A collection of odds and ends, but not throw-aways. The album is a compilation of live material, covers, and songs otherwise not released on any of Jawbox's 4 full length albums. Most of the studio tracks are the equals of their other material (tracks 7-9 are awesome). The live material is good, but it doesn't capture the energy of their live shows. How could it? This is not a best-of album and I wouldn't recommend it to someone who is listening to Jawbox for the first time. I consider Novelty to be their best album. Next to Fugazi, I don't know of another band who has so successfully mixed punk aggression with complex and genuinely catchy tunes. If you like Jawbox, you should also check out Burning Airlines, a new band comprised of Jawbox's two principle members.