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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
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Bluetip
Hot Fast Union
Slowdime

Rating: 6.4/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Bluetip have always been somewhat of a musical misnomer in my ears, belying the post-pre-punk aesthetic of their big brothers Fugazi with all the cocky head weaving and wrist snapping guitar chords of a west coast alt-rock outfit. They've been around for seemingly ever yet have gone seemingly nowhere, sounding as much like Everclear playing Jawbox now as they did back on Dischord 101.

I could watch Bluetip burn on stage for hours on end without tiring and have often done as much, only to drive home pacified by the ringing of amplifiers in my ears, never so much as looking for my dusty copy of Join Us. Are they masters of mid-range with an undeniable punch? Yes. Are they a good band with a dependable stable of songs and a solid reputation? Yes. Are they everyman's dealer of the rock? Yes. They are all of those things but, like their brethren in Burning Airlines, they are playing everything I've heard before. These five tracks, recorded by rock nepotist J Robbins during the sessions for their fall long player on Dischord, are lithographic Bluetip: great while you're listening to it but quick to fade from memory.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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