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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
Runner
The Goods
Sickroom Records

Rating: 3/10 ?


October 1, 2004
It would be much appreciated if someone would keep fringe members of marginally relevant bands from one incestuous music scene from forming an open-mic original cover band that makes Urge Overkill look like an un-ascertainable example of rock propriety. Just imagine if Chuck Mosley and Jim Martin - the two completely non-imperative members of Faith No More - began a new band with a couple of guys who would play air guitar at Murder City Devils concerts. Who would really care? I dare say that I wouldn't and I don't really think that you would either.

The guitars on The Goods are played well and at a point right around the delivery of the chorus to "Sleep Depravation Act of 1995" Runner reminds me a little bit of the first post-grunge wave of punk bands that couldn't deny the influence of Screaming Trees even though they wanted to rock like they worshiped the Melvins. Any number of examples like that could give you the idea about what Runner brings to the table - an interest in doing their own thing but an unfortunate lack of interesting ideas or techniques. I'm guessing these guys meant well when they sat down to record these energetic vanilla-rock tracks, but that doesn't keep them from sounding about as awe-inspiring as a footnote to the career of Letters to Cleo. Good for a fist pumping or Pabst-pounding moment at the bar with the bowling team, but not much else.

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