Entries tagged with: Beachwood Sparks

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by Bill Pearis


Cass McCombs keeps up his prolific streak with a new project called The Skiffle Players that also includes Dave Scher and Aaron Sperske of Beachwood Sparks, Neal Casal (Phil Lesh & Friends, Chris Robinson Band), and Dan Horne (Jonathan Wilson, Circles Around The Sun). The group's debut album, Skifflin', will be out February 12 via Spiritual Pajamas. First single "Omi Wise" doesn't really sound like skiffle -- the '50s proto-rock genre popularized in the UK by Lonnie Donegan -- but you can hear echoes of it in the song's laid-back celtic/blues folk sound and storytelling lyrical vibe. Stream that song below.

This appears to be in addition to the other new material Cass recently said he was working on.

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by Bill Pearis


Before they formed Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde, Brent and Darren Rademaker spent a good chunk of the '90s making noise with their band Further. (Not to be confused with Grateful Dead offshoot Furthur.) Having survived life in slick major label band Shadowland in the late '80s, the Rademakers discovered Dinosaur Jr and did a sonic about-face, releasing a string of singles and albums from 1992 - 1996 on labels like Bongload (home of Beck's "Loser") and Creation imprint Ball. (They also actually toured with Dino Jr. which Lou hoped would annoy J Mascis.) All of their discography is out of print but a new compilation titled Where Were You Then? will be out next week (9/2) via Bad Paintings that cherrypicks 13 tracks from their 7" and EP releases. (Order yours.) We're premiering a stream of the whole compilation which you can listen to below.

Meanwhile, the Rademakers will be out with The Tyde opening for Christopher Owens on a few West Coast dates of his fall tour. The Tyde haven't played the East Coast since CMJ 2006. Those dates are listed, along with the Further compilation stream, below..

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Says the PR

On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The
, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
Woot. 2013 Lineup below...

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Leonard Cohen

UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.

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photos by Tim Griffin

Jenny Lewis

The fantastic lineup of Jenny Lewis, Deer Tick, and Farmer Dave hit the stage of Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night (6/9). If you missed it, Jenny will be back soon, Deer Tick will be back soon, and you can look at a bunch more pictures, including one of Jenny's setlist, below...

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Farmer Dave Scher

Dave Scher was a DJ at Los Angeles station KXLU when Jimi Hey would make numerous calls requesting Six Finger Satellite and Ready for the World. The two became friends, and Hey eventually got his own show on the station. Later on, Scher and Hey helped found the celebrated cosmic-country outfit the Beachwood Sparks. Since leaving the Sparks in 2001, the duo has spent the better part of [2003-2004] tuning and tweaking All Night Radio.

[Scher explains All Night Radio's inspiration further,] "It's something a little extra, a little more supernatural coming out of your radio. It would involve a blending of sound sources and time periods, even the imaginary things," says Scher. According to him, this energy is all around us, broadcasting in a steady stream 24 hours a day; it is up to the listener to tune in and harness the energy.

"We're going off of a different paradigm than most groups," Scher says. "We wanted to make a sound coming through that would pick up a bit of everything. It would come through us. Jimi and I try to dial it in."

Hearing Scher talk about the band's inspiration, one might think he and Hey are mere vessels of sound, automatons acting on executive orders. But, Scher explains, "It's an act of creation. We are weaving from the fabric of this romantic space and time. It's an idea that we record." [Riverfront Times - March, 2004]

Since that interview, Scher's Sub Pop-signed All Night Radio broke up, in 2004, and Scher's kept busy with numerous guest appearances and back-up band stints. Those include playing with Jenny Lewis, Interpol, Elvis Costello, Jonathan Rice and Vetiver. In 2008 Beachwood Sparks got back together for some shows including Sub Pop's 20th Anniversary Festival and NYC-area gigs at Bowery Ballroom and Maxwell's.

Now, "Farmer" Dave Scher will put out his first solo record, Flash Forward To The Good Times, August 18th on Kemado Records. Guests on that disc include "members of Entrance, VietNam, Jonathan Wilson, and Devendra Banhart producer Thom Monahan."

In 2008, Farmer Dave collabed with Jenny Lewis on her latest disc, Acid Tongue, and toured with the singer as part of her band. This year he'll be opening a portion of Lewis's summer tour dates , as she treks across the US into July. Scher (and Deer Tick) will open Lewis's sold out Music Hall of Williamburg show on June 9th.

That conveniently segues into a reminder that Jenny Lewis is playing a free July 4th show at Battery Park with Conor Oberst.

All Farmer Dave tour dates, with a video of Scher singing backup on Lewis's "Acid Tongue" live, below...

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photos by Shawn Brackbill

"Although the band never officially split there has been little Beachwood Sparks activity since 2002" [Wikipedia]

Beachwood Sparks @ SP20, Seattle, WA - July 13, 2008
Beachwood Sparks

As [Beachwood Sparks] explained in their timid hippie drawl, they weren't sure how this [Sub Pop 20th Anniversary Festival] show was going to go. But aside from a little flat harmonizing at the beginning, they sounded note-for-note like they had never broken up. With the sun shining, a little breeze blowing, and a great big sky overhead, their mix of hippie twang, Byrds-ish tremolo, and hazy dream pop, made it seem like they were serenading the elements like the nature fruitcups they are. They performed "You Take The Gold", "Confusion Is Nothing New", "Desert Skies" and "Silver Morning After". It was like a greatest hits review with no filler. The only other thing I could have asked to hear is their Band-like cover of Sade's "By Your Side". But when I heard they have a new album on the way, that filled me with more joy than any song I could have heard that night.

Then came the much-anticipated Green River reunion....
[Seattle Weekly]

Tickets are on sale for a September 13th Beachwood Sparks show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC, and for a show a day earlier at Maxwell's in Hoboken. More SP20 pics, videos, and all tour dates, below...

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