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.

“Remember when 57 channels on television were just too many for Bruce? Well, this week we discuss that, and get out there to explore other Jerseycentric curiosities.

Plus, we talk Francie Moon, visit the fountain at Paramus Park Mall, spend some time with that wildman Les Paul, and get some funk out with Kool and the Gang!” —EZT

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TVD Video Premiere:
Lady Low, “Rainy Day”

L.A.-based romance rockers Lady Low shower us with literate pop.

We have the pleasure of premiering the quintet’s steamy video for the punchy single “Rainy Day” which finds them basking in a whirlwind of sparkling confetti, praising the rain’s ability to wash their blues away. Perhaps it’s the authenticity of the performances or the glamorous string section, but I am convinced every member of this band delights in an evocative mood.

Described as “where strings and heartstrings collide,” “Rainy Day” is the A-side to a cover of the Buzzcocks’ “You Say You Don’t Love Me.” Both singles were released this past March and although the 7” is Lady Low’s sophomore release, the individual members are seasoned industry pros who know exactly what they are looking to deliver to audiences.

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TVD UK

The Single Girl:
Rag Foundation,”Run”

“Run” is the first single taken from folk five-piece Rag Foundation’s fourth album The Sparrow and the Thief and it’s rather catchy, indeed.

The track is filled with folky goodness that will get your toes tapping and is a wonderful showcase for what we can expect from these guys and the rest of their album. The track overflows with luscious harmonies and boasts an intricate, indie-folk composition not far from the likes of Noah & The Whale and The Decemberists.

The Welsh based five-piece have made a promising start here, and it’s just in time for summer. Combining their folk roots with a sunny, optimistic sound, the album can’t come soon enough.

“Run” is released via Rhondda Street Studio Recordings.

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Graded on a Curve: Lonnie Donegan,
Puttin’ on the Style

Lonnie Donegan may still be far from a household name in the United States, but he’s a legend in the United Kingdom for inventing a whole new genre—skiffle—before rock’n’roll was born. Like punk, skiffle—which incorporated jazz, blues, and folk, and was usually played using homemade or improvised instruments—made playing it a viable proposition for even the poorest of the poor, and it’s cool rhythms galvanized an entire generation of U.K. youth. The Beatles, the Stones, Van Morrison, Elton John—all were skiffle fanatics before rock’n’roll hit England, and all incorporated elements of its sound into their early music.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, the guitarist and vocalist got his start playing trad jazz in the mid-1940s, but a military stint in Vienna turned him onto the new sounds being played by the American Forces radio station—sounds he would later incorporate into so-called “skiffle breaks” while he was with Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen. With a washboard, a tea-chest bass, and a cheap Spanish guitar, Donegan and two other musicians would play American blues and folk tunes. In July 1954 he recorded a skiffle version of Leadbelly’s “Rock Island Line,” and presto—a star was born. Before he knew it he was playing on the Perry Como show, and young adherents—including those proto-Beatles, the Quarrymen, got off on this new style of music. Which was ironic seeing as how down the road it was those very same Beatles, with their newfangled beat music, who muscled Donegan off the pop charts for good.

Over the ensuing decades he would have his moments—recordings in Nashville, reunion shows, a long stint as a record producer, and most importantly, an album with Van Morrison (The Skiffle Sessions—Live in Belfast 1998) which won him much overdue acclaim. But just as important—but less appreciated than his collaboration with Morrison—was the 1978 LP Puttin’ on the Style, on which the King of Skiffle played an iconoclastic handful of songs accompanied by many of the musicians he’d influenced and inspired over the years including Albert Lee, Rory Gallagher, Brian May, Ron Wood, Elton John, Nicky Hopkins, Ringo Starr, Mick Ralphs, Jim Keltner, Leo Sayer, Ray Cooper, Peter Banks, Michele Phillips, and numerous other lesser known musicians. Produced by Adam Faith, the LP wasn’t a hit, but it provides a unique look at a musician who generally kept it simple taking advantage of a full deck of musical aces—which had both its advantages and disadvantages.

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TVD’s Press Play

Press Play is our Monday recap of the new tracks received last week—provided here to inform your next trip to your local indie record store. Click, preview, download, purchase.

Dustin Lovelis – Idiot
Birds of Night – Asleep in the Pine
Carly Rae Jepsen – All That (The Knocks Bootleg)
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen (Slaptop Remix)
Overjoy – Like A Wave ft. Lex Famous
BLITZ – Gyal Go Mal
Fauna Shade – Marzipan
DJ Earworm vs. Katy Tiz – Whistle (While You Mash It)
Benjamin Yellowitz – Ash Wednesday
Mune – Khazé

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
SPC ECO – Feel Me

Goldroom – Mykonos (Fleet Foxes Cover)
Graham Czach – Out of the Dark
Wise Blood – Cretin’s Club ft. Priscilla Sharp
Lykke Li – Never Gonna Love Again (Jeff Bhasker / Lollipop Remix)
Muzzy Bearr – Suede (Feat. Denmark Vessey)
Emerald Park – LiberTeens
The Danes – The Ultimate Tool
Ioan Delice – We Up (Remix)
Zedd ft. Selena Gomez – I Want You To Know (Justin Caruso Remix)
The North Country – The Cross We Bear

12 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 4/20/15

“London Record Stores celebrate with a large number of events the Record Store Day 2015. Berwick Street was the main place of the annual event. The Vinyl Stores had long queues and there were concerts at Berwick Street and at the Rough Trade stores.”

Is Record Store Day still working?

What Most Music Fans Don’t Realize About Record Store Day: “Rule #1 among the indie record-label folks I know: don’t talk about Record Store Day at social gatherings. The annual event — this Saturday (April 18) marks its eighth year — has been known to inspire bouts of industry anxiety starting in January and lasting ‘til nearly May.”

Foo Fighters Rock Record Connection in Niles: “Chesty’s Blue Collar Tavern has live karaoke for Saturday night. But just a couple of miles down the road, it was Record Connection that could lay claim to having the better entertainment choice…”

Bull Moose music created Record Store Day celebrating hometown vinyl shops: “Chris Brown from Bull Moose music, which has stores in Maine and Portsmouth, hatched the idea of Record Store Day while sitting at his desk in 2007; he gathered support and the first event launched a year later with 600 participating stores…”

Record Day see vinyl lovers grabbing limited edition releases: “Forget your CDs, audio files and live streaming, for many people there’s still something special about a vinyl.

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Ex Hex: In-store with TVD at DC’s Som Records

PHOTOS: RICHIE DOWNS | Unlike say with St. Patrick’s Day, the well-worn adage “Every day should be Record Store Day” is a concept we can truly get behind. And while we’re thrilled many of you will be hitting up your local indie record stores for Record Store Day, your local mom and pops deserve a warm hug throughout the rest of the year as well.

And it’s with this in mind that the lovely ladies of Ex Hex—Mary Timony, Laura Harris, and Betsy Wright—joined us recently on a random Tuesday, during a random week, of a random month, for an entirely unrandom record rummage at Washington, DC’s Som Records to drive the point home that you needn’t set aside just one day a year for a trip to your local vinyl vendors.

Ex Hex themselves held down the #2 spot on our Best of 2014 list last year with Rips, their debut release on Merge Records. Our own Joseph Neff wrote in December, “a dozen songs, all highlights; Ex Hex has produced an outstanding debut that sounds like an instant classic.”

The band takes these 12 classics and more to Chaz’s Bull City Records this Saturday for a Record Store Day in-store, but for now we’re in Washington, DC—and we’re record shopping with Ex Hex.

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TVD Los Angeles

TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Indio, California!

Driving through the desert, blasting rock ‘n’ roll is righteous. Kem Nunn’s novel, Tapping The Source comes to mind:

“…As he listened the train sounds grew faint and disappeared and someone shut off the music so there was just the silence, that special kind of silence that comes to the desert, and he knew that if he waited there would come a time, stars fading, slim band of light creeping on the horizon, when the silence would grow until it was unbearable, until it was as if the land itself were about to break it, to give up some secret of its own…”

Day dreaming of bad dudes with surfboards strapped to the roof of a dusty car pulling into desert gas station… I know I’m trippin’, or should I say California dreaming—and why not?

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TVD San Francisco

TVD Live Shots:
The Replacements at
the Masonic, 4/13

Somehow I totally missed The Replacements when they were in their prime. Maybe it’s because I was just a bit too young or maybe it was because Motley Crue’s Too Fast For Love came out the same year. Regardless, I discovered the genius of this band late and I was absolutely thrilled that I would be able to witness their legendary live show first hand earlier this week in San Francisco. Paul Westerberg and company came out all guns a-blazing. It was like a cross between The Rolling Stones and The Sex Pistols and I loved every minute of it.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the strange antics at the band’s shows including Paul pouring salt and pepper on his guitar, but this time it was beyond strange. There was a tent on stage in the back corner—a camping tent nonetheless—that would play a pivotal role in the show. It served not only as an interesting stage prop, but also doubled as a poetry reading space and a backstage pre-encore gathering area. Whatever the hell it was, it just added to the fun.

The setlist that night was a cornucopia of classic songs that spawned the band’s brilliant catalog. Opening up the night with “Taking a Ride” the first song on their 1981 debut, these guys were flying around the stage like they were trashing a hotel room. Then they tore right into “Favorite Thing” from their third album Let it Be and they were off to the races.

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TVD’s 9 weeks of vinyl giveaways, Week 9: The Rhino Fireworks Finale

As we noted throughout our 9 weeks of vinyl giveaways, it’s easy to forget that going on 8 years now when TVD was in its year one (as was Record Store Day) the vinyl medium wasn’t “back,” sales weren’t stellar, and indeed record stores were a fading lot. No, worse actually. Shops we’re closing at such a clip, their disappearance literally informed the launch of the site you’re reading at present.

And as we’ve repeated for 9 weeks now—vinyl and record stores go hand in hand. Their shared intrinsic value is the cultural commodity and the bedrock of any local music scene. Don’t believe us though…hit up your locals and the marriage becomes crystal clear. 

But we too have been overwhelmed with the resounding popular and prevalent headlines as to vinyl’s big resurgence, yet they also arrive in tandem with far less rosy headlines such as “Starbucks to Open in Former Bleecker Street Records Space”—and worse, some very bad ideas when one advocates for record shops have, of late, become internet fodder. (Seriously, vinyl subscription clubs are the Carson Daly of record collecting.)

As such, picking up with an old TVD favorite, we lined up 9 weeks of vinyl giveaways to count down to Record Store Day 2015 this weekend to redouble our efforts and to underscore the viability and the inherent need for your local brick and mortar record shops to remain the vibrant community touchstone that they intrinsically are. And while we kinda hate hanging out by the mailbox waiting for a record to show up (unless you’ve ordered it from a mom and pop or directly from a label!) we’ve shipped out records for 8 weeks straight as sweet reminders that record stores are literally where it’s at.

We’re closing out our 9 weeks of vinyl giveaways today with the LPs contained within these gorgeous Rhino Records sets—all of which we’ll award to one individual:

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