Delivery of our LPs is expected this week and we will be shipping starting next week. Get to the front of the line by pre-ordering now.
It’s finished and getting packed onto pallets and will soon be winging its way to us. As soon as we have a firm ETA we’ll let you know when it’ll be available to ship.
The next instalment in our refurbished Seeds vinyl catalog is A Web Of Sound, originally released in October 1966 just as their classic ‘Pushin’ Too Hard’ began to ascend the US hit parade.
The record retained the crazed energy of the Seeds’ eponymous debut, but dosed it with a growing maturity and a willingness to experiment. It was written and recorded during the bands legendary residencies at Hollywood’s underground haven Bido Litos, alongside Love and the embryonic Doors. Notorious at the time for the 14-minute showstopper ‘Up In Her Room,’ A Web Of Sound also features some of the Seeds’ signature works including ‘Mr Farmer’, ‘Tripmaker’ and ‘A Faded Picture.’
This definitive 2 LP edition features the original stereo mix of A Web Of Sound, unavailable on vinyl since the 1960s. The accompanying bonus album of rarities includes mono mixes and outtakes, such as the cryptic early demo of ‘The Wind Blows Your Hair,’ with its mildly controversial original lyric. Most are new to vinyl, and one cut, an alternate take of ‘Rollin’ Machine,’ is completely unreleased.
As before, the deluxe A Web Of Sound comes in a handsome tip-on style gatefold sleeve, faithfully reproducing the records iconic original artwork. The extensively illustrated eight-page insert features detailed liner notes from compiler Alec Palao on the making of this psych-garage classic.
A wild screening appeared! The documentary is showing for one night at Timewarp Records in Mar Vista. Catch Neil and Alec for a Q&A afterwards, followed by a concert by the truly excellent LA band WESTERNER.
Pushintoohard.com now has information on all the new dates for screenings in Phoenix, Tucson, Sedona, Fresno, San Diego, Vancouver WA, in our own back yard, Agoura Hills, and also Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Long Island.
The recent GNP/Big Beat reissues of The Seeds classic catalog are available for a short time as a package sale at our online store.
This week you can also enter for a chance to win a copy of The Seeds deluxe reissue on our Facebook:
As promised in this post.
Look for Mid West and East Coast dates for September and October soon.
Neil will be bringing the documentary back to the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana for our first scheduled engagement of 2016! Check PushinTooHard.com for ticketing details after the holidays.
Who was the best Bond?
Are you a Connery purist or did you have a soft spot for Dalton? If you came of age in the 90s you probably had a Brosnan standee in your dorm room. Just me? Ahem.
What doesn’t divide us is the music. There have been innumerable versions of the iconic theme. Check out Neil’s homage to Monty Norman’s James Bond Theme:
We’re hoping to see SPECTRE this week! Did you see it?
Born Eugene Nabatoff in New York and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at 18, Gene began his radio career in San Francisco, before relocating to Los Angeles in the 1940s.
A jazz buff, Gene Norman soon became Los Angeles’ leading disc jockey via stints on various local stations, including KLAC. Turning impresario, he initiated a series of jazz concerts throughout the Southland across two decades, including dates featuring Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee and Erroll Garner. His Blues Jubilee programs at the Shrine Auditorium in the early 1950s attracted some of the first integrated audiences in the United States.
Norman also introduced the Snader Telescriptions, a prototype MTV-styled concept documenting recording personalities of the era, on NBC-TV. He hosted the first ever televised jazz concert on KTLA, as well as ‘The Gene Norman Show’ and ‘Campus Club’ on KHJ.
While a DJ at KFWB, Norman organized jazz concerts at venues like the Shrine, the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, and the Hollywood Bowl with artists like Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie and Shorty Rogers under the aegis of ‘Gene Norman Presents.’ These shows were recorded and released on Decca, Capitol and Modern Records, presaging Norman’s later career as a record label owner.
In 1954, Gene opened the Crescendo nightclub on the Sunset Strip which featured an adjunctal venue, the Interlude, upstairs. There he presented virtually every record and cabaret star of the era, including Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Newhart, Johnny Mathis, Stan Kenton, Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass, Lenny Bruce, Don Rickles, Rusty Warren, Mort Sahl, Woody Allen and Louis Armstrong.
Norman continued to put on big concerts, and produced a series of live albums and studio recordings based around his promotions. His own record imprint, GNP Crescendo, was therefore a natural next step, and indeed the label became the focus of the rest of his life. He served as one of the directors of the RIAA, and was elected into the Hall of Fame of the American Association of Independent Music in 1991.
Norman’s jazz recordings formed the base of what was to evolve into a vast and varied catalog, including acts such as The Seeds, Joe & Eddie, Queen Ida (who garnered a Grammy for the label), Wrecking Crew regular Billy Strange, Bing Crosby, Gary Richrath and many original film and television soundtracks. The label operated out of offices on the Sunset Strip for more than five decades, moving to less hectic quarters in later years. Up until his death, Norman remained a force in the label’s direction, consulting with musician/producer/director son Neil, to whom his legacy now passes.