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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
The Original Mark Edwards
Rewind Tomorrow
Princess

Rating: 6.5/10 ?


February 3, 2005
Used to be you could count on certain things - set your watch to them, as they say. Johnny Carson would always be on TV. The Red Sox would never win a World Series. Pay phones were always on every corner, and guys who made music by themselves would always be terrible. There was a comfort in these sorts things, a peace of mind that came with the knowledge that no matter what happened, no matter how crazy life seemed to be, there were some things in the world that would never be any different than what you expected.

That all changed in the last five or ten years, and it changed really fast. Johnny Carson retired, and we didn't see him again (rest in peace, Johnny). The Red Sox actually won a World Series, to the shock of just about everyone. Cell phones proliferated; the pay phone went the way of the nickel hamburger. And with the exponential growth in computer processing speed, and the invention of Pro Tools, guys making music by themselves all of a sudden didn't necessarily have to suck.

Mark Edwards' press bio reads like this: "What's a full-time, day-job-working father of two supposed to in his downtime after the kids go to bed? Well, beat box indie pop tunes, naturally!" Used to be, you read something like that and you immediately knew you were about to listen to some ragged, painful-to-hear, wannabe-Bob-Dylan garbage that wasn't worth a fraction of your time. But like I said, the times they have-a-changed, because Rewind Tomorrow is actually pretty good.

Using modern technology and a home studio, Mark Edwards was able to craft a series of really enjoyable pop songs. Some have that nostalgic-yet-cheerful sound of late-era Flaming Lips, and others have a more spare, wistful sound.

Frankly, that should be impossible for one guy to pull off in a home studio - that Mark Edwards pulls it off so well on so many of the songs on Rewind Tomorrow, like "Hooray!" "Circling Around Clementine" and "Can You Believe," is a really astounding achievement. Not everything on Rewind Tomorrow works, and nothing here is going to blow your mind as far as song craft, lyricism or musicianship goes. But there are a lot of really enjoyable moments, which, again, considering that this is the work of one man, is quite remarkable.

Rewind Tomorrow is another example of this strange new era in which we live - an era where rapid changes break down our old certainties and where we find many unexpected and pleasant surprises.

Reviewed by Dan Filowitz
Dan Filowitz is Toronto-born, New-Jersey-raised, Indiana-University-educated, and Chicago-residing. In addition to his Lost At Sea contributions, Dan is a senior staff writer for political humor site TalkStation.com and the president of ChicagoImprovAnarchy (The CIA) a Chicago-based improv theatre company. We are not mentioning the 9-5 corporate job. Apparently, Dan does not sleep much. Dan Filowitz is the perfect dinner party guest - fun, witty, intelligent, with wide-ranging interests, ecclectic tastes and a winning smile. Just make sure you have coffee available.

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