Monday, October 31, 2011

Joe Martinez -- Transistor Radio Part II b/w The Surf

If it wasn’t for an inconspicuous “2011” in small print, collectors finding this 7” in a record bin would deliriously think they’d run across a long lost obscurity. Albuquerque's Joe Martinez allows that he designed the simple label with that in mind.  The two cuts here are just as unassuming. Eschewing the throat-tearing rockers he performs with The Seeing Things, Martinez presents two languid reverb numbers that one expects to take off into a rocking frenzy. The fact that they don’t at first seems disappointing until you find yourself satisfied regardless and flipping this slab over for another couple of plays.