I’m always the last to know, but this 45, “Newgate” from TOXIE has been out a year now, and after three listens, it finally hit me – what a great song.

It’s what we used to call “new wave” in the 1980s, propelled beyond the category with buzzing, raw guitar and breathy female vocals from Alexandra Burden. Eric at Goner Records put it out. He’s probably seen them live right there in his and their hometown of Memphis. I’ll bet he likes ‘em. I’m pretty sure I do too. Check out their brand-new thing as well, which I just bought this week & which is just as good.