Distancing themselves further still from their earlier banjo-punk novelties, Austin’s Bad Livers go with what they know on Industry and Thrift (Sugar Hill). There is too much attitude and eclecticism at work to call this traditional bluegrass, yet despite a couple of electric interludes, the musical leanings of composer-singer Danny Barnes and bassist Mark Rubin embellish Barnes’s heartfelt yarns with Depression-era authenticity.
Not since Harry Smith liberated so many folk artists from obscurity has a compilation album been as profoundly influential. In 1972, four years before the Ramones and the Sex Pistols threw out rock and roll’s elitist rule book for good, Lenny Kaye assembled the original Nuggets double-LP, which sent countless kids scurrying to music stores and into garages across the nation. Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965 —1968 (Rhino) expands that release into a four- CD set jammed full of trippy lyrics, Farfisa organs, fuzzed overdriven guitars, and 118 hallucinogen-fueled songs by hungry American garage bands, among them Texas heroes Mouse and the Traps, The Sparkles, Sam the Sham, The Zakery Thaks, and of