Get Better Records has released their first compilation, and boy is it a good one. In fact this is the best comp I’ve heard in a long long long time. If you’re into indie, folk or pop punk don’t wait to pick this up, it’s backed with tons of great songs. It took me a good amount of time to get through this because I kept listening to songs over and over. There are a lot of stand outs here on what could be the best of the best, personally I think it’s the Candy Hearts song, but they’ve got a lot of really stiff compilation for that title. Coming into this thing I only knew who five of the bands were, but after listening to the whole things I’m looking to buy albums from most of these bands. And did immediately buy six after I finished. Get on getting this CD (or download) right now!
‘Doin’ It’ A pretty awesome little song, reminds me a lot of some Kimya Dawson stuff. I actually didn’t get to the second song on the CD for a little while because I listened to this a few times over, which I don’t think I’ve ever done on a first run through.
‘Toby’s Song’ A re-recording of a song off of Billy Raygun’s ‘Seasick’ 7”. It’s still a great song, the new version sounds better too, Billy Raygun always bringing the quality pop punk jams.
‘Probably Not’ A new song from Sundials, I imagine this may be from their upcoming album but that’s just a guess. This song is fucking awesome. Like wow, so good.
‘This Life is Caving’ Acoustic punk stuff, pretty good. I dig this song, reminds me of something that Mischief Brew might do, but less folky.
‘So Many Ways to Say I Love You’ This song’s alright, not quite my style but I can see it growing on me. It’s a little like some of Todd Congelliere’s weird solo stuff…but less weird.
‘Here to Play’ This is a great song, no clue who Tragwag was before this song, but less than a minute into it I was looking for an album or something from Tragwag. A dude with a guitar busting out some great songs, or at the very least one great song.
‘The “Z” Sealed it For Me’ A song from their ‘Cut and Paste’ album, this band is really good and so is this song. Iron Chic/Latterman type pop punk.
‘Born-Again Non-Believer’ Starts out with a lot of egg shaker, a pretty cool indie tune.
‘What Did You Do Today?’ A big change of pace here, total punk song here. With fuzz quality recording. This is alright; it’s pretty catchy for what it is. A whole album of this could either be great or really bad.
‘Clean’ We’ve switched to the indie/folk/pop/punk sound that’s been the CD so far and in a big way with this Toby Foster song. And this is a great song right here, I listened to it two or three times in a row before moving on.
‘Dark Wood, Dark Water’ A pretty calming and awesome indie song, somewhere along the lines of Paul Baribeau or Daniel Johnston, but a better voice. I listened to this one twice too before moving forward.
‘Pizza For Easter’ Hands down the best song title on here. But so far this is the only bad song. It’s some electronic mix thing that sounds like club music. Not into it at all.
‘King Kong vs. The US Army’ Second best song title on this. But to go along with the amazing song title there’s a fucking great song to back it up. This is some awesome indie stuff, my first thought was somewhere in the vein of the Weakerthans, but with more energy. I also started looking for albums before the song was over on this one; I also listened to it a few times. (GOOGLE FAILED ME WITH MORE INFO ON THIS BAND, IF ANYBODY HAS SOME INFO HOOK ME UP).
‘What I’m Made Of’ Truthfully the entire reason I bought this comp (or at least 80%) was for a new Candy Hearts song. I love this band, great indie/pop punk stuff. After some of the great songs on this compilation I didn’t think I was going to call one out as the best, but once this started it pulled ahead of the other four songs that were leading the pack. I can’t wait for more releases from Candy Hearts.
‘PC Doesn’t Stand For Personal Computer Anymore’ A catchy folk tune, like the Among Giants song it reminds me of Mischief Brew, but this time with all the folk punk turned on.
‘Spies For A Day’ The Taxpayers are a really fun band, if you ever get a chance to see them don’t pass on it. Their recordings range from ok to really good; this song is on the really good end. One of the best songs I’ve heard from them.
‘Together Underground’ We’ve got another really good folk tune here. A live version too which is a little of an added bonus.
‘New Wave’ New Wave is a perfect name for this song; it’s a new wave punk type sound. I really dig this one.
‘Every Girl is the End of the World For Me’ Closing out this top notch compilation is an acoustic song. It’s not high energy or anything; it’s just a really nice song, done really well. Perfect way to end things here.
1. WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS – Doin’ It
2. BILLY RAYGUN – Toby’s Song
3. SUNDIALS – Probably Not
4. AMONG GIANTS – This Life is Caving
5. JAKE LAZOVICK – So Many Ways to Say I Love You
6. TRAGWAG – Here to Play
7. SPRAYNARD – The “Z” Sealed it For Me
8. DIVIDED HEAVEN – Born-Again Non-Believer
9. THE TWO FUNERALS – What Did You Do Today?
10. TOBY FOSTER – Clean
11. THE LAKE AND THE LION – Dark Wood, Dark Water
12. GALAXY CHANNEL – Pizza For Easter
13. Brooke Pridemore – King Kong vs. The US Army
14. Candy Hearts – What I’m Made Of
15. YOUNG MOUNTAIN – PC Doesn’t Stand For Personal Computer Anymore
16. THE TAXPAYERS – Spies For A Day
17. THE WILD – Together Underground (live)
18. IMPERIAL CAN – New Wave
19. FOR THE KID IN THE BACK – Every Girl