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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
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Ivory Coast
The Rush of Oncoming Traffic
Big Wheel Recreation

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Rush of Oncoming Traffic - a title with a great deal more excitement than the record itself. It's such a waste too, because guitarists Jay Cox and Drew O'Doherty are extremely talented, obviously so. Jay Cox handles the vocals as well and, while he may have a nice voice, he comes off as lackluster on most songs. According to the one-sheet, this record is supposed to be "the result of a rock band breaking down the language barriers of assorted record collections and experiences and adding a little something new and fresh to pop-rock songs." I get the pop-rock part, but that's it. To me it sounds like The Ivory Coast have taken already boring songs, and reworked them to make them more complex, hard to follow, and thusly even more boring. The one-sheet also says "the band has appeal to people who like good songs without the extra baggage of any predetermined genre." Well they have baggage-o-plenty, and it's name is Emo.

Track nine on the disc, "eighty-four, ninety-one, ninety-five", is a great instrumental, by the way.

Reviewed by Ryan Guffey


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