"New Music Sampler Vol. 01" CD
July 22 - 28 2002
the first volume in the "New Music Sampler" series, seems to
dig up memories of those crappy, corporation-sponsored "indie"
compilations of the past. I mean, even the name, "New Music
Sampler" sounds familiar! And it's important to note that no
respectable indie band has ever gotten its start on one of those
comps. There's good reason for that too.
That said, this compilation is not all bad. There are
decent contributions from Lynn Frances Anderson, The
Plumrecordings, Kittymonkey, and a few more, but as a whole
this features a bit too much drab, "wannabe" pop/rock
filth. It's safe to say none of these bands will be the next Pavement!
If it weren't for the few saving graces, this sampler could just be
panned without mention, much like the others of the same nature.
As a whole, this lies as a run-of-the-mill "new music
sampler" that works more as a free giveaway than an actual
purchase. It will be interesting to see if they improve matters
on their future volumes.
64 min 30 sec; 15 tracks; distributed by the