A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 6/20/19

Grand Rapids, MI | Where to Find Vinyl Records in GR: Vinyl is back! In 2018, almost 10 million vinyl records were sold in the United States. With 2018’s double-digit sales growth, according to The Verge, the vinyl revival continues. Grand Rapids alone has plenty of places to buy new and used vinyl records and turntables to play those records. Vertigo Music: Located downtown, Vertigo offers one of the largest selections of new vinyl records in the area. Vertigo Music carries more than 26,000 new records, all of them priced cheaper than typical market price. Some of the most popular genres of records Vertigo sells are metal, punk, hip-hop, jazz, folk, and indie. Vertigo Music buys and sells used vinyl as well, with more than 10,000 used titles in stock. In addition to records, Vertigo also sells new turntables, CDs, DVDs, cassettes, shirts, patches, posters, and more.

Ames, IA | The man behind the music: how the Vinyl Cafe became more than a coffee and record shop: The aroma of fresh coffee beans pours out a single window. A white door hangs wide open, welcoming the next person that takes the six steps down to the Vinyl Cafe. Blake Delaney is sitting on the stool that is typically occupied by a customer chatting him up. A regular named Matt steps inside the basement shop. Delaney sings to the customer and hugs him before taking his reusable cup and making him a pour over coffee. As the caffeinated beverage is dripping, he’s picking on a small plastic-stringed ukulele marked with a black “B” sticker that he keeps behind the counter. “Sara Smile” by Daryl Hall & John Oates plays in the background. As a middle schooler, Delaney was required to journal in school. He grew up in Arizona and then moved to Colorado. He was outdoors a lot, doing things like fishing, golfing and hiking. But also, he would journal about his dream of opening a record store. He loves records.

Little Rock, AR | New record store, Control, opens Saturday in Hillcrest: Crate diggers, rejoice: Hillcrest is getting a record shop. Wes Howerton and Michael Shaeffer have been operating under the name Control for a year now, spinning records for Soul Brunch at South on Main and selling carefully curated long players at pop-up spots wherever they might, well, pop up — in the back room of Electric Ghost Printing, at Community Bakery’s and Boulevard Bread Co.’s SoMa spots, at The Meteor in Stifft Station. Now, they’ve got a brick-and-mortar in the Hillcrest Historic District of Little Rock, opening at noon this Saturday. We talked with Howerton and Shaeffer about the opening… “We first started doing pop-up shops as Control almost exactly a year ago. We were part of the “Pop Up in the Rock — Stifft Station” [project] in June 2018. We continued doing pop-up shops until we found this permanent spot a couple of months ago.”

Sacramento, CA | Dimple Records to close after 45 years in Sacramento area: A family-run, Sacramento-area record store is closing its doors. Dimple Records is going out of business, spokesperson Andrew Radakovitz said Tuesday. Liquidation sales begin Wednesday, but there is no firm closing date. Radakovitz said it could take months for all the inventory to sell. Dimple was founded by John and Dilyn Radakovitz in 1974 and has remained in the family. Their son, Andrew Radakovitz, said his parents are retiring. He also said declining sales, particularly the decrease of DVD sales, are among the reasons Dimple is closing. Andrew Radakovitz said vinyl sales were up and CD sales were doing OK.

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TVD Live Shots: Ani DiFranco at Cain Park, 6/13

“How are you feeling?” a fan screamed at Ani DiFranco halfway through her set at Cleveland Heights’ Cain Park. “Well,” she began, “after two years of sitting on my ass writing a book I’m happy to be outside playing.” That’s saying something, considering that outside on that particular occasion involved downpours, hoodies, and even hail. “Sunny Cleveland!” she joked.

Backed by longtime friends Todd Sickafoose (a recent Tony Award winner!) on stand-up bass and keyboards and Terence Higgins on drums, this was the folk singer and activist’s first show in Cleveland since 2015. Fans were spoiled with a setlist heavy on favorites from Ani’s impressive, prolific career, which spans over two decades.

Ani’s tour heads west next with stops in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. I should also note that her recently released memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, is definitely worth a read.

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TVD Radar: Hamell On Trial, Choochtown
20th anniversary vinyl edition in stores 7/19

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Hamell on Trial, the musical alias of New York-based poet and folk punk hero Ed Hamell, is set to release Choochtown (20th Anniversary Edition) on July 19th via New West Records.

The deluxe edition of the album has been remastered from the original tapes and will be available on vinyl for the first time. Choochtown (20th Anniversary Edition) features 11 previously unreleased bonus tracks including the original basement recording sessions produced by Billy Nicgorski (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) which offer a raw, new perspective of the songs that made the final record. Uncut magazine in the UK named Choochtown their #6 “Best Album of the Year,” stating “This album’s rough-edged enough to make Limp Bizkit sound like the Cocteau Twins.”

Of Choochtown (20th Anniversary Edition), Hamell offers, “20 Years! Wonderful to know that Choochtown still holds up, continues to roam the streets at midnight, spray painting slogans of rebellion on corporate store fronts. Really proud of this beautiful package New West is releasing for the 20th anniversary—and I certainly called it with Uncle Morris huh? For those of you that champion the disenfranchised, the square pegs in the round holes, those gazing from the shores of sanity and witnessing the tides of hatred and facism slithering closer to the sands, Bobby, Chooch, Nancy and all the gang down in Choochtown that refuse to be blown to the dusts of oblivion want to buy you a drink. They welcome you…and on shocking pink vinyl no less!”

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Graded on a Curve:
Bob Dylan,
Hard Rain

The most excellent Martin Scorsese Rolling Thunder Revue documentary on Netflix is most definitely a must see, but I won’t be buying the accompanying box set Bob DylanThe Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings; sitting down to listen to 14 discs and multiple versions of the same song (eight of “Isis” alone) is a fatiguing proposition.

There are, of course, two other ways of aurally reliving Dylan’s traveling folk-rock circus of a roadshow, which made the rounds of smaller halls in two legs in 1975 and 1976. Like the box set, 2002’s The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue captures the roving band on merry minstrels on the first, Northeastern leg of the tour; 1976’s Hard Rain documents the second leg.

Hard Rain received poor reviews upon its release and never shows up on lists of great Dylan albums–as many have noted, the second, Southern leg of the Rolling Thunder tour did not go as well as the first. Call it road fatigue or a simple case of pushing a good thing too far, but the consensus is that Dylan and his band mates were tired; enervated is a word often used to describe these performances.

But–and you can call me a contrarian if you want–I enjoy Hard Rain, and would argue that, at least in parts, it’s better than the other two live recordings. Why? A simple case of song selection. No, Hard Rain does not include versions of the revved-up and extraordinary “Isis,” the impassioned and angry “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,” or the divinely lovely “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine,” on which Dylan and Joan Baez’s vocals mesh so beautifully.

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Needle Drop: Historian, Spiral Again

PHOTO: ANNA MARIA LOPEZ | The work of Los Angeles psych outfit Historian is moody, strange, and strikingly poignant.

Five releases in, it’s now clear that a Historian album is always a cohesive work where the sum is greater than the parts. Spiral Again is the newest edition to their catalog, and possibly the most personal and paired down release to date. Glowing organs have replaced the full blown orchestral arrangements which usually accompany the shamanistic poetry of band spearhead Chris Karman, resulting in a level of intimacy that previous records failed to capture.

Karman has a knack for turning a phrase, and his doomsday prophesies are often imbued with grace notes of beauty and hope. The music is couched in warm analog production, inviting the listener to melt away in the blissful repose of a man who is dealing with his worldly anxiety in the most elegant of ways. According to Karman, “Spiral Again is really my attempt at capturing the feeling I get, alone in the middle of the night. There’s an air of mystery, sadness, longing, and tinge of joy. It’s a fairly indescribable moment that I feel I was able to tap and sustain for an entire record.”

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Graded on a Curve: Michael Winograd,
Kosher Style

When clarinetist Michael Winograd’s new record entered this writer’s reality as an upcoming release, some form of coverage was basically inevitable. That its arrival on June 21 includes an attractive vinyl edition surely aided in securing it a long review, but the foremost reason is the quality of its 13 tracks. Worry not, for this isn’t an example of the slightly above-average getting thrust to the forefront for simply being amongst the best the contempo scene has to offer; just for starters, Winograd has played with the great violinist Itzhak Perlman. As the words below illuminate, he is the real deal, and Kosher Style is masterful klezmer. The record is out now through OU People.

Record release PR regularly comes attached with quotes of positivity from relevant parties. These additions range from superfluous to insightful, but they are rarely worthy of non-promotional citation. However, the statement accompanying Kosher Style from Canadian accordionist and klezmer man Geoff Berner is an exception: Winograd is not a dabbler. He isn’t an aspiring 12-tone composer who can play some klezmer. He isn’t a punk-rocker looking for a new angle on approaching his songwriting. He IS a klezmer. He knows klezmer. He fucking blows away the room at klezmer.

Listening to the opening title-track here, one need not be a klezmer expert to absorb the rightness of Berner’s statement, as the virtuosity is undeniable, and just as important is a palpable joyous assurance; at a smidge over two minutes long, “Kosher Style” wiggles and soars as a statement of intent. Along with establishing the band’s overall prowess, the highlights are Winograd’s clarinet runs and a sweet solo from trumpeter Ben Holmes.

Berner’s words could insinuate that Winograd is a stern purist. Track titles like “Bar Mitzvah Bulgar” might strengthen this implication. Indeed, Winograd has been long based in Brooklyn, and it’s doubtful there is a locale in the US where a klezmer specialist could close themselves off from contempo influences in the desire to replicate and preserve the sounds of an earlier era.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 6/19/19

Digital on the decline: Apple is ditching iTunes, but do music lovers care? Dave Anderson owns more than 1,500 vinyls, [Reminder: the plural of vinyl is in fact “vinyl.” —Ed.] and even more CDs. He likes the experience that owning digital music can’t offer. He likes to see his favorite vinyl of the Nine Inch Nails’ album “The Downward Spiral” spinning on his record player. “I like buying [records],” he said. “I like being able to look at the music as I’m listening to it.” Sales trends in the music industry show that Mr. Anderson is not alone. Maybe that’s why Apple’s recent announcement that it’s ditching the 18-year-old iTunes store didn’t seem to spur much of an outcry from music lovers, who have already pulled back hard on buying music digitally…“Nobody loves iTunes,” said Jesse Stiles, an assistant professor of music at Carnegie Mellon University who is also an electronic composer, performer and software designer. “It’s one of the most hated platforms.”

Review: Pro Ject Juke Box E is the future of retro hi-fi: Hi-Fi purists have long touted the supreme audio quality of traditional vinyl records and as a new generation of sound enthusiasts go hunting for premium audio quality sales of record players are taking off. But how do they stack up when compared to streamed content? We found out when we reviewed the all new Pro-Ject Juke Box E System, a combination offering that overcomes a problem for consumers demanding speakers or output from their turntable purchase. The big plus with this system is that it has Bluetooth capability built-in and this allows for a real test of the difference between good old fashioned vinyl and today’s streamed content from the likes of Apple Music and Spotify. The winner in this shoot-out between good old fashioned vinyl and streamed content was… we will tell you that later.

UK | How to be a more environmentally-friendly vinyl collector: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that vinyl has been enjoying a resurgence in recent years. Good news, yeah? Well, there is a cost… …Just because streaming is no panacea doesn’t exonerate vinyl though. What can we actually do to reduce the footprint of a vinyl habit? Well, the very first thing to do would be to cut back on vinyl purchases. As a record shop we don’t want you to do this, obviously. This is our livelihood. But let’s be logical here. We are selling and you are buying oil, not lentils. As such, it is at least possible that your vast collection of vinyl won’t become the prized heirloom you imagine passing on to future generations but, rather, an embarrassing reminder of the plastic-obsessed lives we revelled in for so long. Next time you’re wondering whether you really need that third LP this week ask yourself, “What would Greta Thunberg do?” The next thing is to take care of the records that you do buy.

Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’ documentary soundtrack detailed: Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, in association with Universal Music Group (UMG), will release Country Music – A Film By Ken Burns (The Soundtrack) in a collectible 5 CD deluxe box set edition on Friday, August 30th. Legacy will release a suite of soundtrack products – including 2 CD, 2 LP and digital configurations of the multi-artist album – on Friday, September 13th…Country Music – A Film By Ken Burns (The Soundtrack) showcases essential recordings, drawn from the nearly 600 music cues used in the documentary, covering the wide historic terrain of 20th century American country music. A tree with deep roots and ever-expanding branches, American country music evolved from songs passed down from generations of settlers and slaves until 20th century recording technology made it possible for hundreds and thousands (if not millions) of listeners to share the same musical experience on a record.

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TVD Live Shots: Priests and Mock Identity at the 9:30 Club, 6/15

Touring to support their new studio album The Seduction of Kansas, Priests hit the 9:30 Club stage on Saturday night for a late, late show that was billed as a record release event. Along for the ride were the gritty fellow DC natives, Mock Identity.

Priests’ new record was released in April of this year on their own label, Sister Polygon Records. The album marks the band’s second full length effort following 2017’s Nothing Feels Natural. The new record has made mostly positive waves among music critics and judging by the support they have established here in DC, there’s nothing standing in the way of this band’s success.

Priests have been on the road now for the past three months playing shows scattered throughout the northeastern US and northern Europe, and the 9:30 Club stop was less of a homecoming than a kick-off to part two of their US tour. The band will now travel out west to California by way of the south.

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TVD Radar: SQÜRL, The Dead Don’t Die: Original Score in stores 9/13

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The Dead Don’t Die is writer/director Jim Jarmusch’s unique, semi-comic take on the zombie apocalypse genre. As with his recent efforts Only Lovers Left Alive and Paterson, the film’s score was composed and performed by SQÜRL, the band Jarmusch and producer Carter Logan founded in 2009. Sacred Bones Records, the same label that released the band’s EP #260 in 2017, is releasing the LP edition of the score.

The score to the The Dead Don’t Die is a true expression of where SQÜRL stand at the center of a decade of sonic exploration. It is the culmination of their passion for analog synths, with guitar violence reverberating from the darker corners of Americana. It is at once a tribute to the classic sounds of horror and sci-fi, as well as a decapitation of traditional film scores. It is naturally supernatural. From their arsenal of tools, Jarmusch and Logan pulled electric guitars and basses made by Rick Kelly and Cindy Hulej at Carmine Street Guitars, an acoustic resonator, Moog Minitaur and Theremini synthesizers, Fender Rhodes electric piano, an old Ludwig drum kit, cheap vintage Casio and Yamaha keyboards and new synths from Critter and Guitari — all sculpted through a collection of effects pedals, notably from Earthquaker Devices.

The inspiration for SQÜRL’s score for The Dead Don’t Die came from some of the most iconic soundtracks of the past half-century of genre cinema — Tangerine Dream’s Sorcerer, Bebe and Louis Barron’s Forbidden Planet, Ennio Morricone’s The Thing and Once Upon a Time in the West, Goblin’s Dawn of the Dead, and all things John Carpenter. The singular Theremin work of Samuel J. Hoffman on films like Spellbound and The Day the Earth Stood Still also made its way into Jarmusch and Logan’s consciousness. The result is a new horror soundtrack that stands shoulder to shoulder with the great works of its genre.

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UK Artist of the Week: Chloé Caroline

This week’s Artist of The Week is a surefire sizzler who is bound to get you in the summer spirit. California’s Chloé Caroline has just released her infectious new single “Messy” and it’s an absolute delight from start to finish.

If you’re a fan of Shania Twain or early Taylor Swift then Chloé Caroline is definitely for you. Her new single is full of colour and feel-good vibes that will get your toes tapping instantly. Chloé combines country and commercial pop sensibilities to create a sound both vibrant and warm—along with being a totally addictive ear worm in the process. You’re welcome.

Talking about the track, Chloé elaborates, “This song is meant to unify people through our messiness and celebrate the strength it takes to keep moving forward despite the struggles.” Amen to that.

With residencies in Los Angeles and Las Vegas already confirmed for later on this year, it’s safe to say Chloé isn’t doing too badly for herself. We actually can’t believe this is the first we’re hearing of her, but we’re sure it won’t be the last.

“Messy” is out now via AWAL.

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Graded on a Curve:
Neil Young + Stray Gators, Tuscaloosa

With Tuscaloosa, the Neil Young Archives continue to grow. Documenting a night on the road in 1973 with his band the Stray Gators post-Harvest and prior to the arrival of Time Fades Away, this latest installment is intrinsically tied to both of those celebrated records while presenting broadened and toughened aural portraiture of the artist. The results, incomplete and partially the byproduct of Young’s frustrations during this period of newfound success, cohere quite well and should make a nice addition to the shelves of devoted fans; more casual listeners might find its succinct range appealing. It’s out now on double vinyl (with an etched side four), compact disc, and high-res digital through Reprise.

Neil Young is a musician I respect quite a bit, with a large percentage of his output held in at least fairly high esteem, but somewhat predictably for a music nut, I remain largely indifferent to Harvest, the record that will likely endure as his highest-profile work. Every few years I go back and check out the whole thing again to see if my feelings have changed. Thus far, that hasn’t happened.

Unlike some folks, I don’t dislike Harvest as much as I’m just underwhelmed by its abundantly clear and undeniably effective commerciality. I bring up my lukewarm relationship because that album is a major component in Tuscaloosa’s whole. Of the 11 selections captured in the gymnasium of the University of Alabama (again, not the whole evening, as the soundboard recorder apparently wasn’t turned on at the beginning of the set and ran out of tape before the end; additionally, a few songs were simply omitted by Neil), five are from Harvest.

But partially due to the performance circumstance (delivering these songs in a building intended for playing basketball games), there’s more heft and edge to the Harvest tracks; in the order of their playing, “Out on the Weekend,” the title track, “Old Man,” and “Heart of Gold,” all unraveling as a lump after two pre-Harvest solo songs, “Here We Are in the Years” from his ’69 debut and a solo piano “After the Gold Rush,” and toward the end of the album, “Alabama.”

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 6/18/19

Louisville, KY | Moving out but moving forward: Underground Sounds getting new location after 24 years. The owner says after being in it’s original location for 24 years, he wishes they could stay for another 24. A local store that’s fed the hunger of music lovers for decades is closing its doors. They are leaving their shop right off Bardstown Road, to move to a more affordable location on Barrett Avenue. “Bardstown road has changed over the last few years. The cool mom and pop stores really can’t afford the rent in the area anymore so we’re kind of going off to the side streets now,” said Craig Rich, the owner of Underground Sounds. Although they are starting new beginnings elsewhere, they are leaving years of history behind at 2003 Highland Avenue. “My son said his first words here, he took his first steps in this store.There’s people who have met here that formed bands. I had two kids that were working here for me a while ago. They’re married now,” explained Craig. They are able to move most of their merchandise to the new location and Craig says they will bring their vibes along on the journey.

Cardiff, UK | The story of Kellys Records – the oldest secondhand record store in the UK: The Cardiff institution this month celebrates its 50th birthday. On the balcony of Cardiff Central Market a group of teenage girls excitably pose for pictures with friends. They’re gathered outside one of the market’s longest-running stalls and haven for music lovers – Kelly Records. One of the youngsters has a camera trained on her subject, while others capture images on their mobiles no doubt destined for social media. On closer inspection several of the girls having their picture taken are all wearing the same uniform – white t-shirt and blue jeans. It transpires that the pictures being taken are for a photoshoot for an aspiring band hoping to get some eye-catching publicity shots. “It happens all the time,” laughs Allan Parkins, the owner of the shop that has become a secondhand paradise for music lovers in the city and beyond during the last half century. “People love to have their photo taken with the records. It’s a great backdrop for pictures to put up on Instagram and Facebook.”

Prince Edward Island, CA | No jail time for P.E.I. man who stole vinyl records: A P.E.I. man who used a stolen credit card and sold about 200 records he stole from his roommate was recently given a suspended sentence. Tanner Edwin Earl Bell, 24, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to the theft of the records and using a stolen credit card. The court heard that while the records’ owner was away Bell told him there was a break-in at their home, which wasn’t true. When the owner returned home, he learned Bell had taken about 200 records and sold them. The victim was able to locate most of the records Bell sold to Back Alley Music and to Most Wanted pawn shop. Bell was also caught on video using a stolen Visa card that belonged to a different victim. The court heard he had no prior criminal record before he committed those offences. Before hearing his sentence, Bell told the court he was deeply apologetic and won’t do anything like it again. “It’s a pretty atrocious act on my behalf…”

New Documentary ‘Blue Note: Beyond The Notes’ Surpasses Its Purpose: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes, a stylish and engaging new documentary by Sophie Huber, opens in the recording studio, with a top-tier crew of modern jazz musicians going about their business. From his station behind a keyboard rig, Robert Glasper calls out ideas for an arrangement; Ambrose Akinmusire’s trumpet, warming up, can be heard in the background. An establishing shot introduces Don Was, the musical polymath serving as Blue Note’s president, as a hipster Buddha in the control booth. As Was explains to the camera, we’re watching a session for the Blue Note All-Stars, a group with an obvious name and celebratory purpose, having originally been assembled in commemoration of the label’s 75th anniversary. That was five years ago. Now, the pacesetting jazz label is celebrating its 80th, and among its related promotions and corporate tie-ins — vinyl reissues, branded playlists, album-cover art prints, a limited-edition watch — is this film.

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon sells for big money: ONE of Pink Floyd’s best known records is one of the most expensive to be sold in the UK. Fronted by Hove resident David Gilmour, Pink Floyd’s 1973 release Dark Side of the Moon is considered one of the finest records of all time. As well as being a musical masterpiece the album is also worth a lot of money. According to a list by music website Discogs, the album ranks in the top 50 most expensive albums ever sold in the UK. The Vinyl LP, Gatefold Sleeve edition of the record, released on Harvest, was sold in 2018 for the sum of $3,242 (£2,557). It means it ranks 31st in the list of most expensive records sold in the country. Containing well known hits like Us and Them, Time and The Great Gig in the Sky, Dark Side of the Moon is often heralded as one of Pink Floyd’s greatest albums.

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TVD Chicago

TVD Live Shots: Dead
& Company at Wrigley Field, 6/15

WORDS AND IMAGES: TAYLOR NETTNIN | Dead & Company packed Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Saturday, June 15th, closing out their two night run on their 2019 Summer Tour. The day started off with threats of thunderstorms, but dead heads were able to rejoice as the skies cleared up just in time for the crowd to dance and cheer all night long.

Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart (drums), Bill Kreutzmann (drums), and Bob Weir (guitar) were joined by Oteil Burbridge (bass), Jeff Chimenti (keys), and John Mayer (guitar) to perform a slew of jams that the stadium recited word for word. The members of Dead & Company delivered a thrilling performance that did not feel overpowered by any single member; everyone seemed so comfortable playing with each other, at times it felt like the crowd was witnessing magic being created.

The first set started with a dazzling rendition of “Terrapin Station,” followed by “Sugar Magnolia,” “Mr. Charlie,” “High Time,” “Friend of the Devil,” and “Bertha.” They then played a stunning cover of Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried” before closing out their set with “Turn On Your Lovelight.”

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TVD Radar: The Stan Getz Quartet, Getz at The Gate 3LP in stores now

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Previously unreleased live recording of Stan Getz at New York’s Village Gate to be released via Verve/UMe on June 14th. Features an all-star, rarely-heard quartet with pianist Steve Kuhn, bassist John Neves, and drummer Roy Haynes.

On November 26, 1961, saxophonist Stan Getz and his relatively new quartet of Steve Kuhn, John Neves, and Roy Haynes performed at New York’s Village Gate. The show was professionally recorded, possibly for eventual release, but was soon forgotten and the tape languished in the vaults for almost 58 years. On June 14th, Verve Records/UMe will release the 2-CD, 3-LP Getz at The Gate, which includes every note recorded that night. This recording and this quartet both serve as a sort of “road not taken” for Stan Getz. Having just returned from living in Europe, Getz assembled a new quartet and was exploring a slightly more modern and aggressive sound with this group. Steve Kuhn had only recently finished playing with John Coltrane’s quartet and a more modern music and sound – personified by Coltrane – was gaining popularity.

By 1962, though, Getz’s album Jazz Samba, with guitarist Charlie Byrd, released and motioned the bossa nova boom, followed by the groovier Jazz Samba Encore! (1963) album featuring Luiz Bonfá. Another significant Getz Verve release was Getz/Gilberto (1964) with Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto, which included 1965’s Grammy Record of the Year “The Girl from Ipanema.” The break-out hit dictated the course of Getz’s career for the next few years.

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Demand it on Vinyl: Steve Miller Band, Welcome to the Vault 3 CD/DVD rarities set in stores 10/11

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Renowned guitarist, multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter, bandleader, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller has opened up his voluminous archive of recordings for the first time ever to present a milestone 3CD + DVD box set.

Welcome to the Vault covers Miller’s genre-blurring six-decade career over 52 audio tracks, pairing a number of greatest hits and certifiable rock ‘n’ roll classics with 38 previously unreleased recordings that span demos, rehearsals, outtakes, vintage concert performances, and 5 newly uncovered original Steve Miller Band songs recorded in the 1960s and 1970s. The accompanying DVD collects 21 live performances, among them legendary rare TV appearances and concert videos. Welcome to the Vault is accompanied by a 100-page hardbound book of photos, memorabilia, and artifacts from Miller’s personal collection, as well as an exclusive 9,000-word essay by renowned rock journalist David Fricke. Steve Miller Band’s Welcome to the Vault, also available as a 52-track digital collection, arrives Friday, October 11 via Sailor/Capitol/UMe.

Fricke writes in his liner notes: “Miller wrote ‘Rock’n Me’ with a different setting in mind. He was still without a working band when the English prog-rock giants Pink Floyd asked him to be their special guest at a massive festival on July 5th, 1975 at Knebworth, England. Miller called Lonnie Turner, Les Dudek – a guitarist in Boz Scaggs’ band – and Doug Clifford, the former drummer in Creedence Clearwater Revival. They rehearsed for a single afternoon, working up a half-dozen R&B standards, a couple of Miller hits, and a surprising debut, ‘The Window,’ an early version of which appears on Welcome to the Vault.

“‘But I knew what was going to happen,’ Miller says. The Floyd ‘were gonna put me on at sunset. There won’t be any lights, and I’m just chum. I needed a song to rock the whole joint.’ Miller showed ‘Rock’n Me’ to the band at practice; they played it live for the first time in front of 100,000 people at Knebworth. ‘We closed with it, and it killed them,’ Miller says proudly.”

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