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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
The Boy Least Likely To
The Best Party Ever
Too Young to Die Records

Rating: 9/10 ?


June 9, 2005
Summer is here - time to go to a nearby park and picnic with your summer love. Wash your car, wash your dog and wash away your cold weather blues while listening to the Boy Least Likely To as the soundtrack to Summer, 2005. Jump in the car and take a road trip down the stupid-fun superhighway while you smile so wide it hurts your teeth.

There are no worries to be had; just set your dreams on fire and dance your cares away. Hike your pants up and splash around in puddles of Kool-aid. You can't resist. This music is enticing, even when it slows down. It will make you want to put your sunglasses on and let the UV rays sink into your skin. A sugary poison you will need when you fly that kite in the wind of your everyday life.

Creative pop fun finds you on The Best Party Ever (with emphasis on "FUN", because that's what they're all about). With everything from simple 60s pop to 80s New Wave represented (note the keyboards on "Paper Cuts", specifically), this is a simple, feel-good collection of twelve songs from a band from the United Kingdom.

And, much like a kid on summer vacation, this band is looking to cram as many good times as they can in 37 minutes. With the use of an abundance of different instruments - including xylophones, bells, the clapping of hands, washboards and a menagerie of unknown sounds - their effervescence and eagerness to play whatever they can get their hands on can't help but win some hearts. A banjo? Is that a banjo? I am in love all over again…

Call it what you will: it's twee, it's cute, it's simple - whichever label suits you, it's a fun ride through a kiddie carnival with insect surprises and apple wagon rides. Keep it simple this summer; come and join The Best Party Ever.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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