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Reviewed by Darcie Stevens, June 18, 2004, Music

91.7 FM KVRX Presents: Local Live Volume 8 – It Came From the Basement

Variety is the spice of life, and KVRX has embraced that adage with fervor. This eighth installment of tracks from the UT college radio station's touted Local Live Sunday night show shines with a melange of genres and an honest representation of Austin's rabid music scene. From Scott H. Biram's psychobilly blues romp to Knife in the Water's sway, LL8 sows 17 tracks, hitting only one bad seed (Dead Meadow's "I Love You Too"). The disc meshes seamlessly, not an easy task considering the wealth of talent from experimental and post-punk to bluegrass and beyond. Biram's "Truckdriver" starts things off in high gear, screaming and thumping, while Philly's Need New Body follows with a highlight in "Show Me Your Heart," a crossing of modern-day Einstürzende Neubauten with the Liars. After dancing the salsa with Austin's Maneja Beto, LL8 lands in the midst of post-punk/trance rebellion with locals favorites Single Frame, This Microwave World, and Stars as Eyes, the last bringing in an intense conglomeration of anxiety and comfort. Delving into psychedelia with ATX's Echobase Soundsystem, the disc then starts to calm with the pop-folk of Chicago's Califone and Portland's M. Ward, who turns in a precious, melancholic version of Bowie's "Let's Dance." Closing with Sondre Lerche's minimalist "You Know So Well," the album dances through almost every known emotion. Three unreleased nuggets within more than an hour of Austin's best locals and guests make for a truly impressive and successful basement discovery.


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