January 23 2017
Baboon drummer, Steven Barnett, donning his pig mask at another gig.
January 22 2017
Mike Rucknicki (wearing his Bedhead t-shirt and concentrating intently)
at Superwinner Summer Rock Academy.
January 21 2017
at Superwinner Summer Rock Academy, Baboon's Andrew Hufstetler struck
one of his many signature poses (pointing skyward).
January 20 2017
Schmitz's Track Star adorned bass.
January 19 2017
bassist Bryan Schmitz entertaining the crowd at Superwinner Summer
January 18 2017
shot of Baboon drummer, Steven Barnett, donning his pig mask (another
of the band's repertoire of theatrics/props) at Superwinner
Summer Rock Academy.
January 17 2017
Andrew Hufstetler breaking out the trombone (always one of my favorite
parts of their show) at Superwinner Summer Rock Academy.
January 16 2017
Mike Rudnicki at Superwinner Summer Rock Academy.
January 15 2017
shot of Baboon's Andrew Hufstetler at
Superwinner Summer Rock Academy.
January 14 2017
Andrew Hufstetler at Superwinner Summer Rock Academy.
January 13 2017
Bryan Schmitz at Superwinner
Summer Rock Academy. He is wearing my Einsturzende Neubauten shirt
I wore during college - and later screened Silver Girl Records' star
January 12 2017
Steven Barnett, keeping time during the band's show at Superwinner
Summer Rock Academy.
January 11 2017
Retriever's guitarist enjoying himself
at their Superwinner
Summer Rock Academy show.
January 10 2017
One of the producers of the
Superwinner festival, Jason Cassidy, guitarist of Pep Rally (as well
as the bands Kick ’em
and a duo with his wife, Connie, called Cowboy) and Chico News & Review arts/calendar
editor later recalled, “In the summer of ‘95, my best friend
Conrad, my wife and I capitalized on Chico’s blossoming music
scene and put on The Superwinner Summer Rock Academy. Twenty local
bands (there were 20 legitimately good local original rock bands in
town back then!) combined with another 40 bands from all over the world
played for four days straight. Versus, S.F. Seals, Baboon, Track Star,
Pee, Raisler and Refrigerator joined Trench, Death Star, Uncle Rosco
and The Becky Sagers for the best party I’ve ever been too. Of
course I lost my shirt—I lost all my shirts—but as crushing
as complete fiduciary collapse was, my spirit at least had a foundation
to build on.”
January 9 2017
an old snapshot of Superwinner Summer Rock Academy attendees in Chico,
Californi (August 17-20, 1995). The flyer in the upper left is announcing
the Ballroom show on Saturday, August 19 featuring S.F. Seals, Versus,
Baboon and Pee.
January 8 2017
Matthew Troy of Track Star at San Diego's
Brick by Brick.
January 7 2017
Singer-songwriter Kevin Castillo leading Retriever at
Brick by Brick.
January 6 2017
Having changed to an acoustic guitar, Kevin Castillo leading Retriever at
their No Life Records debut.
January 5 2017
Kevin Castillo leading his band, Retriever at
their No Life Records gig in the mid-90s.
January 4 2017
live at No Life Records.
January 3 2017
Ken Lovgren performing live at Brick by Brick. The band got together
a few years ago - watch a clip HERE.
January 2 2017
parting shot of Deathstar live
at No Life Records. Charles Hodgkins' bio of Deathstar for AllMusic
is as follows:
Deathstar's Archers of Loaf/Polvo-informed indie rock initially
took shape in the northern reaches of California's sun-scorched Sacramento
Valley. The powerhouse trio -- guitarist/vocalist Kelly Bauman, bassist
Ken Lovgren, and drummer Jim Rizzuto -- released a pair of EPs in the
mid-'90s and began work on a third release before aborting the project
altogether in late 1997. Original copies of the group's paltry output
can be painfully difficult to track down, but Deathstar's legacy as
underground noise pop heroes has outlasted the group’s brief
recording career by a wide margin.
Bauman and Lovgren went to high school together in Redding, CA, where
Bauman's outfit Case for Radio would frequently play shows with Lovgren's
band For Pete's Sake at the local Plumbers Union Hall in the late '80s.
The pair later crossed paths in the nearby college town of Chico, where
they hooked up with ex-Trench drummer Scott Nichol. Nichol soon departed
Chico for cooler pastures, leaving Deathstar's drum stool temporarily
vacant until Bauman and Lovgren met Rizzuto (formerly of Blackout and
Pitchfork Tuning) in the summer of 1994.
The trio's first recording project was a self-titled 10" EP
for San Diego's Silver Girl Records; its six songs were four-tracked
with John McCall at an abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of Chico.
An appearance on the Superwinners Summer Rock Academy compilation
(which also included Track Star, Knapsack, the San Francisco Seals,
and McCall's band the Imps) followed in late summer 1996. Local appearances
with Blonde Redhead, Knapsack, Thinking Fellers Union Local #282,
and Deathstar's own heroes Polvo affirmed the band's respected status
within the region's indie scene.
Throughout most of Deathstar's steak-and-potato days, Bauman moonlit
as drummer for Harvester, hitting the skins for the rootsy alt-country
rockers on their 1996 Geffen release Me Climb Mountain and even playing
a gig with the band in a mine near Nevada City, CA. Meanwhile, Deathstar
spent time crafting a properly produced follow-up at Sacramento's Enharmonik
studio, and it was these sessions that would ultimately yield the fiery
Strikes the Earth EP. However, packaging snafus delayed the EP's release
on St. Francis Records until the summer of 1997, by which time Bauman's
move to Portland, OR was imminent. The band reconvened in the Rose
City later that autumn with producer Adam Selzer (later of Norfolk
and Western) in hopes of recording material for a third release, but
the sessions weren't as productive as the group had hoped. Bauman eventually
returned to Northern California and jump-started both the North Magnetic
and Arnica Sync, while Lovgren joined Ant Farm and Rizzuto pursued
a teaching stint overseas.
January 1 2017
Deathstar live at No Life Records. Pictured
L-R is bassist Ken Lovgren, drummer Jim Rizzutto and guitarist Kelly
Bauman. Back in 2007 the Chico News & Review chronicled
the Chico music scene - of which Deathstar played a part during the
1990s. Read more HERE.
December 31 2016
Deathstar's Kelly Bauman entertaining
the troops at No Life Records in Los Angeles. Earlier this year,
News & Review picked the 'Ten great homegrown
songs that define this musical city' including Deathstar's 'Shut
Shut Down (1996) - Deathstar - Deathstar
bridged the gap in Chico between the epic sonic sprawl of bands like
The Downsiders and what would become the more abbreviated, punchy
and Deathstar-influenced indie-rock of Chico in the late-’90s
(see Either, Micro-Magnesia, etc.). What makes “Shut Down”—the
first song on the band’s Strikes the Earth EP—so profound
is its immense mapping within a 3:32 time frame, burgeoning with enough
ideas for 20 songs by a lesser band, yet still delivering with melodic
post-punk immediacy. Deathstar was a band whose three parts drew attention
to their individual movements—never predictable, but always coalescing
in blasts of unadulterated adrenaline. Guitarist/vocalist Kelly Bauman
dabbled in alt-tunings, making one guitar roar like three. This allowed
bassist Ken Lovgren to create fluid, always morphing bass lines that
veered from the chords’ root note in search of other dynamic
touchstones, while the canvas was stretched tight and held firm by
the inventive drumming of Jim Rizzuto. There are some traditional markers—repeated
verses, anthemic riffs—but as transcendent as these pieces are,
it’s the song’s breakdown at the 2:02 mark that builds
to nonpareil climactic sendoff where all three players push and pull
its breathless boundaries, working together in an ecstatic tangle of
noise and precision. —Conrad Nystrom
December 30 2016
Track Star driving away from the gig
- Matthew at the wheel, Todd asleep in the passenger seat and Wyatt
reading in the back seat.
December 29 2016
and Wyatt of Track Star performing
live at San Diego's Brick by Brick.
December 28 2016
and Matthew of Track Star at San Diego's
Brick by Brick.
December 27 2016
Star's Wyatt Cusick singing at San Diego's Brick
December 26 2016
Track Star live at San Diego's Brick
December 25 2016
Track Star live at San Diego's
Brick by Brick. Note the merch booth (AKA cardboard box) in the shot.
December 24 2016
Track Star performing live at San Diego's Brick by Brick (formerly
the Spirit Club).
December 23 2016
By the clothing the band is wearing, this is another of Track
appearances at Jabberjaw.
December 22 2016
Our parting shot of Cars Get Crushed live at Jabberjaw. Further information
on their releases and members can be found via Band to Band HERE.
December 21 2016
Close-up shot of Mike Martinez of Cars Get Crushed. While poorly written,
some essential facts about the band can be found HERE.
December 20 2016
Cars Get Crushed playing live at Jabberjaw - sharing the bill with Track
Star. Read more about them from Willfully Obscure HERE.
December 19 2016
Years ago Cars Get Crushed was one of my favorite bands. Here's a shot
of them playing live at Jabberjaw - sharing the bill with Track
Star. Read more about them from Angry Emo Nerd HERE.
December 18 2016
The parting shot of Track Star at Jabberjaw.
December 17 2016
Track Star's Mattew Troy and the back
of someone's head.
December 16 2016
Track Star's drummer original drummer
Todd.. before Brian.
Track Star, AllMusic
Starting in San Francisco in the early nineties, Track Star began
performing mainly as a guitar duo. Using a drum machine as its rhythm
section, the band continued to rehearse and perform before addiing
a drummer. After releasing a 7" split on Kick Down Records, Track
Star recorded a split cassette with Raisler soon afterwards. In 1995,
the band recorded and released Sometime What's The Difference, an EP
that received attention in Bay Area music circles. In 1997, Track Star
tour throughout the United States in support of its debut album, Commmunication
Breaks. The group toured with Promise Ring, Modest Mouse and Stereolab
among others. Track Star also performed at the annual Noise Pop Festival.
During this time, Cusick was also involved in another band, The Aislers
Set. In 2000, guitarists Wyatt Cusick and Matthew Troy returned to
using a drum machine for songs after splitting with its original drummer.
He was replaced by Brian Girgus, former drummer of Lowercase. Scrapping
the material it had, Track Star recorded new material and released
its long-awaited sophomore album in 2002. Lions Destroyed The Whole
World was described as sublime pop rock by many and earned critical
December 15 2016
Track Star's Wyatt Cusick singing with
his eyes closed and heart on his sleeve at Jabberjaw.
December 14 2016
Track Star live at Jabberjaw.
December 13 2016
Track Star live.
December 12 2016
Track Star impersonating Kraftwerk with
December 11 2016
Wyatt Cusick of Track Star on the mic.
December 10 2016
Track Star live.
December 9 2016
Track Star at The Troubador in 1996?
December 8 2016
Matthew and Todd-- possibly from Track Star's opening slot with Stereolab
at The Troubador.
December 7 2016
Stereolab live in Los Angeles at the Troubador following an opening
set by Track Star. Track Star played some west coast dates in support
of Prolapse and Stereolab who played at CSU Fullerton (on 4/25/96),
Brick by Brick in San Diego (4/26/96), Glass House in Pomona (4/27/96),
Troubador in Hollywood (4/28/96) and Great American Music Hall
in San Francisco on 4/30/96.
December 6 2016
O. of Fluf during an in-store performance at Tower Records in Costa Mesa
December 5 2016
Fluf bassist Jonny Donhowe (left) and guitarist Otis Bartholomew (right)
playing an in-store performance at Tower Records in Costa Mesa
December 4 2016
Fluf drummer, Miles Gillett, playing live at Tower Records in Costa
Mesa during an 'in-store' around the time of the release of '24-7
December 3 2016
Sportsguitar's tour van as they
left us -- that's Our Lady of Peace (OLP) Academy behind the van.
December 2 2016
Another pose with Sportsguitar's favorite
- phallic - cactus in our front yard.
December 1 2016
Sportsguitar spent the night at 4829 Oregon Street (Silver Girl HQ
for a bit) years before 'craft' and 'artisan' took over the 'hood.
November 30 2016
Gapeseed audience member -- yours truly sporting one of our many handmade
shirts and my ballcap on backwards...oh the '90s!
November 29 2016
Gapeseed drummer, and video producer, Peter Gordon circa 1994.
November 28 2016
Gapeseed guitarist/vocalist Ed Feldman -- at times peaceful...otherwise
November 27 2016
some reason the date stamp on several images shows January 1, 1987
-- but this shot was likely taken in 1994. Our Silver Girl 7" single
does not appear in bassist Jeff Toste's Discogs page HERE.
November 26 2016
Roger Foley of Laurels. Listen to their 'Grave
November 25 2016
All About Chad performing at Brownies in New York City on July 19,
1994. On the same bill was Too Much Joy and Big Drag.
November 24 2016
Happy Thanksgiving! Pictured above is Gapeseed bass player Mike Knowlton possibly singing 'Thunder Tongue' from
their debut 7". View their work on Discogs HERE.
November 23 2016
Gapeseed's Ed Feldman on guitar on vocals. An old bio from ye olde
Formed in the mid-'90s, New York's Gapeseed was guitarist Ed Feldman,
drummer Peter Gordon, and bassist Mike Knowlton. With Feldman and Knowlton
also on vocals, the trio's dissonant and noisy sound experiments were
featured on two discs on California's Silver Girl Records, while garnering
attention on the college radio charts. The band first released the
Flanzer EP in 1993, and 1994 saw the band's full-length debut, Lo Cell,
on Silver Girl. The band's reputation soon led to new opportunities,
as producer Bob Weston was tapped to record the follow-up, 1996's Project
64. Poem Rocket's Sandra Gardner also sang guest vocals on the disc,
as the band continued to intrigue and amaze its mostly underground,
indie rock audience. That disc featured 11 uniquely structured tracks,
featuring frantic overtones and wild sonic experiments. Soon after
the disc's release, the group disbanded.
November 22 2016
Gapeseed performing live, in July 1994, during our east coast
travels with them, Laurels, Ruby
Falls and All
About Chad. Read
a review of their Lo Cell CD we released for this tour
November 21 2016
Jeff Toste's band, Laurels, someone wrote "Laurels
is a jagged trio whose songs frequently change gears into some frantic
November 20 2016
drummer John Masterson.
November 19 2016
live at The Casbah. I have no recollection if Paul or I took this (and
many of those images I am posting) nor what camera was used. This is
easily 20+ years prior to my current IPhone's camera. While these
are great documents of history these images pale in comparison to those
wonderful vintage shots by Mark (Goldenrod), O (Fluf) and Charles Peterson
(who shot all the great Sub Pop bands).
November 18 2016
trio Laurels rockin' out at the Casbah. I cannot recall if they were
in town concurrently with Gapeseed and if they shared a bill at the
venue? More research is needed.
November 17 2016
tour van as they drove away. They stayed at our house on Herman Avenue
for a couple of days prior to this sad departure. While in town they
played a show and met loads of our friends and neighbors. I don't recall
them drinking as much as when Baboon stayed with us. Those guys drank
all of our Silver Girl home brew beer.
November 16 2016
a shot of my bedroom -- a mess as I am sharing it with the band Gapeseed while they stayed with us during their first US tour. Paul, Penni and
I were living together in a 3-bedroom house on Herman Avenue in North
Park. The middle bedroom was Silver girl HQ.
November 15 2016
Laurels @ Casbah.
November 14 2016
on my birthday! Here's Roger Foley of Laurels @
November 13 2016
drummer, John Masterson, killin' it at the Casbah in San
Diego two decades ago!
November 12 2016
bassist and singer, Jeff Toste, holding court at the Casbah
in San Diego
November 11 2016
In -- Laurels guitarist Roger Foley carrying t-shirts and 'merch' into
the Casbah in San Diego (in the mi-90s)
November 10 2016
romantic shot of Gapeseed guitarist Ed's Fender - live in Providence,
November 9 2016
Toste (Laurels) on bass at The Casbah
November 8 2016
performing live in Providence, Rhode Island on the same bill as Laurels.
November 7 2016
Gapeseed trio in action.
November 6 2016
Gapeseed trio in action.
November 5 2016
our recent visit, Paul and I looked through his old photographs. I
will start posting these daily from here forward. This one is of Gapeseed drummer Peter Gordon.
November 4 2016
Apache Sessions' will be available to stores and mailorder customers
next week via Darla Records. Check it out HERE.
October 2 2016
performing at 'Celebration of Rex Thompson' at Echoplex in Los Angeles
'Celebration of Rex Thompson' was an amazing tribute and celebration
to an old friend. Commemorative t-shirts, music and memories made
for a great day. Seeing old friends, new bands (Hammered Satin,
Tomorrows Tulips, Holy Shit (w/ Ariel Pink), Gospel Beach, and The
Tyde) and stunning visuals (and DJs in between sets) made for a day
of reflection and hope. The photo above is The Tyde with brothers
Darren and Brent Rademaker covering an old Rex-penned track. It was
amazing. Rest in Peace Rex.
September 14 2016
Thompson (1968-2016) Photo courtesy of SunGodz
is with a heavy heart that I relay the news that founder, bassist and singer
of The Summer Hits, Rex Thompson, has died. The LA Weekly posted
a great piece HERE and our friends at Dangerous Minds wrote extensively about
Rex's presence and impact HERE.
August 19 2016
year old June York helping her dad put together a few Track
Star 10"s he found in a box. The inserts, stickers and vinyl are in mint
condition. New chip board sleeves from Dorado and polypropolene resealable
sleeves round out the package. These are the very last of the original
pressing! Email me if you want one HERE.
August 18 2016
'Fort Apache Sessions' a 'strong lost album', CityBeat just
posted another fantastic profile of our latest release HERE.
July 17 2016
Reader posted a short piece on Red
Dye No.5 HERE.
July 16 2016
posted a nice piece on the release of Red
Dye No.5's 'Fort Apache
July 4 2016
digging through boxes, I came across a small batch of Ruby
Falls 'Heroines' LPs. We originally pressed 500 copies of this amazing
album produced by James Murphy. If you are interested, for a limited
time I am happy to bundle the CD and LP together for $14 including
shipping. Paypal $14 to email@example.com.
will have an ordering page set up shortly if you want to purchase
any of the new releases and the remaining copies of our past
July 3 2016
Momentum is building around our new release! With the local radio stations
playing Red Dye No.5 for the first time in 20 years, the LP is
ready! Send $20 via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org - including
free domestic shipping. Email me for foreign shipping fees before
July 2 2016
found a small batch of Track Star 10"s from the original pressing!
Included in the box were the original insert and stickers. If your
old copy is all scratched up or you have yet to obtain a copy (and
don't want to buy the one on Ebay listed for $59.00) send me $12.00
postpaid in the US via Paypal to email@example.com.
Track Star retrospective is still on track - we're working on art
July 1 2016
several extra copies of The Summer Hits' 'Beaches and Canyons 1992-1996'
LP reissued for Record Store Day 2016. Drop me a line if you are looking
to secure a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 14 2016
Rex Thompson prepping for The Summer Hits performance at Superwinners
in Chico, CA in August 1995. Rex is pictured here with Brent Rademaker
(Shadowland, Further, Beachwood Sparks, The Tyde) helping with the
old friend Doug Mosurock just penned a piece for NPR HERE on
The Summer Hits' Beaches
and Canyons 1992-96 LP in advance of this Saturday's 2016 Record Store
February 17 2016
Records is reissuing The Summer Hits' Beaches and Canyons 1992-96 on
LP for 2016 Record Store Day! More information is HERE.
January 28 2016
above (L-R) Red Dye No.5 bassist James
Reader, guitarist Patrick Padilla and me.
With the LPs having just arrived from the pressing plant, I wanted
to share the first copies with the band. I am taking pre-orders HERE as
the release date of this very limited LP, is still TBD.
January 2 2016
you read in the press that LCD Soundsytem is reuniting to play at
Coachella later this year, consider that James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem)
produced Ruby Falls' Heroines for us years ago.
November 30 2015
time ago, a member of Red Dye No. 5 burned me the CD for what was
then going to be titled 'Sugartime'. The CDR held 14 songs recorded
at Fort Apache Studios by Tim O'Heir in 1996. These songs and others
will be offered on the upcoming LP. The vinyl will be very limited
- with your choice of black 180 gram vinyl or a red translucent platter.
They will be arriving soon...
November 13 2015
Keith (wearing a The Drift t-shirt), Paul (wearing an Unrest 'Isabel
and Rex (wearing puka shells) in Chico.
November 12 2015
post-gig bloodied hands of Tarterex (AKA Rex Thompson) of The
November 11 2015
Chanteloup (left) and Marc Bianchi (right) of Her Space Holiday on
my back patio. They opened up for American Analog Set on July 11,
2002 and spent the night at my place. While I haven't seen Keely
since this photo was taken, I was gratified to get an update on her
As for Marc, we lost touch not long after he released Manic Expressive.
I am the voice of the track 'Spectator
people know. I cherished my relationship with Marc from his early
cassette experiments through his amazing musical career. I miss him.
Apparently he has new music HERE.
November 10 2015
on the kit..Holiday Flyer live...date unknown.
November 9 2015
Thompson on bass...The
Summer Hits playing live, in August '95.
November 8 2015
Summer Hits playing live, in August 1995, at the Superwinners Summer
Rock Academy in Chico, CA. Rex's bass playing antics leds to bloody
hands and a bloody bass guitar (pics to come soon).
November 7 2015
me holding up a cactus while wearing a Drag City Records t-shirt) during
one of their San Diego stayovers. During this trip we agreed to license
their song 'Filthy',
Silver Girl Sampler.
November 6 2015
in August, 1995 Paul and I headed up to Chico to attend the 3-day
music festival - The Superwinners Summer Rock Academy produced by
Conrad Harris-Nystrom (The Vertels, West By Swan) and Jason Cassidy
(Pep Rally, Kick 'em, Cowboy). Cassidy and Harris-Nystrom organized
hosted us on their couch and organized 60-plus bands including S.F.
Seals, Karp, Land of the Wee Beasties, Mid-Fi, Poundsign, Pee, New
Bad Things, Mecca Normal, Poastal, The Imps, Knapsack and others
including a host of Silver Girl bands (Baboon, Track Star, Deathstar,
Retriever, The Summer Hits, Red Dye No.5, Retriever and Holiday Flyer).
Among the highlights was meeting Doug
Shepard (pictured above on
November 5 2015
Star playing live at No Life Records in West Hollywood circa 1995/96
only months before they shut their doors for good (in 1998).
November 4 2015
Dye No.5 playing live at (what was then) either Brick by Brick
or The Spirit Club in San Diego, CA. Flanking Lisah, doing his Peter
Hook homage is James Reader,
while Patrick Padilla is on the right playing the 6-string. The Red
Dye No.5 LP should be here soon!
November 3 2015
Back in 1995, following our initial meeting with Ruby
Falls in NYC,
we headed down to Providence, RI to see Laurels and Gapeseed share a bill.
Above is a photo of Gapeseed from that show (Ed is in the foreground
on guitar, Mike is to the right on bass, and Peter - who now
plays with Poem Rocket - on drums.
November 2 2015
recall Paul and I driving up to San Francisco (perhaps we flew) and
this is how we were greeted. San Jose resident Clint Barnes had a
sense of humor with this t-shirt he whipped up that afternoon to
make our visit memorable. Clint was instrumental in helping us release
both Winters Mist compilation 7"s in addition to his fanzines Four
Letter Words, Amish Ways and Bliss.
November 1 2015
is a photo taken when Paul and I traveled to Louisville, KY to hang
out with Hula Hoop. This live shot is from the private live performance
they held for us in their practice space. That's Eric Stoess on the
left, Chuck Geisler (sporting a Silver Girl t-shirt) on the right
and Stephen Jones on drums. Read more about that era of the band
October 31 2015
is a photo of Laurels drummer John Masterson playing live at The
Casbah in San Diego during one of their tours. That was a fantastic
October 30 2015
is a photo of Holiday Flyer in Los Angeles (I think). Drummer Katie
was sporting a Silver Girl t-shirt as she brushed the snare adjacent
to Verna Brock on cello. John is strumming in the foreground. Oh
October 29 2015
is a photo taken somewhere around 1994 in Sacramento. If memory serves,
Situation 5 (Gary and Toby above) opened for Holiday
Flyer that night. Prior
to the duo breaking up, we were able to get the track 'Guts' for
our Mon Ami cassette. I
think they released on cassette 'Katie's Dream' before they ended
it. Holiday Flyer later covered this song on their You Make Us
October 28 2015
to Denton, Texas' Baboon perform
'Sucker' HERE. This was a favorite song of ours from the same era
as their Silver Girl Records 7".
October 27 2015
'n' Bass producer Tom B. released his 12" single
'Stomper' on our Intelligent Recordings what feels like decades ago.
HERE is what Tom is up to these days.
October 26 2015
to The Dufflecoats' 'Don't See Me Soon' off the Winter's Mist
2 7" compilation we released HERE.
formed in Alsager, UK around the duo of Marion and George who shared
vocal duties. The band made a number of compilation and 7" appearances
on labels like Gut and Waaaaah! Marion was also the singer/guitarist
in The Applicants and the line-up also included members (and ex-members)
of the Creation Records band Adorable. Also check out the band's
songs 'motorbikesong' HERE and
'Sunny Tuesday Afternoon' HERE.
October 25 2015
Watch Fluf perform
'24-7 Years' live at The Casbah HERE during
their 20th Anniversary performance in 2013. O wrote the song
the day he learned that Kurt Cobain had died and dedicated the song
to him. We released the single a few weeks later.
October 24 2015
fan created a unique video to accompany Track
Star's 'The View From
Space' from the Sometimes, What's the Difference 10" we
released years ago HERE. This song will be included in the upcoming
October 23 2015
Fuxa was a short-lived collaboration between Gravity
Girl) and Fuxa (Mind Expansion). Listen to a rarity as played on
the Detroit radio show Life According to Larry on WHFR HERE.
October 22 2015
Girl Records introduced a lot of bands to each other over the years.
The Bitters was an example of Slowcoach and Dewey
Defeats Truman collaborating after they met and shared a stage or two. Bob Slowcoach's
label Pacific Rock Records released a very limited 7" of the band
that hosted 2 guitarists, 2 bass players, 2 drummers and 4 singers.
Hear more HERE.
October 21 2015
to Hula Hoop's 'Dreamsicle '95' off The
Loveliest Ring of Saturn CD (1995) we released HERE.
The earlier version of 'Dreamsicle' was the b-side of the 'Butterfingered'
7" on Silver Girl. We still have copies of this CD in original
shrinkwrap if you are looking for a copy.
October 20 2015
to Fluf covering The Spinanes' song 'Entire' from the 7" we released
in 1994 HERE.
October 19 2015
Vibe released their self-titled debut album on Silver Girl back
in 2003. At the same time, they struck a deal to release the CD
on ToneVendor in Japan. Above is the sleeve for the Japanese version
of the CD.
October 18 2015
to Sportsguitar's 'Gong Gong' HERE. Back
in the late 1990s Sportsguitar stayed
with us in our North Park rental while they toured the West Coast.
While we were only able to secure one track, 'Filthy', for one our
cassette compilations - Amour, Silver Girl
Sampler. These Matador recording artists were the
hottest thing from Switzerland, and we swooned at every live show.
A video link to their Atlanta show from that tour is HERE.
October 17 2015
to The Summer Hits' 'Groovier Drugs' HERE. Back
in 1995, Paul and I were extremely pleased to have made friends with
Rex, Josh and Darren - The Summer Hits.
Widely known (at least in our circles) for finding a unique space between
The Beach Boys and My Bloody Valentine, The Summer Hits were among
the most distinct bands we had ever encountered as music fans. The
songs on the 1000
Moments of Natural Flotation 7" were later released on Further's
X-mas label on their CD Beaches and Canyons 1992-1996. Until
I post more on the band, enjoy other songs from the CD - including
'California Summer' HERE;
'Beaches and Canyons' HERE;
and 'Stony Creation' HERE.
October 16 2015
to Spare Snare's 'Clutch Me Now' HERE. Scottish
friend Jan Burnett contributed 'Clutch Me Now' to our Amour,
Silver Girl Sampler cassette and later re-released it on
Your Early Stuff album via the Che label. For a time Jan and
I were discussing the possibilities of US touring and releasing his
material stateside...oh those were the days!
October 15 2015
to an early version of Retriever's 'Zenith' HERE.
This version was from the time Kevin Castillo was releasing his self-recorded
cassettes - a fantastic time to meet him and witness his songwriting.
For their CD, the band re-recorded the song HERE.
Kevin put together a band to support recording and touring around
his songs and ultimately folded the project after a few vinyl and
CD releases. Kevin, and Retriever bandmate Bob Penn went on to launch
The Coco B's (with two longtime friends Joe Rivera and Jeff Randall
who had played with Retriever near the end of the band's run).
October 14 2015
to 'Fairplay' by Everready HERE.
It was 22 years ago that I released this 7" that launched the
label. It continues to occupy a special place in my life. Recently
I have uncovered the rest of the recording sessions - unreleased
versions of these and other songs. I will release them at some point.
October 13 2015
to 'Of the Clouds' by Buddha on the Moon HERE. Buddha
on the Moon's first full-length, Stratospheric, included
the song - so we licensed it for our Amour,
Silver Girl Sampler cassette
as it featured Katie Conley (Holiday
Flyer) on vocals.
October 12 2015
the years leading up to our outreach to Jeff Toste, of the band
Laurels, we were simply fans buying the records he self-released
on his Heparin label. Their first LP, Neck, still included
'The' before he reduced the band's name to Laurels. You can listen
to the full LP HERE.
October 11 2015
to Veronica Lake's 'Threnody' HERE. Among
my favorite Veronica Lake songs, this one includes Pam Berry
(Black Tambourine, The Shapiros) joining Tim Sendra, Chip Porter
and Scott Kelly on vocals. An early Veronica Lake track can be found
on our Winters Mist 7".
October 10 2015
to Stigmata A Go Go's 'Riotkeeper' HERE.
This song was among the demos they sent us to consider when we were
prepping the 'Cyclone Rider' 7" for
release. 'Riotkeeper' ended up on their LP It's All True instead.
October 9 2015
to Kill Me Tomorrow's 'Lawn' off
their Chrome Yellow CD (on Silver Girl) HERE.
October 8 2015
to Allen Clapp's 'Snow in the Sun' (released about the same time
as our Winters Mist compilation 7"s) HERE.
October 7 2015
to Buck 09's 'I Don't Seem To Care' from
their Silver Girl 7" (and
later released on their Songs in the Key of Bree album) HERE.
October 6 2015
band Meek performing 'Necklace' from our Winters
Mist Volume 2 7" compilation HERE.
October 5 2015
Vibe performing 'Everyone's Laughing'' (from their self-titled CD on
Silver Girl Records) at the Belly Up Tavern back in 2009 HERE.
October 4 2015
a first look at the art for the upcoming Red
Dye No. 5 retrospective
LP and digital bonus tracks.
October 3 2015
any/all inquiries to me at Keith
York / Silver Girl Records, 5503 Dorothy Drive, San Diego, CA 92115
USA or via email at email@example.com
October 2 2015
Soft Science's video for 'Light' HERE and
their video for
October 1 2015
from Holiday Flyer now sings for Soft Science. Learn more about them HERE.
September 30 2015
know if you are looking for any past Silver Girl releases - I do
have some inventory of several releases remaining. Drop me a line HERE.
September 29 2015
Red Dye No.5's Lisah, James, Scott and
Patrick circa 1996. LP of unreleased material is coming out soon.
September 28 2015
I am putting
a copy of Holiday Flyer's CD 'Try Not To Worry' on Ebay to see if
folks are still looking for copies. Still in original shrinkwrap! If
you're interested, drop me a line HERE.
September 27 2015
Star's retrospective LP is coming soon. All the songs are
assembled and mastered. Artwork is in progress - including the above
September 26 2015
posted a video
of Gapeseed's 'Flanzer'
7" playing on
their hi-fi HERE.
September 25 2015
Flyer's 'Every Day I Get to See You' HERE.
September 24 2015
out a video of All About Chad playing "Paint
at Luna Lounge HERE.
September 23 2015
Name is Alive playing 'Dirt Eaters' HERE.
When HNIA's Warren Defever sent us The Dirt Eaters' track 'Cheek'
for our Amour, Silver Girl Sampler cassette,
the band was comprised of him, Karen Neal and Melissa Elliott.
September 22 2015
Falls' track 'Dusty' from the Half Cocked LP
September 21 2015
to 'Sea Song' by AM Vibe HERE.
September 20 2015
to Red Dye No.5's 'Not Again You' HERE. This
song will be featured in their upcoming LP.
September 19 2015
to Red Dye No.5's 'Green Ranch' HERE. This
song will be featured in their upcoming LP.
September 18 2015
to Red Dye No.5's 'Hope' HERE. This
song will be featured in their upcoming LP.
September 17 2015
to Red Dye No.5's 'Redo' from Pop
American Style HERE. This
song will be featured in their upcoming LP.
September 16 2015
Baboon perform 'Why'd You Say Die?' from
their Silver Girl Records 7" HERE.
September 15 2015
to T.H.C's 'Blue Wave' from his 12" on Intelligent Recordings HERE.
September 14 2015
to Chong Marker's track 'Cover' from the These are Testing Times
September 13 2015
to Kill Me Tomorrow's 'Liaison'
off the Chrome Yellow CD we released HERE.