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Anywhere “Infrared Moses” limited edition 7″ pre-order information…and more!

Posted in Anywhere, Carlton Melton, New Releases, other merch, Spiders, Sweet Apple with tags , , , , on January 3, 2012 by Secret Serpents

Valley King Records next release will be the second single for Anywhere! This record will feature a slightly different line-up: Christian Eric Beaulieu (Triclops!, Liquid Indian), Cedric Bixler Zavala (The Mars Volta, At The Drive In), Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE), and Toshi Kasai (Big Business). This release, as with all Valley King Records releases, will have silkscreened packaging with art by Alan Forbes (who is widely known for his album cover art for The Black Crowes, AFI, and many others!). This will be a limited pressing of 500 copies. The last Anywhere single sold out VERY quickly, so get this one while you can!

Christian Eric Beaulieu – guitars, percussion, stylophone, melodica
Cedric Bixler Zavala – vocals, drums, percussion
Mike Watt – bass
Toshi Kasai – keys, toy piano

Format: 7″
Edition: 500 on black vinyl
Artwork: Alan Forbes
Other info: signed / numbered by Alan Forbes; exclusive vinyl sticker

If you pre-ordered their first single, Pyramid Mirrors, through us, we will try our best to send out matching numbers!

We will start taking pre-orders for the Anywhere “Infrared Moses” 7″ on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 at 9:00 am PSD.


The original artwork for the Pyramid Mirrors single is available. Alan uses a brush and inkwell on bristol on all of his originals (no computers, pens, or correction fluids!), which is a lost art these days! The original artwork comes with a copy of the single on colored vinyl! Click HERE for more information! We will also be offering the original artwork for the Infrared Moses single with a copy of the record on colored vinyl when it’s available.


We will still be taking orders for the limited Valley King Records shirts until January 15th. We are only making up to 50 of these….and all shirt pre-orders will come with extra swag! Click HERE for more information on the shirt pre-order!


Current Valley King Records releases:
VKR701 – Sweet Apple (J Mascis and members of Witch, Cobra Verde, Guided By Voices)
VKR702 – Carlton Melton (members of Zen Guerrilla)
VKR703 – Golden Void (members of Earthless and Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound)
VKR704 – Spiders (members of Graveyard and Witchcraft)
VKR705 – Anywhere (members of Triclops!, The Mars Volta, Sleepy Sun, w/ Mike Watt) / SOLD OUT

Happy New Year from Valley King Records and Secret Serpents!


New Carlton Melton photos!

Posted in Carlton Melton, Sweet Apple with tags , , , on February 22, 2011 by Secret Serpents

Check out Birgit Brunar’s photos of Carlton Melton from their recent show with Sweet Apple and Dead Meadow in San Francisco! J Mascis stepped in to play for awhile….

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Carlton Melton & Sweet Apple tour dates!

Posted in Carlton Melton, Sweet Apple, Tour Dates, Uncategorized with tags , on December 29, 2010 by Secret Serpents

Friday, January 14th, 2011
Cafe Du Nord
2170 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
w/ Sweet Apple, Dead Meadow

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
Operation Mindblow presents Winter’s Womb II
Til Two Club
4746 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA
w/ Red Octopus, Von Veeder Veid, Joy, Sugarrush Railroad Inc., Brainticket DJ’s

Saturday, February 12th, 2011
El Rio
3158 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA
w/ Drunk Horse, Hot Lunch

Saturday, March 5th, 2011
Hemlock Tavern
1131 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA

Thursday, April 14th, 2011
Roadburn Festival 2011
Tilburg, Holland
w/ Godflesh, Pentagram, Wovenhand, Buzzov*en, Soilent Green, Alcest, Wardruna, Acid King, Circle, Blood Ceremony, The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, Count Raven, Ghost, Today is the Day, Year of no Light, Winterfylleth, The Atomic Bitchwax, In Solitude, Zoroaster, Naam, Quest For Fire, Cough

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
Tractor Tavern
5213 Ballard Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA
w/ Dead Meadow

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
Doug Fir Lounge
830 East Burnside Street
Portland, OR
w/ Dead Meadow

Friday, January 14th, 2011
Cafe Du Nord
2170 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
w/ Dead Meadow, Carlton Melton

Saturday, January 15th, 2011
The Satellite (formerly Spaceland)
1717 Silver Lake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
w/ Dead Meadow

Sunday, January 16th, 2011
The Casbah
2501 Kettner Boulevard
San Diego, CA
w/ Dead Meadow

On the road….

Posted in Carlton Melton, Sweet Apple, Tour Dates with tags , on August 3, 2010 by Secret Serpents

Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Hemlock Tavern
San Francisco, CA
w/ White Hills (New York), Headless (members of Earthless & Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound)

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Retox Lounge
628 20th Street
San Francsico, CA
w/ Qumran Orphics (San Jose)
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Sweet Apple single now available!

Posted in New Releases, Sweet Apple on July 28, 2010 by Secret Serpents

Most bands are brought together by guitars, amps and drums. Sweet Apple formed after tragedy, out of friendship, on a miserable day in Vermont. At first glance, the rock ‘n’ roll quartet might seem like one of those “indie-rock supergroup” sideshows.

Yes, J Mascis (drums/guitar/vocals) plays in Dinosaur Jr. Tim Parnin (guitar) and John Petkovic (vocals/guitar) play in Cobra Verde. Dave Sweetapple (bass/vocals) plays in Witch. But Sweet Apple was born of a death – and a cross country drive. Totally by chance.

It was rainy morning in December when John Petkovic got in his car heading eastward. He had no destination in mind, let alone plans for a band. He just wanted to drive away. “My mother had just died after a long, horrible illness,” he says. “And I’d been totally devastated by so many things, all at once. I’d lost so much weight. I couldn’t eat or sleep. All I did was smoke cigarettes, one and after another after another.” John got in his car and went for a long smoke. Four hundred miles from his hometown of Cleveland, and out of the blue, he received a phone call from friend Dave Sweetapple.

“I couldn’t believe he was driving around aimlessly,” says Sweetapple, of Brattleboro, Vt. “When I found out he was so close to Vermont I told him to come over.” Dave also called their mutual friend J Mascis, who lives nearby in Amherst, Ma., and told him to come over. J did, and told John to start writing a bunch of songs when he got back home – so they could start a band. John hadn’t played guitar for months. He came up with four songs on the ride home – including “I Can’t See You,” with its haunting refrain, “I drove and drove and drove and drove. And drove and drove and drove and drove.”

Recorded in Cleveland and Massachusetts. Mixed by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, The Hold Steady) and Don Depew (Guided By Voices, Cobra Verde).

“I tell people that I saved John’s life by starting this band,” says Mascis. “But they don’t believe me.”

Sweet Apple is:
J Mascis – Guitar god in Dinosaur Jr.; drummer in Witch. Played with Cobra Verde for a spell. Owner of hundreds of guitar pedals and dozens of Adidas. Favorite color is purple. Has worked in a coffee shop in India, even though he doesn’t drink coffee. Spends a lot of money in Whole Foods.

Tim Parnin – Guitar player in Cobra Verde. Plays guitar with former Faith No More singer Chuck Mosely. Former clothing designer. Cleveland Cavaliers season ticket holder. Partied with Shaq.

John Petkovic – Frontman for Cobra Verde. Still gets acting residuals from “The OC.” Played in Guided by Voices. Former aid to the Crown Prince of Yugoslavia. Writes about bars and movies for the Cleveland’s daily newspaper. Working on an underwear-themed art exhibition. Smokes less, eats more gummy bears.

Dave Sweetapple – Bassist in Witch. Native of Newfoundland, Canada (where they beat baby seals). Prefers rock over free jazz. Grew hair long after seeing a photo of the Alice Cooper Band. Collects rare mushrooms. Owns a best-in-breed Irish Wolfhound named Cyril.
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