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True to the freewheeling, joyfully schizophrenic swirl of rock, punk, ska, folk, world music and (insert next genre-bending style here) that has defined the Camper Van Beethoven aesthetic since the enduring lineup took shape circa mid-80s, each member of the band has a different spin on how they started working on the songs that developed into La Costa Perdida, their debut on 429 Records and ... Read more in Amazon's Camper Van Beethoven Store

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  • Audio CD (January 22, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 429 Records
  • ASIN: B009O07NSE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Come Down The Coast
2. Too High For The Love-in
3. You Got To Roll
4. Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out
5. Peaches In The Summertime
6. Northern California Girls
7. Summer Days
8. La Costa Perdida
9. Aged In Wood
10. A Love For All Time

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Alternative rock pioneers Camper Van Beethoven have returned with a new album, LA COSTA PERDIDA their 429 Records debut. The lineup, featuring Victor Krummenacher (bass, baritone guitar), Greg Lisher (guitars), David Lowery (guitars and vocals), Chris Pedersen (drums), Jonathan Segel (violin , guitar , mandolin, organ , backing vocals) and Michael Urbano (drums and percussion), have reunited and created their most cohesive album yet. Produced by the band, this album, their eighth studio album and first since 2004, is steeped in their connection to Northern California, specifically the areas where the band members first nurtured their musical talents Redlands, Santa Cruz and San Francisco. With a geographical jumping off point, the band fills in the dramatic, joyous, interpersonal and psychological aspects of the locales as only CVB can. The ten tracks on LA COSTA PERDIDA were recorded in the Oakland home studio of Jonathan Segel.

Says Victor Krummenacher: The coolest part was that everything flowed from the fact that these distinctive musicians and personalities sat in the living room. Our music now sounds like four people are writing it. The songs have great energy, but we re more relaxed and stately and a lot more confident. The songwriting here has elements of vintage Camper along with grown-up Camper.


I like what I hear here.. --Rolling Stone

Delightful… It does illustrate how unique this band still is, 30 years after it formed. And it truly is a kick to hear CVB ply its craft with road-tested assurance and subtly virtuosic musicianship. --Pitchfork

For 30 years and counting, Camper Van Beethoven have existed in a parallel-universe borderland, coming across like a punk band perpetually on a Balkan bluegrass bender. But they finally bring it all back home to their native California on 10th album, La Costa Perdida, recalling '60s-vintage West Coast pop filtered through their timeless, idiosyncratic prism. --Spin

Customer Reviews

Excellent songwriting and musicianship.
Nic Arp
The music is tight and Jonathan Segel's violin and Chris Lisher's guitar sound as if they are making love.
Richard Simpson
Such a unique and distinct CVB sound on this album.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By mabewa on January 23, 2013
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This is a lovely, eclectic, funny, dark, strange and joyous little album. Only 10 songs this time, one of them a brief instrumental interlude, but the songs are all so vibrant, well-written and well-played that it sounds like a greatest-hits album by a lesser artist. There are plenty of moments that remind me of past Camper albums, as well as some new touches (like the Beach Boysish backing vox on "Northern California Girls" or the Captain-Beefheart style guitar duels on "You've Got to Roll.") It mostly reminds me of a quieter, more grown-up version of "Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart," in that every song is a little gem that fits into the wider album perfectly. If you've ever loved this band, do not miss this album.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Psycler on January 23, 2013
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Not many bands that have been around for 30 years to begin with, let alone to put out a CD that is so relevant and yet sticks to their roots. La Costa Perdida is just that recording. First, the musicianship is second to none. The guitars intertwining with violin throughout the recording playing off each other with sublime melodies. The rhythm section keeps it all together. Every play of the CD gets you more hooked than the time before. Secondly, the lyrics are smart, funny and take you on a descriptive journey in each song. Personal favorites: A Love For All Time (musically a must listen on headphones) Northern California Girls (the "crunchy" guitar at the end brings you to feel the yearning of the songs protagonist) Too High For The Love-in (tells an unfortunate story with just the right amount of humor) Definitely worth the wait!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By philgeo on January 23, 2013
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This is my new favorite album from Camper Van Beethoven and it is strong from start to finish. My favorite song is "Too High for the Love In" due to the interplay of the guitar and backing vocal parts which evoke a cool mid-1960's feel for me. In general the music is interesting. As usual in Camper Van Beethoven varying non standard scales and modes are used in the various instrumental parts. On this album though I felt like there was an even better synergy between the guitar and violin parts than before. David Lowrey's lyrics will probably always contain some element of snark, but I feel both the lyrics and music convey a true affection for the section of the California coast where the band came together.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Bush on April 13, 2013
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First a little about me - I love Camper Van and Cracker too; I like the folksy, funny, wry, country-ska-polka mashup and easy lightness of their music. I thought New Roman Times was an amazingly well executed concept album from start to finish, I love Telephone Free, II & III, Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart, Key Lime Pie. I bought this album without any second thoughts whatsoever. And I am incredibly disappointed.

I think overall there are elements of the CVB style and music in this album, but the overall execution just fails - it sounds unfinished, in need of editing, revision, or just more work. The lyrics are flat and kind of feel like an after thought, and DL's delivery often sounds strained and painful (when not down right horrifying - 'A Love For All Time' wants to be a Paul Anka song and that just isn't his vocal strength.) I know he's not a 'singer' in the typical way, but he has a style that works for him, and I feel like he's strayed too far from that style in too many places in this album, the end result is distracting.

The music generally holds up pretty well and provides a lot of glimpses of what this album might have been - which ultimately just make me sad that it didn't deliver. (Stay well away from 'Aged in Wood', however, it's some kind of unlistenable art-rock pastiche of noise and some ear splitting metal-on-metal-screeching).

I would recommend the title track, 'La Costa Perdida' - it's a solid track, with a great uncomplicated country honky tonk waltz style, and the only track where the lyrics and singing really remind me of what they are capable of from start to finish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paxman on January 24, 2013
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Camper Van Beethoven brings forth a great new album with "La Costa Perdida." 30 years into the band's career and we get this gem. "La Costa Perdida" further cements CVB's place as one of the great American bands.

From the opening track "Come Down The Coast" to the album's closer "A Love For All Time," the listener is transported to places warm and familiar. My first listen was under headphones and as the opening track unfolded I found myself laughing out loud. The expansiveness of the songs made me seriously giddy. This was just the starting point for the journey which is the album.

The songwriting is just what you would expect from David Lowery and crew. Exemplary, artful, engaging and heartfelt. The performances are exceptional with each group member laying claim to their signature. Even Crispy Derson makes "Too High For The Love In" his with his unique drumming and signature sound. For some reason Fran Fuanro stayed home while session master Michael Urbano played drums on the album. No matter. Frank will make these songs come alive in performance. Greg Lisher's guitar work is beautiful. Multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Segel (Lowery's foil in CVB) brings forth a wide variety of sounds and textures featuring his sublime guitar work, the ever present violin and some keys too. Victor Krummenacher remains the bands secret weapon adding depth to the entire proceedings. The album is recorded lovingly. Lovely cascades of guitar, vocal harmonies and unknown textures will delight your ears.

Buyers choosing digital formats receive bonus tracks. A plus for you Amazon MP3 buyers and those that choose that other digital retailer.

This is a classic album by a true American treasure. If you haven't seen the band live get yourself out and do so. They are even better in the flesh. I've enjoyed the ride since my first show in 1986 and look forward to the future with CVB.
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