Entries tagged with: Gap Dream
by Bill Pearis
Gap Dream -- aka onetime Cleveland resident Gabe Fulvimar who now lives at Burger Records HQ in Fullerton, CA -- began making '60s-ish pop but delved into dancier territory on 2013's underrated Shine Your Light. Gabe gets further into the groove on a new single, "Strong Love," which is one side of a split with Part Time that'll be out soon on Burger. That's the cover art above and we've got the premiere of "Strong Love" in this post.
You can pick up the single at the merch table on Gap Dream and Part Time's late summer tour which hits NYC for two shows: September 4 at Glasslands with Wax Witches, and September 5 at Cake Shop. Advance tickets are available now for the Glasslands show. All dates are listed below.
If you've never seen Gap Dream live, you're missing out. Here's what I wrote about their set at last year's Burger Caravan of Stars:
Normally no live drummer is an immediate strike against the band in my book, but Gabe's onstage charisma won me over almost immediately. Looking like he stepped straight out of WKRP in Cincinatti, Gabe is a confident charmer and the word "superstar" definitely popped into my head watching him work the crowd.San Francisco's Part Time should make for a good double bill. Last year's PDA was a nice mix of soft rock, indie pop and new wave influences. Their side of the split 7" sounds kinda like... Naked Eyes. By way of Ariel Pink. Not a bad thing at all.
Speaking of Burger Caravan of Stars, this year's lineup (Coathangers, together PANGEA and more) hits NYC in October. All dates of the Gap Dream / Part Time tour are listed, along with the Gap Dream stream, below...
With LP#2, Gap Dream transformed from '60s-ish Nuggets psych to synth-heavy, dance-friendly spacerock. At the controls is main man Gave Fulvimar, whose charisma and general good-vibe stage presence makes Gap Dream such a fun band to see live. The band will be spreading those positive vibes around Austin for SXSW this week, including at the all-day BURGERMANIA III at Hotel Vegas TODAY (3/15). There's also Burgerama III which happens in Santa Ana, CA later this month. Amidst all this burgering, Gabe was nice enough to answer our 5 QUESTIONS:
1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?
The Happy Dog in Cleveland cuz it's one if our home spots then I guess I'd have to say the observatory in Santa Ana since that's our other homespot but I like anywhere honestly.
After a successful first try at a world rock n' roll uprising, Burger Records is back with it's second annual Burger Revolution which will happen at venues all over the world on March 8. There are two events happening in Brooklyn: Union Pool with Threats, BOYTOY, and
Baby in Vain; and a second, more DIY (and all-ages) show at 180 Scholes St. with Sunflower Bean, The Wives, Scully, and Surfbort (more info).
UPDATE: Denmark's Baby in Vain had visa issues and are off the Union Pool bill.
Speaking of both SXSW and Burger Records, for those of you heading to Austin this year, the label will be all over the place, throwing shows every day with an insane ammount of bands, culminating in the annual all-day "Burgermania" at Hotel Vegas on March 15 with The Orwells, La Luz, Gap Dream, Boogarins, together Pangea, Vaadat Chagirin and literally about 20 other acts. Their full list of SXSW activities is below as well.
Burger Revolution show list, plus Burger's SXSW schedule and Baby in Vain dates and streams, below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
Gap Dream @ Bowery Ballroom, 10/5/2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
We mentioned briefly yesterday that Black Lips would be playing this year's edition of Burger Records' Burgerama fest which happens at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on March 23 & 24. Today, the Burger folks released the initial line-up for Burgerama III which is pretty killer if you're into the rock n' roll lifestyle the store/label has become synonymous with. Among the acts playing this year: Mac DeMarco, Death, FIDLAR, Nobunny, Gap Dream, Kool Keith (!), Allah-Las, The Orwells, The Tyde and loads more. Full lineup below.
Tickets for Burgerama III go on sale Friday (1/10) at noon PST.
Burgerama lineup, poster and a streaming Burger sampler, below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
The 6th annual Austin Psych Fest happens from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch (where it took place last year), and this year's lineup includes Primal Scream, Loop, The Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Temples, Avey Tare's Slasher Flick, Liars, Mono, Destruction Unit, Oneohtrix Point Never, Moon Duo, TOY, Earthless, Shannon and the Clams, La Femme, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Quilt, Gap Dream, Circuit Des Yeux, and more. Tickets (including a camping pass option) are on sale now.
Let's hope that means a Loop (who just played ATP End of an Era) and Primal Scream will have other North American shows while here. French band La Femme mentioned they'd be doing a two-month North American tour in 2014 and this is the first actual date we've seen.
Full Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup below...
photos by Dylan Johnson; words by Bill Pearis
The Growlers / Gap Dream / Together Pangea @ Bowery Ballroom 10/5/2013
The Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars rolled through NYC last weekend, stopping at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (10/5) for a sold out show. While The Growlers were the official headliners, Burger Records itself seemed to be the star of the show and seem to be a lifestyle choice as much as a label or record store, promoting good time OC party vibes throughout the night. Apart from the headliners, most bands' sets were short and the sceney crowd seemed to be there for everybody.
The highlight of the evening for me was Gap Dream, aka Ohioan Gabe Fulvimar who moved to Burger HQ in Fullerton, CA to make his new album, Shine Your Light. (Like, literally. He moved into a storage room in Burger's warehouse.) The new album (which is great) is synth-and-drum-machine heavy and the live band, just guitar-bass-keys, reflected this. Normally no live drummer is an immediate strike against the band in my book, but Gabe's onstage charisma won me over almost immediately. Looking like he stepped straight out of WKRP in Cincinatti, Gabe is a confident charmer and the word "superstar" definitely popped into my head watching him work the crowd.
The rest of the show was a little more trad garage styles, ranging from party punk (White Fang and Together Pangea whose wild set security was maybe not expecting), '60s Phil Spector pop (Habibi, whose line-up has changed significantly since I last saw them), psych-pop (Cosmonauts), and Colleen Green's winning solo set that came early in the night. The Growlers' crunchy party rock finished off the night. My only real disappointments of the night were that A) Gap Dream didn't play just a little longer and B) they sold out of Burger Records t-shirts early in the night.
More pics from Burgerama at Bowery (minus openers Habibi, who our photographer missed) below...
by Bill Pearis
Gap Dream's Gabe Fulvimar living the chill life...
Gabe Fulvimar is set to release, Shine Your Light, his second album as Gap Dream on November 12. The LP was made after Gabe moved from Ohio to Fullerton, CA, home to his label, Burger Records. The record was made with Conspiracy of Owls' Bobby Harlow and is a bit different than the first Gap Dream record. Says Gabe:
I'd record the songs here at Burger and send them to Bobby over the Internet. They'd come back grittier and stronger. More focused, but also more fucked up. They were darker reflections of themselves. It was like suddenly stumbling upon a version of myself that grew up in an alternate universe. We referred to this process as "putting them in the Pet Sematary."The first track released is "Fantastic Sam" which, like much of what Gap Dream does, the song has a nice, laid-back, homemade charm. You can stream it below. Meanwhile, Gap Dream also has a new single out on Burger, "Chill Spot." You can watch the video for that one below as well.
We were definitely not preserving any sort of previously existing sound. We were making a new sound for Gap Dream. The tempos are faster. The synths are louder. The drum machine is up-front and relentless. The rhythms are full of life, strict, and very apparent. I've wanted to make a record like this
my whole life.
As mentioned, Gap Dream are part of the Burger Caravan of All-Stars tour that also includes The Growlers, Cosmonauts and Pangea. That tour hits NYC on October 5 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.
Gap Dream have a few non-Burger Caravan shows coming up too, and all dates are listed, along with that video and song stream, below.
Fullerton, CA record store/label/way-of-life Burger Records, who has somewhat cornered the market on low-fi, nasally, tongue-in-cheek powerpop/punk/garage, has been hosting Burgerama fests in California for a few years. But now they're taking the show on the road with the Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars, featuring The Growlers, Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, and Pangea. That tour includes a stop in NYC on October 5 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on sale now and all dates are listed below.
If you live in the San Francisco area, Burger is throwing a two-day festival, Burger Boogaloo, this weekend (July 6 & 7) in Oakland's Mosswood Park, featuring appearances by Jonathan Richman, Oblivians, Redd Kross, The Seros, FUZZ, Trashwomen, Audacity, Traditional Fools, Mean Jeans, Shannon & The Clams, Guantanamo Baywatch, Pangea, Gravy's Drop, Mikal Cronin, Gap Dream, Peach Kelli Pop, Wet Spots, Stompin' Riff Raffs, DJ Jonathan Toubin NY Night Train, DJ Russell Quan, MC Oscar, and more. Tickets are still available.
Many of the groups named above are featured on the label's new cassette compilation, Taste of Burger Records, which has a whopping 57 tracks. You can stream the whole thing below.
Burger's next two releases both come out on July 23. One is Love is the Law, the new album from Portland's The Memories whose folky pop is not that far from The Beets. You can stream a track off that below. The other is The Life and Times of a Paperclip, from SoCal duo The Garden and their drum-and-bass setup will probably appeal to fans of The Intelligence. You can check out the video to "I'm A Woman" below.
Fliers for Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars and Burger Boogaloo, plus the list of tour dates and streams, below...
still from "I Appear Missing" video
As mentioned, Queens of the Stone Age are releasing a new album, ...Like Clockwork, which is due out June 4 via Matador. They already released the first single, "My God Is The Sun," and now they've given us another... well half of it at least. A 30-second teaser for QOTSA track "I Appear Missing" aired on Adult Swim last night (5/5), and now the band have released a three-minute video for the track, but the album version is reportedly a six-minute song. You can watch the three-minute video below.
Speaking of Adult Swim, they just released the free Garage Swim compilation, which features new music from Thee Oh Sees, King Tuff & Gap Dream, Jeff the Brotherhood, Black Lips, Mikal Cronin, King Khan and the Gris Gris, Mind Spiders, OBN IIIs, Weekend, Cheap Time, Bass Drum of Death, and more. You can download it for free HERE and stream the entire thing below.
QOTSA video and Garage Swim stream below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn band Vietnam were a fixture of the '00s local scene but went quiet a few years ago to the point where some may have wondered if they still existed. Main man Michael Gerner reactivated the name last year as a six-piece, and has put the finishing touches on a new Vietnam album, an A.merican D.ream, which is out February 26 via Mexican Summer. You can check out cover art and "Kitchen Kongas" from the album below.
The six-strong Vietnam will play a record release party in NYC at Mercury Lounge on February 28 with TV Baby and Hectors Pets. Tickets are on sale now. Shortly after that the band will head out on tour, including the inevitable stop in Austin for SXSW (which just announced the film lineup) and they play Austin Psych Fest too. All tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: BLURRY BITTERS - A CAKE SHOP BEST OF 2012 MIXTAPE (MP3)
Eddy Current Suppression Ring @ Cake Shop, June 2010 (more by Diana Wong)
One of the biggest, most genuine music fans I know is Andy from Ludlow Street indie rock club Cake Shop. He's an indefatigable listener and always turns me onto new stuff. Here we've got his "best of 2012 and live from cakeshop and recorded" which is topped by Parquet Courts' fantastic debut album, Light Up Gold. You can check out the full list of "21 AMAZING EXPERIENCES" below.
Andy is also a great maker of mixes, and I stil put in one he made for the Cake Shop/Slumberland 2009 SXSW showcase from time to time. Over at the Cake Shop blog, he posted a 2012 mix loaded with great stuff that you can download above and see the tracklist below. Highly recommend. Cake Shop had a successful Pledge Music campaign this year, signed a new 10-year lease, survived the Great Sandy Blackout, and I can't wait to see more bands there in 2013 (like maybe Obits on January 19) and beyond.
Andy from Cake Shop's Best of 2012 list and mixtape tracklist are below...
photos by Tracy Allison
Dent May / Mac DeMarco
On Friday night (10/19) during CMJ, Panache Booking threw their showcase at Public Assembly and we stopped by to catch some of their roster, specifically Dent May, Mac DeMarco, Turbo Fruits, (three of the more consistently entertaining acts who played constantly this year) plus the sweet retro-fueled rock of The Paperhead and Gap Dream.
Post CMJ: Gap Dream will soon be out with King Tuff; Turbo Fruits will soon join up with White Lung; and Dent May has a tour of Florida in December. No NYC dates for any of them on the known horizon, so hopefully you caught them last week. All tour dates for those three are listed below, along with more pictures from Public Assembly.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Gap Dream - A Little Past Midnight (MP3)
In this writer's opinion, Gap Dream's self-titled debut is one of 2012's most underrated albums, a mix of '60s paisley pop and druggy drone that has ambitions beyond home-recorded origins. Originaly released just on cassette, Burger Records has wisely pressed it on vinyl too. It's available digitally as well and you can stream it below.
The Cleveland band (mainly Gabe Fulvimar on record) are following up the LP with a new single, "Generator," which comes out next week via Suicide Squeeze. We've got the debut of its b-side, an organ-fueled groover called "A Little Past Midnight" which you can download above or stream below.
Gap Dream are hitting the rood soon and will be in NYC for CMJ, including the previously-mentioned Panache showcase at Public Assembly on October 19 with Twerps, Turbo fruits, Violent Bullshit, Xray Eyeballs, Levek, Dent May, Dignan Porch, Mac Demarco, and Vockah Redu (tickets). They'll also play Big Snow on 10/20 w/ MV & EE, Paperhead, Herbcraft.
All tour dates are listed below along with the aformentioned streams.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Grass Widow - Goldilocks Zone (MP3)
San Francisco trio Grass Widow will release their new album, Internal Logic, on May 24 via the band's newly-started HLR label. (HLR: Grass Widow's Hannah, Lillian and Raven.) For those who have found previous Grass Widow releases a bit on the obtuse side, the new album (like last year's great "Milo Minute" 7") finds the band in pop mode, or as close as they're going to get. Which means catchy hooks and airy harmonies delivered at an angle. It's a terrific album and you can download its opening track, "Goldilocks Zone," at the top of this post.
New album means new tour, and Grass Widow hit the road at the end of this month, and will be in NYC for the Northside Festival, playing the Panache Booking showcase at Knitting Factory on June 16 with Turbo Fruits, The Black Belles, Gary War, Gap Dream, and Snack Machine. Tickets are on sale now.
All Grass Widow tour dates are listed below, along with a cute little trailer for Internal Logic.
Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys, Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.
Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.