May 2012

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Blanche Blanche Blanche is the one of the projects of Zach Phillips from Brattleboro VT (comprised of Sarah Smith and Zach), his other projects include Bruce Hart, Horse Boys, GDC, Jordan Piper Philips and more. And their recordings have been released from several labels including his own imprint OSR Tapes (which has released Chris Weisman’s “Beatleboro” cassette), Feeding Tube Records, Night-People and their “Papas Proof” LP will be coming soon from La Station Radar.

Blanche Blanche Blanche – Fireworks, from “wink with both eyes”

Stream the Blanche Blanche Blanche’s second Night-People release “Wink With Both Eyes” in its entirety via Ad Hoc.

Cover Art by Simon Evans

Stream the Secret Seven‘s forthcoming compiltion album “In A Cloud II: New Sounds From SF” featuring 13 previously unreleased recordings by some of San Francisco’s finest, Vetiver, Ty Segall, Hannah Lew (of Grass Widow), Wymond Miles (of Fresh & Onlys), Chuck Prophet, Lucky Eyes, Will Sprott (of The Mumlers), Sonny & The Sunsets, Paula Frazer, Kelley Stoltz, Bad Backs, Tim Cohen (of Fresh & Onlys), and The Papercuts. Coming this Summer!

In A Cloud II: New Sounds From San Francisco by Secret Seven

Secret Seven Records, SF has released the 2005′s self-released album by Sonny Smith (of Sonny & The Sunsets) “One Act Plays” on vinyl for the first time!

Sonny Smith – Troublesome Affair (from “One Act Plays”)

Sonny Smith – Eddie And Rita (from “One Act Plays”) 

And Sonny & The Sunsets’ new album “Longtime Companion” will be soon available on June 26th on their new label Polyvinyl Records.

“One Act Plays” CD (2005)

“The songs on One Act Plays started out as real one act plays written for the theater. But in writing them I began to make them songs at some point. I can’t remember when this mysterious shift happened…….. I had a few influences at the time I was writing them. One was Terry Allen’s Juarez, a concept record with recurring characters. Also I was really into Sam Shepard at the same time so I was reading a lot of his stuff. A few of the songs, like ‘Eddie and Rita’ even have some stage directions lifted directly from one of his plays. The song ‘Following Father’ took a bunch of facts from my dad’s cousin, a Texan who always had some get rich quick scheme that never lasted. I was trying to make some kind of Tennessee Williams like thing apparently. Epic! Large! Family! Redemption! Well, anyway, most of these plays are fictional, except for ‘Freaks In Space’ and ‘Honey Roy Rockwell’. Those two are the complete truth. The terrible truth.” –Sonny Smith

Guests for “One Act Plays” are Neko Case, Edith Frost, Mark Eitzel, Rico Bell, Jolie Holland, Peggy Honeywell, Virgil Shaw, Eugene & Akire Chen, Andy Cabic, and John Dwyer.

Dylan Shearer – Afterwhile

Check out the opening track from the upcoming Dylan Shearer‘s second full length “Porchpuddles” and first for San Francisco’s Empty Cellar records. Due out on June 19th, pre-order the LP, HERE

“Born in Lancaster, California, a small town surrounded by the Mojave Desert, this interpretation only makes sense. While bedroom pop is not a genre often equated with the desert, Dylan Shearers take on the style evokes a sense of loneliness and isolation only the vast open, seemingly endless nature of a desert can induce – all within the confines of a three-minute pop song mind you.” –Empty Cellar records

“There is a new specter among us. Dylan Shearer’s throaty baritone seems to have been borne on the slow-moving winds off some far-away coast. Plaintive and honest, his voice recalls Syd Barrett, Bill Fay, Skip Spence, and others whose words and melodies never seemed in a rush to get anywhere, yet always arrived fully formed in the listener’s ear nonetheless.” — Tim Cohen 

Foxygen – Make It Known

Jagjaguwar’s newest signee, Foxygen is the bi-coastal songwriting duo comprised of  Sam France (vocals, Olympia, Wash., 22 years old) and Jonathan Rado (guitar/keyboards, NYC, 22). Foxygen’s Jagjaguwar debut release, “Take The Kids Off Broadway” EP, is set to release on July 24th. Pre-order EP, HERE. Stream the EP in its entirety through their bandcamp.The EP was recorded in Astoria, Queens, NY on Tape and Computer, and mixed by Richard Swift (at National Freedom) and Sam & Rado (at Foxy HQ).

“They are the raw, de-Wes Andersonization of The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Velvets, Bowie, etc. that a whole mess of young people desperately need. They create a sometimes-impressionistic, sometimes-hyper-real portrait of sounds from specific places and times. Yet, it never comes across as anything but absolutely modern music. They bring the manic, freewheeling qualities of an artist like Ariel Pink to those aforementioned influences to make for one of the most refreshing listens of the year.” –Jagjaguwar

Tashaki Miyaki covers Father John Misty

Tashaki Miyaki – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings (Father John Misty Cover)

Free Download, HERE.


A fake whiskey ad for a now non-existent Japanese brand of whiskey.


Suntory Whisky, Sammy Davis Jr AD (1974)

The Intelligence w/ Kelley Stoltz – (They Found Me In The Back Of) The Galaxy

‘(They Found Me In The Back Of) The Galaxy’ 7″ single (b/w ‘Lake Of Dracula’) was just released as a preview for The Intelligence’s upcoming “Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me” album via In The Red, they teamed up with San Francisco singer / multi-instrumentalist Kelley Stoltz (The Sonny & The Sunsets) on that song. Pressed in an edition of 600 – the first 200 on yellow vinyl. 

The Intelligence are the brainchild of Lars Finberg (formerly of A-Frames, currently of Thee Oh Sees and Wounded Lion). Around since 1999, The Intelligence has to date released seven singles, five split singles, two EPs, seven albums and have made eight compilation appearances. They join the ranks of hyper-prolific artists like Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall in the impossible-to-stay-on-top-of department.

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