The neo-noir boxing drama that finally reinstated John Huston on the road of financial success after a series of box office disappointments, Fat City is a wonderful piece of filmmaking that remains one of our dearest sports films of all time. Leonard Gardner adeptly adapted his own novel of the same name and, with the help of marvelous Stacy Keach, Oscar-nominated Susan Tyrell and very young Jeff Bridges, Houston created an instant hit and future classic. In the words of Roger Ebert, “Huston treats the story with a level, unsentimental honesty and makes it into one of his best films.” Ladies and gentlemen, we’re very happy to present you the extremely rare PDF scan of Gardner’s inspiring screenplay. Enjoy!
One of my all-time favorites, can’t recommend it enough…
LAZY - Soft Sheets
At this point, we might as well automatically redirect to Volar Record’s SoundCloud page because I know I’ll like whatever’s posted or released by VR. Same goes for Kansas City band LAZY and their energetic strain of pop punk. Soft Sheets is off their upcoming 7” due out through Volar which you can pre-order here.
Thank you ever so kindly…
Back in the early 90s, Slim Moon started a small indie record label out of his home in Olympia, Washington to put out records by local bands because nobody else was doing it. That label, Kill Rock Stars, remains to this day a model for upstart indies everywhere. One would think after 20 years, in the age of the Internet, creating a label in the mold of KRS would be easier than ever. After all, prospective owners can now contact artists, promote new releases, and send mp3s all over the world at the click of a button. But, for Volar Records’ Craig Oliver, it’s been a bumpy road to indie labeldom.
Like Kill Rock Stars, San Diego-based Volar was started in 2009 as a way for Craig to release a 7-inch by his own band. He took the name from a Spanish word which means both “to fly” and “to blow up”, and made the logo a scowling cartoon picture of his cat, Anton LaVey. He had some label experience having worked for Cargo Music, the small San Diego label most famous for putting out Blink-182’s first record. But Craig’s heart was always in the underground.
ALTR EGO - 001
After a short absence, we’re back to talk about nothing in particular and share good music with you fine people.
A Million Billion Dying Suns - Daydream
Worthless - Greener Grass
Meatbodies - Wahoo
In The Red released this track plus another track from an OOP cassette on 7” single. The LP is soon to follow
Sick Hyenas - Handle Song
Limited to 100 tapes, this is first US release from the German garage rock band
Thee Tee Pees - Got My Gun
Limited to 100 Red vinyl and 500 Black, debut LP for the LA band
The Wolf - In Waves
Cassette EP is available here from the promising Austin band
Dusty Mush - Spacecat
You can get the LP on clear vinyl from the grimy Parisian band here
Mink Mussel Creek - Promising Quintet Rise to Power
Predates both Tame Impala and Pond; this LP reissue is an interesting look at what these bands sounded like not so long ago. LP can be ordered here
Kevin Morby - My Name
The Everywheres - Through Flowers
Off their Habitualism cassette which you can grab here. Limited to 30!
Corners - I Don’t Mind
Susan - Pancake
Susan will be releasing their debut 7” through Volar Records next month. Pre-order here! Hopefully you can make a decision on if you want green or gold — I couldn’t, so I ordered both.. because I’m greedy? And check out this sweet vid.
Froth - General Education
Roses - Florence Girls
Cold Showers - Seven Tears