"...the songs are so wonderful, up-beat and playful yet intricate and often truly lovely. again, kittridge is helping to expose me to what modern indie-pop is all about. these songs will be perfect mix-tape trading material, as you want to tell your friends about some wonderful finds, and i can see myself pulling out this 7" years from now to partake in the quite fun, playful pop of some amazingly talented musicians."
-jeff, delusions of adequacy
"the music here is pleasingly accomplished and adult, and largely devoid of twee excesses."
-george zahora, spledid e-zine
"this new compilation 7" on kittridge is the follow up to "the sidewalk chalk adventure" from a couple years ago that put four fun bedroom pop bands together. i was sure that i'd heard the tugboat fantastic! song, "i'll stick with you", before - though the insert said it was written by the band, it is indeed a primitives cover (had me really confused for a minute, though!). next come the lo-fi wonders, casino ashtrays, with raoul of test pilot/popgun fame & laura watling of laura watling fame. the summer in between play a nice drum machine/strummy guitar/keyboard song which, helped by jeanie's vocals, reminds me of club 8. finally comes the national splits (mike downey, ex-wolfie), whose song i like a lot more than mike's mathlete stuff - more guitar poppy than that weird keyboardy stuff. he still warbles his vocals, though... the whole single is only 9 minutes long (and 45 rpms, at that!), making all of the songs nice and short - yay!"
"the 4 band / 4-song comp includes
tugboat fantastic’s “i’ll stick with you”, which includes an extremely
steady, machine generated beat, and teri’s soothing vocals. the casino
ashtrays check in with the song “gilded”, with raoul’s lead vocals and laura
watling’s cheerful backup vocals. i remember seeing the ashtrays perform
this song at the 1999 san francisco popfest, and the glee with which it was
performed is translated on record. on the flipside, the summer in between
offer the song “simple & true”, another sweet song led by jeanie’s vocals,
with an emphasis on organ and a steady drumbeat. the fourth and final track
is by the national splits. the splits’ are the new project by former wolfie
and mathlete frontman mike downey. his voice is his trademark, and on “your
david starship”, he has created another fun, simple, bouncey song to dance
and prance to."
-stephen, gutless e-zine