Trans Van Santos "TVS 2" LP
Released on Jason Simon's label Tekeli-li Records and one of the song writing members of Jason's Old Mexico project, TVS is an “SF Psych-Rock Mystic” who now lives in the Azores. A shifting psychedelic ensemble whose rotating membership includes members of Dead Meadow, Patti Smith band, Afrofunk, Calexico, The Blank Tapes, and other west coast luminaries has led the LA Weekly to credit TVS with “Re-inventing Western Exotica” while Time Out New York claims that TVS is “The perfect soundtrack to your next Be-In.” On TVS2, Trans Van Santos gathers his tribe of musicians in Joshua Tree, California. The strange, open landscape of the Mojave Desert seems to have provided the perfect setting for the album's post-apocalyptic narrative, which tells the story of a world in transition and a small band of American misfits attempting to navigate the changes, both exterior and interior, while articulating a vision of the future. Musically, the album draws inspiration from Caetano Veloso's 1969-1972 period (with several songs containing Portuguese lyrics), Leonard Cohen, the films of David Lynch, and Mutations era Beck. The album features guest appearances by Dead Meadow’s Jason Simon, former Patti Smith guitarist Oliver Ray and was mixed by Dr. Dog producer Nathan Sabatino.