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 » Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

MUSIC

 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

MUSIC

 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

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
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
If These Trees Could Talk
If These Trees Could Talk
Mylene Sheath

Rating: 7/10 ?


March 3, 2008
Dispatch from near Jodhpur, India:

Dates seem meaningless and days of the week blur together as endless scenery passes by. Sometimes I am unsure of where I am, but that is infinitely better than being overly familiar with a place. Right now, the most important thing in my life is to keep moving. There is no time to be wasted and not time to sit still.

If These Trees Could Talk calm my fears of stagnation. The music is propulsive and driven, expressing ideas and emotions in a direct way, without words. Not too robotically "mathy" or minor chord weepy, ITTCT bridge a gap between melody and power, repetition and improvisation. This Ohio band builds tension and flexes muscles without sacrificing beauty.

The joy of instrumental music is its ability to be unobtrusively present. It can rest comfortably in the forefront when it is the focus of attention, but is just as easily relegated to pleasant accompaniment when the situation requires. ITTCT fit both bills seamlessly and have been good motivation to stay in motion.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

See other reviews by Kevin Alfoldy

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