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 » Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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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.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

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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
»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
Oxford Collapse
Some Wilderness
Kanine Records

Rating: 5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Oxford Collapse entices you down one manic guitar line - down, down, down - as it speeds up indefinitely and morphs into something else, looping back around onto itself again. It's all rather dizzying. The style is fun and intoxicating, like a never-ending roller coaster. "Land!", "1991 Kids", and "Melting the Ice Queen" fit an incredible amount of fun within their allotted four or five minutes.

On a few cuts, the band peaks at their rapid-fire style, delivering catchy songs that are sobering enough for radio airplay. "The Money You Have Is Maybe Too Little" and "Back in Com Again" are particularly catchy; their slower parts sort of remind me of The Clash. "Totally Gay, Totally Fat" is a successful experiment that incorporates surfy-lounge improvisation with an incredibly distasteful song title.

However, the band can't keep everything so top-notch for the whole album... or maybe they can, but I kept tuning out. The last three songs simply melt into one long, intense mess as the band's impulsiveness begins to rub off on you. You start to feel like you don't even have the attention span to finish the album, leaving it as a decided "blah" in spite of its strong points.

Reviewed by Josh Kazman
No infro.

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