TVD Washington, DC

TVD Live Shots: Deftones and Highly Suspect at the Fillmore Silver Spring, 7/31

Friday night the Deftones along with their support act Highly Suspect performed for a sold out Fillmore Silver Spring and hammered the Maryland fans with their unique brand of high energy, no frills metal.

It’s amazing to witness the energy that the crowd feeds upon from the instant the Deftones leap into their set—the entire venue comes to life. It’s refreshing to know this kind of power still lives in their music. Fans of all types of metal music everywhere will be glad to know that there was no shortage of stage diving, crowd surfing, and general chaos with the Deftones in town.

Their set list included: “Diamond Eyes,” “My Own Summer (Shove It),” “Lhabia,” “When Girls Telephone Boys,” “Sextape,” “Swerve City,” “Knife Party,” “Bored,” “Royal,” and many more.

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TVD Premiere: Just Walden, “Robbie D”

Just Walden conjures up iconic ’70s pop and add futuristic flair for the 21st Century.

We have the pleasure of premiering the band’s newest single, “Robbie D,” which blends 1970s pop and electronica into a soulful species of indie rock. In fact, “Robbie D” sounds like the exotic descendent of Supertramp’s “Goodbye Stranger”—complete with sexy organ arpeggio and stopwatch breakdown. Lead singer Danny Ferraro works his signature falsetto to great effect over the hopscotch beats while his intricate piano lines weave color into the track’s glitchy pocket.

Just Walden cite the author Henry David Thoreau as their primary influence which, albeit a strange musical reference, becomes more fitting after multiple listens to their futuristic funk-laden pop experimentations.

The message here is that it’s time to break free of societal restraints in order to integrate more of our true nature… Thank goodness Just Walden has delivered something to help us boogie our way toward self-enlightenment.

“Robbie D” is taken from the band’s forthcoming LP, From A Distant Land which is set to be in stores this August.

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TVD Nashville

TVD Recommends: Ink-N-Iron Festival, 8/6–8/9 (Now with TVD & vinyl!)

280 tattoo artists. 80+ bands. 1 DJ. Those are the stats for the inaugural Music City Ink-N-Iron Festival, August 6-9, 2015. We’re proud to announce that the lone DJ is our own TVD Nashville editor, Tim Hibbs.

DJ Tim will be spinning hardcore honky tonk, screaming blues, multi-generational punk, deep Southern soul, real deal rockabilly and more, all on original pressing 45s and LPs. So, in addition to hot rods/kustom cars, live music, burlesque, art, ’20s-’50s fashion, and the World Renowned Tattoo Convention, there will be representation for the ultimate music format.

The festival will have four stages and you can check the lineups here. Tim will be spinning before and in between sets, so make sure you come up and say “hey.” Of particular note is the artist roster for Thursday’s kickoff show, which includes The Quebe Sisters, Asleep at the Wheel, Hayes Carll, and a special two-hour show from the legendary Merle Haggard.

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UK Artist of the Week: Denim Snakes

There isn’t enough balls out rock out there anymore. Sure, there are the old classics like AC/DC, whoever’s calling themselves Guns ‘n’ Roses these days, and a lot of coiffed teens talking about their feelings in high-pitched whines, but the days of the unapologetic, fist pumping rock ballad a-la Mötley Crüe are long gone. (And it’s probably for the best, if we’re honest. There is such a thing as TOO much cocaine.)

Denim Snakes, a four piece from Wales, snuck up on us with their forthcoming single “Stronger,” as it starts off as a standard heartbreak song, but then that chorus—wow. The overdrive kicks in, the drums get huge, and then suddenly there’s a metal-harmony of man-hurt pouring out the speakers that will have you pumping your fist in the air to grab for the stars, only to pull them back to Earth. Save the haircuts, these guys are classic hair metal all over.

Their rock credentials even more evident in “Many A Truth Sung In Jest,” the free track they’re giving away to promote the new single, with choppy no-frills power chords, classic guitar wailing, and a driving chorus and lead vocal that would see Vince Neil rocking out in approval.

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Graded on a Curve:
Low Down (OST)

Accounts of struggling, self-injurious musicians are peppered throughout the history of jazz, and pianist Joe Albany’s story is all too familiar. It’s a narrative of great artistic promise compromised by a long bout with heroin addiction, and last year his daughter Amy-Jo’s memoir Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood was adapted into a movie. Naturally, it has a soundtrack; composed of entries from jazz heavyweights, original music by Ohad Talmor, and numerous examples essaying Albany’s considerable talent, Low Down is available on LP/CD August 7 via Light in the Attic.

In terms of the 24 frames-per-second treatment, jazz is a rare subject better suited to straight documentary than creative adaptation. A large reason resides in the essence of performance, but other issues relate to such factors as idolization, misapprehension, specious didacticism, and superficiality; to varying extents all jazz movies (all movies period) reflect the point of view of their makers, but historical fiction and biopics too often shoulder baggage altering, weakening, distorting, or perhaps worse of all, reducing jazz’s voluminous nature to an easily digestible proposition.

I’ve yet to watch Low Down, the recent Jeff Preiss-directed biopic of Joe Albany as filtered through the remembrances of his daughter, and so these 15 selections serve as an advertisement for the film. I’m happy to report success in this function, the set offering a solid introduction to Albany and his milieu while placing a sampling of the man’s work back in the new release racks after a lengthy absence.

Joe Albany’s career began in earnest upon joining the orchestra of composer-arranger and multi-instrumentalist Benny Carter. As told to Carole Langer in her highly useful 1980 documentary portrait Joe Albany… a Jazz Life, he also worked with Big Joe Turner and Georgie Auld, though his legendary status largely derives from his relationship with saxophonist Charlie Parker.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 8/4/15

David Byrne: Record companies siphoning money from streaming websites instead of paying royalties: “A report into ‘Transparency and Money Flows in the Music Industry’, published last month by the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, supports Byrne’s contention.

Twin Peaks and Fire Walk With Me soundtrack reissues are almost ready: ““We’re happy to say Twin Peaks & Fire Walk With Me lacquers were cut last week and are currently winging their way to the plant to be turned into test pressings,” reads the update, adding that the audio was transferred from the original tapes and then mastered for vinyl.

Cassette Revolution: Why 1980s Tape Tech Is Still Making Noise in Our Digital World: “…it’s baffling that millennial music lovers are embracing the cassette tape, as new indie cassette labels are popping up all over the country.”

86-Year Old Forced To Part With Lifelong Collection Of Vinyl Records: “If you were saddened by last week’s news of a son selling off his father’s estate of over 250,000 records, this story about octogenarian Ian Murray is bound to tug at your heartstrings.”

Antique Phonograph Show and Banquet returns to Buena Park, CA: “The Antique Phonograph Society is hosting its annual show and banquet August 8 and 9 in Buena Park. All types of antique phonographs, gramophones, 78 rpm and cylinder shaped records, plus antique music boxes, radios and microphones will be offered at 70+ vendor tables.”

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TVD Washington, DC

TVD Live: Brandon Flowers at Echostage, 7/29

PHOTOS: TOREY MUNDKOWSKY | On Wednesday night, one of the more high-energy rock concerts currently touring came through DC. Brandon Flowers belted out a fun, hour and a half set at Echostage that had the crowd buzzing well after the show ended.

Brandon Flowers achieved notoriety as the lead singer and keyboardist for the Las Vegas rock band The Killers, whose success began with their debut album which reached triple platinum status and has continued in the decade since. The band made it clear that Flowers’s first solo album, Flamingo in 2010, was a project in addition to The Killers, not a departure.

While Flamingo was a successful release, Flowers really found his footing as a solo artist with his second album released earlier this year, The Desired Effect. The credits feature Bruce Hornsby, Tony Levin, and other notable musicians who add a dimension that was lacking from the first album. Over half of the songs on the LP are potential singles, and he showcased many of them during his set.

Flowers displayed his Vegas roots as he hopped on stage and donned a shimmering gold suit jacket, bowed to his audience, and ripped into the first track from The Desired Effect, “Dreams Come True.” Flowers’ accompaniment, which included two backup singers, a small brass section, along with the standard guitar-bass-keyboard-drum set up, was shrouded in smoke and shadows, allowing Brandon’s high energy showmanship to run the night.

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TVD San Francisco

TVD Live Shots:
John Mellencamp at the Paramount Theatre, 7/25

John Mellencamp Shot by Jason Miller

I think that John Mellencamp might be the coolest guy on the planet. He’s the personification of the most interesting man in the world. He’s got the stories, the songs, the women, the style, and an entourage of brilliant musicians and producers to back it all up. He’s the very definition of Americana and often cited as the only roots rocker who matters to his generation and pretty much my lifetime.

Touring in support of his latest record Plain Spoken, Mellencamp treated a sold out Paramount Theater to a stellar performance of both his classic and new songs. I loved the fact that Mellencamp only peppered in the “hits” during the first half of the set so that he could focus on the newer material right out of the gate.

John Mellencamp Shot by Jason Miller-6

Opening up with “Lawless Times” and then straight into “Troubled Man,” both cuts from the brilliant new record, was the perfect way to set the stage and the mood for the evening. Here’s a guy who continues to evolve as a songwriter while not forgetting to celebrate his past. Later on in the set would be another track from the album, my absolute favorite, “The Isolation of Mister.” If you don’t have this record yet, it’s the best thing he’s done in the past ten years in my opinion. I would have been OK with him simply playing the new record in its entirety.

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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.

“No, you weren’t thinking about listening to a barber shop quartet today, but here you are getting ready to push “play!” You’ll be glad you did, too. Group harmony—and barber shop quartets—aren’t always music that people search out, but once they get hooked and entranced in their tight, mystical, alluring and meditative sound, it’s an almost religious experience. It’s performing music the way that music was first performed, by utilizing the one musical instrument that we are all born with: the human voice. Talk about analog!

A cappella music isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when folks think about music from New Jersey, but that’s the point. You never know what you’ll be listening to when you listen to music from the Garden State. So, join us and listen to the vocal group that shares the namesake of this very show: Garden State Sound on ‘Garden State Sound.'” —EZT

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The TVD Storefront

KaiL Baxley,
The TVD First Date

“Vinyl to me is like caviar, the Taj Mahal of the musical experience. A fully formed love affair, beautiful and elegant. It’s the full sensory experience.”

“I suppose my first memories of vinyl records are from visiting my aunt and uncle when I was very young. They had an old wooden milk crate full of the classics. I was in love with Diana Ross’s voice from the second I heard it at 3 or 4 years old and all those old Motown tunes were the soundtrack of my early childhood.

The thing that sticks out the most to me from that period was the covers of the albums in relation to the music. You got this huge picture of a person and that was who was coming out of the speakers. It really leaves a lasting impression on a young mind when it’s presented like that. I remember rocking a bandana everywhere I went when I was a little guy just because Willie Nelson had one on in his album cover and Willie was my main man when I was a toddler.

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