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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
Capitol City Dusters
Rock Creek
Dischord Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This Washington D.C. based rock 'n' roll trio seems to have landed a pretty comfortable spot at the predominant Dischord Records. Although this is the band's first full length to be released by Dischord, they have also released a couple of 7" singles and other various materials in conjunction with the label as well, which is probably why they are one of those bands whose name has been visible for quite sometime. You know, the band whose name you overhear people talking about at a show, or a name you read in some random record review. Needless to say I was excited to see that I was going to finally get to hear The Dusters.

Bad decision. This is definitely not the band that I had pictured. With bragging rights such as ties to the Dischord label, the venerable Delta 72, and the punk scene of Washington D.C., I thought the Dusters were going to blow me away. Wrong. Right through the end of this album it showed me that buzz about a band is just that. There is probably a reason I had never heard them before, and this album is a good example of why, full of music that is unappetizing and one-dimensional. Every song carries the same drum and bass stop-start structure, with the guitar sometimes following and at other times noodling around. Mixtures of constant palm mutes and dry vocals make this a skimpy effort on my plate. What makes this even worse is that you can hear that The Dusters are sound musicians. It's just the songwriting that kills everything. Without that you got nothing.

Reviewed by Justin Grimm
A contributing writer for LAS, JG used to live in Bloomington, Illinois, and played guitar in a band called North By Northwest. Word on the street is that he now lives in Chicago and, (much to the ladies\' delight or dismay, depending on how you look at it) he has been procreating. To find Justin, just google \"juice454\" and something, like what he\'s been listening to, will pop up.

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