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WAVVES’ King of the Beach: Free Stream on Fat Possum

1 Jul

Click Nasty Nate and be swept away to the new album’s free stream courtesy of Fat Possum.

“You’re never gonna stop me,” sings Nathan Williams on the opening track, clearing up any misgivings of just who the King of the Beach really is.

Despite WAVVES’ rapid rise to underground stardom with Wavvves and his subsequent insipid fall from grace, Williams comes charging back with an unapologetic string of songs confronting what went down in 2009. It is peaceful, playful, snarky, compelling, mature and an instant classic.

When Williams sings “I’d apologize, but it wouldn’t mean shit,” he is speaking to both himself and those who turned their backs. One can’t help but notice the peace he has come to in charging those demons. There is a clarity amongst the fuzz, without replacing the fuzz.

Just as important as Williams’ mental state is the craftsmanship and maturity of the music. Those artists who embrace the lo-fi culture have easy beginnings, but jutting the boredom of the fuzz and simplicity and emerging with fresh sound is difficult and often the downfall of a lo-fi superstar. Just as Williams confronted his doubters, he jammed a riflebutt right in the genre’s chest and produced a classic with well-crafted pop that doesn’t have to fight through the fuzz, but is given the right to live alongside of it.

WAVVES

Fri-Aug-06    Chicago, IL  Lollapalooza
Sat-Aug-07    Chicago, IL  Empty Bottle Lollapalooza afterparty *
Thu-Aug-12    San Diego, CA Museum of Contemporary A
Fri-Aug-13    Pomona, CA    The Glass House #
Sat-Aug-14    Portland, OR    Berbati’s Pan
Mon-Aug-16    Santa Barbara, CA    Soho
Tue-Aug-17    Santa Cruz, CA    Crepe Place
Wed-Aug-18    San Francisco, CA    Rickshaw Stop
Wed-Aug-25    Seattle, WA    Neumos
Thu-Aug-26    Vancouver, BC    Biltmore
Fri-Aug-27    Victoria, BC    Sugar
Mon-Aug-30    Sacramento, CA    Sol Collective
Tue-Aug-31    Visalia, CA    Howie and Sons Pizza

* = w/ Harlem, Fergus and Geronimo
# = w/ The Cool Kids

wavves
Wavves
King of the Beach
(Fat Possum)
Physical Street date: Aug. 3, 2010

King Of The Beach
Super Soaker
Idiot
When Will You Come?
Post Acid
Take On The World
Baseball Cards
Convertible Balloon
Green Eyes
Mickey Mouse
Linus Spacehead
Baby Say Goodbye

Screaming Females reveal Castle Talk details; Woven Bones announce tour dates; Forthcoming Brad Laner LP

29 Jun

Castle Talk due out Sept. 14

In 2010, Screaming Females continued their non-stop touring, including a February tour with Jeff the Brotherhood, two tours with fellow Jersey punk Ted Leo and his band the Pharmacists, a national headlining tour, and a spot on the Village Voice’s annual Siren Fest. The band says that thus far the highlight of 2010 was the sold out Don Giovanni Records showcase in February at Bowery Ballroom, which filled one of New York City’s biggest venues with the energy of a New Brunswick basement show. Like Power Move, Castle Talk was recorded at the Hunt Studio in New Jersey with engineer, Eric Bennet, but with a new approach to writing and recording. The record is out September 14th via Don Giovanni.

Tracklist:

Laura + Marty
I Don’t Mind It
Boss, Normal
A New Kid
Fall Asleep
Wild
Nothing at All
Sheep
Deluxe
Ghost
Sold

WOVEN BONES


06/26 – Chicago, IL Reckless Records Wicker Park In-Store 5pm
06/26 – Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
06/27 – Indianapolis, IN Vollrath Tavern (My Old Kentucky Blog Presents) ^
06/28 – Fort Wayne, IN The Brass Rail
06/29 – Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class
06/30 – Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox
07/01 – Brooklyn, NY Bruar Falls ~
07/02 – New York, NY Pier 17 / South Street Seaport (
07/03 – Baltimore, MD The Ottobar @
07/06 – Athens, GA Caledonia Lounge
07/08 – New Orleans, LA Circle Bar
08/06 – Austin, TX, United States Art Authority /
08/07 – Dallas, TX, The Nightmare +
08/10 – Denver, CO, Hi Dive –
08/11 – Salt Lake City, UT, Kilby Court TBA
08/12 – Boise, ID, Neurolux TBA
08/13 – Portland, OR, Plan B
08/14 – Seattle, WA, Wildrose >
08/15 – Olympia, WA, Northern }
08/17 – Reno, NV, Lincoln Lounge [
08/18 – San Francisco, CA, Bottom of the Hill <
08/19 – Los Angeles, CA, Spaceland
08/20 – San Diego, CA, Casbah
08/22 – Phoenix, AZ, Rhythm Room
08/24 – Albuquerque, NM, Launchpad
08/25 – Lubbock, TX, Bash Riprock’s 

^ = w/ We Are Hex
~ = w/ Beach Fossils
( = w/ YellowFever
@ = w/ Reading Rainbow
/ = w/ Residual Echoes and Happy Birthday
+ = w/ Bipolar Express and Nervous Curtains
– = w/ Woodsman
> = w/ Idle Times
} = w/ Christmas
[ = w/ The Madanna Bangers and The Humans
< = w/ The Splinters and Sandwitches

BRAD LANER

Underground shoegaze king Brad Laner will release Natural Selections on Aug. 24. If you are familiar with Laner all you need know of the new material are these words from him: “I would like to hereby apologize to anybody who wishes to see my stuff played live. I would too actually, but only if I got to watch from a safe distance.” This is because of the heavy electronic-infused production. Here’s the track Crawl Back In from the upcoming LP:

Brad Laner
Natural Selections
(Hometapes)
Street Date: Aug. 24, 2010

Eyes Close
Throat
Lancaster
Crawl Back In
Magnolia Doubles
Brain
Why Did I Do It
Dirty Bugs
Vicky
Runner
Little Death

Sonny & the Sunsets sign to Fat Possum; 100 Records project

18 Jun

Sonny and the Sunsets

Sonny Smith is probably feeling pretty good right now.

After completing his first solo art exhibition in San Francisco (a project called 100 Records, discussed below), Sonny and his band signed on with Fat Possum Records to re-issue their debut LP Tomorrow is Alright. The album, originally released on vinyl by Soft Abuse in 2009, was a major critical success. With Fat Possum, Sonny & the Sunsets’ mixed bag of west coast fuzzpop, downhome americana, and outcast rock can see a larger audience while fans can still buy the vinyl via Soft Abuse.

“Strange Love” from Tomorrow is Alright:

Sonny’s 100 Records was equally well-received at Gallery 16 in San Francisco, and even moved on to Austin, TX and New York. The project is based on Smith’s creation of fictitious band names, backgrounds and tracks, after which he gave to visual artists in order to come up with 45 rpm cover album artwork. Once a visual artist agreed to a particular made up artist, Sonny would then write and record a song or two. The result is amazing as Sonny and friends even built a jukebox with all the fictitious bands’ songs. In addition, Soft Abuse will release the music from the project in a two-volume format later this year. Watch the story as covered by KQED of S.F. here:

Even though the project was completed by April, the 100 Records blog is up and still worth checking out to see the stories and artwork behind the bands. Here is the story behind The South East Land Otter Champs (“commonly referred to as the S.E. Champs”) along with the B-side “O Cities, Infamous, Cruel, Undeserving.” Enjoy:

“If you ever get your hands on this record, grab it right away. On side A, a track called Wolf-Like Howls from the Bathhouse, accompanied by the meandering but brilliant B-side, O Cities, Infamous, Cruel, Undeserving. Wild, earnest, and far-reaching recordings halfway between songs and tundra wind.

The South East Land Otter Champs recorded for Tlinket Archives between 1963-1967. Led by Vernon Wright, an almost mythic adventurer of Tlinket and Russian descent, they toured throughout the Alaska region and into Northern Canada, often delivering food and medical supplies to hard-to-reach regions. An early photograph of his cargo showed toiletry supplies, medical crates, blankets, and record crates.”

The actual Sonny & the Sunsets will conclude a mini-tour with the Pitchfork festival:

06/24 – San Diego, CA – Bar Pink Elephant ^
06/25 – Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland ^
06/26 – Visalia, CA – Howie & Sons ^
06/27 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill ^ % #
07/17 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival

^ = w/ Ty Segall
% = w/ Grass Widow
# = w/ Royal Baths