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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
Wednesday 13
Fang Bang
Rycodisc

Rating: 8.5/10 ?


August 25, 2006
Thank God summer's over, in a way. The off-season levee has broken, and the shallow cesspool of albums from weirdo Neurosis clones and what-the-hell-is-thises stinking up my office has turned into a New Orleans of stuff that's actually cool.

And what better way to get the ball rolling than a cartoonish rocker whose posturing is madly over the top? Yes, dust off those day-glo skull pantaloons, ye mall-goth porn-dolls and pierce-aholic vampires, there's a new Marilyn Manson inna hooooouse.

Or at least his For-Dummies doppelganger, cycling through a slam-dunk formula that blenderizes Ramones speed, Alice Cooper's voice and Disturbed's guitars in a perfect storm of death-is-fun vibe.

And cripes, look at the MySpacers go bonkers - you don't want to go anywhere near that URL unless you haven't yet hunt-and-pecked your quota of "You guys are defnatly [sic] rockkin [sic] [illegible]" for the week. You already know what it's going to look like live: heavily made-up scarecrow guy on giganto-clogs moving around like your granddad on skag, making a spook-arm with whichever one isn't busy helping keep the mike in front of his face to protect the stage-crowders from spittle-showers as they flip off the reaper by helping Wednesday remember every line of his Famous Monsters of Filmland lyrical branding ("Morgue Than Words," "Happily Ever Cadaver" and the like).

This may be the album that rescues the dear boy from Kerrang hell and posts up a win in the States, too, if he's able to come through on his promises to blow people's minds with his stage show. The fact that he worked with Slipknot's Joey Jordison in the Murderdolls may come in handy there.

Fricking old shame that they're avoiding anything resembling a northeast metropolis this tour. Fuck, I'd go.

Reviewed by Eric Saeger
An LAS staff writer based in New Hampshire, Eric Saeger was named alt.flame\'s Newbie of the Year in 2000.

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