Simon Joyner (born 1971) is an American singer-songwriter from Omaha, Nebraska, United States. He has influenced the music of Bright Eyes. In the early 1990s, Beck listed Joyner in his top 10 albums when asked by Rolling Stone. He is also known for the so-called "Peel Incident," when British DJ John Peel played his album, The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll, from beginning to end on air. Joyner has collaborated with John Darnielle, of The Mountain Goats. He is named after Paul Simon.
Simon Joyner lives in Omaha with his wife and three children.
Soild Gold Records is a vinyl and tape label subsidiary of PIAPTK Recordings curated by Dimitri Manos (of Dr. Dog/Golden Boots).
Check out a free Golden Boots Sampler HERE. Please also check out some of the other wonderful PIAPTK releases HERE.
Whereas the focus of it’s parent company is to make each release unique
(and complicated) in format and/or packaging, Soild Gold finds its’ identity
in consistency and a tightly defined minimalistic visual aesthetic.
All Soild Gold releases will be:
Limited to 200 copies sold on vinyl & 100 tapes
On Gold Vinyl and Cassettes
35 Gold with splatter records will be inserted randomly into orders
Housed in 1970’s bootleg style covers
Packaged with a full color poster
Available in physical, analog formats only
3 test pressings will be given away in an optional raffle
Sold only through Soildgoldwebsite.com
In 2008, acquaintances Greg Olin (Graves) and and LAKE drummer Lindsay Schief (who had played together on Karl Blau's "Nature's Got Away") ran into each other at a rock concert in Portland, OR. It was winter time. They began hanging out, roasting meats, drinking beer, and playing on each others' songs in Greg's cozy Southeast apartment. Friends dropped in and out, playing organ riffs here and sax solos there. After a while, G & L started co-writing songs about chores and cozy home life. They lived together in Greg's new house for a few seasons in 2010 where they wrote their last few songs, wrapping the project up with one about Lindsay moving on to her own digs.
Sonny & the Sunsets are a beautiful west coast thing. Birthed from the sand, the surf, and twilight campfires down in Ocean Beach, Sonny & the Sunsets’ busted beach-pop songs spark recollections of doo wop's otherworldly despair, a dose of goofball humor from the Michael Hurley school, and positive possibilities exuded by Jonathan Richman.
Spaceface is a psychedelic rock/pop band from Memphis TN. Using creative soundscapes, groovy rhythms, and catchy vocal melodies, Spaceface has taken vintage psychedelic rock and blended it with pop and surf influences to form a truly unique sound. With their high energy and quality stage presentation, Spaceface puts on a show that will leave you dazed and wanting more.
LA/Joshua Tree based Sugar Candy Mountain deliver carefully built psychedelic odes in the
style of Jacco Gardner and Tame Impala. Their newest album 666 feels like something
unearthed from a box of records found in your dad’s garage, glowing wistfully with vintage
inspired tones, rambling organs, fuzzed out guitars, shimmering keys and sprawling drums. Ash
Reiter’s woolly voice croons with the icy warmth of Francoise Hardy, while Will Halsey’s tender
Lennon-esque vocals uncoil with easy languor. Recorded with Jason Quever of Papercuts, the
bands sophomore album sits comfortably between 60’s Laurel Canyon bliss and more modern
production of Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips/Tame Impala).
Hailing from West Palm Beach, Florida, Surfer Blood exploded onto the indie scene with debut album ‘Astro Coast.’ Self-recorded in essentially a dorm room, the album ended up garnering acclaim from nearly every vital music site and putting the band on the same stage as bands like the Pixies. With tons of touring that took the band around the world and back again, Surfer Blood followed up their debut with the ’Tarot Classics’ EP, which landed them a spot on Jimmy Fallon.
In 2013, Surfer Blood released ‘Pythons,’ a co-release with Warner Bros. Produced by the legendary Gil Norton, it contains the same dreamy surf rock sensibility of the band’s debut, it sees them buffing their pop gems into dynamic songs.
The Ocean Floor is mostly Lane Barrington (ex-Church/Hosannas), Shannon Rose Steele (Typhoon), Holland Andrews (Like A Villain, AU) and William Wienert (Boors). The sound has evolved in a zigzagish yet foward like maze to come to what you will hear now from The Ocean Floor. Now if you go see The Ocean Floor play you will hear violin, clarinet, upright bass, electric piano, moog synthesizer, and acoustic and electric drums working together to create the sound of "Falling Star Castle." These sounds are trying to rearrange a polychromatic tree canopy into a paper airplane.
This Frontier Needs Heroes is the Alt-Folk duo Brad and Jessica Lauretti from Brooklyn, NY. Their name is inspired by the phrase scrawled on Woody Guthrie’s guitar during WWII: "This Machine Kills Fascists.” Listening to This Frontier Needs Heroes is like having Brad and Jessica play in your backyard while the sun comes up. With their powerful delivery and delicate harmonies, their music is full of lyrical stories of love and longing for a better world.