Various: Area Friends cassette
New cassette compilation from the fertile scene in the sleepy town of Murray, Kentucky. We've carried a few releases from Murray all-stars Quailbones before, and they lead off this comp with a great pop song that can stand up to any number of revered 90s indie classics. The quality stays pretty much top-notch from there on... you'd think a place as small as this wouldn't have so many great bands, but all 12 bands that contribute a track here are uniformly excellent. I wouldn't call any of it punk, but if you're into classic-sounding, upbeat indie rock this will certainly introduce you to a big batch of great new bands.