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“CA Kid” Music Video by Blonde Summer (Premiere)

Blonde SummerChris Pope will revive his indie rock act Blonde Summer on August 25th by releasing his fourth EP: Paradise. Less surf pop and more synth fuzz, the new songs are a welcomed pivot into a cinematic scope of sonic grandeur such as on their latest leaked single “CA Kid.”

“I’m a California kid with California love.”

And here’s the song’s superbly apt music video which features a day in the life of professional surfer Devon Howard at Swami’s.

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"Slow Days Fast Company" Music Video by Blonde Summer

Silver Lake pop rockers Blonde Summer created a music video for their catchy single “Slow Days Fast Company” off their second EP Slow Daze. Vocalist/guitarist Chris Pope co-directed it with his best friend Tristan Hawks as they filmed the underwater scenes at Hawks’ pool in Joshua Tree. Pope recounts:

“It seemed easy… but it was actually super hard and we couldn’t believe how long we needed to hold our breath underwater. We had fun though!”

Blonde Summer will perform with Miner and Future Ghost for The Dead Ships‘ homecoming after tour show at The Echo this Thursday. You can purchase tickets here.

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"Scream White Noise" by Future Ghost

Unlike most of their band neighbors, Silver Lake‘s Future Ghost harks to the post-hardcore and fuzz rock era of the late 90’s: abrasive yet evocative, brash yet mesmeric, blaring yet enveloping. Their intenseness can be attributed to vocalist/guitarist Brandon Tomas battling a longtime drug addiction while they wrote/recorded their songs, and while Tomas is now sober, the band still carries an unapologetically loud striver edge that is always soothed by hypnotic harmonies.

Future Ghost‘s debut album, Missing Teen, was produced by Pete Lyman (No Age) at Infrasonic Sound Recording Co. and will be released in early 2013 on Infrasonic Records. But for now you can enjoy the leaked track “Scream White Noise”:

Future Ghost is currently recording a 7″ Split with LA Font. The record will be released as part of a series of splits put out by Near Mess Records and will include Wild Eyes, Wake Up LucidTS And The Past Haunts, HOTT MT, Gothic Tropic, Hindu Pirates, Vinyl Williams, and Rainbow Jackson.

Their next concert will be this Thursday at The Echo for The Dead Ships‘ homecoming after tour show along with Blonde Summer and Miner. You can purchase tickets here.

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"When I Go Away" by The Dead Ships

Levon Helm was a renowned musician during the 70’s/80’s and most famed as the drummer for The Band. This past April he died due to a long battle with cancer. Shortly after, The Mint hosted a tribute concert for Helm entitled “An L.A. Ramble for Levon” which benefited Rocking Out Cancer and featured The Muddy Reds, The Dustbowl Revival, The Driftwood Singers, and The Dead Ships all performing covers of Helm’s songs. The show inspired The Dead Ships to add a full-time bass player (Alex Moore) and recorded some of the cover songs at a studio in Malibu. Here’s “When I Go Away”:

The garage blues-rock man-duo (now trio) is finally coming home to Echo Park after a five week tour. Free Bike Valet had the chance to interview Devlin McCluskey (vocals/guitar) and Christopher Spindelilus (drums) about the journey:

What were some of the highlights of the tour?

Devlin:

“Being surprised by small cities/local scenes is my favorite part.  After a month in a van that smells like sweaty man-scrotum, driving hours with no sleep to play a weeknight show in a city you only recognize from Civil War source books or civil rights footage, it’s revitalizing to find that local hip kids are hell bent on having a good time almost everywhere. Winston-Salem in particular was eye-opening; we played to a packed underground venue on a Tuesday night. The folks came out to have a good time and rock out.”

Chris:

“The entire tour went above and beyond our expectations. The short leg with Two Gallants and Papa was one of the best experiences for TDS so far. Amazing venues and they have rabid fans that drive for hours to see them. And in the Midwest, people actually go out to see the entire show, so we had plenty of new people hear us.”

How many dates did you open for Two Gallants?

Devlin:

“Five nights around the Midwest: Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Iowa City and Omaha. I think everyone wished we were able to do more. They’re great live, their new album is epic, and there was alot of time to hang out with them. Such good people. I hope we can do it again.”

And you played the CMJ Music Marathon?

Devlin:

“This was our second year playing CMJ and it’s a great festival. We played an ORG showcase at Fontana’s with Yellow Red Sparks as well as The Audio Perv showcase with bands like Sea Wolf, Jjamz, Filligar, and The Tontons.”

Any troubles occur?

Devlin:

“In Toronto our friend recommended that we park our van in a lot patrolled by an 85 year-old holocaust survivor security guard.  He was a nice guy, told us stories about spiv-ing after WWII, but he must have clocked out the second we walked around the corner because half an hour later we returned to find our van window smashed and all of our stuff strewn about the car.  They only took our pedal bags (which honestly that alone wouldve bankrupted the tour) but hidden in the shadows about ten yards away we found everything in tact.”

Chris:

“The entire tour was fun. Getting the van broken into in Toronto was a total buzzkill but fortunately homeless people dont care much about equipment and only want money. Thank goodness we never have any of that stuff.”

The Dead Ships‘ welcome home concert is this Thursday at The Echo and also includes Blonde Summer, Future Ghost, and Miner. You may purchase the tickets here.

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