When the call came in saying that Steve Wynn wanted to celebrate Record Store Day with us, my little indie-rock heart felt like Meg White was on the drum stool.
Combining the guitar drenched sounds of Neil Young and Television with the art-rock of the Velvet Underground, and running it through the post-punk, paisley infused, free-for-all that was Los Angeles in the early 80s, the Dream Syndicate soundtracked more than an evening, they soundtracked our youth. They came up in the same scene that nurtured X, The Blasters, Opal, and The Three O’Clock, making several seminal albums, including Medicine Show, The Days of Wine & Roses, and Ghost Stories. Happily, 2017 saw the release of the amazing How Did I Find Myself Here? featuring a reunited band, with the addition of our old pal Chris Cacavas on keys, and Kendra Smith joining in with a song and a guest vocal. Pitchfork described it as “…the atmospheric, guitar-focused rock that veer(s) between noise and subtlety; Wynn’s moody and angsty, enigmatic lyrics that evoke noir cinema and literature; and a penchant for extended instrumental jamming.” which is better than anything we could have come up with on short notice.
Live on KEXP – Live Session, from the US leg of their recent triumphant world tour.
We are opening the guest list for this very special live RSD performance with pre-order of the RSD exclusive album, How We Found Ourselves… Everywhere!, a collection of out-takes and Live Tracks from the 2017 tour. Pre-order in person or by calling 562.433.4996. We will be holding some copies (and space for the in-store) back for RSD shoppers, but we expect this one to fill up, so we encourage you to make your arrangements early.