CMJ Band of the Day: The Californian
  • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011

  • Posted by: Stefanie Wray

"Everyone shake it like a fish on the line!" The Californian is bringing a west coast dance party to our Launch Pad 2011 CMJ Showcase on Friday, October 21st. John Graney will be performing solo on behalf of the L.A. based 4-piece band for his first NYC show ever!

Unsigned rockers The Californian just released their self-titled full-length debut. It's more than what you'd expect after reading "surf rock from California." While it does indeed deliver on the feel-good vibes of The Beach Boys (especially in the opening lick of "Shadow"), it's also imbued with more modern touches, like Kurt Vile cool in "Everybody Loves You," and psychedelic Middle Eastern elements in "The Fishermans Wife." John Graney's vocals are a great balance of old and new, and lyrics like "In my dream/the whole world died dancing" are easy to bob along with. The album is available for free preview and paid download on the band's website, or stream it right here for an appetizer:




Upcoming Tour Dates:

10/22 Spike Hill Brooklyn, NY
10/25 La Cave - Costa Mesa, CA
11/08 Bootleg Bar L.A., CA
11/29 On the Rox Hollywood, CA
12/14 The Mint L.A., CA

John plays first thing on Friday at 1PM.

Baeblemusic Presents
The Launch Pad
10/21-10/22
Spike Hill, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Steps from the L Stop on Bedford Ave
1PM - 2AM, Doors at Noon
$4 Beers

RSVP and see the full lineup + set times for the event over at Eventbrite and Facebook.

Stay tuned for more of our CMJ showcase acts, and see all of the one's we've already profiled here.

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