Monthly Archives: September 2007

TVD’s Weekend Shots

…a theme-free round of shots for your weekend. (Or IS that a theme…? Hm.)
Thin Lizzy – Don’t Believe A Word (Live) (Mp3)
Stooges – Loose (Mp3)
The Ramones – Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World (Mp3)
Wayne County & The Electric Chairs – Toilet Love (Mp3)
Sweet – ACDC (Mp3)
Chameleons UK – The Fan and the Bellows (Mp3)
Sex Pistols – EMI (Mp3)
T-Rex – Children Of The Revolution (Mp3)
Joe Jackson – Got the Time (Mp3)
AC DC – Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution (Mp3)

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TVD’s AM Gems | Hal Blaine Edition

From Hal Blaine’s official website: Hal Blaine may well be the most prolific drummer in rock and roll history. He’s certainly played on more hit records than any drummer in the rock era, including 40 ..1 singles and 150 that made the Top Ten. Eight of the records he played on won Grammys for Record of the Year.

He was the most in-demand session drummer in Los Angeles during the Sixties and early Seventies, and a list of musicians he played with reads like a who’s who of popular music. In 1961, Blaine drummed on “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” one of Elvis Presley’s most memorable sides, and he would play on Presley’s film soundtracks throughout the Sixties. However, Blaine’s best-known affiliation is with producer Phil Spector, where he served as the percussive backbone of the “Wrecking Crew” the nickname that younger studio hands on the L.A. scene bestowed on themselves after the rock-hating old-timers complained they were “wrecking the business.”

A “short list” of tracks Hal Blaine recorded:
* Can’t Help Falling in LoveElvis Presley (12/18/61) * He’s a RebelThe Crystals (10/06/62) * Surf CityJan & Dean (06/22/63) * I Get AroundBeach Boys (06/06/64) * Everybody Loves SomebodyDean Martin (07/11/64) * RingoLorne Greene (11/07/64) * This Diamond RingGary Lewis & the Playboys (01/23/65) * Help Me, RhondaBeach Boys (05/01/65) * Mr. Tambourine ManByrds (06/05/65) * I Got You BabeSonny & Cher (07/31/65) * Eve of DestructionBarry McGuire (08/28/65) * My LovePetula Clark (01/15/66) * These Boots Are Made for Walkin’Nancy Sinatra (02/05/66) * Monday MondayMamas and Papas (04/16/66) * Strangers in the NightFrank Sinatra (05/28/66) * Poor Side of TownJohnny Rivers (10/08/66) * Good VibrationsBeach Boys (10/29/66) * Somethin’ StupidFrank & Nancy Sinatra (03/25/67) * The HappeningSupremes (04/15/67) * WindyAssociation (06/03/67) * Mrs. RobinsonSimon & Garfunkel (05/04/68) * DizzyTommy Roe * Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In5th Dimension(03/15/69) * Love Theme Romeo & JulietHenry Mancini (05/24/69) * Wedding Bell Blues5th Dimension (10/04/69) * Bridge Over Troubled WaterSimon & Garfunkel (02/14/70) * (They Long to Be) Close to YouThe Carpenters (06/27/70) * Cracklin’ RosieNeil Diamond (08/29/70) * Indian ReservationPaul Revere & the Raiders (05/29/71) * I Think I Love YouPartridge Family (10/31/71) * Song Sung BlueNeil Diamond (05/13/72) * Half BreedCher (09/01/73) * Annie’s SongJohn Denver (06/15/74) * Top of the WorldThe Carpenters (10/20/74) * The Way We WereBarbra Streisand (12/22/74) * Thank God I’m a Country BoyJohn Denver (04/05/75) * Love Will Keep Us TogetherCaptain & Tennille (05/24/75) * I’m Sorry/CalypsoJohn Denver (08/30/75) * Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)Diana Ross (11/22/76)

An “AM Gems” Hal Blaine Sampler
The Association – Never My Love [Single Version] (Mp3)
The Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice [Original Stereo Version] (Mp3)
The Cowsills – Rain, The Park and Other Things (Mp3)
The Mamas & the Papas – California Dreamin’ (Mp3)
The Turtles – Elenore (Mp3)

(A Tip o’ the Pin to Ol’ JC!)

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TVD’S Morning Wax

Live and rare…
Jellyfish – New Mistake (Live) (Mp3)
Jellyfish – Joining A Fanclub (Live) (Mp3)
Jellyfish – No Matter What (Live) (Mp3)
Jellyfish – The Man I used To Be (Live) (Mp3)
Jellyfish – The Ghost at Number One (Live, Acoustic) (Mp3)

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TVD’S Morning Wax – 9/18/07

Feels like Fall Edition
Aztec Camera – Oblivious (Mp3)
Aztec Camera – The Bugle Sounds Again (Mp3)
Aztec Camera – Mattress of Wire (Mp3)
Aztec Camera – We Could Send Letters (Mp3)
Aztec Camera – Birth Of The True (Live) (Mp3)

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TVD: Baby’s First LP

Here it is folks, the first LP I ever purchased.
Sometime back at the start of this blog, I wrote about this Beatles reissue LP which also happened to be the first record I ever bought, way back in ’76. It seems that once The Beatles contract with E.M.I. expired on February 6th 1976, E.M.I. had the rights to release any of The Beatles previously released recordings. This double set was the first album release where E.M.I. exerted that total control.

Researching this release over the weekend, I came across this commentary, “As with the “Red” and “Blue” albums, the presentation of this package was once again diabolical. The artwork was awful, no “special” tracks, no lyrics, no coloured bags, nothing. In fact, John had actually written to E.M.I. offering a design, and was not at all impressed with E.M.I.’s refusal and the finished product. The art direction was by Roy Kohara, and the amateurish drawings were by Ignacio Gomez.”

Man, I couldn’t disagree more. Perhaps it’s just dewy-eyed nostalgia, but I think the art is quite wonderful and well rendered. The front cover likenesses are spot on (ok, Ringo looks a little dodgy) but otherwise a great package. I dig the hands holding the record too — a design nuance that has lingered in my brain for all this time.

Most of all though, I vividly recall going to the aforementioned Two Guys in Neptune, New Jersey with my dad to buy this record. “Got to Get You into My Life” was the “new” single from this collection and I was enthralled — I had mowed the lawn just enough to save the cash, and with the requisite hole burned clear through my pocket, we headed out to buy this thing. What a day. I literally can even recall what the new vinyl and the printed cover smelled like when the outer plastic was removed.

Seems some things you just never forget.

Which is why I had been recalling this trip to the Two Guys in 1976 over the past weekend. Dad passed away one year ago today. I find myself typing at the same desk where this day last year my cell rang to let me know dad had lost the month-long battle with pneumonia. Talk about going numb. The sensation was ten gazillion alarms going off in your head…a paralyzing disorientation. And loss.

Those alarms over the past year have seemingly popped off one by one. Time they say, at 33, 45 or 78 RPMs is a healer, and it’s true. You move back into the routine, you’re cracking jokes again and meeting the boys at the bar for drinks. But there’s a deeper undercurrent to the memories that ultimately comprise just who the hell you are. Music, the old records on the shelf are imbued with a notch in the psyche, a clear bookmark of a place and time.

Which is frankly, why I thought to start this blog — to recall mine and perhaps ignite those recollections for whoever cares to read and recall their own. And to give dad a shout-out for encouraging his kid to just be himself and follow his interests. He’d say, “Hey kid, it’s your money” or when I cut my own hair in a Bono-like mullet, he said “It’s your hair, kid. You wanna look that way, fine.”

Forgive me if I think he was just the best dad a kid could have. For these things and so, so much more.

H. P. M.
21 March 1930 – 18 September 2006

The Beatles – In My Life (Mp3)

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TVD Turns Three!

Well, that’s months — don’t run out to buy us any gifts just yet.
But we’re growing steadily and welcome all of our visitors from both here in DC and across the globe, as it seems we’re visited daily from every continent on the planet. We’re glad we’ve struck a chord among the repeat visitors and perhaps with those who stumble across us by accident each day. (It’s pretty darn funny to see how many folks find us via the key words “home eye exam.” We’ll word our snark better next time. Promise.)

We’re also happy to announce that both The Hype Machine and DC Blogs have begun to pick up our updates on a daily basis along with the linked Mp3’s, so we anticipate the visitor pool to rise quite sharply over the coming months. (You’ll also notice a few tweaks in how we operate here to make their tracking possible.)

One last thing to mention — yea, sure this is a blog where you expect us to mouth off, post and pontificate, but really what we’re shooting for is a conversation. Like a linked tune? Let us know. You’d rather eat glass than listen to something we’ve recommended? Wanna hear it. Got a request? Happy to oblige. Tourettes? We’re not afraid of a little dirty talk. Just chime in and participate.

Lastly, here’s just a bit of what you’d be humming to yourself by now as a loyal TVD visitor. We’ll see you in the morning.

Snowden – Anti-Anti (Mp3)
Bedroom Walls – In Anticipation Of Your Suicide (Mp3)
Bee and Flower – Don’t Say Don’t Worry (Mp3)
Prefab Sprout – Dragons (Mp3)
I Am Kloot – Working To Work (Mp3)
Silver Sun – This ‘n’ That (Mp3)
Bram Tchaikovsky – Girl of My Dreams (Mp3)
Foreign Born – In The Shape (Mp3)
The Chameleons – Intrigue In Tangiers (Mp3)
Adrian Borland Sea Of Noise (Mp3)

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Rhino Reissues Joy Division Vinyl

Limited edition collector’s box and individual 180-Gram Vinyl releases due.
Joy Division’s 1979 debut UNKNOWN PLEASURES is a landmark album that established the band as principal architects and ultimate icons of the post-punk movement and the U.K. Manchester scene of the late ’70s. UNKNOWN PLEASURES’ ten classic songs resonate with the atmospheric textures and deep sonic spaces of Martin Hannett’s production. Highlights include “Insight,” “Disorder,” “New Dawn Fades” and “She’s Lost Control.” The latter song is the inspiration for the title of the 2007 film Control, the acclaimed Anton Corbijn-directed feature chronicling the life and times of Joy Division’s lead singer and principal songwriter, the late Ian Curtis.

Joy Division’s 1980 follow-up CLOSER, another seminal post-punk masterpiece, ranks #157 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.” Musically and lyrically driven by the prevailing despair of Ian Curtis – who killed himself only months after the LP was released – CLOSER was also produced by Martin Hannett, who weaves sprawling emotional chaos and shifting atmospheres and textures together into an enormously powerful ten-song tour de force. Stand-outs include “Heart And Soul,” “Isolation,” “Eternal,” “Decades” and the wrenching “Twenty Four Hours.”

The compilation STILL came out in late 1981, over a year after Curtis’ death. Comprised of twenty studio outtakes, b-sides, live cuts and other rarities, all the tracks were previously unissued at the time of STILL’s original release except for “Glass” and “Dead Souls,” both compelling studio recordings from 1978 and 1979, respectively. STILL also presents material from Joy Division’s last-ever concert, recorded at Birmingham University in May 1980 including the only time they performed “Ceremony” live (the song would later become a New Order single). Another track captured at Birmingham is “Shadowplay,” a selection covered in 2007 by The Killers for the soundtrack for the film Control. Other highlights include a live cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Sister Ray” and a 1979 studio recording of “Something Must Break.”

Joy Division formed in Manchester, England in 1977, and had an immense and profound impact on contemporary music in a very brief time together. They recorded only two full-length studio albums, UNKNOWN PLEASURES and CLOSER, prior to lead singer Ian Curtis’ 1980 suicide, just before the single “Love Will Tear Us Apart” became their breakthrough hit. The remaining members – guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris – disbanded Joy Division after Curtis’ death, and re-formed as New Order.

In addition to this limited edition collector’s box housing all three titles, individual 180-Gram Vinyl releases of UNKNOWN PLEASURES, CLOSER and STILL are also available.

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A TVD 12" Canvas Retrospective | 23 Envelope

23 Envelope was the team of Vaughan Oliver (graphic design and typography) and Nigel Grierson (photography), who designed the artwork for almost all 4AD releases until 1987.

Oliver and Grierson met in their late teens, as school boys, at Ferryhill Comprehensive, County Durham. Their friendship began in the art room, chatting about their mutual passions for art and rock music. For both of them, designing album covers was a natural ambition. “Record sleeves,” says Grierson, “seemed like the greatest thing you could possibly do.”

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Bolan’s Birthday Celebrated with Vinyl Reissues

September 16 will mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Marc Bolan, mastermind behind glam-rock titans T. Rex. Bolan died only a few weeks before what would’ve been his 30th birthday, and in remembrance of both anniversaries, a number of Bolan projects are underway in the next few weeks.

First up is “Souls We Miss”, an exhibition of photographs of Bolan taken by the late Keith Morris. The photos will be exhibited at London’s Redferns Music Picture Gallery for the seven weeks following September 14. On September 15, London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire will host Marc Bolan: The Celebration, a concert featuring Marc’s son Rolan,Marc Almond of Soft Cell, producer Tony Visconti, T. Rex tribute band T. Rextasy, Blondie’s Clem Burke, and many more.

There are also several Bolan documentaries in the works, including a BBC 4 special, ITV’s “20th Century Boy” airing September 8, and a BBC Radio 2 program on September 15. Apparently, the ITV special contains such revelations as the fact that Bolan lost his virginity at age nine. Whoa.

Then come the records, and there’s a lot of ’em. Edsel Records will release a trio of T. Rex vinyl singles with previously unavailable tracks on each B-side. September 17 sees “Metal Guru” backed with an acoustic demo of “The Slider”. The next Monday finds “Children of the Revolution” paired with a electric demo of “The Leopards”. And October 1 finds “20th Century Boy” matches with “Teenager in Love”, an acoustic duet between Marc and his longtime girlfriend, soul singer Gloria Jones.

Following on October 1, also on Edsel, is Live 1977 + In Conversation, a double-disc set consisting of live cuts and an interview. The first disc contains performances from the final T. Rex tour, with punk icons the Damned guesting on the encore of “Get It On”. The In Conversation disc is culled from an interview conducted by Steve Wright with Bolan and Gloria Jones. It includes several acoustic on-air performances. Finally, on October 15, Edsel will release Interstellar Soul, a three-CD set collecting exclusive tracks, home demos, and other rarities. The package will arrive in a numbered edition of 5000.
(Thanks to th’ Fork.)

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