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Skifflin’ with the Skiffle Players

Monday, February 1st, 2016

The Skiffle Players‘ debut album Skifflin’ will be released on February 12th on Spiritual Pajamas.

The band consists of Cass McCombs (guitar and vocals) and Beachwood buddies Farmer Dave Scher (keyboards, lap steel guitar, melodica and vocals), Aaron Sperske (drums and percussion), Neal Casal (guitar and vocals) and Dan Horne (bass).

Listen to the album in its entirety below!

Pre-order the limited vinyl record now and keep up with the latest Skiffle Players news and tour dates on their Facebook page.

Brent is back with GospelbeacH!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015


Brent Rademaker from Beachwood Sparks is back with new music! The name of the band is GospelbeacH and they consist of Brent, Tom Sanford, Jason Soda, Neal Casal and Kip Boardman. In celebration of this wonderfully sunny and upbeat country rock we did a short interview with Brent talking about the new album and other musical projects!

Great hearing new music from you! How long have GospelbeacH been playing together?

It’s been great to be able to make new music, I’m excited for folks to hear it…Its taken about a year for the group to get to where it is today…it started very very casually. It wasn’t even in my imagination during the last years of Beachwood Sparks to do another group like this….I just wanted to play Everly Brothers songs and listen to Classic Rock on the beach and drink Miller Lite but I’m glad things worked out like this! Thank God for Patrick and Suzy at Alive Records for getting us in the studio and putting the record out!

We know about your deep love for country music in general and Gene Clark in particular, what have been your influences for this album?

To be honest even though there are specific styles that we play, like Country Rock and stuff I really just wanted to do something natural and honest I guess all the things that I’ve grown up listening to and playing finally formed into some songs of my own and a sound as well but I only took the songs about halfway there so it was the OTHER GUYS who influenced me the most Neal, Tommo, Jason and Kip…they helped finish the lyrics and wrote all their own parts and we all collaborated on the arrangements. Amazing musicians and super cool dudes. One of the main things was to keep it fun..lyrically, sonically and visually.

What are the immediate plans for GospelbeacH? Touring in California, U.S. and the world?

Just excited to get the record released in October and play some cool shows on the West Coast…we have already been approached to tour Sweden, Netherlands, UK and Spain so perhaps 2016 will be exciting…playing live has been a blast because we are singing four part harmonies and interpreting the songs from the album in really cool and different ways live. Lots of lead guitar which I love.

How about other musical projects? Can you tell us about the record you are releasing on Bad Paintings? What’s the status on Beachwood Sparks?

It’s a 7″ single we made under the name FIR. Matt Piucci from the Rain Parade, Nelson Bragg from Brian Wilsons Band, Rob Campanella from Brian Jonestown Massacre and myself recorded with the original Rain Parade producer Jim Hill, it’s pretty cool it’ll come out on a really cool label Bad Paintings later this year.

As far as the status of BwS ? I guess it’s over for now but hopefully one day it’ll spring up
again in some form…I mean none of this stuff I’ve been talking about or really nothing that any of us do would’ve happened without Beachwood Sparks.

While we are on the subject, how did the Further compilation release come about? What are your feelings when you look back on the time when you had Further?

There’d be no Beachwood Sparks without Further so there you go again I guess?!?! That compilation was Michael Harrison from Bad Paintings concept I love it he’s a cool dude and looking back on those days in the 90s with Further gives me the confidence to carry on with things like GospelbeacH …Further just did what we wanted to do when we wanted to do it and it was fun…if someone didn’t like it we didn’t care…fuck ’em!  That’s the only way a group can survive…once you get into all that other stuff …you’re doomed!

Oh yeah Burger just did the cassette which is cool!

What new bands and artists from the California music scene should we know about?

Light Fantastic from San Francisco have killer 12″ out and a full length coming on a label called Spiritual Pajamas run by Britt Govea a dude who is single handedly keeping the spirit or Rock and Roll alive on the West Coast.

Lastly, I remember a couple of years ago reading something about you and Farmer Dave playing together as Syrup Jeans. Am I right? What happened to this?

Sure it was real we played some Gene Clark and Tears for Fears covers a few lost Beachwood songs mighta played three or four times at the Troubadour and the surf shop it wasn’t a myth but maybe it shoulda been? I hope the Beachwood friends will check out GospelbeacH – Pacific Surf Line believe me it’s born from the same place as Beachwood Sparks started in the beginning cause I was there.

Thanks Mathias to you and Staffan for the support it means a lot!!

Thank you Brent! Make sure to follow Gospelbeach on Twitter for the latest news.

Farmer Dave launches new web site

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Farmer Dave just announced the launch of his new site Check it out!

Upcoming shows

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

There’s a couple of interesting BWS related shows coming up in the coming weeks:

This saturday January 30th, Farmer Dave will take the stage at The Prospector in Long Beach, CA together with Greater California to perform songs from his solo album as well as by Beachwood Sparks and All Night Radio! For more info go here.

And on February 12th Brent Rademaker will be opening for Evan Dando at the Crowbar in Tampa, FL. Brent has promised to do “a few BWS #’s for good measure”! More info here.

Tune in to the F.D. Zone

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

The release of Farmer Dave Scher’s debut album Flash Forward to the Good Times is only two weeks away. Yay! We’ve heard the record and it’s super rad!

Something else that’s cool is Dave’s new blog, The F.D. Zone. It’s got a talking fish and a rod fishing bird! Check it out at

The F.D. Zone

Farmer Dave release dates

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Please mark these dates in your calendar: July 1 and August 18. Those are the release dates for Farmer Dave Scher‘s debut 7″ and album respectively.

The 7″ Bab’lone Nights b/w You Pick Me Up will be released on the eminent label Mexican Summer. Pre-order and have a look at the artwork here.

The full LP, called Flash Forward to Good Times, will be released on Kemado Records. The album is produced by Once We Were Trees-producer Tom Monahan and will feature guest appearances by members of Entrance and Vietnam as well as Jonathan Wilson.

Farmer Dave live dates and Mystic Chords of Memory recordings

Monday, June 8th, 2009

We are noticing more life signs from different Beachwood Sparks related band and we are looooving it!

Farmer Dave is going to perform his music wizardry live while supporting Jenny Lewis. Live dates can be found on his groovy myspace-thingy. On his myspace you can also listen to the music which will be on his new 7″ single on Kemado Records. After that you’re gonna be wanting to pre-order this single with a one-click motion. This can be done here!

Also Mystic Chords of Memory (Chris Lee Gunst & Jennifer Lee Gunst) are recording music for a 7″ single which will be released on Avec Vinyl. There is no information yet on when this will be out but we’ll keep you updated on this.

Farmer Dave releases debut 7″

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Flash Fwd 2 Good TimesAs you already may know (if you’ve checked out our All Night Radio special) Farmer Dave Scher has recently been busy working on his debut album which will be released later this year on Kemado Records.

Now you can get a sneak peak of what’s to come on Dave’s new Myspace page. Go there and have a listen to the dreamy “Surf Out Sunset” and soulful “Bab’lone Nights”. But that’s not all! There you can also pre-order the debut solo 7″, “Bab’lone Nights b/w You Pick Me Up”!

Dave will also be playing a solo show on June 3 in a yet to be revealed venue in Minneapolis, MN.

Exciting, isn’t it?

Neal Casal releases new album

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Roots & Wings is the name of former Beachwood Sparks tour guitarist Neal Casal’s new record. The album, that features guest performances by steel guitarist virtuous Farmer Dave Scher and The Tyde front man Darren Rademaker, is out now on Fargo Records in Europe and will be available in the U.S. on the 27th through Casal’s website.

Aaron Sperske with Ariel Pink

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

We at thecalmingseas might seem old fashioned but we do our best to keep it up with the modern times. One sign of that is that we’ve spotted Aaron Sperske joining Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti through the social phenomena known as Facebook (also known as satans playground). We hope to get back to you with more info about whether Aaron’s just touring with the band or planning on recording with them as well.