artwork: Shannon Shaw (Shannon and the Clams)
“I Need You Bad” compilation curated by Sonny Smith (Sonny & The Sunsets), documents the influential San Francisco garage rock scene (and a little bit beyond) as it exists here and now. It features 15 artists including Chris Cohen, Warm Soda, The Memories, Cool Ghouls, Sonny & The Sunsets, Jessica Pratt, Magic Trick, Little Wings, The Sandwitches and the others. Due out on limited edition “slime green” vinyl / digital formats November 26th via Polyvinyl Records, cassette via Burger Records.
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“Death? Afterworld? Android lovers dying in the streets bleeding green blood? Homeless girls? Dogs stranded here from other planets? What are Sonny & The Sunsets getting at on Antenna to the Afterworld, a fast-moving record of new wave synths and post punk beats?”
“On Antenna to the Afterworld, Smith likens himself to a space being visiting Earth using wry humor, gritty poetry, and a myriad of musical lenses fleshed out by drummer Kelley Stoltz’s Joy Division-like beats, Ryan Browne’s new wavish basslines, and Tahlia Harbour’s deadpan vocals.”
Stream the new Sonny & The Sunsets song ‘Green Blood’ taken from their upcoming album “Antenna to the Afterworld,” due out on June 11th via Polyvinyl Records. Pre-order, HERE.
Sonny & the Sunsets – Dark Corners Teaser
“The murder of a close friend of the band led Sonny Smith to think a lot about death and life after death. Shortly after, a visit to a psychic/medium brought Smith into contact with another friend who had died. This encounter with the afterworld inspired many of the lyrics on Antenna to the Afterworld. And what a strangely entertaining odyssey it turned out to be.” –Polyvinyl Records
Kids from the MusicianCorps Program
perform a cover of “Teenage Thugs.”
from The Voice Project
I am uploading some recordings I have done of my friends’ songs to my SoundCloud page. The project is called “you are my friend because I love you and not the other way around”- I know, a very Patchenesque title… Anyway, more to follow. For now enjoy these numbers originally performed by Lee Robert Watson, Noah Nelson, John Murry, and Sonny Smith. Lots Of Jackpot connections here… –James Finch Jr. (Jackpot, Two Sheds)