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Hanni El Khatib – Live In-Store Performance

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Holy smokes, Hanni El Khatib is coming in for an in-store. All right, now that everyone who’s familiar with Hanni’s music is on the way to RSVP, let’s talk about why this is huge news. Hanni showed up on our radar when the pre-release of his debut album, Will The guns Come Out landed on our desk, and within the matter of days became a unanimous staff favorite, resulting in our first ever “don’t play this more than once per shift” rule. Seriously. Since then, Hanni has released two other albums, including Head in the Dirt, which was recorded with Dan Auerbach. While a fiery and electric live performer, Hanni plays much less frequently than we’d like to see him, making this live performance even more special.

Savage Times is the new album, and while with every release we’ve gotten to see a new color in Hanni’s impressive pallet, with Savage Times the goal was to reach into uncharted territory, including the addition of new instruments, approaching writing differently, embracing fresh ideas, and following new instincts. The result ranges from garage rock to punk to disco, hip-hop and even some unexpected solo-guitar self-portraiture.

We couldn’t be happier to be able to host this release day in-store for the unveiling of these new sides to Hanni El Khatib.

Here’s some press:
“This is catchy rock at its finest” – PIGEONS & PLANES
“Hanni El Khatib has been on an unreal creative streak lately” – NOISEY
“Sounds somewhat like a happy marriage between The Black Keys and Nirvana.” – INTERVIEW
“It’s like a maturation of Rae Sremmurd’s youthful hedonism wrapped in guitar strings and catchy grooves.” – Stereogum

Savage Times is released on Friday February 17th on CD and in a stunning 3×10” vinyl box set. The guest list for this event is open with pre-order of either, in person or on the phone at 562.433.4996. If space allows when we’re closer, we’ll open first come first served (with RSVP). Priority entry and an event poster for the folks who pre-order.

Sara Watkins, Spain, Tacocat, New Releases, and more

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Issue: 1615
July 8th, 2016
Hello rock stars and groupies,

Lots going on with this little missive, hopefully you’ll find something that rings your Friday bell.
A couple of the highlights:

- Sara Watkins, beloved singer and violinist of Nickel Creek, will be playing the shop tonight, and there’s still room on the list, so give us a call with your free RSVP. Bring the kids, it’s gonna be a blast.
- Summer and Music returns tomorrow with Twisted, our dark spin the carnival midway as concert venue. It’s free and happening at the Pike, by the ferris wheel.
- Tacocat and Spain are both coming in to play!
- New releases are starting to roll in for your summertime enjoyment, including the amazing Avalanches new release.
- We’ve got tickets for FYF, Music Tastes Good, and LB Folk Revival

That’s the short version, all the details are down the page, including links to samples for the in-store bands.

Have a great weekend, hopefully we’ll see you soon.

SARA WATKINS – Live In-Store Performance

Friday, July 8th 7:00pm  (Open Guest List) 
Sara Watkins spent her formative years singing and playing violin with Grammy Award-winning folk-bluegrass trio Nickel Creek, which paved the way for Sara as a solo artist, and she’s now celebrating her third solo release. Young In All The Wrong Ways is Sara Watkins’ most cohesive and fully realized solo album. The new collection finds her embracing the role of frontwoman, with a band/collaborators that include; Punch Brothers, Jon Brion, Jay Bellerose, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), and Benmont Tench (of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers). The record is about Sara turning the page and taking the reins of her own life, in both a career and personal sense, it contains some of the heaviest moments of her career, with eruptions of thrumming B3 organ and jagged electric guitar. But it’s also quiet, vulnerable, and tenderhearted. Bold in all the right ways.

Young in All the Wrong Ways - The official video

Sara also has her own youtube channel, you should give it a peep.

Nerdist podcast - It’s a great glimpse into Sara’s background, humor, and songwriting (with interspersed live performances). It’s a couple of years old, but it’s still well worth a peek back in time, especially if you’re a podcast fan.

The guest list is open with RSVP. Purchase of Young in All the Wrong Ways (CD/LP) will get you priority entry and an event poster.  Purchase/RSVP in person or by calling 562.433.4996

TACOCAT – Live In-Store Performance
Thursday, July 21st 7:00pm

The bio says “Hanging out with Tacocat and listening to Tacocat are remarkably similar experiences, like the best party you’ve ever been to, where, instead of jostling for social position, everyone just wants to eat candy and talk about Sassy Magazine, sci-fi, cultural dynamic shifts, and bad experiences with men.” and it nails the fun, quirky, nerdy, art rock, grrl-power, party-all-the-time atmosphere that practically oozes from the speakers as soon as the needle drops.

Pitchfork said “Only the sarcastic irreverence of Tacocat can lift you out of your vortex of suckitude.” which perfectly mirrors our experience here at the shop, when we’re down and troubled, and we need a helping hand, we reach for Tacocat.

Spin says “Tacocat…have earned a reputation for slinging punchy power-pop in the unruly vein of All Girl Summer Fun Band and Tiger Trap.” And while we would have added in L7, Cub, Shonen Knife, and The Julie Ruin, Spin nails not only the Grrl-power aspects, but also the power-pop songcraft that embraces their early 90s roots, while tying them to the elusive “now”.

Check their soundcloud page for some tasty samples.

Lost Time is Tacocat’s latest release, and for the moment we’re opening the guest list with purchase of Lost Time, or one of their catalog releases. If space allows when we’re a bit closer, we’ll open first come first served (with RSVP). Pre-purchasing will get you priority entry and an event poster. Order/RSVP in person, or at 562.433.4996

SPAIN Live in-Store Performance
Friday August 5th 7:00pm 

 
There was a time in the 90s when sad and slow bands like Red House Painters and Tindersticks, and songwriters like Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen dominated our playlist; quietly sad, and beautiful, and while they were all sonically gorgeous, Spain took a lot of those same sadcore elements and added a warm smokiness that brought them a refined and well-rounded quality that somehow elevated their sound to something beyond rock and roll, yet cost them none of their edge to do it.

Well, many years and several albums down the road, and we’re still listening to slowcore, and Josh Haden and Spain are back with their sixth album, Carolina. Loaded with alt-country elements, Carolina is Spain walking us through history, coming-to-terms of the death of Spain frontman Josh Haden’s father (jazz bassist Charlie Haden), nostalgia over lost youth, and cautionary observations on our future.

You may be familiar with Spain’s song “Spiritual” from Johnny Cash’s version on his Unchained album, or Mark Lanegan’s Soulsavers’ version on the album It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s the Way You Land album, and neither are a bad introduction, but if it’s all you know about Spain, it’s time to visit the source.

There are a lot of great samples at Spain’s soundcloud page, give them some exploration, early in the morning or late at night is our favorite time with them.

We are opening the guest list with RSVP beginning now. Pre-order/purchase of Carolina, or one of Spain’s catalog titles will get you priority entry and an event poster. RSVP in person or by calling562.433.4996

New Releases
In the shop on Friday, July 8th.

The Rave Ups – Town & Country

Some of you may recall The Rave-Ups from their brief turn in the film Pretty in Pink, but more likely you’re going to be new to the sound of this LA band’s take on alt-country. Imbued with jangling guitars, plenty of twang, and loads of punk/rock attitude, blended with killer pop sensibilities, The Rave-ups are the LA band that should have been; should have been emblazoned across our chests and etched onto our arms, quite simply they should have been our “band”. Happily, they’re back to doing shows again, including (hopefully) one here at the shop in the not to distant. This reissue includes 11 bonus tracks, including their KCRW in-studio session. Recommended for folks who miss the glory days of Bogart’s, the Palomino, and the Country Club in Reseda. Three random bands that popped into my head while listening this morning; X, Big Country, and the Doors.

Avalanches – Wildflower (CD/LP)

It’s rare that you’ll find a second album that is as strong at a band’s debut, but Wildflower is exactly that; groovy, fun, and loaded with crazy cut and paste beats and samples. Danny Brown, Biz Markie, Camp Lo, Jonathan (Mercury Rev), Chaz (Toro y Moi), David Berman (Silver Jews), Jenifer Herema (Royal Trux), Father John Misty, and the result is the most fun we’ve had since The Gorillaz last put out new music. Free 7″ single with LP purchase, while they last.
Biffy Clyro – Ellipsis (CD/LP)
Produced by Rich Costey, who’s worked with Muse, My Chemical Romance, & SigurRos in the past, which is promising.
David Bowie – Hours / Outside
Reissues of these two late period Bowie albums, including Outside, which is the reunion of Bowie with Brian Eno, for the first time since their Berlin Trilogy. Both albums are a bit more jazz influenced, and both were somewhat overlooked on their original release, so if you’re looking for new Bowie this might feel pretty close.
Heart – Beautiful Broken
Heart’s first new album in four years is a mix of new songs and reinterpretations of classic songs from their catalog. I think that’s called hedging your bets. James Hetfield of Metallica and NeYo guest, and I have no idea what to call that.
Switchfoot – Where the Light Shines Through (CD/LP/Dlx)
Their in-store was a lot of fun, hopefully some of you were here for it. Not too much to say about this new one, other than John Fields produced it, and he’s the guy that did Beautiful Letdown, so if you’re a fan of that era, you’re gonna want to check this out.
Aphex Twin – Cheetah (CD/LP)
The packaging on this one is kind of bonkers beautiful .
Badbadnotgood – IV (CD/LP)
Can you say hotly tipped, staff favorite? Badbadnotgood are like breakfast to most of us at the shop, and by that I mean the most mportant listen of the day. If you’re down with serious jazz meets hip-hop, you should definitely dive in with us.
Boris – Pink (CD/LP)
Reissued with bonus tracks.
Gone is Gone – Gone is Gone (CD/LP)
A new band, from some folks who are probably already in your collection; Gone is Gone is members of Mastodon, Queens Of The Stone Age and At The Drive-In.
J. Dilla – Diary Instrumentals
The instrumental version of the latest vault release from J. Dilla’s family trove.
Julie Ruin – Hit Reset (CD/LP)
New from Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna.
Left Lane Cruiser – Beck in Black
Not a reference to Silverlake’s fair-haired songsmith, but to Left Lane Cruiser’s original drummer, who has made his way back to the fold.
Modest Mouse / 764-Hero – Whenever You See Fit
Beautiful split colored vinyl reissue.

  Internet Trawling
Interesting flotsam that washed up on our desktop

Wye Oak - This next song is the first single on their new album…
Jimi Hendrix - Jimi run through Google Deep Dream, with Mobius’ art as the reference. It’s pretty cool.
Binary Music - 10 keys, all assigned a value, that can then be played. Sounds a little like it could have been in the Exorcist.
Hip Hop sign language -

Freddie Gibbs, Ab-Soul, Lil Bibby & Vince Staples all getting the ASL treatment. It’s cool to see how quick this signing guy needs to be to

keep up. It’s got some potty mouth, so click carefully.

Harrison Fjord - Wicked cool psyche/jazz/fusion. Coming to town in late July.

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Long Beach and beyond  

07.09.16 Twisted at the Pike -

Summer and Music returns, flush with the success of 720, for the third version of Twisted. Carney folks and carney food, fire dancers, and music from Gardens & Villa, JJUUJJUU, The Molochs, Furcast, and oh so much more.  Free & all ages. Starts at 5:00

07.14.16 Pink Floyd’s The Wall Live -
Live After 5 brings RIOTstage to the Acres of Books lot for a live reinterpretation of the full iconic album. The Black Noise and a DJ set from Notorious JEN round things out. Free

08.20.16 Xiu Xiu Play Twin Peaks -
Live at the Sunnyside Cemetery, courtesy of Long Beach Cinemateque.
 

FYF Fest Tickets  - Available Here
August 27 & 28

In the era of festivals being all about the place and the scene, it’s positively refreshing that FYF remembers that it should be about the line-up and the talent.  This year is no exception, reading down the list, I was expecting it to get soft and mushy at some point, and then I got to the line with Diiv and Wild Nothing and I just kind of gave myself over to it. If you’re feeling the same, you should know that the cheapest way to buy tickets is right down the street at your favorite little record shop.
Tickets are on sale here, and they are cash only.

Long Beach Folk Revival Festival Tickets Available Here
Saturday, September 17th
(Rainbow Lagoon Park)

The Long Beach Folk Revival Fest is coming up again, and they’ve put together an amazing line-up that includes: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, White Buffalo, Chuck Ragan, JD McPherson, Leo Bud Welch, Willy Tea Taylor, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys, The Lowest Pair, Moonsville Collective, Pearl Charles, Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin, McDougall, Big Bad Rooster, Honey Whiskey Trio, The Hollow Trees, Echo Mountain, & Smoggy Mountain String Band. Damn, solid. There will also be food trucks, beer gardens, mustache contests, artists, and other things to make for an amazing day. Tickets available here at the shop for $35 +$2 svc. (cash only). More info at folkrevivalfestival.com

MUSIC TASTES GOOD – Tickets available here. 
September 23, 24, & 25

Hopefully you’ve heard about Music Tastes Good (MTG), the incredible festival that will be taking over the streets of Long Beach in September, but if not, click over to this sampler video announcement and then come back and finish reading. You’re right here -> <- Okay, you back? How about that? Holy hell what a line-up; De La Soul, Iron & Wine, Deltron, The Specials, Warpaint, Squeeze, Living Color, … Anyway. We have tickets here at the shop, and not only are we the cheapest way to get them, we’re throwing in a $5 gift certificate with each 3-day ticket to soften the hefty $5 svc fee. There are a lot of ticket options, so click here for info about those options. Worth noting, unlike most festivals, the 3-day ticket is the hot ticket, not just because it covers all three days at a cheaper price, but because the layout changes for Friday & Sunday, so those two days will have lower capacity and will be quick to sell out. Svc charge for individual day tickets is $2/ticket. Tickets are cash only.
Thank you for supporting small businesses, in our eyes they provide the color and excitement in any neighborhood, and our neighborhood is chock full of amazing small businesses. Some of our favorites include; Made, Lola’s Mexican, The Art Theatre, Berlin, Number 9, Olives, Cocoreno, and Congregation. More next time.
 

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Emily Kinney, Pepper, Sam Beam& Jesca Hoop, Violent Femmes (SOLD OUT), New Releases, and more

Issue: 1609
April 22nd, 2016  
Hi Long Beach. Things are a weird mix of sedate and excited around here today (and try as we might, we can’t make it over the hump). Post-RSD feels, just beginning to deal with the death of Prince, building the best schedule of in-stores we’ve ever had, thinking about festivals (SAM, FYF, Folk Revival, MTG) and trying to find our place at each…Anyway, in some semblance of order I’ll just go for it; 

Prince. We can’t even process. To say he was a hero would be a magnificent understatement. 2016 continues to suck in the saying goodbye to our heroes department. I watched Purple Rain at the Art last night and it helped. If you’re hurting I recommend a communal cure.

RSD – It was great. Hopefully you were able to get what you were looking for, got to see Watt and/or Brett Dennen play, and had a chinwag with Al Jourgensen. It was a whirlwind. Thanks to all who came out, or sent a good thought our way when you saw it was trending on facebook.

Festivals – We’re still figuring these out, but it’s gonna be an amazingly musical summer, so brace yourselves.

In-stores – There are a bunch below, and a bunch more in the wings. Many will sell out.

That’s it, talk soon.

EMILY KINNEY – Live In-Store Performance
 
Wednesday, April 27th 7:00pm

A lot of us first encountered Emily Kinney’s musical side when she performed Tom Waits’ song Hold On on AMC’s hit television series, The Walking Dead. Emily recently released an album of original material called, “This Is War” and the response has been overwhelmingly positive, especially in areas where fans have had the chance to see her perform, where her joy in playing shines so brightly. We’re extremely excited that she will be here next Wednesday to perform and meet fans.
If you want a mix-tape setting, she would fit nicely in a mix with She & Him and Haxahatchee.
Check out her Treehouse Session for a sample.
We’ve opened the guest list first come first served, but if you pick up a copy of This is War, you’ll receive priority entry, a wristband for the meet & greet, and an event poster. RSVP to 562.433.4996
 

PEPPER – Live In-Store Performance
 

Friday, April 29th 6:00pm  
If you’re a Pepper fan chances are good you’re in either one of two camps; either you missed getting tickets to their sold-out show at Alex’s Bar, or you got tickets to see them at Alex’s, but you know it’s been too long, and it’s going to be over way to soon. Either way, we’re here for you. 
Since the guys have a new album coming out on the 29th, and they’re already going to be in town, it would be crazy to miss the chance to have them back on our little stage for an acoustic set.
Way back we hosted Pepper in the old 2nd street location, and it was wall to wall. 
With their roots in the same fertile ground that gave us Sublime, it’s little wonder that this Hawaiian trio has such a strong local connection. Ohana, their latest, has all of the familiar components, but there’s a little more juice in the rum drink this time out. Ohana is an old friend that shows up late in the day, and who, before it’s all over, has everyone dancing with a drink in their hand.
Check out the track Vacation for a taste.
We are opening the guest list for this one with pre-order of Ohana on CD or LP. If space allows, which we aren’t anticipating, we will open the list with RSVP (free) a couple days out. If you’d like to be here, your best bet is to punch 562.433.4996 into your phone and place your pre-order.
 

SAM BEAM & JESCA HOOP – Live In-Store Performance  
Monday, May 2nd 7:00pm

Love Letter for Fire is a collaboration between Sam Beam (aka Iron and Wine) and singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop. Love Letter for Fire features Beam and Hoop on vocals and guitar along with Robert Burger, Eyvind Kang, Glenn Kotche, Sebastian Steinberg, and Edward Rankin-Parker. Many of you will be familiar with Sam as his nom de stage, Iron and Wine, and his albums The Creek Drank The Cradle, Our Endless Numbered Days, Woman King, and The Shepherd’s Dog. Sam was a bit of a frequent rocker at the old shop, but this will be his first time in the new space. Jesca Hoop is an incredible live performer, known for her wonderfully-eclectic take on folk, rock, and electronic music. Hoop has released five albums and two EPs, including the critical favorites Hunting My Dress and The House That Jack Built. Jesca has toured and collaborated with the likes of Shearwater, Willy Mason, Blake Mills, Andrew Bird, and Elbow. This will be her first Fingerprints in-store.Their collaborative album, Love Letter for Fire, was produced, recorded and mixed by Tucker Martine (Modest Mouse, Decemberists, Neko Case), and we couldn’t be more excited to have them both here. 
Check out Valley Clouds for a taste.
Sam and Jesca will also be playing at the Fonda on May 30th, and you would be crazy to miss the chance at seeing the full show. Tickets here. 
We are opening the guest list for this event with pre-order of Love Letter For Fire on CD or LP beginning right now, even though it’s not actually out until Friday. Pre-order will get you priority entry and an event poster. Call 562.433.4996, or just drop in to pre-order, and we’ll get you all set.
 

VIOLENT FEMMES – Live In-Store Performance – **SOLD OUT**
 
Saturday, May 7th 12:30pm

If you were a child of the 80s, or even if you just knew any, the chances are good that somewhere you’ve got a mix disc with at least a couple of The Violent Femmes songs on it. There was a time when their heady mix of acoustic roots and punk energy was practically inescapable, and happily the songs, and more importantly, the sound, remain vital. 
We Can Do Anything finds the Femmes revisiting old demos and songbooks for a fresh take on unreleased materiel from the days that gave us Blister in the Sun, Add it Up, American Music, Country Death Song, and so many more.
For their first album in 15 years, it’s almost hard to believe there’s been a break. Touring has kept them fresh and full of fire, and judging by the fact that their Orpheum show on the 7th is sold out, that freshness and fire is keeping fans in the seats. If you’d like to keep an eye out for tix to the show, watch the Orpheum’s website
In the meantime, get to the phone or to the shop and grab a copy of We Can Do Anything to secure a spot for this very special early afternoon in-store.
Check out Good For/At Nothing to whet your appetite.
Pre-order in person, or call us at 562.433.4996 to order by phone, and we’ll get you all set for what is sure to be an amazing experience.
 

New Releases  
All Out Friday (4/15)
Jethro Tull – Aqualung (2CD/2DVD)
Forty-fifth Anniversary edition, includes scratch and sniff cards for each song, designed to heighten the full sensory experience. As you might expect, the Aqualung card is best left unscratched (and definitely unsniffed).
Candlebox – Disappearing In Airports
Surprisingly pop and radio friendly for a band whose biggest selling album came out when rock radio was a thing, and Madonna still had a record label. There are some shredders here, but this feels like a great flashback to when MTV would surprise us with a new band who was about more than just a good video. 
BWB – BWB
Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, and a guy named Brown. Probably not Charles, more likely in the smooth jazz world. Norman, maybe?
Strumbrellas – Hope
Songs for loudly singing-along , campfire dance friendly, in-store ready, some stomping and clapping required. 9/10 on the joyous/raucous scale.
Rufus Wainwright, William Shakespeare – Take All My Loves
Sorry, can’t get my head around this one. It’s Shakespeare, it’s a mix of music and theater, and it features Rufus Wainwright, Florence Welch (Machine), Martha Wainwright (Sister/nutter), Helena Bonham Carter (Actor/nutter), Carrie Fisher (Leia/nutter) William Shatner (nutter/thespian/crank) and a bunch of others who are also gloriously out there. Might be interesting if you smoke a pipe.
Har Mar Superstar – Best Summer Ever
AKA Har Mar’s musical history of the world, this is his “Best Of” album, and it’s loaded with dance floor fillers from the 50s to the 80s (well, if they’d been released back then).
Third Power – Believe
The vinyl came out, and sold out, on Record Store Day, but if you’re a fan of early Detriot rock, in the classic, dangerous, garage vein, you might need one of these. They would have sandwiched nicely between Jimi and Cream.
Guns and bitches, bling and MTV bullshit, mix it up with some cool fresher ideas, for a record that will likely bum out the purists and the old-school hip-hop fans.
Dalek – Asphalt for Eden
Newly reformed, Dalek is back. Once they were described as a mix of Public Enemy and MBV, and while it’s close on the sonic spectrum it doesn’t cover the darkness that runs through it.
Lush – Blind Spot
The new ep, includes 5 songs just in time for your upcoming jones after seeing/ hearing/hearing about their performance at Coachella. 
Bill Evans – Some Other Time: Lost Session from The Black Forest 
Sublime late 60s recording, featuring bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette, and available for the first time ever. This project was seemingly shelved due to the release of the trio’s Montreux Jazz Festival release, which was recorded within days of this session. If you recognize the names, it’s for good reason, these are the guys who backed up Miles on Kind Of Blue. Limited vinyl still available. 
Guided By Voices – Please Be Honest
Recalling the lo-fi and tight songs of Vampire on Titus, this is Bob at his best. That said, to be honest, we need a bigger shelf for our “G” albums.
Blue Man Group – Three
Hard not to think about blue balls when one thinks about Blue Man Group… Maybe thinking about Vegas would help, we have a contest going that includes tickets and a hotel room. Check in to enter.
Josh Kelley – New Lane Road
If any of these songs are about his wife being tough, or not letting him buy the Ford F-950 pick up he wants (and holy hell, this is a real thing!), you should know he’s talking about Katherine Heigl, who has a reputation for being exactly that tough. 
Blue October – Home
Fruition – Labor of Love
The newest faces on the jam band scene, Fruition is a rockabilly, roadhouse, bluegrass, string, party band. It feels good, and rarely better than it does on The Meaning
Higher Authorities – Neptune
There’s a lot of love for this one here at the shop, partly because it’s the singer from Clinic, but mostly because it’s a bit of a killer.

New Vinyl Reissues:

Petra Haden – Sings: The Who Sell Out (Vinyl)
Captain Beefheart – The Spotlight Kid (Vinyl)
Captain Beefheart – Lick My Decals Off Baby (Vinyl)
Captain Beefheart – Clear Spot (Vinyl)
 

FYF Fest Tickets – On Sale Info 

Tickets Available Here

In the era of festivals being all about the place and the scene, it’s positively refreshing that FYF remembers that it should be about the line-up and the talent.  This year is no exception, reading down the list, I was expecting it to get soft and mushy at some point, and then I got to the line with Diiv and Wild Nothing and I just kind of gave myself over to it. If you’re feeling the same, you should know that the cheapest way to buy tickets is right down the street at your favorite little record shop.
Tickets are on sale now, and they are cash only.Social yourself silly at:

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CALENDAR OF COOL STUFF
Long Beach and beyond  
04.24.16 – Long Beach Zine Fest - Once again at MOLAA, this was a capacity event last year, so plan ahead for this one. Details05.07.16 - Bike Fest - Long Beach once again becomes the center of our cycling universe with this day long celebration of biking, racing, obstacle courses, and beer. That’s right, bikes and beers. I’m in.05.07.16 - Music Tastes Good - Long Beach’s upcoming music festival (happening 9/23-25) is doing a big dance party kick-off at the Packard, and it’s going to feature DJ sets from Adrian Younge, DJ Nobody, and Dennis Owens, which should be plenty of reason to get your groove on, but it will also be where you can hear who’s playing the big show. Register at MTG for updates.

05.21.16 - Like Totally 80s Fest - No big deal, just bands like

The Motels, Flock of Seagulls, Dramarama, Naked Eyes, Clive Farrington the original lead singer for When in Rome (UK), and Annabella Lwin of Bow Wow Wow… you know the ones who don’t make us embarrassed about our 80s hairstyle. Tickets available here at the shop. More info. 

  Internet Trawling
Interesting flotsam that washed up on our desktop

Nathaniel Rateliff - new video with the Night Sweats.
Allen Stone - Live in his Mom’s livingroom, because it sounds like we’re never going to hear the Live at Fingerprints recordings.
Mark Knopfler - Sultans of Swing, isolated guitar and vocals.
Alan Lomax - Go and play in the fields of the Lomax – his full archive is now up online for your enjoyment.
The Rabbit - Mark Linkous’s kid brother Matt had a band in the early 2000s, and apparently Mark did some production and played some guitar on it, and it sounds like it. Anyway, after a little regrouping, they’re back to being active, and they’re talking about a release. In the meantime, check out the bandcamp stream. As long I’m talking about Mark, I’ll go ahead and post this link to an unreleased song of Mark’s that Susanna Hoffs recorded, back when they were working together.
Hoyt Axton - Keep this name in mind the next time you’re crate digging. Hoyt was an incredible songwriter, including Joy To The World (Jerimiah Was a Bullfrog), Boney Fingers, The Pusher, and the above linked No No Song, which was a hit for Ringo, but which boasts an amazing Cheech & Chong cameo on this, the original version.
Jane Bordeaux - A pretty French song, with an amazing animated video.
RNDM - Joseph Arthur, Richard Stuverad, and Jeff Ament (of Pearl Jam). A beautiful slow burner, played live.
Louisville Vegan Jerky - We are beyond stoked to be able to offer LVJ, if you have a little jerky-sized hole in your vegan life, you should ask for a sample the next time you’re in, it’s delish!
Bruce Springsteen - All right, we were pretty sure that we didn’t want to see any hackneyed tribute/cover versions of Prince songs, but we were wrong. This is really hitting home.
Thank you for supporting small businesses, in our eyes they provide the color and excitement in any neighborhood, and our neighborhood is chock full of amazing small businesses. Some of our favorites include; Made, Lola’s Mexican, The Art Theatre, Berlin, Number 9, Olives, Cocoreno, and Congregation. More next time.

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EMILY KINNEY – Live In-Store Performance

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EMILY KINNEY – Live In-Store Performance
Wednesday, April 27th 7:00pm 

A lot of us first encountered Emily Kinney’s musical side when she performed Tom Waits’ song Hold On on AMC’s hit television series, The Walking Dead. Emily recently released an album of original material called, “This Is War” and the response has been overwhelmingly positive, especially in areas where fans have had the chance to see her perform, where her joy in playing shines so brightly. We’re extremely excited that she will be here next Wednesday to perform and meet fans.
If you want a mix-tape setting, she would fit nicely in a mix with She & Him and Haxahatchee.
Check out her Treehouse Session for a sample.
We’ve opened the guest list first come first served, but if you pick up a copy of This is War, you’ll receive priority entry, a wristband for the meet & greet, and an event poster. RSVP to 562.433.4996

 

THE READY SET – Live In-Store Performance

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THE READY SET – Live In-Store Performance
Saturday, April 2nd 2:00pm

Talk about a buzz. Jordan Mark Witzigreuter, known by his stage name The Ready Set, is an American electropop singer-songwriter from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is the lead vocalist and sole member of the act, using a backup band while on tour. The story started with a debut album on Decaydance, Pete Wentz’ (of Fallout Boy) label, then on to Sire for a major label debut, which included the smash Love Like Woe. Jordan is back on an indie (Hopeless) for I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love, due out on April 8th.
Since LA is home these days, this solo acoustic event will be the wind-up of a national set-up run.
Good Enough - The new single
YouTube Page  There’s a lot of older stuff on The Ready Set home page, including …
Love Like Woe The single that started it all (23 million views)
We are opening the guest list for this event with pre-order of I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love, and if there’s still space once we’re closer, we’ll open it first come first serve with RSVP. Pre-order at 562.433.4995or in person.

Rick Springfield – Live In-store Performance

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RICK SPRINGFIELD – Live In-Store Performance
Friday, February 19th 7:00pmIf you had told me, way back when I spent all my free time hanging out in record stores, that one day I would be telling you that Rick Springfield is coming into play at Fingerprints, I would have said “what’s Fingerprints?” Then I would have said how do I get in, and damn that’s cool. Read on to see how, then join me in talking about how cool it’s going to be to see Rick on our little stage. Heads up, this one is dangerously close to capacity, so waiting will not work out well.

With a career that includes stints as a singer, songwriter, producer, author and actor – Rick Springfield is not only a household name, but also an entertainment icon. On the 19th, Rick will be bringing it back to where it started, celebrating the release of his new album, Rocket Science.
We are excited to host him for this very special acoustic performance, followed by an opportunity to get your copy of Rocket Science signed.Light This Party UpDownLet Me In (Acoustic) 

We have opened the guest list with purchase of Rocket Science and there are less than fifty spots left. RSVP/pre-order in person or by calling 562.433.4996. This will be a capacity event.

 

Rick Springfield, James Supercave, Run River North In-Stores, New Releases, and more

 
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Issue: 1603
February 18th, 2016
Hey Long Beach,How ya doing? Things are crazy good around here. The in-stores are flying at us fast and heavy, including Rick Springfield, James Supercave, & Run River North all this week, plus a birthday party for George Harrison and a Book event with Tim Grobaty and Alan Rifkin (and a reprise from our pal 8 Good Fingers).

There’s another in-store on the verge of dropping in, and a couple more great ones just a little ways out, so stay tuned.

New releases have been a little concentrated – not too many, but what there is is pretty solid.

Please join us for what you can, and keep an eye for some upcoming announcements. Me, I’m gonna get back to ordering Record Store Day stuff. If you want to save that date, it’s April 16th.

RICK SPRINGFIELD – Live In-Store Performance
Friday, February 19th 7:00pm 

If you had told me, way back when I spent all my free time hanging out in record stores, that one day I would be telling you that Rick Springfield is coming into play at Fingerprints, I would have said “what’s Fingerprints?” Then I would have said how do I get in, and damn that’s cool. Read on to see how, then join me in talking about how cool it’s going to be to see Rick on our little stage. Heads up, this one is dangerously close to capacity, so waiting will not work out well.
With a career that includes stints as a singer, songwriter, producer, author and actor – Rick Springfield is not only a household name, but also an entertainment icon. On the 19th, Rick will be bringing it back to where it started, celebrating the release of his new album, Rocket Science.
We are excited to host him for this very special acoustic performance, followed by an opportunity to get your copy of Rocket Science signed.Light This Party Up

Down

Let Me In (Acoustic) 

We have opened the guest list with purchase of Rocket Science and there are less than fifty spots left. RSVP/pre-order in person or by calling 562.433.4996. This will be a capacity event.

TIM GROBATY & ALAN RIFKIN – A Book Reading
Saturday, February 20th 7:00pm

Call it a battle of wits, or the clash of the titans, if you must, but we’re going to call it a party with two of Long Beach’s finest essayists, some killer tunes by our pal 8 Good Fingers, and a great opportunity to think, laugh, and celebrate our local community.
Long Beach’s new publishing powerhouse Brown Paper Press has delivered two excellent new books; Long Beach Press-Telegram columnist Tim Grobaty’s I’m Dyin’ Here: A Life in the Paper, and noted author Alan Rifkin’s Burdens by Water: An Unintended Memoir. Both are rich with insight and humor, and if their past readings are any kind of guide, it will be an evening not soon forgotten.
8 Good Fingers, aka local boy makes good music, Kirk Jordan, will be providing music from his recently released ep Sensible Shoes, which hearkens back to the glory days of power pop, when bands like the Raspberries, Squeeze, and Elvis Costello ruled the radio.Food and drinks available at Berlin.

This is a free event, with no RSVP required.

JAMES SUPERCAVE – Live In-Store Performance

Monday, February 22nd 7:00pm 
After years on various “Bands To Watch” lists and stirring intense critical anticipation for their official debut album, James Supercave have delivered; Better Strange was released this past Friday on CD and LP on Fairfax Records. Since their digital ep from last year, “The Afternoon”, fans have been looking forward to this release and drawing comparisons as diverse as Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and Foster The People. With precise art-rock production, the album flows into a variety of psyche-pop sounds, ballads and post-modern glam rock all accompanied by the dramatic vocal range of lead singer/guitarist Joaquin Pastor.
We are happy to announce the band will be here to perform an in-store performance and signing.
Burn -

The first single off the new album.
Better Strange - The animated video that started the buzz.
This is a first come, first served with RSVP event, so if you’d like to come see the show, just drop in or give us a call and we’ll get you on the guest list. Pre-purchase of Better Strange will get you priority entry and poster.
Photo by David Benjamin (from Buzzbands LA)

GEORGE HARRISON’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

Thursday, February 25th 7:00pm 

This year would have seen George Harrison celebrating his 73rd birthday, and not coincidentally it’s the release date for the CD and LP of the George Fest tribute recorded last year at the Fonda Theater.  The night included performances by Britt Daniel of Spoon, Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers, BRMC, Ben Harper, Brian Wilson, Karen Elson, Cold War Kids, Flaming Lips, Dhani Harrison, and many more, all playing the songs of George and The Beatles.We’re going to play a test pressing of the vinyl, give away a few lithos with purchase, and throw down some birthday cake. Come join us, it’ll be fun. No RSVp required, drop by and tune in.

RUN RIVER NORTH – Live In-Store Performance
Saturday, February 27th 2:30 pm 

LA-based Run River North will release Drinking From A Salt Pond, the follow up to their 2014 debut, which reached #3 on Billbord’s Heatseekers chart. Working with producer Lars Stalfors (Cold War Kids, Health, Matt & Kim), the band leave behind their familiar folksy roots to craft an ambitious rock album.

“This album embodies, more distinctly, the voices of each member of the band. The first album was about my view of family,  and the world and the rest of the band responding to these stories. This album is everyone’s individual responses to our collective self-reflection – with each member speaking through their rhomeespective instruments to express the relationships within the band rather than my folk stories wrapped in harmonies and swells,” says frontman Alex Hwang.
With a nearly sold-out debut North American headline tour, Run River North are enjoying being a bit of a thinker’s media darling; with features on several NPR programs and PBS’ Artbound, as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Last Call with Carson Daly.

Check out the song 29 here.

Run River North would fit nicely on a mix tape with Death Cab For Cutie, Alt-J, Matt & Kim, and Cold War Kids.We are opening the guest list for this event with RSVP, but no purchase required. Pre-order of Drinking From A Salt Pond will get you priority entry and a free poster, created especially for this event. RSVP in person, or by calling 562.433.4996.

New Releases
All Out Now 

James Supercave – Better Strange (CD/LP)
In-store Monday at 7:00 (details above). While they last, we have white vinyl copies of the records, with a bonus track.
Matthew Logan Vasquez -Everything I Do Is Out (CD/LP)
Matt’s the lead singer/guitarist in Delta Spirit, and this is his first solo album – loaded with massive Crazy Horse riffs mixed among the frame of his work with Delta Spirit and Middle brother.
Alex Dezen – Alex Dezen
Alex from the Damnwells finally strikes out on his on.
David Bowie – Blackstar (CD/LP)
Finally back in stock on CD & LP.
The Donkeys - Midnight Palms (CD/LP)
Wynonna & The Big Noise – Wynonna & The Big Noise
Lissie – My Wild West
Peter Murphy – Wild Birds Live Tour
Frank Turner – Ten For Ten
Basia Bulat – Good AdviceOut this Friday:

Rick Springfield – Rocket Science
In-store Tomorrow (details above).
Animal Collective – Painting With (CD/LP)
After too long in the wild, AC is back with their new album, on CD, & LP. The LP comes with a very cool zoetrope slipmat, while they last.

Lake Street Dive – Side Pony (CD/LP)
Brian Regan – Live From Radio City Music Hall (CD/DVD)
Carcass – Surgical Steel & Surgical Remission / Surplus LTD
Jack Garratt – Phase
Ra Ra Riot – Need Your Light (CD/LP)
Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden - Live: Montreal ’89
Simple Plan – Taking One For The Team
Wild Nothing – Life Of Pause (CD/LP)

 

CALENDAR OF COOL STUFF
Long Beach and beyond  

02.28.16 - Art Theatre Academy Award Night – The Art will be hosting a Red Carpet Oscar party for supporters. Details here     .

03.06.16 - Just Eat It - a new film about loving bruised fruit (and a whole bunch of other sustainable food stuff), at the Art Theatre with a root-to-stem meal following at Berlin. Tickets and more info here.

04.03.16 - Matthew Logan Vasquez - Best known for fronting Delta Spirit and being in Middle Brother, Matthew has been working on some amazing Crazy Horse inspired solo tunes (which should be in the shelf in the next week or so), and he’s bringing it to the Federal Underground, for what is a lock to be a sold out show. Tickets available here at the shop. Everything I Do Is Out is the first song.

  Internet Trawling
Interesting flotsam that washed up on our desktop

Dead & Co. - Miss the Dead & Co. show on New Years? Check it out here.
Dave Alvin - Dave was good friend of the late Bill Morrissey, who was a tragically under-appreciated songwriter, anyway Dave played one of Bill’s songs shortly after he passed, and the intro brings it all back to Long Beach. Dave plays Inside, and we couldn’t be happier to hear this version, along with the intro/memory. Here’s a live show Bill did in 2007, if you want to dig a bit deeper.
Bowie’s Band - The New Yorker Radio hour has a nice feature on the guys who made up Bowie’s band for Blackstar.
Steven Malkmus & the Jicks - Live at the Quiet Music Festival in Portland. Lots of covers, including Pink Floyd, Nirvana, and Minutemen.
Jackson Browne - Jackson stops in at NPR for a Tiny Desk Concert, and unsurprisingly, he kills it. Will someone talk to him about an in-store here, please?
Flea - of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, speaks to Rolling Stone about why he’s supporting Bernie Sanders for president, and about their bernefit show that happened over the past weekend – hopefully you were able to catch it.
Thank you for supporting small businesses, in our eyes they provide the color and excitement in any neighborhood, and our neighborhood is chock full of amazing small businesses. Some of our favorites include; Made, Lola’s Mexican, The Art Theatre, Berlin, Number 9, Olives, Cocoreno, and Congregation. More next time.

Thanks,

 

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8 Good Fingers – Live In-store performance and EP release

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Long Beach’s own Kirk Jordan drops his first release under the 8 Good Fingers moniker, citing influences from the pure pop of XTC, Squeeze, and the Raspberries, to the Late David Bowie, who Kirk recently celebrated with a ripping version of Heroes at 4th Street Vine’s Bowie tribute night.

You may know Kirk from his time booking the open mic at 4th St Vine, but he’s also done production for the Lovely Outlaws (who played the folk fest last year), played solo for years, and did a turn in front of the camera as an actor for a while.

This will be a local artist, release date in-store, so come out and show some love.

No RSVP required.

Walter Trout, Frank Turner, Cassette Store Day/Sale & more

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Issue: 1521
October 16th, 2015 
Hey there music & media lovers,You likely noticed that I said “media lovers” up there, because not only are we poised to celebrate Cassette Store Day (Saturday), but we’re having our biggest DVD & Blu-ray sale ever to go along with it. Check out the details on both below, if either sounds like your kind of thing (and if not, it’s Thrifty Thursday all weekend, too!) More info below.

Hopefully things are good in your world. They’ve been a little nutty around here the past month, but it feels like we’re getting back on track finally. We’ve been trying to figure out how to get more room for records, and have struck on the idea of combining a few of the non-rock/pop categories to make dedicated sections for specific genres, including all formats (CDs, LPs, DVDs, & Books). So far, we’ve nailed down Blues & World/International, and it seems to be working pretty well, so we’re gonna do a few others over the next couple weeks. If you’re in, please check them out and let us know your thoughts. In the meantime, we’ve cleaned out the vinyl Hip-Hop and Electronic sections (along with Blues & International) and moved a lot of titles into the $5 & $10 sale sections (new stuff) and the $4.20 (or 3 for $10) section, for the used.

So basically what I’m saying if if you’re looking for a deal, it’s a great time to make the journey.

The in-stores keep rolling, including a just announced event with blues legend Walter Trout. Walter has an incredible discography, both on his own and with artists like Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker, and many more. Check out the details below. Lastly, to end on a hinted high-note, we’re still holding onto one other big show this month, just waiting for the promoter to give us the go ahead to announce. Mondaythe 26th will be a good day.

That’s it for me, have a great weekend, hopefully we’ll see you soon.

CASSETTE STORE DAY 2015
Saturday, October 17th – All day 

Cassette Store Day is here, Cassette Store Day is here! Everyone’s favorite day to celebrate the joys of the cassette medium is upon us, so whether it’s mix tapes, rewinding with a pencil, or just the simple joy of flipping the tape, this is the day for it. Special limited releases, a cassette sale, grab bags, & freebies will round things out for the best Cassette Store Day ever. Ever. We will be open regular hours, so go ahead and sleep in, we’ll be here when you’re ready.

DVD & BLU-RAY SALE 50% OFF + BOGO on under $4.99   10/17-10/18
This Weekend  – Saturday & Sunday

While the weather may not provide the moody grey skies that lead to a weekend of blanket forts and movie marathons, that time is coming, so to prepare we offer “Cinema Killer!” our first ever 50% off sale on all Used DVDs & Blu-Ray discs. Pick one, pick ten, heck pick ‘em all – they’re 50% off!
Applies to box sets, collections, & DVD grab-bags, too!
Fine Print: Applies only to used product. No holds, no elbows, and no whining about something being gone when you get here.You may have noticed we’ve been dropping an occasional ThriftyThursday into the mix lately, but if not, it’s where we offer buy one, get one free on Used CDs, LPS, & Books priced at $4.99 each. Because it’s Cassette Store Day, and Blu-Ray/DVD madness weekend, this will hopefully make all of you who think that cassettes were never cool, and who only watch movies in theaters, feel loved, too.

WALTER TROUT – Live In-Store Performance
Thursday, October 22nd 7:00pm 

With a resume that includes time with Joe Tex, Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, Canned Heat, and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers it is safe to say that Walter Trout’s bona fides are in order. After twenty plus albums of freewheeling, hard-night-out, urban blues, Walter is back with a new album titled Battle Scars, a reference to Walter’s recent liver transplant surgery.
Walter is a regular at major festivals throughout Europe and India, so to see him playing in a Fingerprints-sized room is a true anomaly. If you aren’t familiar with Walter, but your music collection includes names like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, Rory Gallagher, or Gary Moore, then there is a hole in your collection.
Tomorrow Seems So Far Away - A searing storm from Battle Scars
Royal Albert Hall - A short video documenting Walter’s return to the stage.
Please Take Me Home - A slow burner off the new album.
Battle Scars is available on CD & LP beginning October 23rd, so that makes this a pre-street-date event, and your first official opportunity to immerse yourself in Walter’s newest round of the blues. The guest list is open first come, first served with RSVP, either in person or to562.433.4996. Pre-order will get you a poster and priority entry.

 FRANK TURNER – Live In-Store performance
With Skinny Lister (just added)
Saturday, October 24th 2:00pm
 

Combining an earnestness and working class ethos that rivals that of Billy Bragg with a brash, whiskey-soaked punk rock energy, that recalls the sharp and shocked edges of The Clash, and more recently Gaslight Anthem, Frank Turner is poised for household name success.
Frank is a fan of great pubs and funky record stores, and we’re extremely excited that we fit his criteria for one of them, because on his current full-band tour he’s stopping into some record shops for solo shows around the bigger shows. Frank’s playing a soon to be sold-out show at the Anaheim House of Blues, but stopping in for an afternoon solo banger to support Positive Songs For Negative People.
Josephine https://vimeo.com/131947580ive in a Vegas hotel room.
Four Little Words https://vimeo.com/82474955- Full Band live at Terminal Five. This is where we we came in.The ever so joyous Skinny Lister will be joining this little house-party for a couple of warm-up tunes, so wear your comfortable Docs.

The guest list for this show is open with purchase of Positive Songs for Negative People (or a catalog title), and we’re starting to fill up. We are expecting a sellout. Purchase will get you priority entry and an event poster.

New Releases
All Out Now 

Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars (LP)

Presumptuously titled follow up to Depression Cherry, from way back a couple of weeks ago. We’re just diving in right now, but our earliest thought is that while Depression Cherry is growing on us, this is the Beach House record we really wanted. The CD is scheduled for October 30th. Oh, and our records are all loser editions, so if you like that fancy colored wax, this one is a pretty dark green.
Josh Ritter – Sermon On The Rocks

Is it too early to be talking about album of the year? Josh was in to play for us the other night, and while this album was an immediate, big, joyous beastly mix of rock, roots, and country, it is very much the Josh you hopefully already know and love.

The Twilight Sad – Oran Mor Session
Last year’s Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave saw the Twilight Sad hitting their stride, The Oran Mor Session is a live companion, showing the songs stripped to the bone, shining in the moonlight, and every bit as strong as you would hope.

Prince – HITNRUN Phase One

Prince returns with another new album, and while he still hasn’t dug back into the Purple Rain box of magic, it is a solid album that puts a contemporary spin on some of his side-project/production work (think the Time, Vanity 6, etc with some updated beats, elements of hip hop, yet still a house-party feel.)

Innocence Mission – Hello I Feel the Same

Karen & Don Perris return with a new album that sounds unsurprisingly like the old ones, and I say that with love in my heart, because they make beautifully intimate music… picture a calm and blissed-out Natalie Merchant meeting a much less British Sundays, and you’re in the right neighborhood.

Supersuckers – Holdin’ The Bag

Eddie and the boys are back with a new album, and it’s exactly what you’ve been waiting for, if you’ve been paying attention. Roadhouse ass-kickery, rock n roll, and a saddlebag full of country, all turned up to eleven, slightly buzzed, and asking impolite questions about your kid sister. If you’ve been following Eddie’s health issues, you’ll know  this is a good time time to pick up a Supersuckers album, and that it might as well be this one.

Son Little – Son Little

Legit, lift your hair Soul/R&B from this sometimes RJD2 collaborator that is likely to appeal to fans of Charles Bradley, Leon bridges, and Wyclef.

Coheed and Cambria – The Color Before The Sun

A less over the top and more personal take on C&C’s signature sound.

Mogwai – Central Belters

Three Disc collection of highlights, loud lights, and rarities.

John Renbourn – The Attic Tapes

A new collection of songs recorded prior to Renbourn’s debut solo work, including some of his classics yet to come, covers of the moment, and a few live tracks including a couple with Beverly Martyn.

Jack’s Mannequin and Andrew McMahon – Everything In Transit

10th Anniversary Edition, includes newly remastered version of the original, plus a full disc of rarities.

Cocorosie – Heartache City

Beautiful  hypnotic dream pop for the lost, the lonely, and the lovely.

Chris Walla – Tape Loops

Forty minutes of ambient soundscapes, cinematic scenes, and musical places that you wouldn’t want your car to break down. Since leaving Death Cab, Chris has been doing more film work, and these feel like sketches from a winter landscape; both chilly and chilled out.

OTHER RELEASES OF NOTE:
 

The Game – The Documentary 2.5
Hugh Cornwell – Fall and Rise of Hugh Cornwell

Byrds – Turn Turn Turn: Byrds Ultimate Byrds Collection
Prins Thomas – Paradise Goulash
Yppah – Tiny Pause
Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi – Cold Moon
!!! – As If
Pentatonix – Pentatonix
Zebrahead – Walk The Plank
Maia Sharp – The Dash Between the Dates

Small Black – Best Blues

Maritime – Magnetic Bodies/Maps Of Bones
ZOMBI – Shape Shift
Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone?
Demi Lovato – Confident
White Out with Nels Cline – Accidental Sky
BØRNS – Dopamine
Machine Gun Kelly – General Admission
Neon Indian – VEGA INTL. Night School
Jamie Lawson – Jamie Lawson
The Oh Hellos – Dear Wormwood
Stryper – Fallen

THE NATIONAL – A Lot Of Sorrow Boxset (LP)

As part of an art exhibit, The National took to the stage at the NY MOMA, for a 6-hour endurance test to play their song Sorrow over and over again. This 6-lp set is exactly what the title claims; A Lot of Sorrow. There are only 1500 of them being made, and it’s vinyl only, so while it’s not for everyone, if it’s for you, you shouldn’t wait too long to pick one up. We have 2 copies.

CALENDAR OF COOL STUFF
Almost all in Long Beach, & all worth a peek  

AM & Shawn Lee - Thursday, October 22nd
A free show in Downtown LA at Ms. Fish.
Moonsville Collective - Monday Oct. 30th
This was supposed to happen here at the shop, but I was too slow, so go support these amazing LB musicians as they release their first label released album.
Halloween - Short Hours/candy for costumes here at the shop.
Ceremony - Live at Chain Reaction in Anaheim for Halloween.
Move – The Lost Buskerfest Set. Live at Clancy’s Nov. 7th, with Tall Walls.
De Lux - Federal Bar Nov. 22nd. Post New York dance-party madness with these in-store and Summer & Music alums.
New Years Eve - Pine Avenue is bringing it big time, so since it’s early, consider this a seed planted. Vintage Trouble and Houndmouth are on top of our list, but the rest is solid as hell.

 Internet Trawling
Fun things that washed up on our desk this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Ritter - Getting Ready To Get Down, live, solo, and acoustic.Henrietta, Indiana, also from the new album, but this time with the band.

Gary Calamar - You know him as a KCRW DJ, but he’s a pretty solid songwriter, and it’s his birthday this week, so give him a click, let’s get his views up over 100.
Bruce Springsteen - Dry Lightning, just because it’s a great song, and Ghost of Tom Joad is now 20 years old.
Ride/Robert Smith - Robert Smith remixed Ride’s classic Vapour Trail album, and it’s up for streaming on the guardian’s site.
Spongebob & Ozzy - Spongebob & Patrick get their underwater aquarium rock on, and it shreds.Above: Tupac reacts to an over served Sting telling Madonna “Every Breath You Take… I’ll be watching you”

Play it loud and play it often, the chances are good the neighbors will eventually get over it (or at the very least will get used to it).

Thanks for your support,

 

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INCOMING: SILVERSUN PICKUPS, BAIO, HEMMING, MEW & MORE

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Hello Long Beach.Man, has it been a crazy couple of weeks. Between Buskerfest planning, flying in-store opportunities, Friday street dates, & so much new stuff coming in that it’s a wonder we can almost keep up with it. Maybe this is why most of this was banged out between midnight & 3:00am. But it’s because there are so many amazing things happening that our heads are spinning. Seriously. Right now is the best time for live music in Long Beach that we’ve ever seen. Not only did Buskerfest have its best line-up yet, but Folk Revival Fest is coming, as is Hi-Fi Rock Fest (details on both below), and our in-store calendar is looking pretty good. On top of that, we’re hearing every day about some other cool thing happening, and very few if any require us to sit in traffic.Anyway, it’s late and the emailer is long, but please take a peek and click the links, we are headed into a run that people will be talking about for a while, and we would love to see you join us where you can.

BAIO - Live In-Store Performance

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MONDAY, September 14th 7:00pm

Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio has a dance music side project named Baio and there is an album releasing on Friday Sept. 18th. (CD/LP). He’ll be joining us on Monday Sept. 14th at 7 pm to showcase this new work titled, The Names. According to a Pitchfork article back in April he says the album is full of “Bowie and Ferry-influenced pop songs and dumbsmart arena techno.”

Here is a link to check out the single “Brainwash Yyrr Face”.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnjlofyAfUoTo join us for this free event RSVP to the store directly at (562)433-4996.

HEMMING – Live In-Store Performance
Saturday, September 19th 7:00pmHemming first popped up on our radar when we saw that she’s opening a string of dates for Chris Cornell, including a Disney Hall show the day after our in-store. To say that her debut is striking and fresh is almost stealing a quote. Hemming hails from Philly, and she gets classified as an acoustic singer-songwriter, but her high-voltage vocals and folk influenced songs set her apart, both at home, and on the road. She started as half of the punk-duo Omar, but she was singled out as a shining star on Linda Perry’s Make or Break TV show.

Hemming’s influences include Cat Power, Metric, Alanis Morrissette, & M. Ward – which on their own should land you in a pretty cool, and slightly hip neighborhood, but when you factor in her voice, and that’s really the driver, everything goes gold. Check out the below links for a taste.
We are opening the guest list for this show with RSVP, so if you’d like to attend, please drop in or give us a call at 562.433.4996 and we’ll get you all set. Hemming’s self-titled debut is available now, so pick one up, then you can sing along at the in-store.
MEW – Live In-Store Performance
Sunday, September 20th 4:00pmDanish indie-prog-rock/noisemeisters Mew, following a somewhat extended hiatus, recently returned with their long-awaited new album, +- (aka: plus minus). Featuring the band’s original line up, +- continues Mew’s history of ambitious & epic symphonic indie/pop rock.

Combining elements of dream pop and space rock, Mew ranges from brooding and introspective to electric and cathartic, often within the structure of a hook filled 3-minute pop song.

Superlatives flow, but since their reach is much broader in their native Lowlands, let’s play mixtape and place Mew’s music alongside songs by Catherine Wheel, The Pixies, Ride, Muse, and early Coldplay. If this sounds like the kind of soundtrack that would get you into the backseat, you should make plans to join us for this special in-store event.

Witness - The new  single from +-
Satellites - The lead single from +-
NPR 1st Listen - The full album stream

” +- ” is available as a 10-track CD, a deluxe double CD/book, & a double vinyl LP, on colored vinyl. Pre-purchasing a copy will get you priority entry and an event poster, but the guest list is now open, so if you’d like to join us, with or without pre-purchasing, please drop in, or give us a call at 562.433.4996.

SILVERSUN PICKUPS – Live In-Store Performance
Wednesday, September 23rd 7:00pm 

UPDATE–SOLD OUT

Silversun Pickups return with a street week in-store to celebrate Better Nature, their 4th full-length album, and it’s going to be magical. Better Nature shows SSPU expanding their palette of layered guitars and effects to include a delicate cinematic quality; imagine the big lush sounds of Carnavas and Swoon, with just a bit of the delicacy of Neck of the Woods, and you’re in the neighborhood. It’s all the elements of SSPU that you already love, but it’s gloriously come into its own.

Nightlight - A short film, built around the first single from Better Nature, which might just be my last minute bell-ringer, song of the summer.
SSPU is kicking off the album with a series of acoustic in-stores across the country, and we’re happy to be able to have them back for the final night of their indie shop residency.
Photo: Claire Marie Vogel

JOSH RITTER – Live In-Store Performance
Wednesday, October 14th 7:30pmI don’t know about you, but every so often I’ll hear a song that makes me think “I want my life to feel like this.” Josh Ritter continually writes those songs; achingly beautiful, achingly sad, and explosively joyous, and he gets the balance right like no one else. Josh’s upcoming album, Sermon on the Rocks, is alternately a monster laden with huge guitar riffs, and then it’s just a guy making it through, and the distance between the two lends a strange familiarity and a comfortable ease that is rare even among close friends.

“…I wanted to make something grand. I wanted it to swing hard. I wanted to peek through death’s keyhole. I wanted my monster to run….” – Josh Ritter

If you’ve caught Josh live you already know what a rare treat it is, if you haven’t seen him, imagine going to church only to learn that everyone was there celebrate your birthday, and everyone was excited like it was their birthday – it feels a bit like that.

That Josh has decided to kick off his new album with a few very limited live performances, including this very special night with us, feels like it’s our birthday.

Getting Ready to Get Down - The first single has a cool, big, fat country feel.

NPR Show - Three older songs, live from the front row.

We will be opening the guest list for Josh’s only Southern California performance this year with pre-order of Sermon on the Rocks on CD or LP. There are regular & deluxe versions of each. The DLX both include an extra disc of demos, & the vinyl is colored. Pre-order /RSVP in person or by calling us at 562.433.4996. We are over 70% of the way to being sold out for this one.

KOREY DANE – Live In-Store Performance
Thursday, October 15th 7:00pm

What to say about Korey Dane? He was one of our first in-stores when we moved to 4th St, and has the distinction of being our first sold out show in the new space. which is kind of crazy considering he’s a local artist, and he was promoting a self-released album. Anyway, after winning Buskerfest and turning his prize money into the aforementioned self-released album, Korey went a little quiet, did a couple small tours, and then he went really quiet. He practiced his craft, he wrote, and wrote some more, and apparently he finally feels like he got it right, because October 9th will (finally) see the release of Korey’s Innovative Leisure release, Youngblood.

KCRW has been pretty big on it already, and we’ve gotten spend a couple weeks with it now and it’s kind of a killer; it’s lyrically rich and smart, musically diverse, and basically loaded with that special unquantifiable thing that moves a record from good to great.

Jules Verne - The lead single, embedded in a nice little article on Fader.com

Korey’s Youngblood fits nicely alongside albums by Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell, and we see crazy big things ahead for him.

The guest list for this show is now open with pre-order of Youngblood on CD or LP. Call or visit to RSVP.
 FRANK TURNER – Live In-Store performance
Saturday, October 24th 2:00pmCombining an earnestness and working class ethos that rivals that of Billy Bragg with a brash, whiskey-soaked punk rock energy, that recalls the sharp and shocked edges of The Clash, and more recently Gaslight Anthem, Frank Turner is poised for household name sized success.

Frank is a fan of great pubs and funky record stores, and we’re extremely excited that we fit his criteria for one of them, because on his current full-band tour he’s stopping into some record shops for solo shows around the bigger shows. Frank’s playing a soon to be sold-out show at the Anaheim House of Blues, but stopping in for an afternoon solo banger to support Positive Songs For Negative People.

Josephine https://vimeo.com/131947580ive in a Vegas hotel room.

Four Little Words https://vimeo.com/82474955- Full Band live at Terminal Five. This is where we we came in.

The guest list for this show is open with pre-purchase of ‘+/-’ , and filling quickly. We are expecting a sellout, and Frank jumped our announcement date, so his twitter followers already got a jump on ya.
New Releases
THE ARCS – Yours, Dreamily CD/LP
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keyes doing a swampy, soulful psychedelic thing that just aches for a sweltery late night dance party.
UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS – Night Creeper CD/LP
This one is driving us crazy, heavy droney doom.
The Doors – Other Voices / Full Circle CD
After Jim Morrison died, the remaining Doors made a couple of jazzy instrumental albums, they are both collected on this single disc collection.
FIDLAR – Too   CD/LP
Frenetic tunes for all of your really fast up and down needs.
Public Image Ltd – What The World Needs Now… CD/LP
Raise your hand if you really expected Johnny Lydon to still be making relevant and vital music this far beyond the seeming expiration date on the young snotty Johnny Rotten.
The Wonder Years – No Closer To Heaven CD/LP

Hopefully you caught their acoustic in-store last week, they’ve had us talking about it all week. Great stuff, and really good guys.

Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls (DLX/CD/LP)
Five Finger Death Punch - Got Your Six (DLX/CD/LP)
Against Me! - 23 Live Sex Acts CD/LP
Pugwash - Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends)   CD/LP
Dam-Funk - Invite the Light (CD/LP)
Tommy Keene - Laugh in the Dark   CD/LP
Joey Cape - Stitch Puppy CD/LP
Lou Barlow - Brace The Wave   CD/LP
Talib Kweli - Lost Lyrics – Rare Releases & Beautiful B-Sides CD/LP
JJ Cale - Cajun Moon CD/LP
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound - Beat of Our Own Drum

CALENDAR OF COOL STUFF  
 
Almost all in Long Beach, & all worth a peek  

Folk Revival Festival 2015 – Rainbow Lagoon Park
September 19th. Featuring He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister, Deertick, Legendary Shack Shakers, and lots more. It’s our local celebration of beards, banjos, and craft-brews. Tickets available here at the shop.

Hi-Fi Rock Fest – Queen Mary Events Park September 26th
Dead Kennedys, Street Dogs, Naked Raygun, Sonics, Richie Ramone, Luicidal, Dirty Filthy Mugs, Year of the Dragon, True Rivals, Downtown Brown, & Two Tens. Free/discount ticket with purchase of any featured artist’s CD or LP (limit one per person, while supplies last) $5 discount on Ticket & CD/LP combo once the freebies are gone.

David Lindley - October 2nd
Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach hosts an evening with legendary guitarist (and everything-else-ogist). My guess is tickets won’t be around long, so it might be worth acting fast for this small room show.

 Internet Trawling
Fun things that washed up on our desk this week.

Lou Reed - Perfect Day live on Jools Holland, with Antony (of the Johnsons).
Sensational Alex Harvey Band - If you’re gonna put a qualifier in your band name, you’d better live up to it (you hear me, Tallest Man on Earth)
Rick Danko & Levon Helm - I’m not sure if I’ve posted this before, but it’s a great stripped down set by these two Band-mates, and it’s fairly outstanding, so I think I’m good either way.
Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express - Full concert, circa 1975, without Julie Driscoll, but still well worth the click.
Sheet Music Art  - Pictured above, by Mike Lemanski
Nathaniel Ratteliff & the Night Sweats - Live at Twist & Shout in Denver. So good.

Motorhead

- Amazing orchestral version of Ace of Spades, paired with archival video of the boys. Sending love & good vibes to Mr. Kilmister, get well soon.
Play it loud and play it often, the chances are good the neighbors will eventually get over it (or at the very least will get used to it).

Thanks for your support,

 

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