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Bulb Singles, Vol. 2

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Featuring music from 1996-2000, the second collection of singles on Michigan's Bulb Records label features music by a wide array of noise rock makers. Starting with the rollicking frenzy of Demolition Doll Rods, who playfully offer the quirky "African Lipstick" and "Down Home Girl," the disc gets off to a raucous start. Tweezers are next with four brief and muddy tracks, and The Many Moods of Mariaon Magas follow with horn-driven madness. Listeners quickly realize Bulb Records' favoring of experimental and improvised music with distortion and flare throughout. Galen is featured on four colorful and impassioned tracks, while Quintron chimes in with the frazzled "MC Baby Kitty." Highlights near the end of the disc include 25 Suaves' aggressive and brooding brand of blazing rock, and more scorching noise from King Brothers. The disc ends with four tracks by Michigan's Wolf Eyes, who shine with cathartic noise on "Fortune Dove," layers of restrained blips and bleeps on "Bone and Skull," and the wonderfully seething "Wolf Eyes Rule (What Kinda Band)," remixed by Andrew W.K. himself. Yet again, Bulb proves to be one of the most inventive labels around, channeling noise and creativity throughout this 31-track disc.