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Virgil & The Accelerators are set to release a brand new studio album “Army of Three” on Monday 6th October via Mystic Records. The band will support the release of the album with the single and accompanying promo video “All Night Long”.

The new album dovetails Virgil & The Accelerators’ nationwide UK tour which starts on 29th September at the Borderline, London.

Army of Three is the band’s second studio album produced by the legendary Chris Tsangarides (Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest). The new album follows 2011’s critically acclaimed debut album “The Radium” which claimed a Best Of Year spot in Classic Rock magazine’s year round-up.

Virgil And The Accelerators (L-R): Gabriel McMahon (drums), Virgil McMahon (guitar, vocals), Jack Alexander Timmis (bass). Photo Credit: © Will Ireland

“The Radium” was also voted No.2 in the coveted USA Magazine Blues Rock Review Top 20 Albums of 2011, alongside many 5 star reviews. That’s no mean feat, considering the band were only teenagers when they recorded the album.

“The Radium was pretty much a live studio recording,” reflects Virgil. “On Army of Three we wanted the production values, but we didn’t’t want to compromise the raw energy of our live sound. I think the new songs really show a lot more maturity and growth.”

“Chris Tsangarides has an excellent track record,” continues Virgil. “He’s an easy guy to work with.  He helped us keep our own sound and explore bigger production. What we do appeals to a rock and blues audience. Blues rock is the most accurate way to describe our music.” View full article »

24th THURSO – British Legion – Allander Record Fairs

25th DORNOCH – Social Club – Allander Record Fairs
25th MARYPORT – Blues Festival, Main Stage Marquee, Marine Rd, Maryport, Cumbria – Adrian 07882 809056 (6pm start)

26th ARBROATH – British Legion -  G&S Duncan
26th BIRMINGHAM – Custard Factory, Gibb Street off Digbeth High Street B9 4AA – VIP Events
26th BRAINTREE – Bocking Art Theatre CM7 9AA – Nick 07527668898
26th BURY ST EDMUNDS – The Centre, St Johns Street – Bury St Edmunds Record & Music Memorabilia Fair
26th GUILDFORD – Guildhall, High Street –
26th HULL – Mercure Royal Hotel, Ferensway HU13UF – Gary 01482 701745
26th INVERNESS – Crown Court Hotel – Allander Record Fairs
26th LEICESTER- Bishop St Methodist Church, Town Hall Square LE1 6AF – MVF Music
26th LONDON – Catholic Centre, Dukes Avenue, Chiswick High Rd – Soundbite
26th MARYPORT – Blues Festival, Main Stage Marquee, Marine Rd, Maryport, Cumbria – Adrian 07882 809056 (2pm start)
26th SOUTHAMPTON – Solent University Conference Centre, 157-187 Above Bar Street (High St) SO14 7NN.- USR Fairs
26th WINDERMERE – Ladyholme Centre, Lake Road LA23 2JA – Phil Wade 07824 511987

27th DEAL – The Astor Theatre, Stanhope Rd. CT14 6AB – James / Freddie 01304 370220
27th ELGIN – Bishopmills Hall – Allander Record Fairs
27th LEEDS – Corn Exchange. Call Lane LS1 7BR – Premier Fairs
27th MARYPORT – Blues Festival, Main Stage Marquee, Marine Rd, Maryport, Cumbria – Adrian 07882 809056 (2pm start)
27th PEEBLES – Masonic Hall – G&S Duncan
27th STOKE-ON-TRENT – Cobridge T.A. Centre, Waterloo Road, Cobridge ST6 3HJ.


Here’s another dose of unsung heroes from the past. All the tunes on here (bar possibly the opening tune) will be well known by the rockabilly world.

However to those of you who have recently become, or are about to be infatuated with this music, this is a compilation of some of the rarest and desirable tunes known to the serious collectors.

United by energetic rhythms, lo-fi recording and plenty of youthful enthusiasm, these 21 tracks are sure to keep the dancefloor full all night!

A1 – Skee Brothers / While Im Away

A2 – Excels / Let’s Dance

A3 – Braves / Woodpecker Rock

A4 – Jimmy Grubbs / Lets Rock To Night

A5 – Jackie Gotroe / Lobo Jones

A6 – Bobby Lollar With Pete Beaver’s Band / Bad Bad Boy

B1 – Swanks / Ghost Train

B2 – Tempests / Lemon Lime

B3 – Larry Donn / Honey Bun

B4 – Don Willis / Boppin’ High School Baby

B5 – Rockin Continentals / 2-3-4

C1 – Catalinas / The Catalina Push

C2 – Bob Vidone & The Rhythm Rockers / Untrue

C3 – Hank LeGault / I Knew

C4 – Bobby Lawson / If You Want My Love

C5 – Deacon And The Rock & Rollers / I Don#t Wanna Leave

D1 – Allen Page / She’s The One That Got It

D2 – Rhythm Rockers / Madness

D3 – Shandells / Gorilla

D4 – Bryan “Legs” Walker With His Walkin’ Talkin’ Sax / Trick Or Treat

D5 – Dubb Pritchett And The Rock-A-Taires / Five O’Clock Hop

Keb Darge & Little Edith’s Legendary Rockin’ R&B series sets out to expose lesser known or forgotten lights of R&B music from the 50′s and 60′s. The scene in the UK is currently the fastest growing underground club scene. Several funk Djs are switching from the 70′s sound to the earlier 50′s and 60′s rawer sounds.

This summer events like Wayne Hemmingway’s Vintage Festival are going to expose this music to hundreds of thousands of listeners. Keb Darge is always ahead of the curve of the tastemakers in this growing “new” scene.

A1 – Harold Jackson & The Jackson Brothers / The Freedom Riders

A2 – Teddy (Mr Bear) Mc Rae & His Orchestra / Hi’ Fi’ Baby

A3 – Frank De Rosa & His D Men / Irish Rock

A4 – Junior Wells / Lovey Dovey Lovey One

A5 – Marie Knight With Teacho Wiltshire Orchestra / I Thought I Told You Not To Tell Them

B1 – Little Ike With Jimmy Beck & Orchestra / She Can Rock

B2 – Artie Wilson / Tarzan

B3 – K.C. Mojo Watson / Love Blood Hound

B4 – Bill Johnson / You Better Dig It

B5 – Willows / Don’t Push Don’t Pull Don’t Shove

C1 – Electras / Little Girl Of Mine

C2 – Egyptians / Flipping Their Top

C3 – Mariners / Zindy Lou

C4 – Kinglets / Pretty Please ft Leroy Thomas

C5 – Johnnny (Guitar) Watson / The Bear

D1 – The Titans / No Time

D2 – The Rays / Zimba Lulu

D3 – The Cyclones / Cool Joe

D4 – Big Maybelle / That’s A Pretty Good Love

D5 – Lonesome Lee / Lonely Travelin’


Godzilla – Original Motion Picture Score Japanese Original 60th Anniversary Edition

For the first time ever on vinyl the full score to the legendary monster movie that started it all GODZILLA by AKIRA IFUKUBE Re-mastered for vinyl from the Toho Archives. Exclusive Original art by Cheung Tat. Contains locked groove. Death Waltz Recording Company are proud to be unearthing the legendary monster of our time and bringing him to vinyl in the shape of Akira Ifukube’s score to GODZILLA.

Starkly different to the usual view of The Big G as the ultimate monster wrestler, Ifukube’s music is intense, dark, and reflects Ishiro Honda’s film as a pure horror film. While the score opens with the jaunty riff that would eventually become Godzilla’s Theme, the majority of the music alternates between pounding brass and mournful strings as we witness the death and destruction that comes in Godzilla’s wake.

Ifukube uses low string notes as a sinister motif to herald the arrival of the creature, and then turns up the brass to eleven, creating an atmosphere of pure apocalypse. More horrifying still are the piercing strings that score the oxygen destroyer, the device that would destroy Godzilla. Big laments are used as the characters question the use of the machine as a weapon of mass destruction, and it’s this remarkable human quality that infuses the score with its unique feel. Help us celebrate the sixtieth birthday of the greatest monster to walk the earth, and the powerhouse musical experience that is Akira Ifukube’s GODZILLA.

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The Language Lessons: Volume I box set includes a hardbound book of contemporary poetry and prose, two vinyl LPs of jazz, psychedelic-punk, poetry, blues and pop, and 5 pieces of hangable art all housed in a hard-case clothbound sleeve.

In 321 pages, the book includes over 20 award winning and / or nominated contemporary poets and authors such as Dale Ray Phillips, a Pulitzer Prize nominee in fiction, C.D. Wright, a National Book Award finalist in poetry, and Adrian Matejka, a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry. And, almost as interestingly, many in the book will be published for the first time in their lives.

To hang on the wall, five frameable broadsides of poems by C.D. Wright, Frank Stanford, Brian Barker, Jake Adam York and Chet Weise, with original art by former Big Boys guitarist Tim Kerr, one-time Hate illustrator Jim Blanchard, intertwangle-ist folk artist Butch Anthony, and more.

Features unpublished work by Frank Stanford, Jake Adam York, C.D. Wright, Steve Stern, Sampson Starkweather, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, bemsilr brigham, TJ Jarrett, Janaka Stucky, Sommer Browning, Gaylord Brewer, Dan Boehl, Ben Mirov, Daniel Lucca Pujol, William Miller and Chet Weise.

Features unheard music by William Tyler, Destruction Unit, Paul “Wine” Jones, and Ken Vandermark.

Nonfiction from punk rock progenitors Richard Hell and Tav Falco.

The occupations of the anthology’s contributors range from teachers, morticians, librarians, software developers, actors, and taco chefs to bartenders, farmers, musicians, and parents. Although from all over America (and beyond), almost 90% of the contributors read in Nashville at a DIY series called Poetry Sucks.

Language Lessons: Volume I is now available for pre-sale direct from the Third Man Store and will be available in discerning book and record stores the world over from August 5th.


Source: Third Man Records

1. Music just sounds sorta weird to you if it’s not preceded by a bit of surface noise.

18 Signs You Are Addicted To Collecting Vinyl


2. You’re willing to spend hours of your time making sure your collection is perfectly alphabetized.

You're willing to spend hours of your time making sure your collection is perfectly alphabetized.

Lee Meredith / Via Flickr: -leethal-

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The man behind oddball house and techno label Firecracker Recordings, Lindsay Todd, is to open a new record store in Edinburgh specialising in leftfield and hard-to-find vinyl. Open to the public over the duration of the forthcoming Edinburgh festival, the store will then become an appointment-only business.

They will be stocking a defined but exciting selection from independent labels like Honest Jon’s, The Trilogy Tapes, Blackest Ever Black, Jazzman and RVNG, as well as the even more niche ventures like Folklore Tapes, Mood Hut, Sex Tags Mania, Public Possession, Invisible City Editions, Art Yard, Trunk and Music From Memory. Alongside all the new releases, The Living Mountain will also stock a range of rare vinyl from jazz to new age and field recordings.

Furthermore there’ll also be a bunch of cassettes, CDs and books as well as regular exhibitions and in-store events. The Living Mountain is only the latest in a string of high-profile record shop openings across the UK in the last few months, with Rough Trade setting up in Nottingham, Sister Ray expanding in London and new shops springing up in Peckham and Hoxton.


Source: Resident Advisor/Vinyl Factory

The ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST presents more freshly remastered music with the 40th Anniversary Edition of Frank Zappa’s Apostrophe(’)on audiophile quality 180-gram vinyl. Cut directly from the original quarter-inch stereo analog master tapes, the special edition of the iconic 1974 album will be released on September 30.

Featuring definitive Zappa cuts “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow” and “Cosmik Debris” among its original nine tracks, Apostrophe(’)was Zappa’s highest-charting album, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. The Gold-certified album has been remastered for vinyl by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and manufactured for the world at Pallas Group in Germany.

The 40th Anniversary Edition of Apostrophe(’)continues the ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST’s ongoing commitment to the restoration of Frank Zappa’s albums on audiophile quality vinyl. Joe Travers, Vaultmaster, Zappa Archives, is working on the new LP releases with Bellman.

In 2012, when the rights to the iconic composer’s masters reverted back to Zappa Records and the ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST–headed by Zappa’s widow Gail Zappa–the family made his entire recorded catalog available on iTunes for the first time and began remastering the albums for reissue on vinyl. Presented with proper care and attention to detail, the releases honor the iconic legacy of the Composer, Guitarist, Bandleader, Filmmaker and Irrepressible Wit.

Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. The official biography: Frank Zappa, American composer, fl. 1940-1993.

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If you’ve spent any time record shopping in London you’ll have heard of Haggle Vinyl. Crammed with over 20,000 second hand records, the old school shop with the forthright owner has become somewhat infamous in the 18 years since Lynn Alexander took over, not so much for its selection as Alexander’s unique form of ‘customer service’.

Haggle vinyl1

In many ways the archetypal record shop owner, Alexander has now decided to call things a day, telling Islington Tribune he has decided not to renew the shop lease when it runs out in December in order to devote more time to his passion for flamenco guitar.

Opening up to the local newspaper, Alexander remembered the early days at Haggle, saying: “When I came into this shop I knew nothing at all about records. For the first year, I went around buying all the wrong records… We knew nothing about prices. We were selling £1,000 records for about £30.”

Since then however, Haggle has made its mark on the city’s record scene, with Alexander admitting that selling records has been the only job he’s really enjoyed.

This may come as some surprise to patrons among whom Alexander gained something of a reputation. Former patron Jonny Trunk was among those who shared his response to the news on Twitter earlier this week.


Source; The Vinyl Factory


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