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TVD Radar: A Charlie Brown Christmas on 180-gram vinyl in stores 11/17

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Craft Recordings, the Catalog Division of Concord Music, is pleased to announce a high-end vinyl reissue of the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s beloved jazz album, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Due out November 17th, the LP will be released on 180-gram vinyl, and housed in an old-school style, tip-on jacket, featuring the rarely seen artwork from the original 1965 album. Lacquers for the album were cut by George Horn and Anne-Marie Suenram at Fantasy Studios, while the vinyl was pressed at Quality Record Pressings.

A Charlie Brown Christmas, certified 4X Platinum by the RIAA in 2016, is one of the best-selling jazz albums in history, second only to Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue; and it’s no surprise: Guaraldi’s engaging score to the synonymous holiday television special has introduced generations of children and their parents to the joys of jazz music, with tracks like the instantly recognizable “Linus and Lucy,” and yuletide favorite “Christmas Time Is Here.” The album was inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry five years later, and continues to be a perennial favorite, thanks to annual airings of the Christmas TV special.

A native of San Francisco, Vince Guaraldi became one of America’s most successful jazz artists during the course of his lifetime. Though Guaraldi’s legacy is most famously tied to his association with Peanuts, he was already an established, GRAMMY® Award-winning artist by the time that producer Lee Mendelson tapped him to score the first of many animated specials based on the Charles Schulz-penned cartoons. In a 2003 interview, excerpted from the biography Vince Guaraldi at the Piano (Derrick Bang; McFarland Books), Mendelson declared, “There was no doubt in my mind that if we hadn’t had that Guaraldi score, we wouldn’t have had the franchise we later enjoyed.”

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The Crooked Vines to host album release party tonight, 11/9, at the Howlin’ Wolf, Alive in stores Friday, 11/10

The last time I saw The Crooked Vines was on Halloween night. They were tearing it up in front on a costumed crowd at the BMC. Tonight, they will celebrate the release of Alive, their sophomore effort, at the Howlin’ Wolf. Kathryn Rose Wood and Aaron Benjamin open the show at 8 PM.

The band is classified as “rock” but their complex sound featuring a chugging horn section allows them to display musical chops and influences ranging from jazz and progressive rock to folk and funk. The album showcases their ability to combine genres into compelling songs.

Lyrically, the tunes include thought-provoking narratives touching on a wide range of emotions. A theme of personal growth runs through the album mirroring the development of the band as a unit and as individuals. Live, they just put on one hell of a show. Just ask the guy in the comb over baldhead wig and witching woman twitching on the dance floor on Halloween.

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Manika,
The TVD First Date

“Living in a digital world, I’m still a sucker and lover of physical record stores. I have hundreds of records, lined up alphabetically in two dedicated record cabinets. I’m the same way with books, I love the feeling of holding the physical product in my hands.”

“I grew up listening to Michael Jackson, Alanis Morissette, P!nk, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson. When I was 17 years-old Frank DiLeo (Michael Jackson’s long-time manager) discovered me through some competitions and some videos of my music I had posted online. I was so nervous to meet him, especially since I grew up listening to Michael Jackson. He flew down to Las Vegas to meet with me and decided to come out of retirement to manage ‘one last big act!’

I feel like I have two very different personalities—there’s the Manika who is very outgoing, who loves to perform on stage, and goes to award shows. And there’s the Manika who likes to just sit at home in her PJs and listen to records all day. I feel like the songwriter Manika is the latter, whereas the performer Manika is the first.

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Graded on a Curve: New in Stores, November 2017

Part one of the TVD Record Store Club’s look at the new and reissued wax presently in stores for November, 2017.

NEW RELEASE PICKS: Barry Altschul and the 3Dom Factor, Live in Kraków (Not Two) Altschul has drummed with Paul Bley, Andrew Hill, Sam Rivers, and with Anthony Braxton, Chick Corea and Dave Holland in Circle; his third release with bassist and fellow Braxton associate Joe Fonda and the young, masterful saxophonist Jon Irabagon is a start-to-finish delight. Monk’s “Ask Me Now” and an original paying tribute to three cornerstones of jazz rhythm cement the importance of earlier traditions, but it all launches from a ’60s small ensemble NYC avant-garde platform. They make a beautiful sound. A

Nona Hendryx & Gary Lucas, The World of Captain Beefheart (Knitting Factory) Not just anyone can successfully navigate the vast essence of Don Van Vliet, but this team-up, which began through participation in a live symphonic Beefheart trib in Amsterdam, handles the task with aplomb. Having assembled a small, sharp band, world-class guitarist (and former member of the Magic Band) Lucas is in typically fine form, and Hendryx, once of LaBelle and a noted solo artist, continually impresses; she’s crucial to relating the adaptability of the material, and handles the wilder moments like a champ. A-

REISSUE PICKS: Men & Volts, A Giraffe Is Listening to the Radio: Men & Volts Play Captain Beefheart (Feeding Tube) This terribly underrated band, featuring David Greenberger of Duplex Planet fame, sprang to life playing the music of Van Vliet to the exclusion of all else, but unless one was a clued-in Bostonian, this fact was essentially just lore. Until now. Consisting of practice tapes from ’79, the lo-fi aura never obscures how deep (How deep? WAY deep) they got into Beefheart’s thing. Indeed, this could be mistaken as a Captain boot, which means it never reverberates as a mere tribute. A-

Little Richard, Here’s Little Richard (Craft) Fats Domino has left us, but the other two greats of first-wave rock ‘n’ roll piano are still kicking, and their prime stuff can still demolish most contemporary competition. Going back to Little Richard’s first LP after a lengthy absence invariably reinforces it as even stronger than memories situate; that’s one reason we return to records instead of just remembering them. That Craft’s 2CD reissue offers previously unreleased material from the sessions for this historic and essential set is gobsmacking. Inquiries into the necessity of the extras will be taken as rhetorical. A+

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 11/9/17

Tokyo tops Discogs and VinylHub’s list of cities with the most record shops: Discogs and its sister site VinylHub have collected a wealth of information about the world’s record shops. Like Discogs’ own well-known music database, the findings are based on community input, which shows the United States as having the most record shops by far, with 1482, followed by the United Kingdom with 537 and Germany with 453. The three cities with the most stores are Tokyo with 93 (more than half of the 158 in Japan), Berlin with 87 and London with 79. In the US, the top three cities are New York (47), Chicago (30) and Los Angeles (29).

Casbah Owner Teams up on New Record Shop—San Diego, there’s a new record shop in town: South Park welcomes the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack: We’re goin’ down to South Park and we’re gonna have ourselves a time: The San Diego borough — currently home to spots like Hamilton’s Tavern, Kindred, the Whistle Stop, Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro, and Buona Forchetta (among many others) — is all set to welcome its newest addition, the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack. The newly announced, used-vinyl-focused shop arrives as a joint venture between Casbah owner Tim Mays and M-Theory Music founder Eric Howarth — and hosts its grand opening on Nov. 24-25, at 2235 Fern St., directly across the street from the Whistle Stop.

For 25 years, CD Warehouse was a hub for Springfield music fans. Then, online streaming claimed it. The store began liquidating its stock of more than 80,000 items Monday, Michael Vincent said. About 400 people attended; one guy drove down from Kansas City. It’s a long-anticipated ending: Historically, Vincent said, as music lovers entered their 30s, 40s and 50s, their tastes solidified and they didn’t come by the shop as frequently. But those customers were always replaced by new high school and college-aged kids. But no longer. The kids quit coming four to five years ago. Meanwhile, sales have declined 5 to 8 percent over the past decade, Vincent said.

The world’s biggest record fair returns this weekend: Mega Record and CD Fair will be holding its 48th edition for two days in Utrecht, this Saturday 11th November and Sunday 12th November. Over 500 stands will be selling old and new vinyl wares across 12,500 square feet inside the Jaarbeurs Expo. This year’s Mega Record and CD Fair will also feature auctions, performances and exhibitions, including vinyl cover installation ‘The Female Heroes of Elvis’ curated by DJ Miss Twist, and a live auction of over 100 rare records by UK-based Omega Auctions.

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TVD Radar: More of The Monkees (Super Deluxe Edition) in stores 12/15

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Who’s ready for even more of MORE? In honor of 50th anniversary this year, we’ve super-sized MORE OF THE MONKEES with a staggering 91 tracks including 55 previously-unreleased alternate takes, remixes, and newly discovered concert recordings from 1967, the band’s earliest-known live tracks, as well as a bonus 7″ of “I’m A Believer” (Remix)/”(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” (Vocals Only).

“This is the most exciting archival dig through The Monkees’ vault since 2009’s THE BIRDS, THE BEES AND THE MONKEES DELUXE EDITION. Every track is newly mastered for this set; the live material is the most historically significant of their career,” says Andrew Sandoval, who produced the set and wrote a new essay for its expansive booklet.

MORE OF THE MONKEES: SUPER DELUXE EDITION significantly expands the special edition of MORE OF THE MONKEES released in 2006. Along with mono and stereo mixes of the original album, the SUPER DELUXE EDITION takes listeners into the studio for the making of the album through extensive studio outtakes. Many make their debut here, including the first recorded versions of: “Words,” “Valleri,” “Hold On Girl” and more. Backing tracks for early version of “Sometime In The Morning,” “I’m A Believer,” and “Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)” offer a behind-the-scenes perspective on the creative process.

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TVD Radar: Verve Records’ Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington,
and Stan Getz 5-LP box
sets in stores 12/8

VIA PRESS RELEASE | There are many who would agree that classic jazz from the 1950s and ’60s sounds best when played on the medium it was originally intended for – namely, the vinyl LP. With that in mind, UMe is proud to present three vinyl box sets via Verve Records focusing on key albums from three of jazz’s biggest and most influential stars from its golden era: singers Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington, together with tenor saxophone sensation, Stan Getz. Available December 8, each box set contains five of the artists’ most popular and enduring albums mastered on 180-gram vinyl, and presented in authentic period sleeves that reproduce the original artwork. For those who prefer CD, the collections will be available on December 15.

Dubbed “Lady Day” by jazz saxophonist, Lester Young, Billie Holiday (1915-1959) is one of the most influential and iconic jazz vocalists of all time. Her uniquely expressive voice, with its unmistakable tone, timbre, and horn-like phrasing, had an emotional sincerity that made everything she sang seem an honest reflection of her own personal struggles in life. Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia and after experiencing a difficult childhood, found an escape through music. She began singing professionally as a teenager in the late 1920s and signed her first recording contract in 1935, before going on to work with the swing-era big bands of Count Basie and Artie Shaw. By the 1940s, she was a big solo star but behind the showbiz glamour there was a dark underside of drug and alcohol dependency, which eventually hastened her tragic demise (she died in 1959 aged 44).

Classic Lady Day catches up with Holiday at the dawn of the LP age in the 1950s when she recorded for the Clef and Verve labels founded by jazz impresario and producer, Norman Granz. The opening album in the set is 1957’s Solitude: Songs By Billie Holiday, which was first issued in 1952 as a 10-inch LP called Billie Holiday Sings for Granz’s Clef imprint. It’s a delightful small group session where Holiday’s beguiling voice is framed by sympathetic and lightly-swinging arrangements played by sidemen that include pianist Oscar Peterson and guitarist Barney Kessell. Holiday’s mournful version of Duke Ellington’s immortal “Solitude,” with Charlie Shavers on trumpet, is particularly arresting. Holiday also puts her own inimitable stamp on the standards “You Go To My Head” and “These Foolish Things.”

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Graded on a Curve: Jonathan Richman,
I, Jonathan

With 1976’s The Modern Lovers Jonathan Richman bequeathed us one of the greatest rock’n’roll albums ever. Then he had a change of heart. “I believe that any group that hurts the ears of infants sucks,” he said, giving up VU-school riffs and proto-punk sonic thrust in favor of wide-eyed songs of innocence for kiddies of all ages that couldn’t hurt the ears of crickets, much less babies.

Artists evolve; it’s the nature of art. But does anybody out there find Richman’s aggressive optimism as depressing as I do? And am I the only one who thinks Richman’s affected loony toons for naïfs and bohos make him the Pee Wee Herman of rock?

On The Modern Lovers Richman historically situated himself in the here and now, the here being the Boston suburbs and the now being the dawn of the seventies, a time in which he found himself both in (he was in NYC to catch the Velvet Underground in their glory) and out (drugs? Our boy was the original straightedge kid) of place. On 1992’s I, Jonathan he is in full retreat to the 1960s, both spiritually and sonically, which is to say that it’s not just the song forms on I, Jonathan that have been largely ransacked from rock’s distant musical past.

Richman has always been a romantic, and it’s due to this that even such quintessentially contemporary Modern Lovers cuts as “Roadrunner” carry with them what I can only call a nostalgia for the Now. I, Jonathan is the work of a man ruled by the more conventional form of nostalgia; for the most part he’s looking backwards and romanticizing the past. Ray Davies could pull of this sort of thing because he was anything but a naïf, and always undercut his nostalgia with a knowing wink that told you he fully understood that the past wasn’t as great as everybody makes it out to be. Richman never winks because he’s a true believer, and “knowing” simply isn’t a word in his vocabulary.

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The Best of TVD’s Play Something Good with John Foster

The Vinyl District’s Play Something Good is a weekly radio show broadcast from Washington, DC.

Featuring a mix of songs from today to the 00s/90s/80s/70s/60s and giving you liberal doses of indie, psych, dub, post punk, americana, shoegaze, and a few genres we haven’t even thought up clever names for just yet. The only rule is that the music has to be good. Pretty simple.

Hosted by John Foster, world-renowned designer and author (and occasional record label A+R man), don’t be surprised to hear quick excursions and interviews on album packaging, food, books, and general nonsense about the music industry, as he gets you from Jamie xx to Liquid Liquid and from Courtney Barnett to The Replacements. The only thing you can be sure of is that he will never ever play Mac DeMarco. Never. Ever.

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Graded on a Curve:
Gunn-Truscinski Duo,
Bay Head

Of the two halves comprising the Gunn-Truscinski Duo, guitarist Steve Gunn holds the higher profile, this stature gained largely through a handful of records showcasing his considerable talent as a singer-songwriter. Drummer John Truscinski has been crucial component in those albums, with the extensiveness of the relationship bringing their work as a duo a heightened vitality. The latest fruit of the partnership is Bay Head, which offers ten tracks intermingling roots, rock, psych, and fuzz. Like the pair’s two prior full-lengths, it’s out on vinyl and digital through Three Lobed Recordings.

Steve Gunn is a helluva good guitarist, and when he sings, the results are more than just pleasant. But the combination of the two, as heard on 2013’s Time Off and the following year’s Way Out Weather, both for the Paradise of Bachelors label, and ’16’s breakout Eyes on the Lines for Matador, transcends the standard template of a guitarist singing songs.

No, Gunn’s greatest strength is as a collaborator, though the point is perhaps debatable; when he’s really clicking, “helluva good guitarist” underestimates him. But the list of his associates on record is substantial, including fellow Pennsylvanian Kurt Vile, harpist Mary Lattimore, members of Hiss Golden Messenger, Marcia Bassett and Pete Nolan in GHQ, and Cian Nugent in Desert Heat, plus the Black Twig Pickers together and the band’s Mike Gangloff alone on Melodies for a Savage Fix. Topping it off are discs shared with veteran NYC folkie Ed Askew and the esteemed Brit guitarist Mike Cooper.

Maybe the best is the Gunn-Truscinski Duo. It’s certainly been the most fruitful, beginning with Sand City in 2010, continuing with Ocean Parkway two years later, and after a significant break, recommencing with Bay Head. But as stated up top, Truscinski has been a valued contributor to Gunn’s solo efforts, playing on the three discs listed above, and additionally filling out Desert Fire and stepping into Nolan’s spot in GHQ.

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