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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
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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
Mudhoney
Since We've Become Translucent
Sub Pop Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
In a year in which a host of trendy new garage rock bands have hoisted the revivalist flag, leave it to veterans Mudhoney to make the best garage rock record of the year. Mudhoney's fascination with MC5 and The Stooges has always been obvious in their music, but never more so than on this collection of ten steam-rolling, psychedelic garage rock mini-manifestos. Once you move beyond the bloated, eight-and-a-half minute opus "Baby, Can You Dig the Light"-- which opens Since We've Become Translucent with squalling saxophone, trippy organ and Steve Turner's signature fuzz-guitar bombast--you're greeted by Mudhoney's best effort since Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, the album that single-handedly kept Sub Pop afloat until grunge broke loose. Songs like "The Straight Life" and "Our Time is Now" reek of classic Superfuzz Bigmuff-era Mudhoney, with wild slide guitar, rolling tom-toms and Mark Arm's witty one-liners ("Given two lousy choices, we choose neither"). "Where the Flavor Is" and "Take It Like a Man" even spice up Mudhoney's musical vocabulary with a ballsy R&B horn section (yeah, shake yer ass baby!). The later song is Arm's coy attack on macho men and sports the album's most memorable lyric: "When you can't make your prick get hard you've got to fake it like a man!" The album's real gem features Arm doing his best Iggy Pop impression on "Inside Job," a three-minute jangly mess that will have street-walking, trash-talking gangster scum everywhere raising their glasses with a "hell yeah!." At a time in which music fans are beginning to rebel against the hype-machine that is drowning out good bands in favor of flavor-of-the-month crap, it's nice to see a band with some real credibility (Mudhoney paid their dues before signing to a major) and integrity (never once changed their sound to achieve success) return to form (and a somewhat indie label). Since We've Become Translucent is easily the best rock record I've heard this year.

Recommended If You Ever Liked: the early-90's Seattle rock scene, Detroit Rock City.

Reviewed by Doug Hoepker
A former staff writer for LAS whom we like to call Diggles, Mr. Hoepker is currently laboring away on various music-based projects. He now works in academic publishing (ahem), but is perhaps still best known by his DJ moniker, The Noiseboy.

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