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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.
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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
Gravity Propulsion System
Get Destroy
Ascetic Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


January 26, 2006
Get Destroy is a bellicose tableau of war-whooping DIY that's able to channel old school gentlefolk like Sex Pistols and The Damned while maintaining a strict-enough production ethic to keep the energy and pure hatefulness of the whole mess tentatively wrangled without neutering it - much of this has been done before but without such devoted attention to the overall sound (it wouldn't be odd to wonder how something this potent was actually pulled off in a studio within a thousand miles of their Oklahoma confines).

Like a Fugazi zooted up with PCP, the fits and starts throughout are unpredictable, violent and strictly personal, but a white-noise quotient is omnipresent, as though each instrument were battling for its right to exist. Bryan Baxter's Melvinsesque bass lines are right up there with Mark Owens' twangy but systematically abused guitar and the steadfast drums of Lance Pellegrini, which set the benchmark for the slider levels - there's only so much .

Along the way - should you choose to accept such a clamorous listening assignment - you'll be treated to a true belle of the ball in all-ages-club stompage without any pause for balladeer hucksterism or goofball musings from the skateboard park (in fact there's a welcome lack of the usual wanker's-eye-view on the impossibility of girls). Owens offers up his tortured wildcat screeching with plenty of gleeful oh-yeahs from the rest of the crew, and it's all quite the rip-roaring punk-a-thon, from the Ramones send-up "What Can I Say" to the three songs mashed into the final 13 minutes, which finally run out of diesel fuel in a no-wave feedback orgy drowning out a TV interview with a born again Christian who, of course, sounds more spaced out than an East Side Maytag box dweller.

It's this pedestrian self-indulgence - steaming vitriol fired carelessly in all directions, often hitting unarmed civilians - that keep greatness just a hair's breadth away, but the hooks (or what passes for them in such a caustic musical environment) hit on all marks regardless of whether or not they're presented solely to invoke safety pins, bloody Chiclets on the floor, and the other copyrighted trappings of Jimmy Carter-era DIY. They're serious enough to be off doing some rather heavy touring nowadays, and if all pans out for them they might make a nice counterbalance opener for something like Boris. Tough to predict what they'll learn on the road, but when they do come back it'll be not uninteresting to see if they've picked up a few independent ideas.

Reviewed by Eric Saeger
An LAS staff writer based in New Hampshire, Eric Saeger was named alt.flame\'s Newbie of the Year in 2000.

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