Living driving distance from Western Mass totally rules: during a quick trip on any given day, there’s likely to be a rad local punk, garage, or experimental show happening at the Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. On the other side of town, you can visit Northampton label Feeding Tube Records’ physical shop, full of underground releases and rare vinyl. In Hadley, the newly-opened Damage Records is a sweet spot for punk, indie, and hardcore LPs, or to pick up records by local label Feeble Minds Records, who co-released Sun Damage, the new 12-inch EP by POTTY MOUTH (read their Cellars By Starlight feature, then catch their Boston record release party September 21 at P.A.'s Lounge).
This week’s MP3, for download below via our Bandcamp, is a mini-comp of new bands from the region, featuring Potty Mouth, the moody ’90s-inspired SPEEDY ORTIZ, grungy garage pop from BUNNY'S A SWINE, noisy post-punk from WHIRL, and a new Amherst trio, CALIFORNIA X, pictured above. Road trip it.
1_ Potty Mouth, “Hazardville”
2_ California X, “Mummy”
3_ Speedy Ortiz, “Silver Spring"
4_ Whirl, “Urethra Franklin”
5_ Bunny’s a Swine, “Nobody Wants You Here (Sober)”
&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href="http://bostonphoenix.bandcamp.com/album/western-mass-mini-comp"&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Western Mass Mini-Comp by Boston Phoenix&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;