LES THUGS: Live Paris 1999: CD

Les Thugs were a French melodic post-punk band that released a solid string of absolutely fucking killer records in the late ’80s and ’90s on some high profile U.S. labels like Alternative Tentacles and Sub Pop. This recording, a live set from one of their final shows from the end of the ’90s after announcing their breakup, is a great collection of many of their best tracks, including a handful from their near-perfect I.A.B.F. LP. Released in conjunction with the release of their new biography that I would love to read (but alas I cannot read French), this recommended live document is just going to have to do. –Mark Twistworthy (Nineteen Something, nineteensomething.fr)