Thursday, November 5, 2009
We've been fans of Peter Bjorn and John from the first puckered whistle of 'Young Folks' but apparently we're pretty late to the party because the band is celebrating ten years together with a tour that brings them to the 9:30 this Saturday night with El Perro del Mar.
We've got three, count 'em THREE, pairs of tickets to give away for Saturday night's birthday party for the band. Leave your birthday wishes in the comments to this post (with contact info - important!) and we'll choose the most creative three to attend er, ...free.
Contest closes this this coming Friday at noon!
Peter Bjorn and John - Don't Move Me (Miike Snow Remix) (Mp3)
Posted by Jon at 7:57 PM
I'm in Nashville right now, just played the Ryman Auditorium with our dear friends the Avett Brothers. Sang with some ghosts in the dressing room. The feeling of playing on that stage was something between complete humbleness and a supernatural elation.
Anyways, today I met up with my friend Lisa from the band the Poconos and her boyfriend Quinn from the Gay Blades. We set out to do a little record shopping. We started talking about how when it's fun to go record shopping at your local, we do most of our record shopping on the road. The album serves as a reminder of where you were when you bought it every time you take off the shelf to listen to it.
My record collection acts like a memory trigger scrapbook. When I listen to my orange Sopwith Camel record it reminds me of the great little record shop next to the 40 Watt in Athens, GA. That store was the size of a closet yet they had every record you could ever want. When I listen to my "Songs to Read James Bond By" record, it reminds me of the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, OH. This venue has a wonderful thrift shop and record store in the basement. The backstage also resembles a basement from the 70s and every time we have played there they made us meatloaf and greenbeans and mashies. That record will always recall my moments there.
The same with my Otis Redding Anthology I got at Repo Records the day after I graduated college when I was thinking Philadelphia might be a great place to live. There are too many to list. These records will always serve so much more than just music for me. They help me remember.
Otis Redding - I Can't Turn You Loose [Live] (Mp3)
Otis Redding - I've Been Loving You Too Long [Live] (Mp3)
Otis Redding - Mr. Pitiful (Mp3)
Otis Redding - These Arms Of Mine (Mp3)
Otis Redding - Amen (Mp3)
Posted by Jon at 11:42 AM
What would a week with Nicole Atkins on the blog be without a chance to see her kill it live and the opportunity to take home her Columbia Records debut? Well, that'd certainly be an incomplete week.
Being the completists that we are however, you won't need to imagine that dire scenario because Nicole's hooked us up with a pair of tickets to her show at the Rock and Roll Hotel this Friday night as well as the aforementioned debut LP 'Neptune City' on glorious vinyl for one lucky winner.
Nicole's spending the week here at The Vinyl District rummaging through her favorite record stores around the country, so we'd like you to give a shout out to your favorite shop (DC or beyond) in the comments to this post for a shot to win the vinyl and the tickets for Friday night.
Remember to leave us some contact info and we'll choose the best one by Thursday COB for the tickets and the vinyl. Get to it!
Nicole Atkins - Together We're Both Alone (Mp3)
Posted by Jon at 8:18 AM