That beautiful album cover up there is the face of a 10" split between Arches and Banned Books, out now on Magic Death Sounds (it's their first release!). The vinyl itself is also totally gorgeous -- grey with pink, blue, and yellow swirls. We received this bit of pulchritude in the mail while we were gettin' hitched in West Virginia, so it was kind of like a sweet wedding gift. While all four tracks are great, I find myself gravitating towards the B-side... Banned Books' track "Lake of Memory" is a howling good time; herky-jerky noise pop with hard-hitting drums and art-rock vocals takes your hand and walks you down a shaky path to pure giddiness. I'd be keeping an eye on these guys -- they've already played shows with tUnE-yArDs, Deerhoof, Grand Buffet, and Minus the Bear.