Thursday, October 11, 2007

Jan. 22 belongs to International Hits

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 1:39 PM

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Jan. 22, 2008. Mark that date on your calendar. It's the day International Hits will release new albums by the Selmanaires and Anna Kramer and the Lost Cause.

For the Selmanaires, The Air Salesman feels like a long time coming, even though it's only been roughly over two years. I've complained for months -- on this site, in CL's pages and to the band members themselves -- about a new album, and I haven't been the only one. The Selmanaires show is a great, well-oiled beast, and it will be nice to finally feed it some new tunes. (Chad Radford just wrote a story in this week's CL that discusses the Selmanaires on tour with the Black Lips. You can read it here.)

Meanwhile, Anna Kramer's Contemporary Sounds of the Rustic will mark her debut on a national stage. I just saw Kramer (pictured above) and the Lost Cause -- International Hits co-owner Shannon Mulvaney and former Forty-Fives drummer Adam Renshaw -- for the first time a month-and-a-half ago at the Star Bar, and Kramer definitely killed the stage. She and the Lost Cause play hard and fast rock 'n' roll perfect for Pabst guzzling. I imagine that crowds around the country will be similarly wowed when they hear them.

Around town, plenty of people are wondering if International Hits, a small indie label that recently picked up Red Distribution, has the drive and the muscle to blow up the Selmanaires, a band that has already drawn some media hype; and Anna Kramer and the Lost Cause, which deserves to be heard by a wider audience. Can it become the local rock label with a national platform that everyone's been waiting for? On Jan. 22, we'll start to find out.

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