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  • SEAN LENNON’S GOASTT – MIDNIGHT SUN ALBUM REVIEW – LIVE DATES

    Ghost Of A Sabre Tooth Tiger (GOASTT) is the outlet reserved for Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl ‘s more commercial output while working on their own more experimental projects, Midnight Sun is the third album to be released by the band.

    Midnight Sun opens with the superb bass driven Too Deep, a short but perfect introduction to a wonderfully diverse collection of alternative rock music that journeys through various forms of both experimentation and familiarity warmly wrapped in the gentle fuzz of psychedelia.

    The album  presents a beautifully melodic voyage of escapism  crafted around whimsical keyboards, crunching guitar riffs, strong bass lines and infectious vocals and harmonies that grows with every listen.

    The strings and eastern influence on Xanadu recalls the transcendental experimentation  of The Beatles, while Moth To A Flame conjures the Syd Barrett influenced Pink Floyd.

    More recent reference points overall would be Flaming Lips or Beck, capturing that same infectious sense of adventure and pop sensibilities.

    The chemistry between Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl is ever evident, confident throughout what is an extremely eclectic mix of musical styles on Midnight Sun ranging from simple hard driven rock to ballad, pop and psychedelia.

    Midnight Sun is a stunning collection of alternative rock music, ambitious yet delivered with ease, ingenuity and imagination. Delving into the past yet equally futuristic GOASTT present a confident and pulsating contender for album of the year.

    GOASTT are currently supporting Beck on a US tour, but the good news is they will be coming to Europe in August with several dates in the UK to look forward to.

    FULL TOUR DATES

    11-Jul NC Charlotte The Uptown Ampitheatre (supporting Beck)
    at The Music Factory
    12-Jul NC Asheville Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (supporting Beck)
    14-Jul TN Nashville Ryman Auditorium (supporting Beck)
    16-Jul MO St. Louis The Pageant (supporting Beck)
    19-Jul MI Grand Rapids DeVos Hall (supporting Beck)
    22-Jul GA Atlanta Fox Theatre (supporting Beck)
    23-Jul NC Raleigh The Red Hat Ampitheatre (supporting Beck)
    26-Jul RI Providence Providence Performing (supporting Beck)
    Arts Centre
    21-Aug CH Lausanne For Noise Festival
    23-Aug FR Paris Rock En Seine
    25-Aug NL Amsterdam Paradiso Noord
    28-Aug CH Zurich Zurich Openair
    29-Aug NL Rotterdam Rotown
    30-Aug UK nr Salisbury End of The Road Festival
    01-Sep UK Birmingham Hare and Hounds
    02-Sep UK Glasgow Broadcast
    03-Sep UK Leeds Brudenell Social Club
    04-Sep UK Bristol Exchange
    08-Sep UK Manchester Ruby Lounge
    10-Sep UK London Dingwalls
    11-Sep UK Brighton The Haunt
    13-Sep BE Antwerp Trix
    16-Sep FR Lille-Tourcoing Le Grand Mix
    18-Sep FR Bordeaux Barbey Club
    19-Sep FR Clermont-Ferrand La Cooperative de Mai
    20-Sep FR Angers Austin Psych Fest
    Presents: Levitation France

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  • PENNSYLVANIA PUNKS PISSED JEANS TO REISSUE DEBUT ALBUM + TOUR DATES

    The long out of print debut album from US punk rockers Pissed Jeans will be reissued on October 6th 2014 via Sub Pop, it has been announced.

    The eight track album Shallow featuring Boring Girls was originally released in 2005, the remastered reissue will include the bands original single Throbbing Organ and B side Night Minutes as bonus tracks.

    Shallow is available for preorder via the Sub Pop Mega Mart now. Fans who pre-order the LP version of Shallow via Sub Pop will receive the limited “Loser Edition” of the album on coloured vinyl (while supplies last), the “Throbbing Organ” 7” and an immediate download of the entire album. The remastered album is available for purchase digitally now from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes and Amazon.

    TRACKLISTING

    LP/CD Tracklisting:
    1. I’m Sick
    2. Boring Girls
    3. Ugly Twin (I’ve Got)
    4. Ashamed of My Cum
    5. Closet Marine
    6. I Broke My Own heart
    7. Little Sorrell
    8. Wachovia

    7” Single
    A. Throbbing Organ
    B. Night Minutes

    Currently working on material for their fourth album, Pissed Jeanshave announced tour dates for the UK in August and further dates for the US in November.

    FULL TOUR DATES

    13-Aug UK Brighton The Haunt
    14-Aug UK Manchester Gorilla
    15-Aug UK Birmingham Institute
    16-Aug UK London Jabberwocky
    30-Aug PA Philadelphia Made In America Festival
    01-Nov WA Seattle Barboza
    02-Nov OR Portland Doug Fir
    04-Nov CA San Francisco Slims
    05-Nov CA Los Angeles Los Globos
    06-Nov CA San Diego Casbah
    07-Nov AZ Phoenix Valley Park
    09-Nov TX Austin Fun Fun Fun Fest…

  • Cyndi Lauper Rocks The Crest Theater

    Long-time superstar singer Cyndi Lauper played the Crest Theater and brought down the house. It was a very enthusiastic sellout crowd and she did not disappoint. Not at all. The occasion was the Sacramento stop of her “She’s So Unusual 30th Anniversary Tour”. To commemorate that landmark pop album, Cyndi performed it in it’s entirety.

    Remember all the hits from the album? Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, She Bop, All Through The Night, Money Changes Everything, When U Were Mine, and more. In between the songs, she talked a lot about the making of the album and whatever else came into her mind. And it was great, lots of anecdotes and memories with her trademark humor. She’s a charming, funny, and gutsy woman and her stories only served to make the show even better. For her encore, she performed a few other songs, Shine and of course True Colors.

    She’s a wonderful show(wo)man and the crowd went wild for her. It was a great show.

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  • The Start Of The Return Of Phono Select

    Sacramento indie record store Phono Select is back. Well, barely (for now) but back at least. And that is a good thing.

    After months of location-searching and preparation they will re-open on September 28th. That’s the good news. The less good news is that it’s only for four hours, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and especially that for now they will only be open one day a month. Private appointments and special events are still available during the rest of the month.

    Better than nothing, right? Here’s the official notice:

    Phono Select Records will be open to public in our new location on September 28,  from 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.!

    The racks are full and ready for you! We’ve got most of the new location built out and putting on the finishing touches to welcome you in a couple weeks.
    Our new approach involves being open to the public ONE Saturday each MONTH to start; private appointments and special events still available during the remainder of the month.

    Our new spot is located at 4370 24th Street, Unit “O” near Sacramento City College. Plenty of free parking is available! You can easily pull into the back lot off of 24th street across from Panama Pottery or park along 19th Avenue.

    Thanks for all your patience and support. We look forward to seeing you on  September 28th!

     

  • Thomas Dolby At The Crest Theater

    People think of him as the 80′s synth guy, but he’s a lot more than that. Thomas Dolby brought his “Imaginary Lighthouse” project to one of our favorite venues, the Crest Theater,  and most people missed it. The theater was about half-full, but it should have been a sell-out crowd. The show was great and the crowd was enthusiastic.

    The show started with a film, nearly an hour in length, with Dolby and his sound/foley pal doing the narration and all the sound effects and music. Pieces of Dolby’s songs (old and new) were used in the film, which told the story of a lighthouse near where Dolby grew up and how it was going to be decommissioned and shut down. In reality, there was a lot more in the film, with music and insight into Dolby’s life too. The man who did the sound effects has worked on big-budget films, which people like James Cameron, the Coen Brothers, and other top-level filmmakers.

    After that, there was a question and answer period with audience members asking question (surprisingly intelligent) and Dolby answering, providing a lot of insight into his career and his songwriting and creating process. He was smart, engaging, and personable and this portion was very interesting. After that, the two of them played some songs, a half-dozen or so, including Dolby classics like She Blinded Me With Science, One Of Our Submarines, Europa And The Pirate Twins, Airhead, etc, as well as newer songs like My Evil Twin Brother. For the encore they played Hyperactive.

    This was the last show of the tour and if you missed it, well, you missed it. But you missed a really cool show…