El Jesus de Magico – Funeral Home Session

a1: LGNO
a2: X-Mas at Wounded Knee
b: Indian Giver
Purchase from Columbia Discount Recordings
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El Jesus de Magico

Could I be the last person in the record collector scum universe to hear this gem of a 7″? It came out roughly this time last year, and it popped up on a bunch of year end lists, been reviewed by everyone that matters in the world of seven inch reviews. Yet, according to the Columbus Discount Recording page, this single (limited to a mere 500) is still available, something I can attest to because I only got it this week, so lets see if we can move a few more “units.”

Things have been really cooking in the Ohio scene of late, but you don’t need some asshole in Canada to tell you that – so many good bands, a handfull of really great labels curating it for us who live far away (I love Ohio so much that I came this close to actually flying out to Ohio last October to attend Robert Pollard’s 50th Birthday celebration organized by a shitload of GBV fanboys, but ended up not going because, well, I don’t know Robert Pollard and it would be weird – “Happy Birthday, when are you going to record another Bee Thousand?”).

This EP starts out really strong, and then gets propelled into greatness with “X-Mas in Wounded Knee” – this song is fucking great. Maybe it is the keys, or the blown-out vocals, but it just takes you away to another world, and keeps you there. I’ve listened to it now at least a dozen times, and it just doesn’t get old. B-Side, “Indian Giver” is a sludgy, trippy affair, which I normally love, but I couldn’t have the patience for it with the A-Side being so great.

Stop blowing it and get this to your turntable.

The Takeovers (Robert Pollard) – Little Green Onion Man 7″ (preorder)

a1: Little Green Onion Man
a2: Rich Man’s Girl
b1: Wigstomper 07
b2: Instigator

Pre-Order directly from Off Records

Another day, another Robert Pollard 7″ (my collection houses so much Pollard, they almost needs their own room). This one is another offering from The Takeovers features Chris Slusarenko, Decemberists drummer John Moen, Quasi’s Sam Coomes, and Brian Berg of 44 Long. “Little Green Onion” was originally on this year’s Takeover’s album “Bad Football” (which also had Steven Malkmus on it, and was easily in the top five things Pollard released this year).

The 7″ is coming out February 12 on Off Records, (950 CDs and 950 7″s. 500 of the 7″s are hand-numbered).

Also, first quarter 2008 will bring you the following Pollard releases (consider that Coast to Coast Tunnel of Love and Standard Gargoyle decisions was released only a few weeks ago) :

Robert Pollard – Superman Was A Rocker mini-cd/lp (Happy Jack Rock Records) late January

Psycho and the Birds – We’ve Moved full lgnth cd/lp (Happy Jack Rock Records) late February

Yet, of all the Pollard releases coming out in 2008, I am most excited about is “ Town of Mirrors : The Reassembled Imagery of Robert Pollard,” Pollards art book coming out June 2008 on Fantagraphics Books.