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THE HOLLYHOCKS: UNDERSTORIES

After a year in the studio, the Hollyhocks, working with producer Allen Clapp (Orange Peels), have completed their debut album Understories. Understories features an eclectic mix of interwoven, layered guitar combined and lush female vocal harmony that have made the Hollyhocks favorites locally. Inspired by such artists and the New Pornographers and Throwing Muses, the…

ALLEN CLAPP & HIS ORCHESTRA: MIXED GREENS

When Allen Clapp first asked me to write liner notes for his new album, my initial response just didn’t work—especially via email. If he’d made the request man-to-man, as in days past, I could have stood there, with arms folded across my chest, eyes gazing at the ceiling, before replying, “I thought you’d never ask.”…

JOHN MOREMEN’S FLOTATION DEVICE

Multi-instrumentalist and composer John Moremen has performed with Half Japanese, Roy Loney and the Phantom Movers, the Orange Peels and the Neighbors — and his own recording career has seen releases on the Bus Stop Label and Popstatic records — but in a way, this is Moremen’s debut album. As a solo artist, John Moremen‘s…

WILLIAM CLEERE & THE MARVELLOUS FELLAS

It’s a rare discovery these days — an artist whose larger than life presentation isn’t an exaggeration of his everyday existence. Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce Bill Cleere. Has he made some terrible career decisions? Sure. Has he experienced love and loss on an epic scale? Yes. Did he once dive out of the window of…

AGONY AUNTS: GREATER MIRANDA

This is the debut album by a mysterious super-assemblage of Northern California psych-pop luminaries. Unconfirmed rumours are swirling that it is The Corner Laughers operating in a Dukes-of-Stratosphear-alter-ego modality… Members of Preoccupied Pipers, The Orange Peels, Bigwheel, and the William Cleere Band allegedly provide vital contributions as well. Starring … KC BOWMAN as Number One…

THE ORANGE PEELS: 2020

Trying to shed once and for all its indiepop and twee labels, the band doubles down on crunchy guitars, tight arrangements and huge harmonies. Not that they fully succeed—the band has some of its most successful pop moments here, juxtaposed with sprawling psychedelia and melancholic meanderings. Featuring the “Circling the Sun” lineup (Allen Clapp, Jill…