TVD Nashville

TVD’s lunchtime vinyl sessions at Nashville’s Acme Feed & Seed

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.

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Graded on a Curve: Smoke Dawson,

Initially a 1971 private-press LP released in an edition of 750, Fiddle is the solitary record by Smoke Dawson, and its fresh reissue by the vital enterprise known as Tompkins Square illuminates how there is still plenty of unexplored nooks in the vastness of 20th Century Music. On 17 tracks steeped in tradition but infused with a restless, youthful, and sporadically unusual manner, Dawson wields his titular instrument with skill and panache.

Minus the legwork attached to Live at Caffè Lena: Music from America’s Legendary Coffeehouse, 1967-2013, a terrific 3CD set issued by Tompkins Square that documents the Saratoga Springs, NY folky hotspot run by its namesake Lena Spencer, George “Smoke” Dawson’s main artistic achievement would be little more than a footnote.

Specifically, he was the banjoist in MacGrundy’s Old-Timey Wool Thumpers with guitarist Rob Hunter (not the Grateful Dead lyricist) and fiddler-mandolinist Peter Stampfel, the soon to be Holy Modal Rounder and leader of the Bottlecaps proving such a fine picker of the banjo that Dawson felt encouraged to take up the bow. According to Stampfel, “George took a fuck-ton of speed and came back in a couple weeks playing fiddle better than I did.”

He also ran off with Stampfel’s wife. Dawson began performing at Caffè Lena in the autumn of 1960, the java hut as cultural hub additionally serving as his occasional digs for the ensuing eight years. “Devil’s Dream,” his crowd-rousing examination of a fiddle standard, is included on the opening discof Caffè Lena.

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TVD Live Shots: Slash with Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators at the Fillmore, 8/13

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San Francisco Slash fans got a special treat in the form of a last-minute surprise performance by the legendary top-hatted axe man. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are currently on tour with Aerosmith, but due to an illness within the band, the Aerosmith camp was forced to cancel their show in Concord, California only 13 hours before the performance was scheduled to begin. Like any good seasoned road warrior would do, Slash decided to bring his show to the iconic Fillmore for an intimate evening of epic rock ‘n’ roll greatness.

The 20 song set was a perfect mix of Guns N’ Roses classics including “Night Train,” “You Could Be Mine,” and an epic, almost 20 minute version of “Rocket Queen,” as well as new songs from the forthcoming album World On Fire, including “Stone Blind,” “30 Years of Life,” and the title track.

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Slash of course was in fine form as he flawlessly jammed on his familiar Les Paul while donning his signature top hat in front of a wall of custom Marshall amps. And frontman Myles Kennedy, where do I start? I have been a huge fan of this guy since he led the terribly underrated Mayfield Four back in the late ’90s. They released an album called Second Skin that very well may be my favorite rock album of all time—it’s a fucking masterpiece in every sense which got destroyed by a major record label.

I love the fact that Myles has found a home where he can truly shine, and that’s exactly what he did this night. This guy’s voice is flawless. He hit EVERY single note perfectly and made it look easy. I would guess there are maybe 5-10 singers on the planet that have the capacity or talent to sing like this.

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UK Vinyl Video: The/Das,
“Miami Waters”

Taken from their debut album Freezer, The/Das’ latest video for single “Miami Waters” is visually fun and sonically ferocious—they’re one of the most exciting electro bands to emerge from Berlin in the last few years and it’s not hard to hear why.

The video paints the band in a different light that we’ve been used seeing them in. Moving away from that dark electro image they’ve built around themselves, the video for “Miami Waters” is an ode to one of Anton Feist’s ancestors, the late Friedrich Feist.

Friedrich was a sailor and “wanderlust vagabond” as described by the band, and “Miami Waters” sees Anton dressed in a sailor outfit, clapping along to the track against a beautiful deserted shoreline.

“Miami Waters” is released on August 25th with the album, Freezer, out now on Berlin label Sinnbus.

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The TVD First Date

“I remember I was at a girlfriend’s house back when I was 19. Her parents were cooking for us and, after her dad kindly taught me how to pour a beer the ‘right way,’ they played Abbey Road on their turntable.”

“Wow I still remember how taken aback I was with the beautiful warm sound, I just focussed everyone out for a little bit and concentrated on the music….I had heard The Beatles plenty of times before but not as they were originally intended, it suddenly made much more sense to me. Ever since then I like to get old albums on vinyl if I can, you have to invest more time into them but then you appreciate the result so much more.”

“My first memories of vinyl are in my parents lounge, being fascinated by the great pictures on big square bits of cardboard, then finding out that there were these round things inside which music came out!”

“I couldn’t understand how, but that made it more interesting. My parents collection was made up of The Beatles and loads of Motown. But I specifically remember my first vinyl LP being Adam and the Ants’ Prince Charming. I love that album but I think the cover is great too. So, I guess I must be influenced by this sound!”

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John Garcia,
The TVD Interview

The genre of stoner rock has roots in bands like Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer, but few bands contributed more to the modern era of stoner rock than Kyuss. When John Garcia started the punk/metal influenced Katzenjammer with his buddies Josh Homme and Brandt Bjork back in 1987, they had no idea that they would turn a whole genre on its heels. Not only did Kyuss help define modern stoner rock, but they took the age-old heaviness of their predecessors, hauled it out into the arid heat of the Palm Desert, and baked it into a whole new genre. Desert rock was born and began what became known as the Palm Desert Scene. 

All good things must end and Kyuss split in 1995 and went their separate ways. Homme formed Queens of the Stone Age with Kyuss bassist Nick Oliveri, and singer Garcia forged his own path. Building a resume of strong bands and varied guest appearances, Garcia has maintained a steady journeyman status…until now.

In 2014, John finally releases his opus, the album he always wanted to record but didn’t. (Spoiler alert: the album kills.) I found John to be like a spotlight—bright and beaming for all to see when we talked about his new album and his family, but leaving the stage a bit dark when the subject of the past came up. This is a more mature, focused John Garcia than I’ve ever seen, one who is ready to rip the rear view mirror off of the windshield and haul ass into whatever the future holds.

Hi John! How are you doing?

I’m doing good, doing good! They’ve got me doing a little bit of press today, they didn’t slap it on me too heavy, so that’s good. Things have been alright here. Where are you calling from?

I’m right outside of DC.

Oh alright, cool.

Just got back from a wonderful weekend in LA, and I miss it already.

Yeah, I was at the beach yesterday with my kids and it was just beautiful. Today’s a little overcast, but you can’t beat California weather sometimes.

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Graded on a Curve:
Rock Your Face Off

Generally, when a band I love puts out a new LP after a decades-long absence, I run for cover. I just know it’s going to suck, and its makers are going to be superannuated versions of their former selves, reminding me that I’m not getting any younger either. And what’s the percentage in that? Besides, why sully fond memories?

But I made an exception for Baltimore hair/glam metal legends Kix because I adore its 1981 eponymous debut—which included such immortal tunes as “The Itch,” “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” and “Kix Are for Kids”—even more than my Light-Up Crazy Faux-Hawk with blinking LED lights, which I like to wear around the apartment while saying things like “Sod off, geezer” and “Johnny Rotten’s a bleeding gobshite, I saw him last night in queue for an ELP concert” to my cat, whose general response is to walk away in disgust at my stupidity.

And I’m glad I did, because Rock Your Face Off, the group’s first LP since 1995’s Show Business, kix ass. That’s the good news. The not-so-great news is that Rock Your Face Off is not as good as Kix’s first album. But then again, none of the five albums Kix put out between tantalizing the world with the sheer brilliance off its debut and breaking up in 1995 were as good as said debut. It’s debatable—as is most everything in this world but the fact that Gene Simmons is an unsightly creature possessing an IQ with a negative sign in front of it—but I consider Kix’s debut the second best American metal album to come our way since 1980, topped only by Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction.

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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.

Goldroom – Till Sunrise (Box of Wolves Premix)
Lana Del Rey – Black Beauty (Rex Riot & Ouros Remix)
Alex Feder – Moments of Silence
DJ Cassidy – Make The World Go Round ft R Kelly (Gigamesh Remix)
A Shoreline Dream – The Heart Never Recovered
*Chi – Digital Tempation
Backwords – Gloria
Neil Holyoak – Sidereal Sunrise
Dohse – Fireworks & Lead
India Mill – The Hanging Tree

Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Gold

Naughty Boy – La La La Ft. Sam Smith (K Theory Remix)
Jonti – Saturday Night (Overjoy Re-Work)
Sunbears! – Now You’re Gone
Funeral Horse – Until The Last Nation Falls
Jo Mango – Evermore (The Cormorant Remix)
The Belle Sounds – Black Stone
Split Screens – Home
The Basement Tapes – Loving Me
Tapes – Crowns
Fire and the Romance – She’s a Devil

8 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

There is an expression, “what you don’t know can’t hurt ya.” Taken in the wrong context it’s a pretty fucking stupid and naive concept.

All said, when it comes to music, I really don’t need to know everything. I adore nothing more than a great hour of “cool shit” that I’ve never heard. A rare groove session is just as enjoyable as a playlist of my all time favorite songs.

I choose to chew my burgers rare. Dig it, I love that rare bird. Anything great and obscure is cool. I’m always surfing the web, on the hunt for those rare grooves. Courtesy of a handful of reliable bloggers such as DJ Diddy Wah, Larry 16 Funky Corners, and The Aquarian Drunkard, I’ve scored quite a stash of great left field gems.

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The Single Girl: Fjørds, “Sulwyn”

Fjørds are the most recent newcomers on the Welsh music scene, rising from the green, lush hills of Wales as they present their latest single “Sulwyn.”

The track takes the best dark ’80s electro indie pop as the band fuse influences ranging from Japan to Joy Division and with the recent surge of the ’90s throwback sound—this is a welcomed change. This is the band’s fourth independent release and an exciting time for them as they’ve begun to gain interest with taste makers like BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq.

The darker ’80s sound felt throughout paired with the vocals has a Numan-esque feel. However, Fjørds don’t isolate their audience, the catchy chorus will have you singing along by the end and definitely clicking repeat.

“Sulwyn” is a genuinely interesting single amongst the nonsense on the scene at the moment and one of Wales’ most promising acts—watch out for these guys.

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