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Neil Young was not kidding when he said he was going to start releasing archival material at a much faster rate this year. Just weeks after the release of the 10-disc set Archives Volume II 1972-1976 and the live album/film Return to Greendale, he has announced that “Way Down in the Rust Bucket”, a 1990 Crazy Horse club gig, will come out on February 26th as a film and double album. The show took place November 13th, 1990 in front of 800 lucky fans at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California, two months after the release of “Ragged Glory” and shortly before the start of a long arena tour with Sonic Youth and Social Distortion.

Recorded on November 13th 1990 in Santa Cruz, CA, where the band were rehearsing for their upcoming Weld tour, Neil Young and Crazy Horse played a club show at The Catalyst which is now released here for the first time. The show comprised three different sets along with a 12 minute encore of Cortez The Killer and all 3 sets including that encore are brought together here in over 2 hours of music.

The 20-song set ran more than three hours and is noted for being the first time Young ever played “Danger Bird,” a track from 1975’s “Zuma”, onstage. He also performed live for the first time six Ragged Glory songs – “Love to Burn,” “Farmer John,” “Over and Over,” “Fuckin’ Up,” “Mansion on the Hill” and “Love and Only Love” – and another obscurity, Re-ac-tor’s “Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze.”

Way Down in the Rust Bucket will be released as both a two-CD and four-LP set, with a Deluxe Edition that adds the video of that performance on DVD. The film was directed by Young using his Bernard Shakey pseudonym and contains a 13-minute performance of “Cowgirl in the Sand” that’s not available on the CD or vinyl versions.

You can check out a preview video of “Country Home” on the Neil Young Archives. “This show is one of my all-time Crazy Horse favourites,” Young wrote. “More songs will be added here before the official release.  ”Way Down in the Rust Bucket” is the first in a long list of archival releases that Young is planning for 2021. There are no release dates at this point, but he’s plotting a third Archive Series box set, the 2019 Promise of the Real live album “Noise and Flowers”, the Eighties rarities collection “Road of Plenty”, and an extensive Bootleg Series that will spotlight fan-favourite shows like Carnegie Hall 1970, the Rainbow Theater 1973, and the Bottom Line 1974. Young hasn’t released a new album since 2019’s Colorado, but he recently said that new material is coming. “I have started a new album,” he wrote in response to a fan letter last month. “It’s solo. I’ve been waiting a long time.”

Way Down in the Rust Bucket—which is #11.5 in Neil Young’s Performance Series—is available in a number of variations. A numbered deluxe edition box set contains a DVD of the electrifying live concert—directed by Bernard Shakey and produced and directed for Shakey Pictures by LA Johnson—alongside four LPs and two CDs. The DVD contains one additional performance of “Cowgirl In The Sand” (13 minutes’ worth!), which does not appear on the vinyl or CD editions. The other versions released include a 4LP vinyl box set, a 2CD set and the DVD. Purchasers of Way Down in the Rust Bucket on CD or LP from the Greedy Hand Store

Live 1990
2CD, 4LP or Deluxe Box set ( 2CD/4LP/DVD )
Recorded on November 13th 1990 in Santa Cruz, CA, where the band were rehearsing for their upcoming Weld tour, Neil Young and Crazy Horse played a club show at The Catalyst which is now released here for the first time.
The show comprised three different sets along with a 12 minute encore of Cortez The Killer and all 3 sets including that encore are brought together here in over 2 hours of music.What It Is: Two months after Neil Young & Crazy Horse released their excellent “Ragged Glory” album in September 1990, they played a bar in Santa Cruz, Calif. For three hours and three sets, they tore through a career-spanning show.

What’s on It: Ragged Glory songs like “Over and Over” and “Love and Only Love” are here, but so are “Cinnamon Girl,” “Like a Hurricane” and “Cortez the Killer.” The set is filled with raw, sprawling versions of old and new cuts, some making their live debut.

Best Song You Know: This is a previously unreleased record from Young’s archives, so you haven’t heard any of these particular versions before. But the set includes some of his greatest songs played by his greatest backing band during one of their best eras.

Best Song You Don’t Know: “Country Home” opened the original Ragged Glory album, and it was the first song performed at the Catalyst on November. 13th, 1990. There’s no slow build for Young and the band: They start strong and don’t let up at all.

A couple months after Neil Young & Crazy Horse released their great 1990 album “Ragged Glory“, they hopped onstage at a small bar in Santa Cruz, Calif., and played songs from the record for the first time in front of an audience. The nearly two-and-a-half-hour performance includes older classics like “Cortez the Killer” and “Like a Hurricane,” but epic run-throughs of Glory cuts “Over and Over” and “Love and Only Love” fuel this live album, one of Young’s best concert documents.

Modesto, CA’s influential indie-rock group Grandaddy celebrates the 20th-anniversary of their classic second LP, 2000’s “The Sophtware Slump” with a brand-new solo piano recording of the album by principal songwriter Jason Lytle. The candid arrangements reveal new layers of meaning embedded in The Sophtware Slump’s melancholy and touching vision of the future. With a meticulous yet scruffy sound that continues to draw comparisons to a post-millennial OK Computer – and which Pitchfork called a “sad, quaint, low-key Y2K-era classic” – The Sophtware Slump, now heard as a solo piano album, is a chance to let the song writing shine.

This is not a record made up of demos or rough sketches; it is a shadow sibling to a record that inspired a generation in the earliest days of the 21st century.


Releases November 20th, 2020

Written and recorded by Jason Lytle

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Anything and everything can happen in a Voidz song. Acoustic blues, heavy metal, deep prog, funk, pop, the 8-bit Freon-chill a bank of synthesizers creates — sometimes individually, sometimes en masse. This three-guitar sextet firmed and led by Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas pursue this alchemy with true heart and enthusiasm, a go-for-broke gusto that makes 2014’s Tyranny, 2018’s Virtue, and a handful of 2019 one-off cuts a stoner’s sonic amusement park. Here, Casablancas has free rein to indulge his whims beyond the sleek, robotic rock-populism the Strokes are constitutionally mandated to champion. His accompanying sentiments — a mélange of Trustafarian contrarianism, personal philosophy, and passive-aggressive winks allegedly targeting different Strokes — complement a musical aesthetic inclined to melodic overload. This excess sidles to tender, epic life on the 11-minute “Human Sadness” and informs “Wink,” a roiling, cutting synth-pop bop that threatens to transform into reggae or an alternate 90210 theme. Theirs are consummate “older brother” records, arriving a couple of decades too late.

The syncopated, Pacific Coast haze of 2018’s “Permanent High School,” complete with plastic falsetto.

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Spanish Love Songs, are a band much too sad to actually be from Los Angeles., has taken the Springsteemo cocktail mastered by Philly stalwarts the Wonder Years and the Menzingers and spiked it with more concentrated Hollywood angst, courtesy of tormented frontman Dylan Slocum. Ravaging tracks like “Routine Pain” and “Loser,” highlights from the band’s killer February LP “Brave Faces Everyone”, smack you square in the sternum — hurtling pop-punk riffs and tales of depression, addiction and existential crises, born from the band’s rigorous pre-pandemic touring schedule. But as with all good emo-punk, it’s only fun if there’s some catharsis tucked away, too. And deep within the bleak, there are glimmers of redemption. Maybe we’ll all be okay. Probably not.

The too-real opening verse of “Generation Loss,” where Slocum wails: “You 29-year-old panic attack / And not the fashionable kind / The kind where you wake up and say ‘Man, I just wanna survive.’” 


Band Members
Dylan Slocum – Guitar and Vocals
Kyle McAulay – Guitar
Trevor Dietrich – Bass
Ruben Duarte – Drums
Meredith Van Woert – Keys
Originally released February 7th, 2020

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The winds have picked up. The asphalt below you is starting to shake. The skies are opening up. It could only mean one thing…The Heavy Rollers have returned. Frankie and the Witch Fingers are back with more West Coast witchcraft, more head-splitting psych garage sorcery, more solid jams for your temporal lobes. What we have here are two tracks, a-side Cavehead and b-side Mind’s Eye. It’s deranged, it’s delirious, it’s dangerously delicious. Plus, it rocks.

Brand new Frankie & The Witch Fingers 7” & video for new single “Cavehead”! The new 7″ vinyl is a joint release between The Reverberation Appreciation Society and Greenway Records. The 7″ sold out before we could get this information out today, but there’s much more to come! You can still grab a t-shirt featuring art from the “Mind’s Eye” visualizer video, and check out the “Cavehead” video below.

Frankie product tends to sell out quick these days, so don’t dilly dally. Greenway Records has 100 copies of the 7″ on green wax that you can grab after the ‘buy’ link. Levitation Records has 100 copies on orange vinyl . Get one, get two or get crazy and pair it with a t-shirt. Keep your eyes peeled for a BRAND NEW ALBUM coming soon, y’all. It’s gonna slap your third eye right in the balls.

Frankie and the Witch Fingers, have been mutating and perfecting their high-powered rock n’ roll sound. After savagely touring the USA and Europe, this four-headed beast has shown no signs of relenting—appearing like summoned daemons and dosing crowds with
cerebral party fuel.
The main attraction of Frankie and the Witch Fingers is their explosive performance. With their rowdy and visceral approach to live shows, each member brings their own devilry to induce an experience of bacchanal proportions.
Band Members
Dylan Sizemore,
Shaughnessy Starr,
Josh Menashe,

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He never received the due he deserved, but blues guitarist Rory Gallagher was Ireland’s answer to Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Emerging in 1969 as the leader of a blues/rock power trio Taste (they were signed by Ahmet Ertegun to Atco Records in 1968, but were overshadowed at the label by acts like Cream, Blind Faith and Led Zeppelin), the group made three albums before disbanding in 1970, in order for Gallagher to go solo.

By the time he embarked on the ’76 tour Gallagher had expanded his power trio to a four-piece band with the addition of Lou Martin on piano, organ and synths. They blast off with “Moonchild,” which borrows heavily from the riff The Moody Blues used in their hit, “The Story In Your Eyes.” Next up is “Secret Agent” (a different song than the one made famous by Johnny Rivers with the same name). The show moves forward with “Calling Card,” which was Gallagher’s new LP at the time. The rest of the show is a mix of tracks from Calling Card and staples that had long been part of his set list, including “Souped-Up Ford,” “Western Plain,”(featuring Gallagher on acoustic guitar), and the balls-out rocker, “I Take What I Want,” (which nicks The Beatles’ riff from “I Feel Fine” during Gallagher’s solo).

By the late 1970s, Gallagher’s brand of blues rock fell out of favor with radio programmers, and like artists such as Robin Trower and Steve Marriott, he had to focus on a smaller, but fiercely loyal, following. Although he never received the worldwide recognition of Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, and Jimmy Page, he certainly deserves to be remembered for the many excellent albums and tours he had during his career. Sadly, he died after receiving a liver transplant in 1995 at the age of 47.

Rory Gallagher – vocals, guitars, harmonica; Gerry McAvoy – bass; Rod De’ath – drums, percussion; Lou Martin – keyboards

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A month after announcing her debut album, the release date for Joy Downer’s “Paper Moon” is nearly here. After breaking the news with a funky first single, Downer is following that up with the considerably dreamier title track, pairing a slow, thumping beat with reverb-heavy guitar on the heavenly choruses, “Paper Moon” is another promising look at what the record has in store.

The song also arrives with a video, introducing Downer’s live show—which we hope to experience some time in the not-too-distant future—as the angelic counterpart to the more rock-and-roll impishness of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, with the singer donning a white, glittering onesie that recalls the outfits of Karen O. It’s a moody clip almost entirely composed of crossfades, featuring footage from onstage and off.

Watch the clip below. Joy Downer is donating 100 percent of her Bandcamp proceeds this Friday to Black Lives Matter.

The title track for Joy Downer’s album “Paper Moon”, out everywhere 6/5/2020
Written, Recorded and Produced by Joy Downer and Jeff Downer

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This is another great hit from one of my favorite groups on the planet at the moment…The Death Valley Girls. Just listen to “Electric High”and you’ll know why I rant on about them so much, the vocals!!, the guitars!!, the drums!! they got it all going on, scorching rock ‘n’ roll that demands to be on every playlist you need….Death Valley Girls feels less like a band and more like a travelling caravan. At their core, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel channel Death Valley Girls’ modern spin on Fun House’s sonic exorcisms, early ZZ Top’s desert-blasted riffage, and Sabbath’s occult menace.


The 1st time I listened to The Death Valley Girls, I was hooked. Driving and pounding blues spilling all over the place and that voice is killer . Rock n Roll at its primeval explosion. This debut is mandatory listening to anyone who digs music. Simply superb. and…they got into answering the questions so there are a few videos for you to watch but don’t forget to listen to this excellent debut album for fans of Bo Diddley, Iggy/Stooges, Black Sabbath, MC5, Velvets, Little Eva, Godzilla, Alice Cooper, Mississippi Fred McDowell, 1977, 1966 , Roky Erickson, Seeds, Electric Eels, Lester Bangs…

Their record is out now! on Lolipop Records,
Death Valley Girls – “Electric High” (7″) Only 50 Pressed on Cherry Red wax !!!.

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Two veterans of those only-slightly-demeaning Best Albums of the year You May Have Missed lists, Field Medic and Great Grandpa vocalist Al Menne teamed up this month for a Run for Cover–released single that feels like a victory lap in the wake of their pair of Generally Best Albums released in 2019. The underproduced track is reduced to Kevin Patrick’s ramshackle guitar and distinct vocals, occasionally harmonizing with those of Menne.

“talkin johnny & june (your arms around me)” by Field Medic featuring Al from Great Grandpa out now via Run For Cover Records

The brand new studio album from L.A.’s premiere psych band, The Warlocks! ,The Warlocks started because of the their mutual love of all things Rock and Roll. We love a lot of the 60s, 70s and some 80s inspired music. We are not a retro band though. We all always try new stuff and from time to time hit something great.

This ambitious album tells a single story, of two star-crossed lovers who commit a bank heist together, over the course of 10 gorgeous, dense layered guitar tracks spiced with keyboards and reinforced with powerful bass and percussion grooves!, Holy shit, I have a few versions of we don’t need money on demo and unreleased recordings, but how cool to hear it fully formed! love that heavy fuzz bass and beat. amazing! Love the whole thing.


The Rough Justice of The Warlocks’ The Chain, The longtime L.A. psych-rockers’ tenth studio album is released on April 3rd, 2020
“Creamy, dreamy, glass breaking-style storytelling” is how Bobby Hecksher describes the psychedelic-rock sound of The Warlocks’ tenth full-length studio album, The Chain, on Cleopatra Records.
“We’re telling a story this time,” Hecksher says about the album’s ripped-from-the-headlines concept, which he says had been percolating for a few years before it suddenly came to him with the delirious intensity of a fever-soaked dream, like that “out-of-body experience you get at a show when you’re drenched in sweat and suddenly feel so alive.”
That concept, Hecksher says, is based around “a Bonnie & Clyde-ish twenty-something couple who rob a bank but get caught and then are cast down the bottomless pit of our justice system. The main characters, Rocky and Diamond, come from different means and thus have very different outcomes. It’s a loose collection of ‘you got fucked and swept under the rug’-type feelings revealed amid happy songs about their relationship, provided as a kind of relief
Band Members
Bobby Hecksher,
JC Rees,
Jason “Plucky” Anchondo,
Earl V. Miller,
Chris DiPino,

Will be available on both CD and limited edition colored vinyl in your choice of PURPLE or SILVER! vinyl
released April 3rd, 2020