Based in Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley, Sam Gas Can is a freewhelling troubadour with a truly egalitarian approach to sound and an expansive catalog, having released with as eclectic a bag of labels as Feeding Tube, Digitalis, Eggy, Gnar, and his own Faux-Pas Recordings imprint. Sam is a master of what Sunburned Hand of the Man called 'social sound,' transcending genre barriers as if they didn't exist. On 'I Sat Around Today,' the range and relationships this creates leaves a flavor almost of lo-fi library music, as if the fuzz he'd heard on psych-rock radio had influenced his noisier tendencies as much as any experience with music. Having said that, in the same way that his music configures a variety of influences, free-form jazzy psych-pop or something more suited to the garage, his efforts also chart the expansion of a related creative community; some of the tape's standouts feature segues into oddball contributions from a variety of others. Joseph Bastardo (Bastian Void, Moss Archives), John Moloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man, Chelsea Light), Sarah Smith (Blanche Blanche Blanche), and Orion Russell (Zzoness, ex-Lord Jeff) make appearances, alongside other one-off contributions from others in the growing Massachusetts/Vermont DIY scene. Beyond being one of his lengthiest efforts in the last several years, 'I Sat Around Today' is a stunning example of how 'the album' is opening up these days.
Tabs Out Podcast Top 200 Tapes of 2014 Pick (#57),
"...Gaskin moves effortlessly between bursts of aggressive lo-fi experimentation and fractured goofy pop songs. However, instead of these shifts feeling eclectic and erratic, it seems like we never really stop hearing the pop songs or the collages in the context of the album as a whole even though each track has its own distinct character when isolated individually. Somehow, it seems impossible to separate the warbly synth experimentation of 'Fireworks' from the driving noise rock of 'I Don’t Want to Feel the Skeletons Inside Me” or the unabashed power pop of his cover of Ted Lucas’ 'It’s So Nice To Get Stoned.' Gaskin’s music is continually challenging what constitutes a song and what constitutes noise and 'I Sat Around Today' is an excellent example of how these questions play out in his work." -Tiny Mix Tapes
"...ambles from genre to genre across its twelve tracks, bound together by a lo-fi sensibility and an experimental drive." -Ad Hoc
"...catchy is an understatement." -Impose
"Although he doesn’t necessarily incorporate each piece into a single aural composition, he does drift among these genres and sounds with an ease and comfort born from years of musical familiarity. Fuzzy guitar lines and hazy pop inclinations vie for space alongside flourishes of electronic noise. You’d be hard-pressed to name an album that so successfully melds these occasionally incongruent sounds and produces a collection of songs that sound so different but feel so thoroughly connected." -Nooga
"...lives up to its cheeky title by compiling the playful collaborative meanderings of Sam and a rotating cast of like-minded friends. As haphazard as that sounds, there is a cohesion achieved that belies practice and intention. The lineup is smartly arranged, and flows quixotically via audio strokes with samples, AM-DJ patter and voicemail brushes. Sam and pals wield an aesthetic that combines a serious application of Dada and Pop-Art ideals to music construction with just plain silliness. If you’re someone who shares this love for lo-fi experiment and fun, then this is a recording you can enjoy loud, ideally with good friends in the car, heading out for adventures." -The Boston Hassle