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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
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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
Greg MacPherson
Night Flares
G7 Welcoming Committee

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


October 4, 2005
Greg MacPherson has crafted an album full of solid narrative songs. Inspired by a life on the road, it's not hard to see him as a Canadian version of The Boss. People are met and tragically forgotten, good times are book-ended by despair, and all the while the scenery blows by and the destination is always in the distance.

In fact, it's not hard to picture MacPherson crying out his own Nebraska if there was anything horribly wrong with Canada; because he resides in our levelheaded neighbor to the North, Night Flares is more Rosalita than Johnny 99 - which is not to say that MacPherson has turned a blind eye to the world's problems. While many of his songs revel in fleeting love or the feeling of a strange place, he also acknowledges the plight of those less fortunate and the role of the powers-that-be in those people's lives.

This is music that is meant to be played while you let your thoughts wander as the foreign scenery rolls by outside your car window. Night Flares is made for people who yearn to seek out distant places, and the people who inhabit them.

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.

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