Sonny & the Sunsets: “Too Young to Burn”


As I submit my résumé to increasingly dubious baristas in this city’s many no-nonsense coffee shops and face the fact that my health care will, inevitably, run out at the end of the month, I begin to question my decision to quit my unflaggingly stable 9-5 at which I was able to do absolutely nothing on any given day and still collect a steady paycheck—especially when it seems that the plan I’d so brilliantly hatched to “get away from the computer screen” by acquiring a job at a serious coffeehouse has, thus far, resoundingly failed. And, in the meantime, copy-editing mind-blowingly boring material to pay the rent simply isn’t as glamorous as I had imagined, flexible schedule or no. Thankfully, even if life is handing me lemons as I stand at a career crossroads, San Francisco’s Sonny Smith has crafted an album so inherently sun-drenched, I can close my eyes and put it on, along with my retro bikini and oversize shades, lie back in my beach chair, and let all my troubles fade away. It’s a different decade anyway.

Originally released exclusively on vinyl, the album is like jobs at SF gourmet cafés—hard to come by. Maybe that’s because they only made 500 copies. (Don’t worry; if you’re not a vinyl purist, you can still get it digitally.) And if there’s anything this Bay Area denizen can teach me, it’s that hard work pays off. After all, he did spawn an insanely ambitious art project involving 100 records by fictional bands for each of which he 1) commissioned artists to create covers and 2) went ahead and wrote the songs, which resulted in 200 total tunes. Could his artistic accomplishment/omnipresence have contributed to the Sunsets’ invitation to the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival? (That, or a warm critical reception of damn good debut record.) If you’re too impatient or poor to make it to Chicago this summer, Sonny & the Sunsets are playing at Thee Parkside tonight with Jacuzzi Boys, The Fresh & Only’s, and Art Museums. At $8 a head, even the un (or under) employed can afford to attend. Hey, maybe tomorrow is alright.

Sonny & the Sunsets – Too Young to Burn

Who: Sonny & the Sunsets

What: Tomorrow Is Alright

When: 11.3.2009

Where: San Francisco, CA

Why: “Every tear rolling down is a lesson learned / Are you too old to turn? / Are you too young to burn?”

How: Soft Abuse

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