Skifflin’ with the Skiffle Players

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!

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.

Further to release retrospective compilation in September

July 10th, 2014

On September 2 british label Bad Paintings is set to release a retrospective compilation with Further called Where Were You Then?. The compilation consists of 13 of the band’s best singles presented in cronological order.

Further was the legendary indie rock band who’s members later would go on to form both Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde.

Further playing live

Further playing live. Left to right: Josh Schwartz, Brent Rademaker, Kevin Fitzgerald, Darren Rademaker

The album is now available for pre-order on both vinyl and CD directly from Bad Paintings.


  1. Filing Station
  2. Over And Out
  3. Generic 7
  4. She Lives By The Castle 2
  5. Surfing Pointers
  6. Califirnia Bummer
  7. Quiet Riot Grrrl
  8. Springfiled Mods
  9. Spheres of Influence
  10. Wett Katt
  11. I Wanna Be A Stranger
  12. Be That As It May
  13. Grandview Skyline

Listen to California Bummer

New Beachwood Sparks video: Make It Together

November 20th, 2013

Good vibes!

Stream Desert Skies on Pitchfork Advance

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

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

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

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

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

Stupid Cupids (Josh Schwartz & Ric Menck) releases heart-shaped vinyl EP!

February 14th, 2013

Studpid Cupids heart shaped vinyl EP
Josh Schwartz (Further, The Summer Hits, Beachwood Sparks, Painted Hills) and Ric Menck (Velvet Crush, The Tyde) has teamed up to release an EP under the name Stupid Cupids.

The record contains four cover songs and is pressed on red heart-shaped vinyl and released by Burger Records. Snag your copy here! And be quick, the pressing is strictly limited.

Listen to the track Beach Girl below.

Track list:
1. Maybe Baby (Buddy Holly cover)
2. Our Love Will Still Be There (The Troggs cover)
3. Beach Girl (Pat Boone cover)
4. Comin’ On Too Strong (Wayne Newton cover)