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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
As Friends Rust
As Friends Rust
Doghouse Records

Rating: 6/10 ?


October 1, 2004
When I was living in Europe As Friends Rust came up in conversation on a number of occasions over the past year or so. AFR were so populuar, in fact, that I thought they were from Sweden or some such place. Nope, turns out they're from the seat of sunshine rock, Gainesville, Florida. I didn't realize until recently that they are comprised of ex Morning Again and Culture members, which explains the European angle. Even more amazing than my ignorance of their origins is the fact that I had never heard them until someone passed me this record. After hearing it the European thing becomes even clearer: our trans Atlantic brethren are as smitten with the hardcore-meets-emo-pop as we are on this side of the pond. AFR are innocuous to listen to, but really don't jump out of the stacks of tired modern genre rock as anything worth owning. Five songs that have me humming twenty minutes later (especially "Fire in 8th and 3rd" and "Tired Like Strings") but fade soon thereafter.

Oh, the Doghouse website says this thing comes on 8" vinyl - is this true? Do they make 8" slabs of vinyl? If so, that would be worth seeing.

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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