SLOW DEATH, THE / KYLE KINANE: Split: 7”

Very few live comedy/studio band split records out there, so this is notable. Kyle Kinane tells the true story of driving past a skunk with his head stuck in a mayonnaise jar, and the ensuing efforts to save said skunk. He’s a natural storyteller, and though I didn’t laugh while I listened, I’m sure I would’ve had I been there in the club for the re-telling. The Slow Death does a couple faithful (Young) Pioneers covers. I prefer the originals, particularly “Fuck the Labor Pool,” but they give both songs a slightly more pronounced, measured, hearty Americana sweep, which works. If there’s something to connect people who bought the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack to people who ordered records from Vermiform, this could be it. 

 –Matt Werts (Silver Sprocket, silversprocket.net / Rad Girlfriend, radgirlfriendrecords.com)