Monday, September 15, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at NewOnVinyl


Death Waltz Recording Company is proud to present the return of one of horror's scariest boogeymen, as well as one of the genre's most iconic theme tunes with John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's score to HALLOWEEN II. Set directly after the events of the first film, Rick Rosenthal's sequel sets itself up as the slasher equivalent of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, making a family connection between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers while getting some good kills in at the same time. Carpenter and Howarth's score is beefier and more intense than before, using layers of electronics to drive the audience to madness.

As before, Myers aka “The Shape” is propelled by that theme, souped up with a new and more powerful arrangement from Carpenter and Howarth. HALLOWEEN II is more overtly synth and is perhaps less focused than the original score, although that certainly means it's nastier and more schizophrenic. The score also brings back the evocative 'Laurie's Theme', incorporating into a score full of harrowing musical effect, its synthesised howls and wails piercing your ears so that by the time 'Mr. Sandman' comes around, you'll feel just like the final girl, delirious at having survived the aural ordeal. And that's just when The Shape wakes up.

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
Original art by Brandon Schaefer.
Include sleeve notes from Alan Howarth & Brandon Schaefer.

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Deluxe reissue includes 400gsm Gatefold sleeve and contains exclusive by Director Tommy Lee Wallace, artist Jay Shaw and film expert Kim Newman also includes an interview with John Carpenter by Joseph Burnett.

Death Waltz Recording Company is proud to return another previous release to its ranks a true classic of horror cinema scoring, with John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's score to HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH. Bravely dumping the character of Michael Myers, the film instead looked at the concept of Halloween itself as a subject, with a mystery involving an Irish toymaker, three gruesome masks,and a chunk of Stonehenge. Eviscerated on release, it's now been re-evaluated as an underrated picture, not least because of Carpenter and Howarth's score.

Whilst it left the original themes at home, HALLOWEEN III still has a plentiful array of musical delights to scare the living daylights out of you. The main title has a palpable sense of dread, with low droning synths providing a backdrop for high-pitched lines representing a television signal. Edged notes along with a foreboding rhythm provide high tension along with stabbing wild synths, while a certain piece of driving music gives a sense of fate dragging you to a very bloody and nasty death. And then there's the Silver Shamrock theme. Remember kids, it's almost time – don't miss HALLOWEEN III – and don't forget to wear your masks

Brand new remaster for 2014 taken from the original analog tape and including 11 never before released cues exclusive to this record.
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
Original art by Jay Shaw

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Deluxe reissue includes an interview with John Carpenter by Luke Y.Thompson, sleeve notes from Alan Howarth & Gary Pullin & an article exploring the illuminati in They Live by Vigilant Citizen.

For the score to one of his most iconic films Carpenter and Howarth created what can only be described as electronic blues, The score is recognisable as Carpenter but has a dusty slow pulsating western feel that really does give it a life of it’s own.

Re-mastered by Alan Howarth
Exclusive artwork by Gary Pullin.
contains an 8 page booklet featuring liner notes by Alan Howarth & Gary Pullin and also includes an essay exploring the illuminati in They Live by Vigilant Citizen.

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Earth To Echo is a heartwarming 2014 summer family adventure movie, telling the story of a bunch of young teenage friends whose lives are about to change. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones.

Echo is one of the most adorable characters you’re going to see this year, with oodles of personality.   Only 1000 copies in this color!

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Pre-Order Big Star 'Live In Memphis' Vinyl Reissue Via OmnivoreRecordings

Only known, professionally filmed complete Big Star concert!

The gig poster read: “BIG STAR IN THEIR FAREWELL U.S. PERFORM-ANCE.” Luckily, this iconic Memphis band’s homecoming show was nothing of the kind. As Jody Stephens points out in his liner notes, “We played Los Angeles three days later and went on to play together for another 16 years. No one ever said anything about the poster.”

Omnivore Recordings is proud to present Big Star’s only known professionally filmed show in its entirety. Live In Memphis chronicles that October 29, 1994 performance on CD, 2-LP (with download card), Digital, and DVD.

Contains Big Star classics like “Thank You Friends,” “September Gurls,” and “The Ballad Of El Goodo,” Chris Bell’s “I Am The Cosmos,” and covers of T.Rex, The Kinks, Todd Rundgren and more, performed by Big Star: Alex Chilton, Jody Stephens, and Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow from The Posies.

 Also included are notes from filmmaker Danny Graflund, Ardent Studios’ John Fry, Jody Stephens, Jon Auer, and Ken Stringfellow in the CD, LP, and DVD packaging. Per Omnivore tradition, the first pressing of the LP will be 1,000 colored vinyl, with black to follow.

For the first time, you will not only be able to hear this legendary performance, but see it, as well. You will be in the New Daisy Theatre experiencing Big Star Live In Memphis!

Release date: 11/4/2014

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Angels and Airwaves 'We Don't Need to Whisper' Available From ShopRadioCast

We Don't Need to Whisper is the debut studio album by the American rock band Angels & Airwaves. Recorded at Neverpants Ranch in San Diego, California and produced by guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge, the album was originally released on May 23, 2006 through Geffen Records.

Vinyl Details
- 180 Gram double LP witih D Side Etching
- Mastered for vinyl and lacquers created by Stan Ricker
- High Gloss Gatefold jacket, 11 x 22 Insert

180 Gram Translucent Purple (LTD 500) - SOLD OUT!!!
180 Gram Translucent Purple Disc A/B, 180 Gram Translucent Pink Disc C/D (LTD 1,000)

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Blink 182 'Take Off Your Pants' and 7" Available On Limited Pink Vinyl At ShopRadioCast

The Keep A Breast Foundation is a non-profit organization that uses art and educational programs to raise awareness of methods of prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

Vinyl Info:
- Triple Panel Gatefold jacket with 7" Inserts
- Each 7" housed in a glue pocket jacket with a full color CMYK insert
- LP is housed in a full color Inner Sleeve
- First pressing ONLY, limited to 2,500 includes Mark Hoppus Foreword
- 13x13 3 Mil Premium Poly Sleeve

Vinyl Color: Pink LP with Black 7" (LTD 500 copies)

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Big Mess "You Are My Sunshine" Colored Vinyl Available Via Midnight Werewolf Records

Hailing from Lowell, MA, Big Mess presents their long awaited 12” titled “You Are My Sunshine” premiering on Midnight Werewolf Records. With the follow up to their S/T cassette, Big Mess busts out 6 new heavy tracks which brings a new twist to instrumental music. A heavy style of doom blues mixing along beautifully with their sludgey overtones will surely keep you nodding your head and asking for more.

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Tops 'Picture You Staring' Available On Vinyl

Tops are a four-piece band from Montreal, equal parts girls and guys, delivering a raw punk take on AM studio pop. Their new record, Picture You Staring, is a lush array of timelessly crafted songs. Singer Jane Penny gives a new voice to the silent girl at the edge of the circle, disillusioned but honest and unpretentious, a tone complemented by David Carriere's seamless guitar playing and the measured drumming of Riley Fleck. Tops' subtle arrangements are delivered with a cool restraint that blend with the individuality and self-assured desire of their female lead. Picture You Staring gathers strength through intimacy. Self-written, recorded and produced at Arbutus Records' studio in Montreal over the course of a year, this album contains 12 impeccable examples of pop craftsmanship that will reward repeat listeners.

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Avi Buffalo 'At Best Cuckold' Available From SubPop

Embarking upon a sophomore effort can be a daunting task for any young upstart, and there’s no denying Avi Buffalo’s own bar was set quite high with 2010’s celebrated eponymous debut. Fear not, dear fans/family/friends/friends of friends/newcomers, there’s nothing in this tale about The Second Album—a.k.a.At Best Cuckold, out September 9th on Sub Pop—that even remotely resembles a slump; in fact, it would be entirely appropriate to say that this Long Beach, California, enterprise is getting better with age.

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from our friends at SlyVinyl

ÆGES – Above & Down Below // Limited to 100 Trans Green w/ Gold Splatter & 300 Trans Pilsner & Opaque Gold Swirl w/ Bronze Splatter Vinyl LP

Speedy Ortiz / Chris Weisman – LAMC #14 // Limited to 200 Purple & Milky Clear w/ Yellow Splatter / 300 Purple Vinyl 7″


cool write up, youngsters in the great state of new york want vinyl!

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from the great state of texas:

The great Beaumont vinyl hunt


amusing thoughts on the ritual of record playing:

Nostalgia For Vinyl Does Not Extend To Getting Up To Turn The Record Over


from across the globe:

Record label boss is helping musicians reach an audience


HIM To Release Limited-Edition Vinyl Box Set Plus Four Deluxe Titles


Several New Releases for Record Store Day Black Friday Announced

the folks at have put together a very nice list for us:

Blue Note Authorized Dealers List