In rotation: 11/9/18

DEKO MUSIC launches new label with specialty vinyl releases: Alan Douches states, “Well, it’s a complicated machine this thing called the music business. I guess we’re going to try to help a few artists that we can appreciate along the way, it is about believing in the quality of the art whether it is Hard Rock, Metal or Jazz and not limiting the type of artists we will work with.” Deko Music’s inaugural releases include specialty vinyl titles from projects with Danger Danger vocalist Ted Poley, and the legendary Angel with Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino (see release listings below). Charlie Calv states, “We are starting out with some veteran artists that we feel best represent their genre, and setting our sights on developing some newer acts in the very near future.”

Los Angeles, CA | Three immersive new cocktail bars you need to try: Audiophiles, this one’s for you. Highland Park’s Gold Line is what happens when a record store launches its own bar, complete with a 7,500-vinyl record playlist from the private collection of a world-famous DJ. Sitting beneath Stones Throw Records—whose artist catalogue includes the likes of J Dilla, Mayer Hawthorne and A-Trak, among others—Gold Line is low-lit and kind of a party, pushing music that primarily spans the ’60s to the ’90s through a vintage hi-fi sound system. There are thousands of records on display from DJ Peanut Butter Wolf’s own library, and you’ll find the Stones Throw founder spinning them often—and when he’s not, there’s other talent taking over DJ duties. Want to play DJ, yourself? Step up to the old-school Rock-Ola 442 jukebox, which is packed with 7″ records.

It sank a record label, destroyed the Bee Gees, RSO’s ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’: One would be hard pressed to find as colossal a mistake as Robert Stigwood Organization’s movie and soundtrack production of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Go ahead. I’ll wait. Robert Stigwood Organization, or RSO, caught lightning in a bottle shortly after forming in March 1973, and, just as fleeting, the record label went defunct 10 years later. Bookended in between was a timeline of unparalleled success. Consider that before the 1970s came to a close, RSO released the soundtracks for “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever.” Each sold more than 30 million copies. The latter had long topped the list of best-selling albums of all time with more than 45 million records sold worldwide. Sales of the record were powered by the disco themes from the Bee Gees. Music historians have said the movie and soundtrack breathed new life into a waning disco nightlife. After its release in November 1977, it topped Billboard’s top album charts for 24 consecutive weeks and eventually earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. It remained on the charts until March 1980, 120 weeks after its debut.

Electric Blues Icon Howlin’ Wolf’s Legendary 1959 Debut LP ‘Moanin’ In The Moonlight’ Reissued On Vinyl Ahead Of 60th Anniversary: Chester Arthur Burnett, better known to blues fans as Howlin’ Wolf, remains one of the essential exponents of the electric blues. With a raw, booming voice and explosive guitar and harmonica styles to match, the Mississippi-bred Wolf made music that was unmatched in its primal ferocity. In the process, he helped to put Chess Records on the map as America’s preeminent blues label. Now, just in time for the 60th anniversary of Moanin’ In The Moonlight’s original release, Geffen/UMe has released a special vinyl edition of the original mono album. Remastered from the original flat master tape, this new edition features a high quality 150-gram black vinyl pressing housed in a printed sleeve with scans of the analog tape box and comes in a distinctive tip-on jacket reproducing the album’s distinctive original cover art. A perfect tribute to Howlin’ Wolf’s originality and influence, this anniversary edition of Moanin’ In The Moonlight is available now.

Depeche Mode announce new singles box-set, featuring some classic ’80s tracks. New vinyl box-set rounds up some 80s classics. Depeche Mode have announced the release of a new vinyl 12″ singles box-set, which compiles the singles released from two of their classic 1980s albums. ‘Construction Time Again: The 12″ Singles’ and ‘Some Great Reward: The 12″ Singles’ is based on those albums of the same name. ‘Construction Time Again’ was released in 1983, with ‘Some Great Reward’ following the year after. Each box features six 12″ singles, including bonus live tracks. Singles from the era such as ‘Everything Counts’ and ‘People Are People’ remain staples in the band’s live set. The live tracks for ‘Construction Time Again’ were recorded at Hammersmith Odeon (now the Apollo), with those on ‘Some Great Reward’ live from Liverpool Empire. The box also includes three remixes by acclaimed dub producer Adrian Sherwood. Each box features six 12″ singles, including bonus live tracks.

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