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TVD Video Premiere:
MR NASTI, “Like A Wild Animal”

“As I write, I am sitting in my Iowa cabin, listening to a Simon and Garfunkel record. It’s morning, and light is peeking across the corn fields through the East-facing octagonal window to my right.”

“I began collecting vinyl eleven years ago. The first record I bought was Licensed To Ill by The Beastie Boys, which still gets a lot of rotation. I remember digging through my mama’s records and pulling out Rhymes and Reasons by John Denver, with a weathered little piece of paper taped to the front that reads “Billie,” my mother’s name. She listened to it frequently as a kid, and it now holds a prized position in my collection. It’s interesting how all the CDs I collected through my teenage years have all but disintegrated, but this record still sounds vibrant.

What I love most about vinyl is the deliberate nature of the medium. It takes effort, thought, and energy. The required intention makes the experience more valuable and memorable. It’s big, and it feels like something, like a real piece of art. We’re in an age of streaming, where music has become less tangible. You don’t even have to download anything anymore. Where there used to be a square foot of infinite artistic possibility is now an abstract idea that comes and goes so easily that it has no value. A record is a big, beautiful object that feels good to hold in your hands. The sound of vinyl is organic, earthy, and human.

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TVD’s Press Play

Press Play is our Monday morning recap of the new tracks received last week—provided here to inform your vinyl purchasing power. Click, preview, download, purchase.

Still Parade – Actors (Dinnerdate Remix)
The Icarus Line – Don’t Let Me Save Your Soul
Jupe Jupe – Love to Watch You Fall (Lusine Remix)
The Maytags – Cassius
Germany Germany – Blank Mind Empty Heart
Morgan Shaughnessy – February Moon
Tinkerbelles – When Puppies Cry
Vincent Colbert – Baseline
Tashakimiyaki – The Beautiful Ones
Jayceeoh & Sasha Grey – Heat Of The Night ft. Bella

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
Young Tongue – HEAVY METAL THUNDER

High Ends – Downtown
Kevin California – Dear Mom
Andre Costello & The Cool Minors – Places
The Sharpees – Take Me To Your Leader
Hook N Sling – Tokyo By Night
Baby Baby – Keisha
PANES – Stills (Eyedress Remix)
Faux Ferocious – Striking Distance
Mosaics – GLAM
JoeyG. – Hii (All The Time)

9 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Jillette Johnson, “Cameron” 7″

“…Electric Fetus in Minneapolis swiftly and sweetly took my vinyl v card. I got so many records, I needed help carrying them out of the store. I got everything from Bowie to Elton John, Emmylou Harris to Radiohead, Sinatra to Al Green.

It didn’t take long before I’d sneak away from venus before each show to pour through used vinyl stacks for any trace of Billie Holiday, which I’ve come to find is no easy feat.

What I love about vinyl and the culture that surrounds it is, beyond the fact that music just sounds better under a needle, real records help give an album the respect it deserves. You listen from start to finish. You take care of the physical product because it’s fragile and valuable, and it’s worth being kind to.

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TVD’s Press Play

Press Play is our Monday morning recap of the new tracks received last week—provided here to inform your vinyl purchasing power. Click, preview, download, purchase.

Death Rattle – Weak Joints
Young Tongue – Heavy Metal Thunder
DoublePlusGood – Never The Same (Purse Candy Remix)
Kaki King – Close to Me (The Cure cover)
Daddy Lion – Evermore
Asem – Slow Motion
Tattoo Money – Coco Curious
Little Arrow – Medicine Moon
Stonefox – Heart
Jo Mango – Evermore (The Cormorant Remix)

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
The Rebel Light – Strangers

LemuelG – Life Cap
We Are The Willows – Picture
Figure – House On Haunted Hill Featuring CasOne
LUXLEY – Spirit (feat. Nora Patterson of Royal Teeth)
Bad Cop – Shotgun
We Are Z – Knucklehead
Mont Oliver – 19
Memphis Dawls – Skin Like A Cage
L A Y L A – Weightless ( Dimond Saints ) Remix
Mosaics – Submit

17 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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TVD’s Press Play

Press Play is our Monday morning recap of the new tracks received last week—provided here to inform your vinyl purchasing power. Click, preview, download, purchase.

Virginia Wing – World Contact
His Name Is Alive – African Violet Casts A Spell
Petter Carlsen – Tiger
Dimond Saints – Hunters
Leon of Athens – Pilot
Asem – Dancehall King
Cult of Riggonia – Dwell Neo Dwell
The Lowest Pair – Moving On
FKA twigs – Lights On (Rex Riot & Ouros Remix)
Dave McPherson – Nothing Is Enough

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
Black Clouds – Some Of Us Are Meant To Disappear

Germany Germany – Substance
Paperhaus – Cairo
Bad Cop – Wish You Well
Freestylers – Saturday Night Flava
Glyphs – The Machine
Corners – Love Letters
jCrizzy – About That (Prod. By Es-K)
Alex Weston – Hands
Shannon And The Clams – Into A Dream
Snowapple – California

17 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: The Rural Alberta Advantage in the city and venue of your choice

We’ve spent a considerable amount of time with The Rural Alberta Advantage over the past few weeks in celebration of their brand new, and dare we say marvelous release, Mended with Gold, in stores now on Saddle Creek Records.

“I still remember opening the first box of vinyl that we received from Saddle Creek. We were playing a show in Minneapolis at the 7th Street Entry. There was something about seeing Hometowns on vinyl for the first time, holding onto a tangible product that was in a way a summation of every show, practice, and recording session that we’d done up to that point that made you feel like you’d actually created something.

When you hold something like that for the very first time, you actually feel like you’ve maybe done something special,” the band’s Nils Edenloff wrote in last September’s First Date feature.

Last week we offered you a unique opportunity to get your hands on some unique TRAA swag with the purchase of the exclusive indie record store vinyl edition of Mended With Gold, which just so happens to be flecked with gold among the clear vinyl. (That’s it above in all its gilded glory.) Just flash The Vinyl District Record Store Locator App upon purchase, and participating shops will bestow upon you some unique TRAA swag. (That list of participating shops is right here.)

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TVD’s Press Play

Press Play is our Monday morning recap of the new tracks received last week—provided here to inform your vinyl purchasing power. Click, preview, download, purchase.

Bear Arms – Innate
Dimond Saints – MidNight
Joe Marson – Here With Me
Little Cinema – When You Think Of Me
The Marivaux – Come With Me
Katie Rush – Dangerous Luv (feat. Samantha Urbani)
We Are The Willows – Dear Ms. Branstner
Cariad Harmon – Like You
Arum Rae – Waving Wild
Jasia – Safety

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
Life Leone – Is This Love

Erica Blinn – Need Somebody Tonight
Deep Sea Diver – One By One
Stone Cold Fox – Sold
T.I. ft. Iggy Azalea – No Mediocre (Grandtheft + Migos Remix)
ES.P – Keep You Up
Raiders of the Lost Art – We Got Away (This Time)
Mysteries – Authenticity Machine
Hundred Visions – You’re Gonna Cut Me Loose
Mammoth Indigo – Winter
Warning Light – Grace Under Pressure

11 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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The Rural Alberta Advantage’s Mended With Gold LP with the TVD App!

“I still remember opening the first box of vinyl that we received from Saddle Creek. We were playing a show in Minneapolis at the 7th Street Entry. There was something about seeing Hometowns on vinyl for the first time, holding onto a tangible product that was in a way a summation of every show, practice, and recording session that we’d done up to that point that made you feel like you’d actually created something.

When you hold something like that for the very first time, you actually feel like you’ve maybe done something special.”
Nils Edenloff

Special, indeed. The Rural Alberta Advantage returns with a brand new LP, Mended With Gold this coming Tuesday, (9/30) and its arrival it being met with anything but faint praise, with Filter noting, “The band shines in its own ability to blend pared-down composition with fast-paced percussion and lyrics that could only come from, well, rural Alberta.”

“The Toronto-based trio, led by born-and-bred Albertan Nils Edenloff are full of nostalgic songs about hometowns and heartbreaks, marrying salt-of-the-earth acoustic rock to energetic rhythms and grand orchestral arrangements,” Pitchfork recently underscored.

Another facet of Mended With Gold’s arrival is the gorgeous clear vinyl with gold splatter edition (shown above) of which 1,000 were pressed as a mom and pop shop, indie exclusive edition. Of the 1,000, 250 were offered as presales which sold out in a proverbial flash—but 750 have made their way across North America and they arrive in your local shops on Tuesday for purchase.

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TVD’s Press Play

Press Play is our Monday morning recap of the new tracks received last week—provided here to inform your vinyl purchasing power. Click, preview, download, purchase.

Haley Pharo – Sorry For Not Being Sorry (Dekoder Remix)
Carl Barât & The Jackals Share Debut Single – Glory Days
BeazyTymes & Debroka – To The Floor
Stereo Off – Effectual
M o s a i c s – Submit
Brandy & Monica – The Boy Is Mine (FVLCRVM Remix)
Maxim – Phase Me
Eric Zayne – Drugs And Kids
Figure – It’s Alive Featuring D – Styles (Original Mix)
White Sea – Prague (:PAPERCUTZ Remix)

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons – Ghost

Jonnie Common – Shark
Jo Mango – Evermore (The Cormorant Remix)
Ladada – Give It Back
Oozing Wound – Drug Reference
n.Lannon – Dreamer
The Foregin Resort – Flushed
Daft Punk – Aerodynamic (SunSquabi Remix) ft. Povi Tamu
The March Divide – I Told You So
Brian Lopez – Persephone
Tina Shafer – Strange Life

5 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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TVD Video Premiere: India Mill, “Caribesque”

India Mill isn’t a band afraid of rocking the boat. In fact, they take their music very seriously indeed and their mission statement in their own words is: “…to grasp the riot shield and baton in both hands and continue musical empowerment as witnessed by Stiff Little Fingers, The Clash, REM, Manic Street Preachers, and Bruce Springsteen.”

Lofty ambitions indeed, but when you’ve grown up in one of the poorest regions in the UK, it’s no surprise when your music comes out a little politically edged.

Their latest single, “Caribesque” certainly goes someway into realising their mission statement, and the video accompanying it further cements the song’s vision of a present-day dystopia that far too many people are having to live through just to get by while others prosper. You can watch it now, exclusively on The Vinyl District.

“Caribesque” is available digitally and their debut album, Under Every Sky will be released November 24th this year.

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