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B Is for B-sides is a 12-track album by Less Than Jake. It is composed of songs recorded for the album Anthem that did not make the release. The album was released on July 20, 2004 by Sire Records. Less Than Jake's 2003 effort Anthem was its hookiest to date. But its explosive production and energizing pop-punk/ska dynamics were guided by sobering reality. They bent toward telling the kids just where the weekends end made Anthem way more resonant than your average album in the genre, and marked the emergence of LTJ as, well, a veteran act.
B Is for B-Sides backs that up. Any gaggle of greenhorn punk revivalists or would-be third-wave enthusiasts would kill to write even one of these tracks, but in Less Than Jake's world, they're just the unused portions of the Anthem sessions, put out on a record for their faithful bunch o' fans. There's even a T-shirt for the first 10,000 customers, and seven awesome illustrations by artist Jeremy Fish. Now, the music. "Portrait of a Cigarette Smoker" tingles with ragged energy and chirping horns, harking to the heyday of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones; "Last Rites to Sleepless Nights" is a rapid-fire, poppy hardcore prayer; and "Goodbye in Gasoline" is the most rousing suicide song you'll ever hear. Some might say Less Than Jake only has one or two gears, and some might be right.
|Portrait Of A Cigarette Smoker At 19||3:16|
|Sleep It Off||2:25|
|Last Rites To Sleepless Nights||2:18|
|Bridge And Tunnel Authority||3:28|
|Goodbye In Gasoline||2:33|
|Showbiz? Science? Who Cares?||2:20|
|Sobriety Is A Serious Business And Business Isn't So Good||0:47|
|Nine-One-One To Anyone||2:22|
|Robots One, Humans Zero||2:42|