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TVD Radar: Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of
the Power of Music
screening 6/12

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The official trailer for Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music is out now, featuring Talib Kweli, Indigo Girls and composer/pianist Vijay Iyer. The film has been selected as the closing night film at the Richmond International Film Festival June 12, with additional festivals to be announced.

Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music is an entertaining, impactful documentary that explores the unifying power of music and examines the relationship between musical artists and their fans. Featured artists include Indigo Girls, Vijay Iyer, and Talib Kweli. The film is written and directed by Kathleen Ermitage and is her directorial debut. Previously, she was an associate producer on Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary; Sergio Mendes: In the Key of Joy; Herb Alpert Is; and the forthcoming What the Hell Happened to Blood, Sweat & Tears?

Amy Ray of Indigo Girls said “It is an absolute honor to be part of this poignant film that truly shows the power of music through the eyes of the artist and the receiver of that art. It sheds light on the alchemy that happens when music enters the public space and is a catalyst for healing, spiritual connection, activism and creative growth.”

The Indigo Girls generously share details about their creative process and work which, in turn, sparks the imagination and changes the life of arguably their biggest fan. Jazz and classical musician Vijay Iyer expertly questions issues of immigration and race while inventing a life in music for himself; his work touches the heard of a “man of the streets” from Kingston, Jamaica.

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TVD Radar: Three Man Army, Two cobalt blue vinyl in stores 7/1

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Brothers Adrian and Paul Gurvitz were responsible for some of the most progressive hard rock sounds of the late ‘60s and ‘70s, first in The Gun, and later with Cream drummer Ginger Baker in The Baker Gurvitz Army.

In between those two bands, though, was the one that was perhaps the best of the bunch; Three Man Army put out three records from 1971 to 1974 that would nestle nicely in your heavy British rock collection next to, say, Cactus and Jeff Beck’s Truth and Beck-Ola records. 1974’s Two was, confusingly, their third album, and it’s safe to say they saved their best for last. “Polecat Woman” kicks off the record with a Led Zep-like boogie stomp, “Today” is very Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac, and “Flying” almost sounds like a harder version of Badfinger.

But the highlight might be “I Can’t Make the Blind See,” which, with its orchestration and soulful vocals, almost sounds like a power ballad done by Traffic. This overlooked ‘70s hard rock platter gets a long-overdue vinyl reissue with a cobalt blue pressing limited to 1500 copies.

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In rotation: 5/19/22

UK | Genesis, Rush, Wakeman, Oldfield white label discs up for charity auction: A host of prog goodies up for auction at this year’s White Label Auction in Aid of The BRIT Trust. Over 170 rare white label pressings from bands such as Genesis, Rush, Rick Wakeman, Hawkwind, 10cc, Mike Oldfield, Moody Blues, Brian Eno and more will be auctioned off for charity next month. The White Label Auction in Aid of The BRIT Trust returns on Tuesday June 7 offering fans the chance to grab a slice of prog rock history. The auction – first staged in October 2019 – will be hosted live onsite/online for UK and international collectors by the music memorabilia and vinyl records specialists Omega Auctions from their Greater Manchester base. Funds raised will go to support the work of recorded music industry charity The BRIT Trust, which since 1989 has donated around £28 million to charities and causes that promote education and wellbeing through the power of music and the creative arts, such as the BRIT School and Nordoff-Robbins music therapy.

UK | Rare LPs and memorabilia from John Peel’s private collection will be auctioned off next month: The records on offer were “carefully selected by [the legendary DJ’s] family.” A series of records owned by legendary DJ John Peel – once branded by NME as “the king of the live session” – will be sold at an auction in London next month. Before his death in 2004, Peel amassed a weighty collection spanning over 26,000 LPs, 40,000 seven-inch singles and countless CDs. A selection of those, as well as various items of memorabilia, will be auctioned off at Bonhams’ Knightsbridge location on Tuesday June 14. It takes place a week before the 50th anniversary of Glastonbury, which has long honoured Peel with a stage named in his honour. According to a press release, the records on offer were “carefully selected by the family, whist retaining the integrity of the John Peel Record Collection”. Key pieces in the lot include an annotated mono pressing of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Two Virgins’ LP (which holds an estimated value of £15,000-20,000), a promotional album signed by The Rolling Stones (£6,000-8,000), a copy of the rare Marc Bolan album ‘Hard On Love’ (£5,000-6,000) and a copy of ‘Queen II’ that comes with a letter handwritten to Peel by Freddie Mercury (£1,000-1,500).

The Offspring’s ‘Smash’ repressed on limited “lava” vinyl: The Offspring recently launched a 30th anniversary reissue of their 1992 Epitaph debut Ignition (available on limited marigold vinyl), and now we’re also partnering with them on an exclusive repress of their 1994 breakthrough album Smash. It’s pressed on “lava” covered vinyl, and limited to just 500 copies. Pre-order yours now while they last. Smash probably needs no introduction, but for the uninitiated, it — along with Green Day’s Dookie — helped bring punk into the mainstream, influenced countless bands in the process, and still holds up today. (It also remains the best-selling album ever released by an independent label.) It’s home to some of the band’s most recognizable songs (“Self Esteem,” “Come Out and Play,” “Bad Habit”), as well as several of their best deep cuts. It’s the band’s crowning achievement and a stone cold classic of ’90s punk, and it managed to take punk into the mainstream without forgetting where the band came from.

Adrian Sherwood releasing new compilation celebrating female dub artists: Featuring Yehaiyahan, Likkle Mai, Maria Wenda, Saba Tewelde and more. Adrian Sherwood is releasing a new compilation shining a light on female dub artists, called Adrian Sherwood Presents: Dub No Frontiers, via Real World Records. The album’s ten tracks were all produced by Sherwood, with a collection of female artists later adding their own vocals. “Many of the singers said they felt the dub/reggae arena was a male preserve and a little intimidating even,” shares Sherwood, “so we decided to invite artists to perform a song of their choice, all in non-English on our rhythm tracks.” Adrian Sherwood Presents: Dub No Frontiers follows Real World Records’ release of Hannah Peel and Paraorchestra’s The Unfolding album. Pre-order Adrian Sherwood Presents: Dub No Frontiers here in advance of its 22nd July release; check out the artwork and tracklist below.

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TVD Radar: Frank Sinatra, Watertown reissue in stores 6/3

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The legacy of Frank Sinatra—one of the world’s most enduring singers—includes a studio album no one anticipated: Watertown. Recorded in 1969 and released in 1970, the concept of Watertown unfolds as a personal tragedy about a working man with children whose wife suddenly leaves him. Sinatra’s performance elicits sadness, defeat, and forlornness. Ultimately, as Sinatra so wonderfully expresses, it’s also a story about one man’s resilience.

On June 3, Frank Sinatra Enterprises and UMe present Watertown, newly mixed and remastered from the original Reprise session tapes resulting in superior sound quality. The original album sequence will be available on vinyl, while the CD and digital editions will feature eight bonus tracks, including alternate takes from the recording sessions, two radio ads, and “Lady Day,” which was not part of the Watertown concept. Charles Pignone produced the updated edition from the new mixes created by longtime Sinatra engineer Larry Walsh—the team behind recent FSE/UMe releases Sings for Only the Lonely and Nice ‘N’ Easy.

Now appreciated as a masterpiece of drama and heartbreak, Watertown will also feature, in addition to a recreation of the original packaging, new liner notes, a track-by-track breakdown from songwriter and album producer Bob Gaudio, quotes from Sinatra, plus essays by Frankie Valli, co-writer Jake Holmes, among others who were involved in the original project. All three formats—Watertown [LP] and Watertown: Deluxe Edition [CD + Digital]—are available for preorder here. Siriusly Sinatra (SiriusXM Ch. 71) will air an exclusive Watertown special in May.

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TVD Radar: Independent Label Market, Summer Edition at London’s Coal Drops Yard, 7/16

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Summer is coming and that can only mean one thing, Indie labels all over London will be gathering together their finest musical fare for Independent Label Market: London!

The annual Summer Market is in the calendar for Saturday 16th July at Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross with a super hot line up of labels including [PIAS], 4AD, BBE, Bella Union, Big Dada, Brownswood, Dirty Hit, Erased Tapes, Ghostly, Heavenly, Late Night Tales, Matador, Mexican Summer, Mukatsuku, Mute, Ninja Tune, Nonclassical, Partisan, Rough Trade, Secretly Canadian, Sunday Best & many more. This year ILM will be introducing stalls from artists and makers including Colourbox Studio, Dan Jamieson, East London Printmakers, Hand Jazz and Kam Creates.

As always, ILM will be joined by the excellent London Brewers’ Market showcasing the best of London’s lively, diverse and exciting independent brewing scene including Against the Grain Cider, Brick Brewery, Five Points Brewing Co, Friendship Adventure, Gosnells Mead, London Beer Lab, Old Street Brewery, Standard Brew Co plus more to be announced! Sign up via this link to get a 10% discount on all drinks at the London Brewers’ Market throughout the event.

Partnerships & Initiatives | The summer event will be soundtracked by ILM curated DJ sets from artists, labels and friends throughout the day culminating with a special after party at Spiritland. For the ILM Summer event, the wildly popular Spiritland Soundsystem will be making its return. An imposing presence inspired by the heavyweight UK funk and soul soundsystems of the 1980s, the system is a mix of vintage speakers and modern digital amplification.

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In rotation: 5/18/22

York, UK | York Record Fair returns this month: A popular record fair in York is returning this month – with thousands of records available to customers. The York Record Fair returns to the City Screen cinema on Coney Street in the city centre on Saturday May 21. Thousands of records are under one roof for collectors or the curious. “The collectors bubble just doesn’t seem to burst, and bargains from £1 to three figure sums are displayed on the day,” said a spokesperson for the event. The usual guys and additional traders will be in town and the valuation service will return in the form of antiques roadshow style vinyl experts. The public are welcome to bring along anything from one item to full collections – and the organisers said they are also happy to visit customers to value if its too much to carry through the city.

Kelowna, BC | Kelowna Music Collectors’ Show returns after three year hiatus: The Kelowna Music Collectors’ Show is a music lovers’ paradise. Thousands of vinyl records, CDs, tapes, stereo equipment and music memorabilia were up for grabs at the first Kelowna Music Collectors’ Show in three years. “It’s been a long wait. As you can tell everybody is pretty happy to be here,” said Doogie Irvine, Kelowna Music Collectors’ Show organizer. Twenty-two vendors from across B.C. and Alberta came to the Ukrainian Catholic Church Hall in Kelowna to sell their wares from the 1950s to the present day. John Gowland of That Old Black Magic Record and Stereo Sales is an independent vendor that sells from his personal collection, including signed vinyl records. “We have a pretty wide variety,” said Gowland. “Everything from jazz, rock, blues, you name it, contemporary, folk, we have it.”

Ho Chi Minh City, VN | Việt Nam music lovers welcome vinyl record turnaround: Viet Nam has not been an exception to the recent comeback of vinyl records, a late-1880s invention known for its rich, high-quality sound. Many music producers and artists in the country have released vinyl records to preserve and promote this sophisticated channel among a new generation of music enthusiasts. Nguyễn Ngọc Thien, director of the Audio Space Production-Release Company, said the vinyl market was more profitable now than five to seven years ago. This is reflected in a series of vinyl products released recently. The increase in vinyl record sales marks a turning point for the music channel loved for many years by collectors in particular and music lovers in general. Honoured artist Tố Nga sprange a surprise recently by releasing her album “Moon” on vinyl. Singer Đồng Lan also released a vinyl record called “Do you remember” with songs by composer Trịnh Cong Sơn.

Pembrokeshire, UK | Ex-Coronation Street actor found working in tiny record shop in Welsh seaside town: Charles Dale is known for his roles in Casualty, as Big Mac, Chef in ’90s dark drama, The Lakes, Coronation Street’s Dennis Stringer, recently he’s been spotted in ITV big hitters, The Pembrokeshire Murders and Unforgotten. With gruelling schedules and intense scrutiny, it’s no wonder that many soap stars decide to shun fame. Acting isn’t always a long-term career option and many former soap stars have stepped out of the limelight to support their families and go back to a quieter life. But one former Coronation Street actor has been found fulfilling a rather normal job, while still enjoying a very successful acting career. Charles Dale has been discovered to be running his family-owned record shop in the tiny Welsh seaside town of Tenby in Pembrokeshire.

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TVD Radar: Sting, The Bridge Super Deluxe 2LP Edition in stores 6/17

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Sting’s latest album, The Bridge showcases the 17-time Grammy Award winner’s prolific and diverse songwriting prowess, with an array of songs representing styles and genres explored throughout his unrivalled career. Written and recorded in the early stages of the pandemic, the eclectic collection, produced by Sting and Martin Kierszenbaum, features Sting’s quintessential sound as he takes listeners on a musical journey.

To celebrate the release, Sting performed a private concert at the Panthéon in Paris as part of FIP’s 50th anniversary, under Foucault’s pendulum (pendulum installed in evidence of the earth’s rotation). Now, a Super Deluxe version of The Bridge will be released on June 17th and will include six tracks recorded at the Pantheon, as well as “Por Su Amor,” the Spanish version of his song “For Her Love,” in duet with Latin American singer/ songwriter KURT. The new collection was mixed by Grammy Award winner Robert “Hitmixer” Orton.

This new edition will be available in 2CD and 2LP formats and released in advance of Sting’s “My Songs Tour” European summer leg, including various music festivals, followed by the newly announced Fall dates. Complete tour itinerary can be found here.

To date, “Sting Live At The Panthéon” program, was exclusively available on Arte Concert’s website and garnered more than 5 million views since its release. This 30-minute acoustic concert will once again be promoted by Arte Concert with additional broadcasts scheduled on Arte in France and Germany, beginning May 30th.

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In rotation: 5/17/22

UK | 10 of our favourite independent Scottish record shops: Nowadays, music is often as insubstantial as your average ghost. When a song is released into the world it drifts and flows upon the ether – on Spotify, iTunes or SoundCloud – before creeping into the listener’s skull via a plastic earbud, where it haunts the head in a flimsy, flickering, fleeting fashion. But music used to be a solid thing. Something you touched with covetous hands. It was vinyl. Or a CD. Perhaps even a cassette. There was album artwork to be adored; lyrics to study on the back of a record sleeve. Now all that’s gone… though not quite. For hardcore obsessives are keeping the culture of the long player (and single) revolving on a turntable that refuses to grind to a halt. In independent record stores across the nation vinyl is making a valiant last stand. Here’s our pick of the best shops where that music war is being waged, and perhaps even won by the good guys… the Battling Brigade of Renegade Record Collectors.

Richmond, VA | Vinyl Conflict record store moving to downtown Richmond: Since 2008, Richmond’s Vinyl Conflict Record Store has made its reputation on its premium selection of punk, metal and hardcore goods. People from all over the world have made the pilgrimage to the storefront in Oregon Hill. However, owner Bobby Egger says he’s ready for the store to move to its new home. Although he’s made many memories in Oregon Hill, Egger said the business has outgrown its familiar roots at 324 S. Pine St. and that he is excited about relocating. The store is moving to 300 E. Grace St. in downtown Richmond. The store will continue to sell records in Oregon Hill through Sunday, and Egger is aiming to settle in the new building by June 3, he said. Making the decision to move was a bittersweet one for Egger, who’s resided in the neighborhood for years since taking over the store in 2012. He even lived in a residential space above the retail store at one point. “It certainly wasn’t an easy decision to make,” he said. “I have a lot of attachment to that space, but I’m really excited to show everybody what the new space looks like.”

Where to Buy Vinyl Records Online or in Person: The best way to support your favorite musicians is by going straight to the source. I usually decide what record I want when a familiar song comes on Spotify. That would be great to grab on vinyl, I think to myself. But these days, I don’t buy ’em right away on Amazon. As a local musician who has put out vinyl (in very limited quantities), I’ve come to realize there are ethics when it comes to buying physical music—it’s best to ensure your favorite musicians are seeing as high a cut from your purchase as possible. …This might be obvious, but the best place to check first is your local record store. Vinyl is a physical medium where music has been pressed into literal plastic, so the best way to ensure you’re getting a quality record that’s clean and without damage is to shop in person.

Dubai, UAE | New book traces Egypt’s cassette culture: In an age where online music streaming dominates, American historian Andrew Simon is old-school. His office is lined with books, a retro boombox, and an impressive archive of cassettes, bought from his forays into Egyptian kiosks. Their content is varied; ranging from Madonna’s Eighties hits to former President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s political speeches. The Dartmouth College professor, who specializes in Middle Eastern studies, has released a new book — “Media of the Masses” — examining diverse cassette culture in modern Egypt, a pioneer of cultural production in the Arab world. The author hopes his book will be translated into Arabic and intends to digitize his collection for public usage. “Anyone in the Middle East, or outside of it, will be able to listen to the tapes,” he said. “The audio quality is not as bad as you might expect. It feels less filtered, more raw and grainy.”

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TVD Radar: Ella Fitzgerald, Ella At The Hollywood Bowl: The Irving Berlin Songbook in stores 6/24

VIA PRESS RELEASE | On August 16, 1958, just a few months after Ella Fitzgerald recorded her now-classic album, Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook, The First Lady Of Song performed selections from that album live at the Hollywood Bowl to an adoring, sold-out crowd. Conducted and arranged by Paul Weston, who also arranged and conducted the studio sessions, this concert marked the only time that Ella performed these iconic arrangements live with a full orchestra.

Widely considered her greatest achievement, Ella’s Songbook records, with peerless renditions of the best songs by America’s greatest composers, are the cornerstone of the Verve catalog and the undisputed standard for jazz vocal recordings. At the inaugural Grammy Awards, her Irving Berlin album won Ella her first Grammy for “Best Vocal Performance, Female,” and was also nominated for “Album Of The Year.” Aside from the lucky audience at the Hollywood Bowl that night, it wasn’t generally known, until the discovery of these tapes, that Ella had ever performed any of the Songbook arrangements in concert, let alone that such a pristine and sonically sumptuous recording existed.

On June 24, Verve/UMe will proudly release the full, never-before-released 15-song performance, aptly titled, Ella At The Hollywood Bowl: The Irving Berlin Songbook, on CD, vinyl, limited edition yellow splatter vinyl, and digitally. This landmark record, discovered in the private collection of producer and Verve Records founder Norman Granz, marks the first time a live Songbook has been released from Ella.

It is also significant in that it captures the only time Ella worked in concert with arranger-conductor Paul Weston. And, although she performed regularly at the Hollywood Bowl, this is the first full-length concert by Ella from this iconic venue to be released (notably, Ella was featured prominently on Verve’s Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl album, recorded and released in 1956, the year Granz formed the label). The live tracks were mixed from the original ¼” tapes by Grammy Award-winning producer and musician Gregg Field who played drums for Ella in her later years. The album is rounded out with insightful liner notes about the concert and Ella’s Songbook series by noted author and music critic, Will Friedwald.

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In rotation: 5/16/22

Muncie, IN | The final verse: Village Green Records owner says goodbye to the Muncie community: “I think every city in America should have a record store,” Travis Harvey, owner of Village Green Records (VGR) said. Harvey started out as a business associate to the record store in 2006, but slowly found himself imagining what the store could be – which consisted of five or six crates of classic records at the time. “I had a sort of different kind of vision for the store,” Harvey said. “There were definitely qualities about it that I wanted to carry over, but that [also included] affordable records, kind of quirky stuff and hosting shows.” The five to six crates of classics has morphed into a home filled floor to ceiling in albums, records, and compact discs over the last 10 years. Not only is the house covered in music, but it exudes the feeling of music as well.

Los Angeles, CA | No Faking the Funk: Orange County’s Funk Freaks Keeps it Real: Sometimes music brings people together or saves them in unimaginable ways. For others, it evokes sentiment as a reminder of family and culture. For the Funk Freaks, a DJ collective and record shop based out of Santa Ana, funk music encompasses it all. Funk is a part of Orange County Chicanx culture, explains Funk Freaks founding member Ivan Marquez. He tapped into funk music from older siblings, and it echoed from neighbors’ homes, kickbacks and family gatherings. His younger brother, Robert Marquez or “Luer” affirms that the music, lifestyle and challenges are wrapped into appreciation and respect. Funk Freaks is a crew recognized internationally with chapters even in Europe, but more locally, the DJs welcome fellow crate diggers to their shop, Funk Freaks Records in Santa Ana. Rows of records are displayed next to men’s branded apparel and a women’s boutique a few doors down. On top of the record store, the crew also throws their seminal vinyl parties. The crew has a lot of projects in the works, but it all began simply, at a party.

Lansing, MI | Spaces & Places: Michigan’s female-owned, all-vinyl record shop, The Record Lounge: Michigan’s only female-owned record store is going from strength-to-strength. Now both a physical store in Lansing and an online shop, The Record Lounge has seen a boom in vinyl sales in recent years. DeWitt resident and owner of The Record Lounge, Heather Frarey opened the store in 2008. She started out in the now-defunct local record shop Michigan WhereHouse Records in 1979, where she worked while in high school. The Record Lounge is an all-vinyl shop with both new and used vinyl, posters, t-shirts, cassettes, vintage stereo equipment and local music and art. Specialising in collectable, new, used and rare vinyl, the music selection at The Record Lounge “graces every genre from the last 150 years of recorded sound.” Heather Frarey – who herself loves funk, soul, garage and psych – has always been into vinyl from a young age. “I grew up in the 70’s so my mom bought me a lot of 45s growing up,” she told Women In Vinyl. “When I got into Jr. High I bought my first album with my own money which was Van Halen‘s first LP.”

Cheshire, UK | Why Cheshire’s Manchester-themed music store is more than just a record shop: Proper Sound in Macclesfield is a haven for music lovers while offering a whole lot more. A popular Manchester-themed record shop in Cheshire has put its success down to being more than “a one trick pony”. Proper Sound in Macclesfield – recently visited by music legend Peter Hook – describes itself as a ‘concept store’ offering products and a service which is related to a specific theme. Lucy Wright, who runs the Chestergate premises, believes these types of venues are coming more into fashion and are the way forward for the high street, post Covid. As well as selling records, the store also has clothes and artwork available to purchase as well as its own bar and cafe – all linked to a Manchester music theme. For example, Proper Sound have ‘Hacienda Gin’ behind the bar and also serve their own musical-inspired cocktails. It’s also home to the town’s original mural of Ian Curtis from Joy Division in the courtyard, and even has an ‘Oasis Window’ where customers can interact with the window display, have their photograph taken and become part of the Definitely Maybe album cover.

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TVD Radar: The Who, The Who Sell Out & Tommy half speed mastered editions in stores 7/6

VIA PRESS RELEASE | July 6, 2022 will see the release of the second in a series of half speed mastered studio albums from The Who; The Who Sell Out and Tommy.

These limited-edition black vinyl versions have been mastered by long-time Who engineer Jon Astley and cut for vinyl by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios with a half-speed mastering technique which produces a superior vinyl cut and are packaged in original sleeves with obi strips and certificates of authenticity.

Regarded as one of the most important albums of all time, Tommy is a rock opera about a Deaf Dumb and Blind Boy, which, when released in 1969, reached No. 2 in the U.K. charts and No. 7 in the U.S. The album contains songs such as “Pinball Wizard,” “The Acid Queen,” and “I’m Free” and is packaged in the original sleeve artwork.

Released in 1967, The Who Sell Out was the third album released by the band and is revered for being one of the first concept albums, celebrating the short-lived pirate radio stations of the late ’60s with its groundbreaking use of fake adverts and jingles between songs.

Highlights include such as “I Can See for Miles,” “Armenia City in the Sky,” and “Tattoo,” and as with Tommy, it has been mastered by long-time Who engineer Jon Astley from the original tapes and is housed in its original sleeve with obi and certificate of authenticity.

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TVD Radar: It Came
from Aquarius Records
streaming 6/1–6/12

VIA PRESS RELEASE | It Came From Aquarius Records is a feature-length documentary about the SF-based independent record store, Aquarius Records. Having closed in 2016 after 47 years, this small apartment-sized store championed local, underground, independent, and challenging music to the masses – most memorably with their infamous bi-weekly, college essay-length, new-release lists.

This doc has interviews with the aQ owners dating back to 1970, other record store owners from around the world, musicians, label heads, music journalists, and INTENSE music collectors. Interviewees include Matt Groening (The Simpsons), Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), Bruce Ackley, John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), Ty Segall, and Liz Harris (Grouper). About 65 (!!) total!

Aquarius Records influenced and enriched countless peoples’ musical tastes with their curated selections —but this film also shows the realities of an indie record store trying to survive in an increasingly difficult market of brick-and-mortar music shops, especially in the ever-changing and price-gouging Mission District of SF.

Six years in the making, the film has a very personal angle, with lots of behind-the-scenes footage (and drama) that shows both the joy and excruciating stress that comes with running—and closing—a store like this.

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TVD Radar: Fanny:
The Right to Rock
in theaters 5/27

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Fanny: The Right to Rock remains thoroughly engaging thanks to the demonstrable talent and brassy forthrightness of its central personalities. There’s no whiff of “nostalgia act” to their current music—these women are born rock lifers who clearly never stopped evolving creatively, even if the hoped-for commercial rewards never quite arrived.”Dennis Harvey, Variety

Sometime in the 1960s, in sunny Sacramento, two Filipina-American sisters got together with other teenage girls to play music. Little did they know their garage band would morph into the legendary and ferocious rock group Fanny, one of the very first all-women bands to sign with a major record label. Yet, despite releasing 5 critically-acclaimed albums over 5 years, touring with famed bands from Slade to Chicago and amassing a dedicated fan base of music legends including David Bowie, Fanny’s groundbreaking impact in music was written out of history…until now, with the feature-length documentary, Fanny: The Right to Rock.

From director Bobbi Jo Hart (Rebels on Pointe), Fanny: The Right to Rock, winner of the Rogers Audience Choice Award at Hot Docs, charts the group’s formation, their rise, fall, and more recent reformation 50 years after their founding with a new album release, and covers the misogyny, bigotry, and other roadblocks they faced along the way.

Featuring incredible archival footage of the band’s rocking past intercut with its next chapter releasing a new LP today, the film includes interviews with a large cadre of music icons, including Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Bonnie Raitt, The Go-Go’s Kathy Valentine, Todd Rundgren, The Runaways’ Cherie Currie, Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian, The B52’s Kate Pierson, Charles Neville, and David Bowie guitarist and bassist Earl Slick and Gail Ann Dorsey. Fighting early barriers of race, gender and sexuality in the music industry, and now ageism, the incredible women of Fanny are ready to claim their hallowed place in the halls of rock ‘n’ roll fame.

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In rotation: 5/13/22

London, UK | Richard Prince’s record cover artwork featured in new pop up: Including his work for A Tribe Called Quest and Sonic Youth. American artist Richard Prince’s record cover artwork is featured in his new takeover of the Gagosian Shop in London’s Burlington Arcade. The shop includes Prince’s work for A Tribe Called Quest and Sonic Youth, as well as his series of custom 12” sleeves housing second hand records. The store also includes his books, posters, prints, and upcycled furniture, alongside a special selection from his Katz + Dogg line created in collaboration with Darren Romanelli. A grouping of High Times drawings (2019) will also be exhibited for the first time. The takeover coincides with the opening of Prince’s Hoods show at Gagosian’s West 21st Street gallery in NYC, which runs until the 25th June. As part of this year’s London Gallery Weekend, Gagosian is hosting a drinks reception at the shop, complete with a vinyl-only set from Kirollus, on Saturday 14th May from 4pm — 6pm. The shop takeover will run until May 28th.

London, UK | Inside the forgotten Piccadilly Circus Tower Records store that was once the coolest place to buy music: Many Londoners lost hours of their lives browsing the shelves at Tower Records. For many of us, a trip to Piccadilly Circus meant only one thing: a chance to head straight for the absolutely fabulous Aladdin’s cave that was Tower Records and spend hours lost in a daydream of sounds. The iconic store was a music-lovers paradise. The 25,000 square-foot flagship outlet at 1 Piccadilly Circus was jammed full of everything from the latest hits to the most obscure items from a barely known folk singer’s back catalogue. You could feast on vinyl LPs, rare seven-inch singles and hard-to-find box sets. There were sought-after posters and music videos, and rows and rows of cassettes – and later CDs. That’s not to mention the t-shirts, books and posters on offer. Depending on your taste in music this place meant the world to many people for different reasons. I can remember trawling the shelves and being dumbstruck when I uncovered an obscure cassette from a Scottish band’s back catalogue which I literally could not get anywhere else. Those moments of discovery really gave you a buzz.

Become a Vinyl Cutting Expert By Following These Useful Guidelines: …When deciding which type of vinyl cutting machine to purchase, it’s important to consider the size and quality of the machine. According to the incredible team at, when choosing the right vinyl cutter, a good rule of thumb is to choose a machine that’s at least twice the width of the largest vinyl roll you plan to use. They also recommend considering a machine’s cutting speed and power, as well as its compatibility with your computer. On the other hand, a larger cutter is generally more suitable for creating large designs, while a smaller one can be used for more intricate and detailed work. Additionally, you should look for a vinyl cutter that produces high-quality cuts and has a good track record for reliability. If you want your vinyl cutter to last for many years, then it’s important to take care of it properly. First and foremost, you should always make sure to clean and lubricate the cutting blade after each use. Additionally, you should regularly check the machine for any signs of wear and tear.

Washington, DC | Home Rule Music Festival: Join us for amazing performances by Black Fire artist, Plunky & Oneness of JuJu, legendary progressive jazz artists Doug Carn and David Murray. The Home Rule Music Festival features the best Food Trucks, Craft Beverages, and a Record Fair with the finest local vinyl shops and record dealers. This year the festival gathers around the story and legacy of Black Fire Records, the legendary distribution service turned label, magazine, and cultural movement that served to define the soundtrack of 1970s DC. Guests will be able to purchase a limited-edition Festival Magazine that will include original reporting and vintage images. The Home Rule Music Festival will end with a screening of a new Documentary Short Film on Black Fire Records. The mission of the festival is simple: to promote, support, and preserve DC music and film through performance, education, and advocacy.

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TVD Radar: Dire Straits, Money For Nothing 2LP reissue in stores 6/17

VIA PRESS RELEASE | On 17th June ’22 the UMC/EMI label will reissue Money For Nothing, the first Dire Straits greatest hits collection (featuring songs from the band’s first five albums), which was originally released in October 1988. Newly remastered by Bob Ludwig, Money For Nothing will be made available in digital and double vinyl formats across the UK and ROW on the 17th June 2022 and early 2023 in the USA.

Dire Straits straddled the globe with their sophisticated rootsy guitar rock wedded to literate story-telling lyrics. Emerging from the club and pub circuit in 1977, Dire Straits were led by charismatic Geordie singer-songwriter, record producer and composer Mark Knopfler.

Knopfler is one of the most successful musicians the UK has ever produced and is often cited as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Dire Straits’ sound defined the late ’70s/early ’80s with monster global hits such as ‘Sultans Of Swing’, ‘Romeo And Juliet,’ ‘Money For Nothing,’ and ‘Walk Of Life’ (all included on this release).

Dire Straits’ 1985 album Brothers In Arms, a global Number 1 and double Grammy Award winner, is one of the best selling albums of all time. After releasing their final album On Every Street in ’91, Knopfler set off on a new path as a solo artist.

Fully remastered by Bob Ludwig, and cut by Bernie Grundman, the Money For Nothing double vinyl reissue includes ‘Telegraph Road (Live Remix)’ which was previously only available on the original CD format, and a previously unreleased alternative live version of ‘Portobello Belle (Live)’. The album is cut over four sides for the first time and is pressed on 180 gram vinyl with original artwork. The vinyl and digital download will be available to order on 11th May here.

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