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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!
[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]
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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
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Brother Kite/Vaguely Star Shaped
"Misery Walk" b /w "Pretty Early"
Losing Blueprint Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Losing Blueprint released a great compilation last year that showed a level of discretion above the average small-scale indie imprint, and these two Rhode Island bands are no exception. The Brother Kite's "Misery Walk" is a straightforward rocker with a Where You Been-era Dinosaur Jr. guitar buzz. Or maybe it's a bit more like Yo La Tengo's little brothers sneaking into the studio late at night during the I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One sessions.

Vaguely Star Shaped had one of the best tracks on the Losing Blueprint's compilation and their entry here is not as striking but still quite good. They hit the chorus with "You gotta get up pretty early/ If you're going to try to outwit me" on top of a post-grunge pop drum build in the chorus contrasted with a repeated three-note descending guitar in the verses.

These are both direct, winning pop songs influenced by some fine '90s indie rock bands. East Coast fans of the aforementioned bands might want to catch them live to hear more.

Reviewed by Erick Bieritz
Erick Bieritz lives in Chicago, where is usually either very hot or very cold. He was the brainchild behind EPMD, where he wrote about EPs and singles for LAS, looking for overlooked or underappreciated non-album releases.

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