Posted in music | tour dates on October 3, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

Sam Flax

Berkley, CA lo-fi pop artist Sam Flax, like Ariel Pink or Girls, sounds like he's spent a lot of time with the FM playlists of years past and has now taken to his bedroom to let those influences spill out into his own music. The result is his solid debut full length, Air Waves, which he recorded mostly on his own from 2005 to 2011 and pressed on cassette tape this past February via Burger Records. That pressing (250 copies) has since sold out, but in late September Burger finally got the album out vinyl in the US and The Sounds Of Sweet Nothing did the same in the UK. You can always buy it digitally too, and the whole thing is streaming below.

The album opens strong with "Fire Doesn't Burn Itself," which is kind of a (excuse the comparison) better version of Caesars' "Jerk It Out," and though it never really returns to that height, Age Wavves remains solid throughout. It bounces back and forth between bubbling disco synth tracks ("Child of Glass" and "Dark Water") and more guitar pop akin to the album's opener ("Another Day" and "Further West"). A couple videos from the album are below.

Though Sam recorded most of the album himself, he plays live with a band, and that band will be making their way over to the east coast this month for a show at Glasslands on October 15 with DMTs (OJ from Xray Eyeballs), Starred, and Alexis & Icewater. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Starred, who just opened for Dum Dum Girls over the weekend (9/30), have other upcoming shows, including one opening for Tamaryn at Knitting Factory on November 10. Tickets for that show are still available.

A list of all dates, videos, and song streams below.

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Sam Flax - "Fire Doesn't Burn Itself" Official Video

SAM FLAX - Fire Doesn't Burn Itself from SAM FLAX on Vimeo.

Sam Flax - "Dark Water" Official Video

SAM FLAX Dark Water from SAM FLAX on Vimeo.

Sam Flax - Age Waves

Sam Flax - "Fire Doesn't Burn Itself"

Sam Flax - "Child of Glass"

Sam Flax -- 2012 Tour Dates
10/15 Glasslands Brooklyn, NY w/ DMTs, Starred, Alexis & Icewater
10/20 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA

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Comments (9)

sup brah....I need a miracle

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 9:20 AM

You don't "press" a cassette tape.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 9:35 AM

He should form a power trio supergroup wtih A.I. Friedman and Pearl Paint.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 10:11 AM

Stupid band name.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 11:03 AM

The record is solid.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 2:45 PM

Hey Anonymous that writes "Stupid band name." Guess what? That's his REAL NAME.

Posted by fresh | October 3, 2012 11:14 PM

Hmm, thanks for the Nitehawk tip! This movie is amazing and even if I did want to hear Leslie's thoughts on it, can't do a Wednesday night.

Posted by rewayat | November 23, 2012 6:48 PM

Odd that Vernon Reid/Living Colour was not boldfaced in your write up and Melvin Gibbs never played for LC but Eye and I as well as Henry Rollins

Posted by Blackberry Z10 Review | February 3, 2013 9:17 PM

retro but cool.

Posted by mike | July 13, 2013 8:55 PM

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