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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
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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
Anniversary/Superdrag
Split EP
Vagrant Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I was really happy to get this EP in the mail, because I had been planning on buying it anyway, especially after I missed them on tour. Now, after listening to it, I am still happy, for two main reasons: one, I got it free in the mail, and two, its good.

The Anniversary goes first, with a marked deviation from their usual sound. Their three tracks, which will not be re-released, are clearly derived from a lot of the music from the 60s and 70s, so if you're looking for something that is going to change the face of rock and roll you're not going to find it here. It's nice to see a change of pace, though, especially since their contributed songs are still good, with the exception of the first song "O' Lady Butterfly." Their best song on the album is definitely their second, "Anais."

Superdrag contributed three songs as well, and as with their album-mates, their first offering as their worst. "The Emotional Kind" is probably their best on the EP, yet "I Guess its American" comes in at a close second. Their sound hasn't changed much; they're still playing good old-fashioned, catchy-as-hell music.

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

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