2008-06-19Asthmatic Kitty Records has a local tie. It was originally to be used as a platform for musicians from Holland, MI. Some artists were natives to the area, while others were attending local universities. (Now, it's based in Lander, WY, Indianapolis, IN, and New York City.) This is a sampler of approximately twenty artists, all of the indie rock vein. There are many highlights including the first and second songs by The Curtains and Sufjan Stevens, respectively. The eighth track, by Shannon Stevens, is a nice, quiet piece ala Nick Drake. The twelfth track, by the band Osso, in an instrumental. "Sampler Song" by Rafter rocks a bit with a Beatles-esque refrain. Bunky offers "Yes/No", one of my favorites; and Half-Handed Cloud gives us "Quail", which has interesting instrumentation. Reviewed by Rebecca Ruth
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