• Summer Songs- SO-Cal Summer By Avid Dancer

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    by Alex Seastrom

    Jacob Summers or as he goes by Avid Dancer beautifully crafts songs with a yearning and angst that grab your ear!! Avid Dancer has a way of pulling you and keeping you captivated with every note! With ranging voice that's good to move your feet or just lay back you always want more! Check out Avid Dancers debut album "1st Bath" out now!!! Also take a listen to his amazing summer playlist below!!

    What could be more SO-Cal than releasing a Summer playlist in April?   Well, I certainly can't think of anything.  Well, wait- perhaps 
    a walk down the Venice Beach board-walk, openly smoking a huge J while watching the skin-parade through darkly tinted sunglasses...  In April...  WHILE listening to this playlist.  (Obvio)  I don't want to write a novel here, and let's face it- I'm not a writer so I won't bore you with a rant about why I picked these songs, where you should listen to them or what you should be doing while listening.  Do your thing, be you.  DO you.  Shit.  I just dig on these songs.  I know some of these folks, one I produced, some are label mates and the others I'm probably playing a show with in the near future.  I like to keep things family.  

    01 Modern Phenomenon - Northern American
    02 Flesh Dance - Gothic Tropic
    03 Year Past 23 - Kera and the Lesbians
    04 Surf Beach - Modern Nomad
    05 Someday - Banta
    06 James Supercave - Burn
    07 All Alone (On My Own) - Michael Rault
    08 Something to Believe In - Tall Tales & the Silver Lining
    09 Walk To The One You Love - Twin Peaks 

    Photos Cara Robbins
  • Summer Songs- Journey to the End of the Summer Nights By Maxim Ludwig

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    by Philip Seastrom

    The ever soulful Maxim Ludwig's songs yearn to be heard! This Los Angeles native has a showmanship of old and a song writing style reminstant of some of the greats. Hit City USA has done it again and found a true gem!! Make sure to check out his new song "Assembly Line"!!

    Journey to the End of the Summer Nights By Maxim Ludwig

    These are the songs that remind me of summer nights. But really, the end of the night. These are the songs of the beginning, middle and end of the end of the night. After the bars are closed. These are songs for when you've decided whose apartment your going to hang out at now. These are songs for when you discover there is a six pack in their fridge and a bottle of warm white wine in the cupboard. These are songs for when everyone is slumped on the couch and the floor comfortably and the dog is licking everyone's face and cuddling indiscriminately. These are songs for when your making road trip plans with people you only just met and can't remember their names. These are songs for when you start to sober up and everyones sharing that one last beer and passing around that last cigarette and you hope when you go outside, the sun isn't up yet. These are songs for when you realize you might regret what you did earlier, but you're going to do it again. 

    1. Trouble- Lindsay Buckingham
    2. Hold On, Where Going Home- Drake Feat. Majid Jordan
    3. I'm Just Like You- 6ix
    4. Missing You- John Waite
    5. Bell Bottom Blues- Derek & the Dominoes 
    6. Witchi Tai to- Harper's Bizarre 
    7. Lay It Down- Al Green
    8. Johnny and Mary- Todd Terje
    9. One Mo'Gin- D'Angelo
    10. Wish I Had Not Said That- J.J. Cale
    11. My Rifle, My Pony, and Me- Dean Martin
    12. Endless Sleep- Nick Lowe

    Journey to the End of the Summer Nights Playlist Maxim Ludwig by Mowglisurf on Mixcloud

     Photos Gari Askew


  • Summer Songs- ~friendly songs~ free cake for every creature

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    by Philip Seastrom

    Saratoga Springs, New York's free cake for every creature is the handy work of the talented Katie Bennett! Katie and her band create a striking and intimate sound that grabs you! When your hear free cake for every creature it conjures the image of a songbird singing from it's secret journal. It's a must listen!! Make sure to check out their new album digital album "Moving Songs" and their album "Pretty Good" through Double Double Whammy records!!

    ~friendly songs~ by free cake for every creature

    1. The Gerbils- “Fluid”
    This weird and spirited love song is probably my favorite song of all time.  The lines,  “Your voice gives me goosebumps when you call my name/ and I want to goose bump again” are probably the greatest lyrics ever written.  Listen to The Gerbils, know The Gerbils, and you will be just fine.  

    2. Amy Bezunartea- “New Villain”
    I played with Amy last week with my other band, “Hello Shark”, in a basement in Philadelphia, and was captivated by her incredible voice and personable lyrics.  This song especially is so lovely.  

    3. ylayali- “blueberry pineapple”
    ylayali is francis, who also drums for free cake.  He quietly releases a collection of songs almost every season, and they’re all the best.  I feel a lot of <3 <3 <3 for this song.

    4. allyson foster- “marshall”
    I met Allyson in the health food store where she works in Anacortes, WA, while I was touring through there this past summer.  She also plays in Mount Eerie and Hungry Cloud Darkening, but I’ve been loving these this solo “demo”.    

    5. Eva Cassidy- “Fields of Gold”
    I found Eva Cassidy’s “Songbird” CD in my mom’s collection when I was 13 and haven’t stopped listening to it since.  This song is so beautiful it’s sometimes hard to listen to.  

    6. Advance Base- “Kitty Winn”
    Someone on the Advance Base bandcamp referred to the songs as “short story pop” and I love that.  “Kitty Winn” is the story of a man’s life, the good and the bad.  My favorite moment: "I sat & pet the cat
/ with my wife’s head on my lap
/ on the sofa in the den” 

    7. Davey- “Short Song”
    Davey is the solo project of David Jaberi, who also plays in the band “Shaggy Sample”.  I’m not really sure how to talk about “Short Song” without sounding like a sentimental sap, buuuttt….. its the kind of song that makes you put your hands over your heart and say, “oof”.  

    8. the lentils- “the bed is the killer” 
    “the lentils”, best band name!!  This song rocks, and there’s evan a “Vegenaise” (a brand of vegan mayo) reference, which earns ‘em major points in my eyes because I’m vegan.  I’ll leave you with this message: go vegan, y’all.

    ~friendly songs~ Playlist by free cake for every creature by Mowglisurf on Mixcloud

  • Summer Songs- Summer Never Ends By Dog Party

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    by Philip Seastrom

    Sacramento's punk rock sister act Dog Party is the utmost!! This dynamic duo crafts punk rock gems that pulse with 1980s spirit and attitude! Dog Party is perfect for rocking in your bedroom or blasting down the highway! Make sure to pick up their awesome fourth album, Vol. 4 out on Asian Man Records!

    Summer Never Ends By Dog Party

    These songs easily represent our favorite tunes from summer 2015. Because we both don't have school during the summer, we try to tour as much as possible in that period of time. We spend a lot of time playing shows, but we spend even more time driving place to place. When we get closer to the venue, listening to the bands selected is the perfect "get pumped for the show" sesh there is!

    Listening back to these songs now, I can't help but get a nostalgic adrenaline rush reminding me of the exhilarating life on the road. They're all crazy catchy and mostly high-energy. We bring it down a notch with the La Luz track, but the slower tempo doesn't make it any lesser of a song. The back up vocals and groovin' solos get us dancing in our seats. 

    1. Good Advice - Growlers
    2. Glazin' - Jacuzzi Boys
    3. Poor Queen- Thee Oh Sees
    4. Ozma - Shannon and the Clams
    5. High Waisted Shorts - Swimmers (FKA Emily's Army)
    6. I Can't Speak  - La Luz
    7. Layback!!! - The Traditional Fools
    8. Landslide - Scraper
    Photos by Cecilia Rogue
  • Summer Songs- End of Summer by Tara Fox

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    by Philip Seastrom

    Los Angeles' Tara Fox delivers the perfect tunes for any mood. Tara's sound effortlessly mixes folk, country, and indie rock to create a real California sound. Make sure to catch Tara preforming live with Gold Star at Space 15 Twenty in honor of our Pop-Up Space!! We will see you at 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028! Show goes from 6-9! Free pizza and beer!!

    End of Summer by Tara Fox
    Since we’re approaching fall, I wanted to make a playlist that would carry a listener through the highs and lows of the season past... night drives down Sunset through the canyon to PCH (Daylight Til Dawn), soft shell crab and tilt-a-whirl on a seedy pier (Redondo), that melancholic punch in the gut when you realize summer’s over and—if you live anywhere other than L.A.—it’s getting cold again (Parade). Hope you dig!

    1. Allnight Radio – Daylight til Dawn
    2. Steve Gunn – Water Wheel
    3. Mikal Cronin – Weight
    4. Paul Simon – Graceland
    5. The Growlers – Chinese Fountain
    6. Mac Demarco – The Way You’d Love Her
    7. Patti Smith – Redondo Beach
    8. Lael Neale – Born in the Summer
    9. Allah-Las – Come On
    10. Kevin Morby – Parade 

    Photos Julia Brokaw

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