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Christmas Island and Trop Pop NYE shows

So New Year's Eve is tomorrow night, and here in town, a couple of Volar acts are playing two different shows.

The first is Christmas Island, Mrs. Magician, and the legendary Beehive and the Barracudas at Bar Pink. You can peep the flyer and purchase tickets ($10 advance, $15 door) below.

Purchase tickets here:

Also, Tropical Popsicle will be playing the Casbah with the Growlers, Tomorrow's Tulips and the Abigails. Check out the flyer, buy tix, and watch a promo vid below.

Tickets ($20 advance/$24 day of) here:

NBC San Diego's article about the show.

Ale Mania LP named best local album of 2011 in SD Citybeat, Beaters debut LP release soon

Jeremy Rojas (left) and Andrew Montoya (right)

With the end of 2011 imminent (tomorrow night!), publications and blogs and the like are all cranking out their top ten lists for 2011. Peter Holslin of the San Diego City Beat posted his list of the best local releases of 2011 just a couple of days ago, with Ale Mania's A, Who Sings That Beat? topping the list. Former music editor Seth Combs also had some very kind words regarding the LP back in March when it was released, and you can read both reviews below and stream and buy the album. Also, Beaters debut LP, Fishage, will be available in a few weeks, with a release show in early February. You can read a little bit about that as well and stream and buy the LP below.

As a note, if you haven't read before, Ale Mania and Beaters were both born out of the ashes of the Sess, one of my favorite bands in town ever. Andrew Montoya, drummer for the Sess, began recording the strange synthy-post-punk Ale Mania stuff right around the…

Tropical Popsicle's Tim Hines on NBC San Diego & show reviews

Taken from NBC San Diego:

SoundDiego Spotlight: Tropical Popsicle
An unusual name for an unusually good band -- frontman Tim Hines talks about his bands, his band name and where he goes to create his music.

Source: San Diego Videos, News Video, Video Clips | NBC San Diego
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Also, the boys played a couple of shows in the last week, one last night at the Soda Bar, and last Saturday in TJ. Reviews below...

Courtesy of the SD Reader:

Saturday night I went to Tijuana. I ate tamales, drank Modelos, met some awesome people, and listened to even more awesome music. My friend and I caught a bus to downtown TJ for the Beach Fossils concert, and it could not have gone better. Besides the initial rock pelting of our bus, we didn't run into any of the sketchy things I had expected. Apparently, our bus picked us up on the taxi-cab-only turf; therefore, on our way downtown, some taxi drivers threw rocks at our bus and cracked the windows pretty bad. Th…

Christmas Island show review and live recording from 12/10/11

Courtesy of the great and highly supportive Little More Than a Big Crashing Beat, who wrote a nice review and posted a download link to our show this past weekend:

Christmas Island - Tin Can Alehouse, San Diego 10th December 2011

Local outfit Christmas Island have been kicking around the lo-fi end of the indie scene now for a while and any band that lists Tronics, Urinals, Television Personalities, the Clean, Versatile Newts and The Fall as influences, as they do on their Facebook page, has got to be worth paying some attention to in my book. Their high point in terms of studio releases was their outstanding debut LP on In the Red Records from a couple of years ago 'Blackout Summer', but things were relatively low key after that initial burst of activity with the exception of a split double 7" with Meth Teeth on Sacred Bones. More recently they have released a new set of songs on the Poisoner 12" on the excellent Volar records, which since they are fans of The Fall, …

STREAM and PREORDER Uzi Rash and Beaters LPs

So here we are (just me, really), rounding out the year of Volar with upcoming LP releases by San Diego's Beaters and Oakland's Uzi Rash. This marks twenty-one releases on the label in a little over two years, fourteen or fifteen this year alone, which is pretty crazy. For those that don't know, this label is largely a one-man operation, mostly out-of-pocket thus far until I start getting more money in from distributors and such, and the whole running-a-business thing can be incredibly nerve-wracking (and especially tough when I'm distracted by LIFE at times), but I'm trying my best, and owe a huge debt of gratitude to my friends who've helped, to the bands I've been lucky enough to work with, to my (mostly) patient customers, fellow labels, etc. And with that all said...

VOLAR20--Uzi Rash--I Was 30 in 2012


I've known Uzi Rash mastermind Max Nordile for a number of years, from his appearances in San Diego with his former ban…