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Castle Talk
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The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Homesick and Happy to Be Here
Better Looking Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
There's something about bands with couples in them that makes them that much more interesting. It probably shouldn't, but it does, at least for a lot of people. Especially when you aren't sure of their exact status together. You're always wondering, "Are these lyrics about her? Is that emotion in her voice because of him?" Why do you think there are magazines like People and TV shows like Inside Edition and Extra? The White Stripes kept fans guessing with their brother-sister routine. Are they brother and sister? Of course not, but that lends a vague intrigue to the band.

Aberdeen is no exception. You could probably make a Glitter-esque movie on Beth and John. (I'm one of six people in the nation who saw that movie. Its kind of a long story involving a birthday present, a vibraphone, and that sexy, sexy keyboardist for the Neal Stupor Experience.) I could see it now. Lovely Beth and her high school sweetheart John move out of the suburbs of California and into LA to have more of a chance to see their favorite bands play. Like a flower or a woman in a Baudelaire poem, their love continues to blossom, as does their music together, until it peaks. A multitude of on and offstage fights ensue, and both the couple and the band is broken up. In true movie style, however, they bump into each other often around LA and are soon reconciled (thanks to their musician friends, some of whom were added to the "band" for the album) and recording a new record. After Homesick and Happy to Be Here, though, Beth flits of to England to sing for the Trembling Blue Stars. What will happen next? No one knows.

Personally, I am rooting for John and Beth, not because I care about their relationship (sorry, guys), but because I think any more projects together would result in some damn good music.

The soft, melodic Brit-poppish music (they used to be Sarah Records favorites) found on Homesick and Happy to Be Here owes most of its appeal to Beth's delicate, airy vocals, as she softly sings songs all about love and loss. What makes the lyrics more than your average love and loss lyrics, however, is that I have a good idea that these lyrics, almost all written jointly by the couple, are about their relationship, making lyrics like, "I like the way your hazy eyes begin to sparkle/ I liked you better with your trousers 'round your ankles" from the "Clouds Like These" all the better.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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