- Audio CD (2 Sep 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Rough Trade
- ASIN: B00006BC7K
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Say What You Want - Paleface|
|2. Gin Is Not My Friend - Ish Marquez|
|3. Tramp Star - Brian Piltin|
|4. You Donít Have to Be a Scientist To Do Experiments On Your Own Heart - Jeffrey Lewis|
|5. Weird - Prewar Yardsale|
|6. Stamp Your Name On It - Stipplicon|
|7. Another Journey - Joie/Dead Blonde Girlfriend|
|8. Monte Carlo - Diane Cluck|
|9. Drinking Beers With Mom - Lach|
|10. Smokescreen A Capelle Techno Blues - Jim Flynn|
|11. Gone Gone - Grey Revell|
|12. Wee Ma Moo - Dufus|
|13. My Shadow Tags On Behind - Adam Green|
|14. Falling - Patsy Grace|
|15. Harlem 99 - Brer Brian|
|16. Unconscious Repeat - Turner Cady|
|17. All I Really Want - Barry Bliss|
|18. Rockstar - Major Matt Mason USA|
|19. Iím Fine - Kimya Dawson|
|20. Whitney Houston - Rick Shapiro|
Plenty has been written about Adam Green and Jeffrey Lewis and it's safe to say their contributions are as superb as the rest of their stuff.
Special mention has to go out to Ish Marquez though. His tune 'Gin Is Not My Friend' is an absolute corker. It's like a lo-fi Arthur Lee howling at the moon after a spicy tortilla and a few too many Gordons and is one of my favorite finds this year (2003). The mystery however is how he and many of the others (Brian Piltin, Jim Flynn and Brer Brian) haven't got record deals. Ish Marquez in particular brings up hardly anything on a Google search and there are rumours that he was well and truly screwed around by Rough Trade Records when it came to trying to get a deal. If his contribution is anything to go by he should be a star and Rough Trade have let a good thing slip by.
If you like lo-fi acoustic music with charm and oodles of humour and wit this really is a must buy (especially at the price). If however you like the really messy Moldy Peaches type stuff (extreme lo-fi) I would suggest approaching it with caution as it's far more tuneful. All in all... top shiznit.
I would advise all fans of idiosyncratic folk to buy this collection, it is a modern revelation. But if you want to follow up any of the artists on it, stick to Jeffrey Lewis and the absolute genius of Diane Cluck. Her 'Monte carlo' here is the indisputed gem, worth the album price alone, a wonderfully witty and bittersweet melodic odyssey. As for The Moldy Peaches, it wasn't funny the first time, and it doesn't get any funnier.