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[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

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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!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

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
63 Crayons
Good People
Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records

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October 1, 2004
Do you remember where you were when you discovered the Elephant 6 Recording Company? For most indie-rockers, that is a life-changing event. For me personally, that moment changed the way I looked at music. It changed the way that I listened to music. It got me high (but without the munchies or the paranoia or the angry police officers), and for the first time in a long time, I knew that the people I was listening to were people I could relate to as human beings. After a while, the initial amazement wore off, and though it's still some of the best music out there, the Elephant 6 collective started to fizzle, and if you're like me, your tastes (springboarded from E6) took you to new highs that you previously never knew exited. Well, every once in a while a record comes along that takes me (you) back to that moment when you realized that music really could save your soul. Good People by 63 Crayons is one of those records.

Mixed & recorded by Jason Nesmith (of Casper and the Cookies), Good People starts off with a furious xylophone solo that lets you know these people mean business. "Sam's Pancake Breakfast" leads you into a rocking opener that starts with a mean guitar solo and all the ba-ba-ba's that you could ever ask for. As "Song For My Sister" fades out, you're feeling like you're on top of the world. The next track, the dreamy "Go Now April" keeps you floating on a cloud reminiscing about childhood, the Beach Boys, and anything else that ever made you feel just plain good. What follows after this is a flurry of pure pop gems, and creative songwriting that is immediately worthy to be placed among the ranks of the Elephant 6 greats (Or, as David Cross would say, "...it's all rainbowy and shit!").

The highlight of Good People is "Mrs. Brewster," a Talking Heads-esque freak-out about poor Mrs. Brewster, who spontaneously combusted in 1942. The chorus (a piercing scream of "SHE'S ON FIRE!!" by what sounds like 50 people), is the stuff that legends are made of. Charlie Johnston, Suzanne Allison, Ben Davis, Joseph Davis and new drummer Sam Lunsford have crafted an album that will (in the words of Bob Odenkirk) "take you to places you've never been and show you things that you've never seen." It follows up their geniously catchy Spread the Love EP wonderfully, and leaves you wanting to hear more. It's got all the creativity, genious, weirdness and freak-outs that make an album truly great. And in case you're wondering, they're just as good live as they are on record. Prove me wrong. I dare you.

Reviewed by Stephen Smith
In a recent staff survey Stephen Smith included a picture of his cat, Nikolai, since he said he didn\'t have any of himself.

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