Monthly Archives: August 2011

with April Novak

April Novak is a fan of rock & roll records, dream pets, and vintage dresses. Although she isn’t currently in a band, she has been in several including Rat Traps with her brother Jeffrey. April has several jobs that she hates, but she recently started booking North American tours for Slovenly Recordings.

Next month she will be going on a six week tour in America and Canada with Acid Baby Jesus from Athens, Greece who have an upcoming LP on Slovenly. Check out the dates here.

Check out her Recordmendations. #DYSWWDT?

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Stevie Nicks at Jiffy Lube Live, 9/3

Stevie Nicks is a pioneer of female rock who successfully moved past her Fleetwood Mac heyday to garner a successful solo career for decades, with songs such as “Leather and Lace,” “Stand Back,” and a song whose famous beat still remains in Top 40 today via “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child, “Edge of Seventeen.”

Nicks now appears to be on the “Edge of Seventeen” herself—seventeen tours that is—as she reaches that amount this year on her In Your Dreams tour. And now you can be there to see it! Stevie is playing at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia this Saturday, September 3rd and we have a pair of Pavilion tickets to give away.

To enter to win, simply leave in the comments your favorite Stevie Nicks song from her solo career. (None of the ones I mentioned above though, that would be too easy!)

The winner will be chosen Friday (9/2) at noon and must confirm the tickets via email by 5pm.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Erasure at 9:30 Club,
9/6 or 9/7 (you choose)

How can I explain?/ When there are few words I can choose/ How can I explain…

…HOW MUCH I LOVE ERASURE. The synth-pop duo start off their Tomorrow’s World tour today, which hits 9:30 Club for two nights next week, Tuesday (9/6) and Wednesday (9/7). We have a pair of tickets for you to win, and you get to choose which night you want!

Vince Clarke (whom you may remember from some other UK band called Depeche Mode) and Andy Bell have been making glorious new wave music together for twenty-six years now, with notable hits “Chains of Love,” “A Little Respect,” (both from The Innocents LP) and “Always” (from I Say I Say I Say) during the ’80s and ’90s.

Their fourteenth studio album Tomorrow’s World will be released via Mute Records on October 4th, and the first single from the album, “When I Start To (Break It All Down),” was just released as a download on Monday.

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TVD’s 9:30 Club September Concert Preview, Part I

You know the deal. We preview the 9:30 Club shows you should be checking out. You can enter later this month for a chance to win tickets to each of them.

Listen up TVD readers! If you thought the concert scene here in the District was dying down now that summer is coming to an end, well you thought wrong. It’s time to put that Calendar feature on your fancy phone to work folks; we’ve got so many shows for September that we’re running not one but two previews for 9:30 Club this month!

Erasure, Tues 9/6 and Wed 9/7

English synth-pop duo Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, together known as Erasure, are expected to release their new album, Tomorrow’s World, on October 4th and will take over the club for two nights. Their emotionally-charged electro-pop beats blend a touch of contemporary soul and synthetic melody. Fans of Depeche Mode and The Assembly (Clarke a founding member of both) will not want to miss these new-wave-pioneering Brits as they bring over twenty-five years of hits to the District. To celebrate, we may just have a little something for one of our groovy TVD readers… today?

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FuelFilm Memphis: What it Means for Music

“You can have the greatest picture in the world, the greatest actor or screenplay in the world, but you have to have sound. If I can’t hear the lines, or music that moves me emotionally, it’s sort of a failed effort.” – David Merrill, co-founder, FuelFilm Memphis.

FuelFilm Memphis held its first Media Expo on Saturday, August 27, at Sky Grille in Midtown Memphis. FuelFilm is a nonprofit organization promoting the growth of the Memphis film industry by educating filmmakers and investors on the development of independent film projects, and facilitating relationships between investors, producers, directors and writers to get more local films made in Memphis.

The event combined two previous FuelFilm events, “one that was a crew trade show and networking event for people working behind the scenes, and the other was a mass casting event where independent filmmakers could come and cast their film projects,” said Merrill.

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The Go Round Bring Eastern Parkway to
the Elbo Room, 9/22

Folk group The Go Round got started just 3 years ago and have already begun to take the country by storm. Based out of Brooklyn, the two founding members, Brandon Whightsel and Richard Duke were successful as a duo on their debut album, Gone. For Eastern Parkway, their sophmore effort, the group decided to expand to a quartet, and have welcomed Scott Townsend and Theodora Prunoske, on the drums and violin, respectively.

Check out the music video for the track “Lonesome Blues” from their album Gone below.

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This weekend at
the Vinyl Garage in Woodstock, NY

From the previously mentioned department, it’s that semi-time of year again. Mark Zip puts up the tents, opens the garage, and offers all sorts of wondrous items for your approval. Behold, “The Hell with Hurricane Irene! The Huge! Insane! Labor Day Music Yard Sale is ON!”

Woodstock NY – September 3, 4, 5 – 2011, 10:00AM-6:00PM each day, rain or shine. Click here for map & directions.

Zip’s Ziggurat presents another Huge! Insane! Music Yard Sale – 10,000s of LPs , CDs, 45s +12”s – rock, pop, hip hop, country, dance, world, folk, reggae, soul, alt.rock, jazz, funk, punk, r+b, metal, classical, techno, new wave, house, old-timey, breaks, spoken, 80’s, electro, blues, promos, DVDs (music + features), tons more.

Many at insultingly low prices. As low as $0.50 (hey, some are even “cheaper than free”). Listen before you buy. Free refreshments too!

Osnas Lane – Near Rt 212 + Glasco Turnpike junction (Next to Red Onion Restaurant), Woodstock / West Saugerties NY

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TVD Newsflash: City Pulls Plug on Live Music at Bacchanal

Due to permitting issues that have also temporarily shuttered the acclaimed wine store’s outdoor kitchen, the popular Bywater business was forced to shut down live music performances this past Friday evening. If and when they resume is yet to be determined.

Bacchanal, which is owned by Chris Rudge, has played a significant role in the neighborhood’s comeback since Hurricane Katrina devastated the ninth ward six years ago. The wine shop’s food service and music on a lush backyard courtyard were a balm to returning residents and recovery workers.

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Vinyl Vision at
The Vinyl District

Vinyl Vision is an original weekly series at TVD produced by

Maybe it’s the smell of the record coming out of the plastic or the analog sound coming out of the player. Whatever it is, has fallen hard for vinyl and is sharing the love right here weekly.

Guestroom Records isn’t one of the old guys. Just eight years into business though, owner Travis Searle knows that works: some people will want CDs and some people go vinyl, but Searle will always cater to the latter. And despite the vinyl medium getting older and older every year, sales continue to increase for record stores like Guestroom, as a younger generation learns to appreciate the vinyl sound.

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Adam Ficek…what’s he all about…

It’s been awhile since Adam Ficek put down his drumsticks and escaped from the Babyshambles car crash to concentrate full time on Roses Kings Castles (RKC) and his DJ pursuits. We caught up with him to discuss his new track, ‘Here Comes The Summer’ and the imminent release of his third album, British Plastic

What is RKC all about?

It’s my band name under which I perform and write music.

Tell us about this track.

‘Here Comes The Summer’ is the anthem we all wish we had written when we were at that point in our lives of either going left or right. The song like all songs is open to discussion, I’m sure it will mean different things to many people but generally to me it suggests when all the kicking and spitting stops we’ll still have the British summer.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: The National with
Yo La Tengo and
Wye Oak at MPP, 9/6

Headed to the beach for one last weekend of R&R on Friday? Why not give your mini vacation the encore it deserves by treating yourself to the ever-enjoyable indie rock tunes of The National as they take the stage at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Tuesday, September 6th. Better yet, if you are not one of the fortunate to get away this weekend, let TVD hook you up with a mellow night of music by entering to win a pair of lawn tickets to the show!

The National, an Ohio indie rock band now based in Brooklyn, NY, are known for their calm, warm, but melancholy tunes. (See album titled Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers.) Fear not, the band’s latest release High Violet is actually a less depressive album, and is sure to please audiences as they sway in the breeze at Merriweather.

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Rocktography: Glorie at Rock for Love 08/19/11

We were thrilled to see Glorie play at the Hi-Tone on August 19th at the Rock For Love 5 benefit. The instrumental band is made up of a conglomerate of musical talent, many that have been in the local and national music scene for over a decade.

The band is made up of Memphis music veterans Jason Paxton, who switches between playing the keyboard, vibraphone and guitar, Jonathan Kirkscey (cello, keyboard, vibraphone and guitar), Andrew Saunders (drums), Jeff Hulett (bass), and Robert Brimhall (guitar and keyboard). The music that they played wowed a lot of first time listeners as their instrumental music created a powerful yet soothing flow over the jam packed crowd.

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New book: Bob Gruen’s
Rock Seen

The legendary rock photographer, Bob Gruen, has a new book out now via the folks at Abrams Books. After having quite a few wonderful books published of his work over the years, this is, surprisingly, the first time anyone has published a career covering compendium. And Gruen has about 40 years of rock ‘n’ roll road behind him at this point.

I’ve seen a copy of this, and its absolutely beautiful…put together with the usual care for detail that Abrams specializes in, and I highly recommend checking it out.

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Pick Three with Terrence Bishop of
River City Tanlines

What can we say? We love Terrence Bishop around here at TVD. Bassist T-Money is currently working with quite a few acts such as River City Tanlines, Kenny Brown, Subteens, and Billie Worley and The Candy Company. Chances are you will see him playing out in the near future.

1. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers“Moon Pie” – Playback (Vol.5) – Through The Cracks
Tom Petty’s “Moon Pie” is an outtake from a 1986 recording session that is on his Playback box set. Since I am around music almost all the time, I find this little ditty very entertaining. I get a kick out of hearing one of the best recording bands just having fun and cutting up in the studio. Even though it is only a minute and five seconds long, it is long enough to irritate most people and short enough that I always play it twice for full effect.

From the liner notes: “Just an example of what goes on…” Tom sighs. “That was probably us waiting for somebody to plug in a wire.”

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D-Generation is back!

What initially seemed to be a few recently announced casual reunion shows has apparently turned into a full blown reunion for keepers of the rock ‘n’ roll flame, D-Generation.

Along with the announcement of shows comes the news that the band will be releasing new material in 2012. The band have confirmed shows for early September in Spain and London leading up to a NYC headline show at Irving Plaza and then San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago, Austin and possibly more.

The band will be playing material from their three full-length albums D-Generation (1994), No Lunch (1996) and Through The Darkness (1999), and plan to write new material, post shows, for a release in 2012.

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