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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
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
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Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Tab the Band
Pulling Out Just Enough to Win
North Street

Rating: 6.6/10 ?


June 16, 2008
Talk about childish, one-dimensional rock, Tab the Band haven't even left the womb. Almost literally; Tony and Adrian Perry are, yup, the seed of Joe, the Aerosmith guitarist, the Toxic Twin, the guy who has to smell the ass on Steven Tyler's breath every time he leans into the same mic for the hook from "Love in an Elevator." They make the Black Crowes sound diverse... How do I know? Because they sound like a Black Crowes with bigger balls. The way the slide guitar bends and squeals on "Le Clonelle," "The Conversion" and "The Contentinal, TBE" on their debut (which only the sons of a groupie fucker could've titled), Pulling Out Just Enough to Win sounds less like the blues than a groaning dog with whiskey dick trying to come. But don't mistake this for un-awesome, it is.

Where Tab fails though is in their total lack of excess. The album cover's innocuous, the songs rarely stray from the basic Faces-Crowes-Stones-Zep riffing, and the Perry kid has a pretty humble voice, all hard-rockers considered. The riffs divebomb and plunder but rarely hook you in enough to remember them two songs later. And come on, not even a crazy logo? Have they learned nothing from pops? The reason why Tab the Band will never be as good as Aerosmith is because they want to fuck their secretaries rather than their own daughters.

The new kids on the block never are as good as the originals - second-generation badassery was pretty much a lost cause when Sean Lennon guested on both Soulfly and Jurassic 5 cuts in the same year - but somehow I expected more from dudes who probably saw what a rail looked like from their playpens. Either way, they accept defeat and etch out new ground entirely, for hard rock anyway. So what if they can barely one-up Wolfmother's wattage; "CYT" introduces K-ROCK to the Velvet Underground. And they pull it off just enough to win. Just remember to bag it up, fellas.

Reviewed by Dan Weiss
Dan Weiss is the music editor for LAS. Formerly an editorial intern at CMJ and creator of the now defunct What was It Anyway?, his work has appeared in Village Voice, Pitchfork, Philadelphia Inquirer, Stylus and Crawdaddy among others. He resides in Brooklyn where he enjoys questionable lifestyle choices and loud guitars.

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