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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Clinic
Walking with Thee
Domino Recording Co.

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
A good friend of mine recently turned me on to Clinic - possibly the coolest rock and roll band to come out of England in the past five years. The atmospheric qualities of Ennio Moriccone; the trance-inducing rhythms of Radiohead; the distorted eerie organ of Suicide; the screeching psychedelic guitar tone of 13th Floor Elevators; the ghostly, slightly detached vocals of Thom Yorke filtered through a mumbly punk rock tic; a decidedly garage-rock aesthetic; the subtleties of the Velvet Underground. It's all present in Clinic's third album Walking With Thee. The British foursome alternates between imitating a Devo cover band and sounding like the soundtrack to an upcoming Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro film, and they do so while firmly entrenched in the art-punk camp. The music is a murky mess of recycled noise that serves more as a lullaby for the working class than it does the background music for a coke-tail party for the social elite. If you have good taste in music and enjoy hip art-rock from the '60s and '70s, you will probably love this record. Be sure to check them out live as well.

Reviewed by Doug Hoepker
A former staff writer for LAS whom we like to call Diggles, Mr. Hoepker is currently laboring away on various music-based projects. He now works in academic publishing (ahem), but is perhaps still best known by his DJ moniker, The Noiseboy.

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