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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.

“Producing ‘Garden State Sound’ has forced me to recognize some common threads and traits which are shared between many musicians in our state. Determination is definitely one of them. It’s a personality trait that Brian Fitzpatrick has in spades. Brian has been slugging away as a part of the regional music scene since the 1990s and shows no signs of slowing down.

Having shared the bill at many New Jersey venues over the last many years, Brian and I share some war stories, talk about NJ stages and venues, hear tracks from his upcoming release, and discuss the always looming shadow of Bruce Springsteen.” —EZT

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TVD Recommends:
TVD at the Fillmore
with Drop Electric, Honest Haloway, and Technophobia, 10/3

Well, you know…we’re sure as shit gonna recommend our own show.

The running joke around TVD HQ is that, in contrast to the many going out websites, we’re your favorite staying in source. I mean, turntables pretty much dictate that, right? (We’re a pale bunch.)

But like you, we too can be found at many a show, and as such we’re delighted to announce that in partnership with our friends at the Fillmore Silver Spring, we’ve been asked to curate a recurring series of live events spotlighting bands and artists who we feel should be squarely on your radar.

And the first of these evenings arrives TONIGHT, Thursday, October 3, as TVD Presents at the Fillmore Silver Spring: Drop Electric, Honest Haloway, and Technophobia. Let’s introduce you to the bands…

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Matthew Sweet:
The TVD Interview
in conversation with
Olivia Mancini

When I was 15 or so, I heard Matthew Sweet’s “Girlfriend” on the radio. It took me weeks to acquire his albums 100% Fun, Girlfriend, and Altered Beast (instant musical gratification hadn’t yet been invented), but by the time I’d heard “Sick of Myself” and “I Almost Forgot” 7,000 times, I knew that the only thing I was sure I wanted to do was to be in a rock and roll band. That is how Matthew Sweet changed my life.

Imagine, then, my disbelief and amazement when The Mates were tapped to open for Matthew Sweet and his band at the Birchmere on Friday, Aug. 23. And then the incredulity and (if I’m being honest) nervousness that arose when TVD suggested that Matthew and I interview each other—on the telephone!

The following is a transcript of our conversation, which plays out like a comedy of errors as Matthew and I spend many precious minutes trying to figure out how to actually conduct the interview. Misunderstandings and technical difficulty abound, but we still manage to work in some good discussion about vinyl, Kickstarter campaigns, pottery, and who’s actually opening Matthew’s show. —Olivia Mancini


Hi, is this Olivia?

It is. Hi, is this Matthew?

Yes, hi.

Great. Nice to speak with you, Matthew. So, listen, I don’t know if you had any ideas about how we can do this because I’m not sure what’s the best way. This is going to go on The Vinyl District, in some transcribed form, but I guess that means we have to figure out how to record it. Do you have any ideas on that?

Hmmm…wait, I thought there was going to be someone else transcribing it for us.

Hmmm…yeah, no. It’s just us on the call. How do you feel about Skype?

Skype? Do you have a way to record with Skype?

Well, I was thinking if we Skyped, then both voices would be in the room, and then I could just record it like that.

You have a way to record it through your computer?

I was thinking to hit the old voice memo function on the iPhone.

Ah, got it. Skype. Hmmm. Well, I’m kind of not presentable. I look like I just rolled out of bed…

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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“Tonights show is a mish mash of new musical nuggets from artists new and old.

Frankie & The Heartstrings join me in conversation to talk about new album The Days Run Away, touring the bejesus out of the country and setting up their own shop in Sunderland. This weeks Record Of The Week is by Wolf People, it’s the aces Fain and I’ll be spinning three tracks from the album.

With new music in the mix from Younghusband, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Jacco Gardner, and more you’d be daft to miss it.”

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The Idelic 100: The Best of TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

We’ve noted often that Jon Sidel’s Idelic Hour, TVD’s Friday afternoon podcast, is the beating heart and soul of our endeavor. As we count down to the Idelic Hour’s 100th hour this Friday, we’ve asked Jon to share 5 of his favorites all this week. —Ed.

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Last night was a dreamy Valentine’s evening in the canyon. My goal was to rip a quick and fast Idelic set so I could jump back into a romantic evening with my beautiful wife, Susan.

One of the things I love about Susan is her patience and understanding given my obsession with music. Growing up in Seattle and attending weekend shows at The Gorilla Gardens, Susan like no other understands her man’s love for punk rock.

Like many of my old friends in Hollywood, let’s call them, “homies,” I lean toward punk that was recorded in late 1976 to 1977. Many of the records in this set I purchased as a teenager on 45 the very week they came out. I bought many from Bleeker Bob’s in his shop on McDougal Street. In the case of Eddie and The Hot Rods or The Pistols “EMI” seven-inch, it was Discophile on 8th Street. And there were a few at Discomat uptown where Bryan Gregory from the Cramps ran the import section.

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TVD500: We’ll master, press, design, print, package, and deliver 500 copies of your winning 7″ single. On us.

It’s a popular refrain around here when talking to newer and often established acts, “We’d love to put this out on vinyl, but the funds just aren’t there.” In fact, it’s SO common that we decided to do something about it.

Introducing TVD500—the recurring competition where TVD and our esteemed partners will master, press, design, print, package, and deliver 500 copies of your winning 7″ single—on us.

We’re putting the call out for any individual artist or band—working in any genre—to submit two tracks to us as entries, an A and B side, for consideration for this competition.

Think of it as an internet Star Search. We are.

And, the very first winner of our initial TVD500 giveaway will be the very first single released on TVD Records—our brand new vinyl imprint that will be the home for TVD500 releases as well as special projects to come.

The winner of this competition will see the final mixes of their A and B side tracks mastered at Infrasonic Sound Recording— the state of the art audio and vinyl mastering facility located in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

From there, Furnace MFG, the Official Pressing Plant for Record Store Day, will press 500 copies of your single, assemble, and ship directly to our winner the very first, official TVD Records release. (They’re also printing our 7″ labels!)

While the vinyl itself is in production, Dorado Music Packaging will be printing your custom 7″ sleeves. Dorado hosts a myriad of standard and custom packaging products, and they’ll be printing and shipping your single’s sleeve designed by, well us, the art department here at TVD HQ.

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TVD’s Press Play

It’s our weekly Twitter #MusicMonday recap (on Tuesday this week!) of the brand new tracks from last week that the folks in the press offices want you to be hearing. We post, you download.

Aimee Bobruk – A Day in the Life
Steelwells – Cool Kids
Cosmic Suckerpunch – Cosmic
Pony Time – What If You Caught Me
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister – Tales That I Tell
rEMi. – Twistin’ It Up. (Ft. Chris Scott)
Sin Fang – Young Boys
Frontier Ruckus – Dealerships
Rice Cultivation Society – Honey Hide
David AKZ – Ultralight

Crime & The City Solution – My Love Takes Me There

El Sportivo & The Blooz – Waking World
Strangers – Bred for Breeding
GLISS – Blur
Oceanography – Drinking Water
Wintersleep – Permanent Sigh
Youth Lagoon – Dropla
myopic – Jura
Gracie – Habits
Mwahaha – Sleep Deep
Stubborn Heart – Need Someone

30 more FREE TRACKS after the jump!

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TVD’s Press Play

It’s our weekly Twitter #MusicMonday recap of the brand new tracks from last week that the folks in the press offices want you to be hearing. We post, you download.

Total Warr – Bambastard (feat. The Death Set)
The Cannanes – Bumper
Renny Wilson – By and By
Elephant 12 – Holiday
As Elephants Are – Lucifer
Social Studies – Away For The Weekend
Rice Cultivation Society – Honey Hide
Tashaki Miyaki – Unsatisfied (Replacements cover)
ERAAS – At Heart (The KVB Remix)
Arbouretum – Jagged Promises

Brokeback – The Wire, the Rag and the Payoff

Camper Van Beethoven – Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out
The Yes Way – Barcelona
Apparat – A Violent Sky
Useless Eaters – a6 black night ultraviolet
Arrica Rose – Without My Love
Rosco Bandana – Feels Like Mississippi
FLOTE – The Cascades
Freeze-Tag – Kiss, Kiss, Kiss
Hands – Trouble
Jez Dior – Love Me To Death

10 more FREE TRACKS after the jump!

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Paul Buchanan:
The TVD Interview in conversation with Chad Clark of Beauty Pill

If you’re like me, perhaps you take to Facebook a wee too often some evenings sharing music. And perhaps this shared music strikes a chord with a friend who is equally as effusive with the “like button.” And perhaps the invitation arises that affords an opportunity to put said friend—Chad Clark of Washington, DC band Beauty Pill—in contact with the musician inspiring the evening’s muse, Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile, whose brand new US release, Mid Air is in stores now. Well, perhaps you’re reading that conversation at present. —Ed.

Chad Clark: One of the things that attracted me (and many others, I’m sure) to The Blue Nile was the band’s daring and imaginative use of sonic texture. There was always a delicate, elegant, painterly quality to the records that seemed deeply felt, deeply considered. Some of the early sounds were almost non-musical: the sound of bicycles wheels spinning and such. Always at the center of it was your voice and your imagistic words.

This is something that influenced me greatly as a musician to experiment and explore textures in the studio. This “texturalism” (for lack of a better word) leads me to a few different questions. It seems to me that The Blue Nile was sort of is its own impossible-to name genre. Would you agree?

Paul Buchanan: I suppose we pursued our own shared imagination. What was important was the sense of the song, so recognisable licks were out. We tried to create the world in which the person in the song belonged.

I can’t really think of “peers” who worked in a similar terrain. Did you regard yourselves as having peers or did you feel like you were working in a field of your own? If so, was that lonely? Or did you enjoy the feeling of making your own world?

Yes, we were in our own world, and just doing the best we could to capture the idea. We had no money, no phone.

The Blue Nile’s sonic adventurousness proved to be subtly groundbreaking. Did you have conscious ambitions to break ground, to innovate? Or, were you just following your instincts? Did you just innocently happen upon those ideas or was there a sense of deliberate design to the path you chose?

Circumstance and limitations shape what you do as much as your imagination, don’t they? Marrying the two is a step forward. You’re right—we stumbled on ideas and followed our instincts. We played the way we could play.

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TVD’s Press Play

It’s our weekly Twitter #MusicMonday recap of the brand new tracks from last week that the folks in the press offices want you to be hearing. We post, you download.

The 1975 – Sex (Liar Remix)
Big Harp – You Can’t Save ‘Em All
The Black Twig Pickers – Rough Carpenters
Poppy Ackroyd – Seven
Il Sogno Del Marinaio – The Tiger Princess
Kingsley Flood – Down
Paradise – Psychic Returns
At Sea – These Stolen Hours
Amtrac – Money (The Drums Cover)
Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet – Blues Can Be Abstact, Too

China Rats – To Be Like I

Pravada – Campfire Song
Dan Croll – From Nowhere (SertOne Remix)
How To Dress Well – & It Was U (Doss Remix)
Kid Flicks – Dirty Utopians
!M! – Lithium (Nirvana Cover)
Lonesome Leash – Ghosts
Railbird – MIRRORs (School of Seven Bells Remix)
Passion Pit – Carried Away (Mist Glider Remix)
Portland Cello Project – Old Shanghai (Beck Hansen’s Song Reader)
Qurious – Pactolian

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