More than three decades after putting out the seminal Berserkley Chartbusters Vol. 1 compilation – the album that introduced the world at large to power pop heroes like the Rubinoos, Jonathan Richman and Greg Kihn – the label’s founder Matthew King Kaufman is at it again. Continue reading “MP3 Jackpot Winners CD Vol. 1 – Compiled by Matthew King Kaufman”
This Berkeley band’s guitar rock song about projecting direct love feelings really rocks my world. This track has great musicianship, compelling songwriting, and a raw edginess that I recommend. Thanks in advance.
3. Penetrating Love Ray by Sex 4 Moderns
Here’s an insightful rumination on the state of our backyards by one powerhouse of a ska band. This song is the BOMB!! The lyrics are scary but true, and will aid in your character development. I’ve also heard that the singer is very cute.
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Stiff Richards got it right. I fall in and out of things all the time. I only wish I could write a song this good about it.
5. Fell In and Out of Art by Stiff Richards
Truly sick! I first heard D COMPOSE spinning at a house party last year and I’ve been diggin his stuff ever since. This slippery track oozes bass, and the loops swirl subversively like alien cough syrup. Enjoy! ;~*
6. Sick by D Compose
It’s tough to label this one of a kind star. Repulsa, one of the earliest heavy agro-rock women, was so far ahead of her time that her career remains largely unknown.
7. Sex Pig by Repulsa
An instant classic, this ebullient party track has all that a bunch of kids or grown up kids could ask for. West Coast ska fans are familiar with Critical Mass’ amazing live show, but few are prepared for this brilliant slab of casiotone-inspired latin ska candy.
8. Piñata by Critical Mass & The Lazy American
Bloody timeless track from east bay champs of the 90’s thrash funk era, Black Pole. They do say “punk motherfucker” quite a lot so yeah, parental advisory or whatever. This band was truly amazing live, and this track was recorded live in the studio. That’s right, no pro-tools tomfoolery, kidz, this went down, just as you hear it. Was really glad Matthew picked this for the first MP3 Jackpot comp. Enjoy.
9. P.M.F. by Black Pole