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 » Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
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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
Buellton
Avenue of the Flags
Film Guerrero

Rating: 8.9/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I talk all the time about how many emails we get from people claiming that we hate everything and that we have some kind of collective "problem" that is, depending on who you ask, either caused by or alleviated by getting fucked up (drunk, high, spaced, baked, et cetera). These people put me in a sticky situation because, on the one hand I do hate just about everything that I hear lately, but on the other hand there are a lot of records and artists that I'm turned on to through this job. Hell, the only reason I was on to Q and Not U from the start was because I had a copy of that 7-inch (which I never reviewed), and of course because I was a Corm fan. I learned about Summer Hymns through this magazine as well. There are a number of highlights that I can call to mind and point out for any negative emailer, and as of this moment I'm putting Buellton on that list.

Hailing form somewhere in Southern California, Buellton have the outlandish dreaminess of neighbors such as the Lassie Foundation and the quick wit of the Flaming Lips to pull it off in an almost haunting way. Some of the guitar work is reminiscent of Built to Spill at times but, for the most part, there is an underlying wholesomeness to Buellton's sound, an audio slice of literary American pie ala mode that Jeff Tweedy would applaud.

A solid record front to back, there are no memorable pitfalls on this album, not even an acoustic ballad called "Angel Feet" could go awry on this Pavement meets Ass Pony's homage to the low-fidelity movement in American rock and roll. Recorded at home on twelve and eight track analog boxes, Avenue of the Flags is a serious score that will help silence the din of scolding e-mail.

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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