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Guest Playlist #06: Matt Bower of Wizards Tell Lies

By Steve Dewhurst

“When I started buying films on VHS, I would record the sound onto tape so I could take the film with me on journeys.”

Pete Swanson
Enough Dark Intensity: An Interview with Jimmy Lacy of SiP

By Jason Cabaniss

"I like the idea of “cocktail music.” Something intentionally light and pleasant. I’m always trying to write music that communicates some type of positive mood and when I’m playing, trying to focus my energy there"

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Clean is Dirty: An Interview with Flowertown

By Lindsay Oxford

The birth of San Francisco’s Flowertown makes for a good story: longtime Bay Area scene compatriots Karina Gill (Cindy) and Mike Ramos (Tony Jay) compose a song together for an upcoming show in later winter 2020, and the day before they’re slated to play it, the world stopped.

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Needles and Pins: Derek Piotr's Journey to the Heart of Britain's Folklands

By Steve Dewhurst

“Yorkshire is not so dissimilar to my home in the Northeast of America,” Derek Piotr tells me from York, the latest stop on his great British journey. “Connecticut is part of New England, so that makes sense.”

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Watch: Sam Burton – “I Can Go With You”

The latest addition to Tompkins Square‘s prestigious roster of talented troubadours, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Sam Burton finds himself in very fine company.  Although they’re still probably best known for their incredible archival releases, the San Francisco label has also helped launch the careers of luminaries such as Daniel Bachman, Hiss Golden Messenger, Brigid Mae Power and Ryley Walker over the years, so young Sam’s seemingly got it set.

Following previous releases through labels like Chthonic Records, Burton’s Jarvis Taveniere-produced debut proper is due later this year, preceded by two limited 45s including the lilting, late evening drift of “I Can Go With You.”  That track now has a video, created by vlogger Madelynn De La Rossa whose vintage visuals perfectly imbue Burton’s tune with a wistful warmth redolent of autumn strolls, picnic day memories and heady, miragelike romantic reflections.

See the video below and pick up a 7″ over at Tompkins Square while you’re at it.