Addicted To Vinyl Musical thoughts from the open road, with headphones on


ZZ Top – Double Down Live: 1980/2008

Written by:

When I think about the early concerts that played an important part in my development as a music fan, there's one that comes up in conversation quite a bit.  My friend David had tickets to see ZZ Top at Richfield Coliseum in February of 1991, a concert that is also notable for featuring the Black Crowes opening, a slot that marked their first major arena tour.  Truthfully, the Crowes weren't very good (which was a shame, since I really liked their debut album at the time) but their inclusion on the bill was historic, because they would get booted from the tour a short time later for their continual criticism of Miller Lite, the official sponsor for the tour.  I wasn't a huge ZZ Top fan at the time - I knew the hits, but didn't really own any of the albums, except for Afterburner, which I had obtained while growing up as a kid.  I had seen the videos, and I definitely knew the drill, but hadn't taken it any further than that.

With an offer of a ticket to the Richfield show, I decided it was finally time to complete my ZZ Top education, and I couldn't have made a better decision.  Pre-game activities included watching a very large man eat an entire large pizza all by himself, followed by an incident a few moments later in which he vomited all over the person sitting in front of him.  This was my 4th or 5th major concert, and I was glad to not be sitting in front of this gentleman, and at the same time, I really enjoyed the incident which seemed like something you could only experience at a rock and roll show.  It made me want to attend more concerts, which I've certainly done plenty of, since then.


Show of the Week: Os Mutantes

Written by:

This week, our pal CB is in the midst of moving hell and emailed me to let me know that he would not have time to send me his traditional show of the week post.

I'm pinch hitting for CB, and thanks to the fine folks at the Beachland, I've got details for you regarding a show on Wednesday night (9/30) that you shouldn't miss. I'll let the Beachland folks tell you about it in their own words...

OK, we try not to threaten you very often, but we need to level with all you Beachland fans out there....

We are one of a few spots in the country presenting the Brazilian band Os Mutantes (yes the Mutants) and unfortunately we've put ourselves at great risk so many times to bring Cleveland the most important shows and have often been terribly disappointed at the turnout. For this one, we really need your faith... and your bodies. It's an early show. It's going to be an amazing show. Get off your couch. Open your wallets...We really need you!!!


Check out John Soeder's Plain Dealer article on Os Mutantes here.

Read the full bio/rundown on the Os Mutantes show and check out some video after the jump.


New Music: Dennis Diken with Bell Sound

Written by:

Dennis Diken

Let me introduce you to your new favorite "guilty pleasure" listening music -  Late Music, the very welcome new release that hit stores and digital outlets today from Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken with Bell Sound.  The Bell Sound project pairs Diken with collaborator Pete DiBella, and a list of special guests that will put a smile on the face of power pop lovers everywhere - Brian Wilson producer Andy Paley, The Honeys, Jason Falkner, and members of The Wondermints are just a few of the names that drop by to lend a hand on Late Music!

From the official press release:

The finely-wrought sound of Late Music owes much to The Four Freshmen, The Four Seasons, The Bee Gees and The Beach Boys. And Dennis Diken with Bell Sound’s hat remains roguishly tipped to The Association, The Who and The Move. Yet Late Music remains their own thing, for them to offer and the world to dig. And dig, it must. It’s never too late.

If you're a big Beach Boys/Smithereens/power pop fan like I am, hopefully you're already downloading this album - it really is a fantastic listen and must-hear for all music lovers.  I can't wait to take this one in the car, and I'm already plotting a track or two for my next mix!

Stream four tracks from Late Music

Purchase Late Music from Amazon

Photo courtesy of Dennis Diken with Bell Sound


Bill Champlin: The ATV Interview

Written by:

Bill Champlin

During my early years as a music fan, I came across albums that would be important mile markers in my continuing musical education. Chicago 17 was an important album that introduced me to the production of David Foster, and perhaps more importantly, the vocals of Peter Cetera and Bill Champlin. Champlin was a recent addition to Chicago, having joined during the songwriting sessions for Chicago 16, the band's first album for their new label, Full Moon/Warner Brothers, after a career length stint recording for Columbia. The winning combination of Foster + Champlin + Chicago led to platinum selling results, and the band's second #1 single with "Hard to Say I'm Sorry."


The Monday Morning Mix – When The Love Is Good – 9/27/09

Written by:


Graphic by Rachael Novak

Click here for details on how you can be a part of The Monday Morning Mix and win some cool stuff!

We've got some great mixes in hand and on the way - where is yours?

About Today's Mix:

We're going to break from the steady stream of solid ATV fan submissions, and I'm going to share a mix of my own today with a story attached.  In today's hard-to-believe-yet-completely-true story, our hero finds himself in love with a girl - one who loves music just as much as he does.  One who enjoys frequent road trips to other cities for the purpose of attending concerts while attempting to locate and tour every record store in the city.  Shared favorite artists/groups include Tom Petty, R.EM., Duran Duran, U2, and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.  Her collection has some holes in the Smithereens section, while his collection could use quite a bit of help in the Smiths section.


Love to let you down…

Written by:

I'm not sure how many Life of Agony fans we have here, but tonight I found myself thinking of "Love To Let You Down," a track on their most recent studio effort Broken Valley from a few years ago. Someone posted Rockpalast footage on Twitter of a different song, which made me wonder if there might be a live version of LTLYD from that same performance.

And indeed there was - captured while the band was on tour with Faith No More:

Still a jam!

I prefer the studio version - in fact I'm going to have to dig that one out soon to throw it on the hard drive!


Making A List: Top Ten Rock Songs in Two Minutes

Written by:

Hey everybody! The Stereo Dictator is back with a list that is sure to stimulate some conversation: The Top Ten Songs of the 20th Century in Two Minutes!

This post is inspired by a friend of mine who recently asked me to come up with the top ten rock and roll songs of the 20th century in in two minutes. Having lived through most of the last five decades, my reference point was songs which had great influence and/or worldwide appeal, not necessarily the best ten songs I have ever heard.

Take a look at my list and let me know what you think. If you like, send in your own list, but be sure to follow the rules by timing yourself and giving consideration to every decade from the 50s forward.

Yes, I know my list stops in the 70s, but that's as far as I got after two minutes. I did not have the luxury of coming up with a list of 50 songs and paring it down to ten. Besides, I like my list.


Pearl Jam + Bad Religion + Social D = WOW

Written by:

As many of you know, the legendary Spectrum venue in Philly is going bye-bye after this year. When Springsteen announced four October dates at the Spectrum, my mind immediately started to dream of finally catching a Bruce show at the Spectrum.  Unfortunately, with all of my current travel commitments, I don't think I'll be making any of the Bruce shows.

'Tis okay.

But how about THIS - Pearl Jam is officially booked as the final band to play the Spectrum, and they'll do that with support from Social Distortion and Bad Religion!


Cleveland Bachelor’s Show of the Week: The Split Decision Post

Written by:

Hello Internet Friends,

Well, actually, since this is Matt's blog, I guess you aren't my friends. More like friends of a friend. OK, how about this ...

Hello Internet Acquaintances,

How are you? I'm fine. Kinda busy, but these days who isn't? I won't complain. Besides, this week's cultural choices are so rich, I'd feel like a jackhole whining about stuff. The sheer richness of the week's offerings has prompted me to compose my first ever Show of the Week split-decision post. (Technically, that's a lie, as one of the following events is on Sunday, which would be next week, but you know what I mean.)

Option 1: Eileen Yaghoobian's Died Young, Stayed Pretty screens at the CIA Cinematheque . In fact, it screens twice, on Friday at 7:30 PM and Saturday at 9:40 PM, in case (a) you are too busy one of the evenings to catch it or (b) you catch it the first night and love it so much you want to see it twice. Died Young, Stayed Pretty is a critically acclaimed documentary film about the art and craft of rock show poster making. Yaghoobian will be in Cleveland for the screening, as well.

For more information about the film, click here

Also, be sure to check out local master concert poster maker John G's own poster for the film screening below.

john g died young stayed pretty

Option 2: Famed Detroit African-American proto-punk rock band Death plays at the Beachland Ballroom on Sunday. The subject of this wonderful NYT feature, Death's show on Sunday promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime performance that you'll be kicking yourself for missing. (Find a download of "Politicians in my Eyes" and you'll hear exactly what I'm talking about if you aren't yet sold. If you refuse to download anything, well, think Jimi Hendrix meets The Stooges and you are about 25% of the way there.) If the historical aspect of the show wasn't enough, an opportunity to catch local badasses This Moment in Black History as openers on the Beachland big stage is charming enough of a thought.


So there you have it - two excellent cultural opportunities to snatch up, all centered around awesome rock and roll. Does it get any better than that?

Click here for the complete rundown from CB!


New Music: Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy

Written by:

It's time to share another CD with all of you that's been a fixture in my player recently: Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy, is a tribute to the CT-based former Miracle Legion and Polaris front man and his late wife Melissa, who died suddenly in September 2008. 

Ciao will be available at traditional record stores and online next Tuesday (9/28).

Proceeds from the sale of the album will help Mulcahy raise his young daughters and continue his music career. The album features 21 exclusive recordings by his friends, including Thom Yorke, Michael Stipe, Dinosaur Jr., The National, Frank Black, and Juliana Hatfield among others.

20 additional tracks are available digitally via the Itunes deluxe edition, including the Buffalo Tom cover of "Butterflies", a particular gem that makes the deluxe set a must-own purchase.

Annie Zaleski has a nicely detailed review of the set, and there's also a newly released video for Thom Yorke's version of "All For The Best."  Notably, the track marks the first time that Yorke and his brother Andy have worked together - check out the video below:

Windows Media


This set is a great purchase for music nerds - the lineup of talent on these discs is staggering -  and you can feel good that you're supporting a great cause as you potentially discover Mulcahy's talented body of work for the first time.

Ciao My Shining Star