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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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No Age - Everything in Between
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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
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Fat Possum
Les Savy Fav
Plagues and Snakes
French Kiss

Rating: 8/10 ?

April 26, 2006
This is some sort of download-only single that I ran into while searching iTunes for new stuff from Les Savy Fav. Two new songs released here, neither one amazing, and perhaps that should come as no surprise. I'll admit upfront that I was none too thrilled by the PopFrenzy single that came out last year with two very boring tracks. I heard these East Coast boys were experimenting with "pretty music" and, to me, that's like forcing children to play chess; they may be able to do it, but in the end it is fun for no one. Just ask Bobby Fisher

With the songs on Plagues and Snakes, Les Savy Fav make a departure from the bore of their last vinyl single, surging ahead with more of the creativity one would expect from a troupe of former Rhode Island art schoolers. Plagues and Snakes does not attain the band's hallmark level of crazy-style creativity, but it's in the ballpark.

"Waking Up A Snake" is about waking up as a snake, not doing something stupid to wake up a venomous creature. The lyrics make a point to explain that when you wake up a snake, and you start to swallow your own tail, you will end up making a noose of yourself. Interesting point, Tim Harrington - you will end up a noose. So, the next time I find myself in the body of a snake, I'll try to remember not to swallow my own tail.

Second, "Raging in the Plague Age" is a much more Les Savy Fav-esque song. Hyper chords and choruses being yelled about being a king in the Middle Ages (the "Plague Age") and throwing the best parties. The lyrics are almost a step-down for one of my favorite bands, but the music is more on point, so I'll reserve my complaints.

In short, both songs are decent. Neither one really takes it over the top for Les Savy Fav (who are the best live band ever), but it's good to see the boys recording and releasing music again. I will be pacing until I hear the next full length, which - before you flood me with email - I haven't heard of any plans for, but I sure hope it happens soon.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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