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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
The Mooney Suzuki
Electric Sweat
Gammon Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Ramones never went out of fashion, and thanks to the demise of cult hero Joey Ramone they probably never will. The reason is simple they had the look, they had the rock and roll and they have the legend. New York City's Mooney Suzuki named after the Can frontmen Damo Suzuki and Malcolm Mooney is well on its way to what is sure to be a long career with two of those three already in tow. The legend will likely follow, thanks in part to a frenetic sweaty live show and the band's truly inspired garage rock sound. Lead singer Sammy James Jr. and his band look like the Velvets (black leather jackets, black boots, black jeans and black shades) and sound like your favorite Stax records stripped of their horns, distorted and cranked to eleven (or, for an easier reference, they sound like The Kinks and MC5). Their second record Electric Sweat is a modern-day Ready, Steady, Go! a seriously infectious dance record complete with style and substance.

This is the record that The Strokes were shooting for, but unfortunately for The Mooney Suzuki they won't have The Strokes' marketing brawn to back them up. But the band played to a packed house at this year's South By Southwest Festival and is receiving attention from some unlikely sources namely MTV. And they have one thing The Strokes do not indie cred. The Mooney Suzuki's debut record was recorded by Tim Kerr and released on Estrus. On Electric Sweat they chose to work with Detroit producer Jim Diamond (The White Stripes) and the results are considerably better the guitars burn, the organ jumps out of the speakers and the hand claps (yes, the twos and fours are put to good use) blend well in the mix. Electric Sweat is a fantastic rock and roll record solid top-to-bottom and unforgivingly catchy. With summer barbecues right around the corner, it's time to consider your summer soundtrack. Those who seek the sun and spurn the A/C should add Electric Sweat to their shopping list and shelve it with MC5, The Make Up, and The Hellacopters.

Reviewed by Doug Hoepker
A former staff writer for LAS whom we like to call Diggles, Mr. Hoepker is currently laboring away on various music-based projects. He now works in academic publishing (ahem), but is perhaps still best known by his DJ moniker, The Noiseboy.

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