Various Artists

Hey Drag City

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Hey Drag City collects songs from Drag City's early-'90s roster, which included bands like Desert Storm, King Kong, Burnout, Fruitcake, and Mantis. Many of the label's better-known bands contribute the album's highlights; Pavement's "Nail Clinic" shows off the group's early, unraveled art-punk sound, and Smog's "Your Face" is one of Bill Callahan's creepiest, yet most affecting, songs. Palace's shambling "For the Mekons Et Al," the Silver Jews' "Famous Eyes," and Royal Trux's untitled piece also rank among the best songs from this snapshot of Drag City's early years.

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