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Graded on a Curve: Kenny Dorham,
Quiet Kenny

When it comes to Modern Jazz trumpet, few were better than McKinley Howard “Kenny” Dorham. His credits are vast, including support roles, membership in cooperative combos, and as a leader. One of the best of the latter, Quiet Kenny, recorded in November of 1959 and released in February of the following year, is getting reissued by Craft Recordings for the June 12, 2021 drop of Record Store Day. Featuring an unimpeachable quartet with Dorham the sole horn, the record’s seven tracks transcend any titular insinuations of the tranquil. Instead, it’s a non-ostentatious display of collective mastery with Dorham in the driver’s seat. In other words, it’s a joy for the ear.

In my short capsule rave of Quiet Kenny written for this very website back in 2017, I offered that Dorham’s “stature as a major post-bop trumpeter has flagged not a whit.” Giving that statement some further thought, I’m confronted with the possibility that the high regard to which I referred applies mainly to heavy-duty jazz heads, a regenerative community that has kept Quiet Kenny and indeed much of Dorham’s output in print (on CD and now digitally if not necessarily on vinyl) for decades.

This consistency of availability can propose a consensus of esteem for the trumpeter, but it occurs to me that some folks in the here and now who are curious about jazz might not even know who the guy is. This is worth ruminating upon, for it was Dorham who stepped into Charlie Parker’s Quintet in 1948, replacing Miles Davis (Dorham’s recording debut began in 1945 on a 78rpm disc cut for the Musicraft label by Mercer Ellington and His Orchestra).

Dorham was also a Jazz Messenger (early, before that aggregation essentially became the Art Blakey Allstars), played with Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins, joined Max Roach’s Quintet after the untimely death by car accident of the trumpet phenom Clifford Brown, and to jump ahead to the ’60s, contributed to one of the true masterworks in the jazz canon, Andrew Hill’s Point of Departure.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 6/9/21

Cleveland, OH | Music Industry Vet Opens a Record Store in Cleveland: We here at GOBankingRates want to help get our nation’s small businesses back on their feet after the COVID-19 pandemic. To do that, we’re highlighting readers’ favorite small businesses around the country, and shining a spotlight on what makes them special to their customers and their towns. In this edition of our Small Business Spotlight series, we’re featuring A Separate Reality Records, a record store in Cleveland. A veteran of the music industry, owner Augustus Payne decided to start his business after having cancer and realizing that life is too short to not be doing what he loves. Here, we chat with Payne about what he learned from his previous years working in the music business that helped him with his new endeavor, why he finds his job so rewarding and how he adapted his business to pandemic times. “There’s nothing I like more than sharing new music with others…”

Melbourne, AU | JJ’s Vinyl is slinging a stack of exclusive releases this Record Store Day: Spotlighting all the goodness JJ’s Vinyl has in store for Record Store Day 2021. Catering for all music tastes, the selection at JJ’s Vinyl spans hip hop, jazz, metal, classic rock, electronic, alt-rock and much more. Specialising in new and audiophile pressings, there are a range of secondhand titles available in-store, too. “JJ’s Vinyl was started with a genuine passion for sharing my love of vinyl; I believe it’s the greatest physical format with which to experience music through,” says owner Jamie Jones. “I love playing the latest audiophile pressings to customers and friends and watching their mouths drop open after hearing the needle drop, you really feel like the artist is in the room with you.” JJ’s Vinyl will celebrate Record Store Day this Saturday June 12 with a bunch of new and used vinyl, as well as RSD titles and discounted records.

UK | Behind The Counter: Charming film series celebrates our beloved independent record stores: Made in collaboration with Classic Album Sundays and audio brand Bowers & Wilkins, Behind The Counter shines a spotlight on the hard-working record shop owners who play a vital role in bringing music fans together in their local communities. It’s the second time such a series has been made and each film has been released in the 12 weeks leading up to Record Store Day this Saturday. With so many record shops impacted by a year of lockdowns and social distancing, it certainly feels more important than ever to tell their stories and promote their businesses. In the films, we meet Bear Tree Records in Sheffield, Diverse Vinyl in Newport, Elsewhere in Margate, Empire Records in St Albans, Flashback Records in London, Jumbo Records in Leeds, Dundee’s Le Freak Records (as featured), Love Vinyl in London, Reflex in Newcastle, Chesterfield’s Tallbird Records, Wilderness in Manchester, and X Records in Bolton. The series doesn’t just support record shops across the UK; it gives us some insight into how shops have coped during the pandemic.

Vinyl 101: Parts of a Record Player: In the beginning, there was the phonograph, then came the turntable, today there is the record player. The main difference among these terms is who happens to be uttering the words. ‘Phonograph’ is the oldest term for this analog instrument, dating back to the mid-1800s when the concept of a stylus responsive to vibration was first being explored. Back then, the parts of a record player were different. On a victrola, a horn was fixed near a vibrating stylus that amplified the noise with simple acoustics – like a horn to your ear as a hearing aid. Remember that even today, putting your ear near a record while a stylus is tracking reveals that it’s transcribing what’s in the record groove acoustically (in addition to electrically). ‘Phonograph’ remained the mainstay until ‘turntable’ entered the picture. This was somewhere near the time when folks started building component systems as the industry learned that there was much more to explore in the way of sound quality. The nature of the audio system changed when the principle of amplification moved from acoustic to electrical.

This 2005 optical illusion album art is still blowing minds: Can you see it? Obviously, the internet is packed full of stellar optical illusions, but spotting them out in the wild is even better. And a brilliant example of a clever illusion has resurfaced on Reddit, in the form of a piece of album art found on a vinyl record released back in 2005. Fascinatingly, viewing the illusion digitally is a totally different experience from how the art was intended to be viewed. Taking the form of a checked black and white square, the title of the artist and album can only be seen when viewing it from far away. When handling the physical record, this can only mean walking away from it, but the digital version means zooming out on your keyboard (or walking away from the screen), or viewing it as a thumbnail. Check it out below, and see our optical illusions roundup for more incredible examples.

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TVD Radar: Toomorrow OST purple vinyl reissue in stores 7/30

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Long before she was Sandy, the good girl of Rydell High, or Kira, the Olympian muse of the roller disco Xanadu, Olivia Newton-John was just plain Livvy, the girl singer with dreams of the big time in the 1970 sci-fi movie musical Toomorrow.

This little-known motion picture was the brainchild of music impresario Don Kirshner and Harry Saltzman, best known for co-producing the first nine James Bond films with Albert R. Broccoli. And Toomorrow wasn’t just the movie’s title. After a lengthy talent search, Kirshner and Saltzman assembled the band Toomorrow, whom the music mogul modestly described as “the best-looking total group that ever existed.”

Why the misspelling? As drummer Karl Chambers put it in the film itself, “I dig it! We’re too much, we’re too morrow!” At least Kirshner thought so—he had visions of Toomorrow achieving the success of his previous creations the Monkees and the Archies, and enlisted the aid of songwriters Mark Barkan and Richie Adams (along with composer Hugo Montenegro) for the movie’s bubblegum-meets-rock tunes. But, weighed down by legal problems surrounding Saltzman, and a premise—Toomorrow was going to save a race of aliens called the Alphoids from an existence-threatening “sterility of sound”—that was silly even by late-‘60s B-movie standards, the movie went nowhere.

The soundtrack, however, boasting the nascent superstar Newton-John, has attained serious cult status over the years, with the original record commanding prices that are truly from outer space. Our Real Gone release marks its first LP reissue, pressed in purple vinyl and featuring notes by Joe Marchese. Like the cover says, “Launch out on a musical cosmic trip with the new ‘Toomorrow’!”

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Graded on a Curve:
Boz Scaggs,
Silk Degrees

Celebrating Boz Scaggs on his 77th birthday.Ed.

It took seven albums, but blue-eyed soul man Boz Scaggs hit pop paydirt with 1976’s Silk Degrees. If you were alive and had ears during America’s Bicentennial Year you’ll remember the Boz was every bit as hard to avoid as Fleetwood Mac.

But why would you want to avoid him? Silk Degrees is a small landmark in music making, and what’s all the more remarkable is that nobody saw it coming. Scaggs was a journeyman with a long pedigree dating back to the mid-sixties and stints with the Other Side, the Steve Miller Band, and Mother Earth, and his solo career wasn’t exactly the stuff of which legends are made—his highest charting solo LP before Silk Degrees coughed and died at #81 on the Billboard Charts, and it was a smash hit compared to the five that came before it. I doubt many industry folks were betting their Andrew Gold royalty checks on Scaggs delivering an LP that would go five times platinum.

But after much tinkering with the formula Scaggs finally got it right on Silk Degrees, which veers from Little Feat-school boogie to deep-dish soul to pseudo-disco to lithesome funk without breaking a sweat or seeming to overreach. Boz does it all on this one, and while I prefer the upbeat material to the pair of ballads, he (mostly) pulls them off as well. I don’t know what he was snorting at the two studios in Hollywood where this baby was recorded, but he somehow managed to utilize El Lay studio talent—including three of the members of benighted Toto—to produce an LP that doesn’t sound like yet another example of sterile El Lay studio product.

Even the big production on such numbers as the very pop “What Do You Want the Girl To Do” and the discofied “What Can I Say” works; the former because Boz infuses his every last word with soul, and the latter because, well, Boz infuses his every last word with soul. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that the arrangements are every bit as likeable as the melodies on both songs. If you hate pop and you hate disco you’re likely to hate both of them, but if you hate pop and you hate disco I can only worry about the state of your immortal soul.

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The Witherbees,
The TVD First Date

“I think my affinity for records really started around the age of 12 when my great aunt gave me her record player and a huge box of old 45s.”

“Although I admittedly wasn’t particularly fond of her musical taste, I quickly fell in love with the ritual of playing records, and before long I was building a collection of my own. I started spending a lot of time in Allentown PA’s Double Decker Records 50 cent room, which was full of classical records that I scooped up by the arm full, since classical recordings are few and far between on streaming services.

As my musical taste evolves, my vinyl collection grows with me. Any time I’m in a city for the day, I make it a priority to stop into a record store and see what gems I can dig up. Thrift stores, yard sales, and antique shops are some of my favorite places to hunt for records I’ve been looking for or discover something new. I support my favorite artists by purchasing their work on vinyl, since the hands-on experience is so much more meaningful and satisfying than streaming.

Currently, some of my favorite records to spin are Rafiq Bhatia’s Breaking English and Daniel Barenboim & The English Chamber Orchestra’s recording of Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta and Divertimento for Strings.

Although I definitely appreciate streaming services for the purpose of learning about new artists and having lots of music accessible to me on the go, vinyl holds a special place in my heart and my routine and reminds me to slow down and enjoy the process of listening.”
Jacqui Armbruster

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UK Artist of the Week: Hollis Lomax

Get woozy with Hollis Lomax and their super chill new single “Past Time,” out now. The Oxford quartet are definitely ones to watch…

Falling somewhere between Brian Eno, Easy Life, and Parquet Courts, Hollis Lomax are pretty hard to define, but let’s give it a go. “Past Time” combines elements of off-kilter math-pop, surf rock, and indie creating a sound that is totally mesmerising.

The single feels like the perfect sound for summer: glistening synths chime effortlessly over soft percussion and lead singer Will Rowland’s distinctively warm tones. The track reflects upon past relationships and how life has changed since; something we can all relate to surely?

Hollis Lomax met at Oxford University in 2019, so that makes them pretty darn smart in our opinion as well.

“Past Time” is in stores now.

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Graded on a Curve:
Van Dyke Parks & Verónica Valerio,
“Only in America–Solo
en América”

It’s the 21st year of the 2st century (if you haven’t already noticed), and Van Dyke Parks could really rest on his laurels. But no. Hell no. Instead of loafing during quarantine (which would’ve been totally understandable), he spent the time productively, collaborating with singer-songwriter and harpist Verónica Valerio on the 4-song EP “Van Dyke Parks Orchestrates Verónica Valerio: Only in America.” The two worked separately with their chosen musicians, exchanging ideas and building the finished songs over distance without having met in person. The music is as warm as a loving embrace, however. It’s out June 11 on 10-inch wax with cover art by Klaus Voormann through BMG subsidiary Modern Recordings.

Verónica Valerio hails from Veracruz, Mexico. Along with studying music at home and in NYC, she’s guest lectured on vocal folk music at Boston’s Berklee College, and has performed in Mexico, the USA, Europe and Asia. Valerio is well-versed in son jarocho, the Veracruz-based regional variant of the folk style son mexicano, but as explained in this EP’s promo text, from a young age she has sought to expand beyond the son jaracho tradition.

That Valerio initiated this collab is ultimately related to Parks’ talent and rep, but it also pertains to his continued relevance as an artist, this significance stemming in part from persistent open-mindedness (progressiveness if you will) that has allowed him not only to work with stalwarts of his generation such as Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, and Harry Nilsson, but also with younger musicians, and with seeming ease. His credits include The Chills, Silverchair, Rufus Wainwright, Vic Chesnutt, Inara George, Grizzly Bear, and notably in regard to “Only in America,” Joanna Newsom.

Parks’ excellence in the role of producer and arranger on Newsom’s Ys might’ve made an impression on fellow harpist Valerio, though the songs that comprise “Only in America” are stylistically distinctive. They are also beautifully sung in Spanish, with her vocals and harp (and occasionally additional instrumentation, such as percussion and violin) having served as the root Valerio sent to Parks for orchestration.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 6/8/21

Heritage Close, UK | Empire Records ready for first Record Store Day: St Albans’ only independent record shop is gearing for the first of two Record Store Days taking place this summer. In order to aid social distancing, the biggest event in the vinyl calendar has been split across two different dates: Saturday June 12 and Saturday July 17. Once again, Empire Records in Heritage Close is hosting Record Store Day – an annual event set up in 2008 to commemorate vinyl shops across the country. Store manager Dave Burgess said: “This is a day designed to highlight and celebrate all of the fantastic independent record shops. To this end, exclusive limited edition records are released, only available from independent record shops on the day and drawing customers from far and wide for the chance to get them. “We’ll have hundreds of these records available and will attract quite a Covid-safe queue by the time we open the doors at 8am!”

Massillon, OH | New Record Store in Massillon Aims to Reignite the ‘Joy’ of Discovering Music After the Pandemic: A historic building in the heart of downtown Massillon is undergoing renovations and will open as a record shop called Erie St. Vinyl this summer. Owners Samantha and Thomas “T.J.” Heaton bought the building, which is located a storefront over from their tattoo shop, Art Bomb Tattoos, on Erie Street. The building is part of the city’s historic district. The site was once home to a music store, a cigar shop and various financial institutions over the past 100 years. Samantha Heaton wants to keep the space as authentic and true to its original look and feel as possible. When the building on Erie Street became available, the couple decided they wanted to share their joy of vinyl records and independent music with the region. “I feel like it’s a real evolving kind of manifestation of our record collection. So we’re going for it,” Samantha Heaton said. She wants to help connect the community to local, independent artists as the pandemic put the discovery of and connection to new music on pause.

Parma, OH | Parma’s ‘RSD Day’ includes paczki, pierogi, polka and Pavement: Only in Parma would one expect to find a vinyl-lovers event enhanced by paczki and pierogi offerings. That’s exactly what Rudy’s Strudel is planning for national Record Store Day, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (June 12) at its 5580 Ridge Road location. “It’s national Record Store Day,” Rudy’s Strudel owner Lidia Trempe said. “We’re so honored and excited to have The Current Year record store in the Rudy’s building and in the heart of Polish Village. The abbreviation for Record Store Day is RSD, so we’re having Rudy Strudel Day. I’m partnering with The Current Year, and we’re throwing a big parking lot party. “We’re bringing Fat Heads Brewery. I’m going to be doing a pop-up outside with pierogis and — for this special occasion, in the middle of June — we’re going to be offering paczki. We’re going all out and offering six flavors of sweet and three flavors of savory. We’re also taking orders.”

Vancouver, BC | Record Store Day isn’t just for hardcore collectors: Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 as a way to celebrate the culture of independent record stores with special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products made exclusively for the day. Serious collectors were drawn to that aspect of it, but as the years went by Record Store Day also became a time for regular music lovers. “It’s kind of a mix between the two,” Ben Frith, who runs Mount Pleasant’s Neptoon Records with his dad, Rob, tells the Straight by phone. “When we have Record Store Day, there’s obviously a large amount of our regular customers there—and some of those people range from hardcore collectors to just big music fans—but we’re also seeing a lot of people that you don’t see any other day of the year. “We’ve gained a lot of business on Record Store Day from people who traditionally only pick up stuff from Amazon.”

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TVD Radar: Peter Murphy, The Last And Only Star gold vinyl in stores 6/25

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Beggars Arkive has been celebrating Peter Murphy’s solo career with a series of reissues, which will culminate on June 25th with the release of a brand new rarities album titled The Last And Only Star.

Curated by archivists Andrew Brooksbank and Stephen Webbon with Peter Murphy’s guidance, it contains 10 rare tracks that are demo versions, remixes and edits. 

There are many gorgeous songs on here. My favorite is “Wish,” a B-side from the era of Cascade, his last album for Beggars, and it’s a truly beautiful song that highlights his gorgeous baritone and with this release, it might become everyone’s new favorite Peter Murphy song.

Peter Murphy’s solo career began in 1986 with the release of Should The World Fail To Fall Apart and continues to this day. In addition to his work as the frontman of the legendary and groundbreaking Bauhaus, he has released ten solo albums, in addition to several live releases. Over the last few years, he staged several multi-night residencies where he performed a different album each night. He also recently reunited with his Bauhaus bandmates for shows.

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TVD Radar: The Gun Club, Fire Of Love 2LP and 2CD in stores 7/23

VIA PRESS RELEASE | With a howling and unholy mix of punk rock and the blues, Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Gun Club exploded upon the L.A. club scene in the early ’80s. They recorded their classic debut, 1981’s Fire Of Love, for the local Slash/Ruby Records label. And now that legendary album has been unearthed and brought back to life as a deluxe two-CD and two-LP set.

Both the double-CD and double-vinyl editions contain a digitally remastered version of the original 11-track album, produced by fellow L.A. scenesters Chris D. of The Flesh Eaters and The Plugz’s Tito Larriva. The CD version will include 10 previously unreleased four-track demos and alternate versions, while the LP will include a download card for the digital version of the 10 bonus tracks.

Both the CD and the vinyl versions will include a second disc, the previously unreleased Live At Club 88 – March 6, 1981, a concert recording capturing the band’s incendiary live set at the legendary West L.A. dive bar.

The double-vinyl version will be released as a two-LP set packaged in a gatefold cover with extensive liner notes by drummer Terry Graham and remembrances from producer Tito Larriva and co-producer Chris D., as well as rare photos and ephemera. The CD version will include a booklet with liner notes, photos and ephemera.

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Graded on a Curve: Violent Femmes,
Hallowed Ground

Celebrating Gordon Gano on the day of his birth.Ed.

If the 1983 self-titled debut by Violent Femmes is one of the hot half-dozen expressions of Teen Angst American Style ever waxed, then Hallowed Ground, the group’s still divisive second effort from the following year is one of rock music’s core texts in how to successfully flout expectations. It still succeeds greatly as a document of nervy conceptual growth and as a major breakthrough in terms of individual musicianship.

A lingering wisdom about Violent Femmes’ first album is that it inevitably landed squarely in the lap of any ‘80s teen that had grasped just how inescapably miserable was the struggle of growing up; the isolation, the hopelessness, the short highs followed by extended lows, the sexual overload, the distasteful omnipresence of authority. Instead of just internalizing this knowledge many naturally flaunted their alienation over this unrelentingly oppressive environment via haircuts, clothing choices, and most importantly artistic taste.

The strategic reading of Catcher in the Rye on park benches aside, music has proven a startlingly effective way of expressing that unsubtle concept of Not Fitting In. Indeed, music has long been synonymous with youth in revolt, and if circa 1985 one spied a surly, disheveled teen sauntering along the sidewalks of some suburban landscape with a sticker covered backpack and a Walkman, it was a safe bet that they were carrying a cassette copy of Violent Femmes in the pocket of their tattered thrift-store trench coat.

A true rite of passage, it was also an LP so ubiquitous that I have no recollection of hearing it for the first time; once someone was identified as belonging to the great brigade of young non-conformists it was inevitable that a more experienced member of this community would lend a helping hand and expose the newcomer to the alluring strains of Midwestern anxiety.

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Graded on a Curve:
Barry Manilow,
Greatest Hits

Back in the mid- to late seventies, when America was flying high thanks to the exalted stewardship of such Churchillian figures as Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, one all-around entertainer bestrode the Pop World like a colossus. Men wanted him. Women wanted to be him. He floated like a god in a bubble of fame so high above the rest of us it would have taken Ted Nugent with a surface-to-air missile to bring him down to earth, and he was known to one and all as: Barry!

Seriously, friends and neighbors, who better personified the soft-rock seventies–that epoch of saccharine supremacy–than Barry Alan Pincus, aka Barry Manilow? He was stardust, he was golden. To listen to his songs was to drink from life’s enchanted cup. To see him live was the musical equivalent of pissing on an electric fence. His voice was glorious treacle. It was said that the mere sight of his perfect feathered hair could cure cancer. His sleepy bedroom eyes were known to enchant your larger farm animals, giving them the ability to speak in the voices of men–a skill he liked to show off in his live performances.

Barry WROTE the songs that defined an epoch. Okay, so he wrote hardly none of them, including “I Write the Songs,” which was penned by the Beach Boys’ Bruce Johnston. But so what? Jesus’s best material was penned by other people, including Brewer & Shipley, ZZ Top, The Byrds and Ministry, and He never catches any shit for it. Fact is Barry MADE those songs his own by sheer force of his iron will; he was the divine conduit through which flowed such immortal tunes as “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” and “Copacabana (At the Copa).”

Manilow began his career as a folk singer, entertaining beatniks in such flea-ridden New York City coffeehouses as Gerde’s Folk City, the Cafe Wha? and the Greenwich Village Starbucks at the corner of Waverly Street and 5th Avenue. Said fellow folk musician Arnie Van Gleb, “They didn’t actually allow music in Starbucks, so he would sneak into the bathroom and play there. At least until they broke down the door and threw him out.”

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In rotation: 6/7/21

Detroit, MI | A new record store and gallery has opened in Detroit, Spot Lite: Focusing on house, jazz, r’n’b, and soul. A new record store and gallery, called Spot Lite, has opened in Detroit’s Islandview neighbourhood. Spot Lite’s curated record selection will focus primarily on house, jazz, r’n’b, and soul. Alongside the store, the space also includes a 400-person capacity performance space, a bar and café, and a gallery space. Spot Lite is an extension of art print shop and gallery 1xRun, located in Eastern Market.

Odessa, TX | Local record store has been in the Basin for 45 years: For 45 years, a record store has stood the test of time right here in the Basin. Meet the owner who’s following in his father’s footsteps. Sam Logan’s father opened the record store back in July of 1975. “It just felt natural to continue my dad’s legacy,” said Logan. “We’ve had a lot of long-time customers who have been coming in here since the day we opened and now, they’re bringing their kids and their grandkids in,” said Logan. “Now, we have a new generation of kids that have fallen back in love with vinyl.” “They just don’t make music like they used too,” said Gonzalez. The sound of it is just very different. It’s a very nostalgic feeling, it makes me feel really like magical.” That magical feeling is the same for 17-year-old Deacon Perez. “It’s just so nice to look at and it’s so nice to put on a record player and listen, even the audio sounds different on the records, it’s amazing,” said Perez.

UK | Record Store Day 2021’s official beer is available today – and it’s for charity: Get RSD ready with a Meantime 33:45. Record Store Day 2021, which brings together over 250 independent record shops across the UK, is gearing up for two big drops on Saturday 12th June and Saturday 17th July. And for the first time, Meantime Brewing Company is proud to become the ‘Official Beer Partner’ for the auspicious musical occasion. In celebration of the unique event that was founded 14 years ago, the Greenwich-based brewery is launching an exclusive Meantime 33:45 beer. Proceeds from the special batch will be donated to War Child, the specialist charity for children affected by conflict – and the official charity partner of Record Store Day. The table beer (3.5% ABV) has been brewed especially for RSD and is apparently inspired by the American west coast to offer “a turntable IPA with Cascade, Chinook and Simcoe hops’ citrus, pine, and floral hits for a truly two-speed player.”

Leyton, UK | Dreamhouse Records: A new vinyl record shop [Gasp!] A brand new vinyl and coffee shop has just opened in Leyton, East London, Dreamhouse Records is also a coffee shop. Put the kettle on! The Dreamhouse Records shop will stock a wide range of new vinyl covering various genres from around the world and will sell both current and older releases. If there’s something special you’re after, they can help you track it down. Alongside the vinyl offerings, the space will sell locally roasted coffee from Good Folk and a selection of locally made buns from Sunday Bun Day. Dreamhouse Records is the project of Jon Clifford, a Leyton resident of six years. And is obviously completely crazy. He also has my complete support and respect. Clifford commented, “It might be considered crazy to start a business in such uncertain times,” Any times Jon. At any times, “but I’m really excited to join the unusually high number of creative and super hard-working independent businesses on Leyton’s Francis Road.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

Cold fire, you’ve got everything but cold fire / You will be my rest and peace child / I moved up to take a place, near you / So tired, it’s the sky that makes you feel tired / It’s a trick to make you see wide / It can all but break your heart, in pieces / Staying back in your memory / Are the movies in the dark / How you moved is all it takes / To sing a song of when I loved / The prettiest star

Back from a couple of weeks and a Monday off, us Idelic cats are chilling in our cozy canyon backyard. Praying for a sunny June.

Memorial Day weekend was spent on the hot and dusty baseball fields of Santa Clarita. In addition to rock ‘n’ roller and Idelic DJ, I’ve become a baseball dad. Last weekend Jonah’s team was back to the “arms race,” known in California as “travel baseball.”

Turns out it was worth the 16 month wait as Jonah’s team swept through the State Championship with our Idelic pitcher hurling shutout innings in the game.

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TVD Giveaway: Get
On Board The Soul
Train – The Sound of Philadelphia International Records Volume 1

Just this past March we put this little gem of a collection on your radar—and today we have one to send to one of you. Some background—and how to enter—resides below.Ed.

VIA PRESS RELEASE | United Souls, in conjunction with Legacy Recordings, the catalogue division of Sony Music Entertainment celebrate the 50th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records with the release of Get On Board The Soul Train: The Sound of Philadelphia International Records Volume 1.

This is the first volume in a limited edition series which covers the first eight studio albums released by the influential label between 1971-1973. The series, in which all albums are re-mastered from the original tapes, map the history of Philadelphia International Records (PIR) chronologically. The box set is housed in a 48 page slip-cased book and is limited to 2,500 copies. It also includes numbered certificate of authenticity, an exclusive 12” single and poster. Volume 2 of the series will be released this summer.

The eight classic albums featured on the Volume 1 set include: Billy Paul – Going East, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes – I Miss You, The O’Jays – Back Stabbers, Billy Paul – 360 Degrees of Billy Paul, Dick Jensen – Dick Jensen, The Intruders – Save the Children, MFSB – MFSB, Billy Paul – Ebony Woman.

The detailed 48 page hardcover book, which includes rare photographs were compiled and curated in association with PIR artists, engineers and producers with liner notes by Tony Cummins (author of The Sound of Philadelphia) and a foreword by Ralph Tee.

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