INCOMING: Fred Armisen’s Hometown Heroes


Plundering the fruits of Fred Armisen’s record fetish collection, Drag City gleefully presents a new 7” single series dedicated to the regional music stars of decades past and local one-hit wonders: Hometown Heroes.First in the series comes The Blue Jean Committee, the proud products of the late 70’s Northampton, Massachusetts music scene. Comprised of some of the most sought after local session musicians, the group was most defined by Richie Cornish’s busy talk-singing lyrical style. The gently soulful “Massachusetts Afternoon” celebrates the time in one’s life when independence, friendships, and the autumn sunset seem to go on forever. On the flip, from Bath, England, come The Fingerlings, a prolific synth/post-disco band who released twelve EPs between 1981 and 1983. Typically, a group such as this would have been formed at an art college, and The Fingerlings were no different. Their aesthetically meticulous nature earned them a reputation for creating some of the most elaborate and expensive 12″ EP covers ever to be produced in the UK. “Embrace Me” is the jam, a huge local hit, its lyrics evoking imagery of neon framed cities like Paris and Berlin.Look out for these very rare singles out on Drag City on February 18th!