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[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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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.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

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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
»Screaming Females
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
Mekons
Punk Rock
Quarterstick Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
When I was in high school there was a girl I hung out with a bit. I would go over to her house and pine after her, but after some time going over to her house became more about hanging out with her dad, who had converted a bedroom into a music room. The walls of the bedroom were painted red and had pictures of Mike Bloomfield, Sonic Youth, Leonard Cohen, and other mythical characters I, in my youth, had only heard of. I would go over to the girl's house and promptly ignore her, instead playing chess with her dad who, in turn, would burn me CDs that would ultimately serve to expand my musical horizons.

We would talk about the Clash and Television and Tom Waits. His tastes were so diverse and while his daughter just got into the punk rock, I tried to absorb the whole spectrum that he had to offer. The girl's dad had a list of certain bands that could, in his opinion, do no wrong. One of those bands was the Mekons. He would talk about them and claim that in the late seventies they had been a savoir of rock and roll for him.

I had assumed the Mekons had been a punk rock band, not yet aware of the full scope of their vision. With Punk Rock the Mekons return to that place, 27 years after first spilling out of speakers, showing the youngsters how it is done. Punk Rock is an all around solid outing, with even the straight ahead punk songs retaining a grittiness and quality that bands using the label "punk" today could never muster.

Reviewed by Sequoya Yiaueki


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