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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.
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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]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
The Mother Hips
Green Hills of Earth
Future Farmer Recordings

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October 1, 2004
The Mother Hips aren't a boring band. Like so many other retro influenced bands taking cues from the majors of the 60's era sound, they sound as though they genuinely worked to make their fifth album, Green Hills Of Earth (named after the Heinlein sci-fi novel), a little bit different. For some time, The Mother Hips filled the ever so wonderful "hippie" niche, playing for the likes of the H.O.R.D.E. crowd, and engaging in the more overplayed sit down acoustic rock that is the very circumference of the neo-Haite-Ashbury movement.

Perhaps the most appealing aspect of their latest release is the fact that, with a couple spins, it could very well be enjoyed, still, by a fan of Spirit, Beach Boys, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, all the way to a fan of Wilco's Summerteeth stuff, Blind Melon or even Sloan (wait, is that a stretch?).

"Given To You", the albums opener, shines as a direct homage to Brian Wilson and the boys with its beautifully layered harmonies. And, for the most part, the album's number one grabber is its ability to awe its listener with hypnotic harmonies. Some songs edge a little too close to the border of convention, but, on the whole, remains generally fun and musically inspiring throughout.

To be a rock band coming up through the 90's to this new stretch of a millennium, it is a necessity to expand. Shit, it's always been that way. And for a band like The Mother Hips to make a "different record" than what they've done before, it is always an honorable move. Maybe this could be considered one huge conglomeration of our fore-fathers' record collections, but it is still nice to know people appreciate the past decades of rock as the building blocks for creation and expansion. Just don't take the brown acid.

Reviewed by Trevor Naud
Trevor Naud is a former staff writer for LAS and a former sex symbol and guitarist of the band Red Shirt Brigade. He currently plays music with South South Million and PAS/CAL.

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