Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

In The Court Of The Crimson King (200 Gram) by King Crimson

Recorded over a period of 10 days in August 1969 and released on October 10th of the same year, In The Court of the Crimson King stands as one of the defining albums of British rock music and one of the finest debut albums of all time. Described at the time as "an uncanny masterpiece" by Pete Townshend, the album has achieved legendary status over the years. It is the only studio document of an extraordinary year in the life of King Crimson; a year that began with the group's first rehearsals on January 13th, included a residency at the Marquee Club, a concert in Hyde Park with The Rolling Stones, the recording and release of the album and ended with the dissolution of the lineup at the close of Crimson's 1st American tour in December.

One of the most anticipated and frequently requested high quality vinyl reissues finally returns to the 12" format! Featuring the Original 1969 Stereo Mix, newly cut from masters approved by Robert Fripp and pressed on 200 Gram Super-Heavyweight Vinyl. Complete with the original iconic gatefold sleeve, this release also contains a bonus mp3 code giving access to a download of a transfer of an original 1969 pressing. In The Court of the Crimson King has been unavailable on vinyl for 20 years!!!   Limited Edition

 Pressed on 200 Gram Super-Heavyweight Vinyl
 Newly Cut from the Original Studio Masters approved by Robert Fripp
 Featuring the Original 1969 Stereo Mix
 Original Iconic Gatefold Jacket
 Bonus MP3 Download Code

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In The Wake Of Poseidon by King Crimson

Following last years well-received 200 gram vinyl edition of In The Court Of The Crimson King, DGM & Panegyric are proud to present the second in a series of King Crimson high quality vinyl reissues with the October release of In the Wake Of Poseidon. The albums return to the 12 vinyl format is newly cut from masters approved by Robert Fripp. Manufactured on 200 gram super-heavyweight vinyl & housed in a reprint of the original stunning gatefold sleeve this edition also contains bonus MP3 codes giving access to a download of a transfer of an original 1970 pressing (in this case Robert Fripps personal file copy.)

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Larks' Tongue In Aspic by King Crimson

King Crimson reborn yet again -- the newly configured band makes its debut with a violin (courtesy of David Cross) sharing center stage with Robert Fripp's guitars and his Mellotron, which is pushed into the background. The music is the most experimental of Fripp's career up to this time -- though some of it actually dated (in embryonic form) back to the tail end of the Boz Burrell-Ian Wallace-Mel Collins lineup.

And John Wetton was the group's strongest singer/bassist since Greg Lake's departure three years earlier. What's more, this lineup quickly established itself as a powerful performing unit working in a more purely experimental, less jazz-oriented vein than its immediate predecessor. "Outer Limits music" was how one reviewer referred to it, mixing Cross' demonic fiddling with shrieking electronics, Bill Bruford's astounding dexterity at the drum kit, Jamie Muir's melodic and usually understated percussion, Wetton's thundering (yet melodic) bass, and Fripp's guitar, which generated sounds ranging from traditional classical and soft pop-jazz licks to hair-curling electric flourishes.   - Bruce Eder (All Music Guide)

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Led Zeppelin IV (On Sale) (Pre-Order)
2. Houses Of The Holy (On Sale) (Pre-Order)
3. Guardians Of The Galaxy Soundtrack (On Sale) (Pre-Order)
4. The Beatles Mono Box Set (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
5. Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition) (On Sale) (Pre-Order)
6. Godzilla - Japanese Original 60th Anniversary Edition
7. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
8. Judas Priest - Stained Class


from our friends over at SpaceLab9


Pop-culture provocateurs SPACELAB9 have teamed up with DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS for a comic book shop exclusive deluxe edition vinyl LP for the official soundtrack to multi-award winning fan-favorite drama series AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD. The “Violent Violet” variant edition LP is packaged in a full color gatefold jacket and heavy card stock inner bag featuring images from the hit TV series. AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD: Original Soundtrack Volume One “Violent Violet” edition is limited to 400 copies which will ensure it sought after by rabid zombie fans everywhere! Also included as a bonus is an 18” x 24” full color poster.

Released by Universal Republic Records on CD and digital album followed by a now sold-out run of Picture Disc LPs and Deluxe Vinyl Colored Editions by SPACELAB9, AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD:

Original Soundtrack Vol.1 “Violent Violet” Edition will be available at fine comic book stores everywhere on August 27th 2014. Featuring tracks from composer Bear McCreary and artists Jamie N. Commons, Voxhaul Broadcast, Baby Bee, Fink, Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) & Emily Kinney (Beth Greene) as well as multiplatinum Icelandic artists Of Monsters and Men.

So, I guess that you should find a comic book shop to get a copy!


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Necrophagia - WhiteWorm Cathedral - DOUBLE LP GATEFOLD COLORED

The legendary NECROPHAGIA rise from a self-imposed slumber and deliver unto us its' new album 'WhiteWorm Cathedral'. A cold and calculated march of truly old-school heavy metal influenced by classic and cult horror movies alike, 'WhiteWorm Cathedral' is the definitive album by this death-worshiping collective. NECROPHAGIA mastermind Killjoy De Sade and his ground-breaking horde absorb and reflect tenfold the pervasive fear and ominous dread personified in his blood-soaked cinematic influence. "Fear the Priest", "Warlock Messiah", "Coffins", "Rat Witch", the title track are but a few of the reasons 'WhiteWorm Cathedral' is a must listen for any true metal and horror fan.  Available October 27, 2014

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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.  Release Date: 09/02/2014

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Rips by Ex Hex Available For Pre-Order

Ex Hex is Mary Timony, Laura Harris, and Betsy Wright. They are a power trio hailing from Washington, DC, making the music you’ve been waiting for. Drums, bass, guitar, P90s, searing leads—this is unapologetic rock ’n’ roll spat out in the discipline’s mother tongue. Their full-length debut Rips will be released on October 7 in North America and October 13 worldwide.

Mary found Laura Harris (The Aquarium, Benjy Ferree) and they hit it off immediately. Laura is a monster on drums: intuitive, solid, and just a bit rough around the edges. The pair played together for a couple of months in a tiny carpet-lined practice space shared with half a dozen hardcore bands and what appeared to be the better part of a B.C. Rich Mockingbird.

In walked Betsy Wright from the wilds of Virginia. She and Mary have similar tendencies, both defaulting to denim and The Voidoids. Betsy is a performer and an ace piano player, and before long, she was slinging a cherry SG as the third member of Ex Hex.

The group played a handful of shows and a couple of months later, in the spring of 2014, headed into the studio. Working furiously, they recorded over the span of two weeks in North Carolina with Mitch Easter (Let’s Active) and in the basement of Mary’s home with frequent collaborator Jonah Takagi. Bobby Harlow (The Go, Conspiracy of Owls) was tapped to mix because of his unique take on making rock records.

What results is Ex Hex Rips, twelve songs about underdogs, guys stealing your wallet, schoolyard brawls, and getting bent. The record happens pretty quickly, so don’t blink.

*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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Back to Oblivion marks the return of Finch with the band’s first full length album in over nine years. The Southern California band has undeniably created a lasting, formidable body of work with their two studio albums and EPs - singer Nate Barcalow acknowledges that 2002’s What It Is To Burn all but “defined post-hardcore early in the decade”, while 2005’s Say Hello to Sunshine continued to shape its direction. The band dignified the demand for a celebration of What It Is To Burn’s 10th anniversary by reforming after a hiatus and playing select sold-out shows across the country in 2013. Inspired by the creative surge brought on by these shows, Finch rendered these contradictions moot with Back to Oblivion, their long-awaited third LP and a new, bold chapter in the band’s legacy. Back to Oblivion itself is a paradoxical idea. This is Finch reinvigorated, brimming with the inspiration of their earliest days; the opposite of the negation implied by “oblivion.” But as a songwriting unit, they’re challenging themselves by going deep into the unknown - this is by far Finch’s most introspective and demanding work from a lyrical standpoint. The album was produced by Brian Virtue (Deftones, 30 Seconds to Mars, Janes Addiction, Audio Slave).

• Back To Oblivion Black 12" Vinyl LP
• Digital Download Sent on Street Date

PLEASE NOTE: Due to vinyl manufacturing this item will be shipping approximately November 2014

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Volume X by Trans Am On Clear Vinyl Available at Thrill Jockey

There are three ways of interpreting Volume X, the title of the new album by Trans Am. The first is obvious – it is the band’s tenth studio release, comprised of ten songs that display ten unique sides of Phil Manley, Nathan Means, and Sebastian Thomson. You can also imagine a volume knob being cranked all the way up, the amplification level for an ideal Trans Am listening session. But it can also be read as a representation of the band’s remarkable ability to express, and even embody, unknown capacities, adopting bold stylistic and aesthetic shifts as a defining tenet of their quarter-century long career. Trans Am refuse to rely on their legacy as innovators, opting instead to continue to break down established modes of songwriting, even if they established those modes themselves. Volume X continues in this gloriously contrarian tradition, presenting fans with strange and familiar sounds in new contexts, from kosmische rock to futuristic speed metal to robo-balladry to variants on classic rock that are so warped as to be rendered completely unrecognizable.

“Anthropocene” opens the album with 30 seconds of serene synthesizer ambience before obliterating the stillness with a massive, fuzzy riff anchored by Thomson’s relentless, pounding groove, recorded live in the studio for maximum impact. Volume X is full of these types of disarming moments. Halfway through the sweeping, Kraftwerkian “Night Shift” the song’s syncopated shuffle suddenly becomes a throbbing motorik pulse as two drum takes are overlaid. “Backlash” creeps in with a massive synthesized low-end drone before breaking into a Kill ‘Em All inspired thrash riff that is one of the most aggressive passages the band has laid to tape. And the band saves their most poignant melody for the stripped down slow jam “I’ll Never,” with a vocoded Nathan Means intoning, “Its true, I’ll never get over you.”


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Pre-Order Dr. Manhattan 'Jam Dreams'

Dr. Manhattan from Wacaonda, IL, will be re-issuing their sophomore LP "Jam Dreams'’ on vinyl via MI-based indie label Have Fun Records. The album features 12 groovy tracks from the party-punk band co-produced alongside Saves the Day's Chris Conley.

Along with being re-issued, the vinyl release of Jam Dreams features an entirely artwork and layout supplied by independent artist, T. Hans. Every purchase of the album comes with a digital download code packaged with the record that features brand new B-side tracks and remixes from their discography.

The Mailman should be dropping these off at your doorstep on September 25th, 2014.

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Coming October 21 : Thurston Moore's 'The Best Day'

The Best Day, Thurston Moore’s first solo record since 2010’s Demolished Thoughts, will be released on October 21, 2014 on Matador Records. Backed by James Sedwards of Nought (guitar), Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine (bass) and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth (drums), the album radiates with both his signature thrashing electric guitars as well as blissful 12-string acoustic ballads.

The first 100 pre-orders will include an autographed poster from Thurston Moore.  LPs include digital download coupon.

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Amazon Best Sellers in CDs & Vinyl

1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol 1 ~ Soundtrack
2. Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze
3. Hypnotic Eye ~ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
4. Partners ~ Barbra Streisand
5. Smokey & Friends ~ Smokey Robinson
6. Space Invader ~ Ace Frehley
7. 1989 ~ Taylor Swift
8. Frozen 2 Disc Deluxe Edition Soundtrack ~ Demi Lovato
9. Guardians of the Galaxy ~ Soundtrack
10. Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch ~ Dr. John


BecauseSoundMatters Top 10 Vinyl Best Sellers

1. Lights - Little Machines Limited Edition (Vinyl Box Set Bundle)
2. Lights - Little Machines (Colored Vinyl Bundle)
3. Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood (2xLP)
4. Mastodon - Once More ‘Round The Sun Deluxe (2LP)
5. Cute Is What We Aim For - Rotation (Blue Colored Vinyl)
6. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
7. Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love (2xLP)
8. Wiz Khalifa - O.N.I.F.C. (2xLP)
9. Dream Theater - Dream Theater Limited Edition Collector's Box Set
10. Echosmith - Talking Dreams


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 8/11 - 8/17, 2014

Vinyl Top 25
1. Spoon - They Want My Soul
2. Jack White - Lazaretto
3. Lucero - Live From Atlanta
4. Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye
6. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
7. Johnny Cash - The Legend Of Johnny Cash
8. Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy
9. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
10. Arctic Monkeys - AM
11. OST - The Great Gatsby
12. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
13. The 1975 - The 1975
14. All Them Witches - Lightning At The Door
15. White Reaper - White Reaper
16. LP - Forever For Now
17. Colony House - When I Was Younger
18. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
19. Coldplay - Ghost Stories
20. St Paul & The Broken Bones - Half The City
21. The Dezurik Sisters - Yodel & Sing Their Greatest Hits
22. Ed Sheeran - X
23. Local Natives - Hummingbird
24. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
25. Radiohead - OK Computer