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Blackout Beach

image of Blackout Beach

Carey Mercer started Blackout Beach as solo endeavor soon after the demise of his brilliant first band, Blue Pine, in 2001. Frog Eyes began around this time, too. Blackout Beach has since become a living, breathing thing, a trio, with Mercer at the helm.



  • Light Flows the Putrid Dawn CD (2004, Soft Abuse)
  • Claxxon’s Lament 7” lathe-cut (2007, Soft Abuse)
  • Skin of Evil CD/LP (2009, Soft Abuse)
  • Live at the Orange Hall DL (2011, Self-Released)
  • Fuck Death LP (2011, Dead Oceans)
  • 11 Pink Helicopters in the Coral Sky DL (2012, Self-Released)
  • Blues Trip LP (2013, Soft Abuse)

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Chris Durham Church Shuttle

Church Shuttle rolls down the road

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Steven R. Smith

Sketchbook Rising

On May 31, Steven R. Smith releases the first new material under his given name in years & years. A continue reading →


Pumice live in Eurozones

Stefan Neville takes his Pumice show on the road, following time on battery for The Coolies. Catch him live if continue reading →

thistle group

Welcoming Thistle Group, her record & tour

Thistle Group started a few years back, while It Hurts was still an active entity, and has been the main continue reading →