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The August Teens - I’m Selfish And So Is My Cat (Kool Kat Musik 2021) $14
NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK LABEL AVAILABLE MAY 7 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!! The band's long-awaited (more than 10 years) third album (and Kool Kat label debut), “I’m Selfish and So is My Cat” emerged as a download-only release on Bandcamp in May of 2020. Catchy music, concise song construction and clever lyrics make their music pretty unforgettable, so it’s a very happy day to finally have these songs available in recorded form.
Rick Coraccio - Anthology (Arcadian Sun Recorders 2021) $15
Rick Coraccio was an essential influence in the 70’s/80’s Boston garage rock scene. Rick played in DMZ, Lyres and an early version of The Real Kids when they were simply The Kids. He formed several of his own bands - The Shambles and The Last Ones - which produced some amazing songs, some of which are present on his 24 song career-spanning collection.
The Direct Hits - The Broadway Recording Sessions (Optic Nerve Records 2021) $16
Way back in 1982, Battersea based mod heroes Direct Hits had released one single “Modesty Blaise” on Dan Treacy’s Whamm! record label. Whamm! were struggling to provide the funds to record an album, so Direct Hits pooled their limited resources and self financed a very cheap one day recording session in a tiny studio in Tooting, South London called Broadway Sound. Almost two years later they re-recorded some of these songs, and along with a handful of new songs from the pen of Buckmaster and Swan, recorded their “Blow Up” debut album at Rendezvous Studios in Sydenham, South East London, and released on Whaam! Records in August 1984. So what you have here are the roots of some of these great songs. A few didn’t make it to the first album those that did, as you will hear, remained reasonably faithful to the original arrangements.
John Larson and The Silver Fields - The Great Pause (Shiny Fly Records 2021) $11
When the pandemic hit last March, John Larson (formerly of The Marlowes) and The Silver Fields took advantage of the extra time they were afforded. They’d already planned to record a follow-up to 2019’s “Glimpses” but the forced shutdown provided an opportunity for John to concentrate on writing new songs. Low-maintenance, yet strong and energetic, John Larson and the Silver Fields don’t waste time or space.” – SomethingElseReviews.com
The SPiRES - Era Was (Artifical Light Records 2021) $14
The SPiRES are from Ventura, CA and have been around for about 15 years, but thanks to Jeff Shelton’s “Power Pop Show”, they’re new to us. They play timeless, jangly, indie guitar pop. According to the band, “Era Was” “started off as a full band live record then ended up a bedroom headphone jammer.” The record is highly recommended if you like your indie rock understated, subtle, and well executed.
Stepford Knives - Blue In The Face b/w I Don’t Want Her (Anymore) (Loaded Goat Records 2021) 7 Inch Vinyl $8.50
Jamie Hoover recently teamed up with Otis Hughes, who played bass for the now-defunct alternative-metal band Animal Bag. Calling themselves Stepford Knives, the fellows just released “Blue In the Face”/”I Don’t Want Her (Anymore),” their debut single. “The disc announces the arrival of an adventurous collaboration. Jamie and Otis may come from different musical backgrounds, but the blending of their influences in Stepford Knives produces agreeable results.
Teenage Fanclub - Endless Arcade (Merge Records 2021) $15
“Endless Arcade” is Teenage Fanclub’s first record since 2016’s “Here”. The new record is quintessential TFC: melodies are equal parts heart warming and heart aching, guitars chime and distort, keyboard lines mesh and spiral, harmony-coated choruses burst out like sun on a stormy day. The band may not be as loose as they once were, but that is more than compensated for in the harmonies and fine arrangements.