I like reissues of obscure groups. Usually they have all sorts of different source material on them plus it's music from a different place and time, and usually you can feel that. Y Pants were a female trio that used toy instruments and drums and forged a rather compelling and unique sound. Plus, along with tracks recorded with Glenn Branca, the bulk of the material stands as Wharton Tiers' first "official" production credits! Now that's a piece of history. (Periodic Documents, PO Box 50269, Loring Station, Minneapolis, MN 55405) 

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