I'm listening to the new Helms Alee album. It was one of the surprises of the fall. A definite best album of 2008. And it makes me think of Hydra Head Records. I know it was founded by Aaron Turner, but I believe it is primarily run by Mark Thompson. I've had the opportunity to hang in Mr. Thompson's circle at a few shows. The fringe, you might say. Based purely on observation, I recognized that this was a good man. There's no Hollywood in him. He watches shows like the rest of us. There's no scene. This is a humble guy. So that makes it easy to appreciate what he has done with this label. He's finding amazing talent on a national level. Just this year - Pyramids, Harvey Milll, Torche, Zozobra, and the list goes on. And although Hydra Head is a national label, it's still an LA label, and I'm not sure this city fully appreciates what it's got. So I'm calling for a Hydra Head Showcase in Los Angeles. We shouldn't have to go to SXSW for it. And Tee Pee, a NYC label, has their Manifest Destiny right here in Echo Park. Come on Mr. Thompson, you're a Boston man - you must resist this Brooklyn invasion. Please give us what we don't know we want.