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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
»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
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Grey Does Matter
How to Make Millions in Real Estate
JankoMatic Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Goo-goo-ga-ga. Pop music just had an infant, and it's a smarmy one. He likes power chords and gurgling analog synths. He feeds on a steady diet of formula from the ample bosoms of Weezer, The Cars, Ted Leo, and Spoon, to name a few. He's simple, but he's no dummy. He does it all himself, which is not bad for such a babe. His name is Jason Crawford, and in the guise of our youthful protagonist, Grey Does Matter, he has crafted one fine record of perky power-pop.

From the opening bar chords of "Sinking," you begin to understand what you are in for. Catchy refrains, anyone? "Zero" has one for you: "Anything times zero is zero." Hard downstrokes on a fuzzy electric guitar, is that what you are in the mood for? Take a hit of "Short Sight," it'll cure what ails ya. Now maybe you want to settle down with some acoustic, nostalgic wanderings. "You Love Me" will surely hit the spot. Crawford's slightly nasal voice is pleasant and jubilant.

How to Make Millions in Real Estate smacks of someone having a damn good time doing it all himself, which is exactly what Crawford did in his dingy studio in NYC. The production is tight and crisp, and melodies seem to ooze out from each song, unforced. Grey Does Matter brings it back to the AM end of the radio dial in his simple approach and focus on solid songwriting over envelope pushing, but the results are sunny and noteworthy. Let's hope this baby never grows up.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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