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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
»Screaming Females
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
Thee More Shallows
More Deep Cuts
Turn Records

Rating: 9/10 ?


August 2, 2005
The time of day one is listening to music can have a strong influence on its affects. Listening to Death Cab for Cutie on a gloomy winter's day will force you to hear different sounds than when their music is played on a hot afternoon. Certain albums fit in specific time and space; the albums that are great no matter what the season or time are generally regarded as masterpieces. OK Computer is an album that crosses so many boundaries it fits both a summer morning ("Subterranean Homesick Alien") as well as a night in wintertime ("Let Down"). This theory is given more credit because of Thee More Shallows and their nighttime masterpiece, More Deep Cuts.

I mention both Radiohead and Death Cab for Cutie because Thee More Shallows truly sound like a perfect combination of both. The deep, dark spacey tunes, inspired by Radiohead are buffered by a delicate vocal style akin Ben Gibbard; the influences can be heard immediately, so I guess that means they sound like Grandaddy (who are, in actuality, their most reoccurring comparison in print, the likes of which I'll try to steer clear of from here).

Thee More Shallows are immediately and easily mesmerizing. This nocturnal album has an honestly different effect once night falls, when its beautiful and eerie qualities shine. It is perfect for listening through headphones while walking around the city at night. The mental images projected are reminiscent of the best experimental movies ever created. Think Darren Aronofsky in space or Sunny Day Real Estate with a slight Daft Punk influence, backed by the Kronos Quartet. Its mystery and beauty are wrapped in perfect chaos.

"Freshman Thesis" begins with a haunting cello/violin riff which is soon backed by a solid bass and drum machine combo right out of Kid A-era Radiohead. The strings continue to creep in and out of sight throughout the five minute song, filling you with rich, cinematic visions of love and death in black and white. After four minutes, the drum tempo speeds up and takes over, ending in a crescendo of repetitive chords. Slowly, "Int #1" seeps in with bowed saw guitar plucking, a la the Black Heart Procession. This song is used as a perfect transition into "Ave Grave". It encompasses a feeling of daybreak at the cemetery, but is somehow filled with hope; it's funny how Thee More Shallows can make a song about a mass burial sound so positive. The angelic Odessa Chen sings an enchanting melody over beautiful bells and simple acoustic chords to inspire such a feeling.

The more this album is played, the deeper the listener can dive into its enigmatic world, noting its perfect instrumentation and unique soundscapes; not only do the songs build to individual climaxes, but the album moves to equally grand release. Thee More Shallows have created a soundtrack for the next generation of independent film noir; it may give you nightmares, but the visions projected are created by evil geniuses made wicked by their own wrongdoings.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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