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TVD Live: Jacco Gardner at Baby’s All Right, 8/16

I first heard Jacco Gardner in Oxford, Mississippi in the midst of a tour of the southern United States in 2013. I was checking out R.E.M. bootlegs, of which there was a vast selection, at a store called The End of All Music. On the store stereo was the record Cabinet of Curiosities by Jacco Gardner. They only had the one copy, and after some negotiation, Matt (one of my partners in rock) managed to score it.

We proceeded to drive all over America, and quite often this record was our soundtrack. Through rain, snow, desert heat, darkest night, and blurriest morning, Jacco always delivered.

In November of 2013, the men and I found ourselves in Manchester, England with a day off. We decided to go out and explore. Manchester is one of the classic music towns in the world, full of history and interesting people. We decided we should check out the place we were going to play the next night and seek refreshment. Once there, and successfully refreshed, we realized that Jacco was playing across the street that night. Great news indeed.

The show was glorious and intimate. It was sold out, but it could only hold 30 people at most. I remember being really struck by the back wall projections. I had forgotten how effective a vibey projection can be. How it can actually change the meaning of a song, and if not change it, then subliminally nudge your mind to listen with a different viewpoint. After the concert we met and chatted with Jacco and the rest of the group and generally made merry. I got the record for myself this time and counted down the days till we got home for Thanksgiving.

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TVD Kickstarts: CBGB Punk Photos by Godlis, 1976-1979: The Book

I’ve known David Godlis’ photographs longer than I’ve known him. If you’ve read any number of books or New York Times articles about CBGB and related subjects, chances are you know his work as well. I finally befriended him 6 or 7 years ago during one of my frequent periods of unemployment. He needed some help scanning proofsheets, and I was able and willing. Listening to a mix of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, and Howard Stern broadcasts, we got to know each other pretty well.

The one surprising thing I found out was that he had never had a book published. “I’m working on something…” “I’m talking to some publishers…” “I may do a Kickstarter campaign…” These were the various things he said keeping things somewhat close to the vest. Well, he’s finally launched his Kickstarter campaign, and the response has been astounding. He met his initial goal of $30,000 within five days! Of course, if you’re interested in a limited edition copy of the man’s timeless work, you should still donate.

Godlis was generous enough to spend a few minutes talking about the CBGB days with us.

What did you shoot prior to discovering CBGB, and how did you discover the club?

Prior to arriving in New York City in 1976, I was a “street photographer,” trying to shoot like Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander all rolled into one.

When I moved here from Boston and found some work, I began looking for a club or bar to hang out in that had music or a good jukebox. I guess all paths were leading to CBGB’s after I spied an issue of Punk magazine and saw the back of the Village Voice with those adverts for bands with odd interesting names – Blondie, Television, Ramones, Suicide. I had also seen a photo in Boston of Patti Smith and Bob Dylan in the summer of 1975. So, down to the Bowery I went and the rest is history.

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TVD Live: Paul Rodgers with the Royal Sessions band at Town Hall, 6/19

PHOTOS: EBRU YILDIZ | At a point in between songs during his New York performance of recent project and album release The Royal Sessions, Paul Rodgers remarked (half to himself, half to the packed house before him), “Isn’t this music cool? I love this music.”

This music, covers of classic blues and soul tunes such as “I Thank You,” “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” and show-stealer “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember,” was really, really cool. After all, the Sessions band, an assortment of top musicians from Memphis, gave us a tighter-than-tight horn section and an electric bongo player.

But the majority of the evening’s cool points most definitely went to Rodgers himself, because he made every move and every note look and sound easy, causing the average concert-going nerd to narrow his eyes, stroke his chin and think to himself, “Hmmm… so casual, smooth, easy—heck, anybody could sing these R&B standards and sound good, right?”

Wrong! Because only Paul Rodgers, singer of such rock classics as Bad Company’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and Free’s “All Right Now,” could make these standards sound so good. Indeed, it could be said that Rodgers’ Royal Sessions project created (cue megaphone amplification) “The PERFECT… STORM… OF SOUL.”

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TVD Live Shots: Foxy Shazam at the Bowery Ballroom, 5/30

I was introduced to Foxy Shazam’s music by a friend a few months ago. So when I heard they were coming to the Bowery Ballroom I figured I would go check out the live show.

I’ll let the photos do the talking.

And in case there’s any confusion, yes, that is Eric Nally eating a bundle of cigarettes…

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TVD Live Shots: Lee Fields at the Bowery Ballroom, 5/29

Last Thursday, Lee Fields and his sharp-as-a-tack backing band, The Expressions came back to the city to perform at the Bowery Ballroom in celebration of the release of their new record, Emma Jean.

Fields’ set included mostly songs from the new record—and let me tell you it sounds incredible. The “Little JB” is surely coming on strong this summer.

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TVD Live Shots: Built
to Spill at the Bowery Ballroom, 5/21

Last Wednesday, Built to Spill performed at the Bowery Ballroom, their last of 3 New York City shows.

Though static in stage presence, the Idaho five piece’s set was exciting as ever and especially filled with their guitar based jams for each song. For the encore, the band called the crowd up to join them for an on-stage dance party.

Each member slowly and secretly exited the stage, handing their instruments over to someone else, and only to be revealed when the show was over and the crowd on the stage cleared.

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Early Winters: In-Store with TVD at Village Music World, NYC

We find we like to grow with an act once we’ve become enamored. Tracks with a fragile beauty and hushed vocals that insinuate themselves into the subconscious beget pals over here.

From First Date to taking the band record shopping (a logical progression if there ever was one) we’ve become quite fond of Early Winters, the LA by way of Toronto by way of UK four piece. So, there we were last month in the Greenwich Village record shop Village Music World—aptly named—with band members Carina Rounds, Justin Rutledge, Dan Burns, and Zac Rae for a bit of a record rummage and in-store performance.

We caught the band before their headline appearance at Rockwood Music Hall and prior to a west coast jaunt with Afghan Whigs in support of Vanishing Act, their new full length release on store shelves this very moment.

And yes indeed, there’s vinyl.

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TVD Recommends: Early Winters at Village Music World, free in-store, 4/8

Check out a free performance from Early Winters in NYC tomorrow night at Village Music World, a great record shop in the west village. The music kicks off at 7pm with free beer and pizza. We’ll be there filming, catching the band before their headlining show Wednesday night at Rockwood Music Hall. But first, a bit of a confession from Early Winters’ Justin Rutledge…

“Don’t tell anyone, but I don’t really buy new vinyl anymore. I search around for the old stuff, Van Morrison, Veedon Fleece, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Miss America, The Smiths, The Queen In Dead. Not to say that the new stuff ain’t got it–it’s just that the old stuff has the goods, ya know?

Just don’t tell anyone, because I’m in a band and I’d get in trouble for saying stuff like that. Ok, sometimes I get new vinyl too, but don’t tell anyone. I really love secrets. Sometimes when I’m listening to vinyl, it’s like someone is telling me clandestine sweet nothings, but on a stereo.

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TVD Video Premiere: Pine Barons, “Don’t Believe What They
Told You”

TVD NYC’s Caitlin McCann, director of the above named vid, has your backstory. And a need for some tarps. LOTS of tarps. —Ed.

“There’s some sort of energy that comes from lying down on the floor. An energy that realigns my body and leaves a clear path for inspiration to swim up and down my spine and leak into my brain…”

“The basic concept for this video was literally conceived from lying flat on the floor of my bedroom after listening to Pine Barons’ record on repeat twenty million times and deciding I really wanted to make a video for this song.

I met them a few days earlier and I knew I wanted to work with them. They put on an amazing live show, they didn’t trash my apartment when I let them crash there, and they were nice to my dad when he came over at 9am the next morning. And they’re a bunch of hunks so…duh.

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TVD Live: Vivian Girls at Baby’s All Right, 3/2

PHOTOS: CARLY SUSMAN | On Saturday and Sunday night, Vivian Girls played their last two farewell shows. Although Vivian Girls originally planned to only have one last show in New York, they added a second and official last show after the first one quickly sold out.

The second-to-last show on Saturday was at Death by Audio with opening acts Juan Wauters and Waxahatchee. The official last show on Sunday was at Baby’s All Right with opening acts Potty Mouth and Shellshag.

Vivian Girls Katy, Ali, and Cassie chose small venues for their last two shows to give a proper, warm goodbye to their fans. They began the show on Saturday by running to the stage through the crowd and played some of their most popular songs, such as “I Have No Fun” and “The End.” Fans were able to sing along to “Before I Start to Cry” as teary-eyed Vivian Girls played it for their last time.

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TVD Recommends: MGMT with Dinosaur Jr. at Barclays Center, 12/13

This Friday, December 13, MGMT will be playing at Barclay’s Center in New York City, featuring Dinosaur Jr. as the opener.

Back in September, MGMT released their self-titled third studio album and have been busy touring ever since, including a month-long tour in the UK in October. In order to hype up fans for this Friday’s show, the band has been hiding one-of-a-kind autographed posters of images from the “Your Life Is A Lie” video in the New York tri-state area.

For “the artsy types out there,” MGMT is running a poster contest for the show via Instagram and Tumblr. The winner “will receive a one of a kind signed & framed print of their poster design hand decorated/enhanced by the band.” Designs are to be submitted with the hashtags #MGMT and #MGMTBrooklyn so that the band can find them, and the deadline is tonight at 11 PM EST. Multiple entries are allowed, and the winner will be notified via Instagram on December 14.

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TVD Live Shots:
Nicole Atkins at
Moscot Music, 11/21

“There should be a couple here making out and dancing in front of us right now…and crying,” mused Nicole Atkins, before kicking into “The Way It Is” at Moscot Music last Thursday.

Among many other humorous insights throughout the set, Atkins embraced Moscot’s small size and kept the music strong, loud, and intimate, even playing to the fans who had to watch the show from outside the store windows.

Her new band (supposedly going under the name Groove Police) made sure the energy never died and kept the show tight and rocking all the way through.

Atkins’ new record, Slow Phaser comes out on February 4th, 2014 and fans—and yet-to-be fans—have plenty to look forward to.

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Cool RSD Back to Black Friday Releases from Legacy Recordings

I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon over the Record Store Day Black Friday cash grab hullabaloo, but Legacy Recordings has some cool stuff in store that caught my eye for the busiest shopping day in these here United States of America.

And it would be much better to be packed into a local record store looking for these kind of things rather than camped out at Wal-Mart so that you can trample all kinds of women and children in order to get some unnatural deal on the new Play Station 33, or perhaps a set of decorative oven mitts.

Check out this pretty sweet list of stuff. If you’re buying for me, I should like the Bob Dylan, Cheap Trick, and Miles Davis stuff. Oh, and that Sly 7″ too. Thanks:

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TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Weird Owl, “Healing” EP & The KVB, Minus One


Hey, we’ve got a twofer going today! A double-shot, if you will. And the two records come to you from Anton Newcombe, of Brian Jonestown Massacre’s label, A Recordings. They are the most recent releases from the excellent label and are sure to please any heady, psych-leaning listeners out there.

First up is Brooklyn’s own Weird Owl with their “Healing” EP, which I have personally been digging a lot for the past couple of weeks. And when writing about Weird Owl, as opposed to speaking about them, it’s nice to not have to explain or over-annunciate the band name to differentiate between them and Weird Al.


This killer EP comes as a double 10-inch—one is dayglo yellow and the other is dayglo pink! Here’s what Anton Newcombe himself has to say:

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TVD Live:
Matt Nathanson at
Terminal 5, 10/30

When San Francisco singer song-writer Matt Nathanson comes to town, you know things are going to get sexually weird and humorously uncomfortable. When Matt Nathanson comes to town on the eve of Halloween, you know it’s going to get pretty f–cking ridiculous.

The hours leading up to the 7pm door call at New York City’s famed warehouse-like club Terminal 5 were filled with hints across social media that tonight would be different. An Instagrammed photo of a lava-like detailed guitar from Nathanson’s account lead me to believe Steel Panther or a possible Def Leppard super-group would be making some sort of appearance. I was close (kind of).


Shortly after 8pm, opener Joshua Radin took to the stage as the floor began to fill with Nathanson fanatics donned in Kinks shirts, work attire, and an endless array of Halloween costumes. The Ohio-based musician pushed through his soft set despite the chatter among the sea of New Yorkers.

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