28 June 2013

Strictly Ballroom - Collected Recordings (1994-1999)



"Something new .. to hold on to..."


A sorely overlooked band featuring two Jimmies (Tamborello and Lavalle) over the course of their existence. This contains the Hide Here Forever LP, the Sub Pop Singles 7", a couple of live ditties and Jimmy T.'s proto-Postal Service renditions of some his band's tracks.

Heart on sleeve: check.
Guitars like water: check.
Remembering using the album to get through a strong yet unrequited adolescent crush: check.

Sometimes, when I go back to the old "emo" staples, listening to too much of it will just fuck up my day. This band has always been an exception. I can blast Elevator Action to the extremes that my Honda's stereo can handle, and I'm still all smiles and pardon-me-please-merge-in-front-of-me gaiety. Great music feeds the soul like my morning pop tarts feed my belly. Sweet, consistent and slightly indulgent.

Please Click Here and enjoy. Tracks are VBR -q0. If you do, please share a comment about a time in your life when this band was near and dear to you.

Have a kickass weekend, folks. I hope you enjoy.

Tracklisting is courtesy of Allmusic

1. A Picture - 4:46 (1996)
2. Crickets - 4:07 (1996)
3. Elevator Action - 4:11 (1996)
4. Trains In The Distance At Night - 5:21 (1996)
5. Something That Just Is - 3:18 (1996)
6. This Will Self-Destruct - 5:12 (1996)
7. Knots On A Counting Rope - 4:35 (1996)
8. A Sudden Interest In Nature -14:49 (1996)
9. Escape Plan #4 - 7:00 (1997)
10. Escape Plan #4 (other version) - 2:45 (1997)
11. Fire - 4:08 (1997)
12. Fire Remix - 4:31 (1997)
13. Untitled 1 (live in Nashville) - 6:14 (1997)
14. Untitled 2 - 10:02 (1998)
15. Strictly Electronic Sketch (by Jimmy) - 5:04 (1999)
16. Don't Go Home (performed as Arca) - 3:12 (2000)
17. Risk - 1:45 (1994)
18. Other stars - 3:01 (1994)
19. Autobiography - 2:16 (1994)
20. Tearjerker - 1:27 (1994)
21. Tearducts - 1:44 (1994)
22. Duct Tape - 1:18 (1994)
23. I Love... - 3:08 (1995)
24. New Angels - 1:49 (1995)
25. Elevator Action - 4:26 (1995)

Tracks 1-8: Hide Here Forever LP
Tracks 9: Zum #10 comp (1997)
Tracks 10: Unreleased (1997)
Tracks 11-12: Sub Pop Singles Collection (Recorded 1997 and released in 2001)
Track 13: Live (Unreleased - 1997)
Track 14: Unreleased (1998)
Track 15: Unreleased (!999)
Track 16: 7" for DIW magazine in 2000 (performed as Arca)
Tracks 17-20: Their first 7" (1994)
Tracks 21-22: Unreleased (1994)
Tracks 23-25: Their second 7" (1995)