AMOEBAS: Self-titled: CD

Fans of The Stitches or The Briefs will sauce their shorts over this one. All eight of the songs included are incredible blasts of high energy, ‘77-infused, accessible punk of the best kind. The Amoebas debut full length is a true instant classic and easily one of the best albums of the decade so far. As if the music itself wasn’t enough, Modern Action again takes the cake for beautiful packaging, with four editions available (two LP versions and two CD versions). There’s an admittedly fine line between labor of love presentation and the deliberate creation of collector asshole-ism, but it’s all in good fun. The LP is already sold out as of this writing, but I’m sure it’ll be repressed. Sleazy, magical, and just plain rocking, this is a rare heavy hype record that lives up to the hype. And then some.

 –Art Ettinger (Modern Action,