Slumberland Records Update, May 26 2011


26 mai 2011, 22h33m

Hello all-
While we're awfully busy getting ready for the SF Popfest this weekend, we couldn't wait to tell you about the great new Slumberland release out next week.

*** Clap your hands for Kids On A Crime Spree ***
About a decade ago Mario Hernandez (of Ciao Bella & From Bubblegum To Sky) was casually sitting on a Stockholm couch when a friend put on the "Back To Mono" box set and Hernandez's life was forever changed. As time passed he kept coming back to the idea of a simple pop song that wasn't really that simple — a happy melody with a dark underpinning in the lyric — and he knew that it wasn't enough to just listen. He had to make his own version of this great sounding stuff. Kids On A Crime Spree is the result of this obsession.

After living in New York for a spell to more fully immerse himself in the culture that spawned the music he loved, Hernandez moved back to California and began recording in earnest. Of the more than one hundred songs he composed but was not able to record while in New York, eight of the best were chosen for We Love You So Bad, Kids On a Crime Spree's first record. As recording progressed Hernandez brought in friends to help record and to recreate his songs in a live setting.

Key to the Kids On A Crime Spree sound is the simple yet driving drumming of Becky Barron (of #Poundsign#, Scrabbel & From Bubblegum To Sky), and the perpetually drenched in reverb guitar of Bill Evans (of From Bubblegum To Sky). From the punchy power-pop of "I Don't Wanna Call You Baby, Baby" to the classic 70s handclap-driven glam-pop of "Sweet Tooth" and the Ramones-y "To Mess With Dynamite," We Love You So Bad shows Hernandez and Kids On a Crime Spree's mastery of pop history and distinctive song-writing chops. Mail order copies of the 12" are pressed on creamy white vinyl and come with a poster while supplies last. CDs come with a free badge.

info, order, listen:

*** Brilliant Colors tour dates ***
Brilliant Colors are playing some east dates to support their forthcoming sophomore album, "Again And Again." If all goes well they'll have a super special limited tour edition LP to sell at these shows.

June 7 — Brooklyn, NY @ 538 Johnson Ave
June 9 — Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone w/Eternal Summers, The Beets & Blossoms
June 10 — Athens, GA @ Farm 255
June 11 — Nashville, TN @ Glenn Danzig's House
June 12 — Columbus, OH @ Bat Chapters
June 13 — Ann Arbor, MI @ Arbor Vitae
June 14 — Toronto, ON @ Parts N Labour (NXNE Fest)
June 15 — Montreal, QC @ Le Cabigi
June 16 — Boston, MA @ Problem House
June 17 — Brooklyn, NY @ Cedar Mansion / 751 Bushwick Ave (early show)
June 17 — Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands w/Frankie Rose, Sherlocks Daughter & Regal Degal
June 18 — Philadelphia, PA @ Cha Cha Razzi w/Eternal Summers, Amateur Party & United Kingdom

*** Slumberland at the SF Popfest ***
We're going all out with our night at this year's SF Popfest. It's a massive ten band showcase, reminiscent of our now-legendary 20th anniversary parties with its mix of SLR bands old and new. This is not to be missed, for real. Buy your tickets early because this WILL sell-out.

Saturday, May 28

SF Popfest presents
14 Iced Bears
Phil Wilson
Art Museums
Devon Williams
Brilliant Colors
Terry Malts
Sea Lions
Kids On A Crime Spree
English Singles
plus DJ Kid Frostbite

The Rickshaw Stop
5 pm
Adv tix:

*** Other recent releases still hitting ***
Weekend - End Times 7":
Gold-Bears - Are You Falling in Love?:
Girls Names - Dead To Me:
Terry Malts - I'm Neurotic 7":
Crystal Stilts - In Love With Oblivion:
Sarandon - Sarandon's Age Of Reason:
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Belong:
Brave Irene - Brave Irene:
Brown Recluse - Evening Tapestry:

*** New in the shop ***
We've recently added some excellent non-Slumberland offerings to our shop: a new Art Museums 7" on Dulc-i-Tone, The June Brides new vinyl-only compilation on Social Music, Proper Ornaments' excellent new single on Make A Mess, Gold-Bears' ace singles on Magic Marker and Cloudberry, Boyracer's essential "Boyfuckingracer" comp CD and The Saturday People's rare s/t CD EP on Foxy Boy. Lots more warehouse finds coming soon!
go here:

Also, Crystal Stilts' first album Alight of Night is back in stock on LP for the first time in a while, this time around on blood-red vinyl with a regular machine-printed jacket and a code for a free download.
info, order, listen:

*** Up next ***
A vinyl-only reissue of the Go Sailor compilation (June 14). A little later: Brilliant Colors "Again And Again" LP/CD, Devon Williams "Your Sympathy" 7" and Art Museums "Dancing With A Hole In Your Heart" 7". More big doings to be announced very soon!

Until then-
Ma and Pa Slumber


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