Now available: RADAR BROTHERS Eight LP + CD
Vinyl LP format (includes CD)
Radar Brothers return with 'Eight,' a very special new release on Merge Records. The LP format version is strictly limited to 1000 copies worldwide, and when they're gone, they're gone. The band called the record Eight (being their eighth), and it may well be Radar Brothers’ darkest, hardest rocking, most psychedelic, and most personal album to date. From singer Jim Putnam’s tribute to Joni Mitchell’s cover art (The Hissing of Summer Lawns) to the surreal, picturesque lyrics to the unidentifiable textures and sounds that pour from your speakers like liquid paintings—this may also be the band’s most visually centered album.
Radar Brothers' previous LP, 'The Illustrated Garden' (2010) earned them national tours with Modest Mouse and Teenage Fanclub. Following these tours the band regrouped back to their home in Los Angeles and expanded to a six-piece, now including the "Illustrated Garden" tour vets Dan Iead (The Broken West) and Ethan Walter, as well as Brian Cleary (The Movies). With two keyboards, plus Dan Iead and singer Jim Putnam’s guitars, the band orchestrates a swirling fervor that glides over Triechel and Hussey’s rhythmic aggressions. So forget everything that you know or have ever thought about Radar Brothers during their 20 year existence. From the very start, 'Eight' explodes with newness and bold, otherworldly jaunts. While paying tribute to their hallowed past on several songs, the band retains its swagger in this new territory throughout the rest.
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October 9, 2012: THE WORLD RECORD Freeway Special 2xLP vinyl + CD
CDs and limited 2xLP now shipping! Also available at iTunes, eMusic, et al.
Freeway Special sounds pretty much like a rearranged hit-parade recalling all the other records that have ever been released here at Squid Vs. Whale; it is a perfect, shimmering addition to our catalog, with something for everyone who ever ordered a record here. Over the course of its 18 songs (and 23 on the double-vinyl version) you're likely to hear bits and pieces that may remind of you of Nada Surf, French Kicks, or any other band we've released albums for in the past. Andy Creighton and his band The World Record have been hard at work on this album for years and their devotion to quality has really paid off. Catching the band live in the summer of 2011 made the idea of releasing their upcoming record a no-brainer, as the band's sound fits neatly alongside the rest of our catalog.
In 2006 The World Record released their first album Guitars Forever on Tallboy Records. Though initially somewhat overlooked, by the end of 2007 the album was appearing on best-of lists and making a surprise CMJ chart entry at #107. Aquarium Drunkard wrote: "Sure, name checking a band as the West Coast heir apparent to Big Star is a bold statement, brave in fact, but that’s exactly how I’ve been hailing The World Record of late." During this time the song "We're #1" made appearances in several TV shows including Gossip Girl and How I Met Your Mother (and more recently Zooey Deschanel's The New Girl). But despite praise from the L.A. Times, LAist, You Ain’t No Picasso and many others, The World Record has remained one of L.A.’s best-kept secrets, rarely venturing outside of Southern California. Freeway Special is about to deliver the band to a much wider audience.
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The World Record is a funny being; you may recognize the members from L.A.-via-Portland darlings The Parson Red Heads, but with a bit of instrument-musical-chairs. Their sound is sweetly reminiscent of some of the greats of the 70′s and 80′s, but always with a bit of a modern twist. And with Creighton’s knack for cunning, personal, often sarcastic, and consistently provocative lyricism, you’re sure to find yourself not just bobbing your head, but also singing along.
Radar Brothers set for LP release party September 18th.
Radar Brothers will be appearing live at Origami Vinyl, in L.A.'s Echo Park on Saturday, September 18th. Their newest album, "The Illustrated Garden" was released on vinyl format August 31st, and is now available at specialty record shops throughout the United States. Immediately following the appearance at Origami, the band will embark on a cross-country trek to meet up with Teenage Fanclub in Montreal, Quebec, where they'll begin a string of support dates, eventually winding up back in Los Angeles for an October 11th date at the El Rey Theater. The final date will take place the following night at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
In the Los Angeles area, you can find the LP at Origami Vinyl (Echo Park), Fingerprints (Long Beach), Vacation Vinyl, (Silverlake), Amoeba Music (Hollywood), and Freakbeat Records (Sherman Oaks).
What: Radar Brothers LP release party and in-store performance
When: Saturday, September 18th, 6pm sharp.
Where: Origami Vinyl, 1816 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles 90026