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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
Embrace Today
Soldiers
Deathwish Inc.

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Wow, there sure are a lot of Xs in this press bio for Embrace Today. And the first point of interest reads, "Embrace Today are a Straight Edge Hardcore band." Really? I wouldn't have xguessedx. If I might theorize from so many Xs, I'd say the band is attempting to return to the classic contingent of sXe, taking it back to the monogrammed ideals of purpose and presence.

Listening to Soldiers, I'm not so sure how true that statement is. Current straight edge borrows more, to my ears, from angry therapy sessions than the downright accessibility and principles of Minor Threat. This is hardcore, screaming and belligerent, and will appeal to those whose ears are already tuned to "deafened" after years of intense show going.

The tracks speed through in such a barrage that it is almost impossible to tell where one ends and the next begins. Cries of "Destroy!", "You think you're God", and "You'll all die alone" are peppered recklessly throughout, making for an angry affair littered with more obscenities than philosophical inspiration.

Maybe I'm pining for an extinct art form, where straight edge music was all about the lifestyle and message of pseudo-holistic solidarity, but with a dedication to "those who keep [sXe] alive", I feel slightly disappointed. Call me an idealist, but then again I thought idealism was at the core of truth for these folks. Much of the content, like so many other hardcore records right now, is Us versus Them. In "Take My Hand," they attest, "I won't help you anymore," and I feel that so much has been abandoned in the face of fury and displacement; it proves to me how much of the drive is resentment over improvement, and how big the rift has become.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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