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Nu Yoiyk Bedrum Strummin Duz Gud,
This review is from: Antifolk Vol. 1 (Audio CD)
This is the best compilation album I've ever bought. The thing it initially reminded me off the most was Beck's album 'One Foot In The Grave' and then like a ripe musical leek I started to peel back it's layers and cook gently.
There are a few tunes that don't hit the spot or are a bit 'I've got a good idea - oh no I was just a bit stoned' (Prewar Yardsdales's 'Weird', Joie Dead Blonde Girlfriend's 'Another Journey' to name but two). But mainly it's quality lo-fi strum & sing all the way.
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.