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A track taken from the excellent album, “Night Surfer.” If I Was A Baby: I’ve never done a cover before—at least not since Queen Bee by the great Jack Clement on the first record. This is an Ezra Furman song. I’m a big fan. The drummer went home early that night so we cut this spontaneously. I think this is from Ezra’s first record. He’s got a mess of great songs. We were supposed to play some gigs together in the UK on the LFR tour a while back. But he and his band got stopped at UK customs and sent back. I was disappointed, but it also kind of warmed my heart.

Night Surfer, is  Chuck Prophet’s thirteenth studio album for the acclaimed singer songwriter, released September 23rd on Yep Roc Records.

Night Surfer was recorded in Prophet’s hometown of San Francisco at Decibelle Recording Studio, and in Nashville’s Alex the Great with producer Brad Jones (Cotton Mather, Matthew Sweet, Imperial Drag).

Says Prophet: “There are a lot of little stories on Night Surfer. But they seem to add up to one big story. What that overarching story is, I am not really sure, but I’ll know it when it punches me in the face. It’s loosely conceptual but universal all the same, I’d contend. And of course, you’ll find it laced with humor and a persistent anxiety throughout. And while I had originally considered all this leaning toward the dystopian, now I wonder. The future might just save us. But we have to get there first.

Night Surfer is all about a musical path forward, about looking around and imagining where we’ll be in 20 years if we just follow that path.”

This limited edition box set includes all 12 tracks from Chuck Prophet’s critically acclaimed Yep Roc Records release ‘Night Surfer’, plus 2 bonus tracks, all on a total of seven 7″ vinyl singles. Featuring new artwork specific to each song on the record sleeves and unique 3D cover art and back panel art on the box. 3D glasses included! Vinyl collectors and Chuck Prophet fans alike will need to own this special release. There are a lot of little stories on this record. But they seem to add up to one big story. ‘Night Surfer’ is all about a musical path forward, about looking around and imagining where we’ll be in 20 years if we just follow that path.

I want to tell you about a few things,First of all, the long awaited NIGHT SURFER 3-D BOX SET is now ready for pre-order:

Yep. You heard me. The 3D Night Surfer 7″ Singles BOX SET Collection. A total of seven 7″ vinyl singles. 12 tracks from Night Surfer, plus 2 bonus tracks. And it comes with 3D glasses(!) This limited edition box features new artwork by the legendary John Foster and is guaranteed to be the envy of your friends and might even make Jack White a little jealous. Who knows? I mean we honestly doubt he’ll hear about it, but it’s certainly possible. It’s just THAT good. Plus we have it on authority that Uncle Jack is a sensitive dude and gets his feelings hurt easily. Whatever. Oh yeah, one more thing about the box set: just to keep it interesting, we’ve sewed a couple California Lottery Superstar Crossword Scratchers in there under the artwork. Do you feel lucky? Well then, what you waiting for?

PS: I made a Spotify playlist for the occasion. Songs that inspired Night Surfer. You can get to it this-a-way:

Meanwhile, I think the Mountain Stage I taped last month was broadcast last night or over the weekend… Honestly, I’m a little confused with the whole consult-your-local-listings part but I do know it was my seventh Mountain Stage appearance because they told me so. [Again. Do you feel lucky? I know I do]. Always a treat to play with the Mountain Stage house band. Everyone there is so cool and fun to work with. It was really hard to say goodbye. So hard in fact, I thought I’d take home a souvenir or two and shoved a couple interns into a flight case. Rolled those kids right out of there and I’ve got them chained up in the basement now. They write my tweets! In fact, one of them is writing this newsletter. As is always the case, you can check it out on the interwebs:

Meanwhile back in Gigsville: We’ve got some Bay Area gigs to announce. We’re playing New Years Eve in Berkeley. And we’re also playing Santa Cruz and Mill Valley. [See below for the official dates]. Before then, I’ll be making my way out to Chicago to play an acoustic show with my main man Joseph Arthur at the City Winery.

And then Stephie and I will be heading down to Todos Santos once again for Peter Buck’s annual Todos Santos festival in Baja, California Jan 14-23 (which, after four years of playing, I’m pretty sure is in Mexico). We’ll be there with way too many bands to name check but here goes: (Death Cab For Cutie, Jeff Tweedy, Old 97’s, Drive-By Truckers, The Jayhawks, The Autumn Defense, La Santa Cecilia, Filthy Friends, Torreblanca, Tigir … plus Mark Eitzel, Steve Wynn, Kevn Kinney, Joseph Arthur, and Surprise Guests!). Get more reliable deets here:

I had a great time out there on the Rock and Roll Indian Dance tour. Drove myself all over. Lots of East Coast shows. [Incidentally: People are nuts out there. Honking and yelling and drinking Dunken Donuts coffee. It’s wild. I love it]. Played a ton of cool gigs. Plus, I had a great time visiting with Joe Belock at WFMU and enjoyed a nice on-air chat.

One memorable gig was a last minute show at The Saint in Asbury Park. As soon as I walked in I was like, “I know this place. Last time I was here a fight broke out. ON STAGE. It was 1999” [Carmaig might remember. Carmaig, are you out there?] And the bartender says, “Wellllll, there were words. But we don’t considerer it a fight, Chuck, unless the paramedics show.”

Yep. Asbury Park. I wandered around the Boardwalk and was happy to see three or four surfers out there; drinking up the waist high waves on tap as the sun was going down. I walked around looking for a turkey sandwich but to no avail. I did press my face against the glass of a 4th wave coffee joint that sadly looked like the inside of an Apple Store and decided to keep on walking. Everything’s changed. Nothing’s changed.

Tons of gigs… . Also, I wanted to thank my new friends up in Halifax, Canada for the very cool HUFF fest. They speak French up there, you know. I almost started smoking again. [Wait, was that on this tour?].

And also thanks to the folks at Technocracy for including me at their conference. We played a few songs and I made my best effort to convince the tech nerds in the audience that Jumpin’ Jack Flash is more interesting than anything Steve Jobs ever did. Ah, you know… doing gods work.

There’s a lot to be said about “Tell Me Anything (Turn to Gold)”, the latest music video from Chuck Prophet. However, any description is best left up to the man himself, who goes into great and humorous detail about the video saying, “I’ve been a longtime fan of Steve Hanft. Steve is a legend, tirelessly creative, with a sideways vision of the world, and is probably best known for directing early Beck videos. His videos are always inventive and devoid of bells and whistles. He’s a punk rock auteur.

“Through a mutual friend we met up when I was in southern California visiting family and catching some waves. We got together at Cantor’s Deli on the day after Christmas, and bonded over surfing. All the while Steve watched me eat a pastrami sandwich as big as my head. When we got up to leave, he said, ‘So what do you want your video to be?’
Prophet was quite forward with his director: “I said, I want sex. I want nudity. And of course lots of violence, but not directed at women. You know, explicit but somehow tasteful. Steve and I are also both fans of noir, especially the under-appreciated subgenre of TV noir.

Steve said, ‘When you say nudity, I assume we’re talking about female nudity?’ And I was like, ‘No, male nudity too.’ We ended up with just enough male nudity to show people why there isn’t more demand for it, even from women!“

Night Surfer is out now via Yep Roc Records.


In September 2014, Prophet’s latest album, Night Surfer, was released on Yep Roc Records. The album was met with positive reviews, Charles William “Chuck” Prophet is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. A Californian, Prophet first achieved notice in the American psychedelic/desert rock group Green on Red, with whom he toured and recorded in the 1980s.He has also recorded a number of solo records, and gained prominence as a musician and songwriter.



recorded live in the studio August 8th 2014 at the KEXP studio’s in Seattle,

songs are “Wish Me Luck”, “Ford Econoline” , “Tell me Anything (Turn To Gold)” and “Always A Friend” Chuck will be over here in the UK later this year with a new album titled “Night Surfer” to promote with his blonde Telecaster and songs about heartbreak with influences of Dwight Twilley , Thin lizzy, Iggy Pop and the Knack. Chuck had an eight year run with Green On Red before embarking on a solo career