An untitled 10" compilation that came with the seventh issue of Speed Kills zine, all full of buzzes and noises with several hypnotic acoustic guitar-strummed ditties and not very much rock, though what it does have is extremely fine. Although the four contributors here were less than obvious to everyone but the music fanzine nerds when this first came out, they should be fairly well-known by now, including the two "side projects"-- Portastatic, which is Mac of Superchunk, and Back Off Cupids, which is John Reis of Drive Like Jehu and Rocket from the Crypt.
This was the first time I'd ever heard Portastatic, which had me thinking they were intended to be Mac's noise project or something; eventually I smartened up, to the point now where I like Portastatic way more than I've ever liked Superchunk. (I'm weird that way.) Even though the Portastatic song here starts out noisy like all the rest, it gets downright chummy before it's done.
Someone requested the Back Off Cupids track (in the comments on yesterday's post) before I was even halfway through ripping this record, so here ya go. No backsies.
A Handful of Dust -
"A Sort Of Saliva"
Flying Saucer Attack -
Back Off Cupids -
(all of these files are now listen-only)