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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
»No Age
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
Ink
Ink
Monitor Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Some hidden politics, under piles of electronics. Not electronics as such, strings [||||||] [| | | |] played electronically, drums looped humanely. Hibernation means = sleep ? me thinks. New and old mixed-a chant before a hum. Maybe Ink will understand. Cranes and buildings sprout out of the ground for 5:18. Maybe ink understands while riding in the back of a cab heading north --..--.-.

There are some hidden politics behind Ink, there is seemingly some intellectual thought that can't quite make it out in the open from all of the broken phrases, which is fine since the lyrics are a thrice braided stream of consciousness. The guitar work sounds so stiff in some areas but always creative, the drums drive it on repeating broken phrases in a manner not unlike Blonde Redhead but with less feeling apparent. The words are chanted and sometimes only spoken like a newsman reads the print out of a horrific natural disaster. While the guitar and drums roll on other instruments such as saxophones complete guitar parts in songs like cranes and buildings, noises like a recorded train whistle complete with Doppler Effect accentuate the haphazard beat (as in "novemberland") and harshly whispered syllables such as 'ssssshh-k' (in "passport agents") makes the recording interesting and more alive and less strict. Shifting light is one of the most upbeat songs and it begins sounding like a crooked version of the Youngbloods' "Get Together". This sounds like The Intima falling asleep after a year of protesting. This experiment called Ink is both unnerving and relaxing - try it out.

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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