Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven's annual campout will, of course, be held at Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, on September 11-13, 2014. Individual day tickets will be made available at a future date, stay tuned!
You can pre-order El Camino Real right now over at Amazon. So get on it!
Also make sure you come see us on our west coast tour! The shows are only a few weeks away, so don't be the person that waits until the show is sold out then is so epically bummed that they need to re-think their entire life. Get your tickets now!
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
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: http://po.st/CVB 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 www.bottlerocknapavalley.com, and get your tickets at www.bottlerocknapavalley.com/tickets.
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!
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.
MUSACK is a 501c3 charity (musack.org) -- it started on Nantucket Island -- the summer is fantastic there but the winter is long and very isolated with nothing open. The school and winter population is very working class, mostly service industry families and often now hailing from places as far flung as Bulgaria, Ecuador, and Jamaica – their kids find themselves in a strange place with few means. SOO MUSACK's mission is to arm them all (especially the at-risk and under-privileged) with guitars and lessons. We also sponsor off island cultural exchanges to fight off the claustrophobia and have established a scholarship fund to send kids to college. Now in it’s 5th year, Musack has expanded to Los Angeles and set up shop in an underserved El Salvadorean neighborhood – setting up a guitar lab and beginning to arm the kids with guitars as a way to tell their stories and hopefully stay out of gangs and trouble. Working on MUSACK labs in Compton and watts as well