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Sonny & The Sunsets Sign To Fat Possum



Sonny and the Sunsets have signed to Fat Possum, see what Pitchfork had to say.

Sonny and the Sunset's vintage-style west coast pop songs tell sordid tales of death, drowning, outcasts, heavenly visions and otherworldly despair. Their newest LP, Tomorrow is Alright radiates with a classic yet indefinable sound, almost like a futuristic 50's R&B.

California native Sonny Smith started his career playing in a blues piano bar nestled in the mountain towns of Colorado at the age of eighteen.  He then embarked on a journey to Central America, where he lived on an organic farm in the Central American jungle, earning money while touring with a rag tag busking band and playing hotels and cabanas along the coast of the Caribbean. In 1996, he moved back home to San Francisco, where he continued to focus on writing music, short stories and plays. In the early 2000's he toured in support of Neko Case and Jolie Holland and released a string of solo albums titled, This is My Story, This is My Song, Sordid Tales of Love and Woe, One Act Plays and Fruitvale Tomorrow is Alright continues his exploration of outcasts, weirdos, freaks, death, love and atypical transformation.

In 2007, he formed Sonny and The Sunsets with help from friends Shayde Sartin & Tim Cohen (of the Fresh & Onlys), Tahlia Harbour (of Citay and The Dry Spells), Ryan Browne and Kelley Stoltz (Sub Pop Recordings) among others. Together the band created Tomorrow is Alright, recorded on a classic 1970's 388 Tascam tape recorder in various uncommon places including out of Sonny's camper. Tomorrow is Alright is full of straightforward-pop songs that recall the 1950's era doo wop of The Falcons combined with the direct sincerity and positive spirit of Modern Lovers' Jonathan Richman as well as the dark confessional humor of cartoonists like Robert Crumb and Ivan Brunetti.

Sonny Smith currently resides in the Sunset District of San Francisco where he stays busy writing music and providing occasional care to disabled war veterans and other people who have fallen through the cracks of society through a Bay Area based social work agency F & CMS.  He works out of an office in the back of his friends' surf shop. In addition to his work as a sometimes columnist or occasional playwright he also opened "100 Records" his first ever solo- art exhibition. The show ran for seven weeks at Gallery 16 in San Francisco; it featured 100 album-covers created by 90 different artists from around the world along with one hundred songs written and recorded by Sonny himself and a custom built jukebox to play those songs. The show then traveled to Austin and New York.

This June Sonny and The Sunsets plan to pack into Sonny's camper and head out on U.S.  Tour, where they'll play Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago this July. Their debut LP,  Tomorrow is Alright, is currently available on vinyl from Soft Abuse Records, and will be released on CD and digitally via Fat Possum Records on Aug. 31.


06/24 - San Diego, CA - Bar Pink Elephant ^
06/25 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland ^
06/26 - Visalia, CA - Howie & Sons ^
06/27 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill ^ % #
07/17 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival 

^ = w/ Ty Segall

% = w/ Grass Widow

# = w/ Royal Baths



The Walkmen Announce "Lisbon" Release in September


Lisbon, the fifth album by critically acclaimed band The Walkmen is due September 14.  The band's label debut for Fat Possum Records, Lisbon follows 2008's You & Me, which landed on numerous year-end "best of" lists including NPR, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Time Out NYC, and many others.  You & Me received five stars from The Gaurdian who described the album as "intimate intense and beautiful," while Pitchfork called it "the sound they've reached for since the beginning."

Lisbon was recorded over a two year period in warehouses on Girard Ave, in Philadelphia, and on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.  A few songs that helped establish the record's tone were written during several inspiring and successful trips to Lisbon, Portugal.

The 11 songs on Lisbon were carved out of 29 songs that the band recorded over the course of ten months beginning in August 2009.  You & Me engineer Chris Zane (Passion Pit, Les Savy Fav, Tokyo Police Club) worked with the and from August to February, then in March of 2010 the band traveled to sout Dallas to finish the album with producer John Congleston (St. Vincent, Explosions in the Sky).

Featuring the band's signature vintage instrument-sound, Lisbon brings a raw, fiery rock 'n' roll spirit to the complexities of the You & Me songwriting.  Lisbon will showcase "a bunch of fast rockers and big bashers, and a couple great oddballs" says front man Hamilton Leithauser.

The Walkmen broke through in 2002 with their debut album Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me is Gone.  2004's Bows & Arrows featured indie rock anthem "The Rat" which Pitchfork recently named the #20 song of the decade.  In 2006 the band recorded a song-by-song cover of Harry Nilsson and John Lennon's 1974 classic Pussy Cats as a farewell to their Harlem studio space Marcata.  The Walkmen grew up playing together in various bands since the fifth grade including New York's Jonathan Fire*Eater and Boston's The Recoys.

The Walkmen 2010 Tour Dates:

07/02 – Harriet Island, MN @ Taste of MN
07/04 – Des Moines, IA @ 80/35
07/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ XPoNential Music Festival
07/31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
08/06 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/12 – New York, NY @ Governors Island #
08/25 – London, UK @ Islington Academy
08/27 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
08/28 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
09/09 – Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl %
09/10 – Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl %
09/12 – Portland, OR @ Musicfest NW
10/28 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy *
10/30 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy *
10/31 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy *
11/02 – London, UK @ O2 Academy *
11/04 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City *
11/06 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy *
11/07 – Bournemouth, UK @ O2 Academy *
# = w/ Grizzly Bear
% = w/ The National
* = w/ The Black Keys


Crocodiles "Sleep Forever" mp3


(via Stereogum)

We haven’t heard from BTW Crocodiles since their Christmas-themed 7-inch with Dum Dum Girls. Turns out they spend the first half of 2010 prepping a followup to last year’s Summer Of Hate. Listen to first single “Sleep Forever,” and you’ll notice some changes — a cleaner sound, less snottiness in singer Brandon Welchez’s vocals. They owe some of that to producer James Ford, who is one-half of Simian Mobile Disco, and an accomplished Brit producer (Florence & the Machine, Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons, Last Shadow Puppets, etc). Welchez’s more open, optimistic voice fits the organ swells and swirls on “Sleep Forever,” a turn away from the darker tracks of their debut. It was the next logical step for the band, but it’s still surprisingly great.

Listen and Download "Sleep Forever" now at Stereogum


WAVVES To Tour Europe


New Tour Dates In BOLD

18 Jun   Toronto Canada         Lee's Palace
19 Jun   Toronto, Canada        Yonge-Dundas Square
20 Jun   Montreal, Canada       Il Motore
21 Jun   Burlinton, VT               Club Metronome
22 Jun   Boston, MA                  Great Scott
24 Jun   New York, NY             Knitting Factory
25 Jun   Washington DC            Rock and Roll Hotel
26 Jun   Philadelphia, PA            The Barbary
15 Jul     Koln, Germany         Sonic Ball Room
16 Jul     Berlin, Germany       White Trash
17 Jul     Munster, Germany   Gleis 22
18 Jul     Hamburg, Germany  Astratube    
20 Jul     Ravenna, Italy             Beach Mini Festival
21 Jul     Paris, France              Fleche D'or    
23 Jul     London, UK                Cargo
24 Jul     London, UK                 1234 Festival
25 Jul     Amsterdam, NL         Paradiso
26 Jul     Leipzig, Germany      Sweat
28 Jul     Copenhagen, Denmark     The Gun Club
29 Jul     Emmaboda, Sweden    Emmaboda Fest   
31 Jul     Trondheim, Norway     Brukbar
06 Aug    Chicago, IL                        Lollapalooza


Download "Post Acid" by WAVVES


(via Green Label Sound)

The band Wavves (essentially a one-man operation driven by San Diego, CA
native Nathan Williams) splashed into the world of indie rock in 2008.
The two albums’ worth of lo-fi punk rock recorded behind his parents’
house quickly launched him to the forefront of the new American Gargage
Rock scene. Since then, Williams has moved to Los Angeles and enlisted
the late Jay Reatard's band, Billy Hayes (Drums) and Stephen Pope
(Bass), to round out the new incarnation of Wavves. “Post Acid” was
recorded at Sweet Tea Recording in Oxford, Mississippi with the help of
producer Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, The Hives, Ben Folds, Mutemath).  
Download now at Green Label Sound


WAVVES On The Cover Of Fader


In anticipation of the 3rd Wavves album, King of the Beach, Fader Magazine will have the band on their Summer Music Issue.  The magazine hits stands on June 22.  Read more on the issue over at


Green Label Sound to release Wavves first single "Post Acid"


Green Label Sound today announces the release of their next single “Post Acid” by Southern California garage-pop band, Wavves. The new, original track is the first single off the band’s highly anticipated forthcoming full-length King Of The Beach and is the second official single release for Green Label Sound this year.  The Wavves album, King Of The Beach is due out August, 3rd 2010 on Fat Possum Records.  

Recorded at Sweet Tea Recording studio in Oxford, Mississippi, “Post Acid” was written by Wavves and production was guided by studio owner Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, The Hives, Ben Folds, Mutemath).  “Post Acid” will be available June 9, 2010 as a free download exclusively at  Wavves lead man, Nathan Williams, had this to say about the Green Label Sound single release, “First off and foremost it's a chance to give away free music.  ‘Post Acid’ was written and recorded as a true pop song to me and in doing so I knew that I would want it to be heard on as wide a scale as possible.  Green Label Sound is helping us to do that.” 

Green Label Sound, Mtn Dew’s exclusive singles label, is a record label designed to elevate and empower independent artists. To date, Green Label Sound has released singles by Matt and Kim, Neon Indian, Holy Ghost!, Chromeo, The Cool Kids, Solid Gold, U-N-I, Flosstradamus and Caroline Polachek, Solid Gold, Theophilus London and Kuroma.


WAVVES Album Cover & Track Listing


In Stores August 03
01 “King Of The Beach”
02 “Super Soaker”
03 “Idiot”
04 “When Will You Come?”
05 “Post Acid”
06 “Take On The World”
07 “Baseball Cards”
08 “Convertible Balloon”
09 “Green Eyes”
10 “Mickey Mouse”
11 “Linus Spacehead”
12 “Baby Say Goodbye”


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