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FELSEN: BLOOD ORANGE MOON

“I wanna live where culture kills machines and decent melodies will haunt you in your dreams.” On Blood Orange Moon, Felsen delivers a new telepathic message through melody and lyric beamed directly from their late-night West Oakland studio. The album releases January 28, 2018 on Mystery Lawn Music.  Listeners are reeled into Felsen’s revealing inner…

ARTS & LEISURE: RESCUED OBJECTS

It’s been four years since Arts & Leisure’s last LP, and the Sacramento, California four-piece is back with a new album and a new sound that builds on the foundations of 2013’s Choose Your Adventure, which Big Takeover praised for its “bubble-gum catchiness.” Featuring former members of Baby Grand and The English Singles, Arts &…

KARLA KANE: KING’S DAUGHTERS HOME FOR INCURABLES

Karla Kane’s “King’s Daughters Home for Incurables” leads listeners into an intriguing land of acorns and tea leaves; feminism and fairy tales; pagan pop and pastoral protest songs; whimsical wanderings and sharp observations on the current state of the world. THE DEBUT SOLO ALBUM BY THE CORNER LAUGHERS LEADER is scheduled for release OCT. 6. It’s…

MY LITTLE HUM: REMEMBERING HOUSES

The upcoming debut release from My Little Hum, Remembering Houses, is a glittery pop mixture of shimmering guitars, infectious melodies, and earworm female vocal harmonies wrapped in a thoughtful, introspective bow. The album, produced and engineered by Allen Clapp (Orange Peels), is due out September 8 on Mystery Lawn Music.  While enrolled in a geography…

THE FLYWHEELS: I’M FOR THE FLOWERS

To steal a line from legendary San Francisco drive-time DJ Don Sherwood, you are about to be indoctrinated into the ranks of the Flywheels—America’s slowest-rising indie-rock combo. And one of its very best, make no mistake! The 11 tracks taking shape have been nurtured like fine wine by  the two founding members of the San Francisco…

FRIENDS & FRENEMIES: A MYSTERY LAWN MUSIC ARTIST COMPILATION

If you had to pin down a sound from Northern California record label Mystery Lawn Music, you’d be hard pressed. It’s more of a feel—the influence of the mighty Pacific Ocean, the cool, redwooded mystery of the Santa Cruz Mountains, The technology nerve center of Silicon Valley, and the twin cultural capitals of San Francisco and…

ALLEN CLAPP ANNOUNCES FALL EP: SIX SEASONS

How does the weather relate to emotional states? How do tides of ocean and space effect terrestrial and astral beaches? How does the soul weather the seasons? Allen Clapp has been considering these questions for the entirety of his public musical life: first from behind the faders of a Tascam Porta-One four-track cassette recorder; now…

ANTON BARBEAU: MAGIC ACT COMING MARCH 2016

Anton Barbeau plays “pre-apocalyptic psychedelic pop.” He’s a Taurus, born in Sacramento and now living by a canal in Berlin. He’s made something like 20 albums and has worked with members of XTC, The Soft Boys, the Bevis Frond, Cake, the Loud Family and Mystery Lawn label-mates, the Corner Laughers. Julian Cope got him stoned…

MYSTERY LAWN ARTISTS MAKE YEAR-END BEST-OF LISTS

It’s a notable accomplishment when your album gets remembered for critics’ best-of-year lists months after they came out. This year, the Corner Laughers, Alison Faith Levy, and the Orange Peels all got a December shot in the arm. Here’s what we got: Begin the Begone by The Orange Peels came up in the Top 10…

DAYTROTTER HOSTS THE ORANGE PEELS ON TOUR

During their summer 2015 midwest tour with Matthew Sweet, The Orange Peels made time to swing by the Daytrotter Sessions studio in the quad cities, where they recorded live, unedited versions of four tunes from their 2015 release, Begin the Begone. Listen to it all here at Daytrotter if you’re a member. If not, head…

FLOTATION DEVICE: PLAY IT — DIGITAL ALBUM OUT NOW

The second Flotation Device album for Mystery Lawn Music—the first to feature the full Flotation Device band—sees the compositions of John Moremen being fleshed out by a group of likeminded collaborators that bring new energy, depth, and immediacy to the prolific project. Featuring John Moremen (Guitars), Ian Robertson (Guitars) Chris Xefos (Bass guitars) and Adam…

THE ORANGE PEELS: EMBERS SINGLE + REMIXES

The second single from The Orange Peels’ “Begin the Begone” is “Embers,” and it’s out now! But that’s only 1/8 of it. Also included are seven (7!) remixes with versions by members of Rogue Wave and The Ocean Blue, The Paul & John, Myles Boisen, Identical Homes, Crown Estate, and U-Dot Sound. Embers + Remixes is available from…

THE CORNER LAUGHERS: MATILDA EFFECT

“If you drop breadcrumbs while you’re off adventuring you’ll lose your way in darkness, so we’ve heard. We learn about their failures across the centuries but at least they got to feed some hungry birds.” So declare the opening lines of “Matilda Effect,” the new record by California’s The Corner Laughers. The wry spirit of…

THE ORANGE PEELS: BEGIN THE BEGONE

There’s a story behind album No. 6 from The Orange Peels, and they’re lucky to be alive to tell it. Even as the whiplash, bruises, and body aches began to fade, it was like they could feel their old lives beginning to disappear. Flash back to late November, 2013. On the way to the last…

ALISON FAITH LEVY: THE START OF THINGS

Alison Faith Levy, best known as “Sippy Alison” of legendary kindie trailblazers The Sippy Cups and the songwriter behind such Sippy hits as Magic Toast, The Jellyfish, Move Your Pants and One Day Soon, is a beloved children’s performer, bandleader, composer and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. After spending five years criss-crossing…

THE PAUL & JOHN: INNER SUNSET

The Paul & John is an exciting new collaboration between guitarist/vocalist songwriters Paul Myers and John Moremen. Inner Sunset proudly carries the Mystery Lawn Music imprint and is released on three formats, including 180-gram vinyl, on July 15, 2014. Myers & Moremen both sing and play all the guitars on the recording, while John plays…

MARSHALL HOLLAND & THE ETCETERAS

If you’re just tuning in to the musical career of Marshall Holland, this is a good time to be paying attention. A native of Salinas, California, who grew up on the radio while traversing the state’s coastal agricultural lands on ride-alongs for his grandfather’s fertilizer business, Holland is a golden-state multi instrumentalist and songwriter who…

AGONY AUNTS: BIG CINNAMON

What happens when indie-pop magicians KC Bowman, Karla Kane, Khoi Huynh, and Charlie Crabtree of The Corner Laughers form a mysterious psychedelic side project? They incorporate the impeccable songwriting, layered harmonies and inventive arrangements Corner Laughers fans know and love and add alter egos, flights of fancy, distinctly weird touches and a galaxy of friends-as-guest-stars…

THE ORANGE PEELS: SUN MOON

Sometimes plans can be overrated. Sure they can help focus a group toward a common goal, but overdo it and you can end up with an album that sounds and feels more like a corporate quarterly report than art.  When The Orange Peels embarked on recording sessions for their fifth album, Sun Moon (Minty Fresh/Mystery…

JIM RUIZ SET: MOUNT CURVE AVENUE

Mystery Lawn Music, Shelflife records, and Korda Records of Minneapolis are so excited to announce the first new album from Jim Ruiz and Co. in 14 years! Recorded in an ivy covered Minneapolis mansion over eight magical days this summer, and mixed in California by Allen Clapp at Mystery Lawn Studio, the album sees the Jim…