TVD Washington, DC

Record Fair returns
to Penn Social, 2/18!

Back for its 9th year is Washington, DC’s (almost) twice yearly record rummage, The DC Record Fair which sets up shop on February 18, 2018 in the cavernous confines of downtown Washington, DC’s Penn Social.

As with each event, we’ll have 40+ vinyl vendors from up and down the East Coast, the DJ line up, the bar, the food, raffle items up for grabs just for coming through the door, plus the random other surprises that make the DC Record Fair a special community event.

Our friends at the Fillmore Silver Spring put together the above feature a while back that outshines any descriptive copy we could devise—hit play.

Mark your calendars! 

Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Penn Social, 801 E Street, NW
11:00–12:00, Early Bird Admission $5.00
12:00–5:00, Regular Admission $2.00

RSVP and follow via the Facebook invite!

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TVD Los Angeles

TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I hear the whispers, and I hear the shouts / And though they never cry for help / Tell me who sends these / Infamous gifts / To make such a promise / And make such a slip / Oh no / Can’t pull a trick / Never the rose / Without the prick / Oh, but tell me how do I say? / I woke up and it’s yesterday / Do I again face this night? / Guiding light, guiding light / Guiding through these nights

This has been one of those weeks when I’ve needed a friend or stranger to nudge me in the right direction. A ray of light. A glimmer of hope. A laugh, a tug, a pat on the back, and a dare I say a hug.

To be honest, Spotify randomly played “Guiding Light” from Marquee Moon. It’s funny, I’ve been thinking about Verlaine’s songs this past month but not this one. Digging through a few crates I found more songs about “light” and “the light” than most.

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TVD Radar: 45th anniversary reissues honoring the legacy
of Barry White in
stores 4/13

VIA PRESS RELEASE | From his hitmaking ’70s heyday until his untimely passing in 2003, Barry White set an unmatched standard for sexy, seductive, soulful R&B. As a vocalist, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, White created music that was unmatched in its sonic and romantic intensity, highlighted by lush, widescreen arrangements and the artist’s deep, dark baritone voice. Over the course of his remarkable career, two-time Grammy Award–winner Barry White scored 106 gold albums worldwide, with 41 of those attaining platinum status, along with 20 gold and 10 platinum singles, with worldwide record sales of over 100 million records. He remains one of the best-selling recording artists of all time.

On April 13, Mercury Records/UMe will release the first of a series of catalog releases of Barry White’s classic work, in a yearlong celebration of the 45th anniversary of White’s first release on 20th Century Records. New collections feature such White solo hits as “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe” and “You’re The First, The Last, My Everything,” along with hits by female trio Love Unlimited (“Walkin’ In The Rain With The One I Love,” “I Belong To You”) and the 40-piece Love Unlimited Orchestra (“Love’s Theme,” “Satin Soul”), both of which benefitted from White’s distinctive songwriting and production skills.

The White reissue series launches with a pair of remastered White hits collections: Love’s Theme: The Best Of The 20th Century Records Singles, a single-CD compilation incorporating 21 classic White hits, which will also be available as a double vinyl LP including the bonus track “Satin Soul” by Love Unlimited Orchestra; and the three-CD, 46-track The Complete 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979), which will be presented in a specially-designed box with the three discs packaged in individual wallets. Both albums will feature expansive liner notes and track details.

Pre-order is available now for both the physical and digital collections with digital downloads receiving the first in a series of instant grat downloads that will be rolled out up to the album’s release. Love’s Theme: The Best Of The 20th Century Records Singles includes the title track “Love’s Theme” and “I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby” while The Complete 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979) is also accompanied by that song as well as “Just A Little More, Baby (Instrumental).”

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Andrew W.K.:
In-store with TVD at
DC’s Som Records

PHOTOS: RICHIE DOWNSAllow us to dispel a notion, if you in fact harbor it, that Andrew W.K. is only about THE PARTY. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

Sure, Mr. Wilkes-Krier is party practitioner par excellence, yet he’s also quite an astute music aficionado (and fan) with tastes across a wide swath of genres which we were made aware of during our recent record rummage in DC. (Not to mention he had some cool ideas for the video you’re about to view.)

Here’s some stuff you probably DO know—Andrew’s sharp as a tack, hysterical, and has a brand new record, You’re Not Alone, whose vinyl edition lands in your local record shop on March 2nd—which you can pre-order right here.

So, let’s get this party started, shall we? We’re record shopping with Andrew W.K. at Washington, DC’s Som Records!

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Elise LeGrow,
The TVD First Date

“My vinyl collection is dearer to me now more than ever.”

In the mp3/streaming age there’s something incredibly special about holding an album in your hands. And you end up handling your favourites a lot. They get worn from use, evidence of your love or perhaps that of the previous owner.

My Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 4-side anthology is one of my favourite LPs, and it’s got the bruises to prove it. I bought it used at a record store in Toronto and it was in mint condition then. The once bright purple edges of the cover are now well-worn, exposing the brown fibre beneath, and one is even chewed a bit by an old roommate’s cat (my cat would never!) But when you love a record, it’s always out and so always at risk of injury by man and beast alike!

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Graded on a Curve: Imagine Dragons,

I don’t know what I imagined I’d hear when I turned on Imagine Dragons’ 2017 magnum opus Evolve, but what I heard was worst than my most horrendous imaginings. I mean, I’d just been listening to Keith Emerson back with The Nice doing simply unspeakable things to Bob Dylan’s “My Back Pages,” and this was worse. Far worse. I’d heard stories… terrifying rumors… about Imagine Dragons, but like Pol Pot’s Cambodia you just don’t know what unspeakable means until you’ve been there. My editor, the estimable Jon Meyers, calls them “Imagine Jagoffs.” It is appropriate. Evolve is the rare LP that is so bad as to evoke not mirth, but contempt.

Just the other day I heard “Whatever It Takes” at the gym and immediately thought, “Wow, these guys are such empty vessels they’re actually proud to release a song that is not only thoughtless but the opposite of thought, whatever that opposite is.” Don’t get me wrong; I have no aesthetic bias per se against pure pop product. That said, I must insist it signify something other than its own obvious desire to move units, and “Whatever It Takes” as well as every other song on Evolve is a carefully engineered exercise in moving units.

Evolve is one of those albums designed to do only one thing, namely go platinum by any means necessary. It has, of course, gone platinum. These guys may have only one big idea–they certainly didn’t put any into their songs–but they have stayed true to that one big idea, which goes something like if we’re going to be a successful corporation we’re going to have to have all of the personality of a corporation, and make the homogenized likes of Mumford and Sons sound like bona fide fucking soul groups. They have succeeded to the extent that Evolve has about as much soul as your average snuff film and far less personality–at least a snuff film evokes human emotions such as pity and terror.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 2/16/18

Run the Jewels Named Record Store Day 2018 Ambassadors: Run the Jewels are the ambassadors for Record Store Day 2018. “BRING ME MY SCEPTER AND CEREMONIAL ROBE,” El-P tweeted of the honor. “I was told I can park anywhere now.” Last year’s RSD ambassador was St. Vincent, and previous ambassadors include Metallica, Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack White, Chuck D, and Dave Grohl. Last year’s RSD offered records including unreleased Smiths demos, David Bowie LP sets, and more. Record Store Day 2018 will take place on April 21.

Redditch’s Vintage Trax marking birthday with Primrose fund raiser: A retro Record Shop in Redditch is celebrating its third anniversary trading in Headless Cross with a charity fundraiser in aid of Primrose Hospice. This Saturday, February 17, will mark three years since Ros Sidaway launched her retro vinyl record shop, Vintage Trax, on Birchfield Road. It came after two successful trials in the Kingfisher Centre and since then there has been a huge growth in demand for classic and rare albums and 45s around the UK and overseas…“It’s been hard work to build the business but, as my family and friends know, I love music and really enjoy what I’m doing and it’s a great feeling to be helping people build their record collections and track down the albums they are looking for.”

California record dealer Pacific Beach Vinyl starts GoFundMe to remain open: Pacific Beach Vinyl is asking for support to keep its doors open. The San Diego dealer and wholesaler launched in 2014 and quickly became an important hub for European and US imprints pressing up house, disco, Balearic and world music. Their business hit financial trouble two years ago, when they entered into a bad debt consolidation deal with a predatory lender. “With growth came the need for expansive working capital,” they explain on their GoFundMe page. “PBV navigated a planned borrowing course and a clear path to continue an upward arc. In late 2015, PBV was offered an agreement that would consolidate its existing debt and allow it to grow to the next level and unchain itself from the toxicity of the high-priced loans on its books.”

‘A force of character, determination, or nerve:’ Moxy Music opens shop in Ridgecrest: Moxy Music is a new music store in Ridgecrest that opened its doors on Saturday at its location at 219 Balsam Street. Contact them through email at [email protected] or by phone at 760-667-2747. They carry new and used CDs and cassettes, posters, apparel, guitar strings, stereos, turntables, and more. However, one step into the building shows immediately shows you their focus: vinyl records. “I like the sound of vinyl. It’s got a lower deep end and it’s a warmer sound all around. It sounds a lot better,” said Moxy Music co-owner Joel Rodriguez. “I can’t listen to one track by an artist. I want to listen to the whole thing from side A to B.”

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TVD Live Shots:
MGMT at the Electric Brixton, 2/6

The fact that it’s been a decade since MGMT’s debut album Oracular Spectacular was released is mind-blowing to me. I remember getting an advance copy of this album back when I was working at Sony Music and playing it for everyone I knew. The reception was the same universally; this record was an instant classic. It was one of the most unusual records I had ever come across during my time in the music business, but it was brilliant, and the label was incredibly excited to release this one as was I.

I saw MGMT about a dozen times that year. From SXSW to the relentless touring, it was really exciting to witness a band go from completely unknown to one of the biggest buzz bands on the planet. I had met the band numerous times through a couple of tours, various retail promotions, and a slew of SXSW events. Both Andrew and Ben were pretty quiet, Andrew seemingly more of an introvert than Ben, but they were really cool guys. I don’t think they ever expected to be thrust into the limelight so quickly, then again they did sign to one of the biggest records labels on the planet.

It’s interesting to me how an artist responds to the pressure of following up a hit debut record with their sophomore effort. When Congratulations was released, it was pretty much a giant middle finger to the entire music business. MGMT had abandoned the hooks and synth-pop from their debut and went total Syd Barrett. I had heard rumblings that the label was pretty baffled as to how to promote this one, but they couldn’t say no to their new crossover darlings of the hipster music scene. But then it got even more confusing with the release of 2012’s self-titled record which the band admitted to fans that they would be “laughing with them.”

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TVD Radar: Don
Gibson, The Best of
the Hickory Records Years
in stores 4/13

VIA PRESS RELEASE | When Don Gibson signed to Hickory Records in 1970, he was already a weathered music industry veteran, successful songwriter, and compelling performer.

Sixteen of his singles on RCA Victor with producer Chet Atkins reached the country Top 10 between 1958 and 1969, but by the end of the 1960s, his album sales were dwindling. Gibson joined Hickory Records, part of Nashville’s Acuff-Rose publishing empire, at the invitation of executive Wesley Rose, who had first signed him to a publishing deal at Acuff-Rose in 1955. Already serving as Don’s manager and publisher, Rose would now be Don’s producer and label head too.

For the first time ever, Don Gibson’s most popular singles of the 1970s will be chronicled with The Best of the Hickory Records Years (1970-1978), to be released by Omnivore Recordings on April 13, 2018. The date coincides with the 90th anniversary of Gibson’s birth (April 3, 1928) and the 60th anniversary of his Grand Ole Opry induction (April 12, 1958).

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TVD Radar: Ceasar Frazier, Hail Ceasar! vinyl reissue in stores 3/23

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Hailing from Indianapolis, Caesar Frazier (spelled ‘Ceasar’ from time to time) was a funky soul-jazz organist who recorded several albums for the Eastbound/Westbound label family during the ’70s. In addition to recording on his own, Frazier also played keyboards in Marvin Gaye’s backing band. Collaborations with contemporaries were numerous and to this day Frazier’s legacy is still alive through samples and remixes from outfits such as Gang Starr and Arrested Development.

In 1972 Frazier cut his first album Hail Ceasar!, which featured musicians commonly associated with the Prestige label’s jazz-funk outings — Melvin Sparks (guitar), Houston Person (tenor), and Idris Muhammad (drums). Those names alone should give you a clear idea what’s going down on this album: slick wa wa guitar lines, the crisp ultra bumpin’ conga rhythms, Idris’s slick funk beats, screaming sax solos, and last but not least Caesar’s trademark Hammond organ sound.

Next to his own material you can also find a few cover tunes on here (by Quincy Jones, Isaac Hayes, David Gates of Bread, and Sly Stone). Production on the album was handled by Bob Porter (responsible for many superb jazz productions for Prestige and Atlantic) and to top it all off, recording duties were handled by Rudy Van Gelder (known for recording Miles Davis in the early 1950s and the countless work he did for Blue Note, Prestige, Verve…and many others).

This record is a delight for anyone who likes that 1970s organ groove sound and is right up there with some of the best of the Soul Jazz coming out of the early seventies. Hail Ceasar! Is a monster album that could keep you grooving for weeks if you so desired. Originally released in 1972 on Eastbound Records, super rare and fetching large sums on the collectors market, now finally back available as a limited deluxe vinyl edition featuring the original artwork by Tom Curry.

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