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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!
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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
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
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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
Socialburn
The Beauty of Letting Go
Iroc Entertainment

Rating: 8.5/10 ?


August 21, 2006
Never mind that this album is nearly a year old and the cover is more hideous than a Queer Eye makeover of Ron Jeremy. After the lousy deal Socialburn got handed at this year's Locobazooka (a festival-alooza out here in the general direction of Boston) they're due for some silver lining.

And once again I'll have to put up the meager scraps of my cred (and for the record, I'm working closely with the medical staff at N2O Records to get over this Rap-Haters Anonymous thing) in order to avenge this travesty of lunkhead-promoter injustice, but we're all friends here at the by-far world's greatest rock-webzine, so what the fuck. First off, The Beauty of Letting Go is said by Socialburn's fans to be less hard than their debut album, which was issued by Elektra and promptly went belly up. Faced with Indie Hell, these Florida boys (who are very nice, by the way - one of them was more than on-the-ball when I dangled a feature interview in front of him) chose to go the melodic route, instantly shoving handfuls of fire ants up the asses of their fans, who blustered and cried into fresh double-sized rolls of Bounty.

But screw them. Call Socialburn whatever you want, these guys smoked everyone, easiest of all Jada Pinkett's vanity sideline Wicked Wisdom, at Hampton Beach Casino earlier this year and did it again at Whatsismatooza, even though Jada got to use the big stage upon which Alice In Chains was allowing zoids like Buckcherry to suck at Boeing volume.

Not only was Socialburn the only band marooned at the "Harder/Faster" oi-core stages that does grunge-emo-metal well (note the headliner, for crissakes), but they were only given 4 songs to make their case after Burn In Silence (my stars, who'd have ever thought of stealing Pantera's sound?) hogged up most of their time working over the half-naked moshers with cockeyed rants about how girls are ugly and whatnot, which probably made Socialburn even more nervous than they must have been already, being that their tunes are slick enough to get Rosie O'Donnell into a pair of clear heels.

These guys are way past due for a second shot at the bigs, goddam all you pickleheads buying Disturbed's el-cheapo Iron Maiden hand-me-downs. "Be a Man" features a hooky Eddie van Halen plink-guitar ditty surfing over a fuzz-washed riff lifted from someone like Gin Blossoms, Nail Alday's Gavin Rossdale roar yin-yanned by bassist Dusty Price's Sevendust helium-drone, and fuggedabout angst-fest of the century "Cold Night" - it just explodes.

And Nail always looks so sad. Buy this record, ya friggin jerks.

Reviewed by Eric Saeger
An LAS staff writer based in New Hampshire, Eric Saeger was named alt.flame\'s Newbie of the Year in 2000.

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