The new album from garage rock legends THE FORTY NINETEENS! Track list: 1. It’s For Fun (That’s All We’re Living For) 2. Tell Me 3. Late Night Radio (feat. Tony Valentino) 4. We’re Going To Las Vegas 5. Go Little GTO 6. Time Marches On 7. You’ve Got Stardust Eyes 8. I’m Always Questioning Days 9. It’s The Worst Thing I Could Do 10. You’re The Kind Of Girl 11. We Can’t Change
THE FORTY NINETEENS (Southern California and Beyond)
California-based, internationally beloved, and habitual show-stoppers at Big Stir's live concert series in LA, THE FORTY NINETEENS are a band for the ages, tapping into everything that's good, true and visceral about rock and roll. Call it garage rock, with alt-rock roots and good time raucousness that's evident in their name: a “4019” credit in legal talk is “time off for good behavior”. For music fans yearning for some “time off” from the modern corporate norm, The Forty Nineteens are thrilled to oblige, with pure rock energy that's second to none and hooks and harmonies that simply soar. Boasting originals that stand toe-to-toe with the blistering Smithereens, Modern Lovers and Stones covers that pepper their sets, it's no wonder THE FORTY NINETEENS are rapidly cultivating a worldwide following and topping indie charts everywhere. And the band's owning the new decade with their own positive spin as songs from their brand new album NEW ROARING TWENTIES tear up the airwaves everywhere.
The tireless and talented lads who would become THE FORTY NINETEENS honed their chops in LA performing at the legendary Raji's and Palomino Club, in the city's vibrant and beloved Cowpunk and Paisley Underground scenes. The band continues this freewheeling spirit, and it's bringing them no shortage of attention: The Forty Nineteens can regularly be heard in Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sirius XM, and college and commercial radio in the US and abroad. They've performed with X, Gin Blossoms, Robin Zander, The Alarm, The Fixx and others – you never know where they'll turn up and rip the roof off a joint, no matter what its size.
JOHN POZZA (formerly of THE LEONARDS) leads the charge with his impassioned vocals, aided and abetted by MARY'S DANISH vets MATT COLLERAN (guitar) and NICK ZEIGLER (drums, and perhaps truly the hardest working man in show business). Guitarist CHUCK GORIAN and bassist KEVIN BARBER kick the whole show into high gear. It's a classic lineup but with a sound that's widely hailed as one of the freshest things happening in California rock. Good behavior? That's debatable. Phenomenal music? Guilty as charged... but you be the judge.
Track List: THE A-SIDES: 1. The Incurables "Far Away" (Ray Lawson/Pat Kelly/Darrin Lawson) BSDS-0071A, May 1 2020 2. The Ex Quaranteens “We’ll All Drink Alone Together” (Cushinery/Glickman) BSDS-0071.5, May 2 2020 3. Anton Barbeau & Kenny “Land of Economy” (Barbeau) BSDS-0072A, May 8 2020 4. The Corner Laughers “The Calculating Boy” (Karla Kane) BSDS-0073A, May 15 2020 5. Broken Arrows “The Worst Of The Rest” (John Chevalier) BSDS-0073.5A, May 16, 2020 6. Rick Hromadka “Searchlight” (Hromadka) BSDS-0074A, May 22 2020 7. Nick Frater “Intro” (Frater) BSDS-0074.5A, May 23 2020 8. Carol Pacey & The Honey Shakers “If Romance Is Dead Then I Want To Be Dead Too” (Pacey) BSDS-0075A, May 29 2020 9. The Forty Nineteens with Tony Valentino “Late Night Radio” (Valentino/Markell) BSDS-0076A, June 5 2020 10. Empty City Squares “Parmenides” (Fotiadis) BSDS-0077A, June 12 2020 11. Kai Danzberg & Dear Stella “Let Him Go” (Danzberg) BSDS-0078A, June 19 2020 12. The Vapour Trails “Strange” (Robertson/Roberston) BSDS-0079A, June 26 2020
THE B-SIDES: 13. The Incurables "Soda Pop" (Ray Lawson/Pat Kelly/Darrin Lawson) BSDS-0071B, May 1 2020 14. BSDS-0072B Anton Barbeau & Thrust “Please Look At My Teeth” (Barbeau) BSDS-0072B, May 8 2020 15. Agony Aunts “Countless Psalms” (KC Bowman) BSDS-0073B, May 15 2020 16. Broken Arrows “When I Was A Boy” (Dave Storms) BSDS-0073.5B, May 16 2020 17. Rick Hromadka “Dreams Of A Hippy Summer” (Hromadka) BSDS-0074B, May 22 2020 18. Nick Frater, “Say What You Like (Say It's Alright)” (Frater) BSDS-0074.5B, May 23 2020 19. Carol Pacey & The Honey Shakers “Love Does” (Pacey) BSDS-0075B, May 29 2020 20. The Forty Nineteens “Crocodile Tears” (Pozza) BSDS-0076B, June 5 2020 21. Empty City Squares “History Rhymes” (Fotiadis) BSDS-0077B, June 12 2020 22. Kai Danzberg “Let Her Go (2019 Demo)” (Danzberg) BSDS-0078B, June 19 2020 23. The Vapour Trails “A Bit More Fire” (Robertson/Robertson) BSDS-0079B, June 26 2020
THE A-SIDES: 1) The GoAllTheWays: Silly Girl 2) Mod Hippie: Saturday Show 3) The Speed Of Sound: I See You 4) The Stillsouls: Does My Love For You Come From Shakespeare Too 5) Blaine Campbell: Happy Faces 6) The Tor Guides: Just A Smile 7) Lannie Flowers: My Street (North Florida Version) 8) It's Karma It's Cool: Wooden Buddha 9) The Morning Line: Nostradamus 10) The Armoires: Pushing Forty 11) The Forty Nineteens: Tell Me THE B-SIDES: 12) The GoAllTheWays: Tourist 13) Mod Hippie: Shimmering Sound 14) The Speed Of Sound 15) The Stillsouls: Old Guitars Are Ghosts On The Sunset Strip 16) Blaine Campbell: Movin' On 17) The Tor Guides: Make You Mine 18) Lannie Flowers: Summer Blue 19) It's Karma It's Cool: Ghosts of Rome 20) The Morning Line: Nostradamus (Remix) 21) The Armoires: Shame And Bourbon 22) It's For Fun (That's All We're Living For)
BIG STIR SINGLES: THE FIFTH WAVE crashes on your musical shore Friday, March 6, on CD and Digital Download, and is available for pre-order at www.bigstirrecords.com/store now. It's the first installment in the series for 2020, after the First through Fourth Wave CDs released throughout 2019 debuted to rave reviews and broke new ground for collections of their type, landing on Year's Best lists among proper single artist albums. The series is now firmly established as an ongoing journal of the best new music on the global pop rock scene, beyond boundaries of geography and label affiliation, and a reliably exciting rebuke to the charge that “there's no good music any more these days”. What makes The Fifth Wave special? As always it features an A-side and a B- side from each of the artists featured across the most recent months of the Big Stir Singles Series, this time with an emphasis on artists from our some of our other favorite labels (Kool Kat Musik, SpyderPop Records, Karma Frog Music and our partners at Futureman Records). As always it sports liner notes from a trusted authority on the music scene, as Tsar / Brothers Steve / GoAllTheWays drummer STEVE COULTER, under his crime fiction and pop critic nom-de-plume S.W. Lauden, joins the ranks of noted music writers Carl Cafarelli, Don Valentine and John Borack in doing the honors. And artist Ridley Broome has created a unique cover graphic depicting each of the A- sides in fantasy/superhero personifications, adding the character and quirk that collectors have come to expect from Big Stir's physical releases. The Who's Who of celebrated artists, globetrotting international diversity, and profusion of exclusive tracks are as strong as ever. The collection is bookended by the physical-media debuts of tracks by two Southern California supergroups. It kicks off with THE GOALLTHEWAYS, a rapturously-received punk-goes-pop side project starring members of The Brothers Steve, The Armoires, and Sugarcult, formed to accompany the essay collection GO ALL THE WAY: A LITERARY APPRECIATION OF POWER POP, who delivers chiming harmony- laden re-imaginings of classics from The Descendents and Pink Lincolns. And it closes with the Big Stir debut single from THE FORTY NINETEENS, the garage rock superstars who count former members of The Leonards and Mary's Danish as part of their lineup, with a pair of originals that are already all over independent radio everywhere. In between there's a lot that showcases the diversity of the modern “California Sound”. THE ARMOIRES themselves appear with a new single tied to a video release and a completely new (and unexpected!) B-side. BLAINE CAMPBELL checks in with some freshly-minted tunes that will delight fans of the '60s sunshine sound. Karma Frog Music vets MOD HIPPIE land a pair of epic rockers that stretch the single format to bracing effect. And from farther up the coast, THE MORNING LINE delivers two versions (one an exclusive synth- driven remix) of “Nostradamus”, a song that so thrilled the Big Stir label honchos that they sought Kool Kat Musik's permission to include it. The UK is represented here by IT'S KARMA, IT'S COOL (again on loan from Kool Kat), the ace new project from ex-Popdogs frontman Jim Styring, and a welcome return from THE SPEED OF SOUND who contribute a Byrds cover that we Crosby-ites at BSR adore, as well as an acoustic reading of a vintage tune of their own. Futureman's Swedish sensation THE TOR GUIDES clock in with a giddy cover of Pilot's “Just A Smile” from their 2019 album Backwards In Reverse backed by a previously unheard track that's every bit as good. Back in the US and deep in the heart of Texas, LANNIE FLOWERS is fresh off a round of Best Album list nods for his 2019 SpyderPop release Home (which frequently rubbed shoulders on such lists with LPs fromThe Tor Guides, Campbell and The Armoires). Lannie's tracks here don't appear on that record, though – we instead have an exclusive “North Florida Version” of “My Street” and a previously online-only favorite in “Summer Blue”. And keeping it stateside, it's the first dip into Singles Series waters for New York's THE STILLSOULS, with a pair of witty and passionate rockers – one of which displays more than a bit of Sunset Strip soul, perhaps bringing us full circle on this 22-song journey. The Big Stir Singles Series continues into its Sixth Wave on our official website at www.bigstirrecords.com and on all of our social media platforms under the Big Stir Records name. Previous volumes of the BIG STIR SINGLES collections can be found there, along with full length releases from many of the featured artists... with more to come through the new year!
BIG STIR RECORDS and THE FORTY NINETEENS are revved up and ready to usher in the NEW ROARING TWENTIES, the band's brand new album. Only the undisputed kings of California garage rock could offer such a positive and energetic take on our new decade, and the irresistible energy of the album will make you want to celebrate as well. Radio-ready and full of propulsive guitars and indelible melodies, it's the record we need right now.
As the band proclaims, the world will soon see a new renaissance. NEW ROARING TWENTIES is the band's promise to you of better days to come, with the spirit of timeless rock and roll as our guide. And who better to make such a guarantee than THE FORTY NINETEENS? John (vocals, guitar) and Chuck (guitar), both criminal defense attorneys / one-time touring musicians and full-time pranksters, formed the band while working in the San Diego courts. Searching for a band name that gets an inside laugh on the job, they decided on something that is said by every judge in every courtroom in the state of California. That term is "Forty Nineteen." A 4019 credit is time off the sentence of a detainee who behaves in jail. Everyone can agree that we ALL can use some time off for good behavior.
With boisterous energy to spare, this is a band that lives, dies, and slays onstage, but the past year without gigs hasn't dulled their drive. The new record is a red-hot barrage of 11 tracks, only one of which clears the three-minute mark – a clear signal that this is an album that has all the punch of the band's scorching live set. It's a master class in compact songwriting and stage-ready guitar sonics drawing on the whole history of tuneful, muscular rock and roll, from its rockabilly roots through the Stones, The Modern Lovers, CCR and The Smithereens. And its heart is in the garage with the likes of The Standells, whose TONY VALENTINO adds authentic psychedelic fire to the hit single “Late Night Radio.”
If it feels like a stack of classic 45s, that's no accident. The past year has seen the band dominating the airwaves with a series of singles, including the roaring opening manifesto “It's For Fun (That's All We're Living For)” and its flip side “Tell Me,” the vintage car rush of “Go Little GTO” and the aforementioned “Late Night Radio,” with the brand new “We're Going To Las Vegas” set to continue the run. They're all here, having received rapturous airplay across the US from terrestrial stations to the satellite realm of SiriusXM's Underground Garage, with legends like Rodney Bingenheimer, Drew Carey, Genya Ravan and Bill Kelly among their ardent boosters. Overseas, the UK's famous Radio Caroline is among those cranking the band's tunes to faithful audiences awaiting the new album... and new tunes like “You've Got Stardust Eyes”, “I'm Always Questioning Days” and “We Can't Change” deliver the hooks and stomping swing they've come to expect!
Individually, THE FORTY NINETEENS have a hell of a pedigree. JOHN POZZA (formerly of THE LEONARDS) leads the charge with his impassioned vocals, aided and abetted by MARY'S DANISH vets MATT COLLERAN (guitar) and NICK ZEIGLER (drums, lead and backing vocals, and perhaps truly the hardest working man in show business). Guitarist CHUCK GORIAN and bassist KEVIN BARBER kick the whole show into high gear. It's a classic lineup but with a sound that's widely hailed as one of the freshest things happening in California rock. For all their history, THE FORTY NINETEENS have their feet firmly planted in the here, the now, and the future. “Time Marches On”, as they sing, and it's time to embrace the NEW ROARING TWENTIES for what they can be. The joyous noise of THE FORTY NINETEENS is the perfect soundtrack for the times.
So turn it up and let them lead the way! This ride takes us to a lot of familiar places, while exploring new streets and creating new experiences. The old adage still stands: "To know where you're going, look where you've been." Just remember to have a lot of fun getting there. The New Roaring Twenties are on the horizon. The car is gassed up, so hop in with us... we're going to the Strip!
Late Night Radio (Big Stir Digital Single No. 76)
The Forty Nineteens with Tony Valentino
When no less than the maestro behind the indelible riff to THE STANDELLS' “Dirty Water” joins forces with today's premiere purveyors of that same classic guitar rock sound, THE FORTY NINETEENS, the explosive results can't be kept in the garage for long. BIG STIR RECORDS is elated to announce “Late Night Radio”, the new single from THE FORTY NINETEENS WITH TONY VALENTINO, out Friday June 5 and up for pre-order now at www.bigstirrecords.com/big-stir-digital-singles and featuring the killer B-side “Crocodile Tears” from the band on their own.
TONY VALENTINO is the co-founder and original guitarist for THE STANDELLS, who should need no introduction. The '60s proto-punk legends have, for decades, owned everything they touch, from the underground (the original NUGGETS compilation and its essential expanded box set from Rhino) to the mainstream – who else appeared on The Munsters and cracked the Billboard Top 20 with a song that would go on to become the official anthem of every professional sports franchise in Boston? Tony himself grew up in the hills of a small Italian village, then found his way to California and became an integral part of the early 1960's LA garage rock scene. He's crossed paths with The Rolling Stones, Bing Crosby, The Doors, Dean Martin, and The Wrecking Crew, and performed on American Bandstand, Ben Casey, and in the counterculture classic Riot On Sunset Strip. His guitar work on "Dirty Water" is the garage rock template, and earned him the title "The Godfather of Punk Guitar”.
Meanwhile, THE FORTY NINETEENS have emerged as the true keepers of the garage rock flame, owning the airwaves coast to coast (and overseas) with a pair of albums and a string of singles including the recent “Tell Me” on Big Stir Records. Their own impressive pedigree includes members who've done time in Mary's Danish and The Leonards before coalescing as The Forty Nineteens and establishing themselves as darlings of Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sirius XM and an impressive clutch of radio outlets across the dial, the nation, and the world. BSR is doubly thrilled to have had a hand in this meeting made in high-octane rock heaven. The band explains:
“The Forty Nineteens were performing at the monthly Big Stir Burbank show in March of 2019. Many, many friends of the band showed up and it turned into quite an event. Drew Carey came to see them after playing the band several times on his Sirius XM Show The Friday Night Freakout. Legendary LA radio personality Poorman (Poorman's Morning Drive on KOCI) introduced the band, and brought his friend, Standells legend Mr. Tony Valentino, who had a blast watching the garage rock influences The Forty Nineteens brought to the stage. After meeting the band, Tony said he had a song for them to record. Upon hearing 'Late Night Radio' the band said, how soon? And then it all fell into place.”
“Late Night Radio” is every bit the classic flat-out rocker you'd hope for from this combustive collaboration. Tony tells of how he came to write it along with Dan Markell: “I met Dan at this event at the Catalina Club. I'd been invited and went with Rodney Bingenheimer (LA radio's tastemaker DJ for the ages). We were sitting at his table with Dan Markell so we started talking and the rest is history.” Tony and The Forty Nineteens recorded 'Late Night Radio' at his Sausalito Studios. Drums, mixing and mastering were done at Paul du Gre's PMS Studio in Burbank. Paul has worked over the years with X, Los Lobos, and many other seminal LA punk bands.
With the session completed just before the nationwide lockdown and mixing just after, the single began to make “surprise” appearances on Rodney and Genya Ravan's Sirius XM shows and KKFI-FM in Kansas City . With new artwork from Joe Dunn (Florida Trailblazer) and a hook-heavy B-side in the form of “Crocodile Tears” from The Forty Nineteens' last LP Good Fortune, the full single is now ready to continue its conquest of late night – and all day – radio. Big Stir Records is honored to bring it to the airwaves where it belongs!
“Late Night Radio” (Tony Valentino/Dan Markell): Produced by Tony Valentino. Engineered, mixed and mastered by Paul Du Gre'. Vocals: John Pozza. Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals: Tony Valentino. Acoustic guitar/Vocals: Matt Colleran. Drums/Vocals: Nick Zeigler.
“Crocodile Tears” (John Stuart Pozza): Produced by David Newton/The Forty Nineteens. Mixed by David Newton. Mastered by Paul duGre'. John Pozza: Vocals/Bass/Guitar. Chuck Gorian: Guitar. Nick Zeigler: Drums/Vocals/Keyboards. With David Newton: Guitar/vocals. From the album GOOD FORTUNE.
Tell Me (Big Stir Digital Single No. 60)
The Forty Nineteens
California-based, internationally beloved, and habitual show-stoppers at Big Stir's live concert series in LA, THE FORTY NINETEENS are long overdue for the spotlight in the Big Stir Singles Series. And here they are with two brand new sides, “Tell Me” b/w “It's For Fun (That's All We're Living For)”, their first major release since 2017's celebrated Good Fortune album, is out Friday, February 14 and available for pre-order at https://bigstirrecords.com/big-stir-digital-singles now! THE FORTY NINETEENS are a band for the ages, tapping into everything that's good, true and visceral about rock and roll. Call it garage rock, with alt-rock roots and good time raucousness that's evident in their name: a “4019” credit in legal talk is “time off for good behavior”. For music fans yearning for some “time off” from the modern corporate norm, The Forty Nineteens are thrilled to oblige, with pure rock energy that's second to none and hooks and harmonies that simply soar. Boasting originals that stand toe-to-toe with the blistering Smithereens, Modern Lovers and Stones covers that pepper their sets, it's no wonder that The Forty Nineteens are rapidly cultivating a worldwide following and topping indie charts everywhere. The band's kicking off 2020 as they mean to continue, with a slew of singles in the classic style. First up in February are these two brand new sides, their debut with Big Stir (aside from a supercharge contribution to our multi-artist Holiday Maxi-Single last December). We can assure you: there's more where those tunes came from, so keep your ears on our Singles Series and your eyes on our CD compilations. The tireless and talented lads who would become THE FORTY NINETEENS honed their chops in LA performing at the legendary Raji's and Palomino Club, in the city's vibrant and beloved Cowpunk and Paisley Underground scenes. The band continues this freewheeling spirit, and it's bringing them no shortage of attention: The Forty Nineteens can regularly be heard in Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sirius XM, and college and commercial radio in the US and abroad. They've performed with X, Gin Blossoms, Robin Zander, The Alarm, The Fixx and others – you never know where they'll turn up and rip the roof off a joint, no matter what its size. JOHN POZZA (formerly of THE LEONARDS) leads the charge with his impassioned vocals, aided and abetted by MARY'S DANISH vets MATT COLLERAN (guitar) and NICK ZEIGLER (drums, and perhaps truly the hardest working man in show business). Guitarist CHUCK GORIAN and bassist KEVIN BARBER kick the whole show into high gear. It's a classic lineup but with a sound that's widely hailed as one of the freshest things happening in California rock. Good behavior? That's debatable. Phenomenal music? Guilty as charged... but you be the judge.