Monthly Archives: January 2013

“Late Nights” Music Video by Brown Shoe

brown_shoe-press_photo1_color_credit_arrica_roseAlmost a decade ago, brothers Ryan and Aaron Baggaley packed up their Venice Beach apartment and moved back to their hometown of Folsom that was once made famous by a Johnny Cash concert. They recruited a childhood friend and their baby brothers to fill out a new lineup and dubbed themselves Brown Shoe. Three albums and several national tours later, the band returns with The Wild Horse. Recorded at Pus Cavern by Joe Johnston (Cake), the album is an escalating runway of anthemic pop rock. Halfway through the recording process, Ryan was hospitalized due to a fluke blood infection. His on-again off-again girlfriend visited him, but ultimately left him before he was released. The tracks are overall ethereal and often soar, but hidden beneath are the themes of heartache and healing. Here’s the video for the pop-sensible “Late Nights” that was directed by Brent Lasala:

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“Young Hearts” by Maston

MastonPhotoMaston might be attempting to create a dark reflection (or shadow) through his music with a clanking harpsichord, pulsing organ, and phantom-ish vocals, but the ever present California sunshine burns away and exposes its psychedelic pop essence. As if a theme song for a canceled 60’s dark comedy sitcom, the sound is simultaneously eerie and alluring. Maston‘s debut album Shadows (Trouble In Mind) was recorded completely in analog and will be released 0n February 12th, 2013 –but for now here’s the leaked track “Young Hearts”:

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“Your Dead Red Sweater” by Orange Umbrella

IMG_3592Once the Santa Monica denizen Josh Rowley is armed with a guitar and beat machine, he becomes Orange Umbrella: a one man act that strums and croons over lax dance beats. Rowley claims that his “collaboration” with the magical orange box resulted from disliking performing onstage alone and the outcome is a striking balance of digital pop rock that makes the head bop while still being sincere. Orange Umbrella‘s debut album is due this February and is being produced by Future Dancing‘s Patrick Ginn. But for now you can enjoy the track “Your Dead Red Sweater”:

Free Bike Valet is presenting The Burning Of Rome‘s first January residency night at The Central this Tuesday along with Orange Umbrella and Armada. Come out for a free night of great music!


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“Little Piranhas” by The Burning Of Rome

TBOR Press Pic (Pit Color)Coming from Oceanside is an eclectic ensemble called The Burning Of Rome. Their sound is an unique hodgepodge, as if part spooky carnival ride and part western movie score. But ultimately, they’re unique and always prick the imagination. Their debut album, With Us, was recorded at EastWest Studios and recently released by Surfdog Records. The epic track “Little Piranhas” carries the album to its apex:

Free Bike Valet is presenting The Burning Of Rome‘s first January residency night at The Central this Tuesday along with Orange Umbrella and Armada. Come out for a free night of great music!


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