"Zip-Locked & Loaded Vol. 1" cassette
Genres: lo-fi, indie pop, diy
PO Box 7774
Riverside CA 92513
Sep 22 - 28 2003
There's something magical about Popgun's Zip-Locked & Loaded
compilations and volume one, the original, is no different. Six songs by
six different bands and artists are present on this delicious tape, and the lo-fi
DIY style is on display brilliantly. Fireflies' instrumental
guitar tune "Road Trip" starts off the cassette adorably and Casino
Ashtrays' cover of Herman's Hermits tune "I'm Into Something
Good" is pure pop goodness. Finishing off side A is Your Suitcase's
blissed-out, laidback version of big band standard "Brazil".
Side B starts with Casino Ashtrays member Laura Watling's
"Same," a soft yet boppy pop tune with endearing vocals and a cute
twee sound not far off from happier Softies and Huon work. Cha
Cha Cha's lo-fi funk insturmental "Riot 119 (M.M.M.M.C. Mix)"
(the M.M.M.M.C stands for "Might make my moog cry") is a nice
artifact that was originally on Dead Turtle Recordings' legendary Breakout
comp - it's reminiscent of the tunes on Money Mark's solo Mark's
Keyboard Repair album. The comp finishes off with a short lo-fi pop
tune by high school teacher Curly Girl.
Zip-Locked & Loaded Vol. 1 is a must-buy for fans of lo-fi, DIY
pop and cassette culture.
[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2000]