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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
Silkworm
Italian Platinum
Touch & Go Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


February 4, 1999
The death of Louis XIV. was announced by the captain of the bodyguard from a window of the state apartment. Raising his truncheon above his head, he broke it in the centre, and throwing the pieces among the crowd, exclaimed in a loud voice, "Le Roi est mort!" Then seizing another staff, he flourished it in the air as he shouted, "Vive le Roi!"-Pardoe: Life of Louis XIV., vol. iii. p. 457.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. -Unknown

There are few things to be said about Silkworm that haven't already been said in the past, and there will be few new revelations uttered in the wake of Italian Platinum, another solid brick in the wall built by the Chicago by way of Seattle by way of Missoula, Montana trio. It has all been said before and, on a complete tangent, I just found out that Joel R.L. Phelps was an original member of the band. Go figure.

Italian Platinum is nothing if not solid. Rock solid, dependable. The kind of rigid state that Chevrolet claims their trucks to be. That's Silkworm, in a nutshell. Like a rock. Sure, they probably won't impress many people overtly, since there are no flashy, over the top technical displays or state-of-the-art moments - which is not to say they're not technically proficient, because they certainly are. But what Silkworm will do is come to work on your stereo day in and day out, working thousands of shifts, and overtime too, without so much as a stubbed toe. You can set your watches to them, and there is a lot to be said for that. A lot, especially at a time when bands pop up overnight and, however dynamic and respectable they may be, are heralded with so little true experience.

With Silkworm, you're getting professionals. Professional drinkers, and professional rockers. And Italian Platinum is their resume, their technical detail sheet all polished up for the annual inspection. There are the nods to the classical inspirations, such as Credence Clearwater Revival on "The Brain" and the hushed tribute to the Canadian Neil on "Young," which is one of the album's tracks that features Kelly Hogan (who has collaborated with the likes of John Wesley Harding, Alejandro Escovedo, Andrew Bird, Edith Frost, Will Oldham and the Waco Brothers) lending her vocals, this time taking the lead. There's also a cameo by Matt Kadane, of the brothers Kadane of The New Year and Bedhead fame, who contributes his skills at tickling the plastics.

Really, we could delve into the album with greater depth, but is a dissection of Silkworm's studies in noise and sonic confrontation really necessary at this point? They've proven, if with nothing else, with Firewater - the only other album of theirs that I personally possess - that they truly can illustrate perfection in the art, certainly more than bands like the Cows and, arguably, more than The Big Boys. Silkworm are the real deal, built like the proverbial brick shithouse, and they're here to stay.

Oh yeah, and you have to read this. Classic.

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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