Hot New Wax & r & The Makers' new album, Everybody Rise!, hits stores on Tuesday. It's the first record they've released since leaving Sub Pop and hooking up with fine Oly indie Kill Rock Stars a year ago. It's got depth and dimension. It moves. It's maroon. It's everything you've come to expect from this Spokane-spouted band and more. Give it a spin.
Of Skinheads and Bowling & r & Do you like Camper Van Beethoven? We like Camper Van Beethoven. In fact, we've been backtracking a little this week, listening almost nonstop to the first three classic CVB albums from the lovingly assembled (and, for our money, indispensable) Cigarettes & amp; Carrot Juice: The Santa Cruz Years five-disc boxed set, which compiles just about everything you need to hear from one of the weirdest, most amazing bands ever to blend punk, Eastern European folk, Tex-Mex, ska and psyche-rock -- all from those golden days (ca. late-80s) when the moniker "college radio darlings" actually meant something.