Friday, December 19, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

upcoming releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

The epic film was scored by Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias. He has written the music for several Spanish films, mostly from Pedro Almodóvar and Julio Medem. He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his work in the films The Constant Gardener (2005), The Kite Runner (2007) and again for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). His other film credits include soundtracks for Steven Soderbergh's Che  and Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January (2014).
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • Insert
  • Packed in sturdy resealable pvc bag 
  • First pressing of 750 numbered copies on blue, white & black mixed coloured vinyl


Back To Oakland is the fourth album by Bay Area based band Tower of Power, released in spring 1974. Tower of Power followed their self-titled gold album with (as said by many critics) an even better album.

This record had tougher, funkier and better-produced cuts, stronger vocals from Lenny Williams (who was more comfortable as their lead singer), and included an excellent ballad in "Time Will Tell," and a rousing tempo in "Don't Change Horses (In the Middle of a Stream)". The Tower of Power horn section reaffirmed its reputation in both Soul and Pop circles.

Back To Oakland was voted by Modern Drummer Magazine as one of the most important recordings for drummers to listen to.  180 gram audiophile vinyl


Continued is the second album released by swamp rocker Tony Joe White. Recorded at Monument Studios, Nashville and Lyn-Lou Studios, Memphis in 1969 and released the same year, the album contained the single "Roosevelt And Ira Lee". It was produced by Billy Swan and engineered by Tommy Strong and Mort Thomasson.

The album contains the track "Rainy Night In Georgia" popularized by R&B vocalist Brook Benton in 1970. It reached #4 on the Pop Singles and #2 on the Adult Contemporary charts, respectively. The RIAA certified the single Gold for sales of one million copies. In 2004, it was ranked #498 on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. David Ruffin recorded a cover version of the song the same year as Benton, however, Motown for unknown reasons did not release the album.

The song has been covered by a number of musicians, including Ray Charles, Otis Rush, Randy Crawford, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Amos Garrett, Hank Williams, Jr., Shelby Lynne, John Holt, Nicky Thomas, by the duet of Conway Twitty and Sam Moore, Aaron Neville, and reggae band The Gladiators.  180 gram audiophile vinyl


from our friends at Spacelab9

DOCTOR WHO “Original Television Soundtrack: Best of Series One Through Seven” Picture Disc LP Revealed

Looking for a last-minute gift for that DOCTOR WHO fan in your life? Coming Tuesday, December 23rd, SPACELAB9 are proud to announce the first ever DOCTOR WHO vinyl LP soundtrack created for North American audiences. The DOCTOR WHO “Original Television Soundtrack: Best of Series One Through Seven” Picture Disc LP collects the very best and most iconic musical moments from the show from Season 1 (2005) through Season 7 (2013). This stunning picture disc LP is limited to a pressing of 3,000 so don’t wait too long, lest you need a Tardis of your own to obtain a copy!

It was nearly 52 years ago that DOCTOR WHO made its BBC Television debut, fascinating viewers and captivating British sci-fi fans. Half a century later, the good Doctor continues to beguile as new generations of fans from all corners of the globe immerse themselves in the storied history of the perennial fan-favorite science fiction television series. Since the series was re-booted in 2005, the time traveling adventures of The Doctor and his trusty Tardis have reached unprecedented levels of popularity, particularly in North America, where fans swoon to a sea of licensed goodies and line up as far as the eye can see for entry into their local Doctor-Con. The DOCTOR WHO “Original Television Soundtrack: Best of Series One Through Seven” picture disc LP will be available exclusively at Hot Topic stores and via HotTopic, while supplies last.


III & IV by Heat Leisure Available Via ThrillJockey 

Heat Leisure is a collective centered around the Carney brothers of Pontiak, Greg Fox and Alexandra Drewchin of Guardian Alien, Steve Strohmeier of Beach House, and Robert J. Otten III. Their music takes a freewheeling approach to psychedelia with obvious nods toAmon Düül II, Can and the Grateful Dead.

For this, their second gathering and recording at the Carney’s farm in Virginia, the group recruited the legendary Merry Prankster and Dead associate Ken Babbs, who emceed the Dead’s mythical Veneta, OR gig in 1972 that became Sunshine Daydream, to contribute a shamanistic monologue to “III,” which occupies the first side of this, their first full-length vinyl release. The Carneys approached Babbs about collaborating with Heat Leisure after staying at his Oregon farm on the last Pontiak tour. Heat Leisure’s core principles are spontaneity, serendipity, and collaboration. The band employs frying amp distortion, a signature of Pontiak, as well as an array of drums, synthesizers, samplers, organs and a heavy dose of explorative improvisation by the musicians to create a highly lyrical album.

III & IV is released on LP-only, pressed on virgin vinyl and presented in a jacket with spot UV gloss printing on cover and free download card.

Order at ThrillJockey


from billboard:

The True Story of How Vinyl Spun Its Way Back From Near-Extinction


from the uk:

What goes around comes around: How vinyl is back in vogue


from the great state of florida:

Tampa record label New Granada celebrates 20 years with three-night concert


Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Goes Old School with Vinyl Record Collector’s Edition


interesting read from laweekly:

Pete Lyman of Infrasonic Sound Is the Patron Saint of Your Vinyl Collection


Someone actually found the vinyl records Jack White hid inside furniture


Vital Vinyl: Ville Valo Discusses HIM’s Massive Retrospective Box Set


Johnny Cash's 'American' Series Collected in Vinyl Box Set


weekend reading from rolling stone:

20 Best Reissues of 2014


What’s Selling? — Week of Dec. 18


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 12/08 - 12/14, 2014

Vinyl Top 25

1. Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas
2. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
3. Taylor Swift - 1989
4. Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments To An Elegy
5. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
6. Alt-J - This Is All Yours
7. Arctic Monkeys - AM
8. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
9. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
10. Brandi Carlile - The Story
11. Led Zeppelin - IV
12. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
13. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
14. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
15. Diarrhea Planet - Aliens In The Outfield 10"
16. The Weeks - Buttons 10"
17. She & Him - Classics
18. The Beatles - 1967-70 (the blue album)
19. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
20. Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy
21. Otis Redding - Dock Of The Bay
22. OST - Elf
23. Jack White - Lazaretto
24. Sturgill Simpson - High Top Mountain
25. She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas


album cover art of the day:

Details Of New Album "Raise A Little Hell" Revealed By The Answer 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ask Mr.Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: I noticed on one of the bigger YouTube channels, one with nearly 20 million views, a snapshot of their Top 5 most played songs, via videos of course: 

1. "Sleigh Ride" Ronettes (1963) 
2. "I Dreamed a Dream" (from "Les Miserable") Ruthie Henshall (1995) 
3. "Donde Esta Santa Claus" Augie Rios (1958) 
4. "Red Red Wine" Neil Diamond (1968) 
5. "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays" Perry Como (1954) 

What is amazing is seeing three classic Christmas tunes in the Top 5, what with the holidays being only a fraction of the year. People must be playing these all year long. 

Any chance you could find out, say, their Top 20? Wonder how many have a holiday theme? 
—Phil Hartford, Bloomington, Ind. 

DEAR PHIL: If you are merely amazed at finding three of the five to be holiday-related, prepare to be flabbergasted as we unveil their Top 20.

Remember, this list includes diverse genres and several different eras:

6. "Aloha Oé" (Islands Sounds Orchestra) (1989)
7. "Paloma Blanca" George Baker Selection (1975)
8. "Needles and Pins" Jackie De Shannon (1963)
9. "Pretty Paper" Roy Orbison (1963)
10. "Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy" Buck Owens and His Buckaroos (1965)
11. "Sleigh Ride" Johnny Mathis (1958)
12. "Seasons in the Sun" Kingston Trio (1964)
13. "Happy New Year" ABBA (1980)
14. "The Monkey That Became President" Tom T. Hall (1972)
15. "Sleigh Ride" Arthur Fiedler Conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra (1949)
16. "Oklahoma Hills" Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys (1961)
17. "Christmas in My Home Town" Charley Pride (1970)
18. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" Elton John & Brian Wilson (live duet) 2001
19. "A Marshmallow World" Brenda Lee (1964)
20. "It's Christmas Everywhere" Paul Anka (1960)

Even I am truly surprised to find 11 of the Top 20 favorites to be songs of the season, and that "Sleigh Ride," a wintery song with no mention of any holiday, is on the list three times.

DEAR JERRY: I need help with a decades-long earworm, one that goes back to my junior high years, in the mid-to-late 1950s. 

The infectious little line is "mangos and papayas, anything your heart desires." 

It was sung by a woman in sort of a calypso style, if that helps. 

Can you possibly identify this obscure song? 
—Denise McQuater, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

DEAR DENISE: It may seem obscure because nearly 58 years have passed since this tune was a current hit, but I can't describe as obscure any song that makes the Top 30 on both Billboard and Cash Box, as did this one.

Identifying it is easy, in fact the title has been right there in your earworm all along. It is the first of the two tropical fruits mentioned: "Mangos."

The vocalist offering her man assorted fruits and nuts, along with unspecified extras, is the legendary Rosemary Clooney.

The "Mangos" single (Columbia 40835) came out six years after Rosie's "Come On-a My House," and its many non-tropical fruit references (apples; plums; apricots; figs; dates; grapes; pomegranate; peaches; and pears), making something with mangos and papayas seem like the perfect follow-up.

The overall similarity between the two fruity tunes was not overlooked in the new release reviews, prepared specifically for radio station programmers, in Billboard's March 9, 1957 issue:

"The rich show-wise vocal talents of Miss Clooney are showcased here on a colorful theme with an exotic rhythm pattern and engaging lyrics, somewhat reminiscent of the thrush's biggest hit "Come On-a My House." Should spice up programming in practically any time slot."

Dee jays seeking spice agreed and in the weeks ahead, "Mangos" ranked among the Top 10 on Billboard's Most Played Songs by Disk Jockeys.

Though not frequently heard in the 21st century, I still can't put "Mangos" in the obscure category.

IZ ZAT SO? Of all solo pop artists, whether male or female, whose first hit came in 1950 or later, Rosemary Clooney's singles sales top all other singers for the pre-rock, first half of that decade.

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column.  Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368  E-mail:   Visit his Web site:

All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition. 

Copyright 2014 Osborne Enterprises - Reprinted By Exclusive Permission

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Captain Beyond Captain Beyond (Deluxe Limited Edition)

A super deluxe limited edition pressing of this landmark space rock album by super group Captain Beyond!

Formed in 1971 by members of Deep Purple, Iron Butterfly & Johnny Winter’s band, Captain Beyond is heavy, spacey and most definitely FAR OUT!

Numbered, Limited Edition on Random Colored Vinyl. Sequentially numbered and presented in a gorgeous black velvet gate fold jacket with silver foil stamping and a 180 gram colored vinyl with audio that’s been remastered specifically for this edition!

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Ministry Last Tangle In Paris - Live 2012 DeFiBrilLaTouR

Ministry’s Last Tangle in Paris documents a time capsule in music history which will never be repeated. In addition to Live Ministry performances, it also embodies rare backstage footage and one-on-one interviews. Ministry founder and front man, Al Jourgensen has no intention to tour Ministry ever again, and thus this documentary is most certainly Jourgensen's last tangle in Paris.

The US leg of the DeFiBRilLaTouR was a four-city run in Denver, Los Angeles, New York, with two shows in Chicago. The band then flew to Finland to embark on the seven week European leg of the DeFiBRiLlaTouR that included festivals and club shows in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Russia. Legendary songs performed on the DVD include Psalm 69 and New World Order. As a special bonus – the digipack version will include a Ministry tour retrospective double audio album with live performances dating back to 2006.

In early 2014 Jourgensen underwent a closely-monitored detox, and as of this writing is sober and ready to embark on a new chapter in his life.

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
2. Beatles - Abbey Road
3. The Beatles 1967-1970 (On Sale)
4. Various Artists - The Big Lebowski (On Sale)
5. Taylor Swift - 1989
6. Various Artists - Guardians Of The Galaxy Soundtrack (On Sale) (Awaiting Repress)
7. Led Zeppelin IV (On Sale)
8. Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

SoundStageDirect Gift Ideas


from our friends at BrutalPandaRecords

CHERUBS: Reveal New Album Details 

2 Ynfynyty coming March 3rd via Brutal Panda Records 
Austin, TX cult noise rock kings, Cherubs, return with 2 Ynfynyty, their first new recording in over 20 years.  Produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, ....And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Slayer) in the summer of 2014, 2 Ynfynyty finds the trio rejuvenated with a more dangerous sound then ever. Picking up where they left off while trekking down a few unexpected turns, Cherubs effortlessly mix distorted heaviness with sublime songcraft.  If Queens of the Stone Age made a pummeling noise rock record, this would be it.  The band's previous records (1992's Icing and 1994's Heroin Man) have reached legendary status in the noise rock world and this record will be no exception.  2 Ynfynyty proves that Cherbus' long hiatus was worth the two decade wait.

The album will be released digitally and on cassette on March 3rd followed by a limited edition vinyl release on March 17th via Brutal Panda Records.

Pressing is limited to 500 copies. LP comes housed in a full color, thick printed inner sleeve.  Digital download of the full album included

 •10 Test Presses
 •100 Gold/White Haze
 •150 Clear w/ Gold Splatter
 •250 Black

Pre-Order at BrutalPandaRecords


Joyful Noise 2015 Flexi Disc Series Announced!

Feat. King Buzzo, Could Nothings, Wye Oak, Lee Ranaldo, Kevin Barnes, Protomartyr, Deerhoof and more...

We are extremely excited to announce our 4th annual Flexi-Disc Series! We have lined up 12 of our favorite artists, who will each be contributing an unreleased track, exclusively available on the 2015 Flexi Disc Series.

Some background:
The Flexi Disc Series is a platform for some of our favorite artists to release never-before-heard recordings on a fleeting analog format. Artists are encouraged to be as adventurous as possible for the duration of one single-sided flexi disc (which is essentially a square, flexible 7" record). These are unique and ephemeral tracks from some of the best bands in the world.

Each release is strictly limited to a one-time pressing of 1000 copies on clear, single-sided, square Flexi Disc (w/ full cover art chosen by the band). These songs will not be released digitally or on any other format. That is to say, the total existence of each recording is limited to just 1000 copies, on an increasingly-degrading analog format.

Artists contributing to the 2015 series include: Arousal (Kevin Barnes as Georgie Fruit), Cloud Nothings, Deerhoof & Celestial Shore, Goblin Cock, King Buzzo (Melvins), Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Oneida, Pattern Is Movement, Protomartyr, Sonny and the Sunsets, Tera Melos and Wye Oak.

Standard subscriptions only cost $5 / month (+ postage), or you can opt for the Deluxe VIP Subscription which gets you a custom wooden box set, and all the perks of Deluxe VIP Membership.

Get more information at JoyfulNoiseRecordings


Lynyrd Skynyrd to Reissue First Six Albums on Vinyl


from the other side of the globe:

Bandra cafe is a haven for Mumbai's vinyl record lovers


interesting read from the uk:

Handmade vinyl albums: Yours for £2,500


from the land down under:

We’re Buying So Much Vinyl It Could Kill The Industry


Lou Reed, Green Day, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Five Bands That Deserve to Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Amazon Best Sellers in CDs & Vinyl

1. 1989 ~ Taylor Swift
2. That's Christmas To Me ~ Pentatonix
3. Disney's Karaoke Series: Frozen ~ Disney Karaoke Series
4. Partners ~ Barbra Streisand
5. Cheek to Cheek (Deluxe) ~ Tony Bennett
6. Greatest Hits: Decade #1 ~ Carrie Underwood
7. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix ~ Soundtrack
8. Man Against Machine ~ Garth Brooks
9. Ptxmas ~ Pentatonix
10. Rock or Bust ~ AC/DC


album cover art of the day:

New Album "One Man Army" Announced By Ensiferum, Artwork Revealed

Monday, December 15, 2014

New Music Releases - December 16, 2014

AFI - All Hallow’s EP (vinyl)
Alcoa - Thank You (vinyl)
Aretha Franklin - Aretha (deluxe edition)
Aretha Franklin - Through the Storm
Asking Alexandria - Live from Brixton and Beyond
Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)
Beach Boys - All Summer Long (reissue)
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (reissue)
Beach Boys - Shut Down, Vol. 2 (reissue)
Beach Boys - Smiley Smile (reissue)
Beach Boys - Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) (reissue)
Beach Boys - Today! (reissue)
Brandi Carlile - The Eye
Brian Chippendale and Greg Saunier - Brian Chippendale and Greg Saunier
Bring Me the Horizon - Drown
Bryan Ferry - Avonmore (vinyl)
Cat Stevens - Tea for the Tillerman (reissue) (vinyl)
Charli XCX - Sucker
Chief Keef - Nobody
Cream - Cream: 1966 - 1972 (LP box set)
Dave Matthews Band - Under The Table And Dreaming (reissue) (vinyl)
Death Cab For Cutie - Photo Album (reissue) (vinyl)
Death Cab For Cutie - Something About Airplanes (reissue) (vinyl)
Death Cab For Cutie - We Have The Facts and We’re Voting Yes (reissue) (vinyl)
Fall Out Boy - Immortals (7") (picture disc)
Geotic - Sunset Mountain
Gov't Mule - Dark Side of the Mule (vinyl)
James Taylor - Never Die Young (reissue)
Jan Akkerman - Tabernakel (reissue)
John Lennon - Imagine (reissue)
John Lennon - Mind Games (reissue)
John Lennon - Rock 'n' Roll (reissue)
John Lennon - Walls and Bridges (reissue)
John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (reissue)
John Lennon / Yoko Ono - Double Fantasy (reissue)
John Lennon / Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band - Some Time in New York City (reissue)
Kaleidoscope - Side Trips (reissue) (vinyl)
Kinks - The Anthology 1964 - 1971 (5CD Box Set)
Manhattans - Black Tie (expanded edition)
Melvins - Hold It In (vinyl)
Mike WiLL Made It - Ransom
Misfits - Project 1950 (vinyl)
Neil Young - Storytone  (2LP)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Firstborn Is Dead (reissue) (vinyl)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - From Her To Eternity (reissue) (vinyl)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Kicking Against The Pricks (reissue) (vinyl)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Your Funeral... My Trial (reissue) (vinyl)
Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint
Paul McCartney - New (reissue) (collector's edition)
Russian Circles - Enter (reissue)
Sense Field - Tonight and Forever (vinyl)
Skybound - Darkfall
Switchfoot - The Beautiful Letdown (reissue) (vinyl)
Take That - III
The City On Film - La Vella (vinyl)
The Story Changes - Never In Daydream (vinyl)
Token Entry - From Beneath The Streets (vinyl)
Various Artists - Complete Stax / Volt Soul Singles Vol 2: 1968-71
Various Artists - St. Vincent OST (vinyl)
Various Artists - Transformers OST (1986) (vinyl)
Various Artists - Waxing Off: Delicious Vinyl's Greatest Hits
You + Me - Rose Ave. (vinyl)

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at NewOnVinyl


Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) was released in CD format to stores on September 27, 2011 by Lakeshore Records, and owned by Cutting Edge Film Scores. Prior to that, thanks to viral reviews, such as those found on social networking website Twitter, the soundtrack sold well on iTunes, climbing as high as number four on the sales charts.

The nineteen-track album has amassed positive reviews. James Verniere of the Boston Herald graded it an A, stating, "The cool crowd isn't just watching Drive; they're listening to it, too... The Drive soundtrack is such an integral part of the experience of the film, once you see it, you can't imagine the film without it."Allmusic reviewer James Christopher Monger selected opening track "Nightcall", "I Drive", "Hammer" and "Bride of Deluxe" as highlights on it. Digital Spy's Mayer Nissim gave it a four out of five star rating, finding it to be as important as the film itself. She stated the album beginning with non-Martinez songs instead of mixing it up for a more enjoyable listening experience cost it a star.
  • On 180 gram PINK vinyl
  • Double Lp
  • limited repress by Invada Records
Order at NewOnVinyl


Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 features a stunning collection of fifteen revered performances, recorded specifically for the hard-hitting and award-winning Fox television show. To celebrate this long enduring biker drama series, Friday Music enhances your music pleasure with the first time ever audiophile vinyl release of this stellar soundtrack album.

The double album features a plethora of classic tunes and fan favorites. Paul Brady s brilliant take of The Rolling Stones classic Gimme Shelter, Lyle Workman and Bob Thiele Jr. s amazing interpretation of the CCR smash Fortunate Son and of course Curtis Stigers bluesy favorite rendition of Warren Haynes John The Revelator all add to the excitement of this trail blazing television series that continues to thrill its millions of fans worldwide.

The collection kicks off with the Emmy nominated and ASCAP award-winning series theme song This Life sung and written by Curtis Stigers. Golden Globe® Award winning actress/singer Katey Sagal along with The Forest Rangers perform four tracks on the soundtrack including a standout performance of Son Of A Preacher Man and an emotional reading of Leonard Cohen s epic Bird On A Wire. Even Canadian legendary hard rockers throw down a brilliant version of The Who s Slip Kid featuring Franky Perez. Plus classic material reimagined from the words and music of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Animals and Billie Holiday truly make this a memorable soundtrack of our times.

This amazing double album is the first in a deluxe series of a limited edition 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl releases from the Sons Of Anarchy television soundtrack series with Friday Music.

For a very limited time, Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 will be presented on a 2 LP clear audiophile vinyl with a stunning gatefold cover featuring the SOA logo and original artwork as you will remember from this incredible series created by Kurt Sutter.

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from our friends at Relapse

Torche 'Restarter' Pre-Order

Heavy rock titans TORCHE make their Relapse debut with the thunderous 'Restarter', a ten song triumph of an album.  TORCHE rose to popularity merging huge infectious melodies with downtuned, crushing sludgey rock and on 'Restarter' they've perfected the marriage.  This is a record that is simultaneously hum-able and heavy that will just as easily appeal to fans of Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth as it will Melvins and High On Fire-heads.  But what truly sets TORCHE apart from their peers is their ability to use top-notch songwriting and soaring, harmonic vocals to create records that are heavier and louder and hookier than anyone else out there.

***Mailorder exclusive glow in the dark deluxe 2xLP limited to 500.  Housed in glow in the dark custom ink gatefold jackets and includes a pair of Restarter sunglasses only available with this pressing.  Bonus, second LP features the remixed and remastered tracks from the 'Harmonslaught' 7" plus a custom etching on side D.  Includes a free digital download of the entire album***


First Press (Deluxe 2xLP) 
500 x Black 180 Gram *Mailorder Exclusive* 
500 x Glow In The Dark Standard Gram *Mailorder Exclusive* 
250 x Relapse 25th Anniversary Silver Standard Gram *Mailorder Exclusive* 
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

Release date - 2/24/15

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Sense Field 'Tonight and Forever' Vinyl Pre-Order

The landmark album from Sense Field, Tonight and Forever, released for the first time ever on vinyl. Featuring the songs "Save Yourself and "Fun Never Ends."

First pressing limited to 500 copies:

* Hot Pink (200) 
* Hot Pink / Sea Blue Swirl (100) 
* Milky Clear with Hot Pink, Purple, Orange, and Electric Blue Splatter (100) 
* Hot Pink in Dark Purple in Milky Clear (Color In Color In Color) (100)

Full color jacket printed on reverseboard stock with white dust jackets and 12" uncoated insert. Manufactured under exclusive license from Nettwerk Productions Ltd.

This is a pre-order. All orders are currently scheduled to ship the week of December 16th. In the event of potential delays, they would ship the first week of January 2015.

Pre-Order HERE


Escape From Witchtropolis by Espectrostatic

Exclusive Death Waltz colourway Coke Smoke (coke bottle clear with black & white swirls) Austin, TX musician Alex Cuervo turned a few heads last year with his new project Espectrostatic; his synth-based electronic project. Cuervo has been knocking around in garage & punk bands since the Nineties, playing in killer acts like the Hex Dispensers, Blacktop, This Damn Town and more, but Espectrostatic showed a different side. Espectrostatic’s s/t debut all but abandoned guitars in favor of spooky electronic pulses & synth drones a’la John Carpenter & Tangerine Dream. Cuervo is back at it with the follow up album “Escape From Witchtropolis”. “Escape From Witchtropolis” uses elements & themes laid out in the debut, but upping the anté with more sophisticated & subtle arrangements, letting the songs unfold organically, still inferring the presence of a soundtrack to an as-yet unmade horror flick. Opening with the brooding “Removing The Bandages”, the tone is set as the credits roll, before lurching into the title track “Escape From Witchtropolis”, whose motorik pulse hearkens back to the heyday of industrial dance music (Skinny Puppy, Cabaret Voltaire, Nitzer Ebb). Cuervo has a knack for keeping things taut & interesting, tunes like “The Feral Kids” with it’s tribal drums & synth squall tumble forward into more orchestrated tunes like “The Obelisk” before retreating inward into the cosmic headspace of “Sinking Into The Microverse” a head-turning drone masterpiece.<,/p> “Escape From Witchtropolis” conjures visions of musical ghosts past & present; Fabio Frizzi, John Carpenter, Umberto, Skinny Puppy, SPK, Zombi, Goblin & more all are imprinted on Espectrostatic, but Cuervo manages to maintain his own voice among the influences, concocting a cohesive & menacing sophomore album.

Exclusive Death Waltz colourway on Coke Smoke. (coke bottle clear with black & white swirls)

“Escape From Witchtropolis” features spectacular artwork by reknowned illustrator Drazen Kozjan.

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US vinyl suppliers struggling to keep up with demand from pressing plants


What Weird Vinyl Orders Are Doing to Old-School Record Production


A record revival’s B-side: Canada’s last vinyl plant to close up shop


Northern Soul fans in a spin over sale of rare record


Blackbird Raum (folk-punk) release ‘Under the Starling Host’ on vinyl


neat read:

'Voices Within The Music': A Brief History Of Guitar Effects


Q and A with Po Powell, the Hipgnosis photographer behind iconic album covers

Friday, December 12, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

when i talk to people about the vinyl revival, they think that turntables are hard to find.  That's not true! Our friends at SoundStageDirect have a great selection and they make perfect Christmas gifts!

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upcoming releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


Starring Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch and Matthew Goode, The Imitation Game portrays the race against time by Alan Turing and his team of top-secret British code-breakers during the darkest days of World War II. The film spans the key periods of Turing's life: his unhappy teenage years at boarding school; the triumph of his secret wartime work on the revolutionary electro-mechanical bombe that was capable of breaking 3,000 Enigma-generated naval codes a day; and the tragedy of his post-war decline following his conviction for gross indecency, a now-outdated criminal offence stemming from his admission of maintaining a homosexual relationship.

The soundtrack is composed by Golden Globe and Grammy Award winning French composer Alexandre Desplat, who burst onto the Hollywood scene in 2003 with his evocative score to Girl With The Pearl Earring. From this point on he contributed the soundtracks to a rich collection of highly successful movies such as Syriana, Golden Compass, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Twilight Saga: New Moon, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 1&2) and The King's Speech as well as Monuments Men.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Insert
  • First pressing of 750 numbered copies on red/white vinyl


The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary and uplifting story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, and of two people defying the steepest of odds through love. The film, based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking, is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire).

The score for The Theory of Everything is by Icelandic Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson who has composed music for many films including his recent work scoring director Denis Villeneuvue's film Prisoners and Josh C. Waller's McCanick. Jóhannsson's intricate compositions provide a stunning backdrop to the romantic drama about Stephen and Jane Hawking, portrayed in the film by Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) and Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2).

Jóhann has released several solo albums on the labels 4AD and Touch and is equally at home writing commissioned works for contemporary ensembles such as Bang On A Can and Theatre of Voices as he is collaborating with artists like Barry Adamson; Finnish electro band Pan Sonic, Marc Almond, The Hafler Trio, the nom de musique of English avant garde composer Andrew M. McKenzie, CAN drummer Jaki Liebezeit and Stephen O'Malley of the drone metal band Sunn O))).
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • First pressing of 1000 numbered copies on transparent vinyl


Surprises is a beautiful Soul Jazz album by flutist Herbie Mann, featuring singer Cissy Houston. Released on Atlantic Records in 1976, the album peaked at #32 on the Billboard Jazz Album chart, #56 on the Billboard R&B Album chart, and #178 on the Billboard 200.

Emily "Cissy" Houston (born September 30, 1933) is an American Soul and Gospel singer. After a successful career singing backup for (albums of) such artists as Wilson Pickett, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, Donnie Hathaway, Paul Simon and Aretha Franklin, she embarked on a solo career, winning two Grammy Awards for her work. She is the mother of the late Whitney Houston, aunt of Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, and a cousin of opera singer Leontyne Price.

On September 29, 2014, at 81 years old, Cissy sang backup to a standing-ovation performance with Aretha Franklin of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep' and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" on the Late Show with David Letterman.  As the '76 liner notes say: "Cissy Houston. Only now is she beginning to emerge from her cocoon after so many years with the Drinkards and the Sweet Inspirations. showcased here like a star-in-waiting."
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Insert


On his 1988 solo effort Talk To Your Daughter, singer/guitarist Robben Ford proves himself a master of sophisticated Blues-Rock guitar playing. The material is quite strong, and all the musicians perform at the highest level, but it's Ford's stellar soloing that makes this release. Fans of flailing '80s Rock virtuosos would do well to check out Ford's exceptional work on Talk To Your Daughter. The musician's colorful yet controlled improvising and harmonic mastery is a rare and beautiful sonic treat.

The title track is dripping with soulful, well-placed guitar lines that play like a master lesson of up-tempo blues phrasing that guitarists would do well to study. Other standouts include Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign" (which was used in Clint Eastwood's feature film Pink Cadillac) and "Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues".

The fine arrangements and especially Vinnie Colaiuta's sharp drumming are all tightly wound with crisp, clear production that tops off the title track making it a shining success. The album also features Toto's Jeff Porcaro on drums on "I Got Over It". Listeners fond of Ford's work with the Yellowjackets and numerous side gigs, as well as guitarists and all musicians, should enjoy this very professional, succinctly executed offering. First rate!
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Insert

Carach Angren 'This Is No Fairytale' Pre-Order 

When cold sweat slowly trickles down your spine, goose-bumps crawl over your skin and your heart skips a beat as fear grips your throat in a firm choke hold then you have entered the realm of horror. CARACH ANGREN set out to claim the throne of this dark domain with their fourth full-length 'This Is No Fairytale'. The Dutch masters of horror metal have honed their weapons to sharp perfection. Flamboyant orchestral madness contrasts eerily with the icy buzzing of black metal inspired riffs coalescing into haunting melodies. Fiercely rasping vocals and the mercilessly rattling drums whip a terror-filled storyline forward into the waiting darkness. CARACH ANGREN once again step into an even more sinister dimension than before and even surpass the war-ridden nightmares portrayed on previous album 'Where The Corpses Sink Forever' (2012). CARACH ANGREN are ready to unleash the demons again in a dark tale of devilish witchcraft: 'This Is No Fairytale' is bound to put a spell on you and will continue to haunt your stereo for a long time to come.

Clear, solid blue & black mixed coloured vinyl in printed inner sleeve in gatefold displaying Ouija board inside. Limited to 150 copies worldwide. Available February 23, 2015

Pre-Order at SeasonOfMist


Portastatic 'The Summer of the Shark' Vinyl Reissue

Portastatic’s The Summer of the Shark is now available for the first time on vinyl as part of a monthly series of reissues to mark the 25th anniversary of Merge Records.

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

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

Upon the album’s release, then Chicago Tribune reporter John Cook wrote of the album: “It is the most effective and moving musical answer yet to what has happened to us over the last two years. Faced with an enormous catastrophe, McCaughan elected to make a small record. There are no heroes rushing up stairwells and no dissections of good and evil—only scared, confused people and local heartbreaks.”

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

LP is pressed on white vinyl, and includes a coupon for a full download.

Order at MergeRecords


Ian Humberstone and David Chatton Barker 'Two Witches'

Folklore Tapes go back to where it all began with a timely reissue of the debut title on the label, David Chatton-Barker and Ian Humberstone's Devon Folklore Tapes originally started life as a cassette housed inside a second hand hardback book hand made in an edition of 30 copies by David at the Finders Keepers office in Manchester sometime in 2011. Championed by the likes of Demdike Stare (who went onto release part of this cassette on there Pre-Cert Home Entertainment imprint) Two Witches is an eerie conceptual aural score representing the Devon residents Hannah Henley and Mariann Voaden, two 19th Century Devonshireites notorious for practicing witchcraft, the results come across somewhere between the spiky female post-punk group The Fates and the spellbinding soundtrack 'Valerie and Her Week Of Wonders' all with a 'Wicker Man' edge, from here the researchers went onto release searching works from Paper Dollhouse, Anworth Kirk, Children Of Alice, Magpahi & Sam Mcloughlin all looking to the myths surrounding Great Britain’s extensive past.
  • Pressed on twin ten-inch vinyl
  • Includes a research Booklet & comes housed in manilla hand stamped & numbered gatefold paper sleeve designed by David Chatton-Barker
  • Includes a download code redeemable from the label
Order at Bleep


Pre-Order WITCHERY 'Symphony For The Devil' (Clear 2LP)

Witchery is a Swedish thrash/speed metal band, formed by former members of Satanic Slaughter in 1997. Witchery quickly gathered a cult following with their combination of serious, technical thrash metal and all topics "dead". Their strictly tongue-in-cheek humour, often involving executions, murder, necrophilia, resurrections and other morbid topics can be spotted in song titles and album names as well as in their very own mascot - an animated skeleton called "Ben Wrangle."

Symphony For The Devil is Witchery's third full-length studio album. It was released in 2001 and has received underground acclaim from metal fanzines and webzines. The album continues in the style of previous Witchery releases, with thrash metal riffing and solos, but with a black and death metal influence. This album sees Martin Axe of Opeth on drums, after the departure of former Witchery drummer Mique.

Release date: January 20 2015

Pre-Order at TheOmegaOrder


vinyl news from the wall street journal:

The Biggest Music Comeback of 2014: Vinyl Records - Sales of LPs Surge 49% but Aging Factories Struggle to Keep Pace


great review from the uk:

T Rex: The Vinyl Collection review – proof that Bolan’s genius went beyond the hits


from the great state of texas:

Vinyl Lives: Breakaway Records – Austin, Texas


from the great state of michigan:

Last minute gift guide: The vinyl frontier


from the great state of delaware:

Former Delaware Chrysler worker finds new life in classic vinyl


vinyl news from ireland:

Vinyl attraction: the format they just can't kill - LP sales are at a two-decade high and it's thanks to a whole new generation


from our friends at SlyVinyl

Tjutjuna – Westerner // Limited to 200 Black Vinyl LP

Anti Pony – I Go Places // Limited to 250 Colored Vinyl 7″


The Ocean Announces "Fluxion" 10th Anniversary Re-Release


Dan Deacon announces new album, Gliss Riffer


Vinyl on Demand release massive 13-record industrial and avant-garde box-set


You Can Buy the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace on Vinyl


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 12/01 - 12/07, 2014

Vinyl Top 25

1. Vince Guaraldi - A Charlie Brown Christmas
2. Yo La Tengo - Extra Painful
3. Jack White - Lazaretto
4. She & Him - Classics
5. Frank Sinatra - Jolly Christmas
6. Pink Floyd - Endless River
7. AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
8. TV On The Radio - Seeds
9. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
10. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
11. Walk The Moon - Talking Is Hard
12. Songs: Ohia - Didn't It Rain
13. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
14. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
15. Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 2
16. Andy Stott - Faith In Strangers
17. Fugazi - First Demo
18. Various - Motown Christmas
19. Dave Brubeck - A Dave Brubeck Christmas
20. The Head & The Heart - The Head & The Heart
21. The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
22. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
23. Wilco - Alpha Mike Foxtrot
24. Steelism - 615 To Fame
25. Fly Golden Eagle - Quartz Bijou


for shits and giggles:

A whole universe of Daft Punk-inspired Lego could be on the way


weekend reading from rolling stone:

50 Best Songs of 2014 -  Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar and the singles that shook our year