Camper Van Beethoven: El Camino Real

Camper Van Beethoven El Camino Real

Camper Van Beethoven El Camino Real (429) 2.5 stars out of 5 The easy going northern California vibe that the revived Camper Van Beethoven explored on last year’s La Costa Perdida is replaced with a darker examination of the lower half of the state for that album’s surprisingly quick follow-up. But while the lyrics aren’t […]

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Camper Van Beethoven: Key Lime Pie, Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart

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Camper Van Beethoven Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart Key Lime Pie (Omnivore) 4 out of 5 stars By being indie and alternative folk before either term was officially coined, California’s Camper Van Beethoven weren’t a natural first choice to sign with a major label. They had already released four albums reveling in something they described as […]

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Camper Van Beethoven: La Costa Perdida


Camper Van Beethoven La Costa Perdida (429) Rating: 3 1/2 stars (out of 5) Even Camper Van Beethoven’s ’80s fans — whoever was left in the mid-00s — never expected the band to roar back with one of its finest releases, 2004’s New Roman Times. Eight years later frontman David Lowery puts his long time […]

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David Lowery


David Lowery is celebrating 30 years with his pioneering and much beloved indie rock band, Camper Van Beethoven. We asked the outspoken rocker about La Costa Perdida, Camper’s first album in nine years, his songwriting process and more. Who are your songwriting heroes? In no particular order, Paul Williams, Burt Bacharach and Hal Davis, Randy Newman and […]

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News Roundup: Best Of 2012, Paloma Faith, The Who, Matt Pond

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Our Writer of the Week Paloma Faith chats with us about her dream collaboration, her songwriting and her current album. More Happy 63rd Birthday to rock music icon Tom Waits. More Delve into our T0p 50 Albums of 2012. More We also count down the Top 50 songs of 2012. See if your favorites made […]

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R.E.M., Decemberists, Pavement Sing The Praises Of Camper Van Beethoven


Camper Van Beethoven have friends in Indie Rock places. David Lowery’s beloved art-rock outfit, who brought us anthems like “Take The Skinheads Bowling,” “The History Of Utah” and other favorites, will celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2013 with a new album, La Costa Perdida. Check out what some of their peers and admirers are saying […]

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David Lowery’s Top 10 Lamest Excuses For Stealing Artists’ Music

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Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker frontman David Lowery set the Internet and Facebook aflame last Friday with his brilliant blog post decrying illegal file sharing. We’re reprinting it in full, with Lowery’s permission, of course. Check out Lowery’s awesome 300 Songs blog here. No More Bullshit. The Top 10 Lamest Excuses For Stealing Artists’ Music […]

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School Of Rock: A Q&A With David Lowery


David Lowery has a lot on his plate. The frontman for two of rock’s most beloved cult bands, Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, has just released a trippy new solo album, The Palace Guards. He’s also been cultivating his 300 Songs blog project, and he’s gearing up to teach a music industry course at the […]

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David Lowery: The Palace Guards

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Frontman for two beloved bands goes solo.

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