100 Records is Sonny Smith’s (Sonny and The Sunsets) mad world of imagined rock created with the help of musical friends: Ty Segall, Tim Cohen (Fresh & Onlys), Heidi Alexander (The Sandwitches) and more of San Francisco’s best and brightest.
Turn Up Records and Sonny Smith are proud to present a five disc limited edition 7″ boxed set. The box titled “100 Records Volume 2: I Miss The Jams” will be in stores November 16th (or can be purchased here.)
Here’s Earth Girl Helen Brown singing “I Wanna Do It”
Sonny Smith is trying to bring “100 records” New York in August! The only way he can afford airfare and shipping of the art is to funds-raise. So Sonny is selling Home-Made CD’s with songs from the project for $12.
Give money here:
Sonny & the Sunsets Frontman Launches Crazy Art Project
Sonny Smith, frontman for the starry-eyed Bay Area garage-pop group Sonny & the Sunsets, has put an ungodly amount of work into an art project called 100 Records that’s currently running at San Francisco’s Gallery 16. He made up names and song titles for 100 fictitious bands, then sent them out to 100 different visual artists, who made up fake record covers for all the fake artists. Then Smith recorded 200 different songs (A-sides and B-sides) for each of these fake artists. Which is nuts.
The 100 Records exhibit, which runs through May 28 at Gallery 16, features all the original artwork, as well as a jukebox with all 200 songs. Smith recruited people like Ty Segall and Bart Davenport to help him record the songs. Artists behind the record covers include William T. Wiley, Mingering Mike, Chris Johanson, Reed Anderson, Jo Jackson, Harrell Fletcher, Chris Duncan, Tucker Nichols, and Paul Wackers.
Check out this post on the 100 Records Blog where they’ve discovered a 7″ from one of the great white north’s lost classic bands “S.E. Land Otter Champs”. Sonny Smith tells me that this little 7″ is a gem of a record. I can’t wait to check it out.
The sun rises on songsmith Sonny Smith and Sonny and the Sunsets
By Johnny Ray Huston
Sonny Smith knows how to write a song. He better, because he’s writing a lot of them. The Oakland resident is currently shoulders-deep in a mammoth project titled “100 Records” that combines music he’s composed and recorded with cover visuals by a not-small army of Bay Area artists. Anyone who has heard Smith’s 2006 album Fruitvale (Belle Sound) or read his column for the Examiner is aware that he has a direct, colorful way with words. Anyone who has found a copy of Tomorrow is Alright (Soft Abuse/Secret Seven), the new album by Smith’s group Sonny and the Sunsets, realizes he has a gift for classic melody: “Too Young to Burn” is worthy of Ronnie Spector; “Death Cream” is a balm; and “Planet of Women” is the kind of music that will give you that summer feeling on Christmas Day. In the immediate wake of Tomorrow, I asked Smith some questions.
Sonny Smith and I (Marc Dantona, proprietor of Turn Up Records) have embarked on heroic undertaking of dizzying proportions. Last weekend the two of us began recording what will at the very least be a tanker-truck of rock-n-roll music. Along with a crack team of the Bay’s best rockers, we have set out to record 100 singles! That’s right folks that means 200 songs! Keep your eyes glued here and at the new 100 Records Blog for all the juicy details, blood, tears and our eventual triumph.