THE EDIT: 08/13
A bite-size run-down of the best stuff of the week.
1. The Growlers Announce Festival That's NOT Beach Goth
For the last five years The Growlers have hosted the Beach Goth Festival at Orange County venue, the Observatory—crafting the lineup, organizing vendors, and headlining both nights. The general heir of merriment and debauchery that became the event's trademark, and the fact that The Growlers literally had their name all over it ("The Growlers present" was placed prominently on all posters and merchandise), led most—including me—to believe that the Growlers were in fact the rightful owners/creators/brains behind/whatever-else-you-want-to-call-it, of the festival. After the disaster that was last year's Beach Goth, the Observatory (one of my least favorite venues) added insult to injury by suing The Growlers for the rights to the Beach Goth name.
Rising from the ashes of that steaming hot mess is The Growlers Six—a new festival that, for all intents and purposes, is Beach Goth, down to the date and the "Costumes encouraged!!" at the top of the website. All that has changed is the location (the LA Waterfront) and the fact that it will probably be much more organized and have less out-of-control security. As far as my own opinion—I'm pumped. I feel #blessed that I never have to experience an Observatory-hosted Beach Goth again.
Check out the stacked lineup above, and get your tickets here.
2. Glen Campbell Remembered
Music legend Glen Campbell died earlier this week, leaving a much-deserved wake of praise from contemporaries and those he influenced behind him. Campbell made his mark in the sweet spot between country and pop ("Rhinestone Cowboy." Ever heard of it?), though his phenomenal guitar playing has graced your ears more times than you know thanks to his stint in the Wrecking Crew—a group of ace studio musicians that worked on literally all the hit records coming out of California in the 60s and 70s (Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher...you name it, they played on it).
That being said, Campbell amassed an impressive body of work commemorated with several "Best Of" lists around the internet, perfect for introducing you to this underrated musician. Here's one from Rolling Stone, and my own abridged version.
5. "Wichita Lineman"
4. "Guess I'm Dumb"
2. "Rhinestone Cowboy"
1. "Gentle On My Mind"
3. Liam Gallagher Interview
I will read any interview this guy has ever done. This particular one is entitled, "Liam Gallagher, Eternal Fucking Shit-Talker."
If you disagree with me and do not want to read every word Gallagher has ever said, enjoy this:
On England's current rock scene:
4. "Girlhood" by The Preatures
I've been decently into Austrailian band The Preatures ever since "Is This How You Feel?" hit the airwaves. Bad fan that I am, I was unaware that their new album (Girlhood) was dropping this week. It's very 80's influenced...think The Pretenders and The Go-Go's. It's not a bad album by any means but it's the title track that has my full attention.
I. Have. Not. Stopped. Listening. To. This. Song.
5. "Love Me" by Bo Diddley
Shout-out to my friend Sadie for this one. Every time I get in her car I know she's going to play me my next favorite song. Perfect for driving, for cooking dinner, for cleaning, for staring at the wall, for literally anything. Bo Diddley will never not be The Man.