The Space Negros

Dig Archaeology, Vol. 3: 1981-1993

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The third and final volume of the Space Negros' Dig Archaeology series of rare and unreleased tracks isn't the bottom of the barrel by any means, but it's more of an Erik Lindgren family tree release than it is a proper Space Negros collection. Besides Lindgren's primary outlet, this volume also includes tracks from his synth poppy side project, Family Fun (all five tracks from their sole release, 1981's generically-packaged Record), a previously unreleased work by Lindgren's comparatively serious chamber music outlet, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, called "Booze Thang Meets the Wired Chain Gals" (we did say comparatively serious), and several tracks which feature the artist only as a sideman, including three songs written and sung by Boston roots legend Willie Loco Alexander. Another highlight is "Uganda 1980," a piece that manipulates a '50s field recording of tribal music in much the same way as "Batwa Pygmy Chorus" from Dig Archaeology, Vol. 1. The most normal of the three discs, this collection gives the broadest scope of Erik Lindgren's myriad capabilities.

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