Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect 

No Coast - Braid

This fourth studio album from the revered, seminal post-hardcore band is their first in fully 16 years and follows their 2011 EP, Closer to Closed. The album was heralded by a 2013 split single with Balance & Composure, which saw the band's trademark angular, emotional, yet melodic sound bolstered by powerful contemporary production. ~ John D. Buchanan, Rovi

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From Parts Unknown  - Every Time I Die

Buffalo’s magnificently brutal metallic punk ensemble Every Time I Die is set to unleash From Parts Unknown. The new album was produced by hard music legend Kurt Ballou, guitarist of Converge, who has helmed recent buzz albums from Kvelertak, Nails, and High On Fire, and offers an unrelenting onslaught of ingeniously composed and furiously executed cathartic hardcore. This is the band’s highly anticipated follow up to 2012’s raging masterwork Ex Lives. From the syncopated chaos of the opening salvo “The Great Secret” to the melodic mosh of “Old Light” – as close as ETID have ever come to a radio-friendly unit shifter – From Parts Unknown sees Every Time I Die pushing the limits of their own sound.

LP Contains CD Of Full Album

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Another Day In Paradise - Strung Out (reissue)

The Strung Out experience should ultimately begin with this, their debut, album. While still an astounding 13 songs of melodical fury, it often shows the youth of the band.

The listener is floored from the get-go by 'Population Control, and the rest of the album refuses to let you up on your feet. Aggressive, speed-driven and catchy the whole way through, but Strung Out's metal influence pokes through often with heavy palm-muting and shredding solos. The drumming is spectacular as always, however, it is interesting to listen the the chronological growth in Jordan Burns' talent. He was good then, but he is leaps and bounds ahead of this album now. This is one of the first records that defined the new, talented melodo-speed punk sound, and Strung Out would continue leading the genre in the years to come.

Remixed And Remastered

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Widespread Panic - Space Wrangler
2. Widespread Panic (Pre-Order)
3. Death Grips - No Love Deep Web
4. Mark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavalle - Perils From The Sea
5. Pink Floyd - The Division Bell
6. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
7. Bonnie Raitt - Nick Of Time
8. Bob Dylan - New Morning


Reigning Sound - Shattered

Shattered will be Reigning Sound’s first album for Merge and the first full LP by the group since 2009’s Love and Curses.

The band’s principal songwriter/member is Greg Cartwright, who’s been leading the shifting cast of characters since 2001. You may be familiar with some of the band’s work, as this album is preceded by five studio efforts as well as numerous EPs and live records. Or perhaps some of Greg’s other projects have been on your musical radar: The Oblivians, Parting Gifts, Compulsive Gamblers, 68 Comeback, Deadly Snakes, Detroit Cobras.

Regardless, as far as Reigning Sound is concerned, this is as good a place to start as any because through many line-up changes and mood swings, the central, constant feature is the way Greg writes songs. This particular embodiment of the band includes longtime keyboardist Dave Amels, who joined the band seven years ago when Reigning Sound recorded an album, consisting mostly of Cartwright’s songs, with former Shangri-Las lead singer Mary Weiss.

Dave proved to be key in putting together the current line-up as well. About three years ago, Greg was asked to make a promotional EP for Scion. Recordings were set to take place in Nashville where he had lined up two local friends to round out the band, but as fate would have it, both had to bow out at the last minute. Luckily, Mike Catanese, Benny Trokan, and Mikey Post—Dave Amels’ bandmates in Brooklyn soul group The Jay Vons—were up for the task. The four flew to Nashville, learned the songs, and recorded them with Greg in a couple of days. Thus was born the group that you hear on Shattered. They’ve been touring and playing together ever since, and Shattered proves that the musical union is both exciting and consistent for fans of Cartwright’s songwriting.

The album was recorded at Daptone’s Brooklyn studio (where drummer Mikey works in the office) and masterfully engineered by Wayne Gordon. The recordings are warm and punchy, a mixed bag of rockers, ballads, and something in between. There are only 11 songs on the album, but the band reckons it’s just right.

LP includes a coupon for a full download.

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Caribou - Our Love

You reach a point in life where the question of how to stay at the top of your game looms, with the only real solution being: you change the game. Our Love, the new album from Caribou, is the sound of Dan Snaith doing just that. Our Love, due October 7 on Merge Records, is the fifth studio album from Caribou.

Our Love is formed around a mixture of digital pop production, hip hop-inspired beats, muted house basslines, and a love of shuffling garage that can be traced all the way back to the time of Start Breaking My Heart – all of which are, of course, filtered through Dan’s own unique perspective. The warm analog sounds of classic soul should not be overlooked either, for they weave themselves most intensely into the record’s DNA. In fact, Our Love is probably Caribou’s most soulful record to date, with tracks like “Back Home” whose heartfelt lyrics – dealing in tired relationships and a weary kind of love – and organic nature cut through the bubbling synths and blissful euphoria of their synthetic constructions. It’s not all downbeat of course; while some thoughts linger on mortality, loss, and letting go, there is always an element of celebration.

Having followed up his Polaris Prize-winning 2007 record Andorra with the universally adored Swim in 2010 (selling nearly 175,000 copies worldwide and being named Album of the Year by Rough Trade, Mixmag, and Resident Advisor while also hitting The Guardian, Pitchfork, Spin, and Mojo’s Top 20), Dan has spent the intervening four years touring the world, bringing not only the sounds of Caribou to the stage but proving his immeasurable worth as a DJ with epic 7½-hour-long sets. In 2012, Caribou were personally invited to join Radiohead on the road while Dan released his first album under the guise of his dancefloor-loving pseudonym Daphni to widespread critical acclaim. Following the shape-shifting sounds of JIAOLONG and the brightly textured, fluid constructions of Swim – both inward-looking records in their own way – Dan withdrew to the basement once more to work on Caribou’s next opus. Only he didn’t: Our Love isn’t the sound of isolated creation but the sound of Dan at his most connected – with love for his listeners, his collaborators, and those closest to him.

Preorders will ship to arrive on or around the release date of October 7. LP includes a coupon for a full download.

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from our friends at Relapse

Myrkur - Myrkur 

Emerging from the darkness of Scandinavia comes the much anticipated debut ep by one-woman black metal band MYRKUR.  Combining the rawness of second wave black metal bands like Ulver and Darkthrone with a natural sonic, ethereal beauty, MYRKUR has created a wholly unique perspective on the genre.  With a distinct sense of Nordic isolation Myrkur’s debut is a feminine yet definitively brutal record that has burst onto the scene like a Valkyrie into battle.
*Mint Green/Bone White Merge* LTD to 400 M/O Exclusive9/16/14 

Pressing Info: 
First Press
1000 x Black Standard Gram
400 x Mint Green/Bone White Merge *Mailorder Exclusive*
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

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Pissed Jeans Shallow Being Reissues Via SubPop

Power-dirge from Pennsylvania. Pissed Jeans are noisy as a motherfucker and proud of it on this, their first full length, which sounds like a big pile of mud and broken glass ripping through your stereo speakers in the most killer way imaginable.

For the first time in years, Shallow is getting reissued on vinyl, and to make that as exciting and incentivized as we can, it’s also been completely remastered, and now includes a bonus 7” reproduction of their first single included in the LP sleeve (a download code for those songs is included in the CD version).

All customers who pre-order the LP version of Shallow will receive the limited, “Loser Edition” of the album on colored vinyl.

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Mondo To Release ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Music On Limited Edition Vinyl

also available from Mondo:

The Visitor Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Original music composed, arranged and conducted by Franco Micalizzi. Design & Layout by Jay Shaw. 2XLP in deluxe gatefold jacket pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Limited edition pressed on black vinyl and randomly-inserted Sunburst vinyl.

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Gravity Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 

Original music by Steven Price. Packaging design by Kevin Tong. 2XLP in deluxe gatefold jacket pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Limited edition pressed on black vinyl and randomly-inserted variant colorway vinyl.

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cool record collecting story:

The Curious Case of Lewis’ L’Amour


from across the globe, vinyl doing well in indonesia:

Stockroom Store, for the Love of Vinyl


neat story out of the great state of hawaii

7 Joys of Selling Vinyl Records in Hawaii - Kailua records store moves to Honolulu


Historic DEEP PURPLE 'Graz 1975' CD, 2LP, And Digital Audio Due In September


The Gun Club's 'Mother Juno' Treated to Deluxe Vinyl Reissue


Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Music

1. Mandatory Fun ~ Weird Al Yankovic
2. Yes! ~ Jason Mraz
3. Kidz Bop 26 ~ Kidz Bop Kids
4. CSNY 1974 ~ Crosby Stills Nash & Young
5. Very Best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons ~ Frankie Valli & Four Seasons
6. The Black Market ~ Rise Against
7. Frozen 2 Disc Deluxe Edition Soundtrack ~ Demi Lovato
8. In The Lonely Hour ~ Sam Smith
9. Jersey Boys Music From The Motion Picture ~ Jersey Boys
10. Begin Again: Music From & Inspired By The Original Motion Picture ~ Various Artists


album cover art of the day:

RIGOR MORTIS: 'Slaves To The Grave' Album Details Revealed