steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

secret songs
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For years, "hidden tracks" have intrigued and baffles listeners - even the most intolerable tripe seems to become enjoyable simply because there's a chance, an extremely remote chance I might add, that you were the first to discover it.  And even thought there are very few decent hidden songs, people still seem to totally eat them up.  So here, to satiate your sensationalist cravings, is a new Indieville section that scopes out all sorts of hidden tracks - the good, the bad, and the ones that fall somewhere in between.

All tracks are marked out of ten, with 0 being the worst and 10 being the best.

  Secret Track One: On The Mushroom River Band's Simsalabim

A definite contender for the "MOST ANNOYING PIECE OF SHIT IN THE WORLD" award, Simsalabim's bonus track almost ruined the whole album for me.  After listening to the top-class stoner rock album at a reasonably loud volume, I left it on involuntarily.  Alas, three minutes after the end of the last real song came the most irritating, tooth-clenching, brain-blistering snoring sound.  Thirty times.  The only reason it got the 0.3 points it did was because of the "mildly amused groan factor" - nobody could fall asleep to such a rockin' album as Simsalabim.


  Secret Track Two: On The Square Root Of Margaret's Endless Rotation

Although I hesitate to call this a "hidden track", as it is mentioned in the liner notes and there is no long pause between it and the track previous to it, I'm filing it here because it seems like the right thing to do.  It's a nice little ditty that's pretty catchy and very hummable, and it's the softest track on the record.  And while it's much better than most bonus tracks, in that it wasn't included simply for novelty value, it's by no means a classic.


  Secret Track Two: On the Pop O.D. Stooges tribute album

Four seconds long: a dog's bark and then three seconds of silence.  No break between this and the song before it, so it isn't all that "hidden".  But it isn't mentioned on the cover.  So I guess that's a cover version of "I Wanna Be Your Dog"?  Heh heh heh.



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