“I was in the 4th grade. I lived in Littleton, CO. I worshipped Janet, Whitney, and Mariah. They were the very beginning of my musical awareness and I have great respect for their talents. That was the summer my aunt came to town.”
“She lived in LA, but hailed originally from Seattle like the rest of my mom’s family. She saw Nirvana play in small clubs. She gave me the album that served as the catalyst that brought me into the world where the music was raw, emotional, and tough. Where the guitars expressed as much as the vocals. Where there was no discernable pretense, nothing was polished. I was the weird kid and I had found my home.
It was 1993. I listened to Nevermind countless times on my little bedside table alarm clock/tape deck. It would be almost a decade before I seriously started exploring my own musical voice. When Kurt Cobain died, my aunt wouldn’t leave the house. My grandparents laid flowers on his driveway. And my young self struggled to make the connection between the artist I admired and the person in enough pain to kill himself. I still do. And, every once in a while, I stop to think about how deeply rooted my musical expression is in my own pain. And then I stop and go about my day.”
—Anne Warnock, vocals, guitar
“I remember finding my dad’s old records in middle school and being blown away by the sound compared to my CDs.”
“I remember Dark Side of the Moon being a completely new album and scaring the shit out of me. Records made it fun to shop for music as well. Finding Petitioning the Empty Sky and blasting that is another wonderful memory. Nothing beats the warmth you hear on vinyl. How’s that?”
—Mike Sullivan, bass
They come, they go—every 6 months or so it seems, leaving an indelible mark at TVD and on their own careers. Some depart to labels. Some are drafted by PR firms. Hell, some even stay on as TVD editors from their own home city—they’re just that good.
Fall 2014 looms and we still have a handful of internship openings for Autumn and even into Spring 2015. We’re seeking bright, self motivated, articulate future music industry professionals to join our team on the content side and the marketing and social media outreach that informs the day to day at TVD. Also, candidates need not be in Washington, DC where we’re based to be considered—just be awake when we are.
Interested? Drop Jon and Olivia an email introducing yourself.
Art and music. Twas a time when both were connected at the hip—with an emphasis on the hip, where albums covers were often as celebrated as the package’s contents.
As such, to celebrate the release of her brand new Warner Brothers full-length, The Golden Echo—out now in the US, Aussie chanteuse Kimbra presided over her own record release and listening party with a performance surrounded by 13 original pieces of art “each inspired by and corresponding to a song on the new record” at LA’s Graffiti Cafe.
The Golden Echo, we hasten to add, is available in a 2 LP configuration bundled with 3 limited edition lithographs, which points to a trend we’d like to see fostered.
We sent TVD LA’s Manny Hebron to check out the action last Thursday night.
KIM CLASSEN FOR TVD | On April 19, 2013 Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club paid an unforgettable tribute to his late father Michael Been’s legendary band, The Call.
Recorded at The Troubadour in downtown Los Angeles, The Call Live Tribute with Robert Levon Been features original bandmates Tom Ferrier (guitar, vocals), Jim Goodwin (keyboards, vocals), and Scott Musick (drums, vocals) and includes iconic tracks like “I Still Believe,” “Let The Day Begin,” and “The Walls Came Down.”
Formed in 1979, The Call released seven critically acclaimed albums within an eight year period and opened for acts such as Peter Gabriel and Simple Minds. In 1997, The Call returned to the studio after a seven-year break to record Heaven & Back, but disbanded shortly after its release. Michael Been began working as a sound engineer for his son Robert Levon Been’s band, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, but sadly passed away from a heart attack while on tour in Belgium.
“I first started buying 7 inch singles when I was just 6 years old. The first single I bought was ‘Uptown Girl’ by Billy Joel which was quickly followed by ‘Two Tribes’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. It was the mid 1980s so pop music was at its peak and I absorbed it all like a sponge! The first LP that made a big impression on me however would be Tango In the Night by Fleetwood Mac.”
“There’s just this dreamy haze that pervades the record. The voices of Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham interweave majestically to create these immaculate pop songs. I just connected with it instantly and still do to this day.
Most people’s favourite Pixies record would be Doolittle but mine would always be Bossanova. It was my first real introduction to the band and I remember being about 13 at the time and just being completely blown away by it. Black Francis’s voice on ‘Rock Music’ is just so brutal. I couldn’t imagine how it was physically possible to sing like that? Joey Santiago’s guitars frantically stabbing away in the background like the soundtrack to some slasher flick. I love the whole 50s sci fi, surf punk vibe of the whole record perfectly encapsulated on ‘Velouria.’
Beginning today, Tuesday, August 19th, The Vinyl District’s Tim Hibbs will begin hosting lunchtime vinyl sessions at the historic Acme Feed & Seed every Tuesday and Thursday from noon – 2:00 PM (CST). The 200-year old building is on the National Register of Historic Places and it has been recently converted into a first class restaurant and venue.
The first floor, where Tim will spin, houses the restaurant which offers gourmet, street-food style cuisine and two bars which feature 28 regional craft beers on tap. The hardwood floors and thick ceiling beams belie the building’s former life, but the new owners have spared no expense in making it a true oasis from the tourist trappings of Lower Broadway. Located at 101 Broadway at First Avenue, it overlooks the mighty Cumberland River.
What will Tim spin? The initial sets will focus on music of all genres made in Nashville: blues, soul, rock and, of course, country. Whatever the style, it will all be sourced from vinyl. Tim and Carl Gatti, Acme’s Program Director/Talent Buyer, are serious about keeping it analog, so expect the best in 7”, 10”, and 12” selections. Requests are welcome and questions about the records are encouraged. Tim will publish a detailed playlist after every session, listing the records played and post it to his and Acme’s Facebook pages.
“Cry Cry Cry” was written with direct nod to ’50s and ’60s rock n roll.”
“Sometimes I need a break from my more melancholic tendencies! The video was shot in Townsville in tropical north Queensland on the city streets with a Go-Pro strapped to a motocycle helmet.
The dancers follow me around the city throwing themselves around in fountains, shopping malls, and deserted suburban streets. We had some very curious looks…”
“Cry Cry Cry” is taken from Eden Mulholland’s full length release, Body Fight Time which is available now.
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Turning Plates have kindly given us an exclusive sneak peak at their latest offering, “Wild Roots,” taken from their debut album The Shouting Cave due for release on 22nd September 2014.
“Wild Roots” highlights the band’s tender side as they pour emotion into a short, instrumental piece reminiscent of Sigur Ros, God Speed You! Black Emperor, and Album Leaf.
You can exclusively watch the “Wild Roots” video and download the track free below.
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