Los Angeles’ Beachwood Sparks released a self-titled album, but it was technically not their first. They’re going to fix the situation by releasing their previously unreleased debut album on the 26th of November through Alive Naturalsound Records. The album is called Desert Skies, and it has been remastered so you do not have to hear what the group perhaps did not want you to hear (or maybe the issue was “if we can master this better, let’s do it”, and they did.) “Make It Together” is a song from the album to come, and you may stream it below. The group has a nice sound that mixes 60’s folk rock with 70’s pop rock, and would fit in alongside Wilco, Weezer, and Pixies.
If you are a folk music fan/supporter/enthusiast, you’ll want to hear down to California on September 27th and 28th for a musical festival that sounds like it’s going to be a great time. Co-presented by (((folkYEAH!))), the Mollusk Big Sur Jamboree, to be held at the Fernwood Resort, will consist of “two days of music, camping and ensuing fun”. Some of the artists scheduled to perform includ Sonny & The Sunsets, The Autumn Defense, Allah-Las, Vetiver, Beachwood Sparks, and a planned supergroup lead by Cass McCombs, plus many more, perhaps a few guests and surprises. Also planned are a few “secret late night jam sessions”, not sure what may be involved in that other than music, but I’d be open to checking it out if I could.
A major highlight will be a screen dedicated to showing classic and contemporary surf films, since it is in Big Sur. The festival encourages people to bring their own food and drink, even though both will be available on the festival site. A lot more will be involved, and you are now able to buy 2-day camping or room packages for your stay. For more information, check the Mollusk Jamboree page or (((folkYEAH!)))’s home page.