In my inbox this morning was the latest compilation from Portland shoegaze label Reverb Records. The compilation is a follow-up to the hugely popular 2004 release titled The Fuzzy Ball, which featured artists such as Asobe Seksu, The High Violets and Helen Stellar. The 2010 edition features The Raveonettes, A Place To Bury Strangers and Serena Maneesh, alongside Rebel Drones (featuring members of Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols) and Pete International Airport (Peter from The Dandy Warhols’ side project). The compilation is designed to serve as a tribute to the pioneers of the shoegaze/ psychedelia genre, while displaying the best modern day shoegaze artists. From start to finish the twenty track mix is sonically brilliant, perfectly track listed moulding each band in to the next. There’s tracks from bands who have gained international attention (The Raveonettes, Ringo Deathstarr, Serena Maneesh) and tracks from lesser known bands like Hawkeye, The Dazzling Strangers and Happy Prescriptions. It’s one of the best record label compilations I’ve ever heard and it will be released over two nights, coinciding with two live shows in Seattle and Portland. Each night ten bands will perform, playing one original song and three covers of past shoegaze experimenters. Each person attending the release shows will receive a copy of the compilation, and the remaining copies will be available for purchase from Reverb Records’ website.

The twenty bands featured on the compilation are: The Upsidedown, The Raveonettes, Ringo Deathstarr, Hopewell, Christian Bland and the Revelators,  Hawkeye, The Prids, A Place To Bury Strangers, The Dazzling Strangers, Insect Guide, Rick Bain & The Genius Position, Hypatia Lake, The Purrs, Serena Maneesh, The Spires, Happy Prescriptions, Ten Million Lights, The Vandelles, Pete International Airport and Rebel Drones.

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