ARMCHAIR MARTIAN: 1995 Demo: CS

This inspired 1995 pop punk demo from Fort Collins, Colo. was released right at the height of that subgenre in the underground. Reissued for the first time since then, it’s a tear-jerker in that it shows how arbitrary it was for some bands to make it in that scene and others to fall into obscurity. On the softer end of pop punk, these five songs are absurdly good, taking me back to one of my favorite eras. Armchair Martian put out a slew of records and those of us in the know worshipped them then and now. It’s a pleasure to revisit these songs on cassette, the format in which they initially appeared. Pressed professionally, the tape itself sounds as great as the songs themselves. It’s definitely a release worth coveting. –Art Ettinger (Snappy Little Numbers, snappylittlenumbers.com)