7 Inch Roundup—
The world is coming apart at the seams, riots, wars, government spying all while the music world is being shaken by terrible cd sales all too expensive vinyl releases and the crappy sound of digital music. Thankfully summer is on the way and independent labels are still releasing singles on 7 inches of vinyl the way it should be done. The single puts a group or solo artists best foot forward and turns the music into a tangible artifact whether you are a danish punk rocker or a group of teenagers from the pacific northwest you each get the brief opportunity of a few minutes to impress a listener and potentialy make a life long fan.
Empty Palace- (Snappy Little Numbers)
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This new release on Snappy Little Numbers gets away from the stock cover the label has been using but keeps up with the cool mixed color vinyl. Empty Palace embraces the pomp of eighties metal and offer up sick riffage and prog arrangements.
We Are Hex- (Latest Flame Records)
buy it here: http://www.latestflame.com/
Latest Flame is an excellent label from my local Milwaukee are and their penchant for gnarly noisy rock music stands true with the newest release by Indianapolis act We Are Hex. The tracks are produced by the master Jon Spencer himself and these tracks really couldn’t sound any better. The dark tones and fuzzy gloom is impeccable. Recommended if you like your music served up with a dish of amazing.
Isaac Rother & The Phantoms- (Resurrection Records)
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Available in either black vinyl or green marble the latest on Resurrection Records feels nostalgic in all the right ways. Rother & the Phantoms mix garage rock, honkey-tonk piano and girl group background vocals with the DIY spirit of punk. It’s like the best trip down memory lane, the look and feel of a freshly polished vintage car and the best feeling of all the dusty grooves of a garage rock 45 all wrapped into two tracks running at 45rpms.
Seacats (Fin Records)
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The Seacats have the playfulness of youth on their side with their fun-loving pacific northwest indie pop music that is a little sunnier than the product that typically is associated with Seattle area music. They even limited the 7” to 500 copies on burger colored vinyl aka brown.
last but not least find yourself a copy of Danish rocker PJ Bonneman’s ep Jeg Kendtedemikke from 2008 if you can. It’s a great release and he is the other half the amazing group Green Mansions.