Blog Profile / The Vinyl District

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The Best of The Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

The Idelic Hour returns with a new edition next Friday. —Ed. Greetings from Laurel Canyon! It’s back to business here in Hollywood and now that the last, long weekend of Summer is toast, I feel it’s time for some “vision.” I spent aShow More Summary

Hidden Prospects: Vinyl Sales in 2014

In 2014, the demand for new music in the form of vinyl met hot and cold results. While the retail numbers are optimistic, production challenges stunt the growth potential of the LP. With the decline of music downloads and the rapid rise...Show More Summary

Louisiana Music Factory in-store performances resume Saturday, 1/10

After a short hiatus, everybody’s favorite Marigny record shop will feature three bands celebrating releases this weekend. In keeping with their tradition, the range of performers is as eclectic as the store’s music offerings. Jeff Chaz, the Bourbon Street bluesman, opens the proceedings at 2 PM. Show More Summary

André Costello and the Cool Minors, The TVD First Date

“…Andrew Bird’s Break It Yourself has this upbeat sort of charm to it, but dives into this murky, almost oceanic, orchestral thing he does with his loops. The recordings are so honest, that you can hear the clicking as he builds the loops at the beginning of some of the songs. Show More Summary

Graded on a Curve: Bob Dylan, Saved

The rock world was shocked when Bob Dylan found Jesus. It shouldn’t have been. Dylan had spent the past 15 years undergoing crucifixion after crucifixion—when he went electric and the folk purists cried, “Judas!”; when his disciplesShow More Summary

In rotation: 1/9/15

Thanks, but no thanks: “There’s a Netflix For Vinyl Records Now.” Is the vinyl revival no longer a fad?  In my time of reissuing: “Led Zeppelin’s 1975 double-album Physical Graffiti will be the next LP from the group’s canon to get a super-deluxe release, following reissues of the band’s first five albums last year. Show More Summary

TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Cold War Kids, Hold My Home

Dropped late this past year, the stacked tracks of Cold War Kids’ fifth album Hold My Home proved the band was reinvigorated and ready to roll. And lucky you—we’ve got a vinyl edition we’d love to send your way! Since their first release...Show More Summary

TVD Premiere: Tom Levin, “Mind’s Eye”

Swedish singer-songwriter Tom Levin’s Them Buffalo is work full of substance and grit. A kind of anti-venom for whitewashed indie music that is often touted as “authentic.” We have the pleasure of premiering Tom’s single “Mind’s Eye” which is one of the more arresting tracks off the album. Show More Summary

“Dirtyvich” to play tonight at the Maple Leaf Bar, 1/8

Drummer Johnny Vidacovich and the good folks at the uptown saloon have been known to use some creative names for the various groups of musicians who join him on his ever-evolving Thursday night gig. Previous favorites include “Dumpstavich,” which featured Ivan Neville and Tony Hall from Dumpstaphunk. Show More Summary

The Single Girl: India Mill, “Morning Song”

This one slipped past our end of year deadline (so many bands, so little time to write about them), but we just couldn’t let India Mill’s last single, “Morning Song,” pass without a mention. It’s taken from their debut album, Under Every...Show More Summary

Graded on a Curve: William S. Burroughs, Call Me Burroughs

Drug addict, gun enthusiast, Harvard graduate, cat lover, convict, accused conjurer of smut, and a distinguished member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; the late and very great William Seward Burroughs II’sShow More Summary

In rotation: 1/8/15

“In the US, where there are only around a dozen [vinyl] pressing plants, the average waiting time between music arriving at a factory and finished records emerging used to be about four weeks. Now, it runs to three months—which, in a...Show More Summary

TVD Recommends: Pat DiNizio’s “Confessions of a Rock Star” at Langosta Lounge, Thursdays in January

Not a lot of people would confuse Las Vegas with the Jersey Shore. I mean, I suppose if you dumped enough booze in someone, spun them around a couple dozen times, and sat them at a bar they may not know the difference. Luckily however, you won’t have to go to such lengths this January. Show More Summary

TVD Video Premiere: Side Saddle, “Halcyon”

Astoria, NY-based Side Saddle employ the power of pairing earnest delivery with infectious rhythms. The band’s video for the single “Halcyon” places the highly optimistic song behind a collage of biking comrades who spend their day off...Show More Summary

Graded on a Curve: Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pictures at an Exhibition

Remember The Fly? You know, where Jeff Goldblum (aka Seth Brundle) finds himself turning into a large “Brundlefly” after climbing into his teleporter, without realizing there was a housefly in the pod with him? Well, the same thing happened...Show More Summary

TVD Recommends: The Nightowls at Magnolia Motor Lounge, 1/9

Funkytown is about to get a whole lot funkier. This Friday, Austin, Texas-based group The Nightowls are bringing their old-school soul stylings to Fort Worth. Set to perform at Magnolia Motor Lounge, the 10-piece band faces the challenge of squeezing onto Magnolia’s quaint stage. Show More Summary

TVD Recommends: Joe Ely at Chickie Wah Wah, 1/8

Due to overwhelming fan demand, the American singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music touches on honky-tonk, Texas Country, Tex-Mex, and rock ‘n’ roll returns to the Canal Street fine listening establishment. Ely was born in 1947 and spent his formative years in Lubbock, Texas. Show More Summary

Graded on a Curve: Ruth Garbus, “Joule EP”

The five songs comprising Vermont resident Ruth Garbus “Joule EP” have been available for close to a year now, but the set entered the physical realm only recently, pressed up on 7-inch by OSR Tapes as part of a batch of wax foreshadowing...Show More Summary

In rotation: 1/7/15

“According to data collected by Digital Music News and Wall Street Journal via SoundScan and Nielsen ratings, 9.2 million vinyl albums were sold in 2014 — the highest sales number recorded since the industry started monitoring LP sales...Show More Summary

TVD Live Shots: The Flaming Lips at the Warfield, 12/30

The first time I saw The Flaming Lips live was back in 1999 while working at a record store in my hometown of St. Louis, MO. The local Warner Brothers rep gave me tickets to see the band at a club called Karma during the tour for their seminal masterpiece The Soft Bulletin. Show More Summary

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