TVD Los Angeles

TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

At my house I’ve got no shackles / You can come and look if you want to / In the halls you’ll see the mantles / Where the light shines dim all around you / And the streets are paved with gold and if / Someone asks you, you can call my name

Staying positive and keeping one foot in front of the other has been my mantra this week.

I have to also stay watching The Yankees hasn’t hurt my old New York “bones” either. I know, I know—The Dodgers are “the Canyon” team of choice, but as a child I grew up rooting for the “pin-stripes” in October. In fact, I’m one of the few folks you’ll meet who stormed Yankee Stadium’s field after the Bronx Bombers won the 1977 World Series.

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TVD Radar: Jack White to keynote Making Vinyl Detroit, 11/6

VIA PRESS RELEASE | There’s no bigger champion of vinyl than Jack White and he will honor Making Vinyl with his presence on November 6 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel as the keynote speaker, capping a full day of sessions of experts discussing the astounding rebirth of the global record manufacturing industry.

Jack’s Third Man Pressing (TMP) is also Making Vinyl’s hometown sponsor and all delegates will have the opportunity to tour the new vinyl factory, which opened in February, on the afternoon of November 7. Additionally, TMP technicians will be on various Making Vinyl panels. “Jack White is the perfect keynoter for Making Vinyl because he knows first-hand what it takes to set up a new vinyl factory,” stated Bryan Ekus, president of Colonial Purchasing Co-op, the producer of Making Vinyl.

TMP is the latest piece of White’s vertically integrated music-making empire. He’s ushered in such “nothing-can-stop-us” innovations as the “World’s Fastest Record” (the fastest studio to store recording ever made which was released Record Store Day 2014) to shooting a playing phonograph into space for Third Man Records’ 7th anniversary in July 2016. The record? TMR’s single release of Carl Sagan’s “A Glorious Dawn.”

Always achieving new levels of vinyl manufacturing ingenuity, White’s solo album Lazaretto—the biggest selling vinyl album of 2014 and the biggest selling vinyl album in a single year in the SoundScan era—at various places on the record played at 33, 45, and 78-rpm, among other astounding features.

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TVD Radar: 7-inches for Planned Parenthood in stores 11/17

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Earlier this year, members of the creative community announced 7-inches for Planned Parenthood, a curated series of 7-inch vinyl records and digital downloads to benefit Planned Parenthood. Today, we are excited to announce that the digital version will be made available on October 20th, while the full physical boxset will be available November 17th.

The box set includes new or never released tracks from Foo Fighters, Sharon Van Etten, and Sleater-Kinney as well as exclusive performances from comedians Jenny Slate, Zach Galifianakis, and Tig Notaro, spoken word by Dr. Willie Parker and Margaret Atwood, collaborations from St. Vincent and John Legend, and so much more.

The creative collective behind 7-inches for Planned Parenthood states: “Lawmakers with extreme views are working hard to shut down Planned Parenthood. If they succeed, millions of Americans will lose access to basic health services, including STD testing and treatment, birth control, and life-saving cancer screenings.

7-inches for Planned Parenthood is a response to this threat. This curated series of 7-inch vinyl records is being made by a group of people who believe that access to health care is a public good that should be fiercely protected. Do we know there’s a joke in the name? We do. We hope the title evokes the rich history of 7-inch vinyl records as a medium for protest music and resistance.

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TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Robert Plant, Carry Fire Test Pressing

What’s more rare than a Led Zeppelin reunion tour? Why, that would be a test pressing of Robert Plant’s brand new LP Carry Fire—however we have one to give away to one of you. First, some official background on the new release which is in stores right this very moment:

Robert Plant’s new album, Carry Fire, is out now on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records. To pick up a copy, head to your local record store, iTunes, Amazon, and the Nonesuch Store, and listen now on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.

The new album is “transfixing,” exclaims NPR’s Tom Moon. “Plant and his collaborators create music that overflows with irrepressible life force … Carry Fire is rivetingly intimate.”

“There are few undisputed rock stars this accomplished still taking musical risks,” exclaims the Associated Press reviewer Mark Kennedy. “Plant’s songwriting remains a class above, even as he nears 70. ‘Out here the fire’s still burning / So long into my night,’ he sings. Long may it burn.”

Plant discussed the roots of the album with the New York Times’ Jonathan Ringen, who calls it “a swirling mix of deep blues, mountain music, North African rhythms, and Zeppelin-heavy weight … The result is a heady, autumnal record, blending Mr. Plant’s early influences … blues-fueled riffs, Berber sounds and Bristol trip-hop sonics.”

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Gollay, The TVD First Date and Video Premiere, “Built For Love”

“My first experience with vinyl records was through my parents’ hifi system growing up—classic rock and pop like the Beatles in all their various forms, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Cyndi Lauper. My dad used to put Stray Cats’ Built for Speed on while I rollerbladed laps around our unfinished basement.”

“The first vinyl I bought for myself wasn’t until college in the mid 2000s, when the format started to come back into vogue and it became increasingly common to find new 7” singles and LPs at merch tables. I picked up a copy of Midlake’s Trials of Van Occupanther at Recycled Books in Denton, Texas, where the band hails from. It endures as one of my favorite full-length records.

In that vein, as I cultivate a modest collection, I tend to “reserve” vinyl for my most beloved albums and artists: Miriam Makeba’s Pata Pata, St. Vincent’s Strange Mercy, Owen Pallett’s Heartland, Neko Case’s Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, J Dilla’s Donuts. Pouncing on reissues I hear about online makes it easy to zero in on what I’m looking for, but picking my way through the vinyl sections of any shop I come across satisfies the searching-for-hidden treasure impulse.

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Graded on a Curve:
Dave Matthews Band,

I am listening to Crash by Dave Matthews Band. I can only liken the experience to sticking my head in a big boiling bowl of suck. Why, you may ask, am I doing this? I’ll be damned if I know. I have always hated the Dave Matthews Band. Matthews’ unique brand of wussified jerk wank is anathema, the very essence of pure unadulterated pussification. My sister-in-law went to a Dave Matthews concert once and ended up in a hair-pulling tussle with another woman. The music of Dave Matthews has this effect on people.

1996’s Crash is often lauded as the best LP by the Dave Matthews Band, but this is rather like calling Mussolini the best dictator of the mid-Twentieth Century. What you’re really saying is it’s the least awful Dave Matthews Band LP. But awful is awful no matter how you slice it, and Matthews’ frat boy take on the jam band “Konzept” does for the Grateful Dead what Charles Manson did for hippies—namely, make people flee for their lives from what was theretofore a relatively benign cultural phenomenon. Seemingly sane humans are always telling me you have to see Matthews live to “get him.” Maybe so. But I would submit that the same can be said about a catastrophic plane crash. I think I’ll stick to watching Alive for the 97th time, thank you very much.

I suppose the reasons for hating the Dave Matthews Band vary from person to person, so I’ll come right out and say the reason I hate the Dave Matthews Band is I can’t stand the quirky way words emerge from Dave’s mouth. In any given song the first word may come out with a horrifying pop and the next word may come out all frat boy funky and then comes some over-earnest crooning and on it goes in a rapid timbre-shifting gush of vocal splooge designed to test my admittedly low pain threshold. Which is just another way of saying his vocal style is idiosyncratic and uniquely irkifying, which isn’t a word but sums up the effect Matthews’ vocal quirks have on my poor brain, which never stood a chance because a clearly vengeful God saw fit to give me ear holes running straight to it.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 10/20/17

Mt. Lebanon residents open Get Hip Record Store: Mt. Lebanon residents Gregg Kostelich and Barbara Garcia-Bernardo announced the grand opening of their new Get Hip Record Store on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. A grand opening event is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 21, featuring live music from 7 to 9. New Orleans garage-psych band Bipolaroid will be preceded by Pittsburgh rockers Gas Tiger, and DJ Flipside Scotty will spin vintage records throughout the evening. The store is located one floor below the Get Hip Recordings label headquarters, 1800 Columbus Ave.

INTERVIEW: Paul Raper, Co-Owner, SingleShot Vinyl Records & Coffeehouse: Youngsters and students seem to have gone past the digital age – they still listen to things digitally when they’re on the move, but they want to hold a physical copy of something again. The older generations have always had that, they’ve always been able to appreciate it, but this is something that younger fans have re-discovered, or even discovered for the first time. It doesn’t tend to be CDs any more, there’s a kind of love and a nostalgia about records, that sense that something has been loved by someone else before you. We get stuff in from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s and you’ll often see little messages written on the liner notes, perhaps birthday messages. We don’t get rid of that, it’s part of this history!

Mainline Records takes over Disc-O-Rama space in the Village, open now: Manhattan has a new record store, Mainline Records, which opened a couple weeks ago in the Village in the old Disc-O-Rama space at 44 W. 8th St (between Macdougal and 6th Ave). The store is owned by Bob Perry, who bought Boston’s Cheapo Records last year, and they’re planning on a mix of secondhand records and new stuff too — they have CDs too. Regular record shoppers may recognize a few faces behind the counter, including Chris Vanderloo from Other Music who is helping get the store up and running just in its opening weeks.

Why Vinyl Matters: musicians, producers and record label gurus make the case: Last year, vinyl sales hit a 25-year high in the UK. Both young and old people ditched digital and snapped up the physical format of their favourite albums. But why? A new book, by cratedigger extraordinaire Jennifer Otter Bickerdike hopes to answer that very question. She’s spent the past 12 months or so chatting to a load of famous vinyl heads – including Lars Ulrich, Fatboy Slim and Tim Burgess – to get their opinion on the matter. Here’s what they said.

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Soul pop guitarist
Jackie Venson brings Transcends to Howlin’ Wolf’s the Den, 10/22

Fresh off a tour with fellow Austin, Texas guitarist and vocalist Gary Clark Jr. with whom she has been compared, Jackie Venson will bring her powerful stage presence, mesmerizing voice, and hot guitar licks to the Den at the Howlin’ Wolf on Sunday night.

Venson’s new album, Transcends, features compositions that highlight an increased focus on her songwriting. Picking up the guitar in only 2011 during her final year at the Berklee College of Music where she studied classical piano, the focus since has been solely on her guitar work.

Last year, she released Jackie Venson Live to rave reviews from Guitar Player magazine and the Austin Chronicle among others, as well as a spot on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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TVD Radar: Making Vinyl proud to host delegates from Japan, China, New Zealand,
and Europe

VIA PRESS RELEASE | A worldwide “who’s who” of the pressing industry will be on the “big plant” panel, represented by venerable powerhouses who never gave up on the format, including United Record Pressing (Nashville, TN), Furnace MFG (Fairfax, VA), GZ Media (Czech Republic), MPO (France), Rainbo Records, and Record Technology Inc. (both Californian).

Making Vinyl will also feature representatives among those who recently took the vinyl plunge, such as our hometown Detroit host and sponsor, Jack White’s Third Man Pressing facility (all attendees get a tour), Memphis Record Pressing, Furnace Record Mfg. (Virginia), Quality Record Pressing (Kansas), SunPress Vinyl (Florida), Cascade (Oregon) and Micro Forum (Toronto).

Who’s outfitting all these new pressing plants? At Making Vinyl, representatives from the new pressing machinery vendors, including Viryl Technologies and Pheenix Alpha, as well as galvanic system specialist Digital Matrix together with vinyl suppliers, Resinoplast, CAF & Sabic. We’ll also get perspectives from record labels and independent retailers, as well as market researcher BuzzAngle on why Record Store Day’s double-digit growth over the past decade shows that the vinyl boom is here to stay.

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TVD Radar: Erykah Badu-curated Fela Kuti Vinyl Box Set #4 in
stores 12/15

VIA PRESS RELEASE | In the post-colonial history of Nigeria no figure has stood out as clearly as that of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. His courage was legendary. His music was sublime. His message, always delivered with a wry humor, was a clarion call that echoes through time and, twenty years after his passing, still possesses a searing relevance to the ills of society, not just in Nigeria but throughout the world.

This week, around Fela’s birthday, his life, times and music are remembered and honored by the legions of his admirers in a series of Felabrations that take place across Europe, America, Canada, and in such far-flung spots as Jakarta, Osaka, and Reykjavik. In Nigeria itself a week-long series of events takes place, attended by many thousands and animated by a host of artists, unknowns to superstars, who come to pay homage to the late, great, Fela.

His catalogue of more than 50 albums are distributed worldwide, both physically and digitally while, in recent years, to acknowledge the resurgence of interest in listening to music by way of vinyl, a series of deluxe box sets have been released, curated by Fela’s most ardent fans.

The first was by Questlove, celebrated drummer of The Roots, the second by Ginger Baker, drummer with the super group, Cream, the third by legendary producer Brian Eno, and now the fourth curated by world-renowned songstress, Erykah Badu will be released December 15, 2017 on Knitting Factory Records.

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