at Flying Colors - Fan Photos
BEARD at The Pound in San Francisco, April 2005
with Nick D'Virgilio of SPOCK'S BEARD, April 2005
at Slim's in San Francisco, May 2005
Wilson at Davies Symphony Hall
Mystery at Flying Colors
POP at Flying Colors
get a lot of comments about the music we play in-store at FLYING
COLORS COMICS & Other Cool Stuff. Music is an important part
of the environment many regular shoppers here have come to enjoy.
Since a good deal of the music we play in-store is from one great---and
fiercely independent!--- record label, we decided to make some of
our favorite CDs from that label available for sale in the store.
label is NOT LAME RECORDINGS (http://www.notlame.com)
, the premier purveyor of "POWER POP" --- cool
tunes that have at their roots, the heritage of seminal bands such
as THE BEATLES, THE KINKS, THE BEACH BOYS, BADFINGER, BIG STAR,
CHEAP TRICK, THE RASPBERRIES, ELO, XTC and Bay Area legends
POP is a style of rock featuring can't-get-it-out-of-your-head
melodies, soaring harmonies, along with crunchy and jangly guitars.
It's like the stuff you probably loved listening to on the radio,
back when radio wasn't controlled by mega-corporations with the
safest possible play-lists.
POP is about radio when there was a chance to discover new and
independent voices based on great songs rather than the cesspool
of current video fashions. Back before "Video Killed the Radio
Star". Back when radio was fun.
as in the comic book field, many of the freshest voices can be found
in the pages of independent comics, the same can be said for pop-rock
music. The best stuff can come from unlikely sources. Sure, you
can find thousands of mega-selling discs at traditional record stores,
but more than 90% of those are from a small handful of gigantic,
conglomerate corporations. We stilll believe the best buys are the
ones that give you something special. That's what you can find in
the CDs we sell in FLYING COLORS.
you are musically adventurous and like to find some great stuff
off the beaten path every once in awhile ---and if you still enjoy
the classic and forever-cool style of music exemplified by the bands
mentioned above, give some of our NOT LAME CDs a try.
like what you hear.
Not Lame favorites available at FLYING COLORS include:
A solo project from Brian Wilson Band member Scott Bennett and it
will leave fans of Jon Brion, Jason Falkner, Wondermints, Neil Finn,
Kevin Gilbert and Owsley with jaws to the floor. Anthemic song-writing
and musicianship are a large part of the equation, but the greatest
appeal may be in the soaring, lush and heartfelt vocals. Features
guest appearances by Brian Wilson and the Wondermints.
Cars - "Tribute: Substitution Mass Confusion"
A tribute to one of the all-time great power pop bands, The Cars.
This 21 track tribute showcases contributions from Jon Auer (the
Posies), Jason Falkner, Butch Walker, Owsley, Bleu, Gigolo Aunts
(featuring Kid Lightning), Doug Powell, Damone, The Argument, Chris
Von Sneidern, Action Action, Dum Dog Run (Rick Altizer) and many
Supahip (Michael Carpenter/Mark Moldre) - "Seize the Worl"
It's a classic rock album, in the purest sense of the word. "STW"
is packed filled with wedding-cake melodies, haunting, thrilling
hooks and the colliding shadings two incredible musicians who happen
to be disarmingly outstanding harmonizers. Touching on the pop stylings
of McCartney-esque ballads (in fact late-era Beatle-isms abound
all over the place here), through to indie pop rants, passing through
country rock, epic pop and even a few delicious grooves.
Pop Overthrow Volume 8 (3 CD`s)
The best way to sample so many new indie bands! There is an amazing
mix here of unreleased and rare songs, plus upcoming releases mixed
in with previously available tracks. 65 total tracks! That's a lot
of power pop on 3 CDs for one low price!
Everyday Things - "Lighten Up, Francis"
Produced by Spongetones leader Jaime Hoover, the classic refrains
of The Beatles ring crystal clear all over The Everyday Things'
awe-inspiring debut, "Lighten Up, Francis". Clear, readily
identifiable echoes of timeless bands like The Plimsouls, The Beat(Paul
Collins), The Romantics and 20/20 are enough reason to drop everything
right now and listen to the sound bites!
Hillis - Be Seeing You
Cliff Hillis displays a voice and songwriting style that is both
classic and current. "It's so perfect, there's no way it won't
catch on in the pop-rock underground...powerful, guitar-driven pop
that's slick without being cheesy, light and pleasant without inducing
cavities, and that has a rock 'n roll soul. Cliff Hillis is one
more great reason to empty your bowl"-Audiogalaxy Featuring
heartfelt emotions poured out amidst interminably catchy hooks,
addictive sing-a-long choruses, impossibly lovely vocals by Hillis
and punchy, crunchy ringing guitars that totally hit the mark.
Shazam - Rev. 9
Taking inspiration from The Beatle's "White Album", the
7 songs here reveal The Shazam and its lead songwriter Hans Rotenberry
to be rock's great hope to break down the walls of resistance built
by the teen-pop blah of the last few years. To get back to "real"
music, this one will blow your mind!
many others, too!
at Flying Colors!
start by name-dropping several classic progressive rock bands: GENESIS
(especially pre-1980), YES, GENTLE GIANT, CAMEL, KING CRIMSON,
early MOODY BLUES, EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER, RUSH, PROCOL HARUM...
the list goes on!
you were there to hear these bands at the beginning, chances are
your first listen was from free-form underground FM radio stations.
It wasn't until later that these powerful groups had "hit"
songs heard by millions. Most of these bands specialized in style-hopping,
stretched-out epics that defied three-minute pop singles heard on
most radio stations. Sometimes, these epic tracks would fill the
entire side of a vinyl album (like "Supper's Ready" from
Genesis), with several 'movements' more stylistically close to classic
music as grand stories were woven in big chunks of challenging music.
Rock is so designated because the music moves progressively (and
sometimes aggressively) from pop to hard rock to jazz to classical
to metal, sometimes even to madrigal!
store at FLYING COLORS, you'll hear some of these classic
bands, but more often, you'll hear the new, independent bands currently
blazing new trails of progressive rock into the modern age.
Flying Colors doesn't currently sell any of the CDs for these new
bands in-store, we do highly recommend the following prog-rock recording
SPOCK'S BEARD http://Spocksbeard.com
NEAL MORSE http://NealMorse.com
PORCUPINE TREE http://PorcupineTree.com
FLOWER KINGS http://FlowerKings.se
Colors also recommends the following site for purchasing contemporary
Comments? Other music recommendations?