The two ways you can obtain a hard copy of the new lower-than-lo-fi psychedelic garage-rock compilation I Need You Bad (Polyvinyl) tell you pretty much everything you need to know: the collection is available on vinyl, of course (“slime green vinyl,” to be precise); but you can pick up one of 300 cassettes distributed by the Fullerton, California-based DIY store and label Burger Records. As the record’s cover explains, I Need You Bad collects “a buncha bands from Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Portland,” such as Sandwitches and Magic Trick, both from the Bay Area, and Sonny & the Sunsets, whose frontman, Sonny Smith, curated the album. In doing so, he assembled tracks by 15 like-minded acts, creating a comprehensive sampler of something increasingly difficult to find: a scene based in geography, not cyberspace.
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