10 Biggest Selling Vinyl Albums Of The Year So Far

1. Vinyl sales in the UK are higher than they have been since 2003. The BPI and the Official Charts Company estimate that sales of vinyl albums could surpass 700,000 by the end of 2013. Here are the top selling vinyl albums of the year so far – starting at number 10, which is Black Sabbath’s album ‘13’.

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2.  Next up – at number 9, it’s Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ record ‘Push The Sky Away’. The NME review of the album back in February described it as “a masterpiece that merges the experimentation and freedom of their side projects with Cave’s most tender songcraft.”

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3.  The National returned earlier this year with their latest album ‘Trouble Will Find You’. That’s the 8th most popular album on vinyl in the UK in 2013.
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4.   Vampire Weekend’s magical third album ‘Modern Vampire’s Of The City’ – in at number 7.

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5.  Thom Yorke may not be a fan of streaming services like Spotify but the Radiohead man has long had an affinity for vinyl releases. ‘Amok’, his album with Atoms For Peace, is 6th.

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6.  Into the top 5 now. Queens Of The Stone Age ‘…Like Clockwork’ was released at the start of the summer. At the time it lost out in the battle for UK number 1 to Disclosure’s album ‘Settle’.
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7.  After a lengthy break Boards Of Canada released their new album ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ this year. NME’s review said: “’Tomorrow’s Harvest’ is a dark, often uncomfortable affair, more nuclear winter than summer anthem”. It’s number 4 in the list.
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8.  David Bowie goes top 3 with ‘The Next Day’. The legend took us all by surprise back in January by emerging from the shadows to release his first new album in a decade.
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9.  No surprise that Arctic Monkeys’ loyal following went out and bought their fifth album ‘AM’ in their droves. It remains one of the fastest selling albums of the year. Popular on vinyl too. In the month or so it’s been out it’s become the 2nd biggest selling album on vinyl of 2013.
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10.  And… 2013’s biggest selling album on vinyl in the UK so far is Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’. Not only is the music incredible, but there’s something about seeing that artwork blown up which makes it desirable for any collector of new releases.
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The Vinyl Countdown – Why Is Everyone Buying Records Again?

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In the midst of the worst times for the music business since the great semiquaver droughts of 1832, the BPI has just reported that annual sales of vinyl records have burst over the half-million mark for the first time in a decade. And it’s only October.

That’s a lot of records, bucking a trend that’s been going off a cliff for years. The number of vinyl records being sold has doubled since this time last year, and the format has increased its share of total albums sold in the UK by eight times since 2007.

So what’s going on here? Why are so many people buying records again?

The BPI survey uncovered an interesting age split in what people felt they were getting from vinyl. The vast majority of 16-44 year olds that they talked to said that the most important reason was that “the process of playing a vinyl record is more enjoyable.” It seems like a world of instant gratification, the ritual of dropping a needle onto an LP has taken on an almost religious significance. The popularity of free download links is also surely significant – why just buy mp3s when you could buy an actual real-life record and get the mp3s included?

Meanwhile, under 16s are most concerned with the cover art (presumably it’s just nice for them to look at something that isn’t on a screen) while over 45s are hanging onto their audiophile belief that records just sounds better (man!).

Remarkably, almost 4% of vinyl-buyers surveyed said that they don’t even own a record player, which means there’s something like 20,000 LPs out there that are either just being bought as objets d’art or for their more traditional purpose: as flat surfaces to roll joints on.

As reported earlier this week, it’s not just classic albums being sold.  But you won’t be surprised to know that Daft Punk, David Bowie and Arctic Monkeys have all been enjoying bumper sales.

Part of the popularity of newer bands’ releases on vinyl seems to be down to the emergence of a younger group of record junkies. While 35-44 year olds are still the most likely to buy LPS, over a third of buyers are aged under 35. So in the future, when CDs have gone the way of the minidisc, and when all the music ever recorded is hovering us above us in the cloud, there will still be people with big black discs in their homes, not quite sure whether to play them or frame them, but sure that they can hold onto them with both hands, and that they mean something.

Check this out: 10 Biggest Selling Vinyl Albums Of The Year So Far

Watch MGMT play Jools Holland – UK

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American rock band MGMT appeared on the latest edition of UK television program Later… with Jools Holland. They supported their new album with a performance of “Your Life is a Lie”, this time without the over-sized cowbell. Watch the replay below.

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9-Year-Old Plays Banjo on David Letterman Show – Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

9-Year-Old Plays Banjo on David Letterman Show – Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

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9 year old banjo boy Jonny Mizzone and his brothers Tommy 13 on guitar, and Robbie 12 on fiddle perform “Flint Hill Special” by Earl Scruggs on the Late Show with David Letterman.

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Atoms for Peace Hide “Before Your Very Eyes . . .” – Watch Clip

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Atoms For Peace – Before Your Very Eyes

 
 

Atoms for Peace have hidden a video for their song “Before Your Very Eyes . . .” on their website. Frontman Thom Yorke tweeted a hint to the video’s location yesterday afternoon following the group’s appearance this week at the Hollywood Bowl. “Aaah Blinkin’ Hollywood,” he wrote, punctuated with a smiley emoticon. “Thanks to everyone who came last night.” He then included a link to the group’s website.

The clip can be accessed after scrolling right and clicking the “Hollywood” sign, which indeed blinks. It then starts a download containing a PDF and link to the video, viewable here.

The video, directed by Andrew Thomas Huang (Björk, Sigur Rós), starts off with an undulating landscape to complement the dense percussion of the track, which leads off Atoms for Peace’s debut LP Amok. Eventually, a sepia-toned Yorke emerges from the mire, minus a good portion of his forehead. Things get far more colorful after that.

It’s another part of what has become a very busy year for the group, which formed in 2009 but didn’t release a full-length until this past February. In July, they took a stand against Spotify, removing their works from the streaming service, claiming it was “bad for new music.” A few months later, the group began an arena tour, which kicked off at Philadelphia’s Liacouras Center. And most recently, Atoms for Peace released a video of their complete performance at Austin City Limits Festival.

Awesome Concert by Fiona Apple and Blake Mills at Chicago’s Bank of America Theater.

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It’s a shame that a distraction by a bully in one audience ultimately steered attention away from what’s really noteworthy about Fiona Apple’s live performance on this current tour: how amazingly tight, yet spontaneous both she and the band is. Throughout the show, you feel like you’re watching a theatrical performance rather than a concert because the stage feels like a play’s set. You see a table set up with teacups before anyone enters. When the four band members do enter, the show starts with Apple and drummer Barbara Gruska writing “Teach me how to be free” on a chalkboard before the entire band launches into a new song, possibly called “Tipple”. And later, when Apple moves over to grand piano and Mills launches into his “Curable Disease”, Gruska and bassist Sebastian Steinberg are no longer needed. So they clink whatever they’re drinking on stage, sit, and watch.

Indeed, it was this interplay between playful spontaneity and precision that defined Apple and tour partner Blake Mills’ show last night at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre. Gruska’s drums, Mills’ incredible guitar work, and Steinberg’s jazzy upright bass playing provided an extra oomph to songs like “Every Single Night” and “Regret” from last year’s instant classic and Top Star-earning The Idler Wheel…. While sometimes, it was the little things, perhaps unplanned, that added just the right tone to a song, like when the microphone picked up Apple tapping her drumsticks against her neck various times throughout the show, creating faint, yet still discernible percussive elements to songs that already sported unconventional percussion.

Meanwhile, the same playful, bordering on “just fucking with you” (something Mills actually said last night) attitude characterized Mills’ otherwise in-control guitar work throughout the set. Whether on Apple’s songs or on his own, Mills, seemingly a run of the mill Americana singer/songwriter, is actually an innovative guitarist with a sense of humor. During the band’s cover of Conway Twitty’s “It’s Only Make Believe”, the guitarist was able to emulate the tones of a theremin, while during the outro of his and Apple’s duet “Seven”, he repeated the same guitar riff at increasingly lower volume until it delved into silence. Then, he perked up and said, “The song was over three minutes ago.”

Most importantly, last night, it was obvious that the audience was conscious of the meltdowns that have plagued Apple’s recent shows because audience members were only shouting out words of encouragement and positivity. From “We love you Fiona!” to “You look great!”, the audience’s role as a sort of safety net gave Apple room to even joke (!) about her past on-stage troubles. “How am I supposed to have my meltdown? I don’t do Twitter,” Apple quipped at one point after warning all “assholes” to stay away.

Most importantly, last night, it was obvious that the audience was conscious of the meltdowns that have plagued Apple’s recent shows because audience members were only shouting out words of encouragement and positivity. From “We love you Fiona!” to “You look great!”, the audience’s role as a sort of safety net gave Apple room to even joke (!) about her past on-stage troubles. “How am I supposed to have my meltdown? I don’t do Twitter,” Apple quipped at one point after warning all “assholes” to stay away.

While her self-awareness and sense of humor shone through, perhaps the best way to take in her performance, however, was to simply sit idly by and allow yourself to be captivated and even intimidated by her physical voice and her agency. Because when Apple sings “I ran out of white dove feathers/ To soak up the hot piss that comes from your mouth,” she could be talking about anybody in her past or present, any given audience member. Maybe even you.

Photography by Katie Schuering.

Arcade Fire’s Brooklyn shows bought out… by scalpers!

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Remember those bad old days when scalpers screwed LCD Soundsystem fans and Pearl Jam even tried to sue Ticketmaster? Seems all like ancient history, right? Well, looks like things haven’t changed all that much after all, as evidenced by what just happened with Arcade Fire’s upcoming shows in Brooklyn.

About one minute after tickets went on sale today at noon for the October 18th and 19th gigs at 299 Meserole Street in Brooklyn, they were sold out. Fans who had pre-ordered the album got in on advanced sales yesterday, but anyone hoping to snag tickets today were likely out of luck. Unless, of course, you were a soulless scalper.

As Complex points out, 120 available tickets for the Friday show are already going for $175 to $2,000 on Stubhub, with 103 up for Saturday at $199 to $1,500 (as of this posting). See for yourself:

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The band is going by the moniker The Reflektors for the gigs, in recognition of their upcoming fourth album. But the only thing these shows are reflecting right now is how greedy some people can be, and how much fun they can suck right out of what should be a really special show. Hopefully these jackasses don’t try to mess with Arcade Fire-featuring Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit show, because that’d just be a low blow.