Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

pre-order vinyl records from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Sanctuary (Pre-Order) by Iron Maiden

BMG and INgrooves Music Group will follow the 2012/13 IRON MAIDEN vinyl picture disc reissues of the first eight Iron Maiden albums, which spanned the 1980s, with brand new pressings of the albums in heavyweight 180g black vinyl in the United States.

In conjunction with these premium album releases, a strictly limited one-off run of the 7'' singles from each respective album will be made available. These highly collectable black vinyl singles will be cut from the original UK analogue master tapes. Released in replica artwork packaging, this will be the first time ever that these black vinyl singles have officially been made available in the U.S. and sure to become a must-have item for fans, collectors and anyone who missed out first time round.

The release of these high quality, black vinyl records offers optimum choice to fans who would like to own a piece of Maiden's authentic 1980's vinyl sound, or for those simply wanting to rediscover this much loved, iconic format. Coupled with the end of the Maiden England World Tour which began in North America in 2012 and finished last month at Knebworth Park's Sonisphere Festival in the UK, this now completes Maiden's 1980's touring and catalogue reissues cycle, so the band are free to focus on their dynamic future plans.

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Watch Dogs (Pre-Order) by Brian Reitzell

Following on from the phenomenal success of their RSD release of FAR CRY 3: BLOOD DRAGON’s, Invada partner with Ubisoft Music and dive once again into the world of video game soundtracks with the release of Brian Reitzell's musical score to the highly-anticipated WATCH_DOGS. Full of infectious beats and atmospheric, retro-futuristic synths, the score is a further achievement from Reitzell, who has previously written music for drama series HANNIBAL as well as working on multiple scores with director Sofia Coppola. To represent the varied challenges of the game, Reitzell brings an eclectic feel to the score, with thumping beats and off-kilter melodies of the club scene juxtaposed with the more ethereal and atmospheric synth and guitar, evoking the music of Vangelis and Brian Eno - ideal for a post-noir cyberpunk game.

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. The Beatles Mono Box Set (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
2. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
3. Friday the 13th (1980 Original Score) (Pre-Order)
4. R.E.M. - MTV Unplugged, 1991
5. The Very Best Of Elton John
6. Phish - A Picture of Nectar (Deluxe Vinyl) (Pre-Order)
7. Led Zeppelin IV (On Sale) (Pre-Order)
8. Houses Of The Holy (On Sale) (Pre-Order)


from our friends at OmnivoreRecordings

TV Eyes Self-Titled LP Up For Pre-Order

Alternative super group gets its first international release!

Jason Falkner, Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. and Brian Reitzell have quite a musical history. Manning and Falkner—once bandmates in Jellyfish—have gone on to success as solo acts, or as members of groups including The Three O’Clock, The Grays, Imperial Drag, and The Moog Cookbook. Brian Reitzell, once the drummer for Redd Kross and Air, turned his talents to film and television, supervising and composing music for several films directed by Sofia Coppola, including The Virgin Suicides and the Academy Award nominated Lost In Translation (for which he, along with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, was nominated for a BAFTA award.) Currently, Reitzell composes music for the NBC-TV drama Hannibal.

But, together, they were TV Eyes.

Their 2006 self-titled debut was only released in Japan, now out of print, and commanding top dollar on the collector market. Omnivore Recordings is going to rectify that situation with a CD and 2-LP expanded edition. The release features nine tracks from TV Eyes, plus 3 bonus tracks from the Japanese only EP Softcore—each of which is a song from TV Eyes, remixed by a member of the band. If that wasn’t enough, the reissue also includes the first CD appearance of “She’s A Study,” which was featured in the aforementioned Lost In Translation, and previously only available on a white label, promo 12” single a decade ago.

For its first ever issue on vinyl, the double LP will be pressed on translucent yellow vinyl, and includes a download card. The packaging for both formats will include photos and liner notes from the band’s Jason Falkner.

Release date: 10/7/2014

Pre-Order at OmnivoreRecordings


Rational Youth & Psyche. Thunderstruck / Underrated. 3x 7" Vinyl (Clear, White, Orange)

It happened this year in Sweden. Rational Youth reunited for their first shows in Europe in well over a decade, supported by fellow-Canadian, though now long-time ex-pats Psyche. Both artists have a dedicated fan-following, and whether you take Unveiling the Secret or Cold War Night Life, The Crawler or Holiday in Bangkok, both artists have left an undeniable mark on the synthpop scene both in Canada and in Europe.

We are not really sure who came up with the admittedly kitsch idea of covering the AC/DC classic Thunderstruck, but after seeing it performed live as an encore from Stockholm to Malmo, we were sold. The familiar melody makes a killer analogue synthline, and the vocal performances by Tracy Howe and Darrin Huss are bang-on. Surely, tongues are firmly planted in cheeks on this one, but you've never had more fun, and after all that is what synthpop is all about. It's also a revenge song of sorts: Psyche's Synthpop revenge on all those years of bullying by AC/DC fans for listening to New Wave stuff like Gary Numan while in high school. By having fun with such an iconic stadium rock tune, the artists are bridging a gap in diversity.

The exclusive b-side Underrated is an original track that combines the best elements of Psyche and Rational Youth, with Howe's almost deadpan style creating the perfect counterpoint to Huss' crooning. Underrated is a spontaneous electro wonder created by Kevin Komoda, and brought to a frenetic final statement on unsung heroes by Darrin, Tracy, as well as Gaenor Howe on vocals.

The 7" vinyl is released on Artoffact Records in three colours:

1. Shot-glass clear, limited to 100 copies.
2. Can I come again please? white, limited to 150 copies.
3. Texas cheeseburger cheese orange, limited to 250 copies.

The record comes in a 3mm spined-sleeve and is a design replica of the original 1990 Australian-issue sleeve for AC/DC's own Thunderstruck 7". Both the iconic thunderbolt and the artist logos are done in a silver pantone. MP3 download coupon is also included.

This package gives you one copy of each of the colours available of the Rational Youth / Psyche 7" vinyl. YOU GET 3 COMPLETE SLEEVES, WITH ONE 7" VINYL IN EACH SLEEVE.

Order at our friends at StormingTheBase

Front Line Assembly. AirMech. 3x 2LP (3x Picture Vinyl + Yellow, Brown, & Clear Vinyl)

Two years ago, Carbon Games signed Front Line Assembly to create an original album soundtrack for AirMech, a futuristic free-to-play online video game. The soundtrack received the full studio treatment and was instantly touted as an electronic masterpiece, one of the most original in the FLA canon, prompting FearNET to call it "a definite keeper for FLA fans and anyone who grooves on dark, violent and cinematic-scale industrial & EBM."

Artoffact Records presents a deluxe vinyl edition of AirMech, released on double-vinyl.

In each set, one of the LPs will be a gorgeous picture-vinyl, featuring the members of FLA in the AirMech setting. Each set will also contain a second, colored vinyl.


 •Picture Vinyl + dirty yellow (100 copies)
 •Picture Vinyl + machine brown (150 copies)
 •Picture Vinyl + frosted clear (250 copies)

Both vinyl discs are packaged in a 5 mm full colour sleeve, showcasing the wonderful cover imagery perfectly. Comes with an MP3 download card.

Order at our friends at StormingTheBase


Circle Jerks: Live At The House Of Blues Available On Vinyl

Originally recorded as part of the Show Must Go Off live concert DVD series in 2004, at one point we realized that the audio is so good, it could stand on it's own as a CD, LP, or tape. CDs? Forget it! It's scheduled release date is Oct. 23, 2014 as a double live LP set as well as a double live cassette package. You will never hear punk rock played, recorded and mixed any better than this.

Includes unlimited streaming of Circle Jerks: Live At The House Of Blues via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

Available HERE


Obituary - Inked In Blood

*Bone/Blood Merge* Exclusive10/28/14

Death metal legends OBITUARY make their Relapse debut with ‘Inked In Blood,’ their 9th full length LP.  Almost three decades in, ‘Inked In Blood’ stands out as one of the finest moments in OBITUARY’s already godlike discography.  The riffs, groove, snarl and rage are as fierce as ever, putting most all other contemporary death metal bands to shame.  OBITUARY are THE definitive death metal band, and ‘Inked In Blood’ is an instant classic amongst their already storied catalog.  OBITUARY are both the originators and the torch-bearers of the genre!   ‘Inked In Blood’ is the sound of true death metal kings reclaiming their throne!!!

Pressing Info:
First Press
5400 x Black Standard Gram
1000 x Bone White / Blood Red Merge Standard Gram *Mailorder Exclusive*
300 x Camouflage Standard Gram *Mailorder Exclusive*
500 x Bone White Standard Gram *Indie Retailer Exclusive* (Not available through
200 x Silver Standard Gram *Kickstarter Edition* (Not available through
100 x Blood Red Standard Gram *Florida Retailer Exclusive* (Not available through
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

*Note: Vinyl images are mock ups and may differ slightly from actual product

***Exclusively available through***
***Mailorder exclusive bone white / blood red merge 2xLP limited to 1,000.  Housed in gatefold packaging featuring a 3D embossed cover.  Includes a free digital download of the entire album including the two bonus tracks available on the Deluxe CD version***

Order at our friends at Relapse


Debut Album from Sylvie Simmons Available For Pre-Order From LightInTheAttic

We're happy to announce this sweet album by the great Sylvie Simmons: a NEW recording for us here at Light in the Attic, but it was so beautiful we couldn't resist. Sylvie is haunting and out-of-time, but it is also a brand-new, original debut album by a singer-writer who has been making music since she was a little girl but just for herself. The raw, delicate, and sensual songs about love and love gone wrong are performed on a ukulele, which here sounds like a broken harp or a heartbroken guitar. Late last year, in a gap between tours, Howe Gelb of Giant Sand lured Sylvie to the desert where they recorded live to tape in Wavelab Studio in Tucson with Thoger Lund playing upright bass and Howe, who produced the album, backing her brilliantly on guitar, synthesizers, and piano.

Born in London, she'd felt the pull of America since childhood and ran away to LA in the late seventies to write about music, convinced she'd never have the nerve to perform it. She became renowned as a rock writer (she's the subject of a BBC documentary, The Rock Chick) and also as an acclaimed author. Her books include the cult fiction Too Weird For Ziggy and biographies Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes and I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen. Following numerous movements across the globe-including three years in a tumbledown French chateau- she now lives in San Francisco.

•Produced by Howe Gelb and Chris Schultz (track 6 only)
•Debut album by esteemed writer and Leonard Cohen biographer Sylvie Simmons
•LP housed in “tip-on” gatefold Stoughton jacket
•Lyric booklet included
•Color vinyl editions:
   200 on “Forest Marbled” wax (LITA Vinyl Subscriber exclusive)
   100 on “Turquoise” wax ( pre-orders exclusive, limit 2 per customer)

Pre-order Sylvie, out October 28th, on CD, vinyl, and digital. First 100 pre-orders will receive turquoise colored wax!

Pre-Order at LightInTheAttic


Modest Mouse Giving Vinyl Reissues to Early Albums?


Milan and Invada Records to release Oldboy soundtrack on vinyl for the first time


Warp reveal stunning artwork and packaging for new Aphex Twin album, Syro


Sleater-Kinney Releasing Career-Spanning 'Start Together' Box Set - Limited-edition box set will feature all seven of the punk band's LPs remastered and on color vinyl


Shooting Guns Treat 'WolfCop' Score to Vinyl Release via One Way Static, Premiere New Tracks


super read from Baltimore City Paper

Setting A Record - Record Collecting Isn't Just Jack Moore's Hobby, It's Part Of His Worldview


great news from the uk:

New independent music shop Relevant Record Cafe promises to cater for Cambridge's vinyl junkies and caffeine addicts


more from the uk:

20 years of the vinyl revival: Spin-It records celebrates two decades at Trinity Market in Hull city centre


from the great state of massachusetts: 

The rebirth of vinyl: Records rebound as CDs slump


Amazon Best Sellers in CDs & Vinyl 

1. V (Deluxe Explicit) ~ Maroon 5
2. Partners ~ Barbra Streisand
3. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol 1 ~ Soundtrack
4. Somewhere Under Wonderland (Deluxe) ~ Counting Crows
5. Step Back ~ Johnny Winter
6. Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze ~ Eric Clapton
7. Hypnotic Eye ~ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
8. Popular Problems ~ Leonard Cohen
9. Frozen 2 Disc Deluxe Edition Soundtrack ~ Demi Lovato
10. Cowboy Rides Away: Live From At&T Stadium ~ George Strait


BecauseSoundMatters Top 10 Vinyl Best Sellers

1. Lights - Little Machines Limited Edition
2. Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood
3. Lights - Little Machines
4. Cute Is What We Aim For - Rotation
5. Mastodon - Once More ‘Round The Sun
6. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
7. Dream Theater - Dream Theater Limited Edition Collector's Box Set
8. Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love
9. Wiz Khalifa - O.N.I.F.C.
10. Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends


Insound is at it again, check out this sale!

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album cover art of the day:

Black Veil Brides Preview New Album and Unveil Cover Art + Track List at NYC Listening Party