Saturnine, a far greater known commodity who issued a healthy slew of albums that didn't abate until the 2001's fine Pleasure of Ruins. Their contribution, "Compromised" is anything but - a little meek perhaps, but quintessentially indie pop with some hard-strummed jangly bits and a good dynamics. Believe it or not, I haven't head anything by The Ladybug Transistor outside of this record. "Your Walling Tail" plagiaristicaly plunders Pavement's slower moments circa Slanted and Crooked. No complaints from this end, though I have ever to wonder if this was Ladybug's calling card back in the day or just an anomaly. Hmmm. May have to investigate further. Although they don't owe much to Malkmus and Co, Blaise Pascal bring on Boobytraps! real slack attack, via the tweaky, anti-climactic "Shielded." I can think of a hundred bands from this era that would've been far more deserving of these grooves than BP, but of course, I didn't have any say in the matter. Enjoy (or not).
01. Starbean - No Earthly Means of Transportation
02. Saturnine - Compromised
03. The Ladybug Transistor - Your Walling Tail
04. Blaise Pascal - Shielded
Holly Golightly "Up Against The Empire" 1998 - On this laid-back live outing, Holly Golightly sounds a little like a caffeinated Kendra Smith (Opal, Rainy Day). She eschews psych-rock in favor of folk, ...
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