VARIOUS ARTISTS: Thank You, San Francisco!: LP

For the past while, I’ve gotten excited whenever I see an email blast from Jerry Connolly (aka Smart Guy Records) in my inbox, as the only time I receive emails from him is when Smart Guy has something new in the works. The label has been a dependable purveyor of fine tunes. And this comp ain’t an exception. The concept behind this comp is pretty rad. Rather than highlighting bands from San Francisco, Mr. Connolly decided to show respect by highlighting bands that he met because of residing in the fair city by the bay. All but one band calls somewhere besides the City their home, but all bands make pretty stellar contributions, ranging from guitar weirdness, to post-punk, straight up punk, garage rock, and psych pop. Standout tracks from Dan Melchior, Kelley Stoltz, Paté Snot, and Clorox Girls. If this were a radio program, I’d definitely be tuning in next week. –Vincent (Smart Guy, smartguyrecords.com)