Written by: Matt Wardlaw
For those of you that enjoy power pop, you'll know that we are in a good position to constantly discover great bands in the genre, thanks to resources like Not Lame Records, and similar websites, fanzines, etc. Some of them make a good amount of noise, Sugarbomb for example. You might remember hearing this song in the Van Wilder movie, and several other movies in the couple of years that followed. This tune was tailor-made for movie use. Unfortunately, Sugarbomb's career didn't really explode in the right ways beyond this song:
And then you've got Owsley. Two great albums, but the usual reaction if you mention this one to a music fan is "Who?" Criminal. And that is the cross that power pop often has to bear - so much of the great music in the genre, goes nearly completely unheard by the masses.
Today's artist has nothing to do with the above two artists, except for this connecting point. I got a copy of Land, the latest album from Vinyl Candy in the mail over the weekend, and I got that feeling. Similar to the first time that I opened up packages to find Sugarbomb and Owsley albums, I could tell instantly that Vinyl Candy was a band that I would enjoy a lot. The artwork was cool, and when I put the CD on, a lusciously full sound filled my car. It reminded me of the first time that I heard the Owsley discs, and how impressed I was with the recording and production values.
You can hear album after album from major label bands that stick to the textbook methods of recording an album, and then you hear an album like this Vinyl Candy disc. An album with seemingly at least 64 tracks of instrumentation and vocals, the kind of album that gives you a multi-tracked confirmation that headphone rock still exists in the minds of people besides yourself. Surfing over to the Los Angeles-based band's Myspace page, they've got producer Jack Joseph Puig (Semisonic, Jellyfish, Weezer, Counting Crows) listed in their list of influences. Nerd moment!
Scanning through the rest of their influences, you'll take note of a few more artists that have been known to use more than a few tracks in the recording studio. Bands like Jellyfish, Queen, ELO, and The Beach Boys. But Vinyl Candy also count Journey, KISS, and Van Halen as additional influences. A diverse list of influences that combine for total ear candy of the best variety.
Land is a concept record that takes the listener on a journey, following one rock star's rise to fame, and the subsequent tumble back to earth. Putting the concept part aside (especially for those of you that might hate concept records,) Land is just a solid record that I really enjoyed. It's been a while since I've had a new power pop crush, and I think it's safe to say that Vinyl Candy will occupy that slot for the rest of the year. And they're already working on their next release planned for 2010 release. Can't wait.
Check out a tune from Land:
Visit the band online here, and grab your own copy of Land.more
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
What It Is: A weekly mix tape posted on Mondays, created by the fans of Addicted to Vinyl, posted for all to enjoy! The mix is available for one week, until the new one goes up.
The Goal: Introduce yourself to great new music from bands of the past and present, from albums that are new and old. Buy music. Repeat.
Be A Part Of It: I want you to make me/us a mix CD. I want to hear the tunes that you are into, new or old. And I want to feature your mix on this site!
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About Today's Mix:
Forgive me - this mix is going to require a little bit of setup on my end, before I hand things off to our featured mix master!
But first of all, how about our cool new graphic for the MMM? Big props to our girl Rachael Novak who did the design work!
You'll start seeing some graphics from Rachael popping up here and there on the site, as we work to flesh things out. Hire her for your next graphics project. Give her money. We think she's great.
Onward to the mix!
Today's mix comes from my good pal Pat the Producer, and I'll let him run down a bit of a bio for you all in a second.
As a fellow radio geek and junkie, I have to let you know that Pat hosted (via 90s alternative rock station 107.9 The End) two of the city's most highly regarded and highly rated specialty programs SIMULTANEOUSLY with "The Deep End" (Mondays-Fridays) and the "Inner Sanctum" (Sunday nights.)
Going to school, I would frequently hear people ask "did you hear what Pat played last night on The Deep End?"
"The Deep End" was the definition of "destination listening," and in my opinion, was the last blast of free-form style radio on commercial radio in Cleveland.
I've been working on Pat to contribute some content to ATV, and he did me one better and surprised me with the news "I'm working on a mix for that mix series you've got going on ATV." He did a live mix direct to tape a couple of weeks ago, and mid-week after the mix was completed, he let me know that there would be a second disc coming up. I told him that would be cool, and that it would make for a great sequel down the line. "Gonna have to be a double disc, bro" was Pat's reply.
And who was the winner in that discussion? Hmmm, well....read onward, friends!!
Hello to all my fellow music geeks here at Addicted to Vinyl!
My name is Pat the Producer and my buddy Matt has asked me several times if I'd like to contribute something for all of you so after some careful thought (aka a few beers and a shot) and seeing his new CD mix feature I decided to put this Double Disk together.
I'll give you a little background in case you're not from Cleveland (Go Tribe!!). I started in radio at the legendary 107.9 The End here in town in 1992. And until late 1998ish I had a blast in a ton of different roles for The End. Starting as the engineer's intern I quickly picked up all I could and started doing various board-op stuff (It sucked but for a while there Brian and Joe would not let anyone else run their remotes). My passion for the music that we were playing really helped me move up quickly and I think I was a natural at expressing that passion to others which made me a perfect fit for what we as a station were trying to accomplish.
(Editor's note: Let me assure you that the passion that Pat refers to above, is still very much intact to this day!)
I soon took over Production Director duties and went on to produce and co-host the award winning "Inner Sanctum" a show dedicated to Cleveland's music scene (Still on the air today at Radio 92.3 FM). I ended up as acting Music Director and host of "The Deep End" a music-centric show I did daily, first from 10pm-2am and eventually moving to 7pm-Midnight with Free Times and Scene magazine best DJ awards thrown in there for good measure.
For those not in the radio/record biz this next stat is just me preening my ego but for a while there Accu-Ratings had my market share in the lower 20's (that is kind of a ridiculous number guys and gals, just silliness!) The only thing that meant to me though is I could pretty much play whatever the hell I wanted to, interview whomever I chose to and I did!
I got offers to leave town for bigger markets but that is not what I was ever after. I love this town! I loved being able to hip people to cool music! I loved being able to help bring some incredible shows and artists to Cleveland! For more about 107.9 The End you can check out the documentary It's the End of the World as We Knew It by Mike Wendt and out on DVD soon.
So I wanted to put something together that reflected a slice of what I would have done in the 'Deep End' while just vibing as I would have put it. Back then, I would have had most of the lights off with candles all over the studio just feelin' it! I have taken the liberty of putting this together as an mp3 file segued live just as I would have done it back in the day for you to download or stream. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together!
Download the complete mix (link is good for one week)
Disc 1: Dusk
1 - Where the Streets Have No Name - U2 (from The Joshua Tree)
4 - The Idiot Kings - Soul Coughing (from the album Irresistible Bliss)
5 - Missing My Baby - G. Love (from the album Lemonade)
6 - Pressure - Sunscreem (from the album 03)
7 - Come Undone - Duran Duran (from The Wedding Album)
8 - Richest Junkie Still Alive - Machines of Loving Grace (from the Gilt album)
9 - Army Of Me - Bjork (from the album Post)
10 - Get Down Make Love - Nine Inch Nails (from the EP Sin)
11 - Don't Take That Attitude To Your Grave - Ben Harper (from the album Welcome To The Cruel World)
12 - Miniature Disasters - KT Tunstall (from the album Eye To The Telescope)
13 - Funplex - B-52's (from the album Funplex)
15 - Enough - Gravity Kills (from the album Gravity Kills)
16 - Infected - Bad Religion (from the album Stranger Than Fiction)
17 - Trouble - Cat Stevens (from the album Mona Bone Jakon)
Disc 2: Dawn
1 - Ocean Size - Jane's Addiction (from the album Nothing's Shocking)
2 - Man of Action - Matthew Good Band (from the album The Audio of Being)
3 - Everybody Here Wants You - Jeff Buckley (from the album Sketches for My Sweetheart The Drunk)
4 - The Pusher - Blind Melon (from the album Nico)
5 - Lips Like Sugar - Echo and The Bunnymen (from the album Echo and the Bunnymen)
6 - Love - The Sundays (from the album Blind)
7 - My World - Sick Puppies (from the album Dressed Up As Life)
8 - Overcome - Tricky (from the album Maxinquaye)
9 - Fire on Babylon - Sinead O'Conner (from the album Universal Mother)
10 - The Good Times are Killing Me - Modest Mouse (from the album Good News For People Who Love Bad News)
11 - Divine Intervention - Matthew Sweet (from the album, um, Girlfriend. If you really needed to read that, I'm kinda disappointed...and this is Matt speaking. Ha.)
12 - C'mon Billy - PJ Harvey (from the album To Bring You My Love)
13 - Deep Six - Matthew Good Band (from the album Beautiful Midnight)
14 - Sorrow - Flyleaf (from the album Flyleaf)
15 - Ich Bin Ein Auslander - Pop Will Eat Itself (from the album Dos Dedos Mis Amigos)
16 - Love Letter Rough Draft - Disengage (from the album Application For An Afterlife)
17 - All I Want is You - U2 (from the album Rattle & Hum)more
Hey Cleveland! Here are the details for Record Store Day at Music Saves + Black Sabbath vinyl details + more!
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
I made my way over to Music Saves on Thursday night to pick up a couple of things: They had ordered Ready For The Flood per my request, the newish album from principal Jayhawks members Mark Olson and Gary Louris.
Ready For The Flood is the first new studio album from the duo since Olson's 1995 departure from the 'Hawks, and was produced by Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes. The album was released overseas late last year and finally got a U.S. release earlier this year via New West Records, who added a couple of bonus tracks to the U.S. release. One of those bonus tracks in particular would make Ready For The Flood worth the purchase alone, even if the rest of the disc was blank. "Precious Time" is a fan favorite originating on the "Mystery Demos" compilations from the 80s/90s that have been circulated in trading circles over the past few year, and now is finally available on Ready For The Flood. Hell yeah.
As for the album? Oh, it's fantastic. Hopefully you caught the pair on Letterman, and if you missed that, here's the video for your viewing pleasure. Olson/Louris are on the road right now as we speak, and just played a showcase at SXSW. Go catch 'em if they're in your neck of the woods....and when you see them, tell them to get their asses to Cleveland or anywhere in Ohio for a show!
PS - I've been telling everyone I know to pick up the Gary Louris solo album Vagabonds, also produced by Robinson and released last year. It's a great companion piece, and one of my favorite records from 2008.
I also picked up Oohs and Aahs from Say Hi (To Your Mom,) which came out a few weeks ago. The internet sez:
Written and recorded in the home studio of critically acclaimed Seattle via Brooklyn via los Angeles DIY icon Eric Elbogen, Oohs & Aahs is an extraordinary and consistently witty album of dimly lit indie rock fables that ponder many hues of gloom, lust and inevitability and beauty of imperfection. Even for fans of Elbogens past work, it's a marvel of modern post-pop.
Indeed. I took a listen to this one on the listening station at Music Saves, and was sucked in by the 80s-esque synths that are sprinkled throughout Oohs & Aahs. Additionally, I'm a sucker for one-man-band kinda things, and Say Hi certainly fills the bill on that one.
Fun fact: I was actually searching for something new with female vox to listen to, and came away with Say Hi instead. Those damn synthesizers will get me everytime.
Stop in at Music Saves and take a copy home for yourself.....tell 'em that Addicted to Vinyl sent you, and I'm sure they'll give you some sort of discount, and hopefully they'll give me a free Dr. Pepper. Or a picture with Vinyl the Cat. Or both.
Here is a song sample for your listening pleasure:
Say Hi - Maurine
If you want some good humor, read the "un-FAQ" on the Music Saves website. I like this one:
Do you guys have an indie rock section?
Someone actually asked this once after looking around for 20 minutes. We’re not sure what he meant by indie rock. We only have 2 sections: New and Used.
Record Store Day at Music Saves:
Got the official email update from Music Saves with the rundown on their planned offerings for Record Store Day. If you're not on their email list already, sign up now!
RECORD STORE DAY 2009 – FULL(ish) DETAILS
Saturday, April 18, noon-11pm at MUSIC SAVES!
Other places on the street are working on stuff for that day, too, so spend the day on Waterloo! Details TBA!
AT MUSIC SAVES:
10% off entire purchase when you come in wearing an indie record store t-shirt
Grab bags of CD mystery – super cheap!
Goody bags for all!
An array of fabulous prizes
The prize is a $100 gift certificate to MUSIC SAVES! The TEAM will pick the winner! Your diorama must be music themed! Yes, it must be created inside a shoebox! DIORAMA DEADLINE IS 10pm, Thursday, April 16!
(If anyone has spare shoeboxes lying around the house, please drop them off at the store for those who are shoebox-less!)
OUT store performances from:
THE VERY KNEES
Here is the list of releases for RSD – the ones we will have. It’s ridonk. Seriously – 52 lines worth of ridonk below.
There will be limited quantities of (almost) everything. We are trying to get enough to go around, but if there is something you can’t live without, you best get here early in the day. Last year, the eager peeps were standing outside our door when we opened. We will not be providing security, beers, or Snuggies® if you want to camp out overnight.
FULL DETAILS OF THIS LIST (or as much as we have to offer) WILL BE POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE EARLY NEXT WEEK!!
AKRON FAMILY LIMITED 7”
BLACK KIDS LIMITED 7”
BLITZEN TRAPPER LIMITED 7”
CAMERA OBSCURA LIMITED 7”
LEONARD COHEN LIMITED 7”
COLD WAR KIDS LIMITED Live CD
ELVIS COSTELLO 7”
CURSIVE/LADYFINGER LIMITED 10”
DEAD WEATHER LIMITED 7”
DECEMBERISTS LIMITED 7”
DEPECHE MODE LIMITED 7”
DR.DOG/FLOATING ACTION LIMITED 7”
BOB DYLAN LIMITED 7”
FLAMING LIPS/BLACK KEYS LIMITED 7”
FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS LIMITED 7”
GREEN DAY Dookie LP
GRIZZLY BEAR LIMITED 7”
GUIDED BY VOICES Hold on Hope LIMITED LP
IRON AND WINE LIMITED Live CD
JANE’S ADDICTION LIMITED 7”
JANE’S ADDICTION Nothing’s Shocking & Ritual De Lo.. LPs
JESUS LIZARD LIMITED 7” box set
JENNY LEWIS (with Elvis Costello) LIMITED 7”
LYKKI LI/EL PERRO DEL MAR LIMITED 7”
MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. LIMITED 7”
MC5 LIMITED 7”
METRIC LIMITED 7”
MODEST MOUSE LIMITED 7”
MY MORNING JACKET Live CD/LP
NEW ORDER LIMITED 7”
OBITS LIMITED 7”
PAVEMENT Live in Germany 12”
RADIOHEAD vinyl singles
SILVERSUN PICKUPS LIMITED Pikul 12”
SMITHS LIMITED 7”
SONIC YOUTH/BECK LIMITED 7”
SONIC YOUTH/JAY REATARD LIMITED 7”
CHARLES SPEARIN (Broken Social Scene) 12”
REGINA SPEKTOR Begin to Hope LP
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN LIMITED 7”
STOOGES LIMITED 7”
TALKING HEADS Talking Heads: 77 LP
THERMALS/THAO LIMITED 7”
THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES/RUSSIAN CIRCLES LIMITED 12”
VETIVER LIMITED 7”
TOM WAITS LIMITED Live 7”
WHISKEYTOWN LIMITED 7”
YEAH YEAH YEAHS It’s Blitz LP
NEIL YOUNG Live 1968 LP
VARIOUS THRILL JOCKEY Records Toreism LIMITED LP+zines
VARIOUS This LP Crashes Hard Drives Label Comp LIMITED LP
We told you, it’s RIDONK!
Lots of cool stuff on that list, although I'm bummed to hear that the Wilco vinyl reissues have been bumped to June. I guess that makes my day a little bit less expensive - count me in for that there Wilco live DVD!
Speaking of Vinyl:
On the heels of my recent update about the new album from Heaven & Hell (*cough* Black Sabbath *cough*) The Devil You Know, I discovered via the fine folks over at the Steve Hoffman music forums that all of the Dio-era Black Sabbath stuff has been freshly reissued on vinyl. Get your mitts on Heaven & Hell, Mob Rules, Live Evil, and Dehumanizer by clicking on the linkity-links (which benefit your friends here at Addicted to Vinyl) or visit your favorite local retailer.
It's nice to see that they are reasonably priced too, at 17 bucks a pop (Live Evil is 23 bucks, since that's a double disc affair.) Wish that more labels would get the memo on how cool that is!
More more more! A new record (we're talkin' vinyl here!) store for Cleveland!
The following details were also within the info-loaded chock-full-of-musical-nutrients-that-taste-better-than-Spam-from-the-local-7-11 newsletter from Music Saves:
BLUE ARROW RECORDS AND BOOKS OPENS ON MARCH 26, next THURSDAY, at 7pm!
Pete and Debbie, former owners of Renaissance Parlour and partners in This Way Out and damn cool folks, are opening this store right down the street from us, past Shoparooni, cross the side street, and it’s next to Low Life Gallery, in the building with the blue arrow on it!
They’ll feature quality used LPs, 45s, and 78s from the 1950’s to the present, in a range of musical styles. They’ll also have magazines, t-shirts, furniture, and other cool merchandise.
The floor is covered entirely with vintage album covers. IT – IS – AWESOME!
AND they have a stage that will be used for performances and DJ events! DJs will be spinning all day during the Waterloo Arts Fest on June 27th!
We couldn’t be more excited to have these guys join our little Waterloo family, and we hope you’ll show them some love by stopping in sometime soon!
FYI – WATERLOO WILL HAVE A TOTAL OF 3 RECORD STORES WHEN THIS PLACE OPENS! WELCOME TO CLEVELAND’S VINYL DISTRICT!
That's enough for now, right?
Written by: Matt Wardlaw
I loved reading this email from Moby tonight, sent to Bob Lefsetz. I'm that certain kind of music fan who still avoids contact with the singles so that I can hear the album for the first time as a whole album....even if it is U2 or Springsteen. And I'm also someone that often loves the albums that didn't sell that many copies, the albums that not nearly enough people heard.
Here's a little not-so-secret-secret for you all....those albums, are often the best ones. The ones that got away. And if you don't have a list of those albums, you really need to start expanding your musical collection. Just don't expand it as much as I have....all of this stuff takes up a lot of room!
It's inspiring to read stuff like this from Moby that are doing what they do, for the right reasons. He completely nailed it.
By the way, I love that there are still people like Moby trying to make music that sounds cool in the headphones! Total bliss.
yup, it's me from danbury/darien/stratford/storrs/stamford connecticut (my mom and i got around a bit).
the new record is melodic and fairly mournful.
lots of strings and very open and spacious.
see, i had a quasi-epiphany last year when i heard david lynch talking about creativity (and forgive me if this sounds new age or hokey).
he talked about how creativity in and of itself is great, and i realized that he was right.
and i realized that, ideally, the market should accomodate art, but that art shouldn't accomodate the market.
i know, it sounds idealistic.
i had been trying to make myself happy and make radio happy and make the label happy and make press happy and etc.
and it made me miserable.
and i also don't really aspire to selling too many records.
see, my friends who are writers sell 20,000 books and they're happy.
my friends who are theater directors sell 5,000 tickets during a run and they're happy.
i like the idea of humble and reasonable metrics for determining the success of a record.
and i like the idea of respecting the sacred bond that exists between musician and listener.
again, i know this sounds hokey, but it's where i am at present.
i also really like records. i know that 90% of the people who listen to my music download individual tracks, which is fine, but i want to make cohesive albums in the hope that someone might listen to them from start to finish.
for even one person to make the effort to listen to music that i've made is pretty remarkable, and i need to be humble and respectful in the face of that.
some people can be larger than life rockstars, and i love them, but i'm just a bald jerk who makes music in his bedroom and hopes that someone might listen to it.
oh, i also mixed/produced the album (it's called 'wait for me') in a very old-timey way, with extreme stereo panning and analog reverbs, etc.
it sounds AMAZING in headphones, if i do say so myself.
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