Wednesday, July 15, 2009

TVD Aches

Y'know...sometimes it's just better to sit in the dark...not talking. C'mere.

Starling Electric - Lions (Mp3)
Snowden - Chin Up (Mp3)
Trash Can Sinatras - The Best Man's Fall (Mp3)
The Sound - Monument (Mp3)
Thin Lizzy - Shades of a Blue Orphanage (Mp3)

TVD First Date with | Girl Loves Distortion

Am I out on a limb when I state unequivocally that Girl Loves Distortion might be the last and best band conjuring what I’ll call the ‘sound of DC?’ (Yea, Go Go notwithstanding.) The polyrhythms, the lacerating guitar lines, the twisty bass below have all been rumbling under the surface for a number of weeks now at TVD HQ and lucky us, we get to catch them tomorrow night when the band plays Fort Reno alongside Godisheus and Laughing Man.

GLD are releasing the brand new ‘You Better Run, Your Highness’ on vinyl this month (via Etxe Records) and as such we caught up with guitarist Christopher Goett who CLEARLY embraces the medium.

"Vinyl. Is there really any other way to experience recorded music?  We don’t’ think so. The sound quality is unparalleled: deeper lows, warmer range of tones, great expression of nuance. In today’s times music quickly slips into the ether . . . it becomes a part of file sharing, compressed on a convenient iPod, or streamed online somewhere. We aren’t snubbing our noses at these modern twists and turns on the music listening experience. Most of us own an MP3 player for the convenience of it – particularly when riding the Metro around town or when we are on the road touring. 

However – the thing about listening to vinyl is that it is a very deliberate experience. We aren’t trying to multi-task to something when dropping the needle down on our favorite piece of wax. It is a conscious decision to absorb the collection of songs presented by the artist. It is a tactile as well as an aural experience: perusing the artwork, pulling out the vinyl, placing it on the turntable, dropping the needle, flipping the record, etc.

Girl Loves Distortion was absolutely psyched to hear about our record label (Etxe Records) pulling the trigger on releasing our new album (You Better Run, Your Highness) on vinyl. In fact, Etxe Records has really put together a nice vinyl package - heavy grade, multi-color clear vinyl, and reverse-board LP jackets. It is record we put together thinking about vinyl, and we are hoping vinyl nerds out there like us enjoy it."

From the new album - You Better Run, Your Highness (Out July 28th, 2009):
Girl Loves Distortion - Unidentified Fascist Operators (Mp3)
Girl Loves Distortion - Cryptograms (Mp3)

From the first album: - Earth Beings On Exhibit:
Girl Loves Distortion - Luminance (We Don't Dance) (Mp3)
Girl Loves Distortion - Psychic Raygun (Mp3)

Also catch GLD this Friday, July 17, at The Trash Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The band also headlines their own CD/Vinyl release party for the new ‘You Better Run, Your Highness’ on Friday, July 24 at The Velvet Lounge with Trophy Wife (DC), Thee Lexington Arrows (Baltimore), and Fangs Out (Toledo.)

It's a TVD Ticket Giveaway! | Elizabeth & the Catapult, Thursday (7/16) at The Rock and Roll Hotel

We've been singing the praises of Elizabeth & the Catapult for some time now, but if you're STILL among the unconverted we have a pair of tickets to catch the band this Thursday night at The Rock and Roll Hotel to, y' know... get you to see things our way. Clearly.

And, because we're givers, we're going to make it even easier for you guys to enter our weekly giveaways here at TVD. Staring today, you can Twitter your entries into any contest via regular Tweets or direct message via Twitter to us. Of course you can still enter in the comments below, but we need some contact info if you choose to do so.

It's a subtle way to get you guys to follow TVD on Twitter where we're often giving away additional tracks, new and old, not featured in the daily blog posts. And don't worry - it's pertinent stuff, not what we ordered in for lunch here at TVD HQ. (Not to mention, we could give a shit that The Real World's filming around the corner. So there's that.)

So, Elizabeth & the Catapult! Thursday night! Rock and Roll Hotel! A pair of tix with your name on 'em! Get at us!

Elizabeth & the Catapult - Taller Children (Mp3)