Unprepared

I’m back from vacation. Very nice, no phones, no computer, but very, very, very expensive. Did you miss me? Unprepared as I am I’ve cobbled this post together over the last few days.

According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2008 is a Year of the Rat, and with the Beijing Summer Olympics just completed Fueled by Raman’s Year of the Rat artist sampler is an altogether appropriate choice.

Todays other artist sampler is The Year of the Wagon from Alias Records. While a group like Yo La Tengo soldiers on most of the groups featured on this cd have long since called it quits.

Both of these samplers date from the late 1990s and are representative of the state of indie and punk rock at that time.

The Year of the Wagon

Playing Time: 46 minutes 39 seconds

year of the wagon cover

1. Chug – Water Torture (3:34)
2. Archers Of Loaf – Harnessed In Slums (3:18)
3. Knapsack – Decorate The Spine (2:42)
4. Blithe – Man/2 (3:44)
5. Trunk Federation – Bad Dog-Reject (4:05)
6. Archers Of Loaf – Vocal Sharpnel (2:46)
7. Chug – Sassafras (3:14)
8. Small – The Bert Factor (2:21)
9. Archers Of Loaf – Web In Front (2:07)
10. Blithe – Head Is Mighty (2:59)
11. Yo La Tengo – Upside Down (2:39)
12. Knapsack – Cellophane (3:33)
13. Small – True Zero Hook (3:43)
14. Archers Of Loaf – What Did You Expect (3:13)
15. Picasso Trigger – Buckshot Goodbyes (2:41)

Year of the Rat

Playing Time: 48 minutes 49 seconds

year of the rat cover

1. Ann Beretta – Bottle Caps (3:06)
2. Impossibles – Eight Ball (3:11)
3. Fun Size – Hyper (2:44)
4. Discount – Accident Waiting to Happen (3:19)
5. Animal Chin – Tell Me What It Means (3:03)
6. Limp – Exit (3:31)
7. Sarge – Beguiling (4:51)
8. The Hippos – Diane (2:23)
9. Empire State Games – Dialogue [From A Movie] (2:17)
10. Supaflies – Shit Is Going to the Dogs (1:58)
11. J Church – Don’t Bring Me Down (2:33)
12. Impossibles – Plan B (2:23)
13. Jimmy Eat World – For Me This Is Heaven (4:07)
14. Cooter – Pin the Tail on the Donkey (3:27)
15. Animal Chin – Seven (1:55)
16. Jersey – Class War (4:01)

Buy Year of the Rat

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2 responses to “Unprepared

  1. nice! thanks man.
    any chance of posting the ff:
    Jabberjaw II – pure sweet hell (v/a)
    Sugar Plant – happy
    The Long Secret – a harriet records comp (v/a)

  2. WOW. I TOTALLY remember that Alias comp. In fact, I think I still have an Alias t-shirt somewhere with just the wagon on the front and the label roster on the back. KNAPSACK! And “Decorate The Spine” is probably my favorite song of theirs. The only thing this comp is missing is that instrumental band that used to be on Alias…shit…what were they called….

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