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Record Hunter: I Ain't Dead Yet - The What-Knots (Dial, USA, December 1967)

A random record pulled off the shelf for you today. Don't be deceived by the slow, mournful Hammond organ start to the song - this one's a real garage screamer but with a blue-eyed soul vibe that'll drag you onto the dance floor. On the Nashville-based Dial label, known to many soul fans for numerous Joe Tex releases, for whom owner Buddy Killen set up the label (there's no link with the jazz label of the same name out of Hollywood), there's nothing more I can tell you about 'em. They're a mystery... There are other versions of this song, including one that seems to be a bit more well known, by a group called The Breakers. But, for what it's worth, I prefer The What-Knots.

Record Hunter: Our Love Will Still Be There - The Troggs (Fontana, 1966, French picture sleeve EP)

Okay, so this track isn't the "a-side" on this EP. The first song is "With a Girl Like You". On the other side are "Jingle Jangle" and "I Want You". But the caveman stomp of the latter track is already on my shelves of seven inch vinyl. And "Our Love Will Still Be There" is my reason for buying this French EP.  One of my favourite bands ever, the Troggs are world famous for "Wild Thing", of course. But every one of their 45s is worth having, in my opinion. Even their 1970s ones, like "In The Summertime", in which Reg Presley's lascivious snarl is still fully present. On this track the fuzz guitar totally makes it for me. I can imagine all kinds of bands making soft, lovey-dovey, versions of "Our Love Will Still Be There". But the Troggs give me what I want - full on sixties punk attitude on a love song. What can be better?

Fungal Punk: King Salami and the Cumberland 3: "Trubble Trubble"

Of this outfit I know nothing so here is a quote from ReverbNation to help clarify things a little:- 'After all having roamed around the globe separately, four freaks teamed up in London as King Salami & The Cumberland 3. They bring forth up-tempo party Stompin' Rhythm'n'Blues played according to the basic principles of the old London school of Trash. 

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Uber Rock: The Hentchmen "The Hentchmen"

Detroit Rock City has given the music world some of the finest bands ever and has gotten itself a name for producing gritty, dirty garage rock from as far back as the 60's, so when a disc lands on my mat in 2010 and mentions the words 'garage' and 'Detroit' there's only one thing I can do and that's whip it out and start playing it - oh and put on the stereo of course and twist the dial up a few notches, sit back and listen.

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The RingMaster Review: Beat Seeking Missiles "Break My Fall"

Warm, enthusiastic and completely magnetic, the debut single from Beat Seeking Missiles jumps all over the ear to offer riotous beats, melodically curved grooves, and insistent energy.  ‘Break My Fall’/’Dr. Strangelove’ knows what it has and is unashamed in bringing it directly and openly to one’s senses.

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Shindig! Magazine interviews The Youth

Forming a garage band in Denmark is not easy. It takes time. “There’s not a lot of people playing this kind of music,” The Youth’s bassist David Peter Jorgensen attests. The Youth are your typical begat-from-school act, where singer-guitarist Lasse Tarp hooked up with lead guitarist Jesper Agerbrek, then recruited drummer Sune Christian Thomsen and finally Jorgensen.

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Uber Rock: The Wildebeests "Gnuggets"

Lo-fi be fucked, this double album from The Wildebeests has more hiss than a pit of vipers and, in fairness, more than enough venom within these tracks to give one a nasty nip, with some choice covers and originals to satisfy fans young and old. It's like a cool rock 'n' roll karaoke but with a singer (if you know what I mean) but sadly that's only the half of it. Half being the key word.

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SoundsXP: Muck and the Mires "A Cellarful Of Muck"

Such is the Britishness of Muck and the Mires sound that it comes as a big surprise to find that they hail from New England. 'A Cellarful Of Muck' doesn't try to hide its influences, it doesn't push boundaries and it doesn't try to pretend otherwise. This is pure, old fashioned garage rock 'n' roll and whether or not this album is for you depends purely on your stance towards the genre.

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Schwindy's Indie Music Spotlight: Los Peyotes "Garaje O Muerte"

Loyal reader, you are in for another treat in this edition of the spotlight with some garage rock from Argentina. Garaje o Muerte (Dirty Water Records, 2011) begins with "96 Lagrimas," a cover of "96 Tears" by Question Mark and the Mysterians. This song with the psychedelic organ and the great bass line kind of eases you into the album before you get a heavier dose of the garage part of the band.

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Schwindy's Indie Music Spotlight: The Masonics "in Your Night Of Dreams And Other Foreboding Pleasures"

I will say one thing for the artists on Dirty Water Records. They know how to grab my attention. The latest from one of my favorite labels begins with some fuzzy guitar that sounds like it was recorded in the mid-60s. Then the vocals come in and they have the same kind of dirty sound as the guitar. The end of the song is a psychedelic feast for the ears. I'll say it for the record. I was immediately hooked on The Masonics.

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