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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!
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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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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
The Phenomenological Boys
Melody, Melody, & More Melody
Tomblab Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Taking into consideration the fact that one shouldn't judge an album (or a book!) by its cover, I would immediately write this CD off as "Terrance and Philip Rock Out," and my precursory assessment wouldn't be too far from the truth. With all the juvenile tendencies of bathroom humor, this CD revels in giggle fits and whoopee cushions, and is happy to do just that.

Mixing a hefty dose of swing with rock and Latin chill, The Phenomenological Boys bring us "art for art's sake" in the form of a jovial coloring book and simple entertainment. Not to be called typical by any means, they attempt to set the horn section of Sweep the Leg Johnny against the minimalism of Cibo Matto in "He's So Dumb," and it only gets weirder from there. Snippets of live applause and nursery rhymes filter in frequent as interludes between 50s style rhumba-happy vignettes ("Everything's Got a Shade of Green"), bizarre Casio-inspired space rock ("I Like What You Like"), and cheerleader chanting.

Somewhere between Junior Varsity's pep-rally rock and the artistry of Tiny Tim, a toy piano and a kazoo would not sound out of place on amid any of the silly caterwauling. This will doubtlessly dole out a laugh (with the preposition with or at the band entirely dependent upon the listener); but that is, most certainly, the sole intent.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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