Seven inch records always take a lot of hits for being inferior in sound to the almighty 12″, but at my house, on my turntable they rule the roost. Who’s got time to listen to an entire 12″ these days? For me it’s a hell of a lot more fun to throw on a new one every three minutes or so, and a few have been lighting up my turntable this past weekend.
Ganglians – Blood on the Sand on Captured Tracks: This latest batch of records from Captured Tracks could their best yet with the Christmas Island, German Measles and Spectrals singles all winning time on the old record player, but my favorite of the litter is Ganglians 7 inch. Don’t tell anyone, but one of the guitar riffs on the a-side reminds me of Hershey, Pennsylvania’s Ocean Blue. Don’t worry the Ganglians haven’t gone all navel-gazing Brit-pop, but this is the most immediate thing this Sacramento, California have come up with yet. Guitars seem to swoop in from all directions, the bass rumbles like it was stolen from a goth band, drums crash and it all ends in a cacophonous mess. Wow!
mp3: Ganglians – Blood on the Sand
White Wires – Pretty Girl on Trouble in Mind: The beginning guitar riff sounds kinda like Boat‘s Prince of Tacoma, but Ottawa’s White Wires take the a route similar to one the Fresh & Onlys have been down, but White Wires do it in a more straightforward and immediate way. Trouble in Mind is a new label out of Chicago which is batting a 1000. That may be a bit much, but they are three for three with this, the Fresh & Onlys and CoCoComa singles and the future looks pretty bright too with singles on the way from Cave Weddings, Ty Segal and Wheels on Fire. Yay, new killer label! Boo, more money out the door.
mp3: White Wires – Pretty Girl
Lofty Heights – Eye Contact on Unit Rad – Is this guy a long lost member of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci? No, but Lofty Heights’ Greg Griffin could be Euros Childs‘ American doppelganger. A Californian living in the UK with a sense of history both pop and otherwise. The A-side starts with a Beach Boys falsetto intro and then goes on to discuss the sun setting on the American Empire. Has it really been all down hill for the US since Pet Sounds? No matter, the downfall of an empire has never sounded so good.