From The Desk Of Beachwood Sparks: Ambulatory Outsides With Great Views (Favorite Walks Of The Past Year), Part 4

They burned brightly, but briefly. Now, they have rekindled the flame. For Beachwood Sparks, the metaphor is all too easy and all too apt. The band’s discography is succinct: two albums, plus an EP and a few singles. There wasn’t much, but there was something indelible about those records. They took the cosmic American music of the Flying Burrito Brothers and Byrds, added the bittersweet sounds of middle-period Beach Boys and Sister Lovers Big Star, then turned them into a sun-dappled, dreamy, psychedelic brand of alt-country. But by 2002, Beachwood had run its course, and the group disbanded amicably, five years after it formed. Now a decade later, Beachwood Sparks—guitarists Farmer Dave Scher and Chris Gunst, bassist Brent Rademaker and drummer Aaron Sperske—is back with The Tarnished Gold (Sub Pop). The quartet will also be guest editing magnet magazine.com all week. Read our new feature on the band.

Gunst: Top of Lanai to the beach at the bottom. Basically a Four Seasons-to-Four Seasons hike; you walk from the Lodge at the top to Manele Bay at the ocean. Jump into the ocean at the end; it’s about 16 miles and not as downhill as it would seem, so many great views. We took a detour at the end and saw all these cool deer that look like some mid-world creatures. I think the story is they brought ’em over from India way back. Views of Molokai and Maui. Inter-island ions. It was great to walk the whole way seeing the ocean seemingly far off and way below. Then to jump in it at sunset while the young locals were practicing canoe racing was a great reward. So many micro climates, too, with cook pines at the top that look like if Northern California big trees breeded with legos. Had a great meal at Blue Ginger Cafe to recharge. Super local, fresh and yumba.

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From The Desk Of Beachwood Sparks: The Integratron (A Southern California Landmark And Geomagnetic Vortex)

They burned brightly, but briefly. Now, they have rekindled the flame. For Beachwood Sparks, the metaphor is all too easy and all too apt. The band’s discography is succinct: two albums, plus an EP and a few singles. There wasn’t much, but there was something indelible about those records. They took the cosmic American music of the Flying Burrito Brothers and Byrds, added the bittersweet sounds of middle-period Beach Boys and Sister Lovers Big Star, then turned them into a sun-dappled, dreamy, psychedelic brand of alt-country. But by 2002, Beachwood had run its course, and the group disbanded amicably, five years after it formed. Now a decade later, Beachwood Sparks—guitarists Farmer Dave Scher and Chris Gunst, bassist Brent Rademaker and drummer Aaron Sperske—is back with The Tarnished Gold (Sub Pop). The quartet will also be guest editing magnet magazine.com all week. Read our new feature on the band.

Scher: Eighteen Ley lines intersect … three deep underground desert rivers … a geomagnetic vortex known by bipeds since time immemorial. Clouds circle like the end of Ghostbusters around the area occupied by the dome. The brainchild of Van Tassel after going on an intergalactic cruise with Sol Ganda. Sacred architecture. Low-frequency emissions permeate the area, amplified by the the Integratron‘s design, and the tones coming from the crystal bowls. A sound bath for you and your cells. The Integratron may not have been completed to do the cell revitalization it was intended to do, but it still has plenty to offer. A heavy experience.

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From The Desk Of Beachwood Sparks: Migraines (A True Handicap)

They burned brightly, but briefly. Now, they have rekindled the flame. For Beachwood Sparks, the metaphor is all too easy and all too apt. The band’s discography is succinct: two albums, plus an EP and a few singles. There wasn’t much, but there was something indelible about those records. They took the cosmic American music of the Flying Burrito Brothers and Byrds, added the bittersweet sounds of middle-period Beach Boys and Sister Lovers Big Star, then turned them into a sun-dappled, dreamy, psychedelic brand of alt-country. But by 2002, Beachwood had run its course, and the group disbanded amicably, five years after it formed. Now a decade later, Beachwood Sparks—guitarists Farmer Dave Scher and Chris Gunst, bassist Brent Rademaker and drummer Aaron Sperske—is back with The Tarnished Gold (Sub Pop). The quartet will also be guest editing magnet magazine.com all week. Read our new feature on the band.

Rademaker: When it was announced that Florida Gator, now Minnesota Vikings wide receiver, Percy Harvin was sidelined from more than a few NFL games due to chronic migraine headaches, I really took notice. All my life I have been plagued with debilitating headaches that have affected my personal and professional life, but this guy had millions of dollars on the line and they still can’t help him. I have gone through everything: CT scans (negative), numerous diet changes so much to where I am afraid to go out and enjoy an evening at a nice restaurant with my wife and family. It’s frustrating because some of the treatments and things you would think help actually cause them, like yoga and exercises. I have ravaged my liver with over-the-counter pain relievers until I become immune to their effects. Preventative meds like Topamax, Amitriptyline and Depakote don’t work and have hard-core side effects. The latest migraine meds like Immitrex Inhalers had some effect for the first few months but have become in affective. What next? Acupuncture and a total overhaul of my diet. I am two weeks into a “tyramine- restricted diet” all with the help up my bandmate Dr. Jen Gunst, to whom I am very grateful. A tip to those who suffer: Stay away from over-ripe bananas and other fruit. In Percy Harvin’s case, treatment for sleep apnea and diet have all but cured him, but for me it’s a long road ahead. If you suffer from these then you know the effect they have; it’s like a handicap that you don’t get any special treatment for. You just have to miss out on life, many days of your precious life, and you only get one. What I try to do is really make the most of the days that I feel good. That’s a start! Is this too personal?

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From The Desk Of Beachwood Sparks: Ambulatory Outsides With Great Views (Favorite Walks Of The Past Year), Part 3

They burned brightly, but briefly. Now, they have rekindled the flame. For Beachwood Sparks, the metaphor is all too easy and all too apt. The band’s discography is succinct: two albums, plus an EP and a few singles. There wasn’t much, but there was something indelible about those records. They took the cosmic American music of the Flying Burrito Brothers and Byrds, added the bittersweet sounds of middle-period Beach Boys and Sister Lovers Big Star, then turned them into a sun-dappled, dreamy, psychedelic brand of alt-country. But by 2002, Beachwood had run its course, and the group disbanded amicably, five years after it formed. Now a decade later, Beachwood Sparks—guitarists Farmer Dave Scher and Chris Gunst, bassist Brent Rademaker and drummer Aaron Sperske—is back with The Tarnished Gold (Sub Pop). The quartet will also be guest editing magnet magazine.com all week. Read our new feature on the band.

Gunst: Beach stretch in Santa Cruz from New Brighton to La Selva Beach. Barefoot the entire way on the sand. This one is totally flat and replete with oceanic ions. This is a great walk to recharge, gaze into the horizon, dolphins, sea birds everywhere. We discovered this walk when we first lived up here, and no matter the season it is a real treat. There is some field recording on a song from the Nobody and Mystic Chords Of Memory album we did down here. You could really walk all the way to Moss Landing, I think, all along the beach, although we have never made that far. Feeling brave and warm, you can jump in the ocean. Remember to have layers because the beaches up here can be 10 degrees cooler at water level. Grab a stone, shell or sand dollar from the bounty and bring it with you to remind you and ground your body/mind again and again. You can camp up at New Brighton, too. After a good long walk in the salty clean air, you will be hungry and can drink tahini at Dharma’s in Capitola or Malabar in Santa Cruz. Yum!!

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From The Desk Of Beachwood Sparks: Audio Odyssey (An Interview With Denny Aaberg: Legendary Surfer, Member Of Cult Soundtrack Band The Farm And “Big Wednesday” Co-Writer)

They burned brightly, but briefly. Now, they have rekindled the flame. For Beachwood Sparks, the metaphor is all too easy and all too apt. The band’s discography is succinct: two albums, plus an EP and a few singles. There wasn’t much, but there was something indelible about those records. They took the cosmic American music of the Flying Burrito Brothers and Byrds, added the bittersweet sounds of middle-period Beach Boys and Sister Lovers Big Star, then turned them into a sun-dappled, dreamy, psychedelic brand of alt-country. But by 2002, Beachwood had run its course, and the group disbanded amicably, five years after it formed. Now a decade later, Beachwood Sparks—guitarists Farmer Dave Scher and Chris Gunst, bassist Brent Rademaker and drummer Aaron Sperske—is back with The Tarnished Gold (Sub Pop). The quartet will also be guest editing magnet magazine.com all week. Read our new feature on the band.

Scher: A good conversation about surfing, music, culture and the Bull Fighter’s Stance. Listen here, mateys

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