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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
Explosion (Antarctica)
Antarctica
Jade Tree Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I think someone dug this up out of some kind of time capsule or something. It's got a very old school punk thing going on. Simple song structure, sing along choruses, and even some "Whoa Oh" -like vocals. Actually let me rephrase that earlier comment. It only FEELS old school, the production is way too good to actually be of that 70s/80s era. But you cannot deny their influences. It seems like The Explosion may have been cryogenically frozen in 1979 and then thawed out by some evil mastermind at Jade Tree. Then Jade Tree thought it would be cool to put these guys into a decent studio, get them some good gear and stand back. The result may have been this disc.

I like the Explosion. The music is nothing new. But it will make you want to dig up your old spike bracelet and your Sid Vicious poster and tell someone to "Fuck off!"

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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