I’ve kept things a little quiet on the label front for the past few months (been broke, singing the same 2 karaoke songs every other night, hanging out at Eli’s too much etc) but, I still love releasing new music from unknown artists on antiquated formats. So, now I have a bunch of Vacant Stare stuff in the works. I’ll be tabling alongside many other great bay labels at BARF this Sunday afternoon. Keep an ear out for the Evil Twins debut, Purpur Spytt (Solo project of Charlotte Mahrmud from Maraudeur ~ my first release from a non Bay based artist) cassette comp, and more V EXCITING NEW MUSIC.🤘🤘🤘Anyway maybe I’ll see ya Sunday.
Solar Rips is a collaboration between me and Luis Gutierrez (Religious Girls/1988). Here’s a video Mall Walk bassist, Daniel Brown made for our first single, “Pay.” The debut EP, “Not Yet” is out August 18th on Vacant Stare.
Despite the seemingly imminent end of humanity I’ve decided to release more music from fringe artists on antiquated formats. Psych instrumentalist, John McBain has a video album out 2/24 on VHS. Only 25 of these made with nearly half already gone via pre-order so get on it:
Next is a recording project I started early last year with Kyle Day of Beekeepers and our French friend, Marius Atherton. Kinda anarcho post-punk shit. Lyrics are written from the perspective of a ruthless and maniacal leader with a regime on the verge of being overthrown. I wrote this shit in late 2015 so I must be some type of punk Nostradamus. Cassette out 3/03. Pre-order now:
Christian Singles is the name of my new (solo?) project. Here’s a group of songs I wrote and recorded over the last year called, “Untitled.” Mostly sad, lo-fi bedroom pop jams I’ve been too embarrassed to show anyone. All proceeds will be donated directly to the Gray Area Foundation’s Relief Fund for the Victims of the Ghost Ship Fire. FFO: GBV, bad drumming, good causes, etc. Sounds best through a cassette adapter into the stereo of a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Van. Special thanks to Duane M. Ramos who volunteered to master my shitty recordings and Samuelito Cruz for contributing the art work.
Dick Stusso’s debut, “Nashville Dreams/Sings The Blues” is now available, for the first time on limited edition 12″ vinyl. If you’re in the continental US, order via bandcamp: https://vacantstarerecords.bandcamp.com/album/nashville-dreams-sings-the-blues
Oakland’s Tiny Head sound like the soundtrack to some dredged up, forgotten horror film; like if the members of Slint were snorting Adderall to get back up from a particular twisted acid trip. The quintet’s blend of angular hardcore, memorable riffs, and concise songwriting has garnered them a local following despite only a handful of live appearances and misleading information online. It helps that the 5-piece combine members of Bay Area bands Never Young, Toyota, and Crush. Tracks like the anthemic “Tiny Head” and the creepy “Drop” put them up there with the best in hardcore experimenters.
Stream, download, or cop a tape here:
Live photo by Paloma Moreno.