Clem Snide – You Were a Diamond

They may be Boston-based, but Clem Snide was still one of the best alt country bands going throughout the ‘90s and early aughts. Their debut, “You Were a Diamond,” which came out in 1998, is finally getting a proper vinyl re-release courtesy of Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records. This is one of those albums that was just begging for the warmth of vinyl; It’s a stripped down, minimalist sound that makes it impossible to hide any flaws. And surprisingly there aren’t any. The calmness of the album only serves to enhance the guitars and Eef Barzelay’s haunting vocals. Continue reading “Clem Snide – You Were a Diamond”

Bunnygrunt – Vol. 4 (Vinyl)

While the band and label are still opting to describe Bunnygrunt as “Cuddlecore,” I think Power Pop does just fine here as a descriptor. The latest from the St. Louis band, Vol. 4, their sixth album, is brimming with infectiously addictive songs that span anywhere from one-to- seven minutes, but the band really excels when focusing on three-minute sing-alongs like “The Book That I Wrote” and “Frankie is a Killer,” jangly guitars, pounding drums and male/female vocals trade-offs. Continue reading “Bunnygrunt – Vol. 4 (Vinyl)”