RECORD CRACK: A look at the new vinyl reissue of Mastodon’s “Leviathan”

Originally released in 2004, Mastodon’s Leviathan will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with a new vinyl pressing. Not only that, but there will be three different pressings to choose from including:

  • red (or what’s being called “oxblood red”
  • tri-color (red/gold/blue mix)
  • gold/bone white merge

    The tri-color pressing will be available exclusively through mail order.

    On top of that, there will also be a new Mastodon compilation LP gathering together essential early material. All of these goods can be seen through the video above.

  • VIDEO: The Coathangers’ “Follow Me”

    Ever wondered what punk rock ladies would look like with mustaches and beards? Ever wondered how that band would also look like with an accordion player that also happens to be a horse? This is the peculiarity of The Coathangers but you know them, you love them. If you don’t know them, what a way to be introduced by them. If you’re unsure of who the men in this video are, they are the members of Mastodon. The group will be releasing a new album on March 18th called Suck My Shirt (Suicide Squeeze), so here is a mere taste of the fabric. The vinyl and CD pressings of the album can be pre-ordered below via Amazon.

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    AUDIO: Odonis Odonis’ “Intelligence”

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    If you ever wanted something better from Odonis Odonis, now you can, as Better is the name of their forthcoming Buzz Records album. How clever is that? Well, their song “Intelligence” might offer a few hints, or maybe that’s just how they do things.

    Odonis Odonis will be doing more than mere things, they will be going on tour beginning this weekend:
    March 30… Hamilton, ON – Homegrown Hamilton)
    April 3… Toronto, ON (Drake Underground) (Rituals EP release party)
    April 4… Guelph, ON (Kazoo! Fest)
    April 11… Burlington, VT (Monkey House) *
    April 12… New Haven, CT (Cafe Nine) *
    April 13… Philadelphia, PA (Kung Fu Necktie) #
    April 15… Boston, MA (Brighton Music Hall) *
    April 16… Brooklyn, NY (Shea Stadium) *
    April 17… New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom) *
    April 18… Washington, DC (Rock & Roll Hotelv *
    April 19… Richmond, VA (Strange Matter)
    April 20… Chapel Hill, NC (Local 506) *
    April 22… Atlanta, GA (529) *
    April 23… Birmingham, AB (Bottletree) *
    April 24… New Orleans, LA (One Eyed Jacks) *
    April 25… Austin, TX (Austin Psych Fest @ Mohawk’s) ~ *

    * w/ METZ
    ~ w/ A Place to Bury Strangers
    # w/ Skaters

    RECORD CRACK: New titles from Warner being prepared for Record Store Day

    Warner Bros. Records is very active in making sure each Record Store Day is as festive as previous years, not only in attendance but in getting new items out in stores. As always, many of these items are made exclusively for and meant to be sold on that day only. Here are some the titles the Warner family have ready to go:

  • Bad Brains-God Of Love + bonus 7” (vinyl LP + two song 7” single)
  • The Belle Brigade-The Belle Brigade (vinyl LP)
  • Built To Spill-Ripple (7” picture disc) (this one is a 1-sided picture disc and will feature a previously unreleased live cover of the Grateful Dead song, which BTS recorded in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 11, 2010.)
  • Eric Clapton-Unplugged (Two-disc set on 180-gram vinyl; mastered by Bernie Grundman)
  • Deftones-Covers (vinyl LP)
  • The Flaming Lips-Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records 1992-2002 (this one is a 5 LP box set, indivudually numbered, of the first five albums the band did for Warner Bros. each of which has been remastered by Bernie Grundman. They include:
    Hit To Death In The Future Head (Single Disc)
    Transmissions From The Satellite Heart (Single Disc)
    Clouds Taste Metallic (Single Disc)
    The Soft Bulletin (Two Disc)
    Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (Single Disc)

  • Fleetwood Mac-Rumours (Standard and Deluxe Editions, both mastered by Bernie Grundman)
    Even if you have this album (and really, with sales of over 10,000,000, you know someone who does), you may want to pick up these editions. One will be a standard pressing at 33 1/3 rpm, while the other is for the audiophiles: a 2 LP 45rpm edition pressed at Pallas in Germany. Yes, the thick stuff.

  • Mastodon-Live At The Aragon (Deluxe 2-disc set on 180-gram vinyl + DVD; Bernie Grundman Mastering)
  • My Chemical Romance-Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) (7” picture disc)
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-self-titled debut (two limited edition pressings, one on white vinyl, one on blue, both mastered by Bernie Grundman)
  • R.E.M.-Three (3 – 7” single 45 RPM discs, first three singles from their new album, Collapse Into Now, each with non-LP B-sides, each record in individual art gatefold sleeves. Bernie Grundman on this one as well.:
    Disc 1. Mine Smell Like Honey/ Supernatural Superserious (live in Raleigh , NC )
    Disc 2. Oh My Heart/ Harborcoat (live in Riga , Latvia )
    Disc 3. ÜBerlin/ What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? (live in Oslo , Norway) )

  • Regina Spektor-Four From Far (Limited Edition 7” 33 1/3 RPM EP on powder-blue vinyl)

    Want even more limited edition craziness that will no doubt bring up the old Poison Idea title Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes? Warner Bros. are also introducing a series of records called Side By Side, limited edition 45’s where a Warner-related artist of today covers a classic Warner-related song of the past. In the works:

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers covering The Ramones‘ “Havana Affair”
  • Green Day covering Hüsker Dü‘s incredible “Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely”
  • Mastodon covering ZZ Top‘s “Just Got Paid” (probably no chance of Mastodon including a brief passage of Johnny Kemp‘s “Just Got Paid”, but you never know)
  • Jenny & Johnny getting Americana on us with their cover of Gram Parsons‘ “Love Hurts”

    Obviously, many of these releases are in-house, if not down right incestuous, but with luck this will spark the noggins in other artists and labels to do the same not only for this Record Store Day, but for releases throughout the year, across the board.

    If you have any soda or wine bottles lying around, or know of parks with many empties, I suggest geting some bags and making the rounds, as this will definitely cause a dent in your pocket.

  • SOME STUFFS: Valient Thorr attack Europe with power and sound

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    The almighty spacemen known as Valient Thorr started their European tour today, and a few dates have them opening up for Mastodon on the bill. If you are a true fan of hard rock and metal, you have to see these guys live. Support these vinyl-loving junkies by showing them your love and respect when they play near you. Here are confirmed tour dates:

    Sat, June 6 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2 w/MASTODON
    Sun, June 7 – Glasgow, UK @ ABC w/MASTODON
    Mon, June 8 – Norwich, UK @ Brickmakers
    Tue, June 9 – London, UK @ Islington Academy w/MASTODON
    Wed, June 10 – London, UK @ Crobar
    Sun, June 21 – Saubion, FR @ Skatepark (Go Skateboarding Day)
    Thu, June 25 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
    Fri, June 26 – Kopenhagen, DK @ Loppen
    Sat, June 27 – Berlin, DE @ White Trash
    Sun, June 28 – Stuttgart, DE @ Keller Club
    Mon, June 29 – Biarritz, FR @ L’Atabal
    Tue, June 30 – Barcelona, ES @ Estraperlo
    Wed, July 1 – Madrid, ES @ La Boite
    Thu, July 2 – Lisbon, PT @ Music Box
    Fri, July 3 – Oporto, PT @ Porto Rio
    Sat, July 4 – Durango, ES @ Plateruena w/Sexty Sexers
    Tue, July 7 – Vicenza, IT @ Sabotage Bar
    Wed, July 8 – Rimini, IT @ Velvet Club w/Dillinger Escape Plan
    Thu, July 9 – Ulm, DE @ Eden
    Fri, July 10 – Erfurt, DE @ Stoned From The Underground Festival w/Karma To Burn
    Sat, July 11 – Munchen, DE @ Backstage
    Sun, July 12 – Vienna, AT @ Arena

    In the meantime, check out Valient Thorr when they attacked my home state of Hawai’i Nei in episode 3 of The Volcom House Show.