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The Best Kind of Record Fiend

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In this week's Sharp Darts I profile Robert Manis, the obsessive collector who brought wild Chicago outsider punk J.T. IV and the significantly more commercially viable Detroit protopunk group Death to Drag City. Recently he's taken his mission to rescue obscure musical gems solo, starting a label of his own called Moniker. His first release, by Chicago avant-folkie John Bellows, comes out Tuesday. After the jump I have some sample songs.

"Bare to the Bone," redolent of Townes Van Zandt, I mention in the column as evidence of Bellows's tender side.

"(You Just Got) Mutherfucked," on the other hand, is pure bare-wire Bellows madness:

Clean Your Clock is out March 9 both digitally and on vinyl.

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