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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 Moog
Sold For Tomorrow
MuSick

Rating: 5/10 ?


April 5, 2007
In the spirit of déjà vu, I thought I would apply my critique of two eerily similar albums (The Kooks, out October 3rd of last year, and The Moog, out April 10th) equally. To refresh your memories a bit, in February took it upon myself to invite the two offending artists into my fantastical conference room for an introduction. May I present a reverie in C Major: "Moog, Kooks. Kooks, Moog."

THE MOOG: Hey you Kooks, are you guys from the Continent too?

THE KOOKS: Is the UK considered part of the Continent?

THE MOOG: Depends, but we're sure that's where Budapest is.

THE KOOKS: Hungary, eh? Don't know any bands from there, you must have some unique influences.

THE MOOG: Our sound is actually very New York.

THE KOOKS: Ours is very London, same difference.

THE MOOG: Speaking of same differences, we noticed that your debut album, Inside In/Inside Out, has a gray background, an arty photo of the band, and the title in red & black block letters.

THE KOOKS: Yeah, we noticed the same on yours, Sold For Tomorrow. Plus your back cover has a blurry photo of the band, just like ours.

THE MOOG: Not to get too coincidental, but our CD booklets are almost identical also, what with those foldout panels and lyrics superimposed over unposed band photos.

THE KOOKS: Mmmm, they are. Pretty hip though.

THE MOOG: Well enough about our album art - we really wanted to tell you chaps that we dig your songs.

THE KOOKS: Likewise, we're keen on your tunes. You're onto something with bringing back that straight-up rock-n-roll, ya know them short 1-4-5 tracks, no frills.

THE MOOG: Hey, the way we figure, why fix what ain't broken? If The Kinks had it right, who are we to mess with it?

THE KOOKS: We hear more Steppenwolf.

THE MOOG: Actually, that's what we hear in you fellas. And some Yardbirds.

THE KOOKS: Wow, you're getting Yardbirds? We thought we were more Velvet Underground.

THE MOOG: Maybe more Replacements.

THE KOOKS: That could be... guess it takes one to know one.

THE MOOG: Point taken, although we always considered our influences to be more current, ya know?

THE KOOKS: Oh, you mean like The Strokes?

THE MOOG: Whew! - we thought you were gonna say Jet! Actually, we were really thinking more like The Hives.

THE KOOKS: Wait, which one is that? We always get them confused with The Vines.

THE MOOG: They the ones with the guy who used to be in The Libertines, right?

THE KOOKS: You mean Pete? No way man, we see that cat all around London, his new gig is called Babyshambles.

THE MOOG: Oh. Well, anyways, we think your songs are great, especially that one where you self-reference "The Kooks."

THE KOOKS: Yeah, "The Kooks are out/ In the street," from track #8. We thought it was pretty original too, something you don't see outside of hip-hop.

THE MOOG: Wish we would've thought to do that, but now if we sing about "The Moog," it won't seem so original.

THE KOOKS: What's ours is yours.

THE MOOG: Right back at ya. Before we split, just wanted to tell you that track #5 is super, the Franz Ferdinand thing really comes through. It's a good direction for you Kooks.

THE KOOKS: Shoot, we love your track #5 too. It's great how you combine Spoon with Interpol. Keep it coming!

THE MOOG: Hey, one final fluke: did you realize both our bands names contain double oo's?

THE KOOKS: That's soo cool.

Reviewed by Ari Shapiro
A staff writer for LAS, Ari Shapiro mixes up pretty unique smoothies at XOOM in hot Tucson.

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