Monthly Archives: January 2011

Hi Ho Silver Oh Featured On Little Videos

If you’re a fan of Broken Bells, then you will most likely dig folk rock band Hi Ho Silver Oh. Little Videos, which beautifully films local artists performing live, featured Hi Ho Silver Oh recently. And the group’s song “Showers Without Warning” gives me the chills it’s so darn wonderful. Check out the video of them performing it HERE.

If you’re into the Little Videos session with Hi Ho Silver Oh, then go to The Echo this Tuesday and see them for real.

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A Fortunate Bad Date

After finishing Patti Smith’s award-winning memoir Just Kids last week, Malcolm Gladwell’s work Outliers came to mind. In Outliers Gladwell argues that in order to achieve success in an area, luck, fortune, and chance factor as much into the outcome as does a person’s abilities—a proposition I bet Patti Smith would agree with.

Even without reading Just Kids, an observer of Patti Smith’s career would know that controversial photopgrapher Robert Mapplethorpe played a pivotal role in shaping Smith’s image. He took all the pictures on Smith’s classic 70s albums, including 1975’s Horses, one of the all-time great album covers. With a school girl blazer drapped her shoulder, Smith’s detached but cocked glare announced the arrival of a new wave of NYC rock and roll—all in glorious black-and-white.

Just Kids is based upon the Mapplethorpe-Smith relationship. In the book Smith recounts how Mapplethorpe, always ambitious, constantly encouraged Smith to do more: do openings, readings, shows and eventually concerts. After hearing Smith’s first indie single, “Hey Joe”/”Piss Factory,” Mapplethorpe pouted “you didn’t make anything we could dance to.” Mapplethorpe was the first to hear the Smith/Springsteen collaboration “Because the Night.” because she knew Mapplethorpe would be pleased; it was “fulfilling Robert’s dream that one day I would have a hit record.”

So how did Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith meet? On her first day in New York in 1967, she briefly encountered him while looking for a friend from college and remembered him (“I had never seen anyone like him”). Later that summer Smith is working in bookstore from which Mapplethorpe buys a piece of jewelry Smith admires; they strike up a conversation.

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THE DEATH SET – Michel Poiccard


WANDA JACKSON – The Party Ain’t Over
ANR – Stay Kids
COWBOY JUNKIES – Demons (The Nomad Series Vol. 2)
ALEX WINSTON – Sister Wife

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Grimey’s Vinyl Best Sellers 01.17-01.23.2011

Grimey’s New & Preloved Music Vinyl Best Sellers for the week of January 17th to 23rd 2011

Vinyl Top 25:

1. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead

2. Cee-Lo Green / Band Of Horses – split 7″

3. Ty Segall / Thee Oh Sees – Bruise Cruise Vol. 1 7″

4. The Jayhawks – Hollywood Town Hall

5. The Jayhawks – Tomorrow The Green Grass

6. Pearl Jam – Live On Ten Legs

7. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

8. Conan O’Brien – And They Call Me Mad

9. William Tyler – Behold The Spirit

10. Social Distortion – Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes

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TVD Fresh Track: New from OMD

…it’s when the vocals kicked in where I thought, “So nice to have OMD back.”

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, one of the UK’s most iconic bands, are back with their first new album in 14 years. ‘History Of Modern’ is out now via Bright Antenna Records through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group.

OMD play the 9:30 Club on March 10.

OMD | If You Want It (Marsheaux Remix)

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Win tickets to Nick Teehan & The Jessica Stuart Few @ Supermarket, 2/3

Wanna check out orchestral indie pop singer-songwriter Nick Teehan and jazz-pop innovators The Jessica Stuart Few at Supermarket this Thursday February 3rd? Of course you do!!

Be the first to email the correct answer to the question below & you and a friend will be checking out the show live for free AND you’ll both pick up your very own copies of Nick’s stunning new EP. In the meantime, check out Nick’s debut single of the same name as the album (*hint hint*) here:

Q: What is the name of Nick Teehan’s new EP? Email your answer to

Good luck!!

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TVD Live! Dr. Dog
at 9:30 Club, 1/29

Philadelphia festival veteran group Dr. Dog made a two-night stop in DC at the 9:30 Club as just one leg in their ongoing tour that continues until Winter 2011. The Vinyl District was there to see what the big deal was and to check out opening acts Buried Beds and The Head and the Heart, who are traveling with Dr. Dog down the eastern seaboard until February.

The show started with Buried Beds (also from Philadelphia), a five person outfit that featured a fiddle and keyboard. Their sound, which I would call art-folk pop-rock, was the theme for the bands that evening. They usually had more than one person singing the lyrics and blending in nice cross-gender harmonies. As such, it was hard to tell if they even had a lead singer, much less if that singer were male or female. Their bright, sweet sound was generally the lowest tempo music of the night, a good segue for the rest of the evening.

The second act was rising sensation The Head and the Heart, hailing from Seattle, Washington, and just signed to their hometown’s most influential record label. They rolled five-deep and once again brought cross-gender harmonies, a fiddle, and a keyboard. Their style was similar in spirit to Buried Beds, with less of an emphasis on folk music. They were more up-tempo at times and usually had no less than three members harmonizing at any given time. Their voices were very strong, and their harmonies were very tight – a real gem to listen to, especially during break-downs when their voices became the music itself. I was very pleased with The Head and the Heart, and I plan on following them more closely.

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Show of the Week – Dr. Dog @ Minglewood Hall 02/01/11

Philadelphia psych/folk-rockers Dr. Dog will grace us here in town at Minglewood Hall on Tuesday, the 1st, continuing on their tour promoting their latest release, Shame Shame.

After opening for My Morning Jacket on tour in 2004, the band began getting some serious national exposure, letting everyone in on the hat-tip to 60’s psych rock coming from Philly. However, the new album is a bit different. Co-frontman/guitarist Scott McMicken says the band’s sixth full-length is a much more accurate representation of the band’s live show: lots of electric guitars. Dallas Observer writer Noah Bailey praises the record, saying it “delivers more of the same joyous exuberance that fans have come to expect, with 11 roller rink-ready AM-radio pop tunes that creep further into the recesses of your brain with every listen.” As for me, well, I dig it. The songs are great, the jams are ones everyone can enjoy, and the full-band harmonies are the beautiful cream cheese icing on the cake. McMicken’s vocals strike me as a mix of Wayne Coyne and Jeff Tweedy, aka awesome. I’ve yet to see them live, but one can imagine the songs translating for a very fun, sing-along kind of night. So freaking go see em!

Doors at 7, show at 8. The Head & the Heart will open along with Buried Beds.

Tickets / Dr. Dog Site /The Head & the Heart Site /Buried Beds Site

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So, What Do You Do, Steve Gardner?

Steve Gardner is the talent buyer for The Casbah, an eclectic live music venue that opened in Durham this September. Gardner has been a fixture on the local scene in the Triangle for years, having worked at Sugar Hill Records and then at Yep Roc up until taking over the reins at The Casbah. He’s also been a DJ at Durham’s WXDU since 1995. A California native whose love for Durham is unabashed, Gardner is in the process of booking The Bull City Metal Fest, a two-day eclectic heavy metal festival on Feb 4 and 5 which boasts 18 acts. Gardner promises “kick-ass” t-shirt to accompany the event. Check back this week for a chance to win a pair of tickets for Friday.

What is it that you do at The Casbah?

If I have a career path, it goes back to when I was in fourth grade and I got my first record. I was obsessed with it. It was Joe Jackson, “ Is She Really Going Out With Him.” I got my own money and I bought it… There were a couple of things that happened when I bought it. First thing, I listened to it over and over. Second of all, I wanted to play it for my friends. That was a big thing for me. I wanted to tell people, “You gotta hear this song…” I also got kind of a high from it and I wanted more of it, so I bought another record and another record. The next record was The Who, “Pinball Wizard.” These are just 7-inches at this point. The first album was Boston, because it had just come out and it was a big deal… I was 10.

I constantly got into different types of music. When I was in junior high, I heard Devo for the first time and I said ‘I’m never listening to rock and roll again, I’m only listening to punk and New Wave.’ I kept buying records. I kept kind of looking for that high of finding out about new music, telling people about it. Eventually, rock and roll wasn’t doing it for me so I got into old time music and bluegrass, celtic and blues. I’ve hit all these various kinds of genres. I came back to rock and roll and now I’m kind of into a weird mixture; I like metal, I like Top 40, hip hop. I like Eastern European violin music—I’m really into that right now… I’m constantly into different kinds of stuff. In my efforts to share music with people, I became a DJ in college at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

When I got into the music business and worked at record labels, first at Sugar Hill and then at Yep Roc, it was still to connect people with music. As record labels kind of went down the tubes, I was looking for something to do and got a job here at (The) Casbah. I bring live music. I get to book a lot of varieties of kinds of music… I kind of get to use everything I’ve done in the past… Also, it’s good for a club not to just book one genre of music. Then you don’t have to rely on the same audience seven nights a week.

Are there challenges you’ve found with booking a new venue in Durham?

I don’t necessarily book what I personally listen to at home all the time. What I still trying to do is connect people with music. My least favorite music in the world is hippie music. But, if I can book some band like Larry Keel–who a lot of hippie people like–and some dude comes here and sees that and loves that and then I see them connecting with that, then I’m totally happy and satisfied even though that isn’t my type of music. It doesn’t matter anymore. I’m still connecting people with the music. There’s a little of a fortune-teller aspect to the job. When I book a band I also have to try to guess how many people will show up and then, when I guess how many people will show up, I know how much I can pay them. Obviously, if I’m wrong and half as many people show up then we lose money.

Have you run across any trouble booking a new venue in Durham in the face of other places that have also opened?

I think all that helps me actually. Obviously, there are times when I’m trying ot book the same band that Motorco is. For instance, Lost in the Trees. I was trying to book them. But then, Motorco got it and they were packed out. That’s a bummer for me. When I wanted Jason Isbell, Motorco wanted to book Jason Isbell and I got it. What comes around goes around. If I was the only club in Durham all by myself… it wouldn’t really be great for me, because I want Durham to be know as kind of a live music town and I’m not going to be able to do that all on my own.

Some bands like to play different cities. I definitely have bands that will come and say, ‘We usually play Raleigh but we want to play in Durham so we want to play your club.’ So, they’ll play in my club and the next time, they’ll probably want to play Chapel Hill. But the one thing I can’t try to do is beat Frank Heath at the Cat’s Cradle at his own game. He’s been doing this for a long time. He’s a super great guy; he books great music. People love him. I can’t compete with him at that level. What I do at The Casbah, I try to think about like any other business that’s new to an area, what are other people not doing here? What people are not doing here is a club that’s our size, 280 people—which is half the size of the Cradle—that type of a club that’s really nice with an amazing sound system. We have a versatile set up. I can put down chairs for a folk show. I can put down chairs and tables for a cabaret kind of sit around—we can have a server come to the table. We have a wide variety of shows that we can have… The next night, we might have a metal band that lasts until 2 a.m.

If you could book any band, who would it be and why?

My favorite artist in the world is Billy Bragg and has been since the mid-80s. Billy Bragg would be awesome… I would love him. There’s also people like Jens Lekman, I would die if he played here.

Beatles or Stones?

I was always a Stones guy and still am a Stones guy. In fact, if you would have interviewed me ten years ago, I would have said I hated the Beatles…. A friend introduced me to the Beatles in the right way, I guess, for one reason or another it clicked and I love them now. There’s a lot of bands that I grew up hating, like Simon and Garfunkel—they were like nails on a chalkboard to me—and now I fucking love them. That just happens.

Is that a sign of age or respect for music?

We’re constantly changing. I always feel like there’s two types of people in the world, musically. There’s the people that graduate from high school and that’s the music that they’re going to like, and they will like it forever. It was 1985 when I graduated from high school I guess that’s like The Cure. They’re a great band but there are a lot of people that probably graduated the same year I did who still listen to the same 100 CDs that they had when they were in high school and they’re completely satisfied. That doesn’t work for me… It doesn’t really surprise me that I like Simon and Garfunkel and The Beatles now. A band that I don’t like right now and I’ve never liked my entire life? The Beach Boys. I hate The Beach Boys.

What are your favorite national and local bands right now?

My favorite national band right now is probably Black Tusk. They’re a metal band. I’m totally into the metal right now. They have an album called Taste of Sin… It’s metal but it really sounds like hard core to me. I grew up in the punk world so it really hits those buttons for me. As far as local bands… I’m trying to decide between Hog, Lurch and Black Skies. I’m more into the heavy, riff-based, epic metal. The longer the songs, the better. Slow is good, too, like Kylesa.

So you’re reaching the teenage phase of your life?

I guess it’s my mid-life crisis. I kind of came at it through the post-rock world, like Mogwai, Pelican and Russian Circles. I came at it through the instrumental side.

Do you have a preference for vinyl?

I do have a preference for it for two reasons:

The first is that I think it is a more social way of playing music. In other words, you have to interact with it and it’s more tactile. When you have friends over you have to decide every 20 minutes or so what music to play next. It ends up being more of a group decision and the music becomes more than just a bit-player in the evening. Of course for some people that just sounds like a hassle, but I personally love it.

The second reason is that it simply sounds better. Now, I’m far from being an audiophile and generally care more about what is on the stereo than what format is on the stereo. After not having listened to vinyl in a long time, though, I was really surprised when I put a nice quality record on how much better it sounded than a CD. Especially acoustic instruments.

What was the most recent record you bought?

It wasn’t the last record I bought, but I have to say that the last Josh Rouse album El Turista is a great example of the beauty of vinyl. First off, I love Josh and this latest record. I was stunned when I put the record on. There’s a lot of acoustic instruments on it and the arrangements are all tastefully done. There’s a lot of space on those recordings and it really comes out when listening to the vinyl. I remember the first time I heard it I thought there was a defect at first because I was hearing a popping on it. I wiped off the record multiple times. Eventually I discovered that the pop I was hearing was the sound of a bass string lightly tapping on the fretboard. I can now hear this on the CD, but it doesn’t fool me. It sounds like that bass is in the room with me. Love it.

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The Deli Nashville’s Band of the Year Poll Ends Soon!

You have only two day to cast your vote in The Deli Magazine’s Band of the Year Poll so I suggest you click over there and make it count.

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Music City
Comes to TVD:
Welcome, Nashville!

Today, the TVD Network welcomes TVD Nashville as its newest member. Nashville is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the annual CMA Music Festival, and the Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest running live radio show. It’s no wonder that Nashville has been dubbed Music City, and can be thought of as the home of country music itself.

Including Nashville, there are now twelve cities in the TVD Network of sites. We are thrilled at the response and support that we have received for our newest cities: Austin, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Toronto. In the past few weeks, we’ve profiled Austin’s best record stores, celebrated Pearl Jam’s 20th Anniversary, talked about vinyl with legendary producer Daniel Lanois, found out why Cleveland rocks, and previewed 2011’s most anticipated albums in Toronto. Here at “TVD HQ” in Washington, DC, we are looking forward to being one of the sponsors of the DC Record Fair again in just a couple of weeks!

Every city has its own vinyl district, and we are so proud to be able to add Nashville’s thriving music scene to the TVD Network. We are so glad that Music City will have a voice here. WELCOME TVD NASHVILLE!

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Music Video: Hanni El Khatib, ‘Loved One’

Mult-instrumentalist and one-man show Hanni El Khatib creates thrilling garage rock/blues music that despite your age inspires you to act every day like you’re 20 all over again. On the cover of LA Record’s new issue, Hanni El Khatib, who also performs live with drummer Nicky Flemming, says “these songs were written for anyone who’s ever been shot or hit by a train.”

The angst mixed with ’50s blues is easily heard in his music. Expect his debut album set for release this summer on Innovative Leisure Records. Until then, you can purchase a 7″ of his new single “Build Destroy Rebuild”/”Loved One” on Feb. 7 at Bardot. Now, you’ve got to check out the new music video for the fierce song “Loved One.”

Find it HERE.


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Those Darlin’s Release New 7″ Tomorrow

Nashville’s very own, Those Darlins release a new 7 inch, “Be Your Bro,” tomorrow. It is the first preview of Screws Get Loose, their forthcoming second album, released via OH WOW DANG/Thirty Tigers on March 29, 2011.

They hit the road in anticipation of Screws Get Loose last week and are playing shows with Old97s and Black Joe Lewis. Head over to Grimey’s or The Groove and pick one up.

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Jared McStay of Shangri-la Records Recommends…

Shangri-la Records has been voted one of America’s 10 Greatest Indie Record Stores.

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Planet D Nonet at Zeitgeist

This evening, one of the preeminent interpreters of the music of the jazz visionary Sun Ra will be appearing on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. The group was founded in 2007 by RJ Spangler and James O’Donnell, both original members of the well-known Detroit band, the Sun Messengers. The “D” in the name stands for Detroit and their exposure to Ra and his Arkestra began in the mid-1970s when poet-activist John Sinclair first brought them to the Motor City.

Around that same time, the nascent Sun Messengers were actually performing as the group Kuumba. And it was during this formative period that many band members were fortunate enough to meet and develop personal friendships with Arkestra alumni, including bassist Shoo-be-do (Reggie Fields) & drummer Tani Tabbal, both of whom were living in Detroit at the time. These friendships led to meeting other Arkestra members such as fellow Detroiters Francisco Ali Mora and Jaribu Shahid, followed by Marshall Allen, John Gilmore and Michael Ray.

Their most recent recording is We Travel The Spaceways: The Music Of Sun Ra, which is a two disc set of live recordings. This is sure to be one of the most interesting concerts of the year.

This video explains the band’s sound and concept-

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