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TVD Radar: Humble Pie On 79th Street vinyl LP available only at UK’s Pie & Vinyl for RSDay

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Immediate Records presents Humble Pie On 79th Street, limited edition vinyl LP—a secret release for Record Store Day UK, April 21.

With Record Store Day fast approaching, you won’t find this special compilation LP by one of the UK’s most iconic bands in any store on April 21st. Except one. Humble Pie On 79th Street will only be available from Pie & Vinyl. Obvious? Or are we bucking the trend of Record Store Day in the manner that Andrew Loog Oldham, legendary founder of Immediate Records and Rolling Stones manager might have done? Or does this one-off LP celebrate the spirit of RSD more than any other release?

Inspired by the beautiful pied-piperess Katherine who led us all to Pie & Vinyl and discoveries that linked her vibrant, musical town of Portsmouth & Southsea, an amazing record store and the timeless sounds of Humble Pie to dramatic events in Southsea over 40 years ago that culminated in a truly local effort to press the LP in Portsmouth and have it on sale in Southsea for Saturday April 21.

Says Immediate Records reissue producer Rob Caiger: “Wouldn’t it be great if by doing all of this, a new fan on Record Store Day discovers Humble Pie – in Pie & Vinyl – and feels the same excitement hearing ‘Natural Born Bugie’ as I did in my own local record shop Downtown Records many years ago. There’s no better place to hear new sounds (however old…) then in a record shop—and that’s just one reason why we should celebrate Record Store Day.”

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TVD Radar: Nocturnal Projections, Complete Studio Recordings and Inmates In Images in stores 4/27

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Formed in Stratford, near New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1981, Nocturnal Projections was the explosive project of legendary and prolific brothers Graeme and Peter Jefferies (who would later form This Kind of Punishment before launching their solo careers), who along with friends Brett Jones and Gordon Rutherford, created some of the most energetic and influential avant-garde punk rock to emerge from the country.

Largely ignored during their tenure (but revered and referenced in the years after their breakup) and often compared to UK contemporaries like Joy Division, Comsat Angels, The Fall, or Wire, Nocturnal Projections stood well apart – never enjoying the luxuries of unlimited studio time, music videos or international fame, Nocturnal Projections possessed a driven, rough-hewn serrated edge that cut through the lot comparisons to the UK post-punk exports of the era. They were ahead of their time, completely singular, and for those that had the benefit of seeing Nocturnal Projections play live – formative, with a dedicated cult following to this day.

As residents of New Plymouth’s Lion Tavern during their first year as a band, they perfected their soaring, impactful live set locally (often as the only band, without an opener and 3 hours to fill!) before heading off to Auckland in January of 1982, performing with bands like The Fall, John Cooper Clarke, and New Order at venues like The Mainstreet Cabaret, The Rumba Bar, and Reverb Room. *The band recorded three EPs at Stebbing Studios in Auckland: The self-titled and self-released 7” single released April 1st of 1982, with the “Another Year” 12” EP following later that year. Their self-titled three song 12” was recorded in 1983, and released by the band posthumously that June, after the band called it quits. The Jefferies would move on and regroup with Rutherford and sound engineer Andrew Frengley shortly after the NPs fell apart to work under the This Kind of Punishment banner.

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Young Rising Sons,
The TVD First Date

“My earliest memory of my first introduction to music was my father blasting The Beatles’ Rubber Soul in our living room. My brother and I would dance around and sing along to “Drive My Car.” My father’s love for The Beatles, The Doors, The Dave Clark Five, and Herman’s Hermits would be passed on to my brother and me in the form of punk rock, hardcore, and hip-hop.”

“Growing up, my father used to frequent a record store called Wow! Music in the Hudson Mall, in Jersey City, NJ. He would always randomly browse and pick up any record that MIGHT seem like he would enjoy. I wouldn’t understand until later in life the satisfaction he would get watching his collection grow every week. It’s something that to this day, my brother and I would bond over with him.

Having an older brother who started DJing in the pre-Serato era made a huge impression on me when it came to hunting, purchasing, and collecting music. Browsing the used vinyl section and the $1–$5 crates of old records at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ, and Jack’s Music Shoppe in Red Bank, NJ not only became a hobby, but an obsession.

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Kimbra: In-store
with TVD at DC’s
Som Records

PHOTOS: RICHIE DOWNS | We trust that you’ve heard by now that this Saturday, April 21, 2018 is Record Store Day, which is for us less of a “Christmas” and more akin to Thanksgiving—a day to be thankful for the mom and pop, indie record shops that yes, see a spike in sales and foot traffic on this particular Saturday.

Now, if you’ve been paying attention, you’re aware that each year the Record Store Day folks choose an ambassador for the event—kindred souls who live and breathe the culture of both records and record stores. This year RSD has chosen rap duo Run the Jewels as its 2018 ambassadors, following Metallica, Jack White, Dave Grohl, Chuck D, Iggy Pop, and St. Vincent among others have also lent their support. In addition many countries across the globe choose their own special ambassadors.

Which got us thinking…heck, we’re here every day preaching the brick and mortar gospel and singing the praises of the bands and artists who press their music to wax—we might just merit a Record Store Day ambassador ourselves!

And as such, we’re delighted to announce that mega-talented, global recording artist Kimbra is our very own ambassador for Saturday’s shop-a-thon. Kimbra’s brand new release Primal Heart arrives in stores tomorrow, April 20, 2018—which means you can snap it right up on vinyl come Saturday! She’s also on tour with Beck into June.

Touring earlier this year in advance of Primal Heart’s release, she joined us for a record rummage at Washington, DC’s Som Records, and as you’ll see, she’s as knowledgeable as she is engaging and warm. And she’s got great taste in music too.

So, onward—we’re record shopping with Kimbra at Washington, DC’s Som records!

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Graded on a Curve:
New in Stores, April
2018, Part Four

Part four of the TVD Record Store Club’s look at the new and reissued releases presently in stores for April, 2018. Part one is here, part two is here, and part three is here.

NEW RELEASE PICKS: V/A, ACLU Benefit Compilation (Wharf Cat) As the annual RSD blitz nears, it’s important to keep things in context. That limited color vinyl 45 is cool, but the time in which we are living is, in numerous ways, quite uncool. Vital in the fight against fascism, racism, sexism, etc. has been the American Civil Liberties Union, and this 2LP is designed to aid them in continuing their heroic efforts. Featuring 22 tracks from a lineup including The Men, Alice Cohen, Palberta, Pop 1280, Merchandise, Profligate, and an outstanding piece for solo sax by Kate Mohanty (fittingly titled “Priorities”), the gist is contempo underground focused but with plenty of variety to be had. If you’re at all inclined to the scene, please make some idealistic young lawyers happy for the future of the planet. A-

Lloyd Green & Jay Dee Maness, Journey to the Beginning: A Steel Guitar Tribute to the Byrds (Coastal Bend Music) Folks who are understandably bonkers for Sweetheart of the Rodeo will likely know that Green and Maness contributed pedal steel to that album, the former an established Nashville scene guy and the latter a younger but studio-seasoned cat from L.A. For the album’s 50th birthday, the pair have gotten together to cut an instrumental tribute, and it’s a beauty. Rhythm, mandolin, and occasional fiddle adds richness in support, but it’s always Green and Maness’ show, and they hold the spotlight with grace and an obvious affection for the project. For the close, Jim Lauderdale, Herb Pedersen, Richie Furay, and Jeff Hanna deliver a swell vocal version of “You Ain’t Going Nowhere.” A-

REISSUE/ARCHIVAL PICKS: The Mekons, “Never Been in a Riot” & “Where Were You?” (Superior Viaduct) I’ve observed before that if, at this late date, you really want to find a punk record that matches the frequently lofted genre descriptors of “barely competent” or “attitude over technique,” then head straight for the 3-song ’78 debut by The Mekons, a disc that seems constantly on the verge of falling apart, at least until they arrive at the urban tribal chant of “Heart and Soul.” But it’s not an accident, it’s a conscious approach, and that’s part of what’s so thrilling. Now, if you want to hear growth from this foundation that doesn’t result in or even predict a betrayal of principles, and adds a violin for good measure, then that’s “Where Were You?” Two of the best punk-era singles ever waxed. A/ A

Willie Colón, Wanted by the FBI for the Big Break – La Gran Fuga (Get on Down) Colón’s reputation as one of the greats in the field of salsa is fully deserved. On this ’70 album, the trombonist-bandleader’s sixth for Fania (the label’s name a mark of quality), and with the crucial input of singer Héctor Lavoe, Colón does much to advance the style beyond its root as a dance-party music. Primarily through changes of tempo and tone, but also in the employment of space, this broadening is perceptible even to a casual salsa listener such as myself. Along with dual ‘bones in the lineup and Lavoe leading the vocal charge, rhythm is still king, but the bongos, congas, and timbales are handled with flair that transcends the maintenance of groove. The personal standout element is the piano of “Professor Joe” Torres. A

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 4/19/18

Your Austin Record Store Day field guide: Record Store Day is around the corner, and in its 11th year, it’s popularity is ever-increasing. Vinyl album sales in the United States increased by more than 1,000 percent over the past ten years. And junkies line up at stores’ openings to get their hands on rare and special releases from artists spanning all genres. It’s not unusual to be greeted by fellow eager fans, shop owners, music performances, free food and drink and more…“This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day,” organizers of Record Store Day said.

Your guide to Record Store Day Chicago 2018: Put the needle down and let the music flow: It’s time for the 2018 Record Store Day (RSD), held on Saturday April 21. RedEye has your guide for events at record stores around Chicago as well as releases featuring local musicians. For RSD, RedEye talked with Drew Mitchell, the co-owner of Pilsen’s 606 Records. When he opened the store in 2015 with Tim Unsell, Mitchell put his own collection (gathered over two decades) on sale. He now travels the world scoping out record stores and shares his love of music — and the vinyl format — with fans from near and far who stop by 606 Records, which also releases its own albums.

Vinyl Destination: San Diego Celebrates RSD: If record collecting is your thing, your very own holiday is right around the corner: The 11th annual Record Store Day (RSD) touches down at more than 240 independent music shops all across the globe on Saturday, April 21. Here in San Diego, there’s a great selection of stores to find the myriad wax treasures about to be rained down on the masses from both indie and major record labels alike. Hundreds of new, reissued, or exclusive titles will be offered up — many in small, limited pressings. Originally designed to appeal to collectors and support independent stores, RSD now attracts more than its share of resellers looking to make a quick buck…While the environment surrounding RSD has changed over the years, it still represents one of the biggest days of the year for local shops and it’s difficult to criticize an event that helps pay their bills. So, in that spirit, if you’re heading out on Saturday around town, make a point to return to those stores with some frequency throughout the year (if you’re not in the habit of doing that already).

Savannah: Record Store Day 2018–Celebrate indie business and music with some major retail therapy: Record Store Day, the occasion when vinyl collectors rush their local music shops in search of limited edition treasures, is upon us once more. In lieu of Black Friday roughhousing—wouldn’t want to shatter a jackalope antler at Graveface or crack a KISS bobble head at Rody’s—lies friendly competition and communing between musically-minded Savannahians. Best of all, Record Store Day, which was created in 2007 by a group of independent record store owners, literally exists to support small, local businesses and communities. It’s a way to celebrate the way music brings folks together through special events, rare picks, and killer sales. Among the pickers at this year’s participating locations, you’re sure to rub elbows with Savannah’s listening elite: the DJs of WRUU 107.5, Savannah Soundings Community Radio. We asked the station’s spinners to share their top RSD 2018 picks.

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TVD Radar: Cheap Trick, The Epic Archive Vol. 2 (1980-1983) in stores 6/1

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Cheap Trick fans positively inhaled our first batch of rarities, so we’re back with 16 more
 lost tracks from Rockford, Illinois’ finest! Except this time, Ken Sharp’s notes feature track-by-track commentary from Bun E.
Carlos, Tom Petersson, and Rick Nielsen…this collection is a deep dive into the Cheap Trick hive mind!

So let’s jump in… first up are three tracks taken from the 1980 EP “Found All the Parts,” including a live version of The Beatles’ “Day Tripper” with an instrumental nod to The Yardbirds’ “Shapes of Things.” Then comes the single “Oh Boy,” followed by the demo of “Loser,” which was recorded in 1980 but was written by Nielsen way back in 1976, all CD debuts.

Two live tracks, “The House Is Rockin’ (with Domestic Problems)” and “Way of the World,” from a New Year’s Eve 1979 show at the L.A. Forum raise the temperature, then comes the George Martin-produced single versions of “World’s Greatest Lover” and “Everything Works If You Let It.”

Two tracks, “Reach Out” and “I Must Be Dreamin’,” from the Heavy Metal soundtrack and the title song from the Spring Break soundtrack cover the Cheap Trick silver screen legacy, while the demo version of the classic “If You Want My Love” premieres on CD. The “Super New Dance Re-Mix” of “Saturday at Midnight” and “Short Version” of “Dancing the Night Away” also appear on CD for the first time, as does the last track, the b-side “Get Ready.”

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TVD Radar: The Quick, Mondo Deco reissue in stores 6/1

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Power Pop fans, the long wait is over! The Los Angeles mid-seventies post glam, pre-punk, power-pop band The Quick are set to re-issue their 1976 Mercury Records debut Mondo Deco as an expanded edition on June 1 from Real Gone Music. This will be the first time the album has ever been released on CD.

Mondo Deco’s original 10 tracks were produced by Kim Fowley and Earle Mankey (original Sparks guitarist and also engineer) at the Beach Boys’ Brother Studios. The Expanded Edition is now a jam-packed 21 tracks and features those tracks newly remastered by Bill Inglot plus an additional 10 demos (which got them signed to Mercury Records) and an unreleased bonus track. The package also includes a track-by-track commentary by band member Danny Benair, extensive liner notes by The Quick fan-club President (and Frontier Records head honcho Lisa Fancher), a new essay on the bands legacy and never-before-seen archival photos.

“We are really thrilled to be releasing The Quick’s debut album as an expanded edition,” said Gordon Anderson, Co-President of Real Gone Music. “It’s just hard to believe it took this long to be reissued before this as it’s such a key album in L.A. rock history. There is a unique mixture of glam, power pop, and punk…add to that the illustrious achievements of the various band members and Mondo Deco really is the missing link in the evolution of Southern California rock and roll.”

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Graded on a Curve:
The Masked Marauders,
The Masked Marauders

The history of rock’n’roll is littered with great scams and practical jokes that took on a life of their own; I give you Klaatu (they’re really The Beatles!) and the great 1969 tour of America by The Zombies (two separate bands toured the States at the same time, and neither was the real Zombies, who had broken up). And of course there are Self Portrait and Metal Machine Music, both of which stand as great practical jokes regardless of their makers’ true intentions.

But the grandaddy of all rock’n’roll swindles is the 1969 “bootleg” The Masked Marauders, which supposedly documents a top-secret supersession involving John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and other notables held at a top-secret location near Hudson Bay, Canada, which was supposedly produced by (it only figures) Mr. Supersessions himself, Al Kooper.

The whole affair started innocently enough with a practical joke of a record review concocted by Rolling Stone scribe Greil Marcus, but soon took on the dimensions of a conspiracy straight out of the mind of Thomas Pynchon. Writing under the pseudonym of T.M. Christian (swiped from Terry Southern’s The Magic Christian), Marcus penned a review of the nonexistent bootleg in which he extolled its myriad virtues, which included Dylan “displaying his new deep bass voice” on a cover of “Duke of Earl” and an eighteen-minute version of “Season of the Witch” on which Bobby “does a superb imitation of early Donovan.” The same song, gushed Marcus, “is highlighted by an amazing jam between bass and piano, both played by Paul McCartney.”

The sham might have ended there, but fate had other plans. An excited public wanted to know where it could find The Masked Marauders, and an emboldened Marcus (along with Rolling Stone editor Langdon Winner) went the next mile by sending San Francisco’s Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band into the studio to record a few singles from the imaginary album including the aforementioned “Duke of Earl,” the Stones parody “I Can’t Get No Nookie,” and the Nashville Skyline parody “Cow Pie.”

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Play Something Good with John Foster

The Vinyl District’s Play Something Good is a weekly radio show broadcast from Washington, DC.

Featuring a mix of songs from today to the 00s/90s/80s/70s/60s and giving you liberal doses of indie, psych, dub, post punk, americana, shoegaze, and a few genres we haven’t even thought up clever names for just yet. The only rule is that the music has to be good. Pretty simple.

Hosted by John Foster, world-renowned designer and author (and occasional record label A+R man), don’t be surprised to hear quick excursions and interviews on album packaging, food, books, and general nonsense about the music industry, as he gets you from Jamie xx to Liquid Liquid and from Courtney Barnett to The Replacements. The only thing you can be sure of is that he will never ever play Mac DeMarco. Never. Ever.

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