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EDITORS’ NOTES

Out of the Beachwood Sparks’ fruitful family tree, steel guitar/keyboard player Farmer Dave Scher has proven to be the most prolific member. Before his solo debut on Kemado Records, he and drummer Jimi Hey birthed this outstanding 2004 album for Sub Pop under the All Night Radio moniker. The album blends a bit of Beachwood’s cosmic twang with heavy doses of sonic experimentations in layered soundscapes. “Daylight Till Dawn” opens with the psychedelic whimsy of Curt Boettcher’s ‘60s band the Millennium as harpsichord notes melt into heavily delayed guitars while Farmer Dave croons cascading harmonies into buckets of reverb. Just when you think you’ve got them figured out, they segue into Beck-like baroque pop on “Fall Down 7,” replete with vintage breakbeats, mariachi horns, Spanish-sung lyrics, and a bass groove that commands dancing. Still, “You’ll Be On Your Own” is enveloped in the quirky changes and catchy melodies of '90s indie rock and the breezy “Sky Bicycle” overflows with the Golden State’s good vibrations.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Out of the Beachwood Sparks’ fruitful family tree, steel guitar/keyboard player Farmer Dave Scher has proven to be the most prolific member. Before his solo debut on Kemado Records, he and drummer Jimi Hey birthed this outstanding 2004 album for Sub Pop under the All Night Radio moniker. The album blends a bit of Beachwood’s cosmic twang with heavy doses of sonic experimentations in layered soundscapes. “Daylight Till Dawn” opens with the psychedelic whimsy of Curt Boettcher’s ‘60s band the Millennium as harpsichord notes melt into heavily delayed guitars while Farmer Dave croons cascading harmonies into buckets of reverb. Just when you think you’ve got them figured out, they segue into Beck-like baroque pop on “Fall Down 7,” replete with vintage breakbeats, mariachi horns, Spanish-sung lyrics, and a bass groove that commands dancing. Still, “You’ll Be On Your Own” is enveloped in the quirky changes and catchy melodies of '90s indie rock and the breezy “Sky Bicycle” overflows with the Golden State’s good vibrations.

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About All Night Radio

Beachwood Sparks members Dave Scher and Jimi Hey formed All Night Radio in 2002, following Hey's return to the Beachwood Sparks lineup after a five-year break. The project was named in honor of Scher's late-night radio days. Back in 1995, long before the two became bandmates in Beachwood Sparks, Hey (who was 16 at the time) would call in to Scher's show on KXLU every night and request Six Finger Satellite. Scher and Hey viewed All Night Radio as a vehicle for some of their more adventurous musical ideas, which translated into a sound that gave a nod to acts of the prog rock (particularly Yes) and arena rock persuasion. The duo released one full-length album, Spirit Stereo Frequency, in 2004, and amicably called it quits soon after. Five years later, Scher (working under the name Farmer Dave Scher) would put out a solo album, Flash Forward to the Good Times, that shared much of the spirit of his work with All Night Radio. ~ Margaret Reges

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2002

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