Listen to the romantic opener – Throw My Ashes From This Pier When I Die:
Empty cellar is excited to announce Sonny & The Sandwitches, a new 7″ e.p. by Sonny Smith (out 12/14). You can pick up your own personal copy here. Pitchfork and a slew of other online hot-sheets beat us to the punch, but for those of you who haven’t heard… here is the full story:
Not long ago, Sonny Smith (Sonny & The Sunsets) survived a near-drowning off the coast of northern california. The experience affected him profoundly and led to a wealth of output including a play, a novel, and a stack of songs. Sonny’s critically acclaimed “100 Records” project is itself a direct product of Sonny’s fight with the sea. A novel he began, “Adelard the Drowned”, broke into 100 pieces. Four of those pieces come as songs on this 7″ e.p., each bound to the next by a twisted braid of water and death. Through the fog and the haze, however, there lies in these songs a shared sense of redemption, transformation, or reawakening. Featuring appearances by Heidi and Grace of the The Sandwitches and a long-lost band called The Transients, this record features Sonny’s songwriting at its strongest, staring death in the face. Perhaps, this is in part why the ocean gave him back. Recorded in San Francisco and mastered by Paul Oldham, each record includes a comic book, four full-color album covers, and a high-quality digital drownload.
Preview the intensely personal comic penned by Hank Champion and illustrated by Teppei Ando:
We have been a very busy at Endless Nest and a little slow on posting here lately… but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we would like to make a major shout-out to UK journalist Cian Traynor for featuring Empty Cellar artist Joseph Childress in the Irish Times this month alongside luminaries Leonard Cohen, Brian Eno, Sly Stone, Peter Green, and Vashti Bunyan… for this we are thankful!
After a short break, Sonny & The Sunsets are back on tour. They will be joining another excellent retro-cali-sunshiney pop outfit for the majority of their shows, Best Coast! Meanwhile Empty Cellar is still anxiously waiting on Sonny’s latest release – a 4 song 7″ E.P. featuring harmonies from the Sandwitches – from the pressing plant.