Our favorite EP so far this year….

Dameon Lee Waggoner has a new project this year. The longtime brain and heart behind The Lowlights has stepped into the future heart with Dave Hernandez, formerly of The Shins, and the masterful Ian Moore. Together they produced and recorded what I think is just a wonder filled record and one that embodies the spirit of California. Place this record next to The Blank Tapes and Sparrows Gate in The Sounds Of California section of your collection. There are a ton of California bands, but few of them embody the sense of place suggested by that distinction. Jemez Mountain Hawkz do. This is what folk music looks and sounds like when it keeps growing. We can’t go back in time, it’s a forward escape!

-Trans Van Santos

Moon Mirage Mixed!!!

-Over the last few days Royal Oakie Records Chief David Glasebrook has been holed up at Oakland’s New, Improved Recording mixing our new Trans Van Santos album, Moon Mirage.  The album was recorded in Joshua Tree, CA under the direction of Matt Adams (The Blank Tapes) and engineer Kyle Lesley.  Longtime Os Beaches bassist Joe Lewis covered the bottom end with the Lovely Anna Jo on the trap kit.  Pearl Charles and Moomaw took part during the JT sessions and David Glasebrook and Yasi June added vocals and B3 Organ at later sessions in San Francisco and Oakland.  The mixes sound absolutely killer, bold and big as the fullest of moons.  The album comes out towards the end of the year.  We will update you on the official release date very soon.



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