Burger Records' Caravan of Stars Rolls Deep In a Nursing Home Shuttle Bus

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Gap Dream's Gabe Fulvimar
Gap Dream's Gabe Fulvimar has had a surreal couple of years. Last December, he emailed a sample of his lo-fi glam pop to Fullerton, California's DIY visionaries Burger Records, who offered to put out his self-titled debut on cassette; after his song "58th St. Fingers" was featured on Pitchfork, "shit hit the fan" and he moved halfway across the country from Cleveland to live in a storage space at Burger's warehouse, which includes the label's record store and office space. "It's a very odd thing to make music for a long time where no one knows who you are, except for your buddies and people who think it's a joke, and suddenly people are interested in it," he tells me over the phone from a gas station somewhere between Portland, OR, and Salt Lake City. "I'm trying not to let it freak me out," he says–even when some female fans drew a picture of his face and posted it to Twitter. "I never thought that would happen."

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Fulvimar is on the road with Burger Records' Burgerama Caravan of Stars Tour, a traveling festival of sorts that began three years ago as an attempt to take Burgerama, Burger's annual two-day festival in Santa Ana, California, on the road. Sharing the bill with Gap Dream are skuzzy psychedelics Cosmonauts, garage punkers Together Pangea, and "sonic brownie"-bakers the Growlers, who will be joined onstage by various members and friends of the Burger family during their month-long jaunt across the country.

"We're doing our best to create a festival-like vibe with having a lot of bands play, and bringing all of our merch and creating kind of a little pop-up store in each of the venues," explains Burger Records co-founder and co-owner Sean Bohrman, who sat out this year's Caravan to get work done around the office and stay on-hand as an emergency contact ("emergencies," he adds, usually entail something like, "Hey, we need some weed"). "We got a bunch of local bands that always play our shows here. We just wanted to recreate what we did here by trying to mostly use all-ages venues," Bohrman says.

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Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

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chipshirley

Video magazine for the Athens scene circa 1999-

I shot and edited this as a 'would be' monthly TV show for a local Athens channel that went out of business just as I had it finished. For years I thought the files were corrupted and useless. I just discovered that it was my equipment for playback that was malfunctioning. For all the great Athens artists who let me record them I have this brief offering and great thanks. Hope you enjoy!
Chip Shirley

Athens GA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaJFkn8A_aE&feature=c4-overview&list=UUg02Y0byB7tj-ifyB-S7hNw
INTRO-
2:16- Jucifer 'Superman'
6:00-  8 Track Gorilla 'Mental Illness'
6:54- Pearce Williams 'Sugarlump'
9:24- Street Girls
10:10- Harry Carry backstage at High Hat and DJ Darcy at GA Theater
10:45- Empire State at Team Clermont Prom
12:37- Widespread 'Panic in the Streets'
15:45 -ORT 'I'm too fat!'
17:23- Leguano 'My Garage'
20:23- Brian 'On the Street'
20:43 Melted Men and Olivia Tremor Control 'Italian Seaside Ice Jester' a capella'
OUTRO.

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