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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
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
DMBQ
The Essential Sounds from the Far East
Estrus Records

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


March 25, 2005
As an avid cartoon lover, I can stand 100 percent behind DMBQ because their music is a cartoon in and of itself. Kicking and screaming like the bastard child of the MC5, Karp and Blue Cheer, this veteran Japanese psych rock quartet's music comes loaded with slapstick drum fills, brightly hued geetar freakouts and animated cock rock howls.

Just as smart cartoonists use their medium to work in gags and plot twists that would be physically impossible in a live-action drama, DMBQ defy rock and roll conventions by using their over-the-top inclinations to jam as fiercely and indulgently as possible within the confines of what end up being structurally orthodox songs.

"Taste," for instance, would not sound terribly out of place on a modern rock radio station - just listen to some of the near-nü metal vocals - but each instrument veers into unnecessary, utterly monolithic rawk rancor that hasn't had a home on the airwaves since The Smashing Pumpkins. "Nowhere" also takes a familiar rock aesthetic - angular Albini style post-hardcore - and bludgeons it to death.

In doing so, DMBQ make a very strong case for the notion that songs aren't nearly as important as delivery and energy, and whereas many artists who subscribe to this notion simply don't rock hard enough to make a convincing argument, DMBQ do.

Perhaps the difference between a solid rock band and a great rock band really is just a matter of how many guitar peddles they own, how passionately they play their instruments, and how willing they are to let go of their every inhibition and embrace their inner Itchy and Scratchy.

Reviewed by Phillip Buchan
A one-time music director at WUOG in Athens, Phillip is into college radio, literature, writing, buying records, going to shows, talking to friends, learning -- pretty much the same stuff that all of us priveledged, (pseudo?)intellectual Americans are into.

See other reviews by Phillip Buchan

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