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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

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 


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.
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.
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

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.


- 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,