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A couple months back at Joe’s Pub, Canadian bluegrassers the Duhks joked from the stage that they had “married” Canadian agit-folkers the Mammals, and would from here on be known as the Platypi. What a coincidence: There’s also a platypus on the cover of the Little River Band’s new best-of CD, which otherwise suggests said underappreciated Aussies were at least as proto-Men at Work as post-Eagles. As for Bob Seger, who may not even know the difference between a monotreme and a marsupial, the reissue of his 1972 mostly-cover-tunes set shares only one song with his three great ones on that new Cameo Parkway box. But as for Seger: The Punk Rock Years, which just might earn the Best Album in the History of the Universe Award if it ever materializes, we are still waiting.


BADFINGER

Day After Day

(Rykodisc ’70s live powerpop boogie
reissue)

Stream “Sometimes
(Windows Media)

Stream “I
Don’t Mind
” (Windows Media)

Stream “Blind
Owl
” (Windows Media)


CHEESEBURGER

Gang’s All Here

(Kemado Nilsson-cover-parodying
hard rock EP)

Download “Easy
Street
” (MP3)

Download “Saturday
Nite
” (MP3)


DEATH OF FASHION

“It’s All Ours”/”These Days”

(Canarsie seven-inch Plastic
Bertrand-biting neo-new-wave indie-rock single)

Download “These
Days
” (MP3)

Download “Oboe
and Me
” (MP3)

Download “It’s
All Ours
” (MP3)


GRUPO EXTERMINADOR

El Hijo De México

(Fonovisa Mexican
border-polka album)

Stream “Ven
(Windows Media)


HOWLING DIABLOS

Car Wash

(Alive badass boogie album)

Download “Car Wash
(MP3)

Download “Dope Man
(MP3)

Download “Prison
Train
” (MP3)


KILL THE THRILL

Tellurique

(Season of Mist French
semi-industrial nuke-metal album)

Download “Us
and Them
” (MP3)

Download “Diaphragme
(MP3)


KOMA

Sinónimo De Ofender

(Locomotive Spanish power-metal en
Español album)

Download “Aqui
Huele Como Que Han Fumao
” (MP3)


THE LITTLE RIVER BAND

The Definitive Collection

(EMI ’70s-’80s Aussie
afternoon-rock album)

Stream “It’s
a Long Way There
” (Windows Media)

Stream “Curiousity
Killed the Cat
” (Windows Media)

Stream “Emma
(Windows Media)


THE 101ERS

Elgin Avenue Breakdown (Revisited)

(Letsgetabitarockin
(Windows Media)

Sample “Silent
Telephone
” (Windows Media)

Sample “Keys
to Your Heart


BOB SEGER

Smokin’ O.P.’s

(EMI ’70s hard rock
reissue)

Stream “Bo
Diddley
” (Windows Media)

Stream “Love
the One You’re With
” (Windows Media)

Stream “If
I Were a Carpenter
” (Windows Media)


RICK SPRINGFIELD

Written in Rock: Anthology

(RCA/Legacy ’70s-’00s two-disc
powerpop reissue)

Stream “Eleanor
Rigby
” (Windows Media)

Stream “Speak
to the Sky
” (Windows Media)

Stream “Jessie’s
Girl
” (Windows Media)


SUPAGROUP

Rules!

(Foodchain
Australian-sounding hard rock album)

Stream “Ready
to Go
” (Real Audio)

Stream “Hot
Times
” (Real Audio)

Stream “Bastard
(Real Audio)

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