9th Ave: Record of the Month Listening Party, The Umbrellas

Saturday, November 25, 2023 - 7:00pm

This event will take place at our 1231 9th Ave store in the Inner Sunset.

Cover of The Umbrellas self-titled album. The cover is red and on the left is a green and orange photo of a ferris wheel.
Join us on Saturday, November 25 at 7pm for a free listening party celebrating our November Record of the Month Pick, The Umbrellas by The Umbrellas!

About the Event
Join us to celebrate our Record of the Month Club with a full-length listen of the Club's November selection, The Umbrellas self-titled album! We're listening to it all and we're listening to it loud. This is a free, BYOEverything event with some refreshments provided. We will have LPs available for purchase at the event, and of course the bookstore will be open for all of your browsing needs. Check out all the info you need to know about our Record of the Month Club below or at the following link: https://www.greenapplebooks.com/record-month

"SF loves The Umbrellas! Get with it! Cute dreamy tracks. Fun poppy tracks. Jingle jangle joy. For fans of The Pastels and Belle & Sebastian. Keep the rain away with these tasty jams!"—Max

About the Band
The San Francisco bay area has long been an important outpost of the International Pop Underground, from the 90s heyday of The Aislers Set, #Poundsign# and The Fairways to the string of legendary popfests in the early 00s and more recently to a DIY pop resurgence with bands like The Mantles, Flowertown and The Reds, Pinks & Purples. Now we're very happy to welcome into this rich pop tradition The Umbrellas, who, after one well-received tape/single, are sure to dazzle with their new self-titled debut album.

Classic indiepop influences are very much in evidence here, from The Byrds to Orange Juice, The Pastels, Comet Gain and Belle & Sebastian, along with a noticeable garage-pop/Paisley Underground flavor that is a hallmark of San Francisco's best bands. The Umbrellas' area DIY roots run deep, from previous bands to jobs at local record shops and venues to their warm, distinctive home-recorded sound. Brilliantly catchy lead-off single "She Buys Herself Flowers" introduces us to a band that's both intimately conversant with indiepop history but also unburdened by it, a band with the song-crafting chops and spirit to take familiar elements and create for themselves a fresh new sound.

The album goes from strength to strength, studded with pop gems like "Near You," "Lonely" and "Pictures." They're tunes that sound like classics from the first listen, and when taken all together give you the distinct impression of a group of friends who write and play for their own pleasure, with a sense of ease that's readily apparent with every note. Songs like "Summer" and "City Song" are at once heavily evocative of SF but also universal, the work of a terrific young band who have struck on something as timeless and elemental as all great pop.


3 months of our Record of the Month picks!

Please note that shipping will not be available for any Record of the Month orders, all vinyl will be able to be picked up at any of our locations.

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