for instance, I interviewed the drummer for the fabulous The Wood Brothers and we listened to their masterpiece “Atlas” from the recent live double-album. Check out the brief interview and enjoy the song:
But I guess most of my activity this year has been on the Live page. I finally completed editing and uploading the super-sexy & talented Kimbra from New Zealand (you may know her from the Grammy Award winning hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” with Gotye.)
Here’s the 1/2-hour I filmed from her Ypsilanti concert at Michigan State University:
For the Classic Rock lover (that’s ME!) I also filmed The Who in Nashville. I captured the whole show from the 5th row, but so far I’ve only uploaded the “Quadrophenia” section (over an hour & a half!):
Another fun show I caught this year was The Psychedelic Furs and Spacehog:
To see the list of all the concerts I’ve ever attended, check out Setlist.fm. I love that site. It’s so cool to track all the shows you’ve been to. If you setup an account and post a link, I will totally be thrilled & check it out!!
I was honored to get to sit in the production truck while this was being filmed! At least for a couple songs. Saw Ringo sing “Boys” and “Yellow Submarine” from the multi-cam monitor. Totally awesome. And now HERE IT IS!
Are you going to buy this?
Also, in case you didn’t my earlier post, this just happened to be on my & his birthday! Earlier that day, (July 7, 2012). Ringo was at the Hard Rock in downtown Nashville to celebrate his birthday and do his annual “Peace & Love” wish for the world. I filmed the whole event and edited it down to this 4:32 video. It includes a spontaneous rendition of “Give Peace A Chance”. Also, I was holding up a sign that said “It’s My Birthday Too, YEAH!” He pointed to it and read the sign aloud… and wished ME a “Happy Birthday, Brother!”!
YEAH! I got wished a “happy birthday” by a Beatle!!
You may remember the artist Gotye. He, uh, got naked with a hot chick while their bodies got painted and then reminisced about Somebody That They Used to Know. Well, his real name is Wally De Backer and Gotye is his solo project. His rock ‘n’ roll band is called The Basics. He’s the drummer & part-time singer with co-founder and co-writer Kris Schroeder & guitarist Tim Heath.
The band has released 3 full-length studio albums, a live record several EPs, and has just released 2 compilations, one of favorites (“Ingredients”) and one consisting of demos, live bits and alternate mixes called “Leftovers”.
I pre-ordered my vinyl copy from http://www.waterfrontrecords.com/artist/13264 and got it on March 1, 2013.
Join me (and Bronte) checking out the first track for the first time. Spoiler alert – it’s AWESOME!
While the vinyl contains 13 tracks, the album also comes with a download card for 38 songs!!! SWEET!
Check it out.
Oh, and check out www.TheDailyVinyl.com as well as my other YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/TheDailyVinylLIVE.
From the last Basics-related recording session, Kris Schroeder had initially intended for the recording of “So Hard For You” and “A Night Inside Your Mind” to be used as demos to ‘sell’ to other artists. With the recording of his solo EP Patience in the Face of Control, these recordings were shelved and have never been released (let alone heard by anyone outside of the band.) Though Kris insists the song was written about the uneven relationship between celebrities and their entourage, there have been suggestions that the real meaning could be closer to home and involving someone close, thought this has never been substantiated.
Vinyl Hunting: Finding Rare and Imported Releases
by guest blogger Jason Kane
Many audiophiles devote a lot of time to searching for imported releases. It’s a popular pastime, and some rare musical treats will only be found on records from other countries. While there’s a decent market for foreign rock groups and the like, British bands are usually the most familiar to North American music fans. There are numerous American and Canadian groups that received record releases in Europe and Asia. Fans of reggae are certainly going to want to check out the world of Jamaican releases. Some fans even like to see the special releases that came out on French language labels in Quebec.
Believe it or not, many European albums featuring American and Canadian recording artists will have sleeves in English. Only the record label and some other myriad details will have changed. That being said, that doesn’t mean that these records aren’t worth anything. They can often fetch a good price at auction or in antique stores. Of course, that also means that buyers might have to spend some time shopping around to find the right price.
Once in a while, it’s possible to find a rare track on one of these that might not have had a stateside release. Entire volumes have been written on the differences between Beatles albums in the USA and the UK. There’s an entire period where Britain experienced a revival of the blues not seen in America. Skiffle, which is closely related to the country and western style, might be interesting for some collectors too.
Asian and Australian Record Collecting
While most westerners know JVC for their recording equipment, the company started a revolution in Japan. Japan Victor Company was actually a record label at one point, and interested parties can find many releases that parallel those of their parent American firm, the Victor Talking Machine Company. That being said, the Victor Entertainment brand is more associated with record releases there today. Once again, numerous records from the Far East and Australia may interest collectors. Soundtracks are usually particularly popular, but no one should miss a chance to nab a rare foreign pop album.
Unfortunately, it’s so easy to get fooled by a good bootleg recording. No one really wants one of these, though some people feel that they might be collector’s items in their own right. Nevertheless, it’s best to avoid them. Pay attention for any labels that look dull or have rampant misspellings on them. Unofficial record companies seldom invest in good equipment, and they often employ people who aren’t native English speakers.
About the author:
Jason Kane writes about vinyl albums and audio equipment. In his spare time Jason likes going to car shows and listening to his Beatles vinyl collection.
HEART – FANATIC (October 2012)
Judging by the cover and the fact it was pressed to vinyl, I was hoping the new HEART record Fanatic would live up to to my expectation. Would this be a HEART record that rocked?
Fanatic – Title track did not let me down. Not at all over-produced. Vocals and guitar right up front. Drums lay down a solid groove.
Dear Old America – A bouncy rocker with strings with a decidedly Mellotron-style arrangement. (you don’t get more 70′s that using a Mellotron.)
Walkin’ Good – bust out the acoustic and bring down the tempo. Interestingly, the energy is not gone. Strong melody and harmonies on the pre-chorus and chorus. Reminds me of Aimee Mann (one of my favorites). Well, maybe it reminds me of Sarah McLachlan who is featured on the song. That makes sense.
Skin and Bones – A groovy, driving number. When the guitars kick in after the 1st verse, it totally kicked me in the face. Great tune!
Million Miles – Starts off with computerized drum & guitar loop. So far, the most “produced” track. And then the band kicks in on the chorus. It’s a smart blend of the technical & distortion. A great rocker.
Pennsylvania - Time to chill after having socks rocked off. I find the eerie backing bgvs the most interesting.
Mashallah - Yeah, this is a cool, driving tune! When Ann belts out “Mashallah!” swiming in echo… I got chill bumps.
Rock Deep (Vancouver) – a true ballad. I would be tempted to skip… except that it’s really good. The build up was strong enough to make me wish it wasn’t ending.
59 Crunch – “Crunch” is an appropriate word to describe the guitar that kicks off another rocker.
Corduroy Road – A nice way to end a very strong record. Nothing weak here. I love the string arrangement in the chorus, bridge and the ending. Nice dynamics. Again, I would’ve been totally happy if this song was longer and built even bigger. I would’ve loved to hear them go crazy on it. But I bet they save that for the live show.
I confess that, while I have appreciated the HEART of the 70′s, I have note immersed myself into them. Partly because I was more familiar with their 80′s material. Which was appropriate for the music of the day, but it didn’t turn me on. I can say, without reservation, I am a fan of “Fanatic” from start-to-finish! It makes me want to delve into their discography now and see what I’ve been missing all these years. And the vinyl sounds fantastic! It sounded so big. But it also includes an MP3 code so you can take the rock ‘n’ roll with you. Then there’s the performance of the Wilson sisters – wow! I believe they could keep their sound strong for a couple more decades. So, rock on, ladies, rock the f* on! I will be paying attention now.
Finally releasing #25. Filmed on Spring Break a couple years ago. (What? you don’t bring your turntable to the beach with you on Spring Break?)
Sometimes what I enjoy the most about filming these random locations is what just happens in the moment. Here I am, filming the surf, playing “Endless Summer” when 4 girls on their Spring Break come running across the beach. When they got to the top of the steps next to me, and I asked if they wanted to dance around and imagine they heard The Beach Boys (since I record the vinyl audio separately). They were such great sports and made the video so much more fun!
The new Beach Boys album can be downloaded for $5!
Alright, my lovey Vinyl fans. Here’s an argument that pops up on my Classic Rock YouTube videos from time to time… “They just don’t make music like this anymore. Everything new is terrible and we are all now dumber for having listened to it.”
Certainly every generation has its fair share of crap. And there have been long dry spells in my own life where I hated everything that was popular.
But I discovered an incredible musician, writer, producer and an excellent all-around bloke. His real name is Wally DeBacker but most people would recognize him by the name Gotye.
I first got in touch with Wally shortly before his 3rd album “Making Mirrors” was released in the U.S. I was trying to find a vinyl copy for the incredible song “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Wally responded via email that the record company should be releasing it on vinyl soon.
Moments after it was freshly delivered to my local record store here in Nashville (which is less than 4 miles from where the vinyl was pressed) I picked it up, filmed my vinyl video, uploaded and it is already my 8th most watched video.
But it doesn’t stop with that great song (which, as of this writing on June 1, 2012) has already been #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for FIVE WEEKS straight!!! The entire Gotye album “Making Mirrors” is phenomenal. Some of the best stuff I’ve heard since Peter Gabriel’s 1986 classic “So”. (which is being re-released and toured “back-to-front” by Peter). And in true completist fashion, I bought his 2nd album “Like Drawing Blood”. Once again… AMAZING! (His debut CD “Boardface” is available only through the Gotye webstore and is shipped from Australia. “Boardface” has some great moments, but pales in comparison to the newer releases.)
When Gotye did his first North American tour in March/April, I loaded up my family and drove 9+ hours to Michigan from Nashville to see the show with Kimbra as the opening act. Well worth the drive! and it gave us a chance to chat with him one-on-one backstage. What a class act and sweet guy! Poured my wife a glass of wine, grabbed me a beer, and gave us pizza.
Anyway, all this to say, I cannot stand it when someone complains that there is “no good new music out there.” Sometimes you gotta dig a bit, and sometimes it’s a freakin’ tidal wave!
I hope you are not tired of this song. I have 3 versions here:
1) The original TheDailyVinyl video that Wally responded “Thanks for the daily vinyl spot my man! I dig it, opening the sleeve and all [...] cheers for spreading the word.”
2) The live version filmed in Ypsilanti (near Ann Arbor) Michigan
3) The live version performed by Walk Off The Earth from their US Tour debut show in Nashville, TN
Pick up the vinyl from your local record store or order from Amazon:
Need it faster and cheaper? Download it DRM*Free:
Although I own (and recommend) the vinyl LP version, it must be ordered from Australia. So here’s the download link to “Like Drawing Blood”:
Debut CD “Boardface” may also be available from time-to-time from an individual seller:
The girl featured in the song “Somebody That I Used To Know” is also worth checking out. She’s more pop, but she writes smart lyrics with great hooks. I often hear 80′s/90′s influences like Tears For Fears & Bjork. Her debut album “Vows” has finally been released in the US.
If you want to hear complete songs before spending any money, Amazon has 2 of the songs for FREE download!!!!
This list is filtered in the “rock” category, but — obviously — feel free to peruse around.
Oh, and if you happen to buy anything on Amazon through this link, one day I might get enough to download one of those sweet 89 cent MP3s. (still waiting for that glorious day! Glad I’m not holding my breath.)
Finally finished Vinyl Video #48. If you were alive around 1980/1981 you might remember a bit of medley craze. I think “Hooked On Classics” was the first big hit. The next couple big ones were a Beach Boys medley that used the REAL Beach Boys audio tracks and this “band” called Stars On 45. This is Side A of the album “Stars On Long Play”. I did a little bit of editing to the theme song at the beginning, middle & end to keep it under 15 minutes.
I filmed this with the help of my 2 girls. As you may know, I record the audio on my home stereo system to get the best quality, then synch up in editing. The lights were activated by sound, so for 17 minutes my girls and I made non-stop noise and singing at the top of our voices. Hilarious.
If you want to own the single version, it’s downloadable here:
(The single version also has a bit of “Venus” and “Sugar”)
Which Way The Wind Blows – Anthony Phillips & Phil Collins (TheDailyVinyl music video #49) Yep, you read that right, vinyl video #49! What will #50 be?????
This song is from a bloke named Anthony Phillips. He was the original guitarist and co-founding member of the Rock and Roll Hall-Of-Fame band GENESIS. Pretty much nobody knows him except for fans of their classic 70′s material. He left the band shortly before Phil Collins joined on the drums.
Anthony’s first solo album had his friend and co-founding member of Genesis Mike Rutherford working with him. Mike (who would later lead the 80′s supergroup Mike + The Mechanics) suggested they bring in Phil to sing two songs. He seemed to have a nice enough voice. (Certainly not the kind of voice that would one day rule the charts in the 80′s!)
Anyway, this song seemed so appropriate for the lovely autumn day. Enjoy!
And if you’re local record store does not have any Anthony Phillips in stock (he’s not that easy to come by), feel free to use my affiliate links below to acquire his catalog.
(BTW, I ran the numbers, and I currently have 2.55 GB of Anthony Phillips’ music in my iTunes collection, lasting 31 hours on non-stop, non-repeating music!)
(and, yes, the link is through my affiliate account with Amazon. Basically, Amazon will one day throw a few bucks my way for sending business to them. The truth is, I have yet to see 1 dime in the 2.5 years I’ve been doing this, so money is NOT the main reason why I put the links. I think of it as a tip jar for people who were gonna buy something from Amazon anyway. And one day there will be enough in the tip jar to buy another record. Also, I hope it shows good will toward the artist/management/labels that in fact I am trying to promote their music through my own creativity and not some sort of piracy site.)
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