Friday, August 27, 2010

TVD's Idelic Hour with Jon Sidel

Greetings from Laurel Canyon!

I woke this morning trying to reflect on what seems to be the “summer that never happened?” Well, it feels that way here, snuggled in our canyon. Still today I’m comforted by the fact that somewhere in the world there are people having a great time experiencing rock n roll together.

This week’s Idelic Hour is actually part two of my salute all of you who are packed your knapsack and made it to one of 2010’s summer rock festivals. As I write, many of you are waking up on a muddy field at Reading or Leeds. This week’s playlist features songs by killer live acts that hit 2010 summer stages and a couple that “blew minds” many summers ago.

Push play, hug your neighbor, have a blast.

xosidealer | @sidelic

The Idelic Hit of the Week:
Wild Nothing - Summer Holiday (Mp3)

TVD | Spiritual Malaise

Ghost Aurora

All of the apostles, the fortune tellers, all of those committed
to the origins of reason or faith—each is now lost in the hum

of her or his own deepening meditation. What could be the purpose
of those songs the troubadour from Avignon brought us in his leather bag?

What could be the meaning of the carvings of green falcons along
the gourd-like back of his lute? What could be more useful than a loving

principle lifted slowly out of particles, like the frond of a morning fern
uncurling? Take up your coat; take up the morning. This is what it means

to lure the phantom out of the dark, until she lifts us into the space of song.

—David St. John

Thin Lizzy - The Rocker (Mp3)
Queen - Dead On Time (Mp3)
Alice Cooper - No More Mister Nice Guy (Mp3)
Van Halen - Dance The Night Away (Mp3)
Judas Priest - Living After Midnight (Mp3)

TVD's The Ardent Sessions Presents: Rainy Day Manual

"For years it was just the building across from the little shop with the great gyros.

It’s funny how perspective can drastically change even though our surroundings don’t change much at all. As my musical talents and tastes grew so grew the way I looked at the brick building that housed Ardent Studios. I spent a long time looking in from the outside as a musician in Memphis, but as our band grew and as our sound melded I found myself bumping into Ardent a little more each year. I remember seeing Jason Gillespie at one of our shows in November of 2006. I could tell there was something about that guy but it was until a full two years later that the seed was germinated. I suppose things that are meant to be will stick around one another without always understanding why.

After forging a synergistic relationship with two sound engineers from Ardent we were set to record a 5 song EP and begin building the foundation of our relationship with the studio as well. As a musician it’s a very special moment pulling into the Ardent parking lot for business purposes. It’s a fairly inconspicuous building (like most great places in Memphis). You can see a kiddy pool or two in the adjacent houses that back up to Ardent and it’s shaded by a heavy canopy of Midtown trees that makes it blend in to the neighboring buildings.

Opening the door is a different experience though. It’s still just as cozy but the history and spirit of the building really come in focus as you pass by gold record after gold record. Movements of soul, rock, grunge and everything in between have come through Ardent and it’s an honest pleasure just to be invited in the building. That’s why when Rachel contacted us about playing an Ardent Session I got the same giddy feeling I did the first time pulling in the parking lot.

I really can’t imagine a more comfortable studio situation. The staff is passionate about music from top to bottom and the standards of quality are set very high. To be able to invite all our friends inside was even better than just experiencing it by ourselves. I can’t recall a single person not having a big smile on their face that night. I couldn’t help but think about the great artists that had been in the spot I was standing while we went through our set. I can highly advise anyone that’s a fellow musician or fan of music to check out the next Ardent Session. Whether it’s a local act or someone national coming through, you’re going to have an unforgettable experience. The music is palpable in Ardent Studios. Oh and the place across the street has great gyros.

We actually don't have any physical copies of CD's or records at this time. We've sold all our EP CD's and our new album won't be finished until November or December. But if you go to you guys can download a high quality digital copy of our EP Vox a Copia for absolutely free.

We've got a Kickstarter going to raise the money to mix the album with Jason G and Mike W from Ardent and we're almost done tracking the album. With promotion of the kickstarter at our next few shows (Sept 19th at Neil's w/ Mobley) we'll ideally get the bulk of our kickstarter funds and be ready to mix, master, print and plan a tour. We haven't decided on a venue for the CD release yet but it's going to be an extravaganza of a party for sure.
—Chris Faulkner