Monthly Archives: April 2008

A TVD Night Out | The Sound of Words: A Scheme to Rock The Writer’s Center

When Chad Clark (Beauty Pill, Silver Sonya) was mixing The Caribbean’s last record Populations, a recurring idea fixed in his mind: a group as literate as The Caribbean would likely appeal to an audience not plugged into experimental pop music, an audience not obsessed with hooks and melody, but who loved the sound of words. Likely, he reasoned, there was also a music crowd that didn’t find itself at poetry readings but liked, in general, to read and understood the romance in literary things. Having friends in both DC’s music and literary worlds, Chad had a thought, which he describes as follows:

“Okay, let’s say you had two brilliant, eccentric friends. One an innovative songwriter in an unusual, forward-thinking band. The other a masterful poet and founder of a respected literary journal. Each creative in their own ways, but with parallels. Cult figures in their respective worlds. Let’s say they didn’t know each other. Let’s say you introduced them. Let’s say they they hit it off and became fans of each other’s work. Let’s say they decided to collaborate as curators and performers of a shared evening of poetry and music. I’m telling you, it could happen.”

To that end, an event at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda was imagined among Chad, Michael Kentoff of The Caribbean and DC poet Deborah Ager, who also publishes the poetry magazine 32 Poems. Here are the details of the reality:


Featuring The Caribbean and 32 Poems Magazine
DATE: Friday, May 9
COSTS: Nothing
LOCATION: The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD

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TVD’s Daily Wax | Crowded House "Afterglow"

In advance of Crowded House’s sold out show at the 9:30 Friday night, we’re going to get a bit Finn-centric here at TVD for the balance of the week. See, the thing is, next to Sir Paul, Neil’s the Best Living Songwriter we’ve got. So nope, it’s not Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Paul Weller, Paul Westerburg, Elton John, Elvis Costello or Colin Melloy. It’s Neil. And the guy can kinda’ sing too.

These tracks from Crowded House’s 2000 rarities and b-sides collection ‘Afterglow’– songs deemed not album-worthy (?)–are added highlights to what arrives Friday: TVD’s List of Top Ten Crowded House Songs. (Bring a towel.)

Crowded House – I Am In Love (Mp3)
Crowded House – Left Hand (Mp3)
Crowded House – Help Is Coming (Mp3)
Crowded House – Recurring Dream (Mp3)
Crowded House – Time Immemorial (Mp3)

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TVD’s Daily Wax | Peter Murphy "Deep"

Quiet here today, huh? Quite figuratively spent the whole day as this LP cover depicts…

Peter Murphy – Shy (Mp3)
Peter Murphy – Crystal Wrists (Mp3)
Peter Murphy – Marlene Dietrich’s Favourite Poem (Mp3)
Peter Murphy – The Line Between The Devil’s Teeth (And That Which Cannot Be Repeat) (Mp3)
Peter Murphy – Cuts You Up (Mp3)

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TVD’s Daily Wax | Pride Tiger "The Lucky Ones"

Their PR firm was scouring The Hype Machine for blogs that post about Thin Lizzy, and no surprise, TVD came up. A lot. And I wrote the guy back in about a minute after hearing the twin guitar attack and those vocals…

“Pride Tiger finds Matt Wood, Sunny Dhak, Bob Froese and Mike Payette coming together to produce a hook-laden, vintage rock album. On “The Lucky Ones”, produced, engineered and mixed by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Monster Magnet, Fu Manchu), they weave Wood’s vocals and Dhaks’ guitar lines with ease, resulting in 13 exhilarating songs that range from the bluesy wail of “A New Jones” to the heart-pumping stomp of “Let ‘Em Go.” And this year Pride Tiger’s “The Lucky Ones” was nominated for the Canadian Best Rock Album Juno Award. …When I put on this Pride Tiger album for the first time it was 1976 for me all over again. They really do channel the spirit of the late Phil Lynott. These riffs, these drums and these vocals are truly from a simpler time when gas prices were high and so were our older brothers and sisters.”

And for the record (ahem…) they sent me a promo copy — on vinyl.

Pride Tiger – Let ’em Go (Mp3)
Pride Tiger – Fill Me In (Mp3)
Pride Tiger – The Lucky Ones (Mp3)
Pride Tiger – Forget Everything (Mp3)
Pride Tiger – A New Jones (Mp3)

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Fashion advice from a music blog?

Indeed. Perfect for the church social, a business meeting, book club, the walk to work, or simply sunning yourself on the beach — creepers. (And they’re unisex!)

TVD: your friend in the street.
Ramones – Sheena is a Punk Rocker (Mp3)
Sex Pistols – EMI (Mp3)
Damned – Love Song (Mp3)

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TVD’s Daily Wax | Pulp "This Is Hardcore"

Help the aged | one time they were just like you | drinking, smoking cigs and sniffing glue | Help the aged | don’t just put them in a home | can’t have much fun when they’re all on their own | Give a hand, if you can | try and help them to unwind | Give them hope and give them comfort | cos they’re running out of time | In the meantime we try | Try to forget that nothing lasts forever | No big deal so give us all a feel | Funny how it all falls away

Pulp – Help The Aged (Mp3)
Pulp – Party Hard (Mp3)
Pulp – Seductive Barry (Mp3)
Pulp – The Fear (Mp3)
Pulp – This Is Hardcore (Mp3)

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TVD’s Daily Wax | Manic Street Preachers "Generation Terrorists"

Find your faith in your security | All broken up at seventeen | Jam your brain with broken heroes | Love your masks and adore your stereo | We’re a mess of eyeliner and spraypaint | D.I.Y. destruction on chanel chic | Deny your culture of consumption | This is a culture of destruction | Don’t wanna see your face | Don’t wannt hear your words | Why don’t you just | Babes on the run with poisoned lips | Wrap your arms round this everlasting kiss | Clinging to your own sense of waste | All we love is lonely wreckage | Your school your dole and your chequebook dreams | Your clothes your suits and your pension schemes | Now you say you know how we feel | But don’t fall in love cos we hate you still | Don’t wanna see your face | Don’t wannt hear your words | Why don’t you just | Destroyed by madness | Destroyed by madness | Destroyed by madness | Destroyed by madness | Anxiety is freedom

Manic Street Preachers – Stay Beautiful (Mp3)
Manic Street Preachers – Democracy Coma (Mp3)
Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness (Mp3)
Manic Street Preachers – Little Baby Nothing (Mp3)
Manic Street Preachers – You Love Us (Mp3)

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TVD’s Daily Wax | Japan "Quiet Life"

Doucement, ne les derangez pas
Ilya des gens qui vive comme ca
Les artistes de demain
En desespoir agreable

Japan – Quiet Life (Mp3)
Japan – Fall In Love With Me (Mp3)
Japan – Despair (Mp3)
Japan – In Vogue (Mp3)
Japan – Alien (Mp3)

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TVD’s Daily Wax | Steel Pulse "True Democracy"

It’s a funny thing about college…I have NO recollection of this photo being taken (circa 1986) YET I recall today’s selection on constant rotation almost 24/7. And yea…where do the time–and styling products–go?

Steel Pulse – Chant A Psalm (Mp3)
Steel Pulse – Leggo Beast (Mp3)
Steel Pulse – Man No Sober (Mp3)
Steel Pulse – Ravers (Mp3)
Steel Pulse – Your House (Mp3)

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So, there’s like…an event coming up or something?

We never hear anything.

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I Need That Record!

“I Need That Record” is a documentary feature examining why over 3000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade. Are they going to die off? Will they survive?

Record stores serve as important community spaces that provide foundations for new musical and artistic scenes and movements, a place where unique under the radar bands have been continuously supported, a place where the underground can thrive, a place where independent thought is encouraged and challenged, a place where people of different ages, races, and taste can mix and mingle face to face. Unlike the internet, physical stores are a real place, with real people, where community is formed and supported. Not just record stores, but original mom and pop main street stores are all in a fight to stay alive. Independent businesses are hubs for new jobs, new innovations, and creative thought.

Over the past ten years it has become increasingly harder to compete with big chain businesses that have big money and Congress protecting them. The rich and powerful in business and government have thrown a wrench in the wheels of progress. American culture has become more isolated and atomized as a result of homogenous culture and thought. Businesses and establishments that make different parts of America distinct from one another are disappearing. In order to save community, ourselves, and our world what we need are independent creative places where new ideas and thought can be nurtured. Not more of the same…

Some interviews include- Ian Mackaye of Dischord Records Fugazi/Minor Threat/Teen Idles, Chris Frantz of the Talking Heads, Pat Carney of the Black Keys, Mike Watt of the Minutemen/reunited Stooges, Noam Chomsky, guitar composer Glenn Branca, punk author Legs McNeil, rock photographer Bob Gruen, Bryan Poole guitarist of Of Montreal, Numero Records, Rhino Records, Bloodshot Records, United Record Press (the largest vinyl plant in the U.S.), and many many many indie stores across the U.S. (NYC, Boston, DC, Cleveland, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Minneapolis, Memphis, Nashville, L.A.). (Via

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TVD Remembers Danny Federici

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (Mp3)
(Live, February 5, 1975 at The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA)

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TVD | Friday @ Random

No dice…no caution to the wind. The noble Friday experiment in unchecked shuffle play whimsy has come to an end. Oh sure, sure – it was fun for about a half hour…there were the regulars (cheers whiteray!) and the copyists…ahem…but basically, I’m just bored with Bored. It’ll reappear every now and again, but from here on out the TVD bully pulpit begins each Friday morning…whatever is in constant rotation, the best of the blogs, or something that simply needs to be said. And played. And shared. It’s here — Fridays @ Random.

Blanket of Secrecy – Say You Will (Mp3)
Two People – Rescue Me (Mp3)
Fiction Factory – Feels Like Heaven (Mp3)
Peter Godwin – Images of Heaven (Mp3)
The Payolas – Eyes of a Stranger [Full Version] (Mp3)

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TVD’s Daily Wax | The Motors "Tenement Steps"

My buddy Shark owned the Trouser Press Guide to New Wave Records (pictured below, bottom left) which ostensibly became our go-to Bible regarding all sorts of Punk/Post Punk and New Wave band and record release ephemera. This handy reference guide put to rest many an argument back in the day. Once “slippery fingers” Ben “borrowed” the Guide and man, there was hell to pay in the house. After several tense phone calls, Ben admitted he had “borrowed” the book (without asking, natch) and it was returned to me in a nondescript brown bag ala contraband. The thing was GOLD.

So, it cracks me up to think that Ira Robbins–editor of the Guide and one of the founders of Trouser Press Magazine–and I probably wouldn’t…get along. In polite company, we’d be hurling insults and trash-talking each other’s taste in music for certain. (And I’d welcome it, because well, I’m a reluctant fan.) Now, after yesterday’s rebuke of Spacehog (a band admittedly I wouldn’t go to the mat for) he offers this take on today’s LP:

“The Motors effectively disbanded after (their) second album. Garvey and McMaster continued working together using the group name, eventually engaging Jimmy Iovine to produce their next album in New York. Tenement Steps, the unfortunate result of far too much time spent in the studio, is an appalling, overblown mess, reeking of self-indulgence and artistic confusion. The chorus of the best-known track, “Love and Loneliness,” sounds exactly like Steve Stills’ “Love the One You’re With” — and that’s as good as the record gets.”

Well, it ain’t that bad. Sure, the keyboards on “Love and Loneliness” are a bit much…yet all these years on, I’m still singing the song in the shower. And that says something, yes? (Just don’t say it to Mr. Robbins.)

The Motors – Love and Loneliness (Mp3)
The Motors – Metropolis (Mp3)
The Motors – Tenement Steps (Mp3)
The Motors – Here Comes the Hustler (Mp3)
The Motors – That’s What John Said (Mp3)

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Tickets. We get ’em.

…and now you will too, loyal TVD reader. We’re giving away two tickets courtesy of The Frontier Brothers for their show TONIGHT at Iota in Arlington, VA. Most convincing plea for these passes either in the comments section or to us directly gets ’em — but the contest closes at 3:00EST, so get those pencils moving.

Born in space, razed in Fort Worth, and now regenerating in Austin, The Frontier Brothers have only just arrived, yet early notices are truly something for the E.T.s to phone home about. “The Frontier Brothers cover the wicked terrain between The Beach Boys and The Kinks with just a touch of mad Syd Barrett,” says Vivien Goldman (BBC America). While the Fort Worth Weekly declares, “(The Frontier Brothers) have a love for the pure pleasures of music-making.” Individually known as Marshall Galactic, Brett Moses, and Travis Newman, TFB craft a new breed of danceable indie-pop inspired by artists ranging from David Bowie and ELO to Wilco and Arcade Fire. However you describe them, The Frontier Brothers are simply out of this world. The trio is currently on tour recruiting more terrestrial visionaries for their intergalactic exchange program.

The Frontier Brothers – Everyones A Neutron Bomb (Mp3)

The Frontier Brothers – Space Punk Starlet (Mp3)
The Frontier Brothers – Take It For Love (Mp3)

Update: We have a winner. Thanks to everyone who wrote in.

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