Various Artists

Move Into the Villa Villakula

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Move Into the Villa Villakula features a lo-fi lineup sure to impress anyone familiar with even a few of the ten acts contributing to the album's 22 tracks. And while mid-'90s recordings by Sleater-Kinney, Kaia Wilson (the Butchies, ex-Team Dresch), and Helium's Mary Timony and Ash Bowie are the biggest draws here, there are treasures found throughout the compilation's mix and match of punk, folk, rock, and spoken word. Ruby Falls and Eileen Myles contribute notable tracks, and Tattle Tale's two beautifully bittersweet lovers' laments are particularly moving. The album's highlights, however, are undoubtedly the three opening tracks by the Pacific Northwest-based punk band Sleater-Kinney. "You Ain't It" may also appear on the trio's debut 7", but the following two songs are exclusive to the compilation and are must-haves for fans -- especially the band's killer cover of Boston's radio mainstay "More Than a Feeling," which alone is enough reason to seek out Move Into the Villa Villakula.