Wednesday, April 8, 2009

TVD's Eleven Weeks of Record Store Day Vinyl Giveaways | Week 11!

Where DOES the time go? Eleven weeks ago we began our ‘Eleven Weeks of Record Store Day Vinyl Giveaways,’ and today kicks into gear the very last contest in celebration of Record Store Day 2009 (which is a mere 11 days off at this point...)

To send us out on a high note, we’ve got Jenny Lewis’ 2008 release ‘Acid Tongue’ in a double-gatefold, 2-LP set. The package contains three sides of audio with a special etching on the fourth side. The set also comes with a CD of the full release for use as a coaster or something. (What’s a CD?)

For the last time, the drill is still the same. Grab our attention in the comments (WITH your email address--important!) gushing over TVD's final Record Store Day Vinyl Giveaway. (Or, you can comment and forward your email address in an email to us. We're not picky.) And remember - each entry into our vinyl contest is an automatic entry to win the Stanton T.90 USB turntable on Record Store Day 2009!

Just make it funny. Or make it smart. About record stores. Or Record Store Day. Or vinyl. About us or you. Or something else all together. Just make it before next Monday (4/13) when we'll choose our winner and begin the count down to awarding the Stanton T.90 to one lucky reader...


Ross said...

I would really like to hear Black Sand, Carpetbagger, and The Next Messiah on vinyl. I saw Rilo live on their tour last spring and Jenny Lewis can definitely put on a show.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed Ms. Lewis's first solo outing and am excited to hear this one as well after hearing good reviews of it. I really dig how more artists are packaging a CD copy in with the vinyl and I'm a sucker for etched pressings, so this sounds up my alley. Viva la Vinyl!

hpmehta at gmail dot com

JV said...

This is only vaguely related but I was wondering what everybody else thinks about the new trend of packaging 12" LP + CD + random nick-nacks.

I saw Kanye's 808's and Heartbreak this weekend and it was a double disc vinyl set, plus CD plus poster and I think it even had some of those weird sunglasses in it too (maybe that was just the mescaline talking though)

Anyway I dig the extra nick-nacks provided they are tasteful and/or fun. And I realize CDs can be convenient for use on a computer or in a car but I kind of don't like this trend.

The Kanye package that I mentioned above was selling for like 25 bucks and the album itself is just barely longer than your average EP. I'm not sure the exact length of each track but its hard to imagine that it would not have fit on one 12".

Furthermore, I think more vinyl heads are going to be getting usb turntables in the years to come and won't need a CD to interface with ipods, computers and cars at all.

I guess my whole thing is what's the point of selling me the same thing in multiple formats. The kanye thing is the most crazy to me because I could probably illegally download all the songs in mp3 format and still have the vinyl to play when I'm not listening to my ipod on the metro or riding in my car...

Just my thoughts.

God I want that usb turntable.

Your opinion?

jvitkun at yahoo dot com

Claire said...

this just reminds me how excited i am to see jenny lewis in june. not only is her voice amazing, but she's definitely one of my girl-crushes.

jv, we are all lusting for that turntable

Charles said...

Jenny Lewis has an angelic voice and some nice devilish songs to go with it. I loved the video she did with the Watson Twins that was a sendup of "Hee Haw" - it was funny but not patronizing toward the show, which actually did have good music. I'm hoping to see her on next tour and of course would love this fine record.

Matt L said...

@ JV: I agree with you about the LP/CD trend. The cost seems to be a bit higher when these "freebies" are thrown in. I do like the one-time mp3 download codes like Matador, Merge, and others have done. It also seems like as vinyl has gotten more popular in the last few years, it has gotten more expensive, as CDs have gotten less expensive. Five years ago you could buy most new LPs for $10, but now they are $15 - 25. Of course, there's a LOT more new vinyl releases, so I won't complain.

p.s. Jenny Lewis is amazing. I probably won't win this one, but it's on my "to buy" list. mmladd at gmail dot com

JON said...

I have to think that the CD or the one time download is actually a great thing...and I'll tell ya' why: like it or not we've become accustomed to the 'portability' of music.

Consumers like myself DO have an iPod but still crave vinyl. The flexibility of bundling a LP with a CD (or a download) provides an incentive for purchase and nothing is lost to the consumer. This notion alone may just revitalize the entire industry as a whole and vinyl in particular...

Anonymous said...

I personally like having a CD or mp3 download code bundled in with the vinyl, though I prefer having the CD over the mp3. Why? I tend to listen to CDs more than I listen to mp3s on my iPod both for the tangibility of holding something physical and because audio quality is better than 192 kbps mp3s. The other nice thing about the CD is that you have a master copy from which to rip mp3s, which is a good thing if your computer suffers a catastrophic hard drive crash and you lose all your digital music. I agree that vinyl costs are higher now than they were a few years ago, but I think that's due in part to albums being pressed on heavier weight vinyl and the petroleum and production costs involved. All in all, packaging a CD or mp3 code in with a physical product like vinyl is about the only smart thing the music industry has thought of in over 10 years.


JV said...

@ everyone

So I've never actually seen the mp3 download thing but now that I've heard of it I'm totally in favor of that. I doubt the mp3 downloadability of the songs would add much cost to the music and we all like playing music on the ipod or in the car.

Having reread my post I do seem a bit cranky about the cd thing but then again I get cranky from time to time.

I'm going to keep an eye out for the mp3 download things.

Anonymous said...

I got a coupon for an mp3 download when I bought the vinyl for Beck's "Modern Guilt" and The Ting Tings "We Started Nothing". I believe Sub Pop and Merge are doing this with all of their releases now, too. Coldplay packaged a CD copy of their album with the vinyl for "Viva La Vida" and (most awesomely) Tom Petty's side project/ first band Mudcrutch packaged a CD in with vinyl editions of their album last year, but the CD was mastered from uncompressed stereo masters, so it actually sounds like the vinyl! The regular CD edition (non-LP) has jacked up sound levels. REM packed a CD in with vinyl copies of last year's "Accelerate" too.


anntje said...

First of all, thank you so much TVD for doing the 11 weeks giveaway... it was really fun and I even managed to score some amazing new records and I eternally love you for that!

In regards to JV's post: I actually really like the LP + CD packs. The only time I really listen to music is at home, in my car, or live. That way I can have the vinyl for home and leave the CD in my car, pretty convenient. Also, quite a few people I know collect vinyl but only listen to CDs (some of which don't even own a turntable). Which I think is pretty crazy, but nonetheless these packs are nice for them as well and maybe even targetted to that sort of demographic? I think the price is not unreasonable as well, it's cheaper than purchasing CDs and vinyl separately and probably only a little more expensive than if they vinyl were sold alone. However, the added knick knacks I can do without. I haven't actually bought anything with something "extra" like that before, but it seems like it would just be a waste of storage space. The only time I want weird merch is if I go to a show and want some kind of token/reminder of the event.

Oh, and I love Jenny Lewis. Rilo Kiley were one of the first bands I listened to heavily when I first started going to shows and collecting vinyl. I always associate them with one of those nostalgic phases in my life full of friends that I no longer talk to and the sketchiest neighborhoods with the best venues and shows - good times. I haven't heard any of Jenny's solo stuff, but I'm sure it's great... I hear tons of great stuff from the reviews and from friends, maybe I ought to check it out.

Also, the cover to Acid Tongue is awesome. I can't imagine it looking too good in CD form on that paper that is way too glossy, but in the 12" format... definitely a rad cover.

CraigM said...

I'm a child of the '70s and '80s. There was always music playing in the house when I was growing up -- my mother had a constantly-growing collection of much-loved, heavily played records. She taught me at a very young age how to operate her turntable and how to treat the records with care, and I can remember spending hours upon hours listening to those records with her, listening to her telling me about the different artists and pouring over every detail of the covers and labels. She certainly passed down her passion for music to me. I can proudly say that the first purchase I ever made with my own money as a child wasn't candy or a toy, but a Loretta Lynn LP. That passion for music and for vinyl has only grown as I've gotten older, and I'm thrilled that vinyl has made such a resurgence these past few years, and I hope that will continue. And it makes me very happy when I discover artists like Jenny Lewis and Neko Case who remind me of those huge plangent voices I grew up hearing, like Patsy Cline or Dolly Parton or Joni Mitchell.

I lost my Mom a few months ago, and now her record collection has become a part of mine. And it's a wonderful thing to pull those records from the shelf and to be able to remember having the same pieces of vinyl in my hands when I was a kid. I laugh because I always know what the label is going to look like on those old records of hers before I pull them out of their jackets. A lot of memories in those old records.

Anyway, I stumbled upon The Vinyl District a couple of weeks ago while reading about Record Store Day. It's been fun following the site and connecting with all of the other vinyl junkies out there.

samclay71 (at)