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TVD’s What’s in Store: This Weeks New Releases

Highlights of the new releases out today:

SebadohBakesale (Deluxe Reissue) [Sub Pop]
Sebadoh’s 1994 masterpiece reissued with a full disc of bonus material.

Neil YoungA Treasure [Reprise]
Mid 80s live set features mostly previously unreleased material. Vinyl edition has an etched 4th side.

Keith RichardsVintage Vinos [Mindless Reecords]
Solo set from the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist. Vinyl version is on red 180 gram vinyl and has an etched 4th side.

The Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.Live As Troubadour [Important]
First ever live acoustic release from this prolific Japanese psych outfit. Vinyl is limited to 1000 copies.

WoodsSun and Shade [Woodsist]
The fifth album from this Brooklyn based lo-fi folk group

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Neon Marshmallow Fest Returns This Weekend To The Empty Bottle

The 2011 Neon Marshmallow Fest, a veritable who’s who of underground ambient, drone, & noise artists, opens tonight at The Empty Bottle and runs through Sunday. Check out the full line-up below:

Friday June 10th – Doors Open 6pm

Lucky Dragons
White Rainbow
Rene Hell
James Plotkin
Michael Zerang | Michael Colligan | Jim Baker Trio
Spiral Joy Band
film: Experimental 1/2 Hour
DJ sets by: Beau Wanzer
Visual projections by: Loo Tapes

Saturday June 11th – Doors Open 6pm

Oneohtrix Point Never
Bill Orcutt
Outer Space
Sword Heaven
Dylan Ettinger
Leslie Keffer
film: Selected animated works of Alice Cohen
DJ sets by: John McEntire
Visual projections by: Theodore Darst

Sunday June 12th – Afternoon Show – Doors Open 2:30

Sonic Celluloid at Neon Marshmallow:
Sam Prekop
David Daniell

Sunday June 12th – Doors Open 6pm

Morton Subotnick
The Rita
Pulse Emitter
Telecult Powers
Mike Shiflet
Sick Llama
Beau Wanzer
Tiger Hatchery
film: Selected works of Amy Ruhl
DJ sets by: Massacooramaan (Dave Quam)
Visual projections by: Aaron Zarzutzki

Individual night tickets can be purchased here, or pick-up a weekend pass here.

The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western Avenue.

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TVD’s What’s in Store: This Weeks New Releases

New titles out today:

The Appleseed CastMiddle States [Graveface]
Arctic MonkeysSuck It And See [Domino Records]
BattlesGloss Drop [Warp Records]
Black Lips – Arabia Mountain [Vice Records]

Black Moth Super RainbowDandelion Gum [Deluxe Reissue Picture Disc] [Graveface]
Chris MillsHeavy Years 2000-2010 [Ernest Jenning Record Co.]
City & ColourLittle Hell [Vagrant Records]
CultsCults [In The Name Of/Columbia Records]
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.It’s a Corporate World [Quite Scientific/a>]
DawesNothing Is Wrong [ATO Records]
Duncan SheikCovers 80s [Sneaky Records/MR]
Ford & LopatinChannel Pressure [Software]
Fucked UpDavid Comes to Life [Matador Records]

Hospital ShipsLonely Twin [Graveface]
Idiot GleePaddywhack [Moshi Moshi]
Jóhann JóhannsonThe Miners’ Hymns [FatCat Records]
Matt BauerThe Jessemine County Book of the Living [Crossbill Records]
Nik FreitasSaturday Night Underwater [Little Record Company]
OneidaAbsolute II [Jagjaguwar]

Peter MurphyNinth [Nettwerk Music Group]
The PostellesThe Postelles [+1 Records]
Robert PollardLord of the Birdhouse [Guided By Voices, Inc.]
The RosebudsLoud Planes Fly Low [Merge Records]
RubblebucketOmega La La [Sin Duda Records]
Ryan DriverWho’s Breathing? [Fire Records]
SantahWhite Noise Bed [No Sleep Records]
Seasick SteveYou Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks [Third Man Records]

Sondre LercheSondre Lerche [Mona Recordings]
Susan Tedeschi & Derek TrucksRevelator [Sony Masterworks]
VetiverThe Errant Charm [Sub Pop]
The Wooden BirdsTwo Matchsticks [Barsuk Records]

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TVD Recommends: Dengue Fever at The Empty Bottle, 6/4

The Los Angeles based psychedelic sextet Dengue Fever roll into town this weekend, playing not one, but two shows tomorrow!

They will be showing off their masterful blend of psych, garage, and Cambodian pop, first at the Do Division Street Fest with a 7:00pm set, followed by a more intimate performance at the Empty Bottle at 10:00pm.

This current tour is in support of the groups fifth full-length LP, Cannibal Courtship, which is their first new disc since 2008, and their first release for the Fantasy label. Watch the trailer for the album in the video below:

Dengue Fever • The Eternals
Saturday 6/4, Show: 10:00 pm, Tickets: $15.00
This show is 21+, with ID.

Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western Ave.

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R.I.P. Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron, the Chicago born musician and poet, passed away last week at the age of 62. Here’s a few words on Gil from Charles over at TVD: Dallas:

Over the weekend, we lost one of my favorites, artist, poet, musician, author, and activist, Gil Scott-Heron. “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” was one of the first Gil Scott tracks I was introduced to. I remember going through my dad’s record collection back in the day and finding Pieces of a Man, which starts off with “The Revolution Will Not be Televised”. This was his second album which used more of the convential song structure as opposed to his first album, Small Talk, which had a more spoken word feel.

Gil Scott-Heron’s style is a fusion of jazz, blues, blues and soul, mixed in with political references and pro-black subject matter. With over thirty plus years in the music industry and 15 plus albums, Gil is widely considered by many to have been a heavy influence on hip hop music as well as the neo-soul movement. His songs have been sampled by the likes of Dr. Dre, Mos Def, Q-tip, Kanye West, and MF Doom just to name a few. Last year Gil Scott-Heron, released his first album in 16 years, I’m New Here, which proved that he still was a force in the music industry. This album was remixed earlier this year by English group Jamie xx and the end result was We’re New Here, which is on my list of must have album’s of 2011.

The music world will definitley miss Gil. He helped shaped one of my favorite love’s, Hip Hop, and I am sure his legacy will continue to live on. RIP.

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TVD Recommends: HoZac Blackout Fest, 5/27-5/28

It’s here! After a five year absence, the HoZac Blackout Fest is returning to Chicago this Friday! The fest will be moving from its previous home at the Empty Bottle to the slightly larger Velvet Perineum (2515 N. Milwaukee Ave) in Logan Square, and condensing down to two action packed nights instead of the 4-6 day epic bacchanalia of years past. Taking place this Friday the 27th and Saturday 28th, with pre-fest art show tonight, the Blackout is not to be missed!

A slew great bands have been lined up for the fest including the Nervous Eaters, who will be reuniting to make their first Chicago appearance in over 30 years. Formed in early 1977, they were one of the first punk bands on the Boston scene. Original copies of their 1979 single Just Head have become a coveted collector’s item, and the track has been covered by garage greats like Teengenerate and The New Bomb Turks. Their song Loretta was covered by Neko Case on her 2004 album The Tigers Have Spoken.

Being that HoZac is a record label, a good portion of the lineup is a showcase of their spectacular roster. Notable inclusions are Reading Rainbow, Radar Eyes, K-Holes, Nobunny, Heavy Times, Outer Minds, and Mickey, who’ll be releasing their debut LP on the fest’s first night. Tickets are available at TicketWeb, Friday night will run you $20, and Saturday $30. A limited number of two-day Golden Tickets will be available for $45, saving you a couple bucks. Full fest lineup after the jump… Read More »

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: She Wants Revenge at Double Door, 5/29

Darkwave favorites She Wants Revenge pass through Chicago this weekend, hitting up the Double Door on Sunday the 29th in support of their just released third full length album, Valleyheart, and we want you to see the show for FREE! Keep reading to find out how to win!

Justin Warfield and Adam Bravin, the duo that comprise She Wants Revenge will be joined by live drummer Scott Ellis and guitarist Thomas Froggatt, and will be pounding out tracks from Valleyheart, including the new single Must Be the One. Band member Adam Bravin directed the video for Must Be the One, which features actress Deborah Foreman, star of the 1983 film Valley Girl.

Now, to win your FREE pair of tickets to the show all you have to do is, in the comments section below, tell us your favorite track off the new SWR record! Bonus points for telling us why it’s your favorite! The full album is currently streaming here on the band’s Facebook page, and is in record stores as of yesterday. We will accept entries until 3PM CST on FRIDAY MAY 27th. Good Luck!

She Wants Revenge • FFM
Sunday 5/29, Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
This show is 21+, with ID.

Double Door is located at 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Rabble Rabble

Rabble Rabble Poster
Chicago psych rockers Rabble Rabble have a brand new 7″ coming out next week and, in celebration of its release, they will be playing a FREE SHOW at the Empty Bottle on May 23rd! Also to celebrate the release we’ve got copy of the 7″, as well as one of the rad posters pictured above to giveaway to one lucky TVD reader! Keep reading to find out how to win!

Recorded this past summer with producer Stephen George, the single features the two new tracks Why Not and Long Hook, and just may be the most rocking material the band have put to wax yet! The tracks will be available on the limited edition 7″, with one of kind, hand screened covers, as well as digitally.

Now, to win your very own copy of the record on vinyl, plus a sweet poster designed by Fugscreens Studios, just send an email to telling us why you should win! All entries must be received by NOON on May 23rd.

Rabble Rabble
Distractions • We Are Hex
Monday 5/23, Show: 9:30 pm

The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western Ave.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Tommy Stinson at Double Door, 5/21

Founding member of The Replacements and current Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson hits Chicago this weekend on his current tour, playing the Double Door on Saturday, and The Vinyl District has your FREE tickets to the show!

Tommy will be backed by a full rock band featuring Mike Gent from The Figgs, Tim Schweiger, and Jon Phillip from Limbeck, as he plays songs from his as yet untitled new record due out this August, and rocks out classics from his previous projects such as Bash & Pop and Perfect.

Now, to win your FREE PAIR OF TICKETS to the show, in the comments section below, just tell us your favorite song from any of the bands Tommy has played in over the years!. You’ve got 30+ years of great material to choose from, so dig deep! Bonus points for saying why it’s your favorite! We’ll accept entries until NOON on FRIDAY 5/20. Make sure to enter a valid email address, so we can contact you if you win! Good luck!

93XRT Welcomes…
Tommy Stinson
Slobberbone • Dave Hause of The Loved Ones
Saturday 5/21, Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Double Door is located at 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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TVD’s What’s in Store: This Week’s Best Releases And In-store Events

These are our top picks of today’s releases!

Danger Mouse & Daniele LuppiRome – Capitol

The long awaited collaboration between Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi is officially released today. Rome is an homage to the great spaghetti western scores and other Italian soundtracks of the 60s & 70s, and features vocals from Jack White and Norah Jones.

Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey BirdsGorilla Rose – In The Red

“Thirteen all-original, glam-tastic compositions” from Kid Congo Powers (ex Cramps, Gun Club) and his group, The Pink Monkey Birds.

Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsMurder Ballads (Reissue) – Mute

Four classic albums from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have been remastered and reissued by Mute Records. Expanded versions of The Boatman’s Call, No More Shall We Part, Let Love In, and Murder Ballads are all available today.
Each album contains: the remastered album, the new surround mix, a specially commissioned short film made by UK artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, plus b-sides from the singles, videos and exclusive sleeve notes.

This Weeks In-Stores and Events

Reckless Records – 1532 N. Milwaukee Avenue

May 28th, 4pm – White Mystery

Permanent Records – 1914 W. Chicago Avenue

May 21st, 1:30pm – Crystal Stilts

Saki – 3716 W. Fullerton Avenue

May 22nd, 2pm – AEMMP Records Showcase featuring:
Elia Einhorn (of Scotland Yard Gospel Choir)
Honest Engines

Transistor – 5045 N. Clark Street

May 20th, 8pm – Casual Encounter
Wes Imel

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TVD Interview & Vinyl Giveaway With Gypsyblood

Chicago’s own Gypsyblood play a FREE show TONIGHT at the Empty Bottle (9:30pm, 1035 N. Western Ave.) in support of their newly released full length LP Cold In The Guestway. We recently caught up with Gypsyblood guitarist/vocalist Adam James, and got to ask him a few questions about the record. We’ve also got a copy of the new LP to giveaway to one lucky person, so keep reading to find out how to win!

The Vinyl District: The new record just came out last month on Sargent House, what’s the meaning behind the album’s title Cold In The Guestway?

Adam James: To us, it speaks more to color and tone. When everything has lost its meaning, you can only know how you feel. The viscerality of being in a place at a moment. Like an old soul who knows their being is true when everything is telling them otherwise. When reality has been proven to be the variable within society, we are here to tell you that your being is true and Cold in the Guestway.

Gypsyblood – Take Your Picture

TVD: How’d you get hooked up with Sargent House?

Adam: We’ve been in bands playing in and around Chicago for quite sometime and along the way we’ve gotten to know some remarkably talented people. Musicians, artists, vagabonds, mercenaries, hobos, and visionaries. In saying, we’re both pretty bad at self promotion, you just do what you love and the rest will come.

So Kyle was driving around giving one of the album mixes a car test, and ran into longtime friend Dave Davison of Maps and Atlases/Cast Spells. Dave liked what he heard and got a copy with which he sent over to Cathy and Marc at Sargent House and that was that.

The great thing about Sargent House though is that they are a genuine family. Before they make any moves on a band they spread it around the office to get everyone’s take, and if everyone’s jazzed they go with it. That kind of atmosphere has always appealed to us.

TVD: You recorded the album yourselves here in Chicago, in a building designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, how’d you find the space? Do you feel playing in a space with so much history brings something to the table?

Adam: It was an abandoned warehouse that got flipped into a shady practice space for bands. You get the vibe as soon as you walk in. There are no windows, so you go in at 8pm and leave with the sun-shining at 7am wondering what just happened. So to record in a place with such an ora around it, you tend to let yourself sway with whatever’s around. I think that is most evident on a track like “Dirty Thieves.”

TVD: There’s definitely a classic shoegaze vibe to the disc, can you tell us some of your musical influences?

Adam: What’s always bonded us has led to a more darkly pop sensibility with regard to content and tone. Bands like The Clean, The Fall, Velvet Underground, and Echo and the Bunnymen have all been points of commonality. But The Clean continue to be one of our staples with regard to catalogue, they just breeze through so many genres so well, at the end of the day that’s something that we’ve always aspired to.

Gypsyblood-My RKO Is MIA

TVD: Who are you listening to currently?

Adam: Currently the repeat button has consisted of the newest release from Australia’s UV-Race, drooling, dark catchy punk rock at it’s best; And a live bootleg from my boy at the Bowery Ballroom of Tennessee’s Those Darlins, country-fied hook-laden punk rock without being schticky. Soooooo Good.

TVD: I noticed you pressed some copies of the new LP on colored vinyl, are you guys record collectors yourselves?

Adam: Absolutely, We love the wax! It’s seriously a deep dark hole that you don’t regret ever falling into. And Chicago’s definitely got some contenders; Permanent Records, Logan Hardware, and Dusty Groove to name a few. But in every city we go to, we are always on the hunt. It seems to be another habit that we just can’t kick.

TVD: What’s next for Gypsyblood?

Adam: The first video from Cold In The Guestway, “Take Your Picture” should be out very soon along with some other goodies. Besides that. shows. shows. SHOWS.

Now, TO WIN YOUR FREE COPY of Cold In The Guestway on vinyl, just go to Gypsyblood’s Bandcamp site here, listen to some tracks off the record, then LET US KNOW YOUR FAVORITE TRACK IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW! Winner will be chosen at random from comments received by NOON on MAY 20th.

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TVD Recommends: Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs at Beat Kitchen, 5/13

A bit of good luck coming our way for Friday the 13th, as Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs will be playing at the Beat Kitchen tomorrow. While the name may imply the presence of a group, the project is actually a duo comprised of Holly Golightly (guitar, vocals) and Lawyer Dave (drums, slide guitar, vocals).

They’re currently on the road in support of their fifth album together, No Help Coming, released last month on Transdreamer Records. No Help Coming offers up more of the traditional country inspired sounds that have graced their previous records, with an oddball cover of Wendell Austin’s LSD thrown in for good measure.

Also on the bill are Chicago’s Jon Drake & The Shakes and The Singleman Affair.

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
with Jon Drake & The Shakes and The Singleman Affair
Friday May 13th, doors 8:30pm, show 9:00pm.
Beat Kitchen – 2100 W. Belmont Ave
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here

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TVD’s What’s in Store: This Weeks Best Releases And In-store Events

These are our top picks of today’s releases!

The CarsMove Like This – Concord Music Group
The first new album from The Cars in almost 25 years! This disc features the original lineup (sans bassist Benjamin Orr who passed away in 2000), this may be the band’s strongest release since Shake It Up.

Le ButcherettesSin Sin Sin – Rodriguez Lopez Productions
Produced by Omar Rodríguez-López of The Mars Volta, Sin Sin Sin is the debut album from Mexican garage rockers Le Butcherettes. High energy and catchy as hell, pick this one up today.

The AntlersBurst Apart – Frenchkiss Records The fourth full length from Brooklyn’s The Antlers. A deluxe version is available which includes an Artist Book, a one-of-a-kind Polaroid, Pet ID tag, and more!

This Weeks In-Stores and Events

Reckless Records – 1532 N. Milwaukee Avenue

May 13th, 6pm – Santah

Permanent Records – 1914 W. Chicago Avenue

May 14th, 5pm – solo set with Mike from Sic Alps, Solid Attitude, The Yuppies

Saki – 3716 W. Fullerton Avenue

May 14th, 4pm – Fall Fox, The Hit Back

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Happy 100th Birthday Robert Johnson

Yesterday would have been the 100th birthday of one of the most notorious figures in American music, Mr. Robert Johnson. Though he never made it big before his untimely death in 1938, at the age of 27, allegedly after drinking whiskey that had been poisoned by the jealous husband of a woman Robert had been flirting with, Johnson penned tunes that would become blues standards, and influence musicians for decades to come.

Countless musicians cite him as an influence, and his songs have been covered by everyone from Cream to The Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin.

Legend has it that Johnson’s talent stemmed from a deal with the devil himself, made at a crossroads outside Cleveland, Mississippi. Whether you believe this or not, there is no doubt the man could play some serious blues.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: John Fogerty & Bob Seger Birthday Bash at Double Door, 5/26

Continuing their series of Rock N Roll Birthday Bash concerts, the Double Door will be celebrating the music of two classic rock icons born in May- John Fogerty and Bob Seger. All your favorite tunes from both artists will be performed by members of Local H, The Last Vegas, Yakuza, The Velcro Lewis Band, and more, and we want you to be there for FREE!

For your chance to win a FREE PAIR OF TICKETS to the show, all you have to do is tell us your favorite Bob Seger or John Fogerty song in the comments section below! We will accept comments until NOON on MAY 16th. Winners will be notified by email, so make sure to enter a valid address. Good luck!

312 Presents an All-Star Chicago Tribute…
John Fogerty & Bob Seger Birthday Bash
Featuring Members of Local H, The Last Vegas, Yakuza, The Velcro Lewis Band and more!
Thursday 5/26, Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Double Door is located at 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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