Monthly Archives: December 2021

TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Well it’s a wrap for 2021. As I said earlier, not the greatest year in rock ‘n’ roll, but let’s not give up on new music and stick to our wax.

Thanks to Jon and everyone at The Vinyl District for keeping the platform going. Love and props to all my pals who reached out over the last month to send love and support.

I wanna dedicate this set of the my favorites songs of 2021 to my dad Kenny. Have a safe and Happy Holiday. Let’s find a way to have fun in ’22!

Rock on! xo

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TVD Live Shots: Pigs
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs at the Electric Ballroom, 12/17

It’s the last show of the year for me, and it was a fucking banger. Newcastle’s Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs finally got to play their sold-out gigs at the Electric Ballroom after Covid rescheduled several dates, and it was worth the wait. These guys popped on my radar during the lockdown, and I’ve been hooked ever since hearing their stellar 2020 album Viscerals. They remind me of early Clutch crossed with Tomahawk and Jesus Lizard. It’s dark, moody, psychedelic, and heavy as hell.

The UK music scene is absolutely on fire at the moment. While there are tons of new bands alongside old favorites doing reunion tours and celebrating monumental albums of the past, there’s a notable new crop that keeps chugging along. Building an audience is arguably the hardest thing for a band to do, especially during a pandemic, but the ones who can deliver both on vinyl and on stage are going to win. Pigsx7 is one of those bands. Three albums in, and they can do no wrong.

Critics love them, fans are coming in droves, and everything is seemingly falling into place, minus the uncertainty of Covid, of course. This was night two of two sold-out gigs for the band at the legendary venue in Camden. I’ve been to plenty of sold-out shows at the Electric Ballroom, and it’s usually packed to the gills, but this time it was surreal. The Covid variant is keeping people at home as the venue was at less than half capacity. Let that sink in for a moment, sold out show, less than half the people turn up.

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TVD Radar: The Podcast with Evan Toth, Episode 57: Jake Shimabukuro

Sometimes it’s the smallest instruments that make the biggest impact. If you’re of a certain age, you can remember tuning into this new thing called YouTube to watch a young man absolutely shred on a version of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” What made this musician stand out, however, was that he did it on ukulele.

Over the last two decades, Jake Shimabukuro has not only continued to become the preeminent ukelele player on Earth, but he’s also branched out to bring the instrument places it has never gone before. Most recently, this was evidenced on his newest album, Jake and Friends which features an extraordinarily impressive roster of friends that Jake has picked up along the way: Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Jack Johnson, MIchael McDonald, Jimmy Buffett, and Amy Grant and Vince Gill and many more.

Join Jake and me as we discuss how that little instrument can make a huge sound, especially when it is accompanied with the cast of luminaries that he’s assembled for this album. How could you resist making an album like this when you’ve got friends like that?

Evan Toth is a songwriter, professional musician, educator, radio host, avid record collector, and hi-fi aficionado. Toth hosts and produces The Evan Toth Show and TVD Radar on WFDU, 89.1 FM. Follow him at the usual social media places and visit his website.

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Spend a Swinging Christmas with Norah Jones, Tony Bennett,
and Lady Gaga

Christmas music can fall under many categories. There are the pre-rock era, great American songbook recordings and albums of vocal and instrumental Christmas music. Starting in the ’50s, rock and pop music Christmas albums began to emerge. Since the ’70s there have also been wonderful, jazz, roots and acoustic Christmas albums.

Unfortunately, sometime around the ’80s, some very commercial, cringe-worthy music was also released and even topped the charts. When an artist hits the mark and gets it right, they create music that evokes warm memories of the Christmas season when it was released and can be enjoyed every year like the return of an old friend. The 2021 release of I Dream of Christmas released by Blue Note from Norah Jones is such a recording.

Jones mixes old favorites with some wonderful newly written tunes, creating an album of seamless warm feelings that combines jazz and country in a way that only she can muster. Jones puts her own lush jazz take on the Charlie Brown Christmas favorite “Christmas Time Is Here.” “White Christmas” and especially “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” have a distinctive melancholy feel that reflects the second holiday season the world is facing with Covid.

“Blue Christmas” has more of a country feel than the Elvis Presley original and outstrips the often-uninspired covers of this well-worn holiday classic. The most upbeat covers are “Winter Wonderland” and “Run Rudolph Run,” with the latter seeming the least likely to be covered by Jones, but which again she does in a fresh new way.

The originals here are truly inspired. Writing new Christmas songs is challenging, but on such songs as “Christmas Calling,” “Christmas Glow,” “It’s Only Christmas Once A Year,” and “A Holiday with You,” Jones proves she can write holiday songs that don’t fall back on tired cliches. She also wrote “Christmastime” and “You’re Not Alone” with Leon Michaels and they are equally as good. This is one of the best contemporary Christmas albums in years and one that is sure to bring good cheer every Christmas.

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Graded on a Curve:
The Best of 2021’s New Releases, Part Two

As we arrive at the final tippy-top ten of the Best New Releases of 2021, it easy to envision the scroll-downs and the scrunched-up frowns: “hey, where is _____?” Please understand that the fave in question is likely in a queue still waiting to be heard, or was heard but is hanging just off the periphery, perhaps even making an early draft of the list, or was simply elusive in the modern avalanche of high quality sounds. As said at the beginning of the week (seems like much longer than week ago, and it’s only Friday), these lists are never really final. Lists are in fact, at their best, just part of an ongoing conversation…

5. Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt, Made Out of Sound (Palilalia) & Binker & Moses, Escape the Flames (Gearbox) Versatility and adaptability are common, near constant, traits in the great “jazz” drummers, characteristics that allowed Elvin Jones to productively create with Barry Harris (RIP), John Coltrane (of course), Lee Konitz and Sonny Sharrock.

I mention this because Chris Carsano is definitely a “jazz” drummer in all the best ways, and on Made Out of Sound he gets very much into a Elvin-like zone in tandem with the soaring beauty of guitarist Bill Orcutt, who locates those fleeting moments of transcendence heard from some the great expansionist string benders of the 1960s-’70s (a few of them also “jazz”) and then just hangs out there beautifully. It’s impossible for me to contemplate listening to Made Out of Sound and not feeling good.

Corsano and Orcutt dish an exemplary serving of duo exchange, but Escape the Flames hits the “classic” exploratory sax-drums target right in its bullseye with “The Departure,” and then takes a big groove offramp with “Intoxication From the Jahvmonishi Leaves.” That means this 2LP is likely not as skronky as some hardcore aficionados of freedom might prefer, but Binker Golding’s tenor is still cut from the cloth of ’60s Coltrane (some of finest woven aural threads, anywhere). And with “Fete By the River” he brings Impulse-era Sonny Rollins to mind, partly because Boyd displays some of that versatility spoken of up above. The crowd loves it (yes, this set was recorded live). Then they tear it up some more…

4. Thumbscrew, Never Is Enough (Cuneiform) & Colleen, The Tunnel and the Clearing (Thrill Jockey) Is there a better leaderless “jazz” trio than Thumbscrew currently working? By which, let me clarify, amassing a discography; this is guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist (upright and plugged-in) Michael Formanek, and drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s sixth album. The appeal is partly based in ceaselessly sharp playing, partly in structural acumen (each point on this triangle brings three compositions to the table), and partly about heightened interaction. One could call it a series of beautiful conversations, but it’s more like snapshots of three brilliant humans living together and attaining a rare level of harmony.

Shifting from group settings to the solo paradigm, The Tunnel and the Clearing is another exceptional record from Cécile Schott. With a synth and keyboard-based approach, often glistening in its retrofuturist qualities (but never trite), her stuff is solid as marble structurally, with her vocals adding considerable value. And there is a sense of quiet, of intimacy, on her latest that is never labored. The songs, and Schott is as much a crafter of songs as she is an architect of atmospheres, are excellent listening any time of day, but especially so late at night.

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Graded on a Curve:
The Beach Boys,
The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album

I nearly drowned last Christmas. I’d decided to go surfing for the first time and promptly toppled from the board into eight feet of water, where I flailed about screaming for help because I have all the swimming skills of a block of concrete. But just as I was breathing my last, Santa pulled up on his souped-up dolphin-drawn water-sleigh accompanied by man-eating sharks in red Santa hats singing “Little Saint Nick.” Don’t tell me Santa’s a myth.

Actually I spent Christmas Eve the way I always do–watching It’s a Wonderful Life thinking how Bedford Falls is dullsville compared to Pottersville, and how cool it would be to drink in Nick’s bar, where Nick says to Clarence, “Hey look, mister—we serve hard drinks in here for men who want to get drunk fast, and we don’t need any characters around to give the joint “atmosphere.” Is that clear, or do I have to slip you my left for a convincer?”

But I also spent it listening to 1964’s The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album.

What with its five originals on side one and seven standards on side two, the LP has something for all, from your surfs-up wannabe to your stick-to-the-beach chair granny. And let’s not forget the Grinch–a single listen to The Beach Boys Christmas Album caused his heart to swell four times, which is one more than the heart enlargement produced by the glorious morning song of gratitude sung by the weird-looking citizens of Whoville.

But let’s hold up a second. As excellent an album as The Beach Boys Christmas Album is, it has its flaws. Or perhaps I should say flaw. And it doesn’t lie with the LP’s five originals. No, it lies with several of the chestnuts on side two. Instead of employing his genius for song arrangement, Brian Wilson turned to Dick Reynolds of Four Freshman fame to arrange the beloved classics. Wilson isn’t shy when it comes to acknowledging Reynolds’ influence on his own work, but Reynolds decision to employ a 41-piece orchestra to accompany The Beach Boys’ harmonies doesn’t do the band any favors.

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In rotation: 12/17/21

Seattle, WA | An Interview with Mikel Orsborn of Mighty Vinyl Records: Prog rock superfan Mikel Orsborn, AKA Mighty Vinyl, is a bit of an OG when it comes to selling records online, having set up his first store, “Supper’s Ready Collectibles” (named after this favorite Genesis song), in the early ‘90s. He was kind enough to tell us about his earlier days as a seller on a pre-Discogs internet. “In the late ’70s, I began reading Goldmine Magazine and Record Collector and discovered a whole WORLD of cool, unique releases out there that weren’t carried in my local Tower Records store. Working in a record store from 1980-1984, I’d been able to obtain a slug of promotional records, which I augmented with my purchases from new and used record stores, thrift shops, and estate sales. I had amassed something like 4,000 records and told my girlfriend at the time that it was all an investment. She said, ‘if it’s an investment, that means at some point you have to start selling stuff.’”

Memphis, TN | One and 100: John Miller, Shangri La Records owner: This story is part of the special project “One and 100: One pandemic uprooted our lives. One hundred stories tell its impact on the South.” Some days, life feels almost normal inside Shangri-La Records in Memphis. For John Miller, co-owner of the venerable record shop — which exudes the unique smell of vinyl LPs, a combination of old cardboard mixed with PVC, it’s a comforting feeling. “When there’s people in the store browsing and buying, sometimes I’ll be thinking, ‘Wow, this feels like the pandemic isn’t happening — other than folks have masks on,” says Miller. “We’re still missing all the international customers, the ones who would visit Sun and Stax and then come here and buy a piece of that history. So, no, it doesn’t feel quite like it did before, but hopefully, we’ll get back to that.” Over Shangri-La’s 32 years in business, music-buying tastes and trends have shifted, but in the last few years, the store has witnessed a full-blown renaissance in sales of vinyl records —something it never stopped selling.

Londonderry, VT | Luminous Crush to drop new album at new record store: Lovingly known as “purveyors of dream pop since 2015,” Southern Vermont’s Luminous Crush will publicly release its fifth collection of original music, titled “Incandescent” at 6 p.m. Saturday. The site of the album drop is to be the newly opened, independent record store, In the Moment Records, owned by Teresa and Sujay Patel, at the Mountain Marketplace in Londonderry. The store was previously on Main street in Brattleboro, but the Patels had always dreamed of bringing this vinyl paradise to the local community scene where they live. They opened doors early this November. The event will take place in the store from 6 to 8 p.m. with Luminous Crush (Ben Campbell and Laura Molinelli, also featuring Christian Heins on bass and Bill Conley on pedal steel and dobro) performing an acoustic set of original material. There will be giveaways as well as the opportunity to take home a CD with purchase of $5 or more from In the Moment Records.

Boston, MA | Streaming rules, but vinyl still grooves: Record stores see new generation of shoppers: There was a time when Jack Woker wasn’t sure his business would survive. It was the early 2000s, when CD sales were beginning to decline in the U.S. His store, Stereo Jack’s Records in Cambridge, had been selling vinyl records since 1982. By the ’90s, he mostly depended on CDs as vinyl and cassette tapes went by the wayside. But if there’s anything Woker has learned over his four decades in the retail music business, it’s that consumer habits can be unpredictable — and at times, mind-boggling. “Suddenly there was this swell of interest in vinyl, and it was mostly coming from young people,” Woker said. “It was puzzling to us, but we went along with it.” According to Woker, a lot of his young customers tend to prefer classic rock albums their parents might have bought as CDs in the ’80s and ’90s. Some of his big vinyl sellers include Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Beatles.

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TVD Live Shots: The Charlatans at Brixton Academy, 12/10

Yet another reason I love living in the UK: Brit-pop icons The Charlatans playing a sold-out gig at the legendary Brixton Academy. Wrapping up a rollercoaster of a year, and on the brink of yet another lockdown, I was thrilled that the show would go on despite a raging variant.

Having lived in the States, I first discovered The Charlatans during the ’90s Brit-pop invasion when major labels were frantically signing promising bands with a buzz from the UK to export to the States. While some became household names, others created amazing albums and topped the charts across Europe. Up to Our Hips, the self-titled release, and Tellin’ Stories were staples in my collection at the time, and while The Charlatans did have a taste of success in the US, it was nothing like what they had in the UK.

Most recently, frontman Tim Burgess has been all the rage in the UK with his incredibly creative approach to connecting with fans during lockdown through #Tim’sTwitterListeningParty—another example of creativity thriving within constraints (not ideal, of course, but a silver lining). What started last year with The Charlatans’ 1990 album Some Friendly, live-tweeting the record to help fans through “Lockdown Day” caught fire.

Over 1,000 listening parties later, Liam Gallagher and Paul McCartney made headlines by participating, which seemed to be unbeatable engagement. That was until Bruce (almighty) Dickinson and Co. came along for the appropriately numbered 666th party to celebrate the Iron Maiden classic Powerslave. All this excitement and fun has culminated in the recently released Tim’s Twitter Listening Party Book which is highly recommended. 

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TVD Radar: Pink Floyd, P.U.L.S.E. Restored &
in stores 2/18

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Sony Music today announced that Pink Floyd’s P.U.L.S.E. Restored & Re-Edited, will be released for the first time on Blu-ray on February 18, 2022.

The P.U.L.S.E. concert film (helmed by esteemed director David Mallet) will be available as 2x Blu-ray and 2x DVD deluxe box sets, with the video footage having been expertly re-edited by Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis from the original tape masters especially for The Later Years release in 2019. The cover design, originally created by Storm Thorgerson and Peter Curzon for the 2006 DVD release, has also been updated with photography by Aubrey Powell/ Hipgnosis and Rupert Truman/ StormStudios. The packaging artwork is designed by Peter Curzon from StormStudios, under the direction of Aubrey Powell/ Hignosis.

This release also sees the reintroduction of the iconic pulsating light as per the original 1995 CD release, this time operated by 2 replaceable AA batteries. The deluxe packages include music videos, concert screen films, documentaries, Pulse Tour rehearsal footage & more, alongside a 60-page booklet.

P.U.L.S.E., originally released as an album in 1995, was recorded on the European leg of the Division Bell tour and the DVD and Blu-Ray packages include the whole live performance of The Dark Side Of The Moon – the only full live filmed recording of this seminal album.

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TVD Radar: The Residents: A Sight for Sore Eyes, Vol. 1 visual history book with 7″ in stores 1/7

VIA PRESS RELEASE | In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the legendary experimental music and art collective The Residents, the group is releasing their first fully authorized visual history book, The Residents: A Sight for Sore Eyes, Vol. 1. Published by Melodic Virtue, the book contains rare and unseen photos, artwork, and other ephemera. Aaron Tanner, the book’s author, has been given unprecedented access to The Cryptic Corporation’s archives to create a limited edition coffee table book covering everything from their beginnings in San Mateo, up to The Mole Show.

Constantly defying classification while remaining completely anonymous, The Residents have been regarded as icons in the world of experimental music for 50 years. In addition to their groundbreaking work in the areas of trance, world fusion, electronica, punk, industrial, and lounge music, the group has also been credited with being among the originators of performance art and the music video, with their videos included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Excerpt from The True Story of The Residents: A Brief Summary of Known Facts, Top Secrets, Hazy Details, Veiled Hints, and Blatant Lies (1979) by Matt Groening: There is no true story of The Residents. You should know that right off. The secrets of The Residents will never be revealed by anyone but The Residents themselves, and so far they aren’t saying much. This report offers some insight into The Residents and their work, but their favorite breakfast cereals will remain a mystery. Part of what The Residents are about is their camouflage, and any understanding of them must take into account both their organized sounds and their organized silence. The best this report can do is note the various statements and point out the gaps. Our knowledge is still incomplete. Anything is possible.

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Graded on a Curve:
The Best of 2021’s New Releases, Part One

As we head into the Best List home stretch with a shift of focus onto the new, it bears repeating that the sheer number of potential candidates for inclusion was even larger than it was for the box sets and reissues, and with a mountain of interesting releases still unheard. Considering how the decks are currently stacked against musicians in so many ways, the perseverance is downright inspiring. So are the ten records listed below.

10. Alicja-Pop, Howlin’ (Black & Wyatt) & Deerhoof, Actually, You Can (Joyful Noise) From a standpoint of a music reviewer, one reliable yardstick of high quality is when you keep a record in heavy rotation for a week or two (or more) after the review has posted. The problem of course, it that this situation is never evident until…well, you’ve probably figured it out.

But it just dawned on me that I could mention this circumstance in relation to Howlin’ by Alicja-Pop, the solo endeavor/ group venture of the extremely musically active Alicja Trout of Memphis, TN, because I’d already sussed that this self-described compilation of several years of songs was a solid effort while reviewing it a few months back. That Trout’s forte on Howlin’ is modestly scaled pop-rock likely solidified my initial level of assessment, but after soaking up “Vines B” for the umpteenth time and for the sheer hell of it, the depth of her talents became clear. And so here we are.

Modestly scaled isn’t an accurate description of Deerhoof. On Actually, You Can, their music is as thunderous and agile as ever it was before, but the nine tracks are also notable for being built with the intention to be reproduced on live stages. A goal, taking it (safely) out on the road, that’s thoroughly understandable, with the record effectively unwinding as enticement to witness them playing live. A handful of the tracks are certain to trigger pockets of fan frenzy as they begin, particularly “Scarcity is Manufactured” and its air of joyousness. A little joy is something we could all use right about now.

9. Van Dyke Parks & Verónica Valerio, “Only in America–Solo en América” (Modern Recordings) & Okuté, S/T (Chulo) As was mentioned earlier this week in part one of 2021’s best reissues, rarely do singles and EPs make these lists, but there are exceptions, as is the case this year with the repress of Maximum Joy’s debut 12-inch (which inspired the observation), as so it is with this 4-song 10-inch.

“Only in America–Solo en América” is a collaboration of uncommon richness, though that’s not especially surprising, as Van Dyke Parks is handling the orchestrations, and he’s near the very top of his game. This is immediately apparent in the opening version of Agustin Lara’s “Veracruz,” and it continues through the three original compositions by Valerio. Make that three vibrant compositions by Valerio. Whose singing (and speaking) elevates this EP to a special plateau. And the cover art by Klaus Voormann? Mighty nice on the eyes.

This S/T album from Okuté is also the Havana, Cuba-based band’s debut. That’s lead vocalist Pedro “Tata” Francisco Almeida Barriel on the cover, joined in the group by percussionists Machito, Ramoncito, Roberto Vizcaino Sr. and Roberto Vizcaino Jr, trésero Juan “Coto” de la Cruz, and bassist Gaston Joya. They tap into the essence of rumba and other Cuban styles, with ties to the African root and guitar playing that has a familiar edge to it. Produced by Jacob Plasse, who plays trés guitar in Brooklyn’s Los Hacheros along with running Chulo Records, Okuté has virtuosity to spare but is never slick. At times, like during the killer guitar solo in “Gaston’s Rumba,” it gets downright raw.

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In rotation: 12/16/21

Ontario, CA | ‘There’s nothing like vinyl’ says owner of Oshawa’s newest record store: The owner of Another Spin has more than 3,000 records in his collection and loves to talk music. Is it fair to ask someone with a collection of more than 3,000 records what their favourite album is? Not surprisingly, Andre Lessard loves all kinds of music. He’s been collecting Madonna albums for decades (and has more than 380) and listens to jazz, funk, disco, soul, rock, metal and indie. His record collection ranges from Depeche Mode and the Smiths to new artists like Willow Smith and Celeste. This is the kind of stuff Lessard loves to chat about when customers drop by Another Spin Records and More, the new downtown Oshawa record store he co-owns. “I really like to discuss music with customers. It’s the stories. Every customer has their own favourite band, their own favourite record and I like to hear about that,” he says. “Meeting new people through the store has opened my eyes and ears to other music.”

This is the most beautiful vinyl player we’ve ever seen: Record players have been dipping in and out of fashion for the past couple of decades now (thank you, hipsters). But we have found a turntable that is sure to remain cool for years to come. Say hello to the Brian Eno turntable. This beautiful turntable was designed by Brian Eno in collaboration with the Paul Stolper Gallery. With in-built colour-changing LEDs and a minimalistic design, it’s perfect for any music lover and anyone obsessed with well-designed products (that’s us, then). There will only be 50 of these limited-edition turntables released out into the wild so if you fancy buying your own turntable but have missed out on the Eno design, then make sure you check out our roundup of the best record players.

New York, NY | Best Hidden Gem New York City Newly Opened Used Vinyl Record Store: In this video, JamesandKarla and their music-loving dog Hudson visit the best hidden gem in New York City, a newly opened used vinyl record store, Ergot Records. This shop carries a wide variety of genres including punk, rock, jazz and house, techno and experimental music. We speak with the founder and owner, Adrian Rew who shows us some of the vinyl record gems he currently has in the store.

Styria, AT | Napalm Records And Austrovinyl Sign Strategic Partnership in Response to Rising Vinyl Demand: Napalm Records, one of the world’s leading independent Rock & Metal labels, and vinyl manufacturing company Austrovinyl – both based in Styria, Austria – are thrilled to announce that they have joined forces for a strategic partnership, strengthening the domestic music market and expanding international structures. The new collaboration will cover the increased in-house demand for vinyl, while strategically expanding business for Napalm Records, who have already ventured into different fields with their booking agency “Napalm Events” as well as their festival brands “Metal On The Hill” and “Rock In Graz”. Austrovinyl, located in the midst of the beautiful Styrian thermal spa & wine region, will continue to establish itself as one of the most state-of-the-art record pressing plants in Europe, and a reliable, high-quality producer of vinyl records.

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TVD Radar: Son House, Forever On My Mind vinyl variations in stores 3/18

VIA PRESS RELEASE | On the evening of June 23, 1964, a red Volkswagen Beetle bearing three blues enthusiasts arrived in Rochester, NY. The young men were following a trail of clues in their search of a legend, and they found him sitting on the steps of an apartment building at 61 Greig Street. “This is him,” Son House said.

Born Eddie James House, Jr. in Lyon, Mississippi in 1902, Son House at that time had not played music for more than two decades. But the re-release of his early work — commercial 78s issued by Paramount Records in 1930 and two field recordings by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1941-42 — by Origin Jazz Library and Folkways Records had excited fresh interest in a growing community of blues aficionados.

Within months of his rediscovery by Dick Waterman (who became House’s manager and handler), Nick Perls and Phil Spiro, the once-obscure 62-year-old musician was thrust into the public eye by a story in Newsweek magazine and a series of performances at folk music festivals and college campuses around the country.

Forever On My Mind, the new album of previously unreleased Son House recordings from Easy Eye Sound, the independent label operated by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, is the premiere release from Waterman’s personal cache of ’60s recordings by some of the titans of Delta blues. His collection of quarter-inch tapes — which are being restored to remarkable clarity by Easy Eye Sound — have gone unreleased until now. The collection is due out March 18, 2022.

Waterman says, “I always knew that I wanted this body of tape that I had to come out together, as The Avalon Collection or The Waterman Tapes, as sort of my legacy. They were just here at my home, on a shelf. I had made a few entrees to record companies, but nothing had really come through. I thought that Dan Auerbach would treat the material with reverence and respect.”

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TVD Radar: The Byrds: 1964–1967, large-format 400-page book in stores in 2022

VIA PRESS RELEASE | When The Byrds released “Mr. Tambourine Man” in 1965, they introduced Bob Dylan’s songs to a new audience and launched a career that would make them among the most influential rock bands of all time. With their unmistakable harmonies and Roger McGuinn’s innovative 12-string Rickenbacker guitar, The Byrds never stopped experimenting. They incorporated folk, country, and jazz influences into a fresh blend that helped define an era. “And not to be too shallow,” Tom Petty once wrote, “but they also were just the best-dressed band around. They had those great clothes and hairdos.”

Now the band’s three surviving founding members — Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, and David Crosby — have come together to present The Byrds: 1964-1967, a large-format tabletop book that offers a unique visual history of the group. Featuring more than 500 images from legendary photographers such as Henry Diltz, Barry Feinstein, Curt Gunther, Jim Marshall, Linda McCartney, Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal, and Guy Webster, the book also includes restored images from the Columbia Records archives and the personal archives of the band’s original manager. Accompanied by a running commentary of their memories of the group, the era, one another, and their late compatriots Gene Clark and Michael Clarke, this carefully crafted volume is a truly unique collector’s item for Byrds fans.

To be released in 2022, The Byrds: 1964-1967 will be published in four configurations: a Standard Version, a Deluxe Limited Edition, a Super Deluxe Limited Edition, and a Super Deluxe Limited Edition with Fine Art Print. While the future Deluxe Limited Edition will be signed, the Super Deluxe Limited Editions — which are available for presale now at — are the only configurations that will include the signatures of all three surviving founding members: McGuinn, Hillman, and Crosby.

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Needle Drop: Travis,
The Invisible Band 20th Anniversary Deluxe
Box Set

Even though it’s technically their third album, we really should consider The Invisible Band from Travis as their sophomore release. They defined their signature sound on The Man Who, which is far superior to their debut, in my opinion, and with the pressure to replicate that success, Travis found themselves facing the much-dreaded sophomore jinx.

Not wanting to fix something that’s not broken, The Invisible Band finds the band doubling down on that magical formula from the previous album—that dreamy, haunting, sunny at times, cloudy at others, but all around hopeful sound that defined the band and set them apart from the sea of others at the time. To be honest, I had forgotten how much I loved this record, and the fact that it took me 20 years to remember it is frightening.

The much-deserved 2oth anniversary deluxe edition could be considered overkill for the casual fan, but for those of us who “got it” the first time around, it’s a brilliant glimpse into the mindset and memories of a band that was at its creative peak. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the last record (2020’s 10 Songs), but I’m also waiting for the band to do the inevitable, back to our roots thing (minus the first album).

Yeah, I’m pretty particular, but the world needs more of that Travis sound from those two records. I welcome the experimentation, for example the banjo hitting in the opening cut “Sing” threw me off for a second, but it works well in context. That’s what I was hoping for in the latter years; pushing the boundaries, but keeping that original luster.

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