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The Western States Motel

by The Western States Motel

"Carl Jordan has crafted a simple yet haunted acoustic-driven wonder. The songs exude a warmth and intimacy that bigger names in light rock are constantly groping for."
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. If Your Life Is Just A Dream
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2. The New E Blues
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3. Powerlines
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4. Cheap Speakers
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5. The Restless Sea
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6. Rows of Homes
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7. Southwest Planes
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8. Estereo
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9. Magic Trick
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10. Firing Range Days
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11. I Won't Be Going Back to San Diego
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Album Notes
On the debut album from The Western States Motel, Carl Jordan's intricately-woven songs recall Ektachrome summers and dusty Datsuns traversing the suburban plains of California. This is sunshine pop, no doubt, but it looks inwards as well. For every person who's ever been anywhere, or that's heading someplace, this is your soundtrack. Even if you're just standing still, this may set you on your way.

"The Western States Motel is exactly what it sounds like: driving music. There's a bit of The Shins' mystical 60's psych-rock vibe and some rainy day Elliot Smith-ness to boot. Sounds good right? It is."
-New York to London

"Tragically it’s no longer summer, but this album serves as a reminder, generating gold memories of flip-flops on feet, road trips and summer flings. The Western States Motel’s self-titled album is a strong debut from a promising Los Angeles songwriter."
-West Coast Performer Magazine

"Out of all the new music I’ve been listening to recently -- and, christ, you could devote a full-time job to keeping up on everything coming out right now and still fall behind -- I swear I keep coming back to the lazy, strolling tracks on TWSM the most. The song 'Southwest Planes' is the kind of tune that gets stuck in your head so completely that repeated listenings just cause it to find a better purchase there, rather than exorcising it away. "
-Radio Free Silverlake

"...with nods to the ‘California’ sound...the album is catchy and smooth in the Grandaddy meets Beck sense. I see good things for this band's future."

"...bliss-filled acoustic pop. 'Powerlines' is an absolutely gorgeous track "
-Rock Insider


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I love it! Every songs are amazingly good and very easy to enjoy.


Top-notch debut...
I have mixed feelings about how great this CD is. On the one hand, I'm happy to have a new favorite. On the other hand, I have a whole stack of new CDs from other artists that are getting no play because of it.


Wonderfully and surprisingly addictive.
Sure you can compare TWSM to the Shins or to Beck (not a bad genealogy if you think about it) but this album lacks everything that is annoying about the Shins AND Beck and then adds some fine hooks of its own. I find that I play it over and over. And I can't remember when I last did that.

Gringo Sanchez

He was a nice boy...
I remember this kid. I used to go out with his babysitter. We took him to the Salsa Festival in Fresno one summer. He got crazy from tasting all the salsas. Then he got a plastic visor from the Newport cigarrettes lady. I don't think his parents liked that.

He used to play guitar in his room and make up songs for his imaginary band. I think his stuffed penguin was the drummer, and he had a Ziggy doll that played a little Casio keyboard. They were actually pretty good, after I smoked out.

Speaking of which, this shit you're hearin' now is out of this world. It's like a cassette you'd listen to on your way back from Burning Man. Totally out there!

Miss ya, buddy!


joe narcisi

simply amazing
I picked up this CD knowing very little about the band and could not get enough. The mellow sound is complimented by a strong rythm section and lyrics that are much more positive than many similar sounding bands. The perfect album for a relaxing summer day (or the dead of winter if you really miss the summer).


i ♥ The Western States Motel
i can't live with out listening to a song from this cd; it's just that good, Particularly "powerlines"
i ♥ The Western States Motel

sam dutton

Certainly one of my favourite albums of the last few years, the songs are just so well crafted and its only a matter of time im sure before more people hear about them, they deserve to be a lot bigger, with singles like powerlines you can see they are heading in the right direction. My favourite song from the CD would have to be rows of homes but there is not one bad song on the album. Hurry up with the new EP!

Brian WA

solid as frozen diamonds.
This album is amazing. I let it play on repeat the whole day i got it. My favorite tracks are Powerlines, which is real Shin-sy and Cheap Speakers, which reminds me of dancy Beck tracks. Solid album. Solid as the freezer.


buy this album!
this album is AMAZING! I seriously like every song.


Opposite Day
This cd was the worst load of crap I've ever heard, Why are the catchy melodies and lyrics so un catchy? These are things I would be saying about this cd if It was in face OPPOSITE DAY! This is an amazing cd and has everything you could want in an easy listening, indie rock sound. Buy this album.
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