October 21, 2006

Today's Hotness: Mendoza Line, Trolleyvox, Gertie Fox

>> [photo credit] A brief message atop the main page of the Mendoza Line web site continues to promise an EP will be released this winter, but the communique has now been augmented with the promise of a best-of compilation to be released in 2007. Isn't that what If They Knew This Was The End was supposed to be? Well, we just reviewed that disc's track listing and we guess that just compiled brighter spots from the excellent Poems To A Pawnshop and Like Someone In Love. Anyway, we hope the Brooklyn-based consortium's best-of draws liberally from 2000's We're All In This Alone, which is still our very favorite of the band's records. Might we suggest I Hope That You Remember To Forget as a title?

>> Philebrity settles in for a nice chat here with chief Trolleyvox-er Andrew Chalfen. You may recall we reviewed the band's very enjoyable third power-pop platter ...Present The Karaoke Meltdowns here in September, and said among other things that "fans of ... Small Factory and acts like Miracle Legion will find a lot to like." Anyhoo, one interesting piece of information in the interview is that former Moped principal and Bigger Lovers fronter Bret Tobias is now drumming with hotly tipped Philly combo B.C. Camplight, which we first heard on Jon Solomon's excellent radio program on WPRB.

>> If you've seen "American Hardcore," you know erstwhile Black Flag fronter Henry Rollins is perfectly comfortable delivering serial left hooks to bozo punkers accosting him from the front of the stage. Apparently, according to this dispatch, Mr. Rollins is less comfortable with paparazzi.

>> Big props to friend and sometime correspondent The Good Doctor, whose I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Kick Your Ass promo video gets snaps aplenty direct from Matador topper Gerard Cosloy here. We first pointed out Mr. Dube's bit of cinematic excellence here.

>> Gertie Fox, whose latest record we reviewed here earlier this month, will release a single on Yep Roc next month.

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