“Over the past few decades of music, so much has changed; yet vinyl is still a special way to listen.”
“It’s more than background music, or a download. It is a warm experience you have with the songs. For me, one of the greatest rewards of making a record is when it comes back on vinyl. It allows our albums to become a part of the legacy that seems to be keeping the industry alive.”
—Robert McDowell (Bad Books)
And shock – we couldn’t agree more with Mr. McDowell of Bad Books, the collaboration between Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra. And to hammer that point home, we’ve got a copy of their recent release, II to give away to one of you.
Quoting their bio, “The second collaboration between singer/ songwriter Kevin Devine and Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra, Bad Books II finds these two extraordinary tunesmiths untethered from their respective brands, joining forces to reach new stylistic and emotional terrain. Accompanied by members of Manchester Orchestra – with guitarist Robert McDowell also producing and keyboardist/ percussionist Chris Freeman once again supplying distinctive album art – Hull and Devine offer up a series of magnificently etched songs which light upon everything from anthemic stadium rock (“The After Party”), and reflective balladry (“42”), to energetic bubblegum (“No Sides”), gloriously baroque psychedelia (“Petite Mort”), and whistling big beat pop (“Forest Whitaker”).
The real-time sound of a group of talented friends synthesizing into something altogether more cohesive and accessible, Bad Books II reveals a remarkable new band in the truest sense, emboldened and at ease enough to set out together for places unknown.”
Enter to win a deluxe copy of Bad Books’ II on 180 gram vinyl (with an embossed hardcover jacket and 24 page booklet!) by citing in the comments below your favorite dual band or artist collaboration akin to Bad Books. We’ll choose one insightful commenter with a North American mailing address a week from today, 2/13!
BAD BOOKS TOUR:
2/13/13 – Thompson House – Newport, KY
2/14/13 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL – SOLD OUT
2/15/13 – Crofoot Ballroom- Pontiac, MI
2/16/13 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
2/17/13 – Mr. Small’s Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
2/19/13 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA – SOLD OUT
2/20/13 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY – SOLD OUT
2/21/13 – World Café Live – Philadelphia, PA – SOLD OUT
2/22/13 – The Recher Theatre – Towson, MD
2/23/13 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC – SOLD OUT
2/24/13 – New Brookland Tavern – West Columbia, SC