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"Get Me Golden" Music Video by Terraplane Sun

terraplanesun_press1Venice Beach‘s soulful sons Terraplane Sun made a new music video for their catchy-as-hell psych-blues single “Get Me Golden.”


Apparently the original malevolent Mexican marionettes version by Hso Hkam was pulled. The newer and much better version was shot at the Variety Arts Theatre in Downtown LA and directed by Noel Maitland. The treatment is a homage to the The Rolling Stone’s “Jumping Jack Flash” video from 1968 –warpaint and makeup must be perennial to blue-based rock bands…

And in case you wanted more insight, frontman Ben Rothbard delves into song’s message:

“‘Golden’ was written with the notion that if you really want something, you gotta go and get it. One thing we’ve learned as a band, and even as just individuals, is that very little will fall in your lap… and if it does, chances are it won’t happen again. You need to really go after exactly what you want, whether it’s love, a goal, a challenge, etc.”

Terraplane Sun‘s latest Friends EP was re-mixed and re-mastered to be re-released as the Ya Never Know EP on July 16th via Trauma 2 Records.


Tonight, they will kick off the Santa Monica Pier‘s 29th annual Twilight Concert Series by opening for Surfer Blood. And yes, there will be actual “free bike valet” at this concert.


And since this is the band’s largest concert to date in proximity to their beloved neighborhood, we asked frontman Ben Rothbard to tell us about his favorite local haunts:

Best music venue

“The best Venice music venue without question used to be The Stronghold, during its brief, but magical era.  The best venue now would have to be the Del Monte Speakeasy located below the Townhouse. They managed to bring in some quality acts, including The Doors and Jane’s Addiction way back in the day. Place has a ton of history and is actually the only relatively legit venue in town.”
Best bar
James’ Beach is our spot. There’s a pretty good chance that you’ll find one or more of us there on any given night of the week. Best staff around!”
Best eatery for a hangover cure

Hinano‘s cheese burgers and a draft will cure even the most vicious hangover.”

Best beach spot

“North side of the Venice pier has had its moments of glory this summer.”

Best street performer

“There was a band set up in front of The Waterfront last summer that was really good. Not sure if they’re still around though. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same old characters rollin’ around.”

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"Unusual Love" by The Echo And The Sound

The Echo and The Sound PRESS SHOTThe Echo And The Sound are a blues-punk duo that sound like a desert cantina house band forced to play in order to pay off their tequila tab. But actually, the two guys (guitarist/vocalist Brian Rich and drummer Douglas Jewell) bombard their music with unapologetic grit at local dive venues around Echo Park. Their self-titled debut EP was released earlier this year and recorded on analog by Mark Rains at Station House Studio. Here’s “Unusual Love”:

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"Get Me Golden" Music Video by Terraplane Sun

1348874377TerraplaneSunFriendsEPShootSelectsVersions0371_lowTerraplane Sun produced a music video for their first single “Get Me Golden” off their latest Friends EP. Directed by their fellow Venice Beach resident Hso Hkam, the video revolves around an encounter with a gang of Mexican puppets that are the only patrons for one of the band’s residency shows at The Satellite last July. At first the marionettes are malevolent, but soon the music’s psych-blues grooves win them over:

Terraplane Sun will perform this Saturday at The Ranch along with RacesJeffertitti’s NileKissesThe Dustbowl RevivalZak WatersGavinMystery SkullsHOTT MTThe Diamond Light, and many many more…


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Terraplane Sun's Mini-Docu "In The Studio"

In case you were wondering what Venice Beach‘s Terraplane Sun did besides handclaps and emptying whiskey bottles while recording their new EP “Friends” with producer Dave Trumfio at Kingsize Soundlabs in Eagle Rock, now you can all thanks to this mini-docu “In The Studio With Terraplane Sun” made by Talkboy TV.

The jest of the session can best be summarized by guitarist Johnny Zambetti’s quote:

“This band is a band full of characters, that’s for damn sure.”

Terraplane Sun will perform this Tuesday night at Dakota Lounge for the release party of their EP “Friends” along with Tijuana Tears and The Diamond Light. You may purchase tickets here. Or follow Free Bike Valet’s twitter account to find out how to win a pair of tickets: @FreeBikeValet


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"Get Me Golden" by Terraplane Sun

Venice Beach‘s soulful sons called Terraplane Sun are back with more blues-based rock that soaks up the sun with radiant grooves. Their new EP, Friends, will be self-released on October 16th and was produced by Dave Trumfio (Wilco, My Morning Jacket). The track “Get Me Golden” carries a lively jive filled with group vocals and instinctive handclaps on top of their reliable psych jams –just the sort of single that is destined to breakout the Westside‘s great big hope to the next level:

Tonight, Terraplane Sun will perform with The Mowgli’s, Tijuana Tears, and The Deltaz as presented by Indie On The Westside at The Malibu Inn.

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"Haunted Heart" music video by Little Hurricane

San Diego’s Little Hurricane is making a renown presence in SoCal. The coed duo met when drummer Celeste “C.C.” Spina exchanged her chef knives for drumsticks and posted a Craigslist ad that guitarist/vocalist Anthony “Tone” Catalano answered. They soon became North Park‘s beloved mascot and released their debut album Homewrecker (Unknown Breakthrough) –a blues rock homage of gritty riffs, bruised beats, and lyrics that stain your soul.

Here is their music video for “Haunted Heart” which was directed by DJay Brawner (Foo Fighters, Scars On 45) and shot in the Imperial Valley. Staying true to their sound, the video features lots of grime, blood, and intrigue…

Little Hurricane will tour with the Heartless Bastards beginning July 31st.

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