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TVD Live Shots:
The Jesus and Mary Chain and Cold Cave at The Fillmore, 10/19

An unseasonably dreary evening in San Francisco set the perfect tone for The Jesus and Mary Chain’s return to San Francisco where they stopped in support of their March 2017 release, Damage and Joy, the band’s first full length release in 19 years.

The dark and smoky set by opener Cold Cave set an appropriately somber tone with the gathering crowd that seemed modest considering the promise of new material from the headliners. But what the Fillmore crowd may have lacked in numbers, they more than made up for in fervor. And when the band nonchalantly took the stage at 9:15 and launched into “Amputation,” all were content to rock along.

With the band lining the back edge of the stage shrouded in lingering fog and shadows, frontman Jim Reid commanded the open stage, a long mic cable wound up and clenched in his hand as he flawlessly belted out classic after classic. “Amputation” gave way to “Happy When It Rains” which flowed into “Head On” before Reid finally paused to state, “We might play a few songs off of our new album.” Otherwise, the between-song moments were primarily used by the band to create a lot of ruckus while tuning and steered away from the casual banter.

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TVD Radar: Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary Edition in stores 11/17

VIA PRESS RELEASE | In 1977 Saturday Night Fever defined an era with its Bee Gees-led soundtrack driving the film’s dancefloor action.

A worldwide smash upon release and an essential modern classic, Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack) produced four No. 1 singles and won the GRAMMY Award® for Album of the Year. On November 17, Capitol/VirginEMI will release the illustrious soundtrack’s 40th Anniversary Edition in expanded formats including a super deluxe box set that pairs the remastered album and remixes with the film’s 4K-restored 40th Anniversary Director’s Cut. “Forty years ago, Saturday Night Fever was released and the impact that came from it, even today, is inexplicable. It was inexplicable even then,” writes the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb in his new essay for Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack) 40th Anniversary Edition.

Composed and performed primarily by the Bee Gees, the legendary album’s mega-hits include “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “More Than A Woman,” and “If I Can’t Have You.” Certified 15-times multi-platinum by the RIAA for U.S. album sales totaling more than 15 million, Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack) has sold more than 40 million copies around the world. The album topped the U.S. album charts at No. 1 for 24 consecutive weeks and remained on Billboard’s albums chart for 120 weeks, also holding the No. 1 spot on the U.K. album charts for 18 consecutive weeks. In 2004, Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack) was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® and it was added to the U.S. Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry as a culturally significant work in 2013.

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Dhani Harrison,
The TVD Interview

From seeing it happen way too often, the publicist for Dhani Harrison asked not to start right out with questions about his Beatle dad (and that we might shy away from the overused headline “Here Comes the Son”).

Harrison the Younger may be able to hold his own on guitar—most vividly amid Tom Petty and Prince on an oft-seen Rock and Roll Hall of Fame video of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” And he might be a spitting image of his dad, who died almost 16 years ago at 58.

But the only son of Harrison, now 39, has also made his name in soundtrack composition for films like Beautiful Creatures and Learning to Drive and for TV series that include Good Girls Revolt, The Divide, Outsiders and the new White Famous. An honorary member of the Traveling Wilburys (where his pseudonym was Ayrton), he’s released three albums as part of thenewno2 and joined Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur in the supergroup Fistful of Mercy.

But only this month comes his first solo album, In///Parallel, on BMG. With rock, electronica, Middle Eastern, and symphonic Western orchestral influences, and a smokily familiar voice, it has lyrics that seem especially prescient to these dark political times.

Our interview with Harrison was delayed a week in part by further sadness: the death of Tom Petty October 2, of which he has said, “I definitely haven’t felt any loss like this since my dad.” But connected on the beach in California, he spoke about the right time for a solo release, how people might have been waiting for him to fail at 20, the secret to happiness, and Petty.

Where do you make your home now?

Los Angeles, on the West Side. I have my studio there. My mother is from LA, so I still have my grandma here; most of my living family is here. So I get back to England as much as I can. It’s beautiful out there. I really want to move back there. But, for now, working in the film industry in Hollywood and everything, you’ve got to be on call.

What made you decide to put out your first solo album now after doing work with your bands and doing soundtrack work?

I kind of feel like no one was expecting it. It was a good, confusing tactic. I think people had given up on me making a solo record, and I wanted to make something that was really true to who I was. And it took a long time to develop that. Obviously, with a composing career, it gave me so much more —I don’t know whether to say it’s confidence or skill, but I wasn’t able to make the record I wanted to make before.

And after years of doing different, more classically-trained stuff, just being more in the sphere of soundtracks all of the wonderful instruments that are used on them, I felt like now I’ve developed myself as an artist; I’ve got everything I needed to do under my belt, so there’s no question.

I think, a lot of people, if I had done this when I was 20 in England, they would have been really dying to see me fail. That’s all gone now. I’ve had my musical career and now I’m doing a solo record, because I really did just engineer and record and mix this whole thing myself, so by the end of it, my friends were like, there’s no point of this being a newno2 record, you should just go to the next level—do it as a Dhani Harrison record.

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TVD’s Press Play

Press Play is our Monday recap of the new and FREE tracks received last week to inform the next trip to your local indie record store.

ATTEMPT – Against The Light
Jared Saltiel – Wayward Queen
Robin Jackson – Drifting At Sea
Little Shrine – Stone
Goon – Monday Monday Monday (Tegan & Sara Cover)
Tree Machines – Like A Drum
ash.ØK – The Unraveled

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
Tears For Fears – I Love You But I’m Lost

YØUTH – Someone New
The Dream System – Losing All of You
Cotton Mather – Eleanor Plunge
Rews – Your Tears
Mo Troper – Wicked
Caustic Casanova – Lord Pinto
Stereotype – Hold Up

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Graded on a Curve:
J. Geils Band,
“Live” Full House

A few words on the evolution of this review: I originally intended to write about 1977’s Foghat Live because I consider it the best live album this side of Jerry Lee Lewis’ 1964 Live at the Star Club, Hamburg, which I love even more than Roxy Music’s 1976 Viva! Roxy Music, which is guaranteed to make your ears clasp their tiny little hands and say, “Glam bam thank you ma’am!”

But then my friend Hank Dittmar who has forgotten more about music than I’ll ever know recommended this 1972 live album by the J. Geils Band, whom I saw at Shippensburg College in the late seventies but can’t really remember seeing at Shippensburg College in the late seventies because I was totally blotto on a combination of Wild Turkey and Placidyl, the latter of which I can only describe as an industrial strength memory dissolvent.

So I decided to review “Live Full House and let me tell you I’m glad I did. It ain’t Jerry Lee Lewis and it ain’t Roxy Music but man do the J. Geils Band cook. They mainly stick to the rock and R&B basics but they infuse what are of course a couple of formulas as old as the hills with so much passion you’ll find yourself jumping up and down and screaming along with Peter Wolf who can really shout ‘em out for a white boy. And when he’s not busy emoting, Magic Dick who is my second favorite Dick in rock’n’roll behind Handsome Dick Manitoba, is busy honkadonkin’ up a storm on the old harpoon. Just check out his set piece “Whammer Jammer” if you don’t believe me.

One of the things that make this such a great live LP is the fact that the J. Geils Band keep the songs short instead of dragging ‘em out forever like so many other bands were doing at the turn of the decade. Even the one on which Wolf talks to the audience clocks in at well under 5 minutes, and that’s got to be some kind of record for the time. Steve Marriott, God bless him, wouldn’t have shut up for a good long quarter of professional football. I would love to say the band never lets up or lets things go slack but more or less keeps things jumping at a fever pitch except they kinda do on their otherwise mean as a snake cover of John Lee Hooker’s “Serves You Right to Suffer.” And they do it again on the only original on the LP, “Hard Drivin’ Man.”

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 10/23/17

Chase And Status Are Opening A Record Shop In Brixton: Chase And Status are set to open a pop up record shop in Brixton. The production duo have always been open about their influences, absorbing everything from classic roots through to dubstep and breaks. A uniquely London sound, Chase And Status are set to play a sold out Brixton Academy show on November 1st. To keep the celebrations flowing, though, the duo want to set up a pop up record shop in the South London borough. Sharing premises with historic reggae dugout Lion Vibes, Chase And Status will be selling exclusive merch, limited pressings, and a whole lot more.

Vinyl lives: A guide to all 27 of Brooklyn’s record stores: Fall is officially upon us, which means less time spent outdoors and more time at home. And just like the squirrel who saved up nuts for the winter, you might as well stock up on some new records now for those long, dark nights come December. Before moving to Brooklyn a few months ago, I worked at a record shop in DC for three years, so I was excited to see what my new home has in store. I spent the summer rifling through the stacks in all the record stores in Brooklyn to make you this handy guide.

‘Villain of Vinyl’ to open old school LP store in Lexington: DJ Kingpin Kingsley A. Waring–otherwise known as the Villain of Vinyl–will give vinyl fans another spot to get their hands on some vinyl (otherwise known as records or LPs for old schoolers) starting Oct. 28. That’s when Waring will open Turntable City at 202 W. Main St. in Lexington right next to Libby’s and M. Gallery. The shop will include rock, hip-hop, jazz and more album genres. “We aim to add to the great legacies of local record stores like Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, Sounds Familiar, Manifest and will work to the be the best,” said Waring, also known for his work with the Non Stop Hip Hop Live & The Love, Peace, & Hip Hop Music Festival.

Guildford Record Fairs Continue To Grow In Popularity: Guildford Record Fairs are a regular event in Guildford High Street’s historic Guildhall. The fairs, hosted by Ben Darnton of Ben’s Collectors Records in Tunsgate, have been running for seven years and continue to grow in popularity. The next fair will be on Saturday, October 28 from 9am to 6pm. Entry is free. Two further fairs follow this year, on Sunday, November 26 and Sunday, December 17…The Guildford Record Fairs encourage record sellers from around the county to bring along their vinyl records, browse the stalls and meet up with like-minded collectors. The events can attract more than 500 visitors, so stall holders are always busy.

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TVD’s The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

At my house I’ve got no shackles / You can come and look if you want to / In the halls you’ll see the mantles / Where the light shines dim all around you / And the streets are paved with gold and if / Someone asks you, you can call my name

Staying positive and keeping one foot in front of the other has been my mantra this week.

I have to also stay watching The Yankees hasn’t hurt my old New York “bones” either. I know, I know—The Dodgers are “the Canyon” team of choice, but as a child I grew up rooting for the “pin-stripes” in October. In fact, I’m one of the few folks you’ll meet who stormed Yankee Stadium’s field after the Bronx Bombers won the 1977 World Series.

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TVD Radar: Jack White to keynote Making Vinyl Detroit, 11/6

VIA PRESS RELEASE | There’s no bigger champion of vinyl than Jack White and he will honor Making Vinyl with his presence on November 6 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel as the keynote speaker, capping a full day of sessions of experts discussing the astounding rebirth of the global record manufacturing industry.

Jack’s Third Man Pressing (TMP) is also Making Vinyl’s hometown sponsor and all delegates will have the opportunity to tour the new vinyl factory, which opened in February, on the afternoon of November 7. Additionally, TMP technicians will be on various Making Vinyl panels. “Jack White is the perfect keynoter for Making Vinyl because he knows first-hand what it takes to set up a new vinyl factory,” stated Bryan Ekus, president of Colonial Purchasing Co-op, the producer of Making Vinyl.

TMP is the latest piece of White’s vertically integrated music-making empire. He’s ushered in such “nothing-can-stop-us” innovations as the “World’s Fastest Record” (the fastest studio to store recording ever made which was released Record Store Day 2014) to shooting a playing phonograph into space for Third Man Records’ 7th anniversary in July 2016. The record? TMR’s single release of Carl Sagan’s “A Glorious Dawn.”

Always achieving new levels of vinyl manufacturing ingenuity, White’s solo album Lazaretto—the biggest selling vinyl album of 2014 and the biggest selling vinyl album in a single year in the SoundScan era—at various places on the record played at 33, 45, and 78-rpm, among other astounding features.

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TVD Radar: 7-inches for Planned Parenthood in stores 11/17

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Earlier this year, members of the creative community announced 7-inches for Planned Parenthood, a curated series of 7-inch vinyl records and digital downloads to benefit Planned Parenthood. Today, we are excited to announce that the digital version will be made available on October 20th, while the full physical boxset will be available November 17th.

The box set includes new or never released tracks from Foo Fighters, Sharon Van Etten, and Sleater-Kinney as well as exclusive performances from comedians Jenny Slate, Zach Galifianakis, and Tig Notaro, spoken word by Dr. Willie Parker and Margaret Atwood, collaborations from St. Vincent and John Legend, and so much more.

The creative collective behind 7-inches for Planned Parenthood states: “Lawmakers with extreme views are working hard to shut down Planned Parenthood. If they succeed, millions of Americans will lose access to basic health services, including STD testing and treatment, birth control, and life-saving cancer screenings.

7-inches for Planned Parenthood is a response to this threat. This curated series of 7-inch vinyl records is being made by a group of people who believe that access to health care is a public good that should be fiercely protected. Do we know there’s a joke in the name? We do. We hope the title evokes the rich history of 7-inch vinyl records as a medium for protest music and resistance.

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TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Robert Plant, Carry Fire Test Pressing

What’s more rare than a Led Zeppelin reunion tour? Why, that would be a test pressing of Robert Plant’s brand new LP Carry Fire—however we have one to give away to one of you. First, some official background on the new release which is in stores right this very moment:

Robert Plant’s new album, Carry Fire, is out now on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records. To pick up a copy, head to your local record store, iTunes, Amazon, and the Nonesuch Store, and listen now on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.

The new album is “transfixing,” exclaims NPR’s Tom Moon. “Plant and his collaborators create music that overflows with irrepressible life force … Carry Fire is rivetingly intimate.”

“There are few undisputed rock stars this accomplished still taking musical risks,” exclaims the Associated Press reviewer Mark Kennedy. “Plant’s songwriting remains a class above, even as he nears 70. ‘Out here the fire’s still burning / So long into my night,’ he sings. Long may it burn.”

Plant discussed the roots of the album with the New York Times’ Jonathan Ringen, who calls it “a swirling mix of deep blues, mountain music, North African rhythms, and Zeppelin-heavy weight … The result is a heady, autumnal record, blending Mr. Plant’s early influences … blues-fueled riffs, Berber sounds and Bristol trip-hop sonics.”

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