Beachwood Sparks flies again
Thursday, April 12, 2012
– Beachwood Sparks are back.
The Los Angeles based alt.-country band is releasing "The Tarnished Gold" on June 26 on SubPop, the group's first new album in 11 years. Available digitally and on such popular formats as CD and LP (double-LP at 45 rpm), the album features the singles Forget the Song and Sparks Fly Again.
"The Tarnished Gold" is the work of the classic Beachwood Sparks lineup: singer/guitarist Chris Gunst, singer/bassist Rademaker, singer/multi-instrumentalist Farmer Dave Scher and singer/drummer Aaron Sperske, with support from guitarist and longtime friend Ben Knight (The Tyde).
For the sessions, the band expanded to seven members, with guitarists Knight and Neal Casal (solo artist and former member of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals), with Dan Horne on pedal steel in place of Scher, who opted to play organ, key, flying V guitar and electrified melodica. Also lending a hand were Gunst's wife Jen Cohen (from The Aislers Set and, more recently, Mystic Chords of Memory), Sparks' very first drummer Jimi Hey, Brent's brother Darren (leader of The Tyde), and L.A. indie-rock maestro Ariel Pink. Producer Thom Monahan returned to his familiar spot behind the console (read more @ Sub Pop).
Beachwood Sparks currently have two scheduled live appearances: on June 2, the band will precede the album's release with a headlining appearance at the Huichica Music Festival in Sonoma, Cal.; and on July 21 at Pappy's & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace in Pioneertown, Cal. Additional shows will be announced soon.
CD reviews for Beachwood Sparks
Once We Were Trees
It's flashback time with Beachwood Sparks to the bliss-out, acid-washed Southern California country rock scene of the Sixties. Wearing their influences on their fringed sleeves, this psychedelic cowboy outfit conjures up a sound swirling with tie-dyed touches of the Flying Burrito Brothers, Buffalo Springfield and the Byrds. The Los Angeles-based band fills their sophomore effort with dreamy, laid-back country rock lovingly accented with psychedelic flourishes. At their best, the group confidently »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Henry comes out the other end a better man
Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
Concert Review: What's in a name? Strings lives up to it
Billy Strings may not be his real name, but the bluegrass performer more than lives up to his adopted moniker.
Bluegrass may not be the first style of music when one thinks of William Apostol's (yup, that's Billy's real name) home state of Michigan, but with more miles on the bus and shows like this outstanding, lengthy, lyrical night... »»»
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