CROWD, THE: Surf Ghetto Riot—Big Waves and Wipeouts 1994-2014: LP

Hostage culls together some odds ‘n’ ends from one of Southern California’s first, and consistently great, beach punk bands. Focusing on output from their most recent two decades in a career that spans four at this point, this is comprised of tracks from assorted rare singles, comps, and heretofore unreleased tunes, all of which are up to their necks in the combination of sly pop and pure punk overdrive these cats have made into a cottage industry. Mandatory for every good reason imaginable. –Jimmy Alvarado (Hostage, hostagerecords.com)