Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Under The Table And Dreaming (Pre-Order) by Dave Matthews Band

On their major-label debut, Under the Table and Dreaming, the Dave Matthews Band is helped by the lean production of Steve Lillywhite, who manages to rein in the group's tendency to meander. The result is a set of eclectic pop/rock that is accentuated by bursts of instrumental virtuosity instead of being ruled by it. That also means that the Dave Matthews Band is capable of turning out pop songs, and as the hit single "What Would You Say" and "Ants Marching" illustrate, they have a flair for catchy hooks. ~ Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex? by A Great Big Pile Of Leaves

One of the most enthralling, captivating releases of 2010, HYSMPC? is one of those albums that you can listen to dozens of times without ever settling on a favorite song, because they're all your favorite. It's one of those albums where you want to show it to the whole world, but you'll only show it to a select few friends because it's that good. You won't just recommend this to any old acquaintance. This album is basically equivalent to how I want my marriage to be. After my honeymoon phase with Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?, I continue to love it dearly and take it to bed with me every night.

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The Frantic Four's Final Fling - Live At The Dublin 02 Arena by Status Quo

An original line-up reunited for the first time in over three decades and live material of the Frantic Four 2014 Tour. It is a mixture of strong emotions and a flashback bringing the musicians and the audience back to the glorious past... with no lifeline, with memories exploding in the musicians mind (childhood best friends, then enemies and now friends again...) and the audience.

The bulk of the material has been recorded in Dublin at the O2 Arena on the last EVER show of the Frantic Four line-up on 04/12/14.

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Dave Matthews Band - Under The Table And Dreaming (Pre-Order)
2. Prince - Art Official Age (Pre-Order)
3. Pink Floyd - The Endless River (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
4. Prince - Plectrumelectrum (Pre-Order)
5. Led Zeppelin IV (On Sale) (Pre-Order)
6. Widespread Panic - Ain't Life Grand
7. Widespread Panic - Everyday
8. Blink-182 - Take Off Your Pants And Jacket


The Beatles Mono Vinyl Box Set Available

The Beatles in mono: This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960's, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary. THE BEATLES IN MONO VINYL BOX SET is released in mono on fourteen 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork, newly mastered from the analogue master tapes.

In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles' acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz. While THE BEATLES IN MONO CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology. Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960's, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers.

Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles' albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.

Manufactured for the world at Optimal Media in Germany, The Beatles' albums are presented in their original glory, both sonically and in their packaging. The boxed collection's exclusive 12-inch by 12-inch hardbound book features new essays and a detailed history of the mastering process by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett. The book is illustrated with many rare studio photos of The Beatles, fascinating archive documents, and articles and advertisements sourced from 1960s publications.


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Disco Biscuits To Release Classical Set On Vinyl

Recorded at TranceMission, Trade, TN - August 16, 2003, "The Classical Set" encapsulates, and is seen as the definitive example of, the influence classical music has had on The Disco Biscuits .  Pre-Order "The Classical Set," a Disco Biscuits Limited Edition official release, remastered and pressed on 2 records of 180 gram vinyl.  Set includes original music from The Disco Biscuits as well as covers of Mozart, Aram Khatchaturian, Rossini, Edvard Grieg & Tchaikovsky.  4th Side Bonus Track from TranceMission

Shipping Priority Mail Mid November, this is your chance to get it before Record Store Day!  Purchase includes download card redeemable for MP3s of The Classical Set

Pre-Order HERE


Announcing: Serengeti 'Kenny Dennis III' Vinyl Release

Life can’t always be bratwursts and O’Douls. Sometimes, you need Kenny Dennis. He's a cross between Ron Swanson, a Bill Swerski superfan, and the best Golden Age rapper that you never heard.

You may be familiar with Serengeti from his collaborative project Sisyphus (w/ Sufjan Stevens and Son Lux). If you’re unfamiliar with the saga of Kenny Dennis, this is the perfect opportunity to become a believer. On Kenny Dennis III the thick-‘stached Chicago MC is shouldering a mid-life crisis while forming a rap group, Perfecto, with Kenny’s long-time ally and rap partner, Ders (Anders Holm from Workaholics). Ders narrates the tale of the pair’s rise as they sweep through malls across the Midwest. Odd Nosdam makes the beats and Serengeti weaves the magic. So just take a seat, tune in, and have a time.

Kenny Dennis III will be released on 11/11 on 2xLP, CD and Digital. The VIP-exclusive vinyl pictured above is limited to just 300 hand-numbered copies on baby pink & highlighter yellow color-in-color vinyl. And we also have splatter vinyl (limited to 1000). In addition, the first 500 purchasers of any format will receive a free Kenny Dennis Comic Book and limited edition Perfecto cassette (limited to 500).

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CRADLE OF FILTH Vinyl Reissue Bundle

For a limited time, you can get these two classic early releases from UK black/gothic metal legends Cradle Of Filth for one low price! Often imitated, Cradle of Filth helped usher in the second wave of black metal with their wholly unique sound, rife with dark keyboard melodies, vile riffs, and of course, Dani Filth's unmistakable vocals.  These reissues are deluxe gate fold covers on colored vinyl, the first ever domestic vinyl reissue for both titles!

This Bundle Includes:
- The Principle of Evil Made Flesh on colored Gatefold 2LP 
- Vempire Or Dark Faerytales... on colored Gatefold LP
- Cradle of Filth Slipmat 
- The Principle of Evil Made Flesh Foil sticker 
- Vempire Or Dark Faerytales Foil sticker
- 1st Two Hundred orders receive copy of Cradle of Filth - PanDaemonAeon DVD

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The Postal Service 'Give Up' Vinyl Reissue

On November 25th, in perfect harmony with the release of the new Postal Service documentary, Everything Will Change, we will be reissuing the single LP version of this classic album, which has been created using the 10th-anniversary remastered tapes.

The Postal Service is a long-distance collaboration between Ben Gibbard (singer/guitarist from Death Cab for Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (Jimmy recorded the Beachwood Sparks album Make the Cowboy Robots Cry and also records under the name Dntel). Ben and Jimmy sent music back and forth, between California and Washington, each adding new elements until the record was complete. The result is a sweetly charming, largely electronic album with a warmth not typically associated with the clicks-and-beeps set. As an added bonus, additional vocals on the record are provided by Jen Wood and Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis.

Pre-Order at SubPop


Portastatic 'The Summer of the Shark' Vinyl Reissue

On November 4, Portastatic’s The Summer of the Shark will be available for the first time on vinyl as part of a monthly series of reissues to mark the 25th anniversary of Merge Records.

Mac McCaughan, co-founder of Merge Records and frontman of the band Superchunk, began recording solo albums under the name Portastatic in the early ’90’s. Beginning with this album, Portastatic evolved from a lo-fi side project to become McCaughan’s main focus throughout Superchunk’s long hiatus in the early ’00s.

McCaughan wrote the songs on The Summer of the Shark in 2001 while Superchunk was on tour in support of Here’s to Shutting Up, which was released mere days after the September 11 attacks and would be the band’s last studio album for nine years. The resulting batch of songs was the last Portastatic album recorded almost entirely at home; it was also the most emotionally resonant and musically compact collection to date.

Recorded at McCaughan’s home studio in Chapel Hill, The Summer of the Shark includes contributions from Janet Weiss (Wild Flag, Quasi, Sleater-Kinney), Tony Crow (Lambchop), Margaret White (Versus, Matt Pond PA), Matthew McCaughan (Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger), Aaron Oliva, and John Plymale.

LP is pressed on white vinyl, and includes a coupon for a full download. Preorders will ship to arrive on or around the release date of November 4.

Pre-Order at MergeRecords


Owen 'Other People's Songs' Vinyl Pre-Order

Mike Kinsella has spent nearly his entire life (give or take those first 12 years or so) playing with some of the most influential bands of the last couple decades. Indeed, an entire generation of musicians is indebted to his time in groups including Cap'n Jazz, American Football, and Owls.

After each of those bands dissolved for one reason or another, Kinsella took to recording under the pseudonym Owen and has slowly and steadily built up a solid catalog of releases under this solo project.

Which brings us to the aptly named Other People's Songs, a collection of eight covers that Kinsella recorded this spring in Chicago with trusted producer Neil Strauch.

At first glance, the list of the rock and punk artists whose tracks Kinsella tackled -- among them Against Me!, Depeche Mode, The Promise Ring, and Lungfish -- might seem at odds with the often quieter, lushly arranged music he releases under the Owen moniker.

But upon closer inspection, one finds the kind of excellent songwriting and lyrical wit that are hallmarks of Kinsella's own recorded output.

With the help of female vocalist Sarah Mitchell, as well as occasional touches of violin and cello, Kinsella transforms his selections in unique and surprising ways.

Consider Other People's Songs to be Kinsella's carefully curated mixtape of songs he loves then and now, from him to you. All that's left to do is push play.

180-Gram Cream
Early Bird Edition
Limited to 800

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Aloha 'Here Comes Everyone' Vinyl Available

Here Comes Everyone launches the retooled Aloha machine with a fury of stick-to-the-ribcage blasts and shimmering ballads. Aloha adds the orchestral pop of the late '60s and the post-prog rock of the '80s to its big-thinking, rhythm-rich repertoire. Engaging yet contemplative, Aloha crosses the experimental/populist divide.

Here Comes Everyone brings the listener on a fevered tour of post-modernity, from the edge cities to the urban enclaves, from buried history to the impending future. What can't be painted with words is told by yearning mellotrons, spikey guitars, and graceful chord changes.

With the help of Don Zientara and Chad Clark at Inner Ear/Silver Sonya Studios (where new Aloha member T.J. Lipple works as an engineer), the band sounds warmer than ever, with all the spirit of a basement-show sensation and the gloss and confidence of an arena rocker.

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30 Seconds to Mars 'This Is War' Pre-Order

Thirty Seconds To Mars bring you their third album, This Is War produced by Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and Smashing Pumpkins)Steve Lillywhite (The Rolling Stones, U2) and Thirty Seconds To Mars, a follow-up to the bands' hit album, A Beautiful Lie. In an innovative and exciting move, Thirty Seconds to Mars, This Is War, will have 2000 different album covers featuring individual photos of fans from around the world as well as the hit single, Kings and Queens. Comes with CD.

Pre-Order at ShopRadioCast

A Perfect Circle - eMOTIVe 

The album contains ten political cover songs, and two original songs. Of the two original songs, one of them is "Passive", a version of the song "Vacant", by the ex-group Tapeworm. The song was created by Keenan, Danny Lohner, Trent Reznor, and others for the defunct Tapeworm project. Tapeworm never released a studio version, but A Perfect Circle has played the song live since 2001. The other original song was "Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums", which was originally perceived to be a remix of the song "Pet" from Thirteenth Step. Maynard James Keenan spoke about this song on aMOTION and insists that it is not a remix, but rather a second part of "Pet". The lyrical content of "Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums" is similar to that in "Pet", but the delivery and staging of the vocals vary, reflecting the political tones of the album.

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Amazon Best Sellers in CDs & Vinyl

1. Partners ~ Barbra Streisand
2. Cheek to Cheek (Deluxe) ~ Tony Bennett
3. 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault ~ Stevie Nicks
4. Old Boots New Dirt ~ Jason Aldean
5. Standing In The Breach ~ Jackson Browne
6. Everything Will Be Alright In The End ~ Weezer
7. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone ~ Lucinda Williams
8. The Endless River (Deluxe CD\ Blu-ray) ~ Pink Floyd
9. Melody Road (CD + Early Ticket Promo) ~ Neil Diamond
10. Popular Problems ~ Leonard Cohen


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