Thursday, February 19, 2009

TVD's Eleven Weeks of Record Store Day Vinyl Giveaways | Week 4!

The Vinyl Giveaway Madness continues for another week here at TVD with two Dan Auerbach related releases -- The Black Keys "Attack & Release" and Dan's new solo LP, "Keep It Hid."

And if that's not enough to get you opining in the comments, our good friends at Crooked Beat Records have a pair of tickets to give away to see Dan Auerbach at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, February 28th! Get down to the store, tell 'em The Vinyl District sent ya, and enter your name into the giveaway. A winner for the tickets will be drawn in-store on 2/26 for Dan's show at the 9:30 on 2/28.

Meanwhile, the process is the same to get your hands on the vinyl: grab our attention in the comments WITH your email address (important!) so we can contact you about your triumphant win. (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 (2/23) when we'll choose our winner. (AND launch giveaway #5...)

TVD's Alternative Ulcer

My friend DJ Busca is a bike courier by day and a spinner of records by night. Those two things, coupled with the fact that he's dating a dear dear friend of mine, make him awesome. I asked him to share with TVD readers what makes vinyl so special to him, and he replied that it's all about the 45s:

"Few other man-made objects package Joy quite like the 45 rpm record. Lightweight, portable, and crucially free of moving parts, the 45 delivers a universe of sound in just 6 7/8 inches of pressed vinyl. The labels are the icing on the cake; even the boring ones manage to satisfy a basic sense of aesthetics. Many genres of music have been released on 45 but reggae and funk are responsible for many of the format's classics. I would add salsa to the list to complete my own personal trilogy, although those specimens are considerably rarer.

Many, many tunes have been cut on the Stalag riddim but few I've heard strip it down as raw as General Echo's "Arleen." The drum and bass hit the listener right where it counts. Say what you will about the sax-lead subgenre of funk but the drum break at the beginning of Monk Higgin's "Gotta Be Funky" is pretty damn, well, funky. Although the body of their work is just as much rock as funk, on "The Message" Cymande demonstrates their singular touch, warm vibes and relentless grooviness. There's nothing like a rough and ready 70s salsa cut and "El Yerbero Del Barrio" by Robert y Su Nuevo Montuno is a great example. The lyrics probably mean exactly what they say but I'd like to think there's a double meaning there."

You can catch DJ Busca TONIGHT at the Reef's Lush Lounge in Adam's Morgan. I know I'll be there enjoying their excellent beer selection and trying to shake this week off while listening to the funky yet comforting sounds of DJ Busca. If you can't wait till then, he's giving you a taste via the songs he's described above to get you through your Thursday.

Cymande - The Message (Mp3)
Monk Higgins and the Specialities - Gotta Be Funky (Mp3)
General Echo - Arleen (Mp3)
Roberto y Su Nuevo Montuno - El Yerbero Del Barrio (Mp3)

TVD's One Million Screaming Girls

One gloriously sunny and warm June Saturday morning, I took my bike out of the garage and peddled over to my school at the time, Shark River Hills Elementary, where there was a little flea market of sorts being held. With a few coins in my pocket, I purchased two coverless Partridge Family comic books, rode down Elizabeth Terrace to my home, and read both under the shade of a tree on my front lawn.

Around me bees swirled. Lawns were being mowed. Flowers planted. Cars washed. Dogs walked. Mothers made lunches. Fathers tinkered in garages. And I confess without any hint of irony--I never felt more at peace.

The Partridge Family - Come On Get Happy (Mp3)
The Partridge Family - I Woke Up In Love This Morning (Mp3)
The Partridge Family - Think I Love You (Mp3)
The Partridge Family - Bandala (Mp3)
The Partridge Family - Welcome To Our Fan Club (Mp3)
David Cassidy - Welcome To My Fan Club (Mp3)