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Paul Weller has said he is finished with participating in Record Store Day.

It’s not day or the cause. It’s the concept of limited edition releases and loathsome few who are the record businesses version of scalpers, grabbing copies off the top and selling them at sites like eBay for big money.

Record Store Day is an important event for the music retailers who have found a way to survive in the digital age. It is a shame that a few can ruin things for the true music fan.

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Blondie (4)0 EverArtist: Blondie
Title: Blondie 4(0) Ever
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Label: Noble ID / ESMG
Format(s): 2-CDs, 2-CDs/DVD, 2-LPs/DVD, DD

Blondie is celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2014 along with releasing their new album, Ghosts of Download. To celebrate, the band is releasing a special 40th package featuring the new album along with the eleven track Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits.

The ever-prolific band began working on new material right after the release of 2011’s critically acclaimed LP Panic of Girls. The result is their 10th studio album and most collaborative to date, Ghosts of Download, which promises to offer some of the most infectious and memorable songs of Blondie’s catalogue. Produced by Jeff Saltzman, it’s an exhilarating mix of dance-floor-ready sounds, with more than a little pop radio flavor stirred into it and a few surprises along the way. A Rose By Any Name, is a cool electronic pulse of a duet for Harry and Beth Ditto of the Gossip. Drag You Around and Backroom, a sly tale of after-hours vampire group-groping, boast reggae grooves, while a cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s infamous eighties anthem, Relax, is turned into a slow, echo-chambered secular prayer before morphing into a more familiar thumping acid-house beat. Other album guests include downtown New York City club fixture Miss Guy (on Rave), Columbian Cumbia/hip hop/R&B group Systema Solar (Sugar on the Side) and Oakland–based Panamanian rappers Los Rakas (I Screwed Up). View full article »

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To coincide with Saturday’s Record Store Day festivities, the Official Charts Company has revealed the UK’s top-selling vinyl albums of the year so far.

The top spot is occupied by Arctic Monkeys’ fifth album AM, which was released last year but has continued to shift units following the band’s BRIT Awards wins.

Rather more excitingly, at number two – and the biggest selling vinyl album to be released this year – is Mogwai’s Rave Tapes, which broke the UK’s Top 10 when it came out back in January.

Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes is at number three, followed by Elbow’s The Take Off And Landing Of Everything and Warpaint’s self-titled second album.

Last year 790,000 vinyl albums were sold in the UK, but 2014 is already more than one-third of the way to that target after 15 weeks, according to the Official Charts Company, who predict sales will hit around 900,000 for the full year if they continue at the current rate.

Mogwai are currently rustling up a deluxe reissue of their 1999 album Come On Die Young, bundling together a mammoth 17 additional tracks. The hardworking band also have a new EP in the works, set for release in autumn.

The top 20 biggest selling vinyl albums of 2014 so far: View full article »

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Dave Davies has taken to his official Facebook page to send out encouragement to ailing AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young.

While nothing has been confirmed, the rumor mill is saying that Young has had a stroke, one which will keep him out of the studio in the coming months while his group records a new album. Some fans and sites are even reporting that his musical career may be over.

Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, who also suffered a stroke, posted words of encouragement for Young last Thursday.

Malcolm Young – never give up – and remember all the important ‘tricks’ you learnt and keep going over and over them in your mind- always excerise your hands and fingers- picking coins from the floor- picking up pins from a flat surface-constantly touch the tips of your fingers with the thumb and try to do it faster and faster- image playing your best solos ever in your mind before you go to sleep-daily – Dave Davies

Today, Davies was back but, this time, with a strongly worded message for the rumour mongers. 

I have no idea exactly what physical state Malcolm Young is in but the public sending out negative vibes about the whole thing is not going to help at all. It really does not help by people taking a negative view that his career is over. Part of the healing process is convincing the brain and MIND that it is capable of anything. I wish him well. I was afraid my first shows last year might have been my last but sometimes you have to have blind faith with the support of people around you which I was fortunate to receive. Positive thoughts and encouraging support of others are paramount in the healing process. Love, Dave


Source: VVN

CALIFORNIA BREED, the powerful new rock trio–featuring legendary vocalist-bassist GLENN HUGHES, drummer extraordinaire JASON BONHAM and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter ANDREW WATT–have premiered the first in a series of “making of” clips from the recording of their self-titled debut album released in the UK on May 19 on Frontier Records. Watch the first clip exclusively on ClassicRockMagazine.com – www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/2014-04-22/exclusive-california-breed-on-the-making-of-their-new-album. 

 

Tune into ClassicRockMagazine.com every Tuesday for the next five weeks for another interview with the band.

 

Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, the hard-hitting trio’s first single “Sweet Tea” has hit #7 on the U.S. Classic Rock chart and continues to climb. Watch the video for the explosive track which premiered on USA TODAY, here: http://tinyurl.com/mmp7mxq.  Recently the group debuted an animated lyric video for the song “Midnight Oil” on Classic Rock. The video was created by Nev Todoricwho spearheads the interactive media production company The Young Astronauts. Watch the clip here:www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF_pm7mLqXs. “Midnight Oil” and “Sweet Tea” are available as an instantgrat tracks by pre-ordering the album exclusively from iTunes worldwide via this link:http://smarturl.it/CaliforniaBreed.

 

CALIFORNIA BREED was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings), and recorded at his Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man line-up. The album features 23-year-old guitarist ANDREW WATT, who was originally introduced to Glenn Hughes by Julian Lennon at a party in LA in 2013. Expect CALIFORNIA BREED to announce a U.K., European and U.S. tour soon.

 

CALIFORNIA BREED will be available as a CD, digital download and a Deluxe Edition CD + DVD featuring the bonus song “Solo,”  two video clips and a documentary. Fans that pre-order the digital download on iTunes will receive an instant download of the first single, “Sweet Tea” upon ordering. The iTunes and Amazon pre-order links are as follows: iTunes: http://smarturl.it/CaliforniaBreed Amazon CD:http://smarturl.it/CB_Amz and CD Deluxe Edition CD + DVD: http://smarturl.it/CB_AmzCDDVD.

 

www.californiabreed.comwww.facebook.com/CaliforniaBreedhttps://twitter.com/CaliBreedBand,

 

Vinyl on the move

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It’s record store today and here are some of the posters advertising today’s goings on…..

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Has Record Store Day become too big? That’s been the criticism in the run-up to 2014′s event, which takes place this Saturday, and immediately that sounds like a contradiction in terms. It is now a huge global event – for the labels that release exclusive material, for the bands that record that material and play in-store shows, and for the press, as well as the shops – and in the excitement and chaos of what actually happens on the day, it’s easy to forget its original purpose.

There were 734 independent record shops across the UK in 2005; by the end of 2008 that number had dwindled to 305. Bringing Record Store Day to Britain in 2008 after it was conceived in the US a year before was designed to give those shops that remained a significant jump start and, in that respect, it’s been a towering success. According to Spencer Hickman, UK co-ordinator of Record Store Day and former manager of Rough Trade East, it’s now the biggest day of the year for independent record shops – more profitable, in fact, than the entire week before Christmas. You can’t exactly measure whether Record Store Day has a tangible effect on the other 364 days of the year, but you could guess that it probably doesn’t do any harm. View full article »

e8790-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzThere once was a time when every day was record-store day.

 When you couldn’t fling a 45 in a shopping mall without hitting a record shop. Before iTunes and amazon.com turned music into a download and mail-order business. Before the record business changed and the stores up and went went online.

Well, hold off on the obituary: Records stores are alive and fighting back and waving their vinyl flag high with Record Store Day.

On Saturday, the national event will pack record shops around the country with music fans shopping for vinyl, CDs and limited-edition releases. Many labels release discs by artists specifically for the day – resulting in a tenfold jump in business for shops.

It’s like Black Friday for record stores – except that shoppers won’t be stampeding for crazy cheap deals. They’ll be fighting to get limited-edition 45s and albums that can go for three times the regular price. Or more, if hoarders snag rare copies and put them up on ebay.com. View full article »

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