VARIOUS ARTISTS: Salad Days: LP

The documentary on the DC music scene gets a soundtrack and it is a triumph. The ’80s are the focus here with a few songs from the ’90s included. The needle drops into Side One on “Motorist” by Jawbox and the bass rumble is comparable to a Grand Prix engine in your face. For those not immersed in the history, it helps to have some representation from some of the non-Dischord Records acts. Kingface? Black Market Baby? More please. The only misstep is a toss off from HR when a Bad Brains thrasher would have sealed the deal. But, it’s still essential listening and an education to boot. Priority purchase. –Sean Koepenick (New Rose Films, saladdaysdc.com)