Friday, October 10, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at LightInTheAttic

Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985 (Limited Color Vinyl) Pre-Order

Largely unheard, criminally undocumented, but at their core, utterly revolutionary, the recordings of the diverse North American Aboriginal community will finally take their rightful place in our collective history in the form of Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985. An anthology of music that was once near-extinct and off-the-grid is now available for all to hear, in what is, without a doubt, Light In The Attic’s most ambitious and historically significant project in the label’s 12-year journey.

Native North America (Vol. 1) features music from the Indigenous peoples of Canada and the northern United States, recorded in the turbulent decades between 1966 to 1985. It represents the fusion of shifting global popular culture and a reawakening of Aboriginal spirituality and expression. The majority of this material has been widely unavailable for decades, hindered by lack of distribution or industry support and by limited mass media coverage, until now. You’ll hear Arctic garage rock from the Nunavik region of northern Quebec, melancholy Yup’ik folk from Alaska, and hushed country blues from the Wagmatcook First Nation reserve in Nova Scotia. You’ll hear echoes of Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Cash, and more among the songs, but injected with Native consciousness, storytelling, poetry, history, and ceremony.

The stories behind the music presented on Native North America (Vol. 1) range from standard rock-and-roll dreams to transcendental epiphanies. They have been collected with love and respect by Vancouver-based record archaeologist and curator Kevin “Sipreano” Howes in a 15-year quest to unearth the history that falls between the notes of this unique music. Tirelessly, Howes scoured obscure, remote areas for the original vinyl recordings and the artists who made them, going so far as to send messages in Inuktitut over community radio airwaves in hopes that these lost cultural heroes would resurface.

With cooperation and guidance from the artists, producers, family members, and behind the scenes players, Native North America (Vol. 1) sheds real light on the painful struggles and deep traditions of the greater Indigenous community and the significance of its music. The songs speak of joy and spirituality, but also tell of real tragedy and strife, like that of Algonquin/Mohawk artist Willy Mitchell, whose music career was sparked by a bullet to the head from the gun of a trigger-happy police officer, or those of Inuk singer-songwriter Willie Thrasher, who was robbed of his family and traditional Inuit culture by the residential school system.

Considering the financially motivated destruction of our environment, the conservative political landscape, and corporate bottom-line dominance, it’s bittersweet to report that the revolutionary songs featured on Native North America hold as much meaning today as when they were originally recorded. Dedicated to legendary M├ętis singer-songwriter and poet Willie Dunn, featured on the anthology but who sadly passed away during its making, Native North America (Vol. 1) is only the beginning. A companion set featuring a crucial selection of folk, rock, and country from the United States’ Lower 48 and Mexico is currently in production.
  • 34 tracks newly re-mastered
  • Deluxe 3xLP set includes 60 page book with comprehensive liner notes, artist interviews, unseen archival photos, and lyrics (with translations), housed in a “Tip-On” slip case with three “Tip-On” jackets
  • Liner notes by Kevin “Sipreano” Howes
Color vinyl editions:
200 on “Burnt Orange” wax (LITA Vinyl Subscriber Edition) + “Sweetgrass” LITA logo tote bag and sticker
200 on “Tan” wax ( Pre-order Edition – limit 2 per customer) + “Sweetgrass” LITA logo tote bag and sticker
100 on “Gold” wax (LITA Shop Edition – limit 2 per customer)

Available: November 25, 2014

Pre-Order at LightInTheAttic


Waxwork 'Trick 'r Treat' Score Deluxe Vinyl Release Pre-Order

Waxwork Records is thrilled to release, for the first time ever on vinyl, Douglas Pipes’ score to the 2007 Halloween anthology film, TRICK ‘R TREAT. Directed by Michael Dougherty (X-Men 2, Superman Returns), TRICK ‘R TREAT has become a modern cult classic and has become traditional October viewing alongside classic horror films such as John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN, and has earned a 24-hour rotational airing in 2013. Starring Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, and Dylan Baker, TRICK ‘R TREAT has won over fans and critics alike with it’s maliciously whimsical approach of breaking down Halloween traditions in one of the most impressive horror films to date.

Waxwork Records has worked closely with Michael Dougherty, Douglas Pipes, Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros., and La La Land Records to create the ultimate TRICK ‘R TREAT soundtrack experience.

This expanded double LP features over an hour of music that has been mastered for vinyl and supervised by the composer. For art duties, Waxwork brought on none other than the incredibly talented Francensco Francavilla (Afterlife With Archie, The Black Beetle). Francavilla has worked as an in-house artist for both Marvel and DC Comics, and has created the full LP packaging artwork with approval from director Michael Dougherty, himself.

If that wasn’t enough, at the request of Michael Dougherty, Waxwork has acquired the full audio stems from the film to create a full bonus Spooky Sound FX album perfect for a haunted house, or to spook your neighbors this Halloween season. Like the classic Disney LPs such as “Chilling, Thrilling Sounds From The Haunted House”, the included TRICK ‘R TREAT spooky sound-fx album will take the listener through the streets of Warren Valley, Ohio on a cold Halloween night filled with vampires, werewolves, rock quarry zombies, and Sam himself. The entire spooky sound-fx album has been constructed, mixed, and edited by Evan Chen, the sound designer on Michael Dougherty’s 1996 animated short SEASON’S GREETINGS which features Sam’s first appearance, and inspired the film TRICK ‘R TREAT.

 LP package details include:
  •  Deluxe heavyweight tip-on gatefold jacket with satin coating
  •  Full artwork and design by Francesco Francavilla
  •  Liner notes by director Michael Dougherty and composer Douglas Pipes
  •  An inserted 11” x 22” poster
  •  Bonus Spooky Sound-FX Album 
Vinyl variations include:
180 gram Candy Corn Splatter vinyl 
180 gram Black and Orange Swirl vinyl 
180 gram Orange vinyl

Picture Disc Vinyl:
 Disc 1 Side A: Sam’s Lollipop
 Disc 1 Side B: Sam’s Bitten Lollipop
 Disc 2 Side A: Sam with mask
 Disc 2 Side B: Pumpkinhead Sam

Pre-orders start Tuesday, 10/14. Check out album details below as well as some sneak peaks at the beautiful vinyl variations that will be available!

You can pre-order at WaxworkRecords


Jethro Tull WAR CHILD The 40th Anniversary Edition Available

In 1974, Jethro Tull announced plans for WarChild, a multi-faceted project that was to encompass a feature-length film, a soundtrack album, as well a new album from the band. In October of that year, Tull released a 10-song album that would climb to #2 in the U.S. and the top 15 in the U.K., but the film and accompanying soundtrack were shelved.

Originally released in 1974, WarChild features one of the group’s most prolific lineups and includes Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, John Evans, Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond and Barrie Barlow. Unlike its predecessors – Thick As A Brick and A Passion Play – which featured 40-odd minutes of continuous music, WarChild marked a return to songs of a more conventional length, including the FM-radio staple, “Bungle In The Jungle.” The new Theatre Edition unearths a trio of unreleased recordings: “Tomorrow Was Today,” “Good Godmother,” and a different arrangement of “WarChild” recorded after the version on the final album.

This brand new vinyl edition contains a new Steven Wilson stereo remix of the original album   Limited 180gram Vinyl LP

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upcoming releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


Bush Doctor is the third studio album by Jamaican reggae musician Peter Tosh. Along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer he was one of the core members of the band The Wailers (1963–1974). Tosh also established himself as a successful solo artist. In 1978 he was contracted by Rolling Stones Records and the album Bush Doctor was released in the same year, introducing Tosh to a larger audience.

The single from the album, a cover version of The Temptations song "Don't Look Back", performed as a duet with Mick Jagger, made Tosh one of the best-known reggae artists. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is also featured on the album, playing guitar on "Bush Doctor" and "Stand Firm."
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Insert 
  • Remastered audio


In the world of independent Hip Hop, artists either trailblaze like Quasimoto and El-P or salute their forebears like Blackalicious and Jurassic 5. Japanese breaks maestro DJ Krush is a curious exception to the rule; he seems virtually unaffected by trends yet encompasses many of them in his productions, and offers something different with virtually each release.

Similar to lauded underground labels from Def Jux to Big Dada, The Message At The Depth is underground rap for the digital age, far removed from the moldy crates and dusty beats of Krush's Mo' Wax classic Strictly Turntablized. His beats are digital, heavily resampled and quantized, splintering off like drum'n'bass patterns but possessing a depth and clarity not seen since the heyday of Massive Attack.

And with far fewer collaborations here than on his last record, Zen, there's more room to hear Krush at his best. A pair of instrumentals, the dark breaks symphonies "Sanity Requiem" and "The Blackhole" are added by high-profile vocal features of Antipop Consortium and Anticon, in the stoner nightmare "Song for John Walker". Ace rapping comes from Japanese MC Inden, who gets his point across on "Toki No Tabiji (Journey of Time)" without needing to resort to English.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Insert
  • First pressing of 1000 numbered copies on transparent vinyl


Awake is the third studio album by American progressive Metal/Rock band Dream Theater and was originally released in 1994. After the success of Images And Words, Dream Theater was eager to work on fresh material and retreated to the studio in May 1994. John Purdell and Duane Baron produced, engineered and mixed the album. The album's cover was designed by the band and features numerous references to the album's lyrics. The album peaked at 32 on the US Billboard 200.

Awake was the last Dream Theater album to feature keyboardist Kevin Moore, who announced his decision to leave the band during the recording of the album. Dream Theater auditioned for keyboardists to replace Moore for the upcoming Awake world tour and eventually hired Derek Sherinian.

"Lie", "Caught in a Web" and "The Silent Man" were released as singles. There is no title track on the album, but the lyric "Awake" appears in the songs "Innocence Faded" and "The Silent Man."
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • 4-page insert


Backspace Unwind is the long awaited new LAMB album. The sixth album of the electronic music duo contains 10 new songs written by Andy Barlow & Lou Rhodes with 4 featuring string arrangements by Tom Trapp, who also conducted the string section for the recording session at Air Lyndhurst Studios in London.

 'Making this album has been a journey of discovery in so many ways', says Lou. 'After making music together over a period of almost 20 years (with a 5 year hiatus to take a breath) it's reassuring that new routes and approaches seem to abound. Over those years I think we've learnt that this journey needs no map; in fact tearing that map up, at every twist and turn, has become our regular gleeful practice.'

The LP version of Backspace Unwind contains a bonus track that's not available elsewhere ("As Satellites Go By" Piano Version*). This fantastic package also contains a free CD copy!
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • Vinyl only bonus track: "As Satellites Go By (Piano Version)"
  • Includes free CD copy of the album
  • First pressing on transparent vinyl

John Mayall: A Special Life Vinyl Pre-Order

Forty Below Records announces an October 27 release date for the special gate fold two-LP vinyl set from the legendary “Godfather of British Blues,” John Mayall, of his universally-acclaimed album, A Special Life, distributed by Sony/RED. The new album was recorded last November at Entourage Studios in North Hollywood and was produced by Mayall, with co-production, engineering and mixing by Eric Corne. A Special Life also boasts original cover art and design created by John Mayall.

Reviews of A Special Life have been over-the-top and acknowledge Mayall’s lofty place in blues history. “After over a half-century of playing the blues, John Mayall is a genuine master, and he has certainly led A Special Life,” said Living Blues magazine. “I’d easily put this one among Mayall’s best efforts – and that includes Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, A Hard Road, and Blues From Laurel Canyon – so run, don’t walk, to your record store come release day for a copy of A Special Life,!” wrote And UK magazine, Uncut, summed up its review by stating the obvious: “Mayall delivers everything with utter conviction.”

The aptly-titled A Special Life serves as further testament to John Mayall’s boundless talent, vitality and ever-dynamic personality. Along with his accomplished band, he goes back to his roots on the new album with an eclectic mix of songs centered in the blues, but with diversions into rock and Americana.

Release date scheduled for October 27th.

Pre-Order Special Life


Dead Can Dance 'Spiritchaser' Reissue Available From MOFI 

The sonic equivalent of an engaging journey down the Nile River, Spiritchaser is Dead Can Dance’s unforgettable swan song. The percussive-based 1996 set finds the world-fusion group fashioning thematic songs around rhythmic structures and tribal beats, creating atmospheric soundscapes that take the listener through Africa, South America, England, and Europe—sometimes within the same movement.

Blurring the lines between styles and genres so that they become irrelevant, Dead Can Dance members Lisa Gerrard and Gerald Perry generate the illusion of being lost amidst a peaceful rain forest that’s yet to be discovered by man. Spiritchaser is the sound of a lost culture, where ethereal singing, overlapping harmonies, and trance-like tempos serve to calm, relax, and enchant. Gerrard’s phonetic singing—often taking the form of prayer—is grand albeit understated, as much spiritual as it is natural. Just like the music itself.

Exotic instrumentation abounds, but nothing seems out of place. A Turkish clarinet, finger cymbals, and a borrowed melody from the Beatles’ “Within You Without You” informs the mystery of tracks such as “Niereka,” which epitomizes Dead Can Dance’s incomparable blend of ancient and modern, alien and familiar, spooky and freeing, serene and intense. Throughout,Spiritchaser strives for a transcendental sense in which music speaks to a higher power and greater purpose than most artists would like to believe—or dare capture. Dead Can Dance’s ambition extended to the production.

Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI

Silver Label™ Numbered Limited-Edition 2xLP

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Howlin' Wolf Self-Titled Vinyl Reissue

Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Burnett) will always be known as one of the founding fathers of modern day blues. His legendary style of playing guitar, his unique vocal and stage prowess and of course his stellar list of classic Chicago style blues tunes have all gone on to influence generations upon generations of rock and blues performers worldwide.

With almost six decades in the music business, this Mississippi native began his career cutting early sides for Sun before landing in Chicago in the early fifties, where he began a long climb to the top of the blues world on the Chess label.

In 1962, he released his stellar self-titled masterpiece Howlin’ Wolf. Featuring an all-star band with the likes of the legendary Jimmy Rogers and Buddy Guy on guitar, the masterful Otis Spann on piano, and Willie Dixon on bass, Howlin’ Wolf a/k/a The Rockin’ Chair Album would go on to become one of the most revered albums in modern day Chicago blues history.

Kicking things off with one of his finest smash hits Shake for Me, The Wolf continues to rock the listener through a treasure trove of 11 more blues standards which made this one of the most important blues LP’s of all time. The album features classic gems like Spoonful, Back Door Man, Wang Dang Doodle and The Red Rooster. All of these blues rockers became truly a blueprint for a ton of rock and blues giants for years like Cream, The Doors and The Rolling Stones.

Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary Chess Records arsenal of fine recordings. That is why we are so very proud to announce our first installment in The Howlin’ Wolf/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with his legendary masterpiece Howlin’ Wolf.

Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry) for the first time on audiophile vinyl from the Chess monophonic tapes, Howlin’ Wolf will truly become one of the most important and historical 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl titles to be released in quite some time.

To further celebrate this first time authorized audiophile vinyl LP, we enhance this limited edition masterwork with a stunning gatefold cover featuring the original artwork elements as well as rare inside gate fold photos of the man who helped fuse blues and rock music for millions of music lovers across the globe.

(180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl/ Authorized Chess Records Limited Edition/Gatefold Cover)

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Ebsen And The Witch/Thought Forms Split Vinyl Available

Invada Records are pleased to announce the release of a split LP between Brighton’s Esben and the Witch and elemental Bristol fuzz-peddlers Thought Forms, due for release April 7th. It comes off the back of critically lauded outings from both acts last year – the former with Wash the Sins Not Only the Face and the latter with Ghost Mountain.

Recalling the classic era of split singles in the US underground – think of those heady early Sub Pop days where you’d get Mudhoney and Sonic Youth covering one another on either side of a 7”, aka record collector heaven – it’s the perfect manifestation of both acts’ prodigious and earnest approach to touring: a collection of songs forged with the drama and meticulous craft that come from the trial and error of weeks spent on the road testing new material.

SILVER VINYL version limited to only 500 copies worldwide!

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Inspiral Carpets: Vinyl Edition Available Via CherryRed

THE INSPIRAL CARPETS – along with the Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays – made their name as part of the whole ‘Madchester’ scene, with a string of classic singles and a lucrative line in iconic T-shirts.  Between 1989 and 1995, the band notched up 15 hits and four Top 20 albums. In 2003, they re-formed and have been playing live ever since. In 2011, they reunited with original singer Stephen Holt.

In September, the band unveil their first new album of studio material for two decades, simply entitled INSPIRAL CARPETS. The album was recorded over the past year or so in Airtight Studios, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, south Manchester and has been mixed by Jim Spencer (The Charlatans, etc.).

The album is fanfared by a brand new single, "Spitfire”, which is released at the end of August. The record also includes their previous Record Store Day single "You're So Good For Me”.  Another of the LP’s highlights is the garage punk opus "Let You Down”, which boasts an amazing and unique cameo by special guest and legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke!


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New York In The 70s: Limited 12" Vinyl Edition by Luke Haines Available

Following his exclusive Record Store Day single release, Luke Haines (The Auteurs / Baader Meinhof) is back with his new solo album ‘New York In The ‘70s’ on limited edition 12” vinyl. This vinyl edition will follow the CD and download release in June.  Following 2013’s critically acclaimed ‘Rock & Roll Animals’, ‘New York In The ‘70s’ is Luke’s new concept album – a mythic re-imagining of the New York Rock n Roll scene 1972 - 1979.

New York In The ‘70s’ is the third and final part of Luke’s psychedelic trilogy that began with 2011's ‘9 and a half psychedelic meditations on British Wrestling From the 1970s and early '80s…’ This one is for the real rock n roll animals.

The album will be preceded by the digital single and Rock N Roll mantra ‘Lou Reed Lou Reed’.

Order at CherryRed


BACK IN STOCK:  INQUISITION - Into The Infernal Regions... Colored Vinyl

Colored Vinyl double LP in deluxe custom die cut tri-fold packaging with silver foil and parchment pages. Also includes a large 18" x 24" poster of the astonishing cover artwork. Also available on traditional black vinyl.

METAL MANIACS: 9/10 rating!
ESSENTIAL cult Satanic masterpiece from the second wave of 90's Black Metal. Unlike many imposters from the same era, Inquisition is the true embodiment of Satan with a unique and characteristic style of Black Metal crafted over the past 20 years. Into the Infernal... now boasts a much better sound quality (mastered for the very first time), and all new cover artwork painted by Antichrist Kramer. Hear a true black metal classic again, or for the first time. You will submit to this minimal-is-maximal monolith...

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Mott the Hoople 'All the Young Dudes' Red Vinyl Pre-Order 

Best known for the song “All the Young Dudes” (written for the band by David Bowie), Mott the Hoople scored with their 1972 album of the same name. With a foundation in R&B, they became quite popular in the ’70s glam scene.

Their fifth studio album, All the Young Dudes, is considered a pivotal moment in the band’s career. Though Mott the Hoople was heading toward a breakup at the time, Bowie penned the album’s titular song and produced the record, making Mott the Hoople relevant again in the glam rock era.

Opaque Red vinyl or 200 Gram Black vinyl PRE ORDER NOW! This title scheduled for release on November 18, 2014

Pre-Oder All the Young Dudes


Nico’s The End… Gets Expanded 40th anniversary Vinyl Reissue


from the great state of utah:

SLC Brick & Mortar Survivors - Downtown still has independent bookshops, record stores and even video rentals—but they can’t swim on without support


from the great state of washington:

Buyer found for Yakima’s Off the Record music store


from the other side of the globe:

Vinyl Records Making A Comeback In Music Scene


from the uk, beatles' memorabilia is a great investment!

Buying The Beatles: High demand for memorabilia - As the expected auction price for John Lennon's guitar proves, there is no more lucrative collectors' market than Fab Four memorabilia


if you are so inclined:

Vote for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees - Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, the Smiths, Lou Reed and Sting have been nominated for the Hall's next class


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 9/29 - 10/05, 2014

Vinyl Top 25
1. Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives - Saturday Night / Sunday Morning
2. Alt-J - This Is All Yours
3. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
4. Marc Ford - Holy Ghost
5. Oasis - What's the Story, Morning Glory
6. Tweedy - Sukierae
7. Jason Isbell - Southeastern (ltd pink vinyl edition)
8. St Paul & The Broken Bones (ltd pink vinyl edition)
9. Temples - Sun Structures (ltd pink vinyl edition)
10. Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold
11. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
12. Courtney Barnett - Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas (ltd pink vinyl edition)
13. Jack White - Lazaretto
14. Goat - Commune
15. Gerard Way - Hesitant Alien
16. Annie Lennox - Nostalgia
17. Justin Townes Earle - Single Mothers
18. Ty Segall - Manipulator
19. Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy
20. Local Natives - Hummingbird
21. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits
22. Various - Frozen: The Songs
23. Lucinda Williams - Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
24. Aphex Twin - Syro
25. Freddie Hubbard - Ready For Freddie


album cover art of the day:

Yeah Detroit release music video for “Woah!”


album cover art of the day, part two:

BLIND GUARDIAN To Release 'Twilight Of The Gods' Single In December; New Album Due In January