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Music Reviews

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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
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Everything in Between
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
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Cancer Conspiracy
The Audio Medium
Big Wheel Recreation

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Though on a scorching summer's afternoon, anything psychedelic has me pretty close to seeing mirages, I am still able to realize the fine points of the Cancer Conspiracy's debut full-length, The Audio Medium. After almost seeing them perform with Oysterhead less than a year ago, I'm kind of disappointed I missed them. It would have been nice: a bunch of unwashed, beard-sporting, long-haired hippies tripping, dancing all around me as I soaked in some Cancer Conspiracy. Laid back. I like it.

It's pretty easy to think of the Cancer Conspiracy in that context, as The Audio Medium is chock full of layered, winding guitars, atmospherics, constantly shifting rhythm and tempo, sounds that are sometimes muted, sometimes at a higher volume. Everything's always changing, always moving in one direction or another, making for some great, psychedelic progressive rock. Imagining the Cancer Conspiracy in front of me, jamming, in some sort of surreal setting with people dancing all around me just makes the music sound even better. If you've ever seen a jam band play, you probably know there are two types of shows. Where the first gets boring after two or three minutes, the second type is great- songs are in a constant change of pace, melodies evolve, beats shift, you get the idea.

Judging from The Audio Medium, The Cancer Conspiracy would definitely play the latter. Songs don't drag on for too long. Instead, they evolve, making the best songs the longest, like the twenty-two minute title-track and "Broken Heartbeats Gathered and Rebroadcast."

So, if the Cancer Conspiracy is coming to your town, you might want to check them out. Find somewhere in your Birkenstocks to hide your stash, and expect the best.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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