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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
Jim
Hollywood Tire
Recluse Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
No, no, no. This just won't do. From the first chicken-scratch strummed notes of this album I knew I wasn't going to like it. This type of white-boy jam band funk is something I have no tolerance for. It is made up of all the worst cliches from funk and rock'n'roll, and I am talking about good ol' boy rock, the kind you find played by 38 year old man-boys in bars in the Adirondacks of New York… and wait, that is exactly where this band is from! How about that!?

This album is total frat rock, in the way that The Samples or Dave Matthews Band are, without the musicality that those bands might dare to claim. With song titles like "Superstition," "Teach You to Dance," "A Little Lovin" and "Reggae Song," Jim attempts to beat the "funk" into your head until Budweiser seeps out of your ears. And I love Bud! But if I drank it while listening to this band it would never taste the same.

There is an odd admission in their press release, basically stating that their coverage by outlets such as Sports Illustrated, CBS and USA Today is due to the fact that their former drummer won an Olympic medal in the sport of Luge at Nagano in 1998. Well, at least they are honest about why they appeared in those magazines and papers. But I wish Jim the best of luck and the next time I am in Lake Placid, I will buy the boys a round and offer man-boy hugs to all.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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