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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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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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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
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No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
The Mercury Program
All the Suits Begin to Fall Off
Tiger Style

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
It feels really good to write this review because Tom of the band sent some of The Mercury Program's previous work to me for review a few months back. I thought it was decent math-rock, but it wasn't anything above the average. So the logical continuation of this review is that this new material is something extra. And indeed it is. Finally a band who manages to create something of their own while at the same time hanging on to their influences - as influences - not as bands to steal from. This record has a very special feel to it, with songs building heavily on repetition and with a certain mood that has to be heard to be understood. This mood, that reaches its peaks on tracks like "from athens to rome" is characterized by monotonous (in a good sense) complex drumming and equally monotonous bass with jazzy guitar picking and a very successful use of a vibraphone. Many bands that incorporate a vibraphone do it because Tortoise does and most times that just makes them half-assed tortoise-ripoffs. The Mercury Program actually uses the vibraphone in a much more well planned and fastidious way than that. And that goes for the whole album, its very well planned and fastidious. This album will be released on The Rosewood Union in Europe as well so keep your eyes open for it.

Reviewed by Gabriel Hermansson
A former contributor to LAS, Gabriel Hermansson lives in Stockhom, Sweden and formerly operated the now-defunct online \'zine Truckfighter.

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