The World’s Lousy With Ideas Volume 3 7″

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
World’s Lousy With Ideas Volume 3

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.

The World is Lousy With Ideas Volume 1 7″

a1: Home Blitz – Thin Ice (listen)
a2: Boys Club – Gotta Get Right (listen)
b1: Nothing People – Its Not Your Speakers (listen)

Out of Print (though it looks like Goner might have some copies).The World’s Lousy With Ideas Vol 1

I will be covering this series this week (assuming I get volume 2 and 4 in the mail), but don’t wait for me; time to start tracking these down as soon as possible, because the first two (vol 1 and 3) are out of print already. As a document to what is happening right now in the underground, these comps are unparalleled. Also, each volume has numerous sleeve variations (the one I got has some weird alien/lesbian porn scene).

Home Blitz’s “Thin Ice” is an early punk rock styled number, with punk styled punk guitar solo’s falling all over themselves for short bursts of punk filled mayhem. Lo-fi as fuck, punk as fuck; _________ as fuck.

Boys Club’s “Gotta Get Right” is so lo-fi that it is barely there, but as with all of the lofi greats have shown, production means nothing when the songs are there. This is pop music for the deranged.

Nothing People’s “Its Not Your Speakers” actually turns out to be my favourite NP song yet, though maybe that has more to do with this song sounding like a more-lo-fi early Jesus and Mary Chain, with the repeating drum machine, the swirling electronix and the “couldn’t give a fuck” vocal delivery. This song is so fucking good.