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  • Straight Or Lame Straight Or Lame Quick View

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    Straight Or Lame

    Mastered From The Original Mono Reels

    Features Complete Original Cover Art

    Pressed On High-Quality 180-Gram Vinyl

    Limited Run Of 1000 Copies

    The female quartet known as the Daisy Chain came roaring out of Southern California's Orange County just in time for the Summer of Love. And the fab foursome of Shel Le, Camille, Rosemary and Dee Dee Lea disappeared from the scene almost as abruptly as they arrived, but not before leaving behind a stunning artifact of dayglo hippy trippiness and weirdness!!!

    Straight or Lame was little noticed by the public in its original 1967 release on the small United International label. Due to the original album's rarity, original copies have been known to change hands for huge prices. Now it's available once again, in a limited run of 1000 copies. Mastered from the original mono reels, this Sundazed edition features complete original cover art and is pressed on high-quality 180-gram vinyl.

    1. I'll Come Runnin'
    2. All Because of Him
    3. Zzotto
    4. Run Spot Run
    5. Unhappy for Me
    6. Got to Get You in My Arms
    7. Superfluous Daisy
    8. Love Them All
    9. We'll Meet Again
    10. Love to Share
    11. I'll Say Goodbye
    12. Final Hour
    The Daisy Chain
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Lido Lido Quick View

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    All of the tracks on Lido glisten with unshakable harmonies from co-vocalists Adam Castilla and Maya Tuttle as it builds into alternative pop bliss. After a breakout performance at this year's Coachella festivall and tour dates with Metric, Fitz and the Tantrums and Atlas Genius, the much buzzed about Orange County quartet are currently transfixing listeners everywhere. In addition, the band continues to draw critical acclaim. Interview Magazine, FILTER Magazine, Baeble, The Deli LA, and many more have sung their praises, while both Rolling Stone and Noisey have premiered songs from the group.
    1. Little Games
    2. We Won't Go Home
    3. Yes Yes
    4. Fix This
    The Colourist
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  • Mirror Might Steal Your Charm (Pre-Order) Mirror Might Steal Your Charm (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Mirror Might Steal Your Charm (Pre-Order)

    THE GARDEN is an ever-evolving duo from Orange County,
    California. Established in 2011 by twin brothers Fletcher and
    Wyatt Shears, they also created the term, "Vada Vada" to represent
    their music and other endeavors. Touring globally since
    2012, they have become known for their energetic, aggressive
    and off the wall performances.

    Typically seen live playing drums and electronics, Fletcher
    can also be seen front and center on vocals, belligerently performing
    alongside his brother, Wyatt. Wyatt consistently takes
    position of lead vocals and bass in the duo whilst performing
    and can be seen simultaneously moving in un-choreographed
    bizarre patterns

    1. Stallion
    2. Make a Wish
    3. Shameless Shadow
    4. Who Am I Going To Share All Of This Wine With?
    5. :(
    6. A Message For Myself
    7. Call The Dogs Out
    8. Good News
    9. Voodoo Luck
    10. Banana Peel
    11. Stylish Spit
    12. No Destination
    The Garden
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  • Flower Boy Flower Boy Quick View

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    Flower Boy

    Flower Boy is the fourth studio album by American rapper Tyler, The Creator. The album, which is his first under a major record label, is set for release on vinyl via Columbia Records. Although the album's production was handled entirely by Tyler, The Creator himself, it features guest vocals from a range of artists, including Frank Ocean, ASAP Rocky, Anna of the North, Lil Wayne, Kali Uchis, Steve Lacy, Estelle, Jaden Smith and Rex Orange County. The album has received widespread acclaim from critics and debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200.

    Flower Boy features the four singles: Who Dat Boy / 911, Boredom, I Ain't Got Time! and See You Again.

    LP 1
    1. Foreword (feat. Rex Orange County)
    2. Where This Flower Blooms (feat. Frank Ocean)
    3. Sometimes...
    4. See You Again (feat. Kali Uchis)
    5. Who Dat Boy (feat. ASAP Rocky)

    6. Pothole (feat. Jaden Smith)

    7. Garden Shed (feat. Estelle)

    LP 2
    1. Boredom (feat. Rex Orange County and Anna of the North)
    2. I Ain't Got Time!
    3. 911 / Mr. Lonely (feat. Frank Ocean and Steve Lacy)
    4. Droppin' Seeds (feat. Lil Wayne)

    5. November
    6. Glitter
    7. Enjoy Right Now, Today

    Tyler, The Creator
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  • Paramount Paramount Quick View

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    Pressed On Colored Vinyl

    At the apex of Fury's short and startling rise, from a providential birth in late 2013 through era-defining performances at America's Hardcore fest in 2014 and 2015, the Orange County five-piece has delivered Paramount, a debut full-length album of grace, erudition, and effortless virtuosity that guarantees Fury's induction into the tiny fraternity of epochal hardcore bands - e.g., Embrace, Unbroken, Mental - in whose sonic singularity and aesthetic intelligence the best minds of successive generations have seen themselves reflected.

    Paramount is impossible to characterize in the usual terms of A-meets-B direct influence: maybe you hear Burn, maybe you hear Outburst or Beyond or Supertouch, but no combination of such references conveys the subtlety of the songwriting, the precision of the musicianship, or the ferocity of Jeremy Stith's vocal performance, by way of which one encounters the best written and most cleverly phrased hardcore lyrics in recent memory. Paramount is, as they say in the groves of academe, sui generis.

    And yet to apprehend the lyric sheet's overt intertextuality (no less than Shakespeare, Don Delillo and Praise's Andy Norton, among others, are given co-writing credit), to hear the multiplicity of guest vocalists, to spend the 12 minutes required to read the voluminous thanks list - all this is to know, as the band itself surely does, that Paramount belongs no more to the individuals who recorded it than to the entire roiling, loving, terrifying, inspiring, hateful, romantic, literate, ignorant, fantastically dynamic culture that gave rise to it.

    1. Danse
    2. Thin Line
    3. Novo
    4. Damage Is Done
    5. In Extremis
    6. The Fury
    7. Death Yellows Life & Reason
    8. Leviathan
    9. Duality of Man
    10. The Feeling
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  • Jessie Jones Jessie Jones Quick View

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    Jessie Jones

    In 2013, Jessie Jones gave up her possessions, vanished into the nothingness of farm country, and found herself on interstellar overdrive - far away from her Disneyfied home in Orange County. For three years, she had fronted Burger Records' Feeding People, OC's answer to Black Sabbath. The teenage byproduct of gloomy acid trips and gospel choirs, Feeding People released two albums, got signed to Innovative Leisure in 2011, and played Low End Theory with Radiohead's Thom Yorke . The 19-year-old Jones, with her bluesy growl and whimsical melodies, was being compared to Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, and Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster. In 2014, her voice returned to her with primal intent - like the caterwauling echoes of coyotes deep in the Hollywood hills. Earlier this year, Jones began singing with paranormal proto-punk outfit Death Valley Girls, which allowed her to release her demons and find salvation during what Jones describes as the most cosmically ordained project of her life. Reveling in the quantum wobble of her own alternative reality, Jones is now releasing her self-titled debut on Burger Records by channeling the voices in her head; not quite the sanitarium blues of Roky Erickson, but a mÉlange of Jim Morrison mysticism; a more stripped-down MGMT meets early-Grouplove; and Syd Barrett reverie. Under the guidance of producer Bobby Harlow (The Go) and Burger's Studio B, Jones' debut this summer will include guest appearances by drummer Duke Mushroom, violinist Hannah Glass, and Studio B regular King Tuff.
    1. Sugar Coated
    2. Butterfly Knives
    3. Make It Spin
    4. Prisoner's Cinema
    5. Lady La De Da
    6. Quicksilver Screen
    7. La Loba
    8. Nightingale
    9. Twelve Hour Man
    10. Mental Illness
    Jessie Jones
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  • Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising Quick View

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    Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising

    Pressed On Opaque Pink Vinyl

    Southern California's Dayseeker has revealed key details about their new album and Spinefarm Records debut, Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising.

    Frontman Rory Rodriguez told AP:

    This song is not only the start of our album, but it's also written for our dear friend who was a victim of sexual assault. This is a huge issue that we wanted to write about, not only to bring to light the trauma a person goes through when this happens but to hopefully offer solace to those same people as well.

    Regarding the album, Rodriguez furthered:

    This album is our proudest work to date. From beginning to end, you will hear a full concept album following the journey of a man who has fallen into a deep coma and his long journey to escape the mental prison he finds himself in.

    The album operates off an intricate concept: A man avenges the unspeakable crimes committed against his wife only to be bludgeoned into a coma. Locked in a vegetative state, changes erupt throughout his world, spanning the dissolution of his marriage and the death of his estranged mother. While his hospital bed doubles as a front row seat to the chaos, questions arise

    Is any of this happening? Is it real? What does it mean?

    Some of the answers may or may not be encoded within the 12 tracks comprising Dayseeker's 2017 conceptual third full-length album, Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising. Maintaining an inimitable and infectious intensity, the music represents a marked evolution for the Orange County group.

    1. Dreaming Is Sinking
    2. Vultures
    3. Cold, Dark Winter
    4. Abandon
    5. Sleep In The Sea Pt. II
    6. Six Feet Under
    7. Hanging By A Thread
    8. Desolate
    9. Carved From Stone
    10. Come Hell Or High Water
    11. Counterpart
    12. Waking Is Rising
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    Chris Shiflett And The Dead Peasants

    Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants is a new project from Shiflett, already known as the lead guitarist for Foo Fighters and the frontman for Jackson United. Steeped in his love for classic country artists (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings), rockabilly (Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran), and deep-rooted rock bands (The Rolling Stones, The Replacements), this new album is packed with soulful pedal steeland twang guitar-accented songs. The album highlights his talent and versatility not only as a skillful guitarist, but also as a songwriter. These infectious Americana-laced rock songs are some of the best hes penned, from the chiming keys and buoyant, ringing guitars of Get Along to the pedal steel- and mandolin-lined heartache of Bandaged, and from the spry, Old 97s-ian Baby, Let It Out to the rueful country swing of Death March.

    Shiflett wrote the songs on Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants over the course of 2008-09, inspiration first striking when a friend asked him to perform at Orange Countys punk-rockabilly Hootenanny festival in 2008. After re-immersing himself in his Americana and old country music collection to prepare a short set and then playing a brief acoustic tour with friend Joey Cape of Lagwagon, he began writing what eventually became the new album. Recorded at the Foo Fighters Studio 606 in Los Angeles, CA, this past December and January, the core band on Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants is Shiflett (vocals, guitar), 606 house engineer John Lousteau (drums, in addition to engineering), and Derek Silverman (keyboards). The albums additional instrumentation was performed by an array of fine musicians, including Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Jenny Lewis, John Hiatt) on bass, Greg Leisz (Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Whiskeytown) on pedal steel, Stevie Blacke (Beck, Weezer, Colbie Caillat) on violin and mandolin, and Audra Mae on backing vocals.

    1. Helsinki
    2. Get Along
    3. Bandaged
    4. God Damn
    5. Burning Lights (Joe Strummer cover)
    6. An Atheists Player
    7. Not Going Down Alone
    8. Baby, Let It Out
    9. Death March
    Chris Shiflett And The Dead Peasants
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  • Soft Connections Soft Connections Quick View

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    Soft Connections

    In 2005, at the age of 14, Nic Hessler created the alias Catwalk to write, record and
    perform his music. Armed with Wipers and Roy Orbison records, an 8-track recorder and a
    garage, Nic set out to make Catwalk the next great guitar-oriented California band like many
    teenagers before him. Two tiny run 7" singles on the now defunct Yay! imprint soon appeared,
    making the rounds through independent record stores and mail order distributors. This led to
    the 18-year-old Nic to sign to the also new and young label, Captured Tracks. Two C/T 7"
    releases in 2010 and 2011 followed, leading up to a full-fledged Catwalk LP and tour in 2011.
    Press reaction was swift and, as interest was grew, Nic garnered support in his hometown of
    Orange County, CA to assemble a tour line-up for the LP. However, none of that would ever

    Around this time, Nic was struck with an ailment that kept him sidelined for quite sometime:
    Guillain-BarrÉ Syndrome. No walk in the park, GBS prevented Nic from playing guitar,
    leaving him partially paralyzed for the bulk of this lost period. While this was obviously detrimental
    for Nic and Catwalk, strangely, it may have helped the musician Nic Hessler's career.

    Now ditching the moniker of a hypothetical band, Nic re-emerges in 2015, healthy and reinvigorated,
    with a more fully-formed and ambitious sound: the sound of Soft Connections, his
    debut LP years in the making, though he's now just 23. Soft Connections bridges the songwriting
    influences of the vintage American powerpop of Emmit Rhodes and Alex Chilton, along
    with UK giants like The Kinks and XTC. Tracks like Hearts, Repeating and I Feel Again-two
    classic singles in the radio sense of the word-show the maturity in craftsmanship Nic's been
    honing these past four years.

    The making of Soft Connections was a lengthy process that took place during a crucial period
    of musical growth and self-exploration. It's an optimistic and introspective record about being
    in-and-out of feeling - on the brink of a personal breakthrough, yet still seeking direction,
    purpose, truth and permanence. Anchored by the Catwalk favorite (Please) Don't Break
    Me - a song that, at one point, could very well have launched Nic into indie celebdom -
    this record is now a send-off to Nic's lost time; he's moved forward, sounding better than ever
    and ready to soundtrack your long road trip or failed crush. This will be the first record in what
    we all hope to be a lengthy string of great albums.

    1. I Feel Again
    2. Hearts, Repeating
    3. Expel Me
    4. Permanent
    5. Do You Ever?
    6. All In The Night
    7. All Around You
    8. (Please) Don't Break Me
    9. Moonlight Girl
    10. Into the Twilight
    11. So on You'll See, Kristine
    12. Soft Connections
    Nic Hessler
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  • Swim Team Swim Team Quick View

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    Swim Team

    Music thrives on freedom. Without boundaries or blueprints, songs not only come to life, but last for a very long time to come.

    Dirty Heads' sixth full-length offering, SWIM TEAM [Five Seven Music], finds the group at its most free. The Orange County, CA quintet-Jared "Dirty J" Watson [co-lead vocals], Dustin "Duddy B" Bushnell [co-lead vocals, guitar], Jon Olazabal [percussion], Matt Ochoa [drums], and David Foral [bass]-traffic between alternative, hip-hop, reggae, and rock with the same spirit and spark that's powered them since the beginning.

    As a result, the hooks naturally became bigger, the experimentation got bolder, and the smoke blazed brighter

    "We've put in so much hard work over the years that we have the freedom to do whatever we want now," affirms Jared. "Making the new record, I re-fell in love with everything about being in this band: writing music, playing shows, having fun, and where we're at. We spent every day not only working on songs, but laughing our asses off. What other people said didn't matter. The rules of being a proper songwriter and all of that bullshit didn't matter. If something felt good, we left it in there. It was so cool to get back to that feeling. Creating music was completely free. It was just fucking fun!"

    For the better part of 15 years, Dirty Heads have quietly worked towards this point. In 2008, they emerged with the fan favorite full-length debut, Any Point In A Storm. Signature single "Lay Me Down" achieved an RIAA gold certification and clinched #1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart for 11 weeks-a record run for that year. 2014 saw Sound of Change debut at #8 on the Billboard Top 200, garner acclaim from the likes of Esquire, and vault "My Sweet Summer" to the top of Alternative Radio. Most recently, 2016's self-titled Dirty Heads went Top 15 on the Top 200 and spawned the smash "That's All I Need," which racked up over 10.5 million Spotify streams and counting. Noisey summed up the album best as, "Killer." Simultaneously, they remain one of the world's most engaging and exhilarating live acts, selling out sheds coast to coast.

    During early 2017, the group started writing songs with no expectations or plans and soon found themselves working on what would become SWIM TEAM. That boundless environment immediately fostered inspiration.

    "We had some time off, and we were like, 'We might as well get in the studio and see what happens'," recalls Duddy. "In doing that, we were able to come up with some really good ideas. We didn't have any pressure to put out new music. It's a lot more ambient and simple. We went heavier on the hip-hop, which I love. After the first song, we agreed to just finish a record. We were all inspired."

    In order to capture those moments, Dirty Heads handpicked a team of collaborators-Jonas Jeberg [Demi Lovato, Juicy J, Jason Derulo], "Lay Me Down" partner-in-crime Rome [Enrique Iglesias] of Sublime with Rome, Blueprint [Jay-Z, Kanye West, Timbaland, Eminem, Nas, Prodigy], Oren Yoel [Miley Cyrus, Kanye West], HEAVY [Andrew McMahon], and The Score-and recorded between Los Angeles and Orange County.

    "On the last album, it was like a mad speed dating rush with a bunch of producers to see who worked best," says Jared. "We had never done that before, and it was cool. It was a different vibe, studio, and guy every day. There are only a few producers on SWIM TEAM. The only new guys were HEAVY, and we hit it off immediately. We were molding and mutating what Dirty Heads are but with something new. We wanted to create songs we hadn't heard before."

    That brings us to the first single "Vacation." Produced by Jeberg, "Vacation" sways from bright sun-soaked piano and booming horns into an unshakable and hashtaggable chant, "Hey, I'm on vacation every single day cuz I love my occupation. Hey, I'm on vacation, if you don't like your life then you should go and change it."

    "We spent eight years in a van, worked hard, and now we're here," says Duddy. "It's almost like a vacation now."

    "I want 'Vacation' to speak to people out there who have paid their dues and love their jobs," adds Jared. "For those who don't enjoy what they do every day, it sends a message that, 'It's not too late to do something else.' If you're not happy, life is way too fucking short to hang around and do things you don't love. We're blessed to do something we're passionate about. We hope you feel the same!"

    Working with HEAVY, the emotional "Celebrate" volleys from vulnerable verses into confessional raps and a heart-wrenching refrain about being away from home. It's a classic pop ballad Dirty Heads-style with the power to resonate amongst listeners everywhere.

    "It strikes a chord for those of us who travel a lot and leave friends and families at home," explains Duddy. "We miss so much on the road. We're humans. We have wives. We have kids. We're happy to do what we love, but at the same time we miss our loved ones."

    Then there's "High Tea," which tows the line between 1940s-inspired crooning and grimy East Coast rhyme gymnastics like The Ink Spots guesting on Paul's Boutique.

    "That's my favorite song we've ever written," beams Jared. "The melody was super catchy, and there's an old school guitar part. We juxtapose those mellow, airy, and ethereal elements with hard-hitting hip-hop. We were drinking these weed kombuchas at the time," he laughs.

    In the end, SWIM TEAM represents Dirty Heads at their most dynamic, diverse, and definitive.

    "When you hear it, I just want you to walk away thinking, 'Damn, that sounds like Dirty Heads'," concludes Duddy.

    Jared leaves off, "I want you to feel the same way I did making it. Join this weird, odd, and wonderful secret society we've created over the past fifteen years. You're part of it now. Welcome to the team."

    1. Staloney
    2. High Tea
    3. Mad At It
    4. Vacation
    5. Celebrate
    6. Diamonds And Pearls
    7. Get Somewhere
    8. So Glad You Made It
    9. God Damn Liar
    10. Lonely
    11. West Coast
    The Dirty Heads
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    Santa Rosa Fangs (Pre-Order)

    Santa Rosa Fangs is a stirring, stunning, and cinematic look and listen into the sometimes autobiographical, sometimes fictional journey of the venerable California musician Matt Costa through the tangled groves and grapevines of his home state.

    Throughout the album's twelve songs, Costa illuminates what he has learned and how he has grown in the past 15 years of his career. His music has taken him around the world, allowing him to work with diverse, respected artists and to connect with people everywhere-from his albums released on Brushfire Records to recording with Belle and Sebastian in Glasgow, to penning film scores and releasing a variety of genre-bending EP's, and to finally coming home to Los Angeles's Dangerbird Records for his first new proper full-length release in nearly five years. A rebirth in a sense, through his keen pop sensibility, studious songwriting, technical mastery, and a modern-meets-vintage sound bursting with bite, Costa has recorded the album of his career, one sure to reach new shores and sailors alike.

    "In the past 15 years of my career, I feel I've continually been breaking through, speaking out, and reaching different people," Costa says. "If one of my songs connects now to someone who didn't connect before, then we have a dialogue together. That's the point of music, to have that dialogue and tell a story, and to entertain with a sound that has depth."

    He began the recording of Santa Rosa Fangs over a year and a half ago, though some songs here predate that mark. Over the past few years, Costa had challenged himself to explore new terrain, from the acoustic-fingerpicking/lo-fi garage/experimental sounds of 2015's EP's to the acid-washed and reverb-laden soundtrack to the film Orange Sunshine to another complete album that never saw the light of day. Realizing he sought a collection of dyed-in-the-wool songs rather than sonic experiments, in July of 2017 he and producers Peter Matthew Bauer (The Walkmen) and Nick Stumpf (French Kicks) entered a studio to begin work.

    "There's a difference when I sit down to write sonic textures and when I sit with a guitar or piano and write a song," he says. "These new songs went back to a traditional sense, and when stripped back to their purest form, they still work. They tell a story, the melodies aren't leaning on anything, and they make instrumentation around them come to life in a new way, but their core is strong. My goal for the EP's was to develop conceptual ideas, making each one in a short period and with their own concepts; Orange Sunshine was a bigger exercise in that. Now, this record is all of those things I was exercising come into their own. It's more of a visualized record that takes you into the world of the Santa Rosa fangs."

    The tale of Santa Rosa Fangs centers around a young woman named Sharon, her two brothers Ritchie and Tony, and their story of love, loss, and coming of age in a timeless yet contemporary California. It is replete with long distance love affairs and nostalgic romances woven through the loom of tragedy and time. Interestingly, rather than setting out to create a specific narrative, Costa began noticing a theme in the new songs as he wrote them: an unconscious embodiment of the surroundings in which he himself had grown up. According to Costa, the titular teeth refer to that inescapable feeling of a romantic, tragic, and eternal bite that certain places and events will always hold on us.

    "I've interwoven my own stories into a fictional idea of what 'Santa Rosa Fangs' is, from my own time spent living in Northern and Southern California and years driving up and down the coast, seeing the landscape and where life can pull you within one state," Costa says. "It is all these things-the 'bite that is eternal, the smile in the neon'-and it has fangs. They stick with you: the romantic, the tragic, all that. It's the characters' story and my story, too, contemporary but still tortured by the past. It's a window into a time period but spoken as if it's the present. The beauty of love and loss doesn't have a date on it; it's timeless."

    The album follows the siblings as they search for love and meaning in their lives, which are ultimately cut short by the passing of both brothers in unrelated accidents. Sharon, left battling with her own mortality and forced to see through a shattered lens, becomes the story's grieving, guarded hero and, as Costa says, is "a little bit me, and a little bit everyone." Similarly, the origin of the characters has one foot in reality and one in the ether. The song "Ritchie" is based on a true family saga, as two of Costa's cousins were twin brothers who died within a year of each other in motorcycle and car accidents in the early 1980s. Likewise, "Phosphorescent Letter" is the story of a local friend's daughter who endured a long-distance, online relationship with a boyfriend in Australia; in that dramatic situation Costa saw a through-line for Sharon's tale. "Because she is so tortured by loss she's afraid of love, so she sets herself up for a distant relationship, illuminated on her phone," he says. "It's a real-love thing that happens frequently these days."

    Other concrete inspirations found their way into Santa Rosa Fangs as well. Costa imagined his creations in a setting similar to that of a Jim Jarmusch film, with dramatic events unfolding around them as they attempt to go about their daily lives as earnestly as possible. He also cites Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska as an influence for its songs and characters as well as its moments of sparseness. Like that iconic record, the cover of Santa Rosa Fangs is a stark black-and-white photograph tinged with deep red text, featuring three youths running along a freeway overpass. It's not clear whether the trio-Costa's real-life Orange County neighbors-are sprinting for joy or to escape some unknown entity; Costa hints that to him they are running away from the grabbing hands of time. "The song 'Time Tricks' is about that, too: it's inevitable and coming for you."

    Costa also found inspiration in working with Bauer and Stumpf, whom he had previously admired from a distance and whose music resumes he respects greatly. "I really connected with Pete and Nick and took their lead on several ideas," he says. "That's why you partner with someone-you want their input. I shaped things a little differently by listening through their ears than I would have otherwise." Costa cites "Real Love," an upbeat, heavy tune written in 5/4 time, as such a moment of collaboration. Originally intended as an acoustic song, he was encouraged by his producers to approach it from a fresh direction. "I had done that sort of thing before, a Nick Drake, fingerpicking type thing," he says. "Pete and Nick inspired me to take it to a new place. To write a driving rock song in 5/4 is a real challenge, but I had the basis in my pattern and we all drove it home with a really strong beat. On my own I might have stuck with a simpler take, but it felt good to tackle some new ground."

    In another circumstance, Costa again came up with two variations of the same song, but rather than being forced to choose between the two, he simply used both. As a result, "I Remember It Well" bookends the album, first as a rollicking, piano-driven number that sets the record's tone and pace, and second as a sparser, quiet version to end it. The latter was the initial version and was also the first song written for the album some four years ago. "That song is both the entrance and exit to this world, and also shows the process of how you can take a song, do it two ways, and both can be impactful and give you different feelings."

    No matter how his process or approach may change-in the present moment or in any era of coming-of-age throughout his decade-and-a-half-long career-Costa recognizes that one unique thing in his work will always stay the same: his perspective. "Essentially, what it comes down to is this: I sit down with a guitar, and these are songs," he says. "I've worked hard to understand how to produce them in certain ways. You can try to dress up a song and put a different sound to it, but if the song isn't that kind of song then it's not going to work. I've had to exercise both of those qualities equally-to know how to develop these sounds sonically, and then when I know sonically where I want it to go, I have to write to that. I guess that knowledge comes with 15 years of songwriting experience. I couldn't have made this record any other time than now."

    For Matt Costa, the world of Santa Rosa Fangs is the past, present, and future of his life all rolled up into one long stretch of sunlit California coastline.

    1. I Remember It Well
    2. Sharon
    3. Grudge
    4. Pacific Grove
    5. Santa Rosa Fangs
    6. Time Tricks
    7. Coming Around
    8. Ritchie
    9. Phosphorescent Letter
    10. Windy Smile
    11. Real Love
    12. I Remember It Well #2
    Matt Costa
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