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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
Goodbye Letter
Goodbye Letter
Theory 8 Records

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October 1, 2004
Towards the end of college I started to get weirded out by everything. It was 1997 and I was supposed to be preparing for the real world. The spring came and went and before I knew it summer was there. I was 20 years old with a college diploma in one hand, a few promissory notes in the other, and not a fucking clue what I was going to do. I moved into the second floor of an old brownstone on the fringe of the city's hipster community, where the Hondas and rainbow bumper stickers gave way to beat up Chryslers and broken glass. I bought a new amplifier for my guitar and tried putting together a few skeletal songs to show a friend of mine. Luckily the alternating diversions of my life - work, friends, loved ones - kept my rock progress to a minimum and now I can only be thankful for it. The following January I saw Castor play their final show together and I began to realize that HUM was practically finished as well and I began to move on, musically. These guys apparently haven't.

I've said this time and time again - if you're going to rip off HUM, don't name drop them in your bio. I live in their town, I know exactly what parts you're ripping off as soon as I hear them. It is fine if you keep your copies of Astronaut and Downward is Heavenward in a felt-lined, glass-top case on the mantle, but you don't have to pay homage with your own tribute album, and you certainly don't need to name a track "Midnight and Chasing Stars" when you can just call it "I'd Like Your Hair Long 2". Really. You can follow that up with a nod to Mineral's Power of Failing if you want, but there are already a few knockoff bands with songs named "Cyril St. John", so at least take the time to come up with a new name. Is that Bob Nanna singing 'A few more weeks/And I'm on my way/These roads to lead me home/This summer the lights are on' - it sure sounds like it. And, finally, just because Blake Schwarzenbach can get away with using the word Anemone in a song title doesn't mean you can.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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