Latest Mixtape:

Shop the TK market: Coffee + Vinyl Pairings Subscription (Recurring)

Buy it now

TK001: Motel Beds – Western Son / UK Surfjerk 7″

Dayton, Ohio’s Motel Beds are on fire. Earlier this year they released one of my favorite records so far of 2011: Sunfried Dreams. They’re now playing the No More Fake Labels showcase at CMJ on October 20th. And they’ve already prepped the follow-up to Sunfried Dreams, titled Tango Boys, which is as solid as rock and features a duet with none other than Kelley Deal (of Breeders fame). So we’re honored to release their very first ever vinyl single as part of our very first ever Pairings Box. The a-side “Western Son” is one of Sunfried Dreams‘ highlights with it’s slow-burning guitar-leaden groove, steady percussion, rubber-band crisp bassline and singer PJ Paslosky’s crackling, reedy croon. The b-side was recorded specifically for the single is an alternate-take of album track “Surfjerk.”  It’s a surf-rock inspired ballad with a soft, gliding melody and a rhythm as smooth and oak-infused as a tumbler of fine scotch.

Motel Beds – Western Son

The Western Son / UK Surfjerk 7″ is only available through our nearly sold-out October Pairings Box. I promise you, you’ll be hearing more about them in the future.

Let's Meet up… in your inbox.

Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • I got my Pairings Box yesterday! I’m really digging the Motel Beds 7″. I’ve been listening to Western Son for awhile after getting it from one of your mixtapes and it’s been one of my favorite tracks. “Surfjerk” is pretty amazing too.

  • Pingback: Motel Beds - Western Son | The Blue Walrus()

  • Katykatkan

    I’m a huge Motel Beds Fan!! This is awesome!!

  • Ana Log

    this is so cool!!!! there are very few bands that have the substance that doesn’t make the motel beds merely good..they are here to stay and continue to evolve their sound in amazing and exciting ways. have not been this excited about an upcoming album in ages!! they are the next *big thing* :))

  • LOVE that this was in our pairings box! It reminded me a bit of Rooney (probably the surf rock thing), but I enjoyed Motel Beds more.

Get the pairings box:A curated food and music discovery experience


In season now:

Recently on the turntable:

See all Stories from the Turntable > >

Recently in the kitchen:

See all Stories from the Kitchen > >

Get the pairings box:A curated food and music discovery experience


In season now: