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Matt Rhea (Manganista, No Reply) has a new split 7-inch coming out with Monkey Wagon called "Spooky Tunes" that's now available for pre-order at http://www.quasirecordings.com .


"The theme for the record is new interpretations of old spooky classics," says Rhea. "Side A is Monkey Wagon doing a really cool cover of the old Cab Calloway song, 'St. James Infirmary,' and side B is a cover of the Bob Marley & The Wailers tune 'Mr. Brown,' performed by yours truly."

"We're doing a run of 100 translucent green and 100 traditional black vinyl records with original artwork by Mr. Darrell Fusaro. Anyone that pre-orders will be guaranteed one of the green vinyl records and will be able to download the songs right after checkout in the format of their choice: WAV, mp3, etc. If you live in Southern California, pick the 'I live in San Diego, OC, LA' option when pre-ordering, and you won't have to pay for shipping. We'll personally deliver your record when they arrive in June."

Rhea runs the neighborhood-based Quasi Recordings label, whose newest release is a compilation, Picture Head, featuring all-new tracks from six La Mesa bands.

“Our goal is to bring our tiny La Mesa music community a little closer together,” says Rhea. “We’re producing each tune for the compilation in a similar way, so the CD has some continuity with the overall vibe. We’re trying to find different rooms around town to record [in] that might add some character to the tracks. So far, we’ve used a church sanctuary and a couple of living rooms.”

Picture Head includes exclusive tracks from Edward Biagiotti as well as new songs from Milt Ellison and Rhea’s own bands Manganista and No Reply. A free download of No Reply’s “I Don’t Want to Change the World” is currently available on the Quasi Recordings Facebook page.

Rhea recalls an early gig for No Reply at La Mesa landmark Jolt N’ Joe’s. “We weren’t very good when we started out, and our equipment sucked. About ten seconds into our opening tune, the guitar went out, leaving only bass and drums. While the guitarist fiddled with his amp and tried to sing at the same time, we pressed on and slaughtered the segue into song two. The guitar was working when we plowed into the third tune, but the bass player’s strap broke. He had to hold his bass up with his knee while he played and sang the song, and then the guitar went out again.

“Rumor has it that there’s a video floating around of this show, but I don’t want to see it.”

A preview single from Picture Head, “Pretty Eyes” by Jason Thomas, is playable on the Quasi Recordings Facebook page.

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