#1 Hits Explosion
(Yep Roc; US: 31 Aug 2009; UK: 7 Sep 2009)
In the early 1990s, there was a glorious re-explosion of tuneful pop music, but it was pop music that came with an awareness that a healthy slice of edge can immunize a catchy song from seeming vapid. In simple terms, this meant that bands who loved the Beach Boys and the Beatles also loved the Velvet Underground and the Ramones. With a little bite added to the mix, these bands, largely working independently, were able to recapture the strength of great ‘60s pop. The Apples in Stereo were, and are, one of these bands. They emerged 18 years ago as part of the “Elephant 6 Recording Company”, along with Neutral Milk Hotel, the Olivia Tremor Control, and a few other bands constructed from a small group of pop-crazed friends. #1 Hits Explosion is a compilation of the best, catchiest, and most irresistible stuff from the Apples in Stereo; the cherry on top of the pop sundae—an infectious gift for the pop aficionado on your list.