Various Artists

San Diego is Burning

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A collection of music by mostly unsigned acts from the U.S.'s southernmost West Coast, San Diego Is Burning offers an eclectic, and often interesting assortment of talent. Comfortable for You's cleverly named punk rock blast, "Double Barrel Breakfast Cereal," opens the set in straightforward but energetic fashion, after which the mundane and inventive proceed to rub shoulders for over an hour and 19 tracks. Some of the better submissions: cult act the Black Heart Procession's polka-cum-tarantella "From the Shores of a Washed Up Heart"; Sleeping People's King Crimson-like instrumental pluck-off "Nasty Portion"; Champagne Kiss' post-Velvet Underground electronica "Her Name Was Kanada"; Sin Sin 77's '80s new wave-fueled "Lies," and Bunky's minimalist thrash-out, "Rodents in Love." As for more conventional rock & roll talent, Hot Like (a) Robot delivers classy alt rock with "To Die for Glue," Lowcloudcover spins sheets of claustrophobic, sub-My Bloody Valentine guitar, and Resolver creates a deliberate, Smashing Pumpkins-lite lilt on "Inside Synthetic." In short, this set provides a smattering of budding talent for handy sampling.