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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
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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
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Kill Hannah
Until There's Nothing Left Of Us
Atlantic

Rating: 8.5/10 ?


July 26, 2006
Ten seconds into Kill Hannah's Until There's Nothing Left of Us, just barely audible above the roiling surge of distortion-drenched Epiphones, begins a brief oration from Roy Masters's How Your Mind Can Keep You Well, the equally revered and divisive work that promotes a re-teaching of the mind through meditation to achieve greater self-awareness and emotional control. A bit of an odd, maybe even ironic inclusion on a rock album from Chicago's sentient, gutter-glam quintet, don't you think?

In all seriousness, it might have been one of lyricist Mat Devine's coveted analgesics during the making of the band's atmospheric follow-up to 2003's For Never and Ever. However the dialogue was intended, Kill Hannah returns from a three-year sleep with another soaring slab of saccharine-coated melodies and soul-exonerating lyrics, offered up along with a dreamy cover of The Church's "Under the Milky Way."

Devine's helium-headed screeches, by turns cathartic and afflicted, are best matched with soul-gutting anthems for the Xanga generation. "The Collapse" is a swirling journal entry detailing an emotional breakdown when "nothing sounds/looks/feels right," while "Songs That Saved My Life" and "Believer" keep hope alive - or, if anything - on life support. But it's the album's pretty clincher "Scream," a slow-arcing, piano-guided confessional lamenting love lost that begs to be heard. Call it a sugar buzz for the disenchanted.

Reviewed by Christopher Mitchell
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