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TVD Radar: Jack Tempchin’s debut album reissue in stores 7/22

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Jack Tempchin is a singer-songwriter whose name is most closely associated with the “California Sound” of the mid-seventies. He achieved some notoriety as the composer of several notable tracks for The Eagles, including the classic “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Already Gone,” “The Girl From Yesterday,” and others.

This was Tempchin’s first solo album, (originally released on the Arista Records label), now to be reissued on the Retroworld reissue division of North London indie Floating World Records on Friday, July 22nd 2017. The album was recorded at the famous Muscle Shoals studios in Alabama, and amongst the ten tracks, there is one co-write with fellow California writer JD Souther, and, that very rare thing—a co-write with Tom Waits, no less, entitled ‘Tijuana’. There are guest cameos from Souther and Jackson Browne.

Jack Tempchin—the album—boasts quality songs, excellent production values, and fine musicianship, but by the time of its release—1978—the “California Sound” was on the wane, giving way to New Wave and Adult Orientated Rock. A shame, because Jack Tempchin is an album that has worn well. Tempchin still records and performs in the USA; his story is a small but important part of the West Coast Rock scene of the 1970s.

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In rotation: 6/21/17

Record Theatre kicks off closing sale: It’s the end of an era. After 30 years, the iconic Record Theatre is closing its doors. Lovers of music, movies and books have been buying their favorite classics at this store for decades. At one time, it’s popularity and success spread across a chain of six record stores in the area, now its just down to one – the flagship store on Main Street in Buffalo. A “go-to” spot for the hardest to find vinyl records, CDs, DVDs and even cassette tapes, the legacy Record Theatre leaves behind is unlike any other. “It’s a bummer. It’s like one of your friends moves and you’re not really sure the next time you’re going to see them because they’re moving too far,” Joe Seivert says.

How a San Marco business owner is selling vinyl in the digital age: William Brueck comes from a family of music lovers. His father, Bill Brueck, owned Yesterday & Today Records off Baymeadows in the 90’s. After a lull, Brueck opened a new one under the same name at the Beach Blvd. flea market to great success. On May 31, Yesterday & Today Records moved to a more permanent home in San Marco…“A lot of the popularity is it sounds better,” Brueck said. “The pure analog sound is easier on your ears and the sound is more robust, thicker. That’s the word a lot of people use, thicker. A record doesn’t leave anything out.”

Elbow release Record Store Day film to accompany All Disco: Elbow have released a short documentary-style film to accompany their track All Disco. The song originally appeared on Guy Garvey and co’s latest album Little Fictions, which came out in February via Polydor/Concord. The video was filmed during this year’s Record Store Day and features interviews with people about what music means to them as well as asking people for their favourite song and guilty pleasures. The short film is said to be about “the importance of music but also a reminder of the joy and community that music brings to our lives.”

Vinyl finds a home, Telluride Music’s new owners add LPs, will host live events: Telluride Music Company (333 West Colorado Ave.) recently made room on its shelves for the again-beloved LP. Tom Nading, the store’s new co-owner, insisted it was not a financial decision, but a personal one. “I wish I could tell you that we are really business savvy but the main reason we are doing it is because I collect vinyl and don’t have anywhere to buy it,” he said. Most of Nading’s friends have a record player, he said, and he wanted to provide a location for them to “dig.” “A big part of vinyl is the dig and going to shops and looking through,” he said. “We want to provide a place for people to do that in town.

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TVD Radar: Astralwerks to reissue four limited edition Brian Eno LPs on double vinyl

VIA PRESS RELEASE | On August 4th, Astralwerks Records presents a limited edition of 4 deluxe gatefold, heavyweight double vinyl Brian Eno classics—Here Come The Warm Jets, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), Another Green World, and Before and after Science. Each album is now spread over 2 vinyl discs, playing at 45 RPM and were half-speed mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, ensuring these seminal works sound better than ever before. The reissues are available for preorder here.

While Eno’s output as a music and visual artist and writer of philosophy, science and socio-political theory is as prolific as it has ever been, his illustrious music catalogue spanning five decades still holds as much influence as ever. With experimentalism, conceptual art theory and use of the accidental forming the foundation of these four albums, they challenged and broke through the boundaries of popular music that existed at the time. Elements of prog/psych/art rock, avant garde and ’50s rock ‘n’ roll were married with an array of cultural and philosophical ideas to create music that was both visionary and captivating.

Alongside George Martin and The Beatles’ work on Sgt. Pepper’s…, Eno is arguably the other most pre-eminent practitioner of the “studio as instrument” approach. His unconventional recording techniques have resulted in a canon of work that places him alongside iconic, visionary producers such as Brian Wilson, Lee Scratch Perry, and Phil Spector.

As these albums progress chronologically, a nascent form of music begins to emerge. The ideas we hear in this early work continue to reveal itself in Eno’s later ambient and electronic experiments.

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In rotation: 6/20/17

Local record store aims to improve area with new apartments: Finding affordable apartments in Rockford can be hard when you’re on a budget, but a local record store is trying to change that. “Either you get $1,000-plus for a one-bedroom apartment or you get a hole in the wall for what I’m asking,” said Toad Hall owner Nick Naruz. That’s why Naruz has spent the last few months renovating this nearly 100-year-old apartment building on Broadway. New appliances, hard wood floors and in-unit laundry are just a few of the amenities he’s providing.

The world’s best record shops #071: Wah Wah Records, Barcelona: A small outlet in a small street of the Raval neighbourhood in Barcelona, Spain, Wah Wah something of a paradise for collectors and aficionados – if your idea of paradise doesn’t include much floor space. Opened in 1992, Wah Wah boasts a huge selection of vinyl records, originals and reissues from all ages and scenes – blues, jazz, soul, funk, R&B, garage, psych, prog, rockabilly, punk, indie, soundtracks… That said, it’s under the broad arch of psychedelic music that Wah Wah records excels, with whole sections dedicated to region specific musics – from Scandinavian prog to obscure Bollywood – and enough diggable records to give both your bank balance and your inner ear the heebies.

‘Popular Mechanics’ spotlights Jack White’s Detroit vinyl plant in ‘Made in USA’ issue: Kevin Dupzyk, senior associate editor of the magazine, met with White at the 441 W. Canfield St. store for the official opening of the plant in February. Dupzyk writes of escapades with the ambitious former White Stripes frontman and lightning literally striking diehards camped outside the plant waiting for it to open. “If you could zoom in on the Detroit of 40 years ago, it would have said ‘Autos.’ Now, who knows? Later tonight, Jack White will plant a flag in this corner of his hometown, and the flag will read ‘Vinyl,’” he writes in the 2,500-word feature with photo spread.

More music a near-impossible mission: Ross Woodward remembers the first record he bought as an 11-year-old in 1974 – Abba’s first UK hit single Waterloo. He bought the band’s second UK hit, too – Mamma Mia, which topped the charts in early 1976. Another early buy was Slade Alive just to show the pre-teen was also into raucous sounds. For the British boy these early purchases were the start of a magnificent obsession with popular music that has lead to a massive collection of vinyl records, then CDs and now back to vinyl again – and a show on the peninsula’s radio station RPP-FM on Friday evenings at 6 o’clock…Woodward said he wanted to “share my love of amazing tunes with others and inspire people to make their record collections even bigger.”

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TVD Radar: The Velvet Underground and Nico 50th anniversary vinyl reissue in stores 6/30

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “I wanted to cross-pollinate rock with the avant-garde, and then I met Lou Reed and that was the solution… It was the rest against us. And we had a point to make: ‘We weren’t there to f**k around.’”John Cale

Half a century after the 1967 release of their landmark debut album The Velvet Underground and Nico, the Velvet Underground’s intrepid musical vision and audacious lyrical approach have yet to be equaled. Although they met with little commercial acceptance during their existence, the seminal New York foursome of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker has since attained legendary status, and the band’s body of work stands as a monument to rock ‘n’ roll’s capacity for sonic experimentation and artistic fearlessness.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s game-changing debut LP The Velvet Underground and Nico, on June 30, 2017, UME is releasing a special vinyl edition of the album that preserves its iconic original Andy Warhol-designed cover art. The anniversary edition will be available as standard black-vinyl and available at retail and online outlets. A limited edition pink-vinyl version with a pressing of only 1,000 copies will be available exclusively through uDiscover.

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TVD Premiere:
The Anatomy of Frank,
“La Llorona”

“‘La Llorona’ is one of the only songs I’ve written that truly haunts me.”

“Every time I play it, I can taste the claustrophobic desperation that was there when I wrote it—it came around sometime between a trip to South America and this awful frat rape incident in Charlottesville, where I lived at the time.

There’s a lot of myself in the song as well, and that makes it all the more troubling to me I guess. But I think it’s a feeling we can all relate to. Most of us have followed someone down the well at some point, and hopefully we’ve made it out and grown from it.”
Kyle Woolard

The Anatomy of Frank, a three piece indie-rock band from Charlottesville, VA is the first band to record an album on every continent on the globe and have recently shared a stage with David Bazan and Kishi Bashi among others. Their new album South America was recorded in Ecuador last year and arrives on store shelves on September 1, 2017.

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TVD’s Press Play

Press Play is our Monday recap of the new and FREE tracks received last week to inform the next trip to your local indie record store.

Whetherman – This Land
Bmbu – Forest Green
Suntrodden – Moonflower
Selon Recliner – Come On Rain
Fawns of Love – Falling
Dani Le Rose – I’ve Told Lies

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
The Clientele – Lunar Days

Yeah But No – Leave The Dark (Single Version)
Wieuca – Slow War
Tree Machines – Weights and Stones
Pearl Earl – Star In The Sky
Mt. Doubt – A Natural Swimmer
Three For Silver – Down in the Cut
Rae Sremmurd – Swang (TGUT REMIX)

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In rotation: 6/19/17

Industry Insider: Jacob Moesgaard of AM explains the revival of vinyl: Vinyl is at an all-time high right now and it’s pretty incredible to watch the revival happen in tandem with the digital age. The recent boom represents a myriad of different things- music sales, contrary to popular belief, did not quite die, art itself is still seems very much alive, and people are still interested in carrying physical copies of albums. With that in mind, we knew we had a lot to discuss with the team at AM, a unique company that focuses on accessories to take care of records. They are the original vinyl cleaning company after all, so they know a thing or two about the record industry. We sat down with their CEO, Jacob Moesgaard, to talk about the future of music, vinyl’s past, and more.

Toronto Public Library adds 100 new vinyl records to their collection: The Toronto Public Library is a much-loved service provided to Toronto, with hundreds of books, ebooks, comic books, DVDs, CDs, and online films available to borrow for free, not to mention free services like computer and printer access, Wi-Fi hotspots, vinyl record players, and listening stations. Now, the TPL has undergone the task of updating their vinyl collection at the Toronto Reference Library. The TPL recently posted to Reddit that 100 new titles have been ordered and are officially starting to be added to the shelves.

Bovey man opens “World’s Smallest Record Store”: Tim Edwards could fill an encyclopedia with all his music knowledge. “You need a little jazz? Dizzy Gillespie,” Edwards said as he flipped through his collection. It would be hard to argue with Edwards’ music expertise: He says he owns 40,000 records. “My wife says I’m hoarding them, but I like to think I’m an archivist,” he said. The archivist opened KEBS Records off Bovey’s main street in April. It’s just ten feet by eight. “We get over about four [customers] and then it’s like we move outside and watch ’em shop,” Edwards said. Edwards says he thinks his record store is the smallest in the world. While it hasn’t been certified, Edwards says he’s done enough searching to be convinced.

Vinyl revolution comes to Bolton as Premier Music Fairs visits Bolton’s Market Place Shopping Centre: Vinyl lovers will be getting into the groove this weekend when a popular record fair spins into town. Dealers laden with thousands of LPs, 45s, EPs and rare CDs will set up stall in Market Place Shopping Centre from 9am tomorrow. Hundreds of fans are expected to flock to the event, which is run by Glossop-based Premier Music Fairs. Veteran record sellers and newcomers will trade, swap and buy records, while there will also be a free expert valuation service.

The Smiths reissue two single versions of ‘The Queen Is Dead’ on vinyl: The Smiths have released two vinyl reissues of seminal track The Queen Is Dead to mark the 31st anniversary of the album of the same name. The single is available as a picture disk in both 7 inch and 12inch format, with each offering a different tracklist. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on the 12 inch, you’ll also hear the 2017 masters of Smiths tracks including Oscillate Wildly, Money Changes Everything and The Draize Train.

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TVD Radar: Jane’s Addiction’s Ritual De Lo Habitual Alive At 25 in stores, 8/4

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Rock Fuel Media, in association with Sonic Films, Cleopatra Records, and MVD Entertainment Group, is excited to announce the August 4th release of the state-of-the-art DVD, Blu-ray, audio CD, and vinyl collection by legendary, multi-Platinum rockers Jane’s Addiction, called Ritual De Lo Habitual Alive At 25.

Directed by Mark Ritchie (Madonna, Kanye West) and produced by Barry Summers (Rock Fuel Media), Jane’s Addiction – Ritual De Lo Habitual Alive At 25 features a complete concert filmed at the historic Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on September 23rd 2016, which was the last stop on the band’s 20-city worldwide “Sterling Spoon Anniversary Tour.” The powerhouse line-up of Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins, and Chris Chaney performed an explosive 90-minute show consisting of their entire landmark album Ritual De Lo Habitual, as well as some of the band’s biggest hits spanning their 30-year career. It was all captured with 20 cameras throughout the venue and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound.

As Perry Farrell explains, “25 years – what a beautiful milestone for both Ritual De Lo Habitual and Lollapalooza. As both were great achievements in our lives that also helped change the course of music history, we really sought to come up with a special show for this tour so that the fans could celebrate it with us.”

Award-winning producer Barry Summers from Rock Fuel Media explains, “The band’s great visual and very edgy performances always kick ass on stage. Ritual De Lo Habitual is such an iconic album that changed the landscape of alternative rock and we wanted to capture the 25 year anniversary in stunning 4k. It’s quite mind-blowing and we think fans will enjoy this package for years to come.”

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In rotation: 6/16/17

For the record: the vinyl revival and a plug-in too far: Vinyl is back, or so it might seem. For better or worse? I’m not so sure myself. Like a lot of vinyl enthusiasts, I too enjoy the ritual, the feel, the physicality of a real product in my hands. But as soon as I get to the listening part, the sound engineer in me can’t help but feel it’s all a bit of snake oil. Following yet another successful record store day in an ever growing market, a closer look at the top 10 highest selling vinyl albums of 2017 reveals that seven out of the 10 are either re-releases from legacy artists or old soundtracks. There’s plenty that has been said about the reality of this revival on independent artists and labels but what impact has it had on the recording itself?

“90% of Jamaica’s vinyl collection is in Japan” – Iconic sound system owner speaks out: Following a three week trip to Japan and responding to claims that the country has acquired much of Jamaica’s musical heritage, Wee Pow told The Sunday Gleaner: “People have a good reason for saying that because the Japanese have been smart. They have visited Jamaica and they bought maybe 90 per cent of our vinyl collection and that vault is now in Japan. I talking classic vinyl that your grand parents used to collect. The Japanese came here and they knocked door to door and bought out the vinyl records…so most of our catalogue is in Japan.”

It’s not all about digital music: An old vinyl record factory gets new life: Bob Marley pressed some of his records there. So did 2 Live Crew, Mary J. Blige, Lee “Scratch” Perry and 50 Cent. Now the former Final Vinyl record factory, founded in Opa-locka in the 1970s by Jamaican reggae producer Joe Gibbs as his base of U.S. operations, is reopening for business under a new name. SunPress Vinyl, a vinyl record pressing plant at 14097 NW 19th Ave., boasts six pressing machines, including one capable of producing multi-colored and picture discs. The facility will also offer complete packaging services such as labels, single or gatefold jackets and inner sleeves.

Soulsville Record Swap: Goner Records and the Stax Museum present the Second Annual Soulsville Record Swap on Saturday June 17 at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, ground zero for so much great music from Memphis. This historic location guarantees that this will not be an ordinary record show, and with dealers Memphis, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, New York, and Minnesota, there will be an incredible variety of music for sale. Get here early for the best selection! DJs will play sets all day long, and we’ll have food trucks from Arepa 901, Sandwiches & More, and MemPops on hand. Come out and be a part of it!

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