Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Music Releases - August 2014

August 5

Adult Jazz - Gist
Al Jarreau - My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke
Alestorm - Sunset on the Golden Age
Alias - Pitch Black Prism (vinyl)
Alice Cooper - Hey Stoopid (reissue) (vinyl)
Amp Live - Headphone Concerto
Angus and Julia Stone - Angus and Julia Stone (2xLP)
Antonio Carlos Jobim - Stone Flower (2XLP)
Arkells - High Noon
Avulsed - Carnivoracity (reissue)
Bayside - Cult (colored vinyl)
Bear In Heaven - Time Is Over One Day Old (colored vinyl)
Belphegor - Conjuring The Dead
Billy Joe Shaver - Long in the Tooth
Black Trip - Goin' Under
Blink 182 - Buddha (tape)
Blues Pills - Blues Pills
Bobby Darin - Icon
Bolzer - Soma
Brimstone Coven - Brimstone Coven
Capture the Crown - Reign of Terror
Cemetery Fog - Towards The Gates EP
Chairmen of the Board - Complete Invictus Studio Recordings: 1969 -78
Chaos Moon - Resurrection Extract
Charlotte OC - Colour My Heart EP (vinyl)
Christopher Denny - If The Roses Don't Kill Us (vinyl)
Chrome - Feel It Like A Scientist
Cloudface - Untitled LP (2xLP)
Cold World - How The Gods Chill
Columns - Please Explode (vinyl)
Cory Branan - The No-Hit Wonder (vinyl)
Counterpunch - Bruises
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River (reissue) (vinyl)
Darkest Hour - Darkest Hour
David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights - End Times Undone (vinyl)
Deep Purple - Concerto for Group and Orchestra (2002 remix/remaster) (vinyl)
Devonté Hynes - Palo Alto (original motion picture score) (vinyl)
Dikembe - Mediumship
Dub Club - Meaning of Dub (vinyl)
EDJ - EDJ (vinyl)
Eluveitie - Origins
Elvis Presley - That's The Way It Is (2xCD)
Empty Hearts - The Empty Hearts
Entombed A.D. - Back To The Front
Eric Copeland - Ms Pretzel (12")
Four Letter Lie - Like Structures
Gang Star - Icon
Godsmack - 1000hp
Goodnight, Texas - Uncle John Farquhar (vinyl)
Hamish Kilgour - All of It and Nothing (vinyl)
Has-Lo and Castle - Live Like You're Dead
Holy Shit - Stranded at Two Harbors (vinyl)
Holy Tongues - Weak People
Iman Omari - Energy (vinyl)
It Looks Sad. - Self-Titled (7")
Jethro Tull - A Passion Play (reissue) (vinyl)
John Gallow - Violet Dreams
John Garcia - John Garcia
Johnny Cash - The Legend of Johnny Cash (reissue) (2xLP)
Kevin Morby - My Name (7")
Kix - Rock Your Face Off
Lakes - Fire Ahead (2xLP)
Lee Corey Oswald - Regards (vinyl)
Lee Hazlewood - Friday’s Child (reissue) (vinyl)
Lee Hazlewood - Love and Other Crimes (reissue) (vinyl)
Lee Hazlewood - The N.S.V.I.P.’s (Not So Very Important People) (reissue) (vinyl)
Leon Russell - Life Journey (vinyl)
Lil Silva - Mabel EP
Linda Ronstadt - Hand Sown Home Grown / Silk Purse / Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt - Icon
Loops Haunt - IIVA EP (12")
Lost Boy - Canned
Lou Reed - Metal Machine Music: First Full Instrumental Version Performed Live by Zeitkratzer (2xLP)
Lusine - Arterial (10")
Mastodon - Remission (reissue)
MC Hammer - Icon
Mogwai - Come On Die Young (4xLP)
Mouth Of The South - Struggle Well
Mozart's Sister - Being (vinyl)
Mutilated Veterans - Necro Crust Warhead EP
Nachtmystium - The World We Left Behind
Naomi Punk - Television Man (vinyl)
Newmoon - Invitation to Hold (7")
Nikki Sudden and Rowland S. Howard - Kiss You Kidnapped Charabanc (vinyl)
Nikki Sudden and the Jacobites - Dead Men Tell No Tales (vinyl)
Nils Lofgren - Face the Music
Panopticon - Roads To The North
Pat Martino - El Hombre (vinyl)
Paul Flaherty and Chris Corsano - Low Cost Space Flights (vinyl)
Phyllis Nelson - Move Closer: Expanded Edition
Poison - Icon
Reba McEntire - Icon
Rosebuds - Sand + Silence
Roses - Dreamlover EP
Rowland S. Howard - Pop Crimes (vinyl)
Saturn - Ascending
Shaggy - Icon
Skid Row - Rise Of The Damnation Army: United World Rebellion: Chapter Two
Somi - The Lagos Music Salon
Spider Bags - Frozen Letter (vinyl)
Spoon - They Want My Soul (vinyl)
Summer Camp - Beyond Clueless
Sunny Sweeney - Provoked
Swashbuckle - We Hate the Sea EP
Teenage Fanclub - Man-Made (reissue) (vinyl)
Teenage Fanclub - Shadows (reissue) (vinyl)
The Dead Daisies - Face I Love EP
The Interrupters - The Interrupters
The Jayhawks - Hollywood Town Hall (reissue) (vinyl)
The Jayhawks - Rainy Day Music (reissue) (2xLP)
The Jayhawks - Smile (reissue) (2xLP)
The Jayhawks - Sound of Lies (reissue) (2xLP)
The Jayhawks - Tomorrow the Green Grass (reissue) (vinyl)
The John Lurie National Orchestra - The Invention of Animals
The Murder City Devils - The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again
The Order Of The Solar Temple - The Order Of The Solar Temple
The Red Garland Quintet - Soul Junction (vinyl)
The Rosebuds - Sand + Silence (vinyl)
The Spinners - The Best of Spinners (vinyl)
The Waterboys - A Pagan Place (reissue) (vinyl)
The Weeks - Buttons EP (vinyl)
The Wind and the Wave - From the Wreckage (vinyl)
Those Who Bring the Torture - Piling Up
To Set Ablaze - The Life We Lead
Tom Carter and Pat Murano - Four Infernal Rivers (2xLP)
Tops - Change of Heart (7")
Tuatara - Underworld
Twin Peaks - Wild Onion (vinyl)
Vandenberg MoonKings - Vandenberg MoonKings
Vardan - Enjoy of Deep Sadness
Various Artists - Garden State OST (2xLP)
Various Artists - Music from the Mountain Provinces (vinyl)
Wildcat! Wildcat! - No Moon at All (vinyl)
Wind and the Wave - From the Wreckage (vinyl)
Wovenwar - Wovenwar
Ziguri - Ziguri (vinyl)


August 12

A.C. Newman - What If OST
Ace Frehley - Ace Frehley (reissue) (vinyl)
Adebisi Shank - This Is The Third Album of A Band Called Adebisi Shank
Ali Muhareb - Walkin' (7")
Atara / Miserable Failure - Hang Them
Ben Fields - Extraordinary Light (vinyl)
Black Wine - Yell Boss (vinyl)
Blood Orange - Uncle ACE (12")
Botanist - VI: Flora
Brian Setzer - Rockabilly Riot! All Original (vinyl)
Bully - Milkman (7")
Bunji Garlin - Differentology
Byrds - Straight for the Sun
Caleb Johnson - Testify
Cannonball Adderley | Milt Jackson - Things Are Getting Better (reissue) (vinyl)
Chet Baker - Chet Baker in New York (vinyl)
Childhood - Lacuna
Chris Staples - American Soft (vinyl)
Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas (reissue) (vinyl)
Coleman Hawkins - The Hawk Relaxes (reissue) (vinyl)
Comet Gain - Paperback Ghosts (vinyl)
Crippled Black Phoenix - A Love Of Shared Disasters (2xLP)
Dama / Libra - Claw
Daniel Johnston - Fun (vinyl)
Dark Blue - Just Another Night with the Boys (7")
Diana Krall - Quiet Nights (reissue) (2xLP)
Diana Krall - The Look of Love (reissue) (2xLP)
Dilated Peoples - Directors of Photography (2xLP)
Donny Hathaway - The Best Of Donny Hathaway (vinyl)
Ensemble Economique - Melt Into Nothing (vinyl)
Evil United - Honored By Fire
FaltyDL - In the Wild (2xLP)
FKA Twigs - LP1
Frankie Knuckles - Beyond the Mix (vinyl)
Frankie Knuckles - Welcome to the Real World (vinyl)
Gene Simmons - Gene Simmons (reissue) (vinyl)
Grey Lands - Songs By Other People
Grifter - Return Of The Bearded Brethren
Gulp - Season Sun (vinyl)
Heartist - Feeding Fiction
Herman's Hermits - Their Greatest Hits (vinyl)
Joe Glazer - Garbage and Other Songs of Our Time (reissue) (vinyl)
Joe Glazer - Old Folks Ain't All the Same (reissue) (vinyl)
John & Jacob - John & Jacob
John 5 - Careful With That Axe
KISS - Alive: The Millennium Concert (vinyl)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Pika Pika Fantajin
Letting Up Despite Great Faults - Neon
Liam Betson - Cover of Hunter (colored vinyl)
Louvin Brothers - Complete Recorded Works: 1952-1962
Lucero  Live From Atlanta
Lykke Li - I Never Learn (vinyl)
Max Richter - Retrospective (4xCD)
Mirel Wagner - When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day (vinyl)
Nozinja - Tsekeleke (12")
Paul Stanley - Paul Stanley (reissue) (vinyl)
Peter Criss - Peter Criss (reissue) (vinyl)
Peter Escott - The Long O (vinyl)
Porter Robinson - Worlds (2xLP)
Prawn - Kingfisher (vinyl)
Rivergazer - Random Nostalgia (vinyl)
Rome Ramirez - Get Free
Roosevelt Sykes - Collection 1929-47
Saint Pepsi - Fiona Coyne / Fall Harder (7")
Sinead O'Connor - I'm Not Bossy I'm the Boss (vinyl)
Slaughterday - Ravenous
Sonny Rollins - The Studio Sound of Sonny (reissue) (vinyl)
Steve Aoki - Neon Future
Suzanne Vega - Close-Up Series
The 5, 6, 7, 8's - Bomb the Rocks: Singles (reisue) (2xLP)
The 5, 6, 7, 8's - Teenage Mojo Workout (reissue) (vinyl)
The Animals - The Best of the Animals (2xLP)
The Blackbyrds - City Life (vinyl)
The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Jazz at the College of the Pacific (reissue) (vinyl)
The Ergs - dorkrockcorkrod (vinyl)
The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt (vinyl)
The Modern Jazz Quartet - Concorde (vinyl)
The Pharmacy - Spells (vinyl)
The Underachievers - The Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium
Tre Mission - Stigmata (2xLP)
Twitching Tongues - World War LIVE
Upon A Burning Body - The World Is My Enemy Now
Various Artists - Collection 1941-62
Watsky - All You Can Do
Wheat - Medeiros (2xLP)
You Blew It! - You Blue It (vinyl)
Zookeeper - Pink Chalk (vinyl)
µ-Ziq - Rediffusion (12")


August 19

Accept - Blind Rage
Acrania - Totalitarian Dystopia
Addison Groove - Turn Up the Silence EP (12")
Amy Grant - In Motion: The Remixes (vinyl)
Apache Dropout - Heavy Window (vinyl)
Ark Life - The Dream of You and Me (vinyl)
Bad Case of Big Mouth - Straight Up Bad Luck
Bahamas - Bahamas Is Afie
Beach Day - Native Echoes
Better Than Ezra - Surprise
Bishop Allen - Lights Out (colored vinyl)
Bob Carpenter - Silent Passage (vinyl)
Botanist - VI: Flora (vinyl)
Buddy - Last Call For The Quiet Life
Cardinals Folly - Our Cult Continues!
Caroline Rose - I Will Not Be Afraid (vinyl)
Carrier - Lowlife
Castanets - Decimation Blues (vinyl)
Celebration - Albumen (vinyl)
Children Of Technology - Future Decay
Christian Gregory - Count On You (vinyl)
Coachwhips - Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine (vinyl)
Coliseum - Coliseum (reissue) (2xLP)
Com Truise - In Decay (vinyl)
Connections - Into Sixes (vinyl)
Cream - Best of Cream (reissue) (vinyl)
Crime - Murder By Guitar (vinyl)
Cross Examination - The Dawn of the Dude EP
Deadlock - The Re-Arrival
Dictated - The Deceived
Dr. John - Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch
DragonForce - Maximum Overload
Electric Würms - Musik, Die Schwer zu Twerk (vinyl)
Elvin Bishop - Can't Even Do Wrong Right
Empire Auriga - Ascending The Solar Throne
Extinction A.D. - Plague Prophecy
Fela Kuti - Confusion (reissue) (vinyl)
Fela Kuti - Sorrow, Tears and Blood (reissue) (vinyl)
Fela Kuti - Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense (reissue) (vinyl)
Free Time - Esoteric Tizz (7")
Grinder Blues - Grinder Blues
Gruppo d’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza - Gruppo d’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza (vinyl)
Halcyon Way - Conquer
He Is Legend - Heavy Fruit
Holly Herndon - Body Sound (10")
Human League - Dare! (vinyl)
Imogen Heap - Sparks (2xLP)
Israel Nash - Rain Plans (vinyl)
James Yorkston - The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society
Jenny Hval and Susanna - Meshes of Voice
Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas - Secret Evil (vinyl)
Jimmy Eat World - Clarity (reissue) (2xLP)
Jimmy Eat World - Futures (reissue) (2xLP)
Jimmy Eat World - Static Prevails (reissue) (2xLP)
jj - V (colored vinyl)
Joel Gion - Apple Bonkers (vinyl)
Johnny Touch - Inner City Wolves
Joy - Under the Spell of Joy (vinyl)
Julia Holter - Don't Make Me Over (7")
Julia Holter - Tragedy (reissue) (vinyl)
Karma To Burn - Arch Stanton
Kimbra - The Golden Echo (vinyl)
King 810 - Memoirs Of A Murderer
Kinks - Best of the Kinks 1964-1971
Literature - Chorus (vinyl)
Midge Ure - Fragile
Midnight - No Mercy For Mayhem
Moiré - Shelter
Monty Python - Monty Python's Total Rubbish: Super Deluxe
Moon Duo - Live in Ravenna (vinyl)
Museum Of Love - Museum Of Love
Music Go Music - Impressions (vinyl)
Ned Oldham - Further Gone (7")
Octoberman - What More What More
Orenda Fink - Blue Dream
Pallbearer - Foundations Of Burden
Paul Desmond - Take Ten (reissue) (vinyl)
Peliroja - Injusticia (vinyl)
Peter Jefferies - Electricity (2xLP)
Pillbuster - Brothel
Powerlord - The Awakening (reissue)
Punch - They Don't Have to Believe (vinyl)
Roadkill Ghost Choir - In Tongues
Roedelius - Flieg Vogel fliege (vinyl)
Rubblebucket - Survival Sounds (vinyl)
Sacrocurse - Unholier Master
Santana - Inner Secrets (reissue) (vinyl)
Sarah Jaffe - Don't Disconnect (vinyl)
Sleeping Bag - Deep Sleep (vinyl)
Sleeping Giant - Finished People
Smokey Robinson - Smokey & Friends
Souls of Mischief - There Is Only Now
Statik Selektah - What Goes Around
Stereo MCs - Connected (vinyl)
The Brokeoffs - Restless Leg
The Last Internationale - We Will Reign (vinyl)
The Offspring - Smash 20th Anniversary (reissue )(vinyl)
The Posies - Failure (reissue) (vinyl)
Trioscapes - Digital Dream Sequence
Various Artists - Kompakt Total 14 (2xLP)
Various Artists - Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited
Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood


August 26

Alraune - The Process of Self-Immolation
American - Coping With Loss
Ariana Grande - My Everything
Basement Jaxx - Junto (reissue) (2xLP)
Bastard Sapling - Instinct Is Forever
Battle Trance - Palace Of Wind
Bitchin Bajas - Bitchin Bajas (2xLP)
Brad Paisley - Moonshine In The Trunk
Cassie Ramone - Time Has Come
Circle Traps - Machine City EP (vinyl)
Cocksure - TVMALSV
Cold Specks - Neuroplasticity
Cymbals Eat Guitars - LOSE
Dry the River - Alarms in the Heat (vinyl)
Elephant Stone - The Three Poisons
Estrogen Highs - Hear Me On the Number Station (vinyl)
Etta James - Rocks the House (vinyl)
Famous Last Words - Council Of The Dead
Frnkiero And The Cellabration - Stomachaches
Full Force - With Love From Our Friends
Germ House - Showing Symptoms (vinyl)
Girl Tears - Tension (vinyl)
Gob - Apt. 13
High Ends - Super Class
High Inergy - Turnin' On
In the Valley Below - The Belt
J Dilla - The King of Beats (Ma Dukes Yancey Collector's Edition Box Set)
J Mascis - Tied to a Star
Liturgy - Renihilation (reissue)
Matchess - Seraphastra (vinyl)
Merchandise - After The End
MNDSGN - Yawn Zen
Mono/Poly - Golden Skies
Motorhead - Aftershock
Music Blues - Things Haven't Gone Well
Negative Scanner - Ambitious People / Evening News b/w R.I.P. (7")
Opeth - Pale Communion
Randy Bachman - Vinyl Tap Tour: Every Song Tells a Story
Robyn Hitchcock - The Man Upstairs
Royal Blood - Royal Blood
Rustie - Green Language (2xLP)
Sea of Bones - The Earth Wants Us Dead
Superdrag - Head Trip In Every Key (2xLP)
The Bug - Angels & Devils
The Front Bottoms - Rose (7")
The Griswolds - Be Impressive (vinyl)
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
The Rentals - Lost In Alphaville
The Wytches - Annabel Dream Reader
The Young - Chrome Cactus (vinyl)
Tinnarose - Tinnarose
Twin Atlantic - Great Divide
Ty Segall - The Manipulator
Walter TV - Appetite (vinyl)
Wand - Ganglian Reef (vinyl)
Z - Visions of Dune

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes


new arrivals from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Last Fair Day Gone Night by Katatonia

Katatonia was formed in 1991 by Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse. Their debut album, ‘Dance of December Souls’, was released in 1993, gaining the band recognition for their eclectic brand of gothic doom/death metal & joining acts such as Paradise Lost & My Dying Bride as one of the genre’s defining bands. On future albums a newer, sleeker Katatonia sound came to the fore, starting with a streamlined & structured collection of melodic dark rock songs that became third album ‘Discouraged Ones’; the main evolution point for modern day Katatonia.

‘Last Fair Day Gone Night’ features the Swedish dark rock/metal masters at their glorious best with this electrifying set from London’s esteemed Koko venue.

Recorded during a series of special celebratory shows to mark the band’s 20th anniversary during 2011’s ‘Last Fair Day Gone Night’ tour, founding members Anders Nyström & Jonas Renkse are joined by long-time drummer Daniel Liljekvist, plus guitarist Per Eriksson & bassist Niklas Sandin, for an exhilarating evening fuelled by a rich & extensive set of Katatonia tracks both past & present. Also includes a special performance of the landmark 2001 album ‘Last Fair Deal Gone Down’ in its entirety.

Deluxe Box With An 8 Page 12” Book

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The Silence In Black And White (Acoustic) by Hawthorne Heights

Hawthorne Heights will be releasing “The Silence In Black And White (Acoustic)” in celebration of the albums 10 year anniversary.

The album features all 11 tracks re-imagined for a truly unique re-release and a perfect homage to the album that put the band on the map.

“It’s hard to believe that after all these years, all these shows, and all these miles of highway, these songs still mean something to someone. It was so much fun to dive deep into these memories, and come out with fresh versions of songs that our fans have loved for years. It feels weird to think of it as an acoustic album, because it’s very much full band, as well as energetic. We tried to discover new depths; by digging into everything we have believed in all these years. We still believe in each other, we still believe in our fans, and we still believe in you.” – JT Woodruff (Vocals / Guitar)

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Sardonic Wrath by Darkthrone

Darkthrone originally formed in the late 80’s as a thrash/death metal act & progressed through a period technical death and doom metal experimentation to become legends of the black metal world & one of the original leading bands of the Norwegian scene.

 ‘Sardonic Wrath’ was initially released in 2004 and was Darkthrone’s final album for the Moonfog Productions label. With a suitably raw sound courtesy of Lars Klokkerhaug, the album delivers a wholly grim selection of black metal greatness courtesy of Nocturno Culto and Fenriz, with a dose of pure 80s metal influence as ever coursing through their veins. Regarded as a particular highlight of Darkthrone’s Moonfog era albums, ‘Sardonic Wrath’ also features guest vocals from Apollyon of countrymen Aura Noir/Immortal.

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Nirvana - Feels Like The First Time (On Sale)
2. Widespead Panic - Space Wrangler
3. The White Stripes - Let's Shake Hands
4. The White Stripes - Hand Springs (On Sale)
5. The White Stripes - LaFayette Blues
6. Widespread Panic - Everyday (Pre-Order)
7. The White Stripes - Hotel Yorba/Rated X
8. Widespread Panic (Pre-Order)

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POST-ROCK BAND ILYA SET TO RE-RELEASE LATEST ALBUM IN BLOOD (+BONUS TRACKS) ON SEPTEMBER 30

San Diego’s Beloved Band ILYA Follows-Up With Album After Eight-Year Hiatus with Tour Dates, a Renewed Sense of Purpose and a Rightful Place Next to Bands Like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Warpaint, Swans and Dead Can Dance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES, CA (WEDNESDAY JULY 23, 2014) – San Diego post-rock band ILYA (IlyaMusic.bandcamp.com) have confirmed Tuesday September 30 for the re-release of their third album In Blood (+Bonus Tracks). This is the bands first album of new music in close to a decade and is already proving to be their best work yet.

In Blood is a collection of dark, beautiful songs with deep attention to dynamics and mood, and a precision-like love for the subtleties and silence too often overlooked. A culmination of sounds and words so weighted you feel crushed, yet heightened by a delicate floating layer of hope, that leaves you clawing and scratching for more. Fans of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Warpaint, Swans and Dead Can Dance will find themselves right at home here.

An earlier version of In Blood was released regionally in and around San Diego to much fanfare this past spring. However, this new edition adds two new bonus tracks.

Pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl, with a beautiful full color Gatefold jacket. All vinyl purchases come with a free digital download.

Pre-Order HERE

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from our friends at EnjoyTheRideRecords

Rob Zombie- Hellbilly Deluxe Coming on 180 Gram Vinyl

Rob Zombie's TRIPLE PLATINUM debut album 'Hellbilly Deluxe'

Available on vinyl as a non picture disc with complete artwork for the FIRST TIME

Pressed on 180 Gram Aqua/Orange/Green Swirl, Limited to 500 Copies & Exclusively Available At The Enjoy The Ride Records Webstore.

Housed in a Gatefold Jacket & 2 Sided Full Color Insert featuring Lyrics & original artwork by Rob Zombie

Each Order will also come with an individually numbered sticker of 1-500 which can be applied to anywhere on the jacket once open

You can order it tomorrow at EnjoyTheRideRecords

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ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST Announces 40th Anniversary Edition of Frank Zappa’s Apostrophe(’) on 180-Gram Vinyl

The ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST presents more freshly remastered music with the 40th Anniversary Edition of Frank Zappa’s Apostrophe(’)on audiophile quality 180-gram vinyl. Cut directly from the original quarter-inch stereo analog master tapes, the special edition of the iconic 1974 album will be released on September 30.

Featuring definitive Zappa cuts “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow” and “Cosmik Debris” among its original nine tracks, Apostrophe(’)was Zappa’s highest-charting album, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. The Gold-certified album has been remastered for vinyl by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and manufactured for the world at Pallas Group in Germany.

The 40th Anniversary Edition of Apostrophe(’)continues the ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST’s ongoing commitment to the restoration of Frank Zappa’s albums on audiophile quality vinyl. Joe Travers, Vaultmaster, Zappa Archives, is working on the new LP releases with Bellman.

In 2012, when the rights to the iconic composer’s masters reverted back to Zappa Records and the ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST--headed by Zappa’s widow Gail Zappa--the family made his entire recorded catalog available on iTunes for the first time and began remastering the albums for reissue on vinyl. Presented with proper care and attention to detail, the releases honor the iconic legacy of the Composer, Guitarist, Bandleader, Filmmaker and Irrepressible Wit.

Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. The official biography: Frank Zappa, American composer, fl. 1940-1993.

For more information, go to www.zappa.com.

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Sweet Bird of Youth - The Rock*A*Teens  (reissue)

When Sweet Bird was released, the band was approaching the end of its existence. A few tours went by. 2001 turned into 2002, and the band was barely doing anything at all. Understandably. The band members all had their own lives, their own jobs, and their own destinies. The band’s final concert on New Year’s Eve ’02 wasn’t sheepish but rather a triumphant farewell. Lopez sang without his guitar on, standing on the monitors and screaming “I am the car, and I am the driver!” The crowd was as jubilant as the band.

Much like their performances back then, their body of work is a true catharsis. They were a truly homegrown band from Georgia that couldn’t possibly be mistaken for being from anywhere else. For anybody that ever wants a glimpse into what Cabbagetown was all about back then, the Rock*A*Teens’ Sweet Bird of Youth is a glorious introductory step.  —Henry H. Owings, Atlanta, January 2014

Order at Merge

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wonderful news for the folks in las vegas!

11th Street Records brings vinyl shop and a recording studio Downtown








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Lost 'Wild Style' Breakbeats Unearthed For Lavish 7-Disc Vinyl Set











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yeah, yeah, it's not vinyl, but it is ozzy:


OZZY OSBOURNE To Release 'Memoirs Of A Madman' CD, Two-Disc DVD In October











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Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Music

1. Mandatory Fun ~ Weird Al Yankovic
2. Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale) ~ Eric Clapton
3. Hypnotic Eye ~ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
4. CSNY 1974 (3 CD + DVD) ~ Crosby Stills Nash & Young
5. Lowborn ~ Anberlin
6. Yes! ~ Jason Mraz
7. Heaven & Earth ~ Yes
8. Begin Again: Music From & Inspired By The Original Motion Picture ~ Various Artists
9. Kidz Bop 26 ~ Kidz Bop Kids
10. In The Lonely Hour ~ Sam Smith

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GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 7/14 - 7/20, 2014

Vinyl Top 25
1. Widespread Panic - Space Wrangler
2. Jack White - Lazaretto
3. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
4. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
5. The Clean - Anthology
6. Trampled By Turtles - Wild Animals
7. Various - Country Funk II
8. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
9. Fela Kuti - Expensive Shit
10. Bleachers - Strange Desire
11. The Black Keys - Turn Blue
12. Reigning Sound - Shattered
13. Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business
14. John Hiatt - Terms Of My Surrender
15. Pink Floyd - The Division Bell
16. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
17. Beck - Morning Phase
18. Arctic Monkeys - AM
19. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
20. Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
21. MODOC - MODOC
22. Ed Sheeran - X
23. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II (deluxe 2LP)
24. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
25. Lambchop - Nixon

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album cover art of the day:


HELLION To Release 'Karma's A Bitch' Mini-Album 

Music History - July 23


In 1955, Slim Whitman's "Rose Marie" rose to the top of the UK singles chart where it would stay for 11 weeks. It was a record that would last 36 years until Bryan Adams spent 16 weeks at the top with "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You."

In 1955, Chuck Berry released "Maybellene," his first single and first hit. "Maybellene" is considered one of the pioneering rock and roll singles: Rolling Stone magazine wrote, "Rock & roll guitar starts here." The record is an early instance of the complete rock and roll package: youthful subject matter, small guitar-driven combo, clear diction, and an atmosphere of unrelenting excitement. The song was a major hit among both black and white audiences and it was quickly covered by several other artists after its initial release. In 1988 "Maybellene" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for its influence as a rock and roll single. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included "Maybellene" in their list of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll list. The song sold one million copies by the end of 1955.

In 1958, Ersel Hickey performed on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1959, Gerry Granahan was a guest performer on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1962, Marvin Gaye released the single "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow." It became his first major hit, after releasing three singles and a jazz standards album that attracted little attention.

In 1962, singer/actor James Darren appeared on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1963, at a studio in Winnipeg, Manitoba, high school student Neil Young and his band the Squires recorded their first single, a surf instrumental called "The Sultan."

In 1963, Freddy Cannon guested on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1964, the Beatles were at #1 on the UK singles chart with "A Hard Day's Night," the group's fifth UK #1.

In 1964, the Beatles performed at the Night of a Hundred Stars in London.

In 1965, the Supremes released their third studio album, 'More Hits By the Supremes.' The album, their third regular studio LP, includes two number-one hits: "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Back in My Arms Again", as well as the Top 20 single "Nothing but Heartaches". The album peaked at #6 on the US album chart and #2 on the R&B album chart. To further underscore their popularity, each girl's signature was autographed on the album cover.

In 1965, ABC-TV's "Where The Action Is" featured performances by the Kinks, Linda Scott, Jimmy Velvet, and Steve Alaimo.

In 1966, the Cavern Club in Liverpool was reopened by Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

In 1966, the Troggs led the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with their version of "Wild Thing". Lead singer Reg Presley would later say that after hearing the song for the first time, he was hesitant to record it because the words were " so corny."

In 1966, Napoleon XIV released the single "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" In the song, the story is told in the first-person by an insane dog owner who is raving he will be taken away to a mental institution, referring to it as the "funny farm" and "happy home." His dog has run away and he is having an imaginary discussion with it ("Well you just wait, they'll find you yet, and when they do they'll put you in the ASPCA, you mangy mutt"). The cover art shows a spoof "Napoleon" holding an invisible dog on a leash, the collar being next to a fire hydrant (presumably so the dog can relieve itself). Released on Warner Bros. Records, the song became an instant success in the US, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 popular music singles chart in August.  The song has the distinction of being the song to drop the furthest within the Top 40 in a single week. It charted for five weeks during 1966; in week 3 it peaked at #3, it scored #5 in week 4, and fell to #37 in week 5. This was due to radio programmers removing the song from their playlists, fearing an adverse reaction from people who might consider the song as ridiculing the mentally ill. This occurred most notably in the New York market, where both the New York Top 40 music radio stations of the time, WABC and WMCA, banned broadcasting of the song.

In 1966, the Turtles and Donna Loren performed on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1966, country star Roger Miller reaches Billboard's Hot 100 with a novelty tune called "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd." It will climb to #40.

In 1966, "Sunny" by Bobby Hebb enters the Billboard charts, where it will reach #2 during an 11 week run. The song was written about Bobby's brother, who had been killed by a mugger in 1963, and started out as an album filler until it was picked for a single release. The record rose to #12 in the UK.

In 1966, Frank Sinatra had the top selling album in the US with 'Strangers In The Night.' The LP would be the most successful of his career, being certified Platinum for 1 million copies sold in the US. The title track would earn him two Grammy awards for Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal Performance.

In 1968, the Iveys, later known as Badfinger, signed with Apple Records.

In 1969, the Rolling Stones were at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Honky Tonk Women," the group's 8th and last UK #1 hit.

In 1969, James Brown walks out of L.A. Mayor Sam Yorty's office when the mayor fails to show up at 10 a.m. as promised. Yorty was going to present Brown with a proclamation declaring James Brown Day.

In 1971, the Rolling Stones and the late Brian Jones' father sue ex-manager Allen Klein for $29 million over the mismanagement of funds.

In 1971, the Moody Blues released their seventh album, 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.' The album reached #1 on the British album charts, in addition to a three week stay at #2 in the United States, and produced one top-40 single, "The Story in Your Eyes." The track "Emily's Song" was written by John Lodge for his newborn daughter.

In 1976, Wings released the single "Let 'Em In" from their 1976 album 'Wings at the Speed of Sound.' It was written and sung by Paul McCartney and reached the top 3 in both the US and the UK. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of over one million copies. It can also be found on McCartney's 1987 compilation album, 'All the Best!'

In 1976, the Spinners hosted "The Midnight Special" on NBC-TV, with guests the Captain & Tennille, Starbuck, Eric Carmen, and Henry Gross.

In 1977, Led Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham was charged with assault after a concert at the Oakland Coliseum in California. Bonham and band manager Peter Grant had the help of their bodyguard in roughing up a security employee at the venue. After pleading guilty to misdemeanors, the accused settle out of court for two million dollars. The tour would eventually be cancelled after Robert Plant's son died a few days later.

Also in 1977, Who drummer Keith Moon joined Led Zeppelin on stage during a gig at The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles playing a duet with Zeppelin drummer John Bonham before taking to the microphone and attempting to sing.

In 1977, Foreigner's "Cold As Ice" was released. It became one of the best known songs of the band in the US, peaking at #6 in the Billboard Hot 100. It was initially the B-side of some versions of the "Feels Like the First Time" 45 rpm single.  It is featured in the video game Rock Band 3.

In 1977, Peter Frampton had the best selling single in America with "I'm In You." Both the song and the album of the same name would go on to reach Platinum status.

In 1977, although it failed to catch on in the UK, "Looks Like We Made It" becomes Barry Manilow's third US number one single. The song had been written by Richard Kerr, the same man who wrote the music for Manilow's first number one, "Mandy."

In 1977, Donna Summer's Disco hit "I Feel Love" tops the UK chart in the first of a four week stay.

In 1979, the Ayatollah Khomenini bans all forms of rock 'n' roll in Iran, claiming it has a corrupting influence.

In 1980, keyboard player with the Grateful Dead Keith Godchaux died after being involved in a car accident aged 32. He co-wrote songs with Lowell George (of Little Feat) and was a member of The New Riders of the Purple Sage.

In 1983, 'Synchronicity,' by the Police went to #1 on the Billboard album chart for the first of seventeen weeks.

In 1985, bandleader Kay Kaiser, a popular radio personality of the 1930s and 1940s, died of heart failure at age 80.

In 1987, the remaining Beatles sued EMI for $40 million in back royalties and the rights to their catalog.

In 1988, after forty-nine weeks on the US album chart, 'Hysteria' by Def Leppard went to the #1 position.

In 1988, Richard Marx went to #1 on the US singles chart with "Hold On To The Nights," his first US #1 single.

In 1989, Ringo Starr launched his first tour since the break-up of the Beatles with a show in Dallas. Starr began the concert with his 1971 hit "It Don't Come Easy." His backup band included guitarist Joe Walsh, organist Billy Preston and Bruce Springsteen's sax man Clarence Clemons. 

In 1990, filming began on the movie 'Falling From Grace.' It is John Mellencamps acting and directing debut.

In 1994, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter after Frank Zappa, who had died the previous December.

In 1995, two R.E.M. fans died at Dublin's Slane Castle gig, one drowned in the River Boyne and the other was allegedly pushed from a bridge.

In 1996, Rob Collins, keyboard player with the Charlatans died in a car crash, aged 29. Collins had been recording keyboard parts for the Charlatans 5th album ‘Tellin' Stories’ at a studio in Wales. An investigation into the accident showed that Collins had consumed a sizable amount of alcohol and was not wearing a seatbelt. He died from head injuries on the roadside shortly after the accident having been thrown through the windscreen.

In 1996, singer/songwriter Fiona Apple released her debut album, 'Tidal.'  The LP produced six singles: "Shadowboxer," "Slow Like Honey," "Sleep to Dream," "The First Taste," "Criminal" and "Never Is a Promise." "Criminal," the album's most popular single, won a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

In 1998, Iron Maiden singer Blaze Bayley was advised by his doctor to not sing for a month as treatment for his throat problems, forcing the band to cancel the remainder of its US tour dates.

In 1999, singer John Hiatt replaced Talking Heads frontman David Byrne as host for the third and final season of the PBS-TV performance series "Sessions at West 54th."

In 2000, *NSYNC went to #1 on the US singles chart with "It's Gonna Be Me."

In 2000, the Corrs started a two-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'In Blue.'

In 2001, 59 year old Paul McCartney, who lost his first wife Linda to cancer three years ago, becomes engaged to 33 year old Heather Mills, an activist for the disabled. It will be the first marriage for the 33-year-old Mills, a former swimwear model whose left leg was amputated below the knee after she was run down by a police motorcyclist in 1993. The pair would split in 2006 and divorce in 2008 with a settlement that cost Macca millions.

In 2001, Megadeth was banned from performing in Malaysia after the government deemed their imagery as inappropriate for youths.

In 2003, the Sun Records studio in Memphis was designated a national historic landmark. 

In 2004, guitarist Bill Brown died of smoke inhalation in a house fire. Member of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils and the Titanic Blues Band.

In 2005, accordionist Myron Floren, longtime cast member of TV's "The Lawrence Welk Show," died of cancer at age 85.

In 2005, Queen's 1985 Live Aid performance was voted the best rock concert ever by over 7,000 UK Sony Ericsson music fans. Radiohead were voted the best festival act for their 1997 Glastonbury performance and Bob Dylan's 1966 Manchester Free Trade Hall gig won the best ever solo gig.

In 2007, Motown songwriter Ron Miller died of cardiac arrest after a long battle with emphysema and cancer at 74.

In 2008, Kid Rock was sentenced to a year on probation and fined $1,000 (£501) for his part in a fight in an Atlanta waffle restaurant in 2007. The 37-year-old, also received 80 hours community service and six hours of anger management counselling. The rapper pleaded no contest to one count of battery. Four other assault charges were dropped. Kid Rock had been performing at a gig in Atlanta before stopping off in his tour bus in the early hours of the morning. The fight took place when an argument broke out with another customer at the restaurant.

In 2008, a waxwork model of Amy Winehouse was unveiled at Madame Tussauds. The singer's parents, Mitch and Janis, revealed the model, ‘complete with trademark beehive and sailor tattoos,' at the London attraction. Earlier in the week her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, was jailed for 27 months for attacking a pub landlord and perverting the course of justice.

In 2009, on the afternoon of tonight's concert at First Energy Park, Lakewood, New Jersey, Bob Dylan was picked up by a young policewoman who had been alerted of a man who was 'acting suspiciously'. The police officer drove up to Dylan, who was wearing a blue jacket, and asked him his name, but she did not recognise him. When he was unable to produce any identification, Dylan was driven to his hotel where staff were able to vouch for him. The incident happened when Dylan decided to go for a walk in the afternoon while on tour with Willie Nelson who were due to perform at the local baseball stadium with John Mellencamp.

In 2010, surgical instruments allegedly used to conduct Elvis Presley's autopsy were removed from an upcoming auction amid doubts about their authenticity. Forceps, needle injectors, rubber gloves and a toe tag were among the items that were expected to fetch about $14,000 at Chicago, Illinois' Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. The so-called "memorabilia" was supposedly kept by a senior embalmer at the Memphis Funeral Home where the singer's body was stored prior to his funeral, but the claims were questioned after another employee revealed that the equipment was sterilized and used again in other autopsies.

In 2011, Amy Winehouse was found dead at her north London home, she was 27. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and that the cause of death was as yet unexplained. London Ambulance Service said it had been called to the flat at 1554 BST and sent two vehicles but the woman died. The troubled singer had a long battle with drink and drugs which overshadowed her recent musical career. In 2012, Winehouse was listed at number 26 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music. The BBC has called her "the pre-eminent vocal talent of her generation.

In 2011, a yellow Ferrari previously owned by Eric Clapton sold for £66,500 at auction. The rare 2003 Ferrari 575 Maranello, which had only 10,000 miles on the clock, was snapped up by a private buyer at a sale at the Classic Car Sale at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England. The yellow Maranello was bought new by Mr Clapton, who signed its service book, was later sold to BBC radio presenter Chris Evans.

In 2013, Beyonce soldiered through a concert in Montreal, Canada after her hair got tangled in the blades of a fan. The singer was performing "Halo" from an audience pit when the incident happened. She continued to sing her encore while security guards tried to extract her from the fan, which was mounted on the edge of the stage.

birthdays today include (among others): Cleveland Duncan (Penguins) (79), Tony Joe White (71), Andy MacKay (Roxy Music) (68), David Essex (67), Blair Thornton (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) (64), Ian Thomas (64), Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) (53), Tim Kellett (Simply Red) (50), Nick Menza (Megadeth) (50), Alison Krauss (43), Steve Jocz (Sum 41) (33), Matthew Murphy (Wombats) (30) and Slash (born Saul Hudson) (49)


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Music Releases - July 22, 2014


Some great vinyl reissues on this week's release list including Gentle Giant's 1974 effort 'The Power and the Glory,' a 3 LP live set from James Brown 'Love Power Peace,' Aretha Franklin's  1972 double LP release 'Amazing Grace,' Duran Duran's 'Rio,' a 3 LP set from the Grateful Dead (arranged by John Oswald) called 'Grayfolded' and several from Southern California-based stoner/desert rock band Kyuss.  



(hed)p.e. - Evolution
5 Seconds Of Summer - 5 Seconds Of Summer
50 Cent - Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win (2xLP)
Alessandro Cortini - Sonno (2xLP)
Allman Brothers Band - The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings (4xLP)
Alvvays - Alvvays (vinyl)
Anberlin - Lowborn
Anti-Flag - A Document of Dissent 1993-2013 (2xLP)
Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace (reissue) (2xLP)
Average White Band - All the Pieces: The Complete Studio Recordings 1971-2003
Bastard Feast - Osculum Infame
Bear’s Den - Elysium
Beatles - Japanese Box
Bionic Boogie - Hot Butterfly (expanded edition)
Blind Thorns - Blind Thorns (vinyl)
Blue Magic - Welcome Back
Bonny Billy and the Picket Line - Funtown Comedown (tape)
Bowl Ethereal - Bowl Ethereal (7")
Brand New Heavies - Allaboutthefunk
Brass Construction - III & IV
Bucks Fizz - Remixes & Rarities: Special Collector's Edition
Burden Of Grief - Unchained
Ca$hflow - Cashflow (expanded edition)
Chris Smither - Still on the Levee
Cold Blood - Live at the Fillmore West 30th June 1971
Colony House - When I Was Younger
Common - Nobody Smiling (2xLP)
Cormega - Mega Philosophy
Corrupt Moral Altar - Mechanical Tides
Crown The Empire - The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways
Crystal Eyes - Killer
Dakota Suite and Quentin Sirjacq - There Is Calm to Be Done (vinyl)
Dalhous - Will to Be Well (2xLP)
Dan Melchior Und Das Menace - Hunger (vinyl)
Donato Dozzy and Say DJ - Polarity EP (12")
Donny Hathaway - Extension of a Man (vinyl)
Drenge - Drenge (vinyl)
Duran Duran - Rio (reissue) (2xLP)
Echoes - The Pursuit
Electric Funeral - Total Funeral
Eloise Laws - Eloise (expanded edition)
Elvis Presley - Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5 (reissue) (vinyl)
Entrails - Resurrected From The Grave - Demo Collection
Exiles From Clowntown - Tape Scissors Rock (vinyl)
Fairport Convention - Live at My Fathers Place
Field Mouse - Hold Still Life (vinyl)
Fire! Orchestra - Enter (2xLP)
Fleetwood Mac - Boston Vol. 3 (2xLP)
Flock - Heaven Bound: The Lost Album
Floor - Homegoings and Transitions / Shadowline (12")
Floorplan aka Robert Hood - Never Grow Old/Phobia (12")
Forevermore - Telos
Four Year Strong - Go Down In History
Fozzy - Do You Wanna Start A War
Freda Payne - Come Back to Me Love
Freeman - Freeman (vinyl)
Gene the Southern Child x Parallel Thought - Southern Meridian (vinyl)
Gentle Giant - The Power and the Glory (reissue) (vinyl)
Got A Girl - I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
Graham Parker & the Rumour - Don't Ask Me Questions: The Best of (1 CD)
Graham Parker & the Rumour - Very Best of (2 CD)
Gramercy Arms -  The Seasons Of Love
Grateful Dead | John Oswald - Grayfolded (reissue) (3xLP)
GURRUMUL - GURRUMUL
Haitian Rail - Solarists
Hook and Anchor - Hook and Anchor (vinyl)
Hot Tuna - Live at the Fillmore West 3rd July 1971
Hyrrokkin - Pristine Origin (vinyl)
Ill Nino - Till Death, La Familia
Ion Vein - Ion Vein
James Brown - Get On Up: The James Brown Story: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
James Brown - Love Power Peace (reissue) (3xLP)
Jesse McCartney - In Technicolor
Jim Croce - Lost Time in a Bottle
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Greatest Hits (2 CDs)
Joe Henderson - Page One (reissue) (vinyl)
Joni Mitchell - Hejira (reissue) (vinyl)
Jonwayne - Cassette on Vinyl (vinyl)
Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again (vinyl)
Kaskade - I Remember
Keitzer - The Last Defence
Kinfeworld - The Unravelling
King Creosote - From Scotland With Love
King Of Asgard - Karg
Kyuss - ...And the Circus Leaves Town (reissue) (vinyl)
Kyuss - Blues for the Red Sun (reissue) (vinyl)
Kyuss - Welcome to Sky Valley (reissue) (vinyl)
Kyuss - Wretch (reissue) (2xLP)
La Hell Gang - Thru Me Again (vinyl)
La Roux - Trouble In Paradise
Lawrence English - Wilderness of Mirrors (vinyl)
Liam Betson - The Cover of Hunter
Mamaleek - He Never Said A Mumblin' Word
Marillion - A Sunday Night Above The Rain
Martyrdod - Elddop
Matthew Young - Recurring Dreams (vinyl)
Max Richter - The Congress OST (vinyl)
Michael Henderson - Take Me I'm Yours: The Essential Selection
Midnight Masses - Departures (vinyl)
Mike Doughty - Live at Ken's House
Modeselektor - Modeselektion Vol. 3 #2 (12")
Monomyth - Saturnalia Regalia!
Mustered Courage - Powerlines
Mutilation Rites - Harbinger
Neil Hamburger - First of Dismay (vinyl)
Nightbox - The Panic Sequence EP (vinyl)
Nona - Through the Head (vinyl)
Norman Connors - Starship: The Essential Selection
OBN IIIs - Live in San Francisco (vinyl)
Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy (2xLP)
Omnihility - Deathscapes Of The Subconscious
One Finger Riot -The Sea
Origin - Omnipresent
Overkill - White Devil Armory
Paul Laurence - Haven't You Heard (expanded edition)
Pet Slimmers of the Year - Fragment of Uniforms
Phil Ochs - Live in Lansing 1973
Provoke, Destroy - Vulture
PS I Love You - For Those Who Stay
Pusswhip Banggang - Jambalaya (picture disc)
Rage Nucleaire - Black Storm Of Violence
Real Friends - Maybe This Place Is the Same and We’re Just Changing (vinyl)
Reaper - An Aetheist Monument,
Richard Thompson - Acoustic Classics
Running - Frizzled E (7")
RX Bandits - Gemini, Her Majesty (2x10")
Saga - Saga City
Sammy Kershaw - Do You Know Me: A Tribute to George Jones
Stacy Lattisaw - Take Me All The Way (expanded edition)
Sten Sandell and Paal Nilssen-Love - Jacana (vinyl)
Steve Lawrence - Walking Proud: 1959-66
Test of Time - By Design
The Amazing Snakeheads - Amphetamine Ballads (vinyl)
The Black Angels - Clear Lake Forest
The Dagger - The Dagger
The Males - Her Golden Blood EP
The Phantom Band - Strange Friend
The Story So Far - Songs of (Acoustic EP) (vinyl)
To Rococo Rot - Instrument
To The Wind - Block Out The Sun & Sleep
Torch Runner - Committed to the Ground (vinyl)
Van Morrison - Complete Bang Sessions (vinyl)
Various Artists - Britpop at the BBC
Various Artists - Cherry Red Indie Hits: 1981-1982
Various Artists - Cherry Red Indie Hits: 1983-1984
Various Artists - Motown Northern Soul
Vices - New Breed
War Of Ages - Supreme Chaos
Weird Al Yankovic - Mandatory Fun
White Fence - For the Recently Found Innocent (vinyl)
Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey - Going Back Home (7")
Within The Ruins - Phenomena
Yes - Heaven & Earth
ZZ Top - Live at Montreux 2013
ZZ Top - The Very Baddest Of

Music History - July 22


In 1956, while a song from his first recording session called "Blue Days, Black Nights" is receiving airplay in the UK, Buddy Holly heads back to a studio in Nashville to lay down additional tracks. He is currently appearing at live gigs billed as Buddy Holly And The Three Tunes.

In 1957, at Columbia Studios in New York, Marty Robbins recorded "She Was Only Seventeen (He Was One Year More)," and "The Story Of My Life." The latter song, a Hal David-Burt Bacharach composition, was the songwriting team's first hit record. 

In 1957, Lee Andrews And The Hearts released the single "Long Lonely Nights."

In 1958, Somethin' Smith & The Redheads and the Dubs performed on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1959, in Toronto, the first Canadian jazz festival opened with performances by Maynard Ferguson, Oscar Peterson, and special guest Louis Armstrong.

Also in 1959, in New York, Bobby Darin recorded his composition "I'll Be There."

In 1963, the Beatles kicked of a UK tour with Gerry and the Pacemakers and Tommy Quickly, at the Odeon Cinema, Weston-Super-Mare.

In 1963, Bobby Vinton appeared on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1963, the Beatles' first US album, 'Introducing The Beatles' was pressed by Vee-Jay Records. When it was released in January 1964, Capitol Records filed an injunction against Vee-Jay in an attempt to keep them from "manufacturing, distributing, advertising, or otherwise disposing of records by the Beatles." The trial that followed resulted in Vee-Jay being allowed to release Beatles records only until October 15, 1964.

In 1964, "Bikini Beach," starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Martha Hyers, and Don Rickles, with appearances by singers Little Stevie Wonder and Donna Loren, opened in US and Canadian movie theaters. This was the third in a series of seven 1960s beach films produced by American International Pictures.

In 1965, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman from the Rolling Stones were each fined £5 at East Ham Magistrates Court, London after being found guilty of insulting behaviour at a Romford Road service station. The three had all urinated against a wall.

In 1965, ABC-TV's "Where The Action Is" featured performances by Junior Walker & The All-Stars, Steve Alaimo, Linda Scott, and Paul Revere And The Raiders.

In 1966, ABC-TV's "Where The Action Is" featured the Grass Roots, Ian Whitcomb, Keith Allison, Steve Alaimo, and the Robbs.

In 1966, John Mayall and Eric Clapton released the album 'Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton.' The album is also known as Beano because of its cover photograph showing Clapton reading The Beano, a British children's comic. The guitar that Eric Clapton used during these sessions was a sunburst 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard with two PAF Humbucking pickups. The album consists of blues standards by long-established artists such as Otis Rush, Freddie King and Robert Johnson, as well as a few originals penned by Mayall and Clapton. Most tracks serve as a showcase for the young Clapton's playing.

In 1967, this week's UK Top 5 singles: #5, "A Whiter Shade Of Pale," Procol Harum, #4, "She'd Rather Be With Me," the Turtles, #3, "It Must Be Him," Vikki Car', #2, "Alternate Title," the Monkees and #1, "All You Need Is Love," the Beatles.

In 1967, Vanilla Fudge made their live debut in New York.

In 1967, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother & the Holding Co. appeared at the Convention Hall, San Diego, California.

In 1967, Pink Floyd appeared at The Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, Scotland. The venue is home to one of Scotland's finest dance floors - famous for its bounce - which floats on fixed steel springs. During the 1960s The Beatles, (in 1963), the Small Faces and Cream all appeared at the Beach.

In 1967, the Doors perform "Crystal Ship" and "Light My Fire" on American Bandstand. The Bee Gees also appeared on the show.

In 1968, on location in Arizona, Elvis Presley began filming his 29th movie, a western titled "Charro!" It is the only Elvis movie in which he wore a beard, and the only one in which he did not sing on-camera. Just two songs were recorded for the film, but only the Mac Davis-composed title track was used during the credits.

In 1969, Aretha Franklin is arrested for disorderly conduct after creating a disturbance in a Detroit parking lot. After posting 50-dollars bail, she ran down a road sign while leaving the police station.

In 1970, "(They Long To Be) Close To You" by the Carpenters was the #1 song.

In 1971, John and Yoko spent the second day filming the ‘Imagine’ promotional film at their home in Tittenhurst Park Ascot, England. Today's footage included the morning walk on the grounds though the mist and John Lennon singing "Imagine" in the white room on his white piano. The song received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll; it was ranked the 3rd greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone in its "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

In 1971, thirteen days after lead singer Jim Morrison passed away, the Doors are awarded a Gold album for 'L.A. Woman.' The LP included "Lover Her Madly" and "Riders on the Storm."

In 1971, Stevie Wonder released the single "If You Really Love Me," one of his last recordings to feature Motown's backup band the Funk Brothers. Shortly after, Wonder left the Hitsville USA studios in Detroit to record in New York and played most of the instruments himself.

In 1972, Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Sweden for possession of drugs.

In 1972, Loggins & Messina and Butch Patrick appeared on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1973, singer/songwriter Larry Finnegan died of a brain tumor at the age of 34.

In 1974, Stevie Wonder released his 17th studio album, 'Fulfillingness First Finale.'  The album won Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal, Best Male Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance (for "Boogie On Reggae Woman"), and Album of the Year in 1974.

Also in 1974, the Commodores released their debut studio album, 'Machine Gun.'

In 1977, Stiff Records released 'My Aim Is True' the debut album from Elvis Costello in the UK (March 1978 in the US). The album cover was designed by Barney Bubbles, but he was uncredited on the sleeve. The cover art features rows of tiny black and white checks (surrounding the photo of Costello) on which the phrase "Elvis Is King" was written. Costello's pose on the cover would become an iconic look for him, with the Buddy Holly glasses and the knees bent inwards together. He struck a similar pose in the photo on the back of the original sleeve. In 2004, it was #37 of the top 100 albums of the 1970s by Pitchfork which reported the album to be "held by many as the most impressive debut in pop music history."

In 1977, while on stage in Cohasset, Massachusetts, Tony Orlando shocked the crowd and his group, Dawn, by announcing his retirement from show business. Following a short illness, Tony was back at work two months later, but could never find the chart success he once enjoyed.

In 1978, Rick James guested on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1979, Little Richard, now known as the Reverend Richard Pennman told his congregation about the evils of rock & roll music, declaring 'If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody.'

In 1987, a jury in New York ruled that Morris Albert's 1975 composition "Feelings" was plagiarized from "Pour Toi," a song written in 1956 by French composer Lou Lou Geste. The jury ruled that Geste was owed at least a half million dollars in royalties. Albert's rendition had reached #6 in the US and #4 in the UK in 1975.

In 1989, Juice Newton was a guest performer on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1989, former actress Martika started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Toy Soldiers," a #5 hit in the UK.

In 1994, more than 54,000 fans packed Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as Billy Joel and Elton John performed the first of five concerts together.

In 1995, Canadian singer David Clayton-Thomas angered patrons at a Blood, Sweat And Tears concert in the heavily Jewish Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield. Halfway through the show he remarked that the weather was "as hot as the last train car going to Auschwitz." Clayton-Thomas later apologized, saying he spoke "in the heat of the moment."

In 1995, singer/songwriter ("Sh-Boom") Jimmy Keyes, a founding member of the doo-wop quintet the Chords, the first rhythm & blues group to crack the pop music Top 10, died following an operation for an aneurysm at the age of 65.

In 1996, the parents of a murdered girl claim that the three boys who perpetrated the crime were influenced by the lyrics of Slayer. A judge later ruled against them.

In 1996, Donovan was forced to postpone a comeback tour of the US because of a 30-year-old marijuana conviction in the UK. American authorities delayed granting him a waiver to enter the country. The tour was designed to promote Donovan's first album of new material in a dozen years.

In 1999, Gary "Gar" Samuelson, the drummer for Megadeth from 1984 through 1987, died of liver failure at the age of 41.

In 1999, Woodstock 1999 began its scheduled four days of rock music in Rome, New York. It was the second large-scale music festival after Woodstock '94 that tried to emulate the original Woodstock Festival of 1969, but is remembered for media reports of violence, rape, fires and an abrupt ending of the show. Like the previous Woodstock festivals it was performed in upstate New York, this time in Rome, New York, around 200 miles from the site of the original event. Approximately 200,000 people attended the festival.

In 2000, Oasis appeared at London's Wembley Stadium, the gig was broadcast live around the world on TV.

In 2003, Jane's Addiction released their third studio album, 'Strays.' Upon its first week of release, the album sold 110,500 copies in the US and is currently certified Gold. The single, "Just Because," was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004.

In 2004, bass singer/songwriter/producer Arthur Crier, a founding member of the Halos, died following a heart attack at age 69.

In 2004, jazz saxophonist Jean-Baptiste Illinois Jacquet, who played with Count Basie, Charles Mingus, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton, died after a heart attack at 81.

Also in 2004, singer, songwriter and producer Arthur Crier died of heart failure. Member of the Chimes and had worked with Little Eva, Gene Pitney, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Ben E. King, Johnny Nash and the Coasters.

In 2005, Eugene Record, the lead singer of the Chi-lites, died of cancer at the age of 65. The group is most often remembered for the 1972 US #1 single "Oh Girl" and 1972 UK #3 single "Have You Seen Her."

In 2005, research by a car insurance company showed that listening to the wrong sort of music when driving can lead to aggression and distraction. Dr Nicola Dibben a music psychologist said ‘singing while driving stimulates the mind.’ Songs recommended included Pulp’s "Disco 2000" and "Hey Ya" by Outcast, but the Dr said songs like the Prodigy’s "Firestarter" should be avoided.

In 2006, Johnny Cash was at #1 on the US album chart with ‘American V: A Hundred Highways.’ Released posthumously on July 4, the vocal parts were recorded before Cash's death, but the instruments were not recorded until 2005.

In 2010, Grammy-award winning singer Al Jarreau was in intensive care in a French hospital after suffering breathing problems in the Alps, forcing him to cancel four concerts. Jarreau's manager said the 70-year-old singer "is awake and he's concerned" about missing concerts. Since then, Jarreau has made a full recovery and continued to tour extensively.

In 2013, the Rolling Stones celebrated their homecoming in London with an iTunes-only live album titled "The Rolling Stones - Hyde Park Live", which featured many of the band's greatest hits.

birthdays today include (among others): George Clinton (73), Bobby Sherman (71), Don Henley (Eagles) (67), Mick Pointer (Marillion) (58), Keith Sweat (53), Emily Sailers (Indigo Girls) (51), Rufus Wainwright (41) and Daniel Jones (Savage Garden) (41)


Monday, July 21, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes


from our friends at NewOnVinyl

MUDHONEY - MY BROTHER THE COW LTD +7 "

Mudhoney didn’t invent grunge, but they were one of the first bands to truly define the style, and thanks to the bizarro-world logic that has defined their career, they seemed to lose interest in the stuff once you could actually make serious money playing it, ensuring that they wouldn’t have to deal with the mainstream adulation that made followers like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden into multi-platinum cash cows. By 1995, Grunge’s brief fling on the charts was pretty much over, just in time for Mudhoney to decide they liked the stuff again, and make the finest album of their career, My Brother the Cow.

Produced by Jack Endino, the album includes numerous direct references to bands that influenced Mudhoney’s sound. The song “F.D.K. (Fearless Doctor Killers)”, for example, is a reference to the Bad Brains song “F.V.K. (Fearless Vampire Killers)”. “Orange Ball-Peen Hammer” alludes to the song “Orange Claw Hammer” by Captain Beefheart, as well as containing lyrics borrowed from Led Zeppelin. “1995” is a homage to the Stooges song “1969” and also includes musical references to “L.A. Blues”, another Stooges song.

The Music On Vinyl reissue contains the promo 7” single as it was released in 1995! First pressing available as limited edition of 1000 copies on white vinyl (LP + 7”).

Release on 2014-08-11

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JOHNNY CASH - THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY CASH

The Legend of Johnny Cash is a single-disc compilation album of country music singer Johnny Cash's career. It is the first such album to contain material from Cash’s American Recordings era in addition to songs from his time at Sun and Columbia. It was released on October 25, 2005 on the Island/American/Columbia/Legacy record labels and tied to the release of the Cash biopic Walk the Line. In the wake of that film's success its sales made the compilation an overwhelming success. The album was certified Gold on 12/7/2005, Platinum on 12/14/2005 and 2x Platinum on 5/19/2006 by the RIAA. As of May 8, 2014, the album has sold 3,166,000 copies in the United States.

Release Date: 2014-8-15

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GRATEFUL DEAD - GRAYFOLDED

Here it is, Deadheads, the ultimate "Dark Star" is now on vinyl. Deluxe audiophile pressing cut in Toronto under the watchful ears of John Oswald. Heavy-duty triple gatefold jacket includes liner-notes by musicologist Rob Bowman featuring interviews with Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, and Robert Hunter, plus two "time maps" which chart the source concerts of "Dark Star." Music performed by The Grateful Dead (c) Grateful Dead Productions Inc. & Ice Nine Publishing Inc.

Taken from over 100 performances of "Dark Star" recorded between 1968 and 1993 original recordings of the Grateful Dead in performance have been processed using Plunderphonic techniques - built, layered and "folded" to produce one large, new re-composed "Dark Star."

Plunderphonics is a term coined by composer John Oswald in 1985 in his essay Plunderphonics, or Audio Piracy as a Compositional Prerogative. It has since been applied to any music made by taking one or more existing audio recordings and altering them in some way to make a new composition. Plunderphonics can be considered a form of sound collage.

"Grayfolded is literally a hundred or so great nights rolled into one extraordinary extended high. Gorgeous sonic origami." - Rolling Stone

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The Aislers Set "How I Learned To Write Backwards Remastered/Reissue "

The Aislers Set occupy an enviable place in the pop pantheon. Brimming with drunken romanticism, sharp pop sensibilities, and timeless melodies, The Aislers Set reveled in the history of great pop, spiking their classicist 60s-tinged tunes with pure post-punk energy and originality of bands like the Fire Engines and The June Brides. Every song is a meticulously constructed sound world, where the arrangement and instrumentation sublimely and uncannily bring each tune to completeness. Although they stopped playing and recording together by 2004 due to life commitments, their reputation has only grown; sporadic reunion shows and mini-tours have been met with rapturous response. Alas, Suicide Squeeze is proud to present the 2014 reissue of the seminal album "How I Learned To Write Backwards" remastered and resequenced by John Greenham at Infrasonic Sound in Los Angeles, and on vinyl LP again for the first time in over a decade. The band will play a select set of shows this fall, and Suicide Squeeze and Slumberland Records will be teaming up to co-release a new album of singles and rarities to be released in early 2015

The LP is available in a limited pressing of 1,000 copies on 180 gram Translucent Green Vinyl. A digital download card for MP3 is included.

PRE-ORDER (will ship on September 22, 2014) HERE

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Sabaton - Heroes 

‘This is a limited edition exclusive product - only 50 copies available in the UK store so once they’re gone, they’re gone!’

Limited Edition Blue/Yellow Splatter Vinyl.

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Crosby, Stills & Nash - Demos (180 Gram Vinyl)

This is a 12-song collection of previously unreleased demos from 1968 to 1971. It offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the earliest days of one of rock’s most legendary partnerships including early versions of “Marrakesh Express,” “Almost Cut My air” and “Love The One You’re With.” Most tracks were recorded at the legendary Wally Heider studios. Highlights include CSN harmonizing on a January '69 take on "Marrakesh Express," Crosby and Stills on "Long Time Gone," and Crosby and Nash joined by Neil Young "Music Is Love" (a song later featured on Crosby's solo debut If I Could Only Remember My Name). This collection reaches as far back as '68 with Stills' "My Love Is A Gentle Thing," and also features his solo classic "Love The One You're With." Among the other highlights are three songs that would appear on Nash's solo debut, 1971's Songs For Beginners, including "Chicago" and "Sleep Song," and Crosby performing unaccompanied on "Almost Cut My Hair" and "Déjà Vu."

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from our friends at SlyVinyl


Bat Manors – Literally Weird // Limited to 300 Translucent Purple Vinyl LP (150g) w/ Hand Screen Printed Art




Copeland – In Motion // Limited to 750 White & 1500 Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl LP







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The Unicorns announce vinyl reissue of 'Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?'










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covered this artist in previous post last week, here and now another LP is up on eBay and the bidding is insane (again!)


Second LP From Mysterious Canadian Artist Lewis Hits eBay








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album cover art of the day:


New Album "Up In Hell" Announced By Incite  






















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album cover art of the day, part two:


Zodiac Unveils "Sonic Child" Album Artwork

Music History - July 21


In 1956, Billboard magazine calls Elvis Presley "the most controversial entertainer since Liberace." The article also notes that Ed Sullivan, who once said Presley would never appear on his show, just signed the singer for three appearances.

In 1958, Eddie Cochran released the single "Summertime Blues."  It peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 29, 1958 and #18 on the UK Singles Chart. It has been covered by many artists, including being a #1 hit for country music artist Alan Jackson, and scoring notable hits in versions by the Who and Blue Cheer.

In 1958, the DeJohn Sisters and Dale Hawkins appeared on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1959, Bobby Vee and The Shadows released their debut single "Suzy Baby." It peaked at #77 on the Billboard Hot 100. His first hit was his third single, "Devil Or Angel," which reached #6 in the summer of 1960.

In 1959, pianist/composer Eddie Heywood was a guest performer on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1958, "Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley was the top tune on the Billboard chart.  At the time, the King was in Fort Hood Texas, doing basic training in the US Army.

In 1960, singer Brian Hyland appeared on the CBS-TV game show "To Tell The Truth."

In 1960, Ray Smith performed on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1961, Gene Pitney appeared on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand" lip-synching his Phil Spector-produced recording of "Every Breath I Take."

In 1965, Jackie Wilson, Billy Butler, Linda Scott, Tony Alaimo, and Paul Revere And The Raiders performed on ABC-TV's afternoon music series "Where The Action Is."

In 1965, ABC-TVs "Shindig!" featured taped performances by Sonny & Cher, Gene Pitney, the Chiffons, the Righteous Brothers, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, the Sir Douglas Quintet, Bobby Sherman, the Nashville Teens, Jody Miller, Billy Preston, the Eligibles, and the Blossoms.

In 1965, Sonny & Cher appeared at The Power House, San Diego, California.

In 1966, ABC-TV's "Where The Action Is" welcomed performers Vic Dana and Captain Beefheart.

In 1967, the Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of three nights at the Cafe-a-Go-Go in New York City. The club featured many well known acts including: Grateful Dead, Tim Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Jefferson Airplane, and Cream who all appeared at the club. 

In 1967, Rick Nelson's new TV variety series "Malibu U." premiered on ABC. Guest performers on the first episode were Frankie Valli, Don Ho, and Annette Funicello. The show was cancelled three months later.

In 1968, Jane Asher announces on a national British TV show, Dee Time, that her engagement to Paul McCartney was off by saying "I haven't broken it off, but it's finished." She has refused all attempts to discuss the matter since then. Paul reportedly was watching at a friend's home and acted surprised by the news, even though Jane had caught him in bed with a woman named Francie Schwartz a few days earlier. Jane was said to have inspired many of McCartney's songs, such as "All My Loving," "And I Love Her," "I'm Looking Through You," "You Won't See Me," "We Can Work It Out," "Here, There and Everywhere," and "For No One." Jane went on to have a long career in films and television as well as becoming a successful author and business woman.

In 1969, on ABC-TV, Duke Ellington and a portion of his band performed a 10-minute composition titled, "Moon Maiden," one day after Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon.

In 1969, the Beatles started work on the John Lennon song "Come Together" at Abbey Road studios in London. The track became the opening song on the 'Abbey Road' album and was later released as a double A-sided single with "Something," their twenty-first single in the UK and twenty-sixth in the US where it reached the top of the charts. It has been suggested that each verse of the song refers to each one of the Beatles: "he's one holy roller" allegedly is about the spiritual George Harrison; "he got monkey finger, he shoot Coca-Cola" supposedly refers to Ringo, the funny Beatle; "he got Ono sideboard, he one spinal cracker" a cryptic reference to Lennon himself; and "got to be good-looking 'cause he's so hard to see," refers to Paul. Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Come Together" at #202 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In 1971, 'Master of Reality" by Black Sabbath was released.  The LP is credited as the foundation of doom, stoner and sludge metal and was certified double platinum after having sold over 2 million copies.  It peaked at #5 on the UK Albums Chart and at #8 in the US.

Also in 1971, Carole King was having a very good week. Her single "It's Too Late" sat on top of Billboard's singles chart and she received a Gold album for 'Tapestry.'  The LP, released four months earlier, was the number one album in the US for 15 weeks and would stay on Billboard's Top 200 album chart for 292 weeks.

In 1972, Rod Stewart released the album 'Never a Dull Moment.' It became a UK #1 album (for two weeks) and reached #2 on the US Album chart the same year. The track, "You Wear It Well," co-written by Stewart and classical guitarist Martin Quittenton, was a smash hit (another UK #1; in US #13), as well as "Twistin' the Night Away," a song originally recorded (and written) by Sam Cooke.

In 1973, the Electric Light Orchestra appeared on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1973, Lennie Peters and Dianne Lee had the top tune in England with "Welcome Home." They became the first music act since The Beatles to simultaneously top the UK singles chart and album chart. Although success in America eluded them, they would go on to have three more Top 20 hits in Great Britain. Peters, who died of bone cancer in 1992, was an uncle of Rolling Stones' drummer Charlie Watts.

In 1973, while Billboard listed it at #4, Cashbox magazine said that Three Dog Night's version of "Shambala" was the hottest selling single in the country. A simultaneous release by B.W. Stevenson was also a hit on the US Country charts.

In 1973, Jim Croce started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown." Jim said that the Leroy Brown character was inspired by a tough guy that he had met in the army a few years earlier. Croce was killed in a plane crash three months later.

In 1973, Canned Heat, Chuck Berry, Nazareth, Edgar Broughton Band, Groundhogs, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Medicine Head, all appeared at this years Buxton Festival in Derbyshire, England. Hell's Angels arrived in force and proceeded to drink the site dry. Initially they paid for the booze, but when the money ran out a deputation was sent into the audience to collect donations of 10p per person. About 20 minutes into his set Chuck Burry was showing one of the Angels how to do his duck-walk properly. He did a magnificent one from one end of the stage to the other and disappeared into the wings. The band played on, the Angels bopped, and Chuck legged it to his car and drove off at high speed, never to return.

In 1975, at the RCA Victor Studio in Hollywood, John Denver recorded "I'm Sorry."

In 1977, despite protests, the Sex Pistols made their first appearance on the UK music show Top Of The Pops, where they lip-synched to their third single, "Pretty Vacant." The performance helped push the song up the charts to #7.

In 1977, Linda Ronstadt, who had just released a cover version of the Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice," hopped onstage during the band's concert in Tucson, Arizona to sing the song with them.

In 1977, Eddie Money hosted "The Midnight Special" on NBC-TV, with guests Todd Rundgren, Jay Ferguson, and Stanley Clarke.

In 1978, the movie 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' opens. The film was not well received by critics.  Rolling Stone writer Paul Nelson shredded virtually every aspect of the production, from stars Peter Frampton (of whom he wrote had "Absolutely no future in Hollywood") to director Michael Schultz ("Would seem to need direction merely to find the set, let alone the camera") to the soundtrack album ("The album proves conclusively that you can't go home again in 1978. Or, if you do, you'd better be aware of who's taken over the neighborhood.").

In 1979, David Naughton guested on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1979, Robert Palmer's "Bad Case Of Loving You" was released. The song was nominated for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at the 22nd Annual Grammy Awards.

In 1980, Chicago released their 13th studio album and 14th overall, 'Chicago XIV.'  Recorded at a time of waning interest in the band, Chicago XIV remains one of Chicago's poorest selling albums and was a commercial flop. It is also notable for being their last studio album with Columbia Records.

In 1980, AC/DC released their sixth internationally released studio album 'Back In Black,' the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott, who died on February 19, 1980 at the age of 33. It was very successful around the world, and despite never reaching number one on the US Billboard 200, it received the 22x Multi-Platinum distinction. As of June 2011, the album has sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide.

In 1981, Bryan Adams released his second solo album, "You Want It You Got It."

In 1982, at the Montréal Forum, Queen played the first night of their 32-date Hot Space North American tour.

In 1983, Diana Ross gave a free concert in New York City's Central Park that was interrupted by torrential rain. She continued to sing while urging the crowd to ignore the downpour, saying, "I need a bath, anyway, it's too hot," and "It took me a lifetime to get here, I ain't goin' nowhere." The show stopped when the rain proved to be too much for the band and the crowd. The concert continued without interruption the next day.

In 1987, Guns N’ Roses released their debut album on Geffen Records called 'Appetite for Destruction.' It featured the singles "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child o' Mine," and "Paradise City." The album now has worldwide sales in excess of 28 million, 18 million of which are in the US, making it the best-selling debut album of all time there.  

In 1988, a judge in Aiken, South Carolina ordered James Brown to hold a benefit concert for police and abused children as part of a sentence on drug and firearms charges. Brown called the sentence a back-door way of getting him to do a concert for free.

In 1990, Glen Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "She Ain't Worth It," a #12 hit in the UK.

In 1990, Roger Waters' 'The Wall' took place at the Berlin Wall in Potzdamer Platz, Berlin. Over 350,000 people attended and the event was broadcast live throughout the world, Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell, The Scorpions, Cyndi Lauper, Sinead O'Connor and others took part.  A live album of the concert was released August 21, 1990.  A video of the concert was also commercially released.

In 1990, BBC's Radio One apologized to its listeners after Madonna cursed repeatedly during a live concert broadcast.

In 1994, singer Dorothy Collins, a regularly featured performer on TV's "Your Hit Parade," died of respiratory distress as a result of asthma at the age of 67.

In 1994, Oasis played their first ever American show as part of the New Music Seminar at Wetlands in New York City.

In 1995, a judge in Los Angeles threw out a lawsuit against Michael Jackson by five of his former security guards. The guards had claimed they were fired for knowing too much about night-time visits by young boys to Jackson's estate. The singer denied any improprieties.

In 1996, Alanis Morissette started a second run at #1 on the UK album chart with 'Jagged Little Pill,' which stayed at the top for eight weeks. Overall, the album has sold over 33 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the most successful albums in music history.

In 1998, in Liverpool, Paul McCartney's boyhood home, restored to its 1950s appearance, was opened to the public as a tourist attraction. It was in the parlor of that home that McCartney and John Lennon wrote the Beatles songs "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Love Me Do."

In 1998, the Beastie Boys hit the road in support of Hello Nasty in Seattle. 

In 2001, Madonna kicked off the North American leg of her 47-date Drowned World Tour at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was the singers first world tour in eight years, following The Girlie Show in 1993. Over 730,000 people attended the shows throughout North America and Europe, the tour grossed over $75 million

In 2002, producer Gus Dudgeon, who worked with artists including Elton John, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Kiki Dee, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Strawbs, XTC, and Joan Armatrading, was killed aged 59 in a car accident near Reading, together with his wife Sheila. They had been driving along the M4 motorway on their way home from a party when Gus fell asleep at the wheel of the Jaguar XK8 convertible, crashing down an embankment at speed and ending up in a ditch.

In 2003, Brandon Cruz left the Dead Kennedys to spend more time with his family. He was originally a child actor on the program The Courtship of Eddie's Father

In 2003, Iron Maiden opened their Give Me 'Ed...'Til I'm Dead tour in Worcester, MA with Motorhead and Dio.

In 2004, composer Jerry Goldsmith died after a long battle with cancer aged 75. Created the music for scores of classic movies and television shows ‘Star Trek,' ‘Planet of the Apes', ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ and ‘Dr. Kildare.’

In 2005, UK singer Long John Baldry died of a chest infection. He was one of the founding fathers of British Rock 'n' Roll in the 1960s performing with Blues Incorporated and Cyril Davies' R&B All Stars. He later fronted the Hoochie Coochie Men, with Rod Stewart and then Steam Packet with Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll. Also a member of Bluesology with Elton John. He also narrated on Winnie The Pooh recordings for Disney and was the voice for Robotnik on the Sonic The Hedgehog computer game.

In 2006, the Rolling Stones were the top touring band in the world for the first half of 2006, reporting $147.3 million in grosses from 45 shows in US arenas and international stadiums.

In 2007, Sharon Osbourne's music mogul father Don Arden died in a Los Angeles nursing home at the age of 81. Dubbed the Al Capone of Pop for his uncompromising business practices, he steered the Small Faces, Black Sabbath and ELO to stardom.

In 2006, singer Herb Kalin of the Kalin Twins died following a heart attack at 72. His brother Hal died in August 2005 as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

In 2008, Amy Winehouse's husband was jailed for 27 months for attacking a pub landlord and perverting the course of justice. Blake Fielder-Civil, 26, of Camden, north London, admitted assaulting James King, 36, at the Macbeths pub in Hoxton, east London, in June 2006. He also admitted at Snaresbrook Crown Court trying to make Mr King withdraw his complaint using a £200,000 bribe.

In 2008, the Police played the first of two nights at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado during the final leg of their 152-date world Reunion tour. The tour became the third highest grossing tour of all time, with revenues reaching over $340 million.

In 2008, a federal appeals court overturned a $550,000 judgment against CBS for televising the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show that ended with singer Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction," in which one of her breasts was briefly bared.

In 2009, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride and Alison Krauss & Union Station performed at the White House.

In 2011, never-before seen photographs of the Beatles' first US concert in Washington DC sold in New York for more than $360,000. The Fab Four played their first US concert on February 11 1964, at the Washington Coliseum, two days after their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Mike Mitchell, of Washington, was 18 at the time and took photographs just feet away. Among the highlights was a backlit photograph Mitchell shot while standing directly behind the Fab Four which sold for more than $68,000 dollars.

In 2013, cabaret singer Page Morton Black, who sang the Chock Full o' Nuts coffee jingle in radio and TV commercials during a two-decade run in the middle of the 20th century, died at age 97.

birthdays today include (among others) Kay Starr (92), Henry McCullough (Spooky Tooth, Wings) (71), Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) (66), Barry Whitwam (Herman's Hermits) (65), Eric Bazilian (Hooters) (61), Jim Martin (Faith No More) (53), Emerson Hart (Tonic) (45) and Damian Marley (36)