Jimmie Rodgers

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This 10″ by Jimmie Rodgers (not to be confused with the folk singer of the same name) epitomizes the use of what was called the “blue yodel”. It’s a perfect example of a shrinking world between blues flatted thirds and folk music handed down from early American balladeers. If you want to discover the roots of rock and roll in America, this 10″ would be a gem in your collection. It’s not cheap, but not that expensive either.

Three Waves of Garage Revival: A Condensed History

Pebbles comps were initially issued in the late seventies. They compiled obscure garage bands from the sixties. Many of the bands only issued out one 7”. This inspired a garage rock revival that now comprises three distinct, but undocumented revival periods.

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The first garage revival period lasted from 1977 to 1985. Get Hip Records was a prominent label at the time. The Cynics featured Greg Shaw, owner and operator of Get Hip. The first wave attempted to recreate the sound and the look of original garage rockers, right down to the haircuts, fashion, and Farfisa.

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The second wave was led by Pacific Northwest label Estrus Records. This period last from around 1990 to 1998. Estrus used to host a garage rock festival entitled Garage Shock where many bands including The Mummies would produce a wall of fuzz. There existed a connection between grunge and the second wave. This made the bands of this era a little more punk sounding then their predecessors, stripped down and raw

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The third wave has just begun, starting around 2007 to now. Labels such as Goner and Castle Face are at the forefront of this latest garage sound. Stalwart labels such as In The Red and Drag City also have participatedThe newest sound carries an Indy Pop feel to it. It tends to be slightly more melodic and borrows retro sounds of the 80s such as synth and Robert Smith vocalizations. Thee Oh Sees, Lost Sounds, Fuzz, and Ty Segall are faves among people who are buying “vinyl” of this newest garage revival.

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