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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!
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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]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
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
Switchfoot
Oh Gravity
Columbia

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


January 22, 2007
There's very little gray area in the way of reaction when you start talking to people about Christian rock. For example, talk to me about it and usually I'll start vomiting green pea soup and evoking Pazzuzu.

Very few bands can pull it off without sounding lame. The essential reason for that is that most of the time the band received a nice fat dowry from a rich grandparent of one of the guys, all for accepting the Lord (to their face anyway). It's easy money, that crap. The slimiest musician I ever played with was working on just such a scam at one point, and if he'd been successful with getting a pile of up-front money for the project, he still wouldn't have hesitated when a three-way was offered to him by a fat-slash-ugly mom-daughter team. Jesus would have wept while this guy did his thing, and trust me when I say it'd take a strong stomach on his part to go through with it.

Since they assuredly don't suck, Switchfoot can be forgiven for riding Jesus' coattails into major label semi-legend status, that show-biz dreamland where Keane is bigger than U2 and Muse gets to tour with Queen for two years straight.

Still trying to shake off their born-again-virgin Xtian fankid minions (now more than ever their press soundbites are devoutly Unitarian, and it's fun to watch them squirm), they've managed to scrape some very worthwhile (even lo-fi at times) post-post-punk together, not the easiest feat being they've only taken a year or so to mull it over. Unlike the antidepressant-popping Nothing Is Sound, Oh Gravity is more grounded in hard pop, relying on emo bludgeoning, Powerman 5000 cold-clocking and latter-day Ramones stomp to prove that, hey, we were just kidding about our generation being a bunch of wastes. Plenty to like here either way, from the Socialburn-esque "American Dream" to "Awakening," which wants to be Beck, to the more-garagey-than-thou "Amateur Lovers."

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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