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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

December 5, 2006
Rating: 7/10

It's not entirely clear why Dave Grohl thought the music world needed to reprise the MTV Unplugged sounds of old, but here we are, ostensibly at least. Some of you will remember those days, Layne Staley perched on a lonely wooden stool, swaying side to side due to a combination of deeply feeling his tunes and all that heroin.

Cut to the present, where there's a good possibility that any potential resurgence of MTV Unplugged would fizzle out on the launch pad. Today's record buyers have been so demographically divided by years of major and indie label corporate malfeasance that -- and this isn't actually a bad thing -- if someone like, say, My Chemical Romance suddenly appeared on lonely wooden stools and proceeded to pretend they were Slim Pickens, the kids would get all Cartman about it and dump the band forever (which definitely wouldn't be a bad thing).

It can't be said that Skin and Bones plumbs the depths of pompous mawkishishness Nirvana and STP trawled back then (what the fuck were they looking for, anyway, the folkie vote?), and in fact he begins this set (a one-off recorded at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles) with a self-ridiculing "Are you ready?" before floating off on a fluffy cloud of arpeggios for "Razor." Even more thankfully, the song ends in a no-wave pileup of violin (from That Dog's Petra Haden) and synth (from Wallflower Rami Jaffee) that makes like an old Emperor Penguin stunt while providing the X-popper chicks ample motivation to pull up their tee shirts and yadda yadda.

The most revealing thing that occurs when loud singers gamble every last vestige of their mystique by going ampless is that we hear their core sound, thus when Grohl unadvisedly sticks with the song's original yelled octave in "Best of You" you'd swear he's Fee Waybill's nephew.

Speaking of Fee Waybill, someone needs to have a long talk with Grohl about this comedy trip he's trying on for size. The new Tenacious D movie sucks from what I've read, and if he continues on this path he'll become Weird Al with an entourage of GenX chicks all hitting the wall at the same time.

To see for yourself, check out a trailer for the DVD: Quicktime | Real Player | Windows.

SEE ALSO: www.foofighters.com

Eric Saeger
An LAS staff writer based in New Hampshire, Eric Saeger was named alt.flame's Newbie of the Year in 2000.

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