VARIOUS ARTISTS: Pancake Productions Summer Sampler MMX: CD-R

I find records that feature a variety of musical stylings to be infinitely enjoyable, but only when the tunes are good. There’s a wild diversity on this record: a bit o’ hardcore, a bit o’ r&b/hip hop, some hippy-dippy shit, female-fronted torch-rock (decipher that!), folksy French accordion music, technotronica, etc. Some of it is actually quite good, but too much of what’s put forth here is borderline crummy or outright lousy and proves that even though technology allows anyone to record and distribute their tunes, that doesn’t mean that they should. Favorite moments: The Fantasy Four, “Open Wide”; Popular Mechanics, “Better Off in the End”; Mike Stansy, “I Am Mike Stansy”; Cardiac Arrest, “Old New”; Thomas, “Cherokee Street.” At the same time, there are a few songs on here that I would rather rip out my intestines with a fork than hear again.

 –Eric Carlson (Pancake Productions)