This is such a great idea, and one that is being done well. I love this so much. While it’s not really a new idea , it’s one that seems particularly well-suited to the CD compilation. It gives you so much more to explore about each band. Incompatible is a CD compilation/CD-ROM zine based in punk rock/hardcore. In addition to seventeen audio tracks, each enhanced CD features columns, interviews, band photos, videos, photo and art galleries, a student film, and a feature story. The videos and interviews are my favorite parts of this, as they give paint a fuller picture of what the band is all about. The videos are mostly video camera recordings of live shows with shaky video and distorted sound, but that kind of goes along with the bands. It’s not too hard to hear and see through that.
Issue #1 has been out for a while now, but I haven’t had a chance to view the multimedia content until recently. Favorites on this were the audio and video tracks (different songs) from Atom & His Package, I HATE YOU, and Kid Dynamite, as well as the audio tracks from Six Going On Seven and Less Than Jake. Arun Farm’s student film of “How a Bill Becomes a Law” is totally rad as well. Issue #2 favorites are video and audio tracks (again, different songs) from Ann Beretta (with a nice video), I Farm, and Daybreak, as well as audio tracks from Gameface, Anti Flag, Good Clean Fun, and the Stereo. The second volume seems to run better than the first, but also has items missing from what the CD booklet says should be included (some of the videos and columns, the animal ingredients piece, the reviews). I assume these were cut for space, but it was disappointing to not find them there.
Despite the missing items, I would say that both of these are damn near essential to anyone interested in these bands or styles that has a computer. Great job.
Punk Uprisings, P.O. Box 6771, Huntington Beach, CA 92615 www.punkuprisings.com; Victory Records, P.O. Box 146546, Chicago, IL 60614 www.victoryrecords.com