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We got a brief email the other day from Dodge of My Old Kentucky Blog and Roaring Colonel Records with news of a couple signings. Expect a seven-inch by upstarts Vacation Club, who sound a little like Galaxie 500 fronted by Jad Fair, later this summer. And look for a full-length from sexually-liberated, liberally-paunched, day-glo'ed emcee Andy D this fall.

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Joyful Noise Recording's 10-cassette Joan of Arc retrospective went like gangbusters — the limited-edition (a hand-numbered batch of 100) sold out out two days after pre-order began, leaving 5 copies each for release shows in Indianapolis (Melody Inn, Aug. 20, with Abner Trio, Marmoset and Jookabox) and Chicago (Ronny's, Aug. 22), and another 10 floating about unspecified indie record stores. Ah but, you can still get all of the individual cassettes, just without the handsome screen-printed wooden box. Also, a new Abner Trio album, The Giant Crushes You, is now available for vinyl pre-order; cassette and digital-only versions will also be available, but the label isn't printing any CDs for this release.

"You're Gorgeous, Believe It!" from Abner Trio's The Giant Crushes You:

And Owl Studios keeps on keeping on with a new one, Mezzanine, by the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra. The album is comprised of work by trombonist Brent Wallarab, following on last year's An Old Soul, which exclusively featured Mark Buselli's work. Now if only we could get an Indy Jazz Fest lineup out the folks at Owl and The Jazz Kitchen...

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