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[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

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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!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Neutrino
Motion Picture Soundtrack
Divot Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Throwing out a quick reference point I would have to say C-Clamp meets Traluma, almost dead center. The instrumentalist understanding of space, tone and instruments combined with the aggressive savvy of a punk wrought with anxiety. Neutrino blend nicely within the realm of the Chicago art rock mafia while straying far enough askew of the Sea and Cake to assure themselves a place as outsiders. Like an Ang Lee film, Motion Picture Soundtrack wavers remarkably well between comforting and disturbing, sensible and erratic. While their direction doesn't appear to have changed much since Improved Hearing their cohesion and effectiveness have taken remarkable steps forward. Where they once seemed overzealous - musical masterminds trapped within the skills of a high school garage band - they now carry an aire of mature confidence through seamless changes and transitions. I'm not much of a fan of Steve Albini (don't kid yourself, he'll record anyone who has the money) but I must admit the technical side of this recording contributes a great deal to its tightness.

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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