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As a jukebox-45 aficionado, I feel it's part of my mission to inform the populace about strong seven-inch vinyl singles, especially when they're available for free -- and the latest entry in the Fader/Southern Comfort series qualifies on both counts. The A-side spotlights Wavves, a San Diego combo whose work sounds as if it was made in a garage on the beach, pounding out "Friends Were Gone," a wonderfully lo-fi roof rattler. In contrast, the flip features Windsurf, out of San Francisco, whose track "Vapour Trails" represents exquisitely simple chill-out music -- sort of like a Love Unlimited Orchestra cover as played on instruments found in a dumpster.
The Fader folks will ship this slab of wax to you gratis (complete with the trippy Mario Hugo sleeve seen here) if you're one of the first 500 folks to request one via e-mail -- and even if you're late, several MP3s are available as compensation. Get the details by clicking here.