Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Cannot begin to list all the vinyl releases for Black Friday 2014, so go right to the source!

See the complete list of Black Friday exclusives at RecordStoreDay


new arrivals from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Can by Can

Can was founded in 1968 by Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli and Jaki Liebezeit who formed a group which would utilize and transcend all boundaries of ethnic, electronic, experimental, and modern classical music.

Can, the 11th studio album by Can was originally released in 1979. Lost during its initial release amongst the punk explosion, Can features the classic tracks “Sodom” and “Can Be”. Holger Czukay’s involvement took a back seat on this album. Can is also the last album before Can reunited with Malcolm Mooney on the reunion album, Rite Time in 1986.

The band’s powerful influence has never diminished, and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance - from Portishead, James Murphy, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, Kanye West (who sampled ‘Sing Swan Song’) and Radiohead - as well as across other disciplines such as visual art and literature.

LP Has Been Out Of Print For Over 20 Years

Order at SoundStageDirect

All Hands On The Bad One by Sleater-Kinney

Sleater-Kinney is an acclaimed, American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington in 1994. The band's core lineup consists of Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and Janet Weiss (drums). Sleater-Kinney were known for their feminist, left-leaning politics, and were an integral part of the riot grrrl and indie rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest.

All Hands on the Bad One is the fifth studio album by Sleater-Kinney, originally released on May 2, 2000 by Kill Rock Stars. The album was produced by John Goodmanson and recorded from December 1999 to January 2000 at Jackpot! Studio in Portland, Oregon and John & Stu's Place in Seattle, Washington.

Upon release, All Hands on the Bad One reached number 177 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart and number 12 on the Heatseekers Albums chart. All Hands on the Bad One appeared on several end-of-year lists and received a nomination for Outstanding Music Album at the 12th Annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Awards. The Village Voice placed it at number 10 in its 2000 “Pazz & Jop” Critics' Poll.

The album has been freshly remastered by Greg Calbi for this release. This reissue coincides with Sub Pop’s release of remastered versions of Sleater-Kinney’s six other albums, as well as a limited-edition, deluxe vinyl box set featuring all seven albums.

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Elvira - 2 Big Pumpkins / 13 Nights of Halloween
2. U2 - Songs Of Innocence (On Sale)
3. Pink Floyd - The Endless River (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
4. Primus - Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble
5. Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition) (On Sale) (Pre-Order)
6. Miles Davis - Nefertiti
7. Ryan Adams - Vampires (Pre-Order)
8. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)



American Sharks first pressing of their debut album sold out a few weeks ago. Yesterday, the band announced on their Facebook page that they are releasing a special edition “color-your-own” vinyl re-press limited to 500 copies. They stripped the original gatefold jacket of all color, leaving just the black and white outline, and packaged the record with custom markers so you can “color-your-own."

The vinyl itself is white with black splatter to match the jacket. The custom markers are named after the bands favorite weed flavors (strawberry cough, blue dream, grape ape, green crack, pineapple kush, sweet island skunk, & hashish). To make things even more fun they are holding a coloring contest and giving away $666 to the winner. To enter the contest you have to buy the special edition re-press, use the markers they provided to color it in, and submit photos on instagram by tagging @americansharks and hash tagging #americansharks.

Order at TheOmegaOrder


All We Are Self-Titled LP Up For Pre-Order

We are proud to announce the debut self-titled album release from All We Are, on February 3rd 2015.

A global gathering made up of Ireland’s Richard O’Flynn (drums), Norway’s Guro Gikling (bass) and Brazil’s Luis Santos (guitar), the up-and-coming trio won over this summer’s festivals with their languid three way vocals and atmospheric live show. With the summer under their belts they’re getting ready to release their self-titled debut album, produced by Dan Carey (Bat For Lashes, MIA, Hot Chip).

A total democracy, the band write music and lyrics together, jamming tracks and words until they are perfect. They rehearse every day in Richard’s unique living quarters in Toxteth - an abandoned school nursery of which he is the sole guardian. Most of the album was recorded in this space.

Currently prepping for support slots with London Grammar, All We Are have already been taken out on the road by Warpaint, with whom they are now good friends, and by Jungle, who discovered the band on SoundCloud. Performances at End of The Road, Port Eliot, Field Day, Reading and Leeds, Green Man and Electric Picnic have also seen them deliver electrifying sets, with their intense brand of performance featuring Richard’s stand-up drumming and an almost telepathic kind of playing, focused around a triangular, inward facing positioning of the three players.

Inspired by a shared love of hip-hop and modern soul music, Guro calls their sound “psychedelic boogie”, born of long, late nights and inspired by the great outdoors. Dreamy melodies, supple psychedelics and gorgeous midnight disco grooves – this is the sublime, swirling sound of All We Are.   180gm heavyweight LP plus download code with bonus 7" featuring two exclusive tracks 'Just Give It To Me' & 'Reach'

Pre-order the album and receive an instant MP3 download of "I Wear You" And "Feel Safe"

Pre-Order at DominoRecords


Mannequin Pussy - Gypsy Pervert 

Mannequin Pussy began as a duo, Marisa Dabice and Thanasi Paul, childhood pals turned degenerates. The band expanded to a three-piece for their debut album, Gypsy Pervert. The beefed up sound is evident from the beginning as the band shifts seamlessly from grungey punk rock blasts to more textured shoegazey pop. Clocking in at less than 20 minutes, Gypsy Pervert sways urgently back and forth.

Raw and confrontational yet still melodic and inviting, Mannequin Pussy shows off a diverse palette on their debut album.

Pressing Information
First Pressing
100 White w/ Blue & Red Starburst 
150 Opaque Pale Pink 
250 Opaque Dark Seafoam Green

Order at TinyEngines


Minus The Bear 'They Make Beer Commercials Like This' Reissue Available On Orange Vinyl

10 year anniversary orange vinyl reissue of Minus The Bear's excellent They Make Beer Commercials Like This. Featuring great songs like Fine + 2 Points!

Even if 'Beer Commercials' doesn't fit within your definition of pop music, the unorthodox energetic charm of this relatively low-profile release serves as an exciting reminder of why Minus The Bear became one of the most important and influential indie rock bands of the new century.

Order at BanquetRecords


Cretin 'Stranger' Pre-Order Available From Relaspe

California's grindcore/death metal misfits Cretin return with their first new material of freakish, extreme metal in over eight years!   A perverted homage to the glory days of proto-grind and raw, depraved death metal, Cretin have perfected the lo-fi stylings of Repulsion, Autopsy and early Napalm Death with their highly anticipated sophomore full-length, Stranger.  Oozing with violent, buzz-saw guitars, grinding grooves and blasts, a gut-wrenching low end and utterly deviant vocals/lyrics, Stranger will bring a malignant smile to those who prefer their listening sick and twisted.

***Exclusively available through***

***Mailorder exclusive blue / orange merge LP limited to 300.  Includes a free digital download of the entire album***

Pressing Info: 
First Press 
700 x Black Standard Gram 
300 x Blue / Orange Merge Standard Gram *Mailorder Exclusive* 
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

Pre-Order at Relapse


The 10 most expensive records sold on Discogs in first half of 2014


interesting story from north of our border

Maritime music enthusiast’s vinyl collection over 40,000 records


Jaga Jazzist Celebrate 20 Years with Vinyl Box Set


Yo La Tengo Reissue Painful in Deluxe Edition, Announce 30th Anniversary Shows - Featuring bonus tracks and more


The Knife Announce Physical Release of 'Shaken-Up Versions'


Amazon Best Sellers in CDs & Vinyl

1. Partners ~ Barbra Streisand
2. Melody Road ~ Neil Diamond
3. .5: The Gray Chapter (Deluxe) ~ Slipknot
4. Nostalgia (Deluxe Amazon Exclusive) ~ Annie Lennox
5. 1989 ~ Taylor Swift
6. Cheek to Cheek (Deluxe) ~ Tony Bennett
7. Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Divas ~ Aretha Franklin
8. Hope ~ Susan Boyle
9. Primus & The Chocolate Factory ~ Primus
10. Ride Out [Deluxe Edition] ~ Bob Seger

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Music Releases - October 21, 2014

A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step (reissue) (colored vinyl)
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill Acoustic (reissue) (colored vinyl)
Alice Cooper - Raise the Dead - Live from Wacken
Andrew St. James - The Shakes
Annie Lennox - Nostalgia (vinyl)
Aretha Franklin - Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics
As Tall As Lions - ST (colored vinyl)
At The Gates - At War With Reality (colored vinyl)
Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were
Billy Idol - Kings & Queens of the Underground
Boyz II Men - Collide
Bush - Man on the Run (Deluxe)
Caught On Tape - Full Bleed
Charli XCX - Sucker
Cold War Kids - Hold My Home
Danger Danger - Danger Danger
Dennis DeYoung - ...And The Music Of Styx Live In Los Angeles (2CD/DVD)
Diana Krall - Wallflower
Doomsday Student - A Walk Through Hysteria Park
Earth, Wind & Fire - Holiday
Eliot Bronson - Eliot Bronson
Elliott Brood - Work And Love
Emigrate - Silent So Long
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
Forever Came Calling - What Matters Most (colored vinyl)
Gates - Bloom & Breathe (colored vinyl)
Happy Diving - Big World (colored vinyl)
Harold Melvin - Blue Album
Hollies - 50 at Fifty
Jakob - Sines
Jeff the Brotherhood - Dig The Classics (EP)
Jenn Grant - Compostela
Jerry Garcia - Garcialive 5: December 31st 1975 Keystone Berkeley
Jessie Ware - Tough Love
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced (reissue) (vinyl)
Jukebox The Ghost - ST (vinyl)
Kingdom Of Giants - Ground Culture
Little Big Town - Pain Killer
Malo - Malo
Mannheim Steamroller - 30/40
Marietta - Summer Death (colored vinyl)
Mark Lanegan Band - Phantom Radio
Mike Oldfield - The Studio Albums 1992 - 2003
Mineral - EndSerenading (reissue) (vinyl)
Mineral - The Power Of Failing (reissue) (vinyl)
Mott - Drive On
Mott - Shouting and Pointing
Mysteries - New Age Music is Here (vinyl)
Neil Diamond - Melody Road (vinyl)
Nude Beach - 77 (vinyl)
Of Montreal - Cherry Peel (reissue) (vinyl)
Of Montreal - Gay Parade (reissue) (vinyl)
Oozing Wound - Earth Suck
Pop Group - Cabinet of Curiosities (vinyl)
Primus - Primus & The Chocolate Factory (vinyl)
Rick Astley - Whenever You Need Somebody
Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour Special Edition (Full Cork Show)
Scott Walker and Sunn O))) - Soused (vinyl)
Seals and Crofts - One on One: Songs From the Original Motion Picture
Set It Off - Duality
Sleater-Kinney - All Hands On the Bad One (reissue) (vinyl)
Sleater-Kinney - Call The Doctor (reissue) (vinyl)
Sleater-Kinney - One Beat (reissue) (vinyl)
Sleater-Kinney - ST (reissue) (vinyl)
Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock (reissue) (vinyl)
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods (reissue) (vinyl)
Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
Spandau Ballet - Story: The Very Best of
Susan Boyle - Hope
T.I. - Paperwork
The Body / Sandworm - Split LP
The Budos Band - Burnt Offering
The Frames - Fitzcarraldo (reissue) (vinyl)
Thurston Moore - The Best Day (vinyl)
Transit - Joyride
Various Artists - Footloose
Various Artists - Ghostbusters Theme Song (Stay Puft) (vinyl)
Weyes Blood - The Innocents (vinyl)
Wham - Final
Wrekmeister Harmonies - Then It All Came Down
Xerxes - Collision Blonde (vinyl)
Young Statues - The Flatlands Are Your Friend (vinyl)

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at NewOnVinyl


Third Eye Blind is the eponymous debut for the American alternative rock band Third Eye Blind, originally released in 1997. It spawned several singles, including top 10 charting “Semi-Charmed Life”, “Jumper”, and “How’s It Going to Be”. While Third Eye Blind peaked at #25 on the Billboard 200, it spent 104 weeks on the charts. It is the group’s bestselling album, having been certified 6x Platinum.

Third Eye Blind is catchier than the average post-grunge album, and that fact alone reveals a lot about the band. Instead of relying on standard, plodding grunge influences, Third Eye Blind draw heavily from the simple hook-laden traditions of classic Arena Rock, which makes the album more immediate. Third Eye Blind is easy on the ears, and its straight-ahead professionalism makes it a pleasurable listen for post-grungers.

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Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning "Sin City" graphic novels back to the screen in ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants.

On red colored vinyl

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If I Stay is an American romantic drama film directed by R. J. Cutler, based on the novel of the same name by Gayle Forman. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach, and Aisha Hinds. It was released on August 22, 2014.

The story: life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.

New York based Indie Rock producer Adam Lasus prefers recording on analog tape over digital. He produced six original songs and a cover of the song “Today” by Smashing Pumpkins, that were performed by the fictional band Willamette Stone in the movie led by Jamie Blackley’s character Adam Wilde. Other songs on the If I Stay soundtrack include tracks by Sonic Youth, Beck and Tom Odell.

Clear White Colored Vinyl. Double Lp. Only 1000 copies in this color.

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Cliff Martinez 'The Knick' Gets Double Vinyl Release 

The Knick is the new exciting TV series by writer/director Steven Soderbergh (HBO's Behind the Candelabra, Side Effects...). Cinemax is to premiere The Knick on August 8. Starring Clive Owen and set in New York 1900, the show centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. The soundtrack features a fantastic score by acclaimed composer Cliff Martinez (Drive, Springbreakers, Only God Forgives, Solaris).

Release Date: December 23, 2014

Pre-Order at MilanRecords


Audacity 'Counting The Days' Pre-Order

If you've lived anywhere near Fullerton, California over the last decade, or if you've paid any attention to the recent flux of sun-baked, surf-soaked power pop proliferating along the Western coastline of the U.S. in recent years, chances are high you've taken notice of Orange County's rambunctious guitar pop mavens Audacity. And if you've taken in Fullerton's pride-and-joy both in a sweaty, dingy live environment and on your turntable, you're undoubtedly aware that there is a certain unbridled quality to the band that can't quite be replicated on record. While last year's Butter Knife LP came pretty damn close to capturing Audacity in all their wild and ecstatic splendor, they've finally captured the triumphant bedlam of their live show with their latest 7", "Counting the Days" b/w "Mind Your Own Business". The A-side is Audacity in all their ragged glory - righteous guitar leads, buoyant choruses, and unhinged energy. For the flipside, the OC boys pay tribute to British post-punkers Delta 5 with an explosive cover of their debut single from 1979. "Counting the Days" b/w "Mind Your Own Business" is available worldwide on vinyl and digital formats courtesy of Suicide Squeeze Records.

The vinyl version is limited to 750 (250 on fluorescent pink, 500 on black) copies and includes a download coupon.

Pre-order will ship on November 21, 2014. Release date is December 2, 2014.

Pre-Order at SuicideSqueeze


of Montreal 'Cherry Peel' & 'The Gay Parade' Back On Vinyl Via Polyvinyl

After years of being out of print, two early of Montreal albums are now back on vinyl 

Hailing from the '90s-resurgent Athens, Georgia scene, unofficial homebase to the Elephant 6 collective, of Montreal is perhaps the least publicized band in the Elephant 6 stable but not because they make the least-worthy music.

To the contrary, Cherry Peel is one of the most unabashedly pretty releases from that group, and, in fact, stands apart from most everything in the pop scene due to its simple, unassuming innocence.

The vocals of songwriter Kevin Barnes are achingly heartfelt and puppyish, and his songs seem to spring directly out of childhood, or at least seem touched by a childlike yearning, so much so that you can't help feeling all fuzzy inside and perhaps desirous of hugging someone, maybe your mom, after hearing them.

And the songs are uniformly expert: "In Dreams I Dance With You" comes across like a cupid-struck Pinocchio's sweet longing; "Montreal" is a wasteland ballad worthy of Neil Young; and "Don't Ask Me To Explain" will make your heart palpatate and bubble up into your throat it is so unpretentiously euponic. The closest cousin to of Montreal is probably The Apples In Stereo, and like that band, the influence of The Beatles, particularly Paul McCartney, and the Beach Boys is pervasive, and other Sixties music such as Brill Building pop and Lovin' Spoonful ("Everything Dissappears When You Come Around") and a bit of psychedelia, as well as a pinch of new wave occasionally reaches the surface of the songs.

But of Montreal touches on so many other sources than those, such as circus music and, on "I Can't Stop Your Memory," even a bit of jazz, and the entire album has the sentiment and conviction of early twentieth-century, old timey and Tin Pan Alley tunes.

The gorgeous lushness of Cherry Peel conceals the bedroom-bred genesis of the entire undertaking. And though it would be easy to dismiss the whole album as so much cuteness, of Montreal never hint at irony. The band is not mocking pop, it loves the form and the chance to express that joy; and that joy is on full display on Cherry Peel like no band since the early Beatles.

Order at PolyvinylRecords

The Gay Parade is indie-pop's very own Sgt. Pepper, a richly detailed, grandly ambitious concept record which forgoes the ponderous pretensions the phrase implies to instead exult in the simple joys of everyday life.

Kevin Barnes' songs radiate a childlike wonder and boundless enthusiasm, discovering beauty in the most unlikely of places; his lyrics suggest psychedelic nursery rhymes, populated by absurdist characters (each and every one depicted on the jacket art) sketched in Crayola across a series of majestic melodies and ornate arrangements which belie the record's surface naïveté.

For all of The Gay Parade's effervescence and whimsy, there's also a melancholy that pervades songs like "Jacques Lamure," "The Autobiographical Grandpa" and "My Friend Will Be Me," recalling the lovelorn hues of the previous of Montreal record, The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy; far from deflating the euphoria, however, these moments simply acknowledge the necessity of sadness and loss to the human experience, and deem them worthy of celebration as well.

These are songs in the key of life, Zen-like expressions of simplicity and innocence resonating with remarkable complexity and wisdom.

Order at PolyvinylRecords


Hierophant's 'Peste' on Clear-With-Smoke Vinyl

Pre-orders from include a 320 kbps MP3 version of the album sent on the release date. If you order after the release date, you may receive a 256 kbps download. Audiophiles: If you would like a wider range of sound quality options, check out this release on our Bandcamp.

All Peste pre-orders also include a free copy of the Inganno 7" and an instant download of both its tracks: "Inganno" and a cover of Nirvana's "Negative Creep".***

It was hard to fathom Italy's Hierophant harnessing the potential to create a record heavier and more malicious than 2012's Great Mother : Holy Monster, an already pummeling whiplash of American D-beat-inflected metallic hardcore. Lo and behold: Peste manages just that as a superior, succinctly crushing assault, its tendencies largely erring on the side of European death metal. Hierophant spell out the desolation and desperation leveled by a war amid the id, ego and super-ego, all torturous, violent imagery and morbid, damning assertions that make it a pleasantly grim nightmare to suffer through.

Limited to 100 copies, and a digital download. 

***NOTE: This is a pre-order. Your item will be mailed and download will be sent on November 25, 2014. 

Pre-Order at B9store


Album Review

Bobby Hutcherson – Total Eclipse – Blue Note (vinyl reissue) 

The Blue Note remastering is a definite sonic improvement over the ‘60s original LP.

Bobby Hutcherson – Total Eclipse – Blue Note (1968) BST 8429/ 2014B0020431-01 stereo vinyl, 40:32 ****:

(Bobby Hutcherson – vibes; Harold Land – tenor saxophone, flute; Chick Corea – piano; Reggie Johnson – double bass; Joe Chambers – drums)

It is not surprising that Bobby Hutcherson became a vibraphonist after listening to Milt Jackson. He adopted some of the improvisational fluidity of Jackson but connected with a modern sense of harmonics and band play. As a member of Jackie McLean’s band (his debut was on the critically acclaimed One Step Beyond), he began a long, productive association with Blue Note Records. Gigs with Eric Dolpy, Dexter Gordon and Hank Mobley enhanced his reputation, but his career as a bandleader propelled his success. His Blue Note tenure (1963-1977) was second only to Horace Silver. At the core of this catalogue was Hutcherson’s union with saxophonist Harold Land that resulted in seven albums. With drummer Joe Chambers and pianists like Chick Corea, Stanley Cowell and Joe Sample, Hutcherson’s unique brand of hard bop/post-bop and mainstream jazz flourished.

Like many jazz greats, Hutcherson continued to record for different labels (Landmark, Columbia). A brief excursion into fusion resulted in Little B’s Poem, his most recognized composition He remained in demand as a sideman and worked with Sonny Rollins, Donald Byrd, Woody Shaw, Herbie Hancock, John Lewis Pharoah Sanders, Kenny Barron, Sonny Stitt and Roy Haynes, to name just a few. In 2004 he was an original member of the SF Jazz Collective and established two performing quartets in that decade. Hutcherson returned to Blue Note in 2014, releasing Enjoy The View, featuring Joey DeFrancesco, David Sanborn and Billy Hart.

As part of their 75th anniversary, Blue Note Records had re-mastered their vintage albums in hi-def resolutions of 96k and 192k. Now they have decided to release low-cost, higher-quality pressing of the original vinyl recordings, including the original packaging. One of these re-mastered vinyl albums is Total Eclipse. This was the first Bobby Hutcherson Blue Note album project with Harold Land. With mostly original compositions, this is a definitive representation of Hutcherson’s acumen as an ensemble leader (He also was active in Gerald Wilson’s orchestra, and incorporated complex arrangements into his work). Opening Side 1 is a hard bop swing opus, “Herzog”. This piece explodes and the furious pace never abates. Chick Corea starts off with percolating runs that lead into Hutcherson’s initial solo. And it is breathtaking in its flexibility. He expands the overall tonality and depth of the vibes. Reggie Johnson and Joe Chambers are a solid rhythm section. Chambers is a driving force (not unlike Philly Joe Jones) and provides subtle tempo breaks. Land contributes to the intensity with a hard-driving saxophone translation. At the end, the quintet unites with vibes and saxophone sharing a unison lead. The title cut has an ethereal, moody resonance. Land’s sax is smoky and evocative. Hutcherson is fluid, with a late night ambiance. His ascending and descending vibraphone technique is compelling. Corea adds a delicate, expressive interlude. Hutcherson is comfortable with his band mates and encourages their creativity. “Matrix” (a Corea song) is a variation on twelve-bar blues that cooks with Land burning on saxophone. Hutcherson matches his fury with scintillating eloquence. Chambers’ crashing drums bring a powerful energy to the jam.

“Same Shame” celebrates the fearless exploration of modern jazz. Anchored by a pulsating, Latin-tinged aesthetic, Hutcherson revels in versatility, offering a variety of tonal shadings. There is a graceful transition to a Chick Corea solo that is fresh and graceful. The finale (“Pompeian”) is an intriguing waltz that showcases Land on flute. The inherent chemistry between Land and Hutcherson is palpable. The group engages in a swirling blend of sound that envelops this ballad. Artistry and emotional depth are merged in musical context.

This vinyl re-mastering is a definite improvement over the 1960s analog technology. It is not as dynamic as hi-res digital format, but still manages to capture the warmth and texture of jazz instrumentation. The vibraphone shading is subtle (especially on a track-ending fade). Tenor and flute sound organic, not harsh. Liner notes by Herb Wong provide a back story to the album. A picture of a smiling, cigarette-dangling Hutcherson is a glimpse of 1968 personal style. Total Eclipse is a good jazz album, and reasonably priced (under $20) as well!  —Robbie Gerson

Side 1: Herzog; Total Eclipse; Matrix
Side 2: Same Shame; Pompeian

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I want to thank John over at for the exclusive rights to reprint this great review!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Legacy Recordings Announces Limited Edition Vinyl Exclusives For Record Store Day's Annual Black Friday Event 

New David Bowie 10" Single Leads Legacy's RSD Black Friday 2014 Line-Up

New Legacy Vinyl Collectibles include Releases by Aaliyah, Bessie Smith, Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, The Kinks, Miles Davis, OutKast, Wham!, Wu Tang Clan and the "American Hustle" Soundtrack Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces the label's line-up of collectible 12", 10" and 7" vinyl releases created especially for Record Store Day's Black Friday 2014, celebrated this year at the nation's independent record stores on Friday, November 28, 2014.

For RSD Black Friday 2014, Legacy is offering a range of RSD exclusives and numbered limited vinyl editions, catering to connoisseurs of classic sounds delivered old school.

Leading Legacy's RSD Black Friday line-up this year is "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)," a 10" vinyl single premiering two new tracks by the legendary David Bowie.

1994 is represented with the 20th anniversary editions of Aaliyah's Age Ain't Nothing But A Number (in a 12" double LP 180 gram white vinyl pressing); Dave Matthews Band's Recently EP (on vinyl for the first time ever in a 10" numbered edition which includes the rare "Pumpkin Recently" promo); and OutKast's breakout "Player's Ball" single (newly reissued on 10" translucent green vinyl).

Legacy's Black Friday 2014 releases include these Record Store Day exclusives

Aaliyah – Age Ain't Nothing But A Number  2LP – White Vinyl 180 Gram
Twenty years ago, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number introduced the world to the stunning talent of Aaliyah. Her sensuous, soulful vocals, combined with the writing and production skills of R. Kelly, established her as one of R&B's brightest stars. This collectible 2LP edition of her debut is pressed on white 180-gram vinyl and features the Top 10 hits "Back & Forth" and "At Your Best (You Are Love)" plus the rare international bonus track "The Thing I Like."

Bessie Smith - At The Christmas Ball – Red 7" Single
Legacy celebrates the 2014 holiday season with a classic vinyl single by the Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues, featuring her classic "At the Christmas Ball" c/w "Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town" pressed on on a red vinyl 7" 45 RPM single featuring a replica of the original Columbia 78 RPM label.  Bessie Smith is the subject of a new biopic, starring Queen Latifah, coming in 2015.

Dave Matthews Band – Recently EP Double 10" Vinyl
This individually numbered limited edition of the Dave Matthews Band's Recently EP marks the first ever vinyl release of this music.  The deluxe double 10" includes the original EP and the rare "Pumpkin Recently" promo as well as a free download of both versions.

David Bowie - "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" c/w "Tis A Pity She's A Whore 10" vinyl single
Two new tracks from music legend Davie Bowie on a 10" vinyl single.

Joe Satriani – Joe Satriani EP  12" Vinyl 45 RPM 180G - 30th Anniversary Edition
This 30th anniversary edition of Satriani's self-titled 5 song debut showcases the magic that helped Joe secure his deal with Relativity Records.  This "one man band" recording is remarkable in that every sound on the 5 songs was made on an electric guitar, from tapping on the tuneups for drums and percussion to detuning the guitar to replicate the lower bass sounds.  This RSD exclusive is individually numbered and remastered on 180 gram vinyl.

Miles Davis "Blue Xmas"   7" 45 RPM blue vinyl single
In 1962, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and bebop singer Bob Dorough turned the holiday season on its ear with "Blue Xmas," a jazzy original mocking the commercialism of the Christmas season. This recording, along with "Devil May Care," another Dorough original recorded by Davis and Evans, is being released by Legacy for Record Store Day Black Friday 2014 as a 7" 45 RPM blue vinyl single in a brand-new picture sleeve. "Blue Xmas" is featured in Jingle Bell Rocks!, a new documentary about alternative holiday songs to be released this year by Oscilloscope Laboratories.

OutKast – "Player's Ball" 10" Translucent Green Vinyl
OutKast proved "the South got something to say" when they returned to the stage earlier this year after an eight-year absence. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of their unique sound and influential Southern hip-hop movement with their breakthrough debut single "Player's Ball" on 10" translucent green vinyl. This limited, numbered single features a rare extended version of the track alongside two tracks from the duo's acclaimed 1994 debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.

Wham! – Last Christmas 12" Translucent Red/Green Vinyl
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Wham!'s "Last Christmas"--the much-covered yuletide perennial penned and produced by George Michael--with this limited edition 12" translucent red/green vinyl single which includes a previously unreleased instrumental version of the Wham! seasonal classic, perfect for Christmas karaoke under the mistletoe.

Wu-Tang Clan – "C.R.E.A.M."  10" Die Cut Picture Disc on 120G Vinyl
The lyrical mastery and groundbreaking production technique of the Wu-Tang Clan changed the hip-hop scene forever. Legacy Recordings celebrates the 1994 release of their single "C.R.E.A.M."—hailed as one of the greatest rap singles by The Source, Rolling Stone and Time—with a limited collectible vinyl single die-cut in the shape of the group's iconic logo and backed with the single's original B-side "The Mystery Of Chessboxin'."

The following will be released as RSD exclusives before becoming more generally available:

Elvis Presley – Showroom Internationale 2LP - 180G 12" vinyl
The film "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" provided fans with their first real glimpse of Elvis performing at an absolute peak of his vocal prowess in August 1970. This individually numbered, 17 song, 2 LP set features the King's full August 12, 1970 dinner show and includes 13 previously unreleased performances.

Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Music 2LP 200 Gram Audiophile 12" vinyl
This limited edition, individually numbered 2LP set, pressed on 200 gram audiophile vinyl by QRP, features a treasure trove of unreleased Jimi Hendrix studio recordings from 1969.  Hear My Music is an authorized Jimi Hendrix "bootleg" issued by Dagger Records.

The Kinks – Muswell Hillbillies 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl
Released in 1971, The Kinks' Muswell Hillbillies found the quintessentially British band painting a vivid portrait of working class life in North London, with a sonic palette that drew from turn-of-the-century British music hall and American country styles. Rolling Stone would call it Ray Davies' "signature statement" as a songwriter. This deluxe 2LP edition features the original album paired with a bonus vinyl disc of rarities and outtakes from the original album sessions as well as BBC sessions recorded for John Peel.

Various Artists - American Hustle Soundtrack 2LP - 1 Red 1 Blue Colored 150G Vinyl
The soundtrack to the blockbuster film is now a 2 LP Gatefold (on red & blue vinyl) with 6 songs not found on the CD version.  The soundtrack featuring tracks by America, Bee Gees, Electric Light Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Elton John, Tom Jones, Jeff Lynne, Donna Summer, and Wings.


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 'Kicking Against The Pricks' Vinyl Reissue Pre-Order

Fourteen classic NC&TBS albums will be reissued & available on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl for the first time. Each album artwork has been crafted to reflect the original release from the cover to the printed inner sleeves. Please note that due to the varied release dates for these reissues, each vinyl will be dispatching separately and therefore incurs its own shipping cost.

Released on the 18th August 1986, the band’s third album was a collection of cover versions of songs ranging from ‘I’m Gonna Kill That Woman’ (John Lee Hooker) to ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’ (Jimmy Webb) to ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’ (Roger Greenaway, Roger Cook). Said Cave, “"They were all done for different reasons. Some songs were tributes… other songs we didn't think the song was ever done particularly well in the first place. Some songs had just haunted my childhood, like ‘The Carnival Is Over’ (Tom Springfield), which I always loved.”

This title is due for release on the 24th November 2014.

Pre-Order at Nick Cave's website HERE

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds DIG, LAZARUS, DIG!!! Vinyl Reissue Pre-Order

Released on the 3rd March 2008, the band’s fourteenth studio album, the last to feature founding member Mick Harvey, is widely regarded as one of the band’s greatest works. NME described it as a “gothic, psycho-sexual apocalypse”. Said Cave, “I've taken Lazarus and stuck him in New York City, in order to give the song, a hip, contemporary feel. I was also thinking about Harry Houdini who spent a lot of his life trying to debunk the spiritualists who were cashing in on the bereaved. He believed there was nothing going on beyond the grave. He was the second greatest escapologist, Harry was, Lazarus, of course, being the greatest.”

This title is due for release on the 17th November 2014.

Pre-Order at Nick Cave's website HERE


upcoming releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


After releasing the Venus & Mars 10" [MOV10013] earlier this year, Jett Rebel stirred up the music scene in The Netherlands by playing numerous gigs on festivals like Lowlands and Pinkpop, and receiving several national awards for his musical artistry. It is safe to say, 23 year old Jelte Tuinstra is simply bound for stardom.

Debuting with 14 psychedelic, pure Pop songs, his first full-length album is called Hits For Kids. As Jett himself explains, "Hits For Kids implies that it's something you don't expect. It fits the theme of the record;  nothing is what it seems." Tuinstra himself calls Hits For Kids "songs for free spirits. Songs for people that want and dare to be themselves." Jett (or Jelte) really tells a linear story with Hits For Kids. The 14 songs are interweaved into one listening experience, telling the story of his coming-of-age since the first moment of his breakthrough last year.

Everything on the album has been written, composed and played by himself: drums, bass, guitar, vocals, organ, accordion, synth, percussion, even flute & sax. Hits For Kids was mixed in London by Tony Platt, known for mixing Bob Marley, AC/DC and Foreigner. The album is mastered by Ray Staff, who also mastered Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Clash and Muse.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold sleeve
  • Insert
  • Including a CD copy of the album
  • Brand new album!


About the film: when Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. In cinemas worldwide Sep/Oct 2014.

The soundtrack for The Maze Runner features a score by John Paesano, an American film composer and conductor. Paesano studied classical music with composition at the Conservatoire de Paris.  In 2012 he was honored with an Annie Award for Best Score for the award winning television series Dreamworks Dragons: Riders Of Berk, which is based off of the Academy Awarding winning film How To Train Your Dragon.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold sleeve + insert
  • At The Movies Edition: packed in resealable PVC collector's bag
  • First pressing of 1000 numbered copies on transparent green & black vinyl


Kojak Variety is a 1995 cover album by Elvis Costello. Featured are cover versions of tracks by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Willie Dixon, Holland, Dozier & Holland, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman, amongst others.

"Days" had previously appeared on the album Until The End Of The World, the 1991 soundtrack to Wim Wenders' film of the same name. The album's obscure title refers to the name of a variety store near to where the album was recorded; Costello was amused by the seemingly random name of the enterprise, and in a similar spirit, decided to apply the name to his album.

The line-up of Kojak Variety consists of Costello on harmonica and vocals, James Burton on guitars, Jim Keltner on drums, amongst others.

This is the first ever vinyl release of this great album!  180 gram audiophile vinyl and Insert


Pre-Order AC/DC 'Rock or Bust' On Vinyl

Announced in September, 2013, ROCK OR BUST is the new and highly anticipated studio album from AC/DC will be released in the US on December 2nd, 2014. This is the first album of new AC/DC material since 2008s multi platinum 'Black Ice'.

The first single from ROCK OR BUST is "Play Ball", which will impact radio formats October 7th. "Play Ball" is also currently being featured as part of Turner Sports' 2014 Major League Baseball Postseason campaign.

ROCK OR BUST is available on CD and LP that features very special multi dimensional moving cover art, which gives the illusion of the band s iconic logo exploding as the package is moved in different directions. There will also be a standard package version of the CD available.

This title will be released on December 2, 2014.

Pre-Order HERE

Pre-Order Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl)

The Led Zeppelin IV deluxe editions include unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks, " mixes of "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Going To California" heavy with guitar and mandolin, and the fabled, alternate version "Stairway To Heaven, " mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles which lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before. Led Zeppelin continues to be honored for its pivotal role in music history. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and a year later was awarded with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm. Founding members Jones, Page and Plant – along with Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham – took the stage at London’s O2 Arena in 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun, a dear friend and Atlantic Records’ founder. The band was honored for its lifetime contribution to American culture at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012. In January of 2014, the band won their first ever Grammy award as Celebration Day, which captured their live performance at the Ertegun tribute concert, was named Best Rock Album.

Pre-Order HERE


Stars 'No One Is Lost' Vinyl Release

Stars’ seventh studio album No One Is Lost is out now.  The band recorded ‘No One Is Lost’ at Montreal’s Mile End Studios, the former home of Handsome Furs (and the site of Arcade Fire’s first rehearsals). Creeping into the sound of the new record was the music from the now-defunct discotheque Royal Phoenix located downstairs. The result is Stars’ most dance-floor-ready album to date.

Drummer Pat McGee explains, “The sub-bass throb coming from the club below our studio was undeniably and unavoidably influential. It motivated us to out-throb the throb.”
  • Pressed on 2x12" pink translucent vinyl
  • Includes Digital Download of full album No One Is Lost on October 14, 2014
  • Includes Instant Gratification Digital Download of 'From The Night' single
  • All digital downloads are available as high quality MP3 (320 kbps), FLAC, and WAV files
Ships from Montreal, Canada

Order HERE


Scott Walker + Sunn O))) Soused Available At Bleep

Stephen O’Malley, Greg Anderson & Scott Walker combine forces in a dream (nightmare?) collaborative album 'Soused', across five tracks we are treated to one of the finest most challenging music each artist has ever put there name to, Scott Walker's all empowering vocals fit perfectly against Sunn O))) 's doom metal back drop, from the industrial drumming that opens album center piece 'Bull' to the end of the world greyscale psychedelia of 'Fetish' this is one of the finest drone based metal albums you will ever hear, a fine bit of doom and gloom perfect for the winter months ahead.

First pressing on Deluxe 2xLP heavyweight black vinyl

Tip-on sleeve
Designed by Stephen O'Malley
Includes download code
Scott Sunn O))) sticker while stocks last

Order at Bleep


Cursive 'The Ugly Organ' Vinyl Reissue Pre-Order

With The Ugly Organ, Cursive made a landmark album for itself and Saddle Creek.

The darkest days of the Bush Era were settling in like a dense fog over the entire country, and the outlook was bleak. That made The Ugly Organ especially potent, its gloomy inward focus a natural reflection of the era. The press accolades came quickly, from the mainstream (Rolling Stone called it “a brilliant leap forward,” and Entertainment Weekly said it “raised the Saddle Creek bar”) to the niche (The A.V. Club called it “a potent piece of rock art,” Alternative Press gave it a perfect score).

Just prior to The Ugly Organ, Saddle Creek had released the celebratory compilation Saddle Creek 50, which included Cursive’s gleefully self-referential “Nonsense” (“I really don’t want to write another ‘I’m a dick’ song again”), which is included on this reissue. The label’s 49th release had been another Cursive joint, the “Art is Hard” single, which featured the explosive six-minute B-side “Sinner’s Serenade,” also included here. Rounding it out are four songs from Cursive’s split EP with Eastern Youth, 8 Teeth to Eat You—check out the ferocious playing by cellist Gretta Cohn on “Excerpts from Various Notes Strewn Around the Bedroom of April Connolly, Feb 24, 1997”—and two songs from the single for “The Recluse.” - Kyle Ryan, The A.V. Club

The Ugly Organ (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered] is not in stores until NOVEMBER 24! We will ship your order on NOVEMBER 10 - that’s two weeks early! Also on NOVEMBER 10, your account will be updated to allow for a full download of the album.

Order at SaddleCreek


Pixies Announce Expanded 'Doolittle' Vinyl Reissue

The week commencing 1st December, Pixies and 4AD will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Doolittle with the release of Pixies: Doolittle 25 - an expanded edition of the classic album that brings together all the album's B-sides, Peel Sessions and demos for the first time, with nearly half of the tracks having not been commercially released before.

The second studio album from Pixies - Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Lovering - Doolittle was to prove a pivotal moment for both band and the wider scene. Produced by Gil Norton and recorded between two studios (Downtown Recorders in Boston MA and Carriage House Studios in Stamford CT) in late-1988, it was an instant hit, containing some of the band’s most memorable singles (‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’, ‘Here Comes Your Man’, ‘Debaser’). Included among the many plaudits thrown Doolittle’s way was Pitchfork ranking it at Number 4 in their Best Albums of the 80s poll, while NME writers in 2004 named it their Second Best Album of All Time. The band toured Doolittle in 2009 to celebrate its 20th birthday and five years on, it’s now time to give it the deluxe release treatment it deserves.

Pre-Order at the Pixies website HERE


Annual UK vinyl sales set to crack the one million mark for the first time since the mid-’90s


more from the uk:

Retro records are back in style: The Plymouth music lovers embracing vinyl


great article from china:

Mission: Save vanishing music of vinyl records


from the great state of michigan

Erickson: Lansing's GTG Records celebrating life as an indie


great insights and well written article (although i hate the terms 'vinyls,' and  'hipster'.....)

Vinyl Revival - Is the Return of the Record Player Just Another Hipster Trend?


Red Red Meat Launch Vinyl Reissue Campaign


BEHEMOTH To Release 'Xiadz' Limited-Edition Vinyl EP


album cover art of the day:

SODOM To Release 'Sacred Warpath' EP

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: After reading your informative column about RCA Victor's introduction in 1949 of the 45 rpm single, I have just one unanswered question. 

What was their introductory retail price? 
—Lance Orringer, Lincoln, Neb. 

DEAR LANCE: I probably should have included the MSRP in that piece.

Unveiled in February 1949, RCA Victor's "little records [seven inch] with the big hole" had one of two possible suggested retail prices, exclusive of any sales taxes.

RCA's Red Seal series, devoted to classical music, were 95 cents, but all other 45s were only 65 cents.

Given that the cost of manufacturing a like number of classical singles should not be any different than an identical quantity of pop or country records, I tend to attribute the cost variance to the size of the print runs.

Albums, not singles, have always been the format of choice for classical music lovers, and the same could also be said for jazz.

Another factor would be the huge singles market for juke boxes, especially in the mid-20th century. Coin machine operators always wanted the current hits spinning at their locations, preferably tunes suitable for dancing.

The 45 rpm was simply not made to showcase Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony in D Minor."

As to the pricing discrepancy, some classical aficionados suspected that, since they usually had more disposable income, why not charge them a bit extra.

Curious as to what those seemingly inexpensive prices are if allowing for 65 years of inflation?

What 65 cents could buy in 1949 would now require approximately $6.75. And 95 cents equates to about $9.90.

Coincidentally, the retail price range today for most new seven-inch singles is $6.00 to $9.00. Relative to the overall economy, the cost of vinyl music is actually unchanged since 1949.

We are often asked to identify the world's first 45, but there is no singular answer to that.

RCA simultaneously released a batch of 45s, including ones representing most of their primary musical styles.

Making the event more colorful, singles in each of seven categories were produced using different vinyl colors.

Those color/genre combinations were: cerise, (cherry red), for Blues & Rhythm; green for Country & Western; sky-blue for International (foreign); midnight blue for Popular Classics; red for Red Seal Classical; yellow for Children's Entertainment; and basic black for Popular.

DEAR JERRY: I collect the music of the 1960s, and, since I file my singles by label, one thing has jumped out at me. In terms of sales, that decade seemed to be dominated by just a few companies. 

You'd expect Capitol (Beatles, etc.) and RCA Victor (Elvis) to be near the top of the heap, but what about Motown, and its offshoot, Tamla? For an independent outfit, they had sensational success. 

Which record companies had the most No.1 hits in the '60s? 
—Alan Gardner, Ogden, Utah 

DEAR ALAN: Good question, especially since we have never researched the companies with the most chart-topping hits of the 1960s.

So as not to miss anything noteworthy, I'll use both Billboard and Cash Box surveys.

We will list the seven companies with 10 or more No. 1 hits in the '60s. Most are conglomerates with more than one label, but for this purpose we'll combine their totals.

Also noted are the artists with multiple No. 1 hits for that company, in that decade:

1. Capitol/Apple/Tower (25): Beatles (17); Beach Boys (3)
2. RCA/Colgems (23): Elvis Presley (8); Monkees (5)
3: Tamla/Motown/Gordy (23): Supremes (13); Temptations (3); Four Tops (2); Stevie Wonder (2)
4. Columbia/Epic (20): Bobby Vinton (4); Simon & Garfunkel (2); Gary Puckett and the Union Gap (2)
5. MGM (14): Connie Francis (3); Herman's Hermits (3); Cowsills (3)
6. Warner Bros./Elektra (13): Doors (3); Petula Clark (2)
7: Atlantic/Atco (11): Young Rascals (3); Aretha Franklin (2)

IZ ZAT SO? Because "The Motown Sound" became a term of endearment, many think that Motown came first, with sister label Tamla born later.

Truth is that Tamla is the older sister.

Tamla's first issue, Marv Johnson's "Come to Me" (Tamla 101) came out in January 1958.

About nine months (a gestational coincidence), and eight more Tamla singles later, Motown's debut single, "Bad Girl" by the Miracles (Motown G-1), was released.

Pre Beatles, Capitol had only one No. 1 hit in the '60s, Kyu Sakamoto's "Sukiyaki." Before that, their most recent one was the Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley."

Without the Beatles, Capitol, then with only eight other entries, would not even be on this list.

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. 

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