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Kate Bush's 1979 TV special and 1980 Christmas single

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As we approach the end of the year in which Kate Bush's 1985 song "Running Up That Hill" became a surprise worldwide smash hit 37 years after it was first released (thanks to its use in the Netflix series Stranger Things ), let's take a look at two Christmas-themed Kate Bush creations from long ago: a TV Christmas special which aired on British television in late 1979, and a non-album Christmas single released in 1980. On December 22, 1979, Bush starred in a BBC-TV Christmas special broadcast in the U.K. Simply titled Kate , the surreal 44-minute program featured Bush performing songs mostly drawn from her first three albums, as well as a new holiday song called "December Will Be Magic Again". That song was released as a non-album Christmas single in Europe and Australia the following year, in remixed form. First off, here is that 1979 Christmas special, which includes the original 1979 mix of the song "December Will Be Magic Again", and featur

Jefferson Airplane - Live at the Monterey International Pop Festival (2022 RSDBF and other official releases)

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For Record Store Day Black Friday 2022, an LP containing the Jefferson Airplane's full live set at 1967's Monterey International Pop Festival will be issued in a 2,500-copy limited edition, on the Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation imprint (catalogue number MIPF 1967-8). The LP was remastered from the original analog tape and pressed in "blue-smoke" colored vinyl. The Record Store Day website states: "In 1992, part of this set was released on a Rhino box set, on CD and cassette. This RSD Black Friday release marks the first appearance of this set on vinyl". First off, the "Rhino box set" they are referring to is the 4-CD (or 4-cassette) various artists set titled The Monterey International Pop Festival (Rhino 70596), which contained five of the eight songs from the Airplane's set at the festival. Secondly, while it may be true that the Airplane's Monterey set has never before been officially issued on vinyl in the U.S.

Van Halen "A Different Kind of Truth" (2012)

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It's hard to believe that Van Halen's 2012 album A Different Kind of Truth , which was the long-awaited studio album resulting from the band's reunion with original frontman David Lee Roth, is already 10 years old. But what's even harder to believe is that the album has recently become commercially unavailable. As of late 2022, the album seems to be unavailable for purchase in physical or digital formats. This seems especially odd two years after the death of guitarist and co-founder Eddie Van Halen, and after the recent success of bassist Wolfgang Van Halen's project known as Mammoth WVH. A Different Kind of Truth was Van Halen's first studio release in 14 years, following the inauspicious 1998 album Van Halen III recorded with former Extreme singer Gary Cherone. After parting ways with Cherone , Van Halen suffered through nearly a decade of invisibility, punctuated by a disastrous 2004 reunion tour with second vocalist Sammy Hagar, and by Eddie Van Halen&

Janis Joplin & Jorma Kaukonen "The Legendary Typewriter Tape: 6/25/64 Jorma's House" (2022 release)

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On Record Store Day Black Friday 2022, Omnivore Records will issue the first official release of a long-circulated bootleg recording. This recording, known as the "Typewriter Tape", was informally recorded in 1964 by a pre-fame, pre-hippie duo of Janis Joplin and Jorma Kaukonen. The Legendary Typewriter Tape: 6/25/64 Jorma's House will be limited to 3,500 vinyl LP copies, with liner notes by Kaukonen and sound restoration by engineer Michael Graves. The album will be released digitally and on CD on December 2nd. The Legendary Typewriter Tape was recorded on reel-to-reel tape at the then-23-year-old Kaukonen's house in Santa Clara, California, as the guitarist-to-be of the Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna was rehearsing blues covers with the 21-year-old Joplin, before she joined Big Brother And The Holding Company. The title refers to the occasional background noise made by a typewriter, which was being used by Kaukonen's late wife Marguereta to write a personal

Iggy Pop "Après" (2012)

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In 2012, punk icon Iggy Pop released an album titled Après only in France. Why was it only released in France? Because it was rejected by his American record label. Why? Because it was too wild and uncommercial? No. Because it was too mellow and uncommercial. Après was a covers album, featuring Iggy covering songs that you wouldn't imagine him covering, many of them romantic jazz ballads -- some of them sung in French! Certainly, Après would seem to be a radical departure for the former Stooges frontman, although it was similar to some of the tracks on his 2009 album Preliminaires , on which he also crooned some jazz tunes and a few French-language ballads. Even insolent punks grow up sometimes, provided that they live long enough. And besides, what better way was there for a 60-something-year-old Iggy to go against the grain than to record an album that was about as far away from punk rock as you can get? The Après album is finally about to see the light of day in the U.S.

Third Man Records vinyl exclusives, Part 53: Primus "The Revenant Juke: A Collection Of Fables And Farce" (2022)

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The 53rd set of exclusive vinyl items offered by Third Man Records’ Vault service was mailed out to the members in September of 2022. For those who are unaware, Third Man Records is the label owned by Jack White, who is the leader of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather, and is now a solo artist. The  Vault service  promises to deliver exclusive vinyl-only records (usually one full-length album and one 7” single) to its subscribers every three months. The 53rd Vault package contained a boxed set of six 7-inch singles from the '90's alternative band Primus, titled The Revenant Juke: A Collection Of Fables And Farce . This marked the first time that this California-based, bass-dominated band had ever issued their music on 7-inch vinyl singles. Each single contained two tracks from one of Primus' '90's studio albums. All 12 tracks were previously released and are currently available in other media formats. Each single was pressed in vinyl of a dif

The New Breed and Glad with Timothy B. Schmit

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Timothy B. Schmit is best known for having been the bass player and sometime lead vocalist of two successful country rock bands from the '70's. He was first a member of Poco, replacing Randy Meisner in that band in 1969. At the end of the '70's, Schmit went on to even greater success with the late-career (and later the reunited) Eagles -- again replacing Randy Meisner, strangely enough. But in his pre-Poco teens, Schmit was the lead singer and bass player for a Sacramento, California quartet who were first known as The New Breed, and then as Glad. This band achieved local success in West Coast markets, but failed to break through to a national audience. After Schmit left his early band to join Poco, its other members -- Ron Floegel (rhythm guitar), Tom Phillips (lead guitar), and George Hullin (drums) -- formed a separate country rock band called Redwing, who recorded five albums between 1971 and 1975. Mr. Schmit currently continues to be active as both a member of the

Teenage Head "Trouble In The Jungle" (1986)

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A shocking death occurred in the rock world earlier this month. Gord Lewis, the guitarist for the Canadian band Teenage Head, was found dead in his Hamilton, Ontario apartment on August 7th, at the age of 65. Authorities said that Lewis was a victim of homicide, and his 41-year-old son has been charged with second-degree murder. Teenage Head began as a punk rock band. Their self-titled 1979 album had a sound that resembled those of the Ramones and the Stooges, and the band gained notoriety in 1980 when a riot broke out at a concert in Toronto. However, their music did not possess the usual rage of punk rock. Instead, they played fun, lighthearted songs about cars, girls, and parties. The five albums the band recorded in the '80's generally had more polished sounds than their debut, and the band became prominent in Canada. Much like the Flamin' Groovies, from whose 1971 album they took their name, Teenage Head covered numerous rockabilly songs from the '50's and &#