7″ of Love: July, August & September 2013 (Ep. 14)

We love vinyl!  Here’s some of the cool stuff that’s come in lately:

Wake of Wonders – “Piggybacks / End of the day” – Happy Happy Birthday To Me

So, tropical punk is a genre?  Interesting.  I’ve never heard that before.  And now that I have, this description makes sense.  Mix your favorite elements of pop, rock, punk, raga and other island bits and you get this amazingly lively yet chilled concoction.  Just trust me on this, you will love it.  For a band that formed in January of 2013, this is an impressive sound.  One wouldn’t expect to hear something so refined this early in a band’s career, but this is solid gold.  Get your copy now.  (4.9 out of 5)

The Recordettes – Candy Store – No Front Teeth Records

Pressed on red vinyl, this poppy punk 7” is a real blast.  With some light references from pop punk’s past and a large dose of modern indie punk magic, this 7” is really easy to enjoy.  Featuring three engaging tracks, this is a must have for Ramones fans for sure, but it will definitely please any fan of the pop side of punk.  Fun! (5.8 out of 5).

The Never Evers – Cheap Thrills / Hey Grace  – Homegrown Sound Recordings      

Pop, punk and indie hard rock with a sprinkle of garage give this 7” a sweet sting.  Female vocals, lush and dynamic guitar works and a blending of genres give this a sound similar to The Raincoats, Blondie, Hole, L7, and a few choice 70s punkers.  This is catchy, fun and is blessed with good songwriting.  Again, I am finding that these two tracks just aren’t enough and I am wanting more.  Here’s another band to watch, folks!  (4.8 out of 5).

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Marnie – The Hunter – Soft Power Records

The lead singer of Ladytron shines radiantly on this single.  The style is akin to her work with the band but has a flare unique to anything previously composed.  This is retrofuturistic synth pop at its finest.  The B-side is ultra melodic and combines the best of the 80s synth pop with modern production and harmonic vocals.  This is such a captivating track.  I love it!  If you’re a Ladytron fan, buy this single and buy it soon!  It’s a limited edition of a few hundred copies!  (4.9 out of 5)

Flying Kangaroo Alliance—Hit the Wall / Wasted – Punk Fox

The band, consisting of two guys and two girls, releases this debut single on transparent splattered vinyl.  That alone is a plus if you’re a vinyl lover like me.  The band is described as alt-rock and post-grunge and upon spinning the record, I can easily see that.  There seems to be hints of L7, Hole, the Breeders, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and perhaps some of Belly’s harder material from their first album.  This is surprisingly melodic as far as vocals go.  It’s very fresh and heavy, something I think we’ve needed to hear again in the vast world of punk.  In fact, this 7” is so punk that the label, Punk Fox, makes sure to let us know that they have no webpage (the band at least has a FB if you’re looking for it).  For some reason, that makes me like this even more.  I want to hear more, Punk Fox!  The new wave of punk and new wave is here.  (5 out of 5).

The Woolly Moon – (s/e) – (self-released) (coming 10/18/2013)

Two tracks appear here from Baltimore’s newest sound wave, entitled “The Mountain” and “Pulse.”  The opening track is almost a spoken word track, sort of reminding me of Lou Reed to some extent.  It’s indie rock with a darker side and I’m really getting into this.  The release date for this one better hurry up and get here.  (4.8 out of 5) Check them out!

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About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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