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We’ve closed up the shop for the President’s Day holiday. While we’re away, why not fire up our free Record Store Locator app and visit one of your local indie record stores?

Perhaps there’s an interview, review, or feature you might have missed? Catch up and we’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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TVD Los Angeles

TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

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You’ve heard of the great rock ‘n’ roll swindle? How about the great swindle of ’17? Turning on the news would be very scary save for the fact that we now have VICE News. Who would have thought our rich, Ivy league party pals would make it cool to watch the downfall of the United States?

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TVD Radar: Third Man Pressing shares grand opening details

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Third Man Records is set to open their highly anticipated pressing plant, Third Man Pressing to the public on Saturday, February 25th. Located in the heart of the Cass Corridor, Third Man Pressing brings a day filled with live music, freshly pressed all Detroit-centric limited edition vinyl, and tours. The event will be free and open to the public.

Let’s stage-dive straight into the live entertainment… Headlining will be none other than The Kings of Budget Rock… The Mummies! Writhe, thrive, twist and jive with the only band worthy to wear the tattered toilet paper they wrap themselves in… yes folks, Third Man is damn proud to host The Mummies in their first-ever Detroit appearance. But that is not all by a long shot — they’ll also have Memphis punk rock n roll bass-less legends The Oblivians preceded by the Mid-West Country stylings of Detroit and Third Man’s one and own, Craig Brown Band. Third Man Pressing will open at 10am, with live music starting at 2:30pm.

One of the most interesting aspects of the Third Man Pressing plant will be fans’ ability to watch records being pressed from the viewing platform within the TMR’s Cass Corridor record shop. Opening day will offer not only the chance to see records being pressed, but also the ability to purchase those records being pressed right in front of their eyes.

Third Man has lined up a great assortment of freshly pressed Detroit-centric LPs and 7″s that will be press in limited numbers / colors / packaging available for purchase ONLY at the pressing plant Grand Opening on Feb. 25th.

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TVD Radar: Bill Evans’ On A Monday Evening in stores 3/24

VIA PRESS RELEASE | In 1976, jazz pianist Bill Evans was in a class by himself. The New Jersey-born Evans had been recording as a leader for 20 years, and become a true force in modern music. When he went to perform in the Madison Union Theater at the University of Wisconsin on Monday, November 15, 1976 with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Eliot Zigmund, no one would have predicted that 40 years later the evening’s music would become one of the shining moments of all that Evans accomplished.

On A Monday Evening will be released by Fantasy Records, a division of Concord Bicycle Music on March 24 in vinyl, compact disc, and digital formats. It features eight songs performed that night in Madison, and exists thanks to two college-age deejays that recorded and archived the concert. Larry Goldberg and James Farber had interviewed Evans for the college radio station. Goldberg was able to use the station’s recording equipment to preserve the evening for posterity. Remastered from the original analog tapes and using the advanced technique of Plangent Processes for transfer and restoration, the recordings now present a stellar evening of jazz now available for the first time. The Bill Evans Trio is captured in full force at a pivotal moment in the pianist’s career.

In his astute liner notes, Grammy Award-winning writer Ashley Kahn says, “The Evans/Gomez/Zigmund union lasted just two years — Gomez being the first to depart in ’77 –yet it still stands as one of the pianist’s most distinctive and memorable groups. On A Monday Evening is a rare- high-fidelity snapshot of that association; as Zigmund points out, ‘There’s really nothing like that, a definitive live recording of that trio. So it’s great that there’s finally an official recording out that represents our live side.’”

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EBB and the Melodies play Chickie Wah Wah tonight, 2/17

Eric “Benny” Bloom is best known as the trumpet player for the high energy, touring band Lettuce, but he is a versatile musician interested in a wide variety of styles. On Friday night, he brings his local jazz ensemble to Chickie Wah Wah. The band features Kyle Roussel on keys, Jamison Ross on drums, and Jasen Weaver on bass.

Roussel first appeared on TVD’s radar playing with the venerable Dirty Dozen Brass Band. In an interview a couple of years back, the Dozen’s leader, Gregory Davis, praised Roussel for his youthful energy and focus. His first album as a leader won praise across the board for his inventive songs.

Jamison Ross is a drummer and vocalist par excellence who matriculated through the Jazz Studies program at Florida State University, got his masters at the University of New Orleans, and won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for drums in 2012. He is as formidable as a vocalist as he is as a drummer. His debut album was nominated for a Grammy.

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Laura Saggers, The TVD First Date and Premiere, “Surrender”

“So. I grew up surrounded by music. My dad, although lacking any form of actual musical ability at all, LOVED music and loved it LOUD. When I was a baby and crying in my bed for attention, my parents—who would throw big dinner parties for their friends—instead of rushing in to attend to me like doting helicopter parents that they refused to be, would simply…turn the music up. I soon snapped out of it.”

“My Dad invested heavily on vinyl, speakers, and amps. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of picking out a record, carefully opening up the plastic roofing of the record player and resting the disc on the velvety base, delicately fumbling with the little needle that I would always drop on the floor, placing it carefully on the disc, and sitting back as you listened to the silence of the anticipated scratching before the music kicked in with dulcet tones of Cliff Richards while my mom and I danced around the living room singing at the top of our voice ‘We’re all going on a summer holiday.’

My dad was more of a contemporary ’80s fan. Pink Floyd, George Michael, Sting, Simple Minds, Midnight Oil, Blondie, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, INXS to name but a few—with Carly Simon thrown in for good measure.

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Graded on a Curve:
Mott the Hoople,
Super Hits

I have always had a soft spot for crap “Super Hits” LPs. I know they’re déclassé exploitation packages designed to sucker the neophyte into parting ways with his hard-earned buck, and are the sort of thing your serious vinyl collector sniffs at haughtily before asking, “What reeks? Could it be this crass and repugnant straight-from-K-Tel-waste of perfectly good polyvinyl chloride resin?”

But I don’t care because I’m a crass bastard myself, and I’m totally down with those immortal purveyors of the cheap-o LP, K-Tel and Ronco Records. I gaze upon the Super Hits LPs of this world with a fond and benevolent eye. Shameless cash-ins they may be, but piss down on them from a great height or not, they serve a useful, and indeed necessary, societal purpose. To wit, they’re the perfect vehicles for the fan who likes a band but doesn’t want to buy eight of their LPs when she only loves one or two cuts off each of them.

Take Mott the Hoople. I love several of their albums to death, but should I listen to “All the Young Dudes” and then feel a sudden and irresistible hankering to listen to “Hymn for the Dudes” I have to take LP one off the turntable, fling it willy-nilly across the room, and put on LP two, and so on. Until what I’m faced with is a room with wall-to-wall polyvinyl chloride carpeting. Why, the very thought of putting all those LPs back in their jackets exhausts me. Hence the stupendous genius of the Super Evil Super Hits Konzept. Should I want to listen to “One of the Boys” followed by “Honaloochie Boogie” I needn’t raise the proverbial finger.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 2/17/17

Doncaster town centre record shop closes down due to “personal circumstances”: The Notorious Aardvark in Waterdale shut up shop at the end of last week, announcing its demise via its Facebook page. Store owner Simon Saynor wrote: “So that’s it, give or take an hour. The shop is no more. “We will still be selling on line with over 2000 items listed. Plenty more to add – I’ll have time to do that now. “Thank you to every single person who has shopped at The Notorious Aardvark Record Shop. It’s been emotional xxx”

Why the Family of Late Vinyl Café Host Stuart McLean Asks for Donations for Camp Kanawana: Stuart McLean would be the first person to seek out the upbeat amid the sadness. The beloved host of CBC Radio’s The Vinyl Café — also a bestselling author and award-winning humourist — died yesterday (Feb. 15) at age 68 after a battle with melanoma. Yet in death as in life, McLean brings the happiness. His family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Stuart McLean Camp Kanawana Fund which helps children and teens without the financial means to attend Camp YMCA Kanawana, a community where they learn to care for themselves, each other and the environment.

Vinyl makes comeback from near-extinction: Currently, the hottest and best-equipped place in Seoul to listen to vinyl discs is Hyundai Card Music Library in Itaewon. About 150 people daily visit the library, which has a collection of over 10,000 records and music-related books, and the line grows long on weekends when over 500 people come to explore music. The venue has six turntables and visitors can play records available on the shelves. “The Music Library opened in 2015 and it surely contributed to help Itaewon become a music-oriented district,” Hyundai Card’s global PR manager said.

Kindercore Records to Open Vinyl Pressing Plant in Athens: Kindercore co-founder Ryan Lewis teased the news with a series of Facebook posts over the past few days, and today the label posted the graphic seen above with the caption, “Music manufacturing coming to Athens, GA mid-2017.” If the Athens plant becomes a reality, it will join an exclusive club—there are only a few dozen currently-operating pressing plants in the whole world, with about 20 of those in the U.S.—and no doubt enjoy high demand. The resurgence of interest in vinyl over the past decade, paired with a lack of available pressing equipment, has led to massive backlogs at many record-manufacturing facilities.

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The Dig, The TVD First Date–and your chance to see them live in the city of your choice!

“My first record store was called Exile on Main Street. It was cleverly named as it was located on Main street in Mt. Kisco, NY where David and I grew up.”

“As a kid it was hugely intimidating. I didn’t feel quite cool enough to hang out there. To be honest I still don’t feel cool enough to hang at certain record stores. That part never really goes away. I felt way more comfortable and safe at Borders Book Store or this goofy shop called Digital Upgrade that only sold CDs. I bought CDs like The Offspring’s Smash and Salt N Pepa’s Very Necessary there.

When I was around 12 years old I started to build the avocados to browse the aisles of Exile. I would watch what other older skater kids would buy and try to seem cool and eventually had the cojones to buy a record after my dad got his old turntable working again. My first purchase there was Sly Stone’s Fresh—the one where he’s doing that badass karate kick or whatever you’d call it on the cover. I still have it, but those Salt N Peppa CDs are long gone.

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TVD Radar: John Carpenter’s The Thing OST by Ennio Morricone deluxe LP re-issued on Waxwork Records

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Waxwork Records is thrilled to present the deluxe soundtrack re-issue to 1982’s sci-fi horror classic, John Carpenter’s The Thing. Composed by the legendary Ennio Morricone, the soundtrack to The Thing is a landmark musical composition that is cold, dark, minimal, and effective.

Considered to be John Carpenter’s directorial masterpiece, The Thing is praised as one of the greatest films of its genre by both fans and critics. Starring Kurt Russell and A. Wilford Brimley, The Thing follows a team of researchers in Antarctica as they are infiltrated by a parasitic extraterrestrial lifeform that assimilates other organisms and then imitates them. The classic soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone effectively captures the cold, isolated tone of the story and film, and marks one of the few John Carpenter directed films that Carpenter did not score himself.

Waxwork Records worked for two years to ensure that such a highly anticipated and sought after vinyl soundtrack re-issue would meet and exceed expectations of the biggest fan of John Carpenter and his sci-fi / horror tour de force that is The Thing.

Features include the complete Ennio Morricone soundtrack re-mastered from the original master tapes, your choice of two different 180 gram colored vinyl variants, all new artwork by Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative, deluxe heavyweight packaging including satin coated old-style gatefold jackets with UV spot-gloss, and an 11” x 22” poster, a breakaway “ice” slipcase, and an exclusive interview with the director John Carpenter.

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