A rather large section of the music underground wants to harken back to days of yore, where the guitars were light and sunny and the vocal work carried a cheerful disposition. As you all know, garage rock has been in a state of revival ever since the mid-latter 2000s with names such as Jay Reatard (R.I.P.) and The Black Keys at the helm. Another rather big name, Sonny Smith, happens to also be one of the engineers behind this movement and thankfully he has graced us with a compilation of material with a good chunk of it coming from the garage rock hotbed of San Francisco, California. You’ll see names you recognize such as Smith’s own band, Sonny & the Sunsets (whose Antenna to the Afterworld I wrote about earlier this year), Warm Soda, The Sandwitches, and Burnt Ones, of which I also wrote about earlier this year. Jessica Pratt gets some love on here with the closing track to her self-titled debut last year, “Dreams,” making the cut. If you like Fleetwood Mac and/or Stevie Nicks, then Jessica Pratt’s probably a good fit for you. Little Wings is another name you might recognize. Feist did a duet with Little Wings three years ago on his song called “Look At What The Light Did Now.” She also named her documentary after this song. It seems like a majority of the tracks do come from obscurities and oddities, so you’re not wasting your money by any means buying this. If you’re looking to get in to garage rock, this might be your chance to do so. Naturally with Sonny behind this, this is being released via Polyvinyl. Check out Warm Soda’s “Tell Me In A Whisper” below via the YouTube stream and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

I Need You Bad documents the San Francisco garage rock scene (and a little bit beyond) as it exists here and now.

Curated by one of its most vital members, Sonny Smith, the compilation features some bands you already know (Sonny & The Sunsets, The Sandwitches, Warm Soda) and others you'll wish you had discovered sooner.

Featuring artwork by Shannon Shaw (Shannon and the Clams), I Need You Bad is a perfect snapshot into one of the most influential and thriving music scenes in the country, if not the world.

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