TVD500: We’ll master, press, design, print, package, and deliver 500 copies of your winning 7″ single. On us.

It’s a popular refrain around here when talking to newer and often established acts, “We’d love to put this out on vinyl, but the funds just aren’t there.” In fact, it’s SO common that we decided to do something about it.

Introducing TVD500—the recurring competition where TVD and our esteemed partners will master, press, design, print, package, and deliver 500 copies of your winning 7″ single—on us.

We’re putting the call out for any individual artist or band—working in any genre—to submit two tracks to us as entries, an A and B side, for consideration for this competition.

Think of it as an internet Star Search. We are.

And, the very first winner of our initial TVD500 giveaway will be the very first single released on TVD Records—our brand new vinyl imprint that will be the home for TVD500 releases as well as special projects to come.

The winner of this competition will see the final mixes of their A and B side tracks mastered at Infrasonic Sound Recording— the state of the art audio and vinyl mastering facility located in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

From there, Furnace MFG, the Official Pressing Plant for Record Store Day, will press 500 copies of your single, assemble, and ship directly to our winner the very first, official TVD Records release. (They’re also printing our 7″ labels!)

While the vinyl itself is in production, Dorado Music Packaging will be printing your custom 7″ sleeves. Dorado hosts a myriad of standard and custom packaging products, and they’ll be printing and shipping your single’s sleeve designed by, well us, the art department here at TVD HQ.

Because we want to choose just the right band or artist’s single to be the very first release on TVD Records, we’ve enlisted some friends to lend an ear to, and weigh in on, our final 5 singles as the competition narrows down. Confirmed by press time are:

Pop noir singer-songwriter, Nicole Atkins released her sophomore LP Mondo Amore in 2011 and is currently at work on the follow-up. In our humble estimation, she has some of the best pipes in the business.

The Joy Formidable’s Ritzy Bryan is currently on the road in support of the band’s brand new release, Wolf’s Law. A whirlwind of energy on stage and a vinyl fan at the core, she knows a thing or 20 about crafting a single.

Paul Collins, the “King of Power Pop” and founder of the Beat Army is a tireless champion of two things: rock and roll and fostering new bands. His 2 Power-pop-a-licious Festivals are a testament to his tireless energy and commitment to songcraft.

Ed Hamell, otherwise known as Hamell on Trial, embodies the word performance. This one-man guitar-slinger—it ain’t folk, folks; think Joe Strummer meets Bill Hicks—recently wrote 360 songs in 360 days. We’re pretty certain he’s perfectly suited to weigh in on your tracks.

Matt Keen is the owner of North Carolina’s Gravity Records—your favorite record store’s favorite record store. It’s safe to say if “Matt Keen likes it,” we will too.

Cheryl Pawelski, co-founder of Omnivore Records, is a three-time Grammy-nominated producer, and has for the past twenty years been entrusted with preserving, curating, and championing some of music’s greatest legacies. 

Jon Sidel is the host of TVD’s original freeform Friday podcast, The Idelic Hour. A rock and roll jack of all trades, Jon’s background encompasses A&R scouting, recording and production, domestic and foreign distribution, online marketing and digital content, management, and DJ and Radio Programming. 

The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow is currently on the road, touring in support of his fourth solo release, Danzig in the Moonlight. Ken’s career extends to stints with both the reformed Big Star as well as REM, but he is as equally at home in the studio, having also produced, engineered, mixed, and arranged recordings for well over 25 years.

TVD500, THE BASICS | Our hope is to find the band or artist with the most deserving single to be issued as the very first release on TVD Records. While subjective, the contest is open to any commercial genre, and the winning criteria will be based upon the submitted single standing out and excelling in the genre of choice. We’ll accept entries from new or established artists, signed or unsigned.

Our TVD500 competition begins today, Tuesday, February 19, and we’ll stop accepting submissions on Tuesday, April 9.

Five TVD500 finalists will be announced the week of April 15, and a winner will be named on April 23.

We will accept final mixed tracks or demo recordings for consideration, but our TVD500 winner is responsible for providing final mixed tracks for mastering.

RULES UPDATE, 2/26/13: All submissions will be reviewed and a cross-section posted at The Vinyl District during the breadth of the TVD500 entry window in weekly updates—and we want to hear from you and your fans. Comment and contribute and social network your entries to our TVD500 competition. An enthusiastic fan base will contribute to our decision-making process.

SUBMISSION  & MEDIA GUIDELINES | Submit your entries to:

TVD500@thevinyldistrict.com

We will accept only MP3 files emailed directly to us. We will also accept SoundCloud links and YouTube links to your tracks for consideration.

THE FINE PRINT | You retain the rights to your tracks and recorded works and are free to distribute your 500 7″ singles as you wish—friends, family, merch table, ebay—your call.

TVD and TVD Records retains all rights to our logo, likeness, copyrights, and trademarks.

Now, let’s hear from you!

TVD500@thevinyldistrict.com

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  • John William

    Hi,
      I would like to record a bit. What do I do?

    • http://thevinyldistrict.com/ The Vinyl District

      John William Hi John…we don’t understand what you’re asking?

  • gaberuski

    This is exciting!

  • tonzeejee

    Who are the judges?

  • ChristopherChew

    Is one artist allowed to submit more then one pair of songs? For example four songs as two separate entries each with an A and B side.

  • ChristopherChew

    is one artist allowed to submit more than one pair of songs? For example four songs as two separate entries each with an A and B side.

    • http://thevinyldistrict.com/ The Vinyl District

      ChristopherChew One entry please of 2 songs. Give us te best 2!

      • ChristopherChew

        The Vinyl District ChristopherChew 
        thank you! …also kind of related question:
        can i submit once with solo work and another submission of work with a band i’m in?

    • RobertGoodman

      Hey Christopher, thanks for this opportunity..Robert Goodman Band sent 2 songs the other day. will there be an email reply just so we know you got it. regards, RG

      • http://www.thevinyldistrict.com/ thevinyldistrict

        RobertGoodman We were swamped with responses and each hasn’t been written back to. Will do better with this going forward – promise…

  • https://www.facebook.com/bacchusmusic Richard Bacchus

    Sent in a couple of jams. Hope I win. #fingerscrossed

  • http://andypratt.bandcamp.com/ Andy Pratt

    Interesting…

  • RobertGoodman

    Robert Goodman Band  ..yes!

  • Derek Walenta

    Where on the site here are you posting the entries?

    • http://www.thevinyldistrict.com/ thevinyldistrict

      @Derek Walenta In running updates as we count down to a winner in April.

      • Derek Walenta

        thevinyldistrict where is the link to that i don’t see it anywhere. or do you mean just the main page?

  • http://www.robbbenson.com/ Robb Benson

    Thanks for having this contest, I just sent a few cuts. Good times!

  • https://soundcloud.com/naked-house Damon Guyett

    Hi guys! So I just sent an email with my music submission, however I just realized everyone is talking about sending 2 cuts as submissions for side A/side B and I don’t feel it’d be appreciated by you for me to spam you guys with a  2nd email with song 2. I want to thank you for putting this contest up, I think I speak for everyone when I say I daydream constantly of looking at a beautiful black plastic disc that contains my song, looking at the beautiful huge artwork and smell that new-vinyl-smell. You guys rock. best of luck to everybody!

    • http://thevinyldistrict.com oliviaung

      Damon Guyett Well, we do need a 2nd song to consider for the actual B-side of the single. Just reply to your original email and send the 2nd song so that it’s all in one thread. Thanks very much for the kind words.

  • http://facebook.com/ekkopark Ekko Park

    Awesome!! 2 songs and youtube links sent!! What an awesome prize!! Cheers.

  • mike twin

    what a great Idea! love, the  coctailtwins.

  • mike twin

    what a fantastic idea! thanks for this opportunity. good luck to everyone! love, the coctail twins.

  • Beth Loudmouth

    Woo hoo! Go Uncle Leon and the Alibis!!!!!!!!

  • kimaxs

    Uncle Leon  & the Alibis! Uncle Leon  & the Alibis! Uncle Leon  & the Alibis!  Their style definitely cries out for vinyl–make it so please!!!

  • proboothcast

    Uncle Leon by a mile!

  • Sdexter

    Uncle Leon and the Alibis   were born to be on vinyl

  • Wild Goose

    If you’ve ever heard a band that deserves to be on vinyl it’s Uncle Leon & The Alibis.

  • Off Her Leash

    I want Uncle Leon and the Alibis  to win this contest as Roller Derby did in fact save my soul ;)

  • thehairjedi

    UNCLE LEON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!And his Alibis, please!

  • AshlieAtkinson

    Oh my God, PLEASE press an Uncle Leon and the Alibis single! That would be so badass!!

  • johnnymac

    Even though Uncle Leon and the Alibis ate my mother, I still think the should get the free batch of singles.

  • ErricaPruden

    “I want Uncle Leon and the Alibis to win this contest!”

  • TinaGoWest

    Uncle Leon and the Alibis, please!

  • Tipsy

    Uncle Leon and the Alibis new album “Wild Ways”  has filled a hole in my heart, and they should win this contest!!!

  • spaceemily

    Naked House & Ohsowhy really deserve to win with “The Joke We Lived Isn’t Funny Anymore” and “You Don’t Belong With Me”!

  • thesporz

    Naked House and Ohsowhy FOREVER!!!!

  • MattFutterleib

    Gotta be naked house and ohsowhy

  • oldbat

    Naked House and Ohsowhy forever.

  • Toni Hart

    Uncle Leon and the Alibis are the best band ever – they need to win

  • LMD

    If anyone deserves to will this it is Uncle Leon and the Alibis!

  • CharlotteSward

    Ohsowhy should definitely win this!!!

  • RyanKuehn

    Daughters of the Dead Sea!!!

  • Hoyas for Leon

    Uncle Leon and the Alibis deserve this!

  • TerryMoe

    Ohsowhy and Naked House forever!

  • JohnJohn

    okay but heres the thing, Thanks.

  • KathyRogalskyCostaney

    If you ever heard “Thanks”, there would be no other choice!

  • Mindl

    They’re called Thanks. That’s all, thanks.

  • lizzielecompte

    I’m gonna say thanks ahead of time, since I know you’ll do the right thing. THANKS!

  • Alix

    thanks always thanks. THANKS

  • Mel

    Uhhh, but Thanks. Thanks.

  • http://www.cooldadmusic.com/ cooldad

    You should really think about Thanks.  Thanks.

  • em

    Ohsowhy and Naked House forever

  • hannahdarrah

    You should definitely choose Thanks.  Yeah, that’s the best choice.  Give it to Thanks.  Go Thanks!

  • jaclynorourke

    Naked House and Ohsowhy!!!

  • JAMES

    DRUMBEAT RED! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

  • Austin

    Drumbeat Red!!!! Wooohooo!

  • GlamrockShake

    Drumbeat Red!

  • johnswaggs

    AH DRUMBEAT RED OMGOMGOMG WAHHOOO AHHHH WABBLE WABBLE GIBBLE GABBLE

  • DanielVaughan

    Drum best Red OH YES

  • Freethewhales

    Drum Beat RED!!!

  • JesusFernandez

    Drum Bear ReDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!

  • JesusFernandez

    DRUM BEAT REDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!

  • ChrisBrzezinski

    DRUM BEAT RED RULES!!!!!!

  • Sandi

    Drumbeat Red is great great dessert on a plate!!!!!!!!

  • myhandstolearn

    okay but heres the thing, Thanks.

  • http://winterwildflowers.tumblr.com/ jessilici0us

    Thanks. Don’t you have Thanks? Thanks.

  • gotsubverted77

    THANKS 7″! PLEASE AND THANKS.

  • Emser

    I want Naked house and oh so why forever. Of course.

  • Ham

    DRUMBEAT RED LETS GO!!!!

  • KIMAKIMAKIM

    DRUMBEAT RED WOOOOO!!!

  • ThanksFAN

    Thanks! Please…..thanks;)

    • http://www.thevinyldistrict.com/ thevinyldistrict

      @ThanksFAN Um…tell Thanks to enter? Because we haven’t heard them.
      Thanks, right?

      • ElMuchador

        thevinyldistrict Indeed, just ‘Thanks’

      • JohnJohn

        thevinyldistrict this is John from Thanks, we got a reply to our entry saying that Thanks – received.

        • http://thevinyldistrict.com/ The Vinyl District

          @JohnJohn thevinyldistrict Resend please?

        • JohnJohn

          The Vinyl District thevinyldistrict i resent the email to Jon Meyers, who had received our entry initially

  • ElMuchador

    Thanks.  Please and thanks.

  • KeithKeithKeith

    DRUMBEAT RED!!! They will offer you all sorts of yummy sounds for your earholes!!

  • EricAllen1

    Drum
    Beat
    Red
    For realzz.

  • ashsnowdragon

    Thieves Thieves!!! would love to have thier stuff on vinyl!! and so should everyone else:)

  • THANKS THANKS

    THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS thanks, thanks

  • http://winterwildflowers.tumblr.com/ jessilici0us

    THANKS THANKS THANKS! Thanks, right? Thanks. Thanks!

  • ThanksFAN

    Another thanks for thanks, indeed.

  • SarahPooPoo

    I love Drumbeat Red!!!!!

  • SarahPooPoo

    Drumbeat Red!!!!!!

  • http://bobpetersdesign.com/ bobpetersdesign

    keep on rock n in the free world via:
    The Star Spangled KGB

  • CoadyFitzgerald

    Thieves Thieves would sound killlllerrrr on vinyl!!!!

  • Anne Clements

    Would love to hear Thieves on vinyl!

  • MarkSprague

    Thieves Thieves would sound so good on vinyl. oh my.

  • natedawgg

    Thieves Thieves deserve this soo much! They sound unreal already, they’d be amazing on vinyl, they would sound soo ace on vnil :)

  • ChristopherForth

    Thieves Thieves for sure.

  • ChrisCreglia

    Thieves Thieves!!!!

  • SuzanneSomers

    would love thieves thieves on vinyl!

  • TimHoar

    thieves thieves on vinyl or bust!!

  • GrryScrry

    Thieves Thieves !!

  • Nickolastrz

    Thieves Thieves Alll the way

  • talithaamber

    Thieves! Thieves!

  • Sharonlynn

    Thieves Thieves babyyy

  • TerryMoe

    Thieves Thieves! Catch those Thieves Thieves on vinyl!

  • JulieDeCoffFitzgerald

    I would love to see Thieves Thieves on Vinyl….they are SWEET!

  • GMattress OHandme

    I want to see Thieves Thieves on vinyl. Do it.

  • JordanWard

    Pick Thieves Thieves! You won’t regret it

  • alexanderthebaked

    I want to hear Thieves Thieves and so will everyone else in the world, so pick them!!!
    Don’t be stupid..

  • emilyrushton12

    I wanna see Thieves Thieves on vinyl!

  • JulieDeCoffFitzgerald

    Thieves Thieves all the way!

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/delzorros K K Putnam

    The Del Zorros

  • Spooneyb

    I vote for SYKES! She has a lovely voice!

  • Anthony Seitz

    Cadaver Dogs!!!

  • MaryDunham

    secondededed: CADAVER DOGS!

  • sarah

    JULIAN FULTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ts

    Julian Fultonn & The ZOmbie Gosple’s new song is soooo goooood. I need it on vinyl!!!!

  • JFZG Fan

    The Zombie Gospel on 7″ = YESSSSSSSSSSSS PLLEEEAAASSSE

  • Andrea K

    JULIAN FULTON AND THE ZOMBIE GOSPEL DESERVE THIS

  • CB

    TWO LITTLES THIEVES by Julian Fulton & TZG

  • CB

    all of you need to be listening to julian fulton & the zombie gospel

  • mike

    the zombie gospel + vinyl = ammaaazing

  • mike

    JULIAN FULTON ON VINYL!

  • Nick

    Totally capture have to capture Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel on vinyl. Can’t think of anything more hip.

  • Matt

    Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel….. Please.

  • chrisjneely

    Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel

  • PoopInMyShoes

    Gotta be Julian fulton

  • Alexa

    julian fulton & the zombie gospel

  • ryan

    Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel

  • zombiefan

    THIS NEEDS TO GO TO JULIAN FULTON AND THE ZOMBIE GOSPEL

  • rickgrimes

    julian fulton & the zombie gospel FTW

  • Michelle

    Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel

  • kev

    Heard Julian Fulton’s new single live, and DESPERATELY want to hear it recorded. “Two Little Thieves” on vinyl would be SOOOO EPIC.

  • Mark m

    julian fulton and the zombie gospel is the future of rock&roll. PICK THEMMMMM

  • DisplayName

    i need a zombie gospel 7″

  • ashley

    Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel. Done and done.

  • Me

    Please be Julian Fulton. He deserves this so much.

  • Margot

    THIS HAS TO BE JULIAN FULTON AND THE ZOMBIE GOSPEL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Michael

    I hope you are all hearing our battle cries! “Julian Fulton! Julian Fulton!”

  • KellyMarcil

    Thieves for sure….sound is so refreshing and really heart-felt music…you guys rock!!!

  • Ryan

    Julian Fulton’s new song is sooo sick. pick them.

  • dan

    please please please please please pick the zombie gospel!

  • Carolina

    holy shit!!!! saw Julian fulton and the Zombie Gospel perform “two little thieves” last night and it single handedly restored my faith in music. That 7″ would be so epic. YOU NEED TO PICK THEM!

  • Carolina

    holy shit!!!! saw Julian fulton and the Zombie Gospel perform “two little thieves” last night and it single handedly restored my faith in music. That 7″ would be so epic. YOU NEED TO PICK THEM!

  • eric

    JULIAN FULTON AND THE ZOMBIE GOSPEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • xyz

    Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel

  • Kara

    I hope people keep commenting until Julian Fulton & the Zombie Gospel win! After only one performance, I’m a fan for life

  • John

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  • liz

    Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel FTW

  • christian

    JULIAN FULTON AND THE ZOMBIE GOSPEL

  • Paul

    Julain Fulton & The Zombie Gospel

  • bleedingheartss

    Just discovered Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel, and I already know I need this 7″

  • Kim

    FUTURE OF ROCK&ROLL = JULIAN & THE ZOMBIE GOSPEL

  • fan

    Julian Fulton and The Zombie Gospel

  • Stacey J

    Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel!!!!!!!!!

  • Tom

    Daughter Vision is cooler.

  • richard

    JULIAN FULTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pat

    Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel

  • mmmmfood

    Daughter vision get my vote

  • Adam

    Torch the Town

  • ScottHampton

    Daughter Vision!!

  • Uguana

    Folkstar have caught the wave that is baptising our country….

  • ben michael

    These people clearly don’t get it…. JULIAN FULTON AND THE ZOMBIE GOSPEL IS THE ANSWER!

  • uri

    Julian Fulton and the ZOmbie Gospel!!

  • Samantha

    Julian Fulton & The Zombie Gospel

  • MODERN HIPPIE

    FOLKSTAR!! They are dead sexy with the two hottest and talented chicks churning out the most amazing music ever .  Please give them the record.  WORTHY!!

  • JennyJaybles

    Daughter Vision!

  • xintrigue3

    Folkstar should win the contest.  They are AWESOME musicians with a big sound.  Their originality and musicality continue to impress!  PLEASE VOTE FOR FOLKSTAR!!

  • bkpagels

    Really glad that The Beanstalk Library has entered this VinylDistrict contest. BeanstalkLib wants to be on wax! http://ow.ly/jWcVa

  • Nfwalker

    Listening to “Feelin’ My Way in the Dark” by The Beanstalk LIbrary will cause you to find your way to the light!!  Need this on vinyl!

  • david mentzer

    The Beanstalk Library has a great sound that will last for years to come…put them on a classic medium like vinyl – they were meant to be there! David Mentzer

  • MEinWI

    DRUMBEAT RED!!!!

  • erica

    Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel x 1,000,000

  • Kitty

    “Two Little Thieves” is the sickeessttt song you’ve never heard! THAT’S WHY IT NEEDS TO BE HEARD!!!!! JULIAN FULTON AND THE ZOMBIE GOSPEL!!!! ALL THE WAYYYYYY!

  • tigerlily

    DAUGHTERS OF THE DEAD SEA!!! Little Heart rules.

  • xintrigue3

    Folkstar is really rockin’!!  They are awesome musicians and people need to listen.

  • Erin

    The Beanstalk Library is psyched to be a part of this. Thanks for hosting, TVD!

  • Regina

    Julian Fulton !!!

  • Geoffrey

    Julian Fulton and The Zombie Gospel!

  • inalivingroomdream

    JULIAN FULTON AND THE ZOMBIE GOSPEL!!!!!!

  • Kailey

    Julian Fulton and The Zombie Gospel PLEASE

  • nightvisionloverz

    Julian Fulton And The Zombie Gospel are so rad. Make for an appropriate 7″ record.

  • monica

    Julian Fulton and The Zombie Gospel

  • girlfromipanema

    Julian Fulton!

  • Wayde S

    Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AustralianSunn

    Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel!

  • unquiettime

    The Beanstalk Library!

  • Emilie Jade

    Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel

  • schwartzfather

    JULIAN FULTON & THE ZOMBIES

  • Becky

    Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel

  • renegatorade

    Julian fulton and the zombie gospel

  • DontLetMeDown

    Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel

  • http://www.thevinyldistrict.com/ thevinyldistrict

    Submissions have ended – thank you.
    Our semi-finalists are here:
    http://www.thevinyldistrict.com/storefront/2013/04/tvd500-semi-finalists/

    • JFZG

      thevinyldistrict Please remove our song from Soundcloud. Thank you. -Julian Fulton and The Zombie Gospel

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