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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! (you can find all this stuff over at the Clams' website), and with Shannon Clam splitting musical duties between the Clams and Hunx and his Punx and guitarist Cody Blanchard enjoying time with his solo venture, King Lollipop, as well as thrashing it up in Volar labelmates Uzi Rash.  The Clams are also heading out on tour next week, and you can check out those dates, as well as "Gremlins Crawl" and "Ozma" from 1-2-3-4-Go!'s 7" below.  We've got 200 orange vinyl and 200 yellow available for preorder over at our Volar Big Cartel...

 (Preorder the "Ozma" b/w "Angel Baby" 7" from 1-2-3-4-Go! HERE)


07/28/12 (08:00pm) The Intelligence, Guantanamo Baywatch The Continental Club @ 1658 12TH ST, Oakland, CA  

07/30/12 (09:00pm) Lost Luvs The Shanty @ Eureka, CA  

08/01/12 (12:00am) the Maxines, Orca Team, Morgan and the Organ Donors - All Ages!! the Northern @ Olympia, WA  

08/02/12 (09:00pm) Yung Mums, TBA The Waldorf Hotel @ Vancouver, British Columbia  

08/03/12 (09:00pm) PIZZA FEST 2012! The Yolks , White Wires, Golden Pelicans, The Biz, Grave Babies, Wrong Words The Funhouse @ Seattle, WA  


08/16/12 (08:00pm) TRMRS, Lovely Bad Things Detroit Bar @ Costa Mesa, CA  

08/17/12 (08:00pm) Cosmonauts, The Abigails, BURGER RECORDS DJS! Alex's Bar @ Long Beach, CA  

08/18/12 (12:00am) Johnny Rad Fest Ken Club @ San Diego, CA  

08/19/12 (09:00pm) FREE SHOW! Sailor Jerry's Presents: Nobunny, Night Beats, Wet Illustrated 501 Spring St @ LA, CA  

09/09/12 (08:00pm) Jonathan Toubin comeback show w/Mikal Cronin The Great American Music Hall @ San Francisco, CA              

Next up, we're proud to see Tropical Popsicle continuing to forge its path with their second 7", "Ghost Beacons" b/w "Skulls in the Stars", following their "Beach With no Footprints" 7" last year on Volar (BUY IT HERE).  In the last year-and-change that they've been a band, they've played with plenty of other great acts, seen some nice press, and had their first little West Coast tour a few weeks back.  While we all plan out their debut LP, due out this Fall on Volar, we've got this 7" to share, also available next month.   We've got 150 limited orange vinyl available for preorder at our store, and you can have a listen to the track below.  Also of note, we'll be repressing the "Beach With No Footprints" 7" on red vinyl in time to coincide with the "Ghost Beacons" 7", limited to 80 copies.  Have a listen to that as well, and feel free to preorder the "Ghost Beacons" colored vinyl here.


(And while we're here, we should remind you all about the band's inclusion in the Distant Shores short surf film, featuring some of the top surfers in the world.  Check out "Universe of God Shadow" below.)



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