Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

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Harvest of Gold (Pre-Order) by Gossling

Australia’s Gossling is quietly brewing a revolution against the status quo, all powered by delicate and sophisticated vocals. There’s no swagger here, no bravado, instead Gossling’s music proves the irresistible power of minimalism.

“I’m interested in music that stirs emotion,” says Gossling’s mastermind Helen Croome, about her latest album, Harvest of Gold. The debut LP follows the critically-lauded EPs which earned Croome accolades and airtime in Australia and activated a global audience, earning Gossling a stellar 2014 set at South-By-Southwest where she was named by the links of Elle, Esquire and Buzzfeed as an artist to watch in 2014.

Back in Melbourne she teamed up with producer John Castle (Vance Joy, The Bamboos) and set up shop in his studio called The Shed. “It’s really a shed,” Croome laughs, “it’s a three room shack near his house, and John and I would toy around with keyboards and drums. The mics are set up to be live. If you have an idea, we put it down right away.” The quick production session created the succinct sound of Harvest of Gold - nothing overwrought, just simple songs with lush textures and vocal hooks that deftly weaves complex emotional themes throughout.

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The Lords Of The New Church  - Self-Titled (Colored Vinyl) (Pre-Order)

In 1982, punk legends Stiv Bators (The Dead Boys), Brian James (The Damned), Dave Tregunna (Sham 69), and Nick Turner (The Barracudas) formed the supergroup The Lords of the New Church. Their debut, self- titled LP incorporated their punk roots while transitioning into a more polished gothic style with catchy hooks. Along with it came their new image of leather-vested vigilantes with dark lyrics musing from religion to politics. This album helped to usher in a new era of post-punk rock in the early '80s and Drastic Plastic Records is thrilled to present it sounding better than ever!
  • Opaque Gold Vinyl
  • Mastered For Vinyl By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
  • Faithful Updated Rendering Of Original Art Printed At Stoughton Printing, Co
  • Limited Foil-Number Edition Of 500
  • Manufactured For Pristine Sound At Quality Record Pressings
  • Comes In A European-Style Poly Bag For Protection And Durability
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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. U2 - Songs Of Innocence (On Sale) (Pre-Order)
2. Ryan Adams - Vampires (Pre-Order)
3. Pink Floyd - The Endless River (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
4. dave Matthews Band - Under The Table And Dreaming (Pre-Order)
5. Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan
6. Widespread Panic - Ain't Life Grand
7. Widespread Panic - Everyday
8. Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition) (On Sale) (Pre-Order)


Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack Deluxe Vinyl Edition

Collector's Edition 2 disc GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY vinyl includes AWESOME MIX VOL. 1, the collection of songs featured in the film. Music plays a major role in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as the 1970s songs featured in the film are part of the story line in a unique way. Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, 'One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape (Awesome Mix #1) that he got from his mother before she died that she made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that's the only thing he has left of his mother and that's the only thing he has left of his home on Earth. He uses that as a connection to his past and to the sadness that he feels of having left all that and lost all that.' As well as, the complete official original score from the film as composed by Tyler Bates.

Songs like "Hooked on a Feeling", "Spirit in the Sky", and "Cherry Bomb" lit up theaters as part of the trailers and are joined by other great hits like "Come and Get Your Love" and "Escape". It's a great collection of songs from the 70's that proves that Peter Quill's mother had great taste in music.

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Weezer 'Everything Will Be Alright In The End' LP

Los Angeles, CA s Weezer released their highly anticipated ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, on October 7th, 2014 on Republic Records. Produced by Ric Ocasek, who previously helmed production on the band s first and third records ( The Blue Album and The Green Album ), Everything Will Be Alright In The End is the band s first collection of new material in four years.

Since forming in 1992, Weezer has released a myriad of celebrated, chart-topping albums, selling over 13 million records worldwide. Following an intensely prolific couple years at the end of the aughts, the band chose to deliberately dial down the tempo in 2010, a move singer/guitarist Rivers Cuomo says allowed him to write at a slower pace, giving the songs he wanted to use for an album the time to gradually grow into their final forms. He started almost every song on the piano, eventually transferring them to the guitar before taking them to the band. When it came time to record the material, Weezer reunited with the man who helped them make some of their most iconic album-length work, Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. The resulting album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, is a stand-out gem in Weezer s vast and varied catalogue, a reflection of a much-loved band at their very best. Organized thematically around three groups of songs, it is an album that utilizes that sound from the band s earliest days to tell new stories in 2014, creating some of the finest, most heartfelt songs Weezer has ever recorded.

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Wilco - Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994–2014 (4-LP Set)

Nonesuch Records will release two new Wilco collections on November 17 in conjunction with the influential Chicago band’s 20th anniversary: Alpha Mike Foxtrot, a 4-CD/4-LP/digital-box-set of rare studio and live recordings collected from the band’s extensive audio archives, and What’s Your 20?, is a 2-CD/digital compilation of essential tracks culled from the band’s previously released studio recordings.

Both collections are produced by Grammy-nominated producer Cheryl Pawelski, co-founder of Omnivore Recordings, whose credits include Big Star’s Keep an Eye on the Sky, The Band’s A Musical History, and Townes Van Zandt’s Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions and Demos 1971–1972. These are the first compilations of Wilco music of any kind.  Pre-orders of Alpha Mike Foxtrot include a free instant download of “A Magazine Called Sunset,” a rarity that Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy calls “a mysterious omission from an official recorded output and a real attempt at complete pop music.”

“Like a lot of fans, I had collected these straggling tracks over the past two decades of following Wilco’s every move,” Pawelski said. “Alpha Mike Foxtrot includes almost every unique, essential performance that appeared on soundtracks, tribute albums and B-sides—and there are probably a few surprises for even the sharpest collector. This set presents an alternate history of the band, kind of a sideways view, and ultimately, it’s a super-fun listening experience.”

Alpha Mike Foxtrot features 64 pages of liner notes that include track-by-track recollections from Tweedy, notes by band members Nels Cline and John Stirratt, and reflections from members of Wilco’s extended professional family. The booklet also showcases dozens of archival and never-before-seen photos from a wide array of photographers chronicling all phases of the band’s career.

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Wolfcop (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Shooting Guns Vinyl Available

Wolfcop is currently wrecking havoc at multiple festivals baffling audiences all over the world. Equally remarkable is the killer soundtrack provided by Shooting Guns. A unique blend of heavy carpenter electronics mixed with Black Sabbath-esque riffs and even a hint of country. Upon hearing it, we just knew we had to release this.

Limited to #1000 copies worldwide on RED & BLUE MARBLED VINYL. Vinyl packaged in a deluxe gatefold old school tip-on jacket with original artworks by RANDY ORTIZ (Marvel Comics, Mondo,…). Also included is a FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD CARD.

In addition to the vinyl release there will also be a cassette tape version HOUSED IN A VHS CLAMSHELL BOX exclusively for International Cassette Store Day 2014. This cassette tape is limited to 300 copies worldwide & will be exclusively available in participating stores worldwide on September 27.
  • Red & Blue Marble Vinyl limited to 1000 copies
  • Comes in a deluxe gatefold old school tip-on jacket
  • Artwork by renowned artist Randy Ortiz (Marvel Comics, Mondo)
  • Cassette tape version limited to 300 copies worldwide
  • Cassette tape packaged in a VHS Clamshell Box
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Rhyton 'Kykeon' Vinyl Pre-Order

Rhyton is a group of experienced sonic voyagers and their music is defined by divine mixture: electric and acoustic sources meld to form one sound, and when Rhyton plays, they play as one mind. The trio on Kykeon, their third album, is David Shuford (aka D. Charles Speer and of NNCK), Jimy SeiTang (Stygian Stride), and Rob Smith (Pigeons), each member providing essential building blocks for the interplanetary vibrations they conjure as a whole.

Kykeon literally means “to stir, to mix” in Greek, but was also a drink created by the ancients that had psychoactive properties, an apt name for the radical concoctions contained herein. While previous Rhyton albums were recorded generally in improvised first takes, preserving the freshness and exploiting their generous talents of spontaneous composition, Kykeon was carefully arranged while still retaining the unfettered vibe that has made their music so potent. Shuford’s melodic turns on the bouzouki, electro-saz, and guitar burst forth in the mix with a commanding intensity, while SeiTang’s bass and organ and Smith’s drums drive the pieces into unknown territory. There is an undeniable groove to many of the songs, showing the distant relation between Greek traditions, psychedelia, and the progressive boogie of Shuford’s work with The Helix. Rhyton exists on its own plane in the Brooklyn underground, forging its own more worldly path to psychedelic transcendence.

Kykeon was recorded at the legendary Black Dirt Studios (Jack Rose, Steve Gunn, The Black Twig Pickers, etc) in upstate New York with their long-time engineer Jason Meagher.

Scheduled for releases on November 18th.  CD version limited to 300 copies with hand-applied wrap around artwork. LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card.

Pre-Order at ThrillJockey


Untold - That Horn Track / Dettmann Remix (Bleep) 

Earlier this year, Bleep celebrated its 10 year birthday with a compilation album of 14 exclusive tracks from Fuck Buttons, Oneohtrix Point Never, Autechre, Nathan Fake, Lone, Gas, Modeselektor, Dabrye, Nosaj Thing, U-Ziq and Byetone.

A stand-out track from that compilation was Untold's incredible 'That Horn Track'. After being premiered on Pearson Sound's excellent Resident Advisor mix, on release, the track gained further play from Mary-Anne Hobbs, James Blake and Tessela on their respective BBC Radio shows and residencies.

Now finally seeing a single release, Bleep invited Berlin techno royalty Marcel Dettmann to remix the track for the flip side of the 12". Having formerly released on their Green Series techno project, Marcel returns to Bleep in glorious form as he transforms Untold's hectic original composition into a slow-building sublime exercise in dread-techno production.

Get it at Bleep


Revocation Double LP 'Deathless' Pre-Order

Revocation have spent the last eight years converting fans to their cause with four full length albums, an EP with Scion AV, and a charismatic live show led by guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson. The Boston-based band also features the staggeringly talented lineup of: Dan Gargiulo on guitar, Brett Bamberger on bass, and Phil Dubois on drums. Revocation has firmly been established as one of the genre's finest and will continue their campaign as part of the Metal Blade Records roster. Their fifth album, "Deathless," is a fitting debut for the label, and a definitive statement of intent from the band. The artwork for "Deathless" was hand painted by internationally recognized tattoo artist Tom Strom.

"Deathless" was recorded with acclaimed producer Zeuss at Planet Z studios in Massachusetts. The album is ten tracks of ambitious, catchy, and undeniably heavy material. Musically, cuts like "Madness Opus" showcase a more deliberate Revocation - restrained, if even moderately so, to deliver a slow, near-dirge like track. Alternatively, the title track highlights the diversity of Davidson's vocals with a catchy chorus. It's an ear worm the likes of which the band had only previously hinted. The rest of the album offers a refreshing variety of music and truly feels like an "album", rather than a collection of similar tracks.

This is a refinement, achieved only through years of focusing on their craft.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS IS A PRE-ORDER ITEM. Orders will ship as soon as stock is received.

 + Double Gatefold Vinyl
 + Translucent Blue Vinyl with Black and Blue Wisps

Pre-Order at MetalBladeRecords


The Night Terrors 'Pavor Nocturnus' DEATH WALTZ EXCLUSIVE RED & GREY SPLATTER Pre-Order


Following their 2012 performance supporting Italian Horror soundtrack legends Goblin, Australia’s Gothic-Synth heavyweights The Night Terrors’s were commissioned to compose an album of music with the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Grand Pipe Organ. Recorded at the Melbourne Town Hall, Friday the 13th June 2014, and to be launched on Halloween 31st October 2014, Pavor Nocturnus - A composition for Grand Organ, Theremin, analogue electronics and percussion is an inferno of haunting Theremin-led post-prog and dark cosmic dance. Quiet drops of sepulchral voltage and cacophonous whirls of intricate acoustic phenomena intermingle to prise open the maddening space between sentience and expiration. The Night Terrors create a euphorically terrifying dream sequence, just perfect for Halloween. Their most frightening and beautiful recording to date.

This item is released on November the 10th.

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Warner Bros. Announces Special Releases for 2014 Record Store Day Black Friday


you can read even more about the 2014 Record Store Day Black Friday Releases

Black Friday 2014


Death Waltz and One Way Static prep soundtrack to “the most controversial film ever made”


Discogs has launched a new database for every record store in the world: VinylHub


interesting history lesson:

Ronald Yeaple: The home-entertainment boom


nice write up about the virtues of vinyl, from the great state of north carolina:

Dionne: Setting the record straight


more from the great state of north carolina:

Just Let The Music Play


Listen to One of the World’s Most Sought After Acid Folk Private Presses That's About to Be Reissued On Vinyl (and it’s from Tasmania)


who wouldn't want a pie with their record!

Rockford Rocked Interviews: Talking pie and records with Kate Sullivan and Stu Patterson of Kate’s Pie Shop and Record Store


from the great state of missouri:

Guided By Voices' Bob Pollard Tells Playboy Euclid Records is Best Record Store in USA


Complete Collection of Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ Cover Shoot Photos Going to Auction


Amazon Best Sellers in CDs & Vinyl

1. Partners ~ Barbra Streisand
2. Songs of Innocence ~ U2
3. rose ave. ~ You+Me
4. Ride Out [Deluxe Edition] ~ Bob Seger
5. Anything Goes ~ Florida Georgia Line
6. Cheek to Cheek (Deluxe) ~ Tony Bennett
7. 1989 ~ Taylor Swift
8. Holiday Wishes ~ Idina Menzel
9. In The Lonely Hour ~ Sam Smith
10. Standing In The Breach ~ Jackson Browne