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June Tour Dates

Details are shaping up for our June tour with Peals — see our Shows page for the latest.

And if you haven’t pre-ordered Labor yet, there’s still time: Head right here.

April 5, 2013   2 notes

You can now pre-order our new LP, Labor, on 12” 140 gram white vinyl (limited edition of 300, digital download included), over at our Bandcamp page! It’s only $15 postage-paid in the US of A and we’ll throwing in a CD copy of our previous full-length, Tones, as well as an immediate download of an album track to sweeten the deal for all pre-orders.

Also, we’ll be driving around and playing some music with our friends Peals (members of Future Islands & Double Dagger) this June. Lots of the venues and info are still solidifying, but here’s a list of cities we’ll be meandering through to tide you over. More details to follow!

See you soon and thanks for your support!

Bob /\/\/\ Small Sur

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6/6 ::: Washington DC

6/7 ::: Raleigh NC

6/8 ::: Atlanta GA

6/9 ::: Athens GA

6/10 ::: Asheville NC

6/11 ::: Bloomington IN

6/12 ::: Milwaukee WI

6/13 ::: Ann Arbor MI

6/14 ::: Toronto ON

6/15 ::: Montreal QC

6/16 ::: Quebec City QC

6/17 ::: Portsmouth NH

6/18 ::: Portland ME

6/19 ::: Providence RI

6/20 ::: Boston MA

6/21 ::: New York NY

6/23 ::: Baltimore MD

March 1, 2013   6 notes
Hear four tracks from our upcoming album, Labor, by heading over to our SoundCloud page. Cover art (above) by Skye Gilkerson. 

Hear four tracks from our upcoming album, Labor, by heading over to our SoundCloud page. Cover art (above) by Skye Gilkerson

October 11, 2012   1 note

Australian filmmaker Mick Waters and Glen Casey (of Patagonia AU) used our song “The Sand” in a short film about surfing and sailing renaissance man Wayne Lynch. It’s a beautiful little piece. You can also follow this link to read some more about Mr. Lynch.

September 23, 2012

The Heart & The Sea

The Heart & The Sea: Official Trailer from Nathan Oldfield on Vimeo.

Nathan Oldfield is decidedly more than just a surf filmmaker. With one look at the trailer for his new film, The Heart & The Sea, which he’s been laboring over for the past three years, surfers and non-surfers alike will become immersed in his world, a place where image, sound, and emotion are inextricably and wonderfully linked. Inspiring, to say the least.

August 29, 2012   7 notes

New tune featuring Small Sur regulars Andy Abelow (keys) and Austin Stahl (percussion) along with Andy Stack of Wye Oak (bass) and Dave Hadley (pedal steel).

February 7, 2012   4 notes

Elephant Micah - Louder Than Thou

I moved from Los Angeles to Baltimore in 2005. I brought very few possessions with me, and although I knew they would be cumbersome traveling companions, I decided to bring a few dozen records along for the trip. Fast-forward a year or so. I was doing a pretty poor job of making ends meet. There were my records, gathering dust in the corner, neglected in the absence of a working record player, and I reluctantly decided to sell them on Craigslist. After a few poorly punctuated e-mails from strangers they were all but gone. I had, of course, set a few aside. My “Pink Moon” LP wasn’t going anywhere, neither was my favorite Bonnie “Prince” Billy record or Pedro the Lion’s “It’s Hard To Find A Friend.” It wasn’t even a question. Some records you just can’t part with.

All that to say this, if Joe O’Connell AKA Elephant Micah had written, recorded, and released 2012’s “Louder Than Thou” way back then, and I would’ve been lucky enough to own a copy, it wouldn’t have been on the chopping block, either. Simply put, some albums set themselves apart from the pack, not because the artists spend a bunch of money on a PR campaign or because the right label puts them out. No, they set themselves apart because they burrow their way into your gut from the moment your hear them. They’re special because they are the backdrops for every single memory you make for an entire calendar year after you buy them, and years later they’ll still make up the soundtracks to your best road trips.

Elephant Micah’s “Louder Than Thou” has quickly become that kind of a record for me. It’s six songs, just under thirty-seven minutes in length, and exists as a pure and inspiring example of what it means to be a writer of songs. Don’t take it from me. Buy this record. You’ll be happy that you did.

November 18, 2011   2 notes
Nor’easterners,
I just wanted to send a last-minute reminder that we’ll be in Portland, ME tomorrow night to play a show with Little Wings at SPACE. Kyle has been inspiring us all for years know, even you, whether you knew it or not. Hope to see you there!
Bob /\/\/\ Small Sur

Nor’easterners,

I just wanted to send a last-minute reminder that we’ll be in Portland, ME tomorrow night to play a show with Little Wings at SPACE. Kyle has been inspiring us all for years know, even you, whether you knew it or not. Hope to see you there!

Bob /\/\/\ Small Sur

September 28, 2011   1 note
Summer is over, but we’ll be spending plenty of fall and winter weekends floating around at Assateague Island, trying to pretend that it’s not. We’re playing some shows, too! Click the link and keep checking back because there’re more to come.
Soon,
Bob & Small Sur

Summer is over, but we’ll be spending plenty of fall and winter weekends floating around at Assateague Island, trying to pretend that it’s not. We’re playing some shows, too! Click the link and keep checking back because there’re more to come.

Soon,

Bob & Small Sur