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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
Good Riddance/Kill Your Idols
Split Release
Jade Tree Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Jade Tree seems to be choosing a few weird things to release within this past year or so. They first started off like most labels do with a general style of stuff that they would release and now they have (much like other labels) started to release a more diverse selection of music. They have established a Split Series that they will periodically release the next being the very anticipated Alkaline Trio/Hot Water Music Split which should be incredible and hopefully get Jade Tree into the groove of putting out better splits because to be completely honest, this one was very unimpressive.

Good Riddance is the same old Good Riddance that they have always been, now they have four more songs to add onto their ever growing set list. Good Riddance will always be a mediocre band in my book and nothing more. Nothing to shit yourself over and nothing to necessarily shit on. They make decent music and they put on a great live show and that is all of the information I am going to give about them this time around. If you don't already know who they are then it probably wasn't meant to be. I'm sure that if it was your style you would have already heard it about three million times. One thing I will say is that A Comprehensive Guide to Modern Rebellion is their best album.

After listening to the four Kill Your Idols songs on this disc I am positive that I never want to hear this band again. I'm not much for hardcore punk rock. I like a few hardcore bands: COALESCE, POISON THE WELL, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES, SHAI HULUD, and maybe a couple more thrown in. This reminds me of Minor Threat, and not in a good way. I mean this reminds me of a band trying to reproduce the Minor Threat sound. Which will never be done again. Minor Threat was one of the major bands that influenced how I am this very day, but some band that is trying to sound like them will not have the same impact. Maybe I'm being a little to harsh but I just really cannot get into something like this. If this is your favorite band then I'm sorry to offend you.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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