Monday, November 15, 2010
Allow me to date myself (...which for years, I actually did.)
My very early education into alternate music was via Trouser Press, the ultimate indie publication when the term 'indie' was important, unlike its usage today (ie: unimportant.) I loved Creem and Circus too, but Trouser Press embraced everything radio—then and now—did not.
Intrinsic to that era was NYC's ROIR Records who actually released everything back then - on cassettes. Odd perhaps, but they exhibited taste for miles with early releases from Suicide, The Beastie Boys, Glenn Branca, Bad Brains, New York Dolls, The Skatalites, Television, and Lydia Lunch among their stellar roster.
ROIR and TVD are partnering over the next seven days to offer you guys vinyl from that revered catalog both old and new. Underscoring this season of giving thanks, we've got a ROIR vinyl contest each and every day into next week before we take our traditional Thanksgiving break.
We've got vinyl - and some thoughts from the artists behind those records when possible.
First up is the brand new release, "In Search of a Black Judas" from Bad Brain's bassist Darryl Jenifer. And a few words with the local legend:
"I love records. I wish I still had my old school Hi-Fi from back in the day. I can still hear the needle riding on the vinyl before the song would start. When I play vinyl I feel like I am really listening to music—Isley Brothers, Roy Ayers, the Ramones, Eater, the Damned, Earth Wind and Fire, shit—BAD BRAINS!
Vinyl rules the sonic spectrum of life. My kids have no idea what a album is. I hate CDs. I never respected them. Folks used to bitch at me all the time about fucking up their CDs. At first I thought they couldn't scratch , I'd throw in the back of car like garbage. I never learned.
Tapes sound dope but too problematic to store - vinyl is the answer. I recently saw a album that I wrote my name on like how we used to do - old school. Naw, just school."
The rules for our next seven days of ROIR giveaways are simple—tell us your ROIR story or sell us on why a particular LP should be yours in the comments to this post and the most compelling to any degree will find the record in his or her mailbox in time for the holidays. (Please note - we can only ship within the US.)
We'll close all seven contests on Monday, November 29 and remember to leave us your email/contact info—important!—so we can notify winners!
Posted by Jon at 10:47 AM