For all that the internet provides an endless wealth of music, it’s easy to get stuck in the same listening habits after a while. Sometimes it takes someone to come along with a bunch of new tunes to shake you out of such habits, and since we’re as guilty of getting stuck in a listening rut as anyone else, we’ve been amusing ourselves this week at Flavorpill central by delving into our record collections and sharing some of our favorite obscure, under-appreciated albums — and we thought we’d share the results with our readers, too! From the very old to the very new, from cerebral hip hop and exuberant African rhythms to experimental drone and overlooked indie bands, there’s something here for everyone.
All Girl Summer Fun Band — All Girl Summer Fun Band (2001)
Genre: Campfire chants, K Records style
All Girl Summer Fun Band started because, well, Thermals bassist Kathy Foster and three pals had the idea for an “all girl summer fun band.” They followed it up with two albums and an EP, but this self-titled 2002 debut remains the purest expression of the effortlessly infectious indie-pop harmonies that fulfill the promise of the band’s name. If you were on board for last year’s that dog. revival, AGSFB is for you.