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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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The Null Corporation
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Pavement
Terro Twilight
Matador Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Dear Pavement,

I am writing to find out what in the hell happened to you guys. In the beginning Pavement was sort of a reference point (along with Sebadoh) demarkating the lo-fi, faux-punk indie rock that I had come to associate with college age girls who knew a thing (but not a thing or two) about rock music. Pavement was a good thing then, as were college age girls who knew a thing about rock music. What in the hell happened?

Now, before you say it, I already know that the candy glaze over Terror Twilight shouldn't come as a complete surprise. It has been pointed out to me numerous times now that Brighten the Corners is widely seen as your "sell-out" record; the flagship painted over in dolla-dolla billz. But I was keeping the faith, bro, like momma always said to. I thought sure as shit you would come out of it and slap the nay-sayers and college radio jocks in the face with a digressive, rough-shod 4-track basement album or something.

But, no. You had to go and make yourselves even MORE accessible to the mainstream MTV generation (as if you weren't reaching far enough already): The hooks are way too blatant and even the fucking album is shorter to accomodate the video culture attention span of Generation X. "Major Leagues" is the kind of song that blares from the Clarion car stereo of a passing Toyota Camry for crissakes. And is that a banjo I hear in "Folk Jam" ? Who in the hell are you kidding, Malkmus?!

Due to my terrible disappointment in this album I would like to request that you cancel my mebership to the Pavement fan club. No more special poster offers, no more purple tee-shirts, no more radio friendly "Kennedy-from-MTV-loves-these-guys" garbage. There's more than one way to woo the college age girls who know a thing about rock music, and I'd much rather spend my $12 on some Marlboro Lights and 6-pack of Seagram's wine coolers.

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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