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...

We're doing it again...

And man, do we have a few surprises this time around! this space!

TVD First Date with | Fire Dean

For a while there I had a front row seat for Fire’s unique brand of transcendence. Or perhaps I should say ‘back seat,’ behind the drum kit for a number of months with Fire as he prepped new material at the Donkey Palace years back.

From that vantage point alone I can tell you--Fire Dean is one hell of a songwriter, performer, and story teller, and as TVD was growing I kept saying to him, “We gotta’ do a feature...we gotta’ do a feature...” ...until I think I caught him at the right time recently when full of stuff.

Make certain you check that vid too.

"Elton John...Madman Across The Water. Jimmy Arlis, the coolest kid on my dead end street had played it for me. I was 10 or 11 yrs old. The back cover was the ass end of a pair of blue jeans with the song titles embroidered over....'Rotten Peaches' .... 'Levon' ... 'Indian Sunset'... Clearly this guy Elton was the Grizzly Adams sort I could hang around with. He'd come down from the Black Mountains after his tribe had been slaughtered and sat down at the piano, just really pissed off "...I heard from passing Renegades..." Holy Shit! My sister understood. She gave me a pair of jeans for Xmas with the embroidery done just like the cover. But my older brother was a problem. He saw me lying in front of the turntable mesmerized with Elton Madman John, and sneered. I was distressed. What did he mean by this? What did he know that I didn't? He'd been listening to Renaissance, Ashes Are Burning ALOT..I liked the girl's voice from the pic of her on the inside sleeve, she was nearly hot as Farah Fawcett only she seemed accessible. My bro told me live he'd almost seen her breasts at a concert in Red Bank, NJ. Woah, I was right. Access unlimited. Still, I knew in order to do this correctly I needed to make a bold, independent decision. Annie Haslam was out and Bowie had his chance. 'Diamond Dogs' was a shot in the dark based on some magnificent pre-Photoshop imagery, I had never heard the music, any of it. I bought it at Jacks' Records, also in Red Bank. At home I pretended I knew all about this record I'd just bought and after I'd listened once invited my brother to check it out. This time his sneer became more like a muted smirk. He hurriedly explained his condescension.
"David Bowie has a better got the wrong one," he said.
"Really?" I said and needled up 'Rebel Rebel.'
"Better than this?"
"Oh yeah." He tried again.
But I could tell he was lying.

Fire Dean - Up at Ericas/Motorcycle Sled-Pull (Mp3)
Wrote this last month. Title is a reference to a game I played as a kid. Gravity wasn't enough apparently. We tied our sleds to dirt bikes and then raced around a horse field out in the woods. The idea was to pull next to the other guy and knock him off, a la Ben Hur.

Fire Dean - Irrational Exhuberance1 (Mp3)
Also new. Inspired by an imposing old Hungarian from Queens. He had dream, my job was to build it. A half million dollars and anything I needed.

Fire Dean - In A Way (Mp3)
One beat fits all. My friend Roger wrote this beat to a guitar riff I came up with 5 years ago. Its since been repackaged into 3 songs. This is the latest.

Fire Dean/Big Black Nun - Burnin' Lucy...(followed by 'Honeymoon In Niagra') (Mp3)
A two-fer. Recorded to 45 vinyl in '94 as a single released by my old band, Big Black Nun. First up is 'Burnin' Lucy' with Riley McMahon on big slide gtar. That's me of course contemplating the pros and cons of honor killing. Of course 'Honeymoon...' is the sentimental flip to my metallic slaying.

YOUR Radio on TVD

I can’t JUST be me who misses the free-wheeling radio days of yore, now can it? We’d like to publish YOUR radio recollections right here, next week, TVD reader. No matter where you turned it on, or when you tuned it in, we’d like to hear what or who informed your tastes for better or for worse.

Shoot TVD a note (email address lower left) and with any luck we’ll post ‘em throughout the week to come.

The Ramones - Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio? (Mp3)
Superdrag - Radio (Teenage Fanclub Cover) (Mp3)
The Replacements - Left Of The Dial (Mp3)
Elvis Costello - Radio Sweetheart (Live) (Mp3)
Radio Collage from the Night Lennon Died (Mp3)

TVD On The (Old Time) Radio

"...With his faithful Indian companion, Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early western United States. Nowhere in the pages of history can one find a greater champion of justice. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. From out of the past come the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse Silver! The Lone Ranger rides again!"

The Long Ranger Radio Show - Tax Confederates (5/20/1938) (Mp3)
The Long Ranger Radio Show - Bullet Of Silver (7/22/1940) (Mp3)
The Long Ranger Radio Show - Return Of The Masked Man (7/26/1940) (Mp3)
The Long Ranger Radio Show - Sixty Days for Life (4/7/1941) (Mp3)

"Who WAS that masked man?"