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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.

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.
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