Monthly Archives: September 2008

TVD Ticket Giveaway | Liam Finn | Saturday (9/6) at The Rock And Roll Hotel

A number of years ago I was in the audience at a Finn Brothers gig over at the 9:30. A superb, albeit proper show was frequently interrupted by a much younger Liam and his brother, high up on the dressing room balcony overlooking the stage, sailing paper airplanes down over the band in mid-performance. So, if it’s to be that fine, nuanced, and melodic songwriting and performance is a Finn Family hallmark, much like the paper airplanes sent sailing down from the rafters, Liam tosses in his own air of unpredictability in a live setting–fidgeting with often abused notion of ‘one guy and a guitar’.

From Liam’s press bio: During his raucous yet intimate performances Liam utilizes effects pedals to create, sample and loop bass, guitar, drums and vocals to layer with his live vocals and guitar. Pre-programmed flourishes, also keyed live by Finn, gurgle under his sharp, addictive melodies to produce experimental pop music that is simultaneously ghostly and direct in its atmospherics and emotionalism. Being responsible for all the sound flowing from the stage is inevitably risky, but it’s a risk in which the youngster relishes. “I think the fact of doing this looping, one-man-band sort of thing really keeps you on your toes and keeps it fresh. The more you mess up, the more you’re forced to turn it into a good mess and people seem to respond more. I find it really stimulating. I just love the danger of it, really.” As one might assume, a Liam Finn show is by no means the seated, shh-inducing coffee house affair many solo singer-songwriter performances can be. It’s actually the antithesis. Finn drops fuzzed out guitar riffs, bellows bass lines and thunders on his drum kit like a punk rock caveman. When asked the philosophy behind this approach Liam remarks, “Whenever I walk in and see just a guy and a guitar, I think ‘Here we go again.’ I want to give people something different.”

So, I’m thinking it’s a pretty safe bet that the show the night before in Philly will bear just a tiny resemblance to the show the following night right here in DC–for which Liam and TVD are offering a pair of tickets and a copy of Liam’s debut CD (they’re out of the vinyl, I asked…) “I’ll Be Lightning” to one lucky winner.

The aforementioned winner will be the lucky commenter who can touch on something truly wondrous and utterly unpredictable that has occurred to him or her at a live show–and we won’t look the other way if it happens to be sordid and/or scandalous. (That’s a good night out, right?) And if you can work in some Liam love too along the way, we won’t call it predictable at all.

Unfog those memories and let us have ’em. We’ll choose a winner next Friday–9/5!

Liam Finn – Second Chance (Mp3)

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TVD Shuffle Bored | September 4, 2008

I’d like to thank all of the commenters who responded to my inquiry regarding the downloads from TVD. For now, given the feedback, I imagine things will stay pretty much as is. The one exception might be posting three instead of five Mp3s for newer releases that are readily available. I’m also heartened to know that TVD is indeed a promotional resource and is being used as such, more or less…

And lastly…the Liam Finn contest ends in 24 hours and we’ve still got tickets and a CD to give away…say hello to us and snap ’em up! Now, on to some more iPod randomness…

Menomena – Wet And Rusting (Mp3)
Graham Parker – I Want You Back (Alive) (Mp3)
The Style Council – The Lodgers [Or She Was Only A Shopkeepers Daughter] (Mp3)
Carol Bui – This Is How I Recover (Mp3)
OMD – Mystereality (Mp3)

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TVD First Date | …with Meredith Bragg

INT: Fancy Bar in Downtown, D.C.
THE VINYL DISTRICT sits alone at a table, anxiously checking his hair in the silverware. MEREDITH enters through the front door, looks around before heading to the table.

Damn traffic…

Sorry, I’m waiting for someone.

I know… First Date, right?



(Awkward pause)

I’m a guy.

I just assumed…

Easy mistake.


You’re disappointed.

No, no, no.

(THE VINYL DISTRICT pushes a bouquet of flowers under his chair with his foot.)

I brought you something.

(Reaching in his jacket pocket, MEREDITH pulls out two mp3s.)

I made them myself… with help from Chad Clark and TJ Lipple from Silver Sonya.

Oh, great.

It’s nothing really. They come from my newest record Silver Sonya. All the sounds on it were made from either an acoustic guitar or my voice, but Chad and TJ manipulated them in the studio to see what sort of sounds we could create. People seem to like it.

Well, I love songs.

I bet you say that to all the D.C. area indie-acoustic singer-songwriters.

Pretty much. What are they about?

That one is called “Ballad of an Opportunist” — which is pretty self-explanatory — and “My Absent Will” is about dream ethics. The title is taken from a French contemporary of Freud.

Oh, you speak French?

No… I just spend a lot of time on the Internet.

Huh. Well, look at the time. I guess I’ll see you around.

I’m playing the Black Cat on the 16th of this month with Miracle Fortress and Title Tracks. Maybe we can see each other again?


(THE VINYL DISTRICT quickly walks out of the bar.)


(WAITER drops off the check.)


Meredith Bragg – Ballad of an Opportunist (Mp3)
Meredith Bragg – My Absent Will (Mp3)

You fans of Elliott Smith, and even Harry Nilsson, take note…

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TVD Shuffle Bored | September 3, 2008

If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I dig The Vinyl District and all…but WTF is up with all this crap about VINYL?” …I’ll direct you to the video below that landed in my inbox this morning–which just so happened to coincide with a rather neat purchase made last weekend at the STILL hanging on Orpheus Records. CD’s and Mp3’s don’t hold a candle to all of that artistry and craftsmanship on display. Made me start a blog, it did.

Ah, iPod randomness:
Soft Machine – We Did It Again (Mp3)
The Grants – Nothing To Lose (Mp3)
The Chameleons UK – Return of the Roughnecks (Mp3)
Souixsie and the Banshees – Peek A Boo (Mp3)
Thom Yorke – Big Ideas (Mp3)

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TVD: Nothing like the smell of (new) vinyl in the morning…

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TVD Shuffle Bored | September 2, 2008

So, you give me an extra day over the weekend and the gears in my brain start grinding away. And not in a particularly good way either. See, I’m having some mixed feelings suddenly about all the Mp3 posting going on here. I mean, ostensibly 99% of the readership checks in to see what’s being posted and to download to make life bearable in what can be construed as the all consuming 9-5 work cubicle, I’m assuming. (Then there’s the 1% that’s here to proof spelling and proper syntax. Really, I get letters…)

The other day I read that The Blow Monkeys, a band who I kinda dug in the ’80’s, had a new CD out – something like 17 years after their last one was released. I was intrigued and happened upon the track ‘The Bullet Train’ that’s being circulated with the band’s consent posted by Mr. 17 Seconds…and y’ know what – it kinda’ killed. I thought the TVD readers would like to give it a preview too and as I’m searching for the LP art to post along with the track, one Google search page in – BOOM! – there’s the ENTIRE release downloaded to my desktop before the thing has hit stores or even made land on iTunes. And guess what – I felt like crap. See, me–I WILL buy the thing if I like it and I can see ponying up to purchase this release–but really, how many others will?

Then there was the comment left a number of weeks back when TVD was doing it’s ‘Britpop 101’ theme in regard to the Stone Roses post–an anonymous poster wondered aloud, “Is it entirely ethical however to post the 5 biggest tracks off the album?” I replied, ” Yes, indeed. I trust the TVD readers–all excellent consumers–to preview here and then purchase. We’re cheerleaders, not pirates.” …which I stand by. But really, how many others will go about buying the thing?

As a result, I’m thinking of reducing the number of tunes posted from ONE singular release from five to three and perhaps cutting in half their availability to one week as opposed to the two weeks as exists now in an effort to be even more promotional and less of a source for simply free tunes.

SO, am I onto something here with this or is this simply heresy? I’d truly be interested in hearing the thoughts from the many of you who visit daily and download yet refrain from commenting as well as the frequent commenters.
Keep things AS IS…or?

While you’re pondering this, all week we’ll be giving it to you randomly off the iPod. (Yes, that IS Leo Sayer down there. SIGH.)

Leo Sayer – You Make Me feel Like Dancing (Mp3)
Ultravox – Vienna (Mp3)
The Sound – One More Escape (Mp3)
Romeo Void – A Girl in Trouble (Mp3)
Moonbabies – Over My Head (Mp3)

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