June 1, 2011

East Village - somewhat unsung, but their albums are going for insane amounts of money today.

There's always at least one band that sneaks by and you fail to notice. I confess I wasn't really aware of East Village until just recently, when I heard their 1993 posthumously released album Drop Out. Aside from having something of a cult following now, they had a cult following then, having gotten started in the early 1980's before calling it quits in 1991. But like so many of bands from that period (and other periods throughout Pop Music history), they got lost in the shuffle and were totally overlooked in the U.S.

Until a few days ago when their label Heavenly Recordings put up some of their tracks on Soundcloud and winning a new batch of fans in the process.

Tonight it's a track off Drop Out. When I Wake Tomorrow is just a great track that is so reminiscent of many of the influential 60's bands (i.e. Buffalo Springfield for openers) that it's baffling East Village didn't get the recognition they deserved.

In the interim, their albums have been going for the price of a small office building in some collectors circles. Some of their material has recently been reissued in Japan and it's gaining a whole new generation of fans who missed them the first time around. Myself included.

So if you've ever heard about East Village, but never actually heard anything from the band, now's your chance. You might also want to check out Heavenly Recordings Soundcloud page for more tracks by them. Like me, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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