Sonny Kay was the main man behind the now-defunct Gold Standard Laboratories, a company which primarily released music by bands off the mainstream map but could also easily be interpreted as a long-going art project. That was the nature of the label; obscurity and the experimental going hand in hand and during GSL’s heyday there wasn’t a kid around who didn’t know or own at least one of the label’s releases. Besides doing GSL, Sonny was in several influential bands like Angel Hair, The VSS and Year Future.
Today Sonny mostly does artwork and art direction for the label set up Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (The Mars Volta) as well as doing posters and record covers on a freelance basis. Check out his work at Sonnykay.com.
Lastly we just want to say it’s been and still is a privilege to know Sonny. One of the nicest people to walk this planet! Here’s his Top 5 things for a gloomy fall.
1. Moon (film) – I was really pleased with this. I think anyone who loves 2001: A Space Odyssey (as I do) will be impressed. Sam Rockwell is one of my favorite actors, too. I’m usually disappointed with big Hollywood productions, so this was a nice exception. I would have made the ending different, but whatever.
2. HEALTH Get Color
– The new LP from the best band in LA. Everything I hoped for and more.
5. Finally getting an iPod
(five years after everybody else).
of Kill Shaman
‘s top 5 records at the moment. Some of these are tapes and cdrs but maybe someone can turn them all in LP’s.
1. Mississipi Records Mix Tape #1 – 13 (This counts as just one)
After a long day of listening to cool bands and trying to understand the popularity contest of Los Angeles my soul starts to weaken. Is it just about PR? Will these lame festivals ever stop? Does anyone wanna explain why there is traffic at 6am? The Mississippi records tapes fill me back up. Music that is not about PR, festivals or DJ nights. I owe Mississippi records my sanity. Samba Triste is my fav.
2. BIRTH (cdr)
Digital Hardcore in LA. Yes. Pooping on the rad vibes. Ah yes. Thanks for bringing the reality.
3. Bronze s/t 10″
They have a new 7″ on Enfant Terrible. These guys are my favorite band in California at the moment. They need to send me more music and let me put out some records for them.
4. Vum tape
This lady used to be in Lion Fever. I liked them but this is much more my style. Great minimal goth goodness. They need someone to put this out on LP stat.
5. Night Control “Death Control”
We are putting this out but I still listen to it alot. Just arranged it all so it has been in play all week. So glad do work with this man.
My picture was taken in front of the French market.
/ Nerf Waltons