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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]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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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
Quasi
Hot Shit
Touch & Go Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
There's almost nothing worse than a band getting attention simply for having interesting biographical information. The morons at Rolling Stone and Spin go nuts with stories like the one surrounding Quasi: Janet Weiss, drummer of well known rock band Sleater-Kinney, joins forces with ex-husband Sam Coomes to make Beatles inspired records that inspire critics at hip magazines like Vanity Fair and Spin to put them on 'best of' lists. Hot shit, indeed.

Like plenty of over hyped acts, Quasi don't quite deserve all of the backlash that bands like Interpol should be getting. While their latest release certainly has a very appropriate title, it's not entirely without any worth. Who doesn't like The Beatles? All of the songs from Hot Shit have a dark yet pleasant vibe that would be mildly entertaining if it weren't presented as some kind of revolutionary idea that everyone should appreciate as the most ingenious thing since Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Maybe without the pompous attitude falling from the speakers in globs, Hot Shit could be a likeable record with a handful of stand out tracks. Instead, Hot Shit is going to be drooled over as one of the best records of the year according to anyone concerned with looking cool. As long as Weiss and Coomes don't start dressing alike and claiming to be brother and sister, however, their next effort could prove to be somewhat more enjoyable.

Reviewed by Tom Nash
A former LAS staff member based in Vienna - that\'s Virginia, not Austria - Tom graduated from high school and we are all just so, so proud of him.

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