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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.
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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
Dewey Defeats Truman
B-Sides, Rarities, and Out-takes
Silver Girl Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
B-Sides, Rarities, and Out-takes - a jocular title for a debut album that is quite staid and not at all funny. San Diego's Dewey Defeats Truman greet the ears with soft and warm textures. A squeaky clean, then slightly abrasive, though never completely fuzzed out guitar is the main ingredient that gives the songs their morose feel. Vocalists Mark MacBride and James Reader entangle their voices in harmony, and do a spectacular job of it. The only problem is the incessant emo whining that flows through the entire record. Diverse is not a word that describes DDT. They know one speed, and one mood. Medium and solemn, respectively. Scraps of Sebadoh and Afhgan Whigs rise to the surface once in a while (Hidden at the end of "Blue Ruin" is a cover of Sebadoh's "Magnet's Coil" just in case you had any doubts as to who influences them). "The Silent Deal" would have been a college radio staple in 1989 with it's day-dreamy kind of Cure sounding solo and background vocals repeating the phrase "you are my star". The key track on this record is the first one; entitled "Walking Backwards", it epitomizes the bands sound and, if you dig this tune, you'll probably be down with the rest of them.

Reviewed by Ryan Guffey


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