a1: The Suspicions – Baby Talk (Listen)
a2: Wax Museums – Disco Ball (Listen)
b1: Romance Novels – It’s All Lies (Listen)
b2: No Bunny – Hippy Witch (Listen)
Label: Almost Ready Records
Buy: Bistro Distro
This is the third volume in Almost Ready’s “The World’s Lousy With Ideas” series of 7″ comps. To note: volume 3 came out a few months before volume 2 (which was released simultaneously with volume 4: confused yet?), and is already sold out (possibly out of print?). Again, act quickly before they are gone (still listed at the awesome Bistro Distro though, but I couldn’t see it anywhere else).
This series is really fantastic thus far, and is the perfect document of what is happening in the underground music scene right now. I may have said that in my Vol 1 review from Monday, but I am too lazy to check.
The Suspicions start this off with a song called “Baby Talk,” which on my first few spins didn’t do much for me (specifically the background vocals at the chorus). Yet, the whole thing just ends up being so irresistible that I feel like I’ve settled my problems with it. I like this enough to look into the back-catalog. Catchy as fuck.
Wax Museums offer “Disco Ball,” and compared to the other Wax Museums stuff I have, this is a relatively weak effort. Mostly the chorus again, which attempts to be catchy but walks the line a little too closely on the “annoying” side of the fence. Love this band, but not this song.
Next is Romance Novels with “It’s All Lies,” who steal the chord progression from “Blitzkrieg Bop,” and try to disguise it in the lo-fi recording quality. Yet, however obvious it is, this song ends up catching fire, and the “It’s all lies” refrain is particularly delightful. My favourite song of the album.
Finally, Nobunny do “Hippy Witch,” which lasts for a minute (and because of the lock groove, will keep going until you turn off the record player “a witch /a witch /a witch /a witch”). This song is rad, especially the seconds long freakout near the end.