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Various Artists

"Ziplocked and Loaded Vol. 3" cassette

Popgun Recordings

Genres: emo, indie rock

PO BOX 7374
Riverside CA
92513 USA

Jun 8 - 14 2003

This delicious cassette is the third in Popgun Recordings' ever-growing series of six song / six artist comp tapes, and it's the type of release any lo-fi fan would die for.  Like all of Popgun's releases, it's an infinitely catchy bundle packaged in a small Ziplock bag.  You gotta love the DIY aesthetic.

The first song on the cassette is scene veteran Jen Turrell's "Luminosity," a catchy, minimal ditty composed of acoustic guitar, vocals, and bells.  It's a happy, beautiful pop song that will bring a tear to your eye.  Right afterwards comes The Bright Ideas' "You Don't Wanna Be The One," a youthful guitar-and-vocals tune that will have you humming along.  Tippy Young follows with a dollop of her patented singer/songwriter style indie pop called "Dead Ends" - it's definitely melancholic, yet oddly uplifting.

Side B carries another triplet of tunes.  Glenn Toots kicks things off with a piano and vocal rendition of Outkast's "Ms. Jackson" - except the melody's totally different, and the whole thing sounds like Rufus Wainwright filtered through a 1975 Walkman.  Genius.  Pipper The Kissing Cat then takes riot grrl to a new level with the spunky, yet decidedly lo-fi "Sweet + Sugary."  The Bright Lights finish the comp up in style with a melodic hometaper anthem by the name of "Let's Do It Again!"

Altogether, this is a fine cassette that belongs in any lo-fi indie pop fan's collection.  While it's a bit on the short side, its two dollar price tag (postage paid in North America!) makes it well worth the price.  Give it a try, what can you lose?


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 6 songs, distributed by the label]