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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
Bother
The Night Bleeds Gold
Three Ring Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
It's not often that it is sunny in San Francisco. It's even rarer when the sun pokes through the fog during the winter months. For the past couple of days there hasn't been a cloud in the sky and the weather is holding steady in the seventies. After too long stuck inside listening to the rain hit the roof or watching your breath freeze in the cold, a few days where you can walk around in only a long sleeve shirt feels like a ninety degree summer day. Emerging from their cold weather hideaways, the inhabitants of San Francisco stretch off the weeks of inactivity and blink at the bright glare of the sun. All walks of life flood the hill of Dolores Park to play frisbee and let their dogs run wild. People actually try to get a tan at Ocean Beach, busily pretending that the wind is not blowing twenty miles an hour. The Castro is one long parade of skin and leather. And what better soundtrack for the collective good mood than the mellow, breezy melodies of The Bother?

Making their home in San Francisco, it wouldn't be surprising if the The Night Bleeds Gold's inspiration was a warm day just like today. The seeds planted by an acoustic guitar on a roof blanketed by beautiful blue skies or lounging on a sunny stoop with a couple friends and some beer. The melodies are fleshed out so that folk vies with pop to be the overarching style, but instead of a clear winner, the two coalesce into pleasing harmonies that are not too saccharine or preachy. This blend is further enhanced by the occasional computer doodling.

That is not to say that the Bother do not have a care in the world. The Night Bleeds Gold is interspersed with gloomier moments that roll in like fog off of the Bay. The mood sags and songs take on a very personal tone. Instead of trips to the beach, cold beer, and adventure, all that is remembered is that hot day your hotter girlfriend broke up with you. Just like you eventually get over her, the album picks back up and the high is all the much better after the low.

The Bother have crafted an album that, while using varied instrumentation and effects, still retains a simpler, easily digestible sound. The singer's off-kilter singing only adds to the charm and overall genial mood of the album. Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to pop The Bother into the discman and go enjoy the sunshine.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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