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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
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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
Jarboe and Telecognac
Over
Crouton Music

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Well, here's another one from the boys from Pelé. It's right alongside of Raccoons. I would go so far as to say that Chris Rosenau and Jon Mueller are creating their own genre of sound. I mean, I'm sure that's not what they're trying to do but before even looking at the roster of people I knew that it was them or at least one of them simply by the sounds and the drum stylings.

Just as Raccoons began with drums beating, and garbage being laid to waste out behind the old shed Over begins with a guitar riff being intentionally skip sk skipped on a CD player and those same styled drums beating away. This time Rosenau steps back from the guitar ... and plays the clarinet, MD8, and skips the CD player. Mueller sticks to the drums still hoping never to play more than one measure of 4 beats in a row, less if he can help it. This is a three track cover of a single Jarboe song. By the middle of the first sixteen minute track Jarboe's skipping vocals come in and create an eerie and more depressing mood than ever was put forth on Raccoons. The few words that are distinguishable sound like some twisted love song in which the lover has been damned for the action taken. The droning bass gives the listener one bit of a sense of rhythm that wouldn't otherwise be there. This disc is more electronic and even a little bit fixed in it's ways where Raccoons is truly more organic. While Raccoons earned it's earthy tones this disc is well characterized by the sterile black and white cover and little to no description of the proceedings of it's content. Should any band or random group of people be allowed to put out sound recordings like this with such well-constructed packaging? While the simple jacket is not misleading at all of what is on the disc it can draw a person to it just by appearance and not anyone is prepared for the collaged soundscape to follow. Be warned - be prepared.

Reviewed by JJ Hamon


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