“I was definitely part of the compact disc generation, but in my early teens, I began receiving Beatles albums on vinyl as birthday presents and gifts from family and friends of my parents.”
“I had become a bit of a Beatles freak, and everyone knew that anything that had to do with the Fab Four was going to be a big hit with me. It was the mid-90s, and people had pretty much accepted that vinyl was a thing of the past, so I ended up the lucky recipient of some cherished musical hand me downs.
Now I had a lot of catching up to do, and it was amazing. After years of ipod playlists, skipping tracks on CDs, and only hearing things I thought I wanted to hear, I was forced to listen to a side of a record at a time. And then, when that was finished, I’d have to stand up, walk over to the player, and drop the needle on the other side. It’s a great and amazingly interactive experience. On top of that, there is the sound. No sample rates for your mind to fill in the gaps, just infinite sound waves – it is real music. The crackles and pops are an added bonus.”
That’s Casey from our First Date in November of 2011 waxing nostalgic for our favorite medium around these parts. We’re delighted to welcome Casey back to TVD with the premiere of his new video, “I Don’t Wanna Wait” which was self-created utilizing Powtoon, a D.I.Y. animation program. Look for new music from Casey soon, but for now, let’s not keep you waiting.
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“Roadshow Revival: A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash” is set to take over the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Father’s Day weekend, Saturday, June 15.
The fifth annual event will feature outlaw country, rockabilly, bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll, and Johnny Cash tribute bands, as well as a pin-up girl pageant, hot rods, custom cars, and motorcycles, Johnny Cash memorabilia, and vendors offering food, beverages, and collectibles.
There are a lot of great talents on the roster this year including Chris Shiflett (lead guitarist for the Foo Fighters, No Use For a Name), Junior Brown, country guitarist and singer who’s charted twice on the Billboard country singles charts, and The Americans, a Los Angeles-based original rock and roll and traditional American music band who recently appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Bad news, friends—you’re getting older. On the upside, there’s a brand new 25th Anniversary Edition of R.E.M.’s seminal release GREEN to get you through those wistful moments of collegiate self-refelection. (And we’ve got a copy you can get your hands on!)
“Packed with tracks destined to be definitive additions to the band’s canon, including “Orange Crush,” “Pop Song 89,” and “Stand,” GREEN was certified double platinum by the RIAA and doubled the domestic sales of the band’s previous release. GREEN continued R.E.M.’s dedication to the message of social consciousness, as evidenced by the album’s title, which would go on to became a ubiquitous buzzword for environmentally friendly initiatives.
To celebrate the landmark album’s 25-year anniversary, Rhino is releasing a two-disc deluxe edition that features the remastered original album accompanied by a disc of live performances taken from the penultimate show of R.E.M.’s 130-date Green World Tour. All 21 songs were recorded in Greensboro, North Carolina on November 10, 1989, just miles from where Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Bill Berry had their very first recording session at Mitch Easter’s Drive In Studio in Winston-Salem.”
Biffy Clyro is the biggest band you’ve never heard of—if you live in the US, that is. In the UK and continental Europe, the Glaswegian power trio top charts and fill arenas. They win “Best New Band” awards from NME, “Best Music Video,” and “Best Live Band” honors, too.
But these accomplishments are just the start for brothers James and Ben Johnston (bass/ vocals and drums/ vocals, respectively) and frontman/ guitarist Simon Neil. Their brand-new album, Opposites, debuted at #1 on the UK charts, which is a first for the band.
Now, Biffy Clyro are set to introduce themselves to the good ol’ USofA by putting a copy of the brand new 180gram LP Opposites in the mail to one of you.
And if you think you may be shut out because you don’t happen to own a turntable, they’ve taken care of that too by adding a Crosley Cruiser portable turntable, the model displayed below, to our very special giveaway
That’s right, one winner will receive a copy of Biffy’s new LP Opposites and the Crosley turntable in the mail to him or her.
Just imagine the metal landscape had the undisputed architects of the genre, Black Sabbath ...never existed. (Go ahead, think it through. We’ll wait, take your time….)
Ah ha—see? You can’t! EVERY metal genre and subgenre owes its origins to the mighty Sabbath. And in turn every metalhead at home on his or her couch, or wielding and axe on stage will agree, Sabbath and perhaps guitarist Tony Iommi in particular, are metal’s undisputed standard bearers.
The mighty Sabs return with a new Rick Rubin-produced LP, 13 on June 11 with Ozzy Osbourne back in the fold at center stage, and we’ve wrangled a pair of tickets for one of you to win—before they’re even on sale.