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Disappointing for a Sub Pop sampler
on July 11, 2012
I was looking forward to the 2012 Sub Pop Sampler for two reasons: 1) The 2011 sampler was EXCELLENT. I kept 10 of the 23 tracks, by far the most tracks I've kept from a sampler. 2) Sub Pop has released two of my favorite albums of 2012 (Beach House's "Bloom" and Memoryhouse's "The Slideshow Effect.") I really expected to come across some great new music.
This sampler is bland. Beachwood Sparks was ahead of its time, and now that the band's sound is en vogue they have returned. They're boring. I have no backstory for you for Husky, but they are also boring.
Listening to the Helio Sequence may make you check you're phone to make sure you're not in 2006.
Beach House's "Myth" is a keeper. I'm excited for whoever discovers Beach House through this sampler!
The bland Poor Moon has the misfortune of being sandwiched between Beach House and Memoryhouse. "The Kids Were Wrong" by Memoryhorse isn't my favorite song of the band, but it is a keeper.
Jaill has some impressive guitar work, but the song doesn't do much to stand out. Father John Misty is the bees knees to a lot of bloggers these days, and he contributes a castchy song. I might be exploring his catalogue next. He is followed by King Tuff. Very Wavves-ish. It could be a keeper.
This all brings us to the peak of the album, Dum Dum Girls "Coming Down". The music is quite similar to "Fade Into You", but it's a great song nonetheless. At least snag that track.
Feedtime sucks. It's like Jack Black fronting the Pogues, only put through like a Hives filter. Yuck. Metz contribute "Headache" - you're better off just buying the Frank Black track "Headache" from Amazon.
Niki & the Dove were a welcome surprise on last year's sampler, and "DJ, Ease My Mind" is another keeper.
Theesatisfaction contributes a track that may or may not have come from a cheesy compilation like "CLUB HITS Y2K" or something.
Washed Out slow it down on "A Dedication." The guy has range. Probably a keeper.
Sheerwater is another promosing band. Not sure I can get into that voice, but I'll certainly keep trying.
Remember when Dawson's Creek was released on DVD, and they couldn't afford to license the music that aired in the original episodes so they used boring music that wasn't popular? That job would've been right up Sera Cahoone's alley.
The best part about Debo Band is the band name.
Mr. Spoek is the opposite of boring - there is TOO much going on in his songs.
Oh, and Retribution Gospel Choir sing about revolution. Boring.
All in all, it's free, and you should definitely download it even if you only keep a song or two. Still, I wish it was a little better this year.