TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Bad Books, II

“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

Purchase tickets here.

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69 comments
MelloV
MelloV

whowonwhowonwhowonwhowon?
Probably not I, but one can dream.

MelloV
MelloV

Broken Bells!
Those textures and Jame's vocals with Danger Mouse on the boards. It didn't do too well critically, from what I remember, but I've always found it to be a super enjoyable album.
Here's a cut from the album, "The High Road": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWBG1j_flrg
Enjoy!



JesseSpeelman
JesseSpeelman

My favorite duo similar to Bad Books is a band called Hawkboy.  Hawkboy is made up of two former members of my favorite band As Cities Burn, Cody and Aaron.  They've released two EPs, and both are excellent.  I think you'll all enjoy this band.  Only having two members means the music is stripped down to bare essentials.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmLqumrfFbE

caribouslady
caribouslady

The Halo Benders! 

Doug Martsch of Built To Spill's (One of my favorite bands) noodly guitar work and Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening's smoky baritone get me every time!

Kaputt
Kaputt like.author.displayName 1 Like

I was going to say either The Postal Service or Two Tongues, as those are what really come to mind, but they have already been spoken for, and I'm not one for stealing others ideas, so I suppose I'll have to go with Madvillain.
MF Doom dropping rhymes over Madlib's production  is pure hip-hop gold, and the two really make it work together, so to speak. I'll always love Madvillainy, and I can't wait for them to release the next album, but who knows when that'll be. They've been hinting at it for years.

LeighMeredith
LeighMeredith

Scott Murphy of Allister and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer. 

xcallmejesusx
xcallmejesusx

small brown bike and the casket lottery.  two original songs, two where they switch singers, and two where all members from both bands are all mixed up.  one of my favorite.  

a close second for me would have to be the entire judgement night soundtrack.  this is probably the culprit for bad music of today, yet this is so amazing.

pottyt
pottyt

I would have to say "dead weather" 1. Allison Mosshart kills people with her energy and great vocals. 2. Jack white on drums..... Seriously, I think he plays kazoo and the washboard to f you didn't know. 3. Jack Lawrence from the Racontoures drop bass on people's faces on the daily ..... 4. dean Fertita from QOTSA riffing like its his job.... oh wait it is. 5. Their first album was only supposed to be a 7inch for fun but sure enough 15 days later Horehound was birthed and people cried.....

ZachGriffin
ZachGriffin

Middle Brother is the one that came to mind, featuring the front men of Deer Tick, Dawes, and Delta Spirit. Their respective bands are spearheading some of the best songwriting today. The songs are timeless.

HaydenDominguez
HaydenDominguez

"BLAKROC" ...Blakroc is a rap rock collaboration album by Ohio-based blues rock band The Black Keys and several hip hop and R&B artists! The album has Rock, Hip-hip, Soul, and Blues! Album guests include Raekwon, RZA and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan, Jim Jones and NOE of ByrdGang, Mos Def, singer Nicole Wray, Pharoahe Monch, Ludacris, Billy Danze of M.O.P., and Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest. Its pretty much the best thing ever!!

lkemp
lkemp

Isles and Glaciers for sure. Who doesn't love to hear Craig Owens, Vic Fuentes, and Johnny Craig trading vocals. Not to mention the amazing talent of the rest of the musicians in the band.  Overall a great collaboration, with a lot of dynamic. 


JonathanFlatt1
JonathanFlatt1

i would say that Good Charlotte and M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold would have to be the best... just kidding. I have been listening a lot to Louis Armstrong lately and he does a bunch of tunes with Ella Fitzgerald. The combination of Ella's incredible voice and Louis' incredibly gravelly, soulful vocals, you just cant beat it. Two monsters of music in one place is a beautiful thing 


Chucky Nagel
Chucky Nagel

Monsters of Folk, hands down. They put out one of my all time favorite records.

kylevans
kylevans

Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano of Anthrax, Andy Hurly and Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy, and Keith Buckley and Josh Newton of Every Time I Die all join forces to create The Damned Things. And for some reason, it works. Straight up, rock and roll music.

JackiePetito
JackiePetito

The soon to come Weatherbox and Sainthood Reps split will be awesome! Weatherbox has been a favorite of mine for 4 years and Sainthood Reps has quickly become a favorite of mine as well. You just can't go wrong.

televate
televate

I'd definitely have to say the band Orbs, featuring Dan Briggs of Between the Buried and Me, Adam Fisher and Clayton Holyoak of Fear Before the March of Flames, Ashley Ellyllon, formerly of Abigail Williams and Cradle of Filth, and Chuck Johnson of Torch Runner. Such an awesome combination and such a great sound

Sillybarry
Sillybarry

The Dark Night of the Soul album...by Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse with collaborations with The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Shins, The Strokes, and more... The collaborations were beautiful and haunting and will always be at the top of my list. See "Revenge" featuring The Flaming Lips!

JimRGriffin
JimRGriffin

Such collaborations like Bad Books shows the meaning of Aristotle's quote "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” I picked up the vinyl of Miss Sarajevo when it first came out and I still get a kick out of listening to Bono, The Edge, Brian Eno, and Luciano Pavarotti make one heckuva recording.

Derplodocus
Derplodocus

Can we forget about Jay-Z and Linkin Park? I think not.

RAGC
RAGC

Can it get better then bad books?


bspaunhorst
bspaunhorst

The Transplants with Tim Armstrong (Rancid) Travis Barker (blink-182) and Skinhead RobRob

Nehemias
Nehemias

One of the best artist colabs was the Undertow Orchestra: David Bazan (Pedro the Lion and Headphones), Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), Will Johnson (Centro-Matic), and Vic Chesnutt. So many good artist touring and playing together. I know that Bazan has influenced Devine and Hull both. Also, Vic Chesnutt was a gem. What more could you want.

SeanBevis
SeanBevis

After reading through the comments I saw a lot of really familiar bands and collaborations, and I was torn about whether to be original or echo the sentiments of some of the other commenters. But when I think about artist collaborations, the first thing that comes to mind, for me, is The Postal Service. Maybe it was the fact that they they recently announced their 10 year reunion tour, or maybe it was the fact they announced a deluxe edition LP of Give Up that I desperately want to add to my new, but growing vinyl collection. But the real reason is that Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (of Dntel) made a truly great record that completely captured me.

Can't wait to see Bad Books and The Front Bottoms next week in Pontiac!

Kevin Vela
Kevin Vela like.author.displayName 1 Like

I really enjoyed Broken Bells! The collaboration between James Mercer and Danger Mouse made for some killer songs and a great live performance at ACL 2010, same year as one Manchester Orchestra I think you'll find! Great to see bad Books at ACL this year, come back to Texas more often! We love you guys!

ESchus
ESchus

Manchester and Kevin Devine's split, I Could Be the Only One. Not Bad Books, but the two exchanging each other's songs and creating their own version by incorporating their two very unique sounds. It was very exciting to see what two very different lyricists and musicians did to songs that weren't their forte. And with the sophomore album, Bad Books has become one sound comprised of many, with songs so obviously Hull and so obviously Devine, and songs so surprisingly Hull and so surprisingly Devine. So now Bad Books is no longer a collaboration of Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine, but it's now Bad Books.

joeyfenster
joeyfenster

I have always been a big fan of Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra and when Bad Books got together I was instantly Excited. I really like Brand New's Jesse Lacey and Kevin Devine Together, and the combo of Kevin doing Jessie's songs and vice versa was absolutely great. I have had my eye on this vinyl ever since it was announced. I just haven't had funds to purchase it yet! I'm a student  and musician myself so I really appreciate the depth of the lyrics and the music behind the lyrics.

JusTho
JusTho

Martha Wainwright  and Snow Patrol - Set Fire to the Third Bar

conn250
conn250

O'Brother/Sainthood Reps split 7"

Lay Down and Condor - enough said

Bert
Bert

Tim mcGraw and Faith hill in Its Your Love. These are two separate sexy singers in their respective genre that joined forces in country music just as Kevin and Manchester Orchestra collided in what we call rock and roll. Harmonies and catchy beats are as fluid as the emotions between these eventual lovers. On their own they are beautiful. But together they are eternal.

TroyPenny
TroyPenny

A while back Andy Hull posted some songs on his tumblr under the band name "Life on Spider Island".  It was a duo project with Harrison Hudson and himself.  They only released two songs but they were both really quality songs.


Deanowitz
Deanowitz

I really enjoy Andrew Jackson Jihad and the work they do as a duo. If I had to cite a reason it'd be the vocals and songwriting. Both Ben and Sean produce such gritty, funny, serious and beautiful songs about everything from addiction to hipsters. Their vocals are not typically polished, the recording quality is typically pretty poor but it doesn't matter, they're better that way. They have a song for every mood, for every incident and you can tell it's done with genuine love for music and their fans.  The band, along with other groups (especially Bad Books) inspire me to be a better writer and a better person, and that's a really meaningful thing for a band to do.

AndyMcCotter
AndyMcCotter

I would have to say the  U2 and Green Day collaboration song "The Saints Are Coming."

Great hard rocking tune but with great meaning behind it. Just like Bad Books, the song and collaboration is three-dimensional. The first thing you think of, of course, is the great music, groove, etc. But beyond that is a meaningful and in-depth story written for the listener. That's what I've always appreciated.

JPC
JPC

There is a song by Relient K called "Sahara" featuring Tim Skipper of House of Heroes, Matt MacDonald of The Classic Crime, and Aaron Gillespie of The Almost / ex-Underoath. I thought this was an amazing collab and will be forever known as one of the best collab songs I have personally listened to.

BrianIngersoll
BrianIngersoll

I have to say the self entitled album Broken Bells by Broken Bells, duo consisting of the Shins brilliant singer/ guitarist James Mercer and Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse. It's a brilliant song one a brilliant album. With Burton's approach in avoiding sampling and using only live instruments, and with Mercer's broadening vocal style including falsettos and deeper registers to create an absolutely wonderful musical experience and collaboration. With fantastic lyrics and songwriting in songs such as "The High Road", "The Ghost Inside", and "October".  It's a magical experience the duo collaborated to make. 

TomHinsley
TomHinsley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma8nDZaFp4k


Despite many of the YouTube comments, I actually quite like this collaboration between Paul McCartney and Nirvana. Hearing two completely different genres from different eras merging together is fascinating.

BastianKunu
BastianKunu

Björk & Thom Yorke I've Seen It All! ..One of my personal favorites is Service Bell by Feist & Grizzly Bear...but if Manchester, O'Bro & Thrice wanted to write an epic opus of some sort, then that would probably be my new personal favorite. And it'd be f___ing sweet!!

MollyBenson
MollyBenson

Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar for the One Fast Move soundtrack. It was perfect for the type of film a Kerouac novel would inspire.

jakeheise
jakeheise

Adam Green and Binki Shapiro just released a fantastic album together, perfect for island parties.  Another favorite is the Strokes b-side Modern Girls and Old Fashioned Men featuring Regina Spektor. One of my favorite songs in general

bands_music
bands_music

The zany and sprawling musical prowess of Max Bemis, the mouthpiece and creative genius behind the delectable Say Anything mixed with the beautiful angular songcraft of a one Chris Conley of Saves the Day. Put them together and what do you get? The absolutely incredible and powerful TWO TONGUES! http://youtu.be/cBG6GFBrURg

Jefferson Randall
Jefferson Randall

I absolutely love The Front Bottoms. They are incredible and totally underrated. I was so freaking excited when I found out they were going on tour with Bad Books, but then the Bowery Ballroom sold out and now I'm sad. I listen to their self titled album all the time and I never get sick of it. Their punk/indie dance vibes always get me in a good mood, and watching them live was amazing.

Dan Stavarz
Dan Stavarz

Issac Brock and The Six Parts Seven with "From California to Houson, On Lightspeed" The instrumentation style coupled with Brock's incomparably honest vocals and simple yet effective lyrics...it's an awesome song. 

AndrewDoland
AndrewDoland

Elliott Smith and Pete Krebs: Shytown/No Confidence Man. I guess it's more of a split, but both musicians are on both songs, and I really wish there was more of it. Cool art, too.

Drew Johnson
Drew Johnson

I really enjoyed the two songs Andy put out with Harrison Hudson under the name "Life On Spider Island". "Whatever Time" is really fun to play over and over and over. I never get tired of it. "Heart" is one of those songs that just makes you feel insignificant to the world, in the fact that I'll never write a song half that good. It's good shit.

BastianKunu
BastianKunu

One of my personal favorite's is Service Bell by Feist & Grizzly Bear...but if Manchester, O'Bro & Thrice were to write an epic opus or something, then that would probably be my new personal favorite. And it'd be f___ing sweet!

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