Teen Line compilation offering from last month, making the presentation of volume two in the series a no brainer. For those of you who wish to get caught up to speed, check out my write-up in the link above. In a nutshell, the fan-curated Teen Line series was a Nuggets-esque assemblage of American DIY power pop singles with an emphasis on acts that opted not to tread in the more aggressive footsteps of punk. Not much in the way of household name status here, dovetailing perfectly within the wheelhouse of this humble webpage.
Boasting 27 songs by nearly as many participants, certain cuts are unsurprisingly more prime than others on Teen Line no. 2. There are no less than three compositions from a Santa Barbara act the curator was notably partial to, The Tearaways, who by the way still maintain a presence. In fact I posted a (mulleted) Tearways related project dubbed the Volcanos not too long ago, but I digress. Another band featured here with an even closer brush with fame is Shrapnel, featuring a pre-stoner, pre-Monster Magnet Dave Wyndorf. Damn, why they didn't go with the far more potent and visceral "Combat Love" instead of the comparatively flacid "Go Cruisin'" is beyond me. Ponderous. Other offerings on the heightened likability side of the fence include The Tyrants, Tiny Voices, Two Minutes 50, Buffalo's Toys and Milwaukee's invariably satisfying Squares. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that Tweed's cult classic "I Need That Record," a Nick Lowe-induced three minute surge praising vinyl (and exclusively vinyl), earns it's rightful spot on the Teen Line roster to boot. The track list is to your left.
MICKEY BAKER "Session Man & Performer" Vol. 5 - Here is final volume in this series of Mickey Baker's legendary work, compiled by Marty Mellow. (He just passed away November 27, 2012.) If you asked me, a...
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