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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!
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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]
»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
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
audio out send
...Or Does It Explode?
Flashcard Project

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I'm sitting here, in the typical rainy upstate New York summer, listening to Sacramento's audio out send, the perfect soundtrack for today. The mood is low-key and seamless, moving from one tone to another without awkward transitions. Guitars are combined with solid percussion, mixed up with touches of electro-noise. Hangover music, end-of-the-day music, post-breakup solace. Something like the Sea & Cake, mixed up with some mellower Flaming Lips, a little Low aesthetics. If you're in the right mood, this album is highly pleasing.

The best tracks on the album meld gyroscopic rhythms with lovelorn, anti-corporate twentysomething lyrics - the sort of songs that cross-armed hipsters nod their bespectacled heads to, inwardly sighing when the bridge hits. The album hangs so well together as a whole that it's difficult to delineate where the greatest weaknesses lie, though I might put down "Last Call for First Times" as one of my least favorite songs. There's nothing technically wrong with it, but it doesn't quite grab me in the way that such a melodramatic piece ought to. "The Carver," which follows "Last Call for First Times," suffers from over-metaphorical lyrics but has lovely guitar and organ work to make up for it, and even lets the bass in on the action toward the end. The album's closer, "Of the Luckiest Alive," is a simple piano line over the sound of the ocean (like you might find on one of those New Age-y, sleep-inducing "soothing sounds of the sea" discs), with the plaint "shaving inches off from side to side/ I can't see you/ You're of the luckiest alive/ and it comes from side to side". Not sure what it means, but we're left with thirty seconds of sea-sounds.

Reviewed by Larissa Parson


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