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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!
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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
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Camden
Camden
Snapping Turtle

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
No shit, Wisconsin, we get the fucking picture. Man, is there nothing else to do up there than form a post-rock-emo band? Good Gravy, it's really starting to get annoying. I spotted some lawnmower racing on TNN the other day, why aren't these kids out wrenching on their Lawnboys?

At least it's not emo - sort of. Camden do their best trying to pull off some Radiohead style guitar genius and might have actually succeeded if it weren't for the vocals. Christ, someone needs to get this kid into some serious counseling, or else let him beat the shit out of his ex-girlfriends. This stuff is downright depressing, and I mean depressing. Not just a dark, brooding, introspective kind of somber like the A-Set or Mark Lanegan can put you into. I mean suicidal depressing. The inside of the CD jacket even shows some guy with his head buried in his hands. Yikes!

Actually, these are probably all white suburbia kids who all had a car to drive when they were 16 and they just want to cry about how bad the world has been to them, how scarred they are on the inside (after all, they were driving a Chevrolet instead of a Volvo, which can be pretty traumatic for a teen). If it weren't for the wailing vocals I would probably advise you to hold on to this record.

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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