The short-lived New Jersey semi-hardcore band Lifetime—it broke up in the mid-nineties, just as it was peaking—had a semi-success before it blew to bits, as Jade Tree released two of its records, the memorable “Hello Bastards” and “Jersey’s Best Dancers.” Now, Jade Tree re-releases a double-disc Lifetime retrospective, featuring a remixed version of the band’s debut record, “Background,” plus some live tracks and a compilation of all of the band’s seven-inches, titled “Somewhere in the Swamps of New Jersey,” and the band tours in support. Listening to Lifetime for the first time in years, the “Background” record is completely charming in its youthful angst and vigorous, hook-filled approach. The music’s definitely dated, but in a good way, in a way that takes you back to cassette tapes passed along between groups of friends, before iTunes and iPods. Welcome back. (Tom Lynch)
July 15 at Metro.