: When La Vida Es Un Mus released Juanita Y Los Feos's latest LP last year it really came out of nowhere. They felt like one of those game-changer bands with a sound so fresh that people had trouble describing it (I remember they would get compared to some really bizarre bands... like Masshysteri? really?). What was even crazier was that they had two previous LPs and a whole slew of EPs on Spanish labels, which I guess, in retrospect, isn't so crazy for a band with a sound as distinctive and as fully-formed as this band's. Despite really loving the LVEUM EP I still haven't taken the time to track down those older releases (which would be a pain from the US anyway I suppose), so this cassette is a godsend. Collecting twelve tracks from across the band's discography (including a few you might know if you picked up Nueva Numancia
), this is a neat little primer on where the band came from and a brilliant collection of songs to boot. You can see that Nueva Numancia
was definitely a culminating moment for them as those songs stick out even here, but the earlier material is often just as strong. I mean, they probably could have filled up a 90-minute tape with the band's whole discography and I'd be happy to listen to it, but there's definitely something to be said for a well-curated collection of the seminal bangers, and this is clearly that. It's dead cheap, too, so there's no reason not to pick this up.