GAS STATION OF LOVE / DEAD PAWNS: Split: CD

Badly recorded generic punk on side A, badly recorded Ween rock on side B. I hate to decry a release on recording quality, but sometimes the lo-fi is much too lo. More to the point, there was a way this could have been recorded to make it listenable, but it wasn’t. Lo-fi can be a tool, an aesthetic which the music travels through. This is annoying. The difference between the two is all in how the artist controls the aesthetic to their advantage, which is an aspect that this record clearly lacks. No bueno. –Bryan Static (8 Up, facebook.com/8uprecords)