From the end of the ’90s through the first half of the new century, Deep Elm Records was my favorite record label, mostly because of Brandtson and The Appleseed Cast. These bands defined not only the core of my formative years, but also the entire emo genre for me. The guitars alternated between crunchy, reverb-drenched punk and melodic, often cascading bits of beauty, all of which was punctuated with sharp, often out-of-key and sometimes unintelligible yawps. So much angst. Of course, like most genres, more commercial knock-offs came along and ruined it (I won’t name names but you know who you are). Fortunately, the good brand of emo finally appears to be coming back into fashion (see: Cloud Nothings, Best Coast). For a primer on why, head to Kobo this Wednesday.