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It's admittedly been a pretty exciting time around these parts as of late, and this week alone stands as a testament to that.  I couldn't be happier to be working with all of these folks. 

Below you'll fink links and info regarding Tar Halos' just-released digital s/t album (with their Wine Hand LP on the way); an interview with Tim Hines of Tropical Popsicle and info regarding their shows this week for Vice up in LA and at Belly Up with Psychedelic Furs (!); Soft Riot's guest-spot on the great online radio show, Church of Broken Language, highlighting the best in current and classic synth/darkwave/post-punk/etc.; and Window Twins' write-up in one of the leading French music sites, Les inRocks.

First up, San Diego's noisy, dark psych/punk act Tar Halos, comprised of members of Riververb, Sugarrush Railroad, and Spirit Photography.  Their long-in-the-works debut vinyl LP, Wine Hand, has gone through a number of permutations over the course of this year, but the gang finally locked everything down, and the results are pretty stellar.  We'll roll tracks from that out soon enough, and the masters are off at the plant, so expect that one in early November. 

In advance of that, just late last week, the band released a digital-only s/t album, which you can purchase over at their bandcamp ( and stream below.  Really looking forward to these guys playing out more in town and beyond...

Next up, our friends over at Impose Magazine interviewed Tim Hines, the driving before behind the great San Diego "Psyche/Goth/Post-Punk/Minimal Wave" band Tropical Popsicle.  Hines talks the upcoming LP on Volar/Talitres, and his general influence writing music for this band.  Stream and preorder "Ghost Beacons" below, as well as "Beach With No Footprints," the just-repressed on limited color debut 7" by the band from last year.



From their Impose interview:

"Amid all the activity at Volar Records these days, we tracked down Tropical Popsicle's frontman Tim Hines to discuss today's psychic channelled sounds from the band that hates your surfy crap beach party music. While word of the upcoming Trop Pop full length record percolates in rumors, Volar Records are about to re-release their first single "Beach with No Footprints" ahead of their "Ghost Beacons" single. Tim and I discuss all this and more at length as we entered the #hashtag darkness with inquisitive minds."  (read more at the link here)

 This week finds the band playing a couple of possibly their biggest shows to date, one up in LA at the Echoplex, curated by Vice Magazine, and another opening up for the Psychedelic Furs at the Belly Up.  Posters and links below.

RSVP for their Vice show tomorrow night (Tuesday, 09/25) at the Echoplex with Dani Shivers:

And that show with the Psychedelic Furs at Belly Up, well, that one sold out a while back.  (Sorry!)  But if you do happen to be there, you might catch me wandering around trying to get Richard Butler to shotgun a beer with me.

(and if you happen to catch them soon, be sure to pick up one of their newly-pressed shirts, courtesy of the great CM Ruiz)

Moving on... Jack Duckworth aka Soft Riot, the UK one-man dark synth project who will see their first proper vinyl release, No Longer Stranger, out late November on Volar (with another, Fiction Prediction, due out not long after), just yesterday took part as DJ for the great online radio program, Church of Broken Languages.  All of his favorite in new and old dark synth/post punk/etc., wrapped up in three glorious hours.  Stream the whole show below, and head on over to for more info.

"Part 1 of 2 of a special, three hour SOFT RIOT- curated set for CHVяCH XV BяXK3N 7ANGvAG3 Radio. Airing every Sunday on the online radio station, this set aired online Sunday, 23 September 2012 at 7pm PST / 10pm EST.

Part I starts off with an introduction by JJD himself and then moves into 7-8 tracks showcasing a selection of the current crop of London/UK synth/wave artists rising on the scene. This first half then moves onto a personally (and randomly) picked selection of similar artists from eras old and new."

"Part 2 of 2 of a special, three hour SOFT RIOT- curated set for CHVяCH XV BяXK3N 7ANGvAG3 Radio. Airing every Sunday on the online radio station, this set aired online Sunday, 23 September 2012 at 7pm PST / 10pm EST.

Part II moves on with an explosion of energy from a personal and influential selection of avant garde, noise, post-hardcore and prog-punk bands from the last 10-20 years, building up to a free-floating drift of the last hour of the set, which swings into atmospheric, cinematic sounds."

Last but not least (I think the saying goes), Window Twins (Tim Cohen--Fresh and Onlys/Magic Trick; Jon Bernson--exray's/Ray's Vast Basement) had a nice feature at the big French music site/magazine, Les inRocks.  I ran it through Google Translate (which you can read below in its broken coherence), and unfortunately, there's no proper mention of their upcoming sophomore LP, Wish, available early November on vinyl from Volar and cassette from our friends at the great Crash Symbols.  We'll have some other nice press rolling out soon, including more videos and stuff.  You can preorder limited-edition, mailorder-only color copies over here at our store.

Via Les inRocks and Guilhem Denis:

"Tim Cohen is a man somewhere in the world of music. Emblematic of the San Francisco scene (with Ty Segall and John Dwyer), it multiplies the outputs and projects just as exciting as each other: The Fresh & Onlys, Black Fiction, Magic Trick ... and probably hyperactive insomniac, Tim Cohen vacation idea as writing a solo album. And not get bored, it changes style as another change of shirt with ease. Window with the Twins, the duo that consists with Jon Berson Ray's Vast Basement, this time it's in the air somewhat pop barred. Loops and beats kraut give life to this dream and experimental music made ​​brics and jugs. After a quiet first album released three years ago, the group has released two new singles, waiting for the disk mid-October. And still many others signed Tim Cohen coming years."

That's it for now (I think).  Plenty more soon, I promise, but for now, pizza.



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