website to do all the talking. A few years ago, I snatched their self-titled, 1995 album from a bargain bin, and while it didn't thoroughly bend my ear I took a chance on an earlier 45 that I'm featuring today. "Red Wing Boots" fares better here than on the full length if you ask me - a deftly crafted morsel of rootsy power pop with no shortage of strummy persuasion. We are given two b-sides, including the twangy "Stupid Waste." Mouthpiece Frank Randall bears a slight resemblance to Matthew Caws, but the Sycamores are in almost entirely different terrain than Nada Surf. You can read up on further Sycamores releases, and how you might be able to obtain them here.
A. Red Wing Boots
B1. My Sun
B2. Stupid Waste
Alex Chilton "Dalai Lama" 1987 - double 7"/45rpm (New Rose Rec / special numbered edition: 2481) - Chilton is a late-night entertainer in the tradition of saloons and road-houses, not a singer-songwriter in the tradition of the Greenwich Village. His obs...
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