Take Over, a local-music compilation from North County–based Pacific Ocean Records, drops January 31 with an 18-and-up party at Oceanside’s Red Crab Lounge. “We’ll give copies away to the first 50 people,” says label honcho Karma of the double album, which includes tracks by Mitchy Slick, Mr. Shadow, Cals, Vision Complex, and P.O.R.
Savannah Philyaw’s self-titled debut EP (produced by Jeff Berkley) will be released on CD at Lestat’s on February 1. “I never plan what I’m going to say in between songs,” she says, “so I improvise, and I love to make jokes. I spill embarrassing aspects of my life sometimes because they accidentally slip out.”
Gayle Skidmore’s seven-inch vinyl EP Zombie Heart (on her own Raincoat Records) debuts February 7 at the Casbah, with a bill that includes Goldenboy and Leanna May & the Matadors. “It’s about love, death, and insanity,” says Skidmore, who promises “I’ll be baking cookies for the show.”
Fall to the Rising Sun, the debut full-length from Psychothermia (featuring former Canobliss members), drops February 8 at Hillcrest’s Ruby Room. “You can expect to see us jam a bunch of tunes off the new album, as well as a few Canobliss favorites,” according to drummer Mike Russo. “We’ve even been known to occasionally pull out a cover of the Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage.’”
Privatized Air will have copies of their new CD when they play Good Guys Tavern in Lemon Grove on February 9. “The album is titled Karoshi, which is a Japanese word that literally means working yourself to death,” explains Jonny Q. “Not because we work, but because we wanted people to think about the results of all of this consumerism and the consequences we’re so rarely warned about. Karoshi is fairly common in Japan.”
Other upcoming releases are due from Miss Erika Davies (Part the Sea), the Touchies (Mess with the Unicorn...Get the Horn), Tornado Magnet, Roy Rapid, Wavves, I Wish I, Safety Orange, Hills Like Elephants, and compilations from Lost Ark Studio and Hindsight Rehearsal Studios.