Various Artists

Little Darla Has a Treat for You, Vol. 3: Spring 1996

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Darla's Little Darla Has a Treat for You series highlights tracks from recent and upcoming releases from both the fine indie rock giant Darla and the labels that Darla distributes. The real boon to indie pop fans is the smattering of unreleased and exclusive tracks included in each volume. Volume 3 from spring of 1996 only has a few of these: a remix of Heartworm's "I Don't Need to Know," Ragazzi's "SPF-100," and Transparent Thing's "Car." The rest of the disc is made up of solid indie rock and pop including great tracks by Chisel (the glorious and exciting "Hip Straights"), the Cat's Miaow (the shambling "Portland, Oregon"), Sone (the witty tennis-related "Holiday and Sport), and Karate ("What Is Sleep?"). This is not one of the stronger entries in the series but nonetheless presents a fairly broad picture of the indie scene in 1996.