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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Listen to Sonny & the Sunsets' Beery, Cheery Daytrotter Set

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge Sonny Smith at Bottom of the Hill
  • Sonny Smith at Bottom of the Hill
Recorded at San Francisco's Studio Paradiso during this year's Noise Pop festival, this brand new Daytrotter set has Sonny & the Sunsets (and band, including Kelley Stoltz on drums) plying their warm rock 'n' roll with what seems an extra helping of fun. Here are six of Sonny's locally grown fiberglass-and-reverb rock 'n' roll tunes, all blasted out in one beery night, with the thrill of live performance adding some extra jangle. And this was recorded before the local heroes were elevated to the big ring of Fat Possum Records, which will re-release their album Tomorrow is Alright on August 17.

As with all Daytrotter sets, you can download the MP3s of Sonny & the Sunsets' performance for free. Our favorites from this session are "Heart of Sadness," "Tomorrow is Alright," and "I Wanna Do It Again." You can also catch Sonny & the Sunsets -- along with a mind-boggling density of other great local bands -- this Sunday at our All Shook Down Music Festival in North Beach. 

We'll leave you with a fun little excerpt from the (typically long) Daytrotter text accompaniment:

The beer hadn't really been tapped into until Sonny & The Sunsets showed up, but then they started flowing - everyone being a buddy and looking out for the others, anticipating when the contents in the can may have been dwindling down to the last sad drops and making sure that no one hit bottom. The songs that were being laid to tape that night were the happy little by-products - both in their creation and in their capture to tape - of this kind of buzzed atmosphere. You see, it seems as if Smith - the man with the chipped tooth, mischievous grin and all kinds of hair-brained thoughts squatting up in that head of his - gladly takes himself into that mindset, when all rational thought absorbs and is adjusted by a bounty of "that's just the beer talking."

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