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The Aftereffects of Insomnia

Various Artists
THREE LITTLE GIRLS

We owe a big debt to Ed Lutz and Michael Jarboe: the two men behind this series of tape compilations that are now or at least should be collectors items. Like all good labels, Three Little Girls really didn’t have a sound, per se, more like a curatorial process that emphasized consistently strange and beautiful turns. Lutz, owner of the sadly defunct Ground Zero Records, and Jarboe, formerly of Kill, have discriminating taste, and sometimes the Aftereffects compilations didn’t flow exactly as you planned, but that was the point. Unpredictability is its own weapon, and these guys knew how to use it.