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We’re seeking interns for the Winter 2017 semester

They come, they go—every 6 months or so it seems, leaving an indelible mark at TVD and on their own careers. Some depart to labels. Some are drafted by PR firms. Hell, some even stay on as TVD editors from their own home city—they’re just that good.

We’re seeking bright, self motivated, articulate future music industry professionals to join our team on the content side as well as the marketing and social media outreach that informs the day to day at TVD. Candidates need not be in Washington, DC where we’re based to be considered—just be awake when we are.

Interested? Drop us an email introducing yourself.

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TVD Los Angeles

TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

They took the whole Cherokee nation / Put us on this reservation / Took away our ways of life / The tomahawk and the bow and knife / Took away our native tongue / And taught their English to our young / And all the beads we made by hand / Are nowadays made in Japan…

So much has been said about the protests at Standing Rock, North Dakota. Well, I should say so many posts have been made on Facebook. Honestly I really don’t know much of the facts. What I do know is state troopers are standing down Native Americans.

Our Native Americans are people who used to live free, worship, and respect the land, plants and animals. This “land” is our country and they should be treated as sacred, let alone as scabs. Sadly with “the Donald” coming into power, there’s even more to think about than a 21st century Wounded Knee.

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Graded on a Curve:
Neil Young,
Tonight’s the Night

On 1974’s Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (a band that was hoovering so much coke at the time they became known as “The Frozen Noses”) cash cow reunion tour, Neil Young fought to include a frenetic tune he’d written about the Manson Family, “Revolution Blues.” Unfortunately, the song’s incendiary lyrics (“I got the revolution blues/I see bloody fountains/And ten million dune buggies/Comin’ down the mountains/Well, I hear that Laurel Canyon is full of famous stars/But I hate them worse than lepers/And I’ll kill them in their cars”) so unnerved counterculture scaredy-cat David “Almost Cut My Nose Hair” Crosby that he was afraid to play it. Thought Squeaky Fromme might come after him. As for the rest of the band, they found it too much of a bummer. As Young himself put it, “They all wanted to put out the light, y’know, make people feel good and happy and everything, and that song was like a wart or something on the perfect beast.”

Neil Young was far from “good and happy and everything” at the time. He had come to regard the success of “Heart of Gold” as a curse–as he famously wrote in the liner notes to greatest hits LP Decade, “[“Heart of Gold”] put me in the middle of the road. Travelling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride but I saw more interesting people there.” Worse, he’d lost two close friends, CSN&Y roadie Bruce Berry and Crazy Horse guitarist and vocalist Danny Whitten, to heroin overdoses, and their deaths had hit him hard.

The result, which came at the recommendation of The Band’s Rick Danko, was 1975’s Tonight’s the Night, one of the darkest, sloppiest, most-wasted-sounding and greatest LPs ever made. Indeed, the album–which was recorded by a scratch band Young dubbed The Santa Monica Flyers, who included Crazy Horse’s Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina on bass and drums respectively, Nils “Grin” Lofgren on guitar and piano, and Ben Keith on pedal steel guitar–was so slapdash-sounding, unrepentently out of key, and unremittingly bleak that the mortified execs at Reprise, Young’s record label, not only refused to handle it without gardening gloves, but declined to release it for two years.

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TVD New Orleans

Pat McLaughlin to
play 2 nights at Chickie Wah Wah, 12/4–12/5

Nashville based singer/ songwriter Pat McLaughlin will be appearing at Chickie Wah Wah on Sunday, December 4 and Monday, December 5. The first evening will feature three of New Orleans’ most in demand sidemen, drummer Carlo Nuccio, bassist Rene Coman, and guitarist John Fohl. On Monday, December 5, McLaughlin will be appearing as a special guest with fellow singer/ songwriter Alex McMurray.

McLaughlin is visiting the city as a member of the legendary John Prine’s touring band. They are playing Friday, December 1 at the Saenger Theater and Saturday night at the Saenger Theater in Mobile. However, McLaughlin is no stranger to the Crescent City. He has been a regular visitor for decades and in the late 1990s, he was a member of the super group, Tiny Town, which featured Tommy Malone and Johnny Ray Allen of the subdudes along with drummer Kenneth Blevins.

During the 1970s, McLaughlin honed his craft in San Francisco and Boston before relocating to Nashville and releasing his first album in 1980. By the late 1980s, McLaughlin was developing a stellar reputation as a songwriter in the world of country music. He earned his first country music award in 1988 for the song, “Lynda,” which was recorded by Steve Wariner. In 1992, Tanya Tucker and Delbert McClinton had a hit with McLaughlin’s song, “Tell Me About It.”

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TVD Radar: Chicago II, The Steven Wilson Remix in stores, 1/27

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “More than 40 years after its debut, Chicago II still sounds like nothing else. Released in 1970, Chicago’s second album brims with confidence and inspiration as it draws on everything from orchestral music to heavy rock. Although it never affected the record’s popularity – it peaked at #4 on the album chart and spawned a trio of Top Ten hits – many fans have longed for a more-nuanced mix. That wish is about to come true with a new stereo version created by British musician and producer Steven Wilson.”

Chicago II, The Steven Wilson Remix will be available January 27 on CD for $14.98. The newly remixed album will also be released as a double-LP set later next year for $31.98. Chicago II has been remixed before, but never like this. For the first time, a stereo remix from the 16-track multi-track tapes made it possible for Steven Wilson to bring out elements that were muffled or submerged in the mix. The result is a new stereo version of Chicago II that boasts clearness, punch and definition that it didn’t have before.

Wilson explains: “Working with high-resolution 96K/24 bit digitally transferred files, I had every element from the recording sessions isolated, which meant I was able to rebuild the mix from the drums upwards, recreating as closely as I could the equalization, stereo placement, reverbs, other effects, and volume changes of each individual instrument or vocal – but at the same time looking to gain definition and clarity in the overall sound.”

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Aly Tadros,
The TVD First Date

“Where I grew up, record players weren’t really a thing.”

“I came of age in South Texas in a town where and Top-20 Radio ruled. The first tape I ever bought was Britney Spears’s breakout single, “Hit Me Baby.” The only music my parents we listened to at home was classical music on the local Catholic radio station or, on special occasions, the Gypsy Kings. My family’s music taste was, in short, tragically uncool. Outside of the occasional odd reference on Nick at Night, I never really understand the purpose of a record players. Weren’t CDs the wave of the future?

The first record I ever listened to was Tom Waits’ Blood Money, camped out in a my buddy’s apartment in downtown San Antonio, Texas. “There is NO other way to listen to this album. The fidelity is incomparable,” he told me; but to be honest I couldn’t really tell if it was the vinyl that intensified the croon in Tom’s voice in “Everything Goes to Hell,” or the massive amount of pot we had just smoked. I just didn’t get what the big deal was.

Then I moved to Brooklyn.

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Graded on a Curve:
Neil Young,
Time Fades Away

Neil Young’s years spent “in the ditch” (his words) remain, for me, the most vital of his entire career. As the hippie dream fell apart so did Young, and on albums such as 1975’s Tonight’s the Night (a “howling facedown with heroin and death itself,” in the critic Robert Christgau’s words) and 1973’s live Time Fades Away Young proceeded to disintegrate, sick unto death with the deaths of his junkie friends and dissatisfied with the folk-rock box he’d put himself in with 1972’s mellow Harvest, the LP that made him a superstar.

On Tonight’s the Night the songs bear an almost unbearable weight of sorrow, and Young’s mournful wildcat yowl is a million miles away from the peaceful vibes of Harvest; one can only imagine what Harvest’s diehard fans must have thought of it, just as it’s hard to imagine what his concert-going fans made of the never-before heard songs on Time Fades Away, on which Young and his Stray Gators ripped into such raw, electrified (and electrifying) numbers as the title track, the great “Yonder Stands the Sinner,” and “Last Dance.”

Me, I’ll always think Tonight’s the Night is the greatest LP ever made about the demise of the Age of Aquarius, but Time Fades Away has its pleasures as well, even if Young himself has dismissed it on multiple occasions, saying in 1987 that it was “the worst record I ever made—but as a documentary of what was happening to me, it was a great record.” And on the original, unreleased liner notes to 1977’s Decade, he again expressed his unhappiness with the tour and ensuing record, before saying, “… but I released it anyway so you folks could see what could happen if you lose it for a while.”

So what we have here is as sort of rock version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Crack-Up, with Neil coming to pieces in the spotlight, as it were. Fortunately Young is hardly the best critic of his own work, because despite his bad memories of the tour that brought us Time Fades Away, the resulting LP is tremendous—not nearly as chilling as Tonight’s the Night, for sure, but a howl of pain and disaffection nonetheless.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 12/2/16

Still Spinning: House of Records celebrates 45 years of music: In June 1971, when “Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones topped the charts, Gary Haller, a University of Oregon student, and two friends founded their own record shop. The trio acquired inventory via road trips to San Francisco and brought it back to sell out of Haller’s garage. The store they would visit in California, the Record House, was how their location got its name. Although it’s always been called the House of Records, the stockpile of vinyl moved through two more locations — operating from card tables and orange crates — before finding a permanent home in the quirky, old blue house on 13th Avenue in 1973.

Berlin’s 8 best secret record shops: Often the reserve of those in the know, these are the shops that have sustained DJs and collectors for decades and prefer to keep profiles low and quality high. That said, all were receptive to getting a little more shine here and so, while we’re aware of the self-defeating nature of features sharing ‘secret’ tips, we’re convinced helping keep these places ticking over is positive for all concerned.

Lidl are selling £50 entry level turntables for vinyl music lovers: What’s on your shopping list? Milk, bread, washing up liquid… record player? If you’re a Lidl shopper, that last one can now be a reality, as the supermarket chain has started to stock an all-in-one ION record player. Just in time for Christmas. The deck is reminiscent of the infamous Crosley turntables, offering built-in speakers so you can plug ‘n’ play straight out of the box. There’s also a USB output.

Vinyl for Life: …For several years, Ferchaud and his friend Dale Nutt attended Offbeat owner Phillip Rollins’ record swap series, 4 the Record, at the North Midtown Arts Center until Rollins discontinued it in 2014. After a year without a record show in Jackson, Ferchaud and Nutt decided to organize their own, launching the inaugural Central Mississippi Record Convention in December 2015. Following a successful first year, the convention is growing even larger for its 2016 iteration. About 20 vendors from all around the South will be rolling into Duling Hall on Saturday, Dec. 3, bringing vintage vinyl, cassettes, CDs and other assorted products for music fans to check out.

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TVD Live Shots: The Damned at the 02 Brixton Academy, 11/26


What better way for me to see my first live Damned show than to see the band in their hometown at the legendary Brixton Academy. They’re touring with a two hour set that opens with the classic punk masterpiece Damned, Damned, Damned played in its entirety—which is just ridiculous in a good way.

It’s hard to believe that The Damned are celebrating their 40th anniversary as the band is still going strong. Having been the first UK punk group to release a single AND a full-length album is one hell of a legacy to live up to, but frontman Dave Vanian and guitarist Captain Sensible are certainly up to the task.

Having grown up in the US midwest, The Sex Pistols and The Clash were the only UK punk bands on my radar back in the ’80s. While both played their own unique role in the punk rock explosion, you could argue that The Damned were the spark that lit the match. Somehow I completely missed The Damned, so I have a hell of a lot of catching up to do.

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Deal Casino, The TVD First Date and Premieres, “Human Cannonball”

“When I was growing up, I remember always seeing my parents’ old stereo equipment but having little interest in it, I just thought nothing of it. It wasn’t until about two years ago that I came across that equipment in the exact same basement, but being a little older and more into music technology it caught my eye in a big way.”

“I immediately got it repaired and brought it down to Asbury Park to put in my room. I then went out to a local record shop successfully finding about five or six used records that I loved and knew pretty well.

When I dropped the needle down, the music coming out of those old and dusty Technics speakers just sounded so much better than anything I had heard music being played through before. From that day on, I am a strong believer in the quality and artistic element that vinyl brings to music.”
Joe P

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