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Holiday Matinee Vol. 2
Better Looking Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Holiday Matinee is back with their second CD sampler, showcasing the mass of talent that they have accumulated in their corner. As far as compilations go, this is a pretty darn good one for the average listener, but it would be even better if they could scoop up a few more unreleased tracks by some of the bands presented.

The disk opens up with an unreleased track by Wheat, one of the most criminally underrated bands here in the United States. "Flat Black" is a bit more obscure/indie rock than their pop-laced "Hope and Adams" and hopefully hails a new, beautiful direction for them.

No Knife, who seemed wholly bored with being in a rock band on their last album, ring out of the gates with their guitars jacked ("these things go to 11!") and the vocals distorted, reminding me that they do have a respectable past, which they will hopefully be returning to if "Flechette" is any signal.

Jimmy LaValle's Album Leaf also offers up a new track, "Audio Pool," which grabs me much tighter than anything off of An Orchestrated Rise to Fall did earlier in the year, painting a soft electronic mural with muted, pastel notes of those found in the knotting of Tristeza. All in all, I would have to say that LaValle's solo voice is much more of a creative vision and less of an Insound promotional tool than I had thought.

Track 4: Cursive

Track 5: The Busy Signals

Tiara also offer up a new number for the sixth slot, but it doesn't resonate any differently than anything we've heard by them in the past, wringing a yawn out of even the freshest morning mouth.

Track 7: The Mercury Program

I thought I was familiar with the entire Holiday Matinee roster, but AM/FM is something that I hadn't come across before, surprisingly. The electronic, noodling duo of Brian Sokel (Franklin) and Michael Parsell (Goodbye Blue Monday) create an interesting, albeit short, mix of noise and post-punk balladry with a something of everything out of their native Philadelphia . I very much want to hear more of this.

Track 9: Tristeza

Track 10: Sunday's Best

This marks the first time hearing The Good Life, a somewhat supergroup featuring Tim Kasher and Clint Schnase of Cursive churning out a very, very, very familiar sound. I actually listened through this track thinking it was a second, unreleased track by said Nebraska quartet, the similarities are so bare. While some will surely frown, I can only turn a smile at the idea and the sweet sounds. A great song, as you would expect, on par and perhaps even passing the recent Cursive's Domestica with its quiet beauty. I really want to hear more. Really. No kidding.

The Faint offer up a remix, having released more of them since Blank Wave Arcade than they have original tracks in their time. It's kind of cool, but I'd much rather find something new from them on this collection.

I don't care if it takes a freak carpentry accident or a swarm of the Africanized bees that are moving up the Western seaboard, but something has absolutely got to stop Vue from releasing any more music. This track snuck up on me at the health clinic and I could only beg for the harsh stabbing of the needle to take my brain away from the horrid memories of hearing even a few notes of this Sub Pop garbage. A fraction of a second was all it took Vue to convince me to microwave this compilation. Die, die, die, and burn your studio masters!

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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