Rock Charts – Mid September

Did you know that the score to Love & Mercy was inspired by The Beatles’ Revolution 9? Well now you do! Revolution 9 was released almost 47 years ago, but the new Shannon & The Clams album, Gone by the Dawn, was released just this last week! Check out the killer track “Corvette” from their new album below. While you’re at it, listen to Widowspeak’s “Dead Love (So Still)” off of their album, All Yours. 

Top 10:

  1. BEACH HOUSE – Depression Cherry
  2. PANDA BEAR  – Crosswords
  4. WIDOWSPEAK – All Yours
  5. YO LA TENGO – Stuff Like That There
  6. DESTROYER – Poison Season
  7. FIDLAR – Too
  8. DERADOORIAN – The Expanding Flower Planet
  9. LOU BARLOW – Brace The Wave
  10. HINDS – Very Best Of Hinds So Far

Top 5 Adds:

  1. SHANNON & THE CLAMS – Gone by the Dawn
  2. MILD HIGH CLUB – Timeline
  3. YUNG – These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores
  4. DOGS ON ACID – Dogs On Acid
  5. BAIO – The Names
Shannon and the Clams

The Clams Have Come Back!

One of KZSC’s favorite Oakland four piece bands, Shannon & The Clams, have just released Dreams in the Rat House. We haven’t heard anything from them since the Gremlin Crawl 7″ so this is a HUGE DEAL. Best of all: the album was recorded in the Santa Cruz mountains. All you Clams fans out there should be freaking out. If you saw Shannon and the Clams at the New Parish last weekend you know that they are as high energy and sassy as ever. You can buy Dreams in the Rat House now online, I know I will be picking up a copy.

Here’s a little taste with their song Rip Van Winkle.


Beck @ The Rio & Coping With Not Going

Like me, you’re most likely disappointed that you didn’t get your ticket to see Beck at the Rio tomorrow night (and if you’re not you’re one lucky ticket holder). I’m sure you planned on laying in bed numbly, wondering how you could be so foolish as to not buy a ticket immediately (at least that’s what I had planned originally), but I’ve come up with a list of alternatives so you won’te have to spend your Saturday night eating a tub of ice cream alone and thinking about if black magic can truly materialize a ticket stub.

1.  Go on a long walk and reflect on what your life has really meant up to this point. Questions you could ask yourself could be: Why did I not buy that Beck ticket? Was Pluto ever truly a planet? How many licks DOES it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? etc.

2. Listen to every album in the Beck discography and visualize what seeing that live would be like. Now this might require a fog machine and some mood lighting to truly achieve the desired effect.

3. Maybe the best choice is to get out of your funk and go and see Hunx & His Punx, Shannon and the Clams, Fuzz, Peach Kelli Pop, and Twin Steps tonight in Oakland!

I’ve been to the New Parish before and let me tell you it is one fun establishment. In a world where musicians have become about as unapproachable as proposing to Ryan Gosling for marriage it’s refreshing to have a venue with intimacy. Literally no view is a bad view and there’s a balcony for a nice overhead view if that’s more your style. Plus Hunx and Shannon are both such great performers that the journey will be worth it (They’re Oakland natives too so they always put out something a little special when back home). Whatever you end up doing just tell yourself it’s as good a seeing Beck, if not better, that’s my plan at least and remember that KZSC does offer some sweet weekend programing to get you out of your Beck induced crying episode.