HoZac’s got junk in the trunk 

This summer the label drops a comp of gonzo one-off garage-trash bands. Plus: Smith Westerns work on a new record, buy new sunglasses; Earth Is a Man cover Dylan with Tim Heidecker

By Jessica Hopper and J.R. Nelson

The Blackout Fest isn’t the only big thing HoZac Records has cookin’. The label’s 100th release, now being mixed, comes out this summer, and it’s a doozy! The 17-track compilation Trunk City Junk captures a slew of one-off garage bands that came together between 2003 and ’07 and starred a real parade of current and former midwestern scene fixtures: Alex White, Aaron “A-Ron” Orlowski (Baseball Furies, Outer Minds), Wes Kerstens (Clone Defects, Red Orchestra), Brian Miller (Functional Blackouts), Odie Wilson (Baseball Furies), Nathan Webber (Vee Dee), Zach Medearis (Outer Minds), and Chris Anderson (Sang des Loups, Black Beauties). Also included are two songs that Nobunny dude Justin Champlin released last year as a seven-inch on his label, Rubber Vomit, to great acclaim from fanzines: the Schiller Killers’ “(I’m the) Wicker Park Strangler” and I.V. Eyes’ “They Saved Terri’s Tube.”

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