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NEW Shannon and the Clams and Tropical Popsicle 7"s

VOLAR22--Shannon and the Clams--"Gremlins Crawl" b/w "White Rabbit" 7" (PREORDER HERE)
 VOLAR23--Tropical Popsicle--"Ghost Beacons" b/w "Skulls in the Stars" 7" (PREORDER HERE)

Well, here we are with our first (sort of) releases for 2012 (sorry everyone, it took me forever to catch up on trying to get so much shit out last year...).  First up, we have a long-in-the-works 7" from Shannon and the Clams, featuring "Gremlins Crawl" and a great cover of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit."  This 7" is part of a three-at-once release along with 1-2-3-4-Go! Records out of SF and Surfin' Ki out of Italy, who will be releasing the "Ozma" b/w "Angel Baby" 7" and "Ozma" b/w "Muppet Babies" 7", respectively.  The last couple of years have proven to be pretty busy following the band's release of a handful of 7"s and their Sleep Talk LP on 1-2-3-4-Go! (…

Video Mix for Get Bent!

A few weeks back, I finally put together a little video playlist for the great Get Bent!, compiling a handful of my favorite performances, the sort that I return to at times for a number of reasons.  You can enjoy the playlist below, along with the original info via Get Bent!:



Craig Oliver is the man behind Volar Records. He’s responsible for putting out some stellar records (Fishage, Poisoner, Ese Culito, andInfinite Sun to name a few). We could rattle off the rest of his accomplishments, or you can read for yourself in our interview, “Volar Records Takes Flight,” where he talks about his fascination with film. In response, we asked him to create a guest mix of music videos, whether staged or live, for us to share. Check out our other guest mixes here. Tracklist available after the cut. 

So, I thought about breaking these down song by song, detailing the history behind their own personal importance to me and what not. Instead, I’ll try and keep it short. These are all favorite so…

Audacity "Ears and Eyes" 7" repress on Volar/new LP on Burger Records

A few years ago, my good buddy Jon from I Hate Rock n Roll Records hipped me to a group of 19-year-olds playing in a band by the name of Audacity.  "You should really think about working with these dudes," he told me, and it's always hard to say no to Jon.  I heard their LP on Recess Records and really dug it and caught 'em live a couple of times, so I knew I was on board.  Jon and I agreed to co-release between IHRNR and Volar, and he arranged for the band to record with another good friend of ours, Rob Barbato of Darker My Love (and currently in La Sera).  I happened to be up playing a couple of shows in LA with Christmas Island while they were recording, so we figured we'd stop by and say hi to everybody and have a couple of beers.  They were in the middle of recording "Ears and Eyes," even though they technically hadn't finished writing the song completely.  Rob thought (wisely) to push them, though, and they ended up nailing the version that&#…