VARIOUS ARTISTS: Quarter Hour of Power: 7”

What an awesome little record—Encapsulated Records scores another direct hit! This is a fourteen-track compilation of St. Louis bands, and it’s great stuff start to finish. Who knew St. Louis had such variety available in underground music? The tunes range from poppy, hypnotic Sleater-Kinney-ish stuff to blunt, aggressive hardcore and everything punky in between. Every one of the songs is a winner (with maybe one exception that will remain anonymous), and given the sheer volume of bands on it, I will not take the time to hone in on any of the songs individually. This is without a doubt, though, one of the best records I’ve heard this year. It also comes with a download code, so failure to be analog is no excuse for not getting this. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Encapsulated)