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
CityBeat just posted a nice piece on the release of 'Fort
Apache Sessions' HERE.
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.