Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

The Royal Sessions by Paul Rodgers

Paul Rodgers, longtime singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Bad Company, has partnered with 429 Records and is gearing up for the release of “The Royal Sessions”—a lovingly crafted collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the iconic rock singer recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios, historic home of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records, with many of the musicians who played on the original tracks.

Truly a lifetime in the making, Rodgers has come full circle with “The Royal Sessions” as he pays homage to the legendary hits he collected on 45s released on Stax/Volt, Goldwax and Hi Records—recordings by Otis Redding, Albert King and Ann Peebles which made such an indelible impression on the young Rodgers inspiring him to pursue a career as a singer. Produced by Perry Margouleff, “The Royal Sessions” is an extraordinary recording which captures the music in its pure form—live band and vocal takes as performed together at Royal Studios by Rodgers and an all-star roster of legendary musicians.

"Sonically, what do you think results from live in the hallowed studio basic tracks and vocals recorded all analog, mixed to analog tape and cut from analog tape? It’s spectacular! Play this record and then the CD for your friends who think CD is transparent to the source. Let them compare the drum sound, the cymbal crashes, the space and the image three dimensionality. Let them consider Rodgers in the room and then on CD not quite in the room. A musical triumph and a sonic "in the studio" spectacular." - Michael Fremer (Analog Planet)

200-Gram Audiophile Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. The Mars Volta - De-loused In The Comatorium (Black Vinyl) (Pre-Order)
2. Jerry Garcia And David Grisman
3. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Yellow Vinyl)
4. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
5. Arthur Fiedler - An American In Paris & Rhapsody In Blue
6. Led Zeppelin I (Deluxe Edition) (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
7. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon (40th Anniversary Edition)
8. Led Zeppelin II (Pre-Order)
9. Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
10. Beatles - Abbey Road


from our friends at Relapse

The Drip - A Presentation of Gruesome Poetics LP  

Washington State’s THE DRIP roar onto the scene with a blasting EP of filthy, angry grind produced and engineered by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust.  An absolute must for fans of all of the ferocious forefathers of grind-Napalm Death, Nasum, Rotten Sound, etc.  This is a relentlessly skull crushing record of pissed off, high energy, barbaric grind.  This hate is timeless.  First press of the vinyl version comes with a totally sick etching on the b-side.

***Single sided LP on black vinyl w/ reverse side etching.  Includes free digital download of the entire album***

Pressing Info:
First Press
1000 x Black Standard Gram Single Sided w/ Reverse Etching
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

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from our friends at SlyVinyl (look for their feed in the left margin!)

Cavallo / Ghosts Of Sailors At Sea – Passages To Safety // Limited to 50 Pure White, 125 White w/ Sea Blue Splatter & 125 White w/ Golden Yellow Splatter Vinyl 10″ Split

TEEN – The Way and Color // Limited to 500 Burgundy Vinyl 2xLP


Record Store Day 2014: 15 releases that are sure to sell out, fast


8 interesting releases for Record Store Day 2014


Dolly Parton To Celebrate New Release & Record Store Day With Blue Vinyl


Alexisonfire Unveil Streamlined 2nd Edition of Vinyl Box Set


Stones Throw commemorate murdered rapper Charizma with 4xLP box set


Less Than Jake to release “Do The Math” 7-inch


A record lover's guide to Detroit


fantastic article out of the chicago land area

How do record stores get such great used vinyl?


from the great state of iowa:

Vinyl fever: Record Store Day celebrates the revival of vinyl


out of san diego, california:

Vinyl’s new spin - Record Store Day is all about LP love


more from california:

Smith: Record shop owner, former heroin addict, knows about comebacks


from the great state of oregon:

Vinyl profile: The Campbell Club’s collection is dazzlingly diverse and open to all residents


from the land down under:

Still in love with vinyl


more about the new book about collecting vinyl records:

Vinyl's Record Resurgence Fuels New Book


from the folks at EasyStreetOnline

EasyStreetOnline Top 10 Vinyl Best Sellers

1. Beck - Morning Phase
2. Off! - Wasted Years
3. Future Islands - Singles
4. Liars - Mess
5. Queens Of The Stone Age - Like Clockwork
6. Pearl Jam - Ten
7. Pearl Jam - Vs.
8. Tame Impala - Lonerism
9. Brown,Danny - Old
10. Daft Punk - Discovery


Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Vinyl

1. Wolf (2LP+CD) ~ The Creator Tyler
2. Illmatic XX ~ Nas
3. Lights Out ~ Ingrid Michaelson
4. Happy ~ Pharrell Williams
5. Atlas ~ Real Estate
6. Led Zeppelin II ~ Led Zeppelin
7. St Vincent ~ St. Vincent
8. Do to the Beast ~ Afghan Whigs
9. Singles ~ Future Islands
10. Led Zeppelin III ~ Led Zeppelin

Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Music

1. Frozen ~ Demi Lovato
2. Lights Out ~ Ingrid Michaelson
3. Disney's Karaoke Series: Frozen ~ Disney Karaoke Series
4. Duets ~ Linda Ronstadt
5. G I R L ~ Pharrell Williams
6. Rivers In The Wasteland ~ NEEDTOBREATHE
7. The Both ~ The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)
8. Out Among The Stars ~ Johnny Cash
9. Frozen
10. A Dotted Line ~ Nickel Creek


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 4/07 - 4/13, 2014

Vinyl Top 25:
1. Band Of Horses - Acoustic At The Ryman
2. Mac Demarco - Salad Days
3. Ave Tare's Slasher Flicks - Enter The Slasher House
4. Protomartyr - Under Color Of Official Right
5. Temples - Sun Structures
6. Future Islands - Singles
7. St Paul & The Broken Bones - Half The City
8. Johnny Cash - Out Among The Stars
9. Brothers & Sisters - Dylan's Gospel
10. Arctic Monkeys - AM
11. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
12. Explosions In The Sky - The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
13. The National - High Violet
14. The Shins - Oh Inverted World
15. The 1975 - The 1975
16. Martina McBride - Everlasting
17. EMA - Future's Void
18. Beth Orton - Central Reservation
19. Tycho - Awake
20. Band Of Skulls - Himalayan
21. Chvrches - The Bones Of What You Believe
22. St Vincent - St Vincent
23. Lorde - Pure Heroine
24. Various - World Psychedelic Classics 3: The Fuzzy Funky Sounds of West Africa
25. Coldplay - Parachutes

Music History - April 16

In 1955, Elvis Presley was the headliner at the Sportarium in Dallas. Also on the bill were Sonny James and Hank Locklin. Audience members paid 60 cents apiece for admission. Kids got in for half price.

In 1956, Buddy Holly's first single "Blue Days, Black Nights," was released. The track was later featured on 'That'll Be The Day' the third album from Buddy Holly. Decca, Holly’s first major record label, after failing to produce a hit single from Holly’s early recordings, packaged these 1956 tunes after he had some success with recordings from the Brunswick and Coral labels.

In 1956, at the Chess Recording Studio in Chicago, Chuck Berry recorded his compositions "Roll Over Beethoven," "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," and "Too Much Monkey Business."

On this day in 1957, "All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley was the #1 song.

In 1963, at the Columbia 30th Street Recording Studio in New York City, the New Christy Minstrels recorded "Green Green."

In 1964, in the Notting Hill Gate area of London, the Beatles filmed chase scenes for "A Hard Days Night" with actors dressed as policemen. In the evening they recorded the title song for the film at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, completing it in nine takes.

In 1964, Dean Martin recorded "Everybody Loves Somebody," a song co-written in 1947 by his pianist/accompanist Ken Lane. It went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, sold more than a million copies, and became the theme song of his NBC-TV variety series (1965-1974). The words "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime" are inscribed on Dean Martin's grave marker.

In 1964, the Rolling Stones released their first album in the UK, 'The Rolling Stones.'  The American edition of the LP, with a slightly different track list, came out on London Records on 30 May 1964, with the added title England's Newest Hit Makers.

In 1965, the Hollies opened their first U.S. tour at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater in New York City.

In 1966, Percy Sledge released "When A Man Loves A Woman."  It made number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts.  It was listed 54th in the List of Rolling Stone magazine's 500 greatest songs of all time. The sidemen for this recording included Spooner Oldham, organ; Marlin Greene, guitar; Albert "Junior" Lowe, bass and Roger Hawkins, drums. The song is credited to Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, who played bass and keyboards with Sledge. However, the song was in fact written by Percy Sledge himself, but he gave it to Lewis and Wright.

In 1967, Cream appeared on the bill at the Daily Express “Record Star Show” at Wembley’s Empire Pool, London.

In 1967, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood sang "Summer Wine" on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1969, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" on CBS-TV featured performances by guests Nancy Sinatra, Al Martino, and Tim Conway.

In 1970, The Led Zeppelin single "Whole Lotta Love" was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at #4 on the US singles chart. In the UK Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on 5th December 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a 'no-singles' approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK, and he halted the release.

In 1971, Ringo Starr released the George Harrison-produced single "It Don't Come Easy" in North America.

In 1971, the Rolling Stones released the single "Brown Sugar" in the UK, the first issue on their own Rolling Stones Records label. It is the opening track and lead single from their 1971 album 'Sticky Fingers.'

In 1972, at the Fox and Greyhound pub in the South London town of Croydon, the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) played their first live show.

In 1972, Pink Floyd played the Township Auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina.  A typical set list on this the Dark Side of The Moon tour was: The Dark Side of the Moon (entire album), One of These Days, Careful with that Axe Eugene, Echoes, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun.

In 1973, during his Ziggy Stardust World tour, David Bowie appeared at the Kobe, Kobe Kokusai Kaikan, Japan.

In 1973, Paul McCartney's first television special, James Paul McCartney, was aired in America on the ABC network. The show, which includes performances by McCartney and Wings, would be broadcast in the UK on May 10th.

In 1974, at Regis College in Denver, Queen gave their first U.S. concert.

In 1976, Aerosmith performed at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, the first stop on a 76-date North American tour.

In 1977, Stevie Wonder welcomed the arrival of the second of his seven children, son Kieta, whose mother is singer/actress Yolanda Simmons. Their first child together, daughter Aisha, was celebrated in the Wonder hit "Isn't She Lovely?"

In 1977, David Soul one half of TV cop show "Starsky & Hutch", went to #1 on the US singles chart with "Don't Give Up On Us," his only US hit. Also #1 in the UK.

In 1985, U2 played the first of three nights at the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts, during their Unforgettable Fire tour.

In 1990, over 72,000 people gathered at London's Wembley Stadium for an anti-apartheid concert. Neil Young, Natalie Cole, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman, Simple Minds, and others took part in "Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa," an "international reception" for the civil-rights leader, who had just been released from a 27-year prison sentence.

In 1990, after serving 16 months of his sentence for drug possession, resisting arrest, and other charges, singer James Brown was put on a work-release program at South Carolina's Lower Savannah Work Center, where he provided counseling for drug addicts.

In 1992, singer Andy Russell died of complications from a stroke at the age of 72.

In 1993, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Paul McCartney headlined a concert celebrating Earth Day. Other performers at the concert included Ringo Starr, Steve Miller and Don Henley. McCartney had last performed there in 1965 as a member of the Beatles.

In 1993, in New York, David Lee Roth was arrested for allegedly buying a $10 bag of marijuana in Washington Square Park.

In 1993, Billy Burnette announced that he was leaving Fleetwood Mac.

In 1995, George Michael angers the people at Sony when he allows "Jesus to a Child" to be aired for charity, raising $112,000.

In 1996, KISS appeared in full make-up at the 38th Grammy Awards, where they use the opportunity to announce a reunion tour. It would mark the first time all four original members had appeared together in more than 15 years.

In 1997, Elton John was awarded an honorary membership to Britain's Royal Academy of Music.

In 1998, Janet Jackson played the first night on her third world tour at The Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Support acts on her Velvet Rope Tour included Usher, N Sync and Boyz II Men.

In 1999, Skip Spence, an original member of Jefferson Airplane and founding member of Moby Grape, died of lung cancer in a San Francisco hospital aged 52. He had battled schizophrenia and alcoholism.

In 1999, Shania Twain became the first woman to be named as songwriter/artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

In 2002, Sony Music Entertainment filed a complaint against the Dixie Chicks for breach of contract.

In 2005, OK Computer by Radiohead is voted the best album of all time in a poll by U.K. TV station Channel 4. U2 were in second place with The Joshua Tree and Nirvana third with Nevermind.

In 2012, jazz vibraphonist/Caribbean charter boat skipper Teddy Charles died at the age of 84.

In 2013, singer/songwriter/TV host Rita MacNeil, who recorded 24 albums that sold millions, died following complications from surgery at age 68.

In 2013, gospel singer George Beverly Shea, remembered for his nearly 60 years of performances at the crusades of evangelist Billy Graham, died at the age of 104.

birthdays today include (among others):  Bobby Vinton (79), Vince Hill (77), Dave Peverett (Savoy Brown) (71), John Bentley (Squeeze) (63), Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil) (61), Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum) (50) and Akon (born Aliaune Thiam) (41)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Music Releases - April 15, 2014

A Pony Named Olga - The Land Of Milk And Pony
ABBA - Waterloo: Deluxe Edition
AC/DC - Ballbreaker (reissue) (vinyl)
AC/DC - Stiff Upper Lip (reissue) (vinyl)
Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Check 'Em Before You Wreck 'Em (vinyl)
Afghan Whigs - Do to the Beast (vinyl)
AJ and the Jiggawatts - AJ and the Jiggawatt(vinyl)
Alpha Consumer - Meat (vinyl)
Amon Duul II - Wolf City (vinyl)
Amps for Christ - Canyons Cars and Crows (vinyl)
Anders Osborne - Coming Down (vinyl)
Andrew Liles - Fast Forward Through Time (vinyl)
Anti-Mortem - New Southern
August Alsina - Testimony
Augustus Pablo - East of The River Nile (vinyl)
Ausmuteants - Ausmuteants (vinyl)
Bad Religion - Against The Grain (reissue) (vinyl)
Bad Religion - Generator (reissue) (vinyl)
Banner Pilot - Souvenir (vinyl)
Battle Lines - Colonies (7")
Bee Gees - The Warner Bros. Years 1987-1991 (5xCD)
Below - Across The Dark River
Ben Roy - No Enlightenment in Sobriety
Big Sugar - Yardstyle
Bikini Kill - Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah EP (12")
Bill Pritchard - A Trip to the Coast (vinyl)
Black Sabbath - The Complete Albums 1970-1978 (8xCD)
Black Tape For a Blue Girl - Remnants of a Deeper Purity (vinyl)
Bleachers - I Wanna Get Better (7")
Bobby Bare, Jr. - Undefeated (vinyl)
Bootstraps - Bootstraps (vinyl)
Brandon Michael Williams - The Pride of Titanic
Breathe Carolina - Savages
Burnt Hills - Non Compos Mentis (vinyl)
Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else (vinyl)
Chet Faker - Built On Glass (vinyl)
Chuck E. Weiss - Red Beans and Weiss (vinyl)
Cloud Cult - Unplug
Courtney Barnett - The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (vinyl)
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Chronicle (reissue) (vinyl)
Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here (vinyl)
CV313 - Altering Illusions 1/3 (2xCD)
Dalhous - Visibility Is a Trap (12")
Dan Croll - Sweet Disarray (vinyl)
Dan Wilson - Love Without Fear
Danny Brown - Hot Soup (2xCD)
Dead Ending - DE III
Dead Kennedys - Bedtime for Democracy (reissue) (vinyl)
Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (reissue) (vinyl)
Dead Kennedys - Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death (reissue) (vinyl)
Dead Kennedys - Milking the Sacred Cow
Dead Kennedys - Original Singles Collection (7x7")
Dead Kennedys - Plastic Surgery Disasters + In God We Trust, Inc. (vinyl)
Del Barber - Prairieography (vinyl)
Deleted Scenes - Lithium Burn
Dexter Gordon - Our Man In Paris (vinyl)
Diane Cluck - Boneset (10")
Disclosure - Settle (deluxe edition)
DJ Center - DEM SAY AH (10")
Dorian Pimpernel - Allombon (vinyl)
Duck Sauce - Quack
Dylan Shearer - garagearray (vinyl)
Elvis Presley - Elvis' Gold Records Volume 2 (reissue) (vinyl)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Trilogy (reissue) (vinyl)
Emmure - Eternal Enemies
Enthroned - Sovereigns
Esme Patterson - Woman to Woman (10")
Ex Friends - Rules For Making Up Words (vinyl)
Filter - Shortbus (reissue) (vinyl)
Fire Retarded - Scroggz Manor (vinyl)
Flume - Flume (2xLP)
Frank Sinatra - Songs For Swingin' Lovers!
Gamma Ray - Empire Of The Undead
Garnier - AF 4302 EP (12")
Gezan - It Was Once Said to Be a Song
Gojira - From Mars to Sirius (vinyl)
Gord Downie, The Sadies, and the Conquering Sun - Gord Downie, The Sadies, and the Conquering Sun (vinyl)
Heartsrevolution - Ride Or Die
Hecker - Articulação
Hot Jam Factory - Introducing Hot Jam Factory
I Declare War - We Are Violent People By Nature
Ian Anderson - Homo Erraticus (vinyl)
Iggy Azalea - The New Classic
Impaled Nazarene - Vigorous and Liberating Death
Impetuous Ritual - Unholy Congregation of Hypocritical Ambivalence
Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out
J-Zone - Peter Pan Syndrome (2xLP)
Jack Bruce - Silver Rails
Jamie O'Neal - Eternal
Japanther - Instant Money Magic
Jason Derülo - Talk Dirty
Jessica Lea Mayfield - Make My Head Sing...(vinyl)
Jim Byrnes - St. Louis Times
Jonny Two Bags - Salvation Town (vinyl)
Justin Nozuka - Ulysees
Kyng - Burn the Serum (vinyl)
L'Orange - The Orchid Days (orange, grey and splatter vinyl)
Light Year - Come Together (12")
Loops Haunt - Exits (2xLP)
Lou Reed - Winter At The Roxy
Marisa Anderson - Mercury
Marisa Anderson - The Golden Hour
Marshall Crenshaw - Red Wine (10")
Marty Stuart - Gospel Music of
Maxwell August Croy and Sean McCann - I (vinyl)
Megafauna - Maximalist
Meyhem Lauren - Mandatory Brunch Meetings
Mica Levi - Under the Skin OST (vinyl)
Millencolin - For Monkeys (reissue) (vinyl)
Millencolin - Life On A Plate (reissue) (vinyl)
Mø - No Mythologies to Follow (vinyl)
Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News (reissue) (vinyl)
More Than Life - What’s Left Of Me (vinyl)
Mountain - The Best of Mountain (vinyl)
Mr. Little Jeans - Pocketknife (vinyl)
Muddy Waters - Complete Aristocrat & Chess Singles A's & B's 1947
Nas - Illmatic XX (vinyl)
Needtobreathe - Rivers In the Wasteland (vinyl)
Nels Cline - Macroscope
No - El Prado (vinyl)
Oak Ridge Boys - Boys Night Out
Odonis Odonis - Hard Boiled Soft Boiled
Omi Palone - Omi Palone
Orcas - Yearling (vinyl)
Panopticon - On The Subject Of Mortality (reissue) (vinyl)
Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love
Pharoahe Monch - P.T.S.D. - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Plague Vendor - Free to Eat (vinyl)
Playlounge - Pilot
Polar - Shadowed by Vultures (vinyl)
Polock - Rising Up
Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (2xLP)
Quantic - Duvido (12")
Rainbow - Rising (reissue) (vinyl)
Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (reissue) (vinyl)
Ramona Lisa - Arcadia
Ray Price - Beauty Is
Ricardo Donoso - Iron/Verse Remixes (12")
Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky (vinyl)
Rush - ReDISCovered LP Box (vinyl)
Ryley Walker - All Kinds of You (vinyl)
Screaming Females - Live at the Hideout (2xLP)
Se Delan - The Fall (2xLP)
Seekae - +DOME/The Sound of Trees Falling on People (3xLP)
Sevendust - Time Travelers & Bonfires
Shocking Pinks - Guilt Mirrors (vinyl)
Shonen Knife - Overdrive
Sledding With Tigers - A Necessary Bummer (vinyl)
Slint - Spiderland (reissue) (vinyl)
Smoke Fairies - Smoke Fairies
Sonic Avenues - Mistakes
Sonny Vincent - Cyanide Consomme (vinyl)
Spirit - The Best of Spirit (vinyl)
Stefan Wesolowski - Liebestod
Steve Gunn and Mike Gangloff - Melodies for a Savage Fix
Strung Out - Another Day In Paradise (reissue) (vinyl)
Strung Out - Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues (reissue) (vinyl)
Strung Out - Twisted by Design (reissue) (vinyl)
Strung Out - Volume One (4xLP+DVD)
Swindle/Joker - Let It Be Known/Minors (12")
T.O.M.B. - Pennhurst / Xesse
Tensnake - Love Sublime (12")
terranova - Headache EP (12")
The 13th Floor Elevators - Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators (2xLP)
The Alchemist & Budgie - The Good Book (2xCD)
The Amazing Snakeheads - Amphetamine Ballads
The Birds of Satan - The Birds of Satan
The Both - The Both (vinyl)
The Brainiac 5 - When Silence Was Sound 1977-1980
The Crookes - Soapbox
The Drip - A Presentation of Gruesome Poetics (vinyl)
The Fix - Vengeance (7")
The Last Poets - The Last Poets (vinyl)
The Lucid Dream - Songs of Lies and Deceit (vinyl)
The NVs - Trust Fun Suicide EP (7")
The Oath - The Oath (vinyl)
The Residents - Residue of The Residents (2xLP)
The Residents - Santa Dog (2x7")
The Revivalists - City of Sound (vinyl)
The Secret Sisters - Put Your Needle Down (vinyl)
Thee Oh Sees - Drop
Thou - The Sacrifice (12")
Tiny Empires  Weird Headspace (vinyl)
Toadies - Rubberneck (reissue) (vinyl)
Toxic Holocaust - An Overdose of Death (reissue) (vinyl)
Toxic Holocaust - Evil Never Dies (reissue) (vinyl)
Toxic Holocaust - Hell on Earth (reissue) (vinyl)
Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
Tyler, The Creator - Wolf (vinyl)
Various Artists - America's Greatest Hits 1957
Various Artists - American Hustle OST (vinyl)
Various Artists - Divergent OST
Various Artists - Hard To Find Jukebox Classics 1963 - Rock, Rhythm & Pop
Various Artists - Petty's Peculiar Picks
Various Artists - Shameless OST
Various Artists - The Walking Dead OST (2xLP)
Vaura - The Missing (2xLP)
Warm Soda - Young Reckless Hearts (vinyl)
Willie Nelson - The Storm Has Just Begun (vinyl)
Woods - With Light and With Love (vinyl)
YYU - Kiss as We Walk (12")
Zee Avi - Zee Avi's Nightlight
Ziggy Marley - Fly Rasta (picture disc)

Music History - April 15

In 1956, Mitch Miller, music director of Columbia Records, engages in a spirited debate with Allan Freed over the "potentially negative effects of Rock 'n' Roll on teenagers" on Eric Sevareid's news program on CBS-TV. Two psychiatrists also joined the discussion.

In 1956, during a tour of Texas, Elvis Presley appeared at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio.

In 1958, Buddy Holly's Fender Stratocaster guitar was stolen from the Crickets' station wagon while the group stopped to have lunch before a concert in St. Louis.

In 1958, Alan Freed's "Big Beat Show" concert tour played Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, with performances by Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Danny & the Juniors, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, the Diamonds, Billy & Lillie, the Chantels, Dicky Doo and the Don'ts, Jo Ann Campbell, Larry Williams, Ed Townsend, the Pastels, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

In 1959, at Metropolitan Studios in New York City, Connie Francis recorded "Lipstick On Your Collar" and "Frankie."

In 1960, Freddy Cannon lip-synced "Jump Over" on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1964, after a long day of filming for their first movie, which was still called "Beatlemania!," Ringo Starr declared that it had been "a hard day's night." John Lennon immediately began writing the song of that name on the back of an old greeting card, and it eventually became the title of the movie.

In 1965, the Supremes released the single "Back In My Arms Again." The group first performed the song nationally on the NBC variety program Hullabaloo! on Tuesday, May 11, 1965. It was the fifth consecutive and overall #1 song for the group on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in the US from June 6, 1965 through June 12, 1965.

In 1965, at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Roger Miller recorded "Engine Engine #9."

In 1966, the Rolling Stones released the album 'Aftermath' in the UK, their first album to feature all original material.  It was the first Rolling Stones album to be recorded entirely in the US, at the RCA Studios in California, and their first album released in true stereo. The album is noted for its musical experimentation, with Brian Jones playing a variety of instruments not usually associated with rock music, including sitar on "Paint It, Black" and "Mother's Little Helper."  A slightly different version of the album was issued in North America on June 20.

Also in 1966, the Spencer Davis Group scored their second UK #1 single with "Somebody Help Me," a song that failed to crack the Top 40 in the US.

And more from 1966, UK music fans were treated to a concert by Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Englebert Humperdinck when they appeared live at the Blackpool Odeon. Tickets cost 5 and 10 shillings, ($0.70 and $1.40).

In 1967, Nancy and Frank Sinatra had the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100, The Cashbox Best Sellers List and Britain's New Musical Express record chart with "Something Stupid." To this day, they are the only father and daughter team to have a US chart topping single. ("Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole and Nat "King" Cole reached #14 in 1991)

In 1968, at the Atlantic Studios in New York City, Aretha Franklin recorded her composition, "Think."

In 1969, Elektra Records drops Detroit's MC5 from their label after the band takes out an ad in a local paper that includes the company logo and reads "Fuck Hudsons." The band was protesting the Michigan department store's refusal to carry their albums.

In 1969, Pink Floyd appeared at the Royal Festival Hall, London, England.

In 1970, Judy Collins guested on ABC-TV's "The Johnny Cash Show."

In 1972, Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" became an unlikely number one hit after it was featured in the Clint Eastwood film Play Misty For Me. It had been originally released as an album cut three years earlier. After Eastwood included it in his film, Atlantic Records rush released it as a single. The song reached #14 in the UK.

Also in 1972, Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen entered the Billboard Top 40 for the first and only time with "Hot Rod Lincoln," a re-worked version of "Hot Rod Race," a #29 hit for Tiny Hill in 1951.

In 1972, Elvis Presley performed at the Coliseum in Macon, Georgia.

In 1972, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King and Quincy Jones performed at a benefit for U.S. presidential candidate George McGovern.

On this day in 1974, "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" by MFSB was the #1 song.

In 1975, KISS, Rush and the Heavy Metal Kids all appeared at Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd's album 'One More For The Road' was certified Gold.

In 1982, Billy Joel spent a month in hospital after breaking his left wrist when his motorcycle hit a car in Long Island, New York.

In 1985, during his Born in the USA world tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the fourth of five sold out nights at Yoyogi Olympic Pool in Tokyo, Japan.

In 1987, Queen was presented with an award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the 32nd annual Ivor Novello Awards in London.

In 1988, Pink Floyd kicked off a 27-date North American tour at the Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California.

In 1989, the Bangles started a four week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Eternal Flame." Also a #1 in Australia (biggest selling single of 1989) and the US.

In 1989, the Fine Young Cannibals went to #1 on the US singles chart with "She Drives Me Crazy."

In 1989, Tone Loc went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Loc-ed After Dark.'

In 1989, Roy Orbison had his final Top 10 single on the US chart with "You Got It," four months after he passed away. The song was written by Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty and appeared on Orbison's 'Mystery Girl' album that was released posthumously.

In 1992, the three surviving members of Queen raised over $15 million at a charity concert in memory of the late Freddie Mercury, who died in November, 1991. They were joined by David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Guns N' Roses, Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Paul Young and others.

In 1996, in San Francisco, Jerry Garcia's remaining ashes were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge. A small amount of his ashes had been scattered over the Ganges River in India on April 4.

In 1999, the body of Tammy Wynette was exhumed from her grave in an attempt to settle a dispute over how the country music legend died. A new autopsy was conducted on her a week after three of her daughters filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her doctor and her husband and manager, George Richey, claiming they were responsible for her death 12 months ago. Richey said he had requested the autopsy because of the allegations made against him.

In 2001, Joey Ramone of the '70s punk band The Ramones died of lymphatic cancer at the age of 49 . His real name was Jeff Hyman. On November 30, 2003, a block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place. 

In 2001, Janet Jackson started a six week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "All For You."

In 2005, John Fred Gourrier, who led John Fred And His Playboy Band to Billboard's #1 spot in December 1967 with "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)," died after a long bout with kidney disease. He was 63.

In 2010, after receiving some bad reviews and even enduring some boos during her performance, Whitney Houston brushed off criticism of her first show in the U.K. in over eleven years by insisting she was playing to a "tough crowd". She had been recently been hospitalized with chronic rhinopharyngitis, which is a swelling of the membranes in the nose and throat.

In 2011, singer/keyboardist Kent Morrill of the Wailers died of cancer at 70.

birthdays today (among others) include:  Roy Clark (81), Dave Edmunds (70), Samantha Fox (48) and Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) (46)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from the folks at SuicideSqueeze


Limited edition tour repress of 100 copies on "Butter Yellow" vinyl. All proceeds go to the Coathangers to help with their tour expenses. Each pre-order will come with a Coathangers poster and sticker. The remaining 50 copies will be available directly from the band.

Suck My Shirt is the The Coathangers’ fourth full-length. The title refers to an incident involving the salvaging of spilled tequila during the recording session for the album. While the title implies that little has changed with regards to the band’s celebratory mission statement, even just a cursory listen of their latest album demonstrates that there have indeed been changes in The Coathangers’ camp. First off, the quartet was reduced to a trio for the latest record, with keyboardist Bebe Coathanger (Candice Jones) stepping down from her duties. But the absence of keyboards isn’t nearly as noticeable of a difference as the band’s refined songwriting approach. Refinement is an attribute we expect to see in any group that has a career spanning more than a couple of years, but the extent to which The Coathangers have honed their trade with each successive album dwarfs most bands’ maturation. This isn’t to say that The Coathangers have polished their sound; the group once again worked with Ed Rawls and Justin McNeight and The Living Room to attain the same production values of their Larceny & Old Lace album and their recent slew of split 7”s. Rather, the refinement can be heard in the quality of the songs themselves. While the band retains the alluring spontaneity and happy accidents of their early releases, the trio’s current work sounds far more deliberate and locked-in than anything they’ve done in the past.

“It’s a balance between overthinking and just going for it,” guitarist Crook Kid Coathanger (Julia Kugel) says of their songwriting strategy. It’s a duality immediately apparent with the album opener “Follow Me”. It’s a classic Coathangers tune with the raspy vocals of Rusty Coathanger (Stephanie Luke) belted out over the signature grimy rock laid down by Crook Kid and bassist Minnie Coathanger (Meredith Franco). But the chorus opens into one of the most accessible hooks in the band’s canon, just before segueing into the next verse with a squall of violent dissonant guitar. From there the band launches into “Shut Up”, a title that harkens back to the brash sass of their first record. The song still has its spikey guitar riffs and shouted chorus, but here The Coathangers sound less like a jubilant version of Huggy Bear and more like the art-pop of late-era Minutemen. Dedicated Coathangers fans will recognize the re-worked versions of “Merry Go Round”, “Smother”, “Adderall”, and “Derek’s Song” from their run of limited edition split 7”s, and hearing them in the context of the album shows that these tracks weren’t merely isolated examples of the band’s more sophisticated side, but were actually demonstrative of the group’s increasing capacity for nestling solid melodic hooks and rock heft into their repertoire. By the time the band wraps up the album with the humble pop perfection of “Drive”, it’s hard to believe this was the band that garnered their reputation with raucous bombasts like “Don’t Touch My Shit”.

Pre-Order at SuicideSqueeze

*Pre-order will ship on or around May 1, 2014


For Immediate Release

Prog Duo Days Between Stations Release Limited Edition Vinyl Of Critically Acclaimed Album 'In Extremis'

Los Angeles, CA - Much to the excitement of vinyl enthusiasts around the globe, prog duo Days Between Stations have released their critically acclaimed new album 'In Extremis' on a limited edition DBL LP!

Says guitarist Sepand Samzadeh, “We put a great deal of emphasis on creating a mood by way of sonic textures. The CD was mastered so that the listener could CRANK THE VOLUME ON THE STEREO.  If you really want to hear THE COMPLEXITY OF ALL THE LAYERS AND SONIC TEXTURES, the vinyl record is the way to go.”

Possibly the most anticipated prog release of 2013, Days Between Stations sophomore album 'In Extremis' was released on May 15, 2013. Boasting an incredible guest line-up of music legends featuring Colin Moulding (XTC), Rick Wakeman (YES), Peter Banks (YES/Flash) Tony Levin (King Crimson/Peter Gabriel) and Billy Sherwood (YES/CIRCA:), Days Between Stations reached a new level of creative artistry on their second release.

Founded in 2003 by guitarist Sepand Samzadeh and keyboardist Oscar Fuentes, the duo named themselves after the cult novel by Steve Erickson and have devoted themselves to, as they say, Art Rock and Post Prog - music that reflects their varied influences, as well as shared disregard for stylistic boundaries. This eclecticism continues apace on 'In Extremis'. At times the music recalls Peter Gabriel or 'Duke'-era Genesis (as on the propulsive “Visionary”, which features Sherwood's multi-layered vocals and Levin's driving Stick bass work), or an ambient marriage between Pink Floyd and Lisa Gerrard and Debussy (“In Utero”), or even a cross between Ultravox and Marillion and 'Abacab'-era Genesis (the Moulding-sung “The Man Who Dies Two Times”).

Here's what the press has raved about 'In Extremis'

“The fact that Rick Wakeman, Tony Levin and Peter Banks help create this majestic piece of symphonic prog only made this a stronger contender for prog album of the year.” - Mark Johnson, Sea of Tranquility

“But the late Yes founder (Peter Banks) is just the beginning of the dark-hued wonders to be found on this neo-prog triumph. Accessing an endlessly fascinating palette that also takes in ambient and classically inspired moments, Oscar Fuentes and Sepand Samzadeh brilliantly explore themes of life, and death, and everything in between.” - Nick Deriso, Something Else Reviews

“Here's an album that deserves a place in everyone's record collection. The superb artwork and quality of the booklet and packaging makes it a must-buy as opposed to (legal) download, for me at least. Support truly great musicians going out on a limb to bring you truly great, original progressive rock music as good as some of the classics.” - Brian Watson, DPRP
Limited Edition of 50 colored vinyl, signed and hand-numbered. Signed by Sepand, Oscar and special guests.

Order a copy HERE


from our friends at SlyVinyl

The Mars Volta – De-Loused In The Comatorium // Limited to 1500 on 180g Silver Vinyl 2xLP

Watter - This World // Limited to 300 'Dark Water Blue' Swirl Vinyl LPs


from ireland, they love their vinyl too!

Record shops: vinyl countdown or the start of a new groove?


from the carolinas:

Record Store Day hails comeback of vinyl records


vinyl story from the great state of pennsylvania 

After decades of decline, sales of vinyl records surge


WEEKLY WAX: Vinyl Releases For The Week Of 4/6-4/12

Music History - April 14

In 1955, Fats Domino released "Ain't It A Shame." While that is the original title, the song is more often called "Ain't That A Shame," the title Pat Boone used for his cover version. It is ranked #431 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and was the first song John Lennon learned to play.

In 1956, singer Bobby Helms auditioned for Decca Records and was promptly signed by the label.

In 1956, at the RCA Victor Studios in Nashville, Elvis Presley recorded "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You."

In 1960, at Bell Sound Studio in New York City, Lloyd Price recorded "Question."

In 1961, at RCA's Music Center of the World studios in Hollywood, Sam Cooke recorded "Cupid." The song charted at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #20 on the Hot R&B Sides chart; it performed best in the UK, peaking at #7 on the UK Singles Chart.  The song is ranked #452 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In 1963, the Rolling Stones played at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond. All four members of The Beatles were in the audience.

In 1964, the King Bees, (featuring a young David Bowie, then David Jones), played at a wedding reception at the Jack Of Clubs in London.

In 1965, Millie Small appeared on ABC-TV's "Shindig!" and performed her song "My Boy Lollipop." Other guests on the show included Jerry Lee Lewis, April & Nino, and Neil Sedaka.

In 1966, the Beatles recorded "Paperback Writer" and the vocals for "Eleanor Rigby."

In 1967, Polydor Records released the Bee Gees’ “New York Mining Disaster 1941” with a promotional slogan declaring them “the most significant talent since The Beatles.” The record became a Top 20 hit in the UK. and US.

In 1967, the final "Where the Action Is" aired on ABC-TV, with Paul Revere and the Raiders as the house band.

In 1967, David Bowie's novelty record "The Laughing Gnome" was released in the UK.

In 1967, a riot broke out at Warsaw's Palace Of Culture as the Rolling Stones made their first appearance in an Iron curtain Country; police used tear gas in a battle with 2,000 fans.

In 1968, producer Phil Spector marries Ronnie Bennett of the Ronettes. Although Ronnie's mother was in attendance. the other two Ronnettes, her sister Estelle and her cousin Nedra Talley were not invited. The union would prove to be a very unhappy one for Bennett, who filed for divorce in 1972, citing several instances of alleged cruelty.

In 1969, the Beatles’ recording of “The Ballad of John and Yoko” took place with just two members, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals.  At the time, George Harrison was on vacation abroad and Ringo Starr was filming "The Magic Christian." The song chronicled the events surrounding Lennon’s marriage to Yoko Ono.The song was banned from many radio stations as being blasphemous on account of the use of the word, “Christ.” On some stations, the word 'Christ' was edited in backwards to avoid the ban.

In 1969, the Monkees' TV special, 33 1/3 Revolutions per Monkee, aired on NBC. The plot featured Rock musicians Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll as mad scientists looking for something to rot the minds of young people. The effort will prove to be The Monkees' final performance as a quartet until 1986, as Peter Tork quit the group at the end of the production.

In 1969, Elvis Presley released the single "In The Ghetto." The song was written by Mac Davis and was Presley's first Top 10 hit in the US in four years, peaking at #3, and his first UK Top 10 hit in three years, peaking at #2. It hit #1 on Cashbox. It was a #1 hit in Germany, Ireland, Norway, Australia and New Zealand.

In 1970, Stephen Stills broke his wrist in a car accident, resulting in the cancellation of an American tour by Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young. Stills drove into a parked car while watching a police patrol car in his rear-view mirror.

In 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival made their live UK debut when they played the first of two nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London. 

In 1971, the Illinois Crime Commission issued a list of “drug-oriented records,” including “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum and the Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

In 1972, in Greensboro, North Carolina, Elvis Presley performed at the Coliseum.

In 1973, Led Zeppelin started a two-week run on the top of the UK album chart with Houses of the Holy, also a #1 in the US. The young girl, featured on the cover of the album climbing up Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland, was six-year-old Samantha Gates.

In 1974, at the Roundhouse in London, the Who's Pete Townshend made his solo concert debut backed only by his own pre-recorded audio tapes.

In 1975, after rumours that Jimmy Page, Steve Marriott, Jeff Beck or Chris Spedding variously would replace Mick Taylor as guitarist in the Rolling Stones, a press release confirmed that Ron Wood would be joining the band for their forthcoming American tour.

In 1976, Stevie Wonder signed a $13 million deal with Motown, the largest music contract to that date. Wonder would go on to have a half a dozen Top Ten hits from several hot selling albums.

In 1976, the Bay City Rollers' singer Eric Faulkner nearly died after swallowing Seconal and Valium tablets. The 21 year old claimed to be weary of the group's hectic schedule.

In 1978, the Johnny Cash special "Spring Fever" aired on CBS-TV with guests Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, June Carter Cash, Rosanne Cash and Ray Charles.

In 1979, the Doobie Brothers went to #1 on the US singles chart with "What A Fool Believes," the group's second US #1, it made #31 in the UK.

Iron Maiden's self-titled debut album was released in 1980.

In 1980, a New Jersey State assemblyman introduces a resolution to make Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" the official state song. After some consideration, the song was eventually cited by legislators as the state's "rock anthem."

In 1980, ABC aired Olivia Newton John's TV special "Olivia's Hollywood Nights," with guest performers Elton John, the Carpenters, and Andy Gibb.

In 1983, the Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon died from a drug overdose. He was sacked from the group on June 14th 1982, (two days before Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of heart failure). Farndon was in the midst of forming a new band with former Clash drummer Topper Headon when he died.

In 1984, Michael Jackson made a one hundred thousand dollar contribution to establish a 19-bed cancer research unit at a New York hospital.

In 1984, Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' LP marked its 37th week at #1 in US, the longest run in rock history to that date.

In 1986, members of the First Church of the Nazarene in Ironton, Ohio, held a record burning after evangelist Jim Brown told them that the song "A Horse is a Horse," the theme song from the US TV show Mr. Ed, contained satanic messages when played backwards. 

In 1990, Thurston Harris, who had a US #6 hit in 1957 with "Little Bitty Pretty One," died of a heart attack at the age of 58.

In 1990, Madonna scored her seventh UK #1 single with "Vogue," also a US #1 hit. Taken from her soundtrack album 'I'm Breathless' (Music from and Inspired by the film Dick Tracy).

In 1990, Tommy Page went to #1 on the US singles chart with "I'll Be Your Everything."

In 1993, Paul McCartney kicked off a 24-date North American tour at the Sam Boys Silver Bowl in Las Vegas.

In 1993, in Bosnia, Joan Baez performed for 700 people in war-torn Sarajevo. Many in the audience wept as Baez sang John Lennon's anti-war song, "Imagine."

In 1994, Kurt Cobain was cremated at the Bleitz Funeral Home in Seattle. The death certificate listed Cobain’s occupation as “Poet/Musician” and his type of business as “Punk Rock.”

In 1995, Burl Ives, who reached the US Top 40 with "Little Bitty Tear" (#9), "Funny Way Of Laughing" (#10) and "Call Me Mr. In-Between" (#19) as well as recording the Christmas classic "Holly, Jolly Christmas," died of cancer at the age of 85.

In 1999, Metallica filed suit against Napster Inc, Yale University, the University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement. Yale and Indiana were dropped from the suit after they blocked access to Napster on campus servers.

In 1999, UK singer, songwriter and actor Anthony Newley died of cancer. Scored 12 UK Top 40 singles from 1959-1962 including the #1 single "Why." He won the 1963 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for "What Kind of Fool Am I?" He was also married to the actress Joan Collins from 1963 to 1971.

In 2002, Ashanti started a ten week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Foolish" and on the same day started a three week run at #1 on the US album chart with her self-titled album.

In 2004, Dolly Parton received the Living Legend Medal from the U.S. Library of Congress for her contributions to the cultural heritage of the United States.

In 2005, Steve Jablecki, singer and guitarist for the L.A. group, Wadsworth Mansion, who reached #7 in the US with "Sweet Mary" in 1971, died at the age of 59.

In 2007, legendary crooner Don Ho, who entertained Hawaiian tourists for decades wearing raspberry-tinted sunglasses and singing his catchy signature tune "Tiny Bubbles," died of heart failure. He was 76.

In 2009, a planned auction of nearly 1,400 items from the former home of Michael Jackson was cancelled. A public preview of the collection had already begun in Los Angeles and the exhibition of Jackson's possessions would stay open until the end of next week. A last-minute settlement meant Jackson's belongings would now be returned to him. In response, he had dropped a lawsuit against Juliens Auctions.

In 2009, hundreds of fans and friends, including Paul McCartney and Tom Petty, were on hand to see George Harrison receive a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Capitol Records building.

In 2010, country music singer George Strait became the first act to place a record in the Top 10, on any of the Billboard magazine charts, for 30 consecutive years. His streak continued in 2011 and 2012.

In 2012, Cleveland's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame welcomes Donovan, Laura Nyro, The Miracles, The Small Faces, The Comets, The Blue Caps, The Crickets and The Midnighters

In 2013, Justin Bieber caused outrage after writing a message in a guestbook at the Anne Frank Museum, which stated he hoped the Holocaust victim would have been a fan. The 19-year-old wrote: "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber." It provoked fierce online criticism of the Canadian singer, who was in Amsterdam as part of a tour.

In 2013, songwriter/singer George Jackson died of cancer at 67.

birthdays today include: Loretta Lynn (82) and Ritchie Blackmore (69) (Deep Purple, Rainbow)