An excellent sampler of the North Carolina indie label at any price. All the big guns are here (Superchunk, Versus, M. Ward, Spoon) with some of their best stuff ("Anything You Want" Spoon, for example), but the pleasures of this compilation are in the lesser-known acts that shine through, such as the Ladybug Transistor, Camera Obscura, and Annie Hayden. Even if you're not completely familiar with all the bands (or only about half, like me), the formula means that you'll be rewarded for listening.
Strangely, or perhaps not so strangely, most of the material has aged well, and while the guitar is the noisemaker of choice throughout, the variety of styles is diverse. Witness disc two, which begins with Spoon, swings to a serene Ladybug Transistor tune (complete with mariachi horns), shifts gears to jazz-pop with M. Ward, then visits post-alt guitar territory with Versus.
Discs one and two are the hits; disc three is perhaps the roughest of the set, but there are still some fine tunes to be found there. Highlights from that disc: Camera Obscura "San Francisco Song", Spoon "Decora" (a cover of the great Yo La Tengo song that opens their "Electro-pura" album).