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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
»Deerhunter
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
Houston McCoy
Houston McCoy
Ernest Jenning Record Co.

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Everybody, keep a straight face.
No giggling! I mean it! Hee, okay.
Okay.
Post-rock is a serious affair!
Straight face! Solemn.
Look down and pay respects. No giggling!

I love bands like Weights and Measures, the Plan, Rockets Red Glare and Ring, Cicada - they outright rock, there's no denying it. But if you took all the power and force of those instrumental post-rock bands and interjected - WHIMSY? Of all things? - wouldn't that be swell?

Speaking as someone who can't stifle a giggle fit at work, (which sometimes gets her in trouble during conference calls, especially when she fake-snores too loudly), I can safely say...

"Why, yes. Yes it would."

While you cannot see it, dear reader, know that I am writing the rest of this review while miming a fake monocle in my right eye. Know that I'm boisterously proclaiming, "Indubitably, old chum!" to the dog. Scoff all you want at a critic going crackers and letting up from her most serious of duties for just one second, but I have a feeling Houston McCoy won't mind. In fact, I think they're in on it.

Take all the aggressive lessons taught by every illustrious post-rock outfit and add a sense of humor. Imagine the big boys having fun - laughing and hamming it up. That's what Houston McCoy does best. They poke their peers in their respective ribcages with some sage advice: "Dude, lighten up!"

Loud guitars are everywhere, so never fret; your blood will still be pumping. Intellectual, complex experimentation is ever-present. Atmospheric sputterings, impolite volume, well-concealed melodies, dueling earphones, thumping drums, surf adventurism - why, of course... but the greatest of these is the laughter.

The lack of seriousness found throughout, especially in the lollygagging action-adventure of "Touche!," is inevitably what makes this stand out among the common folk. Sure, the erratic helicopter sounds of "An Insult Resented" and the life-or-death escapism of "The Indiscretions of Sir Goddard" certify all claims to take the band seriously, but the more important matter is that they, themselves, do not.

Houston McCoy is the play-by-play of a truly fun game of tag. It has an abundance of cheer and poppiness to spite itself and its genre, and just like any instance where you're witnessing people having a good ol' time, you will want to join in. Indubitably, I say!

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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