Location Is Everything, Vol. 1

Various Artists

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Location Is Everything, Vol. 1 Review

by Charles Spano

Location Is Everything, Vol. 1 is a various-artists sampler that not only showcases Jade Tree's 2002 roster, but illustrates the growing strength of a label that has gone from "two guys running it out of a house," as co-owner Darren Walters has said, to one of the most important independent record labels in existence. The old standbys are here: Girls Against Boys provides the angular grind of "Kicking the Lights" and the hushed previously unreleased track "Super Slow," there's Jets to Brazil's catchy, Jam-esque "Milk & Apples" and "I've Got All the Words..." (another unreleased gem), and the Promise Ring is featured with the hit "Emergency! Emergency!" But the inclusions on the compilation that are most like to alter perceptions and blow minds are those that demonstrate Jade Tree's ability to expand their scope. Denali confounds expectations with Portishead-like atmospheric rock, Cub Country plays dusty alt-country, and Milemarker virtually redefines punk rock with its cold-wave guitar and synthesizer sex jams. Finally, the best tracks on the record come from two brilliant solo projects -- Mike Fellows' subtle acoustic guitar and laptop project, Miighty Flashlight, and Jonah Matranga's golden pop recorded as Onelinedrawing -- bands that aren't just two of Jade Tree's best, but two of the best new bands of 2002.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 New End Original 04:18 SpotifyAmazon
2 Girls Against Boys 03:40 SpotifyAmazon
3 Denali 03:28 SpotifyAmazon
4 Trial by Fire 01:27 SpotifyAmazon
5 Cub Country 04:54 SpotifyAmazon
6 Milemarker 04:15 SpotifyAmazon
7 Miighty Flashlight 03:37 SpotifyAmazon
8 Strike Anywhere 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
9 Owls 03:15 SpotifyAmazon
10 The Explosion 01:37 SpotifyAmazon
11 Zero Zero 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
12 Jets to Brazil 02:56 SpotifyAmazon
13 Euphone 02:35 SpotifyAmazon
14 The Promise Ring 02:56 SpotifyAmazon
Onelinedrawing 03:23 SpotifyAmazon
16 Pedro the Lion 03:26 SpotifyAmazon
17 Girls Against Boys 05:14 SpotifyAmazon
18 Milemarker 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
19 Pedro the Lion 03:44 SpotifyAmazon
20 Jets to Brazil 03:45 SpotifyAmazon
21 Paint It Black 01:21 SpotifyAmazon
22 Mighty Flashlight 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
23 The Promise Ring 03:13 SpotifyAmazon
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