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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
Amazing Transparent Man
Taking Back the Covers
Springman Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Back in the middle ages when the Bubonic Plague was a problem, people believed the cause was a crack in the Earth that let the disease travel from Hell to the surface. While they may have been wrong, I see no other explanation for the existence of this band except that the Devil himself is tossing copies of Taking Back the Covers up here from his own manufacturing plant. Satan knows exactly what it takes to make a terrible record: Six songs by the likes of Shania Twain and Sinead O' Conner played by a pop-punk group who are distinguishable from Blink-182 only because they're known for wearing pink.

Obviously, you could have guessed that these covers, ranging from Meredith Brooks' "Bitch" to Fiona Apple's "Criminal", are turned into a "hilarious brand of hardcore" in the words of the band themselves, rather than being played in their original hilarious style. There's no need to explain that the only nice thing there is to say about it is how professional the packaging looks. Julie Wager of Grey Flight Design did a really good job.

There's not a whole lot left to say. If you're a preteen mall punk who doesn't know that pink was the new black last year, you'll think this collection of boring, originally generic pop songs played loud and fast is 2 kewl. If you're not one of Satan's followers, avoid it or anyone listening to it at all costs, unless you want an 11 year-old to steal your soul.

Reviewed by Tom Nash
A former LAS staff member based in Vienna - that\'s Virginia, not Austria - Tom graduated from high school and we are all just so, so proud of him.

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