Private Pressers: Warren Winter’s Band / Merry Airbrakes / Bill Bissett & th Mandan Massacre

Rescued from the underground! Check out a handful of highly recommended private press gems, recently reissued.

An oddball masterpiece, lost in the 1980s — Warren Winter’s Band’s Crossbar Hotel casts a melancholy eye on the “me” decade. Masterminded by songwriter Edward Winterhalder (Warren Winter is a pseudonym of sorts), the album might strike you as a bit normie on first listen, thanks to its almost-slick production values. But give it a little more attention . . .

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