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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Tonight you’re mine, completely / You give your love so sweetly / Tonight the light of love is in your eyes / But will you love me tomorrow / Is this a lasting treasure / Or just a moment’s pleasure / Can I believe the magic in your sighs / Will you still love me tomorrow / Tonight with words unspoken / You say that I’m the only one/ But will my heart be broken / When the night meets the morning sun / I’d like to know that your love / Is a love I can be sure of / So tell me now and I won’t ask again / Will you still love me tomorrow

Today I’m celebrating love for a childhood friend. (Shit, I’m learning as I get older to hold those special friendships dear.) There was a day when I was carefree—I’d get home from school, lace up my Pro Keds, and head out. My spot; a pair of tucked away basketball courts located behind the 86th Street crosstown in Central Park. Yes, it was “schoolyard ballin,” New York City, ’70s style. Before Air Jordans and leather sneakers there was Connie Hawkins and Julius Erving (better known as “The Doc”).

Between games (as we called it, “run”) we played frisbee. Before we tossed “the disc” we rolled joints in ’em. In those days weed was a weed with TONS of seeds, so the frisbees had a duel function. Rolling papers, a quart of beer, and a basketball was all we needed. We didn’t really give a fuck about anything other than music. It was the age of the concerts and going to a rock show at age 14 in NYC in the 1970s was like venturing into JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth. There was fun, beauty, and sometimes great danger.

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TVD Radar: Buck Owens & the Buckaroos’ The Complete Capitol Singles: 1967-1970 in stores 5/11

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Omnivore Recordings, in conjunction with the Buck Owens Estate, will release Buck Owens and the Buckaroos’ The Complete Capitol Singles: 1967–1970. Street date for the set, available in CD and Digital, is May 11, 2018.

This is Omnivore’s second in a series chronicling every one of Buck’s historic Capitol singles from the ’50s, ’60, and ’70s. Taken from the original mono and stereo masters, The Complete Capitol Singles: 1967–1970 collects the A- and B-side to all 18 singles from that period, including 14 Top Ten hits, in their original, chronological form. The set was produced and compiled by Grammy®-nominated producer, Patrick Milligan and mastered from original analog master tapes by Grammy®-winning engineer, Michael Graves at Osiris Studio.

Owens, the best known proponent of the Bakersfield sound of country, boasted a total of 21 No. 1 country hits, most featuring Buckaroos guitarist Don Rich. In 1969, Owens came to the attention of millions as co-host, with Roy Clark, of the TV series Hee-Haw (the Buckaroos were the show’s initial house band). When Rich died in 1974, Owens took time away from music until he performed with musical disciple Dwight Yoakam, whose own music was modeled after Owens’ Bakersfield sound. Owens also operated the Crystal Palace venue in Bakersfield, which continues to present live music to this day.

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Soulive’s “Cinematics, Vol. 1” EP in stores
today, 3/23

The genre-smashing groove masters in Soulive are releasing their first collection of new music in six years. The EP, “Cinematics, Vol. 1” is out today on digital and vinyl formats via the trio’s own label, Soulive Music.

The band, which features brothers Alan (drums) and Neal (keys) Evans along with guitarist Eric Krasno, is best known for their infectious blend of soul-jazz, hip-hop, funk, and rock. But “Cinematics, Vol. 1” takes them in a different direction. The group has transformed their sound with five new cuts that evoke film soundtracks, hence the EP’s title.

Though the concept of creating music that comes across like it was created to support a visual medium sounds like it was planned, the band insists it happened organically. They arrived at Alan Evans’ studio without any overarching concept in mind.

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Veronica Bianqui,
The TVD First Date

“’Just listen to his scream,’ my mom said as she placed down the vinyl record of John Lennon’s “Well, Well, Well” from Plastic Ono Band.

“I remember the sound of the crackle and the slightly too-bright timbre of the track. It wasn’t the best of record players, and that particular record was kind of worn out, and so the bass end was not too present. But, man, did that track hit me. It was grunge before grunge. It was raw, it was melodic, and it’s probably one of the first songs in my life that I experienced on record first before hearing it on any other medium.

I really don’t know how I got into records. I guess growing up with baby boomer parents, they’ve just always been around. I started to dive into my mother’s collection probably in my early teens. You know the drill, when you ‘borrow’ … indefinitely. Many of those first records that I borrowed, I still have today. A lot of Beatles.

I interned in the Mastering department at Capitol Records, where I used to leave my desk duties during downtime, and go downstairs to watch Ron McMaster cut record masters. Yes, that’s his real name! I would watch in fascination as grooves would begin to appear on fresh lacquer and take notes while McMaster would explain to me what he was doing. I was surprised when he said he had never had anyone take such interest in what he was doing.

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Graded on a Curve:
Kenny Rogers &
The First Edition,

Kenny Rogers & The First Edition would be groovy with me if they’d never cut another song besides acid burnout anthem “Just Dropped in (To See What Condition My Condition Is In).” I love it, you love it, Jimi Hendrix loved it–hell, even Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski loves it, and if that ain’t the Definitive Imprimatur of Indisputable Cool, I’m a walking 7-10 split.

But–and let’s just stick with the bowling metaphors for a moment–during their surprisingly long tenure (from 1967 to who knew?–1975) on both the pop and country charts The First Edition rolled a couple of strikes and a few more spares in the form of a bunch of songs that must have sounded just dandy in the confines of your average Dixie bowling alley. Probably even started a few brawls, a couple of ‘em; The First Edition may hardly be your idea of a socially conscious protest group, but they ruffled feathers with the likes of “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” (a crippled vet? What are these fellas, COMMIES?), “Something’s Burning” (is this Kenny Rogers some kind of slobbering sex fiend?), and “Reuben James” (you talk race, we get nervous).

The First Edition were an eclectic bunch; a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, Kenny and the boys brought the former to suburban Northerners and the latter to rural Southerners, effectively bringing the whole wide world that much closer together. In short they provided an important public service in their desperate bid for radio airplay; hell, even your Muskogee marijuana haters and their long-hair enemies found common ground in writing ‘em off as a shameless commercial shuck.

The First Edition’s Contribution to Western Civilization can be best heard on the 2004 best-of compilation Anthology. Its twenty cuts give us The First Edition in all their splendid diversity; country tear-jerkers rub shoulders with MOR ditties and the kinds of treacle that would later make Rogers a country-pop institution of higher earning. Talk about range; a continental divide separates “Just Dropped In” from the maudlin “For the Good Times” (or “Sunshine” or “Poem for My Little Lady” or “She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye” for that matter), and if you’re like me you’ll find yourself bypassing the tripe in favor of The First Edition’s more upbeat material, regardless of what label (rock, country, country rock) you want to put on it.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 3/23/18

Dugdale to sponsor Vinyl Congress, Brighton may 15-16: Leading independent PVC compounder Dugdale Ltd, is back in Brighton again, this year as a Gold Sponsor of a new vinyl music event. On May 15-16, Dugdale will support the Vinyl World Congress; the leading international B2B summit dedicated to the manufacturing of the Vinyl Record Industry. Vinyl World Congress attracts technical leaders and industry executives from around the world in order to illuminate what is driving demand in today’s Record Vinyl Manufacturing industry. The Brighton event brings together the various industry partners within the Vinyl Record supply chain. Attendees include major and indie record labels, investors, Vinyl Manufacturers, Vinyl manufacturing machine suppliers, Turntable manufacturers, maintenance services, PVC suppliers, packaging and distribution services, resellers, suppliers and trade missions such as UKTI.

How the ‘Vinyl Revival’ is boosting sales for Albany area record stores: We don’t tend to turn back to any technology we’ve once deemed “obsolete.” But vinyl records have broken that trend, by going through a boom over the past decade or so. For 12 straight years, vinyl sales have grown, according to Billboard, as part of a phenomenon dubbed the “Vinyl Revival.” And companies — like Sony, which announced last year it would start making vinyl again for the first time in nearly three decades — don’t see the revival ending anytime soon. We talked to two record stores in the Albany, New York, area about how they’ve experienced the revival and what changes they’ve seen in the industry.

Anthony Albanese Hands Over Record Store Ambassadorship: Anthony Albanese MP and 2017 Ambassador for Record Store Day Australia has officially passed to baton to 2018 ambassadors Michael Chugg, Amber Lawrence and Dan Sultan. The 11th annual Record Store Day will take place across Australia on 21 April 2018. The day is a celebration of the culture of collecting music and an opportunity for fans to add some rare releases to their collections. Anthony Albanese, the former deputy Prime Minister of Australia and current member for Grayndler, was a huge supporter of the Australian music industry and fan of Australian music.“MUSIC is a part of us,” he said in 2017. “Like literature, it speaks to us about who we are, where we have been and how we understand our journey through life. It’s one of our key forms of expression. “That is why independent record stores have a very special place in our culture, a place that will be celebrated on International Record Store Day on Saturday.”

Rhino Records announces “30” exclusive vinyl for Record Store day 2018: Rhino, the catalog division of Warner Music Group, is announcing its most ambitious collection of vinyl to date for Record Store Day 2018 with a wide variety of titles from WMG’s labels including Atlantic, Elektra, Parlophone, Sire, Warner Bros. Records, and 679 Recordings. This year’s not-to-miss list includes 30 limited edition 12-inch, 10-inch, and 7-inch vinyl releases from the world’s most respected and celebrated artists. Some highlights include Led Zeppelin’s first-ever Record Store Day release and Cheech And Chong’s marijuana-shaped picture disc, complete with a scratch n’ sniff sticker to name a few!

Discogs’ Best Records of 1968: Fifty years ago, the world was in the midst of turbulent times. A war raged as heavy on hearts as rebellion weighed on the backs of students protesting throughout the US, France, Poland, Germany, Italy and several other countries. The year also begat some incredible music, from The Rolling Stones‘ Beggars Banquet to The Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s Electric Ladyland. The year could have easily defined the decade had it not been for perhaps the greatest year of music in the 20th century: 1967. Beginning with the best albums of 1968, this Best Of The Decades series features a variety of writers thick with opinion, championing their choice for Best Of The ‘8s from 1968 through 2008. So let’s get started with the year the first humans orbited the moon

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TVD Radar: The Supremes’ Supreme Rarities: Motown Lost
& Found
4-LP set in
stores 4/6

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Third Man Records, in partnership with Universal Music, is excited to announce their 4-LP release of The Supremes’ Supreme Rarities: Motown Lost & Found, which will include 45 songs never-before-released on vinyl.

Originally released on 2xCD in in 2008, the Supremes Supreme Rarities from the Motown Lost & Found Series collects from the depths of the label archives to showcase the rarities, the outtakes, and the incomparable live recordings from this inimitable group of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Supreme Rarities will be available directly from Third Man Records and finer record outlets everywhere on April 6, 2018, with pre-orders available here.

As the hometown girls who conquered the world, Diana Ross and the Supremes are inarguably the most successful, highest selling girl group of all time. From their inauspicious start as the long-forgotten Primettes, to their ascension past the moniker of “no-hit Supremes,” through the ranks of Motown’s rank-and-file to globe-trotting superstars, this group is as pure and quintessential Detroit Motor City as you can get.

Listen to the story unfold from the innocent teenaged doo-wop of “You Can Depend On Me” from 1960 all the way through the slick, socially-conscious refinement of “I’m Livin’ in Shame” from 1969. Aside a handful of forgotten vinyl releases decades ago, the majority of this material has not been released on vinyl. Until now. Third Man has taken this double-CD and turned it into a glorious 4xLP collection housed in an impeccably-designed slipcase, all watercolor pastel vibrant photos highlight how absolutely impeccable this group is.

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TVD Radar: Calling all Spuds! The first official, illustrated history of DEVO in stores 7/13

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Here is the official DEVO story, from riots at Kent State University in 1970, through Punk and New Wave, international superstardom with “Whip It!,” the 1980s spent as all-American arch-ironists and duty-freaks, through to the 21st century.

Several years in the making, co-founders Gerald V Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh have raided their archives for photos, artworks, and memories for this uniquely DEVO book—a 2-in-1 upside-down thing of perverse beauty. Inside the softly rubberized covers of DEVO: The Brand / DEVO: Unmasked are photos of the Mothersbaugh and Casale clans at Christmas in the early 1960s, of pre-DEVO bands in action, Kent State-era art happenings, proto-DEVO doings and the whole, gaudy beauty of the DEVO world domination campaign from the evolution of the de-volution theory.

The result is the sumptuously illustrated and wholly remarkable story of DEVO’s astounding career. DEVO: The Brand is illustrated throughout with classic iconography and music press interviews from major British and US publications; flip it over and DEVO: Unmasked, is packed with rare and unseen photos of the band from the 1960s to the present day. Commentary on the photos and DEVO history is provided throughout by Jerry and Mark in first-person testimony.

Available in two separate versions, The Classic, 320 page edition is presented in a two-color rubberized cover, while the limited run Signature edition contains DEVO: The Brand + DEVO: Unmasked as separate volumes inside a hand-crafted, rubberized clamshell box, signed by the band and containing a vintage DEVO artwork, co-created by Jerry and Mark.

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Graded on a Curve:
Chuck Berry,
The Definitive Collection

We remember Chuck Berry today, one year after his passing. —Ed.

The passing of Chuck Berry—whose contributions to rock’n’roll surpass those of Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, hell Jerry Lee Lewis even—is a sad event for anybody who has ever fallen in love with the sound of a Gibson ES-350T. Berry did more than just produce many of the most iconic songs of rock’n’roll, he was instrumental in the invention of rock’n’roll itself, which makes him more important than Nicola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and the Wright Brothers put together. And you can toss Johannes Gutenberg onto the pile if you want.

Berry had it all. Mad songwriting skills that focused on teen culture, a great voice, a unique approach to playing the guitar, and a mastery of stagecraft that is best exemplified by his famous duck walk. How influential was Berry? Well, John Lennon once said, “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’” And none other than Bob Dylan pronounced Berry “the Shakespeare of rock ‘n’ roll.”

All of that said, you would think it’d be easy to find a great compilation of Berry’s best songs. Not so. Some of the massive compilations—such as 1988’s The Chess Box, 2000’s The Anthology, 2007’s Johnny B. Goode/His Complete ‘50s Chess Recordings, and the compilations of his post-peak Chess Records years are freighted with either numerous alternative takes and filler or both—which is fine if you’re the type of person who loves outtakes and filler, which I’m not—while others inexplicably omit songs I simply can’t live without. Take the 1982 Chess Records compilation The Great Twenty-Eight, for example. It includes most of the songs Berry is best remembered for, and omits to include the embarrassingly infantile “My Ding-a-Ling,” but I simply find it impossible to forgive the omission of “You Never Can Tell,” which is perhaps my favorite Berry song.

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Eddie Money,
The TVD Interview

Add Eddie Money to the long list of rockers, from Ozzy Osbourne to Bret Michaels and Joe Jonas, to open their homes to reality TV crews. His new series Real Money, premiering April 8 on AXS TV—already home to Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar—chronicles life with his grown kids, who are also members of his backing band when he tours.

Money, at 68, is still getting mileage out of a string of hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He talked about the origins of hits like “Baby Hold On,” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” in a recent interview from Malibu. A long time Californian, he still retains his Brooklyn roots—mostly through a string of Rodney Dangerfield-like jokes that have been largely excised here for space and sanity.

“I’m sorry I sniffed all that airplane glue, I’m trying to give you good interview,” he began, before a conversation that told of his early days, a legal threat from Doris Day, touring with the Stones, and angering Sting.

Along the way, he took credit for everything from bringing Ronnie Spector back to show business, to being the first rocker to play the daytime TV circuit and the first guy to spray festival crowds with water. And he had a few choice words about Elvis Costello and Lou Gramm.

He concluded by declaring “I lied my way to the top!” in the manner of another ambitious borough-native, so baby hold on to that grain of salt.

Now you’re a reality TV star.

I gotta tell you, I’m very excited about the TV show. For some reason, it came out good, it’s funny, the kids are good. We’ll keep our fingers crossed. If we get a second season, it’d be good.

How many episodes have you done?

Ten. We shot a lot of it at the house until the neighbors got pissed off. So we shot it all over the place, in certain clubs and out on the road. They had me horseback riding, which is horrible. Hated that. And then they had me playing golf, and I play golf like Stevie Wonder at night, so I don’t know what good that episode was.

Do you think the series is going to bring new people to your shows?

I’ve got enough people out in my audience. I’ve got a lot of kids who grew up with their parents putting me in the tape deck. All these kids grew up listening to “Baby Hold On” and “Take Me Home Tonight.”

I get people at the shows who are in their early 20s, I got parents coming to the shows. We do have a pretty large following. You gotta remember, I was putting records out in 1976, I’ve got people listening to me who are in their 70s right now that still come to the Eddie Money show. Sometimes I have people asking the promoters if they have a wheelchair rack.

How many dates do you do a year now?

I’ve got five kids, so I’ll do anything to get out of the house. What I do is I try to work every weekend if I can, because I like to get Dez out there. I want to promote Dez’s music, and I’m not just saying this because he’s my kid, but he’s a great songwriter. He doesn’t sound like me, but the songwriting quality I think he’s a chip off the old block.

It’s a brave thing to do one of these shows and show everybody your family life.

Well, the kids—nobody’s got DUIs, nobody’s doing drugs or anything else like that. I feel fortunate enough, and of course all the kids are still living at home. But that doesn’t bother me either. I like having the kids living at home because I can keep an eye on them.

I’d rather have them in front of me, rather than being in someone’s car, or somebody else’s house until 4 in the morning. This way, I know when they’re going to bed, when they’re getting up, and somebody’s going to have to take out the garbage and do the dishes. I’m very happy.

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