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December 19, 2013

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Vegas vinyl A record by a band on your local scene? Sounds like the perfect holiday gift This music industry is in free fall, but vinyl sales are soaring. In 2012, international vinyl sales were up 18 percent from 2011 and reached their highest total in 15 years. Which means you probably have at least one record fanatic on your holiday shopping list, so why not start close to home? Savvy Vegas bands are embracing the trend and pressing vinyl. Here's a handy guide to some of what's available now, and be on the lookout for new wax from Alaska, A Crowd of Small Adventures and Demon Lung in the coming months. –Spencer Patterson Moksha Here to Go 12" (2011), $25; Mammal or Machine 12" (2010), $25. Las Vegas' preeminent jam band recognizes the value of vinyl, making sure to have plenty of gatefold goodness on hand for fans clamoring around their merch tables on tour. Same Sex Mary Sex Cells 12" (2013), $15. 1968? Nah, these Boulder City boys (and gal) are happenin' right now, with a retro sound perfectly suited for a needle moving through the grooves. Caravels Lacuna 12" (2013), $12; Floorboards 12" (2011), $12; Caravels 7" (2011), $5. The house-shaking, melodic hardcore vets are carrying on one of vinyl's coolest traditions by experimenting with all kinds of colors. Holding Onto Sound Holding Onto Sound 7" (2011), $6. What better way to remember Las Vegas' recently defunct punk-rock anchors than by snagging a copy of their final record and blasting the living hell out of it? Last Call Dog Years 12" (2012), $13. The edgy pop-punkers recently played their debut full-length front-to-back onstage, and you can do the same simply by flipping it over halfway through. The thrill of the hunt Just because they're out of print doesn't mean you can't find these Vegas-bred classics Try eBay, Discogs, MusicStack and Gemm, and if all else fails, Google the title and start tracking down leads. It's out there somewhere! –Spencer Patterson Subterfuge, Who's the Fool 12" (1984) M.I.A. left town before releasing an album, so this (or Samsons Army's 1988 LP Where's Dan?) is the holy grail of first-wave Vegas punk. Jack Evan Johnson & Tristan Moyer No Sleep 'Til Nashville 10" (2013), $10. Dude City man Johnson and exDarby O'Gill woman Moyer team for four dust-blown anthems you'll keep close to the turntable for when you're alone with a bottle. Vermin From Venus, Sex on Planet X 12" (1989) Before Dirk Vermin was a TV star or tattoo artist, he released this debut full-length. 26 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM DECEMBER 19–25, 2013 22-27_Feature_20131219.indd 26 12/18/13 4:48 PM

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