Spotify Playlist: Nude Beach

    “Hey this is Jim & Ryan of Nude Beach. These are some of our favorite bands from cities we’re going to soon. We’ll see you on the road this fall.” Check out Nude Beach’s latest album, the proto-American classic rock nod II, and put your db meter in the red with this playlist at Spotify. Also, check out their current West Coast tour dates below.

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    Exploding Hearts – “Modern Kicks” (Portland)
    We’re going out to the west coast this fall and will certainly have The Exploding Hearts on our minds during the long drive between Portland and San Francisco. The opener from Guitar Romantic is a blown-out, modern power pop classic. Teenage punks from Portland made one of the best records of the decade and died before they got old in true tragic rock and roll fashion. – Jim

    Johnny Thunders – “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory” (New York)
    The Ramones are the greatest New York band ever, but this is one of the greatest New York songs. Even though it’s apparently about dope, it captures the feelings of alienation and depression that everyone goes through living in this crazy place. I’ve always been interested in the way NYC can be so amazing and exciting, but also really dark and desperate at the same time. A sad tune from our hometown. – Jim


    Bill Fox – “Let’s Be Buried Together” (Cleveland)
    I found out about Bill Fox through Scat Records, a great label that released a ton of of cool shit, namely Electric Eels and early Guided By Voices. Fox was the primary singer-songwriter for a great power-pop-punk group out of Cleveland called The Mice, and recorded a few solo records on the side. “Lets Be Buried Together” is a great song because it sounds like The Mice and it’s sick and twisted and lovely. We played this song live a few times we liked it so much! – Ryan

    The Gits – “Slaughter of Bruce” (Seattle)
    Maybe the best band ever out of Seattle. Mia Zapata sounded pissed – always. The first time I heard this song was in San Francisco a few years ago when we played a generator show on a weird beach overlooking the Bay and I fell in love with it. If you don’t know about this band and their legacy educate yourself! – Ryan

    The Grateful Dead – “Dark Star” (Live at the Fillmore West SF 1969) (San Francisco)
    I actually do love the Grateful Dead, but I chose this 23-minute rendition of “Dark Star” as punishment for the fact that the Spotify streaming server doesn’t have any songs from my favorite San Francisco band and all-time great weirdo punks HICKEY! By the time you get through the 15-minute Jerry solo, you’ll either be a fully converted Deadhead or on your way to buy the recently re-issued Hickey record “Various States of Disrepair” to pay your penance. – Jim


    Chris Bell – “I Don’t Know” (Nashville)
    A killer track from Bell’s solo sessions. Big Star is one of our favorite bands, and all of his previous bands and recordings (Rock City, Icewater etc.) are a tour van favorite. – Ryan

    Fastbacks – “On Your Hands” (Seattle)
    Like The Gits, this band gets overlooked when people talk about Seattle in the late-’80s and early-’90s. They put out great singles and records year after year, and never seem to really get their due. My roommate says they’re the pop-punk Queen. – Jim

    R.E.M. – “Sitting Still” (Athens)
    Athens, GA is one of our favorite tour stops. We ate at Weaver D’s last time we were in town where the slogan “Automatic for the People” came from. I like that album a lot, but I really love this early B-side. – Ryan


    The Bananas – “Billy Rueben” (Sacramento)
    The Bananas are from Sacramento and have been making weird punk records for 20 years (20!). I’ve been listening to this band since I was 15 and I’ve only become more of a fan as time goes on. Weird, lonely songs that combine elements of jazz, surf, and ’60s AM hits into these strange punk gems that are so catchy and perfect. Long live The Bananas! – Jim

    The Breakaways – “Thing of the Past” (Los Angeles)
    The Breakaways were post-The Nerves; the legendary ’70s LA power pop group that wrote “Hangin on the Telephone”, and a handful of other classics. They recorded a bunch of demos which were unearthed a few years ago. This song is a nice way to end this mix, a bittersweet home recording for driving back to wherever you’re from. – Ryan

    Nude Beach  2012 Tour Dates:
    09/11 – Seattle, WA @ 5010 House
    09/12 – Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Zoo Shop w/ Siren Songs
    09/13 - Olympia, WA @ TBA
    09/14 - Portland, OR @ Slabtown
    09/16 - Oakland, CA @ 924 Gilman Street
    09/17 - San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout
    09/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
    09/19 - Pomona, CA @ Vince Lombardi High School
    09/20 - Tempe, AZ @ Tempe Tavern
    09/21 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Cottage House
    09/23 - Denver, CO @ Mouth House
    09/24 - Lander, WY @ TBA
    09/25 - Missoula, MT @ Zoo City Apparel
    09/27 - Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge w/ Naomi Punk, M. Women


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