Summer Preview: Noisy Ghost, Bonnaroo, Dinosaurs, and more!

I apologize for my absence. Finals suck. School sucks. Work sucks. I know. But it’s summer now, and I’ve got some big things cooking. Enjoy.

Noisy Ghost PR

I know I don’t usually talk about myself,  but I just need to take a moment and gloat. This summer, I will be interning at Noisy Ghost PR, a promotion sister-company to Graveface Records. As you may know, Noisy Ghost contacted me a few months ago and asked me to help them promote a show at Will’s Pub. Apparently, I did something right, because I was able to score an internship. Noisy Ghost represents experimental artists like Xiu Xiu, The Stargazer Lilies, and Bad Bad Hats, and I am beyond excited for this. But in reality, this wouldn’t have happened without everyone’s support. You rock. Keep up the good work. Alright, gloating over.

30 Days of Bonnaroo

Nope, gloating not over. I’m going to Bonnaroo! It’s going to be fucking great! To get excited about seeing some new acts, I’m going to be breaking down a new Bonnaroo artist EVERYDAY starting May 12th. I just might die. Stay tuned!

Jurassic Park on Vinyl?

Jurassic Park is literally my favorite movie. And Mondo is releasing the soundtrack on vinyl featuring some incredible cover art. There will be two different packages: one pressed on clear amber vinyl, and one on black. BUT, there will be a dilophosaurus colored LP randomly inserted into some of the packages. Those bastards. This creates an impossible decision: take the risk to get the dilophosaurus pressing or get the slightly less awesome amber pressing. Luckily, you have some time to make your decision, because the pressing isn’t released until June 11.

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I lied. There’s no more.

RSD 2014 Preview: The Good, The Bad, and The Expensive

(There is no bad)

Officially founded in 2007, Record Store Day is a celebration of the community, pride, and hard-work that goes into every independently owned record store. In the past few years, Record Store Day has grown into its own holiday, where artists small and large deliver a limited supply of releases old and new. Record Store Day Ambassador Chuck D, from the legendary hip-hip group Public Enemy, remarked on the impact of record stores, “The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves. It both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other.”

I’m here to point you in the direction of my favorite releases, some of which my entire life savings ($164) on. This Saturday, thousands will gather at their local record store and indulge in the essential need that is music. Where will you be? Enjoy.

RSD 2014 Logo

The Vinyl Warhol’s RSD Picks (feel free to send me any of these)

??? – Side By Side Series 7″ : Always a fun, cheap way to get a unique RSD tradition. Two artists, an original song by one, with a cover by a different on the back. Last year I got The Stooges’/The Black Keys’ renditions of “No Fun,” on red and orange marble vinyl.

Cage the Elephant – “Take It Or Leave It”: A solid single from the band’s latest album, Melophobia. The B-side features an unreleased track called “Jesse James.”

CHVRCHES – Recover EP: One of last year’s hottest new acts, CHVRCHES has dominated both underground and popular music. They’re also playing at Bonnaroo!!

Haim – Forever: Another new giant from last year. Seriously infectious pop rock hits!

Jay Z/Linkin Park – Collision CourseOddly charming mash-ups of songs from both musical giants (See: “Big Pimpin’/Papercut”).

RPM Turntable Football – A Two Player Game Played at 33 1/3 RPM: Just look.

The Velvet Underground – LoadedA classic from a band where all of their albums (I don’t count are classic Squeeze) are classic. “Rock & Roll,” “Sweet Jane,” and “Cool It Down,” come on?

Liars – “Mess on a Mission”: Great tune from this band’s latest release, Mess. And just look at that! I did a blog talking about it.

LCD Soundsystem – The Long Goodbye Box set: Saving the best for last. This five LP set is a remastered recording of the band’s final concert at Madison Square Garden. The price is $130, but I’ll be damned if I’m not leaving RSD without it.

View the complete list here! So, whatcha want?

 

Music News: Big Guava Festival

Good day friends! It’s been a stressful week full of rain and sorrows, but I just know that tomorrow is going to be a brighter day. Even though it’s cold and rainy now, it will be hot and rainy soon enough, and that means summer. And summer means music festivals. But, if you’re from Florida, you know that we don’t have any big music festivals. Our festivals are usually centered on farming, eating, or guns. But, this summer is the start of something great. Enjoy.

Big Guava Music Festival: May 2-4 2014

 
Three days, more than 20 acts, and enough fun to blind small children, that’s right kids it’s the Big Guava Festival. Produced by the all-powerful musical overlords Live Nation, Big Guava Fest is something new and exciting for Florida music lovers to lose their minds over. I randomly stumbled upon Big Guava, and could not be more enthralled. We’re talkin’ Outkast. We’re talkin’ Vampire Weekend. We’re talkin’ me pooping my pants in anticipation. I cannot wait for this summer!

This is the first time I can recall Florida having a decent sized music festival, and it’s something that we’ve needed for a long time. Anyone who has ever been in Florida during the summer knows it’s hell. But, what could be a better reason to brave heat? There’s going to be so many great acts, from many different genres. Haim is playing. You guys know how much I love Haim. Oh you don’t? Well here’s a subtle plug to remind you. And here’s another so I can tell you how excited I am that Deap Vally is also playing.

And here’s a graphic with everyone who’s playing!

Tickets to the three day event are $191.10 after fees. This is an event is a beautiful thing for central Florida. Hopefully it will become an annual event, grow larger, and kick ass. See you there.

Musical Ramblings: The Grammys

If you were unaware, or like most people you didn’t care, “music’s biggest night” was last night. But, I did watch The Grammys, and found it a, more or less, entertaining evening. So here are some of my thoughts about the winners, the performances, and The Grammys as an institution. Enjoy.

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Who got lucky?

Every year I feel like The Grammys slip more and more into irrelevance. With the explosion of the internet, there has never been more accessible music, and 99% of it is excluded from Grammy nominations. Even some the most praised albums of last year (ie. Yeezus, Modern Vampires of the City, Reflektor, … Like Clockwork) received little recognition from The Recording Academy. That, along with the fact that “artists” like The Baha Men, Katy Perry, and Lil Wayne are all Grammy winners, makes The Grammys reputation for good music go right down the toilet. Okay, enough ranting, let’s get to the show.

Despite the paragraph above, I actually really enjoyed The Grammys this year. The night started off with Beyonce and Jay Z performing a steaming rendition of “Drunk in Love”. The two of them had multiple cute moments throughout the evening, the best being Jay’s acceptance speech, where he thanked his wife for bringing Baby Blue into the world. Feels for days.


Throughout the rest of the night, there were performances of varying levels of boredom, peaking with Taylor Swift’s performance, which made me want to eat a gun. Even the “oh so amazing” Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performance was pretty lame. They didn’t even play a Beatles song, and Ringo wasn’t even the only drummer on the stage. Oh Ringo.

By far the best everything of the night was Daft Punk. Their performance with Pharrell, Stevie Wonder, and Nile Rodgers was incredible. I’m pretty sure it’s the only moment in history where Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, and John Legend were dancing to the same song. Remarkable.


I want to quickly mention the “What the Fuck?” Macklemore & Friends performance. When the gates of heaven opened up, revealing Queen Latifah and Madonna I lost it. The wedding ceremony was sweet, but even more amazing is the fact that Queen Latifah is a licensed reverend and there is a person that goes by the name of Trombone Shorty.

Oh yeah, and people won awards. Robot Rock.

Music in 2013: Third Man Records

With numerous releases and reissues this year, the hardworking heroes at Third Man Records have become leaders in the independent music scene and saviors of the vinyl record. Today, we’re going to take an in-depth look at Third Man Records: who they are, how they work and all that they’ve contributed to music in 2013. Enjoy.

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Your Turntable’s Not Dead

Third Man Records was founded in 2001 by Jack White, Ben Blackwell and Ben Swank in Detroit. Blackwell has said that Third Man was originally founded to “reissue White Stripes’ records, and maybe […] put out one or two new records.” However, the record label quickly took off, with the release of the debut album for White’s side project, The Dead Weather. Other releases soon followed, and in 2009, a physical location was established in Nashville, Tenn. Since it’s inception, Third Man has released more than 200 recordings by more than 40 different musical acts, of numerous genres.

In January, Third Man announced its Document Records reissues, featuring the work of Charlie Paton, Blind Willie McTell and The Mississippi Sheiks, with new cover art by Grammy-winning designer Rob Jones. This was the first time in decades that these artists were available on vinyl. White’s thoughts on the reissues: “This new joint venture is meant to expose this legendary music to a whole new generation of music lovers. These works occupy an important place in the bedrock of  American music history, and Third Man and Document Records are doing their part to make sure that tradition continues.” The first, second and third volumes were released this year, with the fourth planned for distribution in 2014.

Third Man’s next major release was their limited edition 10th anniversary pressing of The White Stripes’ fourth LP, “Elephant,” released on Record Store Day 2013. Featuring the masterings from the original analog recordings, the release was pressed on red, black and white multi-colored vinyl. The same day, Third Man Records unveiled a Record Booth at their Nashville headquarters, where fans could record their own song onto a 7″ vinyl record.  For his dedication to the ideals driving the celebration, Jack White was crowned the Ambassador of Record Store Day.


Third Man kept busy during the summer, pressing the soundtrack for “The Great Gatsby” on both black and limited gold and platinum vinyl. “The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film” featured music by Jack White, Jay Z and Lana Del Ray.  They also released albums by Third Man artists Kelly Stoltz and Seasick Steve. However, Third Man’s biggest release of the year would not come until November.

“The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932” was a collaboration with Paramount Records. It featured more than 800 songs, six 180 gram vinyl LPs pressed on burled chestnut colored vinyl, all bundled together in a handcrafted quarter-sewn oak cabinet. “Paramount Records was founded on a modest proposition: produce records as cheaply as possible, recording whatever talent was available. ” Paramount’s vision is more alive today than ever; it lives in independent record labels all across the country. Third Man is no exception, and their hope is that by making this music easily available to the public, they can preserve it.

In an article with “Rolling Stone” about the box-set, White said, “It’s every idea you can imagine – a forgotten artist no one cares about, mixed with a failing business, then the Great Depression, the materials people used to build things. Paramount was struggling to break even, cranking out tons of product… You get to learn from their experience, but look at it from a positive viewpoint – which they wouldn’t have been able to do. I doubt they cared that they were documenting anything about culture at all.”  His words parallel the achievements of Third Man. In 2013, they made their mark on culture, challenging the norm and coming up with new creative ideas while also sticking to their roots. Only the geniuses at Third Man Records know what is in store for the future, but whatever they have planned is sure to shake things up even more.

Mumford & Sons is Mumford & Done?

Indie coffee shop employees are in an outrage. Folk rock band Mumford & Sons has announced that they are going on hiatus. Is this the beginning of the end for the folk revival?

Mumford & Sons breaks down, this time without banjos

Mumford & Sons broke out in 2009, with their debut, Sigh No More. With hits “The Cave” and “Little Lion Man,” Mumford & Sons quickly rose to the forefront of the ever growing folk rock revival. With their second album, Babel, their popularity skyrocketed even further, winning Album of the Year at the Grammys. The band seems to be at their zenith, so why stop now?

“There won’t be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future following Friday’s show”, the news was dropped by keyboardist Ben Lovett in an interview with Rolling Stone, and the shock wave quickly rocked the needles of every Urban Outfitters brand turntable. Later in the interview Lovett said, “These shows take a bit more out of us,”.  “We have a bigger responsibility to be in better form. We can’t be dropping the set 20 minutes because Marcus has tired legs.” Additionally, it was recently revealed that bassist Ted Dwane had surgery for a blood clot in his brain. Currently, the band hasn’t said that this hiatus is due to conflict within the band, so it doesn’t seem as if Mumford & Sons is completely done, just put on pause.

Alright, opinion time!

This is the point of the program where I stop talking like a journalist. In my opinion, this “folk rock revival” should be re-titled exactly what it is, corporate folk. Record companies saw the growing hipster trend and decided it to make some money off of it. But it’s not just Mumford & Sons, bands like: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Of Monsters and Men, The Lumineers, The Civil Wars, Alabama Shakes, and Grouplove, all encompass the genre that I call corporate folk. Listen people, I’m not saying it’s all bad, it’s just getting really boring, and overrated. Recently, I went to the fabulous Raglan Road Irish Pub in Downtown Disney. There’s a folk cover band there that play while you eat. Here’s the thing, they played three Mumford & Sons songs. Mumford & Sons is not even Irish! And, they introduced the songs with, “Here is a song by the legendary Mumford & Sons.” Okay nice, this is alright… wait a second. LEGENDARY! Excuse me, Mr. Cover Band Man, you’re jumping the gun a little.

Here’s the thing, Folk music in the 60’s was about counter-culture, it was an anti-war, anti-establishment middle finger to the man. Bands like Mumford & Sons just don’t have that spirit of angst to them. All they want to do is sit on a blanket and write love songs, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but its not like there isn’t war and injustices to sing about. It’s not that I hate this music, if I hear a Mumford & Sons song at restaurant I’m not like, “OH MY GOD, WHAT IS THIS SHIT?!”, but after a while all the Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, and Of Monsters and Men songs sounds the same. Hell, even every Mumford & Sons song sounds the same. Slow coming in, then boom! banjo breakdown. I hear American Apparel slaves complaining all the time about the dubstep breakdown cliche, but the same cliches are here too. The dress: beards, overalls, suspenders, upright basses, lack of shoes, and flannel. What I will give Mumford & Sons credit for is being able to make fun of themselves, check out the video for “Hopeless Wanderer”, you will laugh. They even know it’s getting old.

Watch The Needle Drop review Babel!

Listen to Mumford & Sons on Spotify!

Vinyl Junkie: Third Man reissues Paramount

It’s a good day for vinyl lovers. Like everything else that comes out of Jack White’s Third Man Records, their latest project is genius on wax. Today I’m talking about, “The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932”, a two-volume set of songs that would otherwise have been forgotten. Enjoy.

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Jack White: The Musical Historian

Jack White is a man of many faces. Songwriter. Singer. Guitar God. Drummer. Pianist. Record label head. And now he’s helping preserve Paramount Record’s musical history, with the help of the good folks down at Third Man Records. If you’re not familiar with Paramount, they were founded in 1917, and released musics from legends such as: Louis Armstrong, Charley Patton, Son House, Alberta Hunter, and Papa Charlie Jackson. “Paramount Records was founded on a modest proposition: produce records as cheaply as possible, recording whatever talent was available. ” It’s plain to see, that Paramount’s vision is more alive today than ever, it strives in independent record labels all over the country. Third Man is no exception, and their hope is that by making this music easily available to the public, they can preserve it.

Volume one of “The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records” is set to be released on November 19.

The set includes:

  • 800 newly-remastered digital tracks, representing 172 artists
  • 200+ fully-restored original 1920s ads and images
  • 6x 180g vinyl LPs pressed on burled chestnut colored vinyl w/ hand-engraved, blind-embossed gold-leaf labels, housed in a laser-etched white birch LP folio
  • 250 page deluxe large-format clothbound hardcover art book
  • 360 page encyclopedia-style softcover field guide containing artist portraits and full Paramount discography
  • Handcrafted quarter-sawn oak cabinet with lush sage velvet upholstery and custom-forged metal hardware
  • First-of-its-kind music and image player app, allowing user mgmt of all tracks and ads, housed on custom-designed USB drive

I am so excited for this release, Third Man Records is breaking new ground everyday, and is helping keep music and vinyl alive.

Find out more about the release at Third Man Records.

Artist Spotlight: Deap Vally

Like the Black Keys, but with Bigger Balls

Today I’m introducing a new part of The Vinyl Warhol, my Artist Spotlight. Here’s the breakdown, when I come upon a new artist, from the Orlando area, or that I just think rule, I’m going to let you all know about them. Because, for me at least, finding a new band dive into makes any day ten times better. I want you guys to get in on it too! If you are in a band or find a band you think I should spotlight, send me an email, tweet them to me, or just post a comment. Like I said, I love finding new music, any and all genres apply. 

Deap Vally

Deap Vally are an all-girl, two-piece blues rock band, from Los Angeles. And let me start by saying these two kick some major ass! “Oh, they’re good for girls!” NO! They are more filthy, and can probably out drink, 90% of the boy bands who call themselves rock stars. Fortunately for all of you, Deap Vally’s debut album Sistronix, comes out on October 8, so now is the perfect time to get into them.

The best way to describe Deap Vally, is dirty. Lindsey Troy’s vocals remind me of ACDC’s Brian Johnson, but with more flavor. Drummer Julie Edwards, says she was heavily influenced by Meg White, of The White Stripes. Aggression-wise I can agree. But, Edwards is a much more technical drummer, not knocking Meg, but simplicity was her thing. In songs like “Gonna Make My Own Money” she comes pounding in, that would scare most male-drummers. 

Deap Vally’s music speaks for itself. Just listen, and let me know what you think, is there a band that you think is better than Deap Vally that I should know about? Then speak up. Because it’s “The End of the World”, and I’m going out with Deap Vally.

 Listen to Deap Vally on Spotify! 

Check out Rock It Out! Blog’s interview with Deap Vally.

Kanye West at his Kanye Best on Fallon

Last night, Kanye West headed to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote, “The Yeezus Tour”, with a powerful rendition of “Bound 2”.  Jimmy Fallon let the news of Kanye’s performance slip on Twitter, a few hours before the show. But, other than that, it was a surprise to see Yeezus. In recent months, Kanye has only performed a handful of times: launching into a minimalist tornado at the VMAs, with “Blood on the Leaves”, and sicking the dogs Saturday Night Live, performing both “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves”. But Kanye didn’t come to Fallon alone, he had some help from soul singer, Charlie Wilson, and boys choir.

Don’t miss “The Yeezus Tour”, with special guest Kendrick Lamar, when it comes to your town. I was lucky enough to see Kanye, along with Jay Z, on the 2011, “Watch the Throne” tour. It was a night full of energy and hit songs, and with this being Kanye West’s first solo tour since the “Glow in the Dark” tour in 2009, he is, pun intended, “Bound 2” make it something memorable.

Listen to Yeezus by Kanye West!

Tour Dates:

10/19 Seattle, WA  KeyArena
10/20 Vancouver, B.C.  Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
10/22 San Jose, CA  SAP Center
10/23 Oakland, CA  Oracle Arena
10/25 Las Vegas, NV  MGM Grand Garden Arena
10/26 Los Angeles, CA  Staples Center
11/1 Salt Lake City, UT  EnergySolutions Arena
11/3 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
11/5 Minneapolis, MN  Target Center
11/7 Chicago, IL  United Center
11/10 Detroit, MI  Palace of Auburn Hills
11/12 Toronto, Ont.  Air Canada Centre
11/14 Montreal, Que. Bell Centre
11/16 Philadelphia, PA  Wells Fargo Center
11/17 Boston, MA  TD Garden
11/19 Brooklyn, NY  Barclays Center
11/21Washington, DC  Verizon Center
11/23 New York, NY  Madison Square Garden
11/29 Miami, FL  AmericanAirlines Arena
11/30 Tampa, FL  Tampa Bay Times Forum
12/1 Atlanta, GA  Philips Arena
12/6 Dallas, TX  American Airlines Center
12/7 Houston, TX  Toyota Center

Welcome! You’re in for a treat.

Hello friends, colleagues, Vinyl Warholians, allow me to welcome you to The Vinyl Warhol. First, let me tell you a little about myself. My name is Matthew Weller, and I am a third year Junior at the University of Central Florida, majoring in Adverting and Public Relations. Once I graduate, I’m hoping to get a job doing publicity or promotion for a independent rock record label or for a company that I’m passionate about.

Now on to the important stuff, The Vinyl Warhol. I’m starting this blog because music is what means the most to me. This blog is going to contain music news, music reviews, along with something special. A segment that I’m going to start is going to be directed at anyone who wants to get into a band, but isn’t quite sure where to start. Just sit back, Matt’s going to do all the work for you. I’m not going to give too much of it away, just check back soon to find out.

So if you’re into garage rock, pop, indie, folk, hip hop, R&B, rock&roll, surf rock, top 40, or all of those things, please check back for when the action really starts.

But I wouldn’t leave you with nothing, here is some music news to get you pumped:

Eric Clapton is reissuing his classic Unplugged:

If you’ve never heard any of Clapton’s six-time Grammy Award winning Unplugged check out “Tears in Heaven” and cry yourself to sleep tonight.

Rollingstone.com’s list of The 10 Most Killer Cover Songs of the Past Decade:

Do yourself a favor and check out Franz Ferdinand’s dance-guitar cover of “All My Friends” (originally performed by LCD Soundsystem), and Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) with Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross’ industrial crunch take on Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”.