One of the best parts of record shopping in the cut outs is reconnecting with a band you hadn't listened to in awhile. Also, finding something from them you didn't own from said band. Like a single, or an EP, with live cuts and covers you've never heard. Yesterday I snagged the "New Boy" EP from The Connells. I have always been a fan of these guys, but it's been awhile since they sang in my ear.
The "New Boy" single in itself, was a great song and brought back a lot of memories. But the live cuts were awesome! "Fun and Games," reminded me of what made REM successful, and "New Boy" gave me chills, like The Smiths used to. You could tell they were recorded at a small venue, and they were played spot on, with feeling.
Finally; that cover song I had mentioned. It was really cool to hear them do Jethro Tull justice, which I feel is a hard task. If you are going to attempt to cover this band, you have to do it right, and they did. "Living in The Past" actually makes sense for The Connells, after I hear it through. When I saw it was on the EP, I thought, "No way!" But they do it their way, with very subtle differences, and it sounds great. I love that lead guitar!