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Monday, February 27, 2012

COMMON THREAD, THE GREATEST BAND EVER

One of the most influential bands of my life has been Common Thread.  Fort Lowell Records would simply not exist if it weren't for them.  Not only were they close friends of mine growing up in Orange Park, FL, but they were simply amazing musicians that pushed boundaries like no other band.

In the late 80's and early 90's, a big part of the skateboarding scene in Orange Park, FL, existed at "The Sandtrap."  This was the name for Joe & Tiger Parker's backyard half-pipe skate ramp.  Tiger was one of my best friends at the time (shout-out to the Rice Posse) and Joe was his older brother.  Joe's friends Travis Taylor and Joey Zimmerman would often come over as well to skate with us, but before we knew it, Joe, Travis, and Joey were plugging in guitars in the living room.  It wasn't too long after that Common Thread was born and shows at The Civic League and Pizza Blue became the most mind blowing experiences for us growing up.  Craig Parlet, a friend of mine literally since the age of one (we were both born in Portsmouth, VA, due to our fathers both being in the Navy) became Common Thread's drummer just after the release of their first cassette.

Fortunately for all of us, our friend Aaron O'Laughlin has posted up two great video's of Common Thread.  The first is a video he made for their classic hit "Lydia Elle," a song that appeared on what most will agree was their greatest release ever, Fountain.  The second video is a live recording from a show at The Bad Boy Club, playing John Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane," a song they would often end their shows with, featuring their original drummer, Donald Kilpatrick.





In addition, here are a few other classic songs by Common Thread for you to listen to, taken from their MySpace page:

Sesame "Sesame"
Destroying Red Lights "Destroying Red Lights"
Drippings "Drippings"
My Feet as Prunes "My Feet as Prunes"

We hope you have enjoyed listening to Common Thread as much of we have! By the way, you may have noticed the Teisco Japanese Guitar that Joe Parker was playing in the live video. This guitar was a big inspiration for him to begin building his own guitars, Joe Parker Guitars, photographed below as seen at Austin Vintage Guitars in Texas.


Happy Shoegazing!
~ FLR

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

ANDREW COLLBERG - EUROPEAN TOUR

Our latest artist featured on 7inches of beautiful mint green vinyl, Andrew Collberg, is heading off to Europe in April!  Andrew Collberg will be touring with Luz de Vida (FLR007) artists Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta and Brian Lopez, along with Tucsonan Marianne Dissard.  The four artists collectively are out promoting the Tucson Songs compilation (Le Pop Musik), but we are sure Andrew Collberg is going to have some of his "Dirty Wind" 7inchers with him as well!

April 17 - München, Germany - Feierwerk
April 18 - Mannheim, Germany - Alte Feuerwache
April 19 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
April 20 - Lyon, France - L'Epicerie Moderne
April 22 - Freiburg, Germany - Cafe Atlantik
April 23 - Dortmund, Germany - FZW
April 24 - Berlin, Germany - Heimathafen
April 25 - Hamburg, Germany - Fabrik
April 26 - Köln, Germany - Stadtgarten
April 27 - Zug, Switzerland - Chollerhalle
April 28 - Schaffhausen, Switzerland - Kammgarn
April 29 - Chemnitz, Germany - Schauspielhaus
April 30 - Offenbach, Germany - Hafen 2

Enjoy the show!
~ FLR