TVD Los Angeles

TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Sometimes my mind don’t shake and shift / But most of the time, it does / And I get to the place where I’m begging for a lift / Or I’ll drown in the wonders and the was / And I’ll be your guy, if you say it’s a gift

Ugh, ugh, ugh! First the shooting then the fire storm. Our “lucky” canyon is miles away but our hearts are close. Looking up and down our little havens in Laurel, Benedict, or Cold Water Canyon, one couldn’t help but think, “Oh man what a nightmare!”

It didn’t take long before a friend or co-worker was evacuated or lost a home. As the smoke crept toward our doors Saturday, I just wanted to crawl in bed and say, “Fuck man. God, let it be over.” Wasn’t that last week’s muse on 2018?

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TVD Radar: Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music
1980-1990
in stores 2/19

VIA PRESS RELEASELight In The Attic’s Japan Archival Series continues with Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990, an unprecedented overview of the country’s vital minimal, ambient, avant-garde, and New Age music. This release is the first-ever fully licensed collection of this music, and marks the first time that these recordings will be made available outside of Japan.

Available February 2019, the LP and CD packages contain extensive liner notes and artist bios, including an essay by compilation co-producer and Japanese music scholar, Spencer Doran of Portland-based duo Visible Cloaks. The 3xLP vinyl collection features deluxe Stoughton “tip-on” jackets and slipcase, while the 2xCD release comes housed in a custom 7″x7″ hardbound book. Both formats feature a cover photo by photographer Osamu Murai depicting buildings designed by famed architect, Fumihiko Maki.

Kankyo Ongaku, which translates to “environmental music,” is an umbrella term used to describe the soundscapes, architectural acoustics, and incidental music that soundtracked the spaces, products, and experiences of 1980s Japan.

As money from Japan’s booming manufacturing, design, and export businesses continued to roll in, corporations began to invest in art and music, principally in an effort to enhance the user and consumer experience, thus opening a lane for artists to subtly infuse the everyday world with their avant-garde musical forms: from in-store music for the Japanese high-end retailer Muji, to the companion music for a Sanyo Air Conditioning Unit, opportunities to create and innovate were everywhere. The net result was to empower some of the greatest musicians in the world to create with virtually unlimited financial resources, thus giving rise to broad new musical perspectives.

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TVD New Orleans

Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Marc Stone and more
to play inaugural Wing Wars festival , 11/17

Central City BBQ has become a center of food-related festivals in New Orleans in the last few years. On Saturday, the hot spot on S. Rampart Street hosts the first Wing Wars festival, which is focused on a wide variety of vendors serving that ubiquitous appetizer, the chicken wing. Of course this being New Orleans, there’s plenty of live music on tap.

Conceived and produced by Marc Bonifacic of Central City BBQ and Shane Finkelstein, producer of the wildly popular Top Taco Nola and owner of Nacho Mama’s Mexican Grill, Wing Wars will showcase twenty local restaurants as they battle it out for Tiger Sauce’s “King of the Wing.”

For attendees, wings are only a dollar apiece offering everyone an opportunity to taste many of the competitors, which include fan favorites from the Fried Chicken Festival, Cooter Brown’s teriyaki wings (a recent winner at the “Brews, Blues and Wing Thing”), along with competitors from many of New Orleans’ top purveyors.

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Mad Crush,
The TVD First Date

Mad Crush lead guitarist Mark Whelan worked at New World Records, a small independent shop in Charlotte, NC, in the late ’80s and early ’90s. He reflects on his time behind the counter.Ed.

“Being surrounded by vinyl, listening to records all day expanded my taste, which is what I wanted.”

“Opportunities to explore music were scarce then, when you could only hear what was on the radio or what friends owned, or what you could afford to buy. Maybe it was a bit more exciting to listen to something the first time because of the ceremony it required—taking a record home, pulling off the shrink-wrap, and laying around on the floor or couch listening while studying the album cover. Record stores are part of that treasure hunt, the feeling that something fascinating was probably lurking in a bin somewhere.

I’m still processing all the music I heard from back then, its impact has lasted, and I still keep trying to understand its basic elements. Music all seemed so complicated at first, as if no two genres had anything in common. Now I see things much more in terms of colors and rhythms and phrasing and sonic atmospheres, across genres—and the basic ingredients are shared across the different types.

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TVD Premiere:
Luther Russell, “Saturday’s Child”

PHOTO: JIM NEWBERRY | “’Saturday’s Child’ is a track I cut with the full intention of including it on Medium Cool. In fact, it struck me as super-catchy, but just didn’t end up ultimately fitting into the sequence. It’s nice to give the 45 something special that the full-length doesn’t have…I always try and do that. Regarding the song, it struck me that a young, confident woman is like the “star” of the local bar or club on any given night, in any given town—and there’s a power in that. This song is a rumination on that, and the rites of passage we all go through when we first get out into the world in our various social scenes. These rituals are innocent, fun, yet important. And it’s all part of Rock & Roll.”Luther Russell

A fresh single often signals the direction of a new album. That may be the case with Luther Russell’s “The Sound of Rock & Roll” 7″ out today on the Portland imprint Fluff and Gravy—providing a stately, engaging, heartfelt introduction to his upcoming LP Medium Cool, due out in February.

But how good can an album be if it tosses off to a B-side something as splendid as “Saturday’s Child,” the track we’re proud to be premiering here today at The Vinyl District. To be available only as the 45’s B-side, “Saturday’s Child” is an upbeat, ringing reverie to a girl in tight jeans, who like her clothing, doesn’t want to fade away.

The delectable cut has some agreeable echoes with Russell’s other current project, teaming with Big Star’s Jody Stephens in the duo Those Pretty Wrongs. Russell, a Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist, singer and writer, has also been working with Robyn Hitchcock and wrote a couple of songs for Weezer’s 2016 “white album.” Inspired by the Replacements, Russell once fronted The Freewheelers, which had a couple major label albums out and before that, was once in a pre-Wallflowers trio with their Jakob Dylan and Tobi Miller.

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Graded on a Curve:
Talking Heads,
Naked

I’ve often wondered why I turned my fickle back on the Talking Heads and now I have the answer: Naked. Listening to this 1988 studio LP (their last) for the first time in decades reminds me of what a bad taste it left in my ears, convincing me that David Byrne and Company, who’d brought me so much pleasure over the years, had nothing more to offer.

Naked is not a total waste of perfectly good vinyl by any means, but it has huge problems, the biggest of which is that it’s–how to best say this?–boring. Only one song–the cosmic ecological disaster comedy “(Nothing But) Flowers”–holds its own against the best of the Talking Heads’ earlier work, and it’s a sunny outlier on this anything but perky LP.

Say what you will about such semi-dirges as “The Democratic Circus,” “The Facts of Life,” and “Mommy Daddy You and I,” they don’t exactly boast enraptured melodies that suck me in. In fact they push me away, and the same goes for “Sax and Violins” (a bad pun, David? Really?) and “Cool Water,” which is anything but a long tall glass of. As for the very moribund “Bill,” it makes me want to shoot my eye out with a bb gun. Anything to remind myself I’m alive, you know?

No, no matter how you spin it, Naked’s a bummer. Sure you get a lot of nice textures and what not, but what I always liked most about our David was his demented energy. Whether he was playing the hilarious paranoid of the early albums (Fear of Music may be the greatest comedy record ever) or the wild-eyed mystic of Remain in Light, Byrne was always spastic electric, an articulate twitch with his nerves on the wrong side of his skin.

But Byrne gave up on the funk and went into a funk on Naked, and it tells. Why, the man sounds like he’s in the middle of a communication breakdown, and simply can’t be bothered to make people dance. Or smile even.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 11/16/18

Manchester, UK | International DJ sets up vinyl shop in Stockport. SK1 Records will specialise in new and second hand vinyl records along with CDs, cassettes and accessories: An international DJ and music producer is launching a new record store and cafe in Stockport. Joe McBride has started up SK1 Records with an £8,000 loan from Stockport Business Finance Scheme through funding partner GC Business Finance. Based on Little Underbank in Stockport SK1 Records will specialise in new and second hand vinyl records along with CDs, cassettes and accessories such as art prints and label merchandise. The business already trades successfully online, and the new premises will include a café selling locally sourced coffee, soft drinks and cakes. Performing as Synkro, Joe has been making music and DJing at festivals and clubs across the world for the past ten years, amassing a collection of more than 7,000 records which will form the initial stock for the shop.

Starkville, MS | Scooter’s Records celebrates one-year anniversary: Scott Thomas, owner of Scooter’s Records in Starkville, will celebrate his one-year anniversary of the “old-school” record store Thursday, Nov. 15. “I always wanted to open up a record store, ever since I was a kid and whenever I got done with school out here in like ‘90, that’s what I was wanting to do but that’s when records had kind of gone away,” Thomas said. About three years ago he saw that he was reaching his 28th year working for the city of Starkville and decided to make a move toward opening his own record store. He felt this was a niche that the city was missing. “I always had the record store thing in the back of my mind,” he said. He questioned whether or not his record store would thrive in Starkville, but his involvement with the Greater Good Collective and Sunday Funday gave him the boost of confidence that he needed when selling records at the event became a big success. He rolled the dice and hasn’t regret it.

London, UK | Vinyl Sales Are Breaking Records This Year. And new shops are popping up in London. Vinyl has been doing well in 2018. Very well. This year, Record Store Day had its best year ever, with retailers selling 733,000 LPs during the week (April 20-26), an all-time high for Record Store Day week, according to Nielsen Music sales data. In total, 799,000 albums in all formats sold at independent record stores, the highest non-holiday week sales total in the U.S. since July 2005. Vinyl sales increased by 19.2% by July of 2018 alone, according to a mid-year report released by Nielsen Music, and it’s anticipated that over 10 million vinyl albums will be sold by the end of 2018 according to a Digital Music News report. And it doesn’t seem like the trend is a fluke, as two new record stores opened up in London last weekend. Online independent music store Bleep, operating since 2004, opened a pop-up store that is the physical embodiment of what they have been creating online for the last 14 years.

Tórshavn, Faroe Islands | The world’s best record shops #131: TUTL Plátufelagið, Faroe Islands: Based in the harsh northern climate of the Faroe Islands, TUTL Plátufelagið has long been a source of local musical pride. Founded in 1977 by composer Kristian Blak, TUTL – which translates as ‘whisper’ in Faroese – is a label and record shop that places the sound of Faroese pop on a pedestal. Neo-Pagan, Faroese folk, gospel and the uniquely Scandinavian sound of heavy metal all take pride of place on TUTL’s racks, which push a range of sometimes overlooked local music. Throughout the summer months, TUTL hosts gigs almost daily across the island in some of the most unique locations you’re likely to find: caves accessible only by boat, Nordic houses in the Faroese capital Tórshavn, or traditional churches on distant islands.

Hollywood, CA | Capitol Music Group to host creativity and innovation marathon “Capitol Royale,” December 1-2. Event At Legendary Capitol Studios Brings Together Creators, Coders, Designers, And Startups To Re-Imagine The Future State Of Music Consumption, Including A Hackathon Live Streamed On Twitch. Signaling its commitment to being a pioneer in the music and tech crossover space, Capitol Music Group is hosting Capitol Royale — a creativity and innovation marathon that will take place at the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood on December 1st and 2nd. The two-day conference will bring together the music and tech industries’ leading creatives, coders, designers, and startups to highlight innovations that disrupt the music industry, including a hackathon that will challenge software developers to create products and services that reimagine music consumption and discovery.

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TVD UK

TVD Live Shots: Powerwolf and Amaranthe at Club
Live, Milan, 11/7

I love going to see metal shows in Europe because the crowds get so into the show from the first note of the first band to the very last spark of the encore. It’s a fist-pumping adrenaline rush and a celebration of all things metal that just doesn’t happen back in the States.

The lineups at metal shows are quite different as well. This night would have three very different bands representing three different genres, but they would all be equally embraced by the wall to wall crowd. Headlining the night was German power metal titans Powerwolf. These guys are somewhere between Ghost and Sabaton, and they put on one hell of a performance.

Their latest album The Sacrament of Sin was awarded best album by Metal Hammer and for good reason. This juggernaut of a record laid the foundation for a brutal set that spanned their seven studio albums. Standouts of the night included the blistering opening “Fire and Forgive” along with five other numbers from the new album. Another highlight was the last song of the night “Werewolves of Armenia.” There’s something undeniably awesome about power metal in general, but Powerwolf live and breathe this sound and not only make it look easy, but they also make you feel like you are walking into a battleground during the 16th century.

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TVD Radar: Pete Seeger, Doc Boggs, Del McCoury added to Folkways Vinyl Reissue Series

VIA PRESS RELEASE | In honor of its 70th anniversary in 2018, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings introduced its Smithsonian Folkways Vinyl Reissue Series, offering fans and collectors a change to own some of the record label’s most influential and sought after recordings on vinyl. The birthday celebration continues with four classic albums added to the series, meticulously redesigned from original prints and materials, photos, and audio remastered from the original LP masters by GRAMMY-award winning sound engineer Pete Reiniger. Each limited reissue also features the iconic black textured Folkways tip-on style album jacket and liner notes booklet that was included in the original release.

The upcoming releases in the Smithsonian Folkways Vinyl Reissue Series will be available November 30th and features four Americana favorites. Joining the series is Pete Seeger’s Goofing-Off Suite (originally released in 1955), Dock Boggs’ Legendary Singer & Banjo Player (originally released in 1964), as well as American Banjo: Tunes and Songs in Scruggs Style, (originally released in 1957). Additionally, in honor of its 50th anniversary, Del McCoury’s exceptional debut as a bandleader, Del McCoury Sings Bluegrass, originally released on Arhoolie Records (now part of the Smithsonian Folkways family) will return to print on vinyl.

Folkways’ unique nonprofit mission, to document “people’s music,” spoken word, instruction, and sounds from all around the world, has sustained the label for seven decades and built the most iconic and diverse collection of music of the 20th century. Some of the best-loved, all-time greats, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lead Belly, and Elizabeth Cotten were Folkways artists, as are thousands of creators and preservers of cultural heritage.

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TVD New Orleans

Jazz Batá 2 from Chucho Valdés arrives in stores tomorrow, 11/16

A couple of years back I had the opportunity to hear Cuban pianist, composer, and bandleader Chucho Valdés in concert. It was one of the more inspiring performances, filled with fire and finesse, that I have ever seen. The 77-year old legendary musician has reached a new creative peak in a long career of them, with the release of Jazz Batá 2, his first album for Mack Avenue Records.

Cuba is similar to New Orleans in many ways especially the role that musical families play in the culture of the island country. This year also marks the 100th birthday of Bebo Valdés, Chucho’s father. Interestingly enough Bebo was born the same year as New Orleans’ own piano genius Henry Roland Byrd, aka Professor Longhair.

The new album is a return of sorts for Valdés to the small-group concept of his 1972 Cuban album Jazz Batá. That album was originally considered experimental when it was first released. Now it has stood the test of time for a musician whose long career includes his work with the groundbreaking dance band Irakere.

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Charlene Soraia,
The TVD First Date

“When I was a child I used to flip through my parents record collection and stare at the covers. I don’t think I could even read, let alone understand that they somehow played music, but I do remember always getting to Rumours by Fleetwood Mac and flipping it over to stare at Stevie Nicks, whom I believed to be Lindsay Buckingham, the most beautiful woman in the world! You can imagine how confused I was many years later when I found out that Stevie and Lindsay were the other way round! But alas, this piece isn’t about Fleetwood Mac, it’s about vinyl and my strange little journey with it!”

“I was fascinated with my parents record collection when I was little, I’m not sure if it was the colours on these giant squares, or the smell, but both still satisfy me greatly. There was a lot of David Bowie, The Police, Kraftwerk, Bob Dylan, Prince, and Bob Marley in my parents’ record collection and every now and again new records would pop into the pile and others would go, sometimes they came back, but I eventually learnt how they worked and it was definitely some kind of witchcraft!

I vividly remember one LP turning up in the pile and thinking, “This is the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen, I bet the music is just as ugly,” so I never gave it a chance. It had the scariest picture of a man screaming and it frightened the crap outta me! The inside of the gatefold was just as disturbing with vivid colours that were kinda freaky, so I never played that LP, I never knew the name of the band or the record. I claimed a bunch of my Dad’s records when he and my Mum broke up, one being an extremely old Disney LP, which was actually my Dad’s first record! I was given some Beatles records as a teenager and lots of gifts from people twice my age to listen to, but the first LPs I bought with my own money were actually a couple of 13th Floor Elevators picture discs.

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Graded on a Curve:
New in Stores,
November 2018,
Part Three

Part three of the TVD Record Store Club’s look at the new and reissued releases presently in stores for November, 2018. Part one is here and part two is here.

NEW RELEASE PICKS: Josephine Foster, Faithful Fairy Harmony (Fire) In the wrong hands, the title for this one would likely indicate an aural quagmire, but as this is Josephine Foster, I hadn’t a worry over its contents, and this four-part 2LP didn’t disappoint. Foster’s voice is capable of sweetness, deeper beauty, and sharp intensity, plus the ability to resonate as from an earlier time without affectation. But she’s also sturdy instrumentally, playing guitar, piano, organ, harp, autoharp, harmonica, and percussion as well as producing here (recording again in Nashville with Andrija Tokic). Having come to prominence during the New Weird folk wave, Foster’s music was impressive then, and over the years she hasn’t redirected or streamlined her sound, but rather transformed it. This just might be her best one yet. A

Zaïmph, Rhizomatic Gaze (Drawing Room) I’ve expressed approval more than once over the vinyl format’s help in curbing full-length releases as containers of seemingly unedited spillage. Of course, in the right hands, records of longer duration do provide a special kick, and like Foster directly above, the mitts of Marcia Bassett (formerly of Un, Double Leopards, GHQ, and numerous collabs) are right as rain. It’s a scenario that extends to her instrumental prowess on a variety of instruments, particularly guitar. At just short of 72 minutes, there’s plenty of room here for Bassett to explore drone, noise, and ambient motifs, and while her sound has been described on more than occasion as dark, seriousness of intent keeps this far away from black capes and plastic fangs territory. Halloween is over. Outstanding. A

REISSUE/ARCHIVAL PICKS: Robbie Basho, Venus in Cancer (Traffic Entertainment) Of the three big names in American Primitive guitar’s original wave, Basho remains the least well-known, but as this very cool LP is being reissued for the third time since the turn of the century, his cult has endured (there was also a 1982 live set issued on ESP Disk last year). Originally released in ’69 or ’70, this was Basho’s sixth album and first for Blue Thumb, and it opens with the exquisite nine minutes of the title track; suffice to say no fan of Guitar Soli will want to be without it. Basho does sing on three tracks, and I’m not going to say his voice doesn’t take some getting used to, but in the 25 years since I first heard those pipes, they’ve become an integral part of the experience, which means this LP is sounding better than ever. A

The Posies, Amazing Disgrace (Omnivore) When praising Omnivore’s reissue of The Posies’ Frosting on the Beater back in August, I ranked that record as my favorite from the band, and I still feel that way. However, upon reacquaintance with this one, I’m a bit surprised at how well it’s held up. Beater has been anointed “the loud one” in the band’s discography, but they retained a lot of that spit and fire for Amazing Disgrace, and in terms of attitude, this has some of their most aggressive stuff. It also reinforces the songwriting of Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow as still up to standard, which in pop-rock is a more difficult achievement that you might think. Even at their heaviest there’s catchiness plus an avoidance of the hackneyed. The vinyl is 2LP (sans download), the CD has oodles of exclusive extras. A-

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 11/15/18

Lombard, IL | New vinyl record store opens in Edwardsville: When it comes to figuring out the process and perfect location to open the first record store in Edwardsville in decades, look no further than Trusty Chords Record Shop, at 1514 Troy Road. Behind this musical venture are owners Colin Anderson and Scott Brunkhorst, who share common interests in music and entrepreneurship, along with the help from Greg Wilhelm. Anderson is a 2003 SIUE alumnus who earned a bachelor’s in business administration with a minor in music. He is ecstatic to be able to utilize his degree and share his love for music with the community. The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, provided Anderson and Brunkhorst with the support and information needed to smoothly start their new venture.

Beijing, CN | Fruityshop’s New Venue is the Wax Mecca for Beijing’s Vinyl Devotees: Vinyl diggers are an obsessive bunch. Like archaeologists sifting through the rubble of a forgotten civilization, we gladly spend unhealthy chunks of time digging the cultural detritus of bygone decades (Culture Club, anyone?) in search of that impossible-to-find first pressing or that rare Italo disco 12-inch none of our normal friends has ever heard of. When somebody learns that I’m part of this afflicted set, the question invariably arises: “But is there even anywhere buy records in Beijing?” To which I reply: “Well, actually…” Seven years old and now in its third location, Fruityshop is Beijing’s gold standard for eclectic vinyl rarities. You won’t find the latest Coldplay record here (try Li-Pi in 798, if that’s your thing) or that bad-ass minimal techno track you heard at Dada (Floso’s got you covered there). What makes Fruity special is its impressive collection of classics and reissues from a range of off-beat genres – jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat, funk/soul, experimental, post-rock, garage rock, punk, post-punk, krautrock, psychedelic, and more. In short, it’s a sample hound’s paradise.

Mandan, ND | Mandan music man makes vinyl vogue again: America is experiencing a vinyl revival. All those records and albums that became obsolete in the 1990s, when digital media and compact discs replaced LPs, are in vogue again. A Mandan man has made it his mission to restore the discarded music mode. This is an ebay anchor store. Thousands of customers visit it every day. Mike Lucareli uses his home to store and sell music to the masses. “I have access to over a million records,” said Lucareli. He is one of the largest record sellers on ebay, but he’s not getting rich. “You don’t make a lot of money because most of them sell for a few dollars,” said Lucareli. Vintage Records is more like a hobby than a business. Mike’s massive inventory is stored in file cabinets and 40 gallon plastic tubs. “These are about 40 different Johnny Cash 45s,” said Lucareli. His whole collection isn’t close to being up on the web, yet. I can only list so many a day, so it’s a job for life…”

Marquette, MI | Blast from the past: Vinyl record show to be held this week. From ABBA to Zappa and everything in-between, the favored vinyl record show at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. is back with something for everybody.Whether you have an ear for jazz or classical music — or rock or funk — thousands of records from various genres will be available Wednesday through Saturday at the brewery’s community space. An eclectic mix of popular culture artifacts, including T-shirts, CDs, cassette tapes, 45s, comic books, art books, posters, stereo equipment and the more will also be available. Vinyl shows at the Ore Dock are held about four to five times per year, with this particular event being the 19th multi-day show. The events are co-hosted by lifelong friends, Geoff Walker and Jon Teichman — both of whom have shared a passion for music

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TVD Radar: Taking
Back Sunday celebrate
20 years with 2LP vinyl comp, in stores 1/11

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Taking Back Sunday have unveiled the track listing and format details, for their 20-year anniversary compilation, Twenty. The 21-song collection will be released on January 11th and spans all seven of their full-length albums; 2002’s Tell All Your Friends, 2004’s Where You Want To Be, 2006’s Louder Now, 2009’s New Again, 2011’s Taking Back Sunday, 2014’s Happiness Is, and 2016’s Tidal Wave.

The set also features two new studio recordings, “All Ready To Go” and “A Song For Dan,” tracks which hint at the direction that Taking Back Sunday are heading in the coming years. Available via Craft Recordings, Twenty will be released on CD, digital, and a 2-LP gatefold vinyl package. “All Ready To Go” will be released as an instant grat. single with all D2C and digital album pre-orders, on November 19th. In addition to the aforementioned formats, Taking Back Sunday are offering an exclusive 2-LP “panther’s eye” vinyl edition of the compilation, plus new merchandise via the band’s official store. Also available is a “koi pond” vinyl variant, offered exclusively from the Craft Recordings web store (in a limited quantity) or via your local independent record store.

Throughout 2019, Taking Back Sunday will be embarking on an extensive worldwide tour, paying tribute to their catalog – and their fans – with full album performances. Visit TakingBackSunday.com for the latest confirmed dates (new show announcements coming soon) and more information.

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TVD New Orleans

Mr. Blotto to record live album at the Maple Leaf Bar, 11/16–11/17

It’s kind of surprising that the Chicago-based jam band, Mr. Blotto, has never played in New Orleans. The two principal members of the group, bassist Mike and guitarist Paul Bolger, have been coming to the city for decades and have great stories about wandering the decadent streets of the French Quarter as children. That oversight in Mr. Blotto’s long history will be rectified this weekend when they play two epic shows at the Maple Leaf Bar. Both nights will be recorded for an upcoming live album.

Besides childhood memories of hippies washing their hair using rainwater runoff flowing from French Quarter downspouts, the brothers have has also visited the city numerous times over the decades. Paul even busked on the streets in his younger days.

Mike says, “We grew up in musical household; our Dad loved listening to (the) Preservation Hall (jazz band).” The bassist even took a solo road trip from Chicago to South Bend, Indiana in the 1980s to see what the fuss was all about. Though he was more into punk and metal at the time, he said, “it was one of the most profound shows I’ve ever seen.”

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