BROWN SUGAR: Long Strange Drip: LP

I recently threw on Minor Threat for the first time in over a decade and was surprised by all of the melody lurking under the surface, the tunefulness that I’d tuned out while screaming along as a teenager. Syracuse’s Brown Sugar had a similar thing going, getting satisfying results by blending garage rock and ’80s hardcore in a sneakily catchy way. These self-described “dummy punks” were a band from 2008-2012, and this record collects all of their singles, demos, and unreleased tracks. The band had an African-American singer, their name references a Black fetish anthem by the Rolling Stones, and their cover art seems Funkadelic-inspired, so I wish they’d included lyrics, but am pleased with the jams and the heady, self-deprecating liner notes. If only I’d caught these guys while they were around. –Chris Terry (feralkidrecords.bigcartel.com)