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[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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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.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

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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!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

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
Mecca Normal
The Family Swan
Kill Rock Stars

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
A woman sings as a man plays his guitar. Life is cruel but hope is on the horizon. Kill the buffalo, do not starve! The repetition of Jean Smith's neo-political grouplets is intended to convey irony but really only emerge as rather flat clichés. Her voice is as blunt and metallic and piercing as an- ahem -silver bullet as she and her voice approach the status of an Eddie Vedder of the folk-politico realm. The tension developed on Family Swan comes to a head with "In January", a track where Ms. Smith's spirit apparently becomes occupied by that of an infantile Inuit demon. Not just a demon, but one that chants and barks over David Lester's awesome guitar riffage and licks. By the way, nice guitar, Dave, where'd you get it? "Mondo Mel's Electro- Universe?!

Imagine driving for hours in a car, with a cat, through the winding and rolling back roads of the Ozark mountains; the cat becomes nauseous and roams in the confines of your economical hatchback. It begins to mew and howl, with little care for harmony, and it doesn't stop for 45 minutes. An animal lover at heart, you try and listen for some sort of meaning in the caterwauling, because you're sure that anything making such a terrible noise must be saying something of grave importance, something reaching bliss, truth, enlightenment.. But the noise, the terrible noise .. the pain! The madness! Eventually you'll throw that cat out the window.

Reviewed by N.D. Burkey
A longtime infrequent contributor to LAS, Neil David Burkey is a painter, writer, sculptor and all-around artistic type. He currently lives in London, England, where he is, at long last, a legal resident.

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