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New song preview! New album pre-order! New tour dates!  

Camper Van Beethoven are back with the June 3rd release of El Camino Real, the companion album and follow up to their highly lauded La Costa Perdida. Whereas La Costa reflected the northern California “back to the country” side of the band with lush and trippy references to Jack Kerouac, Richard Brautigan, The Beach Boys and “Big Sur”, the songs on El Camino Real are firmly rooted in a grittier earth—one that lies beneath the southern half of the state and stretches all the way down to Baja California. Produced by the band and recorded in various studios and living rooms, El Camino Real’s harder sonic edges capture the sounds of an entirely different road trip from Bakersfield through the Inland Empire and beyond the border to Mexico.

I bet you want to hear a song from the new record, don't you? Well it must be your luck day! 
Head over to Consequence of Sound to check out the world premiere of
It Was Like That When We Got Here from El Camino Real.
Just click this link

It Was Like That When We Got Here

You can now pre-order El Camino Real, to be released on June 3rd, by clicking here. 
Pre-order El Camino Real now! 

We're not done with the good news just yet!
Tour dates have been added on the west coast! 

May 29th
Chop Suey
Seattle, WA

Get Tickets for Seattle! 

May 30th
The Hawthorne Theatre
Portland, OR

Get Tickets for Portland! 

June 1st
Bottle Rock Festival
Napa, CA

Get Tickets for Bottle Rock Festival!

June 3rd
The Casbah
San Diego, CA

Get Tickets for San Diego! 

June 4th
Sainte Rocke
Hermosa Beach, CA

Get Tickets for Hermosa Beach!

Dont see your city? Dont worry!
More dates will be added later in the summer. 

go listen to the new song,
pre-order the new record,
and come out to see us on tour! 


All kinds of good news... 

Our brand new  record, "El Camino Real", will have a release date very soon! Make sure to check back here or follow us on Facebook and Twiiter for the big announcement. 

In the meantime, check out this message from Cooking Vinyl regarding an awesome new CVB box set they're releasing! 

"To celebrate their 30th anniversary year, Camper Van Beethoven and Cooking Vinyl Records have teamed up with PledgeMusic to re-issue an updated version of the superb Camper Van Beethoven boxed Set “Cigarettes and Carrot Juice: The Santa Cruz years”, on CD and, for the very first time, in a beautiful vinyl box set.
This product contains 5 albums of classic recordings dating primarily from 1984-1987, the prime years of the band’s existence in Santa Cruz, California, a sleepy coastal college town which proved to be an idyllic place for the prolific young band to woodshed their talents. A wildly diverse mixture of personalities and music, “Cigarettes and Carrot Juice” features the work of a unique band as they captured their voice on outings for small independents such as Independent Project Records, Rough Trade and their own Pitch-A-Tent label.
Order your copy today by following this link:
Everyone who makes a purchase will be given access to exclusive features and updates throughout the campaign and, if you purchase early enough, you can even have your name printed in the sleeve notes!"

And for those of you in the western USA! 
Camper Van Beethoven will be playing this year's Bottle Rock Festival in Napa Valley, CA on Sunday, June 1st! CVB will be the first band on the main stage, so please get there early! You can check out the full lineup at, and get your tickets at 

For the rest of you who are not coming to see us at Bottle Rock, don't worry! There are more shows on the west coast being announced in the next week. Standby! 

We'll see you all this summer! 


New music! Old Music! New Shows!  

Are you as excited as we are for the new Camper Van Beethoven record, El Camino Real? I thought so. Don't worry folks, because an update about the release date is right around the corner.  

In the mean time you should pick up a reissue of CVB Classics Key Lime Pie and Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart from our friends at Omnivore Recordings!

And if you are missing the CVB live show, dont pack your dancing shoes away too quick. Tour dates will be announced soon! 

Stay tuned for updates! 

OBRS & KLP Expanded Reissues are now available from Omnivore Recordings 



Both titles set for CD and 180-gram vinyl formats, with 19 bonus tracks between them, on Omnivore Recordings



LOS ANGELES, Calif. — When indie superstars Camper Van Beethoven signed with Virgin Records in the late ’80s, it seemed inconceivable. How could that irreverent act, a band with great wit and wide-ranging instrumentation, move to a major label without “selling out” and sacrificing all that made them great? As it turned out, the first three tracks on Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart were a pop song, an instrumental and an adaptation of a dirge about death. Heck, the release even had a love song for Patty Hearst. No, Camper Van Beethoven hadn’t sold out. They just had better distribution now.

On February 4, 2014, Omnivore Recordings will proudly revisit a time when Camper Van Beethoven helped pioneer American alt-rock, with reissues of the band’s first two Virgin albums: Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart and Key Lime Pie.

Produced by Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Counting Crows, Modest Mouse), Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart finds itself reissued on CD with 10 bonus tracks, and on vinyl for the first time since its original issue.

Featuring new photos and liners in both the CD and LP, the album is being released in tandem with its acclaimed follow-up Key Lime Pie, with full cooperation from the band itself.

Key Lime Pie, also produced by Herring, was a logical next chapter in the saga of CVB while offering higher production value. From a track about Jack Ruby to a cover of Status Quo’s “Pictures of Matchstick Men,” Key Lime Pie was a slice above the rest and a fitting dessert for the 1980s.

This reissue contains nine bonus tracks on the CD. The nearly hour-long album was originally pressed on one LP, but Omnivore has expended it to two LPs (for better sound) and added a bonus track to Side 4 that plays at 45 rpm.

It’s been a few years since the end of the ’80s but Camper Van Beethoven has proved timeless. Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart attests to that. It’s even spelled out in the title: beloved, revolutionary and a real sweetheart.

The band, which broke up after the two Virgin recordings, has reunited and continues to record and tour today.

For complete track listings, and to purchase LPs / CDs go to Omnivore Recordings website.



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