The Lovers Key – “Bright Eyes, Black Soul”

Just wanted to drop off something I’ve been pushing at Noisy Ghost. This is the debut single from retro-soul two-piece, The Lovers Key. The duo features ex-Postmarks guitarist/songwriter Christopher Moll at the helm, with Maco Monthervil on vocals. “Bright Eyes, Black Soul” is the first taste from their upcoming album Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, out September 23. Enjoy.

 

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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.

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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.

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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?

 

Record Roulette: Adam and the Ants

Hello my pretties. I have something special for you today. I came up with this new idea for a recurring series that I’ve dubbed “Record Roulette”. If you’ve ever been to record store, you know about the chance you take searching through the unwanted, abused LP’s. These albums are usually sold cheap, but sometimes you end up with a steaming pile of shit. With this series, I’m going to gambling away my money on some of these discarded records. But, like any game of chance it needs a few rules. I can’t have listened to the record before, and it can’t be more than $5. Then I’m going to review it. I don’t know how how this is going to go, but I think it will be fun to see what gems, or dead bodies, I dig up. Enjoy.

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We’re gettin’ trashy

 

The Record Store: Park Ave. CD’s Orlando, Fladam

The Artist: Adam and the Ants

The Record: Kings of the Wild Frontier

The Price: $5.00

The Draw: How could I say no to that cover? And the name rings a bell, I think they’re an 80’s New Wave band. But, with song titles like “Dog Eat Dog,” ‘Antmusic,’ and “Los Rancheros” it was meant to be. But seriously, how could I say no to that cover?

After a brief stint on Wikipedia, I found out that Adam and the Ants is indeed classified into the late-70’s early-80’s British post-punk/new wave genus. Kings of the Wild Frontier was the band’s second album, and the release that drove the Adam and the Ants into mainstream UK popularity. It peaked at #1 on the UK Album Charts, and spawned two hit singles: “Dog Eat Dog” and ‘Antimusic’.

On my first listen, I’m initially draw into Kings of the Wild Frontier by the singer’s, who I only assume is Adam, voice. He sings with the seductive nature of Debbie Harry and the raw attitude of Johnny Rotten. Sometimes more playful and sometimes more aggressive, Adam is indeed his name, changes his demeanor depending on the track’s atmosphere. Apparent on the opener, “Dog Eat Dog” comes at you with primordial drums, a staple on KOTWF, featuring Adam Ant at the helm declaring, “Only idiots ignore the truth.”

Throughout Kings of the Wild Frontier, I’m continuously reminded of The Hives. I’m not sure if The Hives consider Adam and the Ants an influence but, the guitar, the in-your-face frontman, the choruses, and the sometimes campy song themes all mirror pages out of The Hives playbook. Another similarity between the two is how self-aware the lyrics are. On songs like ‘Antmusic,’ “Ants Invasion,” “The Magnificent Five,” “Press Darlings,” and the title track, the listener feels the presence of the band in the music. KOTWF gives Adam and the Ants an almost gang-like feel.

Overall, I’m really happy, and kind of shocked, with the first record I choose to review in this manner. I will definitely be listening to Kings of the Wild Frontier more, and will without a doubt be playing more “Record Roulette”. Stay tuned babes.

Back to Black Friday 2013: Nirvana, Bob Dylan, and much more

Do you have twenty something music lover who is hard to buy for? Buy him/her vinyl! Vinyl is back in a big way, and more and more vinyl junkies are showing up at Record Store Day to get exclusive releases. Back to Black Friday is celebration of the local record store and the biggest shopping day of the year. Enjoy.

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Usually Black Friday is a day about corporate greed and punching out moms at a Toys R Us for the last Super Deluxe Elmo with Detachable Combat Knife. If you’re tired of all that, stick it to “The Man” at Back to Black Friday. Over 1000 independently owned record stores participate in Record Store Day exclusives, and for a ton of these releases, Black Friday is going to be the only day you can get them. Sure, you could find a guy on Craigslist, drive two hours, meet him in his shady condo/meth lab, and possibly be sold into a prostitution ring, or you could just get up early on Black Friday, drive down to your local record store, and purchase the finest exclusive releases money can buy, while telling big corporate America to suck it. Enough talk, let’s get to the releases.

Matt’s favorite Back to Black Friday 2013 exclusive releases:

  • Band of Horses- Live at the Ryman
  • The Civil Wars- Between The Bars
  • Bob Dylan- Side Tracks
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience- “Fire”/”Foxy Lady” single
  • Lady Gaga- “Applause” Remix Picture Disc
  • Silversun Pickups- “Let It Decay”/”Working Title” single
  • Tegan and Sara- “Guilty as Charged”/ “I Run Empty” single
  • Various Artists- Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

This is barely scratching the surface, the whole list can be viewed at here, or you can view it as a detailed PDF.

Check out my favorite record store: Park Ave. CD’s 

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.