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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.

DZ Deathrays – Fixations (AL-P of MSTRKRFT Remix)
Sam Smith – Stay With Me (Bender Remix)
Wise Girl – So Broken
The High Learys – I’m A Fool For You
Anabot – Candy-Eyed
Grammar – New World
Douglas Francis – Hedonic Treadmill
Lookas – LOKO (Dani Deahl Remix)
Cassorla – The Right Way
Anushka – Atom Bombs

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
Sillyboy – Do it Again

Clockwork Radio – Sitting Bull
Selena Garcia – Brother
Nite Fields – Vacation
Negativland – Right Might
Ennui – Summer of Love
Mary J. Blige – Just Fine (GAMPER & DADONI x Mingo Starr Remix)
Double Plus Good – Never The Same
Dream Boat – The Rose Explodes
Baby Baby – Turnip
Gwyneth Moreland – Pine Box Sailor

3 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Big Star’s #1 Record
and Third performed live at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 9/27

Every now and again we find ourselves in the audience at an event so special and unique that the experience easily defies the normal concert going affair. Such was the case last month as we took in Big Star’s #1 Record and Third performed in their entirety at Washington, DC’s premier venue, the 9:30 Club. As we wrote back in August:

Once a decade or eon or so, an LP comes along that is simply too tortured and nakedly honest for human ears. 1978’s twisted and raw Third/Sister Lovers is such an LP. The final offspring of the seventies’ incarnation of Memphis, Tennessee power pop band Big Star—which never dented the charts during its lifetime but has achieved cult superstardom in the years since—Third is anything but a catchy power pop record.

As such, Third is every bit as nakedly powerful a work of art as Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Crack Up,” or heroin- and booze-ravaged Charlie Parker’s tortured 1946 Dial Records take on “Lover Man,” which he couldn’t even stand on his own to record and which was followed by a long “vacation” in California’s Camarillo State Mental Hospital.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Orenda Fink in the city and venue of your choice

“When I was growing up in the Fink household, once the sun began to set, it was time to party. The conversation and laughter (and beer) would begin to flow freely as my mother prepared elaborate home cooked southern meals.”

“We would gravitate and orbit her like the sun, my father and sisters and I. So naturally, the kitchen was where we kept the record player and hifi. The backdrop to these nightly parties was always music. Loud music. Bluegrass, old country, rock and roll. The later it got, the louder it got, as records were passed from hand to hand. These records—studied, revered, and sometimes even hated—were the soundtrack to my childhood.

I’m not sure that anyone has had that experience with my records, but it is important to me to make sure they are released on vinyl just in case. Because there are some things that an MP3 can never be, and one of those is family.”
Orenda Fink

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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.

The Retrospectives – Insane
Wise Girl – So Broken
Dive Index – A Person to Hide With
Cut Copy – Meet Me In A House Of Love (The Miracles Club Remix)
DoublePlusGood – Never The Same
Blood And Glass – Paper Heart
Cult of Riggonia – Dwell Neo Dwell
The Foreign Films – Emily Blue
Tacocat – Crimson Wave
The Henry Millers – Posies

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
The Hazey Janes – All Is Forgotten

The Last Bison – Bad Country
Mano’s Daughter – What’s A Girl Supposed To Do
Salme Dahlstrom – Love + Shine
Kellee Maize – I Insist (Remix)
Autumn In June – Weeks
Eyelids – Seagulls Into Submission
Split Screens – Stand Alone
Arum Rae – Let’s Shake
The Belle Sounds – Black Stone
Gwyneth Moreland – Pine Box Sailor

15 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Big Star’s #1 Record
and Third performed live at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 9/27

Every now and again we find ourselves in the audience at an event so special and unique that the experience easily defies the normal concert going affair. Such was the case last month as we took in Big Star’s #1 Record and Third performed in their entirety at Washington, DC’s premier venue, the 9:30 Club. As we wrote back in August:

Once a decade or eon or so, an LP comes along that is simply too tortured and nakedly honest for human ears. 1978’s twisted and raw Third/Sister Lovers is such an LP. The final offspring of the seventies’ incarnation of Memphis, Tennessee power pop band Big Star—which never dented the charts during its lifetime but has achieved cult superstardom in the years since—Third is anything but a catchy power pop record.

As such, Third is every bit as nakedly powerful a work of art as Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Crack Up,” or heroin- and booze-ravaged Charlie Parker’s tortured 1946 Dial Records take on “Lover Man,” which he couldn’t even stand on his own to record and which was followed by a long “vacation” in California’s Camarillo State Mental Hospital.

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TVD Vinyl Giveaway:
The Animals,
The Best of The Animals

Last week, we had quite a number of very good things to say in regard to ABKCO Records’ brand new clear vinyl reissue of The Animals’ The Best of The Animals:

No single album can encompass the range of The Animals’ ’64-’65 run, but ABKCO’s recent vinylization of the ’88 compact disc The Best of The Animals comes pretty close. Gathering all the early hits without neglecting the enduring appeal of their R&B core, it sports the same cover photo as MGM’s 11-track ’66 LP while slightly modifying and significantly expanding the contents. Pressed on 180gm vinyl, those desiring an upgrade for a nearly half-century old and surely highly-worn compilation are unlikely to find a better opportunity.

The pop success of great rock bands, and the one formed in Newcastle upon Tyne when Eric Burdon joined the Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo definitely qualifies, often gets belittled as concession, cash-in, or more likely some combination of the two. The reality is that music and commerce, particularly in the middle of last century, weave together like amorous but argumentative vines.

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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.

HEYROCCO – Melt
Feldspar – Song Without A Chorus
Like Swimming – A Room Of Her Own
Unmap – Purify (La Boum Fatale Remix)
Lauren Shera – Light & Dust
Phoenix – Armistice (Lucian Remix)
Dirtwire – The Well (feat. Rising Appalachia)
Futurebirds – (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville (R.E.M. Cover)
Monogold – Holograms
Rob The Neighbour – Just Chillin In A Doorway

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
Algernon Doll – Candy-Striped

Hans Zimmer – Time (Tyler Sherritt Rework)
Maxim – Wolf feat. Cianna Blaze
Major – Money Dance (Produced by T Rex)
Sea Oleena – A Lift (Dreams of Portugal)
The Burgeoning – Lighthouse
DOSVEC – Back & Forth Playing (Mr V vs Dr Kucho & Gregor Salto(Oliver Heldens & Gregor Salto Mix)
Autumn In June – IDK
AlunaGeorge – Best Be Believing (TYR Remix)
Travi$ Scott – Drive (The 1975 Remix)
Neil Holyoak – Red Queen Of Autumn

5 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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TVD Vinyl Giveaway:
Herman’s Hermits,
Their Greatest Hits

From last week’s full review of ABKCO’s LP reissue of Herman’s Hermits’ Their Greatest Hits:

Amongst the insults lobbed at Herman’s Hermits over the decades: fabricated, shallow, calculatedly commercial, utterly safe, disposable. At home they scored hits and in the US became one of the most popular imports of the mid-‘60s, though for many they are simply a Brit Invasion phenomenon connecting the Frankie Avalon/Fabian ‘50s scene and the eventual rise of bubblegum. Any folks curious as to what the fuss was all about might want to look into ABKCO’s LP reissue of Their Greatest Hits.

Herman’s Hermits can be considered the UK equivalent of and predecessor to The Monkees, though they had to fight longer for a redemption that is still in progress, as many persist in evaluating them as eternal inhabitants of Squaresville, damned to never ascend phoenix-like from the circumstances thrust upon them by their era.

The ever-growing legion of Pop scientists will chalk this up to plain Rockism, but it’s a little more complex than that. Prior to getting captured in the viselike clutches of Mickey Most, Herman’s Hermits were a highly amiable small-time gigging Manchester-based band, one initially shouldering the rather unimaginative moniker of the Heartbeats; it was subsequent to Peter Noone’s arrival that a name change, reportedly inspired by managers Harvey Lisberg and Charlie Silverman, occurred.

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TVD’s Press Play

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

The Last Bison – Bad Country
Teach Me Equals – Coelacanth
Split Screens – Stand Alone
Abbie Barrett – Lake House Moon
Gr1melord – Sell Your Soul
Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden – Blue Hotel
SevnthWonder x A Sol Mechanic x TokyoMegaplex – What’s To Come
Rice Cultivation Society – Cellphone
DZ Deathrays – Fixations (AL-P of MSTRKRFT Remix)

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
David Vandervelde – One More Time

Andrew Marica – Forever Gone
Dirtwire – Damn Rooster
Casey Jack – Home
Civilian Sol – On The Wall
Cariad Harmon – You Don’t Know Me Yet
ISTILLFEELIT – Mehr
Justin Timberlake – Suit and Tie (Kyoto Remix)
Brenton – Catch Up
A Shoreline Dream – The Heart Never Recovered

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

We’re taking a long weekend and will return tomorrow, 9/2. 

While we’re away, why not fire up our free Record Store Locator app and visit one of your local indie record shops? Perhaps there’s an interview, review, or feature you might have missed? Catch up and we’ll see you back here on Tuesday.

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