News archive for May, 2007

New Beachwood Sparks live videos!

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

We’re very excited to bring to you two new and exclusive Beachwood Sparks live video clips. Click here to watch them!

This wonderful footage of the band circa ’98 was brought to us from The Pete Kinne Page by Cloyce on Myspace. We would like to send our big thanks to Jackie Hager for letting us distribute these videos and by that making them available to the Beachwood Sparks fan community. That’s you guys.

The first clip is a performance of Midsummer Daydream and Watery Moonlight (a song that was recorded for the band’s unreleased debut album) from Old Town Pub in Pasadena in March 1998. The second clip shows Beachwood Sparks live at Spaceland in August 1998 performing (the 7″ version of) Desert Skies.

We are also very happy to be able to present a clip with Beachwood Sparks percussionist Pete “Sleigher” Kinne and his friends (playing as Gold Winter People) performing one of Pete’s songs at The Chorus Club in September 1998. Watch it here!

If anyone has any other information about the videos or something visible in them, don’t hesitate to speak up in the forums and we’ll post the info so everyone interested will be able to get to it.

Magnet lists Once We Were Trees as a lost classic!

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

As a theme for Magnet Magazine no. 75 the magazine lists 75 lost classics chronologically from 1993-2003. Included in this selection is Beachwood Sparks second album Once We Were Trees from 2001. They discuss Gram Parsons as a source of inspiration for the group but feels that the “sophomore effort Once We Were Trees pushed the signature sound into psychedelic places where Parsons had never been. Many of the album’s tracks begin nice and steady with honky-tonk fingerpicking an woozy pedal steel but ended in a miasma of organ drone and haunting harmony vocals. A little too weird for the expecting more cookie-cutter cowboy songs. Trees was met with as much puzzlement as praise.”