After logging 10,000 miles on the tour van odometer across 26 states, the Better Automatic is back in town. “Crowds were small but enthusiastic,” reports guitarist David Arbury, who made it home just in time to headline the release party for the band’s debut full-length, Parts & Pieces, at a Resin Records label showcase. Tour partner and labelmate El Guapo also celebrated an album release for its debut, The Phenomenon of Renewal. Both records came out while the bands were traveling together on the return trip from San Jose. The tour seems to have paid off in terms of spreading the word about Resin’s D.C. activities to the rest of the country: Resin founder Mike Kanin was profiled in the Punk Planet ‘zine, and the label was featured in Request magazine’s “Cool Folks Under 20 Years Old” special issue. Kanin (now, er, 21) and his label seem poised to continue being cool: College Park rockers Bald Rapunzel took up the torch for Resin earlier this month, heading out for a three-week tour with Gift to the Greedy. “We’ve known Gift to the Greedy since we were all, like, 15 years old,” says Bald Rapunzel drummer Katy Otto, “so it should be a lot of fun.” (CB)