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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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
The Multiple Cat
The Golden Apple Hits
Plow City Record Company

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
This summer I've done my best to take it easy. I run a computer lab at my school and have been largely holed up in my office, getting things done. But aside from that, I've tried to take it a bit slower. I mean I'll be graduating next May and I'll be stepping out into something I'm not quite sure I want to step into: real work. So I guess that this is my "last" summer to putt around a bit before it all starts to count. Before I have to become [more] responsible. This last weekend I watched my mom's house while she got rained on in Chicago. Here however, it was pretty nice, except for the sweltering heat and drenching humidity. So I barbequed, drank a couple of beers. Foresight has afforded me the chance to invest much into the tiny space of this summer, while still attending classes and working, in preparation for the realization of "what isn't" during my summers-to-come as an adult, staring out of the office windows during downtime. And now, having just finished my first final for the summer semester, and while I should be studying for my last test that I'll have tonight in another class [last before the final next week], I'm going over the next month or so before the Fall semester begins.

The shelves at Wal-Mart are thickening with notebooks again. You turn around and the hanging racks are deepening with pens and pencils. The excitement of anticipating the next semester is growing as well. The first couple of weeks of class will run by quickly, until you realize that the semester has actually begun: you need to start pulling it together. And you do, only after another five or so weeks as you sit staring blankly at your mid-term. It is at this point that you look out the classroom windows to see what's passed you by: Fall has begun, and an Indian Summer is now in full effect. So you pray your way through the test and get outside one last time before things really begin to cool. You jump in your car and throw in this recording by The Multiple Cat, and you realize then just how often you have been listening to it. How it was the perfect soundtrack to getting ready for school again; for September to wane, October to come: the uplifting pop-ish piano, the guitars having wandered along with early Sea and Cake, Beatles-ish, yet entirely unique. The mature, clever songwriting and melodies. And how it fit so well as the weather just started to cool down. And how it fits as this afternoon passes by. A great mix of the sadness of nostalgia, the quiet assurance of hope.

As things wear on, you'll find other recordings by which to be enamored. But years from now, one Summer or Fall morning before work, you'll run across the spine of this recording in your CD holder and decide to give it a listen again while at work. And all that once was will come again. You'll take off early.

Reviewed by David Miller

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