You’re the lucky reader of the 15th edition of the Punknews.org Vinyl File. This column aims to keep you informed with upcoming releases as well as spotlighting interesting releases, your favorite band’s own collections and labels with an history of vinyl releases worth talking about. As always, Vinyl File is brought to you by Ben Conoley.
This week’s Vinyl File continues to spotlight the extensive catalog of NOFX vinyl. We’re going to be looking at their vinyl releases from 1992 through to the end of the 21st century. We will be wrapping the series up next week with a special on their 7″ of the month club to follow. We also have vinyl news from Bomb the Music Industry!, Fat Wreck Chords and Arcade Fire.
Linda Stein, former manager to the Ramones and ex-wife of Seymour Stein, president of Sire Records, was killed in a shocking and senseless murder yesterday. Stein, a former schoolteacher co-managed the Ramones during the band’s heyday. She’s credited with bringing the Ramones to England for their infamous July 4, 1976, show. That performance is often described as the catalyst for the punk movement in Britain. After Stein and Fields parted ways with the Ramones in 1980, she eventually launched a real estate career brokering multimillion-dollar Manhattan apartments for rock and roll royalty.
Stein’s daughter found her body Tuesday night face down in the living room of the apartment, located in a doorman building on Fifth Avenue where she lived alone. There were no signs of a break-in or robbery, and police said they had no motive or suspects. An autopsy found that Stein, 62, died from blows to the head and neck.
Those forecasting the death of the label may be waiting a bit longer, as Radiohead has signed to XL. On the heels of the independent, donation-only release of their new album, In Rainbows, the band struck a deal for the physical release of the record.
A release date for the physical CD has also not been given, but sources suggest it will coincide with the Dec. 3 arrival of the “discbox” edition of “In Rainbows” available only from Radiohead.com. Others speculate it may not appear until next year. SourceContinue reading Radiohead signs to XL→
With their brand new record out on the street and their tour kicking off, Coheed and Cambria has offered up some prizes to celebrate. The band is giving away two tickets to their Roseland show on November 29th along with 3 days in a New York hotel and a meet and greet with the band along with airfare to get you there.
More than two years after Silkworm drummer Michael Dahlquis was killed by a suicidal lingerie model, a verdict has finally been reached.
The killer, Jeanette Sliwinski, was attempting to commit suicide — not murder — when she drove at nearly 90 mph into the back of a car stopped at a red light in 2005. Instead, she killed Silkworm drummer Michael Dahlquist, John Glick, guitarist of the Returnables and Doug Meis, drummer of Exo and the Dials. The court acquitted Sliwinski of first-degree murder but convicted the 25-year-old of lesser, reckless homicide charges for killing the three occupants of the car she rammed in 2005. The judge also rejected her insanity defense, though he acknowledged she was struggling with psychological problems.
When speaking of Soundscan (they were quoted in the Wired piece as saying, “Our numbers, at least, don’t really point to a resurgence,”), they have no idea what they are talking about. I mentioned selling nearly 3,000 copies of “Planet of Ice” and you know how many were registered through Soundscan? Zero!
Soundscan is an antiquated gauge of sales and only scratches the surface with regards to vinyl sales. Labels like No Idea, Fat Wreck, Death Wish, Bridge 9, Asbestos, and so many more sell a bulk of their vinyl pressings directly to customers and not one of them report those sales to soundscan.
I would like to offer my opinion on why I think vinyl sales are on the rise. In this absolutely fucked up, fast paced world we live in, there is something therapeutic about physically picking up a needle, placing it on Side A of a record, and sitting back enjoying the music that comes out of your speakers. CDs and digital has made music disposable and of little to no value and in most cases, it has become background noise for our crazy lives. With vinyl, you have something real, something tangible, something with beautiful artwork, something that sounds absolutely amazing.
New York ska mainstays the Toasters have delivered a Halloween gift in the form of “Frankenska,” a track from their 1999 Live In London release. The record was put out by the European branch of Moon Ska Records so the cut may be a bit of a rarity for people in North America. You can download the song via the band’s MySpace page. The band will also have their 1990 album (also titled Frankenska, just to be confusing) reissued soon digitally on the iTunes Music Store. It was originally released via Unicorn Records.
Swami garage punk act the Husbands will hit the road this November with psychedelic power pop act the Makes Nice. The latter features current and ex-members of the Fucking Champs, Harold Ray Live in Concert, and the Mothballs. The bands will join up with a number of like-minded contemporaries on the trek, including Montreal’s Demons Claws and Boston’s Turpentine Brothers along with groups like the Tampoffs and Birds of Avalon.
The Husbands are supporting their latest full length There’s Nothing I’d Like More than to See You Dead as well as their new 7″ released by Italy’s Goodbye Boozy Records. The new wax features a cover of “The Hustler” by the Sonics and a new original titled “What The Fug is The Frug.” The band will have it on tour with them in extremely limited quantities. SourceContinue reading Tours: The Husbands / The Makes Nice→
Vancouver’s The Evaporators, the musical outlet for Canuck college radio legend and celebrity interviewer Nardwuar the Human Serviette, will release their new record Gassy Jack and Other Tales on November 6th via Mint Records. It follows up 2004’s Mint / Alternative Tentacles release Ripple Rock. The Evaporators features Nardwuar on vocals and organ, bassist John Collins of the New Pornographers, guitarist David Carswell of the Smugglers, drummer Scott Livingstone and bassist Stephen Hamm of Slow.
The new record is now streaming in its entirety via MySpace.