TSAR were a balls-out power pop outfit from L.A. who recorded a spectacular debut in 2000, but failed to follow it up until five years later. That subsequent abum, Band Girls Money, found Tsar angling in a decidedly rawer, garage-rawk direction with fairly decent results. Unfortunately, it went nowheresville and the proverbial "dream" slipped away. I presume they have split up. "Straight" is culled from that ill-fated record, while the b-side is exclusive to this release. Close to three years ago, I shared a Tsar promo ep, King of the School, and a radio session, which you can still find here. In the comments, it was mentioned that some pre-first album demos existed, which I'd love to hear. If anyone is willing to cough them up, don't be a stranger.
B. The Creature in Disguise
The Dream Syndicate "The Day Before Wine And Roses" 1982 - As the punning title indicates, this welcome document of an early Dream Syndicate show, recorded live-in-studio for Los Angeles' KPFK station in 1982, capt...
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