James V Single Release/Tour Kick-Off
The Memories, NQQV, Healing Gems
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042
This event is 21 and over
James V (James-the-Fifth) is an LA-based recording artist whose debut EP San Narciso (SAN-Nar-Kee-So) was released in December 2016 on Marriage Records. For over a year, James toiled in his asbestos-rampant home studio for countless hours “recording” (i.e. browsing FB, editing the Wikipedia page for John Pesci, tracking guitar, re-editing the Wikipedia page for John Pesci) his new musical venture. Secluded in this haze, he created San Narciso, an oblong dreamy stew of psych and funk with elements of Reichian minimalism, which his guitar teacher of 10 years referred to as “Morrissey jizz”. After emailing out his EP link to countless interns across the globe, James found a home in Marriage Records, which has released albums by artists such as Dirty Projectors and tUnE-yArDs. Live he is joined by a talented amalgam of connections from past college jazz bands and Craigslist personals -- Daniel Seman (guitar), Kirby Ditto (guitar, keyboards), Shannon Cain (bass) and Max Kelly (drums). His EP is available now on cassette at Burger Records and Gnarburger Records.
The Memories formed in the Belmont/Hawthorne district of Southeast Portland, Oregon in the Summer of 2010 by White Fang bandmates and childhood friends Rikky Gage and Kyle Handley. They recorded their first album in one of the upstairs bedrooms at what was called the 40th house, a big three story home on a busy street that was a hangout for local stoners and artists. Their self-titled debut was released on their own Gnar Tapes label as a cassette. 200 were pressed in the Winter of 2010/2011. The tape soon attracted the ears of labels like Underwater Peoples and Burger Records, the former pressing the album to LP and the latter reissuing it on cassette with the Underwater People's sanctioned art, which was expertly rendered by Lexington, Kentucky based sound and visual artist Robert Beatty. Burger Records soon became their champion, releasing 4 cassettes and LP by 2013. In the Winter of 2014 Chicago based Randy Records pressed the band's first 7", a 6-song EP named "American Summer". This was followed by a handful of cassette releases on Gnar Tapes, including a split release with Rad Records; a label founded and fronted by Kyle Field, whose band Little Wings had long been an inspiration for the band. The band also attracted the ears of like-minded musician Zach Phillips, a former member of the same wildly creative scene in Brattleboro, Vermont that birthed such high-quality bands as King Tuff, Happy Jawbone Family Band, Chris Weisman, and his own band, Blanche Blanche Blanche, among many others. Mr. Phillips issued the 4-song "Crash On My Heart" as a cassingle on his Brooklyn, NY based OSR Tapes label. The Memories third album, an 8-song LP called "Touch By An Angel", was pressed by Lolipop Records, a label based in Los Angeles (the city that had by that point become the adopted home of The Memories). In October 2014 their 4th album "Hot Afternoon" will be released on LP/CD/CS by Burger Records. It is the first album by The Memories recorded with a producer (Sonny Smith of Sonny & The Sunsets) and was tracked in San Rafael, California.
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