Monday, July 14, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at NewOnVinyl


Sad Wings of Destiny is the second album by the English heavy metal group Judas Priest, released in 1976. It is considered the album where Judas Priest consolidated their sound and image, and songs such as "Victim of Changes" and "The Ripper" became live standards.

Noted for its riff-heavy heavy metal sound and Halford's soaring vocals, the album displays a wide variety of styles, moods, and textures, inspired by an array of groups such as Queen, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath. Centrepiece "Victim of Changes" is a long track featuring heavy riffing trading off with powerful, high-pitched vocals; extended leads; and a slow, moody breakdown toward the end. "Tyrant" and "The Ripper" are short, dense, high-powered rockers with many parts and changes. Riffs and solos dominate "Genocide", "Island of Domination", and "Deceiver", and the band finds more laid-back moments in the crooning piano-backed "Epitaph" and the moody "Dreamer Deceiver".

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Original Game Soundtrack by Power Glove was originally released on Record Store Day 2014 on double pink vinyl, and sold out instantly. Many fans missed the chance at grabbing this phenomenal soundtrack.

After lots of consultation with all involved - as so many missed out its been decided to do a second version of this incredible score. Invada have been given permission to release this soundtrack on double black 140 gram vinyl (unlike the Record Store Day 2014 pink vinyl).

Original game soundtrack of "Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon" by Power Glove. Double LP with image VHS insert download card. Release on 2014-08-11.

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Invada are very proud to announce the pre-sale of the video game soundtrack 'WATCH_DOGS'.

The 13 track score by Brian Reitzell (Hannibal / Lost in Translation / Virgin Suicides etc) will be released on Invada in early August 2014.

Description by UK Music Magazine 'Louder Than War' “Full of infectious beats and atmospheric, retro-futuristic synths, the score is a further achievement from composer Reitzell, who has previously written music for the highly-rated U.S drama series HANNIBAL as well as working on multiple scores with acclaimed director Sofia Coppola, the latter of which has featured collaborations with French band AIR and Kevin Shields of famed alt-rock band MY BLOODY VALENTINE.”

BLACK & BLUE SPLATTER VINYL LP VERSION - comes with download card (750 units pressed)

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JAGJAGUWAR & Death Waltz Recording Company are proud and excited to release a true masterpiece into the world with the soundtrack to Panos Cosmatos’ BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW. Posited as a “lost film” of the 1980s, the picture is inspired by classic dystopian fiction and the obscure SF movies one used to see lining the shelves of the local video store. As such, the brilliant soundtrack by Sinoia Caves – aka composer, Jeremy Schmidt, blends seamlessly amongst its iconic influences; Tangerine Dream, Wendy Carlos, and of course John Carpenter, with the latter’s mark heard on the oppressive synth percussion of the main titles and the evocative melodies heard throughout.

Schmidt’s score is many things – haunting, uncompromising, intense – but is always a fascinating listen. Incorporating touchstone elements such as mellotron choirs, glacial analogue synthesizer pads and arpeggiators, Schmidt artfully navigates the various sonic sensibilities of the 70s-80s genre aesthetic. What emerges from this schematic realm of the ‘almost familiar’ evolves and manifests as a work of striking originality, an ominously beautiful, otherworldly and terrifying score. Simply put, BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW is an astounding piece of work and must not be missed. Do you read me?

The offical soundtrack of Beyond the Black Rainbow. Limited edition on clear vinyl with red smoke effect. Release on 2014-09-02.

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from our friends at Relapse

Mastodon - Remission Deluxe Reissue Boxset 

2xLP *Oxblood* LTD to 1500  Release Date 8/5/14

Mastodon exploded onto the scene in 2002 with their debut LP ‘Remission’ a record that would immediately establish them as one of the most important bands in the history of heavy music.  Combining an unparalleled level of musicianship together with songwriting sophistication that simply did not exist amongst their peers, were it to be initially released today ‘Remission’ would still be nothing short of mindblowing.  Over a decade after its release ‘Remission’ remains one of the most important titles in Relapse’s rich catalog, and it is with that appreciation that the label is proud to present a super-deluxe version of this classic record put together with the cooperation of the band themselves.  The album has been fully remixed by original producer and engineer Matt Bayles  and remastered by Ed Brooks at RFI.  The CD cover art has been dramatically enhanced to showcase the iconic ‘Remission’ horse with a beautiful a custom 3D embossing with a UV gloss, special custom varnish and foil stamping.  Additionally, album artist Paul Romano scoured his vaults to unearth 24+ pages of previously unreleased artwork originally created for the Remission album.  Super limited 2XLP vinyl box set featuring a unique cover image by Paul Romano complete with foil stamping and an exclusive etching on side D.  The vinyl files were created from audiophile studio grade high definition files to create the highest possible audio experience.

***Super deluxe limited edition boxset reissue of Mastodon’s classic debut lp on oxblood vinyl. Completely remixed by Matt Balyes and remastered.  Features a 24+ page booklet that includes tons of previously unreleased art by original Remission artist Paul Romano. This 2xLP boxset is strictly limited to 1500 copies and includes a free digital download of the entire remastered album + an exclusive etching on side D.***

Reissue Pressing Info:
First Boxset Press 
1500 x Oxblood Standard Gram 
500 x Gold/Black Merge Standard Gram *Mailorder Exclusive* (includes turntable slipmat) 
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

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OOIOO - Gamel

OOIOO has always created a musical language all its own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi, also a founding member of Boredoms, the group has recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music. Four years of work went into making Gamel, their bold new album inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan and the first new music from Yoshimi in over five years. Gamelan is an ancient form that has inspired a great many composers and musicians over the past century, from Erik Satie and Claude Debussy to Mouse on Mars and Sun City Girls. The introduction of this traditional form transformed the group into a super tribe, side-stepping the road between the past and the future. Their focus is not to replicate these ancient styles, but to incorporate them into their consistently inventive, constantly shifting musical frameworks. They take their love of indigenous music into an entirely new dimension by freely weaving organic and electric tones into a vivid tapestry, employing their keen sense of color and texture.

While previous OOIOO albums have been largely studio creations, Gamel is the most accurate portrayal of the band’s overwhelming, forceful live presence they have released yet. Yoshimi leads her minimalistic rhythm ensemble by making quick, impulsive shifts in tone and attack, the group acting as one mind under her expert instruction. While the gamelan elements will be brand new to many listeners, the band offsets the bizarre with familiar, at times even nostalgic and childlike, melodies. Gamel is euphoric, bursting at the seams with an exhilarating frenzy that is universal yet uniquely their own. OOIOO’s music is reflected in the ear of the beholder, with each listener taking away something different.

Yoshimi began her music career in 1986 playing drums in UFO or Die with vocalist Eye, and later joined him in the revolutionary noise-pop group Boredoms. Her explosive drum performances captivated audiences and even inspired Wayne Coyne to name a now-famous Flaming Lips album in her honor. While the band’s tours of the United States are infrequent, they are as The New York Times has stated, transcendent.

Deluxe 2xLP edition is pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a gatefold jacket with free download card.

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