Limited Edition BLUE/WHITE swirl. The Swirl variant is exclusively available through Enjoy The Ride Records webstore and is limited to 500 total copies.

Order at our friends at EnjoyTheRideRecords


Spring 1990 (The Other One) Box

Some consider Spring 1990 the last great Grateful Dead tour. That it may be. In spite of outside difficulties and downsides, nothing could deter the Grateful Dead from crafting lightness from darkness. They were overwhelmingly triumphant in doing what they came to do, what they did best — forging powerful explorations in music. Yes, it was the music that would propel their legacy further, young fans joining the ranks with veteran Dead Heads, Jerry wondering "where do they keep coming from?" — a sentiment that still rings true today, a sentiment that offers up another opportunity for an exceptional release from a tour that serves as transcendental chapter in the Grateful Dead masterpiece.

With Spring 1990 (The Other One), you'll have the chance to explore another eight complete shows from this chapter, the band elevating their game to deliver inspired performances of concert staples (“Tennessee Jed” and “Sugar Magnolia”), exceptional covers (Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece” and the band’s last performance of the Beatles’ “Revolution”) and rare gems (the first “Loose Lucy” in 16 years) as well as many songs from Built To Last, which had been released the previous fall and would become the Dead’s final studio album. Also among the eight is one of the most sought-after shows in the Dead canon: the March, 29, 1990 show at Nassau Coliseum, where Grammy®-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis sat in with the group. The entire second set is one continuous highlight, especially the breathtaking version of “Dark Star.”

For those of you who are keeping track, this release also marks a significant milestone as now, across the two Spring 1990 boxed sets, Dozin At The Knick, and Terrapin Limited, the entire spring tour of 1990 has been officially released, making it only the second Grateful Dead tour, after Europe 1972, to have that honor.

Digital downloads will be made available on release date.

What's Inside:
 •144-page paperback book with essays by Nicholas G. Meriwether and Blair Jackson
 •A portfolio with three art prints by Jessica Dessner
 • Replica ticket stubs and backstage passes for all eight shows
 •8 complete shows on 23 discs
       •3/14/90 Capital Centre, Landover, MD
       •3/18/90 Civic Center, Hartford, CT
       •3/21/90 Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario
       •3/25/90 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
       •3/28/90 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
       •3/29/90 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY (featuring Branford Marsalis)
       •4/1/90 The Omni, Atlanta, GA
       •4/3/90 The Omni, Atlanta, GA
 Recorded by long-time Grateful Dead audio engineer John Cutler
 Mixed from the master 24-track analog tapes by Jeffrey Norman at Bob Weir's TRI Studios
 Mastered to HDCD specs by David Glasser
 Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 9,000 


from our friends at Relaspe

Iron Reagan - The Tyranny of Will 

IRON REAGAN’S Relapse debut ‘The Tyranny Of Will’ is a 24 song wrecking ball of hardcore- punk/thrash fury.  Fronted by the venomously lyical Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste), on paper IRON REAGAN is a Richmond, VA supergroup (the band also features Phil Hall of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, etc  as well as Ryan Parrish of Darkest Hour together with members of Mammoth Grinder).  In practice IRON REAGAN are WAY more than just a supergroup project---they have toured the world several times over levelling audiences with their furious live show.  This is a fully formed raging band that have delivered one of the heaviest hardcore records of the year that is guaranteed to be on the top of both metalheads’ and punk rockers’ year end lists.  Release date 9/16/14
***Includes a 14" x 24" album art poster and a free digital download of the entire album.  Housed in a single heavy weight LP jacket***

Pressing Info: 
First Press
3400 x Black Standard Gram
1000 x Red Standard Gram
500 x Red / Black Merge Standard Gram *Mailorder Exclusive*
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

Order at Relapse


from our friends at SlyVinyl

TWEEDY – Sukierae // Limited Edition Orange and Yellow Opaque Swirl Vinyl Double LP

Nothing – Guilty Of Everything // Limited Edition 3rd Pressing of 300 Red/Black/Red Striped Vinyl LP


Superdrag Treat 'Head Trip in Every Key' to Vinyl Pressing, Unearth Rarities on 'Jokers w/ Tracers'


from the great state of colorado:

High school teacher and record label founder Terry Cole is traveling the country delivering 45s


The coolest record stores in Britain


The music industry’s newfangled growth business: vinyl records


from the great state of california, a new record store!

Vinyl Return to Downtown San Jose With the Opening of Needle to the Groove


from the great state of missouri:

Vinyl records make a comeback across US


from the great state of florida:

Retrofit Records provides an analogue sound in a digital world


from the great state of ohio:

Love awaits music buffs at Strange Loop