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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
The M's
The M's
Brilliante Records

Rating: 8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
"It's so obscene what I'm thinking," sing The M's on "Big Baby Bottoms", a raucous, bump-and-grind single of fuzzed guitar and glam-rock rhythmic stomp from the self-titled full-length from the T. Rex disciples. Until the Supreme Court says otherwise, you can't get arrested for having a dirty mind, so The M's are safe for now. I'd be willing to bail them out if they ever got thrown in the slammer. The M's are worth putting your house up as collateral.

A breath of fresh air in a garage rock scene gone stale, Chicago's new breed of swashbuckling Electric Warriors wage war on mediocrity with crunchy, distortion-laced guitars, flirtatious vocals, pimp-rolling drums and pomp-and-circumstance horns, like the blaring trumpets in the Sgt. Pepper-esque "Break Our Bones." The M's take cooking tips from Marc Bolan, letting glam-style ditties like "Dirty Old Dog" and "Banishment Of Love" simmer in a savory broth of handclaps, cock-of-the-walk bass, muffled horn squelches and Mick Ronson-esque guitar growl.

It's not all feather boas and sequined jumpsuits for The M's. Blowing their glam-rock heroes a lipstick-smeared kiss goodbye, The M's take a dip in the 13th Floor Elevators' psychedelic pool on "Bethany Rave" and "Eyes On The Prize." Once the hallucinatory effects wear off, The M's undergo a mod makeover on "Maggie" and "There Is Work", quite possibly the catchiest single you'll hear in 2004. It is obvious someone in The M's has a worn out copy of The Kinks' Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire in their collection. "There Is Work" gleefully bobs along on a buoyant melody that would make Ray Davies want to hug his estranged brother, Dave. In no way am I advocating theft, but if somebody were to hijack an ice cream truck and play "There Is Work' over the loudspeakers, people in the streets would simply lose their minds and bust some 60s dance fad moves to the song's woody, single-note guitar lines. Don't you think it's about time somebody brought back the "Watusi" and the "Jerk"?

Not surprisingly, the Chicago music press has gone gaga over The M's. It's easy to see why. The M's, who played one of their first gigs in a liquor store near The Loop, throw listeners a wild party, showering them in dirty, glitter-and-confetti rock and 60s British Invasion pop balloons. Originally, The M's planned to put out a series of four EPs to introduce themselves, but ended up releasing one (also called The M's) and then piling the other 3 onto this release. So, let me do the honors: Everybody meet The M's. They're swell musicians, snappy dressers, and they may just be your new favorite band - no apologies to The Hives.

Reviewed by Peter Lindblad
Peter Lindblad lives in Appleton, Wis., and bleeds green and gold just like all the Packer fan nutjobs in the area. He does draw the line at wearing blocks of chedder on his head, or any other body parts for that matter, though. His professional career has taken weird twists and turns that have led him to his current position as an editor at a coin magazine. He hopes his stay there will be a short one. Before that, he worked as an associate editor at a log home magazine. To anyone that will listen, he\'ll swear that Shiner was one of the greatest rock bands to ever walk the earth. Yet he also has much love for Superchunk, Spoon, DJ Shadow, Swervedriver, Wilco, Fugazi, Jawbox, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Modest Mouse, among others.

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