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.

“It’s unreal and never really surprising who is from NJ. Though not originally born in the Garden State, Ben E. King resided for many long years in Teaneck, NJ. This week, we celebrate some of his timeless tunes in light of his passing just last Thursday. Additionally, we offer up some tickets to see Nils Lofgren and Butch Walker.

We also rock out with the Battery Electric, cull the MTV archives with The Catholic Girls, and enjoy some diva balladeering with Alus. Join us on Garden State Sound: the ORIGINAL place to hear a mixed bag of Jersey Fresh goodness!” —EZT

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UK Artist of the Week: Adam Cleaver

Adam Cleaver is a 24 year old folk singer/songwriter with a lot to give. Having already played London’s open mic circuit for a number of years, Adam is now ready for bigger and better things and he’s hit the nail on the head with his latest release, “The Salt Mine.”

The track is beautifully performed from start to finish; filled with luscious guitar licks and Adam’s hauntingly delicate and rich vocal, not far from the likes of Thom Yorke and Chris Martin in parts.

In 2013 Adam met Matt Harris of HAWK fame and the pair began working together. His debut EP “Boxed and Braised” received support from Jon Kennedy at XFM and Amazing Radio. His second EP is due for release in Autumn 2015.

“The Salt Mine” is released on June 15th via Veta Records.

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The TVD Storefront

Graded on a Curve:
Cat Stevens, The Best
of Cat Stevens

I commuted my first year of college, generally with a guy I’ll call A. A. looked a bit like Art Garfunkel, which was already a strike against him, but what made commuting with him almost unbearable was that he insisted upon constantly playing Cat Stevens. I hated Cat Stevens because he wrote songs as delicate as the bones of hummingbirds that were beloved by wimps but caused me inestimable mental anguish, and if tenderhearted A. hadn’t thrown Neil Young’s Zuma into the mix once every blue moon, I might well have murdered him.

Why, just the titles of Cat’s albums were fey. Tea for the Tillerman? Buddha and the Chocolate Box? Whatever. All I knew was back in the seventies the girls of my acquaintance loved him, because he was as fragile as a butterfly wing and wrote songs that made them cry. They made me cry too, but for different reasons. And he would have gone on, wrenching tears from the eyes of young girls, had he not pulled a wild one by embracing a particularly rabid strain of Islam, changing his name to Yusuf Islam, and retiring from music shortly thereafter. Which was cool with me; I certainly wasn’t going to miss him, and while I think religion is the cause of many of the world’s problems, people have (or so we’re told) free will.

What wasn’t cool was his fundamentalism (hate the stuff), which landed him in one humdinger of a controversy when he agreed with the fatwa to kill Salman Rushdie for writing The Satanic Verses. Stevens/Islam told a roomful of university students, “He must be killed. The Qur’an makes it clear—if someone defames the prophet, then he must die.” He dug his hole a bit deeper during a subsequent appearance on British television, where he said Rushdie deserved to die and, upon being asked whether he would join in a protest to burn Rushdie in effigy, replied, “I would have hoped that it’d be the real thing.” He later attempted to write off his comments as “part of a well-known British trait… dry humor on my part.” Yeah, right, Yusuf; you’re a regular P.G. Wodehouse.

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TVD’s Press Play

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

Patrick James – California Song
The Dirty Blonde – Take You Under
Josh Gilligan – Old and Tired Ground
Snowbride – Ama, Star of the Ocean
Grave Babies – Eternal (On & On)
Boeoes Kaelstigen – Any Higher (feat. Asha Ali)
Paper Anthem – Cardboard Cove
Bel Heir – Throw Me In The River (Ouros Remix)
Grizzly Business – Rich Girls
Graham Czach – Out of the Dark

The Smoking Trees – Home In The Morning

Blind Lake – Walk beside me
stickybackplastics. – Psycho Dreamer (Remastered Version)
Nightmare Fortress – A Life Worth Leaving
Go Periscope – Wait For You
The Drums – Kiss Me Again (RAC Mix)
Chicos – Hooked (Lefti Remix)
Fort Knox Five – Pressurize The Cabin (feat Vokab Kompany)
Epic Empire – O.Y.S Feat. LikeBerry
Nightmare Fortress – A Life Worth Leaving
Nite School Klik – Posse

6 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 5/4/15

Record fan collects every UK chart hit in history: Keith Sivyer bought every new release from 1952 until February this year. Now his extraordinary collection is going under the hammer

Underground Europe—a unique record fair and swap in Berlin: “…visitors of Underground Europe will mostly find vinyl records from DIY-labels ran out of the bedroom with pressings that usually don´t exceed three digit numbers. There will be mailorders, labels and record stores from all over Germany, but also from the United States, Italy or even Peru.”

Decca artist launches mobile record shop: “The Nathan Carter Mobile Record Shop will travel across the country, stopping at towns without record shops and giving ‘in-store’ performances along the way…”

A Technical Review of Vinyl Records: “Let’s start with a quick rundown of how vinyl records work and how they differ from everything else today…”

Vinyl attraction draws fans to fair: “Secondhand sales are huge and the value is going up and up.

Tee Cardaci Working as a DJ in Rio de Janeiro: A California native, Cardaci’s career was born from a love of music and from a hobby of collecting vinyl records. “I started collecting records when I was really young, like 7 or 8,” said Cardaci…”

Vinyl records are like a rotary phone, passed over in a digital age: “RIP records. Technology is about moving forward, not looking back … or so I thought.

Huntingdon Oxfam’s record disc sale: “I am very pleased to say that a customer came in first thing this morning and bought £500 of vinyl, including Kip of the Serenes by Dr Strangely Strange and S F Sorrow by The Pretty Things.”

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TVD Los Angeles

TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

As I like to say in the morning, “Wakey bakey.” “May day, may day!”

Today is May 1. I don’t care what the temp is or where you are in this hemisphere, it’s springtime—time to psychologically wake from winter’s mindset. “Let it bloom” is the mindset behind this week’s Idelic Hour playlist.

I was reading a recent review of the Roxy Music catalog on 180 gram vinyl. The reviver said Manifesto was underrated. I listened to it from start to finish and thought about 1979 and about what records I was digging in the spring of that year. This Ferry ballad popped into mind:

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TVD Washington, DC

TVD Presents Analog Soul Club, Funk Parade Edition, Den of Thieves, 5/2 from Noon-5

Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday that the inaugural U Street Funk Parade invaded the heart of DC’s 14th and U Street corridor with its enthusiastic celebration of the multi-ethnic and diverse gumbo that’s at the heart of DC’s thriving music community.

Although not officially ON U Street last year, its spirit was pervasive—and persuasive enough to shut down U this year for the procession, and we’re delighted to have a hand in helping you rev your spirits—with spirits and records—prior to the parade.

Join us this Saturday, May 2 for TVD Presents the Analog Soul Club at Den of Thieves at the heart of 14th and U Streets, NW. We’re spinning nothing but vinyl from Noon to 5, just before the parade. It’s FREE, so pop in, have a hang, groove to some tunes, and lively up yourself to hit the streets. Here’s who is joining us on the decks all day:

NOON-1:00 PM, Crown Vic | Electric Cowbell Records label boss and TVD editor-at-large spins selections of “weird world” music. Vintage analog grooves pull up to the bumper of a shiny new day. DJ Crown Vic, aka Jim Thomson, runs the Electric Cowbell record label, promotes concerts as Multiflora Productions, and is a partner of the online independent record label consortium known as Independent Grand. He’s a founding member of both GWAR and Bio Ritmo and currently plays drums with the DC-based psych-punk-dance group, Time Is Fire.

1:00 PM-2:00 PM, Ty Hussell | Director of the Sitar Arts Center music program, Ty Hussell is a longtime DC analog selector who adds all the fun of live percussion to his sets that always include generous portions of soul, disco, boogie, Latin, Brazilian, African, Jamaican, and global sounds.

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The TVD Storefront

TVD Video Premiere: Buffalo Rodeo,
“Blue Sky”

Nashville indie gems Buffalo Rodeo follow up their outstanding EP, “123 Water” with the brand new video for “Blue Sky.”

We have the pleasure of premiering the achingly retro video from the thumpy psych rockers who look and sound like the love child of Broken Bells and Brian Jones Town Massacre. The ’60s vibes are thick, the distortion heavy, but Buffalo Rodeo produces gold nugget pop that is interesting and yes, even sexy.

If you haven’t already, grab their EP here and give yourself a moment with songs like “Lana (Del Rey)” and “All Ears.” The jangling tracks both feature great female and male vocals and woozy hooks. I’m certainly looking forward to hear what they come up with next.

Buffalo Rodeo Official | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp

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Amy Fleisher Madden author, A Million Miles, The TVD First Date

“My relationship with vinyl is a weird one… the first record I really owned was a record that I pressed.”

“By the time I was born my parents had donated all of their vinyl to a local library (how lovely of them) and my father was determined to have THE BEST sounding stereo system that he could blast Steely Dan or the soundtrack from Back to the Future on. The audio components were probably flecked with graphite, like everything in the 80’s was. My first real “punk” friend was named Tim. He had a record player in his room and he’d blast Operation Ivy in the morning before school when he had to do his chores. I didn’t know how to operate a record player and when he’d tell me to put on whatever I wanted, I would get nervous about the needle and the arm and the spinny thing—so I just would play Operation Ivy over and over again. They were one of my favorite bands when I was 15, but this bordered on obsessive.

Sometime after meeting Tim and becoming completely obsessed with everything musical, the idea of starting a record label entered my mind. This was 1996, and all young bands put out 7”s… not CDs. So after I swallowed the vomit pooling in my throat and asked a band to be on my label, I began the task of pressing my first record. I didn’t dare tell anyone that I had never really PLAYED a record before. In fact, I think this might be the first time I’m telling anyone this, ever. Way to spill the beans on a first date, eh?

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TVD New Orleans

Our Jazz Fest Picks for the Second Weekend,
5/2 and 5/3

We are in the home stretch. Since Jazz Fest doesn’t release daily attendance numbers, it will be all about perception as to whether this Saturday, with headliner Elton John, ends up being more crowded than last Saturday with The Who. Here are our picks for the second weekend. The full Saturday lineup is here.

As with last Saturday getting an early start is imperative to minimizing your time waiting in various lines. Start your day with saxophonist Khris Royal and Dark Matter. He plays with George Porter, Jr. and lots of other bands. Dark Matter is a genre-defying act that can play virtually any style. Since they are opening the day on Congo Square, I would expect the sound to be more funk than jazz.

Helen Gillet has a long time slot beginning at 12:45 PM on the Lagniappe stage. Considering how wide her musical interests are, from French vocal music to avant-garde cello stylings, lots of time is nothing but a good thing. Last year, her set was positively mesmerizing as she looped her own vocals and cello and created something unique.

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