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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
Metroschifter
Strawberries
Doghouse Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I was never quite sure if the Metroschifter were a real band or just some sort of project thing, much the same as my initial reaction to June of 44 years ago. But I guess the 'Schifter is a full fledged rock outfit. Hailing from Louisville, of course.

This EP is like apparently their 15th record or something in like 3 years or something. Like, totally. Fer sher. Like, yeah.

So this EP is a bit more accessible than some of the other stuff they've done, or at least the stuff I've heard. Very polished sounding and a bit candy coated and insulting, to tell you the truth. The songs are still the same kind of experimental emo math indie stuff that I liked them for, but it is just all a bit too pre packaged feeling for some reason. It feels like the 'Schifter is pandering to me and, no Sir, I just don't like it. I'm not sure why, because I know bands are constantly going in this post production direction, but it just feels a bit forceful. Songs like "Opaque" still showcase their competence in the field of rock songwriting and "Continuity Piece" still shows the obvious Louisville influence. The funny thing is that the album artwork, which is the most blatantly emo thing about it, is what I like the most.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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