Don't laugh, I got this for free.
Serendipity label mogul Brian Sinclair had booked a show at the old Municipal Cafeteria in Hartford (which is no longer there-- I think it's a Subway now, or something), and he had a whole stack of these that he was handing out. Brian gave me one when I walked through the door, and-- like a stuck-up indie snob, which the standard personality that I assume when I'm out in public-- I said, "What the frig is this? Alias! They suck!"
"Wait, the Matt Keating song is great! You'll like it!"
I'd never heard of Matt Keating. "Who the hell is Matt Keating?"
"You've never heard of Matt Keating!?!" I'd never heard of Matt Keating.
In any case, Brian was right-- the Matt Keating song is pretty great, trebly as it is. Plus it's got that clever wordplay that all really great power-pop songs should have, which is why if I was making a list of my 100 favorite songs of all time, I'd probably put "Killjoy" on there, presuming I'd even bother making such a stupid list, or even be able to remember which 100 songs are my favorites anyway.
I also ended up really liking the Knapsack song that was on the sampler, which fooled me into later buying their shitty "Day Three of My New Life" CD when I found a used promo copy in the dollar bin.
Total lifetime budget spent on Matt Keating and Knapsack records: $1, which isn't too bad when you figure I at least got two good songs out of the deal.
Matt Keating -
"Decorate The Spine"
(these files are now listen-only)