BERT SWITZER: 1977-2002: CD

A collection of diverse tracks featuring the same drummer. The sounds here range from drum solos to soft pop to avant-jazz (courtesy of Monster Island, a band also featuring Henry Kaiser) to Stoogy punk rock (The Destroyed, who would’ve made a killing if they had only bothered to take the time to record at least a single). Sound quality varies from track to track, with some rawer than others and the occasional drop-out in sound. Overall, the proceedings were relatively painless, and homeboy’s a damn fine drummer, but I’m not quite sure the world really needed a ten-minute garage recording of a jam based on Ozzy’s “Crazy Train.”

 –jimmy (www.bertswitzer.com)