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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
Paul Newman
Re-Issue
My Pal God Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This collection of rarities brings us back to 1996 when Paul Newman were still a touring entity based out of Austin, Texas. Chances are you didn't catch them live back then, but if you did, I imagine you'd have something like this to say: "Oh, fuck, yeah, they rocked, they sounded kind of progressive, mostly instrumental, but then they'd sing every once in awhile and they'd scream like fucking crazy, and get into some hard noise, doing a sort of soft/loud thing. Good shit." Yup. Or else, maybe you were into Dianogah, Aerial M, Ilium, or Roads to Space Travel and somewhere along the way got into Paul Newman, wondering all along if that bass player was somehow related to the one and only guy that tried to eat 50 eggs in an hour in that flick. Of course he wasn't and you felt stupid afterwards for wondering if it all was just some ironic joke that you didn't get, sorta like how that band named themselves after Mookie Blaylock back in '91 or '92.

So yeah, this collection pulls together songs that were originally released on comps, 7" singles. and EPs by the likes of Zum Records, Temporary Residence Limited, Twistworthy Records, Red Jagwire/Grimlake, and of course, My Pal God. In it we find the guys of Paul Newman doing noodley, sedate math-rock, what some might call post-rock, veering at times into uncharted, noisy territory and electronical interludes of feedback and samplers and drum machines.

If you weren't a fan back in the day, this probably isn't the best place to start, but if you liked 'em a bunch, you'll want to have this one, if only to save yourself the trouble of finding each track individually on vinyl and disks at your friendly neighborhood punk shop or online at record label sites. For those blown away by the drumming on this album (which shines on "There is a light" and "Zum audio two"), you might want to check out Drums and Tuba, which is Tony Nozero's (the drummer) new band. (They were recently out on tour with Ani Difranco and the new Les Claypool band, they might be coming your way sometime this summer). Also, according to the Paul Newman website, despite the fact that they're all living in separate parts of the country now, they might get back together to do some recording. Hasn't happened yet though. In the meantime, Re-Issues is the latest.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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