Monday, March 8, 2010

TVD's Ten Weeks of Record Store Day Vinyl Giveaways - Week 5 | The First Taste is Free...

I’ve been the happy recipient of a few "Aw, thanks...” emails recently in response to alerting someone that they’ve won a record in our Ten Weeks of Record Store Day Vinyl Giveaways. More to the point, a handful have mentioned that they don’t even own a turntable (yet!) and/or this win will enable them to rekindle the relationship with their own turntables that went unattended for this or that reason.

And to this I say – fantastic.

I often wonder if we’re just preaching to the choir or making new converts along the way and I’m starting to think that when the first taste is free, you’ll be coming around for more.

So, this week while we take a short break from our label showcases (and we have some really cool ones coming up) we’re giving away more vinyl. All week.

First up – Athens, GA’s Twin Tigers’ debut LP, Gray Waves out now on Old Flame Records.

Aquarium Drunkard’s quote alone sold me: "A four piece, the bands live show kills, reminiscent of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and Psychocandy era JAMC."

What’s not to love?

The rules can't be any simpler for our RSD2010 Vinyl Giveaways. All you need to do to enter to win is to leave a comment in the comments section to that week's giveaway letting us know why you deserve to win that week's LP.

Be creative, funny, incisive—whatever it takes to grab our attention to deem you the winner. Most important however is to leave us a contact email address! You can be brilliant as hell, but if we can't track ya' down, you're out of the running.

All winners will all be notified
on Monday (3/15) upon the launch of the next RSD2010 Vinyl Giveaway!

Twin Tigers - Passive Idol (Mp3)

TVD Class of '72 | Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose

It's been another long while, but we've re-established contact with our correspondent from the '70s.

"Listen, man," he said when he checked in the other day. "You really have no idea just how hard it is to make that trip from the '70s."

"So what did he bring us
from the sweet blue haze of time?"

"Ah, I think you'll like this, man. It's another one from 1972."

Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose
emerged from the Miami area as the '70s dawned. Carter and Eddie Cornelius were indeed brothers, Rose was indeed their sister and another sister, Billie Jo, rounded out the group.

They're best known for two smash pop-soul singles,"Treat Her Like a Lady" from 1971 and "Too Late To Turn Back Now" from 1972. Both are on this LP, the self-titled "Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose" from 1972.

This was the high point of their career. The group broke up in 1976. Both brothers turned to careers that mixed music with the ministry. Eddie, who wrote most of the group's material, is still at it. Carter died in 1991. Rose, a gospel singer in the late '60s before the group was formed, also remains active.

So here's a sampling. One of the hits, one of the fine deep tracks and a rarely-heard cover.

Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose - Treat Her Like a Lady (Mp3)
Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose - Let Me Down Easy
Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose - Let's Stay Together [Al Green cover] (Mp3)

All from "Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose," 1972. The LP out of print. The first two cuts are available on this CD and digitally. The latter isn't found on any compilation.

TVD Fresh Track | New from Annuals

In 2006, Raleigh, NC band Annuals turned quite a few heads with their debut album, Be He Me. Their expansive, energetic sound and tight pop sensibility captured the hearts and ears of both listeners and critics. They released their sophomore album, Such Fun, on Canvasback Records, in 2008.

Now, armed with a reputation for solid songwriting and several years of experience, Annuals go back to the formula and sound that first cemented their acclaim.

The Sweet Sister EP marks band leader Adam Baker's return to the producer role, Annuals' return to a more tight-knit DIY collective, and a pure distillation of their trademark quirky pop experimentalism.

Sweet Sister will be released on Banter Records on March 30. Annuals will be touring in the spring.
Annuals - Loxtep (Mp3)