Author Archives: Tim

TVD Kickstarts: CBGB Punk Photos by Godlis, 1976-1979: The Book

I’ve known David Godlis’ photographs longer than I’ve known him. If you’ve read any number of books or New York Times articles about CBGB and related subjects, chances are you know his work as well. I finally befriended him 6 or 7 years ago during one of my frequent periods of unemployment. He needed some help scanning proofsheets, and I was able and willing. Listening to a mix of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, and Howard Stern broadcasts, we got to know each other pretty well.

The one surprising thing I found out was that he had never had a book published. “I’m working on something…” “I’m talking to some publishers…” “I may do a Kickstarter campaign…” These were the various things he said keeping things somewhat close to the vest. Well, he’s finally launched his Kickstarter campaign, and the response has been astounding. He met his initial goal of $30,000 within five days! Of course, if you’re interested in a limited edition copy of the man’s timeless work, you should still donate.

Godlis was generous enough to spend a few minutes talking about the CBGB days with us.

What did you shoot prior to discovering CBGB, and how did you discover the club?

Prior to arriving in New York City in 1976, I was a “street photographer,” trying to shoot like Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander all rolled into one.

When I moved here from Boston and found some work, I began looking for a club or bar to hang out in that had music or a good jukebox. I guess all paths were leading to CBGB’s after I spied an issue of Punk magazine and saw the back of the Village Voice with those adverts for bands with odd interesting names – Blondie, Television, Ramones, Suicide. I had also seen a photo in Boston of Patti Smith and Bob Dylan in the summer of 1975. So, down to the Bowery I went and the rest is history.

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30,000 app users can’t
be wrong!

One year ago we launched The Vinyl District Record Store Locator app for iPhone and Android. Happy one year birthday to us!

With about 30,000 users currently, and a few thousand record stores listed from 28 countries around the world, it would seem like we are the record buying travelers’ go-to app of choice, and we couldn’t be more honored.

Of course, you, the app user, have also been a huge help in keeping us informed on store openings and closings, and whatever else—thank you. We’d also like to extend a zillion thanks to our development wizards at Shoutem for their tireless efforts on behalf of this project.

We hope to keep on keeping on, as we all help each other do what we love—visiting and supporting independent record stores! Happy holidays all!

For your iPhone here. | For your Android here.

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Vinyl Video: Johnny Marr, “The Messenger”

Johnny Marr, all around guitar great and ex-Smith, recently announced the early 2013 release of his debut solo album (that’s what he’s saying), The Messenger, on Sire/ADA. In keeping with all thing social, Marr has now made available a beautiful video for the album’s title track.

It finds our man wandering the woods and beaches of Formby, an area in the northwest of the UK, in Merseyside, near Liverpool. The 12 track album will be available on February 26, and tour dates are expected to follow.

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TVD Kickstarts: Dust & Grooves’ Photography Book on Vinyl Collectors

With just a few days left for the Dust & Grooves Kickstarter campaign, we wanted to give you the heads up about it just in case you missed it the first time around. And yes, they’ve reached their goal however, like all Kickstarter campaigns, projects always benefit from a surplus of funds. So if you haven’t checked it out yet, please do. As stated a few weeks ago, the work is quite worthy of support!

Previously: In case you’ve never taken the time to check out photographer Eilon Paz’s vinyl obsessed website, Dust & Grooves, now would be a good time.

For the past few years Paz has been documenting vinyl collectors around the US and beyond, and the results are quite stunning.

And now Dust & Grooves is looking to self-publish a photo book further documenting collectors who have been shot by Paz, as well as folks who he’ll meet on a cross-country jaunt to gather new material later this summer. Check out the video and you’ll see the scope of the entire project—you’ll be impressed!

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The Hives invade
the States in June

As if quickly taking the lead in my Album Cover of The Year wasn’t enough, The Hives have announced a North American tour that kicks off June 19 in Washington, DC which follows the release of their new (and excellent!) album, Lex Hives, on June 5. More dates will follow this fall. Tickets will go on sale to the general public, Friday, April 27 at 10:00am EDT via Ticketmaster.

The band recently visited the Jimmy Kimmel Show performing their current single, “Go Right Ahead”:

The band made a return to the live stage with two explosive Coachella performances, which were widely regarded as a festival highlight. During the first weekend, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist enticed the crowd of thousands to sit down during their last song, then rise back up en masse. However on the second weekend, he upped the ante by getting the entire crowd to lie down!

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New vinyl from New Order: 18 minutes of Elegia

Originally released in a five minute version on 1985’s Low Life, New Order have released a nearly 18 minute vinyl version of “Elegia,” a tribute to Ian Curtis previously only available in a 2002 boxset, and a 2008 expanded CD issue of Low Life.

Latin for elegy, “Elegia” is certainly regal and elegiac. The b-sides (as they used to be called) are a John Peel session version of Power, Corruption, & Lies track “5-8-6”, as well as another track dedicated to Curtis, “Him” from Movement.

Fantastic. Buy it here.

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Tompkins Square rolls out line of 78 RPM discs for Record Store Day

With the recently announced full list of special releases for Record Store Day, it difficult for a label to separate themselves from the pack. One way to do it is is to follow Tompkins Square‘s example – release some 78 r.p.m. discs! Luckily I have a record player that can play at 78 so this will not be an issue for me.

San Francisco-based record label Tompkins Square announces the first in a series of releases in the 78 rpm 10″ vinyl format.

The first two will feature previously unreleased recordings from Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), and Ralph Stanley. Both 78’s will be released as a limited edition of 500 copies on Record Store Day, April 21, 2012.

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What does your record collection look like?

Calling all collectors—get out your cameras and show the world what you’re hiding in those shelves! Check this out from our friends at Dust & Grooves and Flea Market Funk! I’m in!

Wax On Film: A Vinyl Photo Contest is an opportunity for vinyl collectors of all walks of life to showcase their true love for vinyl. It’s put together by Jamison Harvey of Flea Market Funk and Eilon Paz, of the acclaimed vinyl documentary photo site Dust & Grooves.

The mission of this photo contest is to help preserve vinyl heritage, as well as the artists that make it, just as our contestants do with their collections.

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The Jesus and Coffee Table Book

With the recent announcement of some US dates and some catalog replenishment over the last year or so, the Jesus & Mary Chain are a busy lot. This includes a brand new coffee table book by Andrew Catlin and Jim and Julie Reid.

Have a look at the entire thing above, or preview and order here. The price is $46.58.

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Collapsing New Buildings: Fad Gadget Tribute takes NYC
in March

Envoy Enterprises, NP Contemporary Art, and Mute pay tribute to Frank Tovey / Fad Gadget with a three-part project series in homage to Frank Tovey – founder of the 1970s/1980s British electronic group Fad Gadget, marking the 10 year anniversary of the pioneer’s death.

Summoning a diverse group of artists and musicians who have been both directly and indirectly influenced by Tovey, the series will take place from March 1st through to April 8th, 2012 featuring a group exhibition, live music performances, and a film screening. All events are free and open to the public.

FGFt was inspired in 2010 by the film Fad Gadget by Frank Tovey, a documentary produced by the Frank Tovey Estate and Mute, and directed by Morgan Tovey Frost. The documentary incited the possibility of paying tribute to a pioneer of the underground and post-punk music scenes who incorporated innovative electronic textures, Kafka-esque lyrics, and elaborately visceral performances.

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That’s what I call art: Kraftwerk to perform
at MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art presents its first time-based artist retrospective with Kraftwerk–Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, performed live on eight consecutive evenings from April 10 through 17, by Kraftwerk, the avant-garde electronic music pioneers.  

Each evening will consist of a live performance, in the Museum’s Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, of works from one of the group’s eight albums, created over four decades, followed by a selection of original compositions from their catalogue adapted specifically for this exhibition’s format to showcase both Kraftwerk’s historical contributions and contemporary influences on sound and image culture.

Kraftwerk–Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large at MoMA and Director of MoMA PS1, with the assistance of Eliza Ryan, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1.

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Black Jazz in the Bay: Calvin Keys Reissue and Birthday Celebration

When it comes to collectable jazz labels from the 1970’s, the name Black Jazz is usually near, if not at the top of the list.

It’s a label record collectors spend years looking for original pressings from. Luckily, some newer labels are smart enough to cherry pick the better titles for reissue. Tompkins Square is one of those labels.

Usually known for their folk and country releases, Tompkins Square does expand beyond those realms given the chance—as long as the guitar playing is up to par. They do this week with the reissue of guitarist Calvin Keys’ Shawn-Neeq, originally released on the Black Jazz label in 1971.

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The Vinyl District Record Store Locator App: The Forum

This is the first in an occasional series for those who have downloaded The Vinyl District’s Record Store Locator app. It’s our chance to update you on where we’re at, and where we’ll be headed.

In just over a month since we launched, over 10,000 of you have downloaded the app, and hopefully have taken it for a test drive. We’d like to thank each and everyone of you for giving it a shot. I’d especially like to thank our developer, Shoutem, for being so supportive.

To bring everyone up to date, we now have stores listed in ten countries: Australia (77), Belgium (32), Canada (52), Germany (107), Italy (1), Sweden (11), Switzerland (10), Turkey (2), United Kingdom (over 350), and of course the United States (over 1,200). The great thing is that everyone has helped. And we’re far from finished. We’ve received emails from people all over the globe letting us know about stores that need to be listed, and stores that are no longer in business.

Should you need to contact us with store openings, closings, a change of address, or a shop we’ve overlooked, you can always reach us at info[@]thevinyldistrict.com or on our app Facebook page.

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Justin Townes Earle
previews new LP

Check out this teaser for the upcoming (fifth, I think) album from Justin Townes Earle which sounds very promising indeed. His last one, Harlem River Blues, was one of my favorite albums last year—it was released officially in 2010, but who’s counting?—and it sounds as if this one picks right up where that one left off. The kid’s got style.

The release date for Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now is March 27 on Bloodshot Records, but you can go to his website and grab a free MP3 of the title track in exchange for an email address.

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New Leonard Cohen, “Darkness”

Following up from the excellent “Show Me The Place,” shared back in November, Leonard Cohen has made another new track from his forthcoming album available. “Darkness” is yet another reason why I can’t wait to hear this album.



After 15-20 years in a haze of synthesized production sounds (not exactly lost), he’s returned to a more natural sound. Maybe that’s one of the reasons he’s called the new album Old Ideas? Thank goodness!

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