Beachwood Sparks news

New Beachwood Sparks video: Make It Together

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Good vibes!

Stream Desert Skies on Pitchfork Advance

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

You can now hear Desert Skies in it’s full glory on Pitchfork’s streaming service Pitchfork Advance!

The album, accompanied by images from it’s awesome looking album art, will be available for listening there until November 26 when it officially hits the stores!

Listen now!

Desert Skies now available for pre-order

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Bomp! Mailorder is now taking pre-orders for Desert Skies, the unreleased debut album from Beachwood Sparks. I suggest you go for the deluxe bundle that comes with a starburst colored LP and a bonus orange colored 7″!

Order your copy today!


Also, Alive Records has made another song off of the album available for streaming. This one is called Watery Moonlight. Listen below!

Artwork, release date and first sneak peek from Desert Skies revealed

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

This is the awesome artwork for the new (old) Beachwood Sparks album Desert Skies! The release date has been set to November 20 and the album will be released by Alive Natural Sound Records/Xmas Records.

Desert Skies

Here’s the first sneak peek off of the album: Make It Together!

Beachwood Sparks to release shelved debut album in November

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

This fall will finally see the release of Beachwoods Sparks’ shelved debut album (a.k.a. Pre-flyte). The album, that was originally set for a 1998 release, will be out on Alive Natural Sound Records/Xmas Records on CD and vinyl in November and is tentatively titled Desert Skies.

More details regarding the track list, cover art and exact release date is to come in the following weeks.

Beachwood Sparks bassist Brent Rademaker sends his greetings to all BWS fans with the following note:

July 4th 1998

15 years ago today the original Beachwood Sparks played a live radio broadcast on KXLU and it is in that spirit that e are all jazzed, stoked and thrilled to finally announce the official release of the “unreleased” Beachwood Sparks album.

Recorded in late 97 and early 98 at the Space Shed in Sierra Madre, CA. Originally the recordings were being made to be released on xmAs records (the Christmas records offshoot that released the Further records) but after the group made a few singles, played a bunch of shows and fielded a few offers from a few major labels we found ourselves at a cross roads and eventually signed with Sub Pop, regrouped and made the Beachwood Sparks debut you all know…but was there another debut?

More details will be revealed in the coming months but what I can tell you is the record is being released by Alive Natural Sound Records/xmAs (the Bomp! family) and it is scheduled for release in Novemeber 2013. The LP/CD/Digi will contain the complete original LP mastered with bonus tracks and early demo versions; tentatively titled Desert Skies

The line up:
Josh Schwartz (vocals/guitar)
Chris Gunst (vocals/guitar)
Farmer Dave Scher (vocals/lap steel/organ)
Tom Sanford (voclas/drums)
Brent Rademaker (vocals/bass)
Pete “Sleigher” Kinne (vocals/percussion)

The tracklist for the LP will be revealed in the coming weeks

As an added bonus there is a limited edition 7″ of unreleased material titled Chimes & Embers that will be included with the first pressing.

I just want to say how very special this is to me/us and that we are happy to all be in contact again and revisit such a magic time. I hope it’ll remind those who were around then of two unforgettable summers; and for anyone hearing it for the first time…this is what it feels like!

Brent Rademaker
Highland Park, CA
July 4th 2013

To give you a little taste of what to expect from this lost classic, here’s a video clip of Beachwood Sparks performing the tracks Midsummer Daydream and Watery Moonlight at Old Town Pub in Pasadena in March 1998:

Bomp! reissues Beachwood Sparks’ self titled debut on blue vinyl

Monday, May 13th, 2013

The good people at Bomp! Records has just put out a reissue of Beachwood Sparks’ self titled debut album on limited edition blue vinyl! Get it while it lasts.

Beachwood Sparks blue vinyl

More The Tarnished Gold reviews

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

The Tarnished Gold was released yesterday and the reviews have been very positive.

Here’s a few more reviews:

“The Beachwood Sparks, last convened in 2003, are back as if they never left, spinning trippy goodtime vibes, ethereal metaphysics and slacked out California pop.”
Blurt Magazine

“Beachwood Sparks make music for and by Californians who love living in California, surfing, and hanging out among the redwoods, and for listeners who have no idea what that’s like but love the sound of soft harmonies and a tastefully placed slide guitar.”
A.V. Club

“The Tarnished Gold moves through space like a guided nature walk—never a hike—drawing upon breathy, summer sounds and endless harmony to craft the perfect soundtrack for its creators’ home state.”
Paste Magazine

Watch Brent and Dave talk about The Tarnished Gold

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Sub Pop and Yours Truly teamed up and made a little video about the recording of The Tarnished Gold.

The Tarnished Gold out today!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Today’s the day! The waiting is over – The Tarnished Gold is finally out.

Here’s what the press have been saying so far:

“The Tarnished Gold is a soundtrack to life’s better moments — introspective mornings spent reclining in a hammock, carefree afternoons strolling along the shoreline, and late evenings of stargazing.”

– The Boston Phoenix

“The Tarnished Gold sees Beachwood Sparks return sounding fresh and revitalised, delivering an album that more than matches their earlier output.”


“The Tarnished Gold is a lovely, warm-hearted gem, from blissful opener “Forget the Song” through to the delicate farewell of “Goodbye”.”

– The Independent

“The Tarnished Gold is of a piece with their first two albums, but never a pale imitation.”

– The Guardian

“The Tarnished Gold, mature, with a revelatory appreciation for the simple life, might prove to be the true spiritual heir to their auspicious 2000 debut: winsome Zen-like roots/rock bursting from the heart with rich, ebullient harmonies, and atmospheric smears of steel guitar amid gentle sun-baked melodies.”

– Uncut

There will be a listening party this evening at The Satellite in LA. The Sparks and guests will be playing records all night long!

The Tarnished Gold bonus track available from iTunes

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

There will be a bonus track for The Tarnished Gold called Dolphins & Pelicans available from iTunes.
Pre-order the album (or buy the track separately on the release day) here!