TVD Vinyl Giveaway:
Dot Hacker, Inhibition (On color vinyl!)

Here’s a true story—of the hundreds of emails I tend to receive weekly regarding TVD, the ones with links to Mp3s for preview all get funneled into one folder—unheard. Then come Sunday, I plow through them all and choose the tracks we’ll feature for Monday’s Press Play piece, and in tandem with what’s often a chore—Saturday nights often run late, y’know—I choose TVD’s “Single of the Week.”

A few weeks back I experienced what I can only call “Single of the Week Remorse.” It should have been Dot Hacker’s “Inhibition” from the LP of the same name. It’s got everything I look for in (most) tracks…atmosphere, depth, lush, moody and ethereal vocals. And a sinewy hook that stayed top of mind for days. However, don’t take my word for it, have a listen:

To make up for my oversight and perhaps as penance, we’ve got a gorgeous copy of Inhibition of glorious color vinyl to award one of you.

Right, that’s it there…a beauty, hm?

A brief bio, courtesy of our friends at ORG Music: “The music of Dot Hacker is architectural, built on a foundation of bold, manipulated tones and supported by lush eclectic textures and angular rhythm. The band’s enigmatic sound comes from the collaboration of friends and founding members, Josh Klinghoffer, Clint Walsh, Eric Gardner and Jonathan Hischke.

Before forming Dot Hacker in 2008, the four were already established musicians, recording and touring with an impressive list of respected artists including: Beck, Gnarls Barkley, PJ Harvey, Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Butthole Surfers and Broken Bells amongst many others. Klinghoffer, the band’s lead vocalist, also currently plays guitar in The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The band plans to play shows in 2012 to support the release of their debut album.”

Enter to win the color vinyl version of Dot Hacker’s Inhibition by letting us know in the comments below what band you might have slept on—however briefly—only to have them become a true favorite. The most egregious error of oversight will find the vinyl in his or her mailbox with a North American address. We’ll choose one winner a week from today, 5/9!

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  • Errol Dcosta

    Dead Sara. LA’s real

  • Errol Dcosta

    Dead Sara. My new favorite LA band.

  • Jilll

    The Smiths.

  • sidewalkfins

    I must say my dismissal of The Clash for many months was my greatest folly.  It wasn’t until I picked up London Calling for $8 about a year ago that I was able to allow my brain to sink into their sound.  I always deemed them unnecessary, perhaps overly-commercial, but now I find them to be an indispensable sliver of my musical palette, and one that everyone should taste.

  • AliciaRenee

    John Frusciante – “Niandra La Des and Usually Just a T-Shirt” specifically; his work is initially a little bit tough to listen mostly because I think the emotion he is accessing is very difficult to come face to face with.  He forces his listener to really sit down and acknowledge a metaphysical realm where music and emotion are inextricable.  I could only listen to pieces of this album at first as it haunted me in a way that rattled my soul and kind of scared me….after an acclimation period, I found myself listening to his music constantly because it helped me access a part of my creative self that had been in hibernation.

  • BillGrill

    Sonic Youth. Took me seeing them live in order to appreciate them. Some bands don’t translate to a record.

  • Manda Ven

    The Beatles. In high school, I disliked them for being “too mainstream.” It took a local band covering “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” for me to “get it.” Oy vey; Youth.

  • Dreyke

    Oh that’s a hard choice.. I’d say The Mars Volta. Heard a song back in 2006 and was like nope! Year later gave them a listen and now they are my favorite band, and heavily influence the music I create!

  • emichelle92

    The Smiths! I heard them and didn’t care to explore. Years later my friends made me listen to their catalog of music, and I was hooked once I heard “Hand In Glove” They are one of my favorites now. My Bday is 5/9, hopefully it will bring luck 🙂

  • KLY

    Definitely for me would have to be the White Stripes/Jack White.  I never “got it” when they first started getting regular play.  I thought it sounded dull and just like everything else (i.e., The Vines, The Strokes…).  Until recently, I sort of realized the power Jack White has.  He’s a talented guitarist and isn’t really afraid to step outside of the box to express himself.  I’m still not a regular “fan”, but I can respect what he does.

  • Dan Harpaz

    My most egregious error of oversight has to be Parliament Funkadelic. The sounds of George Clinton and the P-Funk have taught just about everyone and are ubiquitous in hip hop, funk, and rock music – I call myself a music critic, but questioned myself after this oversight. I only got into Motor Booty Affair and the the rest of the extensive P-Funk catalogue last year). The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest and Donuts by J Dilla (as Flea of RHCP would agree) come very close. dothackerband flea333  

  • nbem42

    Radiohead. When I was younger I never understood why their music was so special, and it took me a few years but I finally see the brilliance behind their sound! Absolutely love alternative rock/experimental rock!

  • DRUMAdam

    U2, Before I started listening to them more frequently I had just gone by the few songs I had heard and other peopls opinions of the band. I was surely mistaken, although the band may have become a lot more ‘generic’ ‘mainstream’ over the years their early albums (Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby) are all pieces of art and brilliant musicianship. Everyone should listen to U2 and form their own opinion of the band and not just base their current opinions on that of what their friends have told them. I would kill to see them live too!

  • Emilio Gonzales

    At the Drive In, I’m a pretty big Mars Volta fan and fan of basically anything Omar Rodriguez Lopez creates so I decided to listen atdi. I listened to what aparently was their best album, Relationship of Command, and just wasn’t feeling it. I put them off for a long while until I met a girl who loved atdi and suggested I listen to their EP Vaya. It was soo good that I listened to Relationship of Command and everything else they made. I now realize how ahead of their time they were, their music is so energetic, unique, and youthful, but also has experienced and technical instrumentation that really foreshadows The Mars Volta. Now I’m so psyched to see them back together and can’t wait to see an At the Drive In reunion show!

  • Rrose Selavy

    Sigur Rós!Initially, at the first listen, I found their style, their music so incomprehensible for me, something cryptic.
    Maybe it was laziness or lack of time and concentration, but I immediately had the “want to” hear particularly well that “mysterious music”.
    I grew up and suddently I realized that it was this cryptic and versatility of their music, those sounds, to fascinate me, pushing me to want to decipher.
    So I listened to “Takk …” during a particular occasion when I was more open-minded and…when I heard that album, well, that was one of the most fascinating musical experiences of my life.
    From this experience I’ve learned that often things that seem more distant from us are in this way just because we see them as such we have put us, we lack the will to “bring them closer” and discover better 🙂

  • AlexBerube

    Massive Attack.It’s crazy how I love them more and more everyday.Talented artists, and so unpredictable. 

  • chrismbrower

    Queens of the Stone Age.  It took me a while to give them a listen, but once I did, I couldn’t stop.  Now, they’re one of my all-time favorite bands.

  • scrappersa

    Nine Inch Nails. When I was a kid, I thought they were a metal band that sang songs about fucking animals. A friend brought me to Coachella in 2005. When I saw them play, it blew my mind. I’ve wanted to be a musician since that day.

  • WillGibson

    red hot chili peppers pre john frusciante era. the music the chili peppers played before john entered the band was not the same mainstream rock/pop blend we are used to hearing and enjoying now. the 80s chili peppers were punk and heavy funk with anthony rapping lyrics that would never make it on any of the late 90’s-00’s era chili pepper music. a must listen definitely the album uplift mofo party plan. if you want to hear a different style of the chili peppers check them out when they had hillel slovac playing guitar. a different and funkier style even more so than blood sugar. im sure some will find it a different experience.

  • Bamaclint

    Kings of Leon! When I originally heard their initial album Youth and Young Manhood, I wasn’t a satisfying sound to me. It was only after there commercial success in the U.S did I go back and listen, and realize how talented and unique they were/are.

  • AmyBowen

    Someone said the Clash already but that’s my answer too. Not proud of it. I bought London Calling in 9th grade and I didn’t get really into it until 12th :/ but since they are my favorite of all time

    Klinghoffer is such a cutie.

  • dunnand

    My biggest error was not really listening to Beck until after Guero. Don’t get me wrong I would sing along with Loser” and “Where It’s At” When Guero came out there was something about the songs E-pro and Girl that started me to really love that album then the torrential down poor began and I needed everything the man did.

  • Abid

    Definitely the Mars Volta. I remember I decided to check out Deloused in the Comatorium, having never heard the Mars Volta in my life, and the same night that I did, I started puking, so for the longest time (around a year, I believe), I associated that album and that band with puking in my head. But then by chance I stumbled upon a copy of The Bedlam in Goliath and decided to give the band that reminded me of vomit another chance. Hearing that album for the first time was like hearing music for the first time; my perception of sound was changed forever. Now, the Mars Volta are one of my top three favorite bands.

  • mp

    The Black Keys

  • lennyniandra

    John Frusciante, I listened to the first song from Niandra and cringed immediately, and my best friend too, this was a year ago. Then this winter I had a strange dream in which there was JF, and I had to listen to that record again. Before my eyes opened a whole new world: not just John’s, but also the one of the first Chili Peppers and now the one of Dot Hacker. I think it was a pretty big oversight, I was gonna lose a bloody amount of great music!
    Ps: 5/9 it’s my birthday too 🙂

  • Cornbread

    Lou Reed – always heard good shit about him but never gave him a chance. Now Transformer is one of my favourite records. VICIOUS 

  • ZacharyBiggs

    Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica.  It took me at least 3 listens to understand what all the hoopla was about this complicated, bizarre, non-sensical music! But oh how many open avenues I discovered once I finally got it.  Thank you Don!!

  • Dargana

    PJ Harvey. I used to hear a lot of stuff about her, including that she’s good, goddess, phenomenal, ect. but I just somehow never checked her out, or maybe I intended to, but I forgot about her later on. And then once, in a second hand shop, I found her “Is This Desire?” record and I thought oh wow, she seems familiar. So I bought the record and the moment I played it I just fell in love with it, it was the perfect choice for my mood and phase of life at the time. It was a couple of years ago but today I still love her truly, all the music she’d made, it’s all brilliant. I can’t believe I didn’t manage to check her out earlier, because it’s golden stuff.

  • Uncertain

    Tough one to answer. Unfortunately, overlooking great bands is a habit I’ve had since I discovered my love for music. The Mars Volta, The Bicycle Thief, Radiohead, R.E.M, they were all bands whose existence I was completely aware of for years before I really began to show interest or appreciation for their music. However, my most egregious oversight would probably have to be of the hip-hop genre in general. I obviously always knew it was there, I just never bothered to really delve into until just recently. Now, Wu Tang, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, N.W.A and J Dilla are amongst some of my favorite musical artists.

  • Jared Lee

    Elliott Smith.  OK, not a band but still the artist that I definitely snoozed on.  I had happened to see him play at the Silver Lake street fair one year and that still didn’t do it for me.  I had considered myself an open minded rocker but the up and coming singer song writer types just bugged me.  I felt bad upon his death but the loss didn’t register.  Fortunately, a friend schooled me on all things Elliott and the importance of his abilities.  I had no idea he was so inspired by the Beatles.  To do this date Elliott Smith gets a lot of well deserved attention at my house and Either/Or has long been an album with the highest “plays”  eclipsing all the long time favorites like Kiss Alive!  HA!!!  Thankfully I didn’t miss out completely on this guys artistry.

  • aj mack

    Bear in Heaven. Just saw them a couple of days ago and they blew me away with the amount of energy they were able to conduct in such a small crowd and i have had most of their songs stuck in my head since the day that i saw them and hopefully they continue to make even better music.

  • JacobbGarcia

    John Frusciante, surprisingly… I always knew he had solo albums but it wasn’t until i was bored one night when i decided to listen to them again, and ever since then i have dedicated all my time to practice guitar and play every single frusciante song i can find and read every single thing about him that the internet has to offer. I’ll never be as connected to another person in my life than i am with John, even though i have never met him and he doesn’t even know i exist. I will always have Frusciante in my mind.

  • jodim89

    Tame Impala – took me a few listens of Innerspeaker and I wasn’t that impressed, then one listen it suddenly hit me how effing amazing they are! So different to anything else new-ish in my opinion, and being from my home country makes me so proud.

  • jodim89

    Tame Impala – took me a few listens of Innerspeaker and I wasn’t that impressed, then one listen it suddenly hit me how effing amazing they are! So different to anything else new-ish in my opinion, and being from my home country makes me so proud.

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  • KatarinaDacic

    Warpaint. When I first played the whole album I didn’t like it at all. I remember it as very unpleasant experience, I felt sick (literary). Then, months after that, I fell in love with every song and I still cannot explain how that happened. Now the girls are one of my favorites and I consider the band as one of the rare artists of today. 

  • SamuelHollingdale

    A little while ago a friend introduced me to the John Frusciante album, The Empyrian. Originally I just listened to it once over, barely listening to the intense depth the album offers. I dismissed the album as alright. a couple of week later I found myself with that friend who encouraged us to sit down, say nothing and just listen the ‘Central’. Ever since that moment it has become my favorite album and find myself listening to it time and time again. There are times still that it hits me with the same power that it did that night. I couldn’t be more glad I had a second chance with that album.

  • voltagenewmedia

    Can’t believe no one commented on this. Found this old post, any chance you still have this kicking around!?


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