Crate-Digger 

Indie-pop, garage, and punk.

The Graves Brothers Deluxe, San Francisco's Kelley Stoltz, and others have laid down a right-nice 7-inch tribute to the mid-'60s rock group the Monks. The Brothers' version of "I Hate You" is sung low, perverted, and hot against the ears like a lover gone mad, with chintzy banjo and horror-movie screams throughout. Stoltz conjures the ghost of John Lee Hooker on "Complicated," and allows that lo-fi hustle and boogie to propel what amounts to a Detroit back-alley testifyin' session into the frenetic shake which only a big drum set, guitars, and a bullet microphone could muster. This kid has been around the Detroit block a few times.

Is your record player lonely? For a wanking good time, Bob Log III's "BubbleStrut" and the Black Keys' "The Moan"/"Have Love Will Travel" are great picks. Also, throw on the Wilco offshoot, Loose Fur, DFA recording artists the Rapture (House of Jealous Lovers), and the Juan MacLean (By the Time I Get to Venus), to make you smile.

Cold Crush Records, which has recently thrown caution to the wind by releasing two incendiary, genre-defying releases, leave us chomping at the bit for Seattle band Hint Hint's debut, Sex Is Everything, and the reissuing of the Hookers' eponymous gem. In rock clubs, Hint Hint takes cues from Interpol and the Liars, claiming punk-disco as their own and tearing into the dance floor like a pit bull on a mailman. Yeah, they're new and they sound a lot like the other guys, but hey, who doesn't? The Hookers, on the other hand, were a short-lived garage band that went on to form the Murder City Devils, and their self-titled debut captures a fuzzed out intensity not unlike the Pixies, the Dwarves, or the Germs.

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