Interested in a preview of the new Akron/Family album, Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free, which is set for a May 5 release? "Everyone Is Guilty," the A-side of the group's Record Store Day seven-inch, is the lead single from the album, and the VintageVinyl.com describes it kicks off "kicks off a new chapter for the band. The percussive thunder and anthemic electric guitars make a bold statement, touching on everything from Fela Kuti to Sly and the Family Stone in under six psychedelic minutes. This is not the Akron/Family you think you know." Since the Akron/Family I thought I knew is pretty interesting, this blurb is certainly an appetite-whetter -- and as a bonus, the B-side, "Total Destruction," is a non-LP track. Keep it in the Family.
Note: Record Store Day is an annual event honoring independent record stores -- a onetime retail staple that's becoming an endangered species. In an effort to preserve this important cultural resource, dozens of artists are lending their support to this year's bash on Saturday, April 18, by issuing exclusive material, including loads of unique seven-inch singles, that can only be found at retailers such as Twist & Shout, 2508 E. Colfax -- ground zero for the celebration in Denver. Each weekday between now and then, we'll feature a different 45 that's sure to make your collection cooler. Learn more at the Record Store Day website or the Twist & Shout home page.