SOME STUFFS: Little Wings streams new album

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Little Wings is not a group and if you caught the grammatics, you could figure that out. Little Wings is Kyle Field and his new album on Woodsist is called EXPLAINS, with all letters capitalized, and it will be formally released on May 26th but you can stream it in full ahead of time by heading to to listen to it. Also coming up in his immediately future are two shows. Head there, plan ahead, I’ll try to find another word with the word “head” in it but I no like, check the dates instead (aah, a rhyme):

June 4… Los Angeles, CA (The Satellite) #
July 28… San Francisco, CA (Swedish American Hall) *

* = w/ Sam Amidon
# = w/ Bouquet, Tall Tales & The Silver Lining

AUDIO: Little Wings’ “Where”

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Little Wings will be out with a new album on May 16th called Explains (Woodsist) and if you think his new music will explain a lot, you may have a point. The song is called “Where”, where he mixes up folk with a pinch of pop with sweet falsettos and a wonderful arrangement that may startle you when it begins. Yet when it begins, it will take you to a place unknown where you’ll want to flock in for awhile.

Little Wings will be taking part in this year’s Woodsist Festival at Big Sur, so head there and enjoy:
May 18… Big Sur, CA (Woodsist Fest, Loma Vista Gardens)

SOME STUFFS: Big Sur to host Mollusk Jamboree next month

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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.

VIDEO: Sonny & The Sunsets’ “Palmreader”

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Sonny & The Sunsets will be giving Antenna To The Afterworld (Polyvinyl) to the world in two weeks, June 11th to be exact. It’s their latest album, and “Palmreader” is a video from it. The video is said to be NSFW, which means do not watch it while the boss is there or if you know someone who tracks all of your computer/mobile device activity. It’s a blistered track, and if you want to burst it open, do what you must, but safely.

Antenna to The Afterworld will be released in digital, along with vinyl, cassette, and CD. The vinyl LP and cassette versions are available for pre-order exclusively from Polyvinyl Records. Only 100 tapes have been pressed. Or you may pre-order the record and CD versions through Amazon below.

Also below: tour dates the band will be doing in June and July:

June 11… San Francisco, CA (The Eagle)
June 13… Hamden, CT (The Outer Space) *
June 14… Brooklyn, NY (Knitting Factory) {Northside Fest}
June 15… New York, NY (Cake Shop) #
June 16… Pittsburgh, PA (The Smiling Moose) *
June 17… Lakewood, OH (Mahalls 20 Lanes) *
June 19… Indianapolis, IN (Radio Radio) *
June 20… Detroit, MI (The Lager House)) *
June 21… Chicago, IL (Beat Kitchen) *
June 22… Iowa City, IA (The Englert Theater)
July 12… Oaktown, CA (New Parish)
July 13… Sacramento, CA (2nd Saturday Art Walk)
July 24… Visalia, CA (Howie & Sons Pizza)
July 25… San Diego, CA (Casbah)
July 26… Costa Mesa, CA (Detroit Bar)

# = performance of “Sees All Knows All”
* = w/ Little Wings

SOME STUFFS: Woodsist Festival to be held at two venues this year

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With help from the good people at Folk Yeah, the Woodsist Festival will be returning this year to the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, California but as an added treat, a third day has been added at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, California. The venues are about seven to eight hours away from one another, but it will give people in each area to catch some great music. If you are able to make the drive or flight from one city to the other, awesome.

The Big Sur shows (tickets will be available here) will have six bands per day, while the Pioneertown show (tickets to be sold here) will have a total of seven. The festival begins just after the first day of fall, here is the list of scheduled performers for each show:

Sunday, September 22 – Big Sur
White Fence
Michael Hurley
Skygreen Leopards
Jessica Pratt

Monday, September 23 – Big Sur
Real Estate
The Fresh and Onlys
Peaking Lights
Little Wings
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks

Saturday, September 28 – Pioneertown
Real Estate
Fresh and Onlys
White Fence
The Babies
Jessica Pratt
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks
& more TBA

While you are able to do your research for lodging options, here are a few that Woodsist and Folk Yeah are suggesting for tentative attendees of the festival:

Fernwood Resort (Big Sur)
47200 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2422

Big Sur Camping
Glen Oaks (Big Sur)
Big Sur River Inn

Bottchers Gap Campground
Camping Big Sur

Andrew Molera State Park
Hwy 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2315

Kirk Creek Campground
Hwy 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(805) 434-1996

For those planning on attending in Pioneertown:
Travel Lodge
54850 Twentynine Palms Hwy
Yucca Valley, CA 92284
(760) 365-3311

REVIEW: Little Wings’ “Last”

 photo LittleWings_cover_zps8fd91bf9.jpg With nothing but a mushroom on the album cover, one could ask if the music of Kyle Field is drug influenced or induced. Maybe he’s a naturalist and wants people to get high to his music as one might with shrooms. As the man behind Little Wings, he has been making music for over ten years and if Last (Rad) is meant to be the last album as Little Wings and the intro to him releasing music under his own name, this is a nice parting gift.

The sound of Little Wings is laid back and acoustic, not unlike Donavon Frankenreiter or Jack Johnson, but less sleepytime tea like Johnson. It’s the kind of sound one would expect to hear during a stoner surf movie of nothing but shots of people surfing the tube and writing lips, which may come from Field being a surfer and being close to the ocean. I can completely relate to that. His smoothed out sounds is reminiscent of the California sound of the late 60’s and early 70’s, complete with stories that will want to make you find a VW Bus, soup it up, and ride up and down the West Coast to find good people, good taco trucks, and a lot of good times. I love how passionate Field plays and sings, as if it sounds like a chore for him to open and share his diary to people, but he knows it’s the best thing to do.

If Last is meant to representing the enduring power of these songs, I feel that Little Wings creates music that will definitely last for awhile. It’s outdoor music, meant to be shared with the warmth or chill of the passing wind. It can be spiritual if you allow it, but let it glaze your mellow so you can find how harsh the world is not.

SOME STUFFS: Little Wings’ LAST album released today

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Kyle Field wanted to call himself Little Wings because he damn well felt like it. Well, I’m sure there’s a better answer but…

Regardless of how he came up with the name, Little Wings makes crafty pop that can take you to a valid dreamstate or an invalid nightmare, but all done with the care and precisions of the craftsman. You may sample a slice of the LAST album (on Rad/Marriage) by downloading the track “Sandy Babe”. I’m not allowed to feature an embedded player on my site, so you’ll have to