VARIOUS ARTISTS: Kiss or Kill Volume 2: CD

This compilation is a collection of bands that assumedly are favorites of those at the Kiss or Kill weekly live show at the Echo club in Southern California. This get-together primarily appears to be an excuse for people in the area to listen to mediocre power pop and drink a lot. I’ve never heard of this club nor have I heard of any of these bands. I was going to list the bands on here as the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but they’re all fairly bad: the O.A.O.T.’s, Bang Sugar Bang, the Waking Hours, Zeitgeist Auto Parts, Silver Needle, the Randies, Midway, the Knives, the King Cheetah, the Rainman Suite, Billion Stars, Underwater City People, the Letter Openers, Chromosome Tea, Bobot Adrenaline, and the Cloves. Some of these bands at least have some talent and ideas of how to sling together a catchy tune (Bang Sugar Bang) while others sound like fodder for some pop radio station (Billion Stars). Every few tracks, Emcee Rob Z pipes in with some pointless comments. He’s the “Masturbator of Ceremonies.” Get it? Ah, I’ll explain it to you when you’re older. -Kurt Morris

 –guest (War Room)