Monthly Archives: August 2012

TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Ok, so now it’s almost the end of August. Where has the Summer of 2012 gone? To be honest, I’m too tired to know.

I would love to say that I will spend this fine Labor Day weekend “kicking it,” …well, resting like an old hippie, but it’s not in the cards. The Idelic Hour is back and so is LA’s favorite son, Sean Carlson and his annual Fuck Yeah Festival—now called Fyeah. It really is the best of what our fair city has to offer—two days of delicately chosen artists.

In the past it’s been a volatile event, even at times pure chaos. The festival’s roots are what we in Hollywood would describe as a “beautiful mess.”

“Blacklist” Sean is one of us, and he and his festival are part of why LA continues to be the heart of rock ‘n roll. The cream of the crop in terms of hip touring artists—past, present and future. Food trucks, beer, Red Bull, sweat, The Orwells, Wild Nothing, Dinosaur Jr., Two Gallants, King Tuff, Black Mountain, Redd Kross, Atlas Sound, Twin Shadow, Turbo Negro, Fucked Up, James Blake, The Men, AA Bondy, Hot Snakes, Lighting Bolt, Paul Banks, Nick Waterhouse, and Yeasayer to name some. This festival should be called What the Fuck!

All I can say is I’m “getting ready.” Here we come!

The Idelic Hit of the Week:
King Tuff – Losers Wall

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Weekend Shots!

FYF might be this weekend, but instead of convincing you to spend 90 buckaroos on the two-day extravaganza, I am going to clue you in to some budget-friendly finds.

Maybe I’m just bitter. The Labor Day weekend festival is great and all… in fact, the only reason my groupie self won’t be there is because I did not receive a press pass. Boo hoo. Whatever. I watched David Cross on YouTube last night, anyways. Who needs him?!

But instead of moping about missing performances from the likes of Yeasayer, The Growlers, and Dinosaur Jr. (who are embarrassingly small-fonted on the lineup flyer), I will dive heavily into local shows and dollar beers. On second thought, the latter might be a tad messy…

And away we go!

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Weekend Shots

Hey Memphians, we hope the past five days have given you enough rest to tide over for this busy weekend. We have you getting down to some live band dance music, getting real with a Texas legend, and getting into a brand new release from some underground Memphis heat. Just in case you have music rabies, here’s a strong dose of Weekend Shots.

Friday (8/31) starts you off on your feet. If you like party music but wish you didn’t have to stare at the back of a laptop when you’re getting down, Newby’s Memphis has you set up with sets from Kphonix and Arpetrio.

Kphonix are fast becoming a Memphis dance staple with a mixture of rave/house/and bass music that emphasizes live instrumentation and future Bowie-esque vocals. Arpetrio makes jam heavy grooves with thick riffs, passed between guitars and synths meant for dancin’, as evident on their latest release Triggology.

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Weekend Shots!

Looking for some live music in Chicago this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Check out this weekend’s featured show along with a more extensive weekend list below!

NORTH COAST MUSIC FESTIVAL at Union Park, 8/31 – 9/2

Well, it’s that time of the year again. It’s time for “Summer’s Last Stand” otherwise known as the North Coast Music Festival. Taking over Union Park for the holiday weekend, North Coast is known for bringing electronica, hip-hop, rock, and dance music together for one massive festival. This year brings us perhaps the most ambitious outing to date with the addition of another stage and a largely expanded “Silent Disco” with 50 artists broadcasting into a sea of headphones.

The impressive lineup includes headliners Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, STS9, and other top name musicians like Big Boi, Paul Oakenfold, Yelwolf, along with one of my personal favorites, The Rapture. Head over to North Coast’s official site for the full lineup and festival schedule. Unfortunately, Sunday is completely sold out, but you can still pick up single day tickets for Friday and Saturday online.

If the festival scene isn’t your thing, you can still catch some of North Coast’s performers at the official after-shows throughout the city. Check out the weekend list below for details.

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The TVD Interview

Four years after the release of her self-titled debut solo album, Ladyhawke is finally well-rested and eager to return the spotlight.

Following the release of Anxiety this past May, Ladyhawke and her band are preparing for their North American tour and are ready to play longer and louder than before. Her tour kicks off on September 8th at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom. I chatted with Pip Brown, the writer and musician behind Ladyhawke, about her love for vinyl, fear of Twitter, and what fans can expect on her upcoming tour.

What was the first record you ever purchased?

I can’t remember because I got my mom and dad’s—they had lots of records, and they were the first records I ever played. Our record player broke when I was about twelve, and I remember putting on a Beatles record and spinning it with my hands so I could hear it.

There’s something magical about vinyl for me. We had a Christmas record that was a big medley of ’70s disco Christmas hits that we used to play that on the record player non-stop all Christmas. I basically stole all of my parent’s records when I left home. I took them all with me. I can’t even remember the first record I actually purchased myself.

Is there one record you think everyone should own?

I think everyone should get David Bowie’s Low on vinyl. I love it. One side is like, “this is incredible, how have I not heard this before?” And the other side is really trippy and takes you in a really weird place. Anything old. Or anything in general, really.

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TVD Live: Gentlemen
of the Road Tour at
the Monterey County Fairgrounds, 8/25

In the late days of the 19th and early days of the 20th centuries, vaudeville was the main form of live entertainment. There were theater shows, jugglers, trained animals, feats of strength (much like the Seinfeldian Festivus holiday) and musical acts.

It was the one-stop roadshow that would give people a break from their otherwise mundane lives. People would come from all over their respective states just to see the acts perform and it was where many famous comedy troupes and musical acts got their start.

A few months ago Mumford and Sons decided to undertake a similar offering. They were to take friends of theirs on the road to places where shows don’t typically go and play. The final stop on that voyage was Monterey, California. Mumford and Sons were the headlining act, but I’d be remiss if I said they were the band I most wanted to see.

There have been a lot of words written recently about Grouplove and Haim, two Los Angeles area bands that have taken the Silverlake/Indie music scene to levels not heard of since SilverSun Pickups started their brand of space rock.

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Space Fight:
The TVD First Date

“When I was growing up in the 80s, my parents had a record player. My Dad was a radio DJ in college, and had several crates of classic rock albums from the 60s and 70s. Dylan, The Stones, The Beach Boys, Hendrix, Steely Dan, The Beatles, even an original pressing of the White Album. That record wasn’t in the best condition to begin with, but unfortunately once I discovered it, I played it until the grooves wore out.”

“The first piece of vinyl that I purchased was U2 War for 25 cents from my neighbor’s garage sale. When I was old enough to drive, my friends and I would take regular road trips to the Princeton Record Exchange in Princeton NJ, or to Bleecker Bob’s in the Village. It was always so exciting looking through stacks of records until you found some hidden gem among the piles. I remember finding an original pressing of Led Zeppelin I during one successful search.

U2 has always been my favorite band, and over the years I’ve amassed a great collection of U2 records. Their early singles, in yellow, orange, and white colored vinyl, are some of my favorite pieces. I have the first pressing of their first 45, before they were signed to Island Records. But my favorite of all is “Angel of Harlem” on red vinyl from Australia. There are rumored to be less than 500 that were ever pressed.

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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio.

You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

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Graded on a Curve: Dangerhouse Records’ Compilation,Yes L.A.

The format that best suits the loud and fast patois of punk rock is the 7-inch. Studies have been done, experiments have been undertaken, and the superiority of the short-player in relating the form’s unsubtle essence has by this point been rather securely established. But the 7-inch wasn’t the only way to harness the genre’s energy. Another method was the compilation, and one of the best of the early bunch was Dangerhouse Records’ six-song one-sided clear-vinyl silkscreened picture-disc Yes L.A.

Indeed, compilations were incalculably valuable in getting a premium of information into the grooves and onto the sleeves of one slab of vinyl, preferably with some tangible theme along for the ride, the better to hip listeners to what was occurring as punk rock gradually slid underground. Those themes could unravel and possibly intertwine in any number of interesting ways. Some comps attempted to detail the diversity of a specific city’s scene, shooting for including as wide a cross-section of styles and attitudes as possible. Other releases retained the focus on one locale but instead of assembling an assortment of sounds for variety’s sake chose to hone in on one sub-sect of the scene, the intention being to illuminate the activities of those defiantly standing apart from the pack.

It’s important to remember that the early days of punk displayed with regularity the opposite of what folks might call “playing nice.” It was music bred from unhappiness with the status quo after all, and the concept of “punk unity” was at this point nowhere in sight. Bad politics, suspect ideologies, and general social ineptitude surely abounded, but far more often there was arguing, backstabbing, arrogance, pettiness, immaturity and competitiveness, the kind of stuff that can happen in any office building or tiny village across the globe.

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TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Stealing Sheep, “Genevieve” 7-inch

The shimmering siren song of Stealing Sheep has left me sonically shipwrecked…and I like it!

Hailing from Merseyside, England, Stealing Sheep are an entrancing trio of musical wizardesses whose debut album, Into the Diamond Sun, comes out on September 4th via Heavenly Recordings / Cooperative Music. I have it already and I am fully under the spell.

Luckily, we have a vinyl 7″ single of Stealing Sheep’s “Genevieve” to give away to you to bring a bit of their magic to your turntable.

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Homeless busker
to Kickstarter star?
Daniel Mustard’s strange days, indeed

Just over three years ago, you would have found Daniel “Homeless” Mustard busking on the streets of New York City. He slept in Washington Square Park or in homeless shelters, earning a reputation for playing and singing amazing covers of popular songs. But he doesn’t want to focus on that anymore because at the end of 2009, his life changed forever.

His performance of Radiohead’s “Creep” on the Opie & Anthony radio show in December of 2009 altered his life’s trajectory in ways that boggle his mind today: the YouTube video of the performance went viral, with over 8.5 million views as of this writing. He’s since been dedicated his life to music, gigging around the city, and is in the process of creating an EP of original songs entitled Fragments of Bone.

There is less than a week to go on his Kickstarter campaign for the EP, and Daniel wants it to succeed simply because he wants to be able to keep making music. His songs are so heartfelt, and his ambition is so sincere it would make even a jaded A&R guy weep. Daniel Mustard’s bootstrapped success is more than just a tale of redemption, it’s the story of the discovery of a passion for music that deserves to be told. 

We chatted with Daniel via email about how things are going with his “Pandora’s box” style of songwriting, the status of his Kickstarter, and a host of other questions about his remarkable journey.

You write on your Kickstarter that, “I’m finally learning that, after all, it’s not actually all my fault.” That really struck me. What did you mean by that?

I’m glad you picked up on that! A big part of my recovery is realizing that everything that happens is NOT my fault. There are lots of things that are beyond my control. Realizing that and accepting that and not continuing to blame myself is a huge step in my recovery. I always keep thinking to myself that everyone else has it all figured out and that I must have missed that one day in school! Now I realize that no one has it all figured out and we’re just all trying as best we can.

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TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Luna, Bewitched, for the first time on vinyl!

This week, Cleveland’s local record press Gotta Groove Records, celebrated its third anniversary by pressing an album that had yet to hit vinyl. The album in question is Luna’s Bewitched, which originally came out in 1994 via Elektra. Gotta Groove Records has donated an early test pressing (with full cover, label, etc.) of Bewitched to us to be given away to one lucky reader so that you can join in on celebration.

Containing members from bands such as The Feelies, Galaxie 500, and New Zealand’s The Chills, Luna was originally the three-piece of Stanley Demeski (drums/percussion), Justin Harwood (bass), and Dean Wareham (guitar/vocals), which then expanded to a quartet with the addition of Sean Eden (guitar) before their second album, Bewitched. Together they released eight albums before calling it quits in 2005, with a best of compilation in 2006 following their separation.

The team at Gotta Groove Records thought it criminal that Luna’s Bewitched wasn’t pressed to vinyl earlier, so they’ve made it happen. Here’s your chance to own your very own copy.

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TVD Recommends: Panda Riot at the Hideout, 9/1

Chicago dream-pop quartet, Panda Riot, kicked off the summer right with the release of their hypnotizing 7”, “Serious Radical Girls.” Now, they’re kissing summer goodbye with a co-headlining show at the Hideout this Saturday, 9/1.

Panda Riot formed as a duo in Philadelphia and after the release of the bedroom-recorded She Dares All Things, the band moved to Chicago. With the addition of two members bringing bass and drums to the table, last year saw the release of the Far and Near EP. On top of the recently released 7”, Panda Riot is currently working on their new record, Northern Automatic Music.

You can hear a few tracks off of the upcoming record at the Hideout on Saturday along with a promised “crazy R.E.M. cover.” If the new album sounds anything like the dance-infused dreamy rock and ghostly vocals of “Serious Radical Girls,” then we are definitely going to be keeping our eyes and ears on Panda Riot.

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The TVD First Date

“My introduction to the world of vinyl has proved to be a very lasting and visceral one.”

“My parents first bought me a Fischer Price portable (and I believe battery powered) record player when I was probably about 4 years old. It was one of those old super Eighties looking tan and brown colored plastic ones that were popular at the time, the ones that only played 7inch 45s, with a built in speaker and a knob for volume. That thing would ultimately become my prized possession until a (then new) Casio SK-1 “sampling” keyboard forever de-throned it.

If I can remember correctly, the first records I had were a veritable cornucopia of Eighties staples and one hit wonders. Their staying power however had little effect on their integrity, to me they were all amazing and as far as I was concerned, the only music worth listening to in my little 4 year old world. I had Stacey Q’s ” Two of Hearts” (forgot the B-side, I think it was the instrumental), Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer,” Kenny Loggin’s “Danger Zone” (sick!!) The Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian,” The Fixx “One Thing Leads to Another,” and The Romantics’ “Talkng in Your Sleep”.

While those were pretty much all one hit wonders except for Peter, they are still really good tunes, forever etched into the annals of memory. It’s funny when I read back over them because I see quite blatantly where my propensity for minor keyed pop songs comes from.

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Graded on a Curve:
Lightnin’ Hopkins,
Texas Blues Man

Of late there’s been a very welcome flurry of prime reissues originating from the powerhouse vaults of Arhoolie Records. Two of the best come from the man renowned near and far as Lightnin’ Hopkins, the most recent being the 1968 LP Texas Blues Man. It’s a fine batch of tunes from a true legend in prime form, and it’s also an opportunity to get up close and personal with a still potent artifact from the golden age of blues vinyl.

The collecting of blues records can be an intense experience. Over the years so many albums have seen release in this sneakily diverse genre that attempting to become a completist is a foolhardy endeavor. Hell, that’s an understatement; trying to assemble the complete works of a certain prolific artists alone proves to be a mug’s game.

Small press runs, high prices fueled by the rarity of discs in good condition, obscure imports and the maddening fact that assorted 78 and 45 sides never made it to LP or compact disc can turn the discography of a fruitful lifetime bluesman into a study in abject frustration. And that’s to say nothing of some of the outlandish, at times exasperating merchants/dealers that will cross the path of a hopeful collector in their desire to obtain an elusive piece of the enormous jigsaw that is the American blues.

Beginning for the small Aladdin label in the mid-‘40s the guitarist known as Sam John Lightnin’ Hopkins amassed what’s been called the largest output of any single blues musician, a truly formidable stack of wax that will take a dedicated listener a lifetime to fully absorb. He recorded acoustic and amped-up, in ramshackle dives and at Carnegie Hall, in rough and tumble band configurations and in the stark solo context. Along the way his cool and calm demeanor was captured by documentarian Les Blank in the short film The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins and had his suave likeness rendered by the brilliant pen of Robert Crumb. And through it all his music remained distinctly identifiable as belonging to one powerful and unique voice.

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