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Bulb Singles, Vol. 1

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On the first compilation of their widely popular and aurally enchanting singles, Michigan's Bulb Records lets the music speak for itself. Celebrating the label's tenth anniversary, this disc mostly features music from 1993-1994. Keeping the packaging and liner notes to a minimum, the disc chronicles the label's first eight vinyl offerings, starting with the disorienting and wildly abrasive Couch, which offers four songs of unpredictable rock. Prehensile Monkeytailed Skink is next, sloppily evoking charm and silliness with songs like "I Love You" and "I'm a Spy." Their second single is featured later on the disc, including more chaos on the Dan Rather-inspired "Kenneth." Cornelius Gomez is next with layered, adrenaline-rich experimentation. The first appearance by Monarchs follows, featuring good-natured, grimy rock. Japan's Bullet in the Head steals the show with tape loops and unforgettable pace changes. Shriek also appears, marking the most irreverent and entertaining point of the disc with jumbled sounds and frantic pace changes on songs like "Nuthin" and "Dugga Dugga Doo." The compilation serves as a time capsule for the label's modest and risky beginnings.

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