Lead vocalist and guitarist Blake Schwarzenbach, bassist Chris Bauermeister, and drummer Adam Pfahler formed Jawbreaker while students at New York University, later relocating to Los Angeles where they released their debut album Unfun (1990) through independent record label Shredder Records. Relocating again to San Francisco the following year, they released 1992's Bivouac through the Tupelo Recording Company and The Communion Label. Jawbreaker toured with Nirvana in 1993 and released 24 Hour Revenge Therapy in 1994, attracting the attention of major labels. They signed with DGC Records and released 1995's Dear You, but its polished production and smooth vocals caused significant backlash from the band's core audience. Internal tensions led to Jawbreaker's dissolution in 1996.
Most tracks were recorded at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, California where the band appeared in support of Foo Fighters and Ween as part of a Rock for Choice benefit on April 30, 1996. The LP version was issued on Allied Recordings (NO. 100) and limited to 206 copies, however some are defective.
A collection of non-album tracks including compilation appearances, vinyl only material, b-sides and outtakes recorded between 1988–1995. Many of the releases on which these songs first appeared are now out of print. See also: List of compilation appearances