TVD San Francisco

TVD Live Shots:
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at the Warfield, 5/18

“Put your fucking phone away and live in the moment,” says Noel Gallagher to a fan in the front row who seemed to be bootlegging the entire show at the Warfield last week.

Gallagher is a rare breed of singer-songwriter. Having represented the better half of Oasis for more than a decade, he continues to deliver and build upon his legacy with his solo project The High Flying Birds. How important is this man to rock ‘n’ roll? Beatles’ producer George Martin described Gallagher as the “finest songwriter of his generation” and he recently won NME’s prestigious God Like Genius Award.

Noel Gallagher Photographed by Jason Miller-4-2

Gallagher has nothing left to prove in terms of his contributions to rock ‘n’ roll. So it’s enough to make a music fan ill reading some of the reviews for his latest record Chasing Yesterday. It’s difficult enough for a well written album review to shine through in a world taken over by peer-to-peer recommendations and user-generated reviews. It’s even worse when it’s written by a snarky over-opinionated critic who’s struggling to stay relevant. (By the way, the record has 74 five-star reviews on Amazon—and Pitchfork gave it a 5.9 which loosely translates to mediocre; not good, but not awful).

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TVD Asbury Park

Garden State Sound
with Evan Toth

All jokes aside, New Jersey is a pretty great place. While it has a lot to offer as a state, it also has a rich musical history of which many people remain unaware. Everyone knows Sinatra and The Boss, but there’s much more.

Tune in to Garden State Sound with Evan Toth to explore the diverse music with connections to New Jersey. You’ll 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.

“This week, Garden State Sound gets a little more in step with its proposed mission: to highlight and showcase music that the unwashed masses have not yet heard of. In that spirit, do enjoy: River City Extension, Hello Tokyo, The Battery Electric, In Our Glory, Ju-taun, and Nathalie Pires who—if all goes well—will be joining us next week.

Also riding the airwaves this week: Robert Randolph, Melody Gardot, and Blondie. C’mon, let’s get the music machine running and talk about how frustrating it is to run out of propane right before a BBQ!” —EZT

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The TVD Storefront

Graded on a Curve: Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane, Rough Mix

Ronnie Lane is a hardly a household name, but he is one of my all-time favorite rockers. Whether with the Small Faces, the large Faces, or his own band Slim Chance, Lane’s lovely and wistful voice was always a pleasure, whether he was singing sublime ballads like The Faces’ “Debris” or “Oh La La” or knocking off a hard rocker like the hilarious Faces tune “You’re So Rude.” The world didn’t know what it lost when Lane died at 51 after suffering for 21 years from multiple sclerosis. But I can tell you what it lost; a soulful and sweet soul whose bass work and vocals had an integral impact on not just one, but two great rock’n’roll bands.

Lane was a frequent collaborator with the likes of Pete Townshend, Steve Marriott, and Ronnie Wood (the two of them recorded the soundtrack to the 1972 Canadian film Mahoney’s Last Stand, and it’s a tremendous series of rave-ups despite its almost total lack of vocals). He recorded four LPs between 1970 and 1977 with Townshend, but three of them are hard-to-find tributes to their spiritual mentor Meher Baba, who lent his name to the great “Baba O’Riley.” Their fourth collaboration was Rough Mix, which was released in 1977 and featured an all-star cast that included Eric Clapton, John Entwistle, Ian Stewart, Charlie Watts, King Crimson’s Boz Burrell, the ubiquitous John “Rabbit Bundrick, and Medicine Head’s Peter Hope Evans. Why, even Townshend’s father-in-law, the noted British TV and movie soundtrack composer Edwin Astley, makes an appearance. Sly Stone is right; this one’s a family affair.

Lane and Townshend eschew rock for the most part, opting instead to mine the folk-rock vein, and it works. Lane wanted to collaborate on songs with Townshend but Townshend declined, and this collection of songs by two separate songwriters has a disparate feel, which is another way of saying it’s stylistically all over the map. But what holds it together is the passion both men pour into the songs, which stray from pure folk ballads to a pair of rave-ups to a handful of songs that defy easy definition, but show that both men showed up at the sessions—this despite the fact that Lane had just discovered he was ill—at the top of their game. No throwaways, in other words, or songs they didn’t think were good enough for their primary bands—they came to record great music, not just fuck around and jam.

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TVD New Orleans

Lyrics Born gets funky on Real People

“New Orleans is the first and last real music town in America. You can go out every night of the week, or even multiple times a day, and hear truly good music that is also local music.” That was one of the many reasons Bay area rapper Lyrics Born decided that he wanted to make an album steeped heavily in New Orleans music.

One of the latest artists to find inspiration in the sounds and sites of the Crescent City, his new album Real People, recorded locally at Galactic Studios, taps into the funky sound you hear bumping from cars and clubs all around town. “I was really inspired by the whole vibe here and I wanted to make a record that had that earthy, soulful feel,” he explained.

Ben Ellman and Robert Mercurio of Galactic produced the album and a myriad of New Orleans hard hitters make cameos in a way that is a bit reminiscent of a Lundi Gras Galactic show. “Ellman and Mercurio introduced me to this tight group of musicians they hang out with and from there it just kind of snowballed. I’ve got David Shaw (The Revivalists), Trombone Shorty, Corey Henry (Galactic), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on the record,” he said.

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The TVD Storefront

Graded on a Curve:
The Mothmen,
Pay Attention!

The UK post-punk impulse was a sizeable one, its prolificacy ranging from cornerstone acts to DIY obscurities. Landing somewhere in the middle is The Mothmen, their 1981 LP Pay Attention! holding the distinction of being the second entry in the discography of Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound label. Upon release it failed to find an audience and for years has basically been a footnote to a handful of larger success stories. In a classy move On-U Sound is giving the record a welcome vinyl reissue with bonus tracks on the download; it’s available May 29th.

In the realms of reissuedom can be found a steady stream of uninspiring and occasionally downright dubious choices, but when underappreciated, totally scarce and frequently pricey items are granted new life the endeavor is largely vindicated. Of course, proper credit should be given to the individuals with the good taste and foresight to have documented said recordings in the first place; in the case of Pay Attention! that someone is Adrian Sherwood.

A key architect in late-20th century music, Sherwood’s early productivity is nicely detailed on Sherwood at the Controls, Volume 1: 1979-1984 as recently compiled by On-U Sound, the long-extant label initially conceived by the artist to catalog his work as a producer. Amongst the names corralled by the 2LP are Maximum Joy, The Fall, The Slits, Shriekback, Mark Stewart and the Mafia, Annie Anxiety, Prince Far I, and African Head Charge.

A major aspect in Sherwood’s method was collaboration, often with musicians of Jamaican descent, and a main ingredient in his sonic recipe was the boundary pushing echo-sponginess of prime dub. The inaugural On-U Sound release (On-U LP 01) is the self-titled 1981 debut from The New Age Steppers; produced by Sherwood and featuring contributions from Bruce Smith and Mark Stewart of The Pop Group, Viv Albertine and Ari-Up of The Slits, Vicky Aspinall of The Raincoats, Vivien Goldman, and Steve Beresford, it fits exceedingly well into On-U Sound’s MO.

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The TVD Storefront

TVD’s Press Play

Press Play is our Monday recap (on Tuesday this week) of the new tracks received last week—provided here to inform your next trip to your local indie record store. Click, preview, download, purchase.

KOPECKY – Talk To Me
Gem And Eye – Roaring Twenties
Robbie Flanagan – The City Who Forgot
Secret Friend – Blue Sky
Code Pie – Rockets
C A R A L I S – Be Automatic
Oulipo – Blue Flames
Phantoms – Voyeur feat. Nicholas Braun

Storms – Girl

Gene Serene – Singularity
S2V – Spring Vibes
Instant Empire – Mind The Gap
Kevin Hunter – Fire Burning
Br Malie – Act Loco (Feat. Chrysace)
Falling Stacks – No Stops
Molly Moore – Natural Disaster (Win & Woo Remix)
Supastition – Flawless
RiFF RAFF x Yung Nation X Crichy Crich – Molly On My Chest (Remix)

3 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 5/26/15

Record Store Day announces Vinyl Tuesday: “Vinyl fans will have an even more ample opportunity to support independent record stores with the brand new collaborative effort Vinyl Tuesday.”

Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton Praises Vinyl Resurgence: ‘I Think It’s A Great Thing’

London record shop Music And Video Exchange to be turned into luxury hotel: The shop has been located on Soho’s Berwick Street for the past 20 years

“Classic Album Sundays and ZTT present a high end deluxe box set vinyl re-issue of The Art of Noise ‘Who’s Afraid Of The Art Of Noise’. Remastered from the original tapes and pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl, this re-issue will be pressed as a double 45rpm LP for the first time.”

Third record store in Columbia, Vinyl Renaissance, opens downtown: “A new record store, Vinyl Renaissance, had its grand opening Saturday at 16 N. Tenth St. Downtown Columbia now has three record stores — the others are Slackers and Hitt Records — within two blocks.”

Spectacular journey through time and space: Parisian record stores “…I often come across visual evidences of the activity of now disappeared record stores: illustrated sleeves, stickers, stamps, advertisements, postcards. That’s how I discovered that there used to be a lot of record stores all around Paris and had the idea of the website…”

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TVD Los Angeles

TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Try, try, try just a little bit harder / So I can love, love, love her, I tell myself / Well, I’m gonna try yeah, just a little bit harder / So I won’t lose, lose, lose her to nobody else. / Hey! Well, I don’t care how long it’s gonna take you now, / But if it’s a dream I don’t want / No I don’t really want it / If it’s a dream I don’t want nobody to wake me. / Yeah, I’m gonna try yeah, just a little bit harder / So I can give, give, give, give her every bit of my soul. / Yeah, I’m gonna try yeah, just a little bit harder / So I can show, show, show her love with no control. / Hey! I’ve waited so long for someone so fine / I ain’t gonna lose my chance, no I don’t wanna lose it, / Ain’t gonna lose my chance to make you mine, all mine. / All right, get it! Yeah!

Today is the day. The anniversary of that boring Friday before Memorial Day weekend of 2004. A day when I really just wanted to hide by myself here in the canyon. My big plan for the holiday weekend was to buy a new reclining deck chair and read a book by the pool.

Target had just opened up on La Brea and quite honestly I had never been to Target. I figured they might carry outdoor furniture. I’m not sure what the odds were that I would walk by the bowl section that late sunny afternoon.

Well, I never did find a pool chair at Target. I did bump into a friend, a special woman—and now we share a life, hopes, and dreams.

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TVD San Francisco

TVD Live Shots: The Jesus and Mary Chain
at the Warfield, 5/16

Photographed by Jason Miller-1

Do The Jesus and Mary Chain still matter? Of course they do. This groundbreaking Scottish band paved the way and drew the blueprint for some of the most innovatively original bands of the last two decades. The Raveonettes, BRMC, Catherine Wheel, and countless others pretty much owe their existence to the sound that the Reid brothers perfected. Last week The Jesus and Mary Chain celebrated the 30th anniversary of their seminal masterpiece Psychocandy by performing the record in its entirety for two sold out nights at The Warfied.

I totally missed this record when it came out back in 1985 as I was celebrating hair metal at the time (and still do actually), but I would later became a big fan. To be completely honest, Psychocandy wasn’t the record that pulled me in. I discovered the band for the first time when I heard Jim Reid sing “I wanna die just like Jesus Christ, I wanna die on a bed of spikes.”

Photographed by Jason Miller-1-2

It was 1992’s Honeys Dead and their stint on the Lollapalooza tour that year that pulled me in. I would later go back and revisit the critically acclaimed Psychocandy and even though I dig the record, I think Honey’s Dead and its follow-up, the terribly underrated Stoned and Dethroned, are superior records in every way. Maybe it’s a time period thing, I don’t know, but I just prefer the songwriting, the lyrics, the production, and the evolution of the band over those two records in particular. I think it was their creative peak.

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The TVD Storefront

Bob and Martha,
The TVD First Date

“My home was filled with classical Indian Carnatic tunes growing up; my mom would cook curry and sing along passionately.”

“I love-hated it because while I barely understood the words, the intonation was catchy and mesmerizing and invaded my mind at a very young age, filling me with meditative mantras. But being a typical little girl, the first tape I bought was the Spice Girls’ Spice. I knew every word of every song because I looked up the lyrics on some Geocities website and printed them out and I really really really wanna zig-a-zig ahh.

Middle school was a great time for music—No Doubt, Snoop Dogg, Weezer, TLC—pop music was and still is a great inspiration to me. I love music that is accessible and catchy and I try to pump some of these pop vibes into my own Bob and Martha melodies.

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