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TVD Radar: John
Hiatt’s Bring The Family and Slow Turning 30th anniversary reissues in stores 1/26

VIA PRESS RELEASEIn a stellar career that spans half a century, John Hiatt has built a massive collection of recordings that’s been an ongoing source of inspiration for fans, critics, and other artists. Hiatt’s catalog encompasses more than 22 studio albums, including several acknowledged classics. But the veteran singer-songwriter’s 1987 album Bring the Family and its 1988 follow-up Slow Turning have earned special status, and remain beloved cornerstones of the veteran artist’s prestigious body of work.

On January 26, A&M Records/UMe will celebrate these high-water marks of Hiatt’s and their 30th anniversaries with newly remastered vinyl editions, making them available on vinyl for the first time since their original release. The long out-of-print records will be pressed on high-quality 180-gram black vinyl, along with a special limited-edition colored vinyl variant of each. Bring the Family will be released on clear with grey smoke 180-gram vinyl, while Slow Turning will be on translucent red 180-gram vinyl. The colored vinyl editions, limited to 500 each, will be available exclusively at Sound of Vinyl and on Hiatt’s upcoming tour.

Bring the Family, Hiatt’s eighth album of original songs, marked a mainstream breakthrough for the artist after years as a critical and cult favorite, becoming his first release to appear on the Billboard album chart. Recorded on a shoestring budget at a time when Hiatt didn’t have a record deal, in a hastily-arranged four-day session with the all-star studio combo of Ry Cooder on guitar, Nick Lowe on bass, and session veteran Jim Keltner on drums, the album quickly won attention for its rootsy, melodically infectious songcraft and its resonant lyrical insights on love, parenthood, and family life.

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UK Artist of the Week: Bad Mannequins

Channelling the late ‘70s CBGB’s era of New York City’s punk rock scene, Glaswegian duo Bad Mannequins continue to win the hearts (and ears) of a new generation through the release of their single “Double Denim,” and we are delighted to name them this week’s UK Artist of The Week.

Having released their debut EP, and first of a three-part trilogy “Deny ’Til U Die Part 1” in the summer of 2017, Bad Mannequins have continued to impress listeners with their high-octane brand of garage rock. Despite the simplicity and raw energy of the drum/guitar set-up, Bad Mannequins have managed to create a sound that packs a punch for just over three blistering minutes.

With tongue in cheek, lyrics such as “You wouldn’t even be here if your momma didn’t rock that double denim!” combined with hook-laden, fuzz-filled riffs, Bad Mannequins’ sound is uniquely infectious. Garnering support from the likes of BBC Radio, as well as being featured on hit US TV show Limitless, Bad Mannequins appear to be gearing up for huge year.

“Double Denim” is in stores now via Triple Denim.

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The Sound of Ghosts,
The TVD First Date and Premiere, “No Soul”

“My first experience with vinyl was as a child being obsessed with copies of “The White Album” by The Beatles and ABC by The Jackson 5.”

“Music always played an important role in my family’s household growing up. I can remember wanting to listen to these records over and over but eventually our record player died and that made way for a new tape deck and then CDs. It wasn’t until my twenties that my love for vinyl resurged into my life.

In the early 2000s my friends owned a record store on the Cahuenga Crawl in LA called The Beat Market and this was in the pre-Ameoba era which would end up opening right down the street and eventually put them out of business. I spent countless hours in that store playing records and just falling in love with the culture of vinyl and the way it sounded and made me feel. I always loved the idea of owning a huge record collection but my dreams wouldn’t turn into a reality until I was a little older and could afford to have a vinyl addiction.

There is something special about going to your favorite record store and digging through the bins to see what you can find. Mono Records and The Record Parlour in Los Angeles are a couple of those stores for me. I never leave empty-handed and always enjoy the conversation that happens while I’m there.

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TVD’s Press Play

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

Eric Benoit – Taos
Felsen – Vultures on Your Bones
Her’s – Loving You (Minnie Riperton Cover)
Jodee Lewis – Buzzard’s Bluff
Paulaa – Know You
Matt Hectorne – Only Way Into Your Heart
Buckley – Three Chiefs

Shirley Collins – Wondrous Love

Jeremy Bass – The Greatest Fire
Laissez Fairs – High Horse
Jared Saltiel – The Fountain
Youth in a Roman Field – Town Hall
James McMurtry – State of the Union
ash.ØK – The Unraveled
Jeff Rosenstock – All This Useless Energy
Kainalu – Finding Peace Of Mind

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Graded on a Curve:
Danny Fox Trio,
The Great Nostalgist

A whole lot of contemporary music is accurately tagged as variations on the tried and true, while the raison d’être of a smaller percentage is concerned with subverting or boldly breaking free from precedent. The Danny Fox Trio travel a third path, putting an individualist stamp upon a form that often thrives on subtle differences in execution, as they solidify their existence as an extension of the long and vibrant piano trio tradition. Radiating the influence of classical music, but without the expectations that association can bring, The Great Nostalgist is out on compact disc January 19 through Hot Cup Records.

The Danny Fox Trio features its namesake at the piano, Chris van Voorst van Beest on bass and Max Goldman on drums. They are a working group, having traveled the US in a sedan with this classic setup, and their sound has been called “modern chamber jazz.” It’s a description that can prepare one for a light, refined atmosphere, but that’s not what’s served up on The Great Nostalgist.

Somebody somewhere once tagged ‘em as a contempo Ahmad Jamal Trio, and it’s an astute compliment, enough so that it subsequently made it into the trio’s short biographical text. But there are marked differences. For starters, thus far, the Fox Trio’s repertoire on record has eschewed standards or any outside compositions at all; everything on their latest was written by the pianist and arranged by the band.

This is hardly the first piano-based affair to oust standards from the compositional pool. But where many pianist’s tunes branch out of the post-bebop template and often connect like variations on standards (or standards to be, perhaps), Fox’s writing resonates as strikingly personal, in large part due to subject matter (e.g. stuffed animals, Carvel Ice Cream store mascots, caterpillar-shaped accordions, laundromats, and Terminal 4 at JFK Airport). It’s all enhanced by their collective, working approach.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 1/16/18

Plans for new vinyl record shop and cafe in Buxton approved: High Peak Borough Council this week granted a change of use application for the ground floor of 2-4 South Avenue to a mixed retail and cafe use. Documents submitted on behalf of applicant Neil McDonald reveal the vacant retail premises is intended to be used for the sale of new and used vinyl records, as well as offering customers coffee and light snacks. A report prepared by council planning officer stated: “Permission is sought for a change of use from shop to a mixed use of a shop selling vinyl records and related merchandise and a cafe. “The applicant has clarified that no cooking will take place on the premises, they will be serving coffee, tea, cakes, sandwiches and merely warming up food (paninis) using a panini press (similar to a sandwich toaster).”

“It’s about taking responsibility for our future”: How Brazil is reclaiming its record culture: Brazil has long been something of a promised land for the world’s adventurous collectors, reissue labels and DJs. So vast and varied is its musical heritage that decades after Madlib first went to Brazil, it’s clear they’ve hardly scratched the surface. But with foreign buyers and increased demand pushing prices beyond the reach of most Brazilians, the country has reached something of a crisis point in relation to its records. With new pressing plant Vinil Brasil now open in São Paulo and local labels rescuing music from beyond the European experience, Russ Slater investigates how Brazilians are staking a claim to their own music once again.

Albert Einstein’s Record Collection To Go On Display: A new exhibition, called ‘Albert Einstein: Life in Four Dimensions’, is set to feature Albert Einstein’s record collection. The exhibition will travel around Asia through this year, as The Times of Israel reports, and will include artefacts from the Albert Einstein archive at Hebrew University including “the physicist’s own vinyl record collection, his 1921 Nobel Prize, handwritten pages from the theory of relativity, and letters exchanged with Sigmund Freud, family and friends,” according to a spokesperson at the university. The exhibition runs from today (January 12) until April 8 at the National Chiang Kei-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, and then will be presented in Japan and China later in the year.

Audiophilia forever: And expensive new year’s shopping guide: …A growing corpus of young music lovers have, in recent years, become attached to vinyl—demanding vinyl from their favorite groups as they issue new albums, flocking to new vinyl stores. For some, it may be about the sound. Or maybe it’s about backing away from corporate culture and salesmanship. Vinyl offers the joys of possessorship: if you go to a store, talk to other music lovers, and buy a record, you are committing to your taste, to your favorite group, to your friends. In New York, the independent-music scene, and the kinds of loyalties it creates, are central to vinyl. In any case, the young people buying vinyl have joined up with two sets of people who never really gave up on it: the scratchmaster d.j.s deploying vinyl on twin turntables, making music with their hands, and the audiophiles hoarding their LPs…

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We’ve closed up the shop for the Martin Luther King Day holiday. While we’re away, why not fire up our free Record Store Locator app and visit one of your local indie record stores?

Perhaps there’s an interview, review, or feature you might have missed? Catch up and we’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I may not always love you / But long as there are stars above you / You never need to doubt it / I’ll make you so sure about it / God only knows what I’d be without you

A few days ago my wife informed me that Monday is the Martin Luther King Day holiday. Is this true? It seems like the year is just getting going and a bit early for a holiday. Well, who’s complaining and who’s taking the day off?

Our country desperately needs a day to reflect on the life and preachings of Dr. King. And then there’s Rosa Parks. What courage to say “enough!”

Which brings me to this week’s Idelic muse: “Rosa, god chose ya.” It feels like her divine intervention was a must. Sometimes someone needs to step up, take a stand, and say “I’m tired of this bullshit.”

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TVD Radar: Allen Ginsberg’s Howl And Other Poems vinyl edition in stores 2/23

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Craft Recordings, the Catalog division of Concord Music, is pleased to announce a deluxe vinyl box set celebrating Allen Ginsberg’s iconic Howl And Other Poems, one of the most important pieces of modern American literature.

Due out February 23rd, the collection offers Ginsberg’s recording of the poems, pressed on translucent red vinyl – reproducing the original 1959 LP release, as well as a replica of the synonymous book of poetry, published in 1956 by City Lights for their Pocket Poets series. Also included in the box set is a photo of Ginsberg from the ’50s, a reproduction of the original City Lights reading invite from 1956 and a booklet, with new liner notes by Beat scholar Ann Charters, as well as notes by poet Anne Waldman.

To celebrate, San Francisco’s legendary City Lights Booksellers will host a reception on February 22nd at 7:00 PM. The event, which will be open to the public, will feature readings and statements by Ann Charters, San Francisco’s Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, poet and author Neeli Cherkovski, City Lights’ Poetry Editor Garrett Caples, and box set producer Bill Belmont.

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) was one of the best-known writers of the Beat Generation as well as a leading figure in the counterculture movement. Tirelessly prolific throughout his life, Ginsberg was most closely associated with was Howl—a poetic rage against society’s conformism and capitalism, which rocked the literary world upon its publication, and has gone on to be one of the most widely performed poems of the 20th Century.

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Graded on a Curve: Motörhead,
Ace of Spades

We remember Motörhead’s “Fast Eddie” Clarke who passed away on Wednesday, January 10 with a look back from our archives. Ed.

Well, the impossible has transpired. Lemmy Kilmister is dead. I was convinced he was immortal, but he finally drew the Ace of Spades, and is no doubt in Hades as I write this, turning the Dark One on to some good old-fashioned amphetamine-fueled biker bar jukebox rock’n’roll. And the Dark One is undoubtedly crouched in a corner with his fingers in his ears, wishing Lemmy (vain hope!) would turn it down a notch.

Motörhead’s 1980 LP Ace of Spades—the band’s fourth—is without a doubt my all-time favorite proto-thrash LP, or any metal album for that matter, and the world would be unimaginable without it. It’s a nonstop blitzkrieg of raunch’n’roll, what with its high velocities and Lemmy’s hoarse croak; this isn’t just speed metal, it’s an 18-wheeler with no brakes descending a steep grade straight to Hell. Lemmy sings about all his favorite memes: poker (although in real life he preferred the slots), jailbait, drugs and more drugs, high-speed driving, burning hotels, and making the audience’s ears bleed.

In short, it’s the ferocious salvo of a band led by a fiercely independent spirit who got kicked out of Hawkwind for, as he himself put it, “doing the wrong drugs.” To which I can only say, if the drugs that produced this album are wrong, I don’t want to be right. It’s possibly the perfect album with the exception of “Dance,” which will pound you like a deranged gorilla but boasts a very un-Lemmy set of lyrics about, well, dancing. Me, I don’t want to hear Lemmy sing encomiums to dancing—I want him to sing about how he, as he puts it in the great “Jailbait,” “loves that young stuff,” thereby joining in the select company of Mick Jagger, Van Morrison, Bill Wyman, and assorted others.

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