To celebrate IE Weekly’s local music issue, we’ve put together an all-local-bands CD for—oh, wait, that issue came out last week? Okay, so we can be slow. Or lazy. Or way, waaay too into that Mindfreak marathon on A&E to have cared about anything else (like showering or eating or feeding the dog, but that’s a whole other story).
Still, a week late is better than never, and we never wanted to say never. We care too much about the 20 bands and musicians who’ve generously donated tracks for this, our first-ever local music CD compilation (and we mean local—no LA or OC bands allowed. See how it feels to be excluded, suckas?!?). Were we reviewing it, we’d say it’s obviously the Greatest CD Assembled In The History Of CD Making Ever, and we’d be right. Because we’re objective like that.
What we have here below is a track-by-track rundown, but it really only works if you’ve already got the CD on your player, so get yourself one. Where, you ask? For that, you’ve got some work to do, or at least your click-finger does—for a list of locations where you can pick up a copy of Up to 11 (for free!), load up the Weekly web site at www.ieweekly.com. Then rock out, and thank us later.
1. Bad News for the Toros, “Time Flew Bye”—Deliciously lo-fi production and a catchy hook that stays stuck in your head. It’s a great opener, even though that “Bye” part of the title will cause ardent proofreaders to cringe.
2. The Dialectics, “Burden”—Indie-funk gold. Music to groove to at Bonnaroo.
3. Ready for Vegas, “In the Eyes Of”—Hope you like wah-pedals. Oh, and hard-drinkin’, kick-ass tunes fronted by a dynamic singer named Beulah Mae.
4. Mad Marionettes, “Diminutif d’Introduction”—A mad cacophony of strumming banjos, pounding drums and accordions that make you feel as if you’re watching a creepy sideshow in a dusty town.
5. Conspiracy of Thought, “Rebel Flag”—Socially-conscious metal with obvious influences from the likes of Korn and RATM, and they really do care a lot.
6. Young Dolla, “Omnicide”—Lyrically concentrated, bass-heavy, creeping IE hip-hop.
7. Hold Me Like a Gun, “First Class Whore”—Straight-up, noisy garage rock circa MC5 or Iggy and the Stooges, only they’re all under 50. Promise.
8. Casket Salesmen, “I’ll Buy That For A Dollar”—A thrashy, alternative dose of heavy-but-not-overbearing psychedelia from last week’s cover boys.
9. Justin Black and the Light, “Hallelujah”—Hallelujah, indeed.
10. All Marbles, “Bobby Custer”—Layered roadhouse music with a slight dash of stoner rock. Yum!
11. Winston & the Telescreen, “Boyfriend”—This band might get confused for the likes of Belle And Sebastian, but more closely resemble “Love Cats”-era Cure.
12. Phoenix and the Turtle, “It’s Not You, It’s Me”—Sad, epic, textured tunes with weeping strings and sparse vocals.
13. Ojos Rojos, “You”—A swirling mass of sonic oohs and ahhs, Ojos Rojos are historically plugged in enough to be unashamed Syd Barrett worshippers, but contemporary enough to claim the Brian Jonestown Massacre as friends.
14. Bucksworth, “Tex Message”—Classic Exile Stones with a bit of country twang.
15. Ominous Words, “Heartstrings”—Uber-indie hip-hop, complete with scratches and creepy piano loops and amazing, socially conscious lyrics.
16. Holy Curtain, “From a Young G’s Perspective”—Distilled, thumping art-punk reminiscent of the music Nick Cave could have put out if he had stayed with the Birthday Party.
17. Soul of the River, “B-Side to Honky Tonk Woman”—They promise that you’ll slap yourself black and blue out of pure eargasmic joy. We couldn’t agree more.
18. Hobo Jazz, “In My Rockin’ Chair”—Rootsy, jazzy, toe-tappin’ tunes; the punk rock of 1921.
19. Capacitor, “Outdated Concepts”—Infusing elements of danceable electro with influences like Gary Numan and Kraftwerk, Capacitor bring a dose of hip to accompany their booty-shaking.
20. Jesus Makes the Shotgun Sound, “Alcowhore”—On the sonic fringe of the universe, JMTSS pull in passing ambient noise, strings and organs to create a textured, saturnine masterpiece.