Sunday's Best
The Californian
May 14, 2002

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After years of requests, we are pleased to be partnering with Thirty Something Records (Germany) for the first ever vinyl pressing of The Californian!

Overcoming the departure of a founding member, the loss of two booking agents, rehab, and divorce, the members of Sunday's Best flexed their maturity through variety on a sophomore album that finds the band defining its own unique sound.

From the hook-filled "Our Left Coast Ambitions," to the nearly adult contemporary "Don't Let It Fade," to singer-songwriter on "Beethoven St.," The Californian shows a band reinventing itself by slowing things down, stripping away layers and allowing Ed Reyes' vocals to soar above each track's beautiful melodies.

Wearing the muse of Sunday's Best's hometown/state on its sleeve, The Californian conjures the pangs of nostalgia filtered through the romanticism of Los Angeles.

Members have since gone on to form The Bronx (James Tweedy) and The Little Ones (Reyes and Ian Moreno).


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    The Try (4:45)
  • 2
    The Californian (4:17)
  • 3
    Don't Let It Fade (4:12)
  • 4
    The Salt Mines of Santa Monica (3:41)
  • 5
    If We Had It Made (5:42)
  • 6
    Our Left Coast Ambitions (4:03)
  • 7
    Without Meaning (5:16)
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    Beethoven St. (4:39)
  • 9
    Brave, But Brittle... (4:03)
  • 10
    Los Feliz Arms (5:59)


The Californian is an absolutely amazing piece of work, by far the year's best indie rock album.

This is a well-thought collection of strong, lingering songs that won't leave your mind any time soon after you hear them. I'll give this an A.

In Music We Trust
This is the release you pour through CD store shelves hoping to discover...Sunday's Best created something beautiful here.


  • Don't Let It Fade (4:09)
    Bradley Scott

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