Off to the Races with new vids and a US tour

By: Mr. Shovel – June 25, 2012

Congrats to L.A. locals Races on the release of their new video for the song “Lies” which appears on their full length album “Year of the Witch”. The vid is directed by Edward Chase Masterson and was recently featured as a Vimeo Staff Pick garnering 14K plays so far.

If 2012 is the Year of the Witch, there’s a potent brew bubbling for Races, who plant their flag with a headlining show at the Troubador on Friday, July 6th (with Gliss and Lili Hayden).
The Sextet has also announced a US tour with fellow L.A. darlings Saint Motel, which will round-up back in LA for a date which will be announced in mid July.


Simultaneous to the release of the “Lies” vid, The folks at Dirty Laundry have offered up their insiders view of Races on the archetypical roadtrip to SXSW.

The Record Company is getting busy – Music Video “I Want To Be Your Dog”

We first encountered The Record Company performing at the new Los Feliz vinyl music shop High Fidelity on Hillhurst this past Winter when they were playing at a free open house party of sorts for the new neighborhood business upstart.

This led to the band’s “Don’t Let Me Get Lonely” being among the first local band songs to go into full rotation in the earliest days of Radio Free Indie programming. TRC have since gotten busy filling out their dance card with a list a Springtime shows that begin tonight (4/12) at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown in Joshua Tree and tomorrow (4/13) at the Desert Daze Festival in Desert Hot Springs (The event is a spill-over answer to the sold out blankchella festival happening in Indio.)

While The Record Company works out a five week Tuesday residency in May at Danny Masterson’s Harvard & Stone they’ll also be doing a turn at the Silverlake Jubilee May 26.

The band apparently wasn’t already busy enough so they decided to record, shoot and edit a video of a unique vintage-flavored take on the Stooges “I Wanna Be Your Dog”. It’s worthy of a view and a listen and is indicative of a band that is rapidly maturing. Enjoy.

New Video Release: The Californian – The Man with the Goodnight Gun

There is something comforting about a sound that transports us into the middle of a Sergio Leone film sunset and bisects the House of the Rising Sun. “The Man with the Goodnight Gun” is an epic Cinemascope western played out on electric guitars and director Robert Brandt perfectly captures the tone and feel of the music in this well shot music video.
This writer is guessing the shoot was done on a “stolen” location within Death Valley National Park, and for that alone the band , director and crew deserve extra-credit for their resourcefulness.(*I’ve since been informed by the band that the location was The Salton Sea)
The song is available as a free download.

Soft Swells’ Tim Williams at SXSW

Soft Swells' Tim Williams with Austin based Modern Outsider label owners Erin and Chip Adams


Soft Swells made an impressive splash at SXSW 2012 on the heels of the release of their debut self-titled album. We ran into Tim Williams at Gueros on S. Congress and had a chance to chat for a moment about the LP. Soft Swells’ debut is worth a trip to the record store. This is one that you can spin front to back without skipping a track, and that is rare these days. Congrats to Soft Swells and their truly indie label Modern Outsider Records.