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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
The Sick Lipstick
Sting Sting Sting
Tiger Style Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I have to be honest and reveal a piece of myself here; I never really got into anything Kathleen Hanna has ever done. I know Bikini Kill was one of the most influential bands of the Chic-Punk/riot grrrl movement, and Le Tigre are the best thing in art-rock since sliced NY bread, but neither have ever really done anything for me. I know, I'm terrible.

The Sick Lipstick are very much the opposite of me. It seems they have been raised on Kathleen Hanna and/or all screamy grrrl punk bands of lore. That is not to say they sound terrible, on the contrary. It's hard for me to get over the brashness of the vocals, but Sick Lipstick do their thing very well. The 3 chord fast punk and tricky stop start drums are all done as perfectly as you can hope for by these Canadians.

The standout tracks "Thigh Master I'm yr Master" and title track "Sting Sting Sting" are very upbeat and fun, but I think the one main problem I have with this particular sound is the vocals. Girls screaming sounds far too young for me to enjoy, and by young I suppose I mean immature. If you're into grrrl bands and don't mind the stereo screaming in your ear at for a few songs, check out the Sick Lipstick, but if you sold the one Bikini Kill album you never listened to when you owned it- don't bother.

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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