TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Anywhere (s/t)

Once again, we’ve got another far-out slab o’ wax to grace your turntable. This one is the self-titled debut from a band called Anywhere. You might even call it a super-group. Read on for the full scoop on Anywhere.

“Anywhere began as a LA/SF collaborative project started by musicians Christian Eric Beaulieu and Cedric Bixler Zavala. Fresh off years of writing and touring as co-founder of Bay Area acid punk extremists Triclops!, Christian decided to immerse himself in the resonant universe of acoustic guitar and began performing solo under the moniker Liquid Indian.

In early 2010 while in Los Angeles to perform at an art opening of mutual friend artist Sonny Kay, he befriended Cedric (singer of The Mars Volta) who was a DJ for the event. The two exchanged numbers and planned to record something acoustic rooted in the open tuning, eastern raga style Christian was delving into. Months later the pair met in Los Angeles, enlisted the mobile engineering talent of Toshi Kasai (Big Business) and tracked the new material in 2 days at The Melvins practice space in downtown Los Angeles. During that same visit Christian played live on “The Watt from Pedro Show” as the musical guest of Mike Watt (of The Stooges, fIREHOSE, Minutemen).

After the show before leaving San Pedro, Christian realized they needed bass for the recordings and boldly asked Watt if he’d contribute. Watt agreed immediately and a few months later delivered the entire projects bass tracks. Returning to San Francisco, Christian decided to reach out to vocalist Rachel Fannan, who had recently parted ways with Bay Area psych rockers Sleepy Sun and had relocated to Los Angeles. Having never met Christian before, Rachel generously contributed vocals to two of the songs, while Cedric performed vocals on three tracks leaving the rest to exist as instrumentals.

While searching for a label to release the album, Christian solicited the talent of SF psychedelic poster artist Alan Forbes. During a meeting to discuss art concepts, Alan revealed that he, along with his Secret Serpents business partner Justin Mcneal, had started a label called Valley King Records. They agreed to release a pair of singles as a series of limited edition silk screened cover 7″s.

The music captured on this material is an ethereal, resonant execution of what could be described as eastern acoustic punk. Likened to the voyeurism of Sandy Bull, Sir Richard Bishop, or Jack Rose style raga’s reinterpreted at times with Drive Like Jehu, Minutemen punk velocity, other moments emotionally spiraling toward a haunting  ethereal beauty akin to Vashti Bunyan lost in the desert of a desolate western.

Blending acoustic and minimal electric guitars with a multitude of percussion instrumentation, digital tabla machines, sci fi electronics and feedback, this avant garde collective of envelope pushing splatter artists have created a new presence. Modern mantras of electric silence that fuse consciousness into a recording of vibrant, transitional material  blending geographic as well as cultural diversity. The sound of stillness amidst chaos, light below the depths, dancing full circle into the center of what could only be called Anywhere.”

Now that you know the story, you’re probably dying to hear Anywhere on vinyl. So it only makes sense for you to enter to win a copy now!

The album comes out on Tuesday, July 24th on ATP Recordings, and that’s the day we’ll pick our winner with a North American mailing address. ​To enter, simply comment below with your favorite album cover of all time. It’s hard to pick “of all time,” I know, but I’ll go with Grateful Dead – Europe 72 at least for now! Now you…

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  • Manq

    I am going to have to go with “While You Were Out” by Soul Asylum.

  • http://www.bainsheldon.com Gregory Sheldon

    Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run.

  • Scott

    Black Sabbath’s first album.

    It’s the perfect image for the music. Scary, threatening and mysterious. We spent hours staring at the cover and listening to that record.

  • Crete

    Very tough question, but I’ve enjoyed thinking about it all day… I’m gonna have to go with Jane’s Addiction ‘ritual de lo habitual’, the original one of course. Although even the version with just the 1st amendment on it is awesome. A close second place would be anything by Rick Froberg (hot snakes et al)…

  • Jim Bruzzese

    The 13th Floor Elevators Easter Everywhere cover is my favorite of all time.

  • http://rootslinger.bandcamp.com Kaputt

    Ooh, this is ridiculously tough. I really like Animal Collective’s Merriwether Post Pavilion. The optical illusion that it employs is sweet on the eyes.

  • ShaunC

    Favorite cover – Definitely the White Album.

  • http://fb.com/3Dexp 3D

    Chech and Chong “LOS COCHINOS” all four sides and the pull out are awesome!

  • SpencerJMusic

    Actually this one is kinda easy for me. Favorite album cover is the debut self-titled LP by Gun. Roger Dean did the art of course.

  • hboyds

    Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

  • juepucta

    Let It Bleed by the Stones is my fave.

  • http://www.mondodrag.com/ JohndoDrag

    The inside cover of The Allman Brothers first album. Naked southern dudes hangin’ out in a creek.
     
    http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/metal/allman_bros.jpg

  • benleon345

    Phish – Junta by Jim Pollock

  • bigtuna

    Pete Townsend’s Scoop album cover

  • http://deepbreathsandwiggles.bandcamp.com/ scraps

    Led Zeppelin~Physical Graffiti
     
    So simple, yet mind blowing.

  • AmyFizzlebeak

    Riot-
    Narita (1979)

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