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Carrie Lane,
The TVD First Date

“Music has always been playing in my head. I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t a song playing in between my ears.”

“When I was four I was in my first show. I remember asking… begging… pretty much demanding that I take some acting classes. I went up to my parents and told them that I wanted to sing. I was in my first show and I remember being on stage and thinking, wow here I am… I’m home. Everyone always asked me if I got nervous and I always looked at them funny because I thought that was a silly question. That was like asking someone if they’re nervous when they’re in their living room watching TV… are you nervous in your safe space? What an unusual question I thought.

From that day on I was always on the stage, always performing, always memorizing lines, always learning new songs. I was always in a production from the age of 4 to the age of 18 because that’s where I wanted to be. I would walk around singing and perform shows for my parents in the kitchen. I watched endless musicals and learned every bit of music that I could. I remember when I had my Discman, the first CD that I got was Avril Lavigne’s Let Go. I was 8 years old and had just been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I was in the hospital for a few days and my parents bought me that CD to keep me company.

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TVD Radar: STIV:
The Life and Times Of A Dead Boy
crowd-funding campaign launches

VIA PRESS RELEASE | STIV: The Life and Times Of A Dead Boy is an upcoming feature-length documentary on legendary punk icon, Stiv Bators. It will be the first film ever made about the rowdy and controversial performer, and his life will be documented through archive footage, photography, music, and all-new interviews with the people who knew him.

Stiv Bators was one of the early American punk pioneers, and is primarily known for his work with The Dead Boys and The Lords Of the New Church. Classic songs like “Sonic Reducer” and “Ain’t It Fun” continue to inspire fans and musicians from all walks of life. Acclaimed director Danny Garcia will helm the project, and already has numerous punk documentaries under his belt, such as The Rise and Fall Of The Clash, Looking For Johnny, and Sad Vacation: The Last Days Of Sid and Nancy.

Following in the same gritty underground style that has become Garcia’s hallmark, STIV: The Life and Times Of A Dead Boy has a tentative release date of May 2018.

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TVD Video Premiere:
The Sextones, “How Could I Have Known”

Filmed and recorded on location at the haunting and historic Lear Theater, “How Could I Have Known” is part one in a series of live music videos produced by The Sextones and Emmy award winning videographers, Ford Corl, David Ware, and Shawn Sariti of The Reno Sessions.

“It was in a rehearsal that the idea first came up—we considered it a ‘Hail Mary’ option considering no events have been held in the Lear since its doors closed 13 years ago,” stated Mark Sexton. Maybe the off-limits mystique was what made it the perfect location.

After several trips to city hall and back, the band graciously received necessary approvals from the City Of Reno and Artown. “We were so happy to have the city and arts community behind us on this very ambitious idea. It’s been stimulating to see Reno working to create a community in which artists can thrive.”

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TVD New Orleans

Our Jazz Fest Picks
for Day One, 4/28

Well, the time we’ve all been waiting for, the first day of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, is upon us. The festival celebrates the island nation of Cuba this year. I recommend everyone check out the Cuba pavilion for dance and folkloric demonstrations as well as intimate musical performances. As usual, I won’t be highlighting too many of the major acts, but trying to hip you to bands and musicians you may not know about. The full schedule for Friday, April 28 is here.

Start your day at the Acura stage for a set by the Batiste Fathers and Sons. The Batistes are one of the many musical families in New Orleans and this new band features three generations. Headed by Louisiana Hall of Fame inductee and New Orleans funk pioneer David Batiste (David Batiste and The Gladiators), the band includes his sons Damon, Russell, Ryan, and Jamal Batiste and his grandson Christopher Prosper Batiste.

The Soul Brass Band is one of the newest brass bands in the city. But the group has many familiar faces including drummers Aron Lambert and Derrick Freeman and saxophonist James Martin. They play every style of brass as well as some unusual cover songs.

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Graded on a Curve: Four from Rockbeat Records

It’s springtime, and live records seem to be budding like tulips; Rockbeat has four in the racks right now on vinyl and compact disc from Paul Butterfield, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, the Flamin’ Groovies, and Emerson, Lake, & Palmer. This writer’s evaluations vary as wildly as the genres assembled, but it suffices to say there’s something here to satisfy nearly any fan of rock’s “classic” era. The number of tracks also differs, in the case of ELP quite substantially, so take time when choosing LP or CD.

Late one night, or more accurately early one morning, while leaning against a wall in a rowdy basement as Cheap Trick at Budokan spun methodically on a cheap turntable, a voice entered my ear via tones simultaneously familiar and enigmatic. Its words: “live records are mere souvenirs, serving as reminders for the few who attended and providing a substitute for the many who didn’t.”

Obviously, that shit was something of a vibe-killer, but when I turned around to bark “bug off, killjoy,” my eyes landed on a tattered poster of Iggy Pop. He was holding court on stage, shirtless and wearing yellow tights as he contorted the skin on his belly into a doughy mass with his hands. It was a powerful, nay a downright fucked-up sight to behold, and in response I promptly fell right over. Just as my body kissed the cement I can remember acknowledging begrudgingly that the voice had a point.

But from an older, wiser place it becomes clear that live recordings also serve to solidify the history we’re ceaselessly hurtling away from. Take these Rockbeat releases as four examples. Paul Butterfield’s set is the oldest in the bunch, and it deepens the stylistic redirection the famed Chicago blues rock harmonica specialist undertook after guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop exited his band.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 4/27/17

David Bowie is Record Store Day’s top seller: David Bowie’s Cracked Actor album and No Plan EP were the top selling album and single for Record Store Day (RSD) 2017. The findings were based on data provided by the Official Charts Company. David Bowie’s Cracked Actor LP – a previously unheard 1974 live recording – and his No Plan EP, which collects the late icon’s final three recordings, were the two best sellers. The Smiths’ special RSD release, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side, which features the words “Trump will kill America” on its groove, follows No Plan on the singles list.

Record Store Day Fallout 2017: How Much Those Exclusives Will Now Cost You Online, We combed listings from scumbags on Discogs and eBay so you don’t have to: Bowie’s 3xLP live disc Cracked Actor is also fetching a pretty penny on eBay with one user looking for over $337 for the entire set. That’s almost $110 per LP. You would be smarter to try your luck on Discogs, where copies start at around $70. As for the Purple One, the 7-inch picture disc featuring “Little Red Corvette” backed with “1999” is the priciest of his RSD releases, with copies on both Discogs and eBay fetching upwards of $80. If you can’t wait to get the bulk of the singles, one seller is offering up a four-pack of them for $162.

Vinyl Record Sales Growing, Market Expanding to Target Children: For the first time this millennium, vinyl is predicted to become a billion dollar industry, according to consulting firm Deloitte. Now, as CNN’s Mary Moloney reports, some companies want to appeal a younger market: toddlers. For music lovers, there’s something special about listening to vinyl. “You drop the needle on the record, you get the warm pop and crackle, it’s sort of like a fireplace,” said Michael Kurtz, co-founder of Record Store Day. “It’s very comforting.” It’s also profitable.

Molly Moon’s starts a record label for its employees: Molly Moon Neitzel has created a record label for employees of her ice cream shops. Called Mooncrew Records, the label is meant to help support musicians inside Neitzel’s company. Bands and musicians can apply for help in purchasing record vinyl, and if signed by Mooncrew, the vinyl-only label will help market and promote their music and sell the records in the stores. “Being part of a record label has gotten harder and harder and harder in the last decade,” Neitzel said in an interview. “But, we have a good opportunity here – we can help make a record and we have a place to sell it.”

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TVD Washington, DC

TVD Live: Drive By Truckers and Hiss Golden Messenger at
the 9:30 Club, 4/21

PHOTOS: RICHIE DOWNS | The Drive-By Truckers tried something bold with their 10th studio album last fall, American Band. Though the title makes it sound like a reprise of the Grand Funk hit, it was actually a collection of its most pointed political commentaries to date, challenging its Southern rock fans with issues of prevalent gun violence, racial injustice, and government censorship.

It raged against Trump’s America even before he got elected from the very state that helped elect him. And while the ratcheted-up tracks from American Band were prominent in the first of two packed nights at the 9:30 Club in D.C., they hardly challenged district politics (any more than, say, “Ronnie and Neil” did), let alone rattle the current resident on Pennsylvania Avenue less than a couple of miles away.

On Friday, Cooley played “the most science based song we’ve ever written,” in honor of Saturday’s big Science March in his “Gravity’s Gone.” In Saturday’s show, they backloaded his “Once They Banned Imagine,” about the time when Clear Channel put John Lennon’s “Imagine” on a list of don’t-play songs after 9/11, with their own cover of Lennon’s “Just Gimme Some Truth” and the Ramones’ “The KKK Took My Baby Away,” a couple of covers they’ve been doing on the current tour.

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TVD New Orleans

Paul Sanchez and his Rolling Road Show, the Brass-A-Holics, and Marcia Ball to play in City Park, 4/27

Threadhead Thursday is one of the best ways to kick off the Jazz Fest. It happens between 6 and 10 PM on the Haspel stage of the New Orleans Botanical Gardens in City Park on Thursday. Plus it supports local culture. Full disclosure—I have received grants from the Threadheads to support my books.

This free event ($10 suggested donation to City Park) is sponsored by Zatarain’s and also assisted by a New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation grant.

Come enjoy a great night of musical talent among the beautiful oaks of City Park. Paul Sanchez and his Rolling Road Show kick things off followed by the Brass-A-Holics. The night finishes with her Long-Tallness Marcia Ball! There will be plenty of food and beverages available for purchase including Blue Oak BBQ inside and also the Fete au Fete & Taceaux Loceaux food trucks outside.

For more information about Threadheads and where the money goes and how to become a member please go here.

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Graded on a Curve:
Black Lips,
Los Valientes del
Mundo Nuevo

When it comes to snot-nosed punks cracking wise, the Black Lips are right up there with the immortals—The Dictators, the Angry Samoans, Kix, the Dead Milkmen, the Beastie Boys even. Since their formation in 1999 the outré garage rockers from Atlanta, Georgia have been turning out irreverent anthems—“Bad Kids” and “Juvenile” being amongst the best of them—for fellow delinquents the world over. Their music is a deliriously funny salute to the proposition that stages are meant to be pissed from, and the best example of this is 2007’s “maybe” live LP, Los Valientes del Mundo Nuevo.

Purportedly recorded at a club in Tijuana, Mexico, Los Valientes del Mundo Nuevo is one of the most riotous live albums I’ve ever heard, and in the end it doesn’t much matter if it was recorded in the tequila-reek of a dissolute cantina in the Gateway to Mexico or in a studio in Kalamazoo. (The dispute over the recording’s actual provenance is likely to be waged forever, from YouTube—on which you can find what looks to me like some convincing film footage—to your house.) People sing sea shanties and howl in Spanish, a mariachi trumpet gets played, glass gets broken, songs stop halfway through, and there’s a lot of alarming electrical crackle. And if you listen real hard you can hear the Black Lips crank out one great acid-tinged garage rock tune after another. But don’t sweat the lo-fi sound quality—it’s every bit as good as that on their studio albums!

Both Cole Alexander and Jared Swilley—high school pals who got tossed out their senior year in the wake of the Columbine Massacre for posing a quote subculture danger unquote—have nasal voices that remind me of the Dead Milkmen’s Joe Genaro, and when they sing together, which is often, it’s a treat. And not only do the lads in Black Lips have a knack for crafting simple but catchy garage rock songs with zip, they have the swagger and just enough chops to fill them out. Which is more than I can say for most of the Dead Milkmen’s oeuvre.

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TVD Washington, DC

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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