Though the partnership between Harvard students Dean Wareham
, Damon Krukowski
and Naomi Yang
was a brief one, Galaxie 500
's sonic handprints can be found on almost every post-punk/space rock/shoegaze act that followed them. Listeners who found 1996's four-disc eponymous box set a little too daunting have another option in Rykodisc's Portable Galaxie 500
, a 13-track dream pop novel that dutifully displays the group's minimalist, lo-fi grandeur through standout cuts like "Fourth of July," "Tugboat," and "Blue Thunder." It's no On Fire
, but if sifting through these pre-slowcore nuggets sends people in the direction of those two landmark records, then it can only be a good thing.