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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Music City U.S.A.!

Drink all day and rock all night/ The law come to get you if you don’t walk right/ Got a letter this morning, baby all it read/ You better head back to Tennessee Jed.

I dropped four flights and cracked my spine/ Honey, come quick with the iodine/ Catch a few winks, baby, under the bed/ Then you head back to Tennessee Jed.

Tennessee, Tennessee, there ain’t no place I’d rather be/ Baby won’t you carry me back to Tennessee.

Although I’d personally rather be in the canyons of Los Angeles, Tennessee ain’t bad in my book. The first thing that comes to mind about my annual trip to Nashville is “southern hospitality.” The people down here are truly different from where I come from. I try pretty hard to be a “nice guy,” but I could never compare.

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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’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Out with the old in with the new! After all, we’re moving into fall 2014 and hey, what do record company suits say every year…the kids are “back to school!”

To be honest, I can’t tell anymore how many of us rock fans are still in school. We hope more than a few.

No matter who’s playing the kid, the fall season still holds the tradition for album releases from “indie rock” heavyweights. Interpol, Aphex, DFA, Casablancas, and O. This week is the time for the colleges to rock.

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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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Hey, Shopkeeper: Vinyl Junkies Record Swap

This weekend down in San Diego—home of Rocket from the Crypt, Iron Butterfly, Eddie Vedder, RATT, Tom Waits, Waaves, Slightly Stoopid, and more—comes the Vinyl Junkies Record Swap.

Former M-Theory owner Eric Howarth is bringing the goods to San Diego (you know, that southern, beachy, more laid back, better looking second cousin of Los Angeles) this weekend for the San Diego Music Thing, a festival and conference in its 7th year benefitting the San Diego Music Foundation. We chatted him up prior to this weekend’s swap.

Please introduce yourself and give us some insight on the what the Vinyl Junkies Record Swap is.

My name is Eric Howarth and I’m the founder of the Vinyl Junkies Record Swap. People in San Diego also know me as the former co-owner/founder of M-Theory Music (the record store). Prior to starting Vinyl Junkies and after selling M-Theory (it’s still around and going strong), I was running my record label Hi-Speed Soul with vinyl releases by the likes of Afghan Whigs, Nada Surf, Swervedriver, Film School, and managing bands like The Black Heart Procession.

The Vinyl Junkies Record Swap happens every couple of months at the Casbah and we select a bunch of vendors from Southern California to sell. We also have 6 DJs spin…usually people in bands, on air DJs, or local music writers. So far we’ve had David J of Bauhaus/Love and Rockets, Dale Crover of The Melvins, Matt and Ken of The Bronx, Pall from The Black Heart Procession, Justin Pearson of the Locust and a bunch of well-known local SD band members spin. It’s always great to hear what they end up playing.

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TVD Recommends: The Chinatown 76th Annual Moon Festival, 9/13

Not only do we recommend this show for the guaranteed facemelt from the stellar line up curated by Buzzbands’ Kevin Bronson that includes up and coming rock quartet Dorothy, guitarless shredding from LA’s clavinet-driven trio Crash Kings, and singer-songwriter Cary Brothers’ new synth-driven project SD3, but we also recommend this show for some serious beak rocking.

The festival is held in one of the best neighborhoods for some stellar eats—and the fest includes live cooking demos rounded out by a desert eating contest on the Culinary Stage hosted by Eddie Lin and Shirley Zhang—along with some of the finest food truck fare that makes LA the best place for motorized eating. The culinary schedule can be viewed here.

Now, there is the age-old saying that nothing good happens after midnight but we would show up at any hour to hear this dirty guitar heavy track from LA based band Dorothy. Yes Virginia, rock n’ roll is not dead.

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TVD Live Shots: Kimbra at Graffiti Cafe, 8/21

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.

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TVD Live Shots:
Fiona Grey “Belladonna” EP Release Show at the Bootleg Bar, 8/10

PHOTOS: MANNY HEBRON | As we noted last month at the debut of her track “Beauty Queen,” we met 19 year old singer/ songwriter Fiona Grey in Washington, DC last Fall where she was holding down backing vocals for KITTEN on their swing through the States with Charli XCX.

Those of you familiar with Chloe and Co. know that’s no small feat, but the Chicago native whose 2013 EP “Striped Heart” found a sweet spot on LA radio last year returns upon her own considerable merits with the release of the brand new EP “Belladonna.”

The arrival of “Belladonna” was met with a release show and performance Sunday night at LA’s Bootleg Bar which included a closing DJ set from KITTEN’s Chloe Chidez. We sent photographer Manny Hebron to document the evening in photos for us.

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Needle Drop: The Bixby Knolls, “Tomorrow Never Comes” EP

“Tomorrow Never Comes” is the latest offering from Los Angeles based quartet, The Bixby Knolls. The four song EP was recorded and mixed at Station House Studios in Echo Park, CA between December 2013 and January 2014. Although their debut album, Near & Undear was a collection of songs written over a 5 year period while the band’s line-up took form, “Tomorrow Never Comes” was written mostly within a year and captures a mood and sound in a compressed period of time.

“Although we feel the tunes still express the raw melodies and energy as the first album, there’s a more sinister overtone to these four tracks,” says singer and guitarist for the group, Curt Barlage.

“Juvenile Heart Crime,” the opening track, was originally written for a side project of Barlage’s–with the original demo being more of an electronic style recording. Those electronic elements were taken into consideration whilst recorded by The Knolls–with the sequenced synth sounds replaced by acoustic instruments and live-playing to give it more of an organic and dynamic feeling.

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TVD Recommends Alexandra & The Starlight Band at the Record Parlour, 4/19

Alexandra & The Starlight Band will be playing a private party this Saturday, 4/19 to celebrate Record Store Day at the Record Parlour in Hollywood, CA from 1-5pm!

Come sip on some free drinks (including a specialty Starlight Band glitter cocktail), grab a free bite to eat and groove out to the rock ‘n’ roll soul of the Starlight Band.

The Starlight Band will also be giving away 3 copies of their rare, SOLD OUT collectable rainbow glitter 7″s and art prints of the limited edition show poster by Australian artist Nicholas Potts (pictured above) throughout the day!

Strict RSVP required, but check out the official media invite below the jump to get the inside details, just for Vinyl District readers! Happy Record Store Day!

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