VARIOUS ARTISTS: The Bosse Sound: Swedish Punk, Hardcore, and New Wave 1979-1986: CD

The title pretty much sums it up. Pretend you’ve got a short wave radio, a time machine, and a really adventurous, right-on DJ cranking thirty tracks of Swedes playing the gamut from loud, fast, and scratchy to synthesizers a-blazing rock. I’d only heard passing mention of one or two of these bands – like the Meateaters and Zpamhead – but there’s not a clunker in the bunch. What’s amazing is most of sound quality is through the roof (in a good way) and the Swedes don’t put as much strangulation on adjacent genres, so there’s a nice cross pollination of really hummy, jangly stuff and straight-ahead fuck you rock. Excellent stuff. Great to put on and have an enjoyable seventy minutes.

 –todd (Dionysus)