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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!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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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
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
The Raveonettes
In and Out of Control
Vice

Rating: 7.7/10 ?


November 5, 2009
Since ditching the major-label trappings of Columbia and the ultra-polished sound that uglified 2005's Pretty in Black (save for the lovely "Sleepwalking"), Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner have rediscovered their spark, their edge and their sweetness which made them initially so appealing on 2002's Whip it On EP.
While not quite as revelatory as last year's Lust Lust Lust or as eardrum-piercing as their earlier, fuzzier works, In and Out of Control finds the Danish duo keeping scarily consistent with their amalgam of 60s Wall of Sound-inspired pop, noisy garage-rock and bubblegum melodies. While the Raveonettes do little to shake things up on Control, they still have the unique and eerie ability to sugarcoat the most serious of songs with their infectious brand of music, whether dousing warm, fuzzy guitars and tender harmonies over "Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)," honoring The Cars on "Last Dance" or dabbling with dancier elements on "D.R.U.G.S." The slick ruse of "pop" production this time out only adds to The Raveonettes' charm however, and despite sticking to their now overtly-familiar song formula and rarely wavering from it, the band continues to mix insidious and irresistible like no other.

Reviewed by Kiran Aditham
When not contributing to LAS and other music/film publications, Kiran Aditham toils away during the day in Manhattan as a reporter for an advertising magazine…though he’d rather not say which one.

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