I have loved this band since the first time I played their first LP. I bought the first two singles and was lucky enough to snag a copy of the cassette at Amoeba in Berkeley one day for a few bucks (I uncovered a number of Shrimper cassettes there over the years). This version of Shoe In is ridiculously good (especially when compared to the version on Genealogies).
I very recently picked up the split with Ida, which I have been looking for pretty much since it came out. It was literally the first time I ever saw a copy, and I have been to a record store or two in my time.
I had quite an afternoon listening to all these records again, it had been far too long. I used to listen to them all the time in college.
I had the pleasure of seeing them play exactly once -- at The Angel Orensanz Foundation with Ida and His Name Is Alive. They never came out to play the west coast, so that was my only opportunity.
I did not include either of their excellent LPs as they are both widely available as we speak. If you need more you know where to look. I am providing access to their minor works -- but this is not to say that these are not all excellent listens (which they are).
Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, several recordings by The Secret Stars.
The Secret Stars CS (Shrimper)
3. Our Voices Are Getting Higher
4. Shoe In
5. Math = Vacuum
6. Polaroid Prints
7. Tag Yours
8. Dating Is Stupid
Wait b/w Riot Kill (Simple Machines)
2. Riot Kill
Nightingale b/w RPMs (Atlas)
The Secret Stars/Ida (R.W.)
Fourteen Days In Belpaese (Candy Apple/Green)