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03 May 2008 · 2 Comments

I’m going to link MySpace pages in this post. I feel like it’s a little irresponsible to do that without mentioning a more-or-less safe way to follow the links. Here’s what I recommend for visiting MySpace:

  1. Set up a browser (or browser profile) to delete all cookies on exit
    I like to configure Opera up for visiting unsafe sites, that way I can leave Firefox open with all the tabs I need for work.
  2. Make sure it has all the latest security updates to prevent drive-by downloads
  3. Close and relaunch the browser
  4. Turn the speakers down!
  5. Visit MySpace
  6. Close the browser

I’ve been impatiently wondering when the first releases of 2008 from The Capstan Shafts would arrive, and just learned of all the goodies at http://www.myspace.com/capstanshafts. There are previews from both the new self-released EP Miles Per Famine and the upcoming Rainbow Quartz release Fixation Protocol. Also, there’s ordering info on getting gobs of the earlier and out-of-print Capstan Shafts releases directly from Dean. Big ups to Dan for giving me the heads-up.

You can also preview tracks from Ho-Ag’s imminent Doctor Cowboy at http://www.myspace.com/hoagsobject. I’m so pysched for this album. I’ve been wishing for a while that Ho-Ag would work with recording professionals who could capture the band better, and it sounds like I’ve gotten my wish. The samples from Doctor Cowboy are more vibrant than anything Ho-Ag has yet committed to plastic.

Slightly old news at this point, but Hallelujah the Hills have also raised their recording-quality bar with the Prepare to Qualify EP. It compiles the songs that have been trickling out from Stereogum and the like with some additional goodies; they’ve been re-mastered and sound super-fab.

And finally, I just stumbled on the Dirt Merchants site, from which you can download everything the band ever did, including the never-released The Speed At Which You Speak and several live sets. The only thing missing is a tip jar.

Tags: 2008 · c · d · h · indie rock · lo-fi · punk

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hector // May 17, 2008 at 18:23

    found this page due to a Capstan Shafts google search but ended up loving both Hallelujah The Hills and Ho-Ag. Great post!

  • 2 guitarlover // May 18, 2008 at 06:49

    Hector, you just made my day, thanks!

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