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Aan Begin Tour Today, Includes Dates With The Smashing Pumpkins

Aan play Provo, UT tonight to kick off their US tour that includes dates with The Smashing Pumpkins and Sunfest with Kendrick Lamar

Credit: Kate Davis
Portland’s Aan are headed back on the road this month for string of East Coast dates with rock icons Smashing Pumpkins.
Aan is a fearless experimental pop band from Portland, Oregon that mixes heavily textured guitars with rich vocal harmonies. Since forming in 2007, Aan has self-released several CDs and garnered a reputation throughout the Northwest as a progressive force in the independent scene.
The band beckons a bevy of comparisons, but their sound cannot be pigeonholed. The vocal dexterity of lead singer Bud Wilson skillfully reaches the octaves of the late Jeff Buckley while maintaining a timbre that’s much grittier
Their forthcoming LP Amor Ad Nauseum will be the group’s first proper full-length. In the month’s leading up to its release, Aan will continue to tour through the continental US in 2013 in support of their new 7″ for Cool Summer Records, which features A-side “Mystery Life” and B-side “Spiritual Provisions.”

Aan is Bud Wilson (vocals, guitar), Reese Lawhon (bass), Jon Lewis (drums) and Jeff Bond (guitar).

04/24 Provo, UT – Velour $
04/25 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
04/27 Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia
04/29 Melbourne, FL – King Center for Performing Arts *
04/30 Tampa, FL – Crowbar !
05/01  West Palm Beach, FL – Sunfest *
05/02  St Augustine, FL – St Augustine Amphitheater *
05/03 Jacksonville, FL – Phoenix Taproom
05/07  Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater *
05/08 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Amphitheater *
05/13 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court #
05/14 Boise, ID – Neurolux #

Listen To Aan’s Mystery Life 7″ Now!


After months of waiting and anticipating we can finally share the tracks from Aan’s Mystery Life 7″ with the world!  The 7″ features the upbeat, hyper-anthem, A side title track “Mystery Life” and the driving, slow burning B side “Spiritual Provisions”.  We’ve been very patient and guarded with these tracks, and are pleased to finally be able to give you a taste of this limited run, vinyl only release that will be available to the world on Feb, 5.  Please enjoy these tracks and if you like what you hear you can pre-order now, ensuring your record will ship by Feb, 5.

And if you’re in the North West you can catch Aan live at one of these shows…

Feb 1 – The Red Room Boise, ID w/ Incan Abraham

Feb 2 – Pendelton Center for the Arts Pendelton, OR w/Incan Abraham

Feb 4 – Red Light Bellingham, WA w/Incan Abraham + Cuckoo Chaos

Feb 5 – Barboza Seattle, WA w/Incan Abraham + Cuckoo Chaos

Feb 6 – Mississippi Studios PDX,OR w/Incan Abraham + Cuckoo Chaos (tix) Aan 7” release party!!!

Feb 8 – The Belltower Pullman, WA w/Built to Spill +    Finn Riggins (tix)

Feb 9 – Bing Crosby Theater Spokane, WA w/Built to Spill + Finn Riggins (tix)


Some Cool Summer News You Might Have Missed

Welcome back to Cool Summer Records and to 2013!  2012 was quite a year for us, four new bands on the roster, three physical releases, two digital singles, countless shows, and an epic day out at the Independent Label Market in Los Angeles.  We’ve already got some amazing releases slated for 2013 we can’t wait to share, but in the mean time we wanted to catch you up on some things you might have missed while wrapping up 2012….

Aan Announced Pacific Northwest Tour Dates

Portland’s Aan will be releasing their Mystery Life 7” on Cool Summer Records Feb 5th, and will be playing some shows around their neck of the woods around the release date.  The dates include some shows with Incan Abraham and Cuokoo Chaos, Built to Spill, and a record release party in their home town! More on the 7″ release soon…

2/1 Boise, ID – The Red Room *
2/2 Pendelton, OR – Pendelton Center for the Arts *
2/4 Bellingham, WA – Red Light *%
2/5 Seattle, WA – Barboza *%
2/6 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *%
2/8 Pullman, WA – The Belltower #
2/9 Spokane, WA – Bing Crosby Theater #

* w/ Incan Abraham
% w/ Cuckoo Chaos
# w/ Built to Spill, FinnRiggins

 Cool Summer Records Featured In Independent Label Market LA’s Video

Cool Summer Records founder, Dave Mount, was featured in this video from the Independent Label Market LA event that was held back in November. Featuring Southern California’s best independent labels and the people that run them, this video highlighting the ILMLA gives some insight into why there’s still interest in music in the physical form and the importance of having places for people to listen to, shop, and discuss these physical releases.

Summerays Releases Digital Full Length

On New Years Day, Summerays released their first full length to the world.  Cool Summer Records proudly released Summerays’ Toyohashi 7”, the shimmering and nostalgia-steeped single from Cleveland surf popper Luke Teeters. On 1/1/13 Teeters unveiled the next chapter in the Summerays story: Summer Daze. The pay-what-you-want debut album is available via Bandcamp and is filled to the brim with the beach born pop gems we’ve come to expect from Teeters’ songbook.

Lead single “Sunshine” is true testament to the feel good vibe of Summer Daze. It’s an upbeat and catchy little love song that ambles along merrily by way of Teeters’ sun drenched and reverb soaked guitar tones. Check it out here, then head over to their bandcamp page to hear the rest!

That should get you up to speed with everything that’s been going on with Cool Summer Records and our bands over the holiday break. There’s so many things we’re beyond excited to share with you in 2013. It’s going to be an epic year!

Support Aan, Buy Their Music!

We at Cool Summer Records know that some of you may have just been introduced to Portland OR’s, Aan, via the video for “I Don’t need Love”, the band’s newest single.  Well Aan have been at it since 2007, honing their sound and making great music along the way.  In 2011, Aan put out their first vinyl single, the Somewhere’s Sunshine 7″ on Infinite Front.  These two songs “Somewhere’s Sunshine”, and “Haunted, Million Ways” were our first taste of Aan’s brand of experimental, psychedelic, avant-pop,  piquing our interest, getting us hooked, and ultimately confirming we had to work with this incredibly talented band.  We feel that this release may have gone somewhat under the radar and didn’t necessarily get the attention it deserved, so we’d like to make it know that there are still copies of this limited release available.  In the era of Spotify, Pandora, and all sorts of other ways to sample new music for free, we encourage you to give this release a listen and if you hear the potential that we heard, spend a little money and effort to purchase a physical copy or at least the download of this classic release.  All of the money generated from the sale of this 7″ goes directly to the band to help fund future releases as well as hit the road and bring their incredible live show directly to you.  We are absolutely thrilled to announce we will be bringing you brand new music from Aan in the winter of 2013 and cant wait for you to hear how this band has evolved and perfected their sound.  We don’t believe in kickstarter, and we assure you Aan’s next 7″ will be released with no crowdfunded goal to reach.  We’re not asking you to buy into the idea of Aan’s future release that you haven heard yet, we’re asking you to support a band with a great release that you can hear and purchase right now if you like the band or enjoy the music.  Check out the jams below and if you like what you’re hearing you can purchase a physical copy or digital download of the 7″ here.

Little Owl Cover Pixies And Announce Tour Dates

Two great things from Little Owl today! First, a fantastic cover of the Pixies “Waves of Mutilation”.  The cover pays homage to the original while incorporating key elements of what makes Little Owl so great.  Check it out and download it for free below!

Also, Little Owl announced a tour today, consisting of a solid west coast run hitting most cities on the left half of the US!  Check it below and check them out when they roll through your town.

9/27 SAN DIEGO, CA @ Bar Eleven
9/28 LOS ANGELES, CA @ Casey’s Irish Pub
9/29  LOS ANGELES, CA @ Origami Vinyl
9/30 LAS VEGAS, NV @ Bunkhouse
10/1 ST. GEORGE, UT @ GoGo 37 Gallery
10/2 PROVO, UT @ Muse Music Cafe
10/3 DENVER, CO @ Larimer Lounge  w/ Kitten
10/5 FORT COLLINS, CO @ GNU Experience Gallery
10/6 GRAND JUNCTION, CO @ Casa Coyote
10/8 SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ Urban Lounge  w/ Ash Reiter
10/9 BOISE, ID @ Neurolux (Radio Boise Tuesday)
10/10 NAMPA, ID @ Flying M Coffee Garage  w/ SwanSea
10/11 PENDLETON, OR @ Great Pacific
10/12 BEND, OR @ The Horned Hand
10/14 PORTLAND, OR @ Rontoms
10/17 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ El Rio
10/18 SACRAMENTO, CA @ Bows and Arrows  w/ Sam Eliot & The Market Club Gang
10/20 BERKELEY, CA @ Art Beat Concert at 25th Street Collective
10/22 FRESNO, CA @ Champion Sound at The Lamp Post
10/30 SANTA BARBARA, CA @ Muddy Waters  w/ BRAINSTORM and Wools

Hear A New Aan Song From Their Violitionist Session At 35 Denton

This past Spring while in Denton, TX for the 35 Denton festival, Aan participated in the Violitionist Sessions, where bands perform 3 songs live and answer 3 questions.  Check out their performance of “Wake Me With a Kiss,” the first taste of another new song from their forth coming full length, Amor Ad Nauseaum, below.  Then go over to Violitionist to see the rest of their live performance and read what the band has to say about being a band in a city with a saturated music scene, the benefits of co-op labels, and where they find motivation to create.

Summerays Releasing 7″ on Cool Summer Records

That’s right! We couldn’t be more pleased to announce that Cleavland, OH’s Summerays will be releasing their 7″ on Cool Summer Records.  The vision of 22 year old Luke Teeters, who crafted the Daydream EP all on his own, combining jangly, garagy guitar riffs, and infectious surf rock leads with honest, heartfelt lyrics, for a truly modern take on the timeless genre.  Cool Summer Records is proud to give “Toyohashi” and “Spacious” two surf pop gems from the EP, a proper physical release via the Summerays 7″ which will be released July 31st 2012.

Pre-Order the 7″ here and it will ship by July 31st

Check out the official video for “Toyohashi” and stream the track below

Aan, “I Don’t Need Love”

Cool Summer Records is pleased to announce that the newest band on our roster is Portland, OR’s Aan.  With an EP and a 7″ under their belt (which you can listen to here) they have moved into a heavier, more streamlined direction as exemplified by the first taste of their new material.  Here is “I Don’t Need Love,” off their forthcoming full length, Amor Ad Nauseum.

The track is available for download from their bandcamp page and check out the live performance of “I Don’t Need Love” captured by Portland blog Into the Woods below.

In September, Cool Summer Records will be releasing a 7″ featuring another track from Aan’s Amor Ad Nauseum, as well as an exclusive B side that will only be available on the 7″.  Stay tuned for more details!

Listen to “Christmas Nights” the B Side to the Little Owl 7″ and See Them Live!

Little Owl premiered the B side to their forthcoming 7″ today, “Christmas Nights”, via Listen Before You Buy.  The track features the Magik*Magik Orchestra, and is in fact quite magical itself! It was recorded at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone studios, and it comes out May 29th but is available for is available for pre-order now by clicking here.  Stream the track here!

Little Owl will be bringing this track as well as plenty other new ones to a city near you on their upcoming Spring tour! Here are the dates:
May 25: Santa Barbara, CA @ Yoga Soup w/ Hosannas, The Wools, and Travers Adler    7″ release show!  Advance tickets and a deal on the 7″ with ticket purchase here

May 26: Fresno, CA Audie’s Olympic / Club Fred w/ Joe Buck Yourself, Viva La Vox

May 27: Fresno, CA @Audie’s Olympic w/ Hosannas

May 30: Santa Rosa, CA Arlene francis center w/ Star Skate, Not Another Snake Cult

May 31: San Jose, CA @ The Gingerbread House

June 1: San Francisco, CA The Rickshaw Stop w/ Zodiac Death Valley, OS Beaches, Ash Reiter

June 2: Bend, OR @ The Horned Hand w/ Fierce Creatures

June 3: Portland, OR Rontoms w/ Hosannas

June 4: Seattle, WA The Comet Tavern w/ Eagle Teeth, Song Sparrow Research

June 8: Davis, CA Sophia’s Thai Kitchen w/ Shayna & the Bulldog, Brooke Parrot

Cool Summer Records is Pleased to Introduce Little Owl

Photo: Cara Robbins

It’s official, CSR’s third release will be a forthcoming 7″ for the magnificent Little Owl!  Hailing from our hometown of Santa Barbara, Little Owl have been crafting their brand of gypsy-psych tinged folk-pop for a while, first with their EP recorded by Shane Mckillop of Gardens and Villa, and now with their 7″, recorded at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studios.  The 7″ will officially be released May 29th.  Stay tuned for more Little Owl updates coming soon, and in the meantime listen to “Tucked Away, Our Home Our Mountain,” the A side from the 7″ here…