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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
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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
Bathasar Gerards Kommando
A Dutch Feast
Alternative Tentacles

Rating: 7.3/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Spending half of my adolescence in Europe, there was no way I could avoid being exposed to the leftist hardcore movement of bands like BGK. I have to say "bands like BGK" because, in all my years, I'd never heard them until now. But it doesn't really matter much, ultimately, because I'd heard their cymbal crashes, thundering bass and barked lyrics before in other bands from Holland, Germany and Italy.

BGK play it hard and fast, with shouted chants calling out the evils of the world - fascism, racism, sexism, capitalism - for vocals. Today these songs sound rather silly; very primitive and very simplistic, based solely on aggression and speed. But what these songs represent is a time in music that is dead and gone, a time when frustrated kids from blue collar families beat out their aggressions and transcended nationality, geography and language. Today the punks are gone, replaced by brats buttered up fat on an ever increasing standard of living. The anger in rock today is fueled by teasing girls rather than social concerns.

46 songs in 70 minutes, A Dutch Feast affords us a window to the past, to our roots, on a rollicking, raw ride piloted by men from the land of windmills. Songs like "Soylent Green" and "Arms Race" have a spark to them even now. While cuts like "Tout Les Flics" parallel the 80's punk/hardcore movement of bands like Minor Threat in America, it is clear to even the most un-pedigreed (read: me) punks that there is a little something extra in the BGK songs.

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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