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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
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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
»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
Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd
Before the Day Breaks
Darla

Rating: 8.7/10 ?


July 13, 2007
Okay, folks, step right up! It's time for Ambient Tag-Team Smackdown™! In one corner we have Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd, and in the other, we have Christian Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Let the minimalist beauty begin!

That is how my daydream begins, while thinking about how to differentiate between Guthrie and Budd's After the Night Falls and Before the Day Breaks. Oddly enough, the fact that these albums are somewhat difficult to tell apart isn't necessarily a bad thing--they're both amazingly hypnotic and graceful. What really distinguishes Day from Night, if you get down to the minutiae, is "Turn Off the Moon," a track that closes the two-disc set with (gasp) programmed percussion and amped-up guitars, making it one of the closest things to the Cocteau Twins since, well, Milk & Kisses.

Oh, and in that Ambient Tag-Team Smackdown™, I'd bet my money on Guthrie and Budd, although Fennesz and Sakamoto would put up a good fight and can certainly hold their own in the Ambient Solo Duel of Death™.

Reviewed by Eric Schneider
A freelance writer and editor based in Saratoga Springs, New York, Eric Schneider is a regular contributor to LAS.

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