Monthly Archives: December 2022

Needle Drop: Bo Burnham, INSIDE
Deluxe Vinyl Box Set

Does the world need a comedy record on vinyl? Let’s dive in and answer that one.

As a kid, I remember having the first two or three Steve Marin records and listening to them pretty much non-stop. Granted, that was in the late ’70s, and to be honest, I didn’t have much else to do as a kid. Fast forward several decades later, and I take pride in the vast collection of vinyl that I’ve amassed over the years. While I have more vinyl than any human needs (including my priceless ’80s hair metal), there are a few centerpieces in that collection, and I think I’ve just found another.

Recognized as one of the most acclaimed comedy albums of the past decade, Bo Burnham’s INSIDE is not only a cultural phenomenon, but he made history as “the first person to win three Emmy Awards individually in a single year.” INSIDE (The Songs) debuted at number 7 on the Billboard Top 200, held a spot in the Top 10 for six non-consecutive weeks, and remained the No.1 comedy album for 58 weeks and counting. Jesus.

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Graded on a Curve: VA, Holidays Rule & Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas

While few can disagree that the playing of holiday music shouldn’t start on the radio the day after Halloween, there are many who warm up to listening to Christmas music in December. Recent reissues reflect the two major sides of popular holiday music; fresh new music and tried-and-true staples from the past.

Holidays Rule, although a reissue of a ten-year-old release, very much fits into the category of new holiday sounds. This translucent red, two-LP, vinyl gatefold package features such artists as The Civil Wars, Heartless Bastards, Calexico, Punch Brothers, and The Head and the Heart. Paul McCartney performs “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire),” and the Shins sing Paul’s “Wonderful Christmastime.”

Other than the opening track by fun., the music on this reissue has aged well. The emphasis is on groups and artists with an organic sound and their heartfelt, non-glossy take on holiday-themed music works exceptionally well. The throwback sounds of Irma Thomas with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with “May Ev’ry Day Be Christmas,” complements the music here from newer artists and the song is an instant classic.

The duet between Sharon Van Atten and Rufus Wainwright, a cover of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” was an instant classic upon release and will be a favorite for some time to come. The album ends with two New Year’s Eve songs, making this a reissue you will want to listen to long after December 25th. There was a Holidays Rule, Vol. 2 CD release in 2017. It will be interesting to see if that release is reissued on vinyl next holiday season (or in 2027). If so, it will no doubt be on green vinyl.

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In rotation: 12/15/22

Eureka, KS | New Record Store Coming to Old Town, Eureka: Humboldt’s newest record store, Friends of Sound, will open to the public on Thursday December 15th. Located at 335 E Street in Eureka it will be open from 12-7 pm every day of the week. A grand opening will follow in early 2023 at a date to be announced soon. …The store is a joint venture of local nice guy Jimmy Howard and recent Humboldt transplant David Haffner. Haffner, a long-time record dealer, DJ, archivist, tastemaker, and label owner, opened the original Friends of Sound in Austin, TX almost 17 years ago. The current iteration of the store has been open in San Antonio for the last 6 years. Haffner moved here shortly before the pandemic from Portland and met Howard at the flea market, where Howard had been selling vinyl for 5 years. They bonded over their lifelong love of records and their mutual dilemma of having too darn many of them. The decision to open the store here was a natural confluence of events.

Dayton, OH | Record growth: Vinyl specialty shops on the rise in Dayton: “Having more variety for people is just going to make everything better for everybody,” said Skeleton Dust owner Luke Tandy. Growing up as a vinyl-buying obsessive in Centerville in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was at least one record store in every suburban Dayton community. There were chain stores like Camelot Music, but most were locally owned like Gem City Records, Dingleberry’s, Renaissance Music Media, Second Time Around, Bullfrog Records, Peaches and Record Warehouse. They were retail outlets, sure, but these stores were a magical meeting place for music obsessives. They employed hometown music enthusiasts, who fostered a sense of community through critical feedback, background information and purchase recommendations. Omega Music, which has been selling vinyl since the early 1980s, is the lone outlier from those days still carrying on that tradition.

London, UK | Banquet Records send fans camping for Louis Tomlinson gig to back of queue: The Kingston-upon-Thames record store has been widely praised on social media. Banquet Records have attempted to discourage fans attending Louis Tomlinson‘s shows at PRYZM from camping outside the store by introducing a system which will put campers at the back of the queue. Gig-goers are being given wristbands of different colours depending on what time they arrive at the Kingston-upon-Thames record shop. People camping outside or queuing very early are being given red wristbands, those in the queue before 8pm get silver ones, and those in the queue for 8:30 will have blue wristbands. Those will blue wristbands will get in first, followed by those with silver wristbands, and only then will those who have been camping or queuing for a long time will be allowed entry.

Cumbria, UK | $60 Nirvana single nets Cumbrian collector £2,600 at auction: A rare vinyl record – sold by a Penrith collector – has made £2,600 at auction. The 45in single by American band Nirvana went under the hammer at an online auction by 1818 Auctioneers on the Cumbria Lancashire border. The single is numbered 215 of 1,000 and was produced by record label Sub Pop. It was sold to someone in Lancaster. Expert valuer, Simon Norfolk of 1818 Auctioneers, said: “This is a holy grail of singles. It was in brilliant condition. With only 1,000 produced it is highly sought after. “On one side the track is Love Buzz and on the other is Big Cheese. This is a record price for a single vinyl sold by us at auction. So we’re delighted with the result.”

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TVD Live Shots: The 50th anniversary of Big Star’s #1 Record at Union Stage, 12/7

PHOTOS: RACHEL LANGE | DC’s Union Stage is an unassuming venue hidden in the maze of walkways that weave between buildings on the Wharf. Compared with the flashier Anthem, with its blazing marquee and baroque chandeliers, the vibe at Union is refreshingly chill. There’s no line at the door, security is a nice man in a beanie who casually checks IDs and handbags, and the lobby is sparsely occupied by people in Big Sar T-shirts pre-gaming with pints and pizza at tiny high-top tables. It has the homey, familiar feeling of a neighborhood bar where everyone’s a regular, even if they’re not.

Downstairs there’s more beer, more pizza, an unobtrusive merch table, and a few dozen people juggling cups and plates and comparing notes on what brought them here. Folks who don’t know each other slap backs and crack jokes like they do. For the most part they seem to fall into two categories: people old enough to be Big Star’s contemporaries (the majority) and people young enough to be partly responsible for the popular rediscovery of the band over the last three decades (a significant minority).

As the room fills it also shrinks, the crowd pushing up against a stage that seems to too small for the sheer number of instruments there. Besides a small army of guitars waiting in the nonexistent wings, there are at least six microphones, a keyboard, and, of course, the drum kit. It’s pleasantly cramped, and conspicuously Brechtian. Nothing is out of sight or out of mind, including the stage crew and guest performers who blithely come and go through the rear doors and curtain, or linger on the edges of the light to watch the action onstage or on the floor. It feels like a culty underground club show, which feels exactly right.

Despite the charmingly modest digs, Big Star’s #1 Record 50th anniversary tour is a star-studded affair. This iteration of the lineup includes—besides last surviving founding member Jody Stephens—Jon Auer of the Posies, Wilco’s Pat Sansone, Chris Stamey (whose musical endeavors and collaborators are too many to list), and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, with Low Cut Connie’s Adam Weiner guesting on keys and vocals. The band plays through the entire album in their first set, before returning after a brief intermission for a more eclectic second set, which leans heavily on the late Chris Bell’s catalog. It’s one part tribute act, one part supergroup.

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TVD Radar: Dorothy Ashby and Frank Wess, In a Minor Groove reissue in stores 2/3

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Dorothy Ashby was probably the greatest—and certainly the most swinging—jazz harpist of all time, repurposing an instrument best known for ethereal glissandos into a fully versatile voice in combo settings, capable of providing both instrumental embroidery and rhythmic drive.

But she was always fighting an uphill battle in terms of garnering critical and commercial success; both her gender and the exoticism of her instrument often prevented her from being taken seriously among the hidebound environs of late ‘50s and ‘60s jazz.

But it is that very uniqueness of her sound and station in the jazz world that has made her one of the most collectible musicians of her era, as her music has been sampled and celebrated by modern-day hip hop and world music artists (e.g. Jurassic Five, Bonobo) alike.

In a Minor Groove is one of two albums she made in 1958 with flautist/saxophonist Frank Wess, and it is a marvel; backed by fellow Detroit native Herman Wright on bass and the great Roy Haynes on drums, she and Wess weave mesmerizing melodic threads through standards like “Alone Together” and “Yesterdays.” But perhaps the most amazing track is “Bohemia After Dark,” which displays Ashby’s uncanny ability to turn her harp into a rhythm guitar!

For this first-ever domestic black vinyl reissue of In a Minor Groove, we are using the original mono sources—not the rechanneled stereo and jumbled track listing that showed up on Prestige’s later repackaging called Dorothy Ashby Plays for Beautiful People. Original album art with Ira Gitler’s sleeve notes, too.

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Blag Dahlia,
A TVD Interview

PHOTOS: JULIA LOFSTRAND | Who is Blag Dahlia? Some may know him from his early days in Chicago fronting ’60s cover band The Suburban Nightmare. Others probably know Blag as frontman for the legendary punk band The Dwarves. He has other aliases that have also been adopted over the years including Blag the Ripper, Julius Seizure, and his latest incarnation, Ralph Champagne. We recently talked with Blag Dahlia to discuss all things music including his recent solo project, latest book tour, and of course music on vinyl.

Blag, how’d you get your start in music?

I played my first show in Chicago at a bar called the Cubby Bear Lounge. I think it was 1983, so I must have been a junior in high school. I’ve been playing rock and roll for a very long time.

Who were your greatest inspirations growing up at that time?

The biggest one was probably Frank Zappa—I was a huge Zappa fan. My brother was into a more “sophisticated” type of music, so I’d hear a lot of John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy and a lot of crazy freeform jazz which I didn’t really understand too much at the time. My folks were also really into musicals, so I guess I always just liked the songs and great songwriters.

How did you know you wanted to pursue a career in music?

I come from a slightly musical family where my dad played trumpet and collected sheet music and my brother played trumpet and would play in the jazz bands. So, music was around us. I was also very into comedy like Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the early Saturday Night Live, SCTV. They’d always do funny songs. That’s why I like Zappa so much because it was a novelty and there was humor in it. It took an introduction to punk rock for me to finally figure out like, “Oh, okay, this is something I can do.” But I always loved music and I knew that that was what I wanted to do.

Let’s jump right into The Dwarves. That band started back in Chicago in the mid ’80s, correct?

I came from a town called Highland Park, a little suburb outside of Chicago. We started a band called The Suburban Nightmare, and we did mostly very obscure ’60s covers—just weird songs that nobody knew. That band morphed into the Dwarves around 1985.

What was your biggest challenge as a punk rock band during that time?

We didn’t look like a punk rock band. We dressed kind of ’60s garage, and so we’d get a lot of heat because we’re coming up from the suburbs in our parents’ station wagon with some cute chicks and ’60s outfits and the punks hated us. So very early on we were getting into altercations.

So, you just didn’t fit in at the time?

We were always a band that didn’t fit in. And then even when we became a hardcore band, which was after we’d moved to California and put out a kind of ’60s garage record that we weren’t that happy with—at the time I felt it was too soft. Later, we morphed into more of a hardcore band, and just as we did that was when nobody was playing hardcore anymore and punk was dead. Everything was coming in funky—funky white rock bands and hair metal bands and all that shit—and then we were a punk band. So, we always seemed to do the right thing at the wrong time.

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In rotation: 12/14/22

Cleveland, OH | Iconic Cleveland Heights record store closing doors after 55 years in business: Record Revolution opened in 1967, influencing music and culture on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. Rob Love started working at Record Revolution as a teenager in 1987, eventually becoming a partner in 2005, now forced to close the store after the holidays. “I’ve been very emotional thinking about it,” said the 49-year-old co-owner. “I don’t know if it’s sunk in 100% yet but I have enjoyed all of the fans and customers that have come by and visited and shared their stories of what Record Revolution means and meant to them.” Bands have credited support from Record Revolution for helping make them famous, and it was consistently voted best record store in Northeast Ohio. But it was about more than records. “I call it a lifestyle store,” said Love.

Beltsville, MD | Route 1 Is Home to D.C.’s Only Woman-Owned Vintage Record Store: The only fully woman-owned record shop in the D.C. area is on the Route 1 corridor. Located at 11011 Baltimore Ave. in Beltsville, Sonidos! Music & More first opened in October of 2019, but it had to shut down briefly during the coronavirus pandemic. Owner Claudia Mendiola-Durán told the Hyattsville Wire that the record shop got its start when she mentioned to her friends next door at Atomic Music about her idea. “I’ve been friends with the guys at Atomic for many years, and when I mentioned that I wanted to open a shop of my own, they offered to clear out a space they were using for storage so I could rent it out,” she said. During the pandemic, Sonidos continued selling via mail order, but the brick-and-mortar sales continue to be unpredictable. Still, she says she’s optimistic about the future of physical media, even as streaming services have taken off.

Belfast, IE | Oh Yeah Music Centre to auction extremely limited edition version of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over). In December 2020, the Oh Yeah Music Centre, a registered music charity in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, was gifted one of only fifty limited edition acetates (number 44), hand-cut at Abbey Road Studios, of the 2020 Ultimate Mix of Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon & Yoko One, first released 50 years ago, in December 1971. The gift came with the instruction from Sean Ono Lennon “to sell, auction, raise money to help your charity or to fund your Christmas party.” The Oh Yeah Music Centre has been an ‘open doors to music’ since 2007 so it was decided that the most fitting way to honour this incredible gift was to reinvest it in a programme of support for emerging talents. Charlene Hegarty, Talent Development Manager, said: “We are incredibly grateful and excited to make available to the public a piece of iconic music history. The best part about it is that every single person who enters the raffle to win the collectible vinyl will be doing their part to support future creative generations—which cuts to the core of what Oh Yeah is all about.”

Books that express album art with a different vibe: Two volumes of Mark Goodall’s Gathering of the Tribe coffee table books that are “A Companion to Occult Music on Vinyl.” The first two volumes of author Mark Goodall’s “companion to occult music on vinyl” are with us at last, and if you like your coffee table draped in gloriously obscure, full color album covers, with exploratory notes and explanatory text, then these really are the books for you. Notionally, you could say these releases are tied into the on-going folk horror boom that preoccupies so much of the British (and elsewhere) underground these days; to do so, however, would be to overlook the allure that albums of this nature have long held for vinyl hounds and crate diggers. They are slim volumes — eighty pages in one, 100 in the other — but what they lack in weight, they make up with heft. And both serve not only as fascinating studies of their chosen themes, but will certainly give your vinyl wants list something to think about as well.

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TVD Live Shots: Kula Shaker at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 12/8

I knew there was something special here the first time I heard Kula Shaker during the Brit-pop explosion in the mid-nineties. Their debut album, K, is not only one of the best-selling UK debut albums of all time, but it also pushed the genre into a new, unexpected direction that has yet to be matched.

Sure it had all the elements that made Brit-pop great; Stone Roses-type grooves and the attitude and snarl of Oasis, but frontman Crispian Mills added a spiritual element that elevated this sound to another level. It was rock, it was pop, it was psychedelic, but most of it, it was original—and really, really fucking good.

I never got to see Kula Shaker when I was living in the States, at least I don’t remember it, but they have always been a band that I go back to for those first two albums. I thought the follow-up, Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts which came out in 1999, was a more interesting record even though it didn’t have a string of “hits.” However, I saw the band back in 2016 at the Kentish Town Forum and thought they were excellent, but what I saw at Shepherds Bush Empire was different; it was next level.

There is a fire burning in Crispian that wasn’t there six years ago. This guy was electric, almost possessed with the music, and he made the guitar an extension of his body. At times I thought that he was in a guitar battle with Jimi Hendrix, and he made it look easy, like he was born to do this.

Maybe it was the excitement and energy from the slew of new music exploding from the band over the past year, including a stellar return to roots album called The First Congregational Church of Eternal Love and Free Hugs, or the two most recent singles, including a straight-ahead cracking version of the Lennon classic “Gimme Some Truth.”

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TVD Radar: Verse
Chorus Monster!
from Graham Coxon, US edition in stores 2/21

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Among the noise and clamor of the Britpop era, Blur co-founder Graham Coxon managed to carve out a niche to become one of the most innovative and respected guitarists of his generation—but it wasn’t always easy.

Graham grew up as an Army kid, moving frequently in his early years from West Germany to Derbyshire and Winchester before settling in Colchester, Essex. A shy child, he had a thing for eating soil and drawing intense visions of monsters; his anxiety was tempered by painting and a growing love of music. These twin passions grew into obsessions, and as he honed his artistic skill at school, Goldsmiths and beyond, his band with school friend Damon Albarn, fellow student Alex James, and a drummer called Dave Rowntree began to get noticed.

But there are things they don’t tell you before you get famous. There are monsters out there. And some even lurk inside yourself. Verse, Chorus, Monster! is an intimate, honest reflection on music, fame, addiction and art by one of Britain’s most iconic musicians.

Graham Coxon is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist. One of the most innovative guitarists of his generation, best known as being a founding member of Blur, Coxon has also released eight solo albums and frequently composes for film and TV. The Waeve, composed of band members Coxon and Rose Elinor Dougall, made their live debut in May 2022, along with the release of a new track titled “Something Pretty.” He lives in London.

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Graded on a Curve: Taylor Swift, 1989

Celebrating Taylor Swift on her 33rd birthday.Ed.

I like to think I’m an open-minded individual. But in truth I’m about as open-minded as Cotton Mather. Still, I occasionally attempt to broaden my horizons by listening to music I know damn well I’ll hate. And that’s where Taylor Swift comes in. People I respect have been telling me for years how great she is, but I was damn well sure the odds of my enjoying her music were right up there with being killed by space debris.

But something happened on my way to the vomit bag. Turns out I love Swift’s music. It’s frothy pop fun and comes complete with an important societal message, namely that romantic relationships are hell, guys are cretins who don’t know a good thing when they see one, and the best way to take revenge on the pricks is by skewering them in song. Swift’s tumultuous love life has long made for juicy tabloid fodder, and people with nothing better to do spend a lot of time putting names to the subjects of her songs. One thing they know for sure; fuck with Taylor’s heart and you’ll have your balls handed to you on Disney+.

1989 marked Swift’s total immersion into synthesized pop music. It’s right there in the ad campaign for NYC that is “Welcome to New York,” the only song on the LP not about interpersonal relationships of the fucked-up sort. Instead it marks the end of Swift’s transformation from Nashville ingenue to Manhattan sophisticate. She makes this very clear in the funky “”Style,” which harkens back to “Vogue,” Madonna’s celebration of the Manhattan glam dance scene.

On the beat-heavy “Blank Space,” Swift warns that looks can be deceiving (“I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream”), brags about her superhuman transformative powers (“I can make the bad guys good for a weekend”), but concedes she’s willing to go the distance if you are. On “All You Had to Do Was Stay” boy hurts girl then wants girl back, but she’s not the sort of girl who hands out second chances.

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Kevin Whelan of
Aeon Station,
A TVD Interview

Kevin Whelan is anything but ordinary. From a very early age, he gravitated toward music and made that work his lifelong passion. Inspired by legends like Liberace, The Beatles, and Chris Squire, Kevin has forged his own path over a 30+ year career that has withstood the test of time (and then some). The Vinyl District recently sat down with Kevin to discuss The Wrens, his most recent project Aeon Station, and of course all things vinyl.

How did you get your start in music?

I got started in music because my mother bought a piano from one of her coworkers. She’s a schoolteacher and one of her friends was giving up a piano and she got it for a couple hundred dollars. She brought into the house and nobody knew what it was and it sat in the dining room for a long time. I just tried my hand at it, liked it, and then got a teacher. That’s how it started. I think it happens for many musicians in their early teens’ where you just don’t fit in and you’re trying to, and music finds you so beautifully (and unexpectedly).

Who were your greatest inspirations as a young musician?

Oh, my goodness—it’s definitely diverse. Of course, I’d say all the great songwriters have these phases where they’re inspired by bands like they love. For me, it was The Beatles, The Clash, The Pixies, and then on to Radiohead. But I started in piano, I have always shared that my first true inspiration was Liberace. I saw him perform live when I was a teenager in Atlantic City. Seeing that showman aspect and how he communicated with his audience through the piano was a pretty exciting experience, and a unique one to say the least.

How did the Wrens get their start back in 1989?

Yeah, ’89. I started the band, geez, back when I was 16. There were a couple versions at the beginning, but it didn’t become The Wrens until I got to meet Charles and Jerry, and of course my brother was always involved too. We actually got our start because we were going to open for The Fixx, and funny enough that never materialized. Since that didn’t happen, we figured we’d stay together and give it a go as a band. Then very quickly after that, we all moved in together and stayed that way for almost 15 years. It was a pretty deep commitment for sure.

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UK Artist of the Week: Badliana

Shake off those Christmas party hangovers with Bristol- based newcomer Badliana and her trippy new single “Mayday,” out now.

“Mayday” is oozing with sass and swag from the offset as Badliana’s smooth, sultry vocals compliment the dark, woozy electronics effortlessly. Fans of FKA Twigs and Little Dragon will feel at home here.

Talking about the single, Badliana explains, “‘Mayday’ is bossy, confident, and all about just doing what you want, when you want, manifesting it, and achieving it basically. It’s about taking control and just fully allowing yourself to be yourself and not giving a f**k about what anyone thinks.”

Having already previously supported the likes of Jelani Blackman and Etta Bond and made her debut appearance at Glastonbury 2022, we’re excited to see what this emerging electronic talent will get up to next.

“Mayday” is in stores now.

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In rotation: 12/13/22

Astoria, OR | New record store opens downtown: The Lonely Crab is on Commercial. In the summer of 2019, Chris Lamb’s record store — and 30 years worth of collected records — burned down in a fire. Lamb recalled losing Avalon Records, a well-known shop in downtown Bellingham, Washington, as a devastating experience. “I was about to come into my own. I was about to pay it off to the old owner. Store was doing good. And then, a literal needle scratch scene change,” Lamb said while making the noise of a record scratch. Lamb, originally from Yakima, Washington, worked at record stores since high school and was unsure if he ever wanted to sell vinyl again. But after moving to Astoria and trying his hand at a few other jobs, Lamb was ready to get back in the game when an opportunity arose. In November, he launched The Lonely Crab Record Shop on Commercial Street. The new shop offers new and used records of all genres, record players, posters and other related items.

Lincoln, NE | Leading Off: The renaissance of vinyl isn’t lost on a Lincoln record store owner: Back in the early 1990s, whenever Syracuse teenager Travis Mannschreck had a few bucks in his wallet and a few gallons in his gas tank, he made the short journey to Lincoln. His destinations were usually Twister’s or Homer’s, the locally owned Lincoln record shops that attracted teens from all over. “Those were the the places to go,” said Mannschreck, who’s now a 46-year-old Lincoln resident and father of two. That’s the inspiration to First Day Vinyl, the new- and used-record store Mannschreck opened Dec. 1 at 7301 S. 27th St. “There was a little nostalgia on my part, wanting to recreate the Twister’s and the Homer’s of my youth,” he said. “They were all nice big stores that you could get lost in and spend a ton on time in. “This is my attempt to recreate that for the younger generations.”

Wickford, UK | Famous Wickford record shop visited by McFly, Busted, Shakin’ Stevens, Chas ‘n Dave to close after more than 50 years: ‘There comes a time you’ve just got to say enough is enough. I’m going now.’ A record shop in Wickford recognised around the world by for its outstanding collection of vinyl, which has been visited by some of the biggest names in music, is finally due to close after more than five decades of success. Adrians Records was opened in 1969 in Wickford and owner Adrian Rondeau has finally announced the doors will close next year as he readies himself for retirement in Norfolk. It’s the record shop where McFly singer Danny Jones mooned thousands fans from the upstairs windows after the high street was closed off for the band’s record signing for their single ‘I Wanna Hold You’ in 2005. It has been visited by Chas ‘n Dave, Shakin’ Stevens, Busted, Culture Club, Wilko Johnson, Pete Burns, Danny Osmond, Depche Mode, Alvin Stardust, Alison Moyet and Erasure—plus more which have been lost to time.

Elgin, MN | Elgin’s first coffee and music lounge shepherds in customers to learn more about jazz: Elgin has a new coffee shop in town and it also serves as a music lounge where people can listen to and bring in their own records to be played. Elgin’s newest business, Jazz Shepherd, may be the place for you to relax with a cup of coffee and listen to any jazz record spanning all the way back to the genre’s inception in the 1910s. Daniel VanEijl, has been collecting records since 1991 and has “shepherded” in over 14,000 vinyl records in the last 31 years. The name Jazz Shepherd comes from VanEijl titling himself “a shepherd of records”. VanEijl has also spent the better part of a quarter century as a DJ. With a vast record collection — and DJ gigs becoming less frequent due to COVID-19 — VanEijl needed to find a new home for his collection and share it with people. “The idea was I needed to have a cafe where I was going to play my records, hang out with people’s music and talk about music. We originally planned not to be in a small town, but because we own the building we jumped into opening in Elgin.”

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TVD Live Shots: Motionless in White,
Ice Nine Kills, Black Veil Brides, and Atreyu at YouTube Theater, 12/7

The Trinity of Terror Tour rolled through Southern California on Wednesday night and set the YouTube Theater ablaze with four full hours of metal mayhem courtesy of Motionless in White, Ice Nine Kills, Black Veil Brides, and special guests Atreyu. It was pound for pound one of the best metal shows I have seen this year and fired on all cylinders in front of a packed house in Inglewood. This show was special and the tour separated itself positively from others in the metal genre this year. Let’s dig into the devilish details.

As 2022 is finally coming to an end, its easy to look back upon the shows I have attended throughout the year and make judgements as to which ones made the grade and others which may have fell short of my lofty expectations. While live music in general is trending up, some tours took it to a whole new level this year. The Trinity of Terror was just such a tour and quite honestly packaged what might have been some of the best metal performances I have seen this year. Let me explain.

Typically, a headliner may bring out a solid band on tour and then fill in with a few local bands as filler. I have nothing against these types of lineups, but they leave something to be desired and quite frankly never hit the mark. And when you analyze it from a fan perspective, many just avoid those bands and make their way into the arena just prior to the main acts. The Trinity of Terror Tour was the complete opposite. All of the named bands are spectacular in their own right, and it was awesome to see a near packed house before the first act even took the stage. Incredible.

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Graded on a Curve:
The Allman Brothers Band, Eat a Peach

Celebrating Dickey Betts on his 79th birthday.Ed.

You can say what you want about yours truly, but you’ve got to grant me this much; not knowing jack squat about a thing has never stopped me from writing about it. No, I am not one those lily-livered sorts who let something as minor as complete ignorance stand in the way of stating an opinion.

Take the Allman Brothers. I’ve been a detractor for years, based largely on an LP (1971’s At Fillmore East) I’ve never actually listened to. But the way I see it, I don’t have to listen to it; it’s enough for me to know that it contains such interminable blues numbers as “Whippin’ Post” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” for me to write it off out of hand. The road, as Gregg Allman sang, may go on forever, but that’s no reason a song should.

But the recent passing of brother Gregg inspired me to give the Allmans another listen. I mean, ignorance may be its own reward, but sooner or later you have to suck it up and learn something, as unpleasant as that is. That said, I lacked the intestinal fortitude to give At Fillmore East a spin. But 1972’s double-LP Eat a Peach, why not??

And so I did. And I’m here to say that actually listening to the Allman Brothers mostly corroborates what I already believed about the Allman Brothers; to wit, they’re a powerful blues band when they keep things short, and they’re a great band when they write songs that break out of the blues idiom, but set them loose to meander and they’ll wear out your patience, and then wear it out some more.

Indeed, on “Mountain Jam” they wear out your patience to the tune of exactly 33 minutes and 38 seconds. You actually have to take Side Two off and put Side Four on to listen to “Mountain Jam” in its entirety, which cannot be an easy thing when you’re as stoned as you have to be to want to listen to “Mountain Jam” in its entirety. Many an argument must have taken place over which wildly tripping hippie was going to stagger to his feet and do the album turning. Well I say kick out the jam, brothers and sisters. Kick it right off the LP.

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