Night Beats

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Night Beats
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Night Beats at Mount Rainier National Park in 2010.
Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington, USA
Genres Garage rock, psychedelic rock, soul, surf rock
Instruments vocals, guitar, bass, drums
Years active 2009 — present
Labels Trouble In Mind
Holy Twist (UK)[1]
Associated acts The Drug Purse
The UFO Club
The Bermudas
Members Danny Lee Blackwell
James Traeger
Tarek Wegner

The Night Beats are an American psychedelic, garage and soul group based out of Seattle, Washington. The group consists of Lee Blackwell (Lead Guitar, Vocals), James Traeger (Drums) and Tarek Wegner (Bass). Night Beats incorporate sounds of early R&B, Texas Psychedelic Rock, UK Blues, Folk and Soul.[2]

History[edit]

Danny Lee "Blackwell" originally from Dallas, Texas founded Night Beats in 2009 when James Traeger moved from Austin, Texas to Seattle, Washington. Named as an homage to Sam Cooke's Magnum Opus[3] the then 2-piece picked up Tarek Wegner who was living in Seattle. The Night Beats toured extensively early on completing multiple North American tours during 2010 and were signed within weeks of self releasing their debut EP, the H-Bomb EP. Picked up by Chicago's Trouble in Mind Records (Ty Segall, Fresh and Only's, Hex Dispensers, etc.).[4]

They have toured with groups such as The Black Angels (band) (in the UK, Europe and U.S.), Roky Erickson, The Zombies, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Strange Boys, Black Lips, and the The Growlers.

Their H-Bomb 7" topped several college radio charts competing with other Artists' full-length efforts. (September 6, 2010)[5]

In 2011, they released a split between The UFO Club and Night Beats on Austin's Reverberation Appreciation Society label. In April 2011, the Seattle-based art collective Portable Shrines along with Translinguistic Other released Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theater Vol. 1 on the Light In The Attic Records label, a deluxe double LP featuring rare and exclusive tracks from Night Beats, Eternal Tapestry, Prince Rama, AFCGT, and other established and up and coming psychedelic acts curated by Seattle's Portable Shrines Collective.[6]

On June 28, 2011 Trouble In Mind released the Night Beats Self Titled Debut LP.[7]

In June 2012, They released a single on Volcom Vinyl Club

In July 2013, The Reverberation Appreciation Society (Austin Psych Fest) announced the release of the full length album "Sonic Bloom" for September 24 of that year.[8]

Upon releasing Sonic Bloom, the band toured North America, Europe, Israel, and South Africa.

Side projects[edit]

The Drug Purse: Tarek Wegner (bass)[9]

The UFO Club: Lee Blackwell with Christian Bland of The Black Angels[10]

The Bermudas: Tarek Wegner (guitar, vocals), Woody Brenton of Fuzzy Cloaks (drums, vocals), Mike Ni (bass, sax, vocals)

Night Sun: Cole Alexander and Joe Bradley of Black Lips, Curtis Harding, Danny Lee B. of Night Beats, Brent Hinds of Mastodon (band)[11]

Band members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Lee Blackwell (aka Danny Rajan, D. Lee B.) - Vocals, lead guitar
  • Tarek Wegner - Vocals, bass guitar, rhythm guitar
  • James Traeger - Drums

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Night Beats - 2011 (Trouble In Mind Records)
  • Sonic Bloom - 2013 (Reverberation Appreciation Society)

Compilations[edit]

  • Get Wyld! Vol. 1 - 2010 (Holy Twist)[12]
  • Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theatre Vol. 1 - 2011 (Translinguistic Other/Light In The Attic)[13]
  • Sailor Jerry Vol. 4 - 2011 (Sailor Jerry Rum)

Live Albums/Bootlegs[edit]

  • Live @ KEXP (Seattle, WA) - 2010[14]
  • Live @ KDVS (Davis, CA) - 2010[15]
  • Live @ Radio Valencia (San Francisco, CA) - 2010[16]
  • Live @ The Soda Bar (San Diego, CA) - 2011[17]
  • Live @ The Casbah (San Diego, CA) - 2011[18]
  • Live @ WFMU (Jersey City, NJ) - 2012[19]
  • Live @ The Soda Bar (San Diego, CA) - 2012[20]
  • Live @ The Knitting Factory (Brooklyn, NY) - 2012[21]
  • Live @ Johnny Rad Fest (San Diego, CA) - 2012[22]
  • Live @ The Observatory (Santa Ana, CA) - 2012[23]
  • Live @ The Soda Bar (San Diego, CA) - 2012[24]
  • Live @ Glasslands (Brooklyn, NY) - 2013[25]
  • Live @ Baby's All Right (Brooklyn, NY) - 2014[26]

Singles/Splits/EPs[edit]

  • H-Bomb 7" - 2010 (Self-Released)
  • H-Bomb 7" - 2010 (Trouble In Mind Records)[27]
  • H-Bomb EP (iTunes) - 2010 (Holy Twist)[28]
  • Night Beats/UFO Club Split 10" - 2011 (Reverberation Appreciation Society)
  • Night Beats/TRMRS Split 7" - 2012 (Volcom Entertainment/Resurrection Records)[29]

Cassette releases[edit]

  • Night Beats - 2011 (Burger Records)
  • Sonic Bloom - 2013 (Burger Records)

DVD releases[edit]

  • Austin Psych Fest 3 DVD - 2010 (Reverberation Appreciation Society)[30]
  • Austin Psych Fest 4 DVD - 2011 (Reverberation Appreciation Society)[31]
  • Vans Get-N Classic Vol. 2 - 2012 (Vans)[32]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Troublemakers (2012-03-15). "Trouble In Mind". Troubleinmindrecs.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  5. ^ "Top 30 Albums |". Kdvs.org. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  6. ^ "Translinguistic Other » Blog Archive » Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theatre Vol. 1". Records.translinguisticother.com. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
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  12. ^ "iTunes - Music - Get Wyld! Volume 1 by Various Artists". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  13. ^ "Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theatre Vol. I | Light In The Attic Records". Lightintheattic.net. 2011-04-16. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  14. ^ "KEXP 90.3 FM - Live performance by Night Beats on 2/13/2010". Kexp.org. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  15. ^ "Show Details |". Kdvs.org. 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  16. ^ "Radio Valencia :: Podcasts". Podcasts.radiovalencia.fm. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  17. ^ "Little More than a Big Crashing Beat: Night Beats - Soda Bar, San Diego March 7th 2011". Nomorethanabigcrashingbeathappenings.blogspot.com. 2011-03-07. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  18. ^ "Little More than a Big Crashing Beat: Night Beats - The Casbah, San Diego CA 20th August 2011". Nomorethanabigcrashingbeathappenings.blogspot.com. 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  19. ^ "Night Beats - Live at WFMU on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock on April 17, 2012". Free Music Archive. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  20. ^ "Little More than a Big Crashing Beat: The Night Beats - The Soda Bar, San Diego 4th May 2012". Nomorethanabigcrashingbeathappenings.blogspot.com. 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  21. ^ Name * (2012-08-14). "Night Beats: August 6, 2012 Knitting Factory – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming". nyctaper. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  22. ^ "Little More than a Big Crashing Beat: Night Beats - Johnny Rad Fest, Kensington Club, San Diego 18th August 2012". Nomorethanabigcrashingbeathappenings.blogspot.com. 2012-08-18. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  23. ^ "Little More than a Big Crashing Beat: The Night Beats - The Observatory, Santa Ana 16th December 2012". Nomorethanabigcrashingbeathappenings.blogspot.com. 2012-12-16. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  24. ^ "Little More than a Big Crashing Beat: The Night Beats - The Soda Bar, San Diego 17th December 2012". Nomorethanabigcrashingbeathappenings.blogspot.com. 2012-12-17. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  25. ^ "Night Beats: May 8, 2013 Glasslands – FLAC/MP3/Streaming". nyctaper. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  26. ^ "Night Beats: July 2, 2014 Baby's All Right – FLAC/MP3/Streaming". nyctaper. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
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  28. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  29. ^ "Volcom Entertainment - Vevc". Store.volcoment.com. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
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  31. ^ [6][dead link]
  32. ^ "Get-N Classic - Vol. 2 | Vans Presents". Offthewall.tv. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 

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