Archive for The Mars Volta

May 2014 news!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2014 by Secret Serpents

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE STORE!

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Big Sur, CA 2014 by Alan Forbes2014.CRB.BigSur

Chris Robinson Brotherhood – May 2014 tour by Alan ForbesChris Robinson Brotherhood

Earthless – Austin 2014 by Alan ForbesEarthless

Earthless – Austin 2014 (black and white A/P) by Alan ForbesEarthless

Graveyard – Austin 2014 by Alan ForbesGraveyard

Earthless / Graveyard matched numbered set by Alan Forbesset

Graveyard – Washington DC by SkinnerGraveyard

Graveyard – Austin 2014 original ink by Alan ForbesGraveyard

Lil Tuffy – Mystery Tube!Lil Tuffy

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ON SALE THIS MONTH!

On sale 5/1/14 – 5/10/14:

Mudhoney – Birmingham, UK 2013 by Weird BeardMudhoney

The Black Crowes – Cabin Fever 2009 by Alan Forbes

Black Crowes

Faith No More – Helsinki 2009 by Bobby Dixon

Faith No More

On sale 5/11/14 – 5/17/14:

Tomahawk – Dallas 2012 by Junko Mizuno

Tomahawk

The Mars Volta – Calgary 2008 by Alan Forbes and Jared Connor

Mars Volta

Swans – Houston 2012 by Viral Graphics

Swans

On sale 5/18/14 – 5/24/14:

Jello Biafra & GSOM – Scottsdale 2013 by Jim Altieri

Jello Biafra

The Jesus Lizard – Carrboro 2009 by Lil Tuffy

The Jesus Lizard

Melvins – Salt Lake City 2013 by Malleus

Melvins

On sale 5/25/14 – 5/31/14:

Faith No More – Philadelphia 2010 by Alan Forbes

Faith No More

Swans – Glasgow 2012 by Francisco Ramirez

Swans

The Jesus Lizard – Amsterdam 2009 by Dan Grzeca

The Jesus Lizard

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Check out Skinners ‘making of’ video for his recent Graveyard poster!

 

Weekly special, holiday shipping, and more!

Posted in Official Tour Series, Posters, Weekly Special with tags , , on December 17, 2012 by Secret Serpents

From now through Sunday, December 23rd, select posters for High On Fire, The Jesus Lizard, and The Mars Volta are on sale!

All orders that are placed by noon (PST) will be shipped out the same day. Otherwise, the order will ship the next business day. We will be shipping orders up until Saturday, December 22, then closing for a few days. Any order placed after noon on the Dec 22 won’t be shipped until Thursday, Dec 27th.

Thanks and have a happy (and safe!) holiday!

Anywhere “Pyramid Mirrors” in stores!

Posted in Music, Valley King Records with tags , , , , , , , on December 17, 2011 by Secret Serpents

We are sold out of the most recent Valley King Records release, the ANYWHERE ‘Pyramid Mirrors’ EP, but there are a few stores that have them in (very limited) stock.

San Francisco:
Aquarius Records
1055 Valencia Street
San Francisco, California 94110
tel 415.647.2272
store@aquariusrecords.org

San Diego:
Thirsty Moon Records
525 A Evans Place
San Diego, CA 92103
tel 619-542-1500
thirstymoonrecords@sbcglobal.net

ONLINE:
Midheaven Mailorder
All That Is Heavy

We also have the original artwork by Alan Forbes available that comes with a copy of the record on colored vinyl (only 50 on colored vinyl were made!). Click HERE for more info!

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Check out Aquarius Records recent review of the Pyramid Mirrors single:

Local label Valley King are on fire, after singles by local space rockers Carlton Melton, SF psych stoners Golden Void, witchy Swedish rockers Spiders and Sweet Apple, the project of Witch’s Dave Sweetapple, comes this, the debut from L.A. supergroup Anywhere, which we have to say, we were a wee bit skeptical about. Not just because of the often bandied about ‘supergroup’ tag, but also cuz it seemed like a strange hodgepodge member-wise, Cedric Bixler Zavala of The Mars Volta and At The Drive In, Christian Eric Beaulieu of the late great Triclops!, Mike Watt of the Minutemen and fIREHOSE obviously, and finally Rachel Fannan from SF dreampsych combo Sleepy Sun. Weird right? The label explains how these folks all fell in together, but even then we weren’t sure what to expect, but whatever it was, it wasn’t this, a weird sort of psychedelic rhythmic acoustic guitar driven dronerock, laced with electronics, and tabla like percussion, a bit proggy and druggy and dreamy, the A side plays out like the first movement of an epic sidelong prog masterpiece, the guitars lush and shimmery, those tabla sound rhythms often run through glitched out effects, the melodies majestic and soaring, some classic sixties psych guitar laid over the top, it’s a shame it ends after only 5 minutes, when we had been plotting out the rest of the imagined song in our heads. Needless to say, it was a hugely pleasant surprise and had us hankering for more.

The B side adds vocals to the mix, Fannan’s hazy stoned croon, perfectly complimented by the warm, whirling acoustic strum and toy xylophone like percussion, the song ebbing and flowing in soft swells, even more than the first side, sounding like some lost sixties band, all Laurel Canyon, witchy folk flecked psychedelic classic rock, brooding and moody and darkly dreamy. Gorgeous stuff for sure, and here’s hoping they can manage a full length!

LIMITED TO 500 COPIES! Already sold out, we have the last 20 copies, and then this is gone for good. Like the other Valley King releases, super swank sleeves with striking cover art by artist Alan Forbes, signed and numbered, includes a sticker as well.

Scratch & Dent sale and a few new additions!

Posted in Latest Additions, Live Shows, Official Tour Series, Posters with tags , , , , , , on December 13, 2011 by Secret Serpents

We have a limited amount of scratch and dent tubes available! All tubes will contain at least 4 posters, but most will contain more (really, all will have as many as we can fit into a 3″ tube!). Some posters were just display copies from art shows and concerts, some were ‘handled’ by the post office, but none will be torn or obliterated. Perfect for taping or tacking up! We have out of print S&D posters for the Black Crowes, Queens of the Stone Age, The Mars Volta, and more…some band signed copies as well!

We will take requests for genres of music, but can’t take requests for specific posters, artists, or bands. After ordering, simply email: store@secretserpents.com with your genre requests.

Click HERE for more info!

A few new additions to the store:
Mastodon – Washington DC 2011 by Malleus

Swans – Milwaukee 2011 by Alan Hynes

Valley King Records: Anywhere

Posted in Music, Valley King Records with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2011 by Secret Serpents

Anywhere began as a LA/SF collaborative project started by musicians Christian Eric Beaulieu and Cedric Bixler Zavala. Fresh off years of writing and touring as co-founder of Bay Area acid punk extremists Triclops!, Christian decided to immerse himself in the resonant universe of acoustic guitar and began performing solo under the moniker Liquid Indian. In early 2010 while in Los Angeles to perform at an art opening of mutual friend artist Sonny Kay, he befriended Cedric (singer of The Mars Volta) who was DJing  the event. The two exchanged numbers and planned to record something acoustic rooted in the open tuning, eastern raga style Christian was delving into. Months later the pair met in Los Angeles, enlisted the mobile engineering talent of Toshi Kasai (Big Business) and tracked an album’s worth of material in 2 days at The Melvins practice space in downtown Los Angeles. During that same visit Christian played live on “The Watt from Pedro Show” as the musical guest of Mike Watt (of The Stooges, fIREHOSE, Minutemen). After the show, before leaving San Pedro, Christian realized they needed bass on the new material, and boldly asked Watt if he’d contribute. Watt agreed immediately, and a few months later delivered the entire projects bass tracks. Returning to San Francisco, Christian decided to reach out to vocalist Rachel Fannan, who had recently parted ways with Bay Area psych rockers Sleepy Sun and had relocated to Los Angeles. Having never met Christian before, Rachel generously contributed vocals to two of the songs, while Cedric added vocals to three of the tracks leaving the rest to exist as instrumentals.

While searching for a label to release the album, Christian solicited the talent of SF psychedelic poster artist Alan Forbes. During a meeting to discuss art concepts, Alan revealed that he, along with his Secret Serpents partner Justin McNeal, had started a label called Valley King Records. They agreed to release the debut Anywhere album as a series of limited edition silk screened cover 7″s, all signed and hand numbered by Forbes.

The music captured on this material is a unique, resonant execution of what could be described as eastern acoustic punk. Likened to the voyeurism of Sandy Bull, Sir Richard Bishop, or Jack Rose style raga’s reinterpreted at times with Drive Like Jehu, Minutemen punk energy, other moments emotionally spiraling toward a haunting ethereal beauty akin to Vashti Bunyan or Grace Slick serenading desert ghosts on a lost Herzog soundtrack. Blending acoustic and minimal electric guitars with a multitude of percussion instrumentation, digital tabla machines, sci fi electronics and feedback, this avant garde collective of envelope pushing splatter artists have created a new presence. Modern mantras of electric silence that fuse consciousness into a recording of vibrant, transitional material  blending geographic as well as cultural diversity within the rhythms. Stillness amidst chaos, light below the depths, awareness of life turning into music, living inside the search for the sound.

 

 

Anywhere original artwork by Alan Forbes now up on eBay!

Posted in Original Art, Valley King Records with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2011 by Secret Serpents

Check our eBay listing => CLICK HERE!

Anywhere “Pyramid Mirrors” 7″ original artwork by Alan Forbes. Main image is approximately 8″ x 8″. Logo is approximately 8″ x 2 1/2″. Brush and ink on bristol. Signed by Alan Forbes.

Also included is a copy of the single on green vinyl (edition of 50) – which is not publicly available!

ANYWHERE is Christian Eric Beaulieu (Triclops!, Liquid Indian) and Cedric Bixler Zavala (The Mars Volta, At The Drive In) joined by Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges) and Rachel Fannan (ex-Sleepy Sun). Recorded by Toshi Kasai (The Melvins, Shrinebuilder). As with all Valley King Records releases, there will be silkscreened cover art by Alan Forbes (signed and numbered by Forbes as well!).

Christian Eric Beaulieu – Guitars, percussion
Cedric Bixler Zavala – Drums, percussion, electronics
Mike Watt – Bass
Rachel Fannan – Vocals

Anywhere “Pyramid Mirrors” limited edition 7″ available now for pre-order!

Posted in Latest Additions, Music, Valley King Records with tags , , , , , on September 19, 2011 by Secret Serpents

Valley King Records next release will be a single for the new ‘supergroup’ project: ANYWHERE. Christian Eric Beaulieu (Triclops!, Liquid Indian) and Cedric Bixler Zavala (The Mars Volta, At The Drive In) are joined by Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges) and Rachel Fannan (ex-Sleepy Sun). Recorded by Toshi Kasai (The Melvins, Shrinebuilder). As with all Valley King Records releases, there will be silkscreened cover art by Alan Forbes (signed and numbered by Forbes as well!). The artwork will be released shortly, but you can reserve your copy now! There will be a one-time only pressing of 500!

Christian Eric Beaulieu – Guitars, percussion
Cedric Bixler Zavala – Drums, percussion, electronics
Mike Watt – Bass
Rachel Fannan – Vocals

Format: 7″
Edition: 500 on black vinyl
Artwork: Alan Forbes
Other info: signed / numbered by Alan Forbes; exclusive vinyl sticker

Click HERE to pre-order!