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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Causey Way
With Loving and Open Arms
Alternative Tentacles

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I have to say that I'm a bit freaked out by this record. More so by the visual component than the audio component. People in white outfits with black arm bands. Talk of baptisms and the like. Seems like some kind of Nazi fashion inspired cult to me.

Oh, wait, I didn't read the liner. "You should know that the Causey Way is not a cult." Oh. I read on to find out about the enclosed Official Judgment Form - an application to become a member of their non-cult. I learn about the existence of things like Causey Cash and their categories of classification. I'm sure they're just playing, trying to see how many dorks will send in the form, how many dorks they can sucker into their live shows. But it's still kind of freaky. If my parents found this in my room when I was in high school they would have shit a pound of nails a piece. I must be an old fart, because this is still freaky.

As for the music, it's nothing great but I find myself liking it a whole lot any way. I've heard them mentioned in breath with the Danielson Familie, and although that connection is there, it's only on the surface. The Causey Way, along with the obvious New Wave overtones (that seem to be all the rage these days), have a hint of psychedelic and a pinch of Make Up style blues & gospel flair about them. As heinous as this mixture sounds in theory it comes across rather well in practice. Due to the ridiculous liner notes, it's hard to tell exactly what or who the band is, but there are both male and female vocals throughout; the female vocals tend to accompany the more laid back, dreamy tracks while the male vocals (a bit annoying, I must say) usually ride atop the more New Wave numbers. Unlike most albums, the most enjoyable songs come towards the end of the recording, like the dreamy "Love Me" and the rhythm laden, James Bond sounding "Word Problems."

I would say fans of the Make Up, the Velvet Underground, or even the Beatles or the Dead Milkmen might want to check this out.

Oh, and their little "logo" is a terrible rip-off of the DC shoes logo. Tisk, tisk.

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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