Contest: Bad Books

Contests / February 16, 2013

Modern Vinyl is proud to announce that we’ll be giving away a vinyl copy of Bad Books’ newest album, titled II, to one of our readers. Specifically, we’ll be giving away a copy of the standard edition, which can be seen here. Landing on our top 10 list of 2012, we wrote about II:

As the collaboration between acclaimed songwriters Andy Hull and Kevin Devine, Bad Books carries with it an immense amount of musical talent. That could be why their debut, self-titled record, which while better than the majority of 2010 offerings, just felt a little too safe. Luckily, on their follow up, II, the group has addressed this problem, most notably with the inclusion of an electronic vibe, especially on the expansive first single, “Forest Whitaker.” The ambitious approach continues throughout the record, with “It Never Stops” featuring a near perfect use of dual vocals; “The After Party,” carrying with it a slight touch of grunge; and “Lost Creek” as just another folk-rock gem from Hull. Bad Books finally capitalized on their massive potential with II and better yet, they’re finally coming to the northeast (see you there Pittsburgh).

To enter the contest, you must write the following in the comments: What’s your favorite song from projects involving either Kevin Devine or Andy Hull and why? The contest ends on Sunday, February 17th at midnight (EST).

Update 2/18/13: The winner of the contest is Cody. His entry was as follows:

Kevin Devine’s – “You Are the Daybreak”
This song means a lot to me, but more importantly to my wife and I. This song was the closer to a mix I gave her after dating for 6 months in 2009. She fell in love with it. It became a go to song for everything. Travel, school, and anything in between. The time it became a memory, more than a song, was when it played at our wedding. It will always be a part of our history and that’s what’s so awesome about it. It’s nice to have a song that can be a stamp to a piece of our past, and future together.

Thanks to everyone who participated!


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Christopher Lantinen
Chris Lantinen is the owner and editor-in-chief of Modern Vinyl. Along with his modest collection of sad sounding records, he collects his share of soundtracks and previously adored indie up-and-comers. Chris is currently a professor of journalism and public relations at Edinboro University in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.






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