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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
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
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Tape Op magazine (edited by Larry Crane)
The Book About Creative Music Recording
Feral House Books

Rating: 9/10 ?

March 25, 2004
This book is a compilation of work taken from a 'zine of the same name dedicated to do-it-yourself recording buffs. I am not exactly a do-it-yourself recording buff, but I love the book. There's enough in here to satisfy anyone remotely interested in recording, even if they just want to hear what their indy rock heroes want to say about it.

There are two chapters are dedicated to bands (including, among many others, The Apples in Stereo, Quasi, East River Pipe, and Elliot Smith), one chapter to engineers, and one to those who want to try out recording for themselves. Highlights for me include an interview with the guy who records Man vs. Astroman while holed-up in a barn house somewhere in Alabama, and two interesting chapters on rebuilding tube amps written by one of the guys in Karate. Lowlights including having to read yet again about how "indy" Steve Albini is, even while he brags about being "great personal friends" with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.

Perhaps my favorite aspect of the book is being able to skip around. I started out looking at the bands and people I knew, then went back and read whatever else caught my eye. Over a week or so of eating, bus-riding, toilet-sitting, and the like, I made it through the whole thing, and was quite impressed with what I learned. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Steve Lamos
Steve Lamos, an infrequent contributor to LAS magazine, is most widely known for his prolific musical resume which includes work in American Football, National Skyline, the Firebird Band, Braid, Absinthe Blind and his solo project, DMS. Steve lives in Champaign, Illinois with his wife Tracy.

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