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Needle Drop: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, “Animals”

Here’s a nice psychedelic freak show from GOASTT, the band otherwise known as The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, otherwise known as Sean Lennon, who is otherwise known as John Lennon’s son.

Sean’s girlfriend, actress/model Charlotte Kemp Muhl, is also in the band and they truly seem to have some bewitching musical chemistry with their heady lyrics flying over the busted drums, junkyard percussion, and fuzzy bass. An ode to the alternative rock and roll swagger Lennon Sr. helped refine during his “I Am The Walrus” period—perhaps pushing the boundaries a little more, at least with this wild music vid.

The psychedelic video for the single “Animals” sets out to spoof the Source Family and all things wacky and occult. Wait for the UFOs ’round the 4:00 mark, and be sure to catch Sean and Charlotte on their current tour.

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TVD’s Garden State Sound with Evan Toth

All jokes aside, New Jersey is a pretty great place. While it has a lot of offer as a state, it also has a rich musical history that many people remain unaware of. Everyone knows about Springsteen and Sinatra, but there’s more out there too, including a diverse current music scene.

Tune in to Garden State Sound with Evan Toth to explore music with connections to New Jersey. You will hear in-depth interviews with some of Jersey’s best music makers and have the opportunity win tickets to some of the best concerts in the state.

Garden State Sound is hosted by longtime NJ radio personality and musician Evan Toth on WFDU.FM.

“This week’s episode of “Garden State Sound” celebrates the 65th birthday of the Garden State’s golden boy, Bruce Springsteen. Tune in to hear us spin some deep, vinyl tracks from his early albums, but we’ll also take you for a ride through some of Bruce’s contemporary work. Spend an hour listening to some of the Boss’ finest work, and contemplate how the man keeps himself in such great shape after 65 years!” —ET

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Nina, The TVD First Date

“The first time I ever heard a vinyl record was when I was just a baby. Since my dad is a technical guy and an inventor, we were never short of new gadgets in my family. He owned one of the latest, state-of-the-art turntables at the time and kept an extensive collection of ’60s, ’70s and ’80s records (both international and German artists) in our home in Berlin.”

“He was a big fan of Duran Duran and The Police and, in fact, he even looks a bit like Sting.

Unlike my dad, my mum was always more inclined to Disco and had lots of cassette tapes, which were handy for singalongs on long drives to Denmark for our family holidays. She owned a record player too, but didn’t use it that much so she gave it to me as a present a couple of years ago.

When I moved to London in 2004, I bought my first vinyl album. I went to Camden Market and fell in love with the variety of music there, but for my first vinyl purchase, I chose LA Woman by The Doors.

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Stiff Little Fingers’
Ali McMordie,
The TVD Interview

One album that is an essential for any collection is Stiff Little Fingers’ Inflammable Material. Released in 1979, Inflammable Material introduced the world to a quad of high energy boys from Belfast, Ireland who had something to say about their home during a time of major political conflict which was often violent and lasted three decades.

Songs like “Wasted Life” and “Law and Order” revealed frustrating and angry realities for Irish youth. Though Jake Burns and Ali McMordie are the only two original members still touring and recording as Stiff Little Fingers, the spirit and rawness of Inflammable Material will always carry through to old and new fans of the band.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor and pleasure of talking to Ali McMordie, the bassist who rejoined the band in 2006 after having been away for about 10 years. McMordie gave me an earful on working in the music industry for over thirty years, playing Chicago’s Metro for the first time, and a bit about getting back into the studio to record STF’s excellent new album, No Going Back.

As soon as I reminded him that this interview would be published at The Vinyl District, he immediately launched into how much vinyl plays into his life everyday.

I buy vinyl records, I always have done and I still have the records that I started collecting as a kid—some of which are still in storage in Ireland. But I bought a lot of them over here. Now I’m based in Brooklyn and I still occasionally DJ roundabout a dozen or so gigs, about a dozen or so pubs and clubs in New York. It’s old school. It’s all vinyl and it’s great because I get to play a lot of all my old records which I have to say are a lot of old punk rock 45s from the late ’70s and early ’80s.

It’s great to be able to get out there and share the love. Sometimes I even get paid! You’ll find that because vinyl is all mechanical you know, it’s all turntables and cables and sort… half the time I spend my time fixing the various rigs that I’ve come across because they are never looked after.

Getting paid to play you’re favorite records, on vinyl no less, sounds like a lot of fun. 

Outside of that, it’s a labor of love and I really enjoy it. I’m glad you’ve found it! One of the great things about traveling is that I get to sniff out various record stores and I still like record browsing which, at one point, I think us record browsers were a dying breed.

It’s good to see that it’s on the comeback. You know, you just go into the store without any particular idea of what you want to get and you just pick something up because it has a nice cover or something you know, because vinyl, that 12” format, is really the best for the artwork—and CDs never really cut it, or digital downloads of course. I was amazed to see that places like Urban Outfitters for example, like clothing stores and accessory stores, are stocking albums, and even stranger than that, a lot of kids that are buying albums—some of them don’t even own a record players. They are buying them as collectibles or just for the artwork to display on your wall—and that’s fine! That’s great, and then use the MP3 download to listen to on the iPod.

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Graded on a Curve:
Spade Cooley &
the Western Swing
Dance Gang,
Shame on You

Western swing musician, big band leader, actor, nationally known television personality, and cold-blooded killer—you’ll have to look really hard to find a resume more varied than that of Donnell Clyde “Spade” Cooley. And you’ll also have to look even harder to find an album with a more appropriate title than Shame on You, seeing as how Cooley brutally murdered his wife in 1961 by pounding her head on the floor and then putting out a lit cigarette on her body to make sure she was dead. As if that weren’t horrifying enough, he forced his teenage daughter to witness the murder, saying, “You’re going to watch me kill her.”

It has become almost impossible—and appropriately so—to write dispassionately about Spade Cooley, the so-called King of Western Swing, given Spade Cooley the private citizen’s status as a convicted (and particularly bestial) killer. Cold-blooded murder will always be what Cooley’s best remembered for—thanks in part to noir writer James Ellroy, who has made Cooley a recurring character in his fiction—regardless of his musical accomplishments, which were considerable.

Cooley, who was part Cherokee, was born in 1910 in Grand, Oklahoma, a lovely part of the country that the Cooleys fled for California come the Dust Bowl in 1930. (Grand is now a ghost town.) Cooley’s skill on the fiddle and good luck saw him take over Jimmy Wakely’s big band after Wakely got a movie contract, and soon Cooley and band’s shows at the Venice Pier Ballroom were packed. By the mid-forties Cooley was a superstar of sorts, renowned for his songs (Shame on You came out in 1945 and led to six straight Top Ten singles) as well as for his numerous roles in films. And come the advent of television he conquered that medium too, with The Spade Cooley Show drawing in 75 percent of Los Angeles’ TV viewers each week, to say nothing of the viewers nationwide who tuned into his show, which was broadcast coast-to-coast by the Paramount Television Network.

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TVD’s Press Play

Press Play is our Monday morning recap of the new tracks received last week—provided here to inform your vinyl purchasing power. Click, preview, download, purchase.

Haley Pharo – Sorry For Not Being Sorry (Dekoder Remix)
Carl Barât & The Jackals Share Debut Single – Glory Days
BeazyTymes & Debroka – To The Floor
Stereo Off – Effectual
M o s a i c s – Submit
Brandy & Monica – The Boy Is Mine (FVLCRVM Remix)
Maxim – Phase Me
Eric Zayne – Drugs And Kids
Figure – It’s Alive Featuring D – Styles (Original Mix)
White Sea – Prague (:PAPERCUTZ Remix)

Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons – Ghost

Jonnie Common – Shark
Jo Mango – Evermore (The Cormorant Remix)
Ladada – Give It Back
Oozing Wound – Drug Reference
n.Lannon – Dreamer
The Foregin Resort – Flushed
Daft Punk – Aerodynamic (SunSquabi Remix) ft. Povi Tamu
The March Divide – I Told You So
Brian Lopez – Persephone
Tina Shafer – Strange Life

5 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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Locate the exclusive, indie Gold edition of
The Rural Alberta Advantage’s Mended With Gold LP with the TVD App!

“I still remember opening the first box of vinyl that we received from Saddle Creek. We were playing a show in Minneapolis at the 7th Street Entry. There was something about seeing Hometowns on vinyl for the first time, holding onto a tangible product that was in a way a summation of every show, practice, and recording session that we’d done up to that point that made you feel like you’d actually created something.

When you hold something like that for the very first time, you actually feel like you’ve maybe done something special.”
Nils Edenloff

Special, indeed. The Rural Alberta Advantage returns with a brand new LP, Mended With Gold this coming Tuesday, (9/30) and its arrival it being met with anything but faint praise, with Filter noting, “The band shines in its own ability to blend pared-down composition with fast-paced percussion and lyrics that could only come from, well, rural Alberta.”

“The Toronto-based trio, led by born-and-bred Albertan Nils Edenloff are full of nostalgic songs about hometowns and heartbreaks, marrying salt-of-the-earth acoustic rock to energetic rhythms and grand orchestral arrangements,” Pitchfork recently underscored.

Another facet of Mended With Gold’s arrival is the gorgeous clear vinyl with gold splatter edition (shown above) of which 1,000 were pressed as a mom and pop shop, indie exclusive edition. Of the 1,000, 250 were offered as presales which sold out in a proverbial flash—but 750 have made their way across North America and they arrive in your local shops on Tuesday for purchase.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

By way of the Jewish calendar, today is the first day of 5763. I’ve never actually been a “practicing Jew.” With my wife and son being part Cherokee Indian, I like to think of our family as “Schmo-hawks” of a “spiritual kind.”

Yes, I’m happily a very new age Californian. I claim myself a spiritual being while riding the 134 to the 5 to the 605 to the 405 to the 73 to the 55 to the sea. There I look west towards the grand Pacific Ocean to meditate on the past year and pray for the future.

I do it in my own way and thank my Jewish ancestors for keeping track all these years. Rosh Hashanha 5763 reminds me to stop working, emails, and making radio shows for a day and reflect…

Ok, I did that yesterday.

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Another Top 10 list?
The History of Rock
’n’ Roll in Ten Songs

by Greil Marcus

“The story we’re telling is about imprisonment, but the music we’re making is about freedom, the tiny moments of freedom you steal from a life you don’t own, that doesn’t belong to you, that you have to live.”

Greil Marcus tells the rock ‘n‘ roll story better than most.

His 1975 book Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock n’ Roll Music managed to present an in-depth tracing of the essence of American rock music, choosing such artists as Harmonica Frank, Robert Johnson, Randy Newman, and Sly & the Family Stone as case studies. Marcus used these artists as jumping off points to tell his larger tale of the history of the American persona. His classification of “the worried man” as the constant character of The Band’s song catalogue is a testament to his ability to treat rock music as literature, giving the genre due analysis.

In The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs, Marcus does what he does best: he gives credence and worth to the world of rock and roll and its history. He reminds us that it matters, and he forces us to reflect upon what the history of rock and roll will look like to monorail riders of the future, when he lists the entirety (three-plus pages) of the inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which covers most of the greats, some not-so greats, and leaves out many more (Warren Zevon! HARRY NILSSON! and so on and so on…)

Rock and roll is much more than this list of inductees. It is much more than ten songs. But there is a quark of its essence deep within each one; pick any ten rock songs and the history of rock is there. Marcus knows this; in a sense, he uses this playful title to simultaneously debunk the myth of the idea of the list and endorse the necessity of its creation in order to give it more gravitas.

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The TVD First Date

“Before I could even lift a needle, my relationship with vinyl was a visual one.”

“Our old record player had long since retired, so my dad’s records remained on the shelves next to the CDs, or in a musty box behind the old coats, or tucked under an old photo album. Still, I would shuffle through each one, running my tiny fingers over the covers, examining every little nuance. From Rush’s Moving Pictures to Steely Dan’s Aja, listening was not required to spark my fascination.

It wasn’t until high school, when I finally had some (small) income, that I finally bought a used record player off the internet. It arrived with a frayed wire in the back (which I still have to doctor with electrical tape), but I paid no mind and immediately got to work. I remember excitedly heading over to Bart’s Record Shop after school (in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado) and buying the first record of my own: The English Beat, I Just Can’t Stop It. Only $8? A steal.

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