The Brian Setzer Orchestra is making their way back to Japan the beginning of 2018, kicking the tour off in Sapporo and ending in Nagoya. Click here for the full list of tour dates and info!
NEW BEER: NATIONWIDE RELEASE DATES ANNOUNCED FOR SUBLIME AND ALESMITH BREWING CO.’S SUBLIME MEXICAN LAGER
“Summertime in a Sixer” Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Sublime’s 40 Oz. to Freedom Album
With Labor Day weekend approaching, San Diego’s AleSmith Brewing Co. and legendary Long Beach reggae rockers Sublimeannounce today that Sublime Mexican Lager is available in six-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draught in 19 states nationwide.
Following the July California release, beer lovers in New York, Colorado, Oregon, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Texas, and Washington State, among others, will find Sublime Mexican Lager on store shelves.
The collaborative effort between band and brewer celebrates the 25th anniversary of the original release of Sublime’s debut album, 40oz. to Freedom.
About Sublime Mexican Lager
Sublime Mexican Lager is a thirst-quenching, 5.2% ABV twist on a traditional Vienna-style lager highlighted by a malt-forward sweetness and easy drinkability. It’s clean, crisp, and balanced with a smooth finish.
“The goal from the start was to create a beer that the band and its fans would love without compromise,” said Peter Zien, owner and CEO of AleSmith. “When you think musical pioneers Sublime, you think sun, surf, good vibes, and mash-up of styles. We channeled all that and put summertime in a sixer.”
Sublime manager Dave Kaplan agrees. “From our very first meeting this was obviously a perfect fit. The classic Sublime ‘sun’ logo on a beer label is a no-brainer. We just needed a world-class beer to go inside and we found it with AleSmith.”
How it happened
The relationship between AleSmith Brewing Co. and Sublime is one forged from a mutual commitment to authenticity. Since 1988, Sublime’s commitment to independent music and the cool SoCal lifestyle has been rewarded with an ever-growing fan base and album sales of more than 17 million. Likewise, since 1995, AleSmith Brewing Co. has dedicated itself to creating the highest quality beers while promoting an understanding and appreciation of craft beer, its styles, and its traditions, to all that appreciate craft beer.
“This is the one! It doesn’t taste like anything else,” Sublime co-founder Bud Gaugh said of Sublime Mexican Lager. “The flavor is great and it has a craft beer flare with a true Mexican lager taste.”
“Being a beer lover, I’m so proud to partner with an elite world-class brewery like AleSmith and I know Sublime fans will absolutely love it,” added Troy Holmes, widow of original Sublime front man Bradley Nowell. “Like Bradley sang, ‘That second beer was such a turn on.’”
Find AleSmith Sublime Mexican Lager near you using the beer finder at AleSmith.com
Glen Campbell’s penultimate albums, “Ghost on a Canvas” and “See You There,” were recorded during the same sessions in 2010 and released on Surfdog Records, the 24-year-old California-based label founded by Dave Kaplan. The albums were promoted by Campbell’s final tour, entitled “Goodbye,” which wrapped in Napa, California on Nov. 30, 2012. (A final album, “Adios,” was recorded in 2012 and 2013 and released on Big Machine Records in June.) Here, Kaplan shares his memories of working with the legendary singer and guitarist, who died Tuesday at 81 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
When did you first meet Glen?
Well, the first time I saw him was in 1969, watching his variety show with my family every single week — and to imagine that someday I’d actually be working with him and putting out his records out would have been unbelievable. But I first met him toward the end of recording “Ghost on the Canvas” at Village Recorder [in Los Angeles], probably in 2010. When I heard what they’d done I just flipped out — it was modern but timeless, and beyond everything else, that voice. It’s just otherworldly — I don’t really know why or how but it’s one of those voices that just touches you in your deepest DNA. He just had a way to speak to your emotions.
Did you see any signs of Alzheimer’s?
I did not at the first meeting. He and the family were incredibly cooperative when it became time to promote [“Ghost on the Canvas”], so the first thing I did was ask to make a video press kit to tell his story. So I set up multiple cameras at his place in Malibu, we had a writer there — and when we started to do that interview I could tell within the first 15 minutes that we were dealing with something pretty serious.
So I sat with Kim, his wife, and his team and said “We have two choices, either we don’t do this promotion, or we come out so you can tell the story and tell what’s happening in your words, in a dignified respectful way, rather than some sensationalistic way.” And they thankfully agreed, so we worked closely with our publicist, Ken Weinstein [of Big Hassle Media], on how to do it, because otherwise people would think something was wrong with Glen and speculate. So we just wanted to make sure it was as dignified as possible.
What was he like as a person?
Awesome. Southern charm, a bigger-than-life, physically fit, good-looking, older man with a great, weathered, handsome face. He was always putting you at ease with a joke, doing his Donald Duck impression. I asked him what it was like to be a Beach Boy and he sang one of their songs in a high falsetto. Just an incredibly charming man — I introduced him to my wife Susie, “Pleasure to meet you, darlin’,” he kissed her on the cheek and start singing “Wake Up Little Susie” to her. Just a lovely, lovely man.
Do you remember him telling any stories or jokes?
He always used to talk about using his pinkie as a guitarist — lots of guitarists don’t use their pinkies much — and he said when he was really young back in Arkansas, his Uncle Boo would take out a pair of pliers and say “If you don’t use that pinkie I’m takin’ it off!” He said, “I learned to use that pinkie real quick!”
But [his humor] it was more quips — you’d ask him how he was doing, “If I was doin’ any better, I’d be twins!”
When’s the last time you saw him?
About a year ago. I was in Nashville and Kim took me to the facility where he was, and obviously he was in the very advanced stages of Alzheimer’s. He didn’t recognize me but I gave him a hug. Even to the very end I would send him a birthday card so Kim could read it to him and deep down I’d hope he’d hear it.
I’m just so grateful to him and so grateful that I had any part in bringing him back [to popularity], especially with the Goodbye tour, where he was so adored and respected as the icon and legend that he is. I think before “Ghost on the Canvas,” I don’t feel like he was getting his just respect from the music universe. I’m just glad he’s finally getting that respect and recognition.
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SUBLIME TEAMS UP WITH TWO-TIME ACADEMY AWARD WINNING FILMMAKER BILL GUTTENTAG ON THEATRICAL DOCUMENTARY
FILM WILL EXPLORE THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF THE ICONIC BAND
Southern California’s reggae-punk pioneers Sublime have tapped two-time Academy Award-winning director Bill Guttentag (Soundtrack for a Revolution, Nanking) to write and direct a feature-length documentary on the iconic band.
The band’s incredible story will be told in a dynamic way, weaving multiple story strands together from their humble beginnings and friendship to the journey that rocketed them into mainstream success. The film will focus on the story of the music, their dedicated fans, the battle with personal demons, the tragic loss of lead singer Bradley Nowell and the path to healing. It will aim to connect to the devoted fans while simultaneously being a way in for the newly initiated, bringing the music and their story alive.
Targeted for a theatrical release in 2018, the documentary will be written and directed by Guttentag and created with the full cooperation of the Sublime members and the Nowell Estate. The film is set to begin production immediately. Guttentag will produce, along with Peter Paterno, Sublime managers Dave Kaplan and Scott Seine (DKM/Surfdog), and Nayeema Raza.
The filmmakers will be granted unprecedented access to Sublime’s archives including rare music and never-before-seen footage. The film’s soundtrack will include cuts from the band’s catalog and feature rare, unreleased gems, as well as music from the era and songs that were influential in molding the band’s sound.
Sublime, who are currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of their seminal album 40oz. to Freedom, decided it was the right time to tell the real story behind the music, the band and the lore.
Bud Gaugh from Sublime says, “I can’t wait to hand deliver our story to our fans. It has been a long-time coming and now there are literally two more generations of fans who never had the opportunity to see us perform, or don’t know the whole story. I am excited to work with Bill Guttentag, as I am a big fan of his work as well.”
“Most legendary bands have an intriguing history, but few have a story equal to Sublime’s mix of struggle, daring, musical pioneering, love, triumph, intense tragedy, and cultural impact,” says Sublime’s manager Dave Kaplan. “We searched long and hard for the right person to tell this story, and we were very lucky that someone as fiercely talented and credentialed as Bill Guttentag was passionate to come on board to captain the ship for the first official Sublime documentary.”
Bill Guttentag (writer/director):
“Sublime is an iconic band – and I feel honored to be directing this film. Few bands have had the enduring, electrifying appeal of Sublime. With our film we hope to bring Sublime’s amazing story and incredible music to their long-time devoted fans, and also connect to a new generation — who have also embraced their singular, powerful sound.”
Sublime, the Long Beach, CA, reggae-punk/alternative rock trio, was founded in 1988 by Eric Wilson, Bud Gaugh and Bradley Nowell. Their first self-produced album, 40oz. to Freedom, was released in1992 via the band’s label Skunk Records. The success of that album and heavy radio exposure by Southern California’s KROQ (two years after its initial release) secured Sublime signing to MCA Records in time for the band’s 1994 sophomore album, Robbin’ the Hood, which revealed an experimental ethic more in keeping with cut-and-paste dub than the well-tuned rage of the Cali punk revival. The album performed well at college radio and set the stage for the breakout success of their self-titled third album. On May 25, 1996, however, lead vocalist and guitarist Nowell tragically passed away and the band collapsed, but the eponymous SUBLIME was still slated for a July 1996 release. On the strength of the chart-topping alternative radio hit “What I Got,” the album was certified gold by the end of 1996. “Santeria” and “Wrong Way” followed and enjoyed heavy airplay, and their self-titled album eventually sold more than seven million copies, making it one of the most popular reggae-punk albums in history. Such success spread to the band’s earlier albums too, leading 40oz.to Freedomto double-platinum sales and Robbin’ the Hood to gold certification. Sublime has gone on to sell 17 million records in the US, and their genre-defining music and their cultural influence is stronger today than ever before.
About Bill Guttentag
Bill Guttentag is a double Oscar-winning documentary and dramatic film writer-producer-director. His films include the theatrical documentaries Nanking THINKFilm/Fortissimo), which premiered at Sundance and was shortlisted for an Oscar and Soundtrack for a Revolution, (Wild Bunch), which premiered at Cannes and was also shortlisted for an Oscar. His film Only the Dead See the End of War premiered at Telluride and then on HBO last year. His dramatic features include LIVE! starring Eva Mendes and Andre Braugher, and Knife Fight starring Rob Lowe and Julie Bowen.
He won an Oscar for the documentary Twin Towers (Universal). He has also received a second Oscar, three additional Oscar nominations, three Emmys, and a Peabody Award. His films have been selected for Sundance three times, and have won awards at numerous American and international film festivals. He is a lecturer at Stanford University.
DKM/Surfdog is a broad-based entertainment company, founded in 1985 by Dave Kaplan and located in Encinitas, CA. The entertainment group includes DKM, Surfdog Records, Surfdog & Surfmutt Music Publishing, Surfdog Merchandising, and Surfdog’s Java Hut. DKM/Surfdog has a diverse and acclaimed roster and, since its inception, has worked with a number of legendary and iconic artists, including Brian Setzer, Eric Clapton, UB40, Sublime, Dave Stewart, Glen Campbell, Joss Stone, Stray Cats, Butthole Surfers, Dan Hicks, Slightly Stoopid, and many others.