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Fields And Streams
Kill Rock Stars

What do you think of these three words when slung together? Kill-rock-stars? Of punks spitting on mainstream, moneygrubbing rock 'n' roll? Of dissonance and rebelliousness, art and politics? An indie rocker's wet dream, maybe? The longtime, underground, independent Olympia label is quick to evoke a colorful and opinionated response — after all, it's been around for more than a decade pumping out some of the finest, impassioned and empowered tunes of our generation.

The KRS smarty-pants folks have known for years where it's at, and now they're giving it to us all in one handy two-CD package. With 43 tracks by longstanding, better-known bands (Bangs, Butchies and Quasi), upcoming lesser-known acts (Erase Errata and Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and a few unexpected appearances (Neko Case, the Mooney Suzuki, and Beehives and the Barracudas), the generous record stylistically stretches to all corners of the indie world. And although mostly dominated by punk rock, it's apt to satisfy many sonic appetites with its electronic, post-punk and art-rock offerings. Simply put, Fields and Streams has a helluva lot to give.

Disc one, "Fields," opens with The Quails' "Memo From the Desk of The Quails," which is spastic, jarring punk rock led by excellent strained yelps. "Noon Under the Trees" by the Rock *A* Teens feels the most bluegrass for its acoustic strums, sad folk melodies and liquor-soaked singing. Gene Defcon's "Caesar's Planet," a synthesizer and bass-heavy dance song, contributes a fun, Pet Shop Boys-like gay-disco twist, while Mecca Normal's "Blame the Glass Man" is the most stripped-down, repetitive and even tribal-esque for its pleading, hollow vocals and a single dirty riff.

Disc Two, "Streams," is designed to showcase female artists, particularly emerging ones. The poppy opener "That Girl" by Tender Trap is jangly, catchy and led by Amelia Fletcher's sensual singing. Deerhoof's quirky "Song of Sorn" feels like a parade that stampedes with thumping beats and high-pitched piano then practically halts completely before the music crashes back in and the march continues. Two Ton Boa close the record with "Porcelain Throne" — a sinister, pulsating and reverberating track led by grave vocals.

So, think of Kill Rock Stars, then think of fields and streams, 'cause they both reach for acres, miles and stars (of course, not the money-hungry kind).

by Jenny Tatone

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