While in Portland recently, I nabbed a copy of DIY label CGI Friday’s Sunset Grillers summer compilation, featuring 26 underground artists and one of the coolest aesthetic presentations I’ve ever encountered. The J-card insert artwork features an anaglyph image of young, Mr. Universe-era Arnold Schwarzenegger standing on the balcony of a luxuriant beachfront hotel, a modest barbecue grill near his tanned feet.
Even the tracklist sticker on the tape is in 3-D.
The cassettes come bundled with complementary 3-D glasses or, in the case of the copy I scored, two sheets of tinted cellophane. Despite being a homespun Photoshop job, I can attest to the third-dimensionality of the ‘roided-out Arnie. He looks so real that it’s easy to imagine Mr. Pumping Iron reaching out from the artwork to you offer a hit off his victory roach. As if the retro-ironic cover weren’t enough, the liner notes have an incredibly amusing ballpoint pen illustration of Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Rad.
The comp’s aesthetic is so thorough that it even extends to the price tag:
Musically, it’s a winner as well. Even with our regional quota of sunshine likely expended for the next half-dozen months or so, Sunset Grillers’ 90 minutes of posi basement racket manages to evoke the heat and hedonism of high summer. 17 of the 26 tracks are brand new or previously unreleased, and material by Grass Widow, Run DMT, Tracey Trance, Inca Ore, Emily Reo, Twins, Wooden Shjips, and Chrome Wings are welcome inclusions. On the whole, the sizable (and varied) roster is essentially slacker-free (musically speaking, anyway). Peep it and purchase details after the jump.
Psychic Reality - Sela Emily Reo - Above Ground and a Golden Cloud Brilliant Colors - Absolutely Anything The Whines - Vacation White Fence - Who Feels Right? Wooden Shjips - I Hear the Vibrations Edibles - Vibe Pilot Tunnels - The Pineal Gland is a Stargate Run DMT - Chill O’Reilly Factor Tracey Trance - Sumedly Twins - Hollywood Holograms
Chrome Wings - Dream Club Space Jam - I Can Do Anything Turfingrass - Yoga Babe Ass Mat Gem Jones - My 9 to 5 Branches - Salão Flamingo Rainbow Bridge - Big Wave Rider Lazer Zeppelin - Lightning’s Girl (Nancy Sinatra cover!) Grass Widow - Tattoo The Beets - I Think I Might Have Built a Horse Nodzzz - If You’re With It Hooded - My Ex-Wife Woofen - Shaoe IV Golden Retriever - Live January 27, 2010 The Slaves - Slaveyr Inca Ore - Ruff Ridin’
You can order a copy of the comp via the CGI Fridays blog, which also has a link for Variable Bit Rate mp3 files of Sides A and B (no individual tracks, bummer).