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[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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 » 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]

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 » 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
Sense Field
Tonight and Forever
Nettwerk

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Warning: This review is inherently biased and will likely be an unpleasant reading experience if you slobber over the drivel of poopstains and subsequent streaking residue.

Since the early Revelation days, I've been unable to put my finger on what it is that turns me off about this band. Whatever the reason, this new release reaffirms any prior discomfort. From the moment you throw this stinker in, you will notice an upgrade to VH-1 status. So, where's the "behind the music" already? I dunno, maybe I'm too young to understand this big comeback. This is what I do know. Pawners should not sell vintage synthesizers to rock stars who just realized that re-manipulated sounds sell records. Rather, sell them to the kids that work three jobs all summer long and show potential; they are the future of music, regardless of a business risk.

So, ten years back, somewhere in the Pacific Northwest of the US, Sense Field would have knocked you off your flannel ass with their new rock alternative sensationalism. Today, the insert of their newest release since being kicked off the Warner Bros. roster is full of sunset laden images and your usual reference information. This is what I've learned if you stick with it for a long time: You eventually employ an A&R Rep, multiple booking agents, a legal rep, a business manager, a publicist, a tour manager, and someone to tie your shoes and make your bed in the morning. Man, being a professional punk rock star somehow became tougher since the eighties. Ok, I'm done taking stabs at a dead debate, here are some less-evil words…

This album starts out loud and heavy, in your face and pleading one last rouse at teenage angst. "Beatles Song" is the typical driving rock song, but probably more appropriately titled "Foo-Fighters Song". A more mainstream translation for an indie tune is "Emergency Exit". This track maintains some of the more deliberate traits of the Sense Field I remember, but the over-produced consistency keeps all that nonsense in check. Hey, Jerk? Can we buy a radio hit for $200?

Here is a list of song titles ad-libbed into a conclusion for your enjoyment, it might be the most you get from this record…
"Am I a Fool" for "Waiting for Something" "Here, Right Here" where "The Fun Never Ends"? Take the "Emergency Exit" and "Save Yourself" from our "Love Song". We carry the "Weight of the World" on our shoulders for writing a "Beatles Song" as well. But "Are you Okay" with the fact that "What Never Dies" doesn't necessarily go away? Man, I can't wait for this comeback "No Longer Now" never again, damn it.

Reviewed by June Woons


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