TORONTO IS great!!! (Blocks Recording Club) Rating: NNN
Direct from the bedrooms and basements of the bored music celebs of tomorrow comes the Toronto Is Great!!! comp - a state-of-the-white-belt-scene sampler boasting 23 lo-fi tracks from Toronto indie darlings the Barcelona Pavilion, Picastro, Kids on TV, the Phonemes, High School Ninjas, the Hank Collective and others. The clear standouts are Steve "the Blankket" Kado's electrofried geek-up of OutKast's Hey Ya!, Heart Murmur's confrontationally cute Why? and Just Like the Movies' freestyle paean to self-satisfaction, Cowboy Barnacle. And at just $6.99, you can even buy a copy for someone you hate.