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 » Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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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
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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
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
My Spacecoaster
Heartstrings
Pluto Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
You all know what I mean by the 'friendzone', don't you? When the object of your affections relegates you to the close-but-no- cigar world of just-friends. I'm sure it's happened to you. I think this works for bands as well. You know, the pretty good bands, the bands you don't mind sitting through before the headliner takes the stage, the band whose CD you might put on as background music. Take, for example, My Spacecoaster. They seem like nice guys. The singer, John LaMonica must be really in love with his significant other (some sample lyrics: "I love you dearly. I love you dearly. I do. I do. I do." and "I like to eat hamburgers with you on Sunday afternoons."), which is nice for them, I guess. I bet they put on pretty passionate live shows and toss themselves about the stage and all that. They have some cool song structures, such as the soft part of "Try to Escape" and the Jimmy Eat World-ish "Kissing." I just don't like it. Maybe I'm just not part of the Deep Elm emo target market (the band name drops Deep Elm twice in their press sheet). Probably it's just that this is a just-friends bands. Sure they're pretty good, but I wouldn't want to date them.

Reviewed by Mathias Svalina
Living in Lincoln, Nebraska, Mathias Svalina is pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Nebraska and also co-curates The Clean Part Reading Series and co-edits Octopus Magazine.

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