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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
»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
Fuck Buttons
Tarot Sport
ATP

Rating: 8.6/10 ?


November 3, 2009
With legendary DJ/producer Andrew Weatherall taking over production duties from Mogwai's John Cummings, it's no wonder Fuck Buttons sound a little smoother around the edges on Tarot Sport, the UK duo's quick follow-up to last year's well-received Street Horrrsing. The shards of scrapes, squiggles and distortion are now delicately submerged in a blissfully epic wash that owes more to Weatherall's Two Lone Swordsmen, Orbital and even Boards of Canada than any noise-obsessed postrockers.

Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power are more than adept with their array of gadgets and seemingly makeshift instruments, and have grown equally skilled in alternately hypnotizing and teasing the listener within the same song. Opener "Surf Solar" is a continuous ascent to the heavens with a trancey buildup and constantly bubbling 4/4 that never quite culminates into the payoff you'd expect. Still, it's a quick, brilliant primer for the rest of the record, which is crystallized by the back-to-back "The Lisbon Maru" and "Olympians." Hovering around the ten-minute mark, the former's tropicalia/tribal underpinnings and synth blares lit like neon segue beautifully into the latter's warm, digitized rain of dub beats.

While the celestial exploration is briefly juxtaposed with sci-fi experimentation on the Autechre-like "Rough Steez" and "Phantom Limb," those detours only here to provide respite from and not actually disrupt an ultimately delightful, delirious headtrip designed to push your fuckest of buttons.

Reviewed by Kiran Aditham
When not contributing to LAS and other music/film publications, Kiran Aditham toils away during the day in Manhattan as a reporter for an advertising magazine…though he’d rather not say which one.

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