Monthly Archives: January 2020

Graded on a Curve:
Leaf Hound,
Growers of Mushroom

Psychedelics! Hallucinogenics! LSD! Mushrooms! Peyote! STP! I couldn’t wait to take them after reading Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, but I had trepidations. I was afraid they’d transport me to some far-off psychic realm and deposit me there for good, and I’d end up like Syd Barrett with Quaaludes melting in my hair, talking to my long-dead great-grandfather, the one who was dragged to death by horses. So I asked a more experienced buddy, a macrodoser who once dropped acid every day for a month, how long the trip would last. And he replied insouciantly, “Oh, anywhere from six hours to the rest of your life.” I wasn’t what you’d call reassured.

I only tripped a few times, because as it turns out I’m Woody Allen neurotic and far too fragile a psychic specimen to be messing about with my delicate brain circuitry, but had I been the Captain Trips type who knows, maybe I’d have heard Leaf Hound’s great Growers of Mushroom. Alas, I gave up hallucinogenics on the fateful night I dropped acid, then spent the next six hours down on my hands and knees looking for it.

But it’s never too late to rejoin the counterculture, which I have done by burning my draft card (okay, so it was a pay stub from work, but it’s the symbolism that matters) and checking out all the semi-obscure psychedelic bands from that time I can find. And the band I like best, by many many micrograms, is Leaf Hound. The British band only released one LP, but it’s a work of true genius. It has everything you could possibly want in an album—great vocals, great guitar, great songs, even great cowbell. I love this album and want everyone to know about it, because it’s like Owsley-quality blotter acid for your ears and guaranteed to cause you to turn on, tune in, and turn it up.

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Needle Drop: Barb Carbon, “Patience”

Atlanta, GA singer-songwriter Barb Carbon possesses a keen grasp of pop dynamics, imbuing her rootsy rock songs with the kind of danceable hooks that transcend the borders of alt country.

The brass-laden single “Patience” from her latest album, The Fighter, lands smack between The Avett Brothers and Lucinda Williams, and manages to be a triple threat of intellectual engagement, emotional weight, and refreshing accessibility.

Carbon has made a name for herself as half of the popular female-fronted band The Ain’t Sisters, who deal in a similar brand of warm, eclectic folk. Their regional popularity has caused inevitable comparisons to another similar breakout group from Atlanta, The Indigo Girls, who are also spearheaded by two strong female leads.

As one might expect, The Fighter is a slightly more introspective affair, but spares no expense in the booty shaking department. It’s a personal collection of songs that allows Carbon a wide-open canvas to lay bare her struggles and hopes without bogging them down in somber singer-songwriter clichés.

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Graded on a Curve: Smithsonian Folkways’ Calypso Travels, Tuareg Music of the Southern Sahara, Gambian Griot Kora Duets

The latest entries in Smithsonian Folkways’ vinyl reissue series come from the global portion of the label’s vast catalog, and with rich and diverse results. There is Calypso Travels by Lord Invader and his group, Tuareg Music of the Southern Sahara featuring numerous uncredited musicians recorded by Finola and Geoffrey Holiday, and Gambian Griot Kora Duets with Alhaji Bai Konte, Dembo Konte, and Ma Lamini Jobate on the titular instrument. The records helped sate a persistent curiosity in the USA regarding music from other countries and regions, be it in a multifaceted cultural dialogue, as is the case with Lord Invader, or seemingly untouched by outside influence a la the Tuareg and Gambian collections. Offered in classic tip-on jackets with the original liner notes, all three are out January 31.

Back in 2018, Smithsonian Folkways wisely began reissuing some of their prime catalog items on vinyl. Maintaining the design and quality of the packaging as originally released, this was a sweet opportunity for listeners from younger generations or even older folks who might’ve missed them the first time around, to score physical copies of some classic records without having to luck into finding them in a secondhand bin.

Issued in groups of three, the first installment featured Woody Guthrie’s Struggle, Lightnin’ Hopkins’ eponymous LP from 1959, and Joseph Spence’s Bahaman Folk Guitar. This was followed by Dock Boggs’ Dock Boggs: Legendary Singer & Banjo Player, Pete Seeger’s Goofing-Off Suite (originally released as a 10-inch), and the compilation American Banjo: Tunes and Songs in Scruggs Style.

The third batch was composed of Dave Van Ronk’s Ballads, Blues, and a Spiritual, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee Sing, and Lead Belly’s Easy Rider, while the fourth turned the spotlight onto women, with Elizabeth Cotten’s Folksongs and Instrumentals with Guitar, Lucinda Williams’s Happy Woman Blues, and Mary Lou Williams’ eponymous LP from 1964.

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In rotation: 1/29/20

Houston, TX | Best of Houston 2020, Best Record Store: Cactus Music. Record stores have found ways to remain alive and even thrive in entertainment’s digital era. Cactus Music’s diverse offerings form a blueprint for how it’s done. For one, it has name recognition built over 40 years of business here, giving it the same status as shops like Amoeba in California or Minneapolis’ famed Electric Fetus. Cactus stocks its racks with diverse music offerings including loads of vinyl for buyers eagerly pushing the medium’s resurgence. There are books, T-shirts, coffee mugs, posters and assorted music merch on hand and the store sometimes teams with local venues to promote approaching concerts… Cactus’s in-store performance events are more than just a fun time where shoppers can sip a free Saint Arnold brew to live music. For local musicians these spots have almost become mandatory for growing an audience or promoting a new release. Sometimes the showcases draw national acts like L.A. folk rockers Dawes or music writers promoting new books; but when a local band is on its stage, it’s a perfect moment where music leaps from alpha-ordered shelves and into our hearts.

Atlanta, GA | Atlanta-area record shop finds temporary home in neighboring music store after blaze: His Rock Music in Cumming erupted in flames earlier this month, but has now found temporary refuge at Ponce De Leon Music Center. After His Rock Music in Cumming erupted in flames earlier this month, destroying thousands of dollars worth of vinyl records and music equipment, the community has been quick to step up to help store owner Bob Johnson. First, a member of Johnson’s church launched a GoFundMe to help him recover some of his losses, then area musicians started planning a benefit concert, which will take place on Feb. 8. Now, a neighboring music store has taken Johnson in while he works to rebuild his business. Johnson first opened his store more than a decade ago. Originally located in Dawsonville, it relocated to Cumming five years ago. The store was in the process of moving again, this time to downtown Cumming, when the fire broke out. With the help of his community, business is getting back on its feet.

UAE | Off the cuff: Off the shelf and over the counter. How a vintage store helps one reconnect with the days gone by. I was in an old shop the other day — the sort that is full to the brim with all sorts of things. The sign on the front window drew me in. It advertised a Brexit fire sale. There was a bookcase filled with old dog-eared paperbacks, the sort that you used to pick up at airport shops on your way somewhere, or packed in your suitcase if you were heading off to the beach for a week. You could almost smell the old sun cream from past holidays reeking from their pages. There were signs with little ditties that young people put up in new rooms to make them look old. Doesn’t that sort of defeat the purpose in one way? Why not leave them old without going to the bother of doing them up in the first instance? There were a couple of antique irons there. Not the sort of antique irons that you had to put in front of a roaring coal fire to heat up, but the sort with frayed electrical cords and holes that hissed steam when you wanted to get the creases out of a good shirt before you went on a hot date with a girl who had the ability to crease your pants too

Atlanta, GA | What’s old is new again: Dungeons & Dragons, combats boots, vinyl records are back in vogue: It’s true – pretty much everything old can become new again. Dungeons & Dragons, the role-playing game in which fate can change with a toss of the dice, is racking up the best sales in its 46-year history. Teens weaned on iTunes are falling in love with vinyl. And fashionistas are stomping all over Instagram and Pinterest in combat boots. Sharing items enjoyed by earlier generations helps families, friends and peers find a new way to connect, experts say. “In today’s turbulent world, a lot of consumers take comfort in the designs of the past,” says Neil Saunders, managing director of the retail consultancy GlobalData. “There is something reassuring about retro products, many of which are also seen as being authentic because of their heritage.” From left, Nicholas Prescott, 21, Lucas Davey, 22, and Austin Anderson, 21, all of Plymouth, N.H., get together every Sunday to play an old-school game, Dungeons & Dragons, one of the retro items and experiences that are back in fashion.

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TVD Radar: Neneh Cherry, Raw Like Sushi 30th anniversary 3LP box set in stores 1/31

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Neneh Cherry continually draws inspiration from her surroundings. In the late ‘80s, she traversed between post-punk London nightlife and the burgeoning hip-hop movement in New York. Capturing these unique experiences, and also shaped by the influence of her musical family, she exploded onto the pop music landscape by closing out the ‘80s with her internationally acclaimed debut album, Raw Like Sushi. This melting pot of musical styles and streetwise lyrics that take on life and love with equal parts tenderness and toughness is set for a 30th Anniversary celebration befitting its global impact.

Raw Like Sushi has been remastered at London’s Abbey Road Studios and will be released on January 31 in super deluxe format across 3CD and 3LP heavyweight vinyl box sets, as well as in special edition alternative gold vinyl and digital formats, and 1CD and 1LP formats. A limited-edition gold 1LP, plus signed prints with the first 500 preorders of 3CD and 3LP formats, will be available exclusively via uDiscover, Sound of Vinyl, and

The box sets include a stunning 48-page 12×12 book packed full of iconic photos, new interviews, liner notes and memorabilia. The album features five of Neneh’s biggest singles—including the worldwide smash hit single “Buffalo Stance” as well as hit singles “Manchild” produced by Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja, “Kisses On The Wind,” “Heart,” and “Inna City Mamma.” It also features rare mixes of key tracks by Massive Attack, Arthur Baker, Smith N Mighty, and more.

Since the release of Raw Like Sushi 30 years ago, Neneh Cherry has continued to define and redefine culture, style and music releasing five studio albums, including 2018’s Broken Politics, produced by Four Tet, which was met with critical acclaim by the likes of The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, The Guardian and The FADER.

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TVD Radar: Colin Stetson, Color Out Of Space OST magenta
vinyl in stores 3/17

VIA PRESS RELEASE |In partnership with Milan Records, Waxwork Records is proud to announce the deluxe soundtrack vinyl release to Color Out of Space Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and composer Colin Stetson. Directed by Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil), Color Out of Space is based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft. After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farmstead, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare.

About Colin Stetson: A highly-coveted collaborator to Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, LCD Soundsystem, The National and more, Stetson brings with him an expansive body of work that includes both genre-defying, avant-jazz records as well as critically-acclaimed original scores for major film, television and game titles (Ari Aster’s Hereditary, Red Dead Redemption 2). Of the soundtrack, Stetson says: “The question posed initially when conceiving of this score was what exactly is the sonic representation of a cosmic alien color that does not exist in this terrestrial reality? I began trying to answer that by layering the sounds of coral reefs, processing that cacophony and finding the order revealed through harmonic generation of these hyperdensities, and then continued to chase that same concept of ‘transfiguring the natural’ down every path and application I could see. Turns out it’s somewhere between magenta and hot pink.”

Waxwork Records is thrilled to present the complete soundtrack by Stetson pressed to 180 gram “Cosmic Magenta” swirled vinyl, housed within a heavyweight printed inner sleeve inserted into an old-style tip-on jacket with film laminate gloss coating, and new art by Matt Taylor.

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UK Artist of the Week: Approachable Members of Your Local Community

Our hearts and thoughts have, of course, been going out to Australia recently whilst they continue to deal with the catastrophic bushfires that are eating away at their homes. It’s times like these that we all need to put aside our differences and come together, which is exactly what Approachable Members of Your Local Community are asking for in their vibrant new single “Small Change.”

Taken from their upcoming debut EP “Love Thy Neighbour,” “Small Change” is a feel-good slice of colourful indie-pop, filled with anthemic hooks and insatiably addictive melodies. Fans of Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot will feel at home here.

The story behind the track itself however, has a much more poignant meaning, especially in the light of Australia’s ongoing bush fire tragedies. “‘Small Change’ is ultimately about empathy—for places, for each other, and for our environment. It’s about our generation’s hope and optimism to create a better future. This summer has been challenging for so many we know and love, and especially for many whose experiences have been unimaginably traumatic and devastating,” bassist Micky Fisher tells us. “In the face of a national crisis, the country has galvanised to take back tomorrow. With an outpouring of support for our firefighters and affected communities, it’s clear that small change can have a big impact.”

Approachable Members will be raising funds for the bushfire relief efforts at all shows. “Love Thy Neighbour” is out on 14th February 2020 via AntiFragile.

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Graded on a Curve: Fred Lane and his Disheveled Monkeybiters, Icepick to the Moon

As previously reported in this column, Fred Lane was the name attached to a few of the 20th century underground’s more craftily out-there musical experiences, encompassing swinging Dadaist lounge big-band, a tuxedoed handlebar mustachioed “stripmine crooner” with a face covered in band aids, cracked noir atmosphere, and moldy French toast in a sock. The good news is that a new batch of Fred Lane recordings, Icepick to the Moon, has emerged through Feeding Tube, this time with the Disheveled Monkeybiters as his band. The edition of 400, released last November, will already be difficult to obtain, but on a positive note, Lane will give his first publicized performance since 1976 on January 31 at the Saturn venue in Birmingham, Alabama. It’s sure to be a twisted treat.

Along with the performance by Lane with the Disheveled Monkeybiters, there will also be a screening of Skizz Cyzyk’s documentary on the man, also titled Icepick to the Moon, along with a DVD release of the film. Please note that the LP is not a soundtrack to the movie, which Cyzyk has been working on since 1999. The album has been in on-off development (more off than on) for a decade longer. It was announced as imminent after the release of Lane and His Hittite Hot Shots’ Car Radio Jerome in 1986.

Car Radio Jerome was issued on Mark Kramer’s NYC-based label Shimmy-Disc, then riding a wave of u-ground scene notoriety through the work of Bongwater, King Missile, and B.A.L.L. (to name but three), which boosted the profile of Lane and his musical associates. This gang of Southern misfits was originally known as Raudelunas, with their activities spanning back to the mid-’70s at the University of Alabama.

They even cut an album, the Raudelunas ‘Pataphysical Revue (an undisguised nod to the French Dadaist writer Alfred Jarry) a live recording where Fred Lane, the character creation of Tim Reed, made his debut alongside Ron ‘Pate’s Debonairs (‘Pate’s real name being Craig Nutt). The first release on Say Day-Bew Records, it created something considerably less than a stir, though it did make it across the Atlantic to England somehow, where Steven Stapleton put the Debonairs and two of the group’s members, violinist/ violist LaDonna Smith and guitarist Davey Williams, on the legendary Nurse with Wound list.

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In rotation: 1/28/20

Albany, NY | FYE record stores to change ownership, no longer locally owned: Trans World Entertainment throwing in the towel on its chain of brick-and-mortar record stores. The publicly-owned retail company informed its shareholders of its intent to sell off its FYE stores to a subsidiary of Sunrise Records and Entertainment Ltd. in Canada. The Albany-based entertainment group, which has suffered substantial losses in recent years, has agreed to sell the retail chain for $10 million in cash. Ownership of as many as 206 locations will change hands, as will the name of the chain, but “substantially all” employees are expected to retain their jobs. The decision to sell to Sunrise was unanimously approved by Trans World’s board of directors and filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, Jan. 23. The sale will also include Trans World’s administrative headquarters and distribution center at 38 Corporate Circle in Albany. The $10 million price tag includes the transfer of $40 million worth of net inventory. The purchase price will be adjusted after an audit, which could nullify the sale altogether should net inventory be valued at less than $30 million.

Lincoln, UK | For the record: New HMV store opens in Lincoln Cornhill Quarter: HMV has opened a new store in the Cornhill Quarter with a much bigger vinyl record collection after closing on the High Street. The new shop opened on Friday, January 24 in place of BrightHouse next to Heron Foods and the upcoming Everyman Cinema at 16 Cornhill. It is very similar to the old HMV store which closed on the High Street on January 12, but it is now in a brand new, much brighter, unit. Laurence Price, head of retail at HMV, said previously: “All staff will be moving across to the new store and are looking forward to a refreshed unit. “It will give us the chance to update our offer and improve on our already expanded vinyl range. “The Cornhill Quarter is a developing part of the city and we hope to be able to put our stamp on it.” …Meanwhile, the last surviving independent shops in the area have blamed a drop in footfall and increasing costs for dwindling local businesses in the Cornhill Quarter.

Detroit, MI | 4 top spots for music and DVDs in Detroit: Shopping for music and DVDs? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top music and DVD outlets in Detroit, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you’re in the market for music and DVDs. Hoodline offers data-driven analysis of local happenings and trends across cities. Links included in this article may earn Hoodline a commission on clicks and transactions. 1. Peoples Records: First on the list is Peoples Records. Located at 1464 Gratiot Ave. in Lafayette Park, the spot to score music, DVDs and vinyl records is the highest-rated music and DVD spot in Detroit, boasting 4.5 stars out of 42 reviews on Yelp. 2. Third Man Records: Next up is Midtown’s Third Man Records, situated at 441 W. Canfield St. With four stars out of 36 reviews on Yelp, the spot to score music, DVDs and vinyl records has proven to be a local favorite.

Bozeman, MT | ‘Social space’: KGLT hosts annual fundraiser record swap: A room in the Strand Union Building at Montana State University turned into a pop-up record store Friday afternoon. The smell of cardboard from record jackets filled the air as people young and old dug through boxes and crates of vinyl for KGLT’s Record Swap. Ear Candy, from Missoula, Bozeman’s Cactus Records and some individual sellers setup shop for the swap. A radio blared different music in the background for vinyl junkies looking for music that was new or weird or something they didn’t know they needed. Sandy Jett and Erin Eisner were among the crowd digging through the thousands of labels. Eisner said she’s been to previous swaps and has always been able to “find a lot of goodies.” She said Jett had the day off, and she dragged him to the swap. Jett said he was hoping to find something weird that he “didn’t expect to find or knew existed.” Eisner said she didn’t go with any expectations, though she limited herself by only grabbing $20 from the ATM — “I’ve spent a lot more before,” she said. Eisner said she’d figure out what she was looking for when she saw it. “It’s just fun to be surprised by what we find, instead of setting out to find something specific,” she said.

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Graded on a Curve:
The Chats,
“Get This in Ya”

Forget about AC/DC, The Birthday Party, The Go-Betweens, Dead Can Dance, Crime & the City Solution, Lubricated Goat, Men at Work– the Little River Band even. The Chats are the best band to ever kangaroo hop its way out of Oz, and you’ve probably never heard of them.

Rank hyperbole? For sure, especially considering The Chats have only released two EPs. But the amiable trio are winning fans and amusing people with their endearing–and self-deprecating–songs about food, darts, being sick, and other seemingly mundane aspects of day-to-day existence. They’re Australia’s answer to The Adolescents, and probably the first punk rock band to write a song about the injustice of being interrupted during a cigarette break.

The Chats owe much of the attention being paid them to their hilarious YouTube videos for songs like “Smoko,” “Pub Feed,” “Identify Theft,” and “The Clap.” Lead singer Eamon Sandwith’s combination bowl cut/mullet–he’s claiming mullet prejudice has led to his being barred from a Queensland bar–is chuckle-worthy all by its own.

Some of the fun on 2017’s “Get This in Ya” is figuring out what these dingo rustlers are talking about. “Smoko” is slang for smoke break, “nambored” pissed off. “Punt” is a mug of beer. “Fangin’ a feed” is a vivid metaphor for wolfing your food. “Golden Oak” is a brand of goon, or cheap white wine to the rest of us. “Crook” is shorthand for pretty shitty. “Maccas” is Aussi speak for McDonalds. As for “chucked down,” your guess is as good as mine.

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In rotation: 1/27/20

Sunrise Records’ Owner Acquires US Music Chain For $10M: Sunrise Records is expanding into the US. As reported by The Canadian Press, Doug Putman, the owner of Canadian music and entertainment retail chain Sunrise Records, has acquired For Your Entertainment (FYE) for US $10M. The deal is subject to stockholder approval of current FYE ownership Trans World Entertainment Corp. and is expected to be finalized in late March. The move will give the Ancaster, ON-based business an additional 206 locations to conduct business, although Putman, president of Sunrise, indicates that he plans to continue operating the company under its US brand name. Based out of Albany, NY, FYE is a music, film and pop culture outlet that sells vinyl records, DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, apparel, toys, collectibles and electronics – and also operates the FYE web store and Second Spin, an online retailer that offers second-hand movies and music… In an Oct 21 interview with FYIMusicNews chief David Farrell, Putman claimed that his business had sold 10 million physical albums in 2019.

Columbus, OH | Local record store owners embrace vinyl comeback: “Out with the old, in with the new” doesn’t always ring true in the music industry. Though streaming services still generate the most revenue, vinyl sales are making a comeback, with nearly a 13-percent revenue increase in the first half of 2019, while CD revenue increased by less than 1 percent, according to a 2019 Recording Industry Association of America report. To Columbus-area record stores such as Elizabeth’s Records, Used Kids Records and Magnolia Thunderpussy, this comes as no surprise. “There was a time back in the ’80s, when CDs came out, that we were throwing records in the dumpster to make room for CDs, and now we are doing the same thing. We are throwing CDs in the garbage to make room for records,” Charles Kubat, owner and manager of Magnolia Thunderpussy on High Street, said. Greg Hall, owner of Used Kids Records on Summit Street, said CDs deteriorate over time in a way that vinyl does not. “I think vinyl is going to stay until something radically different comes out. I can’t even envision what that would be,” he said.

Instead of a $1,400 Stereo That ‘Sounds Analog,’ Just Buy a Record Player: …These days, we’re as obsessed with how we listen to our music as much as we are with the music itself. There seems to be a newer, shinier, fancier speaker on the market each day, and thankfully, a couple hundred dollars can get you a pretty decent sound system. If you don’t mind supporting our evil billionaire overlord Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s Alexa speakers start at just $35, and if talking gadgets aren’t your speed—we get it, surveillance states are creepy—other brands like JBL and Bose can elevate your listening experience for around $200, and upward from there. Somehow, $200 is a mere fraction of the price of the latest must-have Bluetooth speaker: iFi’s Aurora. The stereo’s main selling point is its ability to make the music you stream sound analog—yes, a digital device so advanced it’s supposed to sound… not digital—but with its hefty price tag of $1,400, we’re expecting clear skin and a perfect credit score, too. But we have a great idea: Rather than spending a pretty penny on a Bluetooth speaker with the clarity of vinyl, you could always just… buy a record player.

What Jimmy Page thought ‘Physical Graffiti’ lost within the transfer from record to CD: If you solely had one phrase to explain Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti (1975), “overwhelming” may be the best way to go. Between “Custard Pie” at first of Side One and the final moments of “Sick Again” on Side Four, Zep packed 83 minutes of powerhouse music onto its double album. Along the best way, Jimmy Page and Zep dropped a number of the band’s masterpieces. In truth, for those who have a look at the closing songs of the album’s first three sides, you discover three tracks within the Zep canon. After “In My Time of Dying” on the primary facet, listeners received the epic “Kashmir” on the finish of the the second facet. On the third facet, Page closed with one in every of his greatest compositions (and general productions), “Ten Years Gone.” When Physical Graffiti went onto CD, the discharge clearly misplaced the influence of Page’s authentic sequencing. In a 2015 interview, Page acknowledged that the unique four-sided LP was the best way Zep’s sixth album was meant to be heard… “Each side of vinyl was sequenced to showcase whatever was on there, so it wasn’t square pegs in round holes. Any of the four sides could be your favorite side.” When the interviewer requested if the CD sequencing has “unbalanced the album,” Page agreed it did.

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The Winter 2020 DC Record Fair returns to Penn Social, 1/26!

The weekend before the Super Bowl historically signals two things: a welcome reprieve from your TV and couch, and now in its 11th year, the DC Record Fair.

The DC Record Fair returns to Penn Social on Sunday January 26, and just like every year we’ll have 40+ vinyl vendors from up and down the east coast, DJs, drinks, food, and loads of records designed to put a welcome hurt on your wallet or pocketbook. You’ve been warned.

Our friends at the Fillmore Silver Spring put together the above feature a while back that outshines any descriptive copy of the event we could conjure—hit play.

11:00 – 12:00: DJ Chaim
12:00 – 1:00: Adrian Loving
1:00 – 2:00: DJ Pari (Soulpower Richmond)
2:00 – 3:00: DJ Guiherme
3:00 – 4:00: Lulu Lewis / Dylan Hundley & Pablo Martin
4:00 – 5:00: Kriz Baronia (A Town So Small, Stay Smooth)

Mark your calendars!
Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Penn Social, 801 E Street, NW
11:00–12:00, Early Bird Admission $5.00
12:00–5:00, Regular Admission $2.00

RSVP and follow via the Facebook invite and watch this space for updates!

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Let’s drink to the hard working people / Let’s drink to the lowly of birth / Raise your glass to the good and the evil / Let’s drink to the salt of the earth

Say a prayer for the common foot soldier / Spare a thought for his back breaking work / Say a prayer for his wife and his children / Who burn the fires and who still till the earth

Anyone catch the first episode of the new Larry David?

It’s Grammy weekend in LA, Impeachment week in DC, and there are a shitload of koala bears and kangaroos who need our help.

I hear there are people who actually wear those red “Donald” baseball caps, but they’re as rare as “roos” around this canyon. I say let’s make planet Earth great—call it “Earth justice.”

On a LA Grammy week note, we do have pop music here. It’s kind of a “corruption” in the universe of music. Many call them artists? I guess there is an art to claiming your star on Hollywood Boulevard. In my old neighborhood in NYC, you would just get your ass kicked for listening to Peter Lemongello.

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TVD Live Shots: Resavoir, Valebol, and Luke Titus at Lincoln Hall, 1/18

Saturday night’s Tomorrow Never Knows Fest show at Lincoln Hall saw some of Chicago’s finest musicians come together to put on a multi-genre show that felt like it could melt away the snow that was piled up outside.

Drummer and producer Luke Titus started the night off with mesmerizing drum beats mixed with catchy guitar riffs and sultry vocals. Titus shared with the crowd that he liked to name his songs after colors because he associated his emotions with colors, and when he’s writing songs he feels emotional and the color helps the music paint a picture. He really connected with the crowd, so when his time was up the audience was left wanting more.

Valebol, the pop collaboration between V.V. Lightbody and Daniel Villarreal, were up next. Mixing lyrics in different languages with vocal distortion and synthesizers got the crowd up on their feet. The highlight of their set was when they brought out their cover of Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” which left the crowd singing along loudly as they reminisced about this early 2000s pop hit.

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TVD Radar: Joni Mitchell, Shine vinyl debut in stores 4/3

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Craft Recordings is thrilled to announce the first-ever vinyl release of Joni Mitchell’s best-selling 2007 album, Shine. Available April 3rd and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI, the acclaimed title includes such tracks as “One Week Last Summer” (which received the 2008 GRAMMY® Award for Best Instrumental Pop Performance), and an updated version of Mitchell’s iconic 1970 track “Big Yellow Taxi.”

The 19th studio album from Mitchell, Shine marked the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter’s first collection of original material in nearly a decade, and came as a welcome surprise to the artist’s fans, following her well-publicized break with the music business at the turn of the millennium. Described by Mitchell to be “as serious a work as I’ve ever done,” Shine was inspired by the environmental, social and political turmoil which plagued the era of the Iraq War.

The 10 tracks on the album echo Mitchell’s pensive mood—reflective lyrics and beautiful, often-minimalist, piano-driven melodies paint a somber, yet hopeful picture. Highlights include the instrumental opener, “One Week Last Summer,” featuring the versatile multi-instrumentalist Bob Sheppard on soprano saxophone; the epic “Night of the Iguana,” loosely based on John Huston’s 1964 film; the title track, featuring an appearance by longtime friend James Taylor on guitar; Mitchell’s revisit to “Big Yellow Taxi,” which feels eerily prophetic 50 years after its debut, and “If I Had a Heart,” which the New York Times described as “one of the most haunting melodies she has ever written.”

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