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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!
[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]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
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
Shelter
When 20 Summers Pass
Victory Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Ray Cappo is back with another Shelter record after their miserably failed attempt at crossover stardom with their last album Beyond Planet Earth. That album contained everything from a very lame ska song to just plain bad pop songs. After that failed to make Ray the star that he seems to so desperately want to become, he went into Peter Pan mode, took off his Krisna costume and became good old Ray of Yesterday forming a watered down rip off of his old band (Youth of Today) called Better Than a Thousand. They did a couple records and toured for awhile until that didn't become the success I guess he thought it would. Now Ray's went back to Mantra-era Shelter and hacked out another album. I loved Shelter up until Ray started shamelessly whoring his band's direction for any hint of media attention. Mantra was a great record and When 20 Summers Pass is probably an even better record. But after watching Ray try everything but trip-hop to get big (maybe he'll try that after this record) I just can't help and think of how someone singing for years about being sincere seems everything but that. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a naive kid that thinks people will always stay the same or shouldn't try something new. I just think music (especially in the so-called "hardcore scene") shouldn't be so contrived. The record's good, but Shelter's just gotten pathetic. They should feel right at home with the marketing team at Victory Records behind them.

Reviewed by Tom Minarchick
Having only contributed to LAS for a short while, virtually all memory of Tom Minarchick escapes us.

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