TVD’s 9 weeks of vinyl giveaways, Week 7: Shakey Graves, And The War Came (Signed LP)

As we noted upon the launch of our first of 9 weeks of vinyl giveaways, it’s easy to forget that going on 8 years now when TVD was in its year one (as was Record Store Day) the vinyl medium wasn’t “back,” sales weren’t stellar, and indeed record stores were a fading lot. No, worse actually. Shops we’re closing at such a clip, their disappearance literally informed the launch of the site you’re reading at present.

And as we’ll repeat for 9 weeks—vinyl and record stores go hand in hand. Their shared intrinsic value is the cultural commodity and the bedrock of any local music scene. Don’t believe us though…hit up your locals and the marriage becomes crystal clear. 

But we too have been overwhelmed with the resounding popular and prevalent headlines as to vinyl’s big resurgence, yet they also arrive in tandem with far less rosy headlines such as “Starbucks to Open in Former Bleecker Street Records Space”—and worse, some very bad ideas when one advocates for record shops have, of late, become internet fodder. (Seriously, vinyl subscription clubs are the Carson Daly of record collecting.)

As such, picking up with an old TVD favorite, we’ve lined up 9 (count ’em, 9) weeks of vinyl giveaways as we count down to Record Store Day 2015 to redouble our efforts to underscore the viability and the inherent need for your local brick and mortar record shops to remain the vibrant community touchstone that they intrinsically are. And while we kinda hate hanging out by the mailbox waiting for a record to show up (unless you’ve ordered it from a mom and pop or directly from a label!) we’re shipping out records for 9 weeks straight as sweet reminders that record stores are literally where it’s at.

“‘The first album was me wanting to burn down my life, cut my hair off, and run screaming into the woods,’ says Alejandro Rose-Garcia. ‘This album is the trials and tribulations of becoming domesticated, letting people into your world and letting go of selfishness-the story of becoming a pair, losing that, and reconciling with the loss and gain of love.’

Rose-Garcia is professionally known as Shakey Graves, and with his new record, And the War Came, he extends the ground-emotionally and sonically-broken by his 2011 self-released debut album, Roll the Bones, which brought him national acclaim and, three years later, still ranks near the top of Bandcamp’s digital best-seller charts.

Roll the Bones established the powerful, mesmerizing Shakey Graves sound of Rose-Garcia accompanying himself on guitar and a handmade kick drum built out of an old suitcase. NPR Music named him one of 10 artists music fans ‘should’ve known in 2012,’ describing him as ‘astonishing…unclassifiably original. And frighteningly good.’ Paste included him in a ‘Best of What’s Next’ feature, praising his ‘gnarly composite of blues and folk,’ while the New York Times observed that Shakey Graves ‘makes the one-man band approach look effortless.’

…While his remarkable success story continues to unfold, Alejandro Rose-Garcia sees And the War Came as a pivotal step in the evolution of Shakey Graves. ‘This is a doorframe album, as we’re going into a new building,’ he says. ‘It’s taste of everything-what might come in future, which might include just guitar or the one-man band thing, but not pigeonholed to any one sound. I wanted to open some stuff up and get people ready for wherever it’s going.'”

Enter to win Shaky Graves’ signed LP, And The War Came by citing in the comments below your favorite one man band, and briefly—why.

We’ll choose one enthusiastic brick and mortar supporter with a North American mailing address for the LP a week from today, April 7. Our winner will be notified directly via email. 

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  • Craig Guido

    First of all… the quality of your giveaways is staggering!!

    There are too many favorites to list…

    Madlib is amazing from the Hip Hop side… Just what he created in the past decade is just amazing from a musical and creative standpoint…

    Reggie Watts… He might be a goof… and people don’t take him serious. The what he creates out of thin air is amazing… still haven’t figure out if it is all improv or if it is per-meditated.. or both!

    and my deep cut… would be Gavin Castleton (http://www.gavincastleton.com/) Pretty crazy and cool stuff. His loop ’90 east’ is pretty awesome.

  • J.T.

    Phil Collins. What can’t he do? Besides, singing and playing the drums at the same time is probably the pinnacle of human achievement.

  • tunesandcoffee

    My favorite is Chris
    Whitley. That guy was amazing – with or without a band. The handful
    of times I saw him, he was by himself about half the time. He would play
    that guitar with such intensity – he was mesmerizing to watch. Such depth and soul – from the hard rocking,
    to the blues, to the quiet, stripped down and introspective.

  • Terry Edwards

    Brett Dennon is my new favorite solo artist. His style is soothing and addictive.

  • Shane Gilbert

    For me I’d have to go with Lindsey Buckingham. Besides beings fantastic song writer he performed most of the instruments on his first 4 solo albums. Lindsey is one of those seemingly overlooked/under-appreciated talents.

  • Aaron dltd

    Right now I really like Strand of Oaks (Timothy Showalter) just because his emotional lyrics and vocals and his great rock and electronic sound.

  • Scott

    Ty Segall
    Nothing else needs to be said

  • Jenn Smulo

    K.T. Tunstall- she creates such an incredible and powerful sound that you would never assume it was just one person. She plays her heart out and it shines through in every song she performs.

  • SUPPORTING YOUR LOCAL INDIE SHOPS SINCE 2007


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