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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
Buffalo Tom
Asides From Buffalo Tom 1988-1999
Beggars Banquet

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
It doesn't get anymore indie-rock than this, and I don't exactly mean that in a good way. Recording from the mid/late eighties through to the present, I'll give this band some credit for longevity; they survived the post-grunge fallout and major record label upheaval of the mid 90's (which continues now), they survived college bar circuits and festivals and bong-hits, and white Reebok sneakers with baggy pants and band shirts, and crowds made up of drunken losers that don't give a fuck, and A&R people handing out business cards, and meetings in back rooms with industry execs, maybe, who they know don't give a damn about what they play, and all sorts of shit in-between. Hell, they're surviving and getting by playing music for god's sake, which is no small task when it comes down to it (or is it? They did just sell the rights to Sodajerk for some commercial), but Jesus H. Christ, I'm not really into this music, it's really suburban, almost Wilco-ish, Americana style retro, without any expansiveness or experimental good naturedness or
wit that makes a band like Wilco so good at what they do. Oh, and did I mention that this is their greatest hits album? Yep, this is their best of, "A-sides" see?. All the greats culled from a decade of dull, dull bar chord riffs, occasionally laughable lyrics, harmonies, vocals, OK, some of their hooks ain't that bad, some of the riffs even, (hey, they even had J. Mascis producing and surely playing on a few of these songs), but when you pile them up like this it's just too much, just very normal, mundane, safe, and ultimately it all just adds up to a very repetitive batch of music, evocative of what? Folk-rock, at best, power ballad-ey folk-rock from an era of four-track recording and college circuit routines, 80's metal in the not too distant past, and electronic, techno, jungle, drum, and bass, and jam bands all on the
horizon. I guess thats the context, for better or worse, and Buffalo Tom are right there in the middle.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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